A statement from ESB Networks said the main areas affected by power outages due to lightning were Cork, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bandon, Gorey, Enniscorthy, and Thomastown. File photograph: EPA

About 4,500 homes in the south of the country are still without electricity after lightning strikes yesterday. ESB Networks said it sent crews (...)

A crèche owner has been cleared of a series childcare regulation breaches. She was represented by solicitor Frank Buttimer. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/the Irish Times

A crèche owner has been cleared of a series childcare regulation breaches after a judge rule that it would be excessively harsh to record a conviction(...)

Judge O’Neill said there was a clear conflict between the evidence given by HSE inspectors and the creche owner and her staff

A judge has reserved his decision in the case of a Cork creche owner being prosecuted over eight alleged breaches of child care regulations including (...)

Hazel O’Mahony, owner of Tiny Tots Creche, Killeagh.

The owner of a Co Cork creche being prosecuted for alleged breaches of childcare provision regulations yesterday denied breaching guidelines on staffi(...)

Solicitor Frank Buttimer: said his client would be strongly contesting all alleged breaches of childcare regulations.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The HSE yesterday began a prosecution of a Co Cork creche owner over eight alleged breaches of childcare regulations, including it being insufficientl(...)

Rory and Monica O’Brien of Killicane, Mitchelstown, Co Cork appeared at Fermoy District Court yesterday on 31 summons each relating to the treatment of pigs on their farm.

A leading pig producer and his wife were yesterday charged with mistreatment and cruelty to pigs over a five month period at their farm in North Cork(...)