Fine Gael TD for Sligo-North Leitrim John Perry: statement  issued after it was reported his wife began working for him as parliamentary assistant in January 2015.

Former FG minister says his wife will step down from role on his political staff next month

Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Gothenburg. Police believe the attack may have been gang-related. Photograph: Njorn Larsson/AFP/Getty Images

Police say no indication attack in Sweden’s second largest city was terror-related

FR6874 returned safely to Barcelona airport after changing course over Mediterranean

‘Spúinse as Uisce’ the first film to be released in Irish and English by a Hollywood company

Octopuses are known as dextrous creatures but are rarely seen on land. Above, Frieda, a young female octopus  opens a jar, which contains her favourite seafood snacks of shrimps, crabs and clams  in Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo. Photograph: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

Dramatic YouTube footage shows octopus seize crab on land before returning to water

 Malcolm Rifkind, who said he is to step down as an MP at the upcoming British general election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former foreign secretaries under pressure following undercover ‘dispatches’ sting

The Millward Brown poll  found that 70 per cent of those surveyed in the South and  54 per cent  in the North favour services in Irish being provided to those who wish to avail of them. Photograph: Getty Images

Nationwide Millward Brown opinion poll measured attitudes towards Irish language

The fuselage of a TransAsia Airways passenger plane being lifted out of the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 4th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/Military News Agency/Handout

Last communication from TransAsia Airways flight was ‘Mayday, Mayday, engine flameout’

James Robertson (56) walks about 4 hours in the morning and up to 6 hours on the way home every night he works. Image: Screenshot from gofundme website.

James Robertson (56) can’t afford to buy and maintain a car on his wage of $10.55 an hour

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro and president of Cuba’s University Students Federation (FEU) Randy Perdomo look at a newspaper during a meeting in Havana in this picture provided by Cubadebate. Photograph: Cubadebate/Reuters

State media publishes photos in apparent attempt to quell rumours of poor health

The Government has said the use of  airspace controlled by the Irish Aviation Authority by two Russian bomber jets on Wednesday is unacceptable. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Aircraft entered Irish Aviation Authority air traffic control area off the west coast

Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín also announced that a consultation on proposals for an Irish Language Bill will begin in February. Above:  the Carson Statue at Stormont. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Plan includes repeal of 1737 Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland)

Ruth Coppinger TD, Paul Murphy TD (centre) and Joe Higgins TD (right), at a press conference held by the We Won’t Pay campaign, in Dublin in November. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Socialist Party deputy ‘maliciously represented’ by some sections of the media

The photograph, issued this week, was taken using a special mount allows the use of standard cameras to take sharper pictures of Earth at speed. Photograph: ESA/Nasa

Astronaut takes crystal clear photo of phenomenon while traveling at 28, 800 km/h

President  Michael D Higgins was heckled during a school visit in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Derek Byrne refuses to apologise and withdraw his use of the word ‘parasite’

Fine Gael TD  Michelle Mulherin: The Mayo TD repaid  €2,000 spent on phone calls made  to Kenya from Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD confirmed she repaid €2,000 cost of calls made from Leinster House to Kenya

Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga (aka Doro Gowon) in north-eastern Nigeria taken on 2 Jan 2015. The image shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover. Photograph: Amnesty International

Images provide ‘indisputable and shocking evidence’ of attacks in which thousands may have died

Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill (left) at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2014   with former Coimisinéir, Seán Ó Cuirreáin (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coimisinéir Teanga resigned amid claims Irish was being driven to the margins

Kevin Spacey, winner of Best Actor in a Television Series -  Drama for ‘House of Cards,’ poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

More underhand political dealings and intrigue lie ahead in season three of TV drama

Met Éireann is expecting very disturbed and often extremely windy weather with the risk of stormy conditions over the following days.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Winds gusting to 120km per hour expected tonight with temperature drop to follow

2014 was the fifth consecutive year that the agriculture sector recorded the highest number of workplace fatalities.  Archive photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Last year saw the highest total number of workplace fatalities recorded since 2008

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Catholic primate of all Ireland warns against ‘cynicism or negativity’ in Christmas homily

A hardy annual:  A man in a Santa hat takes the plunge at the 2014  Christmas Day Swim at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Onlookers in good cheer as participants take to the icy waters for traditional Forty Foot swim

Rob Wright, a former Canadian secretary general of finance, addressing the banking inquiry this morning.

Freedom of Information Act cited as ‘dominant reason’ behind finance records deficit

Do you see your grandfather or grandmother in this photograph? A total of 63 individuals have been individually numbered in the hope that they might be identified by the public. About 12 have been identified. <a href=""> Photograph: </a> courtesy of Glasnevin Trust.

Glasnevin Trust seeks public’s help to identify members of cortege at 1915 funeral

The new service was launched at an event at The Foundry, Google’s innovation centre, at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Popular email service goes live as Gaeilge after over 60,000 terms are translated

A report on Vital Statistics 2012 published by the Central Statistics Office notes that France had the highest fertility rate at 2.01, Ireland was next at 1.99. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Significant developments and trends noted in 2012 CSO Vital Statistics report

Helen Lynch (25), who has been homeless in Tullamore for much of the last year, says she needs a permanent address in order for her son Charlie to go on the transplant list at King’s College Hospital in London. Image: Google Street View.

Child in danger of losing out on life-saving transplant because his family is homeless

Dónall Ó Héalaí who plays the part of the show’s protagonist, sociopath John Glynn.

Dún na doirse, gritty ‘celtic noir’ drama returns with a second four-part series

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has defended Enda Kenny, saying: ‘I could not see a leader who is further out of the bunker than the Taoiseach’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Ex-Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates claims Kenny is now part of the country’s problem

A motorist trapped in flood waters on Enniskerry Road, Sandyford, Dublin early this morning. Photograph: Harry McGovern

Motorists warned to avoid deep water as several areas affected by overnight rains

A screenshot taken from the video shows references to social media companies that have based themselves in Ireland in recent years.

Translation of Proclamation described as ‘insult’ amid claims over use of online tool

Designed by Dublin-based Zinc Design Consultants the stamps and a souvenir first-day cover are available from the country’s main post offices, at the stamp shop in Dublin’s GPO or online

An Post issues four-stamp set celebrating iconic status of video game characters

University of Arizona and Nasa publish website in Irish featuring images taken from Mars orbit

The dismantled device was handed over to gardaí for further investigation.

Army bomb disposal team called to a residential address in Bray last night

Pockets searched for winning ticket that will make Ireland’s newest multi-millionaire

Tellers struggle with tiredness during the count in  Ingleston Hall,  in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Here’s what happened overnight...

“People that are categorised as having a disability are not expected or helped to move into the labour market” - Dr Dorothy Watson

Children more likely to report not liking school and more at risk of social isolation

Google received 2 requests from Irish authorities for the removal of material from YouTube in the first six-month period of the year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Search engine reports 150 per cent worldwide increase in requests over last five years

Tánaiste  Joan Burton: Claimed Sinn Féin is “relentlessly opposed” to measures designed to encourage people back to work.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Labour leader claims Sinn Féin ‘relentlessly opposed’ to back-to-work measures

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald  today said no public funds were involved in paying for her business class flights on her Australian trip. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader says no taxpayers’ money used in purchase of €4,000 ticket

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Women represent 33% of Commission which includes 5 former prime ministers

The bombed buildings at the corner of Sackville street and Eden Quay on the banks of the Liffey in Dublin. The buildings were shelled by the British admiralty gunboat, the Helga, during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Meeting happened against background of Great War and promise of Home Rule

Father Joseph Mallin SJ. Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly said the families of those who participated in the events of 1916 should be central to the upcoming commemorations.

Senator says families of 1916 families should be central to commemorations

Siún Nic Gearailt, bean an tí ag Hay Festival. grianghraf: joe o’shaughnessy

Ealaíona chun cinn i bhféile na Mí

AC/DC Guitarist Angus Young on stage at Punchestown uring their Black Ice World Tour in 2009.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Seminal Australian band one of the biggest influences on hard rock and heavy metal

An Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says economic conditions more hopeful than at any time since beginning of recession

Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore: ‘We are monitoring the situation very carefully, particularly in eastern Ukraine. There is an urgent need for a de-escalatation of the crisis and for Moscow to engage in serious dialogue with Ukraine’s interim government.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste states concern about build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine border and repeats earlier call for de-escalation.

Of the 69 warrants issued by Ireland during 2013, 40 resulted in surrenders to Ireland. File photograph: Frank Millar/The Irish Times

Principal offences cited included murder, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences including rape and sexual abuse of children

Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to Irish. She used it to address guests at a special State Dinner in St Patrick’s Hall Dublin Castle in 2011. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

@Britishmonarchy Twitter account announces arrival of Uachtarán na hÉireann in London

 The President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina departing for their State visit to Britain at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel today. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President and his wife driven away from Heathrow in a maroon coloured Bentley flying an Irish tricolour

Decision not to proceed with proposed amalgamation with Ombudsman follows consideration of public consultation

The state banquet will be attended by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (right) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Adams says decision by Deputy First Minister to attend events ‘may cause difficulty for some republicans’

The FSAI called on food businesses to make sure they have a food safety management system in place. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Enforcement orders issued to eight businesses for breaches of food safety legislation

Declan Ganley : took to twitter to state his relief at landing safely at Newark Liberty International Airport. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Flight returns to Newark after aircraft suffers engine problem 10 minutes into journey

The front gates of Trinity College were seriously damaged in the incident. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí arrested 68-year-old after he smashed his way out onto College Green

Tony O’Brien, Director General HSE Health Services Executive. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No alternative to deployment of national ambulance control centre, head of HSE says

GSOC commissioners Simon O’Brien and Carmel Foley photographed arriving for the Public Service Oversight Committee meeting at the Oireachtas in Leinster House in February.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Controversy originates with Gsoc investigation into arrest and assault of 39-year-old man in 2010

One City One Book festival described as ‘world-leading example’ of how to promote literature

Tesco has designated a till at the company’s Headford Road branch for Irish speakers on foot of the positive reaction to the introduction of bilingual signage throughout the shop last summer.

Supermarket chain ‘actively’ considering the introduction of Irish self-service checkouts

Robbie the Robot is powered by rechargeable high density lithium-polymer batteries and is controlled via an iPad control interface.

Prototype robot built following challenge by Cork teenager Joanne O’Riordan

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan who declared today that he is planning to run the  European elections.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim announces intention to stand via twitter

A woman holds a candle during a vigil at College Green, Dublin, remembering those lost to suicide

Report uses suicide data as an indicator to measure levels of violence against children

Drivers who are engaged in a telephone conversation while driving do so at the expense of their peripheral vision.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Increasingly distracting capabilities offered by smartphones can have deadly consequences

This screengrab of the video shows the woman being dragged from the middle of the road onto a bus lane on John Street. The officers then drive off in an umarked car.

Derry footage ‘raises questions of the most serious nature,’ North’s policing board says

File photograph  of a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance. A spokeswoman for the Dublin Fire Brigade said the service is taking the incident ’very seriously’ and confirmed that an investigation has been started to determine the cause of the fault.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade taking St Patrick’s Day incident ‘very seriously’

The confidential recipient’s role is to receive and process Garda complaints about irregularities within the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Retired District Court Judge Mr Patrick McMahon replaces Oliver Connolly who was sacked last month

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Report includes recommendation that a system be introduced immediately to ensure that all penalty points are endorsed on driving l(...)

Newly appointed Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill (left) at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin last week to honour former Coimisinéir, Seán Ó Cuirreáin (right). Mr Ó Domhnaill  today thanked his predecessor, saying he has been “a great source of encouragement”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Rónán Ó Domhnaill says he is under 'no illusions about the challenges' that lie ahead for his office

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: issued statement ahead of  presentation of report to Cabinet. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil critical of leak but welcomes ‘apparent vindication’ of whistleblowers

Political strategist Frank Flannery who has resigned from his roles with Rehab and Fine Gael with immediate effect.

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee expects former strategist to ‘co-operate fully’ with the PAC

Screengrab of the Minister of State at the Department of the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley at the Oireachtas sub-committee on the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language this afternoon.

Proposed changes to Official Languages Bill include end of Government requirement to publish policy documents in Irish

Minister says Irish drilling arrangements similar to other European countries

President Michael D Higgins  and  former coimisinéir teanga Seán O’Cuirreáin at yesterday’s reception at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Higgins’ comments made at reception for former coimisinéir teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin

A boarding school was established on the site in 1823 and the property was extended between 1863 and 1903 to include the concert hall and gymnasium buildings.

Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh to start lessons in September after 10-year campaign

Recently freed Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko listed as speaker at Dublin event

Taoiseach Enda  Kenny said today he hoped the Ukraine crisis can be resolved ’by diplomacy, by negotiation, and that people don’t get into a position where the economies of Europe and beyond are destroyed’.

Gilmore is due to meet the Russian Ambassador to Ireland today

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter has appointed a senior Department of Justice official as the first chief executive of the new Charities Regulatory Authority. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former Department of Justice official Úna Ní Dhubhghaill named as head of new agency

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin speaking to choral students from Colaiste Mhuire, Cabra, Colaiste Bhríde, Clondalkin, and Holy Faith in Killester and Clontarf at the launch of the Emmanuel Concert Series for 2014.This years concerts will remember soon to be saints John Paul II and John XXIII in song and prayer. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Over 2,000 students from 61 schools to sing in four languages at series of Dublin concerts

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Allegations of Garda misconduct to be investigated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seán Guerin to assess allegations of Garda misconduct given to Taoiseach by Fianna Fáil leader

Mr Justice John Cooke will conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Retired High Court judge John Cooke to investigate reports of surveillance at GSOC

Mr Justice John Cooke will conduct the independent inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Judge John Cooke to conduct inquiry into reports of surveillance of the Garda Ombudsman Commission

A section of the crowd at Lá Mór na Gaeilge outside Dáil Éireann on Molesworth Street today. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Protest held to highlight treatment by Governments north and south of Irish-language speakers and Gaeltacht communities

The Chieftains in September 1975. Sean Potts, Sean Keane, Michael Tubridy, Martin Fay, Paddy Moloney, Peadar Mercier and, seated in front, Derek Bell. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

Family recall a champion of Irish culture, a proud GAA supporter and a man who ‘lived for music’

Residents in Cork, Kerry and Limerick have been issued with “boil water” warnings after the supply of clean water from treatment plants was interrupted due to electricity power outages. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Boil water notice issued in several counties as precautionary measure

High winds, driving rain and snow reported across the State with warning over flooding

A section of a 2km line of sandbags along the Shannon river at St Mary’s Park, Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Tens of thousands without crucial services as repair efforts continue across the country

ESB crews working in north Kerry . Crews from Northern Ireland have been drafted in to help restore power to thousands of homes in Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

ESB working ‘against the clock’ to complete repairs before next storm tomorrow

Thousands are expected to line the route of this year’s Galway International Rally.

Festival of Youth Orchestras, RBS 6 Nations Championship, Other Voices and the Galway International Rally

Bagpipe players march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York on Saturday. Photograph: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Labour TD says Government should not attend event over exclusion of gay and lesbian groups

Undated photograph of DCU student Patrick Halpin (18)

Police expect postmortem to be carried out within the next day or two

Hashtag ‘#corkfloods’ featured in 10,758 tweets over 24-hour period

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city. Flooding has hit  parts of the country today as forecasters warn of more high winds and heavy rain. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Status yellow warning remains in place in many parts

Residents use a boat to navigate flood waters after a flash flood on the Lee Estate in Limerick City. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says Government to consider applying for EU flood relief funding

Featuring authentic Chinese performances such as dragon and lion dances, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival takes place in the Temple Bar area this weekend. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, GAA spring series and the Merriman Winter School in Limerick

A yellow weather warning issued this morning by Met Éireann remains in force but will be replaced overnight with a status orange weather warning as conditions deteriorate. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Rain and high winds to batter the country as flood warnings issued around the coastline

EirGrid says the money will be offered as part of a two-pronged €50m “community gain mechanism” it has adopted in recognition of the visual impact of the high-voltage network. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company has already proposed sliding scale of payments for properties near new pylons

A spokesman for the Dublin Fire Brigade said they were still taking calls from residents on the northside of Dublin who were concerned about smoke still being emitted from the site. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Oxigen spokesman hopeful 120 staff can be redeployed to avoid job losses

Met Éireann issued an nationwide orange alert for wind gusts of up to 130km/h in some western and southern coasts.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Orange alert still in place as Met Éireann forecasts ‘severe and damaging’ gusts

Eight units of the Dublin fire brigade are at the scene of the fire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

EPA warns residents in path of smoke plume over poor air quality

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