Demand for Irish passports is at a record level with applications up 8.5 per cent year on year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

DFA secretary general says staff share public’s frustration unanswered phone calls

Doc Coyle, Don Burton, Taylor Burton, Kyle Konkiel, Don Burton Jr., Tommy Vext, John Boecklin, Chris Cain with the $250,000 cheque.

US heavy metal band Bad Wolves aim to raise €1m for family of Cranberries singer

The  Trial of Roger Casement by Sir John Lavery: The evidence for Casement’s homosexuality is contained in the notorious “Black Diaries” which were circulated  during his trial in 1916. Photograph courtesy of Royal Irish Academy.

Roger Casement likely to be among those Leo Varadkar was paying homage to in Dáil

Alcohol Action Ireland says that 900 people in Ireland develop cancer every year as a result of alcohol dependency.

Committee hears the European Commission raised no objection to plan

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has strongly criticised the Trump administration’s treatment of child immigrants on the Mexico border. File photograph:  Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Separating children from parents as part of border controls ‘immoral and shocking’

Prof Brendan Kelly said there was ‘no evidence base’ that any medication would work in the case of gaming addiction. Photograph: iStockphoto

Gaming addiction can lead to ‘profound social isolation’, says Prof Brendan Kelly

File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Abortion vote: Bishop of Kilmore Dr Leo O’Reilly says church no longer dominant in society

Members of a syndicate from Stakelum’s Hardware Store in Thurles, Co Tipperary  collected a €17million EuroMillions cheque at National Lottery headquarters on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Members of syndicate from Stakelum’s Hardware in Thurles each receive €531,250

THe weather looks like it will be cloudy for Bloomsday on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Temperatures may reach 25 degrees next week but ‘huge uncertainty’ remains

Waves crash over the lifeguard hut at Silver Strand in Galway during Storm Hector. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Storm resulted in the strongest gusts ever recorded in Northern Ireland in June

Storm Hector is  scheduled to make landfall on Wednesday night off the west coast.  File photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Met Éireann says the storm could be ‘nasty’, with gusts of up to 125 km/h expected

The GAA said a sea change is coming in its approach to participation at under-age level. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Oireachtas committee hears children dropping out because they can’t get games

People play a game of cards at the beach on Bull Island on a sunny day near Dublin this weekend. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Most of Ireland has had little or no rain over the last three weeks

The exterior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Dublin City Council says €14m sale is ‘once-off opportunity’ to develop inner-city area

Great buzz: Paul Howard with his beehive in Avoca, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paul Howard collects drones - the stinging type. State Pathologist Marie Cassidy dances. And Twitter MD Sinead McSweeney is a dab (...)

Inland Fisheries officers assess the death toll in Claremorris

Brown trout and other species killed in prime spawning tributary of Robe River

“The only local authorities building houses are local authorities down the country.” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Senior official says higher-rise and smaller apartments the only way to reduce costs

 Peter Stringfellow with dancers  during a photocall in 2006 at his new club in Dublin. Photograph: PA Wire

Lap dancing club in Dublin dogged by delays and protests from the beginning

In one incident, a man in his 40s who has yet to be named died while swimming near Portumna, Co Galway. Meanwhile, John Early (56), died suddenly after he had been swimming near Terryglass, Co Tipperary. Both locations are towards the north of Lough Derg, above. File photograph: Google Maps

John Early dies after swimming near Terryglass; a man in his 40s dies near Portumna

Then taoiseach Seán Lemass with president Éamon de Valera, Dr Thomas Morris and Cardinal Dalton (left). Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Then taoiseach felt son-in-law should not relinquish business associations for politics

Seapoint is the place to be as swimmers cool off in the hot weather. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The heat is on: Leaving and Junior Certificate students to grapple with pressure in the sun

Marian Keyes: “Say what you like about me but my books are funny. What more can I do to qualify?” Photograph: Alan Betson

Keyes slams ‘sexist imbalance’ of Wodehouse prize, which only three women have won

Kentucky rockers speak about their Irish tour and their new album

The Aga Khan with Shergar after the Irish Sweeps Derby.

‘Southside Provo’ Kieran Conway says equine abduction a ‘good stroke’ for the IRA

A sunny day on the boardwalk in Dublin. The recent good weather is forecast to continue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Temperatures have reached 25 degrees in several places as growth improves for farmers

Members of the old IRA fire volleys at the funeral, in September 1938, of Edward Keegan, an Irish Volunteer who was dismissed from the advertising department of ‘The Irish Times’ for going to fight in the Easter Rising. The paper has bought his 1916 medal to put on permanent display in the foyer. Photograph courtesy of his granddaughter Joan Pinhorn

Taoiseach believed IRA bombing campaign in 1939 masterminded by British agents to scupper partition talks

Undated photograph of Éamon de Valera (right) meeting Winston Churchill. Photograph: Royal Irish Academy/PA Wire

Lemass on the Treaty ports: Britain handed back ports under mistaken belief radar alone could detect German submarines

From left, Jack Lynch, minister for industry and commerce, Terence O’Neill, prime minister of Northern Ireland, Frank Aiken, minister for external affairs, and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Iveagh House, Dublin, in February 1965. Photograph: Joe Clarke

Seán Lemass: Historic meeting uncovered ‘bare, hard-rock prejudices’

A cartoon about Irish neutrality, published in the ‘Evening Standard’ in November 1940. Illustration: David Low

Lemass went to extraordinary lengths to ensure Ireland got supplies of tea and petrol during the second World War

John F Kennedy in the Dáil during his visit to Ireland 1963: a joke he made fell flat with president Éamon De Valera.

The US president’s visit to Ireland was a ‘tremendous success’ – except for one part

The Queen Mother, a noted horse-racing fan, spent years trying to wrangle an invitation to the event. Photograph: Chris Harris/PA

Royal was eager to attend but prospect of official visits exercised former taoiseach

Taoiseach Sean Lemass,  minister for industry and commerce Jack Lynch and Department of Finance  secretary TK Whitaker leaving for London for a meeting with British prime minister Harold Wilson in November 1964.  Photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Stonewalling ended when Harold Wilson took power in 1964 and revealed location of body

Seán Lemass addresses an election rally in Dublin in 1943. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty Images

The old Sinn Féin had collected ‘all sorts of queer cranks’ with ‘people making speeches in favour of vegetarianism and the single(...)

Taoiseach Seán Lemass setting off a charge in a pit face to mark the opening of Tynagh Mines, Co Galway, in November 1963. With him were David Fitzgerald (centre), mine superintendent, and PJ Hughes, chairman, Irish Base Metals Ltd. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

Seán Lemass tapes: 1958 plan to reverse protectionism and open Ireland up to foreign investment had a galvanising effect on the ec(...)

From left: Taoiseach Seán Lemass, minister for industry and commerce Jack Lynch, and TK Whitaker, secretary of the Department of Finance, at Dublin Airport on their way to London for a meeting with British prime minister Harold Wilson  in November 1964 on the imposition of the British import surcharge on Irish goods. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Seán Lemass tapes: Still regarded as Ireland’s greatest taoiseach, Lemass missed the pleasures of cards and golf and going to race(...)

From left: Dr Thomas Morris, archbishop of Cashel, president Éamon de Valera, Cardinal John D’Alton and taoiseach Seán Lemass at Dr Morris’s consecration at Thurles Cathedral in February 1960. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Lemass believed his row with the bishop of Galway led to his ‘enormous vote’ in the 1944 general election

Portrait of Seán Lemass in Leinster House.

Seán Lemass on . . . the British, colleagues, world leaders . . .

Seán Lemass and Éamon de Valera at a memorial mass for Michael Collins in Dublin Castle in June 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Unstinting admiration for Fianna Fáil leader’s early achievements turned to frustration and anger as an aging de Valera clung to p(...)

Gardaí in Dublin have issued an e-fit description of a man who allegedly sexually assasulted a woman and then ran away when he was disturbed by passers-by.

Man pushed woman against car near Harold’s Cross but ran away when couple passed

Passengers at Dublin Airport were left perplexed on Friday morning when an evacuation alarm malfunctioned.   File photograph: Kate Geraghty.

Passengers left perplexed as warning sounds for 20 minutes from 6.30am in terminal

No 30 Meryln Road

Derelict homes converted for social housing while an empty D4 house has been sold on in a win-win for builder and council

 Grainia Long, chief executive, ISPCC at the launch of the ISPCC annual report in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Big increase in children accessing Childlline service via live web chat service

A Q&A session at the second meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly  considering the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, in January 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People who took part in the Citizens’ Assembly describe how they feel after the repeal of the Eighth Amendment

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Assembly was a portent of shifting public attitudes on abortion

Minister for Culture Joespha Madigan at the  count centre in Citywest in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ballot box at Ballinteer National School returned one of highest Yes votes at 83.6%

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gestures at Dublin Castle shortly before the official result of the abortion referendum is announced on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

In a suburb of Hartstown one polling box had was 82% in favour of Repeal

Votes are counted at the Citywest count centre in Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some the new housing estates in the constituency returned Yes vote of more than 80%

Presiding Officer Carmel McBride looks on as a voter casts their vote in Inishbofiin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire

Dublin City Council added almost 20,000 to register for abortion referendum vote

Master Chris Thackaberry at the Grand Orange Lodge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Chris Thackaberry says abortion vote is a matter of individual conscience

This corn snake was found in the garden of a house in   south Tipperary  by a woman who was out cutting grass.

Corn snake ‘very stressed and not eating’ and now going to a snake specialist

 The use of mobile phones and tablets in school will be an issue requiring consultation with parents and students

New Bill also mandates schools to consult over how complaints are dealt with

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old student was abducted on Saturday evening

Search for 24-year-old continued after gardaí shot dead suspected abductor

Kurdish activist Nurcan Baysal was presented with the 2018 Global Laureate award by the Front Line Defenders organisation on Friday. Photograph: Front Line Defenders.

Front Line Defenders’ patron lavishes praise on those who work ‘in the face of repression’

Extra security will be in place for the remaining  Ed Sheeran concerts in the Phoenix Park.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fans claim there was only one entrance and exit into standing area on Wednesday night

Firefighters attend to a gorse fire on Caggigoona commons, Kilmacanogue in Bray, Co Wicklow on Friday morning. Photograph: Declan Mallen

‘The sky was orange,’ says local resident who was woken by smoke in early hours

Bomb survivor Wendy Doherty whose mother, Colette, died, with her son Tiler at the 44th anniversary ceremony of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Talbot St. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Information disclosed to relatives of those killed in Dublin and Monaghan bombings

Mick Jagger was a surprise guest at the third day of the test cricket match between Ireland and Pakistan at Malahide on Sunday. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Stringent security in place for the latest leg of their No Filter tour

Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones  arrive in Dublin Airport on Saturday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Mick Jagger a surprise guest at the Ireland-Pakistan cricket match at Malahide on Sunday

The assassination of Henry Wilson attracted international attention, with the  cover of the French magazine Le Petit Journal running an artist’s impression on a 1922 edition. Image: Getty

Pension file letter sheds new light on the killing of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson

 More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin last year. File photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Contagion of hope event raises more than €4 million for Pieta House charity

Slayer: farewell tour

3Arena concert on November 1st will see Slayer reign in blood for one last time

John Haughey: newly released pension file  sheds light on the devastating illness which left him an invalid

John Haughey’s multiple sclerosis left the family in difficult circumstances

John Haughey was eventually diagnosed with MS in 1933.

Newly released files reveal how John Haughey striken by multiple sclerosis

Heavy rain is expected across the country on Thursday night and Friday morning. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Temperatures are forecast to be below average with heavy rain forecast on Friday

Liverpool players celebrate with a banner supporting Liverpool fan Sean Cox who was severly injured during clashes ahead of the first leg match during the UEFA Champions League semi final. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA.

Liverpool fan was violently assaulted before Champions League semi-final on April 25th

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain.

TV presenter moves to clarify controversial remarks made on his Sunday programme

 Baltic Day celebrations in Temple Bar: Ireland has one of the highest percentages of foreign-born nationals in the EU, at 810,000 people or some 17.3 per cent of all residents. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Neale Richmond says immigrants will soon account for one-fifth of those living in State

Sir John French. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In May 1918, French was appointed Lord Lieutenant in Ireland

Ulster Tower, in  the Somme valley, France. File photograph: myLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Stephen Cluxton lays wreath to pay tribute to Irish who died in the first World War

Kendija Azgina (8)  and Arya Conway (5) enjoy Baltic Day celebrations  in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian culture and heritage is showcased in Dublin

Laurel Lodge: the man was arrested near the Dublin shopping centre

Man to appear in court charged with public order offences

Sisters Saoirse May (6) and Eibhlin Jane (2) O’Hanlon from Lucan enjoying the bank holiday weather on Monday in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Highs of 23 degrees to give way to wind and rain for the rest of the week

Emergency services were alerted to the casualty at around 11am on Monday, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

Runner in his 50s collapsed at around the sixth mile of the race’s course

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them at Finglas Garda station (01-6667500), the Garda confidential line (1800-666-111) or any Garda station.

Man in 30s dies in hospital after motorcycle collides with pole

Robert  Peston on ‘Peston on Sunday’. Photograph: ITV

TV presenter Robert Peston makes the claim during interview with Jacob Rees-Mogg

Historian and broadcaster Peter Barton, who has written several books and made documentaries about the first World War

Reports of desertions and attempted mutinies emerge from German intelligence reports

The man was involved in the collision at Dunsink Park (above), Finglas, at approximately 3pm. An ambulance and paramedics rushed to the scene. File photograph: Google Street View

Man in his mid-30s fatally injured when his vehicle hit a pole in Finglas

Banners created by British artist Ed Hall

Banners of protest and revolution go on display at Liberty Hall as part of Mayfest

The Shine a Light on Summer Festival takes place over the weekend at five lighthouses – Fanad Head in Donegal; Hook, the world’s oldest working lighthouse in Wexford (above); Loop Head; and on the islands of Rathlin in Co Antrim and Valentia in Co Kerry.

Events include Ed Sheeran gigs in Cork and Temple Bar celebration of Baltic Day

Ross Keane, director of the Irish Film Institute (IFI) with members of the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society at the launch of the Irish Independence Film Collection, a culturally significant collection of Irish newsreel material from the period 1900 to 1930.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

Irish Film Institute brings together 150 films from 1900 to 1930, showing key events of Irish history

Marketing students from DIT Aungier Street soak up the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephens Green last month.Photograph: Alan Betson

Most parts of the country will enjoy sunshine with highs of 21 degrees expected

Photograph: @SoftWash.ie

Incident occured at rush hour in Co Kildare

John McGuirk: “We support terminations as far as practicable when a mother’s life is at risk.” Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Group has difficulty with ‘vague wording in legislation’ concerning mental health

The gathering heard that abortion would not be allowed “in any circumstances” once the foetus reaches viability.

Irish legislation cannot be described as being ‘like the abortion law in Britain’, says expert

The editors of the four volumes of the Cambridge History of Ireland, professors James Kelly, Jane Ohlmeyer, Brendan Smith and Thomas Bartlett at the book’s launch in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Higgins praises four-volume series as ‘riposte’ to those who do not value history

Anne Maher, artistic director and co-founder of Ballet Ireland, with Prof Marie Cassidy, right, the State Pathologist and a keen proponent of ballet, at a fundraising lunch in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Marie Cassidy says dance once a week helps her cope with her ‘gruesome’ work

The four members of the band, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjórn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad issued a press release on Friday afternoon.

Band describe recording new music ‘like time has stood still’

Sebastian Rowley (L) and David Stepka (R), both 13) were last seen on April 26th.

Gardaí thank the public for their help in finding the teenagers

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: The decision to hive off the orchestra to the State is being opposed by the Trade Union Group  in RTÉ.  Photograph: RTÉ

Helen Boaden proposal RTÉ cease funding NSO and State step in welcomed by board

John Wilson, principal of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Broadcaster ‘should only fund National Concert Orchestra’

The meeting in Ballaghaderreen to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland on May 5th, 1918, was addressed by Éamon de Valera and Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Dillon. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images
1918 timeline

Women get the vote, deadly flu kills millions, Sinn Féin gains at the ballot box, and war finally ends

A guide to historical happenings around the country this year

Private George Edwin Ellison was the last recorded British fatality of the war.  He was 40, from Leeds, and left a widow and a four-year-old son.

News of the Armistice on November 11th, 1918, was greeted with joy, disbelief and heartbreak

Ashbourne in Co Meath where the attack took place. The suspect fled the scene in the direction of Dublin following the assault. Photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí suspect broad-daylight assault on victim is linked to a feud in the locality

A screengrab from a video provided by Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan purporting to show her party’s posters for the abortion referendum being removed.

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan gives video to gardaí showing posters being removed in Limerick

An Post’s latest figures  show an increase in revenue of 1.2 per cent to €840 million in 2017. The company made a profit of €8.4 million against losses of €12.4 million in 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company has ‘achieved a major turnaround’ after previously hinting at 2,000 job cuts

Fr Joseph Mallin in 2006 at his father’s cell on the 1916 landing in Kilmainham Gaol where he visited his father on the  May 8th, 1916 , the day he was executed for his command of the Irish Citizens Army in the St Stephens Green area during the Easter Rising. Fr Malin was aged two  at the time and remembers the visit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Joseph Mallin died on Easter Sunday at the age of 104

Photograph: iStock

Parents shocked after anti-abortion group Family & Life targets girl (15) for up to €1,500

Many State facilities are not respectful of residents ‘ privacy, dignity and autonomy’. Photograph: iStock

Inspector says State facilities fail to respect privacy and dignity of many residents

Marketing students from DIT Aungier Street, soak up the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephens Green as fine weather finally breaks the long grey spell. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Highs of 18 degrees expected on Friday and Saturday

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