PSNI Chief Constable issues a statement on his views on the current status of the Provisional IRA, in Belfast, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

No information to show McGuigan murder sanctioned at senior republican level - Hamilton

Crew from the LÉ Eithne set about rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya early on Monday, June 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Defence Forces

Norwegian ship rescues more than 600 migrants from two boats in Mediterranean

Crowds await as votes are counted at Dublin Castle in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum at Dublin Castle, May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Convincing Yes votes recorded in Wexford, Waterford, Wicklow, Carlow-Kilkenny

All constituencies Cork and Kerry Voted Yes to same-sex marriage.

Sean Sherlock says referendum result ‘sends a signal to the world’

A weasel flies through the air courtesy of a woodpecker in London on Monday. Photograph: Martin Le-May

Amateur photographer grabs shots of predator gripping back of terrorised bird mid-flight

A solidarity rally in Dublin on January 11th, 2015, in memory of the victims of terror attacks in Paris, France during the  week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Je Suis Charlie signs and French tricolour held by members of crowd outside GPO

A statement from ESB Networks said the main areas affected by power outages due to lightning were Cork, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Bandon, Gorey, Enniscorthy, and Thomastown. File photograph: EPA

Some 10,000 customers in southern counties lost electricity after lightning strikes

It’s time for wallet- and purse-purging exercises in providing all those materials needed for the new school year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The holiday season has been far too short. But, it’s been far too long. Either way, it’s over

Daithí Ó Sé has been nominated to carry out an Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of charity on the Rose of Tralee show. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rose of Tralee host nominated to endure Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of charity

File image: Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rainfall in Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Local flooding reported after warning issued for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan

Garth Brooks stated: “To say I am crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.” Photograph: PA

Singer responds to Dublin City Council position it cannot change ruling on five shows

A family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul wait at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Arbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Insurgents expand their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital

Warriors going into the fray  during re-enactments at the Battle of Clontarf Festival in Saint Anne’s Park in Dublin last weekend. The 1,000th anniversary of the actual battle falls today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Anniversary of landmark event in Irish history falls today

Throughout May, hundreds of local and national events will be organised by See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership, as part of the Green Ribbon national calendar of activities.

Movement being led by partner organisations, volunteers and ‘campaign ambassadors’

The Green Party’s Eamon  Ryan said  there was no interest on the part of the Government “in the climate challenge we face. There is no discussion of how exposed we are to rising fossil fuel prices.” Photograph: PA

Ireland walking away from renewable energy, says Green Party leader

A tribute to the 96 fans who died during the Hillsborough disaster, outside the ground today before the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield. Photograph: PA Wire

Supporters’ club organises memorial in Dublin over ill-fated 1989 FA Cup semi-final

Participants in the Nowruz festival at  St Stephen’s Green in Dublin today. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Festival marks spring equinox on March 21st

Traffic lights and traffic amid  thick fog in London this morning. Flights have been disrupted at London City airport and Heathrow, the Woolwich ferry was cancelled and low visibility has caused slow traffic on motorways in England. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

Intending passengers in Ireland advised to check with airlines before heading to airports

Senator David Norris is reported to have  used the word “fanny” on several occasions in the Seanad since 2009. Photograph: Collins

Confirmed tradition of foul, profane and inappropriate terms in Dáil and Seanad

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett lets fly in the Dáil yesterday before being asked to temper his language.

Taoiseach’s address was ‘blah blah, mumble mumble’ alleges People Before Profit TD

A detail of a woodcutting portrait of Solomon Northup that has been used to illustrate editions of his memoirs, 12 Years a Slave.

Correction published as Twitter user unearths errors after film takes Oscar

A burned out car is seen in the Earlsfort estate in Lucan, which gardai suspect mayb have been used in a fatal shooting in Abbeywood Court, Lucan, in Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

James Talbot dies in hospital after being targeted at Abbeywood Court in Lucan

The rail line at Ballycar, Newmarket On Fergus, Co Clare on the Limerick to Ennis route is expected to remain closed for about six weeks because of flooding. Photograph: Press 22

Delays and cancellations reported as the country counts the cost of the latest storm system to sweep across the country

ESB crews working in north Kerry . Crews from Northern Ireland have been drafted in to help restore power to thousands of homes in Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

ESB working ‘against the clock’ to complete repairs before next storm tomorrow

Snow in Co Sligo this morning, as captured by Val Robus/@magnumlady. Photograph: Twitter/@magnumlady/Val Robus.

County councils send gritters onto roads; Met Eireann forecasts wind storm with 130km/h gusts

Gardaí are currently treating the death of a 22-year-old man in Dublin over the weekend as not suspicious and force members at Pearse Street are investigating.

Body found at location on Macken Street at midnight on Friday

Local man Ger Hogan and his horse ferries people in and out of Saint Mary’s Park in Limerick yesterday after the River Shannon burst its banks. Photograph: Sean Curtin

Gusts of up to 100km forecasted for tonight and tomorrow morning

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Five other people in car hospitalised with injuries described as not life-threatening

Local man Ger Hogan and his horse ferry people in and out of Saint Mary’s Park in Limerick today after the River Shannon burst its banks in Limerick City. Photograph: Sean Curtin

ESB crews working to restore power to 4000 customers along the west coast

This Lotto playslip  shows the  uniform pattern all of the six winners would have had to fill out in order to win at the weekend.

Winners all choose bizarrely similar pattern on playslip to split more than €3.5m

Anyone with information on the incidents can contact  the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Garda investigates incidents on Cork to Macroom Road and near Roundwood

The ESB has welcomed the withdrawal of notice of a strike, which it said “would have had extremely damaging consequences for electricity consumers, businesses, the economy and the company”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agreement reached after negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission

Passengers at   Dublin Airport yesterday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

130,000 minutes of delay affected thousands of passengers in Europe yesterday

The Revenue decided to extend the Local Property Tax deadline this week due to “unprecedented” levels of calls to the LPT helpline.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Householders can file return by email or voicemail message on helpline

Fiona Gregg (41), of Hawthorn Avenue, Ballyforan, Co Roscommon and her children Killian (8), Elisha (6) and Derbhla (2) “have been located safe and well by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the Enniskillen area”.

Family located in Enniskillen area by PSNI

Lobster fisherman Patrick Barry had departed the harbour at Kilmore Quay (above), Co Wexford, early yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Patrick Barry missing off Kilmore Quay after going lobster fishing yesterday morning

The young woman who was found in O’Connell Street, Dublin, last month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Vulnerable’ individual discovered in distressed state in city has number of convictions

Garda forensic team members examine the Hanlon’s Corner area following a  shooting in which four people were injured early this morning. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man wearing balaclava approached male victim outside pub and fired shots to his face

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton at the Belvedere College Mace debating competition earlier this month. On the issue of social welfare reform, the Minister  today said recipients were contracted to do their best to find work, and that taxpayers “want to know their money is well spent and want it to be for a period of time, not forever”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says considerable easing on her budget due to efforts to reduce Live Register

New edition of Dictionary of Hiberno-English includes more than 100 new definitions

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the cash-in-transit robbery in Clondalkin today to contact Clondalkin Garda station on 01 -6667600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Worker threatened as he made delivery to Bawnogue Shopping Centre this morning

A man was arrested yesterday evening in the Drogheda area by gardaí investigating the murder of 44-year-old Audrius Butkus, and is being detained at Drogheda Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Lithuanian national’s body discovered on Mornington Beach on September 10th

The Newbridge to Milltown road was closed after the fatal crash at Hawkfield, Co Kildare,  to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators, and local diversions were put in place. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Back seat passenger dies in incident on Newbridge-Milltown road yesterday evening

Just get any old rodent, put it in a hamster wheel attached to the steering, and get them to chase a carrot.

Charlie the hamster most adept behind the wheel of 15-tonne Volvo FMX lorry

Speaking on RTÉ 1 Television’s The Week in Politics, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  said today he did not want to prejudge any criminal cases that might be ongoing in relation to the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reutersr

Minister for Finance claims ‘extraordinarily strong’ measures in place to deal with fallout

A novel written by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and published in 1989 deals with the private life of a fictional rural TD who tries to get his secretary, with whom he has an affair, to have an abortion. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Obscenity complaint lodged recently over novel Minister first published in 1989

Numerous fire fighters battled a blaze on Pearse Street this afternoon as Garda officers diverted traffic away from the area onto Sandwith Street Lower.  Photograph: Peter Smyth

Fire and Garda officers block off Pearse Street as blaze in science building dealt with

Finnish president Sauli Niinisto with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the presidential residence in Helsinki this morning. Photograph: Heikki	 Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/Reuters

Finland’s strict adherence to fiscal discipline likely to be to fore when Taoiseach meets PM

The silver proof James Joyce “€10” coins, which were sold for €46, were launched by the Central Bank and feature a portrait of the writer with the first lines from chapter three of Ulysses.

Silver proof limited-edition coins look set to raise about €100 profit in online auction

FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly has expressed disappointment at the continuing high number of closure orders needing to be served on food businesses. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

HSE enforcements served with regard to sections or whole of companies’ operations

Linking the needs of constituents in Swords and Balbriggan for primary care centres and “stroke politics” would be an insult …

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