Minister Varadkar says that his comments were aimed at management, not doctors and nurses.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister says he was not talking about front line staff after FF calls comments ‘offensive’

Minister Leo Varadkar said: ‘I also believe in free speech and I think we need to allow people to say things that maybe we don’t like to hear’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister also condemns violent attacks on group and says Ireland needs free speech

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “Everybody has to be very conscious of the great importance of these anniversaries . . . We need to be very dignified and very respectful.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Vital to remember those Irishmen who died in conflict, says Martin McGuinness

The so-called “inversion” deal involving Tyco and Johnson Controls drew the ire of US politicians and put a renewed focus on Ireland’s corporate tax regime

Tyco to expand its Irish workforce to over 500 over next two years

 Leo Varadkar  said opinion polls clearly showed it was “still all to play for” in advance of the February 26th general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Opinion polls show country may be heading for hung Dáil after February 26th vote

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is seen while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford on Thursday.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

People are fed up with rubbish promises that cannot be delivered, says Fianna Fáil leader

 Michael Micheál Martin: “Broadband is as critical as a motorway was a couple of years ago for economic development.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says recovery is two tiered as he canvasses in Youghal in east Cork

Sean O’Driscoll: “Broadband and digital technology will consign geographical disadvantages to history”

Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O’Driscoll says digital technology will enable areas to overcome geographical disadvantage in business

Vincent Morgain died in the Mercy University Hospital on September 15th, 2015, following injuries sustained in an assault five days earlier. Image: Google Streetview

Daniel O’Sullivan (22) awaiting sentence for killing French man in assault in Cork city

Martin’s Life capitalised on generational misunderstandings on everything from Skinny Jeans to Game of Thrones, Skyping the Sister and the Rugby World Cup.

Cartoons focus on comical misunderstandings between Martin and his Cork parents

 Pegida demonstrators walk with a German flag during a demonstration in Potsdam last month. Anti-racism campaigners and migrant support groups are to hold a rally in Dublin on Saturday to protest against the establishment of an Irish branch of the anti-Islamic group Pegida. Photograph: Ralf Hirschberger/EPA.

Campaigners concerned about arrival of ‘Islamophobic’ group in State

Colin Vearncombe had been driving from Schull to Cork Airport when the crash occurred on January 10th. Photograph: Gisli Snaer/PA

Liverpool-born ‘Wonderful Life’ singer died after car crash on way to Cork Airport

Diarmuid Twomey, who went missing before Christmas. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Body of Diarmuid Twomey (31) recovered over a month after he went missing in Cork

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness: ‘It’s just ludicrous to suggest the Taoiseach isn’t entitled to comment publicly on the repercussions of a British withdrawal from Europe.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister says the Taoiseach is entitled to comment on Brexit

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: “I don’t think that anybody in Fine Gael wants to be in government with Michael Lowry or any other Independent”

Minister says no rift between Fine Gael and Labour over election date

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Nobody should take that economic growth for granted,’ the Minister warns

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on the British government to open its files on  the Shankill bombing. Photograph: AP

Martin McGuinness says it is naive to believe security services don’t try to recruit people

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has played down reports that eight people, including former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, are to share more than £1.6 million in compensation from the British government. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

SF Minister says payments for quashed kidnap convictions will not affect relationships

Fields near Durrus, Co Cork. Gardaí have named   the 63-year-old pedestrian who died after being struck by a 4X4 as he walked home in west Cork on Saturday  as John Bowen. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

John Bowen (63) was fatally injured after being struck by vehicle near Durrus, Co Cork

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness speaks to party members in Derry, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Sinn Féin Minister responds to questions over decision to change constituencies

Migrants near Miratovac, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri says new arrivals should be able to integrate into society

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bantry Garda Station 027-20860 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Kilcrohane Road, Durrus, closed as gardaí in Bantry appeal for witnesses

Former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson  and Peter O’Loughlin of Identity Ireland pictured at a press conference in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Launch on February 6th designed to coincide with anti-Islam protests across Europe

Diarmuid Twomey. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Diarmuid Twomey died from drowning after falling into pit on farm before Christmas

A 21-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged in connection with an iron bar attack which has left a 25-year-old man in a critical condition with head injuries. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The IRish Times

25-year-old housemate of accused in a critical condition with head injuries

Cork University Hospital has had to cancel all non-urgent elective surgery for the second time in a month because of overcrowding. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Largest number of patients ever on trollies in emergency department awaiting admission

Gardaí have cordoned off a farm in Co Cork following the discovery of human remains in a slurry pit near where a father of two disappeared just before Christmas.

Tests expected to confirm remains are of man who disappeared just before Christmas

The Garda forensic unit carried out an examination of the scene. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Man in induced coma at CUH after being ‘hit on the head with iron bar during row’

Two men have been returned for trial on charges of rape and false imprisonment of a teenage girl following a concert in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Men returned for trial on charges of false imprisonment and rape of girl in 2014

A pitbull mastiff that attacked a woman in her home in Mitchelstown in Co Cork has been put down. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Woman undergoes surgery to save her arm after she was assaulted by her partner’s dog

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: her son said the family was no nearer to getting justice despite a lot of information emerging in two court actions taken by Ian Bailey

Son of film producer wants trial to ‘establish or invalidate guiltiness’ of Ian Bailey

A woman living nearby raised the alarm after hearing screams and gardaí from Mitchelstown Garda station went to the scene. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí had to draw batons and strike the dog repeatedly to get it to release the woman

An LÉ Niamh rescue operation in the Mediterranean.  File photograph: Irish Defence Forces/AFP/Getty Images

Naval Service personnel honoured by Cork council for work in the Mediterranean

Adi Roche with baby Victoria Doronona in the cardiac unit of Kharkiv general hospital, eastern Ukraine, in 2015. Ms Roche will visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone for the 25th time

Lord mayor of Cork to lead delegation to Ukraine for 30th anniversary of disaster

Students from Saint Ultan’s primary school,  Cherry Orchard, Dublin during Catholic Schools Week 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Focus should also be on nationality, ethnicity, class and ability, says Fr Tom Deenihan

Alex Ryan, from Old Coach Road in Millstreet, died after consuming a deadly synthetic drug at a house party.

Alex Ryan (18) consumed synthetic drug at a house party in Cork city

Richard Boyd Barrett at a water protest in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Water charges to be central issue in election, says Unite spokesman Brendan Ogle

The Irish government are happy for British prime minister David Cameron to take time to secure a deal with the European Union to put to the British people in a referendum, according to the Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy (above).

Better to get the deal right than rush it, says Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy

A teenager remains in a critical condition in a Cork hospital  after consuming a synthetic drug at a house party in Cork city. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eighteen-year-old was one of six people who took ill after consuming drug at house party

Prof John A Murphy said that the Proclamation, read on the steps of the GPO by Patrick Pearse, has received “precious little analysis outside of scholarly circles”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

History professor believes there is less to historic document ‘than meets the eye’

Teams of volunteers had been searching the River Lee for the past three weeks for 31 year old Colin Roynane from Rahan near Mallow who was a final year commerce student at UCC

Colin Ronayne from Mallow had not been seen since 6am on New Year’s Day

Gardaí do not believe a man who was found dead in a car park near Cork city centre early on Friday was the victim of foul play.

Gardaí do not believe foul play involved in death of man discovered at White Street site

Prison governor Patrick Dawson pictured in the new Cork Prison in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cells with showers and toilets mean prisoners won’t have to slop out, says governor

The dangerously ill teenager had snorted the drug, which allows the substance to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain very rapidly through nasal membranes

Teenager from Millstreet still critically ill in hospital after taking ‘N-bombs’ at house party

One man is still in critical condition at Cork University Hospital following a house party in Cork where 2CB was being taken. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Six fell ill after consuming substance at party which man says resembled scene from ‘CSI’

Archive image of Dr Umar Al-Qadri at a protest in O’Connell Street against Islamic State – Not in our Name – on behalf of Irish Muslims in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Islamic community in Ireland needs to be vigilant, Dr Umar Al-Qadri says

 Noel O’Flynn photographed at Leinster House in January 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Noel O’Flynn announces decision following a health scare and discussions with his family

Almost 5,000 staff have left two Apple sites in Co Cork today after gardaí received a bomb threat.

Almost 5,000 staff had been evacuated from Holyhill and Lavitt’s Quay

Sinn Féin will hold its own wreath-laying ceremony at the GPO on Sunday, April 24th, a party source said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Party is looking at holding annual gathering to coincide with centenary events in Dublin

Judge Terence Finn found Wall guilty of both counts following a three-hour hearing at Youghal District Court. Photograph: Getty Images

Assaults captured on CCTV footage in decommissioned ward at HSE-run home

Entrance to Mount Mercy College on Model Farm Road. Image: Google Maps

Principal of Mount Mercy College ‘delighted’ to hold event which promotes Catholic ethos

“The base of Fianna Fáil and very large sections of Fianna Fáil remain very republican” - Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

SF leader pays tribute to Fianna Fáil’s ‘republican’ base

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that it was his intention to stand for election again as party leader at the next Sinn Féin Ardfheis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

TD rules out any deal with Fianna Fáil unless it is larger party

Several women recently discovered their own pictures allegedly downloaded from their Facebook pages had been posted on a website that was encouraging violent and pornographic comments.

Some claim images digitally altered to impose their faces on those of naked women

The court heard that gardaí did not believe there was foul play involved. Photograph: Getty Images

Inquest hears that Paddy O’Driscoll and Michelle O’Riordan drowned in the river Lee

Gardaí are questioning a man in connection with an armed hijacking in Co Cork on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Man in 20s arrested after large-scale Garda operation to intercept hijacked car in Cork

Fire crews attempt to pump flood water from the Dungourney Road, adjacent to the Lauriston estate, in Midleton, Co Cork last week.

200 people attend meeting to call for action following flooding in Cork town

A man walks past shop fronts as flooding continues in Bandon, Co Cork, following storm Frank in December 2015. Photograph: PA

Councillors critical of Inland Fisheries interpretation of emergency dredging rules

An artist’s impression of the proposed waste-to-energy facility

Indaver Ireland lodges new planning application for waste facility in Cork Harbour

British adventurer Sarah Outen with Happy Socks, which was saved from being smashed against rocks by Castletownbere RNLI. Outen was rescued 200 miles off the Azores in October. Photograph: Niall Duffy

Crew recovered rowing boat abandoned in hurricane during solo Atlantic crossing

MEP Séan Kelly (centre) with Timmy Moynihan and Mikey Joe Burns of the Workmen’s Rowing Club in Killarney National Park. Photograph: Valerie o’sullivan.

Kenny promises ‘very forthright’ discussion with industry leaders over cost of cover

A local man cycles his bike during serious flooding in  Bandon, Co Cork, following the recent Storm Frank. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government called on to do away with embargo on recruitment for flood relief works

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Simon Coveney says comments by industry confusing two separate issues

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: Judge Nathalie Turquey was said by the family’s lawyer to be  an excellent choice.

Family is happy as high-profile French judge heads up French investigation into killing

Ryszard Suchowiecki and his daughter Paulina at their home in Midleton, which was damaged in recent flooding. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘Putting us up for a night or two is not a problem, but two months is a long time’

A second round of pulmonary TB screening is planned for mid-January. Photograph: Bloomberg

Public health department acts after shopworker identified with infectious illness

Indaver is poised to lodge a new planning application next Monday (January 11th) following An Bord Pleanála’s ruling, in which it will seek permission for a 40,000 tonne hazardous waste incinerator and a 200,000 tonne municipal waste incinerator in Cork Harbour. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Indaver to lodge new planning application for €160m project in Cork Harbour

Recent flooding in Bandon: According to Cork Chamber chief executive, Conor Healy, the Government must work with renewed focus to prevent any repeat of the flooding which followed Storm Frank and caused huge disruption to businesses in many Cork towns. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government must work to ‘prevent repeat’ of disruption to business due to Storm Frank

Diarmuid Twomey went missing in the early hours of December 20th. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Diarmuid Twomey (31) last seen near Whitechurch on December 20th

Castletownbere RNLI recovers ‘Happy Socks’ 500 metres from shore in Dunmanus Bay on the Mizen Peninsula on Tuesday  evening before  towing it safely to Castletownbere Harbour. Photograph: RNLI

Sarah Outen rowing from US to London when forced to abandon ‘Happy Socks’ off Portugal

Flooding in Bandon, Co Cork. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bishop says what was missing locally was somebody who looked to be in charge

According to Iarnród Éireann, the burst water main led to flooding on the track near Dunkettle and commuter train services from Kent Station in Cork were affected from 10.30am until 11.15am. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Burst water main near Glanmire caused some trains to be suspended at Kent Station

Ciara O’Brien  was injured when she fell from a roof in Kinsale, Co Cork. Image via Ciara O’Brien Trust Fund / Facebook

Girl paralysed from waist down after falling from a rooftop during night out in Kinsale

Cork residents and businesses prepare for further flooding as heavy rain forecast

Some 10,000 houses are affected by the boil water notice issued by Irish Water. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

HSE advised Irish Water due to cloudiness caused by rise in flood materials

A local man with his dog   in Bandon, Co  Cork following Storm Frank. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Roads remain closed as floods make life difficult for people travelling to different areas

 Bandon, Co Cork: although the river Bandon did not burst its banks, much of the centre of the town ended up under several feet of water. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tributes paid to farmers and agricultural contractors as clear-up operation begins early

Bus shelter almost submerged in floodwater in Mallow, Co Cork.  Photograph: David Morrissey

Roads remain closed and gardaí have diversions in place for several areas deemed unsafe

Bandon town centre, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Met Éireann records 50mm of rainfall in 24 hours at Cork Airport

Kevin Stromsoe outside Railway Cottage on Mill Road in Midleton.

Family clears out of Midleton home before floodwater reaches depth ‘at least 6ft deep’

Storm Frank caused flooding in a number of areas of Co Cork including the Meadowbrook area  of Glanmire (pictured), where the Glashaboy River broke it’s banks. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

Bandon, Midleton, Glanmire and vulnerable quays in city affected by rising water levels

River Lee: heavy rains caused flooding on several roads around the city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí report some flooding but city centre seems to have escaped worst extremes

Bandon was badly hit by flooding in the weeks preceding Christmas.

Heavy rain in West Cork has led to the closure of a number of roads in the area

Castletownbere harbour. File photograph: RNLI/Castletownbere

The man, originally from Spain, had been living in Ireland for several years

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: Murdered in west Cork in 1996

Alain Spilliaert believes Ian Bailey will stand trial in absentia

Facebook image of Louise Clancy who died after the car she was travelling in with her mother Geraldine was involved in a collision with another car on the Fermoy-Ballyduff Road at about 11.30am on Tuesday.

Geraldine and Louise Clancy died after car rolled onto roof in 4ft of floodwater

  The closely knit community of Kilworth near Fermoy, Co Cork, was last night rallying around a grieving family which lost two members in a car crash yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Daughter (22) had just returned from England for Christmas

Gardaí on the Kilworth to Ballyduff road, Co Cork, near the scene of a fatal road traffic collision. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Second car in collision outside Fermoy was being driven by daughter’s friend

The  Fermoy to Ballyduff road is closed at the junction with the local Kilworth Rd to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators.

Pair from Kilworth area were on way into Fermoy when incident happened

The defendant had been fishing in Ireland for two years. Photograph: European Commission Audiovisual Library

Judge suggests defendant enter a ‘west Cork type plea’ over failure to furnish documents

Ita Beecher and Brenda Prendeville in Moby Dick’s bar in Youghal, Co Cork, reminiscing about their experience of being extras during the 1954 filming of ‘Moby Dick’. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

Residents recall having a whale of a time when Hollywood legends arrived in 1954

An Bord Pleanala has granted planning permission for the €50 million redevelopment of the Capitol cinema incorporating a food innovation centre. Image: Google Street View

€50m plan for site with frontage on Patrick Street and Grand Parade

The main R579 Cork-Kanturk Road was closed and a Garda forensic crash investigator examined the scene

78-year-old was killed and her sister (75) was injured in the collision on the main R579 Cork-Kanturk Road

A search operation was launched after a man went overboard south west of the Blasket Islands.

Alarm raised after man went overboard on 38 metre Spanish trawler

The Blasket Islands viewed from Dunmore Head. Photograph: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons

Poor weather conditions hampering efforts after man fell overboard at around 6.30pm

The OPW withdrew the original tender documents after a contractor threatened High Court action in 2014 but Mr Harris defended the OPW’s handling of the situation, saying he believed that the OPW had made the right judgement call on the issue.

Businesses threaten €1m action if flood relief works fail to get under way next June

Tommy Moyles: reckons it is a time for “cool heads” in agriculture on the climate change debate.

Clover content enables reduction in artificial nitrogen usage from 26 tonnes to 14

looding in Bandon as a result of Storm Desmond. Photograph: Denis Boyle

Town saw up to 50 businesses and residents flooded during Storm Desmond

looding in Bandon as a result of Storm Desmond. Photograph: Denis Boyle

OPW should ‘follow example of British government’ and reduce the period of review

 Mick Wallace who was last week brought to jail for refusing to pain a fine before being released a few hours later.  Judge James McNulty said  public representatives were setting a bad example  by refusing to pay fines and then being brought to prison only to be released almost immediately. Photograph: Collins

‘Sentences imposed by judges are beingset at nought and overruled by officials’

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