Striking Bus Éireann workers and colleagues outside Leinster House  as their strike reaches its sixth day on Wednesday, March 29th. Photograph: Brian Hutton/PA

Many school bus companies fear protracted strike could put them out of business

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busáras, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 100,000 passengers to be affected as strike at bus company enters fifth day

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busáras, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Transport authority said bus companies can meet demand on existing Bus Éireann routes

President Michael D Higgins signing  the book of condolence for victims of the London attack at the British embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny express their sympathies following London assault

Children at the launch of  Cruinniú na Cásca 2017 which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Creative Ireland initiative to follow up last year’s successful Reflecting the Rising

 Former senator Máiría Cahill said Martin McGuinness had not moved away from his IRA past as many had claimed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ex-senator says former IRA leader engaged in victim-blaming over abuse claims

US president Donald Trump speaks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House last Thursday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach’s comments seen as veiled criticism of Trump’s immigration policies

A screengrab taken from a fundraising page set up by Steve Wall for his brother’s family.

Lead singer of The Stunning described crash that also injured his brother as a ‘tragedy beyond belief’

Rescue 118 was called off from its search at Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo to assist with the operation.

Two men taken to hospital following the incident east of Sligo town

The candlelit vigil in Blackrock, Co Louth, held on Friday night to remember Capt Mark Duffy, missing since the Rescue 116 helicopter crashed into the sea off Co Mayo. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Capt Mark Duffy’s family attends Blackrock vigil to honour crew of crashed helicopter

 Belgian ambassador Philippe Roland with  Dublin city librarian Margaret Hayes and  senior librarian at Dublin City Council Tara Doyle at Pearse Street library for the launch of the Assembly exhibit, the Ypres book. Photograph: Alan Betson

Val Carmen’s ‘Assembly’ has 1,216 pages and lists those whose died around Ypres in WW1

Nasa image of the planet Mercury. File photograph: NasaAFP/Getty Images

Scientist Paul Byrne has succeeded in his bid to given the large lava plain an Irish name

More than 100,000 overseas visitors are expected to attend the St Patrick’s Festival events in Ireland this week. Photograph: Reuters

Recent mild spell is set to come to an end as rain and wind forecast for the weekend

The Defence Forces said steps were underway to remedy the shortage of personnel in the Irish Air Corps.

Air Corps personnel not available for mission which ended in fatal helicopter crash

St Patrick surrounded by visiting Spanish students in Dublin in advance of the parade of Friday’s parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Over 100,000 visitors expected to attend festivities in Dublin on Friday, organisers say

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Woman whose search for her son inspired the film ‘Philomena’ speaks out over Tuam babies

Winning writers:   Tomás Ó hUallacháin,  Jack Farrell,  Emma McGoey  and Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Junior minister cites value of integrity at NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass awards

In February most weather stations recorded the highest average temperatures in five years, with some a degree above normal for the time of year. File photograph: Getty Images

Highs of 17 degrees next week though starting to turn cold again for St Patrick’s Day

 This is the end: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath onstage during the bans’s  “The End Tour” in August 2016. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

The Birmingham band have called it a day and the best days of heavy metal are gone

Richard Bruton described the €219 million contribution by the Catholic Church to the redress bill as a ‘far cry’ from the 50 per cent share it agreed to contribute. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Survivor group calls on Enda Kenny to seek Papal intervention on funds paid by orders

Sonas chief executive Fiona Ryan said it took steps above and beyond simply complying with fire regulations to ensure the safety of the families living in the step-down accommodation for victims of domestic violence. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sonas chief: ‘I genuinely don’t think we could have done anymore than we did’

 Sculptor Paul Ferriter (in blue) directs Ciaran Patterson  and Sandor Prsa putting the finishing touches to a bronze statue of AP McCoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Life-size statue of legendary jump jockey to be unveiled at Cheltenham next week

Catherine Corless: Speaking on International Women’s Day, President Michael D Higgins says the historian “continued to ask the questions that are important if we are to face the truth of what prevailed”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Higgins refers to ‘dark shadows’ in past towards women and ‘illegitimate babies’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader says scope of inquiry into Tuam babies scandal must be broadened

Irish-born women living in Britain earn an average of £18.04 per hour, compared to £17.39 for Irish men and £13.21 for British-born women. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish women more likely to be in senior and middle managerial positions

Maurice Sheehy: Claims Fleet is fully funded from private investors and that he has put €300,000 of his own money into it. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Wicklow-based Maurice Sheehy’s company Fleet to enable motorists hire out their cars

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members will vote on the advice they will give to Government on Eighth Amendment

Doctors for Choice’s Prof Veronica O’Keane, Dr John Monaghan of Doctors for Life, and Dr Orla Halpenny, Doctors for Life Ireland, at the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘They made me feel my life didn’t matter, that my life was the same as my unviable baby’

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy answers accusations of bias from Pro Life Campaign

Image of engineers using ground penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Church asked how it could justify stance on abortion given its past track record

A contemporary illustration of the Battle of Tallaght from the London Illustrated News

‘A miserable failure, disgraceful to the organisers and their wretched dupes’

Six women who were directly affected by the abortion laws in Ireland have given personal testimony to the Citizens’ Assembly examining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Women directly affected by Irish abortion laws speak to Citizens’ Assembly

Senior counsel Brian Murray has told the 99 citizens of the assembly that they have three options which they should consider when putting forward recommendations on the Eighth Amendment to the Oireachtas. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Citizens’ Assembly told to consider three possible scenarios for abortion legislation

Assembly chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy:  had made it clear from the outset there would be “no pre-determined outcome to the assembly”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members putting ‘hearts and souls’ into deliberations on the Eighth Amendment

Five young men have been questioned in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a young woman in the midlands last December.

Girl claims she was sexually assaulted after she was offered a lift home in the midlands

Michael Collins stayed in the Bush Hotel after arriving in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1917

Police records reveal a McGreevy family connection to the ‘Big Fellow’ in 1917

A contemporary illustration of the Battle of Tallaght from the London Illustrated News

Several counties marking 150th anniversary of the rebellion against British rule

A mother posted on Facebook warning that her teenage daughter and a friend were approached in their own estate on the Trim Road.

Man got out of his car and ordered two teenage girls to get in, mother claims

 Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes said it was not ‘logical to expect that any one programme at any one time can have exact gender parity, much less any one speciality in any one programme’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lack of female playwrights described as ‘disappointment’ after Waking the Feminists

The player or players with the winning ticket are advised to sign the back and call the prize claims team on (01) 8364444. Image: Google Streetview

Supervalu in south Dublin suburb of Knocklyon celebrates selling lucky ticket

 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop at a  breakfast meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Australian firms now looking to Ireland for an EU base, says Julie Bishop

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Julie Bishop says resettlement of 1,250 refugees in United States will proceed as planned

 Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO during the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916 on O’Connell Street. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Women and immigrants target of recruitment across Army, Air Corps and Naval Service

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea  accused the Citizen Information Board of failing to consult with either the staff or the clients of Mabs on its proposed restructuring. Photograph: Eric Luke

Volunteer ethos key to advice service, FF TD Willie O’Dea tells Oireachtas committee

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Hot desking and shared spaces are the new way, for start-ups to established businesses

A sign campaigning against a hard Brexit, in Newry, Northern Ireland. A House of Commons committee heard UK firms were registering in Ireland as hedges “against worst-case scenarios”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Companies seek EU presence via Ireland to avoid ‘worst-case scenarios’

There is an expectation that a young person in a relationship will take photographs of themselves and send it to their partner, the IPSCC has   told the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Getty

Oireachtas committee told children are coerced to share explicit images of themselves

The number of homeless people in Ireland reached a new high of 7,167 last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New figures show one child became homeless every 5 hours in Dublin this January

Irish4Israel chairman Barry Williams described the protest as “hysterical behaviour from certain segments of students”. Photograph: Arianna Schadt/The University Times

Organisers ‘deeply saddened’ that occasion shelved as a consequence of demonstration

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2pm. Photograph: Courtesy of afloat.ie

Youghal RNLI says ‘no doubt a life was saved’ when the service plucked kayaker to safety

‘Daily Telegraph’ journalist Simon Heffer: suggested Ireland might be next to leave the EU.

Simon Heffer suggests Ireland will leave EU and tax rate is all that keeps country viable

The scene at Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght where a man in his 30s was fatally stabbed. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Graham McKeever died after incident at his home in Deerpark Avenue early on Saturday

Stephen Donnelly and Micheál Martin at the second  meeting of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catherine Day tells the All-Island Civic Dialogue the EU will ‘hammer out’ a solution

Dr Peter Boylan said the lack of provision for mental health services for new mothers was “not acceptable in 2017”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lack of provision for services ‘not acceptable’, says chair of obstetricians’ body

The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Just 20 students attended well-publicised classes run by UCD Students’ Union

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service with Carol Dignam from Kilcock, Co Kildare and Tim Boylan from Foxrock, Dublin at a celebration of the Feast of Saint Valentine in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Numbers seeking counselling climb dramatically as a consequence of economic crash

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny recorded a Caesarean rate of 59.52 per cent for new mothers last November. Photograph: iStock

High number of operations for first-time mothers described as ‘outrageous’ by Aims

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys announced the review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Section 482 review follows high-profile cases of ‘big houses’ in trouble

The celtic cross memorial to the 16th (Irish) Division, next to Wytschaete Military Cemetery in Heuvelland, Belgium. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Belgian monuments will honour soldiers killed during first World War battles

Trinity College Dublin’s Dean of Research Prof John Boland welcomed the fact the university has recaptured top spot among  Irish universities, but expressed concern at a drop of 30 places overall in the space of one year. File photograph: Getty Images

TCD ‘delighted’ at return to Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Brendan McGahon:  “In 10 to 20 years brothers will be marrying sisters because of the dreadful problems in society today.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Death of Louth TD draws veil over era of political sensibility once to fore in public life

Then British ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott lays a wreath, at the State event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Dublin in May. Photograph: Eric Luke

UK foreign secretary says Enda Kenny and officials ‘deserve enormous credit’ for events

Maurice Healy, right: “I would like people who are giving to stand up and say they are giving.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Maurice Healy says going public would set an example for others to follow

Pro Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock: said a weekend be given to those views including the testimonies of parents of children with Down syndrome. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-abortion speaker suggests refraining from sex until relationship permanent

‘Irish Times’ series highlights breathtakingly beautiful objects, says author Fintan O’Toole

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Identical contributions sent by anti-abortion groups ‘did not address complexity’ of issue

Chairwoman of the Citizen’s Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. The assembly heard from the Rape Crisis Centre  on the provisions for women to help them deal with the trauma of rape. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Citizens’ Assembly hears approximately one in 20 rape victims go on to become pregnant

Speaking before the Citizens’ Assembly Dr Joan McCarthy said respect for the reproductive autonomy of women means respect for the choices they make. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Anti-abortion lecturer argues that freedom of choice impacts unborn child

Dr Noelle Higgins from Maynooth University - International Human Rights Law and Fatal Foetal Abnormalities speaking at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Legal difficulties in having rape as a grounds for abortion outlined

Many members of the Citizens’ Assembly have expressed the view that the submissions were repetitive and emotional

Some members ‘taken aback’ by large number from religious organisations

The 99 members of the assembly were told there are an average of 56 million abortions every year, amounting to one pregnancy in four .

Forum told Irish women more likely to have a surgical abortion in the UK than medical

Justice Mary Laffoy, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly discussing the Eighth Amendment, in Malahide, Co Dublin, last November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Citizens’ Assembly to consider random sample from 13,500 submissions on abortion

The house at The Pines, Lehaunstown, Cabinteely Co Dublin, where up to 70 people from abroad were being housed.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Court told balaclava-wearing man refused local authority official access to house

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn described  current approach to the health service as “disjointed and reactionary”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Watchdog urges model where hospitals and institutions compete to provide services

The papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown:  “We have the feeling that we are entering a new era, a different era, an uncertain era.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Archbishop Charles Brown voices opposition to Donald Trump’s executive order

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Minister of State Helen McEntee meeting HE Robin Barnett, the British ambassador, at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President tells diplomats global inequality is being exploited by ‘extremists’

Two dozen members of the Green Party staged a silent protest outside the US embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Leader Eamon Ryan urges Taoiseach not to attend the White House on St Patrick’s Day

 Minister for Communications Denis Naughten and the former minister for justice Alan Shatter brought forward a Bill against touting in the early part of the last decade when they were both Fine Gael TDs, but it did not make it past committee stage. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Denis Naughten says touting has become big business and ‘people are being exploited’

Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane in the cockpit of his plane.

Brendan ‘Paddy’ Finucane was the son of a volunteer who fought in the Easter Rising

Trinity College: event in the Pav to celebrate  the inauguration of Donald Trump was attended by just five people. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Amid general student ambivalence in the college bar, a very small group celebrated

Éamon Ó Cuív said a choice will have to be made between the ‘insignificant risk’ to local freshwater pearl mussel  balanced with the possibility that somebody will die if the road is not upgraded. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former government minister slams EU Habitats Directive as ‘impossible test’

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President marks death of historian who left notable impression on Irish scholarship

Tomás Heneghan outside the Irish Blood Transfusion Service clinic in D’Olier Street: “I will continue to be an active blood donor, and will continue to push and fight for further change.”

Tomás Heneghan says IBTS donor regulations still discriminate against gay men

Ryan Tubridy on the set of ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ with ballet dancers Zara Kiernan (7) from Swords, Jordan Cormack (9) from Tyrellstown and Mia Clifford (7) from Drumcondra. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Twelve of the top 20 are sports events with three Euro 2016 matches in top five

Apollo House on Thursday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

William Whittle tweeted remarks before building was vacated by homeless activists

Defence forces veterans stand for the national anthem at the the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, last July. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly cites need to protect Amhrán na bhFiann from abuse

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and with  Holly at the launch of the new Eir fund. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister praises Eir as example of company which is giving back to the community

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar said only when a vacancy for FG leadership arose should a contender lay out their programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kate O’Connell says Enda Kenny not necessarily best to handle Brexit negotiations

Website theliberal.ie was offline from Monday until Wednesday afternoon.

Website operator Leo Sherlock faces legal action over alleged copyright infringement

The website has been down since before 1pm on Monday.

Website run by Leo Sherlock down because of ‘technical problem’

Asked what were the reasons to regulate or not to regulate through the Constitution, there was ‘a very wide range of views’, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Extra weekend added to agenda to allow more time to consider eighth amendment

  Dr Noelle Higgins   Maynooth University, Eileen Barrington senior counsel, Dr Adrienne Foran and  Dr Peter McParland- National Maternity Hospital, at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

40 Irish women had abortions after tests showed baby would have Down syndrome, meeting told

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The self-steering on  Mr O’Coineen’s boat, the Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland, malfunctioned. Photograph: Kilcullen Voyager Team Ireland/Facebook

Galway sailor Enda O’Coineen (61) travelled 24,000km over 55 days in bad weather

A member of Fidget Feet pictured during their performance at The Customs House in Dublin as part of The NYF Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Abseilers and aerial dancers woo crowd of 5,000 as Dublin marks the countdown

The funeral of Anthony Cronin at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Michael D Higgins among those to attend funeral of Irish poet who died aged 88

Paul Smithwick’s award was marked by an event held in the Smithwick brewery visitor centre, Kilkenny, which was attended by the British ambassador

Member of brewing family is honoured for services to British-Irish relations

Al Porter launching ‘Luminosity’ at the Custom House, part of the three-day Dublin New Year Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin comedian proves 2016 wasn’t bad for everyone, finishing year on a career high

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