According to the latest Red C poll both FF and FG hold 26 per cent of public support, marking a one point rise for Fianna Fáil and a one point drop for Fine Gael.

Sinn Féin support stable as backing for Independents rises

Garda checkpoint at Stillorgan in Co Dublin on Friday as part of the National Slow Down Day. Photograph: Garda Traffic/Facebook

Motorist driving at 128km/h in 80km/h zone is highest illegal speed detected on Friday

Victor Flores: “The city’s libraries are always filled with people and I love that. Sometimes there’s no space for me to sit down.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Bolivian activist in Dublin feels a connection with Ireland because of the history of colonisation, but he feels many mistakes w(...)

An anti-racism rally held in Nutgrove, Rathfarnham, earlier this month, in response to an attack on three Afghans in the area. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Latest data from Immigrant Council of Ireland reveals incidents up by 35% in 2015

Nokuthula Malete: “My kids were born here, why should they be treated differently?”

Nokuthula Malete and her sons moved home, but it felt like moving to another country

LÉ Róisín crew members assist in rescuing people from a vessel located about 39 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya, today. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Some 1,357 people have died or gone missing in Mediterranean Sea so far this year

Uber, a substitute for taxi and limousine services, runs in cities all over the world. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Transport advised last week not to extend Uber beyond taxi drivers

Refugee children play outside a tent this week in a camp  in Malakasa, 40km north of Athens, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Frances Fitzgerald said last year Ireland would take up to 4,000 people under EU plan

Jeanette Everson in one of the rooms she offered for refugees at her home in Streete, Rathowen, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Many Irish opened their homes and hearts to refugees who have still not arrived in Ireland

Joan Webster and Noeleen Cummins celebrate as the final vote is announced in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Total of 412 same-sex marriages registered since May 2015

Parsa Ghaffari at the Aylien office on Ormond Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Tehran native who grew up in post-war Iran now employs 13 people at his Dublin tech firm. He sees many similarities between his (...)

Kilmainham Gaol has been named the top landmark to visit in Ireland for the fourth year running in the TripAdvisor travellers’ choice awards.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Blarney Castle, Trinity College also on Irish list with Machu Picchu travellers’ global favourite

A Wicklow couple who retrieved their tea-bag stained Lotto ticket from the kitchen bin won €250,000 in the weeken’s lotto draw. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winning ticket was sold at Centra in Roundwood, Co Wicklow at the weekend

The Commission for Energy Regulation  closed 16 complex water complaints last year, 25 per cent of which were in upheld in favour of the customer. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Majority of complaints related to billing, account issues, charges, metering problems

A man in his 40s who got into difficulty swimming out to  Dalkey island on Sunday afternoon has been rescued by Dublin’s Coast Guard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man in his 40s was rescued by the Coast Guard in Dublin Bay on Sunday afternoon

Brothers Naqeeb Ahmadzai (18) and Fazalrahman Ahmadzai (20), along with their nephew Abdul (13) were punched in the face, kicked and beaten unconscious by a gang of five men as they were cycling home from Marlay Park in Rathfarnham last Thursday evening.

Joseph Connors from Ballycullen remanded on bail to appear at District Court in July

New Minister for Health Simon Harris has committed to facilitating talks between management from St Vincent’s Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital to bring an end to the dispute over governance of the maternity facility.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris calls for end to National Maternity Hospital dispute

Simon Coveney has said he plans to introduce a ‘comprehensive response’ to the State’s housing crisis within the first 100 days of Government. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister to introduce response to ‘emergency’ in first 100 days of Government

Frits Potgieter in the Imperial Hotel, Cork: “I fell in love with the property. It’s the oldest hotel in Cork city.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Despite the ‘massive adjustment’ involved in moving to Cork from London, a South African hotel manager liked his wife’s native cou(...)

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said Norwegian Airlines International plans to use Ireland as a flag of convenience to employ low-paid crew. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

US presidential candidate said planned transatlantic services will lead to job losses

Some 62 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.

Total of 62 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year

A large boulder broke free from the slope above the Lighthouse Road on Skellig Michael on Monday afternoon and landed in the middle of the roadway. Photograph: The Office of Public Works

Large boulder falls on path normally taken by visitors travelling up south steps of site

Regina Doherty on water charges: “The bills are legal, they’re valid, they will be collected. It mightn’t happen in the next couple of weeks but the bills are not going to magically disappear and I would advise people whether they’re elected or not elected to pay the bills.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Regina Doherty warns Government has ‘a long way to go’ before 50-50 gender balance

A list of restricted breeds of dogs as seen in Co Meath. Photograph: Facebook

Councillor’s Facebook post commended council for erecting signs of restricted breeds

The early morning Darkness into Light 5km walk, which was first held in Dublin’s Phoenix Park eight years ago, will take place at 80 locations around the world on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Keogh

More than 120,000 around world set to take part in Pieta House Darkness Into Light walks

Mehret Yemane from Sudan now living in Portarlington, Co Laois, has undergone female genital mutilation. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Survivor of procedure Mehret Yemane says ‘it’s like you have an open wound all the time’

President Michael D Higgins  warned the refugee crisis must be ‘understood, managed and facilitated’ in order to curb the growth of extremist populist rhetoric from anti-refugee groups. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Crisis must be ‘understood, managed, facilitated’ to curb growth of anti-refugee groups

Melanie Lan with her work at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A Taiwanese-American artist moved to the Burren because of a dream she had about a stone tower, but she struggled at first to get (...)

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead performs on stage at Ziggo Dome in 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Dimitri Hakke/Redferns via Getty Images

British band erased all content from social media and website over the weekend

There are between 2,000-6,000 children and young people growing up undocumented in Ireland today, according to Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are an estimated 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland

Gardaí at the Sunset House, Summerhill, where Michael Barr was shot dead on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Bryne/The Irish Times

‘Intensive programme of Garda recruitment’ under way to help end Dublin gang violence

‘It is absolutely disgraceful that you’ve got empty houses while people are sleeping on the street. We can compulsorily purchase people’s land to build motorways, so I think we should be able to compulsorily purchase houses to provide families with a home, that’s far more important than building motorways’, said Social campaigner Fr Peter McVerry.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Compulsorily purchase land to provide families with a home, campaigner says

Siptu has served notice of Luas strike action on Wednesday, May 4th, Friday, May 13th, Friday, May 20th, Thursday, May 26th (four hours from 3pm–7pm) and Friday, May 27th. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Green Line Luas services disrupted on Friday due to ‘technical fault’

Maushmi Arun and Christophe Moreau in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The couple behind Twisted restaurant in Kinsale left good jobs to follow their foodie dream of expanding Irish diners’ palates

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

More than 180,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea so far this year

Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status

The fire at  the ESB substation in Inchicore, Dublin,  on Sunday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Electricity provider says 150km of copper wire worth €3 million stolen in four years

Jack McCullough enters the King County Jail courtroom for his bail hearing in Seattle, Washington in 2011. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Jack McCullough leaves prison as new evidence emerges in case of abducted child (7)

Gabrielle Lafitte, her husband, Daniel Montes Castillo, and their son, Étienne, at the Dublin Food Co-Op. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A French woman who moved to Dublin to be with her Spanish boyfriend enjoys life in the city but says soaring rents could push them(...)

“It wasn’t easy when I first arrived in Ireland.” Chilie Chan at work in MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan. Photograph: James Connolly

After ‘having her arm twisted’ – romantically speaking – by an Irish man she met in Australia, a Malaysian baker ended up working (...)

The Glasnevin wall was inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Memorial wall lists names of all who died in 1916 – Irish and British

April fools’ day: Best pranks of 2016.

Shrinking dogs, knighthoods, Brexit, Minions and Trump-free island retreats

Hassan Lemtouni: “Every time we were in Dublin you’d turn on the news and everyone was complaining about the economy. I couldn’t see the light.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hassan Lemtouni met his Irish wife in the US before they moved to Dublin. He feels the history and the ‘energy of 1916’ in the inn(...)

Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys picutred at a wreat laying ceremony on  Moore Street in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Ceremonies across State mark firing of first shots in Easter Rising

Occupied territory: a soldier searches a local, in a photograph from a Breaking the Silence exhibition

The Irish novelist visited Palestine as part of Breaking the Silence, a campaign by Israeli ex-soldiers against the occupation

Zlata Filipovic  pictured in Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Zlata Filipovic escaped Sarajevo siege after her diary became an international bestseller

 President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina (left)  at the Belgian Embassy in Dublin with Agnes Scheers (right), deputy head of the Belgian Mission.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Book of condolence in Dublin open to public from 12-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday

Inés Rubio: “It’s my home away from home. I’ve lived in other places and I never felt the way I feel about Dublin and Ireland.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Spaniard who discovered a love and talent for Gaelic football when she was living in the Hague has since found it easy to fit in(...)

Disruptions to flights across Europe are expected to continue until the French industrial action ends later this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

French air strikes lead to hundreds of flight cancellations across Europe

Jann Scharringhausen from Germany and his fellow Erasmus students at the St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

It’s all green hats and fuzzy beards as Dublin hosts thousands of international visitors

Esther Camara: “Today I can dream again.” Photograph: Alan Betson

When Esther Camara arrived in Ireland from Guinea as a teenager eight years ago, a frustrating wait for refugee status began

 Teens from Iceland were reported to have the lowest level of drunkenness while Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Scotland topped the poll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

In Ireland 14% of girls and 21% of boys experience sexual intercourse by the age of 15

People gather in Dublin’s city centre for a street party in support of the undocumented migrants in Ireland and the US held by Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There are an estimated 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland

Minister  for Tourism Paschal Donohoe and chief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s seventh annual Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2016. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

2015 hailed as ‘exceptional’ year for tourism with 20.4% rise in number of holidaymakers

Saoirse Ronan at the IFTA awards at the conference centre in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Liam Neeson to receive award in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to cinema’

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Transdev and drivers’ union to enter talks while efforts to prevent Dart strike continue

Boris Iduhayeneza (18), a Rwandan who came to Ireland by himself when  he was 16 after his mother was killed. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A Rwandan teenager fled to Cork alone after his mother was killed. After an initial rejection he was granted asylum here and is ho(...)

The Waking the Feminists movement was sparked by the announcement late last year of the Abbey Theatre’s commemorative programme for 2016, Waking the Nation, in which only one of its 10 programmed plays was written by a woman. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Indirect, implicit kind of equality is not enough. It needs to be explicit,’ event hears

 More than 1,200 women attended Accenture’s International Women’s Day 2016 event at the Convention Centre Dublin.  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Women bring new perspectives and different thinking, Being Greater Than event told

Collaboration and empathy: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Samantha Power, Sonya Hyland, Patricia O’Brien and Barbara Jones

Diplomacy, clear focus and long-term view help forge agreement and ambition

Putting the world to (legal) rights is all part of the day job for these very talented women

Emily Davis, Olivia Sheehy, and Eimear Harper , members of the Preston Vocal Academy Trio, at the launch of the ESB Feis Ceoil 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

More than 5,000 young classical musicians will compete in almost 200 competitions

The winner of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition designed by Mia Buckley (12) from Summercove National School in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Mia Buckley (12) of Summercove National School wins Doodle 4 Google competition

Elizabeth meets her foster parents in Dublin in 1946.

Elizabeth was one of 1,000 children brought to Ireland as part of resettlement initiative

A poster calling for the release of Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa, who is in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa’s trial is due to take place on Sunday. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dubliner (20) faces charges of terrorism in Egypt after being detained in Cairo in 2013

A host of Election 2016 campaign posters hang from lamp posts in Dublin. File photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Cable ties must also go as Election 2016 posters in place after deadline face €150 fine each

“I felt beyond privileged to be experiencing something I didn’t even know existed.” Elena Narinskaya in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Russian academic embarked on an adventure that took her to England and then Dublin. She was surprised by the differences between(...)

Fine Gael candidate and Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe (above) who along with his party colleague Michael D’Arcy, a Senator, secured the final two seats in Wexford.

Martin calls for parties to agree to reforms before talks on forming a new government

Afghan migrants receive food from volunteers in a square outside Victoria metro station in central Athens.  Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Next Government must ‘end delay in offering shelter to people fleeing for their lives’

Actor Frank Kelly and his wife Bairbre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons/The Irish Times

Death falls on the 18th anniversary of Dermot Morgan’s death

Performers from Artastic with Joanne O’Riordan (centre), who is to be grand marshal for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin.  Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Disability rights campaigner from Cork to be grand marshal for Dublin festival headliner

“I think they don’t take you seriously if you don’t have a vote.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU citizens are unable to vote in general elections leaving many feeling disenfranchised

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland’s training session on Ireland’s political system for new voters held in Dublin last month. Photograph: Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Organisation seeks end to concentration of immigrant pupils in certain schools

Irish organisations are invited to submit applications before Friday, February 26th for projects that can “change the world for the better”. Photograph: Sparknews

Impact Journalism Day aims to highlight potential solutions to global problems

Qayss Ramli: “Some people told me, ‘When you get to Europe it will feel like heaven.’ It didn’t feel like heaven until my family arrived.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Syrian Palestinian refugee Qayss Ramli was reunited with his family in Cork in November. They are struggling to find a suitable ho(...)

The TD for Carlow-Kilkenny walked out of the KCLR live election debate on Monday saying she was “just going to give up”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Labour TD storms out of radio debate after being ‘completely ignored’ and interrupted

Inducing a brief seizure on a patient by applying a small electrical charge to the brain under anaesthetic is the most effective treatment for severe and life-threatening depression, according to the latest scientific research.

Trinity College Dublin researchers manage to reduce side-effects of treatment

 Syrians gather outside a hospital supported by MSF near Maarat al-Numan after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes. File photograph: Sam Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

At least one Médecins Sans Frontières health centre was bombed every week in 2015

Said Hadjami with his wife, Niamh, and their children, Neasa and Ashling, at home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was love at first sight for a Swiss former professional footballer when he met an Irish woman on holiday. It took longer for hi(...)

Empty Luas tracks at Heuston Station in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Delays in Dublin: ‘There are elderly people trying to get on the bus and they just can’t get on’

 Student Faoiltiarna Keenan from Tyrone (centre) with  US ambassador Kevin O’Malley (right) and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan taking a selfie at a Usit and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD  for J-1 participants  in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Students seeking summer work in US must provide evidence job secured before travel

Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: For three Ethiopian men doing development studies in Dublin, their friendship acts as a buffer against culture sh(...)

UCD Students’ Union has highlighted the need for increased funding to support mandatory sexual consent workshops.  Photograph: Getty Images

UCD deputy president urges no tolerance ‘for abusive behaviour on social media’

Fitzgerald to meet Garda Commissioner amid concerns of escalating gun violence

International media outlets report on recent shootings in Dublin. Photograph: El Mundo/Libération/The Telegraph/The Guardian/Diario De Noticias/AFP

French newspaper Liberation reports that it’s ‘the return of the IRA to Dublin’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Collins

Frances Fitzgerald confirms second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th

Waves crash against the harbour wall in Lyme Regis, Dorset in England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Near-hurricane winds cause widespread power blackouts in Cork and Kerry

The team of four amputee military servicemen, including Paddy Gallagher (30) from Achill Island in Co Mayo, arrive at the island of Antigua after rowing more than 5,500km across the Atlantic Ocean.

Achill's Paddy Gallagher and team arrived at Antigua on Thursday after gruelling journey

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

More than €14 million set aside to cover TDs’ and Senators’ pensions and associated costs

“What Ireland has given me is incomparable.” Janvi Shah with her husband, Pankaj Soni, at Grand Canal Square in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Indian woman came to Galway to study before falling in love with a compatriot she met online and happily settling down in Dubli(...)

Migrant children from Iraq in a sports hall at Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter, in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, February 2nd, 2016 Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Over a third of people crossing sea between Greece and Turkey are children

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is due to examine the clinical, financial, ethical and organisational implications of using human papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the main screen test for detecting cervical cancer. File photograph: Getty Images

Some 300 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year, of whom 90 die

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Terence Flanagan, Joanna Tuffy, Pamela Kearns appear to breach election poster rules

The claimant must attend National Lottery headquarters in person to officially claim the prize but has 90 days from the date of the draw to do so. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

€66m won by Irish ticketholder to be pooled from playing countries by end of the week

“I like the silhouettes best, the shapes are quite graphic. In some ways, when you can’t see the facial expressions the shadows accentuate the dancers’ form.” Prodanza Ballet School, Habana, Cuba. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Bringing with him a donation of dancewear from Cork City Ballet, an Irish photographer set out to capture the brilliance of stude(...)

Marwan and his wife Rodina: “I would love to stay in Dublin. Our daughters are very happy in the school.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landlords reluctant to house family even though their rent is guaranteed

Two armed men approached the staff of a cash-in-transit van shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday outside the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons

Men wearing balaclavas and boiler suits target security van outside shopping centre

Fr Raphael Annan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Despite those initial reservations, and his uncle arranging a marriage for him, a Ghanaian electrician joined the priesthood and e(...)

“If it is the Government’s aim to stop prostitution by ending demand, then why are they increasing the penalties and further criminalising workers?” asks Kate McGrew from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland says legislation ‘does nothing’ to decriminalise workers

 Carmel and Martin Naughton,  this year’s  winner of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s National Philanthropists of the Year Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies awarded for contribution to Ireland

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