Four more strikes are planned for 13 May, 20 May, 26 May and 27 May

NTA not yet considering action against Transdev

04 May The National Transport Authority has said that it is not yet considering any action against Transdev beyond imposing fines for the days when the Luas service is not delivered due to strike action.

Authorities urged residents to head towards evacuation centres

Canadian city threatened by wildfire

04 May A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of a western Canadian city has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said.

government has said up to UP Up to 3,000 Syrian and other child refugees are to be resettled in Britain over the next four years

Cameron backs down over Syrian child refugees

04 May Prime Minister David Cameron has said Britain will take more Syrian child refugees who had made it to Europe, in a move to quell a rebellion in his party before a referendum on EU membership.

The court rejected Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco's challenge

EU upholds law on cigarette packaging

04 May Europe's highest court has upheld a tough EU law on standardising cigarette packaging and banning advertising of e-cigarettes, paving the way for its adoption this month.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April fell to 8.4% from 8.6% in March

Unemployment rate eases to 8.4% in April

04 May New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the rate of unemployment continues to fall as the economy remains the fastest growing in the euro zone.

Mr Justice Brian Cregan last week said legislative changes are needed if the commission can proceed with its investigation into the Siteserv transaction

IBRC investigation gets two-month extension

04 May Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed he has granted a two-month extension to the Cregan inquiry, which is investigating certain transactions at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

The jurors were told they must decide if David Mahon bears criminal responsibility

Defence says Mahon had no motive to kill stepson

03 May David Mahon's defence barrister has appealed to the jury in his trial for the murder of 23-year-old Dean Fitzpatrick to find him not guilty, claiming the prosecution's case is threadbare and full of exaggerations.