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/Rollingews.ie

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

Birr Castle, Co Offaly. Three executions at the castle feature in the latest documents released by the Military Service Pensions Collection. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Latest tranche includes documents on a 10-year-old combatant in the conflict

Senior archivist Cécile Gordon, project manager of the Military Service Pensions Collection, and Capt Daniel Ayiotis in the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Military archive reveals mother of medical student executed in 1920 was refused pension

Malachy McCourt

Military pension file for Malachy McCourt, bad dad of Angela’s Ashes, comes to light

Dan Breen as pictured in a wanted poster issued by police.

Marian Tobin provided safe house following ambush which started War of Independence

Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, July 31st, 1917. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Meath-born poet and soldier was killed 100 years ago at Battle of Passchendaele

Mildred Darcy  and Satya Darcy with their son son Kirin Darcy

Mildred Darcy (38) and her son Kirin Darcy (2) died in Dubai last month

An airline spokesman said the cause of the technical fault is still being investigated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Passengers reported fumes coming from the cockpit

Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige speaks at a 2004 event in Madrid. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Church has purchased 1,200-capacity venue in south Dublin despite having just 87 Irish members recorded by census

The attempted assassination of Prince Alfred by Henry O’Farrell

The Prince and the Assassin’s story of a mad man’s attempt to kill Victoria’s son and the hysterical over-reaction still resonates(...)

Lenny Abrahamson said men like Weinstein are only able to get away with their actions because ‘people in a position to challenge abuse choose to look the other way’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish film director says he hopes revelations will leave other abusers ‘quaking’

The stamp featuring an image by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is held up outside the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

An Post confirms all 122,000 stamps with iconic image are gone and it will print new stock

A 1 7-year-old  girl was trafficked into Ireland after her brother had sold her for €300 in order for her to be married to an older man.

Nearly two-thirds of reported incidences of people trafficking were subjected to sexual exploitation.

Stretcher-bearers carry a wounded soldier through the mud near Boesinghe during the battle of Passchendaele in Flanders. Photograph: John Warwick Brooke/Getty Images

Review: Nick Lloyd’s Passchendaele: A New History

The Sunbed Association for UK and Ireland said   “responsible” sunbed use poses no threat to people. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Sunbed Association calls out Minister after VAT rate increase on sunbeds in Budget 2018

Dr Gerald Fleming, Met Éireann’s head of forecasting: “We don’t have an operational flood forecast centre which would allow us to predict flooding in any precise way.”

‘It’s about whether or not Mrs Kelly will have a half metre of water in her kitchen’

The Economist Intelligence Unit  report stated that practical support for Irish women returning to work is ‘highly limited’. Photograph: Istock

Many women forced to return to work because of financial strain, international study finds

 The iconic image of Che Guevera which Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick produced a year  after  the revolutionary’s death in 1968

Jim Fitzpatrick says it was ‘honour’ to produce image and praises An Post decision

Christopher Sayers (37), who was gunned down last Thursday.

Foreman Christopher Sayers (37) was shot multiple times by Samuel Perry (44)

President Michael D Higgins has called for a thorough examination of the ‘viciousness’ that was unleashed in Ireland’s Civil War. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Michael D Higgins says conflict ‘destroyed warm relationships’ in his own family

 Artist Jim Fitzpatrick with a promotional image of a stamp featuring his world famous image of Che Guevara.

Prominent Cuban-American radio host calls on An Post to explain its decision

 The award has been described as potentially “transformative” by Niall O’Brien, one of the community activists involved in the grow dome project.

Seven projects selected to receive cash and mentoring supports

Former leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Auditor apologies after row over invitation to former UKIP leader

TCD researcher Collie Ennis holds a false widow spider

TCD researcher Collie Ennis says exaggerated fears and misconceptions surround ‘threat’ of spiders

There are 5,377 Airbnb premises in the Dublin City Council area. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Calls for new laws as fears grow that short-term lettings are squeezing renters out of city centre

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave stands in front of a photograph of his father WT  Cosgrave at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre during its official opening in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

WT Cosgrave’s government was responsible for the execution of 77 anti-Treaty rebels during the Civil War, an action which caused l(...)

The office of Independent TD Thomas Pringle in Killybegs, Co Donegal. Photograph: Thomas Pringle/Facebook

Parts of town badly affected due to swelling river and high tides

Mochi and her record-breaking tongue. Photograph: Kevin Scott Ramos/GWR/PA Wire

St Bernard with 18cm tongue becomes face of ‘Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals’

Last week Ryanair  said it would implement measures to ensure affected passengers were fully aware of their ‘rights and entitlements’. Photograph:: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airline accused of ‘lack of professional conscience’ and only communicating in English with passengers

Danielle McLaughlin: found in a field close to the tourist resort of Canacona in Goa in March

Family of Danielle McLaughlin (28) receive documentation in relation to her killer

False widow spiders.

False widow bites can cause intensely painful swelling and feverishness in humans

Spanish police officers drag a man as they try to disperse voters arriving to a polling station in Barcelona on October 1st. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty

‘It is so humiliating... to see your neighbours, friends and compatriots being beaten like dogs’

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan . Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he now accepts Gardasil helps prevent cervical cancer

Tim Redfern (48), who carried a “free, safe legal” poster, described the Eighth Amendment as a “weeping sore”. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

March for Choice: ‘Free, safe, legal’ is the slogan as thousands muster in Dublin

Repeal the Eighth campaign: March for Choice event proceeds past the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled

Martin Bell said the advent of the internet meant foreign news was being downgraded because it was “not a ratings winner”. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty

Former BBC foreign correspondent expresses concern over ‘celebrification’ of news agenda’

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

Historian praised for ‘almost single-handedly creating the idea of Irish history in Britain’

Dublin Bus. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Bus changes to facilitate new cross-city Luas lines

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

Varadkar says six Garda stations have been identified and ‘they are going to be opened’

 Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary. Britain’s aviation regulator chief said he was ‘furious’ with the airine. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Under-pressure airline warned by British regulator over potential illegal activities

The tournament will be hosted in 13 different cities across the continent in a change to the usual format.   Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg

Convention Centre Dublin chosen for December 2018 event

The Bishop of Derry Dr Donal McKeown said marriage used to make a ‘hugely significant’ transition from the single to married life, but that transition had been devalued. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times.

Cleric says number of co-habiting couples means concept of union has been devalued

Reflections in Lake Matheson  near the Fox Glacier in  New Zealand which  is seeking Irish truck drivers.

‘Relaxed’ Kiwi lifestyle said to be one of the attractions for would-be Irish emigrants

The plane travelled approximately 70 metres and crashed into an electric fence in Mullinahone, Co Tipperary. It blew up and was destroyed. Photograph: AAIU investigation report

Pilot watched as the prop plane travelled towards electric fence before exploding

The pupils of Corduff National School. Photograph: princial Anna McKeown

Republican prisoner who died on hunger strike had a ‘vision for Ireland’

Sinéad Aherne signs autographs for young fans at Malahide homecoming. Photograph ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Cheering crowd of 2,000 turns up to celebrate football final victory over Mayo

On September 25th, 1917, Thomas Ashe died in the Mater Hospitals from complications arising out of a force feeding regime in Mountjoy Prison.   Photograph: National Library of Ireland

‘The funeral was the largest which has been seen in Dublin since that of Mr Parnell’

Dr Eamonn Martin: ‘People preferred to cling on to a history of difference and separation, rather than recognise and embrace our shared story of common suffering.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Martin say fact Catholics and Protestants fought together has been neglected by all sides

Eileen Quinn, Thomas Ashe’s niece, with her son Gregory Quinn at the State commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the centenary of his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The republican’s multifaceted life is remembered 100 years after his death

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