Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Catholic primate of all Ireland warns against ‘cynicism or negativity’ in Christmas homily

A hardy annual:  A man in a Santa hat takes the plunge at the 2014  Christmas Day Swim at the Forty Foot. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Onlookers in good cheer as participants take to the icy waters for traditional Forty Foot swim

Rob Wright, a former Canadian secretary general of finance, addressing the banking inquiry this morning.

Freedom of Information Act cited as ‘dominant reason’ behind finance records deficit

Do you see your grandfather or grandmother in this photograph? A total of 63 individuals have been individually numbered in the hope that they might be identified by the public. About 12 have been identified. <a href="http://www.glasnevintrust.ie/visit-glasnevin/news/the-fools-the-fools-the-fools/ODonovanRossa_PaintByNumbers.pdf"> Photograph: </a> courtesy of Glasnevin Trust.

Glasnevin Trust seeks public’s help to identify members of cortege at 1915 funeral

The new service was launched at an event at The Foundry, Google’s innovation centre, at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Popular email service goes live as Gaeilge after over 60,000 terms are translated

A report on Vital Statistics 2012 published by the Central Statistics Office notes that France had the highest fertility rate at 2.01, Ireland was next at 1.99. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Significant developments and trends noted in 2012 CSO Vital Statistics report

Helen Lynch (25), who has been homeless in Tullamore for much of the last year, says she needs a permanent address in order for her son Charlie to go on the transplant list at King’s College Hospital in London. Image: Google Street View.

Child in danger of losing out on life-saving transplant because his family is homeless

Dónall Ó Héalaí who plays the part of the show’s protagonist, sociopath John Glynn.

Dún na doirse, gritty ‘celtic noir’ drama returns with a second four-part series

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has defended Enda Kenny, saying: ‘I could not see a leader who is further out of the bunker than the Taoiseach’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Ex-Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates claims Kenny is now part of the country’s problem

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