Head of the Clare Garda Traffic Corps Insp John Ryan said the route was “accident-free and a very safe road when there are no downpours of hail or sleet”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Freak hailstone storms have been blamed by the National Roads Authority (NRA) for a spate of traffic accidents and road closures on a €207 million st(...)

ESB workers in Drumcliffe, Co Sligo continue to restore power after Storm Rachel.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The clean-up in the wake of Storm Rachel, which claimed one life and left thousands of homes and businesses without power, continues this morning.Met (...)

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. The earliest sunset for the year has already been recorded and longer evenings are on the way. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Good news for all those awaiting the start of longer evenings: It may not be the winter solstice yet, but already the evenings are getting brighter. A(...)

Horses being rescued and crossing the River  Slaney, in Enniscorthy, whose banks burst. Photograph: Patrick Browne 2:34

The worst of the recent rain is believed to have passed, according to Met Éireann, which noted a slight reprieve yesterday as much of the anticipated(...)

Commuters negotiate waterlogged roads following a heavy downpour, at Elizabeth O’Farrell Park, off Lombard Street in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Warnings of a second spell of heavy rain were issued overnight with a potential for flooding from Dublin to Cork and into some midland counties this (...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney at a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Government and State agencies are better prepared than ever before to respond to extreme weather events should they occur this winter, Minister for De(...)

Such was the excitement the the Irish Prison Service put in an order for 200,000 tubs of vanilla ice cream to satisfy the country’s 4,000 inmates over the next 12 months. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The weather people call them “blocking highs” and we want them to hang around if Ireland is to continue enjoying the glorious weather that’s been on (...)

Easter weekend weather: A man walks his dog past a bench along the promenadein Aberystwyth, Wales today. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Met Eireann is predicting dry and sunny weather for most of the Easter weekend with top temperatures reaching 16 degrees but rain is set to arr(...)

The deep colours show the expected sea swell at 3pm tomorrow as another storm approaches from the Atlantic. Image: Magicseaweed.com 2:13

Hurricane-force winds have relaxed today as snow falls around the country but another “nasty” storm front looks set to hit tomorrow. Met(...)

Waves crashing over the bandstand in Dun Laoghaire earlier this week. High tides and strong winds continued to batter Irish coasts today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Met Éireann has lifted its weather warning for inland counties but said that a yellow warning remains in place on Irish coastal waters. Despite foreca(...)