The number of homeless people in Ireland reached a new high of 7,167 last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New figures show one child became homeless every 5 hours in Dublin this January

Irish4Israel chairman Barry Williams described the protest as “hysterical behaviour from certain segments of students”. Photograph: Arianna Schadt/The University Times

Organisers ‘deeply saddened’ that occasion shelved as a consequence of demonstration

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2pm. Photograph: Courtesy of afloat.ie

Youghal RNLI says ‘no doubt a life was saved’ when the service plucked kayaker to safety

‘Daily Telegraph’ journalist Simon Heffer: suggested Ireland might be next to leave the EU.

Simon Heffer suggests Ireland will leave EU and tax rate is all that keeps country viable

The scene at Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght where a man in his 30s was fatally stabbed. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Graham McKeever died after incident at his home in Deerpark Avenue early on Saturday

Stephen Donnelly and Micheál Martin at the second  meeting of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catherine Day tells the All-Island Civic Dialogue the EU will ‘hammer out’ a solution

Dr Peter Boylan said the lack of provision for mental health services for new mothers was “not acceptable in 2017”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lack of provision for services ‘not acceptable’, says chair of obstetricians’ body

The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Just 20 students attended well-publicised classes run by UCD Students’ Union

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service with Carol Dignam from Kilcock, Co Kildare and Tim Boylan from Foxrock, Dublin at a celebration of the Feast of Saint Valentine in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Numbers seeking counselling climb dramatically as a consequence of economic crash

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny recorded a Caesarean rate of 59.52 per cent for new mothers last November. Photograph: iStock

High number of operations for first-time mothers described as ‘outrageous’ by Aims

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys announced the review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Section 482 review follows high-profile cases of ‘big houses’ in trouble

The celtic cross memorial to the 16th (Irish) Division, next to Wytschaete Military Cemetery in Heuvelland, Belgium. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Belgian monuments will honour soldiers killed during first World War battles

Trinity College Dublin’s Dean of Research Prof John Boland welcomed the fact the university has recaptured top spot among  Irish universities, but expressed concern at a drop of 30 places overall in the space of one year. File photograph: Getty Images

TCD ‘delighted’ at return to Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Brendan McGahon:  “In 10 to 20 years brothers will be marrying sisters because of the dreadful problems in society today.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Death of Louth TD draws veil over era of political sensibility once to fore in public life

Then British ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott lays a wreath, at the State event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin in May. Photograph: Eric Luke

UK foreign secretary says Enda Kenny and officials ‘deserve enormous credit’ for events

Maurice Healy, right: “I would like people who are giving to stand up and say they are giving.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Maurice Healy says going public would set an example for others to follow

Pro Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock: said a weekend be given to those views including the testimonies of parents of children with Down syndrome. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-abortion speaker suggests refraining from sex until relationship permanent

‘Irish Times’ series highlights breathtakingly beautiful objects, says author Fintan O’Toole

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Identical contributions sent by anti-abortion groups ‘did not address complexity’ of issue

Chairwoman of the Citizen’s Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. The assembly heard from the Rape Crisis Centre  on the provisions for women to help them deal with the trauma of rape. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Citizens’ Assembly hears approximately one in 20 rape victims go on to become pregnant

Speaking before the Citizens’ Assembly Dr Joan McCarthy said respect for the reproductive autonomy of women means respect for the choices they make. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Anti-abortion lecturer argues that freedom of choice impacts unborn child

Dr Noelle Higgins from Maynooth University - International Human Rights Law and Fatal Foetal Abnormalities speaking at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Legal difficulties in having rape as a grounds for abortion outlined

Many members of the Citizens’ Assembly have expressed the view that the submissions were repetitive and emotional

Some members ‘taken aback’ by large number from religious organisations

The 99 members of the assembly were told there are an average of 56 million abortions every year, amounting to one pregnancy in four .

Forum told Irish women more likely to have a surgical abortion in the UK than medical

Justice Mary Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly discussing the Eighth Amendment, in Malahide, Co Dublin, last November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Citizens’ Assembly to consider random sample from 13,500 submissions on abortion

The house at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely Co Dublin, where up to 70 people from abroad were being housed.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Court told balaclava-wearing man refused local authority official access to house

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn described  current approach to the health service as “disjointed and reactionary”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Watchdog urges model where hospitals and institutions compete to provide services

The papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown:  “We have the feeling that we are entering a new era, a different era, an uncertain era.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Archbishop Charles Brown voices opposition to Donald Trump’s executive order

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Minister of State Helen McEntee meeting HE Robin Barnett, the British ambassador, at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President tells diplomats global inequality is being exploited by ‘extremists’

Two dozen members of the Green Party staged a silent protest outside the US embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Leader Eamon Ryan urges Taoiseach not to attend the White House on St Patrick’s Day

 Minister for Communications Denis Naughten and the former minister for justice Alan Shatter brought forward a Bill against touting in the early part of the last decade when they were both Fine Gael TDs, but it did not make it past committee stage. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Denis Naughten says touting has become big business and ‘people are being exploited’

Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane in the cockpit of his plane.

Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane was the son of a volunteer who fought in the Easter Rising

Trinity College: event in the Pav to celebrate  the inauguration of Donald Trump was attended by just five people. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Amid general student ambivalence in the college bar, a very small group celebrated

Éamon Ó Cuív said a choice will have to be made between the ‘insignificant risk’ to local freshwater pearl mussel  balanced with the possibility that somebody will die if the road is not upgraded. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former government minister slams EU Habitats Directive as ‘impossible test’

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President marks death of historian who left notable impression on Irish scholarship

Tomás Heneghan outside the Irish Blood Transfusion Service clinic in D’Olier Street: “I will continue to be an active blood donor, and will continue to push and fight for further change.”

Tomás Heneghan says IBTS donor regulations still discriminate against gay men

Ryan Tubridy on the set of ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ with ballet dancers Zara Kiernan (7) from Swords, Jordan Cormack (9) from Tyrellstown and Mia Clifford (7) from Drumcondra. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Twelve of the top 20 are sports events with three Euro 2016 matches in top five

Apollo House on Thursday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

William Whittle tweeted remarks before building was vacated by homeless activists

Defence forces veterans stand for the national anthem at the the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, last July. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly cites need to protect Amhrán na bhFiann from abuse

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and with  Holly at the launch of the new Eir fund. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister praises Eir as example of company which is giving back to the community

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar said only when a vacancy for FG leadership arose should a contender lay out their programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kate O’Connell says Enda Kenny not necessarily best to handle Brexit negotiations

Website theliberal.ie was offline from Monday until Wednesday afternoon.

Website operator Leo Sherlock faces legal action over alleged copyright infringement

The website has been down since before 1pm on Monday.

Website run by Leo Sherlock down because of ‘technical problem’

Asked what were the reasons to regulate or not to regulate through the Constitution, there was ‘a very wide range of views’, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Extra weekend added to agenda to allow more time to consider eighth amendment

  Dr Noelle Higgins   Maynooth University, Eileen Barrington senior counsel, Dr Adrienne Foran and  Dr Peter McParland- National Maternity Hospital, at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

40 Irish women had abortions after tests showed baby would have Down syndrome, meeting told

Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows and Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold talks metal ambition, working with Neil De Grasse Tyson and taking new album The (...)

The self-steering on  Mr O’Coineen’s boat, the Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland, malfunctioned. Photograph: Kilcullen Voyager Team Ireland/Facebook

Galway sailor Enda O’Coineen (61) travelled 24,000km over 55 days in bad weather

A member of Fidget Feet pictured during their performance at The Customs House in Dublin as part of The NYF Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Abseilers and aerial dancers woo crowd of 5,000 as Dublin marks the countdown

The funeral of Anthony Cronin at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Michael D Higgins among those to attend funeral of Irish poet who died aged 88

Paul Smithwick’s award was marked by an event held in the Smithwick brewery visitor centre, Kilkenny, which was attended by the British ambassador

Member of brewing family is honoured for services to British-Irish relations

Al Porter launching ‘Luminosity’ at the Custom House, part of the three-day Dublin New Year Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin comedian proves 2016 wasn’t bad for everyone, finishing year on a career high

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in March 2016 in the Stone Breakers’ yard in Kilmainham Gaol where 15 rebels were executed in 1916. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children central to events to mark 100 years since Easter Rising

 July 1922: Free State soldiers  in  Dublin during  the Civil War. Photograph:  Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty

Maurice Manning suggests reconciliation should be key aim, as with 1916 events

Garda Derek Cloughley: ‘Unfortunately there is a cohort of people who refuse to think of the consequences of their actions.’

Garda: ‘Drink driving is about as selfish an act as you can do. It is bitterly disappointing’

The Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan has closed following a norovirus outbreak.

Slieve Russell Hotel has closed following several cases of winter vomiting bug

Noah Richardson (6) pictured at a Christmas party for families living in emergency accommodation ran by North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community and the Irish Housing Network on Sunday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Simon Community says level of homelessness ‘not acceptable in Ireland in 2017’

The four-star hotel, once owned by Seán Quinn’s family, informed the Health Service Executive  after its residents, staff and customers became ill.

Health Service Executive confirms clinical testing shows outbreak caused by norovirus

Irish coffee has become a Christmas drink by accident and by design. Photograph: iStock

Whiskey, coffee, sugar, cream ... and a steady hand

 Tony Iommi: “You automatically wind yourself up saying, “that’s it then”, but that is not always the case.” (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images for Gibson)

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Iommi was told his rock’n’roll days were over, but the inventor of heavy metal had(...)

Easter Rising Way: some 300 people turned out for the renaming of the pedestrian walkway in Queens

Pedestrian staircase in Queens symbolises Irish struggle, says council speaker

Oxford university vice chancellor Prof Louise Richardson

15 per cent of university’s students and 17 per cent of its academic staff from other countries

Marshal Ferdinand Foch: “I saw Irishmen of the North and the South forget their age-long differences and fight side by side, giving their lives freely for the common cause”

New memorial in Glasnevin Cemetery pays tribute to the soldiers who died in France

Abbey Theatre director Fiach MacConghail with Bridie Murphy (87), whose father Barney Murphy was a 1916 Volunteer, at the announcement of the Abbey’s 2016 programme.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Heather Humphreys to announce new five-year legacy programme for creative projects

The Republic did well out of EU membership in a way UK regions such as Scotland and Wales could not, said Prof Kevin O’Rourke of TCD.

Republic would not have grown as it has if still part of UK, conference told

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will be the keynote speaker at a national conference on the Easter Rising at NUI Galway on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny says €48m cost of Easter Rising commemorations was money well spent

 Micaela Connery from Connecticut at the viewing party for Election Night 2016 hosted by the embassy of the United States  at the Guinness Storehouse, St James Gate, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Guinness Storehouse: Politicians, media and the curious attend American embassy shindig

The scene of the incident is a flats complex for senior citizens, according to local Sinn Féin councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who said residents were living in fear. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anthony Rogers died of multiple stab wounds after attack on Sunday afternoon

 Bruce Springsteen: the mark of a mature artist is being able to live with contradictory feelings. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Boss tells ‘Late Late Show’ of ongoing struggles with self-doubt and anxiety

Currently known as “step street”, Easter Rising Way will be a pedestrian staircase that runs along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street in west Queens.

Pedestrian stairway route off 53rd Avenue in Queens will be named in formal ceremony

A terrace complete with homage to manager Stephen Kenny at Oriel Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Club shows money is not insurmountable obstacle if organisation and spirit is right

Oireachtas members have agreed unanimously to hold a hearing on the prosed €8.6 million Mary Robinson Centre which is to house Ireland’s first presidential library.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín says cost of €8.6m project a ‘serious concern’ to politicians

A damaging cycle of scandals relating to charities must come to an end, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Frances Fitzgerald says regulating sector an ‘absolute priority’ for Government

Three customers who attended felt the inclusion of the hunger strikers in an exhibition about the Easter Rising was inappropriate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Watchdog says party should have made clear 1980-1981 hunger strikers also featured

Launching the novel ‘Teethmarks on My Tongue’, Prof Jenny Williams (left with author) said it was a special writer who could cross  “shark-infested waters” between being a literary critic and a novelist.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Irish Times’ literary correspondent praised for ‘stylish performance laced with humour’

 Spencer Dock: the 2,000 residents at the apartments on Dublin’s north quays have been told short-term lets are contrary to their residential and tenancy agreements. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As Airbnb begins to impact the rental sector and property prices, there is a distinct push on to regulate it

Dublin Fire Brigade finish dealing with a fire at Clongriffin, Dublin on Halloween. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Northern Ireland sees busiest Halloween in six years with 47% rise in calls to fire service

The Macnas arts company at the Halloween parade in Dublin city centre as part of the capital’s Bram Stoker festival. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Paul Hollywood among thousands who attended parade

A fire in Finglas which was attended by Dublin Fire Brigade on Monday evening. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire crews attended 86 incidents as spokesman says initiative is to keep public informed

Economic growth has been cited as a factor behind the sharp increase in deaths on Irish roads.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road Safety Authority chief says increased economic activity has led to more traffic

The BAI has upheld a complaint from a general election candidate  who was called ‘bad-mannered’ on air after he did not turn up to a radio interview.

KCLR presenter criticised Noel G Walsh’s manners after he did not attend interview

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation backed the call for a minimum of 10% of GDP to be spent on a publicly-funded health system. Photograph: PA

Dáil committee told ability of consultants to treat patients ‘compromised’ by cutbacks

 Airbnb visitors to  Dublin this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seamus Murphy said hosting a lucrative business and ‘not rocket science’

Guardian journalist Luke Harding has told a conference he places a sticking plaster over the webcam on his compute. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek

‘Guardian’ journalist Luke Harding says emails can no longer be regarded as private

Irish soldiers during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme,  July 1st 1916. Photograph:  IWM/Getty

John and Margaret Naylor died in France and Dublin, leaving three children

Battle of the Somme: soldiers at the trenches at Dompierre Becquincourt. Photograph from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Collection held at Dublin City Archives

Cousin of former taoiseach Seán Lemass is among those whose stories are told

The estimated 2,000 residents at the Spencer Dock apartment complex in Dublin have been told that short-term lets on Airbnb are contrary to their residential and tenancy agreements.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Spencer Dock residents told to stop letting out their apartments for short-term lets

A British Pathé image of IRA volunteers on patrol on Grafton Street in Dublin.

Revolution in Colour deploys technique used for vaunted second World War in HD Colour

Just 8% of us would like to cut down on the amount of alcohol we drink, according to the Healthy Ireland Survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Drinking to excess, smoking, lack of exercise and poor nutrition exposed in latest survey

Contributors to the influential travel website rated Mulberry Garden as the best restaurant in Ireland based on an aggregate of reviews by the public.  File photograph: TripAdvisor

Mulberry Garden heads list of top 10 Irish restaurants based on reviews from public

Penguin Ireland managing director Michael McLoughlin described Liberties Press as an “outlier” at a time when book sales are recovering. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liberties Press admits it has not been paying some of its writers their royalties

 Frank Skinatra, a Sphynxaliens cat, with  owner Irene Henson, enjoying the attention of onlookers  Michal Rozmarynowska, his wife Malgorzata Dyszlewska and their daughter Malgorzata, at the Dublin Championship Cat Show  at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Championship Cat Show: Imported experts select Ireland’s finest felines

Seán O’Keeffe of Liberties Press: The “only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Publisher Seán O’Keeffe says he is sorry and vows to address the situation on payments

Crowds outside the GPO in Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. The details of the national conference on the 1916 Easter Rising have been announced. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

NUI Galway summit is one of the last setpiece events of the centenary commemorations

A detail from the Vision Collector poster advertising an event at Christ Church Cathedral

Poster advertising dance event in crypt also showed image of two men having sex

The EU VAT directive does not allow charities to claim VAT incurred on goods and services back directly. Photograph: iStock

Representative organisation says that up to €40m could be reclaimed by the sector

The Construction Industry Federation described measures introduced in the budget as a “significant step towards solving the housing crisis”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Groups welcome €1.2bn funding but divided over effectiveness of help-to-buy scheme

The decision to hold excise levels on alcohol as they were in Budget 2017 has met with a mixed reaction in the drinks industry. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Licensed Vintners Association: Failure to cut excise rates on alcohol a ‘missed opportunity’

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