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A report by consultant architect Robert Perry identified the cause of the  balcony collapse as dry rot damage, which occurred along the top of the cantilever balcony deck joists (above). His analysis identified water damage between the joists and the flooring of the balcony, which was made of oriented strand board (OSB). File photograph:  Peter Da Silva/EPA

The balcony in California that collapsed in 2015 killing six students - five of whom were Irish - was built using unstable materials, a new report sug(...)

Graeme Blackmore, originally from Dublin, is a wine merchant in Berkeley, California

The first California Wine Week in Ireland is currently underway (May 5th-12th), with a series of tastings and promotional events to raise the profile (...)

The  collapsed fourth-floor balcony in downtown Berkeley, California,   on June 16th 2015: Defendants involved in the design and construction of the balcony  agreed to pay   compensation during the discovery phase of the civil litigation in the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

The families of the six students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse and the seven survivors will share more than $20 million (€18 million) afte(...)

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

The families of five Irish students and one Irish-American who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse in California in June 2015, and the seven survivo(...)

The six students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California: (Top left to right) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke. (Bottom left to right) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

The US construction firm which built the apartments in Berkeley, California where five Irish students and an Irish American woman died after a balcony(...)

An existing  section of the border fence separating Mexico and the United States, on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico: the new wall is required to feature an “aesthetically pleasing” colour – on the US side.  Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Wednesday marks the deadline for the hundreds of companies interested in building US president Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise – a “great, g(...)

Handover: President Barack Obama meets President-elect Donald Trump in the White House in November. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Murmurations of starlings twisting in darkening shadows are common in Irish skies, so the sight of little black birds swirling over Des Moines, in Iow(...)

The Rose Hotel in Tralee: its  Valentine’s package includes breakfast each morning and a specially designed five-course  candlelit dinner in the elegant surrounds of  The Park Restaurant

NEWS One fine stay Our hearts would certainly beat hard for the InterContinental’s V-Day special, an indulgent and saccharine-sweet overnight stay(...)

Smashed windows line an office building’s lobby following a protest against Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday. Photograph: Noah Berger/EPA

Hundreds of protesters at the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday smashed windows, set fires and clashed with police as they forced a ri(...)

Workers examine  broken joists of the fourth storey balcony that collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments in  Berkeley in 2015. Photograph: The New York Times

More than 800 balcony-like structures in the city of Berkeley, California have been found to require repair following inspections that took place afte(...)

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