Marie Farrell: Despite some protestations to the contrary, Farrell was the principal witness in 2003 at Bailey’s libel action at Cork Circuit Court. Photograph: Collins

Credibility problem of star witness for damages action simply one hurdle too many

Marguerite and Georges Bouniol, parents of Sophie Toscan du Plantier: their lawyer Alain Spilliaert said  the failure of Ian Bailey’s court action should pave  way for French investigators to return to Ireland

Suspension on co-operation with Toscan du Plantier inquiry should be lifted, says lawyer

Ian Bailey leaving the High Court after losing his case against An Garda Síochána and the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jury dismisses claim gardaí conspired to implicate Bailey in death of Toscan du Plantier

 Marie Farrell

Mini-profiles: who they are and what they said

The controversy that has dogged the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier started on the day her body was found near her holiday home at Drinane,Toormore outside Schull.

Investigation into 1996 death of French film-maker has raised questions for many

 Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Collins.

Story starts in 1991 when English journalist Bailey moves to West Cork

 Irish Naval Service vessel the  LE Niamh  with detained  yacht the Makayabella on September 24th, 2014, off West Cork. File photograph: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

Plot last year to smuggle haul of drug into UK foiled by Irish authorities off West Cork coast

David O’Loughlin is charged with killing Liam Manley by putting him into a rubbish chute at a Cork apartment block in May 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

David O’Loughlin (28) charged with killing Liam Manley at Cork apartment block in 2013

A 59-year-old homeless man died as a result of asphyxia and lack of oxygen after ending up head first in a refuse chute in an apartment complex in Cork, a murder trial has been told

None of the injuries victim suffered before entering the chute were fatal, trial hears

Gardaí in Cork have begun investigating a second fatal road traffic collision

Pensioner and man (51) lose lives in separate collisions in county and city

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa pictured in New York in January 1911, during the long illness that eventually led to his death on June 29th, 1915.  Photograph: Getty Images.

Funeral can be seen as marking start of countdown to 1916 Rising, says academic

An Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter was involved in a search for the man who fell into the River Lee.

Homeless man seen falling into river was found sitting on part of Parnell Bridge

A partial eclipse of the sun is seen through clouds over Europe.  Cork residents reported that it was ‘one of the best places’  to view the solar eclipse. Photograph:  Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory held viewing event attended by about 300 people

David O’Loughlin (28), of Garden City Apartments, North Main Street in Cork, denies the murder of Liam Manley (59) at Garden City Apartments on May 12th, 2013.

Family of dead homeless man will get closure and answers, David O’Loughlin told gardaí

An artist’s impression of the development, designed by Cork architects, Wilson Architecture

Project on site of former Capitol Cinema will rejuvenate west of city centre, says Minister

Tom Stanton  had begun legal proceedings over an injury he suffered while doing postering work for Labour candidate Cllr Paula Desmond (above) at Deanrock, in Togher, on February 17th, 2011.

High Court told the safest way for election staff to put up posters is with cherrypickers

A Cork man (34) has been remanded in custody for sentencing after pleading guilty to  the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in the city. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Accused remanded in custody for sentencing after application for psychologist’s report

Seán Óg Ó hAilpin  will speak at the event which will include performances from groups such as ApocalypsE, Tiger Boy and The Lost Gecko. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cork concert marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Gardaí are investigating a crash in which Pamela Ahern (35) was killed in Co Cork on Wednesday.

Gardai investigating whether heavy fog could have been a factor in two vehicle collision

A 33-year-old man has been remanded on bail after he was charged over a €37,000 St Patrick’s Day drugs seizure on. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Meath man remanded on bail on two drugs charges following court appearance in Cork

Witness Mary Kate Fitzgerald said she was good friends with David O’Loughlin (28) when he allegedly told her that he had assaulted someone and thrown them down a drain pipe. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Accused denies murder of 59-year-old homeless man at apartment in Cork

Ecstasy tablets: The Court of Appeal ruled that subsection 2 (2) of the Act, dealing with the power of the Government to control substances harmful to human health was unconstitutional. As a result, a case against Cork man Mark Burke was dropped.

Decision to strike out charges follows ruling by Court of Appeal earlier this month

Gardaí say there was no obvious sign of trauma on the man’s body. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Scene cordoned off after 41-year-old man found less than 100m from west Cork home

 Cork’s inclusive choral group in rehearsal in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Choral Con Fusion are about inclusivity and have united voice against discrimination

The march drew anti-water charges protestors from around the city and county and passed off peacefully through the city centre. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

People’s Convention accuse Government of ignoring will of the people by persisting with charge

Sinn Féin has selected a member of Cork County Council, Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire to run for the party in Cork South Central after he defeated party colleague Cllr Chris O’Leary at the second attemp

O Laoghaire wins nomination at second attempt after first round ends in tie

A Cork auctioneer has failed in his legal challenge to a rates bill of over €100,000 in respect a series of properties which he owned but which he was unable to rent due to a collapse in the letting market.

Liam Lynch pleaded inability to pay Cork City Council due to property market collapse

Maggie Cantwell, wife of the late Manchester United star Noel Cantwell, and her daughter Kate talking with Roy Keane at the opening of Noel Cantwell Walk in the Mardyke area of Cork City. Photograph: Provision

Roy Keane and John Delaney among those present for naming of pedestrian road

A homeless man and woman, whose bodies were recovered close together from the River Lee in Cork just before Christmas, both died from drowning, an inquest has heard

State applies for adjournment to allow a file be sent on the deaths to the DPP

David O’Loughlin, with an address at Garden City Apartments, North Main Street Cork, denies the murder of Liam Manley at Garden City Apartments on May 12th, 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Homeless man made no attempt to defend himself during assault, court hears

 George Hook:  “It is vital that we keep alive the important traditions and festivals of our nation and I am delighted to partake in the unique celebration of our country’s patron saint.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Lord Mayor says Hook’s passionate pride in Cork makes him ideal candidate to lead city’s parade

 Seán Gillane SC: said the jury would hear medical evidence that Liam  Manley died from mechanical asphyxia as he was trapped in the chute. Photograph by Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Accused denies murder of homeless man (59) in Cork apartment complex

Forefather of the information age, George Boole is to be honoured in Cork on Thursday evening with the launch of a book of essays on his life and contribution to mathematics and science

Book of essays on maths professor’s life and contribution to science to be launched

Mr Justice Paul Carney: he was praised  for his willingness to embrace technology and it was  recalled how he had once used a video link to charge a jury in a case from his hospital bed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mr Justice Paul Carney will be irreplaceable at the Central Criminal Court, says lawyer

“Birds such as the heron are protected, so shooting a heron is a crime - I have never come across a heron being shot before but we would strongly condemn it,”  Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Predator which is protected species shot dead on banks of Sullane river near Macroom

David O’Loughlin, with an address of Garden City Apartments, North Main Street, Cork, pleaded not guilty to  murder when he was arraigned at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork. File photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

David O’Loughlin (27) charged with murder of Liam Manley (59) at Cork apartments

Cork City Council had to abandon its meeting on Monday night after  anti-water charge protester Diarmaid Ó Cadhla of the People’s Convention refused to leave the council chamber.

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla of People’s Convention cites council decision to remove group’s posters

Alan Kelly: set September 30th deadline for Cork local government review report. Photograph: Eric Luke

Review chairman says group will complete report before September deadline

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch who has received an apology and undisclosed damages from 96FM. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

96FM admits comments made about Minister on show two years ago wrong and untrue

Some ten members of the People’s Convention began the protest on Monday morning to highlight what they claim is the illegal removal of posters advertising an anti-water charge march later this month. Photograph: Barry Roche

Protest to highlight removal of posters advertising anti-water charge march

Solicitor for Mr Veale, Eddie Burke yesterday said that his client was applying for bail on both charges but Insp Finbarr O’Sullivan said that An Garda Síochána would oppose any bail application.

Judge accepts garda objection to bail application due to seriousness of charges

Musician Mick Flannery, a graduate of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN)’s pioneering music, management and sound course. CSN is tonight celebrating 25 years of the course.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Alumni of Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa’s music, management and sound course include Mick Flannery and the Frank and Walters

Mark Cronin (39) was remanded on bail after being charged with arson  in Macroom, Co Cork. Photograph: Reuters

Ex-lawyer also remanded on bail for service of book of evidence on nine fraud charges

Gardaí in Cork arrested a man in his late 50s for questioning following a €50,000 drugs seizure in the city centre. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officers discover 7kg of cannabis resin after stopping and searching car in city centre

Ten  men and six women appeared before Cork District Court on Wednesday morning,  where one man was charged with six fraud offences, a second was charged with four fraud offences and the remaining 14 people were each charged with two fraud offences.

State claims incidents staged to allow accused make fraudulent compensation claims

Sixteen people are due in court in Cork on Wednesday following an extensive garda investigation into the staging of fake car crashes in order to make false insurance claims.

Four-year long Garda investigation led to the arrests of 20 men and women

Mr. Justice Frank Clarke. The Supreme Court judge said the State requires a root-and-branch review of procedural law to see whether it is still fit for purpose. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mr Justice Frank Clarke says State needs to consider whether process is fit for purpose

According to the HSE, it was notified of the incident at St Raphael’s Centre in Youghal, Co Cork on February 23rd. It has informed both the Garda and HIQA of the alleged assault.

Staff member at Co Cork centre has been removed from duty without prejudice

Chief Justice Susan Denham adresses the court as for the first time the Supreme Court sat outside of Dublin. Photograph: Provision

All 10 judges of Supreme Court sit in Cork for the first time to hear two cases

Eric Stanton (15) who died after falling into the Glashaboy  river in Cork. Photograph: Provision

Eric Stanton died after falling into the Glashaboy river while riding a horse

Two men have appeared in court in connection with a series of robberies in Cork

One man charged with robbery of American student injured with a machete

Doctors at Cork University Hospital treated the boy but he failed to regain consciousness

Paramedics worked to try and resuscitate the 15-year-old boy following ‘terrible tragedy’

Two men remanded in custody and remaining two remanded on bail by judge

Ellie Goulding and Beck have been added to the line up of this year’s Live in the Marquee

Peter Aiken says Ireland needs to capitalise on venues like Croke Park and Aviva

Ed Sheeran on stage during the Brit Awards. Promoter Peter Aiken has ruled out a third Croke Park gig featuring the singer this summer. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Promoter also announces Ellie Goulding and Beck gigs for Live at the Marquee in Cork

The HSE issued a statement confirming a senior psychiatrist had contacted the girl’s mother on Thursday to discuss a number of assessment options.

Girl was left in a distressed state for five hours in hospital, mother says

A prison officer has been jailed for 18-months after he breached a barring order by calling to his wife’s house before threatening to kill her. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Greg Lynch pleads guilty to threatening to kill his wife at her home in Ballinhassig, Cork

Dingle marine biologist Kevin Flannery examines the Bearcat fish which resides in the Artic region. Mr Flannery has been awarded with an honorary MSc from UCC for his work on Irish marine life. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Kevin Flannery says honorary degree belongs as much to ‘muintir na mara’ as to him

Cork councillor Mick Barry. A meeting of Cork City Council had to be abandoned this evening after anti-water charges campaigners disrupted it in protest at the jailing of five  protesters in Dublin last week. The meeting had been due to vote on a motion on the jailing proposed by Cllr Barry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group occupy main council chamber to condemn jailing of five Dublin protesters

Leila Dube from Galway marching with asylum seekers, refugees and supporters during a protest about direct provision at the Department of Justice last November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Anti-Deportation Ireland accuses working group of failing to take account of views of those living in direct provision centres

Schoolchildren from Ovens National School, Cork,  model dresses and accessories donated to Cork Penny Dinners  for their First Holy Communion Appeal.   Pictured are Lisa Murphy, Lucy Dornan, Emma O’Sullivan and Doireann Moynihan having their hair done by Joseph’s Hair Salon. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Cork Penny Dinners to host pop-up shop for boys and girls

Actor Jeremy Irons has spoken about his involvement in the documentary ‘Trashed’ which was shown at UCC on Monday. Photograph: Blenheim Films.

Actor says decision to build incinerator at Poolbeg in Dublin ‘a step back’ for the State

Louise O’Keeffe: successfully sued the State in the European Court of Human Rights in 2014 for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by principal Leo Hickey while a pupil at Dunderrow national school in west Cork. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins.

Conor O’Mahony warns of narrow interpretation of Louise O’Keeffe judgement

A view of Cork city’s skyline. Dr Aodh Quinlivan of UCC said the task set for the Smiddy Review Group to examine local government reform in Cork might require more time than the September deadline set by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty.

Expert concerned that Dept of Environment may assist and urge greater centralisation

The LE Aoife  was launched in 1979 and has travelled over 600,000 nautical miles in the course of fish protection patrols and other missions.

Decommissioned Irish ship ‘past its sell by date’

Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin candidate in Cork South West hopes to become first woman TD for the area

Commander Liam Brett joined the Naval Service in 1946. Photograph: Alan Betson

The late Commander was central to expansion of Naval Service in the 1970s and 1980s

The LE Aoife in Dun Laoghaire. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Maltese military will attend peace keeping training courses in Ireland as part of deal

Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, who successfully took a case against her employer NUIG on the grounds of gender discrimination. A meeting on gender and equality issues in higher education has heard how such cases are still rare.  File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Representative says university staff feel too isolated to take gender discrimination cases

Gary O’Flynn is charged with three counts of making gain or causing loss by deception to Bank of Ireland Mortgages. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Some technical matters still to be finalised in case against Gary O’Flynn, gardaí tell court

Extending Cork City Council’s boundary simply to include suburbs currently under the control of Cork County Council will do little to address the planning needs of the city over the next 50 years, a seminar on local government reform in Cork has heard. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Planner says reforms should seek to build a metropolitan authority to cater for next 50 years

A woman is in a critical condition and four others, including a four-year-old boy, are in a serious condition following a five vehicle collision on the Cork to Mallow Road.

One driver escaped after engine of car flew through the air and crashed into his van

The proposed upgrade of Kent station and  work  on the Cork-Dublin railway line between  Portlaoise and Hazelhatch that will shave 15 minutes off travel times, will make rail travel  more attractive

Creation of new entrance will help make Kent Station more accessible from city centre

Re-enactments of historical events associated with the Easter 1916 Rising in Cork are  planned for this year as part of preparations for  the 100th anniversary of the rebellion next year. Photograph: Getty

More than 100 people attend meeting to discuss commemorations for Cork

Rail travel time between Dublin and Cork could be cut to two hours, say Iarnród Éireann

Improvements will help further boost growing passenger numbers out of Cork

Army bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion to make safe a viable pipe bomb left on the doorstep of a house on Cork’s Northside early this morning. Photograph: Barry Roche

Pipe bomb left on doorstep led to 12 homes being evacuated in ‘disturbing’ incident

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has criticised the Government’s failure to promote diversity in the  ownership of media, which he says is one way of preventing media bias. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says Government action on media ownership needed to prevent bias

One of the country’s biggest pig producers has been jailed for “cruelty on an industrial scale” where some of his pigs were cannibalised.

Court hears about horrific animal neglect at farm in Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has said that the Government’s response to the European Court of Human Rights  judgment in the Louise O’Keeffe abuse case is fair, despite criticism from Louise O’Keeffe herself. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister backs response to European Court of Human Rights judgment despite criticism

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she believed the only way the dispute with the ASTI and the TUI over Junior Certificate reform can be resolved is through dialogue rather than striking. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Education minister says reform disagreement can be solved ‘by talking, not by strikes’

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has launched a new initiative to encourage more women into science and technology subjects. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Education says women can help fill shortfall areas such as technology and engineering

Anti-eviction campaigners staged a protest outside Cork Circuit Court to highlight the number of people facing eviction as a result of bank demands. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Demonstrators highlight number facing eviction as a result of bank demands

Bomb disposal officers have made safe a pipe bomb found in the garden of a house on the northside of Cork city on Wednesday morning.

Device found at Killala Gardens in Knocknaheeny at 8am on Wednesday

The man was initially treated on board by a doctor but following a further assessment of his injuries, it was decided he should be evacuated for medical treatment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Irish Coastguard at Valentia co-ordinate rescue operation 200 miles off Slea Head

Peter Murphy was found on Saturday in his rented home in Bweeng, 10km from Mallow

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Cork City Council votes to award the honour to veteran actor and comedian later this year

Susanna Fabris, Cork French Film Festival  co-ordinator, Camille Dijoud, cultural assistant and Mathieu Nivard, Alliance Francaise de Cork, at the launch of the 26th Cork French Film Festival.  Photograph: Miki Barlok

Winner of Cannes Best Director Award to present latest film The Blue Room at event

A mother has been acquitted of dangerous driving causing death of her four-year-old daughter in a car crash two years ago by a jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Kathleen O’Brien (4) died in crash on Cork to Limerick road in July 2013

Gardaí investigating two robberies arrested two men and recovered a sum of money and a hatchet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter Murphy had damage to skull, rib and lung which gardaí believe resulted from assault

Former Fianna Fáil councillor Gary O’Flynn: has pleaded guilty to  three separate charges of soliciting an undercover garda to kill. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gary O’Flynn pleads guilty to trying to have three people killed

The body of Peter Murphy was found in his rented house at Shanavoher between Bweeng and Dromahane outside Mallow at about 1.20pm on Saturday. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Postmortem triggers cause for concern and further inquiries to follow north Cork fatality

A former solicitor has been remanded on bail after he was charged with nine theft and fraud offences including the theft of over €250,000 from clients over a four year period. Photograph: Reuters.

Cork based Mark Cronin remanded on bail charged with nine theft and fraud offences

Comedian Dara Ó Briain and Crónán Ó Doibhlin,  Head of Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services, UCC inspect a cpy of George Boole’s ‘The Laws of Thought’. The book centred on his famous theory of logic and probabilities and has heavily influenced mathematics for modern  computer systems. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Major plans to celebrate 200th anniversary of birth of maths pioneer George Boole

Minister of State Sean Sherlock said  upgrading the N20 road to a motorway was needed to ensure Cork and Limerick continued to grow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

National Roads Authority official says it could take 10 years to complete motorway

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who held a meeting in Cork to gauge people’s thoughts on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Fine Gael party sources report that the Government will focus on  ‘middle Ireland’ outside Dublin during the  referendum campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rural constituencies outside Dublin key to Yes vote campaign, party sources say

Winners in each of the four categories of the Cork company of the year awards were David Owens of SolarWinds (large company winner) with Cork Chamber president Gillian Keating and Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary; Joan Lucey of Vibes & Scribes (retail company of the year); Patrice Fanning of Technically Write IT (emerging category winner), Mark Brosnan of Xanadu Consulting (SME winner) and Cork Chamber chief executive Conor Healy. Photograph: John Sheehan

Dynamism and vision of Cork people critical, says Gillian Keating

Tánaiste Joan Burton has confirmed the Labour Party will be voting against an abortion Bill proposed by Independent TD Clare Daly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Tánaiste wants issue of fatal foetal abnormality addressed in constitutional fashion

About a dozen anti-austerity campaigners held a peaceful protest outside the Imperial Hotel on Friday morning where Dara Murphy, a TD for Cork North Central, was hosting the fundraising breakfast which was addressed by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald.

Workers Party councillor says it’s ‘obscene’ to hold fundraiser during period of austerity

The accused had a long-standing heroin addiction and was high at the time but never intended hurting anyone, his barrister  told the court

Judge said violence, including threat to kill customer (13), merits five-year sentence

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said  that new legislation to be published shortly on children’s issues will ensure people can focus solely on the issue of marriage equality when they vote in the referendum in May.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

New Bill on children’s issues will allow focus of campaign to be on inclusion, Fitzgerald says

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