RTÉ’s deputy director general Kevin Bakhurst leaving the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Deputy director general Kevin Bakhurst says groupthink does not exist at the broadcaster

 Saoirse Perry from Cabra who received a liver transplant last year with Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar at the launch by  Organ Donor Awareness in the Mansion House in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health speaking at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness Week

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said it is not appropriate for government agencies to sue each other and that he would expect two bodies to sort out any dispute they had without resorting to the law.

Minister for Health responds to HSE threat to take legal action over Hiqa baby deaths report

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she hopes the report of the Fennelly commission on events leading to the departure of Martin Callinan as Garda commissioner will be made available as soon as possible. She said she understands the Taoiseach is of the same view. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader accuses Enda Kenny of hiding over inquiry into Martin Callinan departure

Leo Varadkar described the range of measures as the most far-reaching yet to curb the misuse of alcohol

Penalties, including fines and prison, modelled on tobacco and sunbed legislation

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured with Brian O’Mahony (L) chief executive of the Irish Haemophilia Society and  Barry Harrington (R), chairperson of the National Haemophilia Council at the launch of the new severe bleeding alert card  in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Irish Haemophilia Society

Card will ensure rapid treatment within minutes of arrival at an emergency department

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says the latest regulations mark the first time the Government is dealing with alcohol consumption through public health legislation rather than through licensing and justice legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Restrictions on sale of cheap drink and warning labels on bottles included in new legislation

Rory McIlroy pictured arriving to the High Court in Dublin on Tuesday. A dispute between the golfer and his former sports management firm has been settled. Photograph: Courts Collins

No comment by either side but deal understood to involve $25m payment by golfer

Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Michael Taft, research officer with the Unite trade union who have called on the Government to host a European debt conference. Photograph: Collins

Motion to be debated in the Dáil on Tuesday and Wednesday nights

Labour party senator Lorraine Higgins said the 2nd February had never been a “drop dead deadline” for registering with Irish Water but said it was important “ for the purposes of allowances” that people register on Monday.

Labour party senator says it will be possible to put a charge on a property where water water bills are not paid

The European parliament in Brussels was evacuated on Monday morning due to a bomb alert sparked by reports of a suspicious car parked nearby.

Buildings evacuated in Brussels due to a suspect car parked nearby

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Deadline of midnight to register with Irish Water to receive accurate bills

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch unveiled a new fitness-to-practise regime  which will allow members of the public to get formal complaints examined against a range of registered professions.

Kathleen Lynch insists universal health insurance will be affordable

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney “should have known better” than to say he is willing to consider a pact with Fianna Fáil after the next election.

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch criticises disloyalty to Government

Jane Braidwood: The mother of three was taken to St Vincent’s hospital by ambulance but pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Photograph: Facebook

Suspect to be charged after Jane Braidwood (65) killed at her home

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ Radio studios on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leo Varadkar becomes the first cabinet Minister in Ireland to be openly gay

In a statement this evening, Today FM said D’Arcy was leaving the station to take up a television and radio presenter role with the national broadcaster where he worked for 13 years

D’Arcy will present a daily mid-afternoon radio programme from February 2nd

Dr Dorothy Watson, of the Economic and Social Research Institute: ‘There have been important changes over time in the composition of economically vulnerable families.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger

Long-term study tracks almost 20,000 children born in 1998 and 2008

A water meter outside a house in Rathgar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Michael McNicholas says final budget only arrived at after finalising prices with contractors

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the official opening of Facebook’s new Dublin offices today.  Speaking  today, Mr Kenny said the delivery of good, clean water to businesses and homes was important and needed investment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

John Tierney apologises to Irish Water customers and says there is a ‘fear of the unknown’

A file image from last week of Nellie Halligan, grandmother of the injured children, in the living room where a petrol bomb was thrown through a window. Photograph: Patrick Browne

File being prepared for DPP on 17-year-old questioned over incident in which three children were injured

Three people, including a garda, are recovering in hospital after a carjacking at Dublin Airport yesterday afternoon.

Three people, including a garda, injured in incident yesterday afternoon

Prof Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland says businesses are putting their customers’ health at risk by not complying with their legal obligations for food safety and hygiene. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

FSAI chief says businesses are putting their customers’ health at risk

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Nidge in a scene from the new series of Love/Hate which aired last night.

976,400 people watched the opening episode of Love/Hate’s fifth series

The ESB this morning said it is working to restore supplies in a number of locations, including Glenageary, Co Dublin; Blessington, Donard and Tinahely in Co Wicklow and Westport in Co Mayo.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ESB crews hope to restore power to affected customers in Wexford and Wicklow by this evening

Consultant obstetrician and former Master of Holles Street Dr Peter Boylan has criticised a deficit in staffing levels and the lack of availability of intensive care beds in hospitals around the country. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Expert witness at Dhara Kivlehan inquest says bed capacity not sufficient for population needs

From left:  Sophie Healy-Thow, Emer Hickey and Ciara Judge who have won a global science research competition at the Google Science Fair 2014 in San Francisco.

Pupils from Kinsale, Co Cork researched use of natural bacteria to boost crop production

Irish Water/Uisce Éireann has begun sending out application packs to households in order to calculate their liability for the water charge.

Data protection consultant predicts complaints to utility, ‘many with strong basis’

Kilkenny Castle taken from  St John’s Bridge. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan/The Irish Times

Clonegal in Co Carlow, Kilrush and Westport win in other categories

The Penn State Cheerleading Squad pictured before the Croke Park Classic today. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sports file

Two F-16s set the stage as University of Central Florida Knights and Penn State Nittany Lions face off in Dublin

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

The Israeli Embassy in Dublin said there was no intention to cause insult or offence to anyone over controversial images that appeared on its official Twitter feed, including one of the statue of Molly Malone wearing a Muslim headscarf, last Friday.

Controversial images including one of the Dublin statue wearing a Muslim headscarf

Brian Purcell, the Secretary General at the Department of Justice, has offered to be reassigned to other duties in the public service following the publication today of the review into the department.

Cabinet to recruit new secretary general in Department of Justice

Ryanair has cancelled up to 28 flights from Irish airports to and from France, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands due to a strike by French air traffic controllers while Aer Lingus has also warned passengers of lengthy delays.

Passengers warned to expect delays because of six-day strike affecting French airspace

The underground cable will run between Crossmolina and Ballina, down the east side of Lough Conn, north-east of Foxford and north of Charlestown, Ballaghaderreen and Frenchpark in Co Roscommon to the Flagford substation area, south-west of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Route will run from north-west Mayo to the existing Flagford substation in Co Roscommon

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore is in Luxembourg today for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the ongoing crisis in Iraq and developments in Ukraine.

Tánaiste says Ireland has pledged €200,000 in emergency aid for those displaced by violence

The Government report into the alleged bugging of the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman’s Commission (GSOC) has found that there is no evidence that surveillance took place.

Investigation by retired judge John Cooke published by the Government this evening

Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert this evening warning of thunderstorms and flash flooding over much of the country this evening and tomorrow.

Risk of flash flooding over much of the country this evening and tomorrow

A mechanical issue forced a Washington-bound flight to make an emergency landing in Dublin airport this afternoon.

United Airlines flight from Manchester to Washington diverted this afternoon

The disagreement involving Fianna Fáil councillors elected to Limerick City and County Council last week has been resolved following discussions between all 13 councillors and the party’s General Secretary Seán Dorgan.

All 13 councillors will now take their seat at the first meeting of the new council

Martina Garrigan (54) was last seen at 5.20pm  Friday on the city centre bound platform of Harmonstown Dart station.

Ms Garrigan went missing last Friday from Harmonstown Dart Station

The Quinn family has denied it is hiding up to €500 million in undisclosed assets from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation.

Family say allegations about hiding €500 million marks a ‘new low’ in the litigation

The Giro d’Italia peloton shortly before crossing the Border into the  Republic during the third stage between Armagh and Dublin today. Photograph: Paul MeErlane/EPA

Stage 3 of race starts from Armagh for afternoon finish in Merrion Square

Peaches Geldof pictured earlier this year at the Brit Awards. She was found dead at her home in Kent today. Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

Daughter of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates found dead at her home in Kent

A new stamp goes on sale tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan.

Designed by Ger Garland, stamp features women leading funeral of people shot during Howth arms landing

The damaged front gates at  Trinity Collge  Dublin. A man drove through the gates this morning. Photograph: Aoife Carr

Suspect (68) rammed through doors before turning wrong way up Dawson Street

One in four Irish people have experienced problems because of someone else’s drinking, according to a new report on the extent of harm caused in society by alcohol.

HSE launches report on extent of harm caused by alcohol

Netradica Anghel (15), known as Neta, who has been found safe and well in Co Laois. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Man due before Portlaoise District Court this afternoon

The swimming pool at NUI Maynooth.

Swimming pool evacuated after ‘vapour’ from plant roomenters ventilation system

Gardaí at the house in Sister Senan Court, Edenderry, Co Offaly, where the body of Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley was discovered. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

A 24-year-old and two 19-year-olds arrested in Celbridge and Edenderry

A Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) alert issued earlier this evening concerning the whereabouts of three-year-old Saoirse Carr from Holburn Hill in Belturbet, Co Cavan has been cancelled.

Saoirse Carr and her mother Rachel McDonald Carr (45) have been found safe and well

 Gardaí at The Plaza Hotel in Tallaght this evening. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght this afternoon

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin is restricting visitors to the hospital in order to halt the spread of influenza.

Rules in place to halt spread of influenza

A man struggles with an umbrella during stormy weather this week in Ballymena, Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Investigation into death of Cork man who died trying to fix telephone cable

Tammy Duggan, from Macroom, Co Cork. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Tammy Duggan (16) last seen at her home in Macroom on Friday

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority have both begun investigations after a 65-year-old man was killed while carrying out storm damage repair work for Eircom in West Cork this afternoon

Deceased was working for a subcontractor carrying out repair work for eircom

Marius the giraffe pictured at Copenhagen Zoo at the weekend before he was put down. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix/Reuters

Zoo says it does not agree with Danish decision given there were other zoos willing to take the animal

Doctors urge people to avail of free national screening programme

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

Emily Rose Duff was the first baby born in Ireland in 2014. She arrived at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin at five seconds past midnight weighing 3.69kg.

Emily Rose Duff born at five seconds past midnight

The actor Peter O’Toole, who shot to fame in the Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his agent Steve Kenis said today.

Actor shot to fame in the Oscar-winning epic Lawrence of Arabia

The body of a woman in her late 20s has been found in a house near Mayo Abbey, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and gardaí in Castlebar are investigating

Children who spent three or more hours in front of a screen were considerably more likely to consume unhealthy foods more often and five-year-olds from more socially disadvantaged families were found to have higher levels of daily screen-time

Economic background and amount of ‘screen-time’ linked with poor eating

Some 67 per cent of families interviewed said they had experienced some level of difficulty making ends meet this year. That is up from 61 per cent when their children were three and 43 per cent when they were nine months.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Growing Up in Ireland survey says financial difficulties are ‘pervasive and persistent’

Pictured launching the report are (from left to right) Dr Helen McAvoy of the IPH; Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots; Minister for Health Dr James Reilly and Prof Luke Clancy of the TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland.

Disadvantaged children remain at higher risk of exposure to second-hand smoke

Supt David Taylor holding a photograph of a young girl found in a distressed state on O’Connell Street in Dublin on October 10th, at a press conference at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officers will be liaising with the Australian police after assistance from the public

One person was taken to hospital and several others sustained minor injuries when a United Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence during its descent into Dublin today.

Seven other passengers sustained minor injuries after turbulence during descent into Dublin airport

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding a number of fires in the Darndale area of Coolock in Dublin last night in which a kitchen warehouse was extensively damaged.

Kitchen warehouse extensively damaged in Coolock overnight

 Chloe Kinsella (15) who is missing from her home in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke//Press 22

Chloe Kinsella (15) last seen at home in Limerick on Saturday

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said his Department is working on plans on what to do in the event of Dublin Bus going bust.

Minister for Transport says nobody will win if another strike takes place

A testing kit used to detect prostate cancer at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown has been withdrawn after it was found to be faulty.

Key prostate indicators up to 23 per cent too high because equipment failure

The Invsolvency Service of Ireland has begun taking applications today from people who want to restructure their debts.

37 personal insolvency practitioners available to help people restructure their debts

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union claims proposed legislation may be unconstitutional

A Met Eireann satellite image showing scattered rainfall over Ireland this afternoon

Met Éireann forecasts unsettled weather for week with cooler than normal temperatures

A public health campaign launched by Minister for Health James Reilly today will highlight the importance of childhood immunisation

Public health campaign comes in wake of measles epidemic in Wales

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a number of serious assaults in Dublin city centre early this morning.

Two men stabbed and a woman assaulted off Grafton Street in early hours of this morning

Unclaimed finish line bags are viewed near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Political figures send sympathy to the people of Boston after three killed and dozens injured

A new coin honouring James Joyce was launched by the Central Bank today featuring a portrait of the writer and lines from Ulysses. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Design features portrait of the writer along with lines from Ulysses

People queuing for unemployment benefits in Dublin

Nevin economic think-tank says outlook uncertain and troubling

Facebook is planning to charge users if they want to send a message to people who are not part of their network on the site.

Charges will be higher if the person users want to contact is well-known

The number of Irish people suffering from colorectal cancer is predicted to increase by 34 per cent in women and 45 per cent in men by 2020, according to a report published today by the National Cancer Registry

Increase due to growing ageing population

Crews making emergency repairs to the electricity network after fierce snow storms in Northern Ireland disrupted services. Photograph: PA

Nothern Ireland Electricity say weather is improving but snow still blocking roads

Gardaí in Tuam are appealing for witnesses to an aggravated burglary at a house in Caherlistrane, Co Galway last night.

Four man gang tie up occupant of house and make off with small sum of money

A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer seen yesterday as heavy snow falls on the Carnlough to Ballymena road in Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Rain eases off but care still needed on roads

Bernadette O’Connor (16) who was last seen on St Patrick’s Day.

Bernadette O’Connor last seen on St Patrick’s Day in Ballinteer, Dublin

File being prepared for DPP after 17-year-old seriously injured in Westport assault

28-year-old pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by a car in Youghal

Luke "Ming" Flanagan pictured outside Leinster House last year. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent TD admits having penalty points wiped was corrupt

Pedestrians struggle over the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien /The Irish Times

Most areas have thawed but ice remains a problem on secondary routes

The number of tourists visiting Ireland rose 4.4 per cent between November and January

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons said he was pleased with the figures, especially the increase in visitors from the US.

The number of tourists visiting Ireland rose 4

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the agreement on fish discards was an historic milestone.

EU fisheries ministers have agreed to ban the practice of discarding fish at sea.

A woman was seriously injured on Sunday night when she fell between the platform and a train at Tara Street Dart station.

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