Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

Flood defence barrier on Waterford Quay. Photograph: Patrick Browne

My first 18 years were spent living on John’s Hill in Waterford. In winter, my world revolved around an area that extended roughly five minutes(...)

In addition to private maternity care, Mount Carmel hospital in Dublin carries out a variety of elective operations, including hip and knee replacements.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Two bids are being considered by the National Asset Management Agency for Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin, amid fears the sales process has st(...)

The National Asset Management Agency is considering bids for Mount Carmel Hospital from at least two shortlisted parties and  is expected to announce a buyer within weeks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The only private maternity hospital in the State has announced two senior appointments in advance of its expected sale in the coming weeks.Mount Carme(...)

A 46-year-old man who managed the storage and distribution of €1.3 million worth of drugs has been jailed for eight years at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A 46-year-old man who managed the storage and distribution of €1.3 million worth of drugs has been jailed for eight years after a judge heard that (...)