Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

Polling stations are set to close after the referendums and byelection in Ireland on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:11

Turnout for the same sex-marriage referendum and the referendum to reduce the age eligibility for presidential candidates was higher in urban areas on(...)

Newly-married couple Anne Fox (nee Cole) and Vincent Fox cast their votes in Dublin in  the referendum on their wedding day. Photograph: Getty 0:48

Turnout in the first national referendum to legalise same-sex marriage and on the age of candidates for the presidency has been reported at more than (...)

Several locations have received more notifications for adverse weather so far this year than they did in the whole of 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It’s official: the wet and windy southwest has endured the wildest weather since Met Éireann’s colour-coded warning system was introduced in 2012.Data(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, said that “come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No. ‘Maybe’ isn’t on the ballot paper.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A prominent Catholic priest has called on people to take Church of Ireland advice when it comes to voting in the same sex referendum. Fr Brendan Hoban(...)

An Bord Pléanála refused the Cluddaun project over concerns relating to  peat slippage and  the flows of  streams and rivers. Photograph: Reuters.

A 48-turbine wind farm proposed for Co Mayo has been refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála. Coillte’s project, on lands at Cluddaun, was to(...)

Football captain Keith Higgins returned to the Mayo hurlers on Saturday. Photo: Inpho

Keith Higgins returned to the Mayo hurling team at the weekend, putting to bed any claims that he was being prevented from doing so by the county’s fo(...)

Margaret Burke was living at Castlehill Park in Castlebar. One of a family of eight she was originally from Killasser, Swinford.

A 49-year-old mother of four has died after she was struck by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning on the N60 at Breaffy, Castlebar, Co May(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Ireland today for a two-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Taoiseach and Government ministers. Photograph: Getty

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Ireland today for a two-day visit, during which he will hold talks with the Taoiseach and Government ministers.(...)

Dublin fullback Rory O’Carroll would not chance playing on if he were to suffer another head injury. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

One more concussion and Dublin full back Rory O’Carroll could retire. The 25-year-old made this assertion despite only sustaining a single head tra(...)