‘The children start out nervous, but over time they are willing to pet the frog.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Insects and spiders, birds and bees, trees, swamps and the outdoors. David Attenborough said he has yet to meet a child who didn’t love nature, but(...)

The Rainbow Warrior was heading for the Mururoa Atoll in the south Pacific, where France was planning a series of nuclear tests. Photograph: Patrick Riviere/AFP/Getty Images

An apology by a French spy for the fatal bombing of a Greenpeace ship 30 years ago has been welcomed by an Irish crew member of the vessel. However, (...)

Then: Grace O’Sullivan was on board the Greenpeace  ship when it was blown up in 1985

Grace O’Sullivan vividly remembers the first time she caught sight of Rainbow Warrior. “I was about 17, and I saw it in a port in the Netherlands,” sh(...)

The  Brian Ború wooden sailing ship off Cheekpoint in the  Waterford Estuary. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A chance encounter five years ago between a master shipwright and a wooden fishing boat which had seen better days has led to the start of a new ventu(...)

Outgoing Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly: took third seat in Ireland South. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh.

Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent Fine Gael was last night celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory when sitting MEP Sean Kelly f(...)

Brian Crowley: “I wanted to go the last time for the presidency but I didn’t get that chance.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil’s Brian Crowley and Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada were elected as MEPs for Ireland South yesterday. Mr Crowley exceeded the quota on the f(...)

Brian Crowley was  elected to Europe in Ireland South. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is tonight celebrating a much needed morale boosting electoral victory after sitting MEP Sean Kelly from Kerry was joined on the victory pod(...)

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan arrives in the RDS where she topped the poll. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has failed to secure a seat in the Dublin European constituency following a recount which saw Independent Nessa Childers(...)

Full list of candidates One of a handful of counties where city and county councils have been merged, the new Waterford County Local Authoritie(...)

Harry McGee with Eamon Ryan on Grafton Street yesterday. Photograph: Darragh Bambrick

Eamon Ryan cuts a slightly forlorn figure on Westmoreland Street. There he is standing still amid a sea of human traffic, trying to interest passers-b(...)