Gardaí at the Sunset House, Summerhill, where Michael Barr was shot dead on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Bryne/The Irish Times

‘Intensive programme of Garda recruitment’ under way to help end Dublin gang violence

‘It is absolutely disgraceful that you’ve got empty houses while people are sleeping on the street. We can compulsorily purchase people’s land to build motorways, so I think we should be able to compulsorily purchase houses to provide families with a home, that’s far more important than building motorways’, said Social campaigner Fr Peter McVerry.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Compulsorily purchase land to provide families with a home, campaigner says

Siptu has served notice of Luas strike action on Wednesday, May 4th, Friday, May 13th, Friday, May 20th, Thursday, May 26th (four hours from 3pm–7pm) and Friday, May 27th. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Green Line Luas services disrupted on Friday due to ‘technical fault’

Maushmi Arun and Christophe Moreau in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The couple behind Twisted restaurant in Kinsale left good jobs to follow their foodie dream of expanding Irish diners’ palates

Migrants and refugees disembark from a Maltese coast guard patrol vessel after being rescued at sea. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

More than 180,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea so far this year

Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status

The fire at  the ESB substation in Inchicore, Dublin,  on Sunday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Electricity provider says 150km of copper wire worth €3 million stolen in four years

Jack McCullough enters the King County Jail courtroom for his bail hearing in Seattle, Washington in 2011. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Jack McCullough leaves prison as new evidence emerges in case of abducted child (7)

Gabrielle Lafitte, her husband, Daniel Montes Castillo, and their son, Étienne, at the Dublin Food Co-Op. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A French woman who moved to Dublin to be with her Spanish boyfriend enjoys life in the city but says soaring rents could push them(...)

“It wasn’t easy when I first arrived in Ireland.” Chilie Chan at work in MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan. Photograph: James Connolly

After ‘having her arm twisted’ – romantically speaking – by an Irish man she met in Australia, a Malaysian baker ended up working (...)

The Glasnevin wall was inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Memorial wall lists names of all who died in 1916 – Irish and British

April fools’ day: Best pranks of 2016.

Shrinking dogs, knighthoods, Brexit, Minions and Trump-free island retreats

Hassan Lemtouni: “Every time we were in Dublin you’d turn on the news and everyone was complaining about the economy. I couldn’t see the light.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hassan Lemtouni met his Irish wife in the US before they moved to Dublin. He feels the history and the ‘energy of 1916’ in the inn(...)

Minister for Heritage  Heather Humphreys picutred at a wreat laying ceremony on  Moore Street in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Ceremonies across State mark firing of first shots in Easter Rising

Occupied territory: a soldier searches a local, in a photograph from a Breaking the Silence exhibition

The Irish novelist visited Palestine as part of Breaking the Silence, a campaign by Israeli ex-soldiers against the occupation

Zlata Filipovic  pictured in Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Zlata Filipovic escaped Sarajevo siege after her diary became an international bestseller

 President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina (left)  at the Belgian Embassy in Dublin with Agnes Scheers (right), deputy head of the Belgian Mission.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Book of condolence in Dublin open to public from 12-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday

Inés Rubio: “It’s my home away from home. I’ve lived in other places and I never felt the way I feel about Dublin and Ireland.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Spaniard who discovered a love and talent for Gaelic football when she was living in the Hague has since found it easy to fit in(...)

Disruptions to flights across Europe are expected to continue until the French industrial action ends later this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

French air strikes lead to hundreds of flight cancellations across Europe

Jann Scharringhausen from Germany and his fellow Erasmus students at the St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

It’s all green hats and fuzzy beards as Dublin hosts thousands of international visitors

Esther Camara: “Today I can dream again.” Photograph: Alan Betson

When Esther Camara arrived in Ireland from Guinea as a teenager eight years ago, a frustrating wait for refugee status began

 Teens from Iceland were reported to have the lowest level of drunkenness while Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Scotland topped the poll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

In Ireland 14% of girls and 21% of boys experience sexual intercourse by the age of 15

People gather in Dublin’s city centre for a street party in support of the undocumented migrants in Ireland and the US held by Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There are an estimated 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland

Minister  for Tourism Paschal Donohoe and chief executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s seventh annual Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2016. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

2015 hailed as ‘exceptional’ year for tourism with 20.4% rise in number of holidaymakers

Saoirse Ronan at the IFTA awards at the conference centre in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Liam Neeson to receive award in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution to cinema’

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Transdev and drivers’ union to enter talks while efforts to prevent Dart strike continue

Boris Iduhayeneza (18), a Rwandan who came to Ireland by himself when  he was 16 after his mother was killed. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A Rwandan teenager fled to Cork alone after his mother was killed. After an initial rejection he was granted asylum here and is ho(...)

The Waking the Feminists movement was sparked by the announcement late last year of the Abbey Theatre’s commemorative programme for 2016, Waking the Nation, in which only one of its 10 programmed plays was written by a woman. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Indirect, implicit kind of equality is not enough. It needs to be explicit,’ event hears

 More than 1,200 women attended Accenture’s International Women’s Day 2016 event at the Convention Centre Dublin.  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Women bring new perspectives and different thinking, Being Greater Than event told

Collaboration and empathy: Geraldine Byrne Nason, Samantha Power, Sonya Hyland, Patricia O’Brien and Barbara Jones

Diplomacy, clear focus and long-term view help forge agreement and ambition

Putting the world to (legal) rights is all part of the day job for these very talented women

Emily Davis, Olivia Sheehy, and Eimear Harper , members of the Preston Vocal Academy Trio, at the launch of the ESB Feis Ceoil 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

More than 5,000 young classical musicians will compete in almost 200 competitions

The winner of the 2016 Doodle 4 Google competition designed by Mia Buckley (12) from Summercove National School in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Mia Buckley (12) of Summercove National School wins Doodle 4 Google competition

Elizabeth meets her foster parents in Dublin in 1946.

Elizabeth was one of 1,000 children brought to Ireland as part of resettlement initiative

A poster calling for the release of Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa, who is in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa’s trial is due to take place on Sunday. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dubliner (20) faces charges of terrorism in Egypt after being detained in Cairo in 2013

A host of Election 2016 campaign posters hang from lamp posts in Dublin. File photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Cable ties must also go as Election 2016 posters in place after deadline face €150 fine each

“I felt beyond privileged to be experiencing something I didn’t even know existed.” Elena Narinskaya in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Russian academic embarked on an adventure that took her to England and then Dublin. She was surprised by the differences between(...)

Fine Gael candidate and Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe (above) who along with his party colleague Michael D’Arcy, a Senator, secured the final two seats in Wexford.

Martin calls for parties to agree to reforms before talks on forming a new government

Afghan migrants receive food from volunteers in a square outside Victoria metro station in central Athens.  Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Next Government must ‘end delay in offering shelter to people fleeing for their lives’

Actor Frank Kelly and his wife Bairbre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons/The Irish Times

Death falls on the 18th anniversary of Dermot Morgan’s death

Performers from Artastic with Joanne O’Riordan (centre), who is to be grand marshal for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin.  Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Disability rights campaigner from Cork to be grand marshal for Dublin festival headliner

“I think they don’t take you seriously if you don’t have a vote.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU citizens are unable to vote in general elections leaving many feeling disenfranchised

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland’s training session on Ireland’s political system for new voters held in Dublin last month. Photograph: Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Organisation seeks end to concentration of immigrant pupils in certain schools

Irish organisations are invited to submit applications before Friday, February 26th for projects that can “change the world for the better”. Photograph: Sparknews

Impact Journalism Day aims to highlight potential solutions to global problems

Qayss Ramli: “Some people told me, ‘When you get to Europe it will feel like heaven.’ It didn’t feel like heaven until my family arrived.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Syrian Palestinian refugee Qayss Ramli was reunited with his family in Cork in November. They are struggling to find a suitable ho(...)

The TD for Carlow-Kilkenny walked out of the KCLR live election debate on Monday saying she was “just going to give up”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Labour TD storms out of radio debate after being ‘completely ignored’ and interrupted

Inducing a brief seizure on a patient by applying a small electrical charge to the brain under anaesthetic is the most effective treatment for severe and life-threatening depression, according to the latest scientific research.

Trinity College Dublin researchers manage to reduce side-effects of treatment

 Syrians gather outside a hospital supported by MSF near Maarat al-Numan after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes. File photograph: Sam Taylor/AFP/Getty Images

At least one Médecins Sans Frontières health centre was bombed every week in 2015

Said Hadjami with his wife, Niamh, and their children, Neasa and Ashling, at home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was love at first sight for a Swiss former professional footballer when he met an Irish woman on holiday. It took longer for hi(...)

Empty Luas tracks at Heuston Station in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Delays in Dublin: ‘There are elderly people trying to get on the bus and they just can’t get on’

 Student Faoiltiarna Keenan from Tyrone (centre) with  US ambassador Kevin O’Malley (right) and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan taking a selfie at a Usit and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD  for J-1 participants  in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Students seeking summer work in US must provide evidence job secured before travel

Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: For three Ethiopian men doing development studies in Dublin, their friendship acts as a buffer against culture sh(...)

UCD Students’ Union has highlighted the need for increased funding to support mandatory sexual consent workshops.  Photograph: Getty Images

UCD deputy president urges no tolerance ‘for abusive behaviour on social media’

Fitzgerald to meet Garda Commissioner amid concerns of escalating gun violence

International media outlets report on recent shootings in Dublin. Photograph: El Mundo/Libération/The Telegraph/The Guardian/Diario De Noticias/AFP

French newspaper Liberation reports that it’s ‘the return of the IRA to Dublin’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Collins

Frances Fitzgerald confirms second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th

Waves crash against the harbour wall in Lyme Regis, Dorset in England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Near-hurricane winds cause widespread power blackouts in Cork and Kerry

The team of four amputee military servicemen, including Paddy Gallagher (30) from Achill Island in Co Mayo, arrive at the island of Antigua after rowing more than 5,500km across the Atlantic Ocean.

Achill's Paddy Gallagher and team arrived at Antigua on Thursday after gruelling journey

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

More than €14 million set aside to cover TDs’ and Senators’ pensions and associated costs

“What Ireland has given me is incomparable.” Janvi Shah with her husband, Pankaj Soni, at Grand Canal Square in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Indian woman came to Galway to study before falling in love with a compatriot she met online and happily settling down in Dubli(...)

Migrant children from Iraq in a sports hall at Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter, in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, February 2nd, 2016 Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Over a third of people crossing sea between Greece and Turkey are children

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is due to examine the clinical, financial, ethical and organisational implications of using human papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the main screen test for detecting cervical cancer. File photograph: Getty Images

Some 300 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year, of whom 90 die

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Terence Flanagan, Joanna Tuffy, Pamela Kearns appear to breach election poster rules

The claimant must attend National Lottery headquarters in person to officially claim the prize but has 90 days from the date of the draw to do so. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

€66m won by Irish ticketholder to be pooled from playing countries by end of the week

“I like the silhouettes best, the shapes are quite graphic. In some ways, when you can’t see the facial expressions the shadows accentuate the dancers’ form.” Prodanza Ballet School, Habana, Cuba. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Bringing with him a donation of dancewear from Cork City Ballet, an Irish photographer set out to capture the brilliance of stude(...)

Marwan and his wife Rodina: “I would love to stay in Dublin. Our daughters are very happy in the school.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landlords reluctant to house family even though their rent is guaranteed

Two armed men approached the staff of a cash-in-transit van shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday outside the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons

Men wearing balaclavas and boiler suits target security van outside shopping centre

Fr Raphael Annan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Despite those initial reservations, and his uncle arranging a marriage for him, a Ghanaian electrician joined the priesthood and e(...)

“If it is the Government’s aim to stop prostitution by ending demand, then why are they increasing the penalties and further criminalising workers?” asks Kate McGrew from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland says legislation ‘does nothing’ to decriminalise workers

 Carmel and Martin Naughton,  this year’s  winner of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s National Philanthropists of the Year Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies awarded for contribution to Ireland

The ISPCC launches its #InvestInChildhood general election campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

ISPCC wants candidates to commit to change as part of #InvestInChildhood campaign

Alain Buffing: “I made a list of 20 cities where I wanted to live or work. I found out Dublin was a technology hub.” Photograph: Eric Luke

An Amsterdam native with an entrepreneurial spirit caught the travel bug before landing in Dublin. He has had a love-hate-love rel(...)

Aerial photograph of flooding damage in Athlone in early January 2016. Photograph: Irish Air Corps Athlone

Insurance Ireland yet to announce estimate of costs related to recent storms and flooding

Publicans will highlight the importance of lifting the ban ahead of the 2016 celebrations which will be focused around Easter 2016. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters

#AboutTime campaign wants ban lifted before 1916 commemorations

PJ Mara “brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘He was a multi-layered, multi-faceted man. The notion he was Haughey’s gopher is not real.’

The restaurant celebrations came to an abrupt end when Mr Poveromo called his wife to double check the winning numbers. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Restaurant syndicate discovers lotto blunder after double checking numbers

Jazmen Boone: “I’d heard Irish people were super-nice and they actually are. Every house we enter they offer us a cup of tea.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Jazmen Boone was often apart from her US military parents growing up, so she jumped at the chance to study and play basketball in (...)

Boats take to the water in search of Kieran McAree. Photograph: John McVitty

‘Faith, geography and politics were things that had no meaning throughout the search’

Of the 133,323 passports issued to children under the age of three in 2015, 134 went to girls named Emily and 162 to boys named Daniel. Photograph: Getty Images

Passport office indicates 133,323 travel papers issued to children under three in 2015

Mugshots of accused in Jason Corbett killing, Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Michael Martens. Photograph: Davidson County

‘He’s bleeding all over and I may have killed him,’ Thomas Martens says in the recording

A total of 106 enforcement orders were issued by the FSAI on food businesses in 2015, marking a 6 per cent drop from the 113 closure orders issued the previous year. Photo: Getty Images

Number of premises served with closure orders dropped by 6% in 2015

There were 39 patients on trolleys or wards in Beaumont Hospital on Thursday, down from 54  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Doctors’ ability to provide care at Beaumont ‘compromised’ due to lack of space

Annette Mooney from People Before Profit described Ms Burton’s comments as “the definition of hypocrisy”, saying they were “a hallmark of the Labour Party”.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste made commitment to ‘completely remove’ Eighth Amendment

(From left) Ashling Middleton, Chermaine Carroll, Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle who died in a crash near Athy in January 2015.

Athy crash survivor Dayna Kearney recalls four friends on first anniversary of deaths

Juan Olmedilla with his wife, Lupe; and their children, Juan (2) and Ana (6 months) at their home in Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A twist of fate brought a Spanish couple from Madrid to Athlone, a place they’re now very happy to call home

Women must learn not to settle for painful and rushed sex and must take the time to examine their own bodies so they can learn what gives them pleasure sexually, says Emily Power-Smith, sexologist and sex therapist.

Women who experience pain during intercourse find it difficult to talk about

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he hopes to see a ‘fundamental transformation’ of Irish society following the economic crisis.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Government is placing housing into hands vulture funds, says People Before Profit TD

A single person on the minimum wage working 39 hours per week will be better off by €708 per year or €14 per week as a result of the increase.

Single person working 39 hours per week will be better off by €708 annually

“I felt this gentleness coming from him, which ever since I’ve found in a lot of Irish people.” Melanie and Paul Leamy in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A visually impaired woman from small-town Germany quickly became comfortable wandering around Dublin because of the ‘strong commun(...)

Hijabs and Hat-tricks: Training together are Alena Munir, Aseel Bukhatwa, Skalla Waissi, Leila Mohamed, Chantelle O’Neill and Gugulethu Banda; and (front) Mahdiyah Ayub, Zara Himayat, Arooj Hussain, Fadhila Hajji, Amina Mustafa, Iesha Moustafa and Pauline Biron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Fifa removed the headscarf ban, Diverse City FC went straight for the ball

The Abou Hajar family: from left Mohammad,  Kawkab, Abdul Rahran and Osama. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Abou Hajar family escape the violence but still yearn for home

“A daughter is a precious thing.” Micheal Chanda with his wife, Anna Barbu; and their daughter, Lina. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheal Chanda spent much of his childhood on the streets of Lusaka with his twin brother, before education and theatre transforme(...)

According to the MRCI, there are 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland. Of these, 21 per cent have been here for more than 10 years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

People both sides of Atlantic ask Government for support in short documentary

“We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘When is the Late Late Toy Show’ was one of the most asked questions on Google this year

Ewie Anggoro with her partner, John; her son, Ditto (13); and daughter, Axelle (10); at home in Butlerstown, Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

For an Indonesian aid worker, the move to Waterford on ‘the sunny side of Ireland’ with her partner and children has been a diffi(...)

 Chinese residents wear masks for protection as smoke billows from stacks in a neighborhood next to a coal fired power plant on November 26th in Shanxi, China. Photograph: Getty

Pupils from Mayo and Galway call on world’s political leaders to ‘fight for our future’

Further flooding in Athlone: Water levels are continuing to rise on the Shannon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Met Éireann issues status orange weather warning for Friday night and Saturday

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town as seen from a helicopter on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Athlone residents struggle to keep rising floodwater and sewage away from homes

Happiness has no direct effect on women’s mortality despite a widespread belief that being unhappy and stressed can cause ill-health, according to a major new study.

Study of 700,000 women shows death rates same among happy and unhappy people

The same-sex marriage referendum was the most talked about topic on Facebook in Ireland in 2015, while marriage equality, including Ireland’s May referendum, was the sixth most talked about topic on Facebook in the world. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish users of social media site also posted on Syrian conflict, refugee crisis, St Patrick’s Day

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