Sarah Francis and Una Mullally after voting  on  Pearse street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:59

We knew it by Friday afternoon. This referendum was always going to live or die on turnout. A high turnout would mean the dedicated base of No voters (...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

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(...)

In one case in the Louth-Meath area, it took three years for social workers to respond to concerns about a child threatening suicide. Photograph: The Irish Times 6:47

Fears for the safety of many children of asylum-seekers living in direct provision have been flagged in an official report to be published shortly. Ch(...)

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy  listens to her lawyer prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Ms  McCarthy is accused of killing a child in her care in 2013. Photograph: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool

A US judge has scheduled the long-delayed trial of an Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old baby in her care for October 13th.Aisling Brady (...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Neil McGee with Justin McMahon of Tyrone during the Ulster SFC preliminary round game in  Ballybofey. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10 At a windy and wet Mac Cumhaill Park, Donegal and Tyrone served up a prototype modern Ulster championship encounter. D(...)

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

The Bundestag was in the Dáil yesterday.However, it was no takeover of the national parliament, despite claims that Germany is calling the fiscal shot(...)

The announcement of a fourth baby death in the space of 30 months at Cavan General Hospital is worrying. Coming on top of the profoundly shocking Heal(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Frank Dolphin,  chairman of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group,  during a visit to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  Mr Varadkar said that four medical staff from the hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in recent years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Four medical personnel from Portlaoise hospital have been referred for possible disciplinary action arising from the deaths of a number of babies in r(...)

Former minister for health James Reilly said last May he would instruct the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) to review maternity services at the hospital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

An investigation is under way into a fourth baby death in the space of 30 months in one of the country’s smaller maternity units.The investigation has(...)