Seán Hogan, Chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group during a media briefing on Hurricane Ophelia on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group has urged people to not take unnecessary risks and to remain indoors on Monday afternoon. Hurrica(...)

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 300,000 properties are without power and three people have died as Hurricane Ophelia enters its final hours and has moved across the north west(...)

The projected path of Hurricane Ophelia as it passes over Ireland over the next 24 hours according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Ophelia is one of the most powerful storms in more than 50 years to approach Ireland. Its impending arrival on Monday has seen a status red(...)

Apprenticeships are expanding and offer brilliant opportunities to develop a wide range of skills. File photograph: iStockPhoto

I’m interested in exploring the option of an apprenticeship for my son, who’s due to sit his Leaving Cert next year. His strengths are in hands-on act(...)

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous(...)

Academic researchers and companies such as ESB Networks have been working on developing ways to feed renewable power back into the national grid. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

It is difficult to imagine it now but rural parts of Ireland underwent a technological revolution when electricity was finally delivered to people’s f(...)

The ESRI has upgraded its growth forecasts for the Irish economy. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Economic and Social Research Institute has warned the Government against cutting taxes while the economy is growing so strongly. In a blunt warni(...)

House-building: losing count

Government policy must first and foremost be based on correct and up-to-date information. In this light it is astonishing that the data on house-build(...)

According to the latest Goodbody tracker, in the year to August, 5,393 units were completed, up 77 per cent versus the previous year but coming from a low base.

Housebuilding activity in Ireland is “substantially below” what official data suggests, according to a new report casting further doubt on the accurac(...)

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea  feels his demand for a €5 rise in the State pension and disability and carers allowance will not be fully met.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea has intervened in budget negotiations to demand social welfare increases. The Sunday Independent (...)