Extreme weather events, involving storm surges, flooding and destructive winds, have become part of everyday life – and the situation is likely to worsen. Photgraph: NASA Earth Observatory/ AFP/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned of a “national emergency” as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia battered the country yesterday. After years in which succ(...)

A visualisation of the path of Storm Ophelia as it was expected to hit Ireland, from the Earthwindmap website

Just over a week ago, near Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean, there was a significant wave moving east. The essential ingredient for a potential hurric(...)

People on bridge despite road closed to Wooden bridge in Dollymount, ahead of Hurricane Ophelia hitting Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hurricane Ophelia has caused widespread disruption on the country’s roads, with fallen trees making many impassable. A Roadwatch has released a list (...)

Supporters of a yes vote at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach. Australians have been asked to take part in a non-binding postal poll to gauge whether voters want  same-sex marriage. Photograph: Steven Saphore/Reuters

Australia is more than halfway through an eight-week postal survey to gauge public support for legalising same-sex marriage, and all polling suggests (...)

Ulster Bank will keep all of its branches in the Republic closed on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The country’s main banks decided to close their branches in the Republic closed on Monday as businesses took precautions as Hurricane Ophelia swept ac(...)

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A storm red warning remains in operation countrywide as Hurricane Ophelia centres on the north of the country and begins to clear northeastwards. Eve(...)

Full room at the Resolutions on Health meeting at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis, in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times:

Fianna Fáil has passed a motion at its ardfheis opposing any effort to diminish the constitutional right to life of the unborn. Two conflicting motio(...)

Photo courtesy Gerard Prendergast.

An Irish athlete has won one of the world’s most difficult endurance races after running, swimming and cycling for almost 160 hours over the last 10 d(...)

Ruairi O Siochru from Tralee, Co. Kerry: “People in cities just don’t have time for religion.”

New census data on religion was published by the Central Statistics Office on Thursday. Jenna Clarke-Molloy spoke to people in Trinity College, Dublin(...)

Take a five-day break in Westport this winter for €219

Escape to the West for five days for €219 Take the train to Westport and enjoy five days of pre-Christmas fun in four-star Hotel Westport. Over three (...)