Garth Brooks stated: “To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.” Photograph: PA

The scheduled Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin’s Croke Park will definitely not be proceeding, a statement from the country singer tonight says. The si(...)

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit today and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making f(...)

Warriors going into the fray  during re-enactments at the Battle of Clontarf Festival in Saint Anne’s Park in Dublin last weekend. The 1,000th anniversary of the actual battle falls today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 2:25

Today marks the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. As in the way of all such things, social media boffins hav e taken to Twi(...)

Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will be organised by See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar of activities.

A campaign to promote open discussion about mental health is to begin next month. Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events (...)

The Green Party’s Eamon  Ryan said  there was no interest on the part of the Government “in the climate challenge we face. There is no discussion of how exposed we are to rising fossil fuel prices.” Photograph: PA

A negotiated agreement to facilitate green energy exports from the midlands by a 2020 EU timeframe has not been reached, Minister for Energy Pa(...)

A tribute to the 96 fans who died during the Hillsborough disaster, outside the ground today before the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield. Photograph: PA Wire

Kick-off delays in English football today were to form part of tributes to those killed in the Hillsborough disaster, the 25th anniversary of w(...)

Participants in the Nowruz festival at  St Stephen’s Green in Dublin today. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 2:05

It was a riot of colour going beyond the awakenings of spring in St Stephen’s Green today as a local celebration of the Middle Eastern and Cen(...)

Traffic lights and traffic amid  thick fog in London this morning. Flights have been disrupted at London City airport and Heathrow, the Woolwich ferry was cancelled and low visibility has caused slow traffic on motorways in England. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

Intending flight passengers are advised to check with their airlines this morning if flying to Britain as fog has affected visibility at a host(...)

Senator David Norris is reported to have  used the word “fanny” on several occasions in the Seanad since 2009. Photograph: Collins 1:36

There is a confirmed tradition of the use of foul, profane and inept language in the Dáil going back years, the latest of which is the use by P(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett lets fly in the Dáil yesterday before being asked to temper his language. 1:36

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett was reprimanded yesterday after he blasted the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in the Dáil over their progr(...)