A byelection has been ordered to fill a vacancy arising in Seanad Éireann following the election of Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune to the European Parliament. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Only TDs and senators entitled to vote which means the Government can chose winner

Relatives of the late Kate Fitzgerald pictured outside Dublin City Coroner’s Court last year - (L to R) Geraldine Yoes (aunt), William Fitzgerald (brother), Sally Fitzgerald(mother) and Tom Fitzgerald (father). Photograph: Collins Courts.

Department of Justice refers complaint about investigation to new independent body

 Maureen O’Hara photographed  in Ranelagh, Dublin in 2010 when she formally opened the Ranelagh Arts Festival. The Quiet Man star Maureen O’Hara has been awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Dublin-born actor (94) appeared in films such as The Quiet Man and The Parent Trap

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Tom Arnold to take up role with Geneva based ‘Sun Movement’ on interim basis

Sinéad Gibney, the social action manager at Google, has been appointed  director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Sinéad Gibney, head of online firm’s social action division, to work with Emily Logan

 A picket on Monday outside  Greyhound Recycling by supporters and workers at Crag Avenue, Clondalkin Industrial Estate, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Company says it is willing to engage with workers but warns cost savings needed

Some 20,000 American football fans are expected to travel from North America to Dublin this week to see Penn State play University of Central Florida in the “Croke Park Classic”. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Up to 20,000 people expected to travel from US to Dublin for college football clash

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds who has died aged 81. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Tributes paid to former taoiseach and ‘dealmaker’ on his death aged 81

A study of the showering habits of 100 families over a 10-day period (or 2,600 showers) by multi-national consumer goods firm Unilever found that the average shower lasted for eight minutes and used 62 litres of water. Photograph: Getty Images.

You might need a cold shower after you read this

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