Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Mr Ryan has criticised the ESB following the news that it is to retain two major turf-fired power plants after 2019, despite expectations that the plants would close during that year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The ESB is planning to retain its two major turf-fired electricity generation plants in the midlands after 2019, despite expectations that they would (...)

The Pure study found that  every 5kg decline in grip strength was associated with a 16% increased risk of death from any cause, a 17% greater risk of cardiovascular death, a 17% higher risk of non-cardiovascular mortality and more modest increases in the risk of having a heart attack (7%) or a stroke (9%)

A firm handshake, long supposed to be evidence of strong character, may also be an indicator of long life, according to a study published in the medic(...)

The fire service are on site and the situation is being continuously monitored,” said owners Ballynagran Landfill Ltd. Photograph: Getty Images

The fire brigade and the Environmental Protection Agency have been called out to a fire at the Ballynagran landfill in Co Wicklow. The landfill, on a (...)

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council, said the organisation was proud of its record of campaigning for rights and protections for members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. The council said the change would “complete a journey (...)

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) by Sir David Wilkie. The Liberator championed human rights, particularly Catholic emancipation

A painting of Daniel O’Connell will be presented to the refurbished, former O’Connell family home Derrynane House, on the Ring of Kerry by Minister fo(...)

Punchestown Racecourse during its annual racing festival. Amateur jockey and kidney transplant patient James Nolan will compete at this year’s event in the charity race he set up in 1990 to raise funds for kidney research. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kidney transplant patient and amateur jockey James Nolan is to take part in a charity race at Punchestown on Saturday. It is not the first time Mr Nol(...)

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is using its annual conference to call on the public to switch from receiving Social Protection payments by electronic funds transfer to collecting payments at post offices. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Postmasters are to vote on running their own political candidates in the next general election. In advance of an address by Minister for Communication(...)

 Jerry Beades of the new Land League, who pinned a notice to the gates of Gorse Hill at Killiney Co. Dublin shortly before a noon deadline for the family to vacate the property. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A receiver for Bank of Ireland finally took possession of the Killiney, Co Dublin mansion, Gorse Hill, just before lunchtime on Wednesday. Retired sol(...)

Brian O’Donnell and his wife must leave Gorse Hill by noon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

TIM O’BRIEN A legal bid by retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell and his wife aimed at preventing a receiver taking possession of their former family hom(...)

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell. Mr O’Donnell is   expected to travel straight to the Bank of Ireland AGM when he leaves Gorse Hill in Killiney, Dublin for the last time tomorrow morning, in order to criticise the bank’s management. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell is expected to travel straight to the Bank of Ireland AGM when he leaves Gorse Hill in Killiney, Dublin for the last time on(...)