Minister for Education Richard Bruton: his decision to close schools for a second day was widely backed by school bodies.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Schools are unlikely to be required to cut short their holidays to make up for lost time as a result of closures linked to Storm Ophelia, according to(...)

School classrooms remained empty for a second day on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Education has defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents. Minister for (...)

Fallen trees in Sutton, Dublin. Schools will be closed for a second day in both the Republic and North on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Primary and secondary schools have been told to close for a second day on Tuesday but most are expected to reopen on Wednesday. Taoiseach Leo Varadka(...)

Seán Hogan, Chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group during a media briefing on Hurricane Ophelia on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s National Emergency Co-ordination Group has urged people to not take unnecessary risks and to remain indoors on Monday afternoon. Hurrica(...)

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 300,000 properties are without power and three people have died as Hurricane Ophelia enters its final hours and has moved across the north west(...)

Historian Catherine Corless: wants an archeological dig on the site of the 19th-century castle, which was run as an orphange by the Sisters of Mercy. “We need to establish if children were buried there.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Galway historian Catherine Corless has called for a full investigation into the buildings and land around a former Sisters of Mercy orphanage before i(...)

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A storm red warning remains in operation countrywide as Hurricane Ophelia centres on the north of the country and begins to clear northeastwards. Eve(...)

 Dublin Bus buses in Broadstone Bus depot Dublin after services were cancelled as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Luas: There will be no Luas service on the Red or Green lines on Tuesday morning due to damage at a technical room at the Red Cow depot. It is current(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board, following a decision by the board’s ch(...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)