Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says secretary general may have contractual rights in keeping salary

Irish climbers Colm Ennis and Peter Britton

Men fell yesterday in area of mountain known as ‘Giant’s Tooth’

People enjoy the fine weather on Howth’s West Pier, Dublin this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Muggy nights and thunderstorms expected as temperatures to hit 24 degrees

Bathers have been banned from swimming at Killiney beach. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Next test results from Dublin bathing waters with swimming bans will be known tomorrow

Bertrand Chiron of Bideau with artist Patrick O’Reilly, outside Poolbeg Power Station in 2006. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Artist proposes illuminating two thirds of Pigeon House chimneys

Pte Thomas Barrett (L)and Pte Derek Smallhorne (R) were abducted and shot dead in 1980 in south Lebanon

Thomas Barrett and Derek Smallhorne shot dead in south Lebanon 34 years ago

Chief executive of the Irish Deaf Society Eddie Redmond said members find it ‘frustrating’ to access public services where no ISL interpreter is available Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

‘Misunderstanding’ over request by group ahead of visit, Oireachtas says

Dublin City Council is looking for public views on whether or not it should reduce or raise the local property tax by 15 per cent. Pictured is Dublin City Council Civic Offices at Wood Quay . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Charge can be increased or decreased by 15 per cent as €80m to be collected in area this year

Bathers were  forced to run for cover as a hail storm blew up in Siberia. Screengrab: YouTube

Siberian beachgoers enjoying hot summer temperatures are hit by freak weather event

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