Airbnb visitors to  Dublin this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seamus Murphy said hosting a lucrative business and ‘not rocket science’

Guardian journalist Luke Harding has told a conference he places a sticking plaster over the webcam on his compute. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek

‘Guardian’ journalist Luke Harding says emails can no longer be regarded as private

Irish soldiers during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme,  July 1st 1916. Photograph:  IWM/Getty

John and Margaret Naylor died in France and Dublin, leaving three children

Battle of the Somme: soldiers at the trenches at Dompierre Becquincourt. Photograph from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Collection held at Dublin City Archives

Cousin of former taoiseach Seán Lemass is among those whose stories are told

The estimated 2,000 residents at the Spencer Dock apartment complex in Dublin have been told that short-term lets on Airbnb are contrary to their residential and tenancy agreements.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Spencer Dock residents told to stop letting out their apartments for short-term lets

A British Pathé image of IRA volunteers on patrol on Grafton Street in Dublin.

Revolution in Colour deploys technique used for vaunted second World War in HD Colour

Just 8% of us would like to cut down on the amount of alcohol we drink, according to the Healthy Ireland Survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Drinking to excess, smoking, lack of exercise and poor nutrition exposed in latest survey

Contributors to the influential travel website rated Mulberry Garden as the best restaurant in Ireland based on an aggregate of reviews by the public.  File photograph: TripAdvisor

Mulberry Garden heads list of top 10 Irish restaurants based on reviews from public

Penguin Ireland managing director Michael McLoughlin described Liberties Press as an “outlier” at a time when book sales are recovering. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liberties Press admits it has not been paying some of its writers their royalties

 Frank Skinatra, a Sphynxaliens cat, with  owner Irene Henson, enjoying the attention of onlookers  Michal Rozmarynowska, his wife Malgorzata Dyszlewska and their daughter Malgorzata, at the Dublin Championship Cat Show  at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin Championship Cat Show: Imported experts select Ireland’s finest felines

Seán O’Keeffe of Liberties Press: The “only way to ensure that authors and others receive what they are rightfully due is for the company to continue to trade successfully”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Publisher Seán O’Keeffe says he is sorry and vows to address the situation on payments

Crowds outside the GPO in Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising. The details of the national conference on the 1916 Easter Rising have been announced. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

NUI Galway summit is one of the last setpiece events of the centenary commemorations

A detail from the Vision Collector poster advertising an event at Christ Church Cathedral

Poster advertising dance event in crypt also showed image of two men having sex

The EU VAT directive does not allow charities to claim VAT incurred on goods and services back directly. Photograph: iStock

Representative organisation says that up to €40m could be reclaimed by the sector

The Construction Industry Federation described measures introduced in the budget as a “significant step towards solving the housing crisis”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Groups welcome €1.2bn funding but divided over effectiveness of help-to-buy scheme

The decision to hold excise levels on alcohol as they were in Budget 2017 has met with a mixed reaction in the drinks industry. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Licensed Vintners Association: Failure to cut excise rates on alcohol a ‘missed opportunity’

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at Dublin Castle in 2013. Plans for a library in her native Co Mayo to honour her legacy have once again been hit by delays. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Deadline for completion slips again amid questions over council’s financial contribution

The body which represents Irish publishers has said it does not support a publisher’s controversial plan to charge writers €100 per submission. Photograph: Liberties Press

Liberties Press is under fire over plan to make writers pay for submissions

The funeral of Fr Eoghan Haughey, brother of the late former taoiseach Charles Haughey took place at Mary Immaculate Church on Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore on Monday.  Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern (right),   Maureen Haughey (the wife of Charles Haughey) and Seán Haughey TD were among those in attendance. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Funeral Mass told devoted Oblate priest was ‘fiercely proud of his charismatic’ sibling

The proposed Mary Robinson Centre in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Brother yet to sell Ballina building where former president’s archive is to be held

The bestseller of the year has been Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script for the West End stage play based on JK Rowling’s original creation. Photograph: Getty Images

Biggest selling domestic title is The Pocket Book of the Easter Rising, fourth top seller

John Simpson (72) is the guest speaker at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Wednesday night in the Convention Centre. File photograph: Getty Images

Veteran world affairs editor John Simpson was denied foreign correspondence allowance

‘If we are to move forward we need to acknowledge the positive outputs that we have, as we also recognise things that we need to address,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris said at launch of a survey on attitudes to health services in Ireland

Survey shows almost as many people are optimistic about future of healthcare system as are pessimistic

‘We’re going to make significant investment in the public nursing home system,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris  said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cost for patient in public nursing home up to €700 per week higher than in private one

To qualify for the logo, a craft beer must have been manufactured by an independently-owned brewery.

Symbol sets out criteria for what constitutes craft beer in Republic

Center Parcs CEO Martin Dalby  with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the Longford site. The holiday village will take two years to build, and will open in 2019 with the creation of 1,750 jobs. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Longford Forest holiday village to go ahead though fall in sterling could add €35m to costs

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor has defended her decision to propose a 30 per cent tax to attract emigrants back to Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Jobs concedes her 30 per cent tax proposal will not be in next week’s budget

Rosemary McAuley (centre) and children Sam, Katie, Ciaran and Jennifer McDonald at their home on Broombridge Road, Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fans show their colours as they play it again for Sam

Peta: ‘By adopting meat-free eating habits, developed nations will save millions of animals’ lives and help the environment.’

Former president praised for suggesting people go vegan or vegetarian to save planet

 Chef  JP McMahon in his Aniar restaurant in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Chef and owner of Aniar JP McMahon says he has lost a lot of friends due to the award

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, 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

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