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The protection of homes rather than beaches will be the priority for Government spending on flood defences, Minister of State Brian Hayes has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Local authorities may have to spend money intended for roads on bolstering and repairing flood defences, Minister of State Brian Hayes has said. Speak(...)

Amid flooding in St Mary’s Park, Limerick, where the river Shannon burst its banks,  Ger Hogan helps  to ferry people to safety.  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

, Storms and sea swells which battered the west coast at the weekend caused renewed damage to homes and businesses which had suffered during the flo(...)

 Fianna Fáil have the lowest percentage, with just 53 women candidates alongside 299 males, while Fine Gael are only slightly better – with 73 female candidates out of a total of 329. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

With the line-up nearly completed ahead of the local elections in May – when 949 seats are up for grabs in 137 electoral areas – Kerry and Limerick(...)

Workers at the German-owned Liebherr crane factory in Killarney on the picket line. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

A majority of Siptu workers at the Liebherr Ireland container plant in Killarney last night rejected Labour Court proposals aimed at resolving a four-(...)

Labour and Fine Gael Ministers  receive their seals of office at Arás an Uachtaráin in March 2011. A long-time Labour councillor Seán O’Grady has quit the party and accused it of pursuing “right wing policies” in Government.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

A Kerry-based Labour councillor has resigned from the party, saying he can no longer stomach the party’s propping up of “the most right wing” Governme(...)

Cannabis plants seized in Tralee this week were estimated to have a value of €1.4 million, Tralee District Courtt was told. Photograph: Getty Images

A 28-year-old Vietnamese fisherman has appeared at Tralee District Court charged with the cultivation of cannabis plants in a Tralee industrial estate(...)

The men – two Polish and one Irish man, all employees of McAuliffe Trucking of Castleisland – pleaded guilty last week to dangerous driving in what District Court judge James O’Connor described as a “scandalous” and “outlandish incident, regardless of the charitable motive involved in the stunt”.

Three articulated truck drivers are spending two nights in custody at a Garda station after a member of the public complained about a YouTube video in(...)

Tom Fleming, the Kerry South Independent TD, said, ‘It is very hard to comprehend how a modern civilised society can look at accounts rather than at individual people. There seems to be no discretion.’ Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

An Independent TD said yesterday it was “very hard to comprehend the insensitivity” with which ill people were being dealt with by the removal of thei(...)

Could told that the red deer in the Killarney herd are protected from shooting all year.

A man has agreed to pay €750 to the Department of Heritage for use in Killarney National Park and €2,500 to a court poor box as “an atonement to soc(...)

A man has appeared at a special sitting of Killorglin District Court charged in connection with a petrol bomb attack on the Killarney Garda station.

A man has appeared at a special sitting of Killorglin District Court this morning charged with arson over a petrol bomb attack on the Killarney Garda (...)

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