Patrick Mooney moved to America on a graduate internship programme less than a year ago. Photograph: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

Police say woman claims she was ‘sexually assaulted’ in hotel room by several men

Austin Stack  with his mother Sheila and brother Oliver: called the tweet ‘disgusting’ and said Ms Devine should be expelled from Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Máire Devine retweeted anonymous post describing murdered prison officer a ‘sadist’

Lead researcher: “We hope that, if successful in further testing, our research may one day allow doctors to give women more tailored and effective treatments.” File photograph: Getty Images

Analysis reviews effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating aggressive breast cancer

Senator Máire Devine has been suspended from Sinn Féin for what the party referred to as “unacceptable behaviour” on the part of an elected representative. File photograph: The Irish Times

Prison officer Brian Stack shot in 1983 by IRA and subsequently died 18 months after attack

Three recipients of organ donations, Luke Doherty, Val Kennedy, and David Crosby (left to right) at Áras an Uachtaráin.

President Michael D Higgins honours organ donors and recipients at Áras an Uachtaráin

Ireland centre Bundee Aki with his daughter Adrianna at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Rory Best hails ‘incredible’ support during reception at Shelbourne Hotel

Eniade Familoni and Eduardo Hernado (right) from the US. ‘I have no idea what to expect, but a good time.’ Photograph: Jack Power

Foreign visitors enjoy the festivities while a Derry couple fulfil a ‘lifetime ambition’

An Ireland fan shows his support prior to the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Firm claims fault has been resolved and customers should be able to watch Ireland match

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

Father Malachy Finnegan

Catholic Bishop Denis Nulty said he was “deeply ashamed” of priest’s behaviour

Albert Connaughton, owner of Belmont House nursing home in Stillorgan, beside a vacant bed in the facility. “There is a lag, no doubt about it,” he said. Photograph: Jack Power

Private nursing home beds left empty due to ‘disconnect’ with hospitals, say owners

The numbers waiting for a hospital bed have dropped from the record-high of 714 yesterday, to 649 on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Trolley Watch figures fall from record-high of 714, to 649 on Tuesday

Actor Mark Hamill who will be the international guest of honour at the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Star Wars actor will be the Dublin parade’s first ‘international guest of honour’

A Luas tram at College Green, Dublin. Taxis have been banned from travelling south through College Green from 7am to 10am. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Plans to pedestrianise area will create bottlenecks elsewhere, taxi association says

 Attending the anti-abortion press conference on Friday: from left, Áine Kierans, Caroline Simons, Cora Sherlock, Liz Mc Dermott and Katie Ascough. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Anti-abortion group says Govt proposals would introduce ‘extreme abortion regime’

Judge Alan Mahon, chairman of the Planning (or Mahon) Tribunal.

Initial estimates in 2013 placed the potential cost at more than €200m

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Council discussing if site where infant remains found should be forensically examined

A  digger clears snow from a road in Kilteel, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Water restrictions are in place in Dublin from 8pm Tuesday until 6am on Wednesday

Staff at the damaged Lidl store in Tallaght won’t lose their jobs, the company has confirmed. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

‘We won’t let “criminal actions” impact on staff, supermarket chain tells employees

The incident took place at about 10.35pm in the Sheriff Street area. Photograph: Google

The incident took place at about 10.35pm on Monday night in the Sheriff Street area

The collision between the Dublin Bus and the van occurred at the junction of Townsend St and Shaw St in Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Van and Dublin Bus bus, which had no passengers, collide on Townsend Street

Army Private Patrick Macken clears snow to open up a path to Thomas Jones’s farm in Blessington, Wicklow. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Impact keenly felt with hospital overcrowding, flooding and loss of livestock

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones, Co Wicklow

Department promised works at Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath would be finished by November

Restrictions on water supply will be put in place across the Dublin region and neighbouring counties from 7pm on Monday night until 7am on Tuesday. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Overnight limits will likely be in place for a number of weeks following extreme weather

The matter is being investigated as a sudden death, according to the Garda.

Death is not believed to be weather-related after drugs paraphernalia located nearby

A man walks past cleared snow in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Water rationing could be rolled out across the State following restrictions in Dublin

If a homeless family refuse two offers, they lose their “homeless priority”status and will not be offered housing by the local authority for a year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Common refusal reasons are neighbourhood drug problems or distance from family home

Gardaí preserve the scene at the Lidl store in Fortunestown Lane,Tallaght. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Photos

Locals express fear that images of destruction and theft will scare businesses from the area

David Bernie (36) from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, who was charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage at the Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One man charged with theft of €50 of groceries, another with theft of light bulbs and shoe insoles

Member of pro-choice group Rosa at the  launch of the  Time4Choice campaig on  Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ruth Coppinger says pro-choice group concerned about being outspent in referendum

 An airport employee  clears snow at Capodichino airport in Naples, Italy. Photograph: EPA

Some Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and London have been cancelled due to snowfall

A new study has found swimming in the sea increases the risk of ear infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses that cause diarrhoea. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Research suggesting pollution an issue is drawn from 40 studies published since 1960s

 The Save the 8th group launches a new billboard campaign, in Dublin. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Save the 8th says external funding for campaigns is ‘reasonably unregulated’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scouting Ireland chief executive to be called before Oireachtas committee to answer questions

Scouting Ireland: “The safety and protection of all our members and volunteers is of paramount importance to us.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scout body rejects ‘wrongdoing’ claims and says protection of ‘paramount importance’

Scouting Ireland members in the National Museum: Ian Elliott’s “examination of past practice” brought “to light areas of bad management and wrongdoing”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Child safeguarding expert’s report calls for changes in culture of scout organisation

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University: “It is a requirement that only female academic staff teach the female student populace,” says the Department of Education

Lecturers to teach in Saudi Arabia, at world’s biggest women’s college

Fergus O’Dowd TD, chair of the Oireachtas Transport committee, confirmed he  will facilitate requests to bring in officials from the Luas to discuss a number of issues troubling passengers using the service in the capital.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Martin said she was ‘inundated’ with complaints from constituents using the service

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: appealed for funding on behalf of three clubs applying for State capital grants in his Dublin Central constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some successful projects backed by Ministers scored poorly in internal assessment process

Firearm seized by gardaí during the search of a house on Sheriff Street in Dublin

A revolver, ammunition and drugs worth €800 found during search on Sheriff Street

No arrests were made during the operation in Ratoath, Co Meath. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Fake designer handbags, watches and sports clothes recovered in Ratoath, Co Meath

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have all dismissed staff members working overseas following allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have dismissed staff over sexual misconduct abroad

Key labour shortages will have to be fixed  if the Government’s  €115bn National Development Plan is to be successful, the construction industry has warned. File photograph: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

Construction industry issues warnings after Government reveals €115bn strategy

Since April 2017 gardaí have been carrying out roadside drug tests on motorists. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New regime introduced in April allows drivers to be tested for illegal drugs

Research questions whether the widespread use of statins in some low-risk people represents the best use of scarce resources.

‘BMJ’ study finds many taking statins do so as preventative measure against heart attack

Denis Naughten said those engaged in illegal dumping were committing ‘economic and environmental treason’.

Drones will increasingly monitor illegal dumping blackspots to identify culprits

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella with children from Whitecross national school, Julianstown, Co Meath,  at Áras an Uachtaráin, on Monday afternoon. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Sergio Mattarella was speaking during a two-day State visit to Ireland

Carol, a beagle adopted by John McGhee, one of 600 animals rehomed when a animal testing centre closed in Co Mayo

John McGhee said it was a “no brainer” to adopt a beagle when he heard about the pilot project

 University Hospital Galway Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Severe sepsis and septic shock more prevalent among elderly patients, study finds

Overall, the 2018 report gives the Government an overall C- grade in relation to progress on its commitments to children.

Alliance issues a ‘C- grade’ to Government over progress for young people

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said recently that “we see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision”.

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland updates statement condemning FGM three times

Currently, the council can only serve a landlord found to be in breach of standards with an “improvement notice” to take remedial action, followed by a prohibition notice barring them from reletting the property if the improvement works are not carried out. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Dublin City Council calls for €4,000 fine for each day of offence in overhaul of laws

Opposition says clarity needed on planned work permit scheme for asylum seekers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned  the Government does not want any further amendment to the proposed legislation. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Drinks industry calls on TDs to oppose health warnings and advertising restrictions

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said the Bill is a ‘very simple amendment” to include other young children enrolled in school under Tusla’s remit.’ Photograph: iStock

Labour says currently no jurisdiction to intervene where child under six ‘has chronic absenteeism problems’

Government Buildings: just 29 civil servants have asked to be transferred to Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Clear need for a ‘more regionalised Civil Service’, says Ó Cuív

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy has said the amount of uncollected overpayments from the civil service at the end of 2016 was €7.5m. Photograph: Frank Miller

PAC chair says the figure owed is ‘substantially higher’ than previously thought

Up to the start of November 2017 just 1,856 gardaí had received training to carry out new drug-detection tests, out of 13,551 members of the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda expresses concern about low detection figures and issues with testing devices

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said many people with justifiable asylum claims “have suffered greatly and have lost everything” in coming to Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Number granted ‘leave to remain’ status in 2017 stands at 163 – down from 1,201 in 2015

One of the vacant sites identified is land owned by the Central Bank next to its currency centre where bank notes are printed, in Sandyford. Photograph: Google

Two of the sites are owned by Horse Racing Ireland, the other by the Central Bank

Volunteers putting the final touches to “Granby Park”, a pop-up park on the  Dominick Street flats site which opened in August 2013.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

72-unit social housing complex set to be built by 2021, despite planned date in early 2020

A lecture hall in UCD. File photograph: David Sleator

Large number of students received A grade, after a similar ‘past paper’ from previous years was distributed

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) says  receiving Holy Communion directly on the tongue ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season. Photograph: Getty Images

Health service guidelines for churches say practice ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season

Attackers transferred into vehicle from their original getaway car and later set it alight

University of Limerick spent €20.8 million on  private consultants and law firms between 2011 and 2017

University of Limerick hired private consultants to deal with 28 internal complaints and inquiries

DCC are taking legal advice on the current legislation around overcrowding in rental properties, after which they will be making recommendations for changes to the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Deputy chief executive of DCC said ‘much stronger penalties’ were needed to tackle overcrowded properties

One property advertised in an online group, for five tenants who would sleep in the same room as the kitchen and living area.

Housing crisis has led to a surge in illicit rentals, some run by a firm with links to language schools

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 3cm of snow due in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Leitrim

 Mourners pictured outside the family home of Derek Coakley Hutch on Buckingham Street, Dublin on Tuesday  evening for a prayer service for  Hutch who  was shot dead   almost two weeks ago. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Hutch-Kinahan feud casting ‘cloud of fear’ over area, parish priest says

 Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy speaks to the media at the Department of Justice following the conviction of Eamon Cumberton for the murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fourteen murders are suspected to be linked to the feud in under two and a half years

Nine councils did not invest any funds in Traveller housing schemes in 2017, and only seven local authorities drew down the entire amount they were allocated, according to figures from the Department of Housing

Local authorities spent just €4.8m out of available €9m in funding for Traveller housing

The LÉ Eithne  in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Number of refugees rescued by the navy fell from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy

The Public Accounts Committee was told that any dramatic increases in rates would likely be once-off, due to the current long period of time since many properties’ last valuation. Photograph: Getty Images

Firms hit with four-fold rates rises after review, says PAC member FF TD Shane Cassells

School principals waiting to move into new buildings concerned at “indefinite” delays

The Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company set up between six and 10 meetings with politicians for the Church of Scientology

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said ‘the Government decision to close Garda stations was wrong, and the worst case of it in the country was on my doorstep’. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Public accounts committee criticises the move as ‘parish pump’ and ‘stroke politics’

Intreo, social welfare office, near Aungier St, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Sanctions for jobseekers ‘not engaging’ increased from 1,519 in 2012 to 16,451 last year

The team of surgeons in preparing for the transplant discovered a potentially cancerous cyst on the donor kidney. File photograph: Getty Images

Surgeons turn to printed model of donor kidney ahead of father and daughter operation

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall: “serious concerns” that a “fudge” would be reached. Photograph: Eric Luke

St Vincent’s outline they are “awaiting the final legal documents” to conclude the deal

People at the scene of the shooting off Cloverhill road, Ronanstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mourners gather at site of killing believed to be linked to Hutch-Kinahan feud

A woman aged 19 died after being hit by a van in Co Antrim in the early hours of Saturday on the Moneynick Road (above) outside Toomebridge, Co Antrim. File photograph: Google Street View

Man (21) also knocked down early on Saturday is in serious condition in hospital

An Garda Síochána paid out €3.5 million in 2017, and €28 million over the last seven years, the most for personal injury claims among State bodies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces and Prison Service top list for highest payouts

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity on Friday evening in the area to come forward.

Shooting occurred in the Whiterock Drive area of west Belfast

Mia Carlin, who was 16 months old at the time, was brought into hospital on June 24th 2013 with a serious case of chickenpox. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Inquiry hears of delay in antibiotics after child developed sepsis and toxic shock syndrome

Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said this was the fifth worst flu season since 2000. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 hospitalised with pressure on facilities set to continue for several weeks

Joanne Hayes: charges against her were dropped

Cold case review to be undertaken into death of baby found on a Cahersiveen beach

Galway County Council issued a warning to members of the public to avoid coastal routes as flooding was expected, following the high tide this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Salthill Promenade in Galway closed ahead of the expected strong winds and waves

 The Gresham Hotel gave ‘good notice’ of change in policy, Dublin City Council said. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Woman living in hotel with son for 18 months says ‘nowhere is taking people’


Biggest lobbyists at EU level include Facebook, Ibec, Irish Farmers’ Association and Ryanair

Some 251m passenger journeys were recorded between Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and the Luas last year, a 16m rise on the previous year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bus Éireann was the only public transport service to see passenger numbers fall

A 21-year-old man is receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries after being shot on Cherry Orchard Parade (general view above) on Thursday night. File photograph: Google Street View

21-year-old receiving treatment tonight for injuries not believed to be life-threatening

The calm after the storm: Walkers look out at a high swell on Lough Leane near Ross Castle in Killarney on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ESB repair crews reconnected the last customers cut off during the storm on Thursday night

Responding to criticism online the garda account tweeted: “We are trying to get people talking about road safety. We are raising awareness that both actions causes a risk to all road users.” Image: iStock

Poll asked whether cyclists breaking red lights or vehicles parked in cycle lanes was more dangerous

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

Fishermen look out from Glen Pier in  Balliskelligs, Co Kerry, during last October’s Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan.

Highest gust of wind recorded in 2017 was 155km/h in Co Cork during Storm Ophelia

Nursing Homes Ireland’s Tadhg Daly says the full capacity of the nursing home sector should be “utilised” to ensure patients are discharged when ready, and “those who need to get in” have  hospital beds. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nursing Homes Ireland urges patients be discharged to its members’ care facilities

The lorry driver was not injured in the collision in Co Offaly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident on outskirts of Ferbane in Co Offaly

Daryl O’Leary with his wife, Maiara, at their rented apartment on Amiens Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Three young couples tell of the difficulties they have had searching for homes in Ireland

Charities have said a present you do not want could be ideal for someone else. Photograph: Getty

Barnardos and Oxfam shops welcome all types of items for adults and children

Msgr John Delaney who won €500,000 in the Euro Millions Plus draw.

Priest with links to Kennedy clan lands €500,000 lottery win

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