Today's top Irish news stories:

Irish American pagan among those arrested by FBI in New York mayoral bribe scam

New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Council representative Dan Halloran have been arrested for attempting to manipulate this year’s New York City mayoral election. Their arrest, along with four others, is the culmination of an extensive undercover corruption investigation...READ MORE


Niall O'Dowd: When the Easter Rising happened the British establishment were all at the racetrack

Fairyhouse, County Meath: Back on April 24th 1916 the British establishment showed up here on Easter Monday for the horse racing highlight of the year in Ireland, the Irish Grand National...READ MORE


Associated Press bans the term ‘illegal immigrant’ to move with the times

Bosses at media giant The Associated Press have banned the use of the term ‘illegal immigrant’.

The news gathering association is an information provider to the biggest media outlets in the world...READ MORE


Australian pleads not guilty to murder of Irish backpacker - stomped on heads of victims

The Australian man accused of murdering an Irish backpacker, in St Kilda, Melbourne, has pled not-guilty.

Luke James Wentholt (31) is accused of attacking Irish backpackers David Greene and David Byas, at 1 am on August 26th 2012...READ MORE


Catholic Church set to lose education stronghold in Ireland

Some 23 primary schools across the country are set to lose their Catholic Church patronage and will most likely transfer to the multi-denominational Educate Together schools....READ MORE


City Council representative Dan Halloran