President Barack Obama announced a move to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba on Wednesday, saying it is time to "cut loose the shackles of the past." Video: Reuters
To mark the anniversary of the Dunnes Stores workers strike for the right not to handle goods from Apartheid South Africa, the IPSC handed over 8,000 signatures calling on Dunnes Stores to boycott goods from Israeli settlements in Palestine.
Hundreds of Tango dancers from around the world were among the well-wishers gathered in the Vatican to celebrate the Pope's birthday. Video: Reuters
A syndicate from Wexford General Hospital of 17 nurses and retired colleagues have collected €2,896,698 from the National Lottery offices. Each member receives approximately €170,000 each. Video: Bryan O'Brien
North Koreans lay floral tributes in front of statues of former leaders to mark the third anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korea's current ruler. Video: Reuters
Dramatic new footage shows police storming a Sydney cafe to end a siege that left three people dead including the armed hostage taker. Video: Reuters
Colum Mc Carthy and Des Fitzgerald, Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue who were involved in a dramatic River Rescue in the Abbey River. Video: Sean Curtin
Taliban gunmen in Pakistan took hundreds of students and teachers hostage in a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, military officials say. Video: Reuters
Pennsylvania police hunt for a suspect in the killing of six relatives whose bodies were found on Monday in towns around Philadelphia. Video: Reuters
People lay flowers and write in condolence books in memory of those killed in a siege in Sydney. Video: Reuters
Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. Video: Reuters
Gunfire is heard after a swarm of heavily armed officers stormed a cafe where a gunman had been holding people. Video: Reuters
Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said. Video: Reuters
Cmdr Chris Hadfield returned to Ireland to sign copies of his newest book You Are Here - Around the World in 92 Minutes and to do more promotion for Tourism Ireland. Video: Ronan McGreevy
Snow on the Conor pass in Dingle caused treacherous driving conditions and the closure of the pass last week. Video: Gerald Hogan/www.dingle-region.com
Shirley Higgins, the conductor of St Mary’s signing choir in Cabra, set out not to form a ‘cute deaf choir’ but one that would be respected as a choir in its own right – and she has succeeded.
Benjy the now famous "non-performing" Charolais bull, owned by Mayo farmer Joe Kelly has been saved from the slaughterhouse and is en route to a new life in England as a result of an online campaign by animal rights group ARAN.
Video captured the impressive, controlled implosion of a high-rise building in a Detroit suburb. Video: Reuters
Hostages were shown running out of a Sydney cafe at the centre of a siege today, according to Channel 7 live news footage. Police said an armed assailant was holding an unknown number of hostages inside the cafe. Video: Reuters
The undercover report broadcast on Prime Time showed some residents at a unit of Áras Attracta care centre in Swinford being force-fed, slapped, kicked, physically restrained and shouted at. Video: RTÉ Investigations Unit