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Showers pass across the Dublin Mountains as seen from Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schools, colleges, and early education services in nine counties will close on Friday due to a “multi-hazard” weather event during Storm Eunice, the G(...)

Colin Keane leads Straight Answer to victory in the  The DMG Media Irish EBF Maiden at the Curragh in August. He is likely to face  Godolphin’s National Stakes hero and odds-on favourite Native Trail at Newmarket. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The question as to who is the best of Ger Lyons’s powerful two-year-old team could become clearer if Straight Answer successfully lives up to his name(...)

Trainer Ger Lyons runs Sacred Bridge at Naas in the €300,000  Ballyhane Stakes on Monday. Photograph:  PA Wire

The second €300,000 Ballyhane Stakes takes place at Naas on bank holiday Monday with every chance of it supplying another lucrative success for one of(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny welcoming the  AEC-1 transatlantic fibre-optic cable as it arrived in Killala, Co Mayo, in August 2015. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Aqua Comms, a Dublin-headquartered company that operates a sub-sea transatlantic fibre-optic cable that link the US to Europe via the Republic, is to (...)

Waiting game: Holyhead Port freight check in on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Thursday’s early morning ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, one of the last before the January 1st imposition of a European Union trade border between the(...)

 Every year, about 450,000 freight units pass through Holyhead, which is run by the Swedish shipping company, Stena Line.  Photograph: Christopher Furlong/ Getty

A UK parliamentary committee has expressed “deep concern” at the failure to build border customs facilities for Welsh port traffic before Brexit comes(...)

Kober, an Asda-owned meat processing site in West Yorkshire,   has been confirmed as the location of a localised coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Danny Lawon/PA Wire

More than 450 workers at four food factories across England and Wales have tested positive for coronavirus. Kirklees council confirmed on Thursday th(...)

Nicole Drought in the Jordan 192 Formula 1 car at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida in  February.

Nicole Drought chuckles as she recounts the story about learning to drive on her grandparents land, scooting up the lane, reversing and coming down at(...)

The stricken   Fukushima  nuclear power plant in  2011. The accident at the   plant was unleashed by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Photograph:  Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Just two years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, was gamely trying to make a virtue out of a catastrophic liab(...)

Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

In Holyhead, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly work(...)

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