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

Clontarf locals fear ‘new ghetto’; homelessness agency criticises ‘abusive’ behaviour

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

People collect water from a Northern Ireland Water Tanker outside Termonfeckin national school, Drogheda, after a pipe burst.Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A burst main left more than 70,000 homes and businesses without water for almost a week

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government , Eoghan Murphy, during a visit to Drogheda. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Residents in northeast enter seventh day without water with repair work to continue

U2 performing The Joshua Tree at Croke Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Video from Croke Park released by U2 shows the Air Corp’s four-plane flyover

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of the high-profile parties to have been granted legal aid in the recent past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Demand-driven nature of system makes it difficult to control costs, says department

The Irish Farmers’ Association has called on farmers to  tag all their equipment. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

IFA says 90% of stolen machinery recovered remains unclaimed due to lack of tagging

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the U2 performance of The Joshua Tree in Croke Park Dublin. Photographs: Eric Luke

Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton flew into Ireland as guest of Bono

Bushy Park in Dublin. File image: Aidan Crawley

Man’s body was spotted by passerby early Sunday morning

Rosslare Harbour: the Kurdish family – four adults, two teenagers and two children – were found in a refrigerated container on a Stena Line ferry from Cherbourg, and are now in direct provision

Family discovered on Stena ferry in Rosslare needed immediate medical attention

The report said 144 cases of suspected identity fraud had been identified since the facial-matching software was first introduced in 2013. Photograph: Gary Waters

Facial recognition software has uncovered nearly 150 fraudsters

The ruins of a bar on the island of Kos following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake which struck the region. Photograph: Getty Images

Two killed after 6.7 magnitude quake occurs off the coast of Greek islands

Immigrant council urges action as Ireland has taken in only 30 per cent of refugee target

Jim O’Callaghan called for a “swift” response from the Minister for Justice and Equality. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent Policing Authority says it will study report’s ‘significant findings’

Damola Adetosoye

Damola Adetosoye (17) got into difficulty while swimming in the river Shannon

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the increasing number of cyclists dying on the road was “very worrying”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross warns of ‘serious’ drink-driving problem after detection rates increase 18%

Members of a Garda forensics team at the scene at Coolmine Woods on Monday night. Photograph: Collins

Body found during a search for missing local woman Linda Christian (29)

Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris  at the publication of the national drugs strategy. Photograph: Collins

Proposed move is health-based response to drug use, campaigners note

Early-morning swimmers at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The area's swimmers are unsung heroes who donate lost or abandoned clothes to charity

Three men and a juvenile male were arrested following an attempted armed robbery in Piltown. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Armed’ men wearing balaclavas left empty-handed after struggle with bar owner

Gardaí are trying to establish if incident is linked to the on-going Kinahan-Hutch feud in the city.

Garda investigate if incident is linked to the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud

Crowds at Marlay Park during last year’s Longitude festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Security, transport and weather: What to expect if you’re heading to Marlay Park

Lion’s mane jellyfish. Photograph: iStock

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council issues warning after sighting of lion’s mane jellyfish

An architects’ impression of the extension to the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

The €16m project at Dublin tourist site will see the capacity of the bar double by 2019

Pearse Street Garda station: “This operation has resulted in the adaptation of a proactive robust community policing approach within the Pearse Street district focusing on the south inner city area.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Operation Pier was set up in 2014 to target street crime in Dublin’s south inner city

The number of people killed on Irish roads in 2017 is now at 81 following the three fatalities over the weekend. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Further tragedy as woman loses her life after being struck by Luas tram in Dublin

Minister for Health Simon Harris: The number of outpatients waiting for a hospital appointment has grown by some 58,000 since he was appointed a year ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Treatment Purchase Fund figures reveal waiting list increase of 6,000 in June

Protesters attend a  Dublin Tenants Association demonstration outside Ires Reit’s offices on Grand Canal Dock, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Demonstrators picket premises of State’s largest private landlord over ‘escalating rents’

Geraldine Lavelle, who was left paralysed from the chest down following a collision with a lorry in October 2013.

‘Drivers: check your mirrors and be conscious of other users on the roads’

The incidents in Edenderry included damaged windows at Edenderry Garda station

20-year-old man arrested following incidents including damaged windows at garda station

Social welfare office near Aungier street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Almost 400 cases were recorded and reported by staff members working in the department over the past three years

Cyclist groups have questioned the official figures on cycling injuries. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cycling body says RSA figures ‘grossly misrepresent’ level of injuries cyclists sustain

Flights en route to Dublin were diverted to Shannon and Belfast airports on Monday night

Knock-on disruption to this morning’s flights after aircraft diverted on Monday night

Attracta Uí Bhroin, the Irish Environmental Network with Patrick Kent, president ICSA at the press briefing at Buswells Hotel. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Calls for EU-Canadian Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement to be stopped

Laura Dempsey died while on holiday with her family the village of Stalida, Crete. Photograph: iStock

‘Model student’ Laura Dempsey (15) died on family holiday after finishing Junior Cert

The  Pizza Sunday Club operating their free pizza service for homeless people, on Grafton Street. Pictured are cofounder Martin Connolly, Anto Brophy, cofounder Cormac Noonan, Colm Gleeson and Sebastian McKenna. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A weekly pop-up party on Grafton Street offers simple pleasures to those in need

Clothes collected from the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Ailish Mc Donell

One Dublin woman has been collecting abandoned clothes and donating them to charity

Some of the cars that were broken into at a car park in Co Wicklow . Photograph: Helen Lawless

Julie Dyck, who is due to marry in Ireland, had her passport and birthcert stolen

Drivers were urged to avoid the area if possible or allow extra time because of large delays.

Five vehicle crash occured shortly after 6am before junction 13 on Ballinteer road

 Jim O’Callaghan: “That is a deeply flawed piece of legislation, and it’s not just me that’s saying that”

Strong criticism of Bill by president of the High Court Mr Justice Peter Kelly

Niamh O’Neill  outside the offices of Carlow County Council. “I’m emotionally stressed over this – it’s gone beyond a joke.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Carlow woman waiting for wheelchair-accessible accommodation to become available

About 120 gardaí took part in the operation in Waterford. Photograph: Eric Luke

Three-day policing initiative in Waterford city involved 72 checkpoints

There will be rain at times and the temperature will be dropping back. Photograph: iStock

Recent spell of hot weather is set to come to an end as temperatures return to normal

The Department of Housing  is in ongoing discussions with the owners of Airbnb on putting together protocols for landlords advertising on the Airbnb lettings website. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New guidelines would prevent unauthorised rentals being advertised on Airbnb website

The man won €20,000 on this occasion but previously walked away with prizes of €300,000  in 2004 and €500,000 as part of a  syndicate in 2006. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Man wins top Lotto prize for a third time

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