Sunshine Coast Falcons prop James Ackerman: he underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital in Brisbane. The match was subsequently abandoned. Photograph: Getty Images

A rugby league player has died in hospital as a result of injuries he sustained during a Queensland Cup match at the weekend. Sunshine Coast Falcons (...)

Australia’s treasurer Joe Hockey said fuel excise would not affect the poor because they “don’t have cars or actually drive very far”. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia’s capital Canberra has had its first snow of the year, the city is waking up to sub-zero temperatures and parliament is in its last sitting (...)

Australian political advisor Grahame Morris said Australia should not follow Ireland’s example in having a same-sex marriage referendum. Screengrab: Sky News

An Australian political advisor has called the Irish “people who can’t grow potatoes” and said “they’ve got a mutant lawn weed as their national sy(...)

 Storm Uechtritz  in  Dublin.  “Sometimes in life it really helps to take a step back and try to understand that there are always two sides to a story.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesTimes

RTÉ researchers shouldn’t wait too long to book Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz, for the popular genealogical TV show Who Do You Think You Are?(...)

 Divers on  the Great Barrier Reef, which Unesco’s World Heritage Committee called on the Australian government to protect. File photograph: Jeff Hunter/Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images

A heritage committee of the Unesco cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list, but raise(...)

Vehicle seen leaving actor Johnny Depp’s rented residence in Coomera on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA 0:47

Johnny Depp’s two dogs are set to be euthanised at 10am Saturday (1am Irish time) unless they are removed from Australia. The actor illegally brought (...)

Neil Carroll’s How Many Is a Million? from the exhibition What Is and What Might Be at Highlanes Gallery

What Is and What Might Be – Ten contemporary painters Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda **** The Drogheda Arts Festival has been and gone bu(...)

French referee  Jerome Garces:  Given Ireland’s penchant for competing in the air, the recent decisions by Garces may haunt them in Edinburgh.  Photograph: Inpho

A final day at the Six Nations where all three matches are intertwined, the possible king makers are Kiwi, French and Welsh. A penalty when the scr(...)

In a letter to HSE director general Tony O’Brien, Dr O’Connell said his wife had got an academic position in Australia “and I wish to return to Australia to pursue other employment opportunities”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The “much-reduced” salary in Ireland compared with Australia was too much of a financial challenge for him, according to the doctor who stepped dow(...)

Tony Abbott: before the vote, he said he would “learn from this experience”. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has survived an internal Liberal Party vote to declare his position vacant by 61 votes to 39.As he walked into (...)