US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford, and his Chinese counterpart, Gen Fang Fenghui, in Beijing. Gen Fang said both sides should “push forward stable military ties as an important and major stablising factor in bilateral relations”. Photograph:  Thomas Peter/Reuters

Prime minister rules out hosting nuclear weapons to deter North as China urges calm

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un: said  he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. Photograph:  KCNA via KNS/STR/South Korea Getty

US lacks insight into North Korean politics and overestimates China’s role, says expert

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army  in an unknown location  in this undated photo released on Tuesday by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photograph: KCNA via Reuters

North Korea’s leader calls on US to desist from ‘reckless actions’ amid signs of easing tensions

Lynn Soon-bun speaks for the women of Soesong-gil village in saying the Americans should leave and take their anti-missile batteries, deployed nearby, with them. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

South Koreans close to anti-missile defence site oppose militarisation and fear for health

South Korean president Moon Jae-in shakes hands with US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Joseph Dunford in Seoul on August 14th. Photograph: Bae Jae-man/Yonhap

Seoul’s Moon Jae-in criticises Pyongyang as China gets set to implement strict sanctions

Gen Joseph Dunford  arrives at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Gen Dunford to meet Moon Jae-in before heading to China and Japan

Visitors look  towards North Korea from a South Korean observation post  near the DMZ. Photograph: Getty Images

An empty rail station is only visited by tourists. No trains head north from here

People look out from the observation platform in front of a fence at N Seoul Tower, located at the top of Mt Namsan in central Seoul. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Koreans have heard it all before, but this time an unsteady hand sits in the White House

Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification are displayed on a military fence at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea says it will have ballistic missile plan for Guam ‘within days’

Ella Rose Gavin helping the magician from Martas Magic Show at Hope Fest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A kids’ festival organised by addiction body Hope takes place on a Wednesday for good reason

Plastic rubbish and waste on a beach in Plymouth. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Significant operation in 43 countries, including Ireland, deemed ‘a great success’

Jim Ferry is facing a potential prison term for failing to comply with a High Court order to clean up an illegal dump he has been operating near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Wers Waste does not have a permit for the waste facility it operates near Tuam

Dangerous driving: “If you see someone holding a mobile phone . . . it is extremely likely they are also doing a whole series of other poor road-safety behaviours.” Photograph: Martin Prescott/iStock/Getty

10% of motorists admit to drink-driving; 2% regard three drinks as safe

Rossbracken:  the centre of Jim Ferry’s illegal waste activities near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Waste operator Jim Ferry faces jail if he does not clean up his illegal facility at Rossbracken

Members of the Irish Blackball Association walk alongside the hearse carrying Dermot Byrne in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Community pays respects to ‘good friend and great father’at funeral in Swords

Army Rangers Wing  will be part of the  State’s on-call response to a major terrorist incident. Photograph: Alan Betson

Special forces will increase co-operation with Garda with joint training exercises

Waste at Whitestown Dump Co Wicklow.

‘Who was in charge?’ asks council member

The furnished identical house next door to 6 South Place, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow

No 6 South Place combines modern design and technology in a mature setting

 Wicklow County Council has  said it will take six-and-a-half years to clear the illegal dump  at Whitestown.

Wicklow County Council insists it needs permissions before it can take action on the site

 Eleventh Night at Roughan, Co Tyrone: the Silver Band play ‘Kenilworth’ at the bonfire.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

No hatred on display as occasion is marked with tea, soccer and a lilting brass band

Waste at Whitestown dump in Co Wicklow. File photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times

Owner of Wicklow site disputes estimate, says work can be finished in under three years

The proposed drink-driving law seeks to impose a mandatory three-month driving ban on anyone found to have 51-80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Alcohol industry lobbying hard against Minister’s plan to impose mandatory driving ban on offenders

Former councillor Barry Nevin (left) and Cllr Thomas Cullen  leaving the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Cllr Thomas Cullen and ex-councillor Barry Nevin claimed document made them seem incompetent

LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’ during a rescue mission in the Mediterranean last September. For the Naval Service, not being part of the wider EU operation but working in the same theatre on tasks intimately connected to the EU mission has created limitations

Our Mediterranean missions currently based on an arrangement with the Italian government

The site of the illegal dump at Whitestown, Co Wicklow, in 2001. File photograph Joe St Leger

High Court orders removal of waste and contaminated soil within three years

Simon Coveney has described his telephone call to an Air Corps  pilot who refused to fly him to Cork as an example of his ‘hands-on’ approach.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister claims 2015 intervention over airman’s refusal to fly was ‘not intimidatory’

Almost 60 per cent of customers nationally already pay by weight, the remaining 40 per cent or so being mainly in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Industry insider says ‘common sense’ over pricing would prevail under watchdog

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an Air Corps helicopter pilot in June 2015 when the pilot refused to fly him to Cork because fog was forecast. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says Minister’s behaviour during fog forecast dispute was ‘not intimidatory’

“I have total respect for the judgement of military personnel whether they’re in the Naval Service, the Air Corps or in the Army,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Niall CArson/PA

Minister questioned judgement of Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him due to fog forecast

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney questioned the judgment of an experienced Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him to Cork because of predicted fog. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Air Corps is ‘very unhappy’ about Minister’s behaviour during the 2015 incident

Sgt David Greene helps Cpl Nigel Callanan find the target at the Defence Forces’ International Marksmanship Skills Competition in the Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Defence Forces

Defence Forces International Marksmanship Skills challenge takes place in Glen of Imaal

White cladding on the right of the Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington, London, in the aftermath of a fire in which at least 17 people have died. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

New fire-safety regulations to come into force in fortnight, says Department of Housing

The burnt-out Grenfell Tower: Rainscreen cladding on the  tower was, according to Rydon Construction, put there with the aim of “improving thermal insulation and modernising the exterior of the building”. The company finished refurbishing the building last summer.  Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Ireland ‘following the English model of building regulation - which is inadequate’

A coffin bearing the remains of Michael Keogh is carried at his funeral at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin, today. He  was shot dead in his car in an underground car park on Dorset Street on  May 31st. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Latest casualty of Kinahan-Hutch feud was shot dead on Dorset Street on May 31st

Map showing the course of the Vartry River from the reservoir, through the Devil’s Glen, Ashford, New Rath Bridge and into the Irish Sea. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Objectors tell hearing of lack of environmental impact statement for Wicklow plant

The treatment plant upgrade is geared to increase output by 10 to 15 million litres of water per day. Photograph: The Irish Times

Planning board told objectors concerned about flow into Vartry river and waste material

Irish security services: the emergency-response unit training in October 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government seems to prefer the risk of an atrocity to an overhaul of our patchy defences

Grosvenor Square in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU residency granted after marriage to UK woman in Dublin

In the South Circular Road mosque, people are polite but weary with media questions

House at the Rathmines address used by the London Bridge terrorist Rachid Redouane when he married in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

An end of red brick terraced house in fashionable Grosvenor Square

Former president Mary Robinson: “What will become evident is that America is no longer the leader on progressive values because of what Trump is doing.”Photograph: Peter Murtagh

‘We have to call out this government. Blame the Trump administration, not the people’

Four-year-old Ciarán Treacy was killed in April 2013 when their car was hit by a drunk driver in Portarlington, Co Laois.

Strong criticism of politician’s opposition to tougher rules voiced at RSA conference

Denis O’Brien. Photograph: David Sleator

Testy exchanges between judge and O’Brien’s counsel over third early-date request

Carmel O’Brien , co-ordinator of the Kilmaley Meitheal Spring Clean, with  roadside dumping in Co Clare on Friday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Household waste, electrical goods, mattresses and bags among items dumped

Aaron Brady (26) from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, was deported from the US. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Aaron Brady to appear in Clover Hill court next week over road traffic charges

Retired Wicklow manager Eddie Sheehy began the investigation into allegations concerning Cavan County Council in March. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Fake invoices to the council for work not carried out among allegations examined

Archbishop of Dublin  Diarmuid Martin (right) welcomes His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, to Archbishop’s House in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pope Tawadros II meets Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on first Coptic papal trip to Ireland

President Higgins receives Pope Tawadros II at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Detention of Irish citizen (21) raised with Coptic pope and Egyptian ambassador

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Only only healthcare organisation impacted by WannaCry in Ireland

Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Sara Freund

Moyagh Murdock says vintners’ group ‘downplaying value of lives lost’

In the  High Court, Mr Justice Max Barrett threw the book at Jim Ferry, who  controlled two companies, Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferrys Refuse Recycling Limited

Inside Rossbracken foul liquid bleeds into the nearby earth, feet from the river bank

Former Wicklow County manager Eddie Sheehy who has been exonerated by the High Court of an allegation of corruption. Photograph: Collins

Judge rules his accuser Donal Ó Laoire ‘not a credible witness’ in illegal dumping case

Geoff Hill: spent much of his childhood at Termon in Co Tyrone, where his grandfather Edward was butler

Peter Murtagh has gone along for the ride on his friend Geoff Hill’s motorcycle epics. Now he’s swept away by his flight of fancy,(...)

The Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized more than €300,000 in cash, along with cash counting and packaging equipment.

Cash counting and packaging equipment found in Sandyford

Sir Ivor Roberts: “I don’t want to find myself queuing to get through Rome airport every time I go there.”

Sir Ivor Roberts applies for passport as result of anxieties over UK’s exit from EU

The Garda are pursuing five men who withdrew a compensation claim against an insurance firm

Tallaght court adjourns law firm’s application to allow for variation of search warrant

Bankrupt developer  Tom McFeely faced two charges of breaching a protection order. He was found guilty of breaching one of them

Woman told court McFeely threatened to slit her throat and ‘send her to America in a box’

Trial has heard claims that work at the dump since 2009 is inadequate

On the 50th day of Brownfield case, judge says it may be referred to European Court

 Aidan Magee (6) from Dublin protesting outside McKee Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Wives and partners say ‘heroes’ should not need social welfare to survive

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, which crashed off the west coast  on March 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International aviation and EU rules do not ban inclusion of cockpit voice recordings of final moments from investigation reports

Hickory Ridge, a tiny bungalow in the middle of The Burnaby,

A two-bedroom house in The Burnaby for sale at €640,000, includes a quarter acre of gorgeous gardens

Sgt Damien Kelly (left), Advanced Paramedic Darren Figgis, Comdt Phil Bonner and Lt Kevin Fitzgerald, ready for duty. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

What is it like to spend a day with the Air Corps and HSE first responders?

Coast Guard personnel view the R116 recovery operation at Blackrock Island. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Preliminary survey identifies warning system’s lack of data as a factor in the crash

Capt Paul McDermott briefing his Air Corps pilot colleagues ahead of the Pilatus airplane flypast at the end of Sunday’s 1916 Rising commemoration ceremony at the GPO. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Air Corps among Rising parade’s highlights, but struggling with budget cuts

Preacher Patterson: investigated for child abuse by an Alabama district attorney who characterised him simply as “evil”.

In Warwick, Rhode Island, Preacher Patterson is bible-thumping for America

The Defence Forces corries out some 1,600 random tests on serving personnel in 2016.

It is understood the newly qualified pilot admitted taking cocaine the weekend before random test

Former Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Collins

High Court examining council’s knowledge of largest illegal dump in the State

The Ultimate Off Road Day offers an exhilarating, helter-skelter ride through the forest wilderness

Off-road motorbiking in Llangynog is a great way of getting close to the Welsh mud

Former Wicklow County Council manager Eddie Sheehy: “My legacy is making Wicklow a no-go area for illegal dumping.” Photograph: Collins

Documents show Eddie Sheehy knew what Donal O Laoire was doing, counsel says

The remains of Capt Mark Duffy are carried into St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth, followed by his widow, Hermione, ahead of his funeral Mass on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

‘He put a safety net around us in our home. He was fearless. He lived consciously each day’

Ruth and Kevin Burke who are feared to have died following the helicopter crash in Wales. Photograph: Facebook

Friends in Co Mayo were expecting aircraft owner Kevin Burke to visit this weekend

Retired county manager Eddie Sheehy was cross-examined, for the second day, in a High Court case over illegal dumping. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eddie Sheehy accepts there were ‘significant discrepancies’ in letter to department

Donal Ó Laoire leaving the Four Courts last week after giving evidence in the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Donal Ó Laoire labelled a perjurer by retired Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy

Moya Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority, said: “The number [OF TESTS]had to be made up and [the Garda] have to acknowledge that.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New equipment will record full details of test, including location, and prevent falsification

Martin Coyne of Digitpol, a company which has been  used by Denis O’Brien in his case against Red Flag.

Most of what investigator Martin Coyne claimed of self and alleged expertise questioned

The site at Whitestown, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, owned by Brownfield Restoration Ltd. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Wicklow County Council being sued for failing to remediate site of illegal dump

 Former manager of Wicklow County Council Eddie Sheehy. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Case centres on allegation council failed to remediate illegal dump in west Wicklow

Many proceedings relating to the illegal dump at Whitestown in west Wicklow have been or are before the courts

Former authorised officer makes claim case over illegal dump in west Co Wicklow

Donal Ó Laoire leaves the Four Courts after giving evidence on the opening day of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court told officials also made false statements and gave false information to gardaí

Waste at Whitestown: Material found at the dump included hospital waste,  commercial construction waste and domestic waste

Local authority found to have sent tonnes of hazardous waste to unlicensed landfill

Denis O’Brien. In their notice of appeal, the businessman’s lawyers list all the affidavits and transcripts of proceedings they will rely on at the Court of Appeal Photograph: David Sleator

Further details emerge about Dutch-based figure hired to examine USB key for O’Brien

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick’s fuenral was laden with poignancy for the sense of a truly valuable life cut short. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Poignant salute delivered at pilot’s funeral after fatal helicopter crash

The funeral of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick Irish Coast Guard member at St Patrick’s Church, Glencullen, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Coast Guard pilot’s love of family, loyalty and sense of justice recalled

Members of the Irish Air Corps arriving to join the search for the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lack of pilots and air traffic controllers delayed Air Corps involvement in rescue

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Brigid O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Mother in critical condition after her children and another woman die in fire at shelter

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Margaret O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Pregnant woman killed along with daughter in tragedy at domestic violence refuge

Pine Lodge is very private and cannot be seen from the road

Poets, politicians, philosophers and ‘wild people’ gathered at Pine Lodge to chat

Fiona Ryan, chief executive of Sonas which runs the Clondalkin Supported Housing Complex in Cluainin Cronan on Kilcronan Avenue. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sonas helped 1,200 women and children in danger of domestic abuse last year

 Neighbours placed flowers and teddy bears at the scene of an apartment fire in Cluainin Cronan in Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Woman remains in critical condition after devastating fire at safe haven apartment

Sgt Valerie Cole 55th Infantry Group Irish Defence Forces. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tanks, gunfire and combat drills; Irish soldiers prepare for UN Golan Heights mission

Inspector Ken McLoughlin speaks to media after a fire at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin where a woman and two children died.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

President and Taoiseach offer sympathies after blaze in Clondalkin step-down facility

“Significant quantities” of human remains have been detected by archaeologists working for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes at the Tuam site. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Identification of links with others outside home likely to pose difficulties, says expert

Renovated redbrick started as coachhouse but has had modern makeover

Ballymount recycling plant in Dublin.

A shipload of green-bin waste was sent back to Ireland this week, rejected as unsuitable for recycling. Fines are next

Wicklow County Council’s proposal involved  dumping material dredged from the Dargle river. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bord Pleanála says council’s proposal to create ‘eco-park’ near Kilcoole incoherent

Berkeley Library in Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Fifty years after it opened in Trinity, the building is well loved, but not without critics

Separating waste inside Panda Waste Management’s recycling plant at Ballymount in Dublin.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Abuse of recycling by Dublin householders results in contamination of 40% of waste

The Flint Hills Gun Works of Manhattan, Kansas, whose weapons and munitions Michael Ryan attempted to export illegally to Cork and Mallow.

Global arms trafficking business hosted on the dark web by Kansas man Michael Ryan

Sinn Féin’s new leader Michelle O’Neill (left) arrives to address the IRA gunmen commemoration in Clonoe, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New Sinn Féin leader attends memorial in Clonoe for volunteers shot dead by the SAS

 Poker player Emmet Mullen (left) and painter Chris Fisher, two disenchanted Omagh non-voters. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Disaffection is dominant mood on main streets in North as polls loom in fortnight

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