All across Europe, measures are being taken to retain and slow down water flows from upland areas to avoid downstream urban flooding. Above, flooding along the banks of the Shannon near Athlone  in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More intense winter rainfall events as a result of global warming practically guarantee that flooding of the Shannon catchment region will continue. A(...)

If Sean Canney, former Minister of State for the OPW,   were to leave the Independent Alliance, it is understood   he would support the Government on a case-by-case basis.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Galway East TD Sean Canney is expected to clarify his future with the Independent Alliance on Tuesday following his failure last week to be reinstated(...)

A woman makes her way  through flood waters in Cork city on  February 4th, 2014. Flooding  had hit a large part of the country for a second day. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Business leaders in Cork have welcomed the OPW’s publication of its report on public consultation on a €140 million flood relief scheme for the city d(...)

 Members of the Independent Alliance Seán Canney, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Shane Ross and John Halligan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said it is time to move on from controversy surrounding a proposed trip by the Independent Alliance to North(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (second from left) with Minister of State Joe McHugh, Donegal county senior engineer John McLaughlin and council foreman Edward Ruddy when he visited workers at sites of destruction in Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accepted that funding will have to be increased in future to prevent major flooding events such as this week’s flash floods(...)

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal, after torrential rain and floods left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government needs to “substantially” increase its €430 million budget for flood defences to deal with extraordinary events such as this week’s flas(...)

Prominent anti-wind farm advocate Andrew Duncan, who is contesting the Mullingar-Kilbeggan seat for Fine Gael, is behind the pack.

With two of the three areas tallied in Westmeath, Sinn Féin are the unsurprising recipients of the protest vote, and look like taking a council seat i(...)