The weather deteriorated today meaning divers may not be able to start the search operation today

Anger after bodies found trapped in Korean ferry

08.20 Angry relatives of more than 200 people, mostly children, missing inside a sunken South Korea ferry demanded authorities act now to raise the vessel and hit out at officials, including the country's president, as hopes of finding survivors faded.

Tommy Crossan was shot dead at close range on Springfield Road in west Belfast yesterday

Man arrested over Belfast murder

08.20 Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan

Bluefin-21 is scouring a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean floor for signs of the flight

Underwater search for plane to end in 5-7 days

08.04 Australian officials supervising the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have said an underwater search for the black box recorder based on "pings" possibly from the device could be completed in five to seven days.

Captain Lee Jun-Seok receives help from maritime policemen to escape after the ferry sank

Arrest warrant sought for Korean ferry captain

18 Apr South Korean prosecutors are seeking arrest warrants for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized Wednesday with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said.

A suspect device was removed from a residential area in Co Longford

Suspect device removed in Co Longford

18 Apr The army's bomb disposal team is investigating a suspect device which it removed from a residential area yesterday near the Longford village of Drumlish.

Bluefin-21 is craned over the side of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370

Deep-sea drone continues search for MH370

18 Apr Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage.

Artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f (Pic: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

First Earth-sized planet found in habitable zone

18 Apr The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward as an international team of researchers has confirmed the existence of the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable" zone of a star.

The court heard the passenger armed himself with a large Toblerone chocolate bar

Court appearance after 'chocolate sword' threat

18 Apr A man has appeared in court in Hong Kong accused of making a hoax bomb threat on a flight wielding a chocolate bar "like a sword" and demanding that the plane be diverted so he could attend the Winter Olympics.

Emergency services remain at the scene of a serious car accident in Co Laois

Two hurt in Laois car collision

17 Apr An investigation is under way into a serious road accident in Co Laois in which a young boy and his mother were seriously injured.

Survivors and relatives wait for news in Jindo (Pic: EPA)

Rescue efforts continue in Korean ferry disaster

17 Apr Rescuers are struggling with strong waves and murky waters on as they search for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday.

The Bluefin-21 mapped the search area on its third attempt (Pic: EPA)

Mini-sub scans Indian Ocean search area

17 Apr A mini-submersible has completed its first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean as part of the search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

The minister said there is a 'mismatch' between the expectations of many potential parents

Inter-country adoption 'now about special needs'

17 Apr Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has said that "it is quite startling for the public in Ireland to hear" that inter-country adoption is now about older children with special needs.

Alex White said he had not been able to persuade the IMO or any of the representative bodies to meet him

Minister 'happy' to negotiate with IMO

17 Apr Minister of State with Responsibility for Primary Care Alex White has said he is very happy to negotiate with the Irish Medical Organisation on the scope and content of the contract for the provision of free GP care to children under six.