A solidarity rally in Dublin on January 11th, 2015, in memory of the victims of terror attacks in Paris, France during the  week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A rally in solidarity with France in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris this week has been held in Dublin city centre.A crowd of at least 5,000 m(...)

A statement from ESB Networks said the main areas affected by power outages due to lightning were Cork, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bandon, Gorey, Enniscorthy, and Thomastown. File photograph: EPA

About 4,500 homes in the south of the country are still without electricity after lightning strikes yesterday. ESB Networks said it sent crews (...)

It’s time for wallet- and purse-purging exercises in providing all those materials needed for the new school year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It’s that time of year when the sprogs have to be delivered back into the enfolding arms of the State - and this point of the calendar is marked with (...)

Daithí Ó Sé has been nominated to carry out an Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of charity on the Rose of Tralee show. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The lead-up to the first part of nominations in the Rose of Tralee Festival tonight is heating up - or in the case of host Daithí Ó Sé, it could be a (...)

File image: Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall in Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Met Éireann at 3pm today lifted a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall in Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan. Rainfall of between 25 to 50mm had been e(...)

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

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(...)