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 Martin Mahon, Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association chairman county Clare; farmer Paudie Ryan; ICMSA president John Comer and  ICMSA general secretary John Enright: Mr Ryan  was  forced to evacuate over 100 cows   to neighbouring farms   three weeks ago. Photograph: Sean Curtin/Fusionshooters

Farmers believe that “birds, frogs and fish are getting priority over human suffering”, the president of the Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Associa(...)

 Noel Fallon keeps guard at  sandbanks between his house and the swollen River Shannon at Wolfe Tone Terrace in Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Noel Fallon has lived on Wolfe Tone Terrace in Athlone for 54 years. Today, he lives there with his wife and daughter. His three grown-up sons have lo(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: says if the value of a home has been diminished or totally cancelled, the valuation for property tax purposes should reflect that. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed that householders affected by the floods will not be exempt from the property tax. Mr Noonan said, (...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon  near Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Cabinet has agreed a number of measures expected to help control flooding along the Shannon and elsewhere, but will this latest investment have an(...)

Flooding in Bandon, Co Cork. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey defended the council’s response to flooding in Midleton and Bandon after the Church of Ireland Bis(...)

December was, unsurprisingly, the wettest month in 2015 with most stations in the west, south and midlands recording their worst conditions for between six and 13 years. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Virtually every part of Ireland experienced double or triple the level of rainfall normally experienced in December. With much of the country still (...)

Sandbags along the  banks of the east side of the River Shannon at  Athlone  keep the river from flooding houses in the Strand Area. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The European Commission has rejected suggestions that EU laws are to blame for the recent severe flooding in Ireland. A spokeswoman for the European(...)

The Government is to undertake a major reassessment of road damage in areas seriously affected by recent flooding as part of a package of measures to (...)

Boats in the lock at Athlone,   one of those built to improve navigation on the Shannon. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A series of former canals bypassing sections of the Shannon – including the river through the centre of Athlone – may have potential for future flood (...)

A photograph from The Irish Times property supplement of November 25th 2004  of a  field on the Knocklofty Road in Newcastle, County Tipperary. The sign says: “For Sale: Land Zoned Residential”.

The picture accompanying this column is from The Irish Times property supplement of November 25th 2004 - a time, of course, when the boom was getting(...)

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