Poet Paddy Bushe, sculptor Imogen Stuart and painter Maria Simmonds-Gooding  at the Aosdána general assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The proposal that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens should film on Skellig Michael was made without reference to the Office of Public Works (OPW) (...)

Skellig Michael, off the coast of  Co Kerry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A boatman has challenged the revocation of permits allowing him to land visitors on the Skellig Michael site off the Co Kerry coast. Sean Feehan has (...)

Star Wars: Skellig Michael, where scenes for The Force Awakens were shot. Photograph: Chris Hill/Getty

A guide who has worked on Skellig Michael, off the Co Kerry coast, for almost three decades says that her experiences over the past two years still c(...)

Cars in the flooded car park  at Seapoint, Salthill, Galway, following the gales and high tides on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The insurance sector has said it is impossible to provide blanket national flood insurance but stressed fixed defence schemes will greatly enhance th(...)

Gandon House: Bars placed on the window ledges at the Department of Social Protection, Amiens street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

The installation of “anti-homeless devices” at a Department of Social Protection office in Dublin was carried out by the landlord and not the departme(...)

Minister of State with Special Rsponsibility for the OPW Simon Harris. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris insisted a statutory national authority existed to manage flood-relief projects. He was(...)

 Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly following a briefing with the National Coordination Group in Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The body tasked with overseeing the river Shannon will be given powers to recommend legislative changes to Government, The Irish Times has learned. T(...)

Overhead view of flooding in Athlone. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Flood-defence work in Athlone should begin immediately if the cost involved is only up to €6 million, said Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden . The Off(...)

A resident clears out flood water this week from property in  Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s bill to cope with Ireland’s flood damage is expected to exceed €100 million, even in advance of another round of heavy rainfall due o(...)

Heavy rain and the threat of flooding can be expected for the next three weeks, Met Éireann has warned.  (Pictured above) A combination of high seas and high winds, make for a dramatic scene, at the Poolbeg lighthouse, Ringsend. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Heavy rain and the threat of flooding can be expected for the next three weeks, Met Éireann has warned. The unsettled conditions will not change for(...)