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Swift populations are free falling; in the last 15 years, they’ve gone down by 46 per cent. ‘My notebook goes back 40 years,’ says bird expert Eric Dempsey. ‘Their decline has been very dramatic.’

Last summer, ornithologist Will Hayes of Birdwatch Ireland spent four months walking the streets of Tipperary’s towns and villages in search of swift (...)

Television presenter Marty Whelan in 2017. The biggest unclaimed win on the record was for a €4.3 million jackpot, dating back to June 2001. The ticket was sold in Coolock in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The attorney general has been dragged into a row between the Department of Public Expenditure and the National Lottery over €16 million in unclaimed p(...)

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. File image: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

A total of 59 candidates have been declared for European Parliament elections across Ireland’s three constituencies. As of close of nominations at no(...)

Gus O’Reilly (aged 6), from Navan, Co Meath, with Dr Paddy Gargan and Dr Cathal Gallagher of Inland Fisheries Ireland, at the launch of new National Salmon Scale Project.  Photograph: Andres Poveda

The Minister of State with responsibility for inland fisheries, Seán Canney, is seeking assistance from anglers to become citizen scientists for the N(...)

Hospital cleaners are among the thousands of support staff across the country who will be balloted on strike action. File photograph: Getty

The Government is facing a potential national strike by support staff in hospitals across the country including porters, security personnel, cleaners (...)

Caroline Dwyer: ‘We didn’t get to hear anything until the following day. I was at work, and my husband rang me. He said ‘Have you had any strange phone calls?’ ’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Caroline Dwyer was going through her emails the other day, and she found the last one her son, Michael, ever sent her. It was on Mother’s Day, March 2(...)

Grace O’Brien (12) and Katelyn Harrington (11), from Pouladuff Road, Cork. Katelyn’s book, My Friend Grace,  is up for an Aldi Foróige youth citizenship award on Saturday. Photograph: Michael O’Sullivan

Katelyn Harrington (11) from Cork city wants everyone to know her best friend Grace O’Brien (12) is “just like everyone else, but funnier”. Grace, w(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny: the VentureWave website lists him  as one of four people on its senior team

Enda Kenny is to take up his first business-related role since stepping down as taoiseach as an adviser with an investment fund. Mr Kenny, a Mayo TD(...)

Billy Kelleher: he is accused  of not taking the prospect of  taking  two seats in Ireland South  seriously

Fianna Fáil has issued internal orders to divide sprawling European parliament constituencies between its candidates to maximise the party vote. The (...)

Lester Cassidy with RTÉ’s Fergal Keane and  Irish Times angling correspondent Derek Evans at the new facility on the river Moy

“This new facility is going to be a life-changer for me,” declared Lester Cassidy following the opening of the East Mayo Anglers’ Association (EMAA) d(...)

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