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The role of butterflies as indicators of healthy habitats, and as useful pollinators, is only beginning to be generally appreciated.

“Mysterious and little-known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendour awaits . . ” EO Wilson, who first published the term (...)

Seán Lemass addresses an election rally in Dublin in 1943. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty Images

A victorious Fianna Fáil party in 1932 feared they would be subject to an army coup led by a man allegedly responsible for some of the worst atrocitie(...)

Three-year-old Rocco Ulrich in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Compiled by Jennifer O’Connell, Damian Cullen, Sylvia Thompson, Leonie Corcoran, Lorna Siggins, Noel O’Reilly and Malachy Clerkin ANTRIM Carnfu(...)

A big thank you to everyone who nominated shops in our Best Shops 2015 competition which closed earlier this week with 31,126 nominations for close(...)

Ireland, Co Kerry: €280,000, Ger Carmody Estates

Ger Carmody Estates is seeking €280,000 for this house by the beach at Fenit, Co Kerry. We find properties for similiar prices around the world

Cannabis plants with a street value of €140,000 which were seized in Barrow West, Tralee this morning. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí have seized €177,000 worth of cannabis along with a handgun and ammunition in Tralee as part of an ongoing operation into the sale of drugs in (...)

The protection of homes rather than beaches will be the priority for Government spending on flood defences, Minister of State Brian Hayes has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Local authorities may have to spend money intended for roads on bolstering and repairing flood defences, Minister of State Brian Hayes has said. Speak(...)