Independent councillor Johnny Healy-Rae, who proposed the amendments, warned earlier this year the region risked being turned into ‘a national park’

The planning regulator has criticised changes made by councillors in Kerry to a local area plan which would allow the construction of housing in a hig(...)

‘Anywhere you stand on Valentia Island is scenic,’ Cllr Healy-Rae said. Photograph:  Alan Landers

Councillors in Kerry led by Johnny Healy-Rae have unanimously backed veteran footballer Mick O’Connell and rejected strong advice from planners on zon(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

Kasia and Tomasz Gwis, originally from Poland, moved to Waterville Co Kerry, 13 years ago. They have three boys, Kuba, the eldest, Wojtek and Jasiu. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/The Irish Times

When Kasia Gwis followed her boyfriend Tomasz to the Iveragh Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland in March 2006 she did not plan on staying more tha(...)

The fossilised tracks found on Valentia Island were probably made by an animal with four limbs evolved from fish ancestors over 400 million years ago. Photograph: National Geographic

The site of Ireland’s 365 million-year-old tetrapod footprints on Valentia Island in Kerry has been temporarily closed to the public. The tracks whi(...)

Joanne Hayes at the Kerry babies tribunal in 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Contacts are continuing between the Department of Justice and Joanne Hayes, the woman at the centre of the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985, over compens(...)

A number of planned  follow-up interviews in the 1980s never took place as the focus of the investigation shifted to Abbeydorney and Tralee and to Joanne Hayes.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Gardaí investigating the Kerry Babies case began house-to-house enquiries on Valentia Island in Co Kerry on Monday morning. These are the first door-(...)

Beaghmore Stone Circles in Co Tyrone, a few miles northwest of Cookstown. Photograph: Ken Williams

Less than 100 years ago, dark skies dominated Ireland. For millennia, the stars guided farmers and helped form our earliest mythologies, while the cyc(...)

Atlantic horse mackerel off Malinbeg, Co Donegal, one of the images celebrating the pioneering work of Irish marine biologist Maude Delap. Photograph: Brian Stone

A diver’s eye on jewel and fireworks anemones, compass jellyfish and other marine creatures are among images celebrating the pioneering Victorian mari(...)

A man was injured in a fall  at around 5pm on Sunday at Murroogh (above), near Blackhead, in the north of Co Clare. The area is popular with climbers and hikers. File photograph: Google Street View

A man has had to be airlifted to hospital after being injured in a climbing incident in Co Clare. The incident happened at around 5pm yesterday (Sund(...)

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