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Specialist crews from ENEDIS, the electric grid operator for much of France pictured leaving Midleton, east Cork, following their work helping ESB Networks. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

From Malin to Mizen and back – that’s how much conductor cable ESB Networks has replaced over the past seven days as repair crews worked around the cl(...)

Eoghan Murphy said he expects the issue of local government reform in Cork to be finalised within weeks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has defended his department officials over their handling of proposed local governme(...)

The former Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, which will return to its former name in January 2016

The grand dame of Killarney hotels will return to its roots next year, with a comeback for the monicker it held for more than a century. On January 26(...)

Labour TD Sean Sherlock said he had taken soundings on a daily basis from Labour Party members  and the clear view was the party should regroup in opposition rather than enter any coalition arrangement. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Labour TD has come out strongly against any move to re-enter coalition with Fine Gael to break the current impasse, saying he believed the party did(...)

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to create a Metropolitan Cork with a population of around 250,000

The chairman of a specially-appointed local government review group in Cork has said there is “almost universal” agreement among stakeholders to cr(...)

Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’. Photograph: Paddy Tobin

What is your favourite Irish plant? And no, you’re not allowed to say shamrock … Instead, I’m thinking of the thousands of wonderful garden plants (...)

 Fringe Festival at the Big Shed at last year’s Ballymaloe Litfest. Photograph:  Joleen Cronin

Ballymaloe Litfest continues its ascent If you haven’t yet been to Litfest at Ballymaloe, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important gl(...)

 Collins’s body at Shanakiel hospital, Cork in  August 1922. Collins was killed by Denis Sonny O’Neill at Béal na Bláth in west Cork . Photograph: National Library of Ireland

The man widely credited with shooting Michael Collins at Béal na Bláth in 1922 was awarded a State pension for his actions in the War of Independence (...)

Spain’s  Sergio Garcia: and England’s Justin Rose played in a 15-inch-hole event at the Reynolds Plantation resort recently. Photograph: Getty Images

Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures – some would say gimmick(...)

 A Fire and Rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-hit homes adjacent to the river Thames in Walton-on-Thames yesterday. The Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron will continue to visit flood-hit areas of the UK today in an effort to demonstrate that he has a grip on the cris(...)

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