The Luas passing over O'Connell Bridge in Dublin city. Photograph: iStock

It’s January – the month where people’s lives return to normal after festive celebrations, reunions and fun. The time of the year when people hug thei(...)

Smoke billows from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Photograph: Handout/EPA

The navy began evacuating thousands of people stranded in tourist towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday as the escalating bush fire disaster an(...)

The remains of a car  destroyed by bushfires sits near a home in the town of Balmoral on Monday  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty

An Australian volunteer firefighter died on Monday and two others suffered burns after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid (...)

A New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service volunteer watches a fire burn bushland during back-burning near the town of Kulnura, New South Wales, Australia. Photographer: David Gray/Bloomberg

Christmas is likely to be a muted, even an anxious affair for many Australians this year. All the bushfire smoke that has been shrouding Sydney and Ca(...)

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) has declared a seven-day state of emergency as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. Photograph: Dean Lewins/Australia and New Zealand OUT/EPA

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) has declared a seven-day state of emergency as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfire(...)

Bridge running through the treetops in Kings Park, Perth, Australia

It’s a long way to Perth from Dublin, so the last thing you want is to be trapped in the middle of a row of seats on one leg of a 17-hour flight. The (...)

A file image of Ciara Glennon whose body was found dumped about 50kms from Perth in March 1997. Photograph: PerthNow,

in Western Australia An Irishwoman killed in Australia in 1997 ignored a warning not to accept a lift from a stranger the night she was murdered, a W(...)

A fire brigade member beside a controlled fire near Sydney, Australia. Crews are working hard after an  estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire following catastrophic fire conditions.  Photograph: Getty

Australia braced on Friday for strong winds that began to whip up bushfires in two states, potentially adding to a toll of more than 270 homes destroy(...)

Dr Mairead Heaney is originally from Galway and is  consultant anaesthetist and intensivist at Perth Children’s hospital, where this photograph was taken

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week Dr Mairéad Heaney, w(...)

Australian bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin. Photograph: The Way Overland

The families of a British-Australian woman and her Australian partner have pleaded for their immediate release from a notorious Iranian prison. Jolie(...)

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