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The Climate Change Advisory Council last month warned Ireland was not on track to meet its EU 2020 commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and would struggle to decarbonise its economy by 2050. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland must meet its climate change targets or face substantial fines in two years’ time, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said the coun(...)

Cars in the flooded car park near the Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill during Storm Eleanor. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Met Éireann has issued a wind warning for parts of the country for the early hours of Thursday after Storm Eleanor brought heavy winds, rain and flood(...)

There is a certain onus on the host to offer a generous welcome without issuing too many pernickety caveats. Photograph: Getty Images

Blame the ads if you like, but it seems as though it isn’t the festive season until someone has gladly thrown open their hearth to all and sundry. And(...)

Every year (since 1924), the Order of the Knights of St Columbanus have provided a hot meal on Christmas Day for the poor and homeless of Dublin City and surrounding areas – with hundreds of volunteers giving up much of their Christmas day to feed several thousand people.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Christmas is known as the season of goodwill, but for many people this will involve little more than buying a few last-minute gifts and turning up to (...)

The PSNI and an Garda are calling for anyone with information on Lu Na McKinney to get in touch.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are appealing for information about Lu Na McKinney who died near Devenish Island in Ferm(...)

There were 497,721 people on the out-patient waiting list nationally at the end of November. Photograph: PA Wire

The number of people waiting for an out-patient appointment to see a hospital consultant stands at nearly 500,000, new data shows. Figures published (...)

Horses in a field in Cloughoge, Newry, as parts of Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow caused by an Arctic airflow in the wake of Storm Caroline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Heavy snowfall is expected across most of the country on Saturday night with up to 8cm expected in some places. Met Éireann has issued a status orang(...)

Engineers work  at one of the  fire-damaged sheds on a site  where  former waste collector Jim Ferry, whose arrest has been ordered by the High Court, dumped 38,000 tons of rubbish. Photograph:  North West Newspix

Donegal County Council has begun removing waste illegally dumped near Letterkenny by former waste collector Jim Ferry, whose arrest has been ordered b(...)

The Bahá’í mother house, known as the Lotus Temple, in New Delhi. The president of India has written to the Baha’i community and called on all Indians to, “Reflect on the life of Bahá’u’lláh, his vision for the unity of humanity and the monumental body of his writings about the moral and spiritual transformation of the individual and society”.Photograph: Getty Images

When Irish writer George Townshend died in 1957 his death marked the end of a significant period in Irish religious history. For this former lead writ(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney  at Government Press Centre on Monday evening. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is “disappointed and surprised” the British government was not in a position to conclude an agreement it had reache(...)

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