ESB staff work to repair damaged power lines after a large tree was blown down on Military Road in Ballybrack, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 200 homes and businesses remained without power on Thursday morning following Storm Barney which hit Ireland on Tuesday night. About 45,000(...)

Marwan, his wife, Rodina, and their three daughters, who are currently staying at the Direct Provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Marwan and family: arrived from Syria in April Growing up on the outskirts of Damascus, Ghazal* rarely paid attention to the different religio(...)

Sea rescue: a family from Nigeria on Médecins Sans Frontières’ MY Phoenix rescue boat in the Mediterranean

Agnes vividly remembers the sound of voices desperately calling out for air as she and her daughter huddled together on the deck of a small boat surro(...)

Ebenezer in waiting at the Lambert Puppet Theatre workshop where the production of ‘Aladdin’ starts on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A troupe of shiny new puppets awaited their stage debut this week as staff at the Lambert Puppet Theatre in south Dublin put the final touches to the (...)

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenage who has been detained in an Egyptian prison for more than two years without trial, has gone on hunger strike. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenager who has been detained in an Egyptian prison for more than two years without trial, has gone on hunger strike for th(...)

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken on Thursday which shows Storm Abigaill as it moves across Ireland and then northwards. Photograph: PA

A wind warning remains in place until 9pm on Friday night as Storm Abigail - the first officially named storm in both Ireland and the UK - moves north(...)

The latest report from Hiqa into St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, Tipperary reported a “continued high level of non-compliance against the regulation at this inspection”. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

Staffing levels, bedroom layout, fire safety and respect for privacy and dignity have been criticised in a number of Hiqa reports into disability care(...)

Phaw Shee and Say Law La Say : ‘We had three weeks to study about Ireland and learn the English language.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The first day of school in Castlebar was a nerve-wracking experience for Say Law La Say. Her family had just arrived from Thailand where they had l(...)

Eimear Clarkin from Wexford pictured at a Repeal the 8th Ammendement rally in Dublin last month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Irish women’s tweets to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week about the details of their menstrual cycles have sparked a global media response to the campaig(...)

Only 50 per cent of the usual number of commuters travelled by train on Friday morning following the 4am decision to call off industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The National Bus and Rail Workers Union (NBRU) has dismissed Irish Rail’s claim that the company formally offered to refer talks to the Labour Court a(...)