HSE: “There is no quality control on illegal drugs.” Photograph: Getty Images

Investigators suspect supplies of the synthetic drug U-47700 from China or Eastern Europe may be in circulation in Cork

The HSE has issued a warning to all drug users about U-47700  being sold in the form of white powder as cocaine in Co Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí believe Cork teenager died after taking synthetic opioid called U-47700

Michael Cornacchia was found unconscious by his mother in his bedroom. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Traces of U-47700, which is banned in several US states after dozens of deaths, are found

Prof John A Murphy: “As someone who, as a student and a member of staff, experienced real censorship of the old-fashioned kind, I would deplore any return to censorship under some other guise”

Former senator Prof John A Murphy has bust unveiled at UCC for 90th birthday

Isabelle Sheridan, who is to receive the prestigious Medal of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. File photograph: onthepigsback.ie

Isabelle Sheridan urges Irish food producers to explore different markets amid Brexit

Gardaí do not suspect that foul play was involved in the boy’s death but hope a postmortem will clarify the exact cause. Photograph: Frank Miller

Teenager found unresponsive at his home in Deermount in Cork city on Monday morning

Heroin seized during a planned search operation by drug squad officers. File photograph of heroin: Eric Luke

Man in early 20s and teenage girl arrested as part of ongoing operation against drug dealing

 The advisory group is to consider the strategic role of Cork city as a regional growth centre. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty

Minister Simon Coveney urges quick turnaround to allow for 2019 local elections

Yvonne Ungerer sympathises with Bertrand Bouniol and his son Baptiste at mass in Goleen, west Cork, to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of his sister Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Barry Roche

Members of murdered film producer’s family attend 20th anniversary Mass in Cork

A 35-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with two drug offences following a € 10,000 drugs seizure by gardaí in Co Cork earlier this week.

Accused faces charges of cannabis posssesion and possessing the drug for sale or supply

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said  long-term planning, based on demographic data, was needed in the health service.

More funding for hospital beds needed to prevent patients on trolleys in January

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would be seeking funding to cut the waiting list numbers at  Cork University Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Unacceptable that over 4,200 women currently awaiting procedures - Minister

Minister for Health Simon Harris has pledged to act immediately to make medicinal cannabis more widely available if a policy review recommends such a move. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health faced questions from mother of child with epilepsy

Minister for Health Simon Harris is on Thursday going to be asked by consultants at Cork University Maternity Hospital to provide €5 million in funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Second theatre critical to cutting 4,200 waiting list for gynaecological procedures

Campaigners against homelessness staged a protest at Cork City Hall on Wednesday. Photograph: Mick Nugent

Up to 50 protestors gather at Cork City Hall to highlight appalling’ homeless situation

Brothers William (65) and Patrick Price (62),  Stephenstown Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty  to failing to have details of  life-saving drills and training procedures recorded in their trawler’s log  on November 4th, 2015. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Brothers plead guilty to failing to have details of life-saving drills and training recorded in log

Home Sweet Home activists rally outside Apollo House in Dublin city centre last week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Coveney and Home Sweet Home agree to locate new accommodation for occupants

 Sophie Toscan du Plantier:      murdered in west Cork in 1996. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty

Ombudsman file on Garda handling of murder investigation will not be sent to DPP

Inquest hears fatal collision occurred on the N20 near Mallow General Hospital (above) on April 5th, 2016. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Con and Mary McCarthy died within minutes of each other in crash near Mallow

Garda John O’Halloran was granted bail and will appear again before Cork District Court on February 16th

Charges relate to sums ranging from less than €100 to more than €5,000, court hears

Management at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe  has also urged members of the public to use alternative health providers except in the case of “real emergencies”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork University Hospital urges public to avail of alternatives as it strives to deal with upsurge at its emergency department (...)

Some of those who gathered in Shalom Park in the heart of Cork’s old Jewish quarter on New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Stalwart of Cork Jewish community Freddie Rosehill remembered at Hanukkah event

The scene of a fatal crash on the M8 Dublin to Cork road near Rathcormac, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Second driver in Cork hospital with injuries as woman dies after car struck ditch in Co Cavan

Some 27 firefighters from Cork City Fire Brigade spent several hours bringing the blaze under control at the historic house on the grounds of Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Tivoli.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fort William House in Tivoli badly damaged by blaze just before Christmas

The funeral service of Aidan O’Driscoll (37) at St Oliver’s Church, Dublin Hill, Cork.

Vehicle bought in November by men using false names in a cash deal

File image of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. It is 20 years since she was killed violently at her home in West Cork

Department of Justice accused of silence over attempts to extradite Ian Bailey to France

Sophie Toscan du Plantier who was killed in December 1996: “I know in France they somehow believe I am the killer, but I am not the killer,” says Ian Bailey. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images

Bailey says anniversary of French woman’s death casts a cloud over him each Christmas

Alarm was raised at about 4.30am on Friday morning when fire was spotted at Fortwilliam House on  grounds of the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. Photograph: Getty Images

Fire fighers battled blaze in Fortwilliam House, a listed building dating from 19th century

A French trial of Ian Bailey would not be ‘one-sided’, according to the campaign group ASSOPH. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier to attend Mass for 20th anniversary of death

Sophie Toscan du Plantier: Exactly 20 years since she was murdered, the Frenchwoman is still a presence around Mizen Head. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty Images

‘Life has moved on, but Sophie’s murder is still a topic of conversation over the counter’

’It’s alleged that he set fire to his own home and that he did get his children out of the burning building’

Court directs psychiatric assessment for father following apparent suicide attempt

Two Polish men granted bail after being charged at special court sitting

A post-mortem on Jack Mahony (74) was carried out at Cork University Hospital. Stock Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jack Mahony (74) died after fire started accidentally downstairs, gardaí believe

Drugs Squad detectives recover €40k worth of drugs and €120k in cash in two raids

Gardaí seized a sawn-off shotgun, a Colt 9mm handgun and ammunition on Commons Road used by associates of Aidan O’Driscoll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe men are New IRA members but arrests not directly linked to O’Driscoll killing

The funeral service of Aidan O’Driscoll (37) at St Oliver’s Church, Dublin Hill, Cork. He was shot dead last week in Blackpool, Cork.

Brother of Aidan O’Driscoll speaks at Cork service of how he had turned his life around

Two of the men were brought to Cobh Garda Station for questioning while the third was detained at Midleton Garda Station.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Three arrests in Cobh are not directly linked to murder of Aidan O’Driscoll, say gardaí

Gardaí are also interviewing a woman who it is understood dropped some of the men to the house in a car.

Three men, one aged 50 and two in their 40s, arrested together in house in Cobh

Aidan O’Driscoll pictured among protesters against the visit of Queen Elizabeth at Dublin Castle in May 2011. Photograph: Collins Photos

Body of Aidan O’Driscoll removed to Cork city church ahead of Thursday’s funeral

Irish Water said an examination by its own staff and Cork City Council workers has confirmed both the sewer and the pumping station were now fully operational

Small quantity of sewage discharged into Curraheen river in Bishopstown area of Cork

 Independent member of Cork County Council Claire Cullinane, who has died suddenly at her home in Cobh.

Tributes paid following the sudden death of the ‘wonderful, fun-loving’ Independent

Aidan O’Driscoll(37) had sided with the New IRA grouping in Cork led by a former Real IRA man in his 40s while several of his former comrades remained with Real IRA. Photograph:Collins

Investigators believe republican was killed by people from Cork with good local knowledge

Alma Murnane, programme manager at the South West Action Plan for Jobs and Bob Savage, Dell EMC general manager of EMEA Centres of Excellence, who is chairman of the organisation. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says appointment will continue to drive down unemployment rate in southwest

Gardaí at the scene of the crash on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Eamon Dixon, Michael Tobin and Kenneth O’Sullivan were identified after DNA tests

Aidan O’Driscoll (37) who at one point was the self-styled chief-of-staff of the Real IRA in the south.

Gardaí appeal for information about cars believed to have been used in Cork shooting

Gardaí investigating the murder of  Aidan O’Driscoll are examining the possibility that his killers may have been brought in from outside of Cork.  Photograph: Collins.

Gardaí note that men who attacked former Real IRA chief in busy area did not cover faces

Supt Mick Comyns of Mayfield Garda station, who is leading the investigation into the murder, appealed for witnesses.  Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Dissidents angered by lenient punishment shooting may have killed Aidan O’Driscoll

Weapons seized during 2014-2015 on display at Garda HQ in Janurary. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Real IRA has claimed responsibility for at least two drug murders in recent years

18/5/11 Aidan O’Driscoll, amonst the protesters against the visit of Queen Elizabeth II at Dublin Castle.

Aidan O’Driscoll managed to overturn Special Criminal Court conviction for IRA membership in 2008

The scene of the shooting on the Old Commons Road near Blackpool Village, Cork where Aidan O’Driscoll was killed. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Officers investigating killing of Aidan O’Driscoll want to trace movements of three cars

The scene of the shooting on the Old Commons Road near Blackpool village in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Aidan O’Driscoll was chief of staff of Real IRA but stood down for ‘unrepublican activity’

The scene of the  shooting on the Old Commons Road near Blackpool Village, Cork where Aidan O’Driscoll was killed. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Aidan O’Driscoll – nicknamed the Beast – shot three times near Blackpool Church

The Bank of Ireland branch in Macroom, Co Cork, where Niamh Thornton worked.

Woman charged with 187 counts of thefts; four counts of computer fraud at Bank of Ireland

Gardaí at the scene of the crash on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

No official comment on identities of three men - but two have been named locally

A Norwegian Air International Boeing

Q&A: How will Cork routes with Norwegian and Icelandic carriers benefit travellers?

The US Department of Transportation on Friday night granted a permit to Norwegian Air International to operate a transatlantic Cork-Boston service. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Unlikely president-elect will take action despite anger of pilots’ association, say sources

Gardaí at the scene of the crash on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Three men killed in Co Waterford while man (21) dies in separate incident in Co Cork

A man died and three people were interviewed following a crash in north Cork.

Three people, including two children, rushed to hospitl following incident on N72

 Gardai at the scene of the crash on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Three killed when their car burst into flames in collision that left six others seriously hurt

The fatal road traffic accident on the N72 outside Dungarvan, Co Waterford.  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Six others including children seriously injured in two-car collision in Dungarvan

The decision by the US Department of Transportation to grant a permit to Norwegian Air International to operate a transatlantic Cork-Boston service has been welcomed on Leeside. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg.

Airport chief says Norwegian Air can do for transatlantic travel what Ryanair has done for European travel

A woman has died in a road crash in Co Cork after her car went out of control and overturned on the main Cork-Mallow road on Friday night.

Victim is the 20th person to lose their life on Cork roads this year, an increase of eight on last year

 Norwegian Air: Unions claim the airline will use its  Irish Air Operator’s Certificate as a flag of convenience to skirt labour laws and employ low-paid crew. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Norwegian Air’s permit win likely to prompt opposition from pilots’ unions and rivals

Gardai said €20,000 cash has been stolen in six separate robberies from cars in Cork over the last 20 months.

Gardaí warn against leaving large sums of cash unattended in cars after spate of thefts

Cork’s synagogue on the South Terrace, which closed earlier this year.

Chairman of Jewish Representative council of Ireland pays tribute to indispensable man’

The coroner  adjourned the Macroom inquest until January 24th.

Summonses to be issued as hearing into death of two men in Macroom adjourned

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada spoke at the annual Killmichael Commemoration in west Cork over the weekend. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada says having part of Ireland outside of the EU will ‘spell disaster’ for country

The late Dr Sean Pettit lectured for more than 30 years in UCC. Photograph: Gavin Browne

The former teacher, who had lectured in UCC for over 30 years, wrote many books on Cork’s history

The post-mortem by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster was carried out at Cork University Hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Postmortem on body of Sloan (70), who moved to West Cork in 1970s, rules out foul play

Former senator Brendan Ryan meeting Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba,  in 1981.

Brendan Ryan says former leader of Cuba inspired many people around the world

The body of the man, believed to be that of a 70-year-old Englishman was found in an isolated house in the middle of woods some 4km north-east of Dunmanway. Photograph: Google maps

Gardaí hope post-mortem will establish cause of man’s death in remote wooded area

Nicole Ryan at Cork Circuit Criminal Court: “you can do as you please and it holds no consequences”. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Sister of Alex Ryan aims to continue visiting schools to highlight dangers of drug use

The judge said  what made the crime worse worse was that she used the names of actual children who were not even within the compass of the HSE.

Woman put names of children never in care on a list of at risk youths to make false claims

Three people were charged following a Garda investigation into the death of Alex Ryan (18) from Millstreet, Co Cork

Alex Ryan from Millstreet died after taking designer drug at house party in Cork

Viron  Kaja had   a silver tobacco case which had been given to him by his late grandfather stolen from him.

31-year-old man sentenced to six years in jail with 18 months suspended for robbery

 Micheál Martin: told the Dáil that the suicide rate in Cork was twice the national average. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sensationalist reporting can distort facts relating to suicide clusters, warns NSRF

Judge Gerard O’Brien heard that Purcell had 44 previous convictions but  both attacks were  worrying in that they marked an escalation in his misbehaving.

Defendent (19) used crutch to assault 58-year-old man in another unprovoked attack

University College Cork will sign a €100 million loan agreement with the European Investment Bank on Thursday. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

EIB loan will support €240 million investment programme at University College Cork

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard the victim was robbed of €50, a silver tobacco case given to him by his grandfather and his mobile phone

Victim has recurring nightmares after being hit on the head and having his eyes gouged

Alex Ryan (18), who died after taking ‘N-Bomb’ at a party in Cork.

Three people on trial in Cork over the death of Alex Ryan (18) after ingesting hallucinogen

The family of Carmel Daly (74), who died six days after being injured in a two-car collision, told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that they had no wish to see farmer John Sexton jailed in relation to the collision. Photograph: Frank Miller

Family of woman who died after collision with car driven by 85-year-old urges vigilance

Alex Ryan (18) became ill at a house party at St Patrick’s Terrace, Green Street, Cork, on January 19th

Alex Ryan’s death inquest heard teenager died after taking drug at house party in Cork

Susan Gleeson of Kilworth, Co Cork, on arrival to Cork Circuit Court where she received a suspended sentence for causing the death of Cork mother, Geraldine Clancy (58), and her daughter, Louise Ann (22), on December 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Cork Courts Limited

Man who lost wife and daughter in crash caused by learner driver calls for legislation

Fiona Clancy, Noel Clancy and Declan Clancy  at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where Susan Gleeson was given a three-year suspended sentence for dangerous driving over the car crash that killed Geraldine (58) and Louise (22) Clancy. Phorograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Noel Clancy says his heart broke when he saw coffins of wife and daughter side by side

Susan Gleeson of Kilworth, Co Cork who has been given a three-year suspended sentence for dangerous driving causing the death of Cork mother, Geraldine Clancy (58), and her daughter, Louise (22), in December 2015. Photograph: Cork Courts Ltd

Geraldine (58) and Louise Clancy (22) died when their car ended up in a flooded ditch

Dan Joe Fitzgerald was charged with attempting to impede the prosecution of his son, Shane, on a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Paud O’Leary (42) on July 1st, 2012. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dan Joe Fitzgerald accused of trying to hinder case against son over man’s death in Kerry

Diarmuid Byrne died instantly after he suffered a gunshot wound to the headFile photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Deceased died instantly after shooting incident at his family home in Cork city earlier this year

Finbarr Lehane  died at Cork University Hospital  some two weeks after being assaulted outside the pub in Kanturk town centre.

Gardaí to prepare file for DPP in connection to death of Finbarr Lehane outside pub

A man in Cork city threatened to behead Jews, Cork District Court heard on Thursday. File photograph: Getty Images

Smael Heirouche (39) accused of making threats to kill French nationals

Cormac Gollogy and Richard Dowling on the first anniversary of their marriage. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘We couldn’t believe how many complete strangers contacted us’

It is understood that Finbarr Lehane received a blow to the head from his assailant and fell back, hitting his head off the pavement.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man in his late 20s arrested regarding assault on Finbarr Lehane outside Kanturk pub

A sign for the N20 is seen on the approach road to Limerick city. The Cork-Limerick motorway project has been estimated to cost €850 million.

Decision to allocate €1m a significant development towards making motorway a reality, say local TDs

The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is expected to be completed next June at a cost of €80m. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Stadium’s €80m refurbishment on schedule and it is expected to host games next June

Diarmuid Twomey died from inhaling hydrogen sulphide after he accidentally entered a slurry tank at Rahanisky, Whitechurch, Co Cork.

Diarmuid Twomey (31) disappeared on way home from party just before last Christmas

Michael Conlon was chairman of Bord Gáis for 12 years. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tributes paid to former Cork county manager as a man of vision and dynamism

Dylan O’Sullivan  with his  father Alan in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork: Dylan was born with tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Taking care of a sick child for a number of years is very demanding on families

2009 report says 1,400 children in Ireland have incurable illnesses

Under Aviva’s Overseas Treatment Plan plan, Aviva will pay €30,000 per day for the first seven days of treatment in the US.

Aviva offers a new benefit plan for overseas treatment which commences at birth

“The families of these precious children are excluded from obtaining any benefits from either their life cover or child serious-illness benefit,” says Jonathan Irwin

Jack and Jill founder says lack of specified-illness or life cover from birth is ‘unfair’

An Post has been ordered by Cork County Council to cease mail sorting operations at a premises in the county because it is in breach of planning regulations. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Cork County Council issues notice to Boherbue facility over breach of planning rules

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