Ben Kane: the author of historical fiction last year walked Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Combat Stress and Medecins Sans Frontieres  clad in full, authentic Roman dress. Photograph: NorthNewsAndPictures

Ben Kane, described by Wilbur Smith as “the rising star of historical fiction”, has written nine novels. The latest, the fourth in his Hannibal ser(...)

A photograph of Christy Brown sold as part of archived  auctioned by Bonhams in London today. The collection was jointly purchased by the National Library of Ireland and The Little Museum of Dublin.

An archive of material relating to the work of writer and painter Christy Brown, best-known as the author of My Left Foot, is to remain in Irel(...)

Preventing flooding

The battering received from winter storms and rain during the past six weeks has brought misery and flooding to many, along with understandable(...)

 A Fire and Rescue crew help evacuate residents from flood-hit homes adjacent to the river Thames in Walton-on-Thames yesterday. The Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron will continue to visit flood-hit areas of the UK today in an effort to demonstrate that he has a grip on the cris(...)

Swans with a submerged boat on the flooded banks of the River Thames in Chertsey, Surrey, yesterday. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Thousands of homes along the River Thames have been told to prepare for “significant flooding”, as the number of severe flood warnings in the south of(...)

Managing flooding

There were young people kayaking through floodwaters on St Patrick’s Street in Cork on Tuesday night. Yet despite the inundation of shops, cafés and o(...)

A friend will not, on principle, ever refer to the Aviva stadium in Dublin as other than Lansdowne Road. An avid (sorry) Ireland rugby fan and nationa(...)

An Taisce policy director James Nix said the challenge was not about interfering with the right of the UK authorities to make their own decisions, nor about being pro or anti-nuclear. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

A decision to give permission for a new nuclear power station on the English coast facing Ireland should be quashed, the High Court in London has hear(...)

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Police of 51-year-old Donal Drohan from Harrow, originally from Waterford  who died after a tree fell on his car in Watford. Photograph: PA

A 51-year-old man originally from Waterford, died after a tree fell on his car as he drove through Watford, north of London, shortly before 7am today(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: Nuclear politician Nuclear power is safe in this man’s hands – it’s David Cameron, going the full jumpsuit as he gives a speec(...)

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