Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he described a WhatsApp message on the Fine Gael leadership as “jovial Sunday afternoon banter”

Frances Fitzgerald, Richard Bruton and Simon Harris could enter FG leadership race

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at Sheridan Park in Cork to launch a €100m social housing project. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Minister does not want Fine Gael motion of no confidence in Enda Kenny to proceed

‘I am certainly not going to support anybody who suggests that we should be forcing the issue,’ Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Flanagan says message he sent to WhatsApp group on Harris was ‘jovial Sunday banter’

 Dr Margaret Bolster and actor Concubhar Lucey who plays Prof Pearson.

Assistant State Pathologist expresses reservations about forensic science used to convict Cork doctor

The Minister for Housing and Local Government paid tribute to Cork City Council for its pioneering efforts in tackling the housing crisis. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Work to start on new homes by May as part of a plan to create 1,300 new units in the city

St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Connie Coleman/Getty/Files

Joe and Ann Whelan died in house fire in UK in February while caring for a sick relative

Former Cork hurler  Diarmuid O’Sullivan said ‘I absolutely enjoyed the physicality of hurling and I do not think there is any need to try and remove it from the game’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Three-time All-Ireland winner says GAA games must retain their physical edge

O’Gorman was sentenced at Cork Circuit Court  to three years in jail with the last two years and three months suspended.

Accused said he did not realise the gun was loaded when he killed Diarmuid Byrne

Micheál Martin: he said the “slash and burn approach” by former minister for the environment Phil Hogan in abolishing town councils was not a progressive move. Photograph: Eric Luke

Martin tells symposium on modernising local government that Fianna Fáil favours setting up new town councils

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “We have said this consistently, the confidence and supply agreement is a principle and policy-based agreement . . .” Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader says party will honour deal with Fine Gael even if Kenny resigns

Charges against the Cork Garda include counts of theft, deception, attempted deception and corruption relating to sums ranging from about €100 to €5,000

John O’Halloran charged with three new offences in addition to previous 212

Noel Clancy, flanked by his daughter Fiona and son Delan pictured at Mallow Coroner’s Court, Co Cork, following the inquest into the death of his wife and daughter Geraldine and Louise Clancy. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts.

Noel Clancy, who lost two relatives in crash, calls for new laws on unsupervised learner drivers

Noel Clancy, flanked by his daughter Fiona and son Delan pictured at Mallow Coroner’s Court, Co Cork, following the inquest into the death of his wife and daughter Geraldine and Louise Clancy. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts

Mother and daughter drowned after their was car hit by unaccompanied driver, jury told

Judge Sean O Donnabhain, who heard a victim impact statement from Ciara  Sheehan, said it was an extraordinary case in which the victim was extremely fortunate not to have died. File photograph: Getty Images

Gavin Sheehan sentenced in case where young woman shot in neck through window

The Eli Lilly plant in Cork: The company had deferred investment.

Sean Sherlock’s comments made as Eli Lilly drops €200m investment in Cork plant

Before becoming Racing 92 skills coach Ronan O’Gara won 128 caps for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former rugby player says he is ‘very humbled and honoured’ by the council’s decision

A man has been sentenced to three years in prison at Cork Circuit Criminal Court for setting fire to his family home following a row. Photograph: Google Street View

Some €200,000 worth of damage caused to Cork houses following blaze last July

Dr Mary Favier, a GP from Cork: “There are people dying on the gynae waiting list because of the delay.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doctor says those referred to Cork University Maternity Hospital wait for up to two years

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks in Cork city on Monday. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach ‘wants to find the best way of finding the truth’ in Garda whistleblower row

Gardaí have issued a warning about ‘a highly plausible conman’ who is targeting elderly people in the south and southeast. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Man posing as a plain-clothes garda is said to have stolen thousands of euro in cash

Jim O’Callaghan and Frances Fitzgerald insist that their individual accounts of a meeting between them last week were correct. Photograph: The Irish Times

Zappone asks Hiqa to investigate Tusla amid controversy over treatment of Maurice McCabe

Chase supporter Charlotte Cargin and her daughter Eliza protest outside a Bord Pleanála application for the Indaver incinerator. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Dispute centres on European Commission document on waste-to-energy processes

Kevin Buckley was sentenced to seven years’ detention for the false imprisonment and assault with the final three suspended at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Image: Google Streetview

Kevin Buckley (17) from Cork detained for four years after violently assaulting woman

Cultural assistant Anousha Bonnemaison, co-ordinator Marina Oracolo  and stylist Emily Callanan  at the launch of the Cork French Film Festival, which runs March 5th-12th at venues throughout the city. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Programme promises a feast of diverse cinema, including features and documentaries

Firefighters using breathing apparatus removed the three people from the mid-terrace property in Hornchurch. Photograph:  iStock

Joe and Ann Whelan were staying with ill relative when fire broke out at his home

Court hears pharmacist has repaid money to HSE after scam at two pharmacies

Cork University Maternity Hospital. A validation process was carried out in January on the outpatient gynaecological waiting list. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

Gynaecological outpatient waiting list shrank 20 per cent after audit, says chief

CCTU secretary Joe Kelly said Bus Éireann should be granted non-stop express licences similar to private operators. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Operator should be allowed take direct routes like competitors, says trade union group

The Dairygold building in Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

Company has increased milk production by half in six years, according to chief executive

Mercy University Hospital, Cork. Photograph: Google street view

Cork man caught selling heroin to fellow patient at Mercy University Hospital in 2015

John Meade was convicted of selling fake tickets to concerts by artists including Adele (above). Photograph: Getty

Accused had gained €7,000 as a result of the fake ticket scam, court is told

The prison officer regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where he was expected to remain overnight

Officer knocked unconscious when prisoner punched him in the head without warning

Victim died after suffering gunshot wound to the head at his home

Ian Bailey says the French indictment was delivered to him at his home in west Cork last Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Journalist has again asked DPP to charge him with murder ‘so I can clear my name’

File photograph of Cork city, View towards docks and port across river Lee . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some 80 people lined sections of the River Lee to highlight concerns about plan

From left: Senator Jerry Buttimer; Minister of State Dara Murphy; Willis Towers Watson’s Brian Curtis; Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill; Minister of State Eoghan Murphy; president of Cork Chamber of Commerce Barrie O’Connell; Willis Towers Watson’s Eoin Motherway; and Ray O’Connor of IDA Ireland.  Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

Cork Chamber president Barrie O’Connell tells annual dinner of city’s potential

A woman walks through flood water in Cork city in 2014. FIle photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Local campaigners question effectiveness of planned quay walls and its impact on cityscape

Smael Heirouche (39) appeared before Cork District Court on a charge of making threats to kill or cause serious harm to a named individual at an address at James Street in Cork city centre.

Dutch national refused to engage with psychiatrist for evaluation, court hears

Gardaí found 5.5 kilos of cannabis herb at a house on the Ballinlough Road in Cork city.

Accused charged with possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply

A man is due in court over a post office robbery in Blarney, Co Cork. File photograph: Frank Miller

Gary Walsh denied bail after court appearance over alleged offence on January 24th

“A strong economy is necessary for strong universities, and strong universities are necessary for strong economies,” said Prof Patrick O’Shea, the new president of University College Cork. Photograph: iStockphoto

Prof Patrick O’Shea pledges to put UCC among the world’s great universities

A 60:40 men to women ratio is  one of the eight actions on gender equality committed to by the Cork university.

Greater gender equality would offer students female role models, says GENOVATE group

The late Valerie and Michael Greaney of Cobh, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision.

Michael Greaney killed his wife and took his own life after court approved his return to home in Cobh

The late Valerie and Michael Greaney of Cobh, Co  Cork. Photograph: Provision

Girl tells inquest how she told her father she loved him after he stabbed her

Midlands Prison in Co Laois. Gardaí have arrested the imprisoned former Waterford sports coach, Bill Kenneally  at the prison following fresh abuse allegations. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill Kenneally has been arrested after three more men alleged he sexually assaulted them

Loudest Whisper: Paul McCarthy, Paud O’Reilly and Brian O’Reilly. The band expands to nine members to perfom The Children of Lir, with two choirs,  at the National Opera House in Wexford in February

Veteran rockers are set to perform their ‘The Children of Lir’ folk opera in Wexford

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.

Young jockey dead in Cork collision and man in 20s fatally injured after car hits fence in Cavan

President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in Dublin last November with his wife Sabina. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Latin America’s models of economic development hailed as force against ‘neoliberalism’

The coroner for Cork City said the evidence about the death of the Korean woman did not suggest that she was planning to end her life. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Asylum seeker staying in Cork centre left Korea because of family difficulties, inquest told

The remains are removed at the funeral of Owen O’Callaghan at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown, Cork, on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Late property developer was man of integrity and his family have lost treasure, says priest

An artist’s interpretation of a planned incinerator in Cork

Planning authority accused of double standards by residents’ association

Blarney Post Office was robbed on Tuesday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Staff member threatened by man claiming to be armed with sawn-off shotgun

  Cork property developer Owen O’Callaghan, who died on Monday. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Politicians, business leaders and sporting figures among hundreds paying respects

Kenny Relihan (26) and Noel O’Mahony (64) died in a fire at a house at St Colman’s Park (general image above), Macroom, Co Cork, on May 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Google street view

South Cork coroner says alcohol played role in deaths of Kenny Relihan, Noel O’Mahony

  Owen O’Callaghan  overlooking his development of Opera Lane  in Cork. Photograph:  Barlok Photo

Lord Mayor of Cork says legacy will be evident on Leeside for decades to come

Property developer Owen O’Callaghan who has  died in Cork following a short illness.

Founder of O’Callaghan Properties behind some of Irelands biggest shopping centres

Mallow District Court:  Lukasz Zagrobelski (35), of Carragh Green, Naas, Co Kildare, was charged with 20 offences when he appeared at a special sitting on Sunday.

Accused remanded on bail on strict conditions after he is charged with 20 offences

Cork harbour: Simon Coveney says the plan offers huge potential benefits not just to Meitheal Mara but also to Cork city and harbour

Group hopes to develop new maritime hub for boat-building and rowing on river Lee

Paul and Gary O’Donovan: Gary said RTÉ documentary “Pull Like a Dog” showed they were serious athletes. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Silver medal winners at Rio Olympics still putting in long hours, says Gary O’Donovan

“We can now get data on rent increases for local electoral areas rather that just entire local authority areas, so we can break it down into much smaller areas to see what is happening with rents”

Areas in commuter counties near Dublin, parts of Co Cork and parts of Galway, Limerick and Waterford cities may be added

Plans for an academic conference at University College Cork which was due to debate the legal legitimacy of Israelsparked a major row. Photograph: iStock

Plans to hold similar conference at UK university were cancelled over ‘safety concerns’

Chase (Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment) chairwoman Mary O’Leary: “We recognise thorough examination of the facts presented takes time. However we struggle to understand the repeated postponements . . .”

Opponents dismayed at decision to defer Ringaskiddy determination for third time

Michael Flatley will set the scene for his dance troupe who will do most of the dancing, a source said. Photograph: David Sleator

US-born dancer set to introduce his dance troupe at the event in Washington

The woman’s husband was also treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries at the scene

Woman was a front seat passenger in single vehicle crash near Skibbereen on Wednesday

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

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