Minister for  Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten warned that Brexit made it now essential that Ireland ramp up its production of renewable energy as much of our energy is sourced through the UK.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Renewable Energy Incentive scheme will not make same mistakes, says Denis Naughten

Ireland has 840,000 premises in need of high-speed broadband.

More than 90% of State’s premises to be covered by fast broadband by end of decade

Students at St Cronans Boys’ National School, Bray, Co Wicklow, taking part in a Music Generation class. From left: Tutor Tim Doyle, Casey Earls, Ultan Moran, Ronan Hogan, Luke Shiel, Christopher Jensen and Alex Coogan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ambitious plan aims to provide musical education for as many young in Ireland as possible

Garda at the scene of the fatal shooting near Citywest in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Victim in his late 20s was shot multiple times as he sat in a car at Fortunestown Lane

Dublin fans in Smithfield Square. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kevin McManamon is saviour turned singer as jubilant fans celebrate three-in-a-row

Dublin’s Dean Rock lifts the Sam Maguire Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Lord Mayor praises All-Ireland winning team as ‘one of the best we have ever seen’

Irish Times readers share their experiences of shared toilets and one-bar electric heaters

Among Ryanair’s cancellations yesterday and today were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Cancellations to last six weeks as airline works to improve ‘system-wide punctuality’

Ryanair says it intends to cancel 40 to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because its staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Airline warns of mass cancellations as staff need to catch up on holiday entitlement

Eurovision song contest: Ireland has failed to qualify for the final on the last four occasions. File photograph: Getty Images

Only professional songwriters and performers wanted to break dismal losing streak

Associate editors Dr John Borgonovo, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Crowley  launching  the ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ in Dublin. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Authors hope detailed 1,000-page book will inspire young historians 20 years from now

Eimear Kennedy (15) who got an A in Italian having learnt the language using the Duolingo website and app, and watching  YouTube clips.

Eimear Kennedy (15) picked up the language from online tools Duolingo and YouTube

100 years ago this week L-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney,  won the VC for an extraordinary act of endurance.

Rathdowney man Jack Moyney endured days of enemy fire before leading men to safety

 Among the tweets Dr Steven Salaita sent were: “If you’re defending #Israel right now, you’re an awful human being. Photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images

Dr Steven Salaita sued university after being denied job because of anti-Israel tweets

Councillors in the Tuam area of Co Galway have opted not to remove a memorials to Confederate soldier Richard ’Dick’ Dowling. Image: Wikipedia.

Councillor says removal of memorial celebrating Richard Dowling not a ‘top priority’

Baroness Nuala O’Loan after receiving an honorary life membership to the RDS. She said an outsider would not come with the “historic baggage of what had gone before”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former police ombudsman says new commissioner must show ‘integrity is not negotiable’

Claire O’Dwyer (75) training for the Liffey Swim, which takes place on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Record-breaker Claire O’Dwyer wants to see more women her age swimming at her level

Prof Steven Salaita became a cause célèbre for academic freedom in the United States, whose case contributed to the resignation of the chancellor of the University of Illinois, Phyllis Wise, in August 2015. File photograph: Armando L Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty Images)

Prof Steven Salaita, who lost out on academic post over tweets against Israel, to speak at event

Nine items of Nazi memorabilia will go on auction as part of Whyte’s The Eclectic Collector auction on Saturday

‘It is history. I defend the right of collectors to collect what they like,’ says Ian Whyte

The footage was captured on a mobile phone and shows a man riding the pony through the Cabra House pub

Footage shows customers cheering as horse is ridden by man through north Dublin pub

Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan with their Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for 'Two Against Nature' in  2001. Photograph: Sam Mircovich/Reuters

Band are due to play their first gig in Ireland for more than 20 years in October

Electric Picnic: apparently abandoned tents in Stradbally. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

It's a sad way to end what's been a great weekend, says Friends of the Earth

 Chris Rock:  Ticket holders will be given a device called a Yondr Pouch in which their phone will be locked for the duration of the comedian’s performance. Photograph: Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Comedian urges fans to stop becoming the ‘paparazzo of your own life’

Irish summer: there was plenty of umbrella weather this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was wetter, cooler and duller than average nearly everywhere, according to Met Éireann

All-Ireland champions: Galway captain David Burke with Martin Cummins at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, in Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Canning: ‘I went to bed at 1.30am. I couldn’t stick it’

Chris Patten will speak about his recently released biography ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

UK’s Chris Patten, novelist Robert Harris and war correspondent Martin Bell to attend

Gardaí searching in the Wicklow Mountains where the remains of  Patricia O’Connor were found. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Remains of Patricia O’Connor (61) found scattered in Wicklow Mountains in June

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the homelessness crisis was “neither resources, nor money nor ideology. A huge amount is being done but clearly more is needed.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister urges councils to come up with ‘tailored’ solutions ahead of emergency summit

A rainfall radar image from 11am on Saturday slowing a band of rain moving over the country from the southwest. Met Éireann has warned of the potential for flooding overnight in some counties with up to 50mms of rain forecast.

Met Éireann says 50mms of rain expected in Kerry, Cork and Waterford over 12 hours

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he would not use his contacts with the IRA to help in the investigation into Tom Oliver’s murder because of his experience with the Stack family. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin president says he is reluctant to use his ‘influence’ in Tom Oliver murder inquiry

Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor, a former school principal, said she believes ‘everyone who does the same job deserves the same pay’.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform says issue cannot be dealt with in isolation

NUI Galway confirmed there are 90 toilets across campus for students with a physical disability of which 14 are also designated as gender neutral

Disabled campaigner describes change as political correctness

New name: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Photograph: PA

Broader remit sees new title of Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Alan Hawe  with his wife Clodagh and their three children, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Fr Felim Kelly, the parish priest of St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan, Co Cavan, who said Mass for Alan Hawe this week said, “My role as a priest is to preach the gospel”.

‘Mass is offered for sinners, saints and whomever. We don’t discriminate’

Alan Hawe (40) who killed his wife Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) a year ago. Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

Small crowd attend anniversary Mass for killer of wife and children in Cavan

Junior infant Joe Fahy from Dundrum on his first day at school at  St Olaf’s NS, Balally Drive, Dundrum, Dublin 16.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Most new junior infants at St Olaf’s in south Dublin see school as part of an adventure

Thomas “Bang Bang” Dudley

Plaque erected to Thomas Dudley, a playful son of the city who always stuck to his guns

Tim Findlen and Joel Eckhaus with Tony Boland (R), director of Sunday’s Ukelele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s annual ukulele festival demonstrates the instrument’s phenomenal appeal

Rory Cowan with his mother, Esther, in 2012. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor Rory Cowan is happy with his decision to quit hugely successful comedy show

 A general view of the boardwalk on the river Liffey. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Owen Keegan said he witnessed drug taking around the council offices in Wood Quay

Cork celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup after their victory in 2015. The All-Ireland camogie final has been designated free to air. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Games join Olympics and World Cup as deemed to be ‘of major importance to society’

The plaque to Major Richard ‘Dick’ Dowling which was erected in Tuam Town Hall in 1998. Photograph: Wiki Commons

Man arrested for attempted bomb attack on statue to Tuam-born Richard Dowling in US

The divers drifted far away from their dive boat because of strong currents around Dalkey Island.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two men were swept away from their dive boat by strong tides at Dalkey Island

Michele McCormack (Chicago Rose 1985)

‘I know the Rose of Tralee drives the Irish crazy. But it is nice to be part of something bigger’

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

Met Éireann issues weather alert for 19 counties and warns of flooding risk

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele being unveiled near the village of Zonnebeke outside Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Daphne Vangheluwe

Monument placed where nationalists and unionists together in Belgium 100 years ago

Phillip Leonard (34) died on Monday from injuries he sustained during an attack on a city centre street in Birmingham.  Photograph: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

Phillip Leonard (34) died two weeks after an assault in the city centre

Garda handout picture of Craig Boylan (16)

Craig Boylan (16) last seen in his native village on Tuesday

Heavy rain over the next 24 hours will be followed by the remnants of Hurricane Gert now crossing the Atlantic.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Rain and heavy winds expected to add to an already exceptionally wet month

The distance between Dover and Calais is 34km in a straight line, but the current took Wesley Nolan in an S shape across the channel, so by the end he had swam 61km. Photograph: Facebook

Wesley Nolan swam for 16 hours to raise funds for Irish Deaf Society

Mark McAuley on Miebello picked up 12 faults during his final round. The Aga Khan Trophy was won  by the all-female American team. Photograph: Alan Betson

Flamboyant Frenchman commands 12 horses in mesmerising display

Venezuelan anti-socialist protesters face off against a pro-Venezuelan government demonstration outside the US embassy in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Workers’ Party hosts protest outside US embassy, Venezuelans rally opposite them

Fr Willie Doyle SJ, died, as he had lived, in the service of others. He was killed alongside three other Irishmen who had taken refuge in a shell hole, 100 years ago this month. Photograph: Irish Jesuit Archives

‘Even in this secular age, there is much wisdom, love and humility in his teachings’

There is some concern that the overall rate of eligible women who took up their offer of  screening  has fallen from 76.5 per cent in 2014 to 74.7 per cent in 2015, despite a high-profile television advertising campaign.

Head of national screening programme says it is saving lives as 146,000 women screened

 Opponents say the recent referendum has effectively given Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro dictatorial powers. Photograph: Miraflores Press/EPA/

International observers should visit country and ‘see human rights being violated’

Nazis: Hermann Goering  with Adolf Hitler in 1937. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

Hermann Göring listed as first of Count Gerald O’Kelly’s ‘many German clients’

Luas Cross City: the south quay is closed at O’Connell Bridge until 6am on August 12th, while a temporary road surface is replaced

Diversion around south-quay closure at O’Connell Bridge. North-south traffic flowing

Quay Street was thronged with visitors during Race Week. Photograph: iStock

Does race week really live up to its billing as ‘rag week for adults’?

Aoife McCana, left,  winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races and Oniesa Owens,  Cavan, who won for Best Hat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aoife McCana wearing Ghost was the unanimous choice of the judges at Galway Races

Joseph Fagan (91) from Moate, Co Westmeath,  75 years coming to   the Galway Races. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dedicated punter has attended the races at Ballybrit every year since 1942

Irish Guards arrive at the Tyne Cot Cemetery as part of the Centenary of Passchendaele. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Francis Ledwidge commemorated in day to mark battle that cost 500,000 casualties

Brian Wilson.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Punter paid almost €1,000 for two tickets that did not exist for ‘Pet Sounds’ gig

Francis Ledwidge served as a lance-corporal on the Flanders front. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ledwidge’s patron penned a moving tribute to him in ‘The Irish Times’ after his death

Ledwidge was killed by a shell on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele while serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Trinity academic calls for greater understanding of poet killed in first World War

Granny’s House is a much-loved installation which allowed festival-goers to find a moment’s repose from the din outside

Well-loved art installation Granny’s House stolen from festival site at Stradbally

The National Memorial is a place of contemplation and remembrance. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Crew of Rescue 116 and 86 Irish soldiers among those remembered at Merrion Square

Motorists in Dublin face severe disruption for a week with Luas Cross City works closing off the south quays in the city centre

South quays will be closed to traffic for a week for road reconstruction

Cathal Mac Coille has retired at the age of 65

Fellow RTÉ presenter Rachael English praises Mac Coille’s ‘decency and kindness’

Bertie Ahern on Sky News on Friday

Former taoiseach says Governments need to agree common border stance

Currently Irish customers can only book a taxi or limousine through the Uber app rather than a private car. Photograph: PA Wire

‘Undesirable’ Limerick pilot programme is rejected by National Transport Authority

An Post has issued a new stamp to commemorate the centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge.

Slane-born poet and soldier was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele

Students Oian MacMichael (left) and Luis Alberto Canizares walk through the I-LOFAR  in the grounds of Birr Castle in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New radio telescope will be able to detect the faintest signals from the universe

Image from Michael Heffernan’s video of mini-tornado in Co Kildare.

Michael Heffernan witnessed stunning images of hay being thrown around

RMS Lusitania: the main ship’s telegraph has been recovered from the wreck site, off the Head of Kinsale. Photograph: Department of Heritage

Machine one of the most valuable finds from first World War’s most famous wreck

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “Ultimately Lloyd George wanted a unionist-friendly solution. I am certain about that.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Centenary of Irish Convention conference addressed by two former taoisigh

Dr Aidan MacCarthy listening to  a radio during the second World War

RAF medical centre in Suffolk to be named after Cork native Dr Aidan MacCarthy

Muriel Mc Auley (L) and Barbara Cashin, grandchildren of Thomas MacDonagh, pictured in Skerries. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The children of the Easter Rising leader paid dearly for the price of Irish freedom

Rebecca Doyle (25) from Co Clare   voted to allow for abortion in all circumstances and she believed the Irish public would too if given the same information.

For the first time, members of the assembly talk publicly about the process

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: Her report into the outcome of the assembly on abortion contained a series of recommendations agreed by the members by consensus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members who voted in favour of more liberal abortion regime want issue put to a vote

 The newly unveiled Terry Wogan statue on Harvey’s Quay in Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

‘Father of Ronaldo’ mocked but so too was tourist magnet Molly Malone statue

‘Forgotten Irish’ will be remembered with a plaque unveiling ceremony at the Camden Irish Centre in London  performed by the Irish ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plaque at London Irish Centre to recall a generation who left Ireland in the 1950s

Relatives of Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge, Frank Ledwidge  and Joseph Ledwidge in his birthplace during the State Commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the poet’s death.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British soldier died on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele

This is what the Dubliner, whose remains were found under College Green, might have looked like.

Perfectly preserved skull allowed for rare facial reconstruction of medieval man

The O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance at NUI Galway which was the public’s choice for best new Irish building in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland architecture awards. Photograph: NUIG

One-time flax mill and munitions factory is public choice in Irish Architecture Awards

Jimmy’s Hall is a theatrical adaption of the screenplay written by Paul Laverty for the 2014 Ken Loach film.

Adaptation of Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall to be debuted in Leitrim where it is set

Ambassador Bobby McDonagh  presenting his credentials to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2009. Photograph:  John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Irish Ambassador Bobby McDonagh says defending EU is a ‘great moral imperative’

People at the Hill of Tara for the summer solstice sunrise. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ancient ritual of marking the longest day of the year stretches back 6,000 years

Cooling off in the canal in Rialto, Dublin, during the hot spell on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Spencer Dock proves to be a mecca for young divers in the capital

Fr Joe Mallin,  son of the Irish patriot Michael Mallin,  views the proclamation memorial following the 1916 Commemoration Ceremony at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fr Joe Mallin says official account of Michael Mallin’s court martial is ‘profoundly wrong’

Emma Foley from Santry with her dog buddy a bichon frise enjoying the good weather at the Dublin Kite Festival on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: gareth Chaney Collins

Highest temperature of year recorded on Saturday

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Author set chapter in what was once one of Europe’s biggest red-light district

Irish sunshine: Saturday and Sunday will see the best of the warm spell, with temperatures across Leinster and Munster in the mid-20s on both days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Highs of 27 degrees expected, with best of hot and sunny weather in south and east

A portrait of  Henry Shefflin was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland on Monday.  The painting by Tipperary born artist, Gerry Davis was commissioned as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. Photograph: Maxwells

Former Kilkenny great says it was a ‘true honour’ to be chosen for new portrait

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11 and will make his Croke Park debut on Saturday

Camphill Ballytobin has been taken over by the HSE with a view to finding another care provider.

Practices ‘that could be considered abusive’ found in Camphill community in Ballytobin

John Redmond MP

Deal between Tories and the DUP is first time since 1910 that such an arrangement exists

Former bed and breakfast: 19 and 20 St Lawrence Road, in Clontarf, are to be used to house homeless families

Clontarf residents object to 13 families moving into former bed and breakfast in the area

Efforts of Paddy Harte and Glen Barr to be remembered with commemorative plaque

Mary and John Green, great grandchildren of John Redmond, with photographs of Willie and John Redmond. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

War and illness tore the family apart in the late 19th and early 20th century

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