Maro Itoje  is in line to make his England debut against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Maro Itoje is in line for his first England start after Joe Launchbury was ruled out of the Six Nations game against Ireland with a hamstring injury. (...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street, Dublin, during a warm and wet December. photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland may be on course to have the mildest December on record, according to the latest weather statistics. To date Valentia Observatory in Co Kerr(...)

Met Éireann is expecting very disturbed and often extremely windy weather with the risk of stormy conditions over the following days.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Met Éireann is predicting a deterioration in weather conditions over the coming days. Heavy rain, gale force winds and high seas are due to hit the(...)

Met Éireann’s latest monthly weather report revealed above average mean temperatures across the country. The sun rises over a hill just north of Donegal town on a warm day. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A cold chill has set in as a warning for the winter ahead but this October has been one of the warmest, wettest and windiest on record in Ireland. (...)

A squirrel forages for food in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Phoenix Park recorded one of the highest temperatures around Ireland today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Big changes are ahead as Ireland experiences unseasonably warm temperatures today. By afternoon the mercury had already hit 19 degrees in Phoenix Park(...)

Whooper swans on the Vartry reservoir in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Met Éireann has warned of further flooding with the approaching New Year set to bring more wind and rain. A yellow alert, aimed at those living in exp(...)

Lewis Byrne, Ballybough, enjoys the sunshine while watching his friends Scott Doyle and Leroy Martin backflip into the River Liffey. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The spectacular weather seen recently is unlikely to continue this week, according to Met Éireann. Temperatures will remain slightly above normal for (...)