Deputy Chairman Nicholas Kearns, arriving at the National Maternity Hospital board meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motion not universally passed at board meeting; Some members express concern at ownership

Hard Brexit, which would see food tariffs being imposed, would cost €700 million a year, IFA forum told. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Minister for Agriculture says fear is UK will fill shelves with cheap non-EU food

EU commissioner Phil Hogan described Brexit as an “error of judgment” by the British people. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Phil Hogan also criticises Daily Mail for ‘enemies of the people’ headline

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended by almost two to one that abortion without restriction as to reasons be made available in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs unlikely to liberalise laws to extent proposed by Citizens’ Assembly, say sources

Citizens’ Assembly: the final ballot paper included 65 options on abortion. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Two days of balloting gives Oireachtas a mandate to change Eighth Amendment

A majority of the 92 members voted to allow for abortion in all 13 circumstances considered by the body at its final meeting on Sunday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Two-thirds (64%) of participants support no restrictions on abortion under term limits

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have voted for a constitutional amendment which would mandate the Oireachtas to deal with the issue of abortion.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Members earlier voted not to retain Eighth Amendment in its current form

 Bobbie Farsides, professor of clinical and biomedical ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Helen Watt, senior research fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, at the  Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly makes its recommendation on abortion to Government this weekend

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly are said to be  ready to make recommendations on abortion to the Government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Body to take critical vote on fate of Eighth Amendment to Constitution this weekend

Francis Timmons (46), an independent councillor on South Dublin County Council, spent the first three years of his life in Madonna House in Blackrock run by the Sisters of Charity.

Francis Timmons urges separation of church and State in healthcare and education

Illustration of the  new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

Board of St Vincent’s to review move to religious-owned site in wake of controversy

The Workplace Relations’ Commission  ordered an estate agent to pay the equivalent of two months’ rent to a  woman after telling her that the landlord was looking for a couple for the property. Photograph: Alan Betson

Letting agent fined €3,000 after discriminating against single mother

Joe Duffy during a 1917-themed Liveline at the Custom House in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘You could feel the pulse of Ireland,’ says Enda Kenny as events draw large crowds

Prince Harry has spoken in-depth for the first time about the impact his mother’s death had on him when he was 12.  File photograph: Kensington Palace/PA Wire

British royal says he was ‘close to a complete breakdown’ over killing of Princess Diana

A smashed stained-glass window at St Michael’s church, Shroid, Co Longford. Photograph: Sinead Hussey/RTÉ

Bishop expresses shock following theft and vandalism at church in Co Longford

Cruinniú na Cásca is part of the programme of Creative Ireland, led by former director of Ireland 2016 John Concannon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Initiative pitched as antidote to ‘sour pessimism’ of the present day

‘I have not yet seen a helmet that will protect a cyclist from a truck running over your head,’ said Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe. Photograph: iStock

Proposal by senior gardaí described as ‘silly’ by cycling campaigners

Dublin Airport expects to handle about 340,000 passengers over the Easter weekend. Photograph: iStock

Dublin Airport expects record bank holiday with passenger numbers up 12 per cent

NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said all five unions involved have given a commitment that they will lift pickets  once  recommendations issued. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unions to lift pickets when Labour Court makes its recommendations

Acting Bus Éireann chief executive Ray Hernan said unions would not lift pickets until this was received and services would not resume before Friday morning at the earliest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Labour Court to issue recommendation to resulve ongoing strike tomorrow

The 1916 Memorial Wall, in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, which was vandalised with paint. Photograph:  Conor Ó Mearáin

Heather Humphreys urges the Glasnevin Trust to carry on with remembrance project

Alien interaction: “The chances are pretty good for contact to take place,”  says Dr Eamonn Ansbro ahead of his Trinity College Dublin public lecture on Monday night.

Space observer Eamonn Ansbro to give lecture on looking for extraterrestrial life

Lieutenant William Frederick MacHutchison: 99 years later, his last resting place has been identified

William MacHutchison was one of the famous ‘pals at Gallipoli’

MacHutchison was one of 526,816 British army soldiers who died in the war and have no known grave. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

After 99 years Dublin-born William Frederick MacHutchison is no longer missing

Strollers in the sunshine at St Stephens Green. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

Highs of 13 degrees recorded, with temperatures of 15 degrees expected over weekend

Sunshine in Dublin People take a lunch-time break in the sunshine at St Stephen’s Green , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Highs of 18 degrees expected but brief warm spell likely to give way to cooler conditions

Martin Sheehan uses the cycle lane by the Four Courts along the Quays, in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brendan Carr says many councillors share his reservations about new traffic plan

Last February, an event at Trinity involving the Israeli ambassador Ze’ev Boker was cancelled following a protest by 40 protesters from Students for Justice in Palestine (TCD). Photograph: Arianna Schadt/The University Times

Motion calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) comprehensively defeated

83% per cent of people who have dealt with public servants  expressed satisfaction, up from 76% in 2015. Photograph: iStock

More than 80% of the public are happy with the services they are receiving

The seafront at Bray is  overlooked by   Bray Head. Photograph: David Sleator

Man’s body washed ashore in Co Wicklow town a week ago remains unidentified

Court orders were issued requiring that nine internet service providers including Eir, Virgin Media Ireland and Sky Ireland should block access to the three piracy sites. File photograph: Getty Images

Illegal downloading responsible for job losses in rental sector and not ‘victimless crime’

War poet: Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell, along with five other men from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

National day of commemoration to remember death of poet killed at Passchendaele

The people arrived off the 2pm Irish Ferries Oscar Wilde vessel from Cherbourg on Sunday afternoon.

The Irish Ferries vessel had travelled a 16-hour trip from France to Ireland

Commuter shift: AA Ireland found that more than 20 per cent of motorists now also describe themselves as cyclists. Photograph: Giorgio Fochesato/Getty

One in five cyclists in crash or fall caused by a motorist, says AA Ireland

Lord Kilclooney aka John Taylor said the North will ‘not be damaged in any way by Brexit’ but the Republic is going to be ‘crucified’.  Photograph: Alan Betson.

Lord Kilclooney suggests it is State rather than the North that should seek special status

KT Clothing: set up by Katie McGloin, a transition-year student from Coláiste Mhaigh Éne in Bundoran

Katie McGloin’s KT Clothing beats 320 entrants to win prestigious Fóroige title

Raymond Doyle, Ashbourne, Co Meath, with his daughter Daisey-Ray (17 months) and striking Bus Éireann workers  outside Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Transport Shane Ross again declines to intervene in the dispute

Striking Bus Éireann workers and colleagues outside Leinster House  as their strike reaches its sixth day on Wednesday, March 29th. Photograph: Brian Hutton/PA

Many school bus companies fear protracted strike could put them out of business

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busáras, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 100,000 passengers to be affected as strike at bus company enters fifth day

Bus Éireann workers picketing outside Busáras, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Transport authority said bus companies can meet demand on existing Bus Éireann routes

President Michael D Higgins signing  the book of condolence for victims of the London attack at the British embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny express their sympathies following London assault

Children at the launch of  Cruinniú na Cásca 2017 which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Creative Ireland initiative to follow up last year’s successful Reflecting the Rising

 Former senator Máiría Cahill said Martin McGuinness had not moved away from his IRA past as many had claimed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ex-senator says former IRA leader engaged in victim-blaming over abuse claims

US president Donald Trump speaks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House last Thursday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Taoiseach’s comments seen as veiled criticism of Trump’s immigration policies

A screengrab taken from a fundraising page set up by Steve Wall for his brother’s family.

Lead singer of The Stunning described crash that also injured his brother as a ‘tragedy beyond belief’

Rescue 118 was called off from its search at Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo to assist with the operation.

Two men taken to hospital following the incident east of Sligo town

The candlelit vigil in Blackrock, Co Louth, held on Friday night to remember Capt Mark Duffy, missing since the Rescue 116 helicopter crashed into the sea off Co Mayo. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Capt Mark Duffy’s family attends Blackrock vigil to honour crew of crashed helicopter

 Belgian ambassador Philippe Roland with  Dublin city librarian Margaret Hayes and  senior librarian at Dublin City Council Tara Doyle at Pearse Street library for the launch of the Assembly exhibit, the Ypres book. Photograph: Alan Betson

Val Carmen’s ‘Assembly’ has 1,216 pages and lists those whose died around Ypres in WW1

Nasa image of the planet Mercury. File photograph: NasaAFP/Getty Images

Scientist Paul Byrne has succeeded in his bid to given the large lava plain an Irish name

More than 100,000 overseas visitors are expected to attend the St Patrick’s Festival events in Ireland this week. Photograph: Reuters

Recent mild spell is set to come to an end as rain and wind forecast for the weekend

The Defence Forces said steps were underway to remedy the shortage of personnel in the Irish Air Corps.

Air Corps personnel not available for mission which ended in fatal helicopter crash

St Patrick surrounded by visiting Spanish students in Dublin in advance of the parade of Friday’s parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Over 100,000 visitors expected to attend festivities in Dublin on Friday, organisers say

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Woman whose search for her son inspired the film ‘Philomena’ speaks out over Tuam babies

Winning writers:   Tomás Ó hUallacháin,  Jack Farrell,  Emma McGoey  and Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Junior minister cites value of integrity at NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass awards

In February most weather stations recorded the highest average temperatures in five years, with some a degree above normal for the time of year. File photograph: Getty Images

Highs of 17 degrees next week though starting to turn cold again for St Patrick’s Day

 This is the end: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath onstage during the bans’s  “The End Tour” in August 2016. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

The Birmingham band have called it a day and the best days of heavy metal are gone

Richard Bruton described the €219 million contribution by the Catholic Church to the redress bill as a ‘far cry’ from the 50 per cent share it agreed to contribute. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Survivor group calls on Enda Kenny to seek Papal intervention on funds paid by orders

Sonas chief executive Fiona Ryan said it took steps above and beyond simply complying with fire regulations to ensure the safety of the families living in the step-down accommodation for victims of domestic violence. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sonas chief: ‘I genuinely don’t think we could have done anymore than we did’

 Sculptor Paul Ferriter (in blue) directs Ciaran Patterson  and Sandor Prsa putting the finishing touches to a bronze statue of AP McCoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Life-size statue of legendary jump jockey to be unveiled at Cheltenham next week

Catherine Corless: Speaking on International Women’s Day, President Michael D Higgins says the historian “continued to ask the questions that are important if we are to face the truth of what prevailed”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Higgins refers to ‘dark shadows’ in past towards women and ‘illegitimate babies’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader says scope of inquiry into Tuam babies scandal must be broadened

Irish-born women living in Britain earn an average of £18.04 per hour, compared to £17.39 for Irish men and £13.21 for British-born women. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish women more likely to be in senior and middle managerial positions

Maurice Sheehy: Claims Fleet is fully funded from private investors and that he has put €300,000 of his own money into it. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Wicklow-based Maurice Sheehy’s company Fleet to enable motorists hire out their cars

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members will vote on the advice they will give to Government on Eighth Amendment

Doctors for Choice’s Prof Veronica O’Keane, Dr John Monaghan of Doctors for Life, and Dr Orla Halpenny, Doctors for Life Ireland, at the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘They made me feel my life didn’t matter, that my life was the same as my unviable baby’

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy answers accusations of bias from Pro Life Campaign

Image of engineers using ground penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Church asked how it could justify stance on abortion given its past track record

A contemporary illustration of the Battle of Tallaght from the London Illustrated News

‘A miserable failure, disgraceful to the organisers and their wretched dupes’

Six women who were directly affected by the abortion laws in Ireland have given personal testimony to the Citizens’ Assembly examining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Women directly affected by Irish abortion laws speak to Citizens’ Assembly

Senior counsel Brian Murray has told the 99 citizens of the assembly that they have three options which they should consider when putting forward recommendations on the Eighth Amendment to the Oireachtas. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Citizens’ Assembly told to consider three possible scenarios for abortion legislation

Assembly chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy:  had made it clear from the outset there would be “no pre-determined outcome to the assembly”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members putting ‘hearts and souls’ into deliberations on the Eighth Amendment

Five young men have been questioned in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a young woman in the midlands last December.

Girl claims she was sexually assaulted after she was offered a lift home in the midlands

Michael Collins stayed in the Bush Hotel after arriving in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1917

Police records reveal a McGreevy family connection to the ‘Big Fellow’ in 1917

A contemporary illustration of the Battle of Tallaght from the London Illustrated News

Several counties marking 150th anniversary of the rebellion against British rule

A mother posted on Facebook warning that her teenage daughter and a friend were approached in their own estate on the Trim Road.

Man got out of his car and ordered two teenage girls to get in, mother claims

 Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes said it was not ‘logical to expect that any one programme at any one time can have exact gender parity, much less any one speciality in any one programme’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lack of female playwrights described as ‘disappointment’ after Waking the Feminists

The player or players with the winning ticket are advised to sign the back and call the prize claims team on (01) 8364444. Image: Google Streetview

Supervalu in south Dublin suburb of Knocklyon celebrates selling lucky ticket

 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop at a  breakfast meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Australian firms now looking to Ireland for an EU base, says Julie Bishop

Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Washington last week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Julie Bishop says resettlement of 1,250 refugees in United States will proceed as planned

 Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO during the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916 on O’Connell Street. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Women and immigrants target of recruitment across Army, Air Corps and Naval Service

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea  accused the Citizen Information Board of failing to consult with either the staff or the clients of Mabs on its proposed restructuring. Photograph: Eric Luke

Volunteer ethos key to advice service, FF TD Willie O’Dea tells Oireachtas committee

The Sobo Works

Hot desking and shared spaces are the new way, for start-ups to established businesses

A sign campaigning against a hard Brexit, in Newry, Northern Ireland. A House of Commons committee heard UK firms were registering in Ireland as hedges “against worst-case scenarios”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Companies seek EU presence via Ireland to avoid ‘worst-case scenarios’

There is an expectation that a young person in a relationship will take photographs of themselves and send it to their partner, the IPSCC has   told the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Getty

Oireachtas committee told children are coerced to share explicit images of themselves

The number of homeless people in Ireland reached a new high of 7,167 last month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New figures show one child became homeless every 5 hours in Dublin this January

Irish4Israel chairman Barry Williams described the protest as “hysterical behaviour from certain segments of students”. Photograph: Arianna Schadt/The University Times

Organisers ‘deeply saddened’ that occasion shelved as a consequence of demonstration

The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 2pm. Photograph: Courtesy of afloat.ie

Youghal RNLI says ‘no doubt a life was saved’ when the service plucked kayaker to safety

‘Daily Telegraph’ journalist Simon Heffer: suggested Ireland might be next to leave the EU.

Simon Heffer suggests Ireland will leave EU and tax rate is all that keeps country viable

The scene at Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght where a man in his 30s was fatally stabbed. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Graham McKeever died after incident at his home in Deerpark Avenue early on Saturday

Stephen Donnelly and Micheál Martin at the second  meeting of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catherine Day tells the All-Island Civic Dialogue the EU will ‘hammer out’ a solution

Dr Peter Boylan said the lack of provision for mental health services for new mothers was “not acceptable in 2017”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Lack of provision for services ‘not acceptable’, says chair of obstetricians’ body

The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Just 20 students attended well-publicised classes run by UCD Students’ Union

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service with Carol Dignam from Kilcock, Co Kildare and Tim Boylan from Foxrock, Dublin at a celebration of the Feast of Saint Valentine in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Whitefriar Street Church, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Numbers seeking counselling climb dramatically as a consequence of economic crash

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny recorded a Caesarean rate of 59.52 per cent for new mothers last November. Photograph: iStock

High number of operations for first-time mothers described as ‘outrageous’ by Aims

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys announced the review of the tax breaks allowed to the owners of historic houses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Section 482 review follows high-profile cases of ‘big houses’ in trouble

The celtic cross memorial to the 16th (Irish) Division, next to Wytschaete Military Cemetery in Heuvelland, Belgium. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Belgian monuments will honour soldiers killed during first World War battles

Trinity College Dublin’s Dean of Research Prof John Boland welcomed the fact the university has recaptured top spot among  Irish universities, but expressed concern at a drop of 30 places overall in the space of one year. File photograph: Getty Images

TCD ‘delighted’ at return to Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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