Save Roscommon claims a committee set up by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly last June intends to recommend that the areas of Monksland, Bealnamulla and Hodson Bay (hotel pictured above) in  Co Roscommon should come under Westmeath County Council. File photograph: Google Street View

A group called Save Roscommon set up to oppose what it describes as State-sanctioned annexation of parts of the south of the county is to hold a publi(...)

Jim Casey of the OPW said all its gauges across the Shannon recorded a drop in water levels of up to 7cm over the last 48 hours, but emphasised the situation remains severe in areas such as Athlone (above, January 5th), where the Shannon remains 2cm above its 2009 peak. Photograph: Irish Air Corps Athlone

River levels continue to fall across much of the country, but Wednesday night’s heavy rain brought fresh flooding to houses in Co Wicklow. Parts of (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney Said the Government wanted to be “generous and fair” to people who needed help. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No limit has been set on the amount of compensation people affected by flooding can be paid under a Government assistance scheme. Applications from a(...)

 Flooding in Athlone. Major insurance companies  must do more for those who have been flooded, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Major insurance companies are making “sizeable” profits in Ireland and must do more for those who have been flooded or face a high risk of being affe(...)

Sandbags along the  banks of the east side of the River Shannon at  Athlone  keep the river from flooding houses in the Strand Area. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The European Commission has rejected suggestions that EU laws are to blame for the recent severe flooding in Ireland. A spokeswoman for the European(...)

What we must now focus on is delivering good quality affordable apartments in the towns and cities to meet the needs of our society. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The Housing Agency leads with the catch cry of “affordable, affordable, affordable” instead of the auctioneers’ mantra of “location, location, locatio(...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More rain could lead to an increased release of water from Parteen Weir, thereby posing a heightened flood risk for properties in Clare and Limerick,(...)

Aerial images of flooding in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Jamie Martin.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he will bring a memo to Cabinet next Tuesday seeking funds to cover the full costs of flood damage ca(...)

The  recycling scheme will not involve a new charge or tax on motorists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new recycling scheme will from next year to oversee the disposal of all waste tyres in the Republic. Repak End of Life Tyres will also contribute (...)

 Sally-Anne Berry on the site of her home   at the Labre Park halting site in Ballyfermot, Dublin.  She and her husband and two daughters, aged three and three months,  live in a small caravan.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sally-Anne Berry (24) has been “very afraid” for the safety of her young family since the night of January 29th last. This was when a fir(...)

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