Today's industrial action will hit 109 stores in the Republic

Thousands of Dunnes Stores staff strike

06.47 Around 5,000 staff at Dunnes Stores will stage a one-day strike today, in a dispute over low hour contracts, job and income security and the right to trade union representation.

The trawler sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean

At least 54 dead after Russian trawler sinks

07.15 At least 54 crew on a Russian fishing trawler have died and 15 are missing after it sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late last night.

There are currently 12,800 gardaí in the force

250 new gardaí to be recruited over six months

01 Apr Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has told the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors that 250 new gardaí will be recruited over the next six months.

Ruth Coppinger submitted a question on the detention of Ibrahim Halawa

Halawa family disappointed at minister comments

01 Apr The family of a Dublin teenager who is being detained in Egypt have reacted angrily to comments in the Dáil by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs that reports that their brother was tortured were unfounded.

Misao Okawa at her nursing home earlier this month

World's oldest person dies in Japan aged 117

01 Apr Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman recognised as the world's oldest person who credited he rlongevity to "eating delicious things" and getting plenty of rest, has died at aged 117.