Several locations have received more notifications for adverse weather so far this year than they did in the whole of 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It’s official: the wet and windy southwest has endured the wildest weather since Met Éireann’s colour-coded warning system was introduced in 2012.Data(...)

Dried up: the UN Global Pulse unit monitors social network messages from Twitter and elsewhere for early-warning signals of a disease outbreak, crop failure or economic turmoil in a region of a developing country. Photograph: Reuters

The timing and technology are right to bring the power of digital sensing to the poor to improve health, safety and education.That is the driving assu(...)

Vietnamese female soldiers of Liberation Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. Photograph: Kham/Reuters

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was decked out in hammer-and-sickle banners as soldiers marched through the nation’s financial center, 40 (...)

The failure of Stormont to provide Northern Ireland-wide agreements over issues such as flying the union flag or the official use of the Irish language has seen local councils going on solo runs over the status given to British or Irish identity. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You’ve heard it said a thousand times in relation to politics in Northern Ireland: “Politics never changes in this place . . .”But it does. Society in(...)

The deal between Vivendi and Orange would value Dailymotion, a rival to YouTube and Vimeo, at €265 million. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Vivendi has entered exclusive talks with Orange to buy 80 per cent of the French telecoms operator’s Dailymotion video-sharing website for €217 millio(...)

Vivandi is hoping to make Dailymotion a ‘world-size player’, according to reports in Le Monde.

Vivendi has made a €250 million offer for French online video group Dailymotion, owned by telecoms group Orange, Le Monde reported on Monday.The repo(...)

Spain’s Telefonica said it will sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10 billion in a deal that could create Britain’s biggest mobile phone firm. (Photograph: JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa agreed to acquire Telefonica SA’s O2 unit, creating the UK’s biggest wireless provider by customers and marking a mil(...)

Actor Ryan O’Neill with Pat Heavin on the set of ‘Barry Lyndon’ in 1973. Photograph: Stanley Kubrick

There was no bigger film star during the early 1970s than Ryan O’Neal and no more controversial a director than Stanley Kubrick. O’Neal had made Love (...)

James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

An employee holds a new BlackBerry  Leap smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. EU members have agreed to delay the end of mobile roaming charges until at least 2018

European Union member states agreed to delay the end of mobile roaming charges until at least 2018, setting them on a collision course with EU lawmak(...)