Bereaved families of road crash victims will no longer have to pay for accident reports from the start of next year, gardaí have announced. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí say they will scrap fees for documents in cases where there has been a fatality

Ryan Ardelean arriving for his first day of junior infants  in Powerstown Educate Together National School, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Powerstown school in west Dublin has a new campus for its 220 pupils

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose, in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

‘Could you imagine if all 65 of us had a political agenda on stage?’

Skellig Michael in Co Kerry, featured  in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be used on the front page of the Japanese version of Ireland.com, Tourism Ireland’s website. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Star Wars and Game of Thrones have raised Ireland’s profile in Japan, says Niall Gibbons

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins wrote in The Irish Times at the weekend that the Rose of Tralee is like a “Kate Middleton impersonation competition”. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Broadcaster and festival organisers release statement after 'Road to the Dome' criticism

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, with Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photograph: Julian Behal/Maxwell/PA Wire

President Higgins praises Olympic athletes but says Rio threw up ‘serious issues’

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Alan Betson

Company owned by US fund pays no tax on €2.65 million a year in rent, says Sinn Féin

Ultra runners Lillian Deegan and Tom Reynolds.

Tom Reynolds ran the equivalent of almost two marathons every day for 35 days

 Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and  Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy during a special reception for members of Team Ireland who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics at  Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President makes comments at reception for Team Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin

A 10am Ryanair flight from Lisbon to Dublin was sitting on the tarmac with 140 people on board today when they were told the flight was being cancelled.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some 140 passengers initially told next flight from Portuguese capital not until Wednesday

Daniel Sheridan was a pupil at St Kilian’s Senior School in Tallaght. A St Kilian’s Parents Association statement said: “The Parents Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Daniel Sheridan’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Daniel Sheridan (13) from Finglas died after crashing motorbike on Co Derry sand dunes

Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland:  “He is in a prison cell. He has not been charged with anything. These are accusations based on the flimsiest of assumptions.”  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Treatment by Brazil authorities an ‘outrageous breach’ of rights - family lawyer

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins during this year’s Rose of Tralee. Photograph: RTÉ

Brianna Parkins claims the Rose of Tralee risks ‘being on the wrong side of history’

Down Rose Fainche McCormack.

Fainche McCormack said the Rose of Tralee contestants did not sign up to ‘cheap reality television show’

Ronan McGreevy: The smallest monument in my book – a bronze plaque about the size of a shoe box – symbolises the complexity of Irish identity at the time.  This plaque, fixed to the wall of Mouse Trap Farm outside Ypres, was put there by the sculptor Willie Malone in 2005. It remembers his grandfather Sergeant William Malone who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915.  Sgt Malone is hardly known outside his own family. His brother Michael, though, is remembered as the hero of Mount Street Bridge

Ronan McGreevy has unearthed the stories behind Irish WWI memorials in Europe, such as the Malone brothers, who died as heroes, o(...)

Shane Horgan outside his home in Bellewstown, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former rugby international’s family selling family home which helped to provide backdrop to an idyllic childhood

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose,  in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Rows over Eighth Amendment and Fathers4Justice protest push festival profile

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion.

Maggie McEldowney would not comment on remarks made by Sydney Rose to repeal 8th amendment

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins: called for the repeal of the Eighth amendment to the Constitution on abortion.

‘If somebody has an opinion, they will express that opinion’

Rose of Tralee 2016: Chicago Rose Maggie McEldowney onstage in the Festival Dome, Tralee  on Tuesday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Winner says she wants to change public perception that festival is a beauty pageant

Lieut Maurice Dease received his Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery in maintaining his machine gun post despite being wounded five times.

Dease received honour for his bravery in maintaining his post despite being wounded

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Brianna Parkins says: ‘I think it is time to give women a say on their own reproductive rights’

Cork Rose Denise Collins creates a ball of fire at the Festival Dome in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

Documentary as compelling as what followed on Rose of Tralee live show

Cavan Rose Lisa Reilly interrupted by  protester Matt O’Connor (centre) of Fathers4Justice  in the Festival Dome during the Rose of Tralee live on air  on Monday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Matt O’Connor thrown to ground by four security men before being ushered away

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  says young women today are shocked when they visit the Dáil to see how few women are TDs though the percentage, at 22 per cent, is the highest ever. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Only 22 per cent of Dáil members are female, conference in Tralee hears

  Escort Niall Brennan puts on a show for the roses and staff at  Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Process of reducing Roses from 65 in format change will be televised on Monday

 Melbourne Rose Meghan Griffin (left) and Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan (right) congratulate Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan after she got her Leaving Cert results last week. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

New format means 33 Roses lose out on televised final

The Foodie Destinations initiative was originally part of the Irish Restaurant Awards but has proved so popular it became a separate entity in 2015. Image: Restaurants Association of Ireland

Counties, towns and scenic coastal locations in the running for prestigious tourism award

Former US president John F Kennedy on his visit to Ireland: his words to the Dáil featured in an ad deemed to be political advertising

Campaign by Irish Wind Energy Association featured John F Kennedy’s address to Dáil

Dáithí Ó Sé with Rose of Tralee contestants at RTÉ for the launch of the festival which runs from August 17th to 23rd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Competitors double this year but numbers set to be culled before interview with Dáithí

Club members and fans watch Annalise Murphy sailing for Ireland winning a Silver medal during the Olympics in Rio from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Murphy family DNA is all over National Yacht Club where members celebrate silver medal

A member of the crowd shows their tickets for the gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Authorised Olympic ticket seller puzzled as name of unauthorised seller arose

Angela Gallagher, a widow with two children, was forced to live on her Civil Service pension which, as a late entrant to the Revenue Commissioners, was just a quarter of her previous salary. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Angela Gallagher was forced to retire at 65, a year before being eligible for pension

Irish rowers Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

President says Irish Olympic silver medallists have ‘captured the nation’s imagination’

In this NASA handout, a 30 second exposure of a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASA

Good chance of a clearance in the west to allow for further sightings of celestial fireworks

Handout photo issued by the European Space Agency of a Perseid seen in August 2010 above the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal, Chile. Photograph: PA

Stargazers will struggle to find space in clouds for glimpse of Perseids

Maurice Manning,  chairman of the advisory committee on the decade of centenaries: “We were into commemoration. We were into history. We were not into politics. We said no,” he told Parnell Summer School.   Photograph: Cathy Loughran

Advisers refused request to reference North’s peace process, Maurice Manning tells forum

 An event marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maurice Manning says advisory committee refused State request to involve peace process

Former minister for communications  Alex White has accused Sinn Féin of having ‘very little impact’ on the Easter Rising commemorations. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Alex White says the public was not interested in the republican party’s take on 1916

The skeletons were discovered just a foot underground during the digging of service trenches for electricity wires. Photograph: Kilkenny County Council

Female remains believed to be of poor Anglo-Norman colonists who died young

 The six-member syndicate each won €63,643.83 in a Euromillions draw. File photograph: iStock

Organiser of Cork-based group only checked EuroMillions ticket months after purchase

Ava Maliepaard (4) from Castleknock at the French embassy, Merrion Square, Dublin, pays her respects following the tragedy in Nice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael D Higgins to pay respects at Mansion House with books expected around country

French president Francois Hollande is to go ahead with a visit to Ireland next week despite Thursday’s terror attack in Nice. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French president is due to visit the State next week to discuss Brexit and security issues

Man (26) sustains leg injuries following collision with car which sped off

President Michael D Higgins: Nice attack should be “received with revulsion by all those who value democracy”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins leads messages of solidarity with France from Ireland following truck attack

RTÉ is to make a follow-up to its Easter Rising-themed TV drama Rebellion (above). File photograph: RTÉ

Sound and Vision Fund backs Rebellion: Two States, to be set during War of Independence

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny would be a ‘lame duck’ if he were to set out a timetable for when he intends to step down as Fine Gael leader.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister says Regina Doherty’s call for timetable for Kenny’s departure ‘unhelpful’

Noel Murphy  salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at  the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme in the National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

President and Taoiseach attend State event to remember those who died in WW1 battle

President Michael D Higgins, at the state ceremony in honour of Patrick Pearse at St Enda’s and the new permanent Pearse Exhibition in The Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Attempts to link Patrick Pearse to IRA violence are ‘simplistic and ideological’

Mary Boyle was 6 years of age  when she went missing on March 18th, 1977  near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

TD responds to allegations on social media, says he was not involved in politics at that time

Lance Corporal Ian Malone (28), from Ballyfermot, died on April 6th, 2003 in Basra during the Irish Guards’ advance on the city.  Screengrab: RTÉ

Lance Corporal Ian Malone from Ballyfermot was killed during Iraq invasion in 2003

Mary Boyle who went missing on March 18th, 1977. Image: Screengrab from ‘Mary Boyle: The Untold Story’

Former gardaí say phone call stopped them securing confession from chief suspect

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen  said planning delays can last three to four years in Dublin at a time when there is an acute shortage of houses. At present, 22 prescribed bodies must be informed of housing developments. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans for large housing estates going straight to An Bord Pleanála likely to raise objections

Twenty-two members of a Dublin Bus syndicate got lucky on Friday night when they won the Euromillions jackpot. Some, though, did not discover their good fortune until Saturday as none were at work. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins.

Inspector says: ‘They are senior men. I’d imagine many of them felt obliged to turn up’

The National Bus and Rail Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary said he did not know who the winners were yet but he congratulated them on their success.  “It’s a good news story in fairness. Good luck to them”

Twenty-two lucky bus drivers due to start their shift at 6am

EuroMillions is played in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Twenty-two lucky bus drivers based at Broadstone due to start their shift at 6am

Stephanie Hayes takes part on Saturday’s motor insurance rally

Participants at motor insurance rally speak of financial burden of car ownership

A group named Underground Ireland organised a protest against sharp increases in the cost of motor insurance, in Dublin today. However, the turnout was low. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘Ireland Underground’ holds march for people priced out of insurance market

A lone poppy from the poppy drop lies stuck next to names inscribed on the pillars of the Thiepval Memorial after the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A hundred years on, the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division remembered in Thiepval

Troops of the Tyneside Irish regiment one minute after zero hour on July 1st, 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme. Photograph Art Archive/Imperial War Museum

Lists of war dead reveal almost 500 southern Irishmen died on the first day of battle. Here are some of those men’s stories

Minister for Culture Heather Heather Humphreys lays a wreath at the monument to the 16th (Irish) Division outside the church at Guillemont

Some 600 students from France, England and Ireland visit Lochnagar Crater

British troops laying down a baragh. For six days and nights the bombardment continued. Photograph: The Art Archive/ Imperial War Museum

‘Nothing could live under that rain of splintering steel’ – but the enemy were ready

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said what had happened with the reply to Anne Herlihy had been “entirely unacceptable”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Letter sent in Minister’s name thanked Cork cancer patient for ‘heartening’ account

Goalscoring hero Robbie Brady poses for photographs on arrival at Dublin Airport Monday afternoon. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Captain Robbie Keane pays emotional tribute to players who ‘gave their heart and soul’

Guitarist Kerry King of Slayer: “When I was growing up, there were obvious guitar heroes – be it Richie Blackmore, Tony Iommi,  Priest guys, Iron Maiden – guys to make me aspire to want to be like that guy.”  Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

Has the guitar lost its pre-eminent place in musical culture? Kerry King from seminal metal band Slayer thinks so

Bryan McMahon, chairman  of the working group on direct provision, said those in the system were ‘hollow men and women with scooped out personalities and moving like zombies in some cases’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Former High Court judge Bryan McMahon welcomes progress but warns of refugees ‘dying before our eyes’

An Australian flag at a memorial to the first World War. The grievances of Australian farmers over commodity prices paid during the war were such that the country’s governor-general  warned “rebel Irish and syndicalists” would come to power. File photograph: Getty Images

Loss of conscription referendum in late 1916 led to panic over ‘rebel Irish and syndicalists’

Amelie O’Grady (10), Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare, performs caretwheels, at a special event for children, as part of the Centenary Programme at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Eric Luke

President Michael D Higgins welcomes children to talk about their vision of the future

A group of Republic of Ireland fans at Stade de France in Paris for the Euro 2016 game against Sweden.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strike by Air France pilots left fans cutting it very fine to get to the Stade de France

Matthew Hyland on top, (from left) Martin Quinn, Philip Cleary and Shane Keegan all from Rathfarnham on their way to Paris for this evening’s game against Sweden. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

‘We just want to get to the match. We don’t care how we get there. We just want to get there’

TravelWise is a new app from the Department of Foreign Affairs which contains information on every country in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs releases app with safety advice for every country

 Seán Mulligan, Seán Evans and Ben Ellard from Nass, Co Kildare settle into French life. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

Tens of thousands of Irish football fans depart for the European Championships

The last newspaper journalism awards  were held in 2013 and attracted 800 entries, with Kitty Holland of The Irish Times winning journalist of the year for breaking the story of Savita Halappanavar. File photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

National Lottery to sponsor NewsBrands Ireland journalism awards

Irish and Romanian soccer fans in Versailles ahead of Euro 2016. File photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Department of Foreign Affairs advises those travelling to the tournament to be vigilant

ESB crews are out trying to restore power. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Status Orange thunder warning in place as homes and businesses affected by conditions

Gardaí at the scene in St Joseph’s Park in Finglas, Co Dublin, where a man was stabbed in the early hours of Monday morning. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Man (18) being detained after Wesley Mooney killed on Dunsink Lane in north Dublin

File photo of a paraglider in the Alps. Photograph: Jan Pitman/AP Photo

Man in his 40s dies at Ben Head near Gormanston on Saturday evening

After a boy was knocked of a bike in Co Waterford on Sunday, the air ambulance service was summoned immediately and the nine-year-old was taken to Cork University Hospital.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Boy was on his way at the time to help father milk cows at Rathgormack, Co Waterford

Garda forensic officers at Hills Lane in Tallaght, Co Dublin,  where a man’s body was found on Sunday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Gardaí identify dead man in his 30s, believe killing unrelated to other shootings in city

In June 1916, two divisions, the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) had taken their place along the Western Front in France for a major summer offence.

This summer tens of thousands of fans from both parts of Ireland will journey to France for a joyous festival of football. Many wi(...)

Det Sgt Matthew McLoughlin from Ballycommin, Co Tipperary, was Kitchener’s personal protection officer when the HMS Hampshire hit a mine and sank on June 5th, 1916

Metropolitan Police attempt to locate relatives of top official’s personal bodyguard

Three for joy: triplets Sophie, Katie and Elizabeth Ní Mhaolain (13), from Baltray in Co Louth, at the 10th Bloom festival yesterday in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Visitor numbers over the weekend expected to easily surpass the 100,000 mark

The Irish flag flies above the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin. The Republic has lost its status as the country that contributes the most to humanity in the latest Good Country Index. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Republic loses status as the state that contributes the most to humanity in new index

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said: “It does not come as any surprise that some of the recommendations in that [O’Higgins] report are recurring recommendations.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Commissioner says clear there is a lot of work to be done by Garda to reassure public

  William Brennan, Joe O’Connor, Tola Collier, Alan Battersby and Steve Garry of the Ashbourne Re-enactment group on ‘Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden’, designed by Fiann O’Nuallain for this year’s Bloom festival.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This year’s festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park tackles past and present suffering

Wreaths are thrown overboard during the commemoration that took place in Belfast on HMS Caroline on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland:  some 350 Irish sailors were lost  in that terrible event which remains the biggest clash between battleships in history. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Relative fights back tears as she recalls her grandfather’s return to a different Ireland

 The HMS ‘Caroline’ is the last remaining vessel from the 1916 Battle of Jutland. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Refurbished HMS ‘Caroline’ is last of 250 ships from first World War conflict in existence

The Health Service Executive (HSE) noted that a large majority (86 per cent) of patients surveyed expressed satisfaction at the hospital food. File photograph: Alan Betson

Body says poor nutrition affects quarter of patients but fifth of hospitals do not screen for it

Thousands of households in north Dublin will have a reduced water supply on Saturday while repairs to a large main are being carried out. Photograph: Irish Water

Irish Water works on Saturday affecting areas near the Phoenix Park

 Kevin Vickers Ambassador of Canada to Ireland (wearing light coloured mac jacket) tackles Brian Murphy as he attempted to disrupt proceedings during a State ceremony to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising. Photograph: Collins

Brian Murphy is a member of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association

Bruce Springsteen fans queuing up a day early outside Croke Park on Thursday to secure front-row places at Friday night’s gig. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Queuing overnight not allowed – but diehards reveal unsurprising commitment

A protester is removed from the State ceremonial event marking the deaths of British Soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman military cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kevin Vickers involved in arrest of man during event to remember British dead

Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger said the Government was intent on introducing a privately-run scheme which “put profit over the interests of people”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Finian McGrath defends Fit for Work programme against Opposition criticism

 Complaints against Ray D’Arcy in relation to an interview he carried out with Father Ted writer Graham Linehan and his wife Helen have been partially upheld. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Complaints about discussion with Graham Linehan and wife on their experience upheld

After the shooting in Dublin this morning of Gareth Hutch, two gunmen got into a black BMW  car, but it appears not to have started, so they fled on foot. Above, gardaí remove the car from North Cumberland Street this afternoon for technical examination. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Assistant Commissioner admits latest gang feud murder ‘extremely worrying’ for gardaí

The process over the question of potentially fracking for gas in Co Leitrim has been suspended pending a study commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency. File photograph: Citizens of the Planet/Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Exploration companies have expressed interest in fracking for gas in Co Leitrim

Garda scene-of-crime personnel investigate the shooting of  Gareth Hutch at  North Cumberland Street, Dublin, May 24th, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gareth Hutch feared for his safety and had phone linked to Emergency Response Unit

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s north inner city in which a close associate of the Hutch family was killed. Photograph: Collins

Dublin man is latest victim of Kinahan-Hutch feud

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