From left, chairman of Dublin Samaritans David Hughes, volunteer Erna O’Connor, director Brendan Gallagher, volunteer Hilda Robinson, and executive director Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A man once rang Brendan Gallagher and told him he was on his way to take his own life. “He had picked a spot,” says Gallagher. “This was the ea(...)

A marbled salamander moves through the forest litter on its way to a nearby pond to breed. Its distribution and range are increasing in response to warming winter temperatures. Credit: Mark Urban

One in six of the planet’s species are likely to disappear if climate change continues unchecked, according to fresh research. The losses will be part(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

A second Canadian province has agreed to the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe(...)

Midleton’s Aidan Ryan will line out at full back for Cork in the Allianz Hurling League final against Waterford. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Aidan Ryan is the surprise selection for Cork hurlers in this weekend’s hurling league final against Waterford. The Midleton player comes in at full b(...)

Michael Carvill , managing director of Kenmare Resources, which reported a loss of €90.7 million for 2014 yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kenmare Resources has received a watered-down share offer from Australia’s Iluka Resources yesterday, valuing it at about €260 million (£189 million).(...)

Margaret O’Leary and her daughter Shannon on their  way out of Tralee Court. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

The widow of a 42-year-old cyclist who was killed in an early morning hit-and-run accident near his home has called on the man convicted of his death (...)

Angelita Muxfeldt cousin of executed Brazilian drug convict Rodrigo Gularte stands  over the body of her cousin at the hospital morgue in Jakarta. Photograph: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images

A Brazilian man executed in Indonesia for drug trafficking who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder did not understand what was happ(...)

An ambulance carrying the coffin of a death row prisoner arrives at Wijayapura port after returning from the prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil. Photograph: Beawiharta/Reuters 1:37

Australia will withdraw its ambassador from Indonesia in protest at the execution of two of its citizens for drug smuggling.Prime minister Tony Abbott(...)

Marching song: It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’s combination of Irish emigrant lament and English music-hall caper made it irresistible to soldiers in the British army, seen marching in Berlin in the contemporary postcard. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

F or decades the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield struggled with the difficult legacy of his grandfather, who died long before he wa(...)

A woman places a candle on top of pictures of the prisoners, during a vigil at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images

Eight drug-trafficking convicts from several countries were executed by an Indonesian firing squad shortly after midnight (6pm Irish time), media said(...)