The photograph, issued this week, was taken using a special mount allows the use of standard cameras to take sharper pictures of Earth at speed. Photograph: ESA/Nasa

Astronaut takes crystal clear photo of phenomenon while traveling at 28, 800 km/h

President  Michael D Higgins was heckled during a school visit in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Derek Byrne refuses to apologise and withdraw his use of the word ‘parasite’

Fine Gael TD  Michelle Mulherin: The Mayo TD repaid  €2,000 spent on phone calls made  to Kenya from Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD confirmed she repaid €2,000 cost of calls made from Leinster House to Kenya

Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga (aka Doro Gowon) in north-eastern Nigeria taken on 2 Jan 2015. The image shows an example of the densely packed structures and tree cover. Photograph: Amnesty International

Images provide ‘indisputable and shocking evidence’ of attacks in which thousands may have died

Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill (left) at an event in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2014   with former Coimisinéir, Seán Ó Cuirreáin (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coimisinéir Teanga resigned amid claims Irish was being driven to the margins

Kevin Spacey, winner of Best Actor in a Television Series -  Drama for ‘House of Cards,’ poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

More underhand political dealings and intrigue lie ahead in season three of TV drama

Met Éireann is expecting very disturbed and often extremely windy weather with the risk of stormy conditions over the following days.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Winds gusting to 120km per hour expected tonight with temperature drop to follow

2014 was the fifth consecutive year that the agriculture sector recorded the highest number of workplace fatalities.  Archive photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Last year saw the highest total number of workplace fatalities recorded since 2008

Dr Eamon Martin  at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Catholic primate of all Ireland warns against ‘cynicism or negativity’ in Christmas homily

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