Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney has cautioned against “a knee jerk reaction” to an incursion into Irish controlled air space by two Russian military aircraft earlier this week. Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

Incursion by military aircraft without filing flight plans was unacceptable, says Coveney

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted that any Government decision in relation to the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG will be in the “national interest”.. Photo: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Alex White says concerns are understandable but Aer Lingus needs investment

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted  ruling reversed because of the precedent  it sets for future debates

Noonan backs Ceann Comhairle over blocking debate, which Alex White says Coalition wanted

The study revealed hazardous alcohol consumption, with 65.2 per cent of men and 67.3 per cent of women saying they engaged in unsafe drinking. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA

Consumption pattern among women now similar to that in men, UCC study indicates

James Sikora,  Irish Veterans Joint Executive Director, said that the group hopes to establish a permanent memorial and a research exhibition centre in Kinsale in Co Cork.

Organisation hopes to erect memorial and establish research centre in Co Cork

Dr Conor O’Mahony of the Faculty of Law at UCC told a seminar marking the anniversary of Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights that Irish law under-utilises the court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Dr Conor O’Mahony says Louise O’Keeffe’s victory helped highlight importance of ECHR

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, has called for the enactment of legislation to formally recognise Travellers’ ethnicity. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Human Rights commissioner says such a move would help value Traveller culture

Cunard liner the RMS Lusitania. File photograph: PA Wire

Liner torpedoed off Kinsale by German submarine in May 1915 with loss of 1,198 lives

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to a fatal crash in Co Cork to contact them. File  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Man seriously hurt after car hit tree in Cork city in separate incident

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