State Claims Agency (SCA) established in 2001 as reaction to surge in compensation claims being taken against State

‘One in four children on the island of Ireland are overweight or obese’. Photograph: iStock

Safefood Ireland research shows childhood obesity to cost island of Ireland billions

Eoin Murphy (left), originally from Armagh, who has been homeless since 2014, with Gerry Carney, case management, Inner City Helping Homeless. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Campaigners ‘shocked’ at comments made by Eileen Gleeson about helping homeless

Multiple syringes were either unlabelled or insufficiently labelled, says Hiqa report

The Simon Community rough sleeper team serves food and hot drinks to homeless people at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Taoiseach’s downplaying of homeless figures fails to reflect the reality on the ground

Victim (44) sustained four gunshot wounds to the leg in alleyway

Eimear Noonan, from Co Clare, who died while running in France. Photograph: via Facebook.

Teacher (21) from Co Clare was last seen in French town of Annonay on Wednesday

Katie Ascough pictured in University College Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Former UCD student union president removed after students voted to impeach her

A rainfall warning has been issued for western counties for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Motorists urged to avoid driving through flood waters and watch out for mudslides

Kristy Hubbard (20) from Finglas: “I was scared about starting Leap but, after some encouragement, I decided to give it a go and it’s been great for me.” Photograph: Seán Dunne

Twelve inner city trainees have been honoured as they ‘Leap’ to the workplace

A striking worker speaks with tourists at a locked-up Tara Street Dart Station in Dublin  during the rail strike. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

More than 150,000 people must make alternative travel arrangements due to action

Urge to recycle? A blackbird gets set to fly off with  an empty disposable coffee cup in its beak on the banks of the river Spree in Berlin, November 2nd, 2017. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

‘Latte Levy’ would see each takeaway beverage costing additional 10-15 cents

Gardaí are still searching for Arnel and Ayaan Azad who are missing from their home in Co Limerick since last week.

Arnel and Ayaan Azad were last seen on Tuesday when they left Limerick home with their father

Tom Dempsey outside Heuston Station, Dublin: “The Luas drivers put up a good fight to get what they wanted but I just hope that our dispute doesn’t last as long.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Dempsey who has not had raise for 10 years says Government holds key to ending dispute

The Connemara Lake Hotel was evacuated shortly after her death and a forensic examination of the scene was being carried out on Tuesday. Photograph: Google Street View

Woman (64) was guest at Connemara Lake Hotel in Oughterard

Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online content shifted back on to tech giants rather that the person who posts the content.

Companies could face fines if they fail to remove posts which risk prejudicing criminal trials

ESB Networks has  now restored power to over 370,000 people who suffered an outage following Ophelia.

ESB Networks hopes to have full service restored by the middle of this week

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it is providing consular assistance after an Irish man died in Portugal. Photograph: Tom Honan

Department of Foreign Affairs confirms a man in his 60s has died while on holiday

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at the annual conference of Youth Work Ireland at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in Dublin.

The project aims to help vulnerable young people in ‘hot spots’ across the country

Another motorist was caught driving 171km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M7 in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 140,223 vehicles checked as part of the 24-hour operation by An Garda Síochána

Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Repair crews were hampered by heavy rain and high winds during Storm Brian

Garda Alan Hayes, who along with colleagues was awarded a bronze medal and certificate of bravery, pictured with his daughter Aibhlinn. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Thea Foster-Lee, who saved her mother from a knife attack, also recognised at awards

The Irish Times understands that an Irish man has drowned while holidaying on the Maldives island group (above), south of India. File photograph: Google Maps

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to man’s family

Seán Hogan, Chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group during a media briefing on Hurricane Ophelia on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Two wind-surfers rescued with ‘extremely severe’ conditions expected around country

Extended hours will be in operation at the Peter McVerry homeless youth café on Berkeley Street.  File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter McVerry Trust initiates their emergency response protocols

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Luas cancelled and schools closed on Tuesday morning; Gusts continue but will fade overnight

Ibrahim Halawa (21) has spent more than four years in jail. File photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Embassy staff visit Dubliner who has yet to be released despite being cleared of all charges

Met Éireann is liaising with the United Kingdom Met Office, and the United States National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida.  Image: Windy.com

Met Éireann issues status Yellow warning for storm-force winds, heavy rain and high seas

Bill the sniffer dog. Photograph: Revenue

Dog, named Bill, was involved in operation involving gardaí and Revenue officials

After Tralee, Co Kerry at 19 weeks, the longest waiting times by test centre are Athlone (17 weeks), Donegal (17 weeks), Roscommon (16.8 weeks), Mallow (16.7 weeks). Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin is experiencing the worst backlog with almost 12,000 drivers seeking test date

Ibrahim Halawa is set to receive a consular visit from the Irish Embassy in Cairo in the coming days

Egyptian authorities have not yet begun to process paperwork for Mr Halawa’s release

 Ibrahim Halawa  has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail.

It has been two weeks since the Cairo court found the Irish man not guilty of all charges

The man was discovered unconscious at St Bridget’s Place, Prospect Place, Galway. Source: Google Street View

Man in his 20s is being treated at University Hospital Galway after being discovered at 3am

Noel Murphy salutes during the National Anthem at the the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme in The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Members of the public have been asked to submit suggestions by November

Netflix has announced a price hike for some of its subscription plans. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Streaming service moves to increase cost of some of its popular subscription plans

The Centra shop on the UCD campus

Robbers ran away with cash through UCD campus

Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Julien Behal

Respreeza used to treat alpha-1 - a hereditary condition that is unusually common in State

There were more than 6,000 new callers to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s helpline last year. Image: iStock

Chief points to ‘worrying trends’ in data and the internet’s influence on sexual violence

“One of the things that causes that deep-rooted shame is this societal idea that men are more able to defend themselves.” Photograph: iStock

A quarter of calls to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre last year came from male victims

Of the new diagnoses, 51 per cent were among men who have sex with men

Eight deaths reported to the CSO in 2016 where the cause of death was AIDS or HIV

300 senior officers expected at two-day Garda ‘think-tank’

Nursing staff in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Union wants increase to the capacity of the health service, in terms of staffing and beds

Mr Varadkar said he would “move might and main” to avoid any sudden hike in property taxes for people in 2019. Photograph: EPA

Despite increase in house prices, Varadkar does not envisage hike in property taxes

When Mr Halawa is moved from the prison service to the security directorate, things should move quickly, said Mr Coveney. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Irish citizen was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in Cairo in August 2013

The Union of Students in Ireland will hold a  national demonstration to be held on October 4th in Dublin. Photograph:  Conor McCabe/USI

Union calls on Government to invest in publicly-funded third level education

Campaigner Suzy Byrme has called on both sides in the abortion debate to stop ‘abusing the existence’ of people with disabilities in their campaigns. Photographs: The Irish Times

‘We must stop our existence being used and abused,’ says leading disability campaigner

Donna Price pictured with a photo her son Darren at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore,  Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘The attitude that you have three pints and mosey on ... some people never make it home’

Grace Roche : owner of Pretty Things farm clothing for women. Photograph:  Seán Dunne

Grace Roche was frustrated with not getting overalls and boots that fitted her properly

Catriona and John Carley with children Maebh (8) and Emily (10).  Photograph: Sean Dunne

Brexit is a big concern and how it will impact on business and family

Martin Kehoe jnr (33) died in an accident at the family farm in Foulksmills, New Ross.

Martin Kehoe jnr was working at a grain store when he was overcome with fumes

Kathleen O’Toole, the chairman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, has said that she believes Garda reform will not be achieved by one person. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole claims changing An Garda Síochána requires ‘cohesive’ management

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum: Staff at Portlaoise prison have expressed concern prisoners in “dire” need of the CMH have been left on a waiting list so long.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Waiting list of 29 for CMH, 20 of whom are referrals from Irish Prison Service

Gogglebox participants Tracie Reid and Anita Reilly: ‘We’re mammies most importantly’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Gearing up for the next season of the TV show are Irish participants including two ‘sisters’ from the Liberties, a Nigerian-Irish (...)

 Zainab Boladale: “In general, media doesn’t have diverse representation, so I think it’s super important.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Zainab Boladale, the new co-presenter of ‘News2Day’, is happy to see diversity on TV

Thomas ‘Ta’ Power, 33, was one of two men  shot dead in the Rossnaree Hotel, near Drogheda in January 1987. Photograph: Garda

62-year-old detained arrested in connection with the murder of two INLA members

Gardaí searching for the remains of missing man Trevor Deely on a site in Chapelizod, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Officers set to search part of the river which runs along the three-acre Chapelizod site

St Lawrence Road: the Housing Agency paid almost €2 million for the former B&B. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Residents close to the Mater Dei hub in Drumcondra fear ‘new ghetto’

Blood samples for HIV tests. Photograph: GettyImages

Risk-taking and growing culture of chemsex are key factors behind rise of STIs, experts say

Gardaí searching for the remains of missing man Trevor Deely on a site in Chapelizod, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Targeted digs to start at Chapelizod site this week as investigation reaches ‘critical’ point

Adrian Bayley is seen after his sentencing in June. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Bayley is serving 40 years in prison for the rape and murder of the Irish woman

Lois Bridge, located in north Co Dublin, is the only dedicated residential facility which treats anorexia, bulimia and binge eating

Mental Health Commission concerned about the safety of two residents at Lois Bridge

Irish man Alan Lucid who has drowned off the coast of the Netherlands. Photograph via Facebook

PhD student from UCC dies after getting into difficulty during swim on Thursday

The family of Ibrahim Halawa are to hold a news conference in Dublin on Friday

Verdict in long-running trial of Dublin man in Egypt delayed by further three weeks

The man, thought to be in his 50s, was discovered unconscious outside the Superdry Store on Suffolk Street. Photograph: The Irish Times

Man, in his 50s, had been sleeping rough for a number of months

A second man, also in his 20s, who was in the field with the injured man escaped unscathed. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Gardaí investigate after man sustains gunshot wounds in field outside Tullamore

In 2012/2013, teachers were off for 440,572 days on sick leave. This decreased to 408,875 days last year. Photograph: David Sleator

INTO says roughly half of teachers on long-term sick leave dealing with cancer

Spar staff Ulrika Campbell and Anna Horvat where a winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased that yielded one lucky winner a massive €9,485,078 in Saturday Night’s Lotto Draw. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campbells Spar on the corner of of Talbot Street and Amiens Street

Ben Connolly making his First Holy Communion earlier this year

Ben and Jake Connolly were born with the very rare Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome

Aerial image of Ballinasloe flooding in 2015 - the same area also flooded in 2009. Photograph: Air Corps/Jamie Martin

‘There is light at the end of the tunnel’: Ballinasloe man recalls devastation in 2009

Balbutcher Drive in Ballymun the day after the  double fatal shooting. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Authorities keen to trace a silver Opel Zafira and a black VW Golf as part of investigation

Geraldine Lavelle uses a hand-cycle to keep fit at IT Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Geraldine Lavelle lives in a care home after being paralysed in a collision in 2013

Eamonn McSweeney with Cathal Gormley, Eamonn’s tandem pilot for a charity cycle.

‘I still have my helmet at home from the day of my accident. It’s split right down the middle’

The two arrested men are being detained at Finglas Garda station

Gardaí discovered large quantities of crystallised MDMA, cannabis resin and herb

Grainne Duncan  aka Dorian and her partner Patrick Maher  in St Doolagh’s Park Care & Rehabilitation Centre, Malahide. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Patrick Maher’s wife was hit by a car while cycling and suffered a massive brain injury

Physiotherapy at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire

Brain and spinal injuries, amputations: the National Rehabilitation Hospital has seen it all

The State Examination Commission has withheld the Leaving Cert results of 38 students this year amid suspicions of cheating.

State Examination Commission says 38 students had their marks held back last week

StoryStock’s Francis Fitzgibbon: “StoryStock.com is not a breaking-news platform. We are a story-based platform that deals with ‘why’ things happen, not ‘what’ happened.”

StoryStock.com in Kerry could seek external investment of €250,000 to fund growth

 The scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Garda search of three acre site in Chapelizod, Dublin, extends into second week

Three of Ibrahim Halawa’s five sisters Nosayba, and Omaima, Fatima with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Family and supporters hold demonstration outside Egyptian embassy in Ballsbridge

Aiden Harris Igiehon has 33 offers from colleges to play basketball. Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish basketball sensation Aiden Harris Igiehon has 33 offers from colleges

Gerard Craughwell says democracy demands that all presidents ‘should be elected’

Many students were subsidised by a special sponsorship fund established by the Franciscans under Fr Slevin’s leadership

Westmeath native Fr Paschal Slevin honoured for his work for Zimbabwe people

Gardaí and excavation workers at the scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin on Monday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Teams focus excavation efforts in woodland following ‘significant’ tip-off

RTÉ has hired Kieran Mulvey, former director-general of the Workplace Relations Commission, to provide an independent overview and make recommendations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Employers, trade unions and members of the public have six weeks to outline their views

GAA fans are being warned against purchasing tickets sold above face value for the upcoming All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Dublin and Tyrone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tickets, which cost €45 for a seat and €30 standing, were changing hands above face value

It is believed the man had been monitored in recent months because of his frequent travel between the UK and Ireland. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Director of Public Prosecutions will make decision on whether further action to be taken

Up to 20 sulkys assembled on the Cahir bypass in Co Tipperary last month for the start of the Drive for Hope and Change to highlight the problem of suicide among Travellers. Photograph:  John D Kelly

ISPCA raises concerns about races between horses harnessed to lightweight traps

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, during their visit to Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

New figures outline the amount spent by gardaí on security for royal couple’s trips

Gardaí are becoming increasingly concerned about the rise in  knife attacks being carried out by teenagers in recent months. Photograph: Getty Images

Force to launch awareness drive amid concerns over increased number of attacks

Some of the items seized outside the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Goods worth €25,000 were seized during a planned operation at the Aviva stadium

A road in  Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim.

Kiltyclogher, which has 223 residents, takes to social media to battle depopulation

International Space University - Space Studies Program 2017 visits the Valentia Observatory in Cahersiveen to launch a weather balloon with a payload of instruments to be recovered for later analysis. Photograph : Alan Landers.

Organisers say they have captured ‘stunning images’ from the edge of space

Forensic officers attend the scene on the Crumlin Road in Belfast where a PSNI officer was shot on Sunday night. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Detectives want to question men about attacks on PSNI officers

Mourne Mountains rescue: a UK coastguard helicopter in Annalong, Co Down, after a group of young army cadets got into difficulty. Photograph: Annalong Harbour Watch/PA Wire

Search-and-rescue launched as bad weather swept over summer camp group

Ann Marie Walsh Harte with her son Lewis (5) who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The family  were desperately awaiting approval of the drug treatment, Translarna

Mother of boy (5) with disorder to appeal to Simon Harris to reverse decision

Fr David Vard: “Lourdes was the point in my life that changed; a lot of things in my life have pointed me in this direction. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Portlaoise’s Fr David Vard (25) hopes his use of social media will help reach out to youth

Journalist Seán Dunne outside his grandparents’ house in Kilcavan, Co Laois. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

I went from 27-year-old partying in Coppers to worrying about inheritance tax

Since March this year people can renew their passports online. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí are advising people to apply online for a ‘much quicker’ process for passport renewals

People sunbathing on  a beach watch smoke from a forest fire billowing into the sky in Bormes-les-Mimosas, southeastern France, on July 26th, 2017.Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

More than 10,000 people evacuated due to wild fires ravaging the French Riveria, while parts of Portugal, Spain and Corsica also h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to Vincent Browne on Wednesday night. He wakes up and excercises. Photograph: Vincent Browne TV3/ Twitter

Varadkar revealed in interview with Vincent Browne that he gets up at 6.45am

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