Health concerns: crumb rubber is used as infill on 3G and 4G pitches, which have been laid in clubs and leisure centres all over Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The European Commission has asked for the European Chemicals Agency to begin an investigation to establish whether the crumb rubber used as infi(...)

Flooded vehicles emerge  as flood waters begin to recede in the Huntington Road area of York after the River Foss burst its banks, on Monday in the English town of  York. Photograph: Getty

Britain’s Environment Agency (EA) has promised a “complete rethink” of flooding preparedness as Storm Frank threatened to bring more misery. British (...)

Soldiers helping to set up flood defences in Appleby as the British army has been called in to support efforts to protect flood-hit areas of Cumbria amid fears that more heavy rain will fall. Photograph: : 2LANCS/MoD Crown Copyright/PA

Dry conditions have been forecast for St Stephen’s night after a rainfall warning for many parts the south and east expired. But Met Éireann has warn(...)

Suzanne Phelan: “Find a friend or family member you can talk to. You’re not alone.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times
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...after confronting depression Suzanne Phelan “I’ve struggled at Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s an enormous amount of pressure, n(...)

Furniture and fittings piled up outside a house as the clean-up continues following flooding in Carlisle, Cumbria. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Flood-hit Cumbria in the UK is preparing for a second weekend of potential flooding as more rain is expected to hit the north of England. Although o(...)

Aerial images of flooding. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps

Overruling “EU bureaucracy and bullshit’’ would help solve Ireland’s flooding problems, Roscommon Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has said. He urg(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny : proper flood relief schemes took time to plan and implement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government will look at the UK’s flood insurance scheme, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not sure it was as successful as predicted. He al(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during an anouncment of a jobs launch  at the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet will on Tuesday discuss providing emergency funding to homes and businesses damaged by Storm Desmond, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Mr (...)

Colm Hughes with his U2 hedge in Malahide. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There’s something pleasingly eccentric about topiary. And it is more pleasing still when found in unlikely places. Seeing beautifully carved hedges(...)

Sellafield nuclear plant  in Seascale, Cumbria, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria, England have voted to take industrial action in a row over health and safety.Unite said its 1,200 m(...)