Davitt House, home of the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin. The tribunal has heard that a Dunnes Stores worker was dismissed by the company after she was detected in a garda undercover operation selling a bottle of wine to a minor. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Garda says she approached Anna Perenc after she sold wine to a 16-year-old

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Details of probe revealed at launch of new book on the monument by Robert Hensey

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris. Mr Harris has criticising the No campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum for “trying to change” the vote.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister echoes Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar comments on marriage vote

 Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke at the monument to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the  Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Talbot Street at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister to express Government’s concern for protection of human rights on the island

Karen Gearon was one of 11 Dunnes Stores workers on Henry Street – 10 women and one man – who refused to handle South African produce in 1984 in protest at the apartheid regime. Photograph: Eric Luke

Plaque to anti-apartheid activists unveiled on Dublin’s Henry Street

The US Embassy has claimed diplomatic immunity in an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

John Greene, a former security guard at the embassy , is taking an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal

Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin, said: “Every citizen and long-term resident has a vested interest in how society defines and protects marriage and the family founded on marriage”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Marriage as understood by the great religious traditions ... is that of man and woman’

Lord Mayor Christy Burke speaking at the monument to commemorate the Dublin and Monaghan bomb victims on Talbot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader says files should be inspected by an independent judicial figure

The Dún Laoghaire beach project is modelled on Berlin’s Badeschiff baths

Opponents of plan for the East Pier want money to be spent on renovating baths

The ESRI report, Trends and Patterns in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland, examines 12 years of data on fatalities, injury and illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

An average of 47 workers lost their lives each year between 2004 and 2013

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Mr Ryan has criticised the ESB following the news that it is to retain two major turf-fired power plants after 2019, despite expectations that the plants would close during that year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bord na Móna says renewal of supply deal with stations is ‘critical’ for business

The Pure study found that  every 5kg decline in grip strength was associated with a 16% increased risk of death from any cause, a 17% greater risk of cardiovascular death, a 17% higher risk of non-cardiovascular mortality and more modest increases in the risk of having a heart attack (7%) or a stroke (9%)

Poor grip strength linked with higher risk of death in all adults whatever their lifestyle

The fire service are on site and the situation is being continuously monitored,” said owners Ballynagran Landfill Ltd. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmental Protection Agency indicates extent of blaze unknown but fire ‘internal’

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council, said the organisation was proud of its record of campaigning for rights and protections for members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community

But Iona Institute claims Yes vote could see couples marry for a joke – or for tax advantages

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) by Sir David Wilkie. The Liberator championed human rights, particularly Catholic emancipation

Office of Public Works to present painting of Liberator to former O’Connell family home

Punchestown Racecourse during its annual racing festival. Amateur jockey and kidney transplant patient James Nolan will compete at this year’s event in the charity race he set up in 1990 to raise funds for kidney research. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Amateur jockey James Nolan will once again ride to raise funds for kidney research

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is using its annual conference to call on the public to switch from receiving Social Protection payments by electronic funds transfer to collecting payments at post offices. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

IPU chief cites frustration at lack of Government action to support post offices

 Jerry Beades of the new Land League, who pinned a notice to the gates of Gorse Hill at Killiney Co. Dublin shortly before a noon deadline for the family to vacate the property. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Letter pinned to gate claims O’Donnell children’s firm Vico Ltd owns house

Brian O’Donnell and his wife must leave Gorse Hill by noon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Court rejects application for stay on order to leave Killiney home

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell. Mr O’Donnell is   expected to travel straight to the Bank of Ireland AGM when he leaves Gorse Hill in Killiney, Dublin for the last time tomorrow morning, in order to criticise the bank’s management. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Solicitor is expected to travel straight to meeting after he leaves Gorse Hill

Turbines with blade height of 169m could be set back up to 1.7km from nearest home

 Francis O’Halloran (l) and Joshua O’Halloran from Portumna, Co Galway at Temple Street to celebrate the hospital’s 100th kidney transplant.  Francis  donated a kidney to his son, Joshua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Children who have undergone the operation gather at hospital to honour programme

Tateav Hayrapetyan (8), Diana Hambrdzumyan (9) and David Sandukhchyan (12) from St Hripsime Armenian School , at the service of remembrance on the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide, at Taney Parish Church, Dundrum, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heads of main Irish churches address service marking 100th anniversary of massacre

Element Power has lodged a planning application for its Kildare-Meath-based Maighne Wind Farm with the Strategic Infrastructure division of An Bord Pleanála. File photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Kildare County Council to consider minimum distance from door to development

Former Irish Times journalist and editor of The Irish Field Valentine Lamb, who has died at the age of 76. Photograph: Healy Racing Photo

Former ‘Irish Times’ journalist and ‘The Irish Field’ editor passed away after long illness

Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, hold their granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. Researchers found looking after grandchildren is beneficial for the health of older people. Photograph: Jon Davidson/Reuters

Grandparents with prior ill-health appear to benefit from caring for grandchildren

The court before military judge Col Michael Campion was told the charges all related to an incident which took place at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell, in west Dublin, on August 10th, 2007. Photograph: The Irish Times

Niall Donohoe (52) pleads not guilty to charges at McKee Barracks in Dublin

A file image of the Soca river. A young man died on the Slovenian river after encountering difficulty while descending a stretch of rapids in a canoe. Photograph: Getty Images

The 20-year-old is second student on Dublin adventure sports course to die in past 6 months

Gail O’Rorke has been charged with assisting in the suicide of another woman in Dublin four years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Gail O’Rorke is accused of assisting in the suicide of her friend in Dublin four years ago

The spend on travel outside the State was many times higher, but still less than 2010 levels. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Irish residents spent €5.6 billion in out-of-State travel expenses in 2014

Eamon Lillis pictured leaving Wheatfield Prison this morning at 9.41am after he was released. Photograph: Collins

Photographers spent up to 48 hours for a 30 second glimpse of killer as he walked free

Emregency services at the scene of a collision between two Ryanair planes at Dublin airport on April 1st.

Investigators recommend aviation authority restate aircraft taxiing restrictions

The funeral of Anne Shortall in Rathnew, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Priest speaks of ‘palpable sense of strength and love’ in community following her death

Anne Shortall who had been missing since Good Friday. Photograph: Michael Kelly

Search for hammer believed to have been used in killing continuing in coastal location

Anne Shortall (47), who had been missing since Good Friday. Photograph: Michael Kelly

Anne Shortall (47) was last seen in Wicklow town on Good Friday

A man sentenced to death by a Chinese court as a result of a Dublin murder, is unlikely to be executed, according to sources in China.

Six Chinese nationals fled Ireland during investigation of 2002 death of Chen Li Ming

Dr Mary Redmond: a corporate lawyer, academic, teacher  and founder of charities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Founder of Hospice Foundation ‘had one of best brains of her generation’

The ceremonies at Glasnevin on the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising began a nationwide day of remembrance.

British and French representatives honour creators of Tricolour and National Anthem

Information provided by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald shows that almost 300 prisoners absconded from Irish jails since 2010.

Fitzgerald says 15 still at large, information is being sought on criminal record of escapees

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Center Parcs chief executive Martin Dalby at Newcastle Woods, Ballymahon, Co Longford.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach promises problems with mobile phone coverage will be addressed

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD with Martin Dalby of Center Parcs (left) and Mark Foley of Coillte Enterprise at the site of the proposed Center Parcs resort near Ballymahon in Co Longford. .The Parc is expected to open to guests in 2019.Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells.

Broadband issues in area to be fixed when €200m tourist site opens in 2019, Taoiseach says

Capt John Goss was dismissed by Ryanair days after he appeared in a Channel 4 TV programme which the airline claims made defamatory allegations regarding its commitment to safety.  File photograph: Haydn West/PA

John Goss dismissed days after TV programme which airline says made defamatory claims

Bund (Friends of the Earth, Germany) and the European Environment Bureau say those responsible for air quality in Dublin rely on ‘favourable geographical conditions’ to keep air pollutants below EU limits

Capital came 18th out of 23 European cities for poor effort yet geography clears its air

Many councillors believe Dún Laoghaire (above) has an advantage over the more industrial route from Dublin Port to Dublin itself.  Development of deep water facilities for large ships at Dún Laoghaire would allow cruise ship passengers to arrive within a short stroll of the town itself, amid views of Victorian architecture, the mountains and the bay.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Harbour company to launch public consultation on replacing former Stena Line berth

Launching the Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines, Liz O’Donnell said: ‘It’s right and proper there are rules around when a person should and shouldn’t drive and these include a person’s mental and physical capacity [but] we must not use medical-fitness rules in a heavy-handed way.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Those forced to stop driving can feel isolated, says Liz O’Donnell of Road Safety Authority

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: Changes responded to impact of the withdrawal of number 5, reflecting “the commitment to maintaining access within rural communities”. Photograph: The Irish Times

New schedules for Dungarvan, Waterford, routes to Dublin through west Wicklow

Paschal Donohoe: Did not believe there were “large areas” where road speed limits were too low. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister indicates that appeals process with independent oversight a later ‘body of work’

A former Wicklow county and town council official who is facing charges of corruption has had his case adjourned again at Wicklow Circuit Court.

Frank O’Toole facing charges of issuing a letter to corruptly obtain ‘an advantage for another person’

Actor Brendan O’Carroll and his wife, actress Jennifer Gibney, lead   the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin today. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Alcohol-free event attracts hundreds for activities in Dublin tourism hub

Former Portuguese cabin crew member for Ryanair Monica Barbosa told the tribunal she became unwell in 2010 and on medical advice could no longer work as cabin crew. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Company offered to redeploy Portuguese woman but new role would involve travel

The gathered media snap pictures of solicitor Brian O’Donnell as he returns to his home at Gorse Hill last week. Photograph: Collins Dublin

The huddled media still await a resolution in the O’Donnell’s High Court case

Medical Council hears doctor failed to answer his phone six times when on duty

RTÉ coverage: campaigners on social media were critical of a recent interview by Ryan Tubridy (above) with Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy on The Late Late Show.   Phillip Massey/FilmMagic)

Public consultation period closes April 12th

Former Labour senator Jack Harte: Tánaiste Joan Burton paid tribute to a committed campaigner for social justice.   Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Tireless advocate for working people’ served seven terms in Seanad, from 1973 to 1992

Gardaí who were called to a house in  Landscape Park,  Churchtown, south Dublin,  found the bodies of a couple, said to be in their 80s, in the sitting room of the house.

Possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning investigated in deaths of couple in their 80s

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell, arriving back to Gorse Hill in Killiney after a High Court Hearing into an application for a trespass order was adjourned. John Martin from the ‘New Land League’ (right) opened the gates. Photograph: Alan Betson

New Land League member heard to call ‘go back . . . that’s my foot’

John Martin of the New Land League, pictured on the property of Gorse Hill, the Killiney mansion at the centre of the O’Donnell eviction dispute. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Martin claims he was assaulted by broadcaster as media entered Gorse Hill

Brian O Donnell is seen leaving Gorse Hill in  Killiney on Thursday morning. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

‘Nonsense’ for bank to say there was an urgency about getting Gorse Hill, court told

The O’Donnell home, Gorse Hill, on Vico road, Killiney, Co Dublin. The house has been assigned on foot of a claim for debts in excess of €70m owed to Bank of Ireland. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Latest move follows expiry of deadline for couple to vacate Vico Road house

Jerry Beades (left) and John Martin of the New Land League, at Gorse Hill , the home of the O’Donnell family, on Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The couple have been barricaded inside since Monday and remained there after deadline

Broadcaster Vincent Browne (right) and other members of the media entered  the grounds of Gorse Hill on Wednesday. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

New Land League members plan press conference for ‘significant announcement’

Representatives of the bank receiver posting documents on the order of the court on the gate of  the O’Donnell family home, Gorse Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New Land League says it expects O’Donnells to stay in Gorse Hill and contest legal notices

 A  Land League protester in the grounds of Gorse Hill, Brian O’Donnell’s house in  Killiney. Photograph: Eric Luke

Land League cars ‘protect’ Brian O’Donnell’s home in wealthy suburb from repossession

The  O’Donnell family home at Gorse Hill,   Killiney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Land League blocks entrance to property as family attempts to halt repossession of house

John Giles who won 59 caps for Ireland was awarded UEFA’s Jubilee Award in 2003  which named him best Irish player in fifty years.

Brother Kevin Crowley and renowned football John Giles to be honoured with award

Before the current reintroduction the last pair of white-tailed eagles were recorded breeding in the wild in Co Mayo in 1912. File image

Bird found near Lough Erne was part of 2011 Killarney National Park scheme

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was one of the speakers at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference. The conference heard how the Government’s special VAT rate was crucial to lessening the rate of insolvency within the industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish Hotels Federation hears how Government’s VAT band key to avoiding insolvency

Holidaymakers in Kilronan, Inis Mór, in 2013.  Workers are spending less time planning holidays on  their desktops and are increasingly booking breaks on smartphones,  Google says. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Google says smartphones rapidly replacing PCs for checking out holiday plans

Protesters taking part in a  Solidarity Walk-Rebelling Against Pylons and Wind Turbines at Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fears over loss of landscape, and health and safety concerns have slowed the introduction of new energy options in Ireland

Environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Environmentalist is Ireland’s foremost objector to energy projects

 Niall Walsh at his home in Mount Merrion Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Using less power is one way for Ireland to address its energy problem

IHF president Stephen McNally and chief executive Tim Fenn:  occupancy rates in Dublin rose by 3 per cent in 2014 but hoteliers in other areas said they had not done so well. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Strong growth to €6.45bn masks regional differences, says Irish Hotels Federation

The Healy Pass, Co Kerry. The rise in hotel occupancy in the southwest was up 3 per cent, to 62 per cent. Photograph: Brian Lynch/Bord Fáilte

Industry generated nearly €6.5bn in revenue in 2014, as overseas visitor numbers up 9%

Anti-water charges protest, Central Bank,   Dublin: “Maybe 10,000 people” turned out. Photograph: Dave Meehan

TD Paul Murphy accuses Ryan Tubridy of an ‘exercise in badgering’ on ‘Late Late Show’

Denis Duff of Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (Bene): “Renewable energy is useful but limited”

Nuclear campaigner Denis Duff believes nuclear energy, off the agenda since the Carnsore protests in the 1970s, should be consider(...)

 Derek Byrne of Streamville Road, Donaghmede, at court last week. Photograph: Courtpix

Prisoners on hunger strike say they will refuse liquids

Paul Murphy TD  tweeted: “Afterwards Ryan showed me a video from ISIS and asked me what I thought about it”. Photograph: Collins

Paul Murphy says Ryan Tubridy interview was designed to link him to abusive remarks

Protestors gather in central Dublin to march against ‘political policing’ amid rising anger over jail sentences. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Anti-water charge protesters also gathered in Castlebar

Stomp has become a global phenomenon over the last 23 years

A selective guide to what’s on around the country

Compulsory microchipping has been announced. Photograph: Dogs Trust

Move would be a deterrent for those who abandon dogs, Minister for Agriculture says

Sinn Féin TD  Dessie Ellis: clamping at Blanchardstown hospital ‘disgraceful’. Photograph: Collins

Minister has sympathy for those clamped at hospitals, but says no to a ban in new Bill

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: said JobBridge  was too narrowly focused on the unemployed and he proposed a more broadly based system, including apprenticeships. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Aengus Ó Snodaigh says unions views have contributed to plans

Emergency legislation which banned the payment of large scale bonuses to bankers in 2010, was not meant to apply to the payment of salary increments to general staff. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Workers say legislation to ban bankers bonuses was improperly applied to increments

JTI Ireland, owner of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, has told the Government  it will take legal action if they fail to promise by Friday that no further steps will be taken to enact the draft law on plain packaging. Photograph: Reuters

Tobacco firm says it will take action if Government keeps working on plain packaging

Gardaí in Co Wicklow are investigating a shooting in Greystones on Monday night. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Man (58) seriously injured after being shot when he opened front door to two gunmen

A wide-ranging review of the Irish Prison Service, to include the ‘culture within the service’, and whether it meets its objectives, has been announced by the inspector of the prison service, judge Michael Reilly.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Independent judge embarks on broad-based report and says move is timely

The NRA is keen to develop policies which will curb congestion on Dublin’s orbital route.

NRA says cutting speed limit to 60km/h would reduce ‘accordion effect’

Passive house standards involve very high levels of insulation and typically triple-glazed windows, which makes the buildings virtually air tight.

Councillors vote to include passive house specification in draft development plan

The €250,000 cost to the city of the new panels is part-funded by the EU Ace Interreg IVB project.

IBM report recommends solar power assessment for public buildings and housing

Kilkenny, Tidy Town winner 2014

Athlone meeting draws up a list of proposals for clarity and consistency in judging

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last year “ringfenced” the money to redevelop or rebuild the former Glenalbyn swimming pool.

Council hesitates on spending €10m in order to reopen Glenalbyn swimming pool

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly: Was asked to investigate the extent and nature of recordings of the “non-999” calls to certain stations over a 30-year period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Interim report on departure of former Garda commissioner expected within weeks

Labour TD Tommy Broughan was told that Garda management continually reviews numbers in the Traffic Corps “in the context of crime trends and policing priorities”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour TD Tommy Broughan fears increased road deaths linked to fewer gardaí

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: “We are seeing an increase in the number of cars on the road and a build-up of congestion.” Photograph: The Irish Times

New buses feature leather seats, air conditioning, toilets, journey monitors, USB points

Professor Bill Black speaking before the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, 5th February 2015

US expert William Black says penalties ‘must include jail’

Donohoe wants spending on transport to return to pre-crisis level

Minister says current the budget is one ‘I or my successor will have to build upon’

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: Provision for 175 bridge rehabilitation schemes and 211 low-cost safety projects was also included in this year’s allocation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Allocation for 2015 to be supplemented with unspecified spend via property tax receipts

Blanket ban on sexually active gay men donating blood may be revised

Director gives opinion on blood given by homosexual and bisexual men

Architect image of the proposed new RDS arena in Ballsbridge, Co Dublin

Royal Dublin Society and Leinster Rugby announce €20m redevelopment of Ballsbridge venue, with capacity for 25,000 to attend rugby(...)

Image from the winning entry in the competition for the €20 million redevelopment of the RDS arena. The winner was a consortium made up of Newenham Mulligan and Grimshaw Architects. Photograph: Newenham Mulligan/Grimshaw via Leinster Rugby

Consortium of architect firms chosen to lead €20 million stadium redevelopment

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