Workers picket the  flagship Dunnes Stores outlet at Cornelscourt in south Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Employees seeking better working hours and conditions from the retailer

Michael Doherty and Elizabeth Doherty, son and widow of the late  Thomas Doherty,   with Fred Espey, Sandycove Bathers’ Association, at the unveiling of a bench in memory of Mr Doherty -  a regular swimmer at the Forty Foot - who died while swimming there in 1987. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thomas Doherty died in water at Dún Laoghaire after three decades of daily swims

The €80 million to €100 million opera centre site will provide for a mix of office, educational, retail and residential uses over a five year period, commencing over the next 18 months. Photograph: Getty Images

Office, educational, retail and residential uses envisaged for €80m to €100m area

Harry Ringwood. Swiss police say the Irish man has admitted to murdering his wife in Switzerland.

Body of Galina Shevchenko (46) was found in couple’s apartment in Lutry

Electricity pylons near New Ross, Co Wexford Eirgrid says overhead lines are the most effective option for the North South Interconnector.Photograph: David Sleator

South east transmission system may only require upgrade, EirGrid says

The body of Galina Shevchenko was found in the village of Lutry in Lausanne on Monday.

Wife of Harry Ringwood, from Wexford, found with multiple stab wounds

Irish Water said households that have received incorrect bills should get in touch to correct their information. Photograph: Getty

Utility Company says thousands of incorrect bills likely to be sent out to customers

The scene at Grangegorman Road Lower in Dublin where up to 60 people remain in a complex  after resisting an eviction attempt on Monday. Photograph: Dan Griffin

External gates at the complex have been reinforced against security workers

Protesters sitting in front of a van during the stand-off on Grangegorman Road Lower. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Paramedics called after supporters injured attempting to impede van

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he was satisfied with the decision making process between Irish Water and his Government.

FF says ‘culture of secrecy’ surrounds utility company after report that meetings not minuted

An image from the North West SPCA Ballina Facebook page showing the breeze block that was tied to the neck of a dog that was drowned.

North West SPCA appeals to gardaí and members of the public over cruel incident

A worker cleans Temple Bar, Dublin, the morning after the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Emergency services at number of assaults as two held over Tallaght incident

A screengrab of a video showing an incident between a garda and a homeless man. A screengrab of a video showing an incident between a garda and a homeless man last week on Henry Street, Dublin.

Online clip appeared to show guard pepper spraying male handcuffed in a doorway

Dublin Airport. New figures from the CSO show the number of trips into Ireland as well as  trips out of Ireland have increased. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Tourism and travel statistics place earnings from overseas travellers at €947 million

The poem, When All The Others Were Away at Mass, which recalls a morning shared between the young author and his mother, peeling potatoes, topped an RTÉ poll to identify the best loved Irish poem of the past century. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Public vote Seamus Heaney sonnet as best loved Irish poem of the past century

The Body Worlds – Animals Inside Out exhibition opens at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin on Thursday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ambassador theatre exhibit shows circulatory and muscular systems of exotic beasts

Bus Éireann last month agreed to temporarily suspend plans to cut part of its Dublin to Cork Expressway service in the face of opposition to planned service reductions.

National bus company criticised as proposed reductions cut out ‘secondary areas’

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was important to address climate issues associated with agriculture, at the launch of a new forum on ‘climate smart’ farming.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New initiative to examine climate friendly practices and policies in farming

 Tourists take in the Molly Malone statue in College Green, Dublin.  Photograph by Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

New quality of living survey ranks capital ahead of every other city in UK and Ireland

Leo Varadkar said some people consider health insurance to be as important as home insurance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister ‘increasingly confident’ free GP care for under-6s will be available within months

A guard of honour is formed by friends and colleagues at the funeral of Irish Times journalist Carl O’Malley at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds gather in Dublin to bid farewell to sports writer and father who died suddenly

Foley is a former member of the Martin Cahill gang and has had numerous attempts on his life: Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins/File photo

Veteran criminal (64) and associate (37) detained after incident at Dublin jeweller

‘Every time there is gun crime it undermines the community’ says SF councillor

Delicate movement: Milorad Marinkovic holds an egg with his bionic arm. Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP

Three recipients of robotic arms had to undergo months of ‘mental training’ before they could control their ‘virtual’ hands

David McWilliams speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 26th, 2015.

Terrence McDonough of NUI Galway tells committee economy got caught in ‘perfect storm’

Overseas trips to Ireland were up by  9.1 per cent in the period November 2014 to January 2015 when compared with the same period 12 months prior

CSO figures show more trips being taken from United Kingdom and North America

Irish feelings about the EU will probably continue to be closely linked to perceptions about economic performance, according to the European Commission.

Eurobarometer show 53 per cent have a ‘positive’ view of the European Union

Minister for Education  Jan O’Sullivan. A new value for money review on small primary schools prepared for the Department of Education recommended certain schools within close proximity of each other be amalgamated. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Value for money report says that amalgamation of schools of similar type is desirable

The Irish Aviation Authority said the Russian planes were monitored off the west-south/east coast from about 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Moscow trying to make some sort of point with latest excursion, says David Cameron

The winning ticket was sold in Claremorris, Co Mayo, last November.

Ticket holders have 90 days to claim prize from National Lottery office in Dublin

The family of the late former Sinn Féin official Denis Donaldson has accused the State of wilful obstruction in the investigation of his death nine years ago. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Former Sinn Fein official confessed to spying just months before he was killed in Donegal

Marco Buti, director general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, speaks before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Marco Buti and Dónal Donovan speak at Banking Inquiry

The Association of Childhood Professionals rally outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Demonstrators say Government needs to act to address sector’s low wages

Members of the anti-water charge campaign including TD Paul Murphy at a photocall outside Leinster House to announce a demonstration against alleged political policing. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Anti-water charge campaigners to demonstrate against ‘political policing’ on Saturday

The Air Accident Investigation Unit report said the pilot and the passenger launched from a ridge near Lough Bray Lower after which the pilot encountered what he described as the most aggressive turbulence he has experienced in his 14 years of flying.  File photograph: Thinkstock

Report on serious incident advises Irish Aviation Authority to review compliance by operators

A Garda forensic investigator examines the scene of the shooting in which Edward Nugent died. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Bullet holes visible at home of ex-truck driver, killed in suspected case of mistaken identity

Cabinet has agreed the general scheme of the new Road Traffic Bill. The  Bill will provide for testing for drugs at  roadside, as well as addressing other road safety issues. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cabinet agrees scheme of Road Traffic Bill, which aims to tackle road safety issues

Mumbai’s Malabar Hill. Travellers from India will now be able to visit both the United Kingdom and Ireland on a single permit. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish and British governments agree to mutually recognise short term visas for Indian visitors

Fingal County Council has called on Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to let local authorites reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate by more than 15 per cent, due to concerns about house price increases. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

County council calls on Alan Kelly to let authorities reduce LPT by more than 15%

The shop in which the winning €10 million lotto ticket was sold.

Store manager at Jordan’s Centra in Newbridge says there’s a ‘great buzz’ after win

The Revenue Commissioners said that more than 67,000 mandatory deductions have been made from wages or pensions to collect the local property tax this year. File photograph: Joe St Ledger/The Irish Times

Revenue working through property tax correspondence before moving onto compliance

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  “Will there be controversy into the future? Who knows? Life would be very dull if we couldn’t find something to focus on.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Howlin heralds ‘sea change’ in process but says it does not rule out future controversies

Gardai escort Fionn Braidwood (covered) into Dún Laoghaire District Court where he was charged with the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood at her home. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Fionn Braidwood accused of fatally stabbing his mother in her Dún Laoghaire home

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone (centre) with members, supporters and campaigners for the transgender community (from left) Barbra Fay, Sara Phillips, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Lydia Foy, Sam and Deirdre Blanckensee and Victoria Mullen at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transgender rights activists query medical evaluation clause as debate starts in Seanad

 Independent TD Mick Wallace at Leinster House after  former minister for justice Alan Shatter lost his appeal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision over disclosures on RTE’s Prime Time. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Independent Wexford TD says he expects former minister to take case to High Court

An armed Belgian police officer guards a building of the Federal Police in Brussels on Friday. The Department of Foreign Affairs advised Irish citizens to remain vigilant when travelling to the country. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Foreign Affairs says citizens should exercise caution after counter-terrorism operations

Witnesses have been asked to contact Finglas Garda station on (01) 6667500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

Armed men tie up occupants of house, flee scene in dark coloured vehicle

A drawing from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Distributor uncertain whether retailers will receive copies of French satirical magazine

A detail from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Although 5 million copies of magazine are being printed none will be on sale here

Energy companies say they buy from wholesales in advance, so global oil prices do not have an immediate affect on domestic bills. Photograph: Bloomberg

Oireachtas committee chairman wants to hear from regulator and companies

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said studies show children are at risk when drinking raw milk. Photograph: Getty Images

Campaign for Raw Milk says matter should be down to individual choice

Liz Delaney’s pub said just because customers are unemployed doesn’t mean they should be excluded from normal social activities.

Liz Delaney’s was criticised for offering cut-price alcohol to unemployed customers

Bus Éireann hopes to increase the size of its fleet and expects to acquire about 200 buses over the next two years.

Company calls for more bus lanes, citing road congestion as a ‘growing problem’

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s compliance committee said it was not an “absolute requirement” that programme makers balance a show by including speakers representing each side of a debate. Photograph: Getty

Broadcasting authority rules that Marian Finucane Show did not need opposing view

The number of calls to Samaritans has increased by 52 per cent since the charity introduced a free phone line in March. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Charity says callers starting to see contact as first port of call rather than last resort

Leo Varadkar made his comments on abortion in the Dáil on Tuesday

Minister for Health tells Dáil laws are too restrictive

Finnish academic and finance expert Peter Nyberg, arriving at the opening of the banking inquiry  in  Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In a systemic crisis ‘ everybody is involved’ even if they didn’t cause the crisis

The number of births less the number of deaths in quarter two gave a natural population increase of 9,305 people, accoridng to the CSO. Photograph: PA

Central Statistics Office data shows a natural population increase of 9,305

Minister for Children James Reilly is said to want a “respectful amount of time” to be spent debating the terms of reference for the mother and baby home inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minster for Children James Reilly to bring proposals to Cabinet on January 8th

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: ‘The existing legal framework will come into effect in January if the alternative, much more measured, set of proposals . . . are not enacted.’ Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Brendan Howlin says public wouldn’t welcome having to pay higher utility charges

Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Café, Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: Getty

Irish citizen working near Martin Place gives account of early stage of café siege

Deaths from heroin have declined substantially, from a peak of 115 in 2009 to 61 in 2012.

History of mental illness present in substantial proportion of fatalities

Ventry Harbour and Iveragh Peninsula. Fáilte Ireland expects domestic as well as overseas tourism to pick up as the country’s economy improves.

‘Value for money’ experience important to encourage overseas visitors to return

Independent TD Mick Wallace claims he has heard more allegations of garda malpractice. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Independent TD says he and colleagues revealed only a fraction of wrongdoing allegations

Water demonstrators will force policy reversal, organisers say

People queuing up as they wait for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No reason for people to queue overnight on Burgh Quay, says Department

Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe: a whistleblower who highlighted the inappropriate quashing of penalty points by gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Transparency International says workers need to understand risks of speaking out

The primary function of the Gardaí assigned to the Special Investigation Unit will be to look at allegations of social welfare fraud and initiate investigations where necessary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department’s Special Investigation Unit will pursue prosecutions in serious cases

Increases in wholesale natural gas prices, coal prices and electricity prices have not offset plunging oil prices.

Plunging oil prices take toll despite increases in natural gas, coal and electricity costs

Apartments at Vantage in Leopardstown. Construction of additional units will start in January. Photograph: Vantage

Development at Vantage to create 120 construction jobs

The sharpest expansion in the construction industry in November was on commercial projects, followed by housing, according to Ulster Bank.

Growth in sector continues as activity, orders and employment increase

Mandy, photographed for the homeless exhibition by David Cantwell for DaisyHouse

New exhibition by David Cantwell aims to provide more hopeful view of homelessness

Daryl Mahon (right) speaks to Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke after receiving the keys to his new home off the North Circular Road in Dublin today after Habitat for Humanity Ireland helped the family renovate the formerly derelict property. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Habitat for Humanity brings derelict properties up to standard for housing list families

A car carrying Tánaiste Joan Burton is seen surrounded by protestors in Tallaght last weekend.

‘Some of the violence last weekend was not in the interest of workers,’ says ICTU head

A Garda driver fixing the Tricolour to the presidential car. Photograph: Frank Miller

President, Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice, Chief Justice and DPP account for nearly €9m

Noel Coonan said the State faced an “Isis situation” if water-charge protests such as those in Jobstown, Co Dublin, were allowed to continue.

Kenny ‘glad’ as Tipperary TD says ‘anarchists’ would be a more appropriate term

The indepedent panel was set up in response to the findings of the Guerin report into allegation of Garda misconduct made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Higher than originally estimated’ number of allegations has increased by 23 since September

Members of the Bethany Home Survivors’ Campaign and Survivors of Protestant Children’s Institutions at Leinster House recently for a meeting with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister asked whether commission to investigate Wicklow Westbank Orphanage

Passengers on Iarnród Éireann make some 28.6 million journeys a year and have 6 million wifi sessions.

CIÉ to retain ownership and access to any user data collected through wifi service

Terence and Nicolette Connolly with their sons Ben and Jake.

Support campaign set up to help Terence and Nicolette Connolly care for their children

Members of the Bethany Home Survivors Campaign and Survivors of Protestant Children’s Institutions at Leinster House yesterday for a meeting with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Campaign groups concerned over possible exclusion of Westbank Orphanage

The Republic’s four crematoria at Glasnevin, Newland’s Cross and Mount Jerome in Dublin and Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork arrange to have leftover metals recycled after cremations.

Republic’s four crematoria arrange to have leftover metals recycled after cremations

The scene at Coolock last Wednesday, where people held a protest against Irish Water’s installation of water meters. Photograph: Collins Photos

Demonstrators ramping up campaign despite High Court injunction

Tom Meagher with his wife Jill, who was murdered in Melbourne two years ago. Mr Meagher said a critical mass of non-violent men was required to challenge male attitudes towards women.

Tom Meagher, husband of woman raped and murdered in Australia, says killer ‘beyond help’

Swords Castle, Fingal, is to receive funding for development in an attempt by the county council to bolster the north Dublin town’s tourist industry. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Funding of €1 million for Swords Castle and development of town’s ‘cultural quarter’

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Traffic disruption across the capital as crowds converge on GPO

Emergency services called to blaze at Malinhead shortly after midnight

Water charge protesters gather at the GPO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Slogans chanted: ‘Enda Kenny not a penny’ and ‘From rivers to sea, water should be free’

Farmers demonstrate outside the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Thousands of farmers assembled at 30 meat plants across the country in support of the IFA’s 24-hour beef-price protest. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Meeting comes after 24-hour IFA protests which industry criticised as misguided

The report from Unicef measuring levels of child poverty emphasised the long-term impact policy can have on the lives of children. Photograph: PA

Families in Ireland experiencing additional stress and have lower satisfaction with life - Unicef

Environmental activists dressed up as corporate lobbyists protest at the European summit in Brussels where government leaders are meeting for negotiations on climate targets. Photograph: EPA

European leaders meeting in Brussels to discuss long-term climate change measures

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some bishops at the synod felt the document could have said more on the questions of LGBT people and divorce. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Archbishop says church will no longer use certain language about LGBT people after synod

Gavin Glynn rose to prominence earlier this year when a fundraising campaign for treatment in the US raised €350,000 in a single week.

Parents pay tribute to young boy who ‘fought the hardest fight anyone could imagine’

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton said there was “room for improvement” at Irish Water and that senior management would be held accountable.

Staff who ‘need improvement’ could still be entitled to bonus of up to 9 per cent

Mairia Cahill, who claims  Sinn Féin covered up her allegations of child sexual abuse, said the party want to “get me to go away”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Maíria Cahill accuses Sinn Féin of making threats in attempt to get her ‘to go away’

Pedestrians walk past a Scottish Referendum poster in Edinburgh, today. Banks have warned they may move their headquarters to England in the event of a Yes vote. Photograph: EPA

Salmond accuses British government of orchestrating campaign among corporate leaders

Engagement between police and the loyal orders as well as political leaders resulted in the most peaceful marching season in years, according to PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

PSNI Chief Constable’s report highlights budget challenges and focus on hate crimes

Gardaí have renewed an appeal for information on the murder of 17-year-old Raonaid Murray on the 15th anniversary of her murder. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Body of murdered teenager was found near her Glenageary, Dublin home 15 years ago

Children with juvenile arthritis can experience chronic pain and limited mobility. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Campaign group calls for creation of dedicated pardiatric unit to treat condition

Inspector of prisons Judge Michael Reilly said all efforts should be made to stop drugs getting into Mountjoy Prison.

Inspector of prisons report says efforts must be made to stop drugs getting into Mountjoy

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