University College Cork  has spent almost €1.5m in the last five years on legal cases involving staff, new figures reveal.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Irish universities see significant increase in the amount spent on actions involving staff

Stuart Cole of James  Adam and Sons at the GPO Witness History museum with the Patrick Pearse letter of surrender. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Letter will be on exhibit until it is sold in December at an estimated price of €1.5m

Bruce Springsteen performs at  Slane in  June 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

‘I thought somebody was going to get killed and it’d be my fault’

Dubliners enjoy the warm weather at Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times/ File photo

Unseasonably high temperatures predicted as tropical air moves up from the Azores

Children at Skerries beach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Skerries, Birdhill, Listowel and Ennis all take awards

 Maeve McGann (centre left) treasurer and Anne Doyle chair of the Skerries Tidy Town Association celebrate alongside other association members after the north Dublin town won the Tidiest Town in Ireland award. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin coastal village praised for involving the whole community in its clean-up efforts

Nearly 60 per cent of litter is related to discarded cigarette butts, according to the 2015  National Litter Pollution Report. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Discarded butts by far the biggest source of litter in Ireland, says survey

Large crowds on the last day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson

One former ploughing exhibitor says it is not worth the hassle but others happy to be there

Ploughing: Large Crowds on the last day of the championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cumulative visitor total tops 280,000 for three-day event to break new ground

All-Ireland winners, the McGrath brothers – John, Noel and Brian –  at the NDC stand with Ryan Tubridy.

Henry Shefflin among the multitude in Tullamore for this year’s event

From mealworms to roasted locusts and tractor football – the delight is in the detail

The Citizens’ Assembly may also decide to recommend issues to the Government for consideration. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach indicates Saturday date for forum to first tackle matter of Eight Amendment

Sleeping rough in Dublin. The Simon Community’s chief executive has defended the charity’s €7.55m salary bill for 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Charity counts finds 168 sleeping on street and 60 more on Merchants Quay cafe floor

Bales of hay create the shape of a bear at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The Pro-Life Campaign has taken a stand at ploughing championships for the first time

Falling commodity prices are forcing young people away from the fields

Among the autumn schedule is a five-part series Young, Irish and Living the Dream, which  will tell the story of Irish entrepreneurs trying to make it big.

Move to enable ‘local stories’ broadcaster to vie for advertising revenues with competitors

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times / File

Minister says crisis will take time to solve as charity counts 228 rough sleepers in Dublin

Traffic delays ease as thousands travel to Co Offaly for national championships

A competition at last year’s National Ploughing Championships, in Ratheniska, Co Laois. This year’s event is in Screggan, Co Offaly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Motorists advised to turn off the sat-nav and follow the signs for Ireland’s biggest event

Mayo fans at a pre-All Ireland Final party at the Shamrock Bar in Breaffy, Co Mayo. The county last won an All-Ireland senior title in 1951. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Mayo supporters and Senators travel to Dublin in search of seats and long-awaited glory

Dublin football fan Deirdre Flynn, with her children Caoimhe, Cianna, Naoise, Tiarnan, Roise and friend Richie Larkin, at her home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Devoted Deirdre Flynn follows up A Little Boy’s Dream with . . . Dublin Army 2016

As Mark Twain observed, you learn a rule in German, then you learn its exceptions, and then you learn that the exceptions outnumber the instances where the rule is applied. Photograph: iStock

I was acutely embarrassed by how bad I was at German

The will of Joseph Mary Plunkett, in which he bequeaths his possessions to his future wife  Grace Gifford, which is held in the National Library.

Éamonn Ceannt and Grace Plunkett wrote to governor of Kilmainham Gaol after Rising

Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran has called on the Government to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Tom Curran says drug helped keep his wife alive as she suffered from multiple sclerosis

A file image of members of the Artane Band playing before a GAA match. An attempt by Independent councillor Mannix Flynn to have the Artane School of Music  disbanded has been described as bordering on the ridiculous by a fellow councillor. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Cllr Mannix Flynn accused of trying to visit sins of the past on band’s present generation

The Artane Band plays before a GAA final. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has called for the Artane School of Music to disband. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mannix Flynn claims the institute acts as a reminder of abuses by the religious

Initial findings indicated heat stress was the cause of the lambs’ deaths. There were no signs of infectious disease. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

More than 120 of 1,700 animals believed to have died on way to be used in Muslim sacrifice

Details of the latest Citizens’ Assembly which may decide to recommend a referendum on the Eighth Amendment have emerged. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The constitutional ban on abortion will be first item on the agenda for new grouping

Actor Brendan Gleeson has said Irish people want art but only if they do not have to subsidise it.  Mr Gleeson dismissed as a “bogus argument” the suggestion that State money spent on the arts would be better spent on public services.

Actor dismisses notion that arts spending would be better spent on hospital beds

Tom Kettle, Irish Patriot, Essayist, Poet and British Soldier, died 100 years ago on September 9th

Kettle died to liberate France which has long been an inspiration for Irish republicans

 Gordon Sweeney from Clondalkin who is forced to walk to work because of the Dublin Bus strike. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gordon Sweeney one of thousands of commuters left stranded without public transport

Lt Tom Kettle, in an image from his book The Ways of War. The MP and academic  was one of the most high-profile Irish casualties of the  Battle of the Somme.

Kettle killed leading B Company, 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers; 300 Irish killed in the battle

Logan Plant: “I was obsessed. I had a dream about building a brewery.”

Son of former Led Zeppelin singer left music business to set up London-based brewery

This artist rendering provided by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Photograph: European Southern Observatory/AP

Membership offers access to telescopes that recently found potentially life-supporting planet

The Women’s Clinic (in building on right) on Berkeley Street  in Dublin is next door to Reproductive Choices, a pregnancy advisory clinic closely aligned to the Marie Stopes organisation in the UK. The clinics are unrelated. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Anti-abortion clinic tells woman termination leads to increased risk of breast cancer

The teenager was taken to Newbridge Garda station where he was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

The robbery took place in Newbridge, Co Kildare on Sunday morning

Commemorations have taken place to remember the Irish who liberated the French village of Guillemont during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Photograph: Irish embassy in Paris

Some 1,200 men from 16th (Irish) Division were killed at Guillemont and Ginchy

Mourners at the Lakelands Funeral Home in Cavan town where the remains of the Hawe family are reposing. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Family to be taken from Lakelands Funeral Home to resting place in Ballyjamesduff

Mayor of Guillemont Didier Samain in front of the granite cross memorial to the 16th (Irish) Division in the village.

More than 1,200 Irish soldiers died fighting for villages during Battle of the Somme

New research into online dating has revealed that women prefer men who are taller than them and men like thin women. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New research ‘reveals’ large age gaps are a deal-breaker and women prefer taller men

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘We will have discussions with colleagues. It is important that colleagues would have the opportunity to have any anxieties or any questions raised that they want answered’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Shane Ross and Finian McGrath seek ‘strong motion on tax’ in return for supporting appeal

Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers said of  Ed O’Loughlin’s book: “All the places you see in the book have been places I have been too.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Attempt to find Northwest Passage setting for Ed O’Loughlin’s new book Minds of Winter

 Sean Donlon is best known for the role he played in the Northern Ireland peace process. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán Donlon to replace Daithi O’ Ceallaigh as chair for three years

Bereaved families of road crash victims will no longer have to pay for accident reports from the start of next year, gardaí have announced. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí say they will scrap fees for documents in cases where there has been a fatality

Ryan Ardelean arriving for his first day of junior infants  in Powerstown Educate Together National School, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Powerstown school in west Dublin has a new campus for its 220 pupils

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose, in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

‘Could you imagine if all 65 of us had a political agenda on stage?’

Skellig Michael in Co Kerry, featured  in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be used on the front page of the Japanese version of Ireland.com, Tourism Ireland’s website. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Star Wars and Game of Thrones have raised Ireland’s profile in Japan, says Niall Gibbons

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins wrote in The Irish Times at the weekend that the Rose of Tralee is like a “Kate Middleton impersonation competition”. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Broadcaster and festival organisers release statement after 'Road to the Dome' criticism

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, with Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photograph: Julian Behal/Maxwell/PA Wire

President Higgins praises Olympic athletes but says Rio threw up ‘serious issues’

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Alan Betson

Company owned by US fund pays no tax on €2.65 million a year in rent, says Sinn Féin

Ultra runners Lillian Deegan and Tom Reynolds.

Tom Reynolds ran the equivalent of almost two marathons every day for 35 days

 Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and  Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy during a special reception for members of Team Ireland who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics at  Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President makes comments at reception for Team Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin

A 10am Ryanair flight from Lisbon to Dublin was sitting on the tarmac with 140 people on board today when they were told the flight was being cancelled.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some 140 passengers initially told next flight from Portuguese capital not until Wednesday

Daniel Sheridan was a pupil at St Kilian’s Senior School in Tallaght. A St Kilian’s Parents Association statement said: “The Parents Association would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Daniel Sheridan’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Daniel Sheridan (13) from Finglas died after crashing motorbike on Co Derry sand dunes

Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland:  “He is in a prison cell. He has not been charged with anything. These are accusations based on the flimsiest of assumptions.”  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Treatment by Brazil authorities an ‘outrageous breach’ of rights - family lawyer

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins during this year’s Rose of Tralee. Photograph: RTÉ

Brianna Parkins claims the Rose of Tralee risks ‘being on the wrong side of history’

Down Rose Fainche McCormack.

Fainche McCormack said the Rose of Tralee contestants did not sign up to ‘cheap reality television show’

Ronan McGreevy: The smallest monument in my book – a bronze plaque about the size of a shoe box – symbolises the complexity of Irish identity at the time.  This plaque, fixed to the wall of Mouse Trap Farm outside Ypres, was put there by the sculptor Willie Malone in 2005. It remembers his grandfather Sergeant William Malone who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915.  Sgt Malone is hardly known outside his own family. His brother Michael, though, is remembered as the hero of Mount Street Bridge

Ronan McGreevy has unearthed the stories behind Irish WWI memorials in Europe, such as the Malone brothers, who died as heroes, o(...)

Shane Horgan outside his home in Bellewstown, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former rugby international’s family selling family home which helped to provide backdrop to an idyllic childhood

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose,  in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Rows over Eighth Amendment and Fathers4Justice protest push festival profile

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion.

Maggie McEldowney would not comment on remarks made by Sydney Rose to repeal 8th amendment

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins: called for the repeal of the Eighth amendment to the Constitution on abortion.

‘If somebody has an opinion, they will express that opinion’

Rose of Tralee 2016: Chicago Rose Maggie McEldowney onstage in the Festival Dome, Tralee  on Tuesday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Winner says she wants to change public perception that festival is a beauty pageant

Lieut Maurice Dease received his Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery in maintaining his machine gun post despite being wounded five times.

Dease received honour for his bravery in maintaining his post despite being wounded

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins has called for the eighth amendment of the Constitution on abortion to be repealed.  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Brianna Parkins says: ‘I think it is time to give women a say on their own reproductive rights’

Cork Rose Denise Collins creates a ball of fire at the Festival Dome in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

Documentary as compelling as what followed on Rose of Tralee live show

Cavan Rose Lisa Reilly interrupted by  protester Matt O’Connor (centre) of Fathers4Justice  in the Festival Dome during the Rose of Tralee live on air  on Monday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Matt O’Connor thrown to ground by four security men before being ushered away

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  says young women today are shocked when they visit the Dáil to see how few women are TDs though the percentage, at 22 per cent, is the highest ever. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Only 22 per cent of Dáil members are female, conference in Tralee hears

  Escort Niall Brennan puts on a show for the roses and staff at  Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Process of reducing Roses from 65 in format change will be televised on Monday

 Melbourne Rose Meghan Griffin (left) and Kerry Rose Danielle O’Sullivan (right) congratulate Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan after she got her Leaving Cert results last week. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

New format means 33 Roses lose out on televised final

The Foodie Destinations initiative was originally part of the Irish Restaurant Awards but has proved so popular it became a separate entity in 2015. Image: Restaurants Association of Ireland

Counties, towns and scenic coastal locations in the running for prestigious tourism award

Former US president John F Kennedy on his visit to Ireland: his words to the Dáil featured in an ad deemed to be political advertising

Campaign by Irish Wind Energy Association featured John F Kennedy’s address to Dáil

Dáithí Ó Sé with Rose of Tralee contestants at RTÉ for the launch of the festival which runs from August 17th to 23rd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Competitors double this year but numbers set to be culled before interview with Dáithí

Club members and fans watch Annalise Murphy sailing for Ireland winning a Silver medal during the Olympics in Rio from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Murphy family DNA is all over National Yacht Club where members celebrate silver medal

A member of the crowd shows their tickets for the gymnastics at the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Authorised Olympic ticket seller puzzled as name of unauthorised seller arose

Angela Gallagher, a widow with two children, was forced to live on her Civil Service pension which, as a late entrant to the Revenue Commissioners, was just a quarter of her previous salary. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Angela Gallagher was forced to retire at 65, a year before being eligible for pension

Irish rowers Paul and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

President says Irish Olympic silver medallists have ‘captured the nation’s imagination’

In this NASA handout, a 30 second exposure of a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower in Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/NASA

Good chance of a clearance in the west to allow for further sightings of celestial fireworks

Handout photo issued by the European Space Agency of a Perseid seen in August 2010 above the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope at Paranal, Chile. Photograph: PA

Stargazers will struggle to find space in clouds for glimpse of Perseids

Maurice Manning,  chairman of the advisory committee on the decade of centenaries: “We were into commemoration. We were into history. We were not into politics. We said no,” he told Parnell Summer School.   Photograph: Cathy Loughran

Advisers refused request to reference North’s peace process, Maurice Manning tells forum

 An event marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maurice Manning says advisory committee refused State request to involve peace process

Former minister for communications  Alex White has accused Sinn Féin of having ‘very little impact’ on the Easter Rising commemorations. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Alex White says the public was not interested in the republican party’s take on 1916

The skeletons were discovered just a foot underground during the digging of service trenches for electricity wires. Photograph: Kilkenny County Council

Female remains believed to be of poor Anglo-Norman colonists who died young

 The six-member syndicate each won €63,643.83 in a Euromillions draw. File photograph: iStock

Organiser of Cork-based group only checked EuroMillions ticket months after purchase

Ava Maliepaard (4) from Castleknock at the French embassy, Merrion Square, Dublin, pays her respects following the tragedy in Nice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael D Higgins to pay respects at Mansion House with books expected around country

French president Francois Hollande is to go ahead with a visit to Ireland next week despite Thursday’s terror attack in Nice. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

French president is due to visit the State next week to discuss Brexit and security issues

Man (26) sustains leg injuries following collision with car which sped off

President Michael D Higgins: Nice attack should be “received with revulsion by all those who value democracy”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins leads messages of solidarity with France from Ireland following truck attack

RTÉ is to make a follow-up to its Easter Rising-themed TV drama Rebellion (above). File photograph: RTÉ

Sound and Vision Fund backs Rebellion: Two States, to be set during War of Independence

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny would be a ‘lame duck’ if he were to set out a timetable for when he intends to step down as Fine Gael leader.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister says Regina Doherty’s call for timetable for Kenny’s departure ‘unhelpful’

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

President and Taoiseach attend State event to remember those who died in WW1 battle

President Michael D Higgins, at the state ceremony in honour of Patrick Pearse at St Enda’s and the new permanent Pearse Exhibition in The Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Attempts to link Patrick Pearse to IRA violence are ‘simplistic and ideological’

Mary Boyle was 6 years of age  when she went missing on March 18th, 1977  near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

TD responds to allegations on social media, says he was not involved in politics at that time

Lance Corporal Ian Malone (28), from Ballyfermot, died on April 6th, 2003 in Basra during the Irish Guards’ advance on the city.  Screengrab: RTÉ

Lance Corporal Ian Malone from Ballyfermot was killed during Iraq invasion in 2003

Mary Boyle who went missing on March 18th, 1977. Image: Screengrab from ‘Mary Boyle: The Untold Story’

Former gardaí say phone call stopped them securing confession from chief suspect

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen  said planning delays can last three to four years in Dublin at a time when there is an acute shortage of houses. At present, 22 prescribed bodies must be informed of housing developments. File photograph: Getty Images

Plans for large housing estates going straight to An Bord Pleanála likely to raise objections

Twenty-two members of a Dublin Bus syndicate got lucky on Friday night when they won the Euromillions jackpot. Some, though, did not discover their good fortune until Saturday as none were at work. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins.

Inspector says: ‘They are senior men. I’d imagine many of them felt obliged to turn up’

The National Bus and Rail Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary said he did not know who the winners were yet but he congratulated them on their success.  “It’s a good news story in fairness. Good luck to them”

Twenty-two lucky bus drivers due to start their shift at 6am

EuroMillions is played in nine countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Twenty-two lucky bus drivers based at Broadstone due to start their shift at 6am

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