The commemorative stamps.

Former mining magnate left the ‘greatest gift by any individual to this country’

Adrian Nestor from Kilcolgan, Co Galway. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Road safety groups say lack of consistency in drink drive cases sends out wrong message

Met Éireann has updated a snow and ice warning for Ireland. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Donegal remains worst affected county with further snowfall forecast for Saturday

“I unreservedly apologise. I messed this one up,” the GP told the Medical Council’s fitness-to-practise inquiry. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Expert claims accused who ‘completely unnerved’ woman shows some signs of autism

Cillian Cribbins tumbles down the slopes at the Hill of Tara during recent snow fall. Photograph: The Irish Times

Channel 4 forecaster says Met Éireann was wrong to give Storm Fionn a name

 The woman told the Medical Council  she found the whole incident so bizarre that she thought she was involved in a hidden camera show.  Photograph: David Sleator

Medical Council hears woman in ‘absolute shock’ and felt violated after consultation

Dolores O’Riordan: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes in the Dáil on Tuesday to the musician and songwriter. Photograph: Reuters

U2, Hozier and Cranberries bandmates lead praise for Limerick’s ‘voice of a generation’

 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Bono, Johnny Depp among those feting Pogues singer, who turned 60 on Christmas Day

Dolores O’Riordan: died in London aged 46. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Police say they are treating death of singer at London hotel as ‘unexplained’

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly Ms Mary Laffoy and Sharon Finegan, secretary, in  Malahide. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Members vote in favour of retaining status quo in relation to public funding of referendums

Those who don’t pay for priority boarding must put the bigger of their two bags in the hold

Passengers must pay €5 for priority boarding if they wish to bring larger bag into cabin

Abortion Referendum posters on a pedestrian bridge on the Stillorgan Road in 2002. Photograph: David Sleator

Concern expressed at Citizens Assembly over holding multiple polls on the same day

Professor Fergal Malone said his experience as a doctor showed it was “not a given” that parents will opt for a termination if their unborn child is to be born with a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan fears abortion might see fewer Down syndrome children

Liam Neeson  was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin by  President Michael D Higghins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Actor admits to ‘fear’ of public speaking when receiving award at Áras an Uachtaráin

A pedestrian braving the weather on the flooded Salthill Promenade during Storm Eleanor on January 2nd, 2018. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Snow and thunder forecast for next week as weather set to turn much colder

Sir Edward Lees (Rory Nolan), and behind,  Mrs Draper (Camille Ross), The Widow (Mary Murray) and Lady Jane Lees (Liz FitzGibbon) at a  specially commissioned performance  from  theatre company Fishamble to mark the 200th anniversary of the GPO in Dublin.

Dublin’s most famous historical building is also the world’s oldest working post office

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds a   press briefing last January. Photograph:  Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Former Trump spokesman will speak about his tempestuous time in the White House

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy who chaired the assembly who considered the Eighth Amendment on the issue of abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ten rural counties not represented among assembly who considered Eighth Amendment

A pedestrian drops money in a collection bucket at College Green Dublin, where pupils and past pupils from Belvedere College Dublin were holding their annual Christmas sleep-out in aid of the homeless. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Students who slept-out over three nights describe homelessness as an ‘epidemic’

“They don’t have a definition and they don’t have a name. They consider themselves to be heterosexual men who have sex with men occasionally.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

In 2010 survey, 9% of men who had sex with men identified as neither gay nor bisexual

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996.

‘It will last for centuries and be as meaningful in 500 years time as when it was built’

The family syndicate bought their lottery ticket at The Village Shop in Malahide, owned by Ken and Amy Cong. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Elated Dublin family confess to being left ‘dizzy’ after massive ‘life changing’ win

Paddy Harte TD at Leinster House in 1996: the Fine Gael politician  served as minister of state from 1981 to 1982 under Garret FitzGerald

Politician was best known for the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders

 Travellers wait inside terminal five at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday. Photograph:  Rebecca Butala How/Getty Images

Flights to airports including New York, Boston and Newark cancelled

Amy Cong, owner of The Village Shop on Main Street, Malahide, celebrates after it was announced she sold the winning EuroMillions ticket. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Shop owner Amy Cong describes selling the winning ticket as ‘unreal’ experience

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s meeting with prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban (above) on Thursday, could be viewed  as an ‘implicit endorsement’ of his policies, according to Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Getty Images

Brendan Howlin accuses Leo Varadkar of concealing his visit until the last minute

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joint message describes homelessness as ‘tragic symptom of a broken system’

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling the Novel by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen narrowly pipped children’s author David Walliams’s Bad Dad to the No.1 slot.

Book about Irish country girl in the Big Smoke pips children’s author to top slot

Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, who won  more than €115 million in 2005. Photograph: Frank Miller

Three jackpots including latest €38.9 million win make for bumper year

A meeting in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

The pivotal place of 1918 in European and Irish history will make 2018 a busy centenary

Constance Markievicz: like all Sinn Féin MPs she was elected on an abstentionist platform

To mark women’s franchise, portrait will be given to parliament she refused to attend

Just Walliams: David Walliams received the international recognition award at the Irish Book Awards in Dublin last month. Photograph; Phillip Massey/Getty Images

Graham Norton is bestselling Irish novelist for second year in a row

Vehicles  blocking the cycle lane on a Dublin street. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I Bike Dublin says it found 491 instances of motorists parking in cycle lanes in a week

No Christmas Day for Ireland. Women in festive fancy dress walk after snow fall this month in Buxton, Britain. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Christmas Day will windy and unsettled with some rain in evening

Radiotherapy is also associated with dementia and memory loss, diseases common in the elderly. Photograph: Getty Images

Diseases such as osteoporosis and dementia can happen sooner in cancer survivors

The object’s trajectory meant it was not subject to the sun’s gravitational pull and must have originated from elsewhere in the galaxy.

Queens University Belfast research findings set to disappoint star-gazers looking for ET

Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

Issue of media coverage expected to be raised at next meeting of the assembly in January

Jean Pierre Bars and his wife Maria Harte Bars during consultation at the Dublin Neurological Institute.  Marie has a gene mutation which caused a genetic disorder with symptoms of both Parkinsons and Dementia. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Patients suffering from PPND show symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s but the causes are different

Ryanair pilots had been due to strike on Wednesday

Move to reassure passenger travel plans over festive period

Bob Geldof receives the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 2006. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil leader said reasons for giving Geldof award in the first place still remain

Bruce Dickinson: ‘The music business will drive you nuts if you let it’

Bon – The Last Highway by Jesse Fink, What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson and Queen in 3-D by Brian May reviewed

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at St Mary’s Mansions in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy says conference will look at bringing vacant housing back into use

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said his party would  campaign in a respectful and dignified fashion to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister Eoghan Murphy says abortion is a matter for a ‘woman and her doctor’

Aisling Brady (26), a physics and maths teacher from Trim, Co Meath, suffered a pulmonary embolism late last month.

Aisling Brady suffered a near fatal pulnomary embolism while teaching in UAE

Brother Allen with Christopher Brady, Liam O’Brien and Michael Molloy, compositors and printers of the 1916 Proclamation.

Brother Allen’s vast collection of 13,000 historic objects to be made available

Sixth class pupils from Gaelscoil Eoghain Uí Thuairisc in Co Carlow with Rachel Joynt’s sculpture Dearcán na nDaoine/The People’s Acorn, which was unveiled at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish children express hopes and fears for the future in time capsule inside acorn sculpture

The last confirmed sighting of Brendan Burke (71) was outside the Permanent TSB in Rathmines

Brendan Burke’s disappearance was ‘out of character’, his family claim

The bottom line is that painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters. Photograph: Getty

Dampness has no impact on aches and pains, Harvard researchers have concluded

The biggest killers of elderly Irish people are cancer and cardiovascular illness. They account for more than two-thirds of those who died.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tilda survey of relatives shows high prevalence of pain and depression before death

 The Irish flag is lowered outside the GPO by Army personnel last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State contributes more to prosperity and equality of world than any other country

Mary Hannon (10) wears her great-grandfather’s Old IRA service medal at a Defence Forces ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, in Celbridge. File photograph: Eric Luke

Centenary – Ireland Remembers 1916 is not a book about 1916, but a book about 2016, says its editor Ronan McGreevy

Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Photograph: AP

Star turn: Swift’s new album Reputation is the biggest seller in the US in a single week

A Garda operation targeted ‘ghost brokers’, who are selling insurance despite not being licensed by the Central Bank

Gardaí seize goods and freeze bank accounts in operation against car insurance scam

Luas fares will increase by 10 per cent on monthly and annual fares. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Electricity, broadband and public transport prices all set to rise in ‘day to forget’

Enya Allen (4) from Navan and Lexi Byrne (4) from Carlow  reveal the theme of this year’s Late Late Toy Show, the Disney animated film The Little Mermaid. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

RTÉ’s Christmas showcase will have a nautical theme this year inspired by The Little Mermaid

Bruce Dickinson on  Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris: “When we first got together, we were almost headbutting each other on stage. You go through phases like that and it makes you stronger”

Iron Maiden’s lead singer talks about his childhood, fame, cancer, boarding school and Brexit

The road maintenance budget next year will be reduced by 15 per cent nationally and by up to 30 per cent for local authorities. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil says cutbacks are ‘truly shocking’ and will lead to more potholes on roads

Dr Ciara Farrell’s friends and family have been carrying out searches in the south Dublin area over recent days.

Dr Ciara Farrell (45) from Stillorgan went missing after a hospital appointment

Non-Irish nationals comprise 17 per cent of the population. In the Civil Service, where just 3 per cent of the workforce are foreign-born. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Just one public body in 20 has policies for integrating immigrants into workplace

Biddy White Lennon on TV3’s Great Irish Bake Off

Lennon joined popular soap ‘The Riordans’ at age 18 before successful writing career

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the programme provided a “vital resource to people to assist them in finding sustainable work”. Photograph:   Sam Boal/

Programme running until April aims to cater to 40 people after successful pilot scheme

Bob Geldof has said Brexit can still be stopped. File photograph: David Crosling/EPA

Bob Geldof accepts lifetime achievement award at The Irish Post awards in London

Taylor Swift will play Croke Park next summer as part of her Reputation stadium tour. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Tickets for June 15th concert will go on sale on Friday, December 1st, from €74.50

Snow in the Horseshoe Valley, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Snow falls in parts of North and North-West

Bon Scott  performs with AC/DC at the Oakland Coliseum in  California in July 1979. Photograph: Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Jesse Fink’s portrait is sympathetic but unflinching in pointing out the bad choices Scott made that led to his premature death

Brian May of Queen  at the Odyssey Arena  in Belfast in 2011. Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

As they play the 3Arena, Queen’s lead guitarist talks about his passion for 3-D photography and his book of band images

Ancient beehive to feature in set which will be released for Christmas market

 Vehicles drive through floods as workers attempt to clear drains after heavy flooding on the Strawberry Beds, Lower Road near Lucan.Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Gardaí warn motorists after flash floods and heavy rain close roads amid weather warning

Dorothea Findlater at the presentation of the Wheeler Plate after the inaugural match, earlier this year. She became an Irish hockey international, winning her first cap in 1936. She also represented Ireland at golf.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dorothea Findlater was likely the last person alive who remembers the Easter Rising

Trump and Putin: “We don’t have the slightest intention to do harm to the United States,” says Russia’s new ambassador to Ireland. Photograph: Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty

Yury Filatov accuses UK and US of blaming Moscow for their own failings

Keith Donoghue (left) from Swift Grove Clonshaugh and Michael Smullen of Ashdale Close Kinsealy who were both charged at Trim District Court on Friday in connection with a drugs seizure by gardaí in Co Meath on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí find cocaine and cannabis during search of premises in Ashbourne on Wednesday

DIT academic staff have written to Prof Brian Norton saying they fear the complicated merger will be botched. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Senior staff accuse Prof Brian Norton of not taking their concerns on the plans seriously

A lack of exercise, smoking and excessive drinking are risk factors for dementia and type II diabetes.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Medics say lack of awareness about both illnesses among public is alarming

William Hillick from Co Westmeath died when his aircraft came down at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome, Co Longford. Photograph: Facebook

William Hillick did not heed advice to get lessons for 360 degree manoeuvres

The poppy is sold by the Royal British Legion (RBL) to raise funds for serving or ex-British servicemen and their dependents.

A symbol of remembrance or a symbol of British imperialism?

Tom Burnell with all 15 volumes of his series 26 County Casualties of the Great War at the Castlecomer Discovery Park in Kilkenny recently. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Tom Burnell’s 15 volume series is the most definitive list of Irish war dead to date

Irish Water has confirmed that it is considering the option of recycling sewage to bolster the water supply.

Effluent reuse is one of the measures under consideration in 25 year national plan

Gardaí have begun the  winter phase of Operation Thor, which targets the activities of roving criminal gangs targeting rural areas, last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Men to appear in Mullingar District Court after being arrested on Wednesday

Many in Ireland  well-disposed to remembering the Irish dead of both World Wars are sickened by the  poppy fascism which seems to reach new levels of absurdity every year in Britain. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Nobody needs to explain their wearing of the poppy in remembrance of war dead

Irish veterans recall lucky escapes on UN service in the Congo and Chad

Police in Derry are investigating a paramilitary style vigilante shooting in Derry on Wednesday night. Photograph: PA.

PSNI condemns criminal gangs ‘seeking to control communities through fear’

A New Zealand historian argues the rebels did attack Trinity College, Dublin, but were repulsed by colonial troops including five from his native country. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

They tried, says historian who challenges ‘orthodoxies’ about events of 1916

Elena Alliloueva-Lorigan at home in Stillorgan. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Dublin-based woman has a remarkable connection to Russia’s October Revolution

Members of the Dublin Youth Dance Company perform a Dance for Climate Action to highlight the proceedings of the Citizens’ Assembly at Malahide. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Tax on agricultural emissions and more spending on public transport urged

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Members want urgent State action including spending more on public transport than roads

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

John Fitzgerald: by 2014 it was clear that we were not going to meet our targets

The 99 assembly members  are spending a second weekend debating on how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change. Photograph: Tom Honan

Citizens’ Assembly hears how Denmark became one of most efficient countries in world

Fifteen houses were evacuated in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda. Image: Google Maps

Houses in Moneymore estate evacuated at about 7pm after bomb scare

Atlas of the Irish Revolution: the book includes this image of National Army soldiers and barefoot children after the taking of Bruff, Co Limerick, from the IRA in August 1922. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

'Atlas of the Irish Revolution' struggles to meet demand

Trees which stood for over 100 years at the Marina in Cork city following Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Roches Point records highest wind speed since records began 77 years ago

Of the 35.8%  who attend religious services regularly in Ireland, 29.9%  do so once a week, a further 4.1%  more than once a week, and 1.8%  attend every day. Photograph: Getty Images

Religious service attendance still much higher than European average

The National Car Test  centre in Fonthill: In 2016, 1,465,710 tests took place across the country, of which 773,588 were failures, but only 71,508 vehicles failed the retest.

Initial failure rate of 53% rose to 94% on second sitting of National Car Test

No parking offence was committed because of the absence of road markings.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Process to refund owners of 26 vehicles being delayed

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

US president shares many of the traits of the man who led Germany into war, says historian

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with author and RTÉ broadcaster David McCullagh at the National Library of Ireland for the launch of De Valera: Rise 1882–1932. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Leo Varadkar praises Fianna Fáil figurehead as a man of courage and vision

File image of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Paddy Harte jnr says the project ‘was a gamechanger’ for British-Irish relations

The standards were drawn up following the   chief medical officer’s 2014 report into Portlaoise Hospital Maternity Services which identified problems in the reporting of risk across the health service.

New standards outline strict timetable for independent external reviews of incidents

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