Retired Wicklow manager Eddie Sheehy began the investigation into allegations concerning Cavan County Council in March. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Fake invoices to the council for work not carried out among allegations examined

Archbishop of Dublin  Diarmuid Martin (right) welcomes His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, to Archbishop’s House in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pope Tawadros II meets Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on first Coptic papal trip to Ireland

President Higgins receives Pope Tawadros II at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Detention of Irish citizen (21) raised with Coptic pope and Egyptian ambassador

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Only only healthcare organisation impacted by WannaCry in Ireland

Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Sara Freund

Moyagh Murdock says vintners’ group ‘downplaying value of lives lost’

In the  High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett threw the book at Jim Ferry, who  controlled two companies, Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferrys Refuse Recycling Limited

Inside Rossbracken foul liquid bleeds into the nearby earth, feet from the river bank

Former Wicklow County manager Eddie Sheehy who has been exonerated by the High Court of an allegation of corruption. Photograph: Collins

Judge rules his accuser Donal Ó Laoire ‘not a credible witness’ in illegal dumping case

Geoff Hill: spent much of his childhood at Termon in Co Tyrone, where his grandfather Edward was butler

Peter Murtagh has gone along for the ride on his friend Geoff Hill’s motorcycle epics. Now he’s swept away by his flight of fancy,(...)

The Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized more than €300,000 in cash, along with cash counting and packaging equipment.

Cash counting and packaging equipment found in Sandyford

Sir Ivor Roberts: “I don’t want to find myself queuing to get through Rome airport every time I go there.”

Sir Ivor Roberts applies for passport as result of anxieties over UK’s exit from EU

The Garda are pursuing five men who withdrew a compensation claim against an insurance firm

Tallaght court adjourns law firm’s application to allow for variation of search warrant

Bankrupt developer  Tom McFeely faced two charges of breaching a protection order. He was found guilty of breaching one of them

Woman told court McFeely threatened to slit her throat and ‘send her to America in a box’

Trial has heard claims that work at the dump since 2009 is inadequate

On the 50th day of Brownfield case, judge says it may be referred to European Court

 Aidan Magee (6) from Dublin protesting outside McKee Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Wives and partners say ‘heroes’ should not need social welfare to survive

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, which crashed off the west coast  on March 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International aviation and EU rules do not ban inclusion of cockpit voice recordings of final moments from investigation reports (...)

Hickory Ridge, a tiny bungalow in the middle of The Burnaby,

A two-bedroom house in The Burnaby for sale at €640,000, includes a quarter acre of gorgeous gardens

Sgt Damien Kelly (left), Advanced Paramedic Darren Figgis, Comdt Phil Bonner and Lt Kevin Fitzgerald, ready for duty. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

What is it like to spend a day with the Air Corps and HSE first responders?

Coast Guard personnel view the R116 recovery operation at Blackrock Island. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Preliminary survey identifies warning system’s lack of data as a factor in the crash

Capt Paul McDermott briefing his Air Corps pilot colleagues ahead of the Pilatus airplane flypast at the end of Sunday’s 1916 Rising commemoration ceremony at the GPO. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Air Corps among Rising parade’s highlights, but struggling with budget cuts

Preacher Patterson: investigated for child abuse by an Alabama district attorney who characterised him simply as “evil”.

In Warwick, Rhode Island, Preacher Patterson is bible-thumping for America

The Defence Forces corries out some 1,600 random tests on serving personnel in 2016.

It is understood the newly qualified pilot admitted taking cocaine the weekend before random test

Former Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Collins

High Court examining council’s knowledge of largest illegal dump in the State

The Ultimate Off Road Day offers an exhilarating, helter-skelter ride through the forest wilderness

Off-road motorbiking in Llangynog is a great way of getting close to the Welsh mud

Former Wicklow County Council manager Eddie Sheehy: “My legacy is making Wicklow a no-go area for illegal dumping.” Photograph: Collins

Documents show Eddie Sheehy knew what Donal O Laoire was doing, counsel says

The remains of Capt Mark Duffy are carried into St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth, followed by his widow, Hermione, ahead of his funeral Mass on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

‘He put a safety net around us in our home. He was fearless. He lived consciously each day’

Ruth and Kevin Burke who are feared to have died following the helicopter crash in Wales. Photograph: Facebook

Friends in Co Mayo were expecting aircraft owner Kevin Burke to visit this weekend

Retired county manager Eddie Sheehy was cross-examined, for the second day, in a High Court case over illegal dumping. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eddie Sheehy accepts there were ‘significant discrepancies’ in letter to department

Donal Ó Laoire leaving the Four Courts last week after giving evidence in the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Donal Ó Laoire labelled a perjurer by retired Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy

Moya Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: “The number [OF TESTS]had to be made up and [the Garda] have to acknowledge that.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New equipment will record full details of test, including location, and prevent falsification

Martin Coyne of Digitpol, a company which has been  used by Denis O’Brien in his case against Red Flag.

Most of what investigator Martin Coyne claimed of self and alleged expertise questioned

The site at Whitestown, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, owned by Brownfield Restoration Ltd. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Wicklow County Council being sued for failing to remediate site of illegal dump

 Former manager of Wicklow County Council Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Case centres on allegation council failed to remediate illegal dump in west Wicklow

Many proceedings relating to the illegal dump at Whitestown in west Wicklow have been or are before the courts

Former authorised officer makes claim case over illegal dump in west Co Wicklow

Donal Ó Laoire leaves the Four Courts after giving evidence on the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court told officials also made false statements and gave false information to gardaí

Waste at Whitestown: Material found at the dump included hospital waste,  commercial construction waste and domestic waste

Local authority found to have sent tonnes of hazardous waste to unlicensed landfill

Denis O’Brien. In their notice of appeal, the businessman’s lawyers list all the affidavits and transcripts of proceedings they will rely on at the Court of Appeal Photograph: David Sleator

Further details emerge about Dutch-based figure hired to examine USB key for O’Brien

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick’s fuenral was laden with poignancy for the sense of a truly valuable life cut short. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Poignant salute delivered at pilot’s funeral after fatal helicopter crash

The funeral of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick Irish Coast Guard member at St Patrick’s Church, Glencullen, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Coast Guard pilot’s love of family, loyalty and sense of justice recalled

Members of the Irish Air Corps arriving to join the search for the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lack of pilots and air traffic controllers delayed Air Corps involvement in rescue

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Brigid O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Mother in critical condition after her children and another woman die in fire at shelter

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Margaret O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Pregnant woman killed along with daughter in tragedy at domestic violence refuge

Pine Lodge is very private and cannot be seen from the road

Poets, politicians, philosophers and ‘wild people’ gathered at Pine Lodge to chat

Fiona Ryan, chief executive of Sonas which runs the Clondalkin Supported Housing Complex in Cluainin Cronan on Kilcronan Avenue. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sonas helped 1,200 women and children in danger of domestic abuse last year

 Neighbours placed flowers and teddy bears at the scene of an apartment fire in Cluainin Cronan in Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Woman remains in critical condition after devastating fire at safe haven apartment

Sgt Valerie Cole 55th Infantry Group Irish Defence Forces. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tanks, gunfire and combat drills; Irish soldiers prepare for UN Golan Heights mission

Inspector Ken McLoughlin speaks to media after a fire at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin where a woman and two children died.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

President and Taoiseach offer sympathies after blaze in Clondalkin step-down facility

“Significant quantities” of human remains have been detected by archaeologists working for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes at the Tuam site. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Identification of links with others outside home likely to pose difficulties, says expert

Renovated redbrick started as coachhouse but has had modern makeover

Ballymount recycling plant in Dublin.

A shipload of green-bin waste was sent back to Ireland this week, rejected as unsuitable for recycling. Fines are next

Wicklow County Council’s proposal involved  dumping material dredged from the Dargle river. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bord Pleanála says council’s proposal to create ‘eco-park’ near Kilcoole incoherent

Berkeley Library in Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Fifty years after it opened in Trinity, the building is well loved, but not without critics

Separating waste inside Panda Waste Management’s recycling plant at Ballymount in Dublin.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Abuse of recycling by Dublin householders results in contamination of 40% of waste

The Flint Hills Gun Works of Manhattan, Kansas, whose weapons and munitions Michael Ryan attempted to export illegally to Cork and Mallow.

Global arms trafficking business hosted on the dark web by Kansas man Michael Ryan

Sinn Féin’s new leader Michelle O’Neill (left) arrives to address the IRA gunmen commemoration in Clonoe, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New Sinn Féin leader attends memorial in Clonoe for volunteers shot dead by the SAS

 Poker player Emmet Mullen (left) and painter Chris Fisher, two disenchanted Omagh non-voters. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Disaffection is dominant mood on main streets in North as polls loom in fortnight

 Sinn Féin’s  northern leader Michelle O’Neill (right)  launching  her election campaign on February 6th.  There were queues outside the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland in Belfast, as voters registered or checked that they were still on the register. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A high turnout is expected for Stormont vote, but will prehistory keep repeating?

One of the rooms in the Luggala estate in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Antonio Martinelli

Guinness family’s 5,000-acre estate in Co Wicklow is on the market for €28m

Ivor Roberts wrote that ‘the ancient quarrel [between Britain and Ireland] is in the process of being solved’.

Ivor Roberts’s 2003 dispatch credited Brussels with bringing the two nations together

Gareth Chubb (29) from Drimnagh in Dublin who has been charged with attempted manslaugher in Amsterdam. Photograph via Facebook

Gareth Chubb (29) from Drimnagh, a convicted cocaine dealer, is one of four charged

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Supreme Court judge Peter Charleton will examine whether  O’Sullivan was a source for a May 9th, 2016, RTÉ broadcast. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some journalists fear whistleblower inquiry will change relationship with gardaí forever

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Supreme Court judge Peter Charleton will examine whether  O’Sullivan was a source for a May 9th, 2016, RTÉ broadcast. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some journalists fear whistleblower inquiry will change relationship with gardaí forever

After the Crash: impromptu memorial of flowers and a photograph of  Andrew Roche  and Michael Madigan killed in Limerick crash

RTÉ documentary detailed a litany of pain left behind in wake of lives cut short

 David Piele (40), a UK National with an address at Rectory Way in Bray, Co Wicklow, was brought before Dun Laoghaire District Court where he was charged with deception. Photograph: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

Garret Hevey (41) and David Piele (40) receive bail at separate court hearings

Dutch police have arrested four people in Amsterdam, one of whom is reported to be a senior figure in the Kinahan gang, who is from Drimnagh. Photograph: Getty

Dutch police arrest four people and seize three guns at pub in centre of Amsterdam

Naoufal Fassih: The Dutch-Moroccan  is escorted from the High Court on January 27th. Photograph: Courts Collins

Dutch and Irish police want to know, but Naoufal Fassih – aka the Stomach – isn’t talking

Naoufal Fassih (35): subject of three Dutch extradition warrants. Photograph: Courts Collins

Search of Naoufal Fassih’s Dublin flat last year turned up money and fake documents

The Four Courts in 1916. Jimmy Wren has produced a biographical dictionary, The Four Courts Garrison and Mendicity Institution Easter Week 1916

Analysis of Four Courts Garrison’s home addresses confirms key role of inner-city, working-class Dubliners in Rising. Barris(...)

Caroline Dwyer, mother of Michael Dwyer, at Leinster House following a Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Committee meeting on the killing of Mr Dwyer in Bolivia. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas members to see what can be done to help family of 24-year-old killed in Bolivia

 Relatives of Stardust fire victims Maurice Frazer, Christine Keegan and her daughter Antoinette Keegan, Eugene Kelly, Patricia Kennedy, Bridget McDermott with her daughter Louise McDermott  at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Finding of probable arson stopped relatives suing club owners and operators for alleged negligence

The Beacon South Quarter complex, where a meeting of apartment owners was held on Monday night. Photograph: Eric Luke

Beacon South Quarter properties found to have fire safety and structural deficiencies

American students from Vermont chat in Dublin about Donald Trump’s incoming US presidency: Left to right are students Emma Moskowitz, Chris Pickett, Meghan Neely and Joseph Couture. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Students met in Dublin this week to chat about man set to take over as US president

Declan Dunne, president of the IUSA, with speakers Gina London  and Tim O’Connor, at the association’s annual conference and dinner in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish United States Alumni Association event told of threats from Trump and Brexit

Creighton family friend Helena Darcy read a  statement outside  court on Monday, lamenting shortness of sentences. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge recounts how gang set upon 20-year-old in Tallaght and beat him to death

The funeral  of Reece Cullen (17) from Jobstown, Co Dublin took place Wednesday morning at the Church of St Martin de Porres, Old Bawn, Tallaght. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘Conflict can begin with just a dirty look,’ Bishop Eamonn Walsh tells congregation

Together with the power to seize a vehicle, gardaí would also be given the power to arrest a disqualified driver caught driving, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister to legislate for naming and shaming of disqualified drivers via public database

Sean O’Neill of Transport Infrastructure Ireland  suggested the new anti-speeding measure would help maintain the safety record of Dublin’s Port Tunnel (above). File photograph: Getty Images

Any vehicle passing through tunnels in less than 3m 20s will be exceeding 80km/h limit

According to gardaí, up to five cattle were killed in the pile-up. File image: Frank Miller

Motorway was closed for three hours in both directions as gardaí dealt with incident

The Road Safety Authority  wants to create a  name-and-shame register, a publicly accessible list of named drivers who have been banned from driving for serious offences. File photograph: Getty Images

Road Safety Authority wants name-and-shame list of drivers banned for serious offences

The Road Safety Authority survey concentrated on drivers who had been ordered off the roads following convictions for driving while drunk and/or causing the death or serious injury of another person. Many appear simply to ignore their convictions and continue driving even after they are caught again. File photograph: Getty Images

Disqualified drivers thought to be responsible for killing between 11 and 14 people per year

The funeral of Noel Kirwan arrives at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Noel Kirwan (62) ‘had a great way with young people’, says Maureen O’Sullivan

Flowers at the site of the murder of Martin O’Rourke, who was shot dead in April in a gangland attack on Sheriff Street, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ministers are considering a multimillion euro urban renewal project for the area

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Evan O’Brien after he turned on the Buckingham Street Christmas tree lights recently. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sean McDermott Street, Buckingham Street, Summerhill area revamp may take 10 years

Members of Uncut Diamonds theatre group reading the script from Under Pressure: Brian McCormack and  Dearbhla McGroder  (foreground) and (background from left) Marie Feighery, Joe Fitzgerald, Dave McDonald and Owen O’Gorman. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Under Pressure’ depicts murderous debt collecting in an area without a criminal code

A CASA 235 plane. Photograph: Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images

Airbus military of Spain alerted Defence Forces to problem in elevator trim tabs

Triona Gilchrest, Harriet Mongey and Denise Hall with Maryna Malinovskaya when a group of 39 children flew into Dublin from the Chernobyl region. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Thirty-nine young people from the area affected by nuclear disaster land in Dublin

Chinonyerem Okeke at the Immigration Council of Ireland conference in the Morrisson Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Chino arrived in Ireland aged 15 hoping for a better life but at 18 learned her legal status had expired

Bob Geldof told Trinity Law Society Europe is heading towards war. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Musician rails against populism and wants young people to get involved in real politics

Family and friends walk behind a hearse carrying the body of murdered drug dealer Mark Desmond

Dublin drug dealer shot dead in Lucan park described as being ‘generous to a fault’

Mark Desmond’s coffin is seen in a horse drawn hearse ahead of his funeral in Dublin today. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Approximately 50 relatives attend Dublin funeral for man linked to multiple killings

Denis O’ Brien at the High Court, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: High Court judge delivers blunt assessment of the businessman’s case

Designer Dara Lynne Lenehan at the  Garda Síochána Museum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Free display in Dublin Castle covers more than 200 years of police history in Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny presenting the European Movement Ireland European of the Year Award to Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘This is a special tribute that endorses the efforts and sacrifices our personnel make’

In 2015, 25,000 people living north of the Border applied for Irish passports, up more than 12 per cent on 2014. So far this year, 15,000 people born in Britain have applied, up 103 per cent on 2015.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Louth TD calls for passport office subsidiary in northeast to cope with the demand

 NUJ protest over Independent News and Media pension entitlements. Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent executives asked for €12m pot to ease hardship for pensioners cut adrift

 Dr Len O’Hagan, Terry Buckley, Michael Doorly, Robert Pitt, Leslie Buckley, Ryan Preston, Jerome Kennedy, Tríona Mullane, David Harrison and Allan Marshall at an extraordinary general meeting called by Independent News & Media at the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

High Court next port of call for those suffering effects of company’s push to provide dividends

NUJ and Siptu protest about Independent Newspapers’ pension scheme, outside the Alexander Hotel, where INM held an EGM on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unions protest over unilateral plan to reduce pensions by another 30% as company meets

Swords Tidy Towns volunteer Georgy Hughes  pictured hard at work in the Green Project, in conjunction with Youthreach, situated  on North Street, Swords. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Waste ground becomes haven for growing plants and nurturing community spirit

Don Lavery, former news editor of the Irish Independent and now a deferred pensioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Most sinister business dealing I’ve ever seen,’ says ex-employee

Irish Independent House  on Talbot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Changes to the pension scheme at INM are a breach of trust, say former staff

Businessman Denis O’Brien leaving the Four Courts after giving evidence on December 1st. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien sees himself as acting in the national interest

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