New South Wales Tactical Police on Phillip Street close to the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: EPA

The ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney shows the Australian government was not overreaching when in September it raised its terror threat level from ‘me(...)

Several media reports said the death of John Francis Kennedy (48) of Avoncore Place in Midleton, Co Cork was as a result of  a venomous spider, but pathologist Prof Nollaig Parfrey found that Mr Kennedy died of a ruptured oesophagus unrelated to a bite

A man whose death was reported to be linked to a toxic spider bite died from a ruptured oesophagus, an inquest has heard.In several media reports foll(...)

Pity the poor bronze boy in Midleton. He’s being chased across the grass in the east Cork town by furious bronze geese, his shirt tail gripped forever(...)

Clontarf’s Tadhg Furlong in action for the club against UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The IRFU today announced the return of semi-finals and final - Division 1A - to the Ulster Bank League club rugby landscape and also an extension in(...)

Despite the potential savings, just 37 per cent of consumers had checked to see if there was a better deal available for their home insurance over the last 12 months.

Canny consumers who shop around for house insurance can make annual savings of over €400 according to a survey published by the National Consumer Agen(...)

Edel Casey, mother of James Casey Butler (7) from Midleton, Co Cork, who died last year.  Photograph:  Collins

A six-year-old boy bravely tried to save his friend when he fell into a fast flowing river, an inquest heard.James Casey-Butler (6) tragically died ha(...)

Bishop William Crean said that the new reports showed that the Cloyne diocese had come a long way.  Photograph: Catholic Communications Office /PA Wire

A special policy to facilitate whistleblowers concerned about possible clerical child sexual abuse should be established by the Diocese of Cloyne as p(...)

James Gray: “I could have just stayed on my own and put a chicken in the oven, though I have something wrong with my fingers.” Photograph: Malcolm McNally/Irish Post

For the first time in nine Christmases, Irish octogenarian James Gray did not spend the festive period alone. The 85-year-old pensioner originally fro(...)

Winner of the Young Carer of the Year Award 2013  Niamh Duffy (13) from Middleton, Co Cork, who helps care for her brother Finn (11) with her parents Liam and Susan. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

Carers deserve better treatment by Government than the recent cuts to respite care, the withdrawal of medical cards and cuts to the telephone allowanc(...)

Judge O’Neill said there was a clear conflict between the evidence given by HSE inspectors and the creche owner and her staff

A judge has reserved his decision in the case of a Cork creche owner being prosecuted over eight alleged breaches of child care regulations including (...)