Researchers in Cork have been using bursts of electricity to treat primarily skin-based tumours, such as malignant melanoma. Photograph: Getty

Cork research centre hopeful clinical trial will pave way for pioneering technique

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to dampen speculation about the general election taking place this year, saying the Coalition wants to stay in power and implement its policies. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Coalition going full term would allow benefits of econmic recovery sink in, says Minister

Minister  Simon Coveney and Pat Byrne, founder and executive chairman of Cityjet at the innaugral Cork - London City flight out of Cork Airport Thursday morning. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Airline’s Cork-London City route takes off as it announces major contract with SAS and new plane order

 The baby girl is the first child to be born free from Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome in Ireland after undergoing Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for the rare inherited disease. Photograph: Getty Images

Pioneering medical technique makes proud parents of couple with rare genetic defect

Eoin O’Brien (6), from Shannon, Co Clare, with Cork footballers (L-R) Aisling Hutchings, Sinead Cotter, Ciara O’Sullivan, Brid Stack, Valerie Mulcahy, Roisin Phelan, Aisling Barret and Aine Terry during a visit by the champions to Temple Street Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Tributes paid to team and coach Eamon Ryan after 10th title in 11 years

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: French murder investigation team is coming to Ireland for a second time.

French hope to interview up to 20 witnesses in Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder inquiry

Cllr Kevin Murphy of Fine Gael said the local property tax was progressive in that wealthier people living in more expensive houses paid a greater amount and it should be retained as it is. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Cork County Council decides to reduce local property tax by 5% in 2016

Fianna Fáil selection candidates for the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown constituency: Mary Hanafin (left) Cormac Devlin and Kate Feeney. Photograph: The Irish Times

Party expected to add former minister Mary Hanafin to ticket after high-profile campaign

Cork city. Members of Cork County Council have expressed concerns about the proposed merger of Cork City and Cork County councils. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Independents voice concerns over effect of merged council on remote parts of county

Alexander Pacteau: Four years before he killed Karen Buckley, he was involved in an encounter with a 24-year-old woman in Glasgow which led to a charge of attempted rape. Photograph: PA

Pacteau could be retried for attempted rape if new evidence comes to light, say police

A 42-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged in connection with an armed robbery on a post office in Cork city almost 20 years ago.

Christopher Keohane, extradited back to Ireland to face robbery and escape charges

Sopie Toscan du Plantier: She was attacked and bludgeoned to death at her holiday home in Toormore, Co Cork, in the early hours of December 23rd, 1996.

Officers will travel to Cork as part of investigation into murder near Schull in 1996

Cllr Ted Tynan (above) of the Workers Party and Cllr Mick Barry of the Anti-Austerity Alliance both strongly criticised the proposal by the Cork Local Government Review Committee in its majority report that Cork City Council and Cork County Council should be merged into a single unitary authority.

Community groups and unions urged to join against what councillors call attack on local democracy

Dr Theresa Reidy  of UCC, co-author of a submission  for Ibec in Cork to  the  Cork Local Government Review Committee,  which  opposed the merger of the two Cork councils. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Employers group had argued in submission against merger and for boundary extension

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Minister says debate on merger should be governed by evidence

 Lord Mayor of Cork City Cllr Chris O’Leary said county   Mayor Cllr John Paul O Shea “should sort out his house before advising me what to do in the city”. File photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

John Paul O’Shea asked Chris O’Leary not to mount challenge to merger of Cork councils

File photograph of  Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Ann Doherty says Smiddy report fails to recognise different needs of urban and rural

Lord Mayor of Cork city, Cllr Chris O’Leary has confirmed that the council plans to write to the Taoiseach to confirm that the council is planning a legal challenge to a proposed merger. Photograph: PA

Overnight meeting sees city councillors vote unanimously against merging of councils

Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary: opposes merger of city and county councils. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

Cork City Council will be first local authority to mount legal challenge against Government

Cork City Hall: Cllr John Paul O’Shea wrote to Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary after Cork City Council agreed to seek legal advice on taking a judicial review of the local government review process. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cork city and county should work in spirit of co-operation, says Cllr John Paul O’Shea

 Irish naval service personnel with cocaine seized from the ‘Makayabella’. Photograph: PA

Three jailed for conspiracy to import cocaine, gang member’s wife jailed for money laundering

Councillor and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary has challenged Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Photograph: The Irish Times

Jerry Buttimer says local government review group fails to show evidence for merger

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly:  The chief executive of  Cork County Council said some opponents had  decided the outcome before the establishment of an implementation group as proposed by Mr  Kelly. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lucey warns that criticisms could affect Cork’s ability to attract foreign investment

A 22-year-old man was remanded in custody on Saturday after he was charged with the manslaughter of a homeless man in Cork city earlier this month.

French man Vincent Morgain died on September 15th after being assaulted

The merger of Cork city and county councils  was recommended by a majority of a local government review group set up by  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cork Chamber and Cork Business Association take opposing views of proposal

President Michael D Higgins speaking with Thomas Kent’s nieces Kathleen Kent and Prudence Riordan and his grandnephew Michael Riordan, after Kent’s State funeral. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thousands attend State funeral for executed 1916 rebel at home in Castlelyons, Co Cork

Alexander Pacteau has lodged an appeal against the minimum 23-year life sentence imposed on him for the the murder of Irish woman Karen Buckley in Glasgow earlier this year.

Lawyers for man jailed for Karen Buckley murder file papers with Scottish courts

A  man (22) is due to appear in court on a manslaughter charge in relation to the death of a 37-year-old homeless man in Cork city. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Man (22) charged with manslaughter in relation to death of Vincent Morgain (37)

 Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary (left) among other dignitaries at the State funeral of executed rebel Thomas Kent at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co Cork, September 18th, 2015. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

SF’s Cllr Chris O’Leary calls Alan Kelly’s decision fundamentally anti-democratic

Former UCC vice-president for teaching and learning and emeritus professor of French, Grace Neville, has been selected by French president, Francois Hollande, to receive the Legion d’Honneur. File photograph:  UCC

UCC’s Prof Grace Neville honoured for work on Franco-Irish links and innovative teaching

Mr Morgain was drinking with up to eight other people on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street when a row broke out

French national Vincent Morgain (37) died after Cork city centre assault

Mary Cournane, Margaret Mary O’Sullivan, Mary O’Sullivan and Mary B Horgan at Cahirciveen Social Service Centre in Co Kerry, getting supporters’ jerseys ready. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Dublin has more to contend with than Kingdom players as Skywalker gets involved

The Mayor of Cork County has called on  Ciaran Lynch TD (pictured above) to withdraw the findings of a poll which found  one in five people support merging Cork City and County Councils. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cork Labour TD Ciaran Lynch says proposal to merge councils is wrong option for Cork

Portrait of Rising rebel Thomas Kent.

Rising rebel will be in repose in Collins Barracks before ceremony on Friday

Gardaí in Cork have appealed for witnesses to an alleged assault on a 37-year-old man who subsequently died

Homeless man Vincent Morgain (37) died from injuries sustained in incident last week

Life-like: Sonia O’Sullivan poses on the plinth in Cobh where a bronze statue in her image will be unveiled this weekend. Photograph: Cobh Tourism

Home town delighted to recognise athletics star’s achievements, says local tourism chief

Members of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship winning  Cork team visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan.

Hundreds turn out to mark return of O’Duffy Cup to Leeside for 26th time

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Councillors back move to seek legal advice on taking constitutional challenge on merger

Last week the CBA, which represents around 250 small and medium-sized businesses in Cork city, came out strongly against the recommendation made by three of the five members of the group under the chairmanship of former Beamish & Crawford MD, Alf Smiddy (above).

Workers Party say merger plan would be a disaster for both Cork city and county

The bus tipped over on the driver’s side when it cape around a bend at Cregg South. Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Bus carrying secondary school children crashes on Ballyhooly to Fermoy road

Cork local-government review group chairman Alf Smiddy: ‘The people of Cork would not thank me and my committee for repeating the mistakes of history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Smiddy says submissions by UCC academics on local goverment reform fell short

Cork-born businessman Leslie Buckley has offered his support to a recommendation that Cork City Council and Cork County Council be merged into a single local authority for the county. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Leslie Buckley says move would help promote Cork and attract investment and jobs

Cork city. The review group committee’s proposal is opposed by three UCC lecturers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Proposal would not address divergent needs of city and rural communities, say experts

Labour’s Kathleen Lynch will stand in Cork North Central in the next general election.

Minister says she will stand on party’s record in Government

Alexander Pacteau murdered Cork woman Karen Buckley after he met her by chance at a Glasgow nightclub.

TV documentary on murder of Karen Buckley hears opinion of Det Supt Jim Kerr

 Alexander Pacteau, who has been jailed for life  for the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley. Photograph: Crown Office/PA Wire

Man killed Irish nurse Karen Buckley in Glasgow after meeting her outside nightclub

After Alexander Pacteau  moved, while in his late teens, to live  in Glasgow, his life began to take a worrying turn which led to court appearances for forgery and attempted rape. File photograph: Crown Office/PA Wire

Karen Buckley’s killer had also been spared jail over scam involving forgery of £20 notes

 Nurses from Karen Buckley’s graduation class at University of Limerick Hospital attned   her funeral  at the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Analeentha in Mourneabbey, Co Cork. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Killer’s encounter with Karen Buckley was entirely random

Karen Buckley

Full text of statement from Buckley family

Glasgow man (21) who killed Irish student last April handed life sentence

 Alexander Pacteau: the sentencing judge will specify how many years of the life sentence he must serve before he will be able to apply for parole. Photograph: Mike Gibbons

Alexander Pacteau who pleaded guilty last month will receive mandatory life term

Chairman of  review group Alf Smiddy:  report  ‘very comprehensive and thorough’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Local government group suggests proposal will help area compete with Dublin

The house in Schull, Co Cork, that belonged to Sophie Toscan du Plantier and the cross that marks the spot where she was found murdered. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jimmy Camier made statement to gardaí in 1998 about 1996 killing

Ian Bailey: will have 28 days to lodge appeal after receiving judgment. Photograph: Collins

Solicitor expresses surprise over shift in department’s view on assisting French

Mother Jones (Mary Harris Jones)  poses with a five-tiered cake in celebration of her 100th birthday, May 1st, 1930. Photograph:  FPG/Getty Images

Mother Jones joins Che Guevara, Gandhi and Trotsky in Top Ten Revolutionary list

Simon Coveney: “I am not going to start judging other countries.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister moves to distance Ireland from hardline stance of some European countries

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said: “People want us to do more and that is because of an outpouring of emotion – every father and every mother looking at that three-year-old boy on the beach, looked at him as if he could have been their own child.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says Europe as a collective needs to do more and Ireland will accept ‘thousands’

Cork Ignite, one of this year’s Cork Culture Night events. Photograph:  Culture Night

GAA commentator will speak as part of largest programme yet for Leeside event

Former TD Noel O’Flynn. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Cork politician had criticised Micheál Martin and said party had ‘no traction or identity’

Simon Coveney Ireland has been ‘very generous’ in response to migration crisis

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: praised Quinlan Seafood for its entrepreneurial spirit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Quinlan’s Seafood are an example of what an indigenous Irish company can achieve, says minister

Piglets feeding on grain at the IFA protest outside the European Commission offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

European Commission urged to intervene and help falling agricultural prices

IFA president Eddie Downey described farm incomes as “non-existent” at a time when children are going back to school, and urged Agriculture Commissioner Phil  Hogan to move to implement EU measures to underpin the viability of farm families. File photograph:  Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Minister for Agriculture says he recognises farmers have it tough due to falling prices

The Ballycotton lifeboat ‘Austin Lidbury’ It performed an unusual rescue on Sunday when it saved a dolphin

Ballycotton lifeboat saves young dolphin stuck on slobland

Jimmy Deenihan TD has backed a call for the establishment of a substantial memorial to the Liberator, Daniel O’Connell in the UK. Pictured is the O’Connell street statue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish government would support such a move to honour Irishman, says Kerry TD

Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Film will promote Unesco Heritage site to millions, says former minister for arts

Statue of Daniel O’Connell on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Catholic emancipation paved the way for British Catholics to sit in parliament, says Mulhall

Actor Jeremy Irons. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Actor says those suffering from depression can be helped through love and friendship

UCC president Dr Michael Murphy. Photograph: UCC

Dr Michael Murphy delivers this year’s Daniel O’Connell lecture in Caherciveen

The man was found by gardaí carrying a loaded rifle after having crashed a stolen car. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

27-year-old disarmed by gardaí after crashing stolen car on outskirts of city

The man was arrested for firearms offences after he crashed a stolen jeep on Spring Hill in Glanmire on the outskirts of Cork city around 5pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Gardaí in Cork arrested the 27-year-old man after he crashed a stolen jeep

Former Obama adviser and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein believes Hillary Clinton is campaigning from an increasingly strong position

Cass Sunstein surprised by Trump’s progress but doubts contender has necessary stamina

150 devotees kitted themselves out as Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin’s grandson leads bowler-hatted enthusiasts at festival in Waterville, Co Kerry

Mayo’s Darragh Doherty celebrates scoring a goal against Tyrone during the All-Ireland Minor Championship Final in Croke Park in 2013. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to crashes in Mayo, Donegal, Down and Cork

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told The Irish Times: “There is no difference in fact when you look at what the Chief Constable said and what the Garda Commissioner and the Independent Monitoring Committee said in terms of the very changed situation regarding the Provisional IRA.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister insists police chiefs North and South share security assessment on PIRA threat

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the State was pleased to be able to offer the honour of State funeral to the descendants of Thomas Kent (above), who was executed in Cork Prison, the Victoria Barracks in May 1916.

Prominent nationalist Kent executed in Victoria Barracks in May 1916 after firefight

The man entered the Ulster Bank Branch in the Blackpool Shopping Centre and threatened staff at knifepoint before making off with what is believed to be around €1,000. Photograph: Getty Images

Man entered Cork branch, threatened staff and took what was believed to be €1,000

Patrick O’Rourke was brought before a special sitting of Clonakilty District Court where he was charged in relation to the attack on Donna Foster at their house in Cobh. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

Judge orders man not to work as taxi driver after partner stabbed 14 times

Karen Buckley: lord advocate Frank Mulholland told how Pacteau killed her by striking her on the head with a spanner

Scottish lord advocate went to Cork in advance of trial of Alexander Pacteau

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Woman and her daughter injured in incident at house at Cooline, Ballyvolan

Karen Buckley’s father John makes a statement with his wife Marian outside court: “Our hearts are broken at the thought of Karen’s final moments on this world.” Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Murderer Alexander Pacteau was previously acquitted of attempted rape

The injured duo were taken to Cork University Hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

Man arrested, mother in serious condition while daughter discharged with hand wound

Handout picture from Scotland’s Crown Office of High Craigton Farm where the body of Karen Buckley was found in a barrel behind the double doors.

Alexander Pacteau has pleaded guilty to the murder of Karen Buckley in Glasgow

Handout picture from Scotland’s Crown Office of Alexander Pacteau being questioned by detectives. Photograph: Crown Office/PA Wire

Karen Buckley’s encounter with murderer was entirely random – Glasgow police

Karen Buckley, from Glynn in Mourneabbey outside Mallow in north Cork, moved to Glasgow last January to study for a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Student was murdered after chance meeting three months after arriving in Glasgow

Handout picture from Scotland’s Crown Office of Alexander Pacteau’s bedroom, where he kept the body Karen Buckley. Photograph: Crown Office/PA Wire

Major police operation traced the killer’s movements in the days after the murder

The Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow and insets Karen Buckley and Alexander Pacteau.

Karen Buckley (24) went missing after a night out at the Sanctuary nightclub, Glasgow

The Garda Boat Club website showing its premises at Islandbridge. Although the club was founded in 1954, it was 1955 before the club put its first boat in the water - and its first win in competition that year was recalled at the weekend Islandbridge event.

Islandbridge event recalls club’s prestigious win at Henley Royal Regatta in 1975

Bishop William Crean of the Diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork paid tribute to the Irish Naval Service for its efforts to rescue  refugees in the Mediterranean. Photograph: PA

Bishop Crean pays tribute to Irish Naval Service and calls on Europe to do more

Patrick’s Hill viewed from Patrick Street in  Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

‘Profound concern’ at prospect of new single authority to run both city and county

Gardaí believe  a caravan fire in east Cork  may have started when the occupants were frying sausages. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe blaze that has left one man critical may have broken out in a pan

Former Labour MP Chris Mullin saidJeremy Corbyn, who is currently leading the contest, is a close friend of his but he very much doubted that he would be able to lead Labour back into power if he is chosen at the party’s leader. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

Former Labour MP tells crowd in Cork none of the candidates for leadership would return the party to power

Reports of an increase in the number of seagulls coming inland to forage for food may be due to a new EU rules on the discarding of fish, the chairman of a fisherman’s group has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Ban on discarding fish means birds deprived of food source, fishing group chair says

Military permits became a  requirement for  entering or leaving Limerick, and the Limerick Soviet of 1919 was set up in response.

Workers went on strike after British military introduced martial law on Shannonside

It’s understood the man in critical condition suffered serious smoke inhalation from the blaze which completely destroyed the caravan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Second man taken to Cork University Hospital with smoke inhalation

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said  it was a serious and worrying offence. Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Man shot former friend in back of head with air rifle over perceived snub at social event

The Port of Waterford is seeking a judicial review of a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant the Port of Cork permission for a €100 million redevelopment of Ringaskiddy. Image: Port of Cork website.

Planning permission recently given for €100m redevelopment at Ringaskiddy

 Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement in Ireland, photographed shortly before he died in New York. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Historian to examine Fenian’s support for Poles at lecture in Dublin this weekend

Paud O’Leary died after he was struck by a vehicle while he was out for a training cycle for the annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

Man (70) arrested for questioning about being an accessory to fatal Co Kerry crash

 Fr Peter McVerry said that hitherto, the issue of homelessness was not a major issue for the main political parties as they didn’t see the homeless as voters. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Putting right in Constitution would solve homelessness over time, says campaigner

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