Siptu’s organiser for the agriculture, ingredients, food and drink sector Michael Browne said  many of the union’s members working at other meat-processing facilities had been told they would be paid as normal for downtime during Storm Emma. File photograph: Getty Images

One of the leading meat-processing companies in the Republic has forced employees to sacrifice two days of annual leave because it was unable to open (...)

Tallaght hospital said those who were unable to attend work at the hospital because of the severe weather would receive pay without any deduction. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Staff at Tallaght hospital who attended work throughout Storm Emma are to receive two days’ annual leave. Those who were unable to attend work at the(...)

Irish Rail contractors make repairs to the line which has subsided underneath the track at near Inch, Co Wexford between Arklow and Gorey.  Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Rail services on the Dublin to Rosslare line will be disrupted until early next week at least as a result of a landslide north of Gorey in Co Wexford.(...)

A resident walks home with her groceries along a snow-covered road in Kilteel, Co Kildare. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Seven days after the snow arrived, Seán Ó Dubhlaing is finally preparing to open the doors of Kilnamanagh National School to pupils this morning. Sno(...)

People cross  O’Connell Bridge in Dublin during Storm Emma.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (ITBS) has issued an urgent appeal for donors to to give blood in the wake of the severe weather last week. Storm(...)

A  digger clears snow from a road in Kilteel, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

The Government will fund the “exceptional and unbudgeted” costs local authorities ran up reacting to the severe weather and heavy snow last week, foll(...)

Water shortages underline the argument for a single water utility. Photograph: Getty Images

During the height of Storm Emma, a water crisis did not really feature on the horizon of most people’s list of inconvenient consequences. But as the(...)

Lidl at Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght: The roof is a tangled jumble of wooden slats and poles. The Lidl sign is hanging at an angle and the perimeter fence around it is boarded up.

As a matter of principle, Scoil Aoife Community National School opened its doors on Monday morning though it could have been excused for staying shut.(...)

Army Private Patrick Macken clears snow to open up a path to Thomas Jones’s farm in Blessington, Wicklow. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fallout from Storm Emma will affect water supplies, health services, farmers, businesses and householders into next week and beyond, authorities h(...)

 Empty bread shelves  in a supermarket in Bath, England, during the recent extreme weather. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Pat The Baker and Old Mr Brennan have expressed hope that the widespread panic-buying of bread ahead of and during the so-called “Beast from the East”(...)

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