It had been alleged that the woman hid the newborn and did not tell her friends what had happened for several days. When they found out, she was taken to hospital, where staff notified Western Australia Police. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

The case against an Irish woman who was accused of unlawfully concealing the birth of a child in Western Australia has been dropped.The woman (25), ha(...)

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during question time in Canberra, Australia. Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australia is set to have a new prime minister after Julia Gillard lost a battle for the leadership of the ruling Labor Party to her predecessor Kevin (...)

The issue of asylum-seeker boats is set to play a huge part in the Australian federal election on September 14th. Opposition Liberal party leader Tony Abbott has promised he will “stop the boats” if he wins power. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Up to 55 people are feared dead after a suspected asylum-seeker boat sank near Christmas Island, off the northwest coast of Australia. A massive air a(...)

Clare’s Cian Dillon and Patrick O’Connor tackle Maurice Shanahan of Waterford at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15: A much improved second half saw Clare achieve a first Munster championship victory in five years when they finished stro(...)

Eamon Eastwood, Taste Ireland in Australia

It started with a bedroom full of cheese and onion crisps, but now anyone in Australia buying Tayto, Barry’s tea or McDonnell’s curry sauce can(...)

The gastric-brooding frog, which swallowed its eggs, grew its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth, became extinct about 30 years ago

In a process that sounds like Jurassic Park (...)

Mark Keogh trained as an electrician in Dublin in the 1980s, but extended periods of travel in America and elsewhere opened his eyes to the world.

For Mark Keogh, from Rathfarnam in Dublin, moving to Perth 23 years ago proved a wise choice. Keogh trained as an electrician in Dublin in the (...)