Trinity College: event in the Pav to celebrate  the inauguration of Donald Trump was attended by just five people. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Amid general student ambivalence in the college bar, a very small group celebrated

Éamon Ó Cuív said a choice will have to be made between the ‘insignificant risk’ to local freshwater pearl mussel  balanced with the possibility that somebody will die if the road is not upgraded. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former government minister slams EU Habitats Directive as ‘impossible test’

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President marks death of historian who left notable impression on Irish scholarship

Tomás Heneghan outside the Irish Blood Transfusion Service clinic in D’Olier Street: “I will continue to be an active blood donor, and will continue to push and fight for further change.”

Tomás Heneghan says IBTS donor regulations still discriminate against gay men

Ryan Tubridy on the set of ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ with ballet dancers Zara Kiernan (7) from Swords, Jordan Cormack (9) from Tyrellstown and Mia Clifford (7) from Drumcondra. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Twelve of the top 20 are sports events with three Euro 2016 matches in top five

Apollo House on Thursday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

William Whittle tweeted remarks before building was vacated by homeless activists

Defence forces veterans stand for 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, last July. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly cites need to protect Amhrán na bhFiann from abuse

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Rowena Gillen from Rosie’s Trust and with  Holly at the launch of the new Eir fund. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Minister praises Eir as example of company which is giving back to the community

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar said only when a vacancy for FG leadership arose should a contender lay out their programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kate O’Connell says Enda Kenny not necessarily best to handle Brexit negotiations

Website was offline from Monday until Wednesday afternoon.

Website operator Leo Sherlock faces legal action over alleged copyright infringement

The website has been down since before 1pm on Monday.

Website run by Leo Sherlock down because of ‘technical problem’

Asked what were the reasons to regulate or not to regulate through the Constitution, there was ‘a very wide range of views’, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Extra weekend added to agenda to allow more time to consider eighth amendment

  Dr Noelle Higgins   Maynooth University, Eileen Barrington senior counsel, Dr Adrienne Foran and  Dr Peter McParland- National Maternity Hospital, at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

40 Irish women had abortions after tests showed baby would have Down syndrome, meeting told

Zacky Vengeance, Synyster Gates, M. Shadows and Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold talks metal ambition, working with Neil De Grasse Tyson and taking new album The (...)

The self-steering on  Mr O’Coineen’s boat, the Kilcullen Voyager - Team Ireland, malfunctioned. Photograph: Kilcullen Voyager Team Ireland/Facebook

Galway sailor Enda O’Coineen (61) travelled 24,000km over 55 days in bad weather

A member of Fidget Feet pictured during their performance at The Customs House in Dublin as part of The NYF Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Abseilers and aerial dancers woo crowd of 5,000 as Dublin marks the countdown

The funeral of Anthony Cronin at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Michael D Higgins among those to attend funeral of Irish poet who died aged 88

Paul Smithwick’s award was marked by an event held in the Smithwick brewery visitor centre, Kilkenny, which was attended by the British ambassador

Member of brewing family is honoured for services to British-Irish relations

Al Porter launching ‘Luminosity’ at the Custom House, part of the three-day Dublin New Year Festival. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin comedian proves 2016 wasn’t bad for everyone, finishing year on a career high

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in March 2016 in the Stone Breakers’ yard in Kilmainham Gaol where 15 rebels were executed in 1916. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children central to events to mark 100 years since Easter Rising

 July 1922: Free State soldiers  in  Dublin during  the Civil War. Photograph:  Brooke/Topical Press Agency/Getty

Maurice Manning suggests reconciliation should be key aim, as with 1916 events

Garda Derek Cloughley: ‘Unfortunately there is a cohort of people who refuse to think of the consequences of their actions.’

Garda: ‘Drink driving is about as selfish an act as you can do. It is bitterly disappointing’

The Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan has closed following a norovirus outbreak.

Slieve Russell Hotel has closed following several cases of winter vomiting bug

Noah Richardson (6) pictured at a Christmas party for families living in emergency accommodation ran by North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Community and the Irish Housing Network on Sunday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Simon Community says level of homelessness ‘not acceptable in Ireland in 2017’

The four-star hotel, once owned by Seán Quinn’s family, informed the Health Service Executive  after its residents, staff and customers became ill.

Health Service Executive confirms clinical testing shows outbreak caused by norovirus

Irish coffee has become a Christmas drink by accident and by design. Photograph: iStock

Whiskey, coffee, sugar, cream ... and a steady hand

 Tony Iommi: “You automatically wind yourself up saying, “that’s it then”, but that is not always the case.” (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images for Gibson)

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Iommi was told his rock’n’roll days were over, but the inventor of heavy metal had(...)

Easter Rising Way: some 300 people turned out for the renaming of the pedestrian walkway in Queens

Pedestrian staircase in Queens symbolises Irish struggle, says council speaker

Oxford university vice chancellor Prof Louise Richardson

15 per cent of university’s students and 17 per cent of its academic staff from other countries

Marshal Ferdinand Foch: “I saw Irishmen of the North and the South forget their age-long differences and fight side by side, giving their lives freely for the common cause”

New memorial in Glasnevin Cemetery pays tribute to the soldiers who died in France

Abbey Theatre director Fiach MacConghail with Bridie Murphy (87), whose father Barney Murphy was a 1916 Volunteer, at the announcement of the Abbey’s 2016 programme.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Heather Humphreys to announce new five-year legacy programme for creative projects

The Republic did well out of EU membership in a way UK regions such as Scotland and Wales could not, said Prof Kevin O’Rourke of TCD.

Republic would not have grown as it has if still part of UK, conference told

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will be the keynote speaker at a national conference on the Easter Rising at NUI Galway on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny says €48m cost of Easter Rising commemorations was money well spent

 Micaela Connery from Connecticut at the viewing party for Election Night 2016 hosted by the embassy of the United States  at the Guinness Storehouse, St James Gate, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Guinness Storehouse: Politicians, media and the curious attend American embassy shindig

The scene of the incident is a flats complex for senior citizens, according to local Sinn Féin councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who said residents were living in fear. Photograph: Eric Luke

Anthony Rogers died of multiple stab wounds after attack on Sunday afternoon

 Bruce Springsteen: the mark of a mature artist is being able to live with contradictory feelings. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Boss tells ‘Late Late Show’ of ongoing struggles with self-doubt and anxiety

Currently known as “step street”, Easter Rising Way will be a pedestrian staircase that runs along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street in west Queens.

Pedestrian stairway route off 53rd Avenue in Queens will be named in formal ceremony

A terrace complete with homage to manager Stephen Kenny at Oriel Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Club shows money is not insurmountable obstacle if organisation and spirit is right

Oireachtas members have agreed unanimously to hold a hearing on the prosed €8.6 million Mary Robinson Centre which is to house Ireland’s first presidential library.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín says cost of €8.6m project a ‘serious concern’ to politicians

A damaging cycle of scandals relating to charities must come to an end, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Frances Fitzgerald says regulating sector an ‘absolute priority’ for Government

Three customers who attended felt the inclusion of the hunger strikers in an exhibition about the Easter Rising was inappropriate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Watchdog says party should have made clear 1980-1981 hunger strikers also featured

Launching the novel ‘Teethmarks on My Tongue’, Prof Jenny Williams (left with author) said it was a special writer who could cross  “shark-infested waters” between being a literary critic and a novelist.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Irish Times’ literary correspondent praised for ‘stylish performance laced with humour’

 Spencer Dock: the 2,000 residents at the apartments on Dublin’s north quays have been told short-term lets are contrary to their residential and tenancy agreements. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As Airbnb begins to impact the rental sector and property prices, there is a distinct push on to regulate it

Dublin Fire Brigade finish dealing with a fire at Clongriffin, Dublin on Halloween. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Northern Ireland sees busiest Halloween in six years with 47% rise in calls to fire service

The Macnas arts company at the Halloween parade in Dublin city centre as part of the capital’s Bram Stoker festival. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Paul Hollywood among thousands who attended parade

A fire in Finglas which was attended by Dublin Fire Brigade on Monday evening. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire crews attended 86 incidents as spokesman says initiative is to keep public informed

Economic growth has been cited as a factor behind the sharp increase in deaths on Irish roads.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Road Safety Authority chief says increased economic activity has led to more traffic

The BAI has upheld a complaint from a general election candidate  who was called ‘bad-mannered’ on air after he did not turn up to a radio interview.

KCLR presenter criticised Noel G Walsh’s manners after he did not attend interview

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation backed the call for a minimum of 10% of GDP to be spent on a publicly-funded health system. Photograph: PA

Dáil committee told ability of consultants to treat patients ‘compromised’ by cutbacks

 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

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