Ophelia Storm

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‘Fire appliances that would not be on the roads anywhere else in Europe are used here and many of the fire appliances we are buying are second-hand,’ the Oireachtas committee was told. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin Fire Brigade’s fleet is “absolutely sub-standard” and constitutes a danger to the public, an Oireachtas committee has been told. People before(...)

Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State for Finance: “The era of insurance companies saying ‘this is the way it is’, that’s not going to continue.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Legislation will be passed to force insurance companies to change the way they treat customers, Minister of State for Finance, Michael D’Arcy, has de(...)

Grainne Wynne, Beautiful South, Rathmines

Grainne Wynne was a stay-at-home mother of two when her husband’s business folded and she had to return to work. Having previously spent years working(...)

Tom Geary on his boat with Máirín Ní Churraoin at the pier, An Phortaigh, on Mweenish Island near Carna. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy. 23/11/2018

When news of another storm hits our screens most of us will batten down the hatches, but really only metaphorically. For islanders, on the frontl(...)

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The ending of the Good Friday prohibition on alcohol sales in Ireland led to a dramatic jump in consumer spending on the day while the arrival of the (...)

“Two extreme weather events occurred during winter 2017/2018, namely Storm Ophelia and Storm Emma. The severity of such storms and their effects on the healthcare system were profound”

A sustained surge in the numbers attending hospitals, insufficient bed capacity, staff recruitment and retention problems as well as a prolonged flu s(...)

Joe Ahern, owner Fána Tree Nursery, Ballyhooly, north Cork, surveys the damage caused by Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The owner of a tree nursery business in Co Cork has said it will take a decade to build his stock back up to what it was before storm Ophelia devastat(...)

Sean Hogan, chairman at the National Emergency Coordination Centre, at a press conference to announce details of storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Storm Ophelia caused almost €70 million worth of damage after it tore across Ireland on October 16th last year. The tropical revolving storm develope(...)

A man looks at debris at the scene in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali which has brought gusts of 91mph. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

A north Connemara community has expressed shock at the death of a Swiss woman whose caravan was swept off the coast in violent storm force winds early(...)

Margaret Cash with six of her seven children. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said there is clearly urgent need for a review of how State agencies deal with families who present late at night in need of emergency accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has defended its response to the housing crisis as it emerged families seeking emergency accommodation will be placed in commuter towns(...)

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