Gustav Piekut from Denmark preparing to play at the 10th Dublin International Piano Competition at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gustav Piekut sees Dublin International Piano Competition as a personal challenge

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has joined up with to create #votermotor to help all registered voters get home to vote this Friday. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Union joins up with to help voters get home for marriage referendum

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty outside the Dáil. Ms Doherty has called for investigations into each of the baby deaths at Portlaoise hospital.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty says circumstances of baby deaths must be determined

Journalist Bruce Arnold said as an “officer of the State” the former president had broken convention by taking part in the same-sex marriage debate and abandoned her duties. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Discrimination and alienation suffered by LGBT developed ‘largely by invention’

Gay and Lesbian people asking for a Yes vote on Grafton Street, Dublin. From left: David Caron, Dublin; Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Mullingar; Celeste Roche, Dublin; and John Curran and Sarah Gilligan, both  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Referendum ‘not about some theoretical notion of equality, it’s about real Irish people’

According to data released to mark the International Day of Families, 52.7 per cent of first time Irish mums were aged 30-39 in 2013, making Irish women some of the oldest mothers in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Data finds Ireland has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in European Union

A statement from the Iona Institute called for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw her comments immediately. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Clinical psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney referred to Nazis in speech about No vote

Malnourished children receive treatment at the Leer Hospital, South Sudan. NGO’s say a proposed law to regulate aid ‘could cost lives’. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images

Doctors in north of country forced to halt medical services due to heavy fighting

 Overcrowding at Beaumont Hospital has increased in recent weeks following the closure of 33 beds, with a 26 per cent increase in the number of patients left on trolleys during the first four months of 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Nurses are calling for the hospital to go off-call due to overcrowding

Members of the NBRU and & SIPTU unions during a march in Dublin city centre over plans to put 10 per cent of public bus routes out to private tender. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Planned bus strikes for this weekend called off after lengthy talks

At the  launch of Turnaround Youth: Young Adults (18-24) in the Criminal Justice System are (from l to r); Ashling Golden from The Swan Project, Ciara Egan from Future Voices Ireland and Jen Garcin, Research Associate, ROCA Inc. The report is  published by the Irish Penal Reform Trust.  Photograph: Derek Speirs

Prison ‘the most expensive and the least effective way of reducing reoffending’

Colectivo Lesbico, Gay, Trans y Bisexual protest against police abuse in Tegucigalpa ahead of the celebration of the International Day Against Homophobia. Photograph: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

Human rights activists, journalists and LGBT citizens are regularly targeted by right-wing killers

 Young residents of  the Bordo Gavión, a riverside slum community in San Pedro Sula. Photograph: Adaly Cabrera

Women and girls in the barrios live in constant fear of sexual attack and a violent death

The 5km Darkness into Light walk/run, which kicked off at 4.15am on Saturday, was held at 80 locations in Ireland and around the world, and is believed to have attracted an estimated 100,000 participants. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

12,000 people turned up at 4.15am in Phoenix Park to walk 5km for suicide prevention

On guard: Honduran soldiers monitor a land occupation by farmers from the Trinidad community in April 2015. Photograph: Juana Esquivel

With a murder rate 65 times higher than Ireland’s, Honduras is one of the world’s most violent countries. And few parts are more d(...)

Nick Clegg resigned on Friday as leader of the Liberal Democrats after his party was crushed at the national election. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Lib Dems have left a ‘stronger, fairer, greener and more liberal country’ says Clegg

Students who lost money due to the closure of English language schools in Dublin take part in a protest. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Some 200 students and teachers demonstrate over English language school closures

Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne is to be despatched to the Mediterranean Sea to assist in an international aid operation to prevent migrants and refugees drowning as they try to reach Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister confirms Irish naval vessel to assist in Mediterranean migrant aid operation

Mortar bombs launched from Syria wounded two UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights on Monday in what appeared to be stray fire from Syrian civil war fighting, according to the Israeli military.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two UN personnel injured by suspected stray missiles from Syria

Hundreds of thousands of bus passengers are facing travel disruptions  as a result of the industrial action which was prompted by plans announced last year by the National Transport Authority to put out to tender 10 per cent of routes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face travel disruptions on Friday and Saturday

Kevin Toland, Dublin Airport Authority chief executive, and Ray Gray, chief financial officer, at the launch of the authority’s report yesterday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Some 23.9m passengers passed through Dublin and Cork airports last year

“My objection is policing everywhere is supposed to provide an impartial and independent service and this clearly is not happening when a Garda representative association is taking a stance on a referendum which is being conducted by the state”, said Nuala O’Loan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Northern Ireland ombudsman says move will reduce confidence in gardaí

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said the level of response required to deal with the blaze in the Ballymount Cross industrial estate had been “very much on the higher end of the scale”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin Fire Brigade report serious damage to building but no casualties

Non-Chinese citizens board a Chinese navy ship during an evacuation from Aden, April 2nd. An Irish citizen was one of 225 foreign nationals evacuated from Yemen as part of a Chinese naval evacuation of foreign citizens from the Arab nationPhotograph: Stringer/Reuters

Irish citizen was one of 225 foreign nationals transported to Dijbouti

People of all ages are invited to experience Irish life as it was 100 years ago as O’Connell Street in Dublin transforms into an Edwardian thoroughfare this Easter Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Horse racing, electronic music and hot towel shaves on an Edwardian O’Connell Street

Last month Mr Browne clashed with Jerry Beades of the New Land League, telling him repeatedly to ‘shut up’ after Mr Beades described solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s Gorse Hill home in Killiney as ‘bog standard’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Broadcaster clashed with PJ Mara, Bertie Ahern, Jerry Beades and Klaus Masuch

The Unitarian Church’s annual act of commemoration, which is the only religious service of its kind in Ireland, begins at 12pm and is held over three hours during which the names of those who died in the Northern Ireland Troubles are read out. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Annual Good Friday commemorates people who died in Northern Ireland Troubles

A Garda investigation into the bomb scare in January at the Intel plant in Co Kildare led to the arrest on Friday, March 27th of two men in their early twenties in the Balbriggan area. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Call to gardaí in January claimed there were 10 bombs at tech plant in Lexlip

The Road Safety Authority’s annual international road safety conference taking place in Dublin Castle will focus on child safety. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

One in 10 children killed on Irish roads not properly restrained in car seats

Irish households are set to work their way through 17.5 million Easter eggs, the equivalent of 2,100 tonnes of chocolate, with sales predicted to hit over €36.6 million. Getty Images

Half of people will consume alcohol and meat followed by 17.5 million eggs, says Repak

Amnesty’s global review of the death penalty has revealed an “alarming rise” in death sentences last year, including mass sentencing in both Egypt and Nigeria due to internal conflict and political instability. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Amnesty director condemns Egyptian judicial system as ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘utterly broken’

A pig making an effort. Happy April fool’s day.

From spaghetti trees to prohibition in Ireland, here are some memorable hoaxes

One of the groups queueing for an open casting for  the TV show Vikings in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish-Canadian TV series hosts open call for extras for its next season in Filmbase

A spokesman for the Department of Justice confirmed the Irish Government plans to admit 100 Syrian refugees in 2015 and a further 120 in 2016, but will keep the situation under “regular review”. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

UN appeals for $8.4bn at International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait

Det Insp Noel Browne  shows some of the  items of jewellery recovered by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Garda effort targets groups involved in residential burglaries across the State

 Dr Shari McDaid, director of mental health reform, has called for the State’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to be made more accessible to young people and their families.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Nearly 90 children and adolescents in need of support admitted to adult wards in 2014

NCAD students protesting against what they allege to be  “underfunding, overcrowding, the mismanagement of accounts and miscommunication” at the institution. Photograph: NCAD See the Future

Demonstration held after college director Declan McGonagle cancelled discussion

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Group part of Government’s overseas assistance strategy in humanitarian crises

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is examining the circumstances behind the collision on Saturday involving a garda car and two other vehicles.

GSOC investigation underway after Co Monaghan incident left three hospitalised

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he expects to see an “enormous show of strength” from the Irish public in ensuring a boycott of the Irish Water charges. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Richard Boyd Barrett says Saturday’s protest will be ‘thoroughly peaceful event’

On average, charities received €225,000 from the general public over the 2014 Christmas appeal period, up from €204,000 in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Donations from general public rise 10% while corporate donations up 12%

Clíodhna Heenan, from Terryglass, Co Tipperary, who won the Junior Violin (A) competition at the ESB Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Classical performers from across Ireland compete in more than 180 competitions

True colours: A man  cheers on parade participants as they make their way up Fifth Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Festivities around the globe from New York and Sydney to Brussels and Hong Kong

Lydia McCarthy from Trócaire hosts a Climate Change Climate Justice session with students from Mercy Convent National School, Navan, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Global warming is often associated with distant lands, so Trócaire is working with teachers to show young people how they can help(...)

Long journey: Samantha Power leaves the stage after speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington this month. Photographs: Doug Mills/New York Times

The Obama acolyte, Pulitzer winner and US ambassador to the UN says her Irish roots have stood to her when faced with challenging (...)

Satellite image from scientists at Wuhan University in China shows a night image of Syria taken in March 2011. Photograph: Trócaire handout from #WithSyria

Photos showing number of lights extinguished by conflict released for anniversary

‘Any type of inventive thought stands in direct opposition to the Leaving Cert.’ Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Opinion: The Irish education system convinced me at a young age never to think for myself

A black banner with white writing appeared on the Dublin Rape Crisis centre’s homepage on Sunday morning with the message: ‘Hacked by Islamic State (ISIS), We Are Everywhere’. Photograph: Screen grab from the Rape Crisis Centre website on Sunday

Chief executive says site now secure after ‘sinister’ attack is claimed by IS supporters

Anne O’Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland: “Women need to join companies that are supportive of gender diversity.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Male dominated boards must ask them themselves ‘are we informed enough?’

Five closure orders were issued by environmental health officers in the HSE in Dublin, Co Cork and Co Roscommon during the month of February.

Two restaurants in Mitchelstown, Co Cork issued with food closure orders

Sonya Lennon, third from right, with women at the Dress for Success initiative. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ahead of International Woman’s Day on March 8th, we celebrate Dress for Success, which supports job-seeking women of all ages and (...)

The EPA’s 2013 Report on Waste Enforcement has called for an improvement in standards at waste facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 90 per cent of complaints due to bad smells coming from sites

Under the proposals from the expert group report, it will no longer be possible to administer the controversial ECT to a person who has capacity and does not consent to the treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Kathleen Lynch says changes in controversial ECT to be implemented before summer

A National Lottery spokeswoman confirmed that a number of terminals across the network experienced technical issues for a period of about 40 minutes on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National Lottery confirms network experienced technical issues with ticket machines

Niamh Cosgrave: “I was fighting, fighting, fighting because I knew if I went back down that corridor I wasn’t going to come out of it alive.” Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael Senator Niamh Cosgrave describes how she was raped in her French home

From the end of 2015 the Irish Cadbury plant will no longer produce wafer Time Out bars and pink Snack chocolate wafers.

Popular chocolate wafer treat first launched by Cadbury in the UK forty years ago

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny during his address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gerry Adams accuses Government Ministers of ‘unbridled arrogance’

UN headquarters in New York: James O’Brien of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ireland has called on all UN member states to recognise the role volunteers can play in achieving an equal society free from poverty by 2030. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

Member states meet in New York to discuss approach to issues such as health and education

Research from Bord Bia on what people consider the country’s tastiest traditional meal shows two-thirds of Irish people would choose a dinner of bacon and cabbage, with three out of 10 people claiming to crave the dish while travelling abroad. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Bord Bia research shows 64% of adults still consider it as best traditional Irish dish

Stephanie Roche: “I’m the first Irish woman to ever go over and play there. I’ve been given a huge opportunity by Houston Dash and I’m hoping I’ll be able to go over and do well and hopefully be successful over there.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Fifa Puskas Award runner-up signs two-year contract with NWSL team

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Roy Keane was interviewed following a reported altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre in Manchester in January which led to police being called. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland assistant manager questioned after alleged taxi driver altercation

Hundreds of students gather outside the Hole in the Wall pub in Galway city for the annual ’Donegal Tuesday’ event. Photograph: C2 Security

Event part of unofficial rag week and not connected to NUIG, says student union president

Gardaí in Co Wicklow are investigating a shooting in Greystones on Monday night. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Man (58) seriously injured after being shot when he opened front door to two gunmen

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, Stillorgan, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

High property tax in Stillorgan should be used to upgrade pool, says local

Patricia Cartes, global head of safety outreach at Twitter, at the launch of the Online Safety Hub to mark Safer Internet Day. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times launches Online Safety Hub to educate young people on safe internet use

Criticisms included allegations of food contaminated with dead maggots, glass, a razor blade in minced meat; a cigarette in a fruit brack; a fly in a jar of marmalade; an insect in an apple tart; the tip of a knife in spare ribs; wire in takeaway food and a metal bolt in a tin of grapefruit.

Number of calls to Food Safety Authority rose by 8 per cent in 2014

Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Fears of growing isolation among over-65s as younger generations emigrate

43 per cent of nine to 16-year-olds don’t know how to report abuse online, survey reveals

Some 58 per cent of those aged 15-16 reported using the internet excessively

‘Net Children Go Mobile’ report reveals one in five have encountered distressing content

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa. The Boss may perform two dates in Croke Park this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Spokesman confirms that Bruce Springsteen will not play summer gigs at GAA venue

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says the latest regulations mark the first time the Government is dealing with alcohol consumption through public health legislation rather than through licensing and justice legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Restrictions on sale of cheap drink and warning labels on bottles included in new legislation

The dead female hen harrier found in Co Kerry. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Thousands of people had followed the bird online as part of a satellite tracking project

CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, says the number seeking regular smear tests drops off among older women. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

CervicalCheck says Irish over-50s seek fewer screenings as European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week continues

Michael and Mae Lambert were married for more than six decades. Photograph: Edward Lambert

Michael Lambert, born in 1907, lived his whole life in Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Microsoft’s Bill Gates speaks at the ‘Reach every child’ conference in Berlin. Minister of State Seán Sherlock has announced an additional €3 million in Irish Aid funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Funding to help global health organisation to reach additional 300 million children

The weather is due to turn “bitterly cold with biting winds”. Horses on Divis Mountain in Belfast last week. Photograph: Getty

Snow warning from 6am, status yellow wind warning also issued

Some of the Santa letters from all over Ireland at the GPO in Dublin before being forwarded to the North Pole. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Second Santa letter ‘as Gaeilge’ goes missing en route to Connemara

Youth ambassadors from the ONE Campaign listen to President Michael D Higgins at the Irish launch of the European Year of  Development at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Irish launch of European Year of Development takes place in Dublin Castle

Over 333,000 students got a day off school on Thursday as teachers took to the picket line. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

‘You can’t have continuous assessment for the Junior Cert if you’re not going to have it for the Leaving Cert’

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions are confident they have widespread support from parents

Fintan O’Mahony, a teacher from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, says the Department of Education must come up with a solution that suits Ireland, rather than focusing on education systems used abroad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Exam driven’ Junior Cert not providing 21st century teaching, says Dublin principal

Diane Croghan says she felt like a liar after the Department of Justice rejected her testimonial of the time she spent working at the Magdalene laundry in Summerhill, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former residents say Government has failed to implement necessary health measures

MEP Brian Hayes: “Irish people expect us, no matter who’s in government, to set out a realistic time frame” to achieve the 0.7 per cent GDP target set out by the UN. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Coalition must lay out ‘unambiguous’ plan to reach 0.7% GDP target, says Brian Hayes

A drawing from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Distributor uncertain whether retailers will receive copies of French satirical magazine

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the French Residency with Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault after he signed the book of condolences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘The barbaric attacks were aimed at making all of us fear, feel disoriented, disunited’

Amina Mohammed, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon,  in Dublin to address a gathering of Irish ambassadors at Dublin Castle on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Photograph: Lensman Photography

Adviser hopes that sustainable development goals will create ‘irreversible eradication’ of poverty by 2030

Chief executive of, Doug Leeds, says the company’s new moderation team has introduced a number of changes including the assessment of unanswered questions on the site, as well as those flagged by users. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Website recently included on list of sites used by jihadists to spread extreme ideology

A storm buffeted the Middle East with blizzards, rain and strong winds, raising concerns for Syrian refugees facing freezing temperatures in flimsy shelters. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Many of 620,000 who have fled to Jordan are living in ‘dire conditions’, says refugee agency

Jazz Trio from the Errigal Groove Orchestra, featuring twins Conor (double bass) and Micheál Murray (saxophone) and Emmet Doherty, (guitar), with Rosaleen Molloy, director of Music Generation

Many children lose interest in learning music when they reach their teenage years. The solution lies in changing the way we teach (...)

Irish people think citizens must play a role in international development and not rely solely on Government support, according to the Eurobarometer survey. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

EU survey found 68% believe developed countries should allocate more funding

The Ambassador of France to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébault and staff from the French Embassy hold a minute’s silence at the French Residence on Ailesbury Road, Dublin for those killed in the attack at the Paris offices of French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste is shocked at young ages of those who carried out Paris attacks

Ashling Middleton, Chermaine Carroll, Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle died after the car they were travelling in collided with a van near Athy on Tuesday night.

Funerals of women who died in crash to take place on Friday and Saturday

People enjoy the Morning Gloryville rave at  Andrews Lane, Dublin. ‘It’s about having the ability to let go in a sober environment and dancing like nobody’s watching.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Morning Gloryville lets commuters dance their way into the work day

The scene of the incident near Athy, Co Kildare, where four young women were killed on Tuesday night after the car they were travelling in collided with a van. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Road organisations react after deaths of four women in Athy crash

 Liver transplants have fallen by 20 per cent to 44, while for the second year in a row, the Irish Kidney Association failed to reach its target of 50 living donor kidney transplants in the State. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Key to enhancing organ donation is through specialist nurses and doctors, says professor

Revellers cheer in the New Year at the NYF concert in College Green, Dublin. The Dublin Fire Brigade received 277 ambulance calls over the night.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Night’s celebrations see 34 assaults, 23 overdoses and 38 falls across capital

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” Bono wrote in his new year’s blog post. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

U2 singer cancels all appearances for half of 2015 as he recovers from bike accident

Jennifer Bourke from Artane in Dublin pictured with her new baby boy, Kian who was born at 4 seconds past midnight in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Kian Anthony Bourke arrived at the Rotunda hospital in north Dublin

Boys stand by a wall in the old city of Aleppo in Syria. Unicef predicts by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across Syria will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

Agency says extremism and growing economic divide has created ‘perfect storm’

Ireland is still the 14th most expensive place in the world to fill your car with petrol. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Oil industry credits takeover of large oilfields in Iraq as trigger in recent price drop

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