Noel McCarthy says he joined FG because his old party failed to show enough faith in him

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was suspected by Labour Party colleagues of leaking internal constituency analysis. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment says he was unaware of the existence of analysis

French President Francois Hollande (centre) poses for a  photo with fellow world leaders during the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Hollande says he cannot separate fight with terrorism from fight against global warming

Candles  at the doorway in Molesworth Street in Dublin where Jonathan  Corrie  was found dead in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Campaigners say homelessness situation has deteriorated in year since his body was found

Additional 600 members of force to start training at Templemore in 2016

The registration of a unit at St Patrick’s Centre in Kilkenny, in which 28 people were resident, was cancelled by court order in June after Hiqa inspectors raised concerns over fire safety and other issues.

Unit at St Patrick’s Centre in Kilkenny had been deregistered by court order in June

There has been an increase in the number of marriages of convenience between men from the Indian sub-continent and European women.

Gardaí seize cash, memory cards, false identity documents and stun gun

The Royal Navy’s 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard. File photograph: PA Wire

DUP MP says Belfast would gets jobs boost if nuclear deterrent had to find new home

Stephen Donnelly: “The real culprit here is the lack of political leadership. The [banking] inquiry was set up with a good chance that it would fail,” he said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inquiry set up ‘with a good chance that it would fail’, says Social Democrats TD

Transdev wants a special group to be set up to  tackle anti-social behaviour on Luas trams. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transdev says drunkenness, fighting and drug-taking remain problems on trams

Photographs of Gerry Feeney provided by his family.

Aspects of hospital care for elderly man ‘completely unnacceptable’

Wild About co-founder Fiona Falconer: nettle products outsell company’s other items six to one.

Gorey-based Wild About among artisan producers at first Bite Food Festival in Dublin

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys and National Library director Sandra Collins: refurbishment will begin in late 2016 or early 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Book and periodical archive at risk as old building lacks correct storage facilities

Workers can be seen examining the damaged section of the building on Trinity Street. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

A section of concrete cladding fell from building on Trinity Street early on Tuesday

“The older you are, the worse it gets.” Barbara Cottier at her rented accomodation in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As rents in the capital spiral, renters are struggling to find a decent place to live

The 143m MV Margiris  was expelled from Australian waters under pressure from environmental and fishing industry groups. Photograph: Air Corps Maritime Patrol Sqdn.

One of the world’s largest trawlers has a quota to fish off the Irish coast

Responsibility for the issue of migrant exploitation in the fishing industry falls to a number of Government and State bodies, including the Departments of the Marine, Justice and Jobs as well as the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Naval Service. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Government bodies meet in wake of Guardian article on alleged migrant abuse

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan at the launch of Be Winter Ready.

New campaign outlines proper clothing and emergency equipment for coming months

The Charitable Aid Foundation said more people around the world are giving to charity, with about 1.4 billion people donating money in 2014, or 31.5 per cent of adults, up from 28.3 per cent in 2013. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost half of the world’s adult population said they helped a stranger in 2014

TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin (right) and rugby player  Tiernan O’Halloran have a go on the Galway bikes upon their launch in November 2014. File photograph: Andrew Downes

Scheme in the city has been criticised over the short distances between each docking station

Autumn scenes in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Casement Aerodrome reported its sunniest October day on record

Lazy hazy autumn day: enjoying the light and colour the Phoenix Park , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dooks, Co Kerry, tops Ireland’s values as locality enjoys high in excess of 20 degrees

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: his department  wrote to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council earlier this year questioning its policy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Councillors vote in favour of energy-efficient building despite department's concerns

 Essex Quay in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Locals warn of increasing drug use in area, while some streets are ‘basically lawless’

Garda close to the scene in Omeath, Co Louth, where garda Tony Golden was shot and killed while responding to a domestic complaint. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former assistant garda commissioner says shooting not a justification for armed gardaí

Conor McGregor is due to take on Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title in Las Vegas in December. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Years of playing small venues paying off for ‘multi-millionaire’ UFC fighter

Closure orders were served on seven food businesses in September by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

FSAI cites takeaways, restaurants in Dublin, Limerick, Donegal, Kerry, Wexford, Galway

Paddy Power sent a lorry to the French port with the slogan: “Immigrants, jump in the back! (but only if you’re good at sport).”

Bookmaker sent lorry to French port urging migrants to jump in ‘if you’re good at sport’

Ervia says utility company will invest €5.5bn in infrastructure over next seven years

Retailers  say they do not report most incidents as they tend to involve the theft of small items such as cups of coffee or cans of Coke

Gardaí report 40 per cent increase in recorded shoplifting in inner city Dublin

Giada Tedesco and Jason Botha, who are looking for a place to live, at an event organised by Lovin Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Speed-flatmating’ events introduce house hunters to those with rooms to fill

Lucinda Creighton said Renua would abolish the ‘discriminatory’ rate of USC on the self employed

Party leader says current coalition returning to power is ‘mathematical impossibility’

HSE director general Tony O’Brien

There will be significant difficulties in winter unless improvements made - HSE head says

Ruth Coppinger (centre) outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Mother-of-two Amy Brennan says ‘I want the Taoiseach to see ... what we’re going through’

Children at a blazing Hallowe’en bonfire in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Event in Smithfield to include haunted house built from seized forklift pallets

The aircraft was carrying 104 passengers.

Aircraft forced to turn around after experiencing hydraulic and landing gear problems

Road network used by city based burglars to make speedy getaways

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: a novel that tackles the complex topic of sexual consent.

‘Not Asking for It’ will share stories of when consent was assumed but not given

Gardaí in Bray are appealing to anyone with information on the incident involving Eva Sutton to contact them on 01 6665300.

Woman living in Bray taken to St Vincent’s hospital after two men broke into her home

Emergency legislation has been signed into law to deal with a High Court decision that cast doubt over hundreds of drink-driving cases. Photograph: Thinkstock

Legislative move after court ruled breath test statements should be in English and Irish

President Higgins and Sabina Higgins , with Aeneas and Jimmy Horan. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Wellies a must for some 280,000 people expected at Co Laois event over coming days

An image generated from the aircraft survey showing results of the airborne survey over counties Offaly, Kildare, Meath, rural Dublin and northern parts of Wicklow and Laois. Image: Tellus

Geological Survey’s Tellus Programme unearths highly magnetic volcanic rocks

Crowds at the National Ploughing Championships 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unsettled weather forecast in Co Laois for annual rural highlight

Dr Conor McGinn will give a robotics showcase at Discover Research Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Robots that answer the front door and the challenges of raising bilingual babies will feature in next Friday’s Discover Research e(...)

Thriller writer Frederick Forsyth (right) claims former taoiseach Charles Haughey offered to make him a Senator. Photographs: The Irish Times and Getty

Spy novelist furnished former taoiseach with plan on how to keep Pope safe during visit

Minister Frances Fitzgerald  with immigration control officers Seán Tougher, Sinéad Duke, Seán McQuillan, Sandra Kavanagh and Margaret Buggy at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says ‘inevitable’ other airports will follow suit

An Aer Arann Islands plane at Inverin airport, Co Galway. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Residents to meet Minister for the Gaeltacht as contract still to be finalised

Marty Coyne: ‘If I landed face down I wouldn’t have been too bad. But I landed on my back and I damaged the spinal cord.’ Photograph: Dan Griffin

Marty Coyne, a quadriplegic, and his neighbours in in rural Galway campaign to reopen their Cleggan post office, downgraded severa(...)

The protest in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo, Co Galway, against the helicopter replacement of the plane service to the Aran Islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

After 44 years every resident seems to have a good story about Aer Arann Islands

Minister  Joe McHugh says competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains ‘live’

Air service is considering seeking an injunction against any decision to award the contract to Executive Helicopters

An image from Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.  Island residents have called on the Minister for the Gaeltacht  to reconsider the decision to award the air service contract for the islands to a helicopter firm in  east Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Residents concerned helicopter flights to Carnmore do not meet their needs

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service  collected 133,309 blood donations from 80,688 donors in 2014, meeting all hospital needs for the year. Photograph: Getty Images

IBTS collects 133,309 donations, meeting all hospital needs in 2014

Stephen Corri (26): “Over the summer I’d say I’ve applied for maybe around 20 jobs. I’m lucky to even get an email to say, ‘sorry you haven’t been successful this time’.”

Three teachers give their account of the difficulties facing those working in the area

The ban on hedgecutting which lasts from March 1st to August 31st, is designed to encourage biodiversity by protecting habitats during nesting and breeding season. Photograph: Dan Griffin

One side cites nature concerns, the other road safety – but neither is happy

Former patients at Beaumont attended  the hospital  on Thursday  to thank members of staff for their care. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Honour Your Heroes programme allows acknowledgement of special care efforts made

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

DUP not going to let Sinn Féin ‘off the hook’, Dodds says after Northern Secretary meeting

Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Peter McVerry Trust ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ by Joanna Tuffy’s comments

Plane spotting folk out watching planes land at Dublin Airport.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Spotters look for ‘specials’ and the busy summer is peak season

Gardaí  appeal for witnesses after a man was shot a number of times in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Man in serious condition after being shot in leg and abdomen at Cherry Orchard Parade

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and brought to St James’s Hospital.

Male wounded in leg and abdomen during Cherry Orchard Parade attack

In Killarney National Park, rhododendron threatens the oak woods and all that dwell within them. ‘From a biodiversity point of view it’s a disaster’. Photograph: Getty Images

It could swallow Ireland’s ancient woodlands, but experts disagree on how to combat it

Detail from a fradulent email seeking financial information from students

Message purporting to be from Student Universal Support Ireland being circulated

Anna Kern with her Leaving Cert results pictured with her mother, Lyudmyla Kyrychenko and sister Olga Kyrychenko. Photograph:  Limerick Leader

Rules meant Anna Kern faced large cost for place at Royal College of Surgeons

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan visits ‘The Irish Times’ helpdesk in the paper’s offices on Tara Street in Dublin. Pictured with her are career guidance counsellors Brian Mooney, Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Young woman who fled Ukraine hopes to study physiotherapy but cannot afford fees

Gardaí are appealing for witnessess or anyone who was travelling on the N81 on Wednesday night to contact them.

One dead and three injured as council workers struck by lorry in Co Sligo

Students living in direct provision have been unable to accept places on college courses because of prohibitive fees.

Asylum-seeking students are treated as international students and have to pay full fees

The children’s playground and buildings at Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin city council says first phase of restoration should be done within a year

Competitors in Dun Laoghaire during the Ironman Dublin Triathlon race on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

More than 2,500 athletes take part in Ironman 70.3 event through Dublin city

Beth Gerdes wins the women’s Ironman challenge  in Zurich last July. File photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Triathlon surges in popularity with 1,500 Irish competitors to take part on Sunday

Ros Goill Gaeltacht, Co Donegal where the world is still viewed as Gaeilge. Photographer: The Irish Times

ESRI report indicates that 43% of respondents in State confirm basic linguistic ability

Heavy rains fell on Dublin last month while the rest of Europe basked. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann figures reveal Claremorris endured its worst July in 50 years

Staff at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/Irish Times

WH Smith has seen increase since introducing self-service checkout machines

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paudie Coffey says failure of utility to pass test was down to a ‘marginal decision’

Enthusiasts cautioned against sensationalist media coverage about seagulls, including calls for protected birds to be culled. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seagull numbers have declined considerably over past two decades

Older patients, cancer patients, surgical and gastrointestinal patients are more vulnerability to malnutrition and dehydration.

Costs associated with malnutrition add up to more than €1bn of healthcare spending

Steve Garrigan from Kodaline and Gavin James performing at the fund raising concert in aid of the Berkeley Balcony families at the Academy in Dublin.Photograph: Alan Betson

Money from concert and online campaign will go to survivors and their families

The church in Ratheniska, Co Laois.

‘They took all of my money and my laptop, mobile phone and were looking for more’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald

Minister says new legislation will ‘modernise and improve’ the law

An Air Corps Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter in action off the coast of Co Kerry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Helicopter has completed more than 1,000 missions and saved hundreds of lives

Utility company takes in €30 million for first three months of 2015 as 46% pay the bill

Middle-class children are more confident, feel happier and are less anxious than working-class peers, the ESRI has found.

ESRI study highlights importance of sport for fostering positive self-image in young people

Deparment of Finance second secretary general Ann Dolan giving evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry on Wednesday

Banking inquiry hears banks were not fully aware of capital requirements before crash

Niccolai Schuster’s picture at a candlelight vigil  in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

‘His smile was like 1,000 rays of sunshine. He was the love of our lives’

Friends of Niccolai Schuster wearing the red of Bayern Munich, his favourite football team, console each other  at his funeral at the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Friends wearing Bayern Munich shirts carry Niccolai Schuster’s coffin into church

Friends and family of  Niccolai Schuster, who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse,  carry his coffin into the  Church of the Three Patrons in  Rathgar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Parents pay tribute to student (21) who died in Berkeley balcony collapse

At DCU for the Digital News Consumption Conference were: Dr David Levy , director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Dr Jane Suiter, director of DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism and John Mulholland, editor of the ‘Observer’. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Minister for Communications Alex White says new measures cannot be retrospective

Irish people have taken to digital news with younger consumers likely to use smartphones while older generations use computers. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New Reuters report reveals digital habits of Irish readers, watchers and listeners

Gardaí believe people have information which could help their investigation into the death of Mark Burke.

Gardaí treated death of Mark Burke as ‘suspicious’ when body parts discovered

President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence at the Mansion House in Dublin for those killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department of Foreign Affairs, Colleges, Usit offering assistance and counselling

The Dáil select committee on justice worked through more than 400 amendments moved by Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

New legislation will replace Lunacy Regualtion Act and end wards of court

Tallaght hospital expressed regret after a 102-year-old woman waited for  26-hours on a hospital trolley in its emergency department.

Tallaght hospital pledges to bring in measures to reduce risk of repeat incident

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly has said the national longitudinal study of children, Growing up in Ireland,  was one of the most important strategic investments in data on children’s lives.

Project objectives include establishing effect of earlier child experiences on later life

At the Law Society of Ireland’s annual Justice Media Awards were Conor Gallagher, Carl O’Brien, Paul Scott, Law Society of Ireland president Kevin O’Higgins, Sinead O’Shea, Law Society director general Ken Murphy and Bryan O’Brien.

Carl O’Brien, Sinead O’Shea, Bryan O’Brien, Paul Scott recognised for direct provision project

The findings of the inspection at Gove House revealed an inadequate level of compliance with the Health Act 2007.

Hiqa report identifies problems with hygiene and fire safety at Cork care centre

Protesters bin their bills as part of a anti-water charge protest from Parnell Square to Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Groups will discuss non-payment of bills and potential to run general election candidates

To obtain a licence, a private investigators must provide a licence fee, a Garda vetting form, a certificate of compliance and a tax clearance certificate. Photograph: Getty Images

Customers and contractors face penalties of up to five years in jail for breaching rules

The officer has been suspended from duty by the Garda Commissioner.

Officer most senior member of force ever held in criminal investigation

Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys with schoolchildren Hiba Al-Marsoomi and Maeve Conroy from Divine Word, Rathfarnham, at Collins Barracks where they held a gathering to imagine the future of Ireland beyond 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Easter 2016 centenary event asks primary school pupils to imagine an ideal Ireland

Crimestoppers has appealed for information on the murder of farmer John Cusack, which happened on his farm in Co Limerick nearly 20 years ago.

Father of seven John Cusack (56) shot twice at his farm in Murroe

The Cari annual report said calls to its helpline over rape and sexual assault had increased by 43 per cent over the past three years.

Support organisation says circulation of photographs online causes ‘huge trauma’

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