‘The last time a pope visited Ireland, homosexuality was a crime. Now Ireland’s prime minister is gay’

Photograph of John ‘Jackie’ Fricker taken in his youth on board a ship. Photograph: The Fricker family

Bottle found on Alaskan shore is traced to a cousin of Oscar-winning actor Brenda Fricker

Garda Technical Team officers. File photograph: PA

A post-mortem examination was carried out Saturday evening by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Mulligan at Our Lady of Lourdes Hosp(...)

The comedy duo Flight of the Conchords have postponed their upcoming Irish shows after Bret McKenzie was injured falling down some stairs. Photograph: @fotc

The band’s first UK and Ireland tour in more than seven years was called off due to an injury

Snow scenes from Fairview Park, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

St Patrick’s Festival says it does not plan to cancel any Bank Holiday Monday events

Hardy walkers brave the rain and wind at the seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: John Cogill

Christmas week expected to see falling temperatures as low as -4 degrees

Former Unionist politician, John Taylor, now life peer Baron Kilclooney, maintains that Donegal would be better off as part of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Taylor castigated ‘Irekabd’, ‘Irekand’ and ‘Southern Urekand’ for ‘scheming’ with the EU

The home of Patricia O’Connor,  whose dismembered body was discovered  in the Wicklow Mountains in June 2017. Photograph:  Colin Keega/Collins Dublin.

Scattered remains discovered in Wicklow Mountains earlier this year

US President Donald Trump speaks before a luncheon with US and African leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20th, 2017 in New York. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The African Union has 55 countries, but Nambia isn’t one

Despite age restrictions of 13 and older on social media, the report found that the majority of children under this age are already active on social platforms. Photograph: iStock

CyberSafeIreland finds one third of children have not discussed online safety

Broadcasters may be restricted from reporting on election today, but this didn’t stop the papers giving a final push

Travellers stranded wait at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 after British Airways flights where cancelled at Heathrow Airport. Photograph: AFP

If you have been affected by the BA systems outage it is important to know your rights

US President Donald Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opening the World Center for Countering Extremist Thought in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency

‘All hail the orb’: Twitter’s take on the US president’s state tour

In a survey of more than 3,000 road users, almost half encountered motorists using phones daily

The house in Riverbank, Annacotty, Co Limerick, where a woman died in a fire on Monday. Photograph: Press 22

Four people, including members of UL Bohemians rugby squad, escape uninjured

Garda have siezed a large quantity of stolen industrial power tools and gardening machinery were seized estimated at upward of €50,000. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Investigations are ongoing in conjunction with the UK authorities to identify all the owners of the property seized

The Church of Scientology opening it National Affairs Office on Dublin’s Merrion Square on Saturday. Photograph: Emer Sugrue/The Irish Times

Group founded by L Ron Hubbard wants to tackle homelessness and drug abuse

Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed. Photograph:  20th Century Fox

Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are getting the big-budget movie treatment, and so are Tetris, Asteroids and Roller Coaster Tycoon

Shane MacGowan of The Pogues performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in 2014. Photograph:  Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Pogues singer (57) injured after he reportedly fell ‘doing a complicated dance move’

Remaining One Direction members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

It’s a tough week to be a One Direction fan

The character of Daenerys Targaryen, voiced by Emilia Clarke, in a scene from Telltale's Game of Thrones, episode five

Gaming: The fifth episode of Game of Thrones is about to be released by the king of episodic gaming, Telltale, but, despite the gr(...)

Before and after: ‘They offer to do balayage, and I nod and pretend I know what that is.’ Photographs: Dave Meehan

When you’ve had the same hairstyle since you were three, it takes courage – or terrified indecision – to agree to a hair makeover (...)

Hans Zomer, Director, Dochas; Vanina Trojan, Plan Ireland, Programme Co-ordinator; David Dalton, CEO Plan Ireland and Yvonne Lennox, World Travel Centre and event sponsor. Photograph: Dochas

Five development programmes were nominated for the recent Dochas award, with Plan Ireland taking the title home

Cinema-goers love Jurassic World and Harry Potter, but our film reviewers usually take a dim view of the movies that make the most(...)

Minion magic: Rosie Comerford (6), Aaron O'Flaherty (9), Jack O'Flaherty (7) pictured with Kevin, Stuart and Bob to launch the Minions-themed family fun zone at Taste Of Dublin this weekend

The masterchefs and celebrity foodies at Taste of Dublin may have met their match when the minions check in for a special appearan(...)

Enjoying a post-nuclear sunset in Fallout 4, the upcoming open world RPG developed by Bethesda Game Studios

The first official trailer for the new Fallout 4 has been released, but we have a few weeks to wait for the real information

The character of Evie, above, joins her twin brother Jacob as a playable character in the upcoming release Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

Ubisoft have announced the launch of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate with its first trailer and gameplay walkthroughs and, at last, yo(...)

The 22-year-old singer revealed that he is leaving the band days after dropping out of One Direction's live tour

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Priced at €19.99 in Early Access, Victor Vran’s game play just isn’t innovative enough, says Emer Sugrue

If you want to relax after a hard day of work, then Dying Light is not the game for you: it’s terrifying - and frustrating

The small games market is getting a far too easy ride with reviewers, writes Emer Sugrue, and if we don’t toughen up the whole sec(...)

The Assassin's Creed glitch: no, Arno's face wasn't designed to be invisible

We grew up thinking of game testing as a dream job, but the truth is we are all game testers now and we’re paying for the privileg(...)

Video games have long been blamed for turning gamers into zombies, but some developers are turning this idea on its head with grea(...)

Development teamTurtle Rock Studios celebrated getting their game to market with a great new teaser trailer (and a team haircut fo(...)

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Career path: first and foremost, it has to be something you love. Photograph: YinYang/Vetta/Getty Images

Many college leavers believe the employment market is worse than it actually is, and are missing opportunities

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