Forensic crash investigator Garda Ray Sweeney told an inquest  the purpose of a seatbelt is to restrain a person being thrown from their seat in a crash, with the seatbelt absorbing the force of their mass as they are thrown forward.

The dangers of two people using a single seatbelt were highlighted at an inquest on Tuesday into the death of a eight-year-old girl killed in a two-ca(...)

The scene at Murmont Avenue, Cork city where a 60-year-old woman died and her husband suffered serious injuries. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí in Cork are continuing to question a young man about the killing of a woman and a serious assault on her husband at a home in the Mayfield area(...)

Karen and Eddie O’Mahony have spent the past 14 years fighting to secure a settlement on behalf of their son Eoin. Photograph: Collins

A woman who has gone to the High Court three times to secure a settlement for her son who suffered brain injury due to medical negligence urged the(...)

Labour leader Joan  Burton said the Eighth Amendment should be repealed and abortion made available in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, threats to the life of the mother or very serious health complications for the mother and in cases of rape and incest. File photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste Joan Burton has expressed confidence that if Labour is returned to office after the next general election, the party will be in a position to(...)

Joan Burton (above left) said: “In terms of the practical issues that face people, we have to have a government that can function properly and effectively and efficiently - and really the only people on offer to do that are the Labour Party and Fine Gael.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said she is not aware of any internal party analysis which shows the party could lose over 20 seat(...)

Joan Burton: “The [banking inquiry] members have devoted a huge amount of time, the chairman, Ciaran Lynch has worked very hard to be really fair to all of the witnesses, and I think it would be in everybody’s interest if we can get that report before the general election - and they have a timeline of the third week of January.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon/The Irish Times

The members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry owe it to themselves and the people of Ireland to publish a report on their investigation before the Jan(...)

Cork Simon  saw a 63 per cent increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Cork in 2014 compared to 2013. File Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The homelessness crisis in Cork is worsening, with more people and more ending up on the streets and in emergency shelters, according to Cork Simon. I(...)

Two men, who took turns to beat a father of four with a crowbar so badly that he thought he was going to die, have been jailed for five and six years (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney stressed the Government would not do anything that “compromises Irish neutrality”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney have moved to play down concerns about Irish troops being dispatched to Mali to replace Fr(...)

Santa (and the Grinch) arrive to open Winterval Festival and switch on 100,000 Christmas lights in Waterford City. Photograph: Patrick Browne

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Ireland’s biggest Christmas Festival which opened in Waterford on Friday and runs until December 23rd (...)