Assumpta Lawlor, Elaine Healy and Patricia O’Rourke, all from Tallaght,  with their Certificates in Health Service Skills, at the Centre for Learning and Development at Tallaght Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Students, including grandparents, graduate as healthcare assistants after a year’s study

Trooper Amy Crook and boyfriend Ger on return to Dublin. Photograph:  Peter Murtagh

Some members of return party unable to get to Dublin due to flight complications

A special meeting of Dún Laoghaire council was called because of widespread anger at letters sent on behalf of the board that runs Bids by Stubbs, the debt collecting agency, to business people in the town who had failed to pay the levy which funds the scheme.

Demand backed by two People Before Profit councillors - opposed by 27 other councillors

Medics with the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in training in surviving the effects of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear.

Irish Army runs new exercise for group of Red Cross doctors and nurses

The Hall of Honour commemorating the 471 students, staff and alumni of TCD who died in the first World War. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ceremony aims to roll back century of collective amnesia on TCD’s role in conflict

 Members of the  European Young Leaders 2015, from left: Edvard Glucksman, Wardell Armstrong; Sandor Lederer, K-Monitor; Kamilla Sultanova, Maersk Line, and Anne Antunes. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Climate change, migration and ‘fortress Europe’ and Brexit all for debate

MInister for Education Jan O Sullivan said Ireland 2016 will be “a reflection on our past, our present and our future, our futures indeed together on this island”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister launches next stage of Rising commemorations at Pearse brothers’ school

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989 sparked lawyer’s activism

Chinese activist Guo Feixiong’s wife Zhang Qing and daughter Yang Tienjiao (Sara). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Wife and daughter of Guo Feixiong collect Frontline Defenders award on his behalf

 A passerby reads a notice on the door of Boyers & Co on North Earl Street, Dublin, after it was announced the store would close in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Talks to begin after news that Dublin department store will close

Former Barcelona FC player Patrick Kluivert: Unicef Uganda has joined FC Barcelona and other sport organisations  to highlight Ugandan child survival. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

In 1990 some 12.7m under-fives died each year – most preventable – and it is now 5.9m

Bono at a solar array in Rwanda part-financed by President Obama’s Power Africa initiative
Into Africa with Bono

The Irish Times went to Rwanda and Nigeria with Bono and his One Foundation

Aylan Kurdi, one of the two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother, is buried at home in Kobani on September 4th. Seeing scenes like that, Cork woman Mary wishes the Naval Service could magic these poor refugees to Cobh: ‘I would be down there, happy to take two or three people for a few months.’ Photograph: Herdem Dogrul/Reuters

Nationwide, people are stepping up for refugees by pledging beds, shelter and kindness

Eugene Kielt, an enthusiast for all things Heaney, on the banks of the Moyola river

Local historian Eugene Kielt offers a tour of Derry locations linked to the late poet

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Continuing to contribute internationally is hugely important, says retiring Army office

During the week of July 20th to July 26th, there were 1,185 children in 556 families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Charities say family homelessness crisis must be treated as ‘national emergency’

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  on a Coast Guard vessel off Killala, Co Mayo, welcoming the new $300 million transatlantic fibre optic cable as it arrives in Killala, Co Mayo. The cable, owned and operated by Irish company Aqua Comms, will run directly from Mayo to New York. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Taoiseach joins investor Chris Bake to mark laying of cross-Atlantic cable off Killala

Drumcondra house has changed little since it was built and has a warm, pleasant feel to it

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Secretary general says referendum is ‘not very clear’ and has been called too quickly

Corrib Gas is the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme on the Shannon in the 1920s.

Objections to pipeline stimulated by poor management contributed to €2.4bn overrun

Looking at Leenamore Crossing today, it would probably take a forensic archaeologist to uncover what went on just two years ago. The first photo shows the entire estuary removed in layers and stored, while diggers do their work. The second shows how the area looks today

Restrictions on Corrib gas project mean parts of Erris among most monitored in Ireland

Paul Hughes, tunnel construction manager, in a  pipe trench as the tunnel is sealed. Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Raw gas comes from inside 250m-year-old sandstone about 3km below the seabed

Corrib veteran: David Timlin of Ross Glen Construction, in Rossport. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

The Shell gas project enabled some Irish companies to thrive in the recession, winning profits, creating jobs and raising standard(...)

President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and other mourners at the UCD memorial Mass for those who died at Berkeley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mourners told: ‘They lived and laughed and loved and left . . . we will not forget them’

A view of the collapsed fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California: a Dublin architect, who asked not be named, said it was clear that the timber joists had failed and noted that balconies in Ireland would normally be constructed from concrete and/or steel. Photograph:  Peter Dasilva/EPA

Failure most likely to have occurred because of prolonged exposure to moisture

A fourth floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California killing six Irish students. Photograph: AP Photo/Noah Berger

Six Irish students died after Library Gardens apartment balcony collapsed

According to Tom Moloney of Construction Information Services, there are solid reasons for believing the sector has turned a corner. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 3,000 to attend event

Gang-plank goes ashore from the first Irish warship, the LE Macha. Photograph: Defence Forces

Rediscovered material includes 30 minutes of silent, grainy film and photographs

To date, the LÉ Eithne which has on board a crew of 67 plus two Army medics, has rescued 1,153 migrants. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish Naval Service vessel transfers 399 north Africans to authorities in port city of Taranto

The man and woman featured in posters opposing the same sex marriage referendum have denounced the use of their image and say they support “completely” the proposed change to the Constitution.  Photograph: Adam Hills Official Page/Facebook.

Man and woman ‘completely’ support same sex marriage

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Undof) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Explosion was at Camp Ziouani where Irish peacekeeping troops are also based

EU failure has turned Mediterranean into a grave, Higgins tells Lebanese audience

President Michael D Higgins places carnations on the graves of  soldiers at the 57th Turkish Regiment cemetery and memorial site in Gallipoli. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

On sacred Turkish soil, all sides salute the fallen in spirit of startling generosity

Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins,   Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey  Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Irish participation in centenary marked by unprecedented Defence Forces involvement

Company commander Comdt Paul Kelly briefing his men before the platoon rotation at UN post 80. “The mission is to ride in a fast, effective and orderly manner,” he tells his section commanders

The 48th Infantry Group hit ground running on arrival at UN camp

A UN ceasefire observer gives orders.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Golan Heights peacekeepers are unarmed and stay in self-sustaining compound

Lieut Ronan O’Brien:  training at the Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney) before departing for UN duty in Syria.

My Mission: Lt Ronan O’Brien – commander, 2nd Platoon

Capt Liam McDonnell, company second-in-command: “I’m the guy behind, pushing everybody forward, making sure the standards are kept.”

Unifil veteran is a total solidier and ensures the company is ready for deployment

Detail of a map of the Golan Heights for  Undof, the UN peacekeeping and observer force.

48th Infantry Group converge to have everything cleared before heading to Golan Heights

Capt. Cormac Brady, ahead of departing for UN duty in Syria: “You are worried about any mission but, at the end of the day, it is definitely harder for your partner . . . Goal-setting is hugely important – the half-way mark, the leave period, the planned holiday.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My mission: Capt Cormac Brady – operations and training officer

Members of the Irish Defence Force  prepare weapons for training at Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Months of planning and training for the Golan Heights put to test in Glen of Imaal

“And as the dust clears you see the big white Mowags, emblazoned with a black UN on the side”

Getting across how much the UN means to destitute people depending on it as a last resort

Lieut Jane O’Neill of the 48th Infantry Group at Finner Camp with members of her family before being deployed to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Thomas Gallagher

There are essentially two dangers: purpose-made anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices favoured by insurgents

Army personnel prepare live rounds in an exercise involving Mowags. “No deployment plan is going to be generic, you are going to have to have a bespoke solution for everything”

Preparation isn’t all military: there are forms to fill and plenty of acronyms to employ

President Michael D Higgins: said the first World War was linked to “the outrageous aspirations of empire”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Official visit to Turkey will mark 100th anniversary of Allied landings

Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights: August 28th was when the “shit hit the fan”, as the officer puts it. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

To prepare troops for deployment, an Irish officer describes a daring rescue in the region

A Royal Irish Fusilier at Gallipoli  attempts to draw the fire of a Turkish sniper to reveal his position. Photograph: Lt Ernest Brooks/ IWM via Getty Images

Irish regiments were among those who landed on V Beach on April 25th, 1915

 Sgt-Maj Noel Callagha training at Glen of Imaal (Camp Coolmoney) before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Forty years with Defence Forces starting at age of 17 and veteran of seven UN missions

Capt Deirdre Carbery of the UN Training School Ireland: ‘The more women you have in your unit, the more women you have out on patrol – mixed teams of men and women – the greater access you have to the local population.’

Understanding local gender roles when serving abroad can help gather intelligence

Walk this way: allow for walking progress of about 20km per day

The walk to Santiago de Compostela has been on your to-do list forever. Here are 10 steps to get you there

Ready to deploy: Lieut Col Mark  Prendergast (centre) with Trooper Amy Crook, Sgt Maj Noel Callaghan, Capt Liam McDonnell, Cmdt Paul Kelly, Capt Phelim Carroll, Lieut Stephen Keane, Lieut Ronan O’Brien and Capt Cormac Brady at Camp Coolmoney, in the Glen of Imaal, before departing for UN duty in Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This month the 48th Infantry Group of the Defence Forces took up duty on the Golan Heights. A new series follows their months of p(...)

Cormac Breatnach, “I went from a situation of being relatively innocent to feeling under siege.” Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Musician Cormac Breatnach’s brother was wrongly convicted of the 1976 Sallins Mail Train Robbery at the behest of a cohort within (...)

Formal ceremony attended by many family members and friends of the soldiers, together with dignitaries

A Rohingya Muslim boy recites verses from the Koran at a privately run school for Rohingya children refugees and asylum seekers in Kuala Lumpur. The Rohingya people of Burma remain almost entirely unrecognised by their own government. They are denied citizenship and may not travel freely. Photograph:  Olivia Harris

UN High Commissioner for Refugees forum will discuss 10 million without citizenship

The Taiwan Lantern Festival and its spectacular light show.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Chinese New Year is in full swing. In Taiwan, the celebrations include a Lantern Festival of epic proportions, a spectacular l(...)

The concluding episode of Charlie revealed Haughey growing ever-more obsessed with his legacy as the narrative also sought to explain the man behind the image. Photgraph: Patrick Redmond

Brilliantly dramatised series ends with our anti-hero devoid of empathy and emotion

Actor Peter Coonan (left) and artist and former prison inmate Eric Boylan at the launch of the National Prisoner Art Exhibition in City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Prisoner Art Exhibition has 100 works by recent and not so recent inmates

Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Mary Akrami speaks at launch of the annual report of Irish NGO Frontline Defenders

Aidan Gillen’s Haughey seems at times detached from the events around him, his face displaying a sort of bored contempt for everyone, foes and allies alike, mildly exasperated that not everyone sees his own genius.

Episode two of RTÉ’s Haughey drama mirrors mad pace of Irish political life in 1982

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The real people behind the characters in ‘Charlie’, the TV drama based on the life of former taoiseach Charles Haughey

The funeral of Chermaine Carroll at  St Mary’s Church Bennekerry, Co Carlow, who was killed in a collision along with her three friends. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bereft family and friends pay moving tribute to loved ones cut down in prime of life

The remains of Gemma Nolan who was  killed in a road collision crash with her three friends arrives at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 mourners attend funeral of second Athy crash victim in Carlow church

The remains of Chermaine Carroll, one of the Athy crash victims, arriving at St Mary’s Church, Bennekerry, Co Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Priest says 20-year-old victim of Athy car crash was ‘bright and bubbly’

“Last year, the Queensland minister for transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on faster roads,” said Noel Gibbons, who is a road safety officer with Mayo County Council.

Former TD criticises new plans to legislate on cycling

The scene of the fatal accident on the N78 near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Important to secure surrounding area before attending to injured and dead

The Irish Times has chosen not to show video because of graphic content

The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Rue de Bois, a painting by Italian artist Fortunino Matania, depicting the front line near where Capt Arthur O’Sullivan took part in the 1914  truce during the first World War

A hundred years ago this week, first World War soldiers called a brief halt to carnage

David Anderson (@Dandelion933): “I liked her and I was very, very shy and I regret that now.”

Shy man from Scotland searching for Irish woman that left with his heart, but without his number

‘Talk to anyone involved in road safety and ask what single factor contributes most to road crashes, and they will all say human behaviour, most of them relating bad behaviour to speed.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Research for Anatomy of a Road Crash series revealed huge efforts to improve road safety

The first road deaths of 2014 occurred near Ballina, Co Mayo on New Year’s Day. Peter Murtagh reports on the inquest

Shortly after first fatal road crash of 2014, in which two men – Gearóid Scully and Terence Beagan – lost their lives, gardaí and (...)

On January 1st 2014, two men died near Ballina, Co Mayo, in the first fatal road crash of the year.

Tom Lenehan who works at the Broken Jub Pub in Ballina, Co Mayo and was a witness to the crash on New Year’s Day 2014, which claimed the lives of Gearóid Scully and Terence Beagan. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Crashes touch an extraordinary number of people. New Year’s Day 2014 was no different

At 4.40am on January 1st two men died in the first fatal road crash of 2014, near Ballina, Co Mayo. This series of articles - now (...)

Brian Farrell presents televised coverage of the 1973 general election

‘Pioneer of political science’ also remembered as inspiring lecturer

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall says giving the office constitutional status would increase public confidence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tyndall says change would reinforce independence and reassure the public

Intellectually connected to The Irish Times? The masthead of Vol 1, No 1 of the Bell, edited by Sean O’Faolain

Tribute paid by editors to contribution of independent 20th-century periodicals

Frederick Gibson Heuston (known as Fred), joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was part of the mass invasion at Suvla Bay on August 6th-7th 1915. He was killed on August 15th

The moving stories of those with connections to the Co Wicklow town are resurrected

Managing editor of The Irish Times Eoin McVey (left) with Séamus McCague at the funeral of Louis O’Neill at the Star of the Sea Church in Sandymount today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Funeral of former group managing director hears of family man who achieved much

Former PD leader Des O’Malley with Mary Harney at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Pat Rabbitte says memoir dealt with Haughey’s leadership of Fianna Fáil and setting up of the PDs

 Mary and Martin McAleese with TK Whitaker during yesterday's SDLP lunch in his honour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Greatest Living Irish Person’ honoured at lunch organised by the SDLP in Dublin’s Convention Centre

Michael Laffan (left) at the launch of his biography of WT Cosgrave at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday with  former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave,  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

Former taoiseach says book the result of exhaustive and meticulous research

Memorial tablets to Irish soldiers, Sergeant Wynn Ware (RIF) and Major Charles Henry Tippett of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in Green Hill Cemetery, Suvla Bay. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Almost 100 years on it is hard to imagine the carnage that ensued in this peaceful, Turkish seaside resort. Only the graves bear t(...)

Ian Paisley  jnr speaks at the memorial service yesterday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Presseye - Pool /Getty Images

Late DUP leader’s life celebrated through song and sermon

Boats moored on the shores of Lough Derg
Messing about on boats

A tranquil weekend trip along the Shannon and on Lough Derg

The SFA claims
 the Government has broken a promise to end the 3 per cent USC charge imposed earlier on the self-employed.

Imposition of 11 per cent USC on self-employed earning over €100,000 deemed unfair

Dublin Airport. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Earlier Bosnia-bound jet took off and landed twice with technical problems

Cenotaph in London. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ireland’s Ambassador to Britain will lay a wreath on November 9th – the Sunday closest to Armistice Day

 Dr Anne Merriman’s calling grew into helping bring palliative care to the underprivileged. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Lives: Former nun Anne Merriman was up for the Nobel prize for her hospice work

John and Diane Foley, parents of the murdered US journalist Jim Foley. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

John and Diane Foley do not blame Islam for the death of their son James

“Loneliness is common, extreme loneliness is not uncommon.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Community can make a difference in combating unwanted solitude

 Simon O’Connor, of the Little Museum of Dublin, in the new Irish Times room. Photograph: Eric Luke

RM Smyllie, the man widely known in 1950s Dublin as ‘The Editor’ was larger than life. He’s remembered in a very small exhibition (...)

TK Whitaker: “a brilliant man, a man who made a singular and peerless contribution to life on the island of Ireland, a national treasure”

Launch of book by Anne Chambers on economist credited with modernising Irish economy

David O’Morchoe: held in high esteem within the Royal British Legion

Suspension of David O’Morchoe casts shadow over big annual event

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