Protesters against divorce at a rally outside the Dáil where they prayed against its introduction in  1995. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland now has lowest divorce rate in EU as fear of surge in procedure proved unfounded

 More than 470,000 people in Ireland – one in 10 adults and one in five children – suffer from the chronic respiratory condition, the fourth-highest rate in the world.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Asthma Society seeks new air pollution laws as part of 2015 Clean Air Campaign

The sea wall  under construction opposite Bull Island nature sanctuary on the Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Council seeking expert opinion on plans for flood defence wall in light of public concern

Brian Friel:  Lights ceremony to take place at Samuel J Friedman Theatre. Picture: Matt Kavanagh.

Memorial service for Irish playwright who died last month will be held in December

Haemoglobin-testing device ‘inaccurate’ resulting in hundreds of errors

People look at the facade of the Bataclan theatre after police reopened traffic on the Boulevard Voltaire in Paris, France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Irish man injured in Paris attacks named as David Nolan from Co Cork

 Paul Murphy paid the tax last May in order to sell his apartment in Ballinteer. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says he was ‘forced’ to pay, which was ‘deeply unfair’

The scene in the concert Hall at City Hall during the performance of Red Sun during the  Cork’s period as  City of Culture in 2005. Galway, Limerick and the Waterford Three Sisters bids have been “shortlisted” to proceed to the next stage of selection for European Capital of Culture 2020.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Galway, Limerick and southeast bids advance but Dublin eliminated from 2020 contest

More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures provided by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton in response to a parliamentary question show. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Amount arises from some 96,000 overpayments over a four year period

Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon: said she had a “severe doubt and concern” about psychiatric services at the secure care facility in the west of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Concerns raised about psychiatric services

 Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon has said she will be seeking additional funding to cover extra expenditure on fees to barristers in 2015. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Additional funding of €2.5m needed partly due to activity in the Court of Appeal

Ruth Barrington, on behalf of Treoir, said birth mothers “sought and were guaranteed privacy”. “Their situation needs to be handled with the greatest sensitivity and balance,” she said. File photograph: iStockphoto

Prospect of telling families of giving up child for adoption ‘a source of great fear’ for some

Padraic Grennan of probate genealogist firm Finders International: ‘We have to be able to prove who is entitled and who is not.’   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There is no list of unclaimed estates in Ireland, whereas genealogists in the UK have a list to find next of kin

Michael D Higgins told an audience at the University of California, Berkeley, that an interdisciplinary study of Irish culture was key to international relations. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times/ File photograph

$40,000 from Ireland to set up programme, which will be ‘key’ for international relations

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, now 74 years old, is more than half way through his seven-year term, which began in November 2011. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In San Francisco speech, Higgins praises community’s response to Berkeley families

President  Michael D Higgins has voiced his support for the undocumented Irish in the US. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Higgins says there is ‘nothing more important’ than helping immigrants during visit

 President Michael D Higgins is seen  at the University of Washington where he delivered a keynote address, entitled, ‘Taking Responsibility for Climate Change: The Challenge to Science and Technology in new Circumstances’. Photograph:  Fennells

President tells US audience interest and commitment to politics needs to be restored

President Michael D  Higgins  meets students from Skyline High School  in Sammamish, Washington,  to  watch a game of Gaelic football, which is taught in Skyline’s physical education programme.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

President Higgins says UN technology plans for developing world ‘modest at best’

President Michael D Higgins visited schools in Seattle where GAA games are on the curriculum. File photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins praises Irish Americans in Seattle

Speaking at a visit to Microsoft, in Redmond, Seattle, President Michael D Higgins emphasised the importance of the company to contemporary Ireland. Photograph: PA

On visit to Microsoft Higgins emphasises importance of technology giant to Ireland

President Michael D Higgins highlighted the “significant connections” between Ireland and Seattle, including through University College Cork, University College Dublin and NUI Galway.

President visits Seattle on first part of eight day trip to American west coast

President Michael D Higgins will deliver two keynote speeches during the eight-day trip. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The President will also visit Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento with wife Sabina

More than 20,000 people were in court for drink driving between January 2013 and May 2015. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Statistics contrast with 97 per cent conviction recorded in courts in England and Wales

Between January 2013 and May 2015, 20,830 drink-driver cases were listed before District Courts and there were 8,391 convictions, 40 per cent. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Analysis: Clampdown on Garda overtime negatively impacts number of convictions

Stenographers need to develop the ability to have a blank mind, to focus on the present and hear words coming in

Rarely noticed in tribunals, courts or arbitration hearings, stenographers play an often-vital part

Opening doors to Social Entrepreneurship: at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Awards at the Mansion House were the three winners of the SEI Impact Awards with Darren Ryan, chief Executive at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland –  Tommy Breen, of DCC plc, Gary Doggett of Pro-Social Drivers Programme, Stephen Plunkett of U-Casadh and Irene Lowry of Nurture. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Three organisations to get €140,000 each as part of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland impact awards

 Times Square, New York. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fraudsters are claiming they can increase odds of winning lottery for a fee, lawyer says

Garda Tony Golden: Described as a “credit to An Garda Síochána”. Photograph: PA

Authorities face questions over how Adrian Crevan Mackin had access to a handgun

 Legal practitioners say more judges and more  Garda resources are required to deal with delays in getting cases heard. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The presumption of innocence is central to the Irish judicial system

The son told the judge he didn’t want to hit anyone or hurt anyone. Photograph: Getty Images

One father, in his 60s, limped into court with his arm in a sling and with cuts on his face

A date in January has been set for an appeal by former Anglo Irish Bank official, Tiarnan O’Mahoney, against his conviction for hiding accounts in July this year.  File photograph: Court Collins.

Bail application for ex-COO adjourned; Date set for Aoife Maguire to appeal sentence

Dublin District Family Court in Dublin. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Father begs judge for custody of his children during Family Court hearing

Bernard Daly was found guilty of giving false information to the Revenue Commissioners in November 2003. Photograph: Collins

Court told there were substantive grounds Bernard Daly would be successful on appeal

A juror in the 2012 trial of a Wexford couple, whom the defence team did not have a chance to challenge, could have created a “12 Angry Men” situation, the Court of Appeal has been told. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Eleanor Joel and Jonathan Costen appealing 2012 unlawful killing by neglect verdict

When a person in Ireland dies without a will, their estate is divided among family members on the basis of rules laid down in the Succession Act 1965

Proposal to publish unclaimed Irish estates list under consideration, says department

More than a dozen language schools have closed in the past year, including the Leinster College language school on Harcourt Street. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Almost 98,000 students from 80 countries studied English in Ireland last year

Tom Butler, professor in business information systems at University College Cork, told the Féilte conference at the RDS the negative effects of information and communications technology use include sleep deprivation, distraction and multi-tasking, all of which directly impact on learning. Photograph: iStockphoto

Féilte conference at RDS hears traditional paper-based learning beats technology

Research indicates traditional methods of learning provide superior outcomes for students.

Students who use pen and paper outperform those who use laptops and tablets

The  Thornton Hall prison site in north county Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Decision to purchase 150 acre based on ‘inadequate’ cost analysis, C&AG report finds

 Minister for Communications Alex White  at the official launch of Eircode, Ireland’s new postcode system. The Comptroller and Auditor General has raised concerns about procurement processes linked to the post code system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Consultant contracts worth €420,000 given without competitive process, report finds

A colour party forms a guard of honour as the coffin bearing the remains of Real IRA member Ronán MacLochlainn leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The coffin bearing the remains of dissident IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn leaves the funeral home in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Evidence over crash contradicts evidence given by other gardaí

Gerry Walshe, an electrician, of Lisdeen, Co Clare, argued that he was allowed 28 days to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court after the lower courts had rejected his case against the same-sex marriage referendum. File photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Gerry Walshe sought leave to seek judicial review to quash decision confirming result

 Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy (both centre) from Coláiste Treasa, Cork,  being declared  winners of the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin in January 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Eimear Murphy and Ian O’Sullivan win with alcohol project; Mark O’Dowd for seeds review

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said long-awaited legislation to reform the legal profession will be in place by the end of the year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Legislation first proposed by Alan Shatter nearly four years ago

Dublin’s Stephen Cluxton and Paul Flynn celebrate at the end of the Dublin V Kerry game on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Local authority will host event on Monday to mark Dublin’s 25th All-Ireland win

The lucky €7.3m Lotto winner bought the ticket , at Supervalu, Killiney Shopping Centre, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Lucky winner has not yet claimed prize but speculation rife at supermarket

Shane Ross: ‘We are an identifiable group standing together with a common name.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Green Party deputy Paul Gogarty among candidates at Alliance think-in

Chief Justice Susan Denham and two other judges delivered a mild rebuke to the Government this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Difficulties were caused by referendum being signed into the Constitution before Supreme Court could consider a challenge to the(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham  has delivered a rebuke to the Government after the amendment on same-sex marriage was signed into the Constitution ahead of the Supreme Court’s consideration of an appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Chief Justice says, with appeal pending, move could have had ‘serious’ consequences

After deliberating for 25 minutes the judge ruled against the father. Photograph: Getty Images

High Court judge concludes that there is no discernible risk to father’s criminal trial

A photocopy of the Tranquility  Euthanasia booklet which was placed through the doors of houses in North Dublin over the weekend.

Tranquillity Euthanasia says service is legal and ashes can be sent to a range of destinations

Blanchardstown postmaster Geoff Boyle said Government policy is forcing post office customers to the commercial banks. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Blanchardstown postmaster Geoff Boyle to run in Dublin West on community platform

Criminalising a parent would create a “lose-lose situation” for the entire family, said Ag Eisteacht chief Maeve Hurley. Photograph: Getty Images

Court could direct parents to take parenting course, says head of Ag Eisteacht charity

Photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty Images.

‘She would come back from access and tell me I was fat’

Bill aims to tackle 10% increase in home burglary

 President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns says he wants to visit family in New Zealand

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland report says policy interventions are needed to improve commercial viability and increase the supply of affordable housing. Photograph: Frank Miller

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland recommends a national housing authority be established to address the homelessness crisis (...)

Under new legislation, drivers can be prosecuted for not producing their driving licences in court. Photograph: David Sleator

More than 20 motorists before Dublin court in first prosecutions of their kind

School children posing for a photograph before the official opening of the Jack Lynch Tunnel in 1999. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

80 developments chosen to celebrate the anniversary of Construction Industry Federation

Young people are among those taking part in a mass Heads in the Sand event on Sandymount Strand in Dublin in July 2015 to highlight the government’s attitude towards climate change. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Environmental group wants young Irish people to have voice at COP21 event in Paris

‘He says when he gets out he will beat me and kill me,’ one woman tells court

An appeal by a Fine Gael TD against a €25,000 unfair dismissal award made to his former employee will not be heard until the New Year.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

EAT found in favour of woman, who said she was bullied and harrassed by TD and partner

The judge extended the interim care order pending DNA results to identify paternity. Photograph: Getty Images

Father denies allegations and seeks return of the two children to himself and his wife

The Parental Alienation Awareness Association said there was a lack of understanding in Ireland of how serious this form of alienation can be and how much damage can be caused to children as a result. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Support group says children are being damaged by high-conflict separations

“I want my children to know I’m here for them and I’ll always be here for them. I’m not perfect, I’m just daddy.” Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Joe* went from being ‘at everything’ to his son wanting to build a wall between them

Seán FitzPatrick who is seeking to stop his trial going ahead at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Eric Luke

Court told very damaging things said about FitzPatrick and “air of vengeance” stoked

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Anglo trials’ publicity so awful it could ‘never be remedied’, judges told

More than 52,000 applicants received first round offers for third-level courses this year

Cian McDonnell Lynch: Cost of the operation in the US is expected to be just under €1 million

Cian McDonnell Lynch suffering from bone marrow illness that affects one in a million

Mayo’s Darragh Doherty celebrates scoring a goal against Tyrone during the All-Ireland Minor Championship Final in Croke Park in 2013. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to crashes in Mayo, Donegal, Down and Cork

Fr Tony Flannery: “To find an Irish bishop extending the notion of ‘silencing’ to a talk in a community hall is very disappointing.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Withdrawal of invitation an example of bishop using his authority to ‘lay down the law’

Bones of victims of a cholera epidemic in the 1830s are protected with sheeting during archaeological works  as part of preparation  for the Luas cross-city line in Broadstone, Dublin.

Great Cholera Epidemic of 1832 killed thousands across the country

Michael Warren’s sculpture Angel Negro, on show  in the dlr LexIcon  in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Gateway, by Michael Warren, swapped for another work following calls for its removal

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Anglo chief claims he cannot get fair hearing due to adverse publicity

Dublin District Family Court has granted an interim care order for a toddler after a domestic violence incident.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child taken from parents after father broke his mother’s jaw and absconded with him

A report from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has found that  some children were moved from private foster care to health and social care trust placements due to financial pressures within the trust. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

NI Human Rights Commission report highlights the difficulties with childcare system

Ross McCabe,  from Newbridge, Co Kildare, who will be studying medicine in Poland. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Twelve students who missed out on Irish colleges opt for course in Bydgoszcz

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

Trio found guilty of conspiring to hide accounts from Revenue

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire. Photograph: Court Collins

Caller suggested the wife of the jury foreman was a friend of one of the accused

A search by the Revenue  for the payment of Dirt on bogus non-resident accounts, that began in the late 1990s, has led to the conviction of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank.

Backgrounder: Sean FitzPatrick allegedly did not want accounts to go to Revenue

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.  From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

Three former Anglo Irish Bank officials have been found guilty of trying to hide accounts

From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.  From left: Former Anglo officials Aoife Maguire, Tiarnan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly.

All three accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify documents

The jury in the trial of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank (from left), Aoife Maguire, Tiernan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly, will resume deliberations on its verdict on Thursday.

Three former Anglo officials plead not guilty to hiding accounts linked to FitzPatrick

Judge Patrick McCartan told the jury in the trial of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank  to leave any ‘hard views’ about the bank behind when deliberating. Photograph: Frank Miller

Anglo Irish Bank not on trial, says judge

The jury in the trial of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank (from left), Aoife Maguire, Tiernan O’Mahony and Bernard Daly, has retired to consider its verdict.

Judge tells jury the DPP is responsible for proving facts ‘from beginning to end’

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Counsel for Aoife Maguire rejects prosecution argument she was officer of firm

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Bernard Daly outside  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week. Photograph: Collins Courts

Counsel for Brendan Daly says that his client is ‘honest and straightforward’

Tiarnan O’Mahoney, one of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials on trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, should not be used as a “whipping boy or proxy” to vent against those responsible for the collapse of the bank, a jury has been told. Photograph: Court Collins.

Court hears Fitzpatrick’s ‘paws are all over’ the collapse but ‘he’s nowhere to be found’

In closing speech, prosecution says all accounts involved had links to former chairman

The ‘Report to Prevent Persons Benefiting from Committing Homicide’ will address cases such as Eamonn Lillis. Photograph: Eric Luke

LRC says legislation required to ensure killers don’t benefit from their crimes

The Law Reform Commission has recommended that a loophole in the law that enables killers such as Eamonn Lillis (above) to potentially benefit from their crimes should be closed with proposed new legislation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Law Reform Commission legislation would address concerns noted in Eamonn Lillis case

Jury told it was only fair to give prosecution a ‘clean run at it’ beginning in the morning

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnan O’Mahoney at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Court Collins.

Tiarnan O’Mahoney told gardaí Seán FitzPatrick never asked him to do anything he was uncomfortable with

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Bernard Daly at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on  Monday. Photograph: Court Collins

Bernard Daly also says of Tiarnan O’Mahoney ‘I had to sort him out once and I did’

Last week Irish Water announced 46 per cent of households had paid their water charge bills.

Interest rate on quango’s €550m borrowings ‘hidden’ claims Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen

A Tusla report has found that some child protection managers are not satisfied that high-risk children can be kept safe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tusla report says managers are not satisfied most vulnerable children can be kept safe

Former chairman and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Eric Luke

Charges relate to allegedly trying to hide accounts connected to former chairman

Aoife Maguire (63), Bernard Daly (pictured, 67)  and Tiarnan O’Mahoney (56)  have been charged with trying to hide accounts from Revenue. They have pleaded not guilty. Photograph:  Court Collins

Revenue official said things had been said to him that proved not to be true

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire, who has pleaded not guilty to deceiving the Revenue between 2003 and 2004, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday. Photograph: Court Collins.

Bankers charged with trying to hide details of Sean FitzPatrick accounts from Revenue

The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice  Susan Denham: transferred cases to Court of Appeal. Photograph: Frank Miller

Newly established court resolved 30 cases in first two months of its operation

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