A secondary school in Greystones, Co Wicklow, has brought a legal challenge to planning approval for a McDonald’s restaurant less than 100 metres from(...)

Emergency services try and clear a tree blocking the road near the Hellfire Club in Co Dublin on Tuesday evening.  Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade via Twitter

About 25,000 homes are expected to be without power overnight after Storm Barney battered the country with winds of up to 125km/h. The number of home(...)

John Lynch in his home in Bray, Co Wicklow, with a framed photograph of his brother Jimmy who died in the Carrickmines fire where 10 perished. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Lynch lost 10 members of his family in a fire at a temporary halting site in Carrickmines last month and fears for the safety of his children and(...)

 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen. Last week VW said its internal investigation had  turned up issues with CO2 testing in 800,000 cars in Europe, including almost 100,000 petrol models

A Co Mayo motorist has filed a legal action against Volkswagen in what is believed to be one of the first Irish cases over the firm’s emissions sca(...)

A Fine Gael senator wants to limit the access children have to unhealthy food during school hours.

A Fine Gael senator has called on local authorities to introduce “no-fry zones” within 500 metres of schools and playgrounds. Catherine Noone said the(...)

 Margaret O’Reilly with her baby, Nona, in their caravan in Kilbarry halting site, Waterford. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Thomas O’Reilly, his wife Tina and their five children, aged between 18 months and 12 years old, share the single bedroom in their small house at a Tr(...)

Castlebridge House stands in partial ruin in the village of Castlebridge, near Wexford town. In its former 19th-century pleasure gardens stand the ruins of one the finest rotunda conservatories in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Most people now associate flatpacks with Ikea, but the Great Palm House in the National Botanic Gardens was shipped to Dublin in parts and assemble(...)

Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

The National Asset Management Agency has withdrawn loans secured on the Westport House estate from a €1 billion sale to an American investment fund, w(...)

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly says he fully supports the actions of the local authority manager over the rehousing of families after the Carrickmines fire. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly hopes “common sense will prevail” in the bid to secure temporary rehousing for families in the aftermath of the Ca(...)

Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan/Phocus.

Mayo County Council should urge the Government to buy Westport House if an agreement cannot be reached to ensure the historic estate is not broken u(...)