Sean Hogan during a media briefing on Storm Ophelia at the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

How Ophelia was managed is being held out as a textbook example of crisis management

Businessman Denis O’Brien leaves the Four Courts last December after giving evidence in the Red Flag case. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court of Appeal rejects businessman’s arguments in discovery battle

Former councillor Barry Nevin, Bray,  and Cllr Thomas Cullen,  Baltinglass. Photograph: Courts Collins

Case involved successful action brought by Tommy Cullen and Barry Nevin

Red Flag Consulting, whose senior staff and principals have strong historical connections to the Tony O’Reilly era at Independent News and Media, deny Denis O’Brien’s assertions. Illustration: Thisisredflag.com

Businessman seeking access to documents held by public relations company

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former taoiseach wanted ‘no speeches and no nonsense’ and his wishes were honoured

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries arriving at  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘I will be forever grateful to them for saving me from the situation,’ says young woman

Vice Admiral Mellett: nominated by government as chair of the EU’s military committee, the highest military role in the union. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cabinet to put Mark Mellett forward as chair of European Union Military Committee

Projects located mainly in Dublin and Cork but also in east coast and midland commuter counties have the potential to deliver 69,240 new homes. File photograph: Getty Images

Projects in Dublin, Cork and midland commuter counties could deliver 69,000 homes

At present the main role of An Garda Síochána is in investigating crime. Yet it also has primary responsibility for national security

Differing views raised whether responsibility for national security should remain with Garda

Ferry’s refuse: firefighters tackle the burning shed at Rossbrackan, near Letterkenny. Photograph: North West Newspix

High Court had ordered Jim Ferry to be jailed until he cleaned up Co Donegal site

Mother of two Danielle Carroll, from Tallaght, Dublin, took  her own life   in a Kildare hotel earlier this week

27-year-old Danielle Carroll was found dead in her emergency accommodation last week

Marian Tracy of Dodsboro Road, Lucan, Co Dublin who died in 2015.

Woman (60) suffered swelling and difficulty breathing following surgery to remove gland

The Irish Army building a replacement road bridge on the main Carndonagh to Quigley’s Point road in Donegal after the original bridge was destroyed in last week’s floods. Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

Council staff and workers acted swiftly as severe flooding hit northwest of country

Waste operator Jim Ferry. Gardaí in Letterkenny have been keen to detain him, but it is understood he has not been seen locally.

Gardaí also discover cannabis, balaclava and €80,000 during raids related to Jim Ferry

The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended Maj-Gen Mike Beary (above), saying his “outstanding record of leadership in numerous international peace-keeping roles speaks for itself”. File photograph: Unifil/UN

Nikki Haley said Maj-Gen Mike Beary ‘blind’ to alleged HIzbullah activities in Lebanon

Peter Murtagh riding a forest trail on the Inveraray Castle estate in Scotland

Training to ride forest trails – and not fall off – gives Peter Murtagh the right kind of grounding

Jim Ferry of Ferrys Refuse Collection Limited: the judge also directed that plans be made for the removal of waste  buried illegally at the site in Rossbracken.

Judge ruled that Jim Ferry be committed to jail for contempt of court

The  destroyed Wilson’s Bridge in Swan Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘I was in the house and a cousin of mine came running – ‘look at the hill; the trees is coming’

Irish Army help in clean-up at Buncrana in Donegal. Photograph: Trevor McBride

In Buncrana, the scale of the damage has shocked locals, troops and a council engineer

Jim Ferry, who runs two waste companies in Donegal, was present for the case and represented himself in court

Jim Ferry says he could not get rid of the waste legally and denies contempt of court

Jim Ferry: he said the suggestion that on July 29th the entrance to the site “was partially blocked to delay the fire service entering the site is totally untrue”

Court adjourns for order directing Garda to arrest Jim Ferry and take him to jail for contempt

US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford, and his Chinese counterpart, Gen Fang Fenghui, in Beijing. Gen Fang said both sides should “push forward stable military ties as an important and major stablising factor in bilateral relations”. Photograph:  Thomas Peter/Reuters

Prime minister rules out hosting nuclear weapons to deter North as China urges calm

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un: said  he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. Photograph:  KCNA via KNS/STR/South Korea Getty

US lacks insight into North Korean politics and overestimates China’s role, says expert

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army  in an unknown location  in this undated photo released on Tuesday by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s leader calls on US to desist from ‘reckless actions’ amid signs of easing tensions

Lynn Soon-bun speaks for the women of Soesong-gil village in saying the Americans should leave and take their anti-missile batteries, deployed nearby, with them. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

South Koreans close to anti-missile defence site oppose militarisation and fear for health

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands with US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford in Seoul on August 14th. Photograph: Bae Jae-man/Yonhap

Seoul’s Moon Jae-in criticises Pyongyang as China gets set to implement strict sanctions

Gen Joseph Dunford  arrives at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Gen Dunford to meet Moon Jae-in before heading to China and Japan

Visitors look  towards North Korea from a South Korean observation post  near the DMZ. Photograph: Getty Images

An empty rail station is only visited by tourists. No trains head north from here

People look out from the observation platform in front of a fence at N Seoul Tower, located at the top of Mt Namsan in central Seoul. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Koreans have heard it all before, but this time an unsteady hand sits in the White House

Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification are displayed on a military fence at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea says it will have ballistic missile plan for Guam ‘within days’

Ella Rose Gavin helping the magician from Martas Magic Show at Hope Fest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A kids’ festival organised by addiction body Hope takes place on a Wednesday for good reason

Plastic rubbish and waste on a beach in Plymouth. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Significant operation in 43 countries, including Ireland, deemed ‘a great success’

Jim Ferry is facing a potential prison term for failing to comply with a High Court order to clean up an illegal dump he has been operating near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Wers Waste does not have a permit for the waste facility it operates near Tuam

Dangerous driving: “If you see someone holding a mobile phone . . . it is extremely likely they are also doing a whole series of other poor road-safety behaviours.” Photograph: Martin Prescott/iStock/Getty

10% of motorists admit to drink-driving; 2% regard three drinks as safe

Rossbracken:  the centre of Jim Ferry’s illegal waste activities near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Waste operator Jim Ferry faces jail if he does not clean up his illegal facility at Rossbracken

Members of the Irish Blackball Association walk alongside the hearse carrying Dermot Byrne in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Community pays respects to ‘good friend and great father’at funeral in Swords

Army Rangers Wing  will be part of the  State’s on-call response to a major terrorist incident. Photograph: Alan Betson

Special forces will increase co-operation with Garda with joint training exercises

Waste at Whitestown Dump Co Wicklow.

‘Who was in charge?’ asks council member

The furnished identical house next door to 6 South Place, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow

No 6 South Place combines modern design and technology in a mature setting

 Wicklow County Council has  said it will take six-and-a-half years to clear the illegal dump  at Whitestown.

Wicklow County Council insists it needs permissions before it can take action on the site

 Eleventh Night at Roughan, Co Tyrone: the Silver Band play ‘Kenilworth’ at the bonfire.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

No hatred on display as occasion is marked with tea, soccer and a lilting brass band

Waste at Whitestown dump in Co Wicklow. File photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times

Owner of Wicklow site disputes estimate, says work can be finished in under three years

The proposed drink-driving law seeks to impose a mandatory three-month driving ban on anyone found to have 51-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Alcohol industry lobbying hard against Minister’s plan to impose mandatory driving ban on offenders

Former councillor Barry Nevin (left) and Cllr Thomas Cullen  leaving the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Cllr Thomas Cullen and ex-councillor Barry Nevin claimed document made them seem incompetent

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Our Mediterranean missions currently based on an arrangement with the Italian government

The site of the illegal dump at Whitestown, Co Wicklow, in 2001. File photograph Joe St Leger

High Court orders removal of waste and contaminated soil within three years

Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps  pilot who refused to fly him to Cork as an example of his ‘hands-on’ approach.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister claims 2015 intervention over airman’s refusal to fly was ‘not intimidatory’

Almost 60 per cent of customers nationally already pay by weight, the remaining 40 per cent or so being mainly in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Industry insider says ‘common sense’ over pricing would prevail under watchdog

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an Air Corps helicopter pilot in June 2015 when the pilot refused to fly him to Cork because fog was forecast. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Minister’s behaviour during fog forecast dispute was ‘not intimidatory’

“I have total respect for the judgement of military personnel whether they’re in the Naval Service, the Air Corps or in the Army,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Niall CArson/PA

Minister questioned judgement of Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him due to fog forecast

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an experienced Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of predicted fog. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Air Corps is ‘very unhappy’ about Minister’s behaviour during the 2015 incident

Sgt David Greene helps Cpl Nigel Callanan find the target at the Defence Forces’ International Marksmanship Skills Competition in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Defence Forces

Defence Forces International Marksmanship Skills challenge takes place in Glen of Imaal

White cladding on the right of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London, in the aftermath of a fire in which at least 17 people have died. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

New fire-safety regulations to come into force in fortnight, says Department of Housing

The burnt-out Grenfell Tower: Rainscreen cladding on the  tower was, according to Rydon Construction, put there with the aim of “improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building”. The company finished refurbishing the building last summer.  Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Ireland ‘following the English model of building regulation - which is inadequate’

A coffin bearing the remains of Michael Keogh is carried at his funeral at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin, today. He  was shot dead in his car in an underground car park on Dorset Street on  May 31st. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Latest casualty of Kinahan-Hutch feud was shot dead on Dorset Street on May 31st

Map showing the course of the Vartry River from the reservoir, through the Devil’s Glen, Ashford, New Rath Bridge and into the Irish Sea. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Objectors tell hearing of lack of environmental impact statement for Wicklow plant

The treatment plant upgrade is geared to increase output by 10 to 15 million litres of water per day. Photograph: The Irish Times

Planning board told objectors concerned about flow into Vartry river and waste material

Irish security services: the emergency-response unit training in October 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government seems to prefer the risk of an atrocity to an overhaul of our patchy defences

Grosvenor Square in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU residency granted after marriage to UK woman in Dublin

In the South Circular Road mosque, people are polite but weary with media questions

House at the Rathmines address used by the London Bridge terrorist Rachid Redouane when he married in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

An end of red brick terraced house in fashionable Grosvenor Square

Former president Mary Robinson: “What will become evident is that America is no longer the leader on progressive values because of what Trump is doing.”Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘We have to call out this government. Blame the Trump administration, not the people’

Four-year-old Ciarán Treacy was killed in April 2013 when their car was hit by a drunk driver in Portarlington, Co Laois.

Strong criticism of politician’s opposition to tougher rules voiced at RSA conference

Denis O’Brien. Photograph: David Sleator

Testy exchanges between judge and O’Brien’s counsel over third early-date request

Carmel O’Brien , co-ordinator of the Kilmaley Meitheal Spring Clean, with  roadside dumping in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Household waste, electrical goods, mattresses and bags among items dumped

Aaron Brady (26) from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was deported from the US. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady to appear in Clover Hill court next week over road traffic charges

Retired Wicklow manager Eddie Sheehy began the investigation into allegations concerning Cavan County Council in March. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Fake invoices to the council for work not carried out among allegations examined

Archbishop of Dublin  Diarmuid Martin (right) welcomes His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, to Archbishop’s House in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pope Tawadros II meets Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on first Coptic papal trip to Ireland

President Higgins receives Pope Tawadros II at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Detention of Irish citizen (21) raised with Coptic pope and Egyptian ambassador

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Only only healthcare organisation impacted by WannaCry in Ireland

Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Sara Freund

Moyagh Murdock says vintners’ group ‘downplaying value of lives lost’

In the  High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett threw the book at Jim Ferry, who  controlled two companies, Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferrys Refuse Recycling Limited

Inside Rossbracken foul liquid bleeds into the nearby earth, feet from the river bank

Former Wicklow County manager Eddie Sheehy who has been exonerated by the High Court of an allegation of corruption. Photograph: Collins

Judge rules his accuser Donal Ó Laoire ‘not a credible witness’ in illegal dumping case

Geoff Hill: spent much of his childhood at Termon in Co Tyrone, where his grandfather Edward was butler

Peter Murtagh has gone along for the ride on his friend Geoff Hill’s motorcycle epics. Now he’s swept away by his flight of fancy,(...)

The Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized more than €300,000 in cash, along with cash counting and packaging equipment.

Cash counting and packaging equipment found in Sandyford

Sir Ivor Roberts: “I don’t want to find myself queuing to get through Rome airport every time I go there.”

Sir Ivor Roberts applies for passport as result of anxieties over UK’s exit from EU

The Garda are pursuing five men who withdrew a compensation claim against an insurance firm

Tallaght court adjourns law firm’s application to allow for variation of search warrant

Bankrupt developer  Tom McFeely faced two charges of breaching a protection order. He was found guilty of breaching one of them

Woman told court McFeely threatened to slit her throat and ‘send her to America in a box’

Trial has heard claims that work at the dump since 2009 is inadequate

On the 50th day of Brownfield case, judge says it may be referred to European Court

 Aidan Magee (6) from Dublin protesting outside McKee Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Wives and partners say ‘heroes’ should not need social welfare to survive

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, which crashed off the west coast  on March 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International aviation and EU rules do not ban inclusion of cockpit voice recordings of final moments from investigation reports

Hickory Ridge, a tiny bungalow in the middle of The Burnaby,

A two-bedroom house in The Burnaby for sale at €640,000, includes a quarter acre of gorgeous gardens

Sgt Damien Kelly (left), Advanced Paramedic Darren Figgis, Comdt Phil Bonner and Lt Kevin Fitzgerald, ready for duty. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

What is it like to spend a day with the Air Corps and HSE first responders?

Coast Guard personnel view the R116 recovery operation at Blackrock Island. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Preliminary survey identifies warning system’s lack of data as a factor in the crash

Capt Paul McDermott briefing his Air Corps pilot colleagues ahead of the Pilatus airplane flypast at the end of Sunday’s 1916 Rising commemoration ceremony at the GPO. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Air Corps among Rising parade’s highlights, but struggling with budget cuts

Preacher Patterson: investigated for child abuse by an Alabama district attorney who characterised him simply as “evil”.

In Warwick, Rhode Island, Preacher Patterson is bible-thumping for America

The Defence Forces corries out some 1,600 random tests on serving personnel in 2016.

It is understood the newly qualified pilot admitted taking cocaine the weekend before random test

Former Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Collins

High Court examining council’s knowledge of largest illegal dump in the State

The Ultimate Off Road Day offers an exhilarating, helter-skelter ride through the forest wilderness

Off-road motorbiking in Llangynog is a great way of getting close to the Welsh mud

Former Wicklow County Council manager Eddie Sheehy: “My legacy is making Wicklow a no-go area for illegal dumping.” Photograph: Collins

Documents show Eddie Sheehy knew what Donal O Laoire was doing, counsel says

The remains of Capt Mark Duffy are carried into St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth, followed by his widow, Hermione, ahead of his funeral Mass on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

‘He put a safety net around us in our home. He was fearless. He lived consciously each day’

Ruth and Kevin Burke who are feared to have died following the helicopter crash in Wales. Photograph: Facebook

Friends in Co Mayo were expecting aircraft owner Kevin Burke to visit this weekend

Retired county manager Eddie Sheehy was cross-examined, for the second day, in a High Court case over illegal dumping. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eddie Sheehy accepts there were ‘significant discrepancies’ in letter to department

Donal Ó Laoire leaving the Four Courts last week after giving evidence in the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Donal Ó Laoire labelled a perjurer by retired Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy

Moya Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: “The number [OF TESTS]had to be made up and [the Garda] have to acknowledge that.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New equipment will record full details of test, including location, and prevent falsification

Martin Coyne of Digitpol, a company which has been  used by Denis O’Brien in his case against Red Flag.

Most of what investigator Martin Coyne claimed of self and alleged expertise questioned

The site at Whitestown, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, owned by Brownfield Restoration Ltd. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Wicklow County Council being sued for failing to remediate site of illegal dump

 Former manager of Wicklow County Council Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Case centres on allegation council failed to remediate illegal dump in west Wicklow

Many proceedings relating to the illegal dump at Whitestown in west Wicklow have been or are before the courts

Former authorised officer makes claim case over illegal dump in west Co Wicklow

Donal Ó Laoire leaves the Four Courts after giving evidence on the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court told officials also made false statements and gave false information to gardaí

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