Soldiers are seen outside Buckingham Palace in London as military personnel are deployed around the country after the UK’s terror status was elevated to critical. The Manchester attack has prompted the Taoiseach to hold a meeting of security agencies. Photograph: Getty

Government and security agencies discuss threats following Manchester bombing

Some NCT test centres have considerably higher pass rates than others. File Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Highest pass rate in any vehicle test centre is 55 per cent, according to latest statistics

According to reports, Donald Trump revealed highly classified information during a meeting with Russian officials. Photograph: Getty Images

What exactly did Trump speak about with Russian officials, and why is it problematic?

Gardaí seized a quantity of cannabis at Cherry Orchard Drive on Friday. Photograph: Google Street View

29-year-old held for questioning after gardaí stop car in Ballyfermot on Friday evening

Gardaí have asked any witnesses to the crash to contact them. Photograph: Frank Miller

17-year-old driver fatally injured in single-vehicle crash on Friday evening

The Chuckle Brothers: the late, former first minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley with the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, smiling after being sworn in to the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont, in May 2007. Photograph: Paul Faith/Pool/PA Wire

Images of old enemies sitting together beamed around world

Senator Ned O’Sullivan believes seagulls are problematic in cities. Photographs: The Irish Times/Courtesy Fianna Fáil

Ned O’Sullivan unruffled by ‘mockery’ as UK council now imposes fines for feeding gulls

A group of men watch as one of their number goes to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, circa 1880. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Top tips: ‘Tickle the tourist as the good angler tickles a trout. The tourist will bite, too!’

A truck has overturned on a slip road inbound at the M50. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Emergency services attend scene near Naas Road N7 following incident on Saturday

Photograph: State Library of South Australia

Remarkable ship stopped on the Liffey months after a a police ploy to catch a notorious serial killer

David Cregan is missing from his home in Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

David Cregan (14) was last seen in Raheny Village with his mother on Friday evening

Wellington Street in Waterford city. Photograph: Google Street View

Four firefighters hospitalised amid ‘difficult’ conditions at blaze on Sunday night

From ‘Losers of Brexit’ to ‘A magnificent moment’, here’s what the papers had to say

Michael Peakin, NBRU Branch Secretary Broadstone photographed outside Busarus this morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Welsh fans affected by stoppages as tweets highlight mixed support for strikers

Sue the goat on her way to the parlour in Co Kildare on Wednesday morning. Photograph: @Anna_Dairy on Twitter

Met Éireann forecasts further heavy rain and blustery conditions for Wednesday night

Gardaí have released an image of the drugs seized during an operation in Raheny on Thursday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Man and woman detained as cocaine and cannabis found at house in Raheny area

Maureen Haughey has died aged 91. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin leads tributes to ‘wonderfully warm, dignified and intelligent woman’

Photograph: Renphoto/Getty Images

These stories appeared on the front page of The Weekly Irish Times in 1888

120 years ago, James Kelly was found murdered on the morning he was to be married

The Porsche AG 911 Targa. File image: Bloomberg

In 2015, new Irish registrations of Porsche hit highest number since peak in 2006

A new study has aimed to explain the reasons behind pandas’ black and white fur. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The California researchers who explained zebra stripes take a look at giant pandas

Gardaí have closed the road pending a forensic examination. Photograph: Frank Miller

Man in his 40s pronounced dead at scene at Cuffesgrange on Saturday morning

A view of the 7kg of cannabis herb discovered by gardaí in Carlow on Friday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí detain Lithuanian nationals after finding 7kg of cannabis herb and 100 plants

Snow and sleet in Dublin city. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/File

Met Éireann issues two weather warnings as motorists advised to take extra care on roads

Snow on Mount Errigal, Co Donegal. This weekend is set to be cold and unsettled, according to Met Éireann. Photograph: Alan Betson/File

Met Éireann issues status yellow alerts as country braces for heavy downpours

St Patrick’s Church in Kilquade Co Wicklow: Kilquade was the site of an incident that became one of the earliest murder trial reports in ‘The Irish Times’. Photograph: Google Street View

Farrelly, a ‘repulsive’ looking man, started a brawl after a funeral in Kilquade in 1859

Kym Owens suffered severe injuries in an incident in November

Inquiry ongoing into case of Maynooth University student found with severe injuries

Inside a building on North Circular Road which caught fire on Friday. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Fifteen people evacuated from building on North Circular Road on Friday morning

A wind speed map for 6am on February 1st. Photograph: MagicSeaweed

National forecaster warns of strong winds on Thursday with average speeds of 45-60km/h

Voters in a new Red C poll want Enda Kenny to appoint a specific Brexit minister. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Support for Fine Gael drops by 1% as Fianna Fáil and Independents see gains

Cemeteries were hunting grounds for bodysnatchers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Photograph: Barry Lewis/Getty Images

While Burke and Hare made headlines in the UK, a graverobbing trade boomed in Ireland

Gardaí have advised of delays on the M1 following a crash on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Frank Miller

Crash after entrance of Port Tunnel to disrupt traffic on Tuesday, gardaí warn

Undated photograph of Fr Malachi Martin. The image was used in his Irish Times obituary in 1999.

Malachi Martin detailed the four stages of the process of possession

The wreckage of a small plane on Middle Island, located near the Queensland township of Bundaberg, Australia. Photograph: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service/Reuters

Engine failure likely cause of light aircraft incident which left British woman dead

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Reece Cullen (inset) at Kilclare Crescent, Jobstown, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Second arrest made in relation to fatal attack on 17-year-old in Tallaght on Thursday

Santa’s journey has already begun. Photograph: Google Santa Tracker

Google’s tracker lets you keep an eye on Santa’s movements as he travels the world

Strong winds are due on the west coast. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ferries cancelled as Met Éireann extends yellow wind warning for Christmas weekend

Santa has been given permission to enter Irish airspace. Photograph: Per Breiehagen/Photographer’s Choice via Getty Images

Shane Ross says stocks of milk, mince pies and carrots topped up for Christmas

When the pubs closed, people seeking a tipple could turn to one of Dublin’s secret drinking dens. Photograph: Eric Luke/file photo

One reporter joined the city’s ‘stray men and questionable women’ for a drink

The junction of Killbarron Park and Cromcastle Road in Coolock, Dublin, where a teenage biker was killed in a collision on Thursday. File photograph: Google Street View

Teenage biker and pedestrian believed to be in his 70s die following road collisions

Lord Edwards Street in Kilmallock, Co Limerick. Photograph: Google Street View

Pedestrian pronounced dead at scene of crash in Kilmallock on Wednesday

Sundrive Road near Sundrive Park in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Pedestrian seriously injured in road incident on Sundrive Rd on Sunday morning

The LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in the rescue of some 140 migrants off the coast of Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish Naval Service vessel deployed in Mediterranean for humanitarian operations

The Irish Ferries vessel ‘Isle of Inishmore’. Photograph: Irish Ferries

Two Irish Coast Guard helicopters deployed after Irish Ferries vessel raised alarm

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a car crash in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí appeal for witnesses, close section of N24 after traffic collision on Thursday

The move is an extension of a so-far “successful” pilot scheme in Tullamore, Banagher and Tubbercurry, said Simon Coveney

A new Government initiative will see more libraries open for unstaffed periods

The Waterford Marina Hotel. Photograph: Google Street View

Emergency services attend scene of blaze on Friday, gardaí say no foul play suspected

A prison photograph of Michael Cleary from the General Prisons Board Penal File. Photograph: National Archives

In 1895, Bridget Cleary was set alight by her husband because he believed she was a fairy

Wearing a Christmas jumper this Sunday will get you onto the Luas for free. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gettin’ on the Luas when it’s bumper to bumper, wait a minute, where’s me jumper?

A section of the R363 between Dysart and Brideswell, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Google Maps

Male passenger treated for minor injuries after driver dies in incident on Sunday

US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

A short collection of headline-grabbing comments from the US president-elect

Enda Kenny had a 10-minute phone call with president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday. Photograph: Composite/New York Times/Eric Luke

Taoiseach says president elect was ‘complimentary’ about Irish policy despite adviser’s tax warning

Garda strike: Members of the Garda Representative Association leaving the Workplace Relations Commission this evening.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Group representing over 10,000 rank and file officers awaiting real ‘progress’ on pay

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after a fatal car crash in Co Tipperary. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Pedestrian hospitalised following incident overnight, later pronounced dead

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade dispose of a barrel filled with a discarded hazardous chemical in Clondalkin. Photograph: DFB/Twitter

Dublin Fire Brigade called to dispose of 25-litre drum of dangerous material

Gardaí in Drogheda are investigating a robbery at a shop on Sunday night. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate after sum of money stolen from shop till in Sunday night robbery

Ireland’s Eye seen in the background as a group of swimmers take to the sea in Malahide in July of this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The small, picturesque island off Howth was once synonymous with a ‘foul’ murder case

Dress up as something other than Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters/Files

Looking to pass the time on Halloween? Here are some old and not-very-old traditions

Pablo Escobar, Dia de Los Muertos and Donald Trump (without the octopus).

A Donald Trump Octopus or Pablo Escobar? Stand out in these alternative costumes

Skellig Michael featured in the latest Star Wars installment in 2015. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Co Kerry route has ‘timeless beauty’ and ‘should be on every traveller’s must-see list’

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  There are delays of up to 20 minutes on Dart and Commuter services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Amiens Street

Services suspended at Tara St for a time after passenger requires medical attention

Gardaí are investigating a fatal car crash in Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Woman in her 20s dies after car crashes into wall in Skerries, Co Dublin on Tuesday

Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann says issue affecting all crossings led to stoppage on Monday

Researchers in the US learned about this fossilised primate’s handedness by looking at the marks on its teeth. Photograph: David Frayer et al/Journal of Human Evolution

Teeth of ‘homo habilis’ found in Tanzania could give clues to language development

Newspaper doesn’t specify cause of ‘technical problems’

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward following a fatal crash in Co Mayo.Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Road between Claremorris and Balla remains closed as gardaí appeal for witnesses

Stratton with his wife Lavinia. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When PT Barnum’s prize act married in 1861, he wasn’t going to miss a business opportunity

‘Rightly or wrongly, the way people look has a profound impact on the way others perceive them’, according to psychology lecturer Dr Nicholas Furl. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/ Getty Images

New study shows ‘company we keep has an effect on how attractive we appear to others’

Bread Street, Belfast, where PSNI said a man has been shot in both legs. Photograph: Google Street View

Wounded man dragged into alleyway in Bread Street area by men dressed in black

Patrick McMahon was before a Limerick court in 1861, charged with breaking into the city gaol. Photograph: Google Street View

Defendant gave the court good reason for breaking into prison - he had to kill ‘the evil one’

Kilworth Road in Drimnagh, where Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene of a fire on Friday morning. Photograph: Google Street View

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade attend scene in Drimnagh in early hours of Friday

A photograph of a spider reportedly found in Co Wexford this week. Photograph: Clive Lawler/Facebook

Large house spiders leaving their webs pose little threat to humans, says arachnologist

Shane De Roiste initially thought the shark was a dolphin, he said. File photograph: Getty Images

Wexford-born Shane De Roiste nominated for Pride of Australia Medal

Mary Daly was hanged in Tullamore gaol in January 1903 for the murder of her husband John Daly. Photograph: Google maps

Mary Daly and Annie Walshe were both executed for the murder of their husbands

Republic of Ireland squad training on Tuesday ahead of Robbie Keane’s last international game versus Oman. Photograph: Gary Carr/INPHO

MLS club takes out advertisement ahead of striker’s final Republic of Ireland match

The European Commission has found that Apple owes the Irish State € 13 billion in back taxes after ruling that the technology giant’s tax arrangements in Ireland constituted a form of illegal state aid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

We could give the Government an open tab in the Dáil bar for 10,833 years

Conor McGregor stands over Nate Diaz during their welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/AP

‘It was a hell of a fight’ - McGregor discusses next move following hard-fought victory

The All Blacks perform the Haka ahead of the opener of the Bledisloe Cup, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia on Saturday. Photograph: Photosport/Paul Seiser/INPHO

Report of sophisitcated listening device found in foam of chair in Sydney hotel

A tweet from the @twowomentravel account, which is documenting a woman’s journey to the UK to have an abortion. Photograph: Screenshot/@twotwomentravel/Twitter

‘@TwoWomenTravel’ set up ‘in solidarity’ with those who have had to make journey

Superimposed images of Isabella Ruxton and the skull recovered at the scene in Moffat. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Buck Ruxton was tried for murder in 1936 after body parts were discovered in a ravine

Close-up with a great white shark. Photograph: Jim Abernethy/Getty Images/Files

Negativity towards sharks ‘partly due’ to soundtracks akin to famous ‘Jaws’ theme

A male frigatebird. Photograph: Wayne Lynch/Getty Images/Files

Sleep patterns ‘on the wing’ may shed new light on effects of sleep loss on humans

A ‘UFO’ is closely followed by a Garda car over the weekend in Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Ali Kemal Ali/Facebook

Gardaí quell rumour of intergalactic invasion after ‘flying saucer’ spotted in Wexford

The Illustrated London News depicts the fire in the Liberties in 1875. Photograph: Illustrated London News/ South Dublin County Council Digital Library

The 1875 Chamber Street fire claimed many victims - each died from alcohol poisoning

The Garda Forensic team examining a scene on the Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin where a woman was sexually assaulted by a group of men in the early hours of the morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Two being held following attack on woman in parkland area on Thursday morning

A man has reportedly been shot in Crumlin in the early hours of Monday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man in 30s discovered in street with gunshot injury, gardaí appeal for information

Explosive Ordnance Disposal was called to the scene in Dublin shortly after 6am on Thursday. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Army bomb disposal unit called to scene after man (40s) searched in Store Street area

The good weather has prompted employees in a building on Tara Street to get an inflatable pool for the roof. Photograph: Paddy Logue/The Irish Times

If you lack the hardware to set up your own place to swim, here are some you can try

In recent months, the conversation around ECT has focused on patient consent. Photograph: iStock

ECT was a ‘game changer’ in psychiatry. And it’s still very effective, says Prof Declan McLoughlin

Staff at the Oberstown detention centre for young offenders in Co Dublin have voted in favour of industrial action over concerns for their safety.

Impact says health and safety measures need to be introduced to protect staff

Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands in Government Buildings with members of the new Cabinet. Photograph: Merrion Street

Enda Kenny has named his ministerial line-up with some significant changes

People take part in the ‘Darkness into Light’ walk in aid of Pieta House in Galway on Saturday morning. Photograph: Ian Brennan

Annual Pieta House fundraiser takes place in nearly 120 venues worldwide, say organisers

The interior of The Long Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How many of these well-known Irish pubs can you identify?

Do you think clowns are ‘creepy’? Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images/Files

New study ranks jobs and hobbies in order of perceived ‘creepiness’

Dana White has said Conor McGregor is not back on the UFC 200 card. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Dubliner had earlier tweeted he had been reinstated at event following his ‘retirement’

A man is due in court charged in connection with a robbery in Tallaght on Sunday night. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Gardaí arrest 34-year-old near scene on Sunday night - amount of cash recovered

At the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting party last night, several backbenchers expressed concern that a government supported by Independents would not last.

As FF and FG meet to negotiate, possibility remains of electorate returning to polls

Gardaí have reissued an appeal for witnesses to come forward with information. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

57-year-old hospitalised after incident at Harold’s Cross in early hours of Saturday

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to come forward after a car crash at an Applegreen service station in Co Limerick. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Male passenger and two children in back seat treated for non life-threatening injuries

A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Damaged caused to cars and house in Co Antrim on Saturday, no injuries reported

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