The number of older people contacting Alone who are worried about housing has risen from 29 per cent in 2010 to more than 50 per cent last year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Half of all calls Alone received in 2014 were related to homelessness or housing, the charity has said. The principal cause of distress for elderly p(...)

Paschal Donohoe said making helmets compulsory would have an “instant and very negative effect” on city bicycle schemes being rolled out across the country. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

There are no plans to make cycle helmets compulsory though they are proven to reduce serious injury, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said. (...)

Image issued by Suffolk Police of Julian Myerscough, who has been arrested in Dublin after  absconding from a British court  shortly before being convicted of downloading indecent images of children. File photograph: Suffolk Police/PA Wire

A convicted sex offender who fled from Britain to Ireland has been arrested by gardaí in a Dublin hotel. Julian Myerscough (53), a former criminal la(...)

 Swimmers bask in  sunshine late last month, at Seapoint, Co Dublin. Met Éireann forecaster Pat Clarke said people should make the best of the good weather this weekend as more cloud and rain is forecast for next week.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Many parts of the country had their coldest September in more than two decades. All parts of the county were colder than normal with temperatures 0.4(...)

Actress Meryl Streep at the premiére of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the Savoy cinema in Dublin in September 1998. She played Kate Murphy in the screen adaptation of Friel’s play. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Meryl Streep has paid tribute to the playwright Brian Friel describing him as a “tender dramatist, an insightful humanist and a lovely man”. Streep st(...)

Levels of tolerance are similar in Ireland to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, the most tolerant countries in the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people are some of the most tolerant in the EU and are becoming more tolerant year by year, a Europe-wide survey has found. The Irish are now a(...)

Mary Hannon (10), wearing her great-grandfather’s old IRA service medal, with Sgt Amy Hopkins and Lt Stephen Cunningham  at a Defence Forces ceremony at St Raphael’s Special School, Celbridge, heralding  the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 1:16

One of the major 1916 centenary initiatives is the presentation of the national flag and a copy of the Proclamation to every school in the country. T(...)

An Irish scientist examining photographs from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found further evidence of water flowing on the surface of Mars increasing the chances of life existing on the Red Planet.

An Irish scientist has found new evidence of flowing water on the surface of Mars. Dr Colman Gallagher, of the UCD School of Geography, and Open Univ(...)

Pupils of Mount Temple Take part in red tshirt day. Photograph: Stephen McCullagh

An initiative started by a Dublin man in response to the image of a three-year-old drowned refugee is being replicated around the world. Bernard Dunl(...)

Gardaí have released a man they were questioning about alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal.

Gardaí have released a man they were questioning about alleged human trafficking in Co Donegal. The man, in his 40s, was released from custody at Let(...)