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In a world first, a drone has been used to rescue swimmers off the Australian coast. Photograph: AFP/Screengrab

A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to savi(...)

Emigrants who left during the recession say they are being deterred from returning due to high fees. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a big, game-changing announcement. On St Patrick’s Day in 2014, then minister for education Ruairi Quinn brought relief to Irish families scatt(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia arrives on court with the the Daphne Akhurst Trophy during the 2018 Australian Open Official Draw at Melbourne Park. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

If Johanna Konta wants to win her first grand slam title in the country where she was born – and she is among a slew of contenders hoping the absence (...)

Tim Paine has not travelled to Melbourne with the rest of Steve Smith’s squad for personal reasons. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Australia’s Tim Paine is a doubt for the St Stephen’s Day Test against England. The wicketkeeper has not travelled to Melbourne with the rest of Steve(...)

Australia’s Nathan Lyon warms up during a nets session at the Gabba in  Brisbane.  Photograph : Jason O’Brien/PA

Australia v England, Ashes first Test Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane Time: Thursday 12am (Irish time) On TV: BT Sport 1 To universal relief the phoney(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has 14 players unavailable and has to convince the remainder that the All Blacks are beatable. Photograph: Craig Brough/Rueters

Scotland v New Zealand, Murrayfield, 5.15pm - Live on BBC2 & BT Sport 2 New Zealand defeats on European soil are not quite as rare as Scotland wi(...)

People celebrate after the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result in Melbourne. Photograph: Luis Enrique Ascui/EPA

Prominent Australian economist Greg Jericho spoke for many with his tweet about Australia’s same-sex marriage survey: “So the Newspoll [polling compan(...)

Craig McMahon (grey cardigan) with his brother Alan (taking the pic), his partner Peter (white jacket) and my partner Simone (black top). ‘After today’s results we’ve set dates for our weddings within a week of each other.’

Parades and parties have been taking place across Australia today as people celebrate the Yes result in a postal survey on marriage equality. The pub(...)

President Higgins and his wife Sabina meet Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner (l). Also pictured is IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Australian travel company Flight Centre is to create 30 jobs in its operation in Ireland over the next five years, bringing staff numbers in Dublin to(...)

President Michael D Higgins addresses an Irish diaspora reception in Warwick, Queensland, that some of his relatives attended. Photographs: Maxwells

An emotional President Michael D Higgins apologised to Irish emigrants in Australia for the “broken connection” with family at home in Ireland and for(...)

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