The heaviest snowfalls are forecast over  counties in Connacht and in Ulster. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road users warned over black ice as ‘polar low’ set to sweep across country on Friday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shows his decorative socks to British prime minister Theresa May (second right) during a round table meeting at an EU summit in  Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Howlin says editorial in UK edition of Sun is ‘jingoistic, ignorant, bullying and ageist’

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A total of three people were injured in three separate shooting incidents over the weekend

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The tax automatically returns to the base rate each year of 0.18% of the house price

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

Met Éireann issues weather alert for 19 counties and warns of flooding risk

The single-car crash took place on  Drynam Road at about 2am on August 19th. Photograph: Google Maps

Two other men suffer minor injuries in Saturday morning crash

Eimear Byrne (left) and Emma Kelly (right) with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Chicago. Photograph: Emma Kelly/Twitter

20-year-old from Dublin seated Taoiseach at ‘tiny table’

Cupola Observation Module. Photograph: Google Street View/Nasa

Feel what it is like for astronauts to look down on Earth from outer space

Aonghus Ryan has been missing since June 30th.

Aonghus Ryan (39) is described as 173cm tall with blond hair

Jordan Burke from Dublin city has been missing since last Friday.

The teenager from Dublin’s city centre was last seen three days ago

Road users in counties Dublin, Carlow, Sligo, Monaghan, Westmeath and Sligo were killed in incidents on Saturday and Sunday

torists run the gauntlet as high waves crash over the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Temperatures are set to fall to -2 degrees as heavy rain and wind are expected in the coming days

Detectives are treating the fire at the building in Co Antrim as suspicious

Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident near O’Connell Street

A female garda suffered a fractured wrist and a male garda received facial injuries during the incident in Aylward Green about 1.50am.

It is the second garda attack in 24 hours after two gardaí were hospitalised in Mayo

The stabbing incident took place in the rural village of Batterstown about 4am. Image: Google Maps

The injured young man stumbled into a garden in Batterstown early this morning

The drug test involves analysing the driver’s saliva for cannabis, cocaine, opiates including heroin and morphine and benzodiazepines, which includes valium.

Garda to begin using new devices to test for substances including cannabis and cocaine

A passenger information sign at Seapoint Dart station in south Dublin on Friday morning. The vast majority of Dart, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services are not operating today. Photograph: Rachel Flaherty

Reaction: Dublin and rail passengers at stations and bus stops had no notice of action

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a road crash last Friday. Photograph: Facebook

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a collision near Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick

Cyclist Des Butler was fatally injured in a collision with a camper van in Co Clare on March 26th. File photograph: Facebook

Five cyclists killed in road collisions so far this year in Counties Dublin, Kildare, Clare

Eddie Staunton was receiving first aid when a man shot him a number of times.

Investigators attempting to establish if attack is linked to Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud

Couple Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after a road collision in Co Limerick on Friday. Photograph: Facebook

Gary Kelly (19) and Delia Keary (18) died after collision with truck on Friday evening

A worker is in critical condition in hospital after a metal piece of a rollercoaster ride struck him in the chest during an incident on Friday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The man was seriously injured after a piece from the ride hit him in the chest

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

 Pope Francis has said he is willing to consider ordaining older married men as priests in isolated communities.   File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Galway priest says he believes change, to deal with shortage of priests, will happen

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said An Post’s plan would be presented to a board in four to six weeks, and then to Government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister says future not as bad as suggested despite claim 1,100 offices are loss-making

The couple plan to stay in Sydney for the moment, while their yacht is retrieved. Photograph: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Nick Dwyer and partner saved after yacht capsized in ‘waves the size of buildings’

The injured man was airlifted from a Russian fishing vessel about 290km northwest of Erris Head about 4.30am. File photograph: Getty Images

Helicopter airlift takes place off Co Mayo coast as man in need of urgent medical care

Protesters call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

International Women’s Day protests call for access to abortion care in Ireland

Inspector Ken McLoughlin speaks to media after a fire at Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin where a woman and two children died.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

President and Taoiseach offer sympathies after blaze in Clondalkin step-down facility

File image of a post office sign in a Gaeltacht area in Ventry, Co Kerry. File photograph: Getty Images

No decisions yet made while in-depth review of network still ongoing, says An Post

A file photo from 2014 shows schoolchildren paying their respects at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway where ‘significant quantities’ of human remains were found. Photograph: AFP

‘We were wronged and we did no wrong. Our children were taken,’ says home survivor

  Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath who confirmed on Tuesday  a commission of investigation has been set up into the care of ’Grace’ in a foster home in the southeast.  Photograph: Collins

Senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly will lead commission and report within one year

Liam Neeson has been named the richest Irish actor in the Sunday Times rich list. Photograph: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary joins billionaire club for the first time

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

Karl Swaine (9) with his brother, Cillian (4), and his mother, Sharon, at home in Lucan. Karl has Hunter syndrome and is being treated in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Mother of nine-year-old with rare genetic disorder on diagnosis – and living positively

Gardaí at the scene in Drumalee Park off the North Circular Road in Dublin 7, where shots were fired at a house on September 2nd, 2016. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Gunman shot at Hutch family member on Drumalee Road in Dublin before fleeing

Fiona Sinnott with her daughter Emma was 19 when she went missing in February 1998.

19-year-old last seen at midnight after leaving Butler’s pub in Broadway, Co Wexford

An ESB crew works to restore power at Sandyford in south Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

ESB confirms some homes will remain without power for a second night following storm

Storm Doris is in the way. Walker at  Sandycove, Co Dublin amid high waves earlier in February. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Heavy rain to fall across the country with snow, hail and sleet expected in some areas

Storm Doris is set to bring gales, rain and snow. Photograph: Darius Cerneckis/EyeEm

Met Éireann warns of severe winds and heavy rain, with snow on northern hills

 Dublin Fire Brigade were called to a  fire at a building in Mountjoy Square in Dublin about 7.20am. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade battled the blaze for hours on Mountjoy Square as five people are taken to hospital

Central Bank in Dublin: the economy, society and environment were assessed by Social Justice Ireland

Ireland ranks 11th on 15-strong Sustainable Progress Index, says Social Justice Ireland

 Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting incident on the North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí are investigating fatal incident at home on the North Circular Road on Sunday

 Alannah Beirne, from Naas, Co Kildare, who is a contestant on the forthcoming series of Britain’s Next Top Model. Photograph: Lifetime/PA Wire

Brenda Hyland Beirne was crowned 30 years ago, now daughter Alannah is in spotlight

Irish Retriever Rescue wrote the post on Facebook on Wednesday asking the public for help. Photograph: Irish Retriever Rescue/Facebook

Charity receives an ‘overwhelming response’ to plea over four pairs of golden retrievers

New York’s One World Trade Centre will “go green” to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Photographs: Getty Images

New York’s One World Trade Center to sport green livery for occasion of our national day

Gardaí seized heroin worth €500,000 from a house in Crumlin. Photograph: An Garda Síochana

Man in his 20s arrested after haul found as house searched in Crumlin area

A computer generated picture of the Luas Cross City line at Broadstone in Dublin.

First test of new Luas Cross City line set to go ahead in mid-June this year

A Dublin man has died after falling ill on holiday in Barcelona. Photograph: Google maps

Dublin man fell ill on night out with friends, DFA providing consular assistance to family

British prime minister Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  an informal meeting of EU heads of state or government in Valletta, Malta, 3rd February 2017. Photograph: Yves Herman/EPA

Hard Border: Customs controls between Republic and NI unavoidable, say lawyers

Tesco is Ireland’s largest private employer, with 14,500 workers. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Company says 280 people will be affected by new terms and conditions

A Fianna Fáil councillor is seeking a review of lighting in Killiney and further Garda patrols. Photograph: Frank Miller

Councillor seeks review of lighting and increased Garda patrols following incidents

Four men have been arrested after herbal cannabis worth an estimated €3.2 million was seized in Co Meath.  Photograph: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg.

Man charged over seizure of €110,000 worth of cannabis in separate operation in Cork

Micheal Feeney, manager of Applegreen Northbound, and staff members celebrate selling the winning ticket. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lusk service station drop its fuel prices on Friday to celebrate the jackpot win

Dublin Zoo has welcomed the arrival of a new bongo calf. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Dublin Zoo/PA Wire

Wild population of rare African antelope species in ‘rapid decline’ due to hunting

A man has been arrested after gardaí seized about €200,000 worth of cannabis at a property in Listowel, Co  Kerry.

Man (42) arrested after about 100 mature plants and 6.5kg of cannabis herb found

Figures from the Simon Communities report showed just 17 per cent of the properties were available for people in receipt of rent supplements or Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to rent. Photograph: iStock

Simon Communities says gap between rents and housing benefits continue to grow

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus  drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million  last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shop in Cork village of Glounthane rumoured to have sold ticket to 34-strong syndicate

Six army cases were heard at the Military Justice Centre at McKee Barracks in Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six members of military faced court martial proceedings in Dublin last year

A  map showing wind speeds off the west coast of Ireland from Wednesday morning. Photograph: Magic Seaweed.com

Met Éireann issues yellow alert with gusts of up to 110 km/hr forecast overnight

The winning ticket in tonight’s EuroMillions draw worth €88.5 million was sold in Ireland, the National Lottery has said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Tuesday’s win marks tenth jackpot win for Irish players since EuroMillions began

Nellie Lannen was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type one (SMA1) at seven months old.

Nellie Lannen (22 months) has condition causing muscle wastage, impaired breathing

Sawn-off shotgun and ammunition seized. Photograph: An Garda Síochana

41-year-old seen ‘acting suspiciously’ in Dublin was caught and arrested

The Irish Pharmacy Union said crimes against pharmacy staff were ‘extremely worrying and utterly unacceptable’. Photograph: iStock

Three quarters of pharmacies have been victims with a quarter of incidents ‘violent’

 U2 fans  Cintia Marcomini, Luz Pereira, Tamara Thaise, Sabrini Resende from  & Michelle Franca from Smithfield after getting their tickets at the ticketmaster branch in St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

No second gig expected as standing tickets on sale for more than €1,000 on reselling website

Under Health Service Executive (HSE) targets, the number of patients on trolleys in the State on a given day is not supposed to exceed 236. File photograph: Frank Miller

Nurses’ group says overcrowding is getting worse despite fall in number without bed

John Halligan: The Waterford-based Minister said the mobile lab proposal was not an alternative to a permanent second cath lab. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent Alliance TD vows to keep fighting for a permanent second facility

Stephen, Brigetta and Nellie Lannen, who who has spinal muscular atrophy type one, a rare genetic condition.

Drug approved by US authorities but not yet by EU a ‘major breakthrough’, says specialist

A wind map for Ireland on Wednesday. Darker reds indicate stronger winds. Photograph: Magic Seaweed

Heaviest snowfall expected over Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster

We could see snow from mid-week, according to Met Éireann. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Met Éireann says snow may fall from mid-week as average temperature drops

The disease has been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Mass culls of poultry announced in France as the disease spreads across Europe

Image of celebrities that have died in 2016. Photograph: Chris Barker/Twitter

David Bowie, George Michael, Terry Wogan and Frank Kelly feature among those in the montage tribute

Milo/Sneachta with his new brother in his new home. Photograph: Dublin Airport

Six-week-old puppy was found in a plastic box at the back of car park last week

Heroin with an estimated street value of €300,000 was seized on Monday evening. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Ballyfermot raid part of ongoing operation targeting serious criminal activity

Santa Claus rides in his sleigh as he prepares for Christmas in the Arctic Circle. Photograph:  Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Met Éireann says north and west is at risk from a potentially stormy spell of weather

ESB says the network is primarily concerned with a batch of 17,000 meters that it estimates 10 per cent could be faulty. Photograph: ESB Networks

ESB says it will test the meters and give refunds to those who have been overcharged

Rescue workers tow the truck that ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in in Berlin on Monday night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Garda sources say no impact on risk assessment here, where suspects are monitored

On Christmas Eve, Luas services will stop at 8pm and there will be no services on Christmas Day.

A full run down of schedules including Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas

A man in his twenties has died after he was hit by a car in Co Offaly.

Gardaí have closed part of the N52 road in Durrow to allow for forensic investigations

Contraband firearms seized during the Garda operation in Cabra, Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Investigating officers believe haul foils murder bid in venomous Kinahan-Hutch enmity

The housing crisis may not be of Fine Gael’s making – the building and banking sectors imploded on Fianna Fáil’s watch – but the Government’s efforts to repair the situation, through delay and undue reliance on the private sector, have not impressed. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Landlords say State responsible for rental crisis and interference making it worse

Patrick McCaffrey, seen here with his wife Helen, who died during an incident at a windfarm in Co Sligo. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority are investigating death on Monday evening

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (ISPCC) said young people often looked at inappropriate material online.

ISPCC report shows grooming is a main concern for parents

Jane Keenan: “I inherited two bad genes from my parents”

Alpha-1 deficiency is a hereditary condition that has an “unusually high” prevalence here

Four units were sent to a fire at York House, Salvation Army hostel on Longford Street Little about 3am. File photograph: Jason Clarke

Dublin Fire Brigade called to at least four incidents overnight in the city

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise: Hiqa says it is at a “critical juncture” because of continuing safety concerns.

Watchdog warns emergency department and critical care service pose safety risks

Johathan Corrie who died outside Leinster House in 2014 and roll-out mats in the Merchants Quay night cafe.

Announcement coincides with second anniversary of Jonathan Corrie’s untimely death

James Nolan had been missing since shortly after he was released from Portlaoise Prison in November 2010, having served time for burglary. File photograph: Collins Courts

Dig in north Dublin expected for James Nolan (46), last seen in Finglas in 2010

Members of the public are invited to have their say on the Government’s proposal to improve and update dog breeding establishment guidelines in Ireland.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

DSPCA chief warns of ‘deceit and fraud’ in puppy farm sector

Met Eireann said the overnight frost and fog would be slow to clear and could linger in some places all day. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Warning of poor driving conditions as two weather warnings remain in place

A complaint against a FM104 radio show on which a caller used offensive terms to describe children with special needs has been upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Image: iStock.

Complaint upheld against Dublin station on which caller used terms such as ‘mongo’

Met Éireann has warned there could be dangerous driving conditions on Wednesday night

Met Éireann warns mean air temperature will be 4 degrees below normal for rest of week

The damaged Permanent TSB ATM in Greystones after it  was robbed on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tens of thousands of euro taken during robbery as bank targeted for third time this year

A total of 131 women (63 per cent) were killed in their own homes,  figures from the report show.

209 women have been killed in past 20 years; 16 children died violently alongside mothers

A weather warning is in place after bitterly cold overnight temperatures. File photograph: The Irish Times

Temperatures set to plunge on Friday night as Met Éireann extends fog and freezing warning

President Michael D Higgins with  international activists and NGO representatives in Dublin at the launch of the Human Rights Defenders Memorial. Photograph: Conor McCabe

States must be held to account for killing of rights activists, says President Higgins

Dr Colin Doherty  said there was growing evidence for the effectiveness of CBD (a cannabidiol oil derived from  cannabis, pictured above) and initial studies were encouraging, but not definitive. File photograph: Getty Images

Neurologist speaks at health committee examining licensing of medicinal cannabinoids

Trade union members, students and activists at a trade union campaign for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment was held on the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin city. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solidarity is a ‘powerful weapon’ in women’s ‘struggle for bodily autonomy,’ Unite says ahead of rallies

After the customers had left, Mr Millar picked up the bill and found a $750 tip on the receipt with a note that read ‘hopefully, this can get you back to Ireland for the holidays.’

Belfastman hopes to return for visit to Ireland after girlfriend gives birth to baby

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