Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paudie Coffey says failure of utility to pass test was down to a ‘marginal decision’

Enthusiasts cautioned against sensationalist media coverage about seagulls, including calls for protected birds to be culled. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seagull numbers have declined considerably over past two decades

Older patients, cancer patients, surgical and gastrointestinal patients are more vulnerability to malnutrition and dehydration.

Costs associated with malnutrition add up to more than €1bn of healthcare spending

Steve Garrigan from Kodaline and Gavin James performing at the fund raising concert in aid of the Berkeley Balcony families at the Academy in Dublin.Photograph: Alan Betson

Money from concert and online campaign will go to survivors and their families

The church in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

‘They took all of my money and my laptop, mobile phone and were looking for more’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald

Minister says new legislation will ‘modernise and improve’ the law

An Air Corps Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter in action off the coast of Co Kerry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Helicopter has completed more than 1,000 missions and saved hundreds of lives

Utility company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015 as 46% pay the bill

Middle-class children are more confident, feel happier and are less anxious than working-class peers, the ESRI has found.

ESRI study highlights importance of sport for fostering positive self-image in young people

Deparment of Finance second secretary general Ann Dolan giving evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Wednesday

Banking inquiry hears banks were not fully aware of capital requirements before crash

Niccolai Schuster’s picture at a candlelight vigil  in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

‘His smile was like 1,000 rays of sunshine. He was the love of our lives’

Friends of Niccolai Schuster wearing the red of Bayern Munich, his favourite football team, console each other  at his funeral at the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Friends wearing Bayern Munich shirts carry Niccolai Schuster’s coffin into church

Friends and family of  Niccolai Schuster, who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse,  carry his coffin into the  Church of the Three Patrons in  Rathgar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Parents pay tribute to student (21) who died in Berkeley balcony collapse

At DCU for the Digital News Consumption Conference were: Dr David Levy , director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Dr Jane Suiter, director of DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism and John Mulholland, editor of the ‘Observer’. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Minister for Communications Alex White says new measures cannot be retrospective

Irish people have taken to digital news with younger consumers likely to use smartphones while older generations use computers. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New Reuters report reveals digital habits of Irish readers, watchers and listeners

Gardaí believe people have information which could help their investigation into the death of Mark Burke.

Gardaí treated death of Mark Burke as ‘suspicious’ when body parts discovered

President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence at the Mansion House in Dublin for those killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department of Foreign Affairs, Colleges, Usit offering assistance and counselling

The Dáil select committee on justice worked through more than 400 amendments moved by Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

New legislation will replace Lunacy Regualtion Act and end wards of court

Tallaght hospital expressed regret after a 102-year-old woman waited for  26-hours on a hospital trolley in its emergency department.

Tallaght hospital pledges to bring in measures to reduce risk of repeat incident

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly has said the national longitudinal study of children, Growing up in Ireland,  was one of the most important strategic investments in data on children’s lives.

Project objectives include establishing effect of earlier child experiences on later life

At the Law Society of Ireland’s annual Justice Media Awards were Conor Gallagher, Carl O’Brien, Paul Scott, Law Society of Ireland president Kevin O’Higgins, Sinead O’Shea, Law Society director general Ken Murphy and Bryan O’Brien.

Carl O’Brien, Sinead O’Shea, Bryan O’Brien, Paul Scott recognised for direct provision project

The findings of the inspection at Gove House revealed an inadequate level of compliance with the Health Act 2007.

Hiqa report identifies problems with hygiene and fire safety at Cork care centre

Protesters bin their bills as part of a anti-water charge protest from Parnell Square to Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Groups will discuss non-payment of bills and potential to run general election candidates

To obtain a licence, a private investigators must provide a licence fee, a Garda vetting form, a certificate of compliance and a tax clearance certificate. Photograph: Getty Images

Customers and contractors face penalties of up to five years in jail for breaching rules

The officer has been suspended from duty by the Garda Commissioner.

Officer most senior member of force ever held in criminal investigation

Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys with schoolchildren Hiba Al-Marsoomi and Maeve Conroy from Divine Word, Rathfarnham, at Collins Barracks where they held a gathering to imagine the future of Ireland beyond 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Easter 2016 centenary event asks primary school pupils to imagine an ideal Ireland

Crimestoppers has appealed for information on the murder of farmer John Cusack, which happened on his farm in Co Limerick nearly 20 years ago.

Father of seven John Cusack (56) shot twice at his farm in Murroe

The Cari annual report said calls to its helpline over rape and sexual assault had increased by 43 per cent over the past three years.

Support organisation says circulation of photographs online causes ‘huge trauma’

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch said repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution to change abortion laws would be very “do-able” following the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Kathleen Lynch and James Reilly support constitutional change for abortion laws

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash (centre) with members of the Irish Society for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease and the IBD Steering Group in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Irish Society for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease recommends strategy on inadequate care

Nepalese people crowd outside on May 12th, 2015 during a fatal earthquake which followed a devastating quake late the previous month. Photograph: Goal

No Irish casualties reported in latest earthquake, says Department of Foreign Affairs

File photograph of Portlaoise hospital. The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said a Hiqa report on the hospital highlighted the ‘critical importance’ of a properly resourced health service. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

IHCA says Hiqa report on Portlaoise hospital shows need for well-resourced health service

The Splendida Cruise Ship is the largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Splendida docks with more than 4,600 passengers and crew on board

Motorcycles outside St Mary’s Church, Lucan, where hundreds of mourners came to pay their final respects to Aidan Lynam who died during a charity fundraiser on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Father-of-three who died during Down Syndrome Ireland fundraiser laid to rest

There will be scope for tax cuts and spending increases in upcoming budgets, according to the spring statement.

Noonan and Howlin outline aspirations for spending increases and tax cuts

Two women rest and sleep in a football field in Siliguri on Sunday  hit the region on April 25th.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

About 100 Irish known to be in region affected by devastating earthquake

The mural by Irish artist Joe Caslin on the side of a building on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Joe Caslin’s ‘The Claddagh Embrace’ may contravene city regulations, council says

Poster urging voters to reject a proposed referendum to the Constitution.

No campaign poster prompts "dozens" of complaints to Referendum Commission

Sinn Féin has pledged to introduce a mandatory living wage, which would be about €2.50 higher than the minimum wage if it is in Government after the next election.

Party says it will focus on increasing pay and improving contracts if elected

People who are overweight and inactive are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

New findings published in the PLOS ONE journal are “startling” sas Diabetes Ireland

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and councillor Kate O’Connell will contest the four-seat Dublin Bay South constituency for the party in the next general election.

TD and councillor will contest general election in Dublin Bay South constituency

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “Ireland’s welcoming reputation should extend to being an open, tolerant and compassionate home for our gay and lesbian workers”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Successful businesses reflect the diversity of the customers, campaigners say

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell, seen entering the Four Courts on Wednesday, has lost his appeal against a High Court ruling ordering him and his wife to vacate their Killiney Mansion in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins.

O’Donnells ordered to pay all costs in failed eviction case

A screengrab from a video posted on the Balbriggan and surrounding areas against water charges Facebook page showing an anti-water charge protester injured during a demonstration outside Fingal county hall in Swords, Co Dublin.

Frequently targeted local authority has spent €33,000 on security over past two years

Gardaí have appealed for information on an Audi A1 with a registration number 142-D-4628 used during the murder of Paul Kavanagh in Drumcondra. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Audi A1, reg number 142-D-4628, was found burnt out near Drumcondra murder scene

Dunnes workers on the picket outside the North Earl Street shop

Employees seeking better working hours and conditions from the retailer

Michael Doherty and Elizabeth Doherty, son and widow of the late  Thomas Doherty,   with Fred Espey, Sandycove Bathers’ Association, at the unveiling of a bench in memory of Mr Doherty -  a regular swimmer at the Forty Foot - who died while swimming there in 1987. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thomas Doherty died in water at Dún Laoghaire after three decades of daily swims

The €80 million to €100 million opera centre site will provide for a mix of office, educational, retail and residential uses over a five year period, commencing over the next 18 months. Photograph: Getty Images

Office, educational, retail and residential uses envisaged for €80m to €100m area

Harry Ringwood. Swiss police say the Irish man has admitted to murdering his wife in Switzerland.

Body of Galina Shevchenko (46) was found in couple’s apartment in Lutry

Electricity pylons near New Ross, Co Wexford Eirgrid says overhead lines are the most effective option for the North South Interconnector.Photograph: David Sleator

South east transmission system may only require upgrade, EirGrid says

The body of Galina Shevchenko was found in the village of Lutry in Lausanne on Monday.

Wife of Harry Ringwood, from Wexford, found with multiple stab wounds

Irish Water said households that have received incorrect bills should get in touch to correct their information. Photograph: Getty

Utility Company says thousands of incorrect bills likely to be sent out to customers

The scene at Grangegorman Road Lower in Dublin where up to 60 people remain in a complex  after resisting an eviction attempt on Monday. Photograph: Dan Griffin

External gates at the complex have been reinforced against security workers

Protesters sitting in front of a van during the stand-off on Grangegorman Road Lower. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Paramedics called after supporters injured attempting to impede van

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he was satisfied with the decision making process between Irish Water and his Government.

FF says ‘culture of secrecy’ surrounds utility company after report that meetings not minuted

An image from the North West SPCA Ballina Facebook page showing the breeze block that was tied to the neck of a dog that was drowned.

North West SPCA appeals to gardaí and members of the public over cruel incident

A worker cleans Temple Bar, Dublin, the morning after the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Emergency services at number of assaults as two held over Tallaght incident

A screengrab of a video showing an incident between a garda and a homeless man. A screengrab of a video showing an incident between a garda and a homeless man last week on Henry Street, Dublin.

Online clip appeared to show guard pepper spraying male handcuffed in a doorway

Dublin Airport. New figures from the CSO show the number of trips into Ireland as well as  trips out of Ireland have increased. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Tourism and travel statistics place earnings from overseas travellers at €947 million

The poem, When All The Others Were Away at Mass, which recalls a morning shared between the young author and his mother, peeling potatoes, topped an RTÉ poll to identify the best loved Irish poem of the past century. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Public vote Seamus Heaney sonnet as best loved Irish poem of the past century

The Body Worlds – Animals Inside Out exhibition opens at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin on Thursday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ambassador theatre exhibit shows circulatory and muscular systems of exotic beasts

Bus Éireann last month agreed to temporarily suspend plans to cut part of its Dublin to Cork Expressway service in the face of opposition to planned service reductions.

National bus company criticised as proposed reductions cut out ‘secondary areas’

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was important to address climate issues associated with agriculture, at the launch of a new forum on ‘climate smart’ farming.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New initiative to examine climate friendly practices and policies in farming

 Tourists take in the Molly Malone statue in College Green, Dublin.  Photograph by Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

New quality of living survey ranks capital ahead of every other city in UK and Ireland

Leo Varadkar said some people consider health insurance to be as important as home insurance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister ‘increasingly confident’ free GP care for under-6s will be available within months

A guard of honour is formed by friends and colleagues at the funeral of Irish Times journalist Carl O’Malley at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds gather in Dublin to bid farewell to sports writer and father who died suddenly

Foley is a former member of the Martin Cahill gang and has had numerous attempts on his life: Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins/File photo

Veteran criminal (64) and associate (37) detained after incident at Dublin jeweller

‘Every time there is gun crime it undermines the community’ says SF councillor

Delicate movement: Milorad Marinkovic holds an egg with his bionic arm. Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP

Three recipients of robotic arms had to undergo months of ‘mental training’ before they could control their ‘virtual’ hands

David McWilliams speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 26th, 2015.

Terrence McDonough of NUI Galway tells committee economy got caught in ‘perfect storm’

Overseas trips to Ireland were up by  9.1 per cent in the period November 2014 to January 2015 when compared with the same period 12 months prior

CSO figures show more trips being taken from United Kingdom and North America

Irish feelings about the EU will probably continue to be closely linked to perceptions about economic performance, according to the European Commission.

Eurobarometer show 53 per cent have a ‘positive’ view of the European Union

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan. A new value for money review on small primary schools prepared for the Department of Education recommended certain schools within close proximity of each other be amalgamated. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Value for money report says that amalgamation of schools of similar type is desirable

The Irish Aviation Authority said the Russian planes were monitored off the west-south/east coast from about 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Moscow trying to make some sort of point with latest excursion, says David Cameron

The winning ticket was sold in Claremorris, Co Mayo, last November.

Ticket holders have 90 days to claim prize from National Lottery office in Dublin

The family of the late former Sinn Féin official Denis Donaldson has accused the State of wilful obstruction in the investigation of his death nine years ago. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Former Sinn Fein official confessed to spying just months before he was killed in Donegal

Marco Buti, director general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, speaks before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Marco Buti and Dónal Donovan speak at Banking Inquiry

The Association of Childhood Professionals rally outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Demonstrators say Government needs to act to address sector’s low wages

Members of the anti-water charge campaign including TD Paul Murphy at a photocall outside Leinster House to announce a demonstration against alleged political policing. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Anti-water charge campaigners to demonstrate against ‘political policing’ on Saturday

The Air Accident Investigation Unit report said the pilot and the passenger launched from a ridge near Lough Bray Lower after which the pilot encountered what he described as the most aggressive turbulence he has experienced in his 14 years of flying.  File photograph: Thinkstock

Report on serious incident advises Irish Aviation Authority to review compliance by operators

A Garda forensic investigator examines the scene of the shooting in which Edward Nugent died. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Bullet holes visible at home of ex-truck driver, killed in suspected case of mistaken identity

Cabinet has agreed the general scheme of the new Road Traffic Bill. The  Bill will provide for testing for drugs at  roadside, as well as addressing other road safety issues. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cabinet agrees scheme of Road Traffic Bill, which aims to tackle road safety issues

Mumbai’s Malabar Hill. Travellers from India will now be able to visit both the United Kingdom and Ireland on a single permit. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish and British governments agree to mutually recognise short term visas for Indian visitors

Fingal County Council has called on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to let local authorites reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15 per cent, due to concerns about house price increases. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

County council calls on Alan Kelly to let authorities reduce LPT by more than 15%

The shop in which the winning €10 million lotto ticket was sold.

Store manager at Jordan’s Centra in Newbridge says there’s a ‘great buzz’ after win

The Revenue Commissioners said that more than 67,000 mandatory deductions have been made from wages or pensions to collect the local property tax this year. File photograph: Joe St Ledger/The Irish Times

Revenue working through property tax correspondence before moving onto compliance

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  “Will there be controversy into the future? Who knows? Life would be very dull if we couldn’t find something to focus on.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Howlin heralds ‘sea change’ in process but says it does not rule out future controversies

Gardai escort Fionn Braidwood (covered) into Dún Laoghaire District Court where he was charged with the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood at her home. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fionn Braidwood accused of fatally stabbing his mother in her Dún Laoghaire home

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone (centre) with members, supporters and campaigners for the transgender community (from left) Barbra Fay, Sara Phillips, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Lydia Foy, Sam and Deirdre Blanckensee and Victoria Mullen at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transgender rights activists query medical evaluation clause as debate starts in Seanad

 Independent TD Mick Wallace at Leinster House after  former minister for justice Alan Shatter lost his appeal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision over disclosures on RTE’s Prime Time. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Independent Wexford TD says he expects former minister to take case to High Court

An armed Belgian police officer guards a building of the Federal Police in Brussels on Friday. The Department of Foreign Affairs advised Irish citizens to remain vigilant when travelling to the country. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Foreign Affairs says citizens should exercise caution after counter-terrorism operations

Witnesses have been asked to contact Finglas Garda station on (01) 6667500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

Armed men tie up occupants of house, flee scene in dark coloured vehicle

A drawing from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Distributor uncertain whether retailers will receive copies of French satirical magazine

A detail from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Although 5 million copies of magazine are being printed none will be on sale here

Energy companies say they buy from wholesales in advance, so global oil prices do not have an immediate affect on domestic bills. Photograph: Bloomberg

Oireachtas committee chairman wants to hear from regulator and companies

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said studies show children are at risk when drinking raw milk. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaign for Raw Milk says matter should be down to individual choice

Liz Delaney’s pub said just because customers are unemployed doesn’t mean they should be excluded from normal social activities.

Liz Delaney’s was criticised for offering cut-price alcohol to unemployed customers

Bus Éireann hopes to increase the size of its fleet and expects to acquire about 200 buses over the next two years.

Company calls for more bus lanes, citing road congestion as a ‘growing problem’

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s compliance committee said it was not an “absolute requirement” that programme makers balance a show by including speakers representing each side of a debate. Photograph: Getty

Broadcasting authority rules that Marian Finucane Show did not need opposing view

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