Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department of Foreign Affairs claims ongoing communication with Egypt government

Russell Crowe attends a press conference for new film The Water Diviner at Claridges, London last week.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Australian embassy in Ireland says film promotes relations between Australia and Turkey

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President will inaugurate series of international events in honour of the Fenian leader

 Minister for Energy Alex White has said that local people affected by windfarms must be given a ‘genuine stake’ in energy policy decision-making for Ireland to meet its targets on renewable energy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Energy says citizens need stake for Ireland to meet targets on renewables

The BAI has announced its guidelines for the forthcoming referenda, including a recommendation that campaigning presenters should not be on air in the run-up to the vote. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Body advises that presenters who actively campaign should be absent before referenda

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Pascal Donohoe  launch the Government’s tourism policy at Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Revenues envisaged to grow by 40% with target of 10m visits per year by 2025

Irish captain Paul O’Connell holding the RBS Six Nations trophy as the Irish rugby team arrived back at Dublin Airport on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish team greeted as they return in triumph to Dublin Airport

Ireland fans get a grip on the RBS Six Nations Trophy as the rugby team arrive back to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No official homecoming but crowds turn out in their hundreds

The number of awards was up by 16 per cent, from 10,656 to 12,420. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Board says insurers are increasingly using its services to settle claims

Edward Russell from the Cairdeas project meeting President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday,  where   a St Patrick’s Day reception  was  hosted for some 120 volunteers who work with the homeless.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President says homelessness a ‘failure of social and economic policy’

‘Operation Transformation’ 2015 leaders with Kathryn Thomas: research by Safefood shows the programme inspired a social movement across the country.

‘Operation Transformation’ is more than just another reality show

Tony McCoy got the victory he desperately wanted at his last festival. It was the most satisfying of all his 31 victories at Cheltenham, according to his wife Chanelle. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

‘We’ll miss you AP’ flashes on big screen as champion jockey enters winner’s enclosure

Winning owner Michael O’Leary and jockey Davy Russell celebrate in the winners enclosure after Rivage D’Or took the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase on Ladies Day. Photograph: PA

‘Hail Mary’ prospect Rivage D’Or obliges to secure win in dramatic cross country finish

May 3rd, 1916: Bomb damage near what was then Sackville Street in Dublin following the Easter Rising. Photograph:  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Glasnevin Cemetery claims it has published the most definitive list of fatalities.

Jennifer Wrynne from Mohill, Co Leitrim at the festival. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Clean sweep for Mullins-Walsh partnership but horse falls at the last fence

Tony McCoy’s last hurrah as a jockey at Cheltenham will be in the final race of the festival, which has been named in his honour. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

Send-off of all send-offs expected for retiring champion

Members of the Irish Women’s Hockey team pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin where they met President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina to celebrate International Women’s Day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

President praises female sports stars as role models and says they deserve more coverage

Charlie Flanagan: Government  ‘strongly committed to  protection of domestic workers’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employment Appeals Tribunal awards €240,000 to three women treated like ‘slaves’

A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

Hugh Wedlon and Ahmad Mu’azzam first to reach the final destination of Lake Bled in Slovenia

“The GAA is not a vehicle for other people’s political messages. You leave your politics at the door,” the organisation said.

Association says it must not be a ‘vehicle for other people’s political messages’

 A map showing where the Jailbreak teams were at 10.30am on Sunday.

Some 88 pairs of students fan out across Europe in attempt to get there first

Some of the students who will be telling the stories of Irish soldiers lost during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Youngsters from the 32 counties have each ‘adopted’ a soldier from their own county

Bomb damage in Dublin following the Easter Rising. “We are hoping for work so innovative and special, that it will inspire the people of Ireland for the next 100 years,”  Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Major funding project is part of Government’s centenary programme

 Róisín Ingle and Natasha Fennell at the launch of their book, The Daughterhood. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ingle collaborated with Natasha Fennell on book about mother-daughter relationships

General John Maxwell presided over the secret military tribunals which ordered the execution of the 15 leaders of the Easter Rising and changed the course of Irish history.

TCD historian Eunan O’Halpin believes no British general would have acted differently

 Jim McCann, former singer with The Dubliners and the Ludlow Trio, has died aged 70.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

McCann also had a successful career as a solo artist and a member of the Ludlow Trio

Audrey Hepburn: In 1981, she wrote a letter to Fidelma Hepburn, her father’s widow

Actress agonises over her second divorce in hand-written correspondence

A group of Irish men from Garryowen, Co Limerick, members of the British army,  at the Giessen POW camp during the first World War.

Thousands of Irishmen imprisoned in German army camps during first World War

The Electric Picnic festival capacity could be increased to 47,000, its promoter has said.

Florence and the Machine and Underworld confirmed as headliners

The memorial commemorating  what happened at Iron

The execution of the Iron 12, six of whom were Irish, by the Germans remains one of the great unknown stories of the first World W(...)

Michigan judge Michael J Riordan remembers his unfortunate ancestor, John Nash from Kerry, who was executed

Robert Wilson visits the grave of his brother Matthew Wilson who was executed by the Germans in 1915.

Royal Munster Fusiliers and Connaught Rangers were faced with overwhelming odds

Tomm Moore, who is in Los Angeles for this weekend’s Oscar ceremony, said his greatest ambition for his nominated film The Song of the Sea is that Irish people will go and see it.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Irish productions only seen at home if they’re success abroad, Song of the Sea’s Tomm Moore says

Conal Henry chief executive of Enet: “It effectively means that the broadband service on offer is unlimited. A business should never have to worry about broadband capacity again.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/Irish Times

European Investment Bank paying to roll out fibre to small and medium enterprises

A north of England council has been asked to fly the Tricolour to mark the Easter Rising centenery next year. Photograph: Ed Pritchard/Getty

Request in Preston provokes fierce denunciation from British army veteran

Anti-water charge protesters are marching in Dublin after five people opposed to the charges were jailed after being found to be in contempt of court. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy says sentences an ‘attack on right to protest’

Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree at the Golden Phoenix restaurant, in Chinatown, London, after announcing their new album. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

‘The Magic Whip’ will be the first album as a foursome since 1999’s ‘13’

Ed Sheeran  on stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles earlier this month. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

At 24, the singer-songwriter says he is at the peak of his career

Maurice Byrne and Gay Byrne, both of whose fathers served in the first World War, at the Guinness first World War exhibition at the Ireland Funds Gallery in the Little Museum of Dublin. Gay Byrne opened the exhibition, which is in place for six weeks. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Broadcaster’s father, who was a Guinness employee, and seven uncles fought in the war

British soldiers lined up in a narrow trench during World War I (28th October 1914) . Photograph:Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Author Eric Bogle says the song was ‘subtle reminder’ of Irish war dead

     Two men were found in possession of heroin with a street value of €20,000 yeserday evening.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gardaí say seizure part of an operation to dismantle criminal networks

Gaelic footballer Cormac McAnallen, who died from Sads a year after winning the All-Ireland with Tyrone in 2003.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland’s capacity for cardiac genetic testing must improve, says Dr Joe Galvin

.Pictured at a public talk and debate in Trinity College Dublin titled After Charlie Hebdo: A Public Forum on Religion, Freedom and Human Rights was from left to right: Prof. John Horne, School of Histories and Humanities TCD, Prof. Roja Fazaeli, Deptartment of Near Middle Eastern Studies TCD, Juergen Barkhoff, Director of Trininty Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute and Prof. Neville Cox, School of Law TCD.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Prof Neville Cox questions the motivations behind the Je Suis Charlie campaign

Most of the people in the valley received broadband through the National Broadband Scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Coomhola- Borlin valley in west Cork is home to 380 homes and about 1,000 people

Jason Coyle, director of Mr Crumb food export business in Finea, Co Westmeath: “We have broadband, but not broadband of the capability or the capacity to run a modern business the way it should.”

‘To me broadband is as important to rural areas as electricity,’ says TD Stephen Donnelly

“We have broadband,” he says, “but not broadband of the capability or the capacity to run a modern business the way it should”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manufacturer has satellite broadband which he says is worse than useless for business

Economist Ronan Lyons: the  author of the Daft report said the acute shortage of rental properties in Dublin is causing a flight to the commuter counties

Rents are accelerating in commuter counties as Dublin reaches the limit of affordability

Mr Ó Riain said he would never have made the move to Connemara if he had known how inadequate the broadband would be. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frustrated publisher of technical periodical and online resource in the same area

Cavalry soldiers reenacting the  American civil war Battle of 2nd Manassas at Cedar Creek Battlefield in Virginia: historians have called on the Goverment to remember the ‘forgotten Irish’ who fought in the war. Photograph: Thinkstock

At least 170,000 Irish emigrants were involved in the war to end slavery

‘It’s a huge disadvantage’: Farmer John Bateman from Meanus, Co Limerick can’t get broadband. Photograph:  Brian Gavin Press 22

Broadband black spots: three perspectives

Farmer John Bateman from Meanus, Co Limerick can’t get broadband. Photograph:  Brian Gavin/Press 22

Our cities have world-class internet speeds and distribution, but rural areas rank among the worst-served regions of Europe. Will (...)

Crime reporter Veronica Guerin was shot dead at traffic lights on the old Naas Road in 1996. Photograph: PA

Jimmy Guerin says making ‘political football’ out of name would be ‘inappropriate’

The Wikipedia edit-a-thon is designed to help improve and expand articles about Ireland and the first World War. Photograph: Getty

‘Edit-a-thon’ will help show public how to contribute to the online encyclopedia

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers leaving the Royal Barracks in Dublin (now Collins Barracks). Photograph: copyright Mike Lee, from the England collection of 32 photographs taken on the day.

Event will discuss military disaster that claimed lives of thousands of Irishmen

Eamon de Valera, president from 1959 to 1973, under arrest in Richmond Barracks, Dublin,  after the 1916 Rising

Éamon Ó Cuív says party ‘drew its inspiration from the ideals of the Proclamation’

A still from the new U2 video for latest single ‘Every Breaking Wave’ set against the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Song part of teenage love story set against the background of the Troubles

 Actor Stephen Brennan and relatives carry the coffin of his mother Daphne Brennan  at her  funeral  at Terenure College Chapel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Strumpet City’ actor described as a woman with great love for words and family

The President said his poem was influenced by the flight of people from northern Iraq and those in flight from the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

The Prophets are Weeping tackles extremism and is first poem since assuming office

‘We have done our reconciling. Queen Elizabeth II’s presence at the Garden of Remembrance four years ago was a powerful symbol and a tacit acknowledgement by the British sovereign that perhaps those Irishmen and women who refused to accept the inevitability of British rule in Ireland had a point.’ Above, Queen Elizabeth with then president Mary McAlleese in  the Garden of Remembrance. Photograph:  Maxwell’s Dublin

‘The invitation to foreign heads of state is problematic’

Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin launches its own programme to mark Easter Rising centenary

The DSPCA says the 116 puppies seized in raid on Dublin Port on Wednesday are generally in good health, but cannot be adopted yet as they may be used as evidence. Photograph: DSPCA

DSPCA says pups are in good form and ‘pooping beautifully and in large quantities’

 Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ which is coming out on Valentine’s Day

Buncrana cinema rubbishes claims of Church veto on steamy film

Avril Buttle and Julie Patterson with their Gaisce medals. President  Michael D Higgins said the stories of those who won awards were “so rich, diverse and valuable”. Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Higgins says it would be ‘very wrong’ to marginalise young people

Children gather firewood from the remains of buildings destroyed in Dublin in the Easter Rising of 1916. Broadcaster Joe Duffy is to publish a book on children killed during the fighting. File photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Broadcaster says 40 children are forgotten victims of Easter Week 1916

Detail of a   British recruiting poster depicting the face of Sgt Michael O’Leary VC. Photograph: Library of Congress

Cork man awarded Victoria Cross was feted as a war hero but struggled with civilian life

The statue of Patrick Kavanagh on the canal near Baggot Street bridge. The poet’s A Christmas Childhood is among the 10 poems shortlisted in search for  Ireland’s best loved poems of the past 100 years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kavanagh, Yeats and Heaney among contenders in A Poem for Ireland project

The famous poster depicting Sgt Michael O’Leary VC which was used to recruit Irish nationalists. Library of Congress.

Michael O’Leary VC will be remembered 100 years on from his celebrated act of bravery

George Smith (right),   celebrates his 100th birthday in John Kavanaghs pub in Glasnevin, commonly known as the Gravediggers, with his children (from left),  Gerard, Freddie and Teresa. George has been frequenting the  pub every week for several decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Born in 1915, George Smith worked as a docker until his retirement 35 years ago

Willie Penrose: “The people who are tramping the highways and byways of Ireland are the people I want to be seen given an opportunity by RTÉ.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister says French-style quota system should be introduced by broadcaster

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy. An Oireachtas committee has heard how sponsorship secured for D’Arcy’s new radio show more than covers his salary. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee hears how Volkswagen will help cover cost of new programme

Dr Andrew Horne’s first World War pictures of international interest in centenary year

Michael d’Alton from Dalkey, Co Dublin, said he accepted the award on the “clear understanding” that it was not for him alone but for the “10s of thousands of Allied servicemen who served on D-Day”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael d’Alton given Légion d’Honneur by French ambassador Jean Pierre-Thébault

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Fianna Fáil leader’s background shows Irish family connections can be complicated

D-Day veteran Michael Dalton. His abiding memory of the day was the demise of a tank crew who had disembarked from a landing craft only to sink into a large underwater hole

Michael d’Alton joined the royal navy to ‘try and stop that awful German monster’

A commemorative parade on April 16th, 2006, on O’Connell Street, Dublin, marking the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Russian Bolsheviks and Indian nationalists among those inspired by seminal revolt

Nelly and  Nora makes its debut on RTÉjr next month.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s Nelly and Nora to air on RTÉjr, CBeebies and broadcaster ZDF in Germany

Set among the Bluestack Mountains on the edge of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point has been named Ireland’s number one top hotel in this year’s TripAdvisor awards

Influential travel website lists four Irish properties in world top rankings

‘Person or Number?’ study cites incidents of rudeness to immigrants accessing services

Undated handout artist impression of one of the two as-yet undiscovered planets as big as Earth or larger may be hiding in the outer fringes of the Solar System, scientists believe. Photograph: PA

Scientists say discovery would be ‘truly revolutionary for astronomy’

Seamus Fitzpatrick at a meeting in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, where about  a thousand local people gathered to express their concern about the proposed takeover of Quinn Glass. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Cavan meeting organised by Concerned Irish Citizens wants local group to take on company

The funeral of Niamh Doyle  which took place at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

‘We are not our past, we are not our future, we are the present. With our dreams we [can] transform the world from the mundane to (...)

Charlie McGettigan: “He was a beautiful guy. All the women were dying about him. He survived on his charm.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Charlie McGettigan said his brother Declan ‘wasted life’ on drug addiction

A solidarity rally in Dublin on January 11th, 2015, in memory of the victims of terror attacks in Paris, France during the  week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Je Suis Charlie signs and French tricolour held by members of crowd outside GPO

The funeral of Ashling Middleton, who died in a car crash along with three of her friends last Tuesday, Church of the Irish Martyrs in Ballycane, Naas. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Only child Ashling Middleton remembered as a ‘creative free spirit’

The funeral of Niamh Doyle, who passed away on January 6th 2015 following a road collision, took place today at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Niamh Doyle (19) one of four friends to die in Tuesday’s tragic collision on the N78

Dr Umar al-Qadri:  described the perpetrators of violence in France, Pakistan and Nigeria as being the “biggest blasphemers of all” and anti-Islamic.

Imam tells congregation Prophet Muhammad regarded extremists as ‘gods of hell’

Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri (Pictured) told his congregation at Friday prayers that the prophet Muhammad would never have condoned Islamic extremists who killed people in his name.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Muhammed would never have condoned people killing in his name, Dublin congregation told

Four years after the death of founding member Paul Gray, Slipknot are back at the top of the charts and the top of their game. Lea(...)

Attending the memorial service at The Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Carlow. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Some 960 girls from St Leo’s College in Carlow pay respects to four friends who died

The Cathedral of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Carlow: students  at the memorial service   for the four women killed in the collision. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Service was for pupils and teachers of St Leo’s School, where all four had been pupils

Ruth O’Hara, a harpist at the Royal Irish Academy, at the opening of the Harp Festival of Moons, which took place in the house where WB Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sandymount Avenue house opens doors to public for 150th anniversary of Yeats’s birth

Passports being processed at the Passport Office in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. The Department of Foreign Affairs issued more than 600,000 of the travel documents in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Most applicants opt for express service with May and June the busiest months

Jumping from the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin’s Docklands during warm weather in June 2014.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

2014 was the hottest in Europe since 1500, preliminary data suggests

Cobh will mark 
 centenary of the Lusitania’s sinking with 
 five months 
of events. Photograph: PA

A total of 1,198 people drowned when liner was hit by torpedo off Cork coast in 1915

A year-long celebration of the life and works of the poet WB Yeats gets underway this evening with a poetry reading in Sligo’s oldest bar.  Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress.

Some 85,000 overseas visitors expected to honour life and work of the poet

The Procession of Light picutred going down Grafton Street in Dublin as part of the New Year’s Festival tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Organisers intend to make event premier year-end celebration in Europe

Bus Éireann will operate a Saturday service on New Year’s Eve with all buses stopping at around 10pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Alterations to all modes of public transport

A low of minus 6.9 was recorded in Mullingar but the coldest period of the weather is over

Mrs Brown’s Boys triumphed once again in the Christmas ratings in Ireland as it had also done in Britain.

Brendan O’Carroll’s alter-ego is most watched programme in UK and Ireland

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