Fishmonger Colm O’Riordan of Ballycotton Seafood, Midleton, east Cork places sandbags by his shop door ahead of Storm Brian. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

High tide passes off with only minimal surface flooding and all roads remained open

According to county council sources, the letter from Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy suggests that there is room for negotiation on the Mackinnon report on the Cork city boundary extension. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hopes of resolution increase after letter from Minister to mayor of Cork County

Fishmonger Colm O’Riordan of Ballycotton Seafood, Midleton, east Cork places sandbags by his shop door ahead of Storm Brian. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fear of flooding in Shannon region as water levels already rising and high tides forecast

The speed with which liquidators took over Charleville Credit Union caused shock in the north Co Cork town. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Retail and business sectors in Co Cork town brace for impact of move by Central Bank

Storm Brian tracks up the west coast of Ireland on Saturday morning. Photograph: windy.com

Rainfall warning is also in place on Thursday for counties in Munster and much of Leinster

Charleville Credit Union. Photograph: Google Street View

Public meeting hears of members’ ‘anger’ after liquidators appointed to credit union

Office of Public Works says preliminary costing suggests structure not viable

Cork City Council workers clean up after Storm Ophelia: “The main damage and disruption was caused by trees and telegraph poles bringing down power lines leading to power outages,” says David Spillett of Cork City Fire Brigade. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Local co-ordination centre of 40-50 people managed aid response and issued warnings

An uprooted tree lies in a road as storm Ophelia hits Cork on Monday. Photograph: Kieron O’Connor/Reuters

Council workers to focus on clearing roads of fallen trees, telegraph poles and debris

A graphic showing the proposals for the expansion of Cork city. Photograph: Irish Times graphics

Michael Collins says letting proposal go ahead will ‘decimate rural communities’

The damage Storm Ophelia inflicted on the  Derrynane Road stand of Turner’s Cross stadium where Cork City will host Derry City on Tuesday night. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Stadium’s capacity for Tuesday’s game reduced to 6,000 after stand's roof collapses

Fintan Goss from Ravensdale was on his way home from work during the storm when a tree fell on his car. Photograph: Facebook

Two drivers die when cars hit by trees, third while clearing fallen tree with chainsaw

Clare O’Neill died when a tree hit her car in Co Waterford and Michael Pike died while cutting a tree in Co Tipperary during Hurricane Ophelia.

Woman (50s) and man die after trees falls on cars; man (30s) dies while clearing fallen tree

Hurricane winds collapsed a stand at Turners Cross, Cork city during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork begins to assess damage as red warning remains in operation throughout the country

The Central Bank published new figures showing 12,500 customers were identified up to the end of June as having their mortgages changed.

Call comes as new figures show 12,500 customers had mortgages changed

Leo Varadkar: “The M20 is a huge project with a massive price tag. But it is, however, worth it.”

Work on €850m project could start by 2021 if planning is granted

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his visit to Cork. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Taoiseach responds as Brendan Howlin writes to Sipo about the new entity

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said there had been movement towards agreeing the text of the principle governing the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister plays down talk of deadlock in Brussels talks between EU and UK government

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at Cork Chamber’s business breakfast at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Varadkar says worse-case scenario would be ‘a monumental disaster and political failure’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said many families had endured enormous mental health trauma due to fears  about what would happen to their family home. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach says as far as I am concerned the date for doing this should be ‘yesterday’

Bishop Paul Colton said he was not surprised at the 2 per cent decline in the number of Church of Ireland members nationally. Photograph: Mark Kelleher

Clergy must reach out to those not availing of services, says bishop

“The pharma industry makes a huge contribution to the Irish economy in terms of jobs and manufacturing exports, and is one of our fastest-growing sectors,” said Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

Work on Cork expansion will create 450 jobs during pharma plant’s two-year construction

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File photograph: Eric Luke

Coveney says expanding city boundary into county will be good for region

Luke O’Donovan, the six-year-old  who was killed in a traffic accident at Ballymacoda in Co Cork. Photograph:  Provision.

Luke O’Donovan (6) was hit by car driven by man who suffered two head injuries previously

Eoghan Murphy says  it is his aim to get every single family out of homelessness Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eoghan Murphy rejects suggestion housing hubs are equivalent to direct provision centres

Eoghan Murphy said he expects the issue of local government reform in Cork to be finalised within weeks. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister rejects allegation department officials were pushing a pro-merger position

Fianna Fáil councillor  Bob Ryan in Matey, Co Cork, the proposed new boundary of Cork city currently 17km from the city. Photograph: Provision

A proposal to make Cork city seven times bigger has local politicians vying for land and income

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

Denis Cullinane (33) died after getting trapped under debris when laying pipes

A general view of High Street in Skibbereen where John Ustic (51) was found dead on Monday. Image: Google Maps.

Detectives believe the late John Ustic was helped back to house after car park assault

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday it was important that Ireland continued to develop motorways linking cities such as Cork, Limerick and Galway so that all roads “do not lead to Dublin.” Photograph: Maxwells

‘It’s part of a future Atlantic Corridor which is going to link the entire western seaboard’

A general view of High Street in Skibbereen where John Ustic (51) was found dead on Monday. Image: Google Maps.

Postmortem found John Ustic (51) died from injuries sustained in assault in Cork town

Passenger charged with engaging in behaviour of a threatening, abusive or insulting nature on board Aer Lingus Flight EI823 Paris to Cork. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Man was allegedly abusive and threatening to female worker on Paris to Cork flight

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy and Garda technical experts examine the scene in Skibbereen where a man’s body was found. Photograph: Provision

The English national who was found dead at his rented house in Skibbereen is named

The man had only lived in the rented two storey terraced house on High Street in Skibbereen for a number of months. Photograph: Google Maps

Gardaí say they are treating the death of the English national as suspicious

Adrian O’Sullivan, of the Environmental Health Association said the legislation was a practical measure to limit the visibility and availability of alcohol.

Adrian O’Sullivan welcomes Bill forcing shops to keep alcohol away from other goods

A graphic showing the proposals for the expansion of Cork city. Irish Times graphics

Opposition to proposal growing in satellite towns and villages, say local councillors

Gardaí say they are exploring all possible motives of the latest attack. Photograph: Frank Miller/File

Explosive device thrown through windscreen of vehicle as it sat outside officer’s home

Uniformed officers and forensic investigators at the scene on Sheares Street in Cork city in May Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Criminal charges may be brought in relation to Amy McCarthys’ death in Cork, coroner told

 Nicola Collins. Photograph: Provision

Inquest into death of Tralee woman Nicola Collins adjourned until criminal proceedings finish

 Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer  was killed by a member of a right-wing grouping during a protest in Virginia last month. Photograph: Justin Ide/Reuters

It is important to let Heather Heyer’s family know they are not alone, says councillor

The two American tourists who were killed in a crash in Co Cork on Monday have been named. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Five die in two collisions on Monday on the worst single day for road fatalities this year

Three people – including a child – died after a crash near Claremorris in Co Mayo on Monday. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Residents express dismay at lack of action over ‘death trap’ junction on N17

Mallow District Court. Photograph: Google Street View

Two dogs and six horses shot dead at two farms in Newmarket area over weekend

Scene of a fatal accident on the Mallow Road outside Cork city involving an articulated lorry and two cars

Locals express dismay at lack of action over stretch where crashes happen ‘by the month’

The scene of the fatal car crash on the N17 outside Claremorris, Co Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Five people die in two collisions on the worst single day this year for road fatalities

Cork captain Rena Buckley greets supporters on the South Mall as the All-Ireland camogie champions return to the city. Photograph: Provision

Manager pays tribute to ‘warrior’ Rena Buckley following 18th All-Ireland title

Vincent Browne: said Mr Ó Broin was being naive if he thought Sinn Féin could effect radical change as a minority partner in a future coalition government. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/Brian McEvoy Photography

SF Summer School: Vincent Browne says party would achieve nothing in government

The scene of a fatal car crash on the N17 outside Claremorris in Co Mayo in which three people were killed. Photograph:  Conor McKeown.

Three members of same family die after car and truck collide near Claremorris

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton (centre) with the Sam Maguire trophy for the All Ireland senior football championship winners. Photograph: Twitter.

Church of Ireland canon’s account of his family’s experience sparked ‘heated debate’

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill should be passed in its entirety including a provision to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol, a Senator has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Call for law on minimum prices for drink to be introduced to combat self harm in State

Gardaí began a major search operation for the gunman fearful that he might harm himself or others.

Armed gardaí assist in search for man with gun following shootings in Newmarket

Edmond McGrath was also acquitted of causing criminal damage to neighbour’s car

Some of the weapons seized by gardai during a search of St Anthony’s Park Halting Site in Hollyhill on Cork’s northside. Photograph: An Garda

Online video shows threats being made and shots fired during incident on Friday night

 Cork docks and port. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Proposal to extend city limits into Cork county proving controversial

The three men’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí begin investigation in Ballincollig as injured trio treated at Mercy hospital

Michael Cornacchia

Teenager accused of possession of synthetic opioid U47700 for sale or supply

A graphic showing the different options and proposals for a land transfer to Cork City Council. Graphic: Irish Times Studio

Offer excludes large towns and Cork airport which report says should all transfer to city

 Waterford hurlers on board an open-topped bus are greeted by thousands of fans in the city on Monday evening. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Derek McGrath overwhelmed by support as team is greeted by up to 10,000 fans

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill which was introduced by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, when he was minister for health.

Frances Black to hold a public meeting in Cork on Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Bill Murphy, Tom Walsh and Edward Hanlon  at the proposed site for a first World War memorial in Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Project will record names of 180 people from East Cork who died in the Great War

Staff and pupils at Scoil Mhicil Naofa on Bere Island. On the front row far left is Erica Murphy, second from left is Meabh Hobbs and third from left is Abigale Harrington.

All provisions including lunches have to be ferried to Scoil Mhicil Naofa on Bere Island

Gardaí will carry out a technical examination of the scene on Saturday. Photograph: Frank Miller/File

Gardaí said the blaze was caused by an electrical fault in a downstairs bedroom

A view of the River Lee in Cork City. Photograph: File/Bryan O’Brien

Death brings to three the number of homeless people to die in Republic this week

Senior members of the Cork Irish Farmers Association are opposed to the proposed boundary extension of Cork city. Pictured are (from left to - right) Corney Buckley, West Cork IFA county chairman; Harold Kingston, Cork Central IFA county chairman; and Billy Cotter, North Cork IFA county chairman. Photograph:  Robert Bateman

Senior IFA figures warn that expanding city will hit delivery of services to remote areas

Ian Bailey is to launch his first collection of poetry at this weekend’s Electric Picnic. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

‘The West Cork Way’ consists of a series of poems reflecting on life in southern Ireland

Gardaí are awaiting directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a fatal assault on a Slovakian man at a filling station in north Cork earlier this year, an inquest has heard.

Ludovit Pasztor died of brain injury after incident at filling station in Fermoy, Co Cork

John Palmer (37) and Greg Lonergan (36), died when a fire broke out at their rented apartment complex on St Joseph Road’s in Mallow in the early hours of March 13th, 2014. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Garda used baton to stop intoxicated woman re-entering burning building, jury hears

Denis Naughten: ‘Globally people are looking to Ireland because we are the first country in the world to bring high speed broadband to every home in the country’

Denis Naughten says over 90% of homes will have high speed broadband by end of 2020

Samantha Power said that she was  confident for the future as the election of Donald Trump had resulted in a lot more young people becoming active in politics. Photograph: Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images

Former ambassador to UN says she is fearful of Trump’s response to terror attack on US

Sandra Burch, who was conned out of £92,000 by Cork man Michael Troy Cremin. Cremin has been sentenced to eight years   at Bristol Crown Court after being found guilty of six counts of fraud and one of pretending to be a barrister. Photograph: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire

‘Fantasist’ who conned woman out of life savings had harassment and assault convictions

Samantha Power: ‘I think you see from the alt-right’s own language how the unsayable is now said, the unthinkable is now thinkable’. File photograph: Bryan R Smith/Getty Images

Samantha Power says pardon of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio affirms right wing’s views

Former taoiseach John Bruton. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach raises issue of respect for dignity of unborn during address in Kerry

Former taoiseach John Bruton. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach says party not representing nationalist interests at crucial time

Former taoiseach  John Bruton said many older people in Europe do not realise that their pensions are dependent on young people, many of whom will have to be immigrants. Photograph: The Irish Times

Bruton tells summer school that immigrants could help pay for Ireland’s pensions deficit

Former taoiseach John Bruton is to address Ireland’s changing relationship with the UK post-Brexit when he delivers the Daniel O’Connell Lecture at the Daniel O’Connell Summer School. File photograph: Daniel Barry/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Daniel O’Connell Summer School to explore Brexit challenges to relations in these islands

Cathal O’Sullivan pictured at Cork District Court. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney

Accused remanded in custody following brief court appearance over death of Nicola Collins

Undated file picture taken in Combret, France of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty

Alain Spilliaert says extradition decision will not affect case in France

The lord mayor of Cork city, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, has written an open letter to some 100,000 people who currently live in the county council area but would be incorporated into an expanded city region.

Lord mayor of Cork city and county mayor clash over boundary curtailing city’s expansion

Nicola Collins was found dead in Cork in March 2017. Photograph: Provision

Body-of-mother of three was found with head injuries at flat in Farranree, Co Cork in March

Ben Brosnan beside the smashed Civil War Monument at Talbot’s Bridge in Knocknagoshel. Photograph: John Reidy

Attack on monument to members of National Army blown up by booby-trap condemned

Brexit will shape Ireland’s future as much as the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921,  MEP Mairead McGuinness told the 95th annual Beal na Blath commemoration in West Cork.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Mairead McGuinness calls idea UK could leave Customs Union and then rejoin under new terms “fanciful”

There will be walking tours of places closely associated with guitarist Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

More than 40 buildings will be open for free to the public including Masonic Hall

Tina Satchwell (45), was last seen in her home in Youghal, Co Cork, on March 20th.  Photograph: Family Handout/PA

The 45-year-old was last seen five months ago in her home in Youghal, Co Cork

Frank Duggan, who played “Cha”, at the funeral of actor Michael Twomey at St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Veteran Cork actor’s devotion to his family also recalled at his funeral Mass

Baby suffered severe head injuries and broken bones and remains in hospital five months later

The State will not appeal against the High Court’s decision last month to refuse the extradition of Ian Bailey to France. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

English resident of Schull, Co Cork says decision is a ‘relief’ but he expects French trial to proceed

Michael Twomey (right)  in 2012 with Frank Duggan with whom he played as characters Miah and Cha in “Hall’s Pictorial Weekly”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stalwart of the Cork stage was best known for his role in RTÉ’s ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’

Suzanne Day, Aoife Moore and Charlotte Byrne delighted with their Leaving Certificate results and at Maryfield College, Whitehall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frayed nerves and sleepless nights turn to relief in schools across the State

Muhammad Mahmoud (17), from Ballycullen in Dublin 24, with his mother Dr Ayda Elkhalifa. The Ashfield College is one of 13 students nationally to  score eight grade ones at higher level.

Muhammad Mahmoud (17), whose parents are from Sudan, hopes to study medicine

A Confederate flag held by a Cork supporter after the hurling All-Ireland quarter-final in 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

‘There is one flag for Cork supporters - the red and white flag with the Cork emblem on it’

The expansion options available to Cork city.

Mayor says the county council’s offer would not allow the city to grow sufficiently

A map of the Cork City Council area with areas (in yellow) which Cork County Council proposed to transfer.

Cork city councillors say it’s time to get on with implementing Mackinnon expansion

A map of the Cork City Council area with areas (in yellow) which Cork County Council proposed to transfer.

City authority rejects offer by Cork County Council to increase population to 160,000

Philip Leahy died after getting into difficulties while swimming at Ocean Beach in Maryland, in the US.

Philip Leahy died in drowning accident in United States

Author John Jefferies with the Rolls Royce “Moon Car” on Cobh Pier at the launch of “Death on the Pier”. Mr Jefferies is a descendant of one of the episode’s key participants, IRA man Daniel “Sandow” O’Donovan

Author believes Cork event was part of IRA plan to provoke British back into hostilities

Ken Fleming has worked to improve conditions for migrant fishermen. Photograph: iStock

Ken Fleming challenged the official silence on exploitation of seafarers

A map of the Cork City Council area with areas(in yellow) which it is proposed would  transfer into it from Cork County Council’s territory.

County council agrees to cede land to allow for further development of urban area

Former Republic of Ireland Football Manager Brian Kerr takes part in a training session with players from Al-Helal Football Academy in Gaza, on Sandymount Strand in Dublin  earlier this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Visit shows Palestinian players that not all the world is like Gaza , says academy official

Bylaw grants Cork council power to remove wreaths after two months. Photograph: iStock

Councillors want to debate bylaw requiring timely removal of wreaths and mementoes

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