Members of the Garda Emergency response Unit on a simulted hostage rescue exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

People need to know how to ‘stay safe’, help themselves and aid others if incident occurs

Former chief executive of Today FM Peter McPartlin who unexpectedly resigned from his post.

Peter McPartlin leaves after four years at the helm and also leaves TXFM, a Dublin alternative rock station which was previo(...)

Recipients of Honorary Degrees at Trinity College. From left: Fr Peter Mc Verry, Graca Machel, Senator David Norris,  Rory O’Neill and Tomi Reichental. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Women and children’s advocate and Holocaust survivor also among recipients

The number  of roadside checkpoints testing for alcohol is to be increased for the next six weeks and the Garda will  pay particular attention to drivers using bus lanes and mobile phones. Those stopped for either offence are likely to find themselves breath-tested.  File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Garda to pay particular attention to drivers using bus lanes and mobile phones illegally

Infantry machine gunner at the ready. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Our correspondent was embedded with the Defence Forces on a crucial sortie

Elite Army Ranger Wing troops exercising in Dublin.  File photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Decisive action, tight co-operation between services the best ways to deal with threats

Judge Rosemary Horgan, President of the District Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

District Court president’s comments prompted by reports on drink-driving convictions

Jimmy Wren, who has written a book, The GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916, at his home in Donnycarney. On the wall is a group photograph of Rising participants,  taken in 1936. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A new book tells of the lives of ordinary men and women who took part in Rising

President Higgins stands with ambassador Jean-Pierre Thebault at the French embassy on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Higgins signs book of condolence at embassy on Merrion Square

 Tresa Corrigan, with her daughter Kiera (2), remembering her brother Kieran O’Sullivan, who died 10 years ago in Bantry, at a special memorial service in St Finian’s Lutheran Church in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Relatives speak of anger and frustration with justice system at remembrance day event

Richard Staveley holds a photo of his grand-aunt Jane Boyle, shot dead on  November 20, 1920 . A headstone is to be inaugurated in Glasnevin today in presence of family members and GAA president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jane Boyle was shot dead by British forces in Croke Park on November 21st, 1920

United Nations veterans at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, for the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Embedding will be in peacekeeping areas where gender-based violence occurred

At Glasnevin Cemetery laying a wreath at the grave of Michael McWhite, an Irish citizen who fought for France during the first World War  and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government for his bravery, were from left: John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust;  Jean-Pierre Thebault, ambassador of France to Ireland; Laurent Somon, chairman of the Departmental Council of the Somme;  Jean-Marc Todeschini, French Minister of State for Remembrance and the Veterans, and Colonel Antoine de Loustal,  Defence Attaché. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Ceremony attended by dignitaries including Minister for Heritage and overseas envoys

Gardaí beside the badly damaged Volvo after the crash near the N4 on the southbound M50. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins

Long delays inevitable as emergency services examine serious incidents

The funeral of Joe Ainsworth, former deputy commissioner of An Garda Síochána, at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Professional life of one-time deputy commissioner both colourful and controversial

Rob Penn: “I couldn’t believe that in Ireland, the game of hurley was still being played with an ash stick.”

Writer’s love for ancient tree brings him to Croke Park for ‘clash of the ash’

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Sara Freund

Businessman says Renua leader ‘failed to ascertain the facts’ about Topaz contract

Denis O’Brien: “It is clear to me that this is part of a campaign to undermine me and to disseminate false statements about me.” Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

His battle continues as he seeks full access to Red Flag’s web search, download history

 Denis O’Brien’s  Digicel is carrying about $6.5 billion in debt and needs to invest in high-speed fibre, fixed-line and cable TV services. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Businessman’s affidavit also says the IPO was ‘suspended for external market reasons’

Wounded soldiers being taken from the Casualty Clearing Station, Pushvillers, France, to an ambulance train: The British army’s decision that sick and wounded soldiers be brought home by hospital ships for longer-term care had a huge impact on Irish hospitals and medicine. Photograph: Wellcome Library, London

A recent symposium in Dublin highlighted the effects of the first World War on our hospitals, medics and procedures

 The removal of Thomas, Sylvia, Christopher, Jim and  Mary Connors at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Removal held for five members of Connors family who died in Dublin halting site fire

Lucinda Creighton said public trust in the political system had been eroded hugely “and while there have been tribunals, very little has come of them” by way of changes. Photograph:  Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton wants Moriarty tribunal recommendations implemented

The new CSO yearbook has revealed that the number of marriages is back to boom-time figures. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

CSO yearbook also reveals State’s favourite children’s names remain Jack and Emily

Colm Keaveney:   The speech “was entirely composed by myself”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FF TD says he was not influenced by third party in speech about businessman

Denis  O’Brien: claims PR firm Red Flag Consulting is involved in a conspiracy against him. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Speech by FF TD Colm Keaveney on USB key is understood not to have been delivered

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Businessman alleges documents on memory stick had been altered by Red Flag

After training in Templemore, Co Tipperary, Garda Tony Golden served for 11 years in several divisions, notably at Cabinteely in south Co Dublin, and later in Omeath in Co Louth, where he was one of three gardaí in a station whose numbers have been reduced markedly since the ending of the Troubles.

Garda Commissioner describes late garda as ‘proud family man, held in very high esteem’

People gather to express respect while gardaí watch after a fire at a  halting site, due to  which  10  people died,  on Glenamuck Road South, Carrickmines,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Mounds of flowers grow at Carrickmines as people pay their respects to the 10 who died

Garret Fitzgerald and Margaret Thatcher with  ministers Peter Barry, Dick Spring,  Geoffrey Howe, and Tom King at the the signing of the Anglo Irish Agreement at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, in November 1985. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former prime minister felt motherly towards Garret Fitzgerald, biography reveals

So-called presumptive tests “basically” confirm a substance is a controlled drug. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labs spend hours on preliminary testing which is pointless as defendants later plead guilty

Lt-Col Mark Prendergast and his nine-year-old daughter Lara at  Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnel. Photograph: Dave Meehan

200-strong party greet 48th Infantry Group at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell

Bord na Móna briquettes are made from milled peat. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Post-war idea was to copy geology and compress peat to as near to coal as possible

Bord na Móna has announced it will no longer harvest energy peat and will complete its move to a sustainable business within 15 years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Semi-State’s alternative energy move ‘largest change of land use in modern Irish history’

Assumpta Lawlor, Elaine Healy and Patricia O’Rourke, all from Tallaght,  with their Certificates in Health Service Skills, at the Centre for Learning and Development at Tallaght Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Students, including grandparents, graduate as healthcare assistants after a year’s study

Trooper Amy Crook and boyfriend Ger on return to Dublin. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh

Some members of return party unable to get to Dublin due to flight complications

A special meeting of Dún Laoghaire council was called because of widespread anger at letters sent on behalf of the board that runs Bids by Stubbs, the debt collecting agency, to business people in the town who had failed to pay the levy which funds the scheme.

Demand backed by two People Before Profit councillors - opposed by 27 other councillors

Medics with the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in training in surviving the effects of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear.

Irish Army runs new exercise for group of Red Cross doctors and nurses

The Hall of Honour commemorating the 471 students, staff and alumni of TCD who died in the first World War. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ceremony aims to roll back century of collective amnesia on TCD’s role in conflict

 Members of the  European Young Leaders 2015, from left: Edvard Glucksman, Wardell Armstrong; Sandor Lederer, K-Monitor; Kamilla Sultanova, Maersk Line, and Anne Antunes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Climate change, migration and ‘fortress Europe’ and Brexit all for debate

MInister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Ireland 2016 will be “a reflection on our past, our present and our future, our futures indeed together on this island”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister launches next stage of Rising commemorations at Pearse brothers’ school

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 sparked lawyer’s activism

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Wife and daughter of Guo Feixiong collect Frontline Defenders award on his behalf

 A passerby reads a notice on the door of Boyers & Co on North Earl Street, Dublin, after it was announced the store would close in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Talks to begin after news that Dublin department store will close

Former Barcelona FC player Patrick Kluivert: Unicef Uganda has joined FC Barcelona and other sport organisations  to highlight Ugandan child survival. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

In 1990 some 12.7m under-fives died each year – most preventable – and it is now 5.9m

Bono at a solar array in Rwanda part-financed by President Obama’s Power Africa initiative
Into Africa with Bono

The Irish Times went to Rwanda and Nigeria with Bono and his One Foundation

Aylan Kurdi, one of the two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother, is buried at home in Kobani on September 4th. Seeing scenes like that, Cork woman Mary wishes the Naval Service could magic these poor refugees to Cobh: ‘I would be down there, happy to take two or three people for a few months.’ Photograph: Herdem Dogrul/Reuters

Nationwide, people are stepping up for refugees by pledging beds, shelter and kindness

Eugene Kielt, an enthusiast for all things Heaney, on the banks of the Moyola river

Local historian Eugene Kielt offers a tour of Derry locations linked to the late poet

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Continuing to contribute internationally is hugely important, says retiring Army office

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Charities say family homelessness crisis must be treated as ‘national emergency’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  on a Coast Guard vessel off Killala, Co Mayo, welcoming the new $300 million transatlantic fibre optic cable as it arrives in Killala, Co Mayo. The cable, owned and operated by Irish company Aqua Comms, will run directly from Mayo to New York. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Taoiseach joins investor Chris Bake to mark laying of cross-Atlantic cable off Killala

Drumcondra house has changed little since it was built and has a warm, pleasant feel to it

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Secretary general says referendum is ‘not very clear’ and has been called too quickly

Corrib Gas is the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme on the Shannon in the 1920s.

Objections to pipeline stimulated by poor management contributed to €2.4bn overrun

Looking at Leenamore Crossing today, it would probably take a forensic archaeologist to uncover what went on just two years ago. The first photo shows the entire estuary removed in layers and stored, while diggers do their work. The second shows how the area looks today

Restrictions on Corrib gas project mean parts of Erris among most monitored in Ireland

Paul Hughes, tunnel construction manager, in a  pipe trench as the tunnel is sealed. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Raw gas comes from inside 250m-year-old sandstone about 3km below the seabed

Corrib veteran: David Timlin of Ross Glen Construction, in Rossport. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

The Shell gas project enabled some Irish companies to thrive in the recession, winning profits, creating jobs and raising standard(...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and other mourners at the UCD memorial Mass for those who died at Berkeley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mourners told: ‘They lived and laughed and loved and left . . . we will not forget them’

A view of the collapsed fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California: a Dublin architect, who asked not be named, said it was clear that the timber joists had failed and noted that balconies in Ireland would normally be constructed from concrete and/or steel. Photograph:  Peter Dasilva/EPA

Failure most likely to have occurred because of prolonged exposure to moisture

A fourth floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California killing six Irish students. Photograph: AP Photo/Noah Berger

Six Irish students died after Library Gardens apartment balcony collapsed

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 3,000 to attend event

Gang-plank goes ashore from the first Irish warship, the LE Macha. Photograph: Defence Forces

Rediscovered material includes 30 minutes of silent, grainy film and photographs

To date, the LÉ Eithne which has on board a crew of 67 plus two Army medics, has rescued 1,153 migrants. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish Naval Service vessel transfers 399 north Africans to authorities in port city of Taranto

The man and woman featured in posters opposing the same sex marriage referendum have denounced the use of their image and say they support “completely” the proposed change to the Constitution.  Photograph: Adam Hills Official Page/Facebook.

Man and woman ‘completely’ support same sex marriage

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosion was at Camp Ziouani where Irish peacekeeping troops are also based

EU failure has turned Mediterranean into a grave, Higgins tells Lebanese audience

President Michael D Higgins places carnations on the graves of  soldiers at the 57th Turkish Regiment cemetery and memorial site in Gallipoli. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

On sacred Turkish soil, all sides salute the fallen in spirit of startling generosity

Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins,   Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey  Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Irish participation in centenary marked by unprecedented Defence Forces involvement

Company commander Comdt Paul Kelly briefing his men before the platoon rotation at UN post 80. “The mission is to ride in a fast, effective and orderly manner,” he tells his section commanders

The 48th Infantry Group hit ground running on arrival at UN camp

A UN ceasefire observer gives orders.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Golan Heights peacekeepers are unarmed and stay in self-sustaining compound

Lieut Ronan O’Brien:  training at the Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney) before departing for UN duty in Syria.

My Mission: Lt Ronan O’Brien – commander, 2nd Platoon

Capt Liam McDonnell, company second-in-command: “I’m the guy behind, pushing everybody forward, making sure the standards are kept.”

Unifil veteran is a total solidier and ensures the company is ready for deployment

Detail of a map of the Golan Heights for  Undof, the UN peacekeeping and observer force.

48th Infantry Group converge to have everything cleared before heading to Golan Heights

Capt. Cormac Brady, ahead of departing for UN duty in Syria: “You are worried about any mission but, at the end of the day, it is definitely harder for your partner . . . Goal-setting is hugely important – the half-way mark, the leave period, the planned holiday.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My mission: Capt Cormac Brady – operations and training officer

Members of the Irish Defence Force  prepare weapons for training at Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Months of planning and training for the Golan Heights put to test in Glen of Imaal

“And as the dust clears you see the big white Mowags, emblazoned with a black UN on the side”

Getting across how much the UN means to destitute people depending on it as a last resort

Lieut Jane O’Neill of the 48th Infantry Group at Finner Camp with members of her family before being deployed to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Thomas Gallagher

There are essentially two dangers: purpose-made anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices favoured by insurgents

Army personnel prepare live rounds in an exercise involving Mowags. “No deployment plan is going to be generic, you are going to have to have a bespoke solution for everything”

Preparation isn’t all military: there are forms to fill and plenty of acronyms to employ

President Michael D Higgins: said the first World War was linked to “the outrageous aspirations of empire”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Official visit to Turkey will mark 100th anniversary of Allied landings

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights: August 28th was when the “shit hit the fan”, as the officer puts it. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

To prepare troops for deployment, an Irish officer describes a daring rescue in the region

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli  attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Lt Ernest Brooks/ IWM via Getty Images

Irish regiments were among those who landed on V Beach on April 25th, 1915

 Sgt-Maj Noel Callagha training at Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney) before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Forty years with Defence Forces starting at age of 17 and veteran of seven UN missions

Capt Deirdre Carbery of the UN Training School Ireland: ‘The more women you have in your unit, the more women you have out on patrol – mixed teams of men and women – the greater access you have to the local population.’

Understanding local gender roles when serving abroad can help gather intelligence

Walk this way: allow for walking progress of about 20km per day

The walk to Santiago de Compostela has been on your to-do list forever. Here are 10 steps to get you there

Ready to deploy: Lieut Col Mark  Prendergast (centre) with Trooper Amy Crook, Sgt Maj Noel Callaghan, Capt Liam McDonnell, Cmdt Paul Kelly, Capt Phelim Carroll, Lieut Stephen Keane, Lieut Ronan O’Brien and Capt Cormac Brady at Camp Coolmoney, in the Glen of Imaal, before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This month the 48th Infantry Group of the Defence Forces took up duty on the Golan Heights. A new series follows their months of p(...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Musician Cormac Breatnach’s brother was wrongly convicted of the 1976 Sallins Mail Train Robbery at the behest of a cohort within (...)

Formal ceremony attended by many family members and friends of the soldiers, together with dignitaries

A Rohingya Muslim boy recites verses from the Koran at a privately run school for Rohingya children refugees and asylum seekers in Kuala Lumpur. The Rohingya people of Burma remain almost entirely unrecognised by their own government. They are denied citizenship and may not travel freely. Photograph:  Olivia Harris

UN High Commissioner for Refugees forum will discuss 10 million without citizenship

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Chinese New Year is in full swing. In Taiwan, the celebrations include a Lantern Festival of epic proportions, a spectacular l(...)

The concluding episode of Charlie revealed Haughey growing ever-more obsessed with his legacy as the narrative also sought to explain the man behind the image. Photgraph: Patrick Redmond

Brilliantly dramatised series ends with our anti-hero devoid of empathy and emotion

Actor Peter Coonan (left) and artist and former prison inmate Eric Boylan at the launch of the National Prisoner Art Exhibition in City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Prisoner Art Exhibition has 100 works by recent and not so recent inmates

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Mary Akrami speaks at launch of the annual report of Irish NGO Frontline Defenders

Aidan Gillen’s Haughey seems at times detached from the events around him, his face displaying a sort of bored contempt for everyone, foes and allies alike, mildly exasperated that not everyone sees his own genius.

Episode two of RTÉ’s Haughey drama mirrors mad pace of Irish political life in 1982

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The real people behind the characters in ‘Charlie’, the TV drama based on the life of former taoiseach Charles Haughey

The funeral of Chermaine Carroll at  St Mary’s Church Bennekerry, Co Carlow, who was killed in a collision along with her three friends. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bereft family and friends pay moving tribute to loved ones cut down in prime of life

The remains of Gemma Nolan who was  killed in a road collision crash with her three friends arrives at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 mourners attend funeral of second Athy crash victim in Carlow church

The remains of Chermaine Carroll, one of the Athy crash victims, arriving at St Mary’s Church, Bennekerry, Co Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Priest says 20-year-old victim of Athy car crash was ‘bright and bubbly’

“Last year, the Queensland minister for transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on faster roads,” said Noel Gibbons, who is a road safety officer with Mayo County Council.

Former TD criticises new plans to legislate on cycling

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