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The role of butterflies as indicators of healthy habitats, and as useful pollinators, is only beginning to be generally appreciated.

“Mysterious and little-known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendour awaits . . ” EO Wilson, who first published the term (...)

Dromoland Castle, Co Clare: The five-star hotel was included in a recent security sweep by Irish and US officials. Photograph: Rhona Cashman

The manager of the Co Clare hotel being considered for a possible meeting between the Taoiseach and Donald Trump next month said that officials prepar(...)

White goods dumped on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Prosecution for littering offences is both ineffective and inadequate in Ireland, according to new research which reveals fewer than half of littering(...)

Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East: ‘Pressure was put on’ by people who wanted to support Mr Smith and not her, she claimed.

A Fianna Fáil TD standing for the European Parliament claims the party has given in to pressure to favour her running mate. Anne Rabbitte, a Galway E(...)

The inquest was conducted in Ballina courthouse by the coroner for North Mayo, Dr Eleanor Fitzgerald.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Cockpit video evidence showed that a 59-year-old pilot was “incapacitated” when his microlight aircraft departed from straight and level flight and pl(...)

Anne Rabbitte  at an Ibec-hosted debate in the  Clayton Hotel, Galway earlier this month. Photograph: Michael Dillon

A Fianna Fáil TD standing for the European Parliament has said the party has given into pressure of the “old guard” to favour her running mate. Anne(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon: Highlighted the activities of the GAA as particularly important in promoting and supporting Irishness among the diaspora. File photograph: The Irish Times

The introduction of an education tourism project which would see members of the Irish diaspora visit Ireland on a month long, State-sponsored trip sho(...)

Ballyhaunis Three: Seán Tighe, Bernie Waldron and John Devaney in New York. Photograph: @CBones705/Twitter

It’s a social-media tale of our times, and one that cheerfully fulfils the cliche that all 147 people in Ireland know each other. Around 5pm on Sunda(...)

Members of the Irish Farmers’ Association at a protest outside Cork City Hall. Photograph:  Michelle Devane/PA Wire

John Flaherty travelled nearly 200km from his farm in Castleisland, Co Kerry to join more than a thousand others in Ballinasloe, Co Galway to have his(...)

Corrib gas field: Vermilion says quarterly production down year over year due mainly to natural decline. File photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Limited

Production at the Corrib Field fell by 15 per cent year on year in the first quarter of this year, according to the new operator of the site off the M(...)

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