Martin (73) and Violet (61) Coyne outside the Four Courts  today after being evicted from their home. Photograph: Genevieve Carbery/The Irish Times

Martin and Violet Coyne arrive shoeless at court where they face contempt hearing for failing to vacate rented Carpenterstown hous(...)

Prospective parents should be no more than 42 years older than the child they are adopting, the Adoption Authority of Ireland has recommended.  Photograph: Franz Pfluegl/iStockphoto/Thinkstock/Getty.

Gap of 42 years should be maximum as more children available have special needs

Passengers pushing Luas tram to help free trapped schoolgirl. Screenshot:  Lukasz Pigula/Facebook

Student freed with help of passengers in Dublin city centre and is taken to hospital

Thousands of primary and secondary school students are still waiting for their annual bus tickets due to a technical glitch.

Bus Éireann is emailing temporary tickets after problems with new online system

The entertainer Paddy Cole at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds , at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Showband era musical performers included Paddy Cole and Red Hurley

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Bloodbath marks setback for PM seeking support to take on Islamic State insurgency

The arrests were part of the gardaí’s six-month covert ‘Operation Tempest’, which was set-up to find people involved in the sale and supply of heroin, cocaine and other controlled drugs.

Arrests were part of covert ‘Operation Tempest’ by gardaí in Dublin

Police in the North have rescued 20 potential trafficking victims and have arrested three men on suspicion of forced labour and slavery.

PSNI officers question three men over forced labour and slavery after Romanians found

Incoming Iraqi prime ministerHaider al-Abadi  was once  in charge of servicing BBC’s lifts, the British broadcaster has said. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Broadcaster says Haider al-Abadi was in charge of company which serviced its elevators

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