Lee McDonnell escaped on the way back to Portlaoise Prison on Wednesday. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Prison staff transporting Lee McDonnell had stopped to buy him chips

Gardaí are holding six men in the south east in raids on drug laboratories that were believed to be making an ecstasy-style substance sold in head shops as ‘super coke’.

Substance sold in head shops as ‘super coke’ targeted in searches in south east after two-year investigation

The criminal investigation has established a six-figure sum of money disappeared over a lengthy period of time. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda investigation complete: recommendation charges pursued against chief suspect

In some of the complaints it is alleged a lack of care or the poor treatment of now deceased persons contributed to their deaths.

TD Fergus O’Dowd says HIQA has no authority to prove individual allegations

Gardaí clear protestors from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Breakaway protest blocks O’Connell Bridge

 Protesters at the anti-water charges rally at Merrion Square, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cordon of barriers and gardaí secures Dáil from any attempt by protesters to charge it

A man charged with 50 counts of sexual offences against two young girls will stand trial next year at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Charges include child exploitation and production of child pornography

Water demonstrators will force policy reversal, organisers say

Anti-water charge protesters on Dublin’s O’Connell Street last month.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Up to 500 gardaí set for expected 30,000-strong Dublin anti-water charges rally

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