Gerry Adams (left) with the BBC’s Andrew Marr

Outgoing SF leader says he has never distanced himself from IRA

Three ibises in flight  on Wednesday at Bunihinly Bog, Co Westmeath. Photograph:  David Fallon

Glossy ibis and whitetailed eagle spotted in Irish midlands

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the East Coast. The story fascinated a public obsessed with meteorological matters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meteorology matters as four stories on Hurricane Ophelia appear in the top-10 list

Taffic pictured in Dublin’s College Green. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Brian Hayes says Government needs to support Opposition stance

 Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry will present RTÉ Six One News, starting in January

All the main news anchors on RTÉ One will be women following reshuffle

Keelin Shanley (left) and Caitriona Perry

Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry to replace Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheolain

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Luas cancelled and schools closed on Tuesday morning; Gusts continue but will fade overnight

Former Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Power ran unsuccessfully as an independent for a Dáil seat in last election

National house prices have risen by 47 per cent since low point in 2013

Minister for Housing plans new licencing system for Airbnb

A colleague confirmed that I am not the only one, reporting that he had visited an unspecified German retailer for potatoes and left with a pair of night-vision goggle

Paddy Logue: I built up a large collection of items that Lidl, Aldi and Ikea decided I wanted long before I knew I needed them

“It’s been many years since I stopped being a dedicated, unashamed smoker, but I still miss them.” Photograph: iStock

Paddy Logue: I gave up many years ago and I’m glad. But still I miss it

What will Conor McGregor’s son think of his father when he looks this vile spectacle up on YouTube in a few years’ time? Photograph: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Patrick Logue: Dubliner’s onstage antics give voice to racist and misogynistic ideas

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: an early riser and proud of it. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Public discourse has never been so heavy with innuendos and euphemisms

Members of the Cabinet Francis Fitzgerald, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar  and Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Collins

Micheál Martin says Sunday Independent pensions story ‘ludicrous’

 Columnist Kevin Myers will no longer write for ‘The Sunday Times’ following the publication of a piece   containing offensive remarks about Jewish people. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Column removed as newspaper issues apology over piece about gender pay gap

Phil Hogan: It beggars belief to see the inconsistency from the UK side

Phil Hogan: UK still has to come to terms with negotiating mandate

Nearly half a million adults are still living at home with their parents, according to the 2016 Census. Photograph: The Irish Times

Men account for majority (58.6%) of adults still living at home, according to data for 2016

People filling up containers at a “temporary water station” in Ballsgrove, Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Normally we would barely nod in the street, but the need for water brought us together

People queuing for water in Termonabbey on the outskirts of Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More problems may happen in future as asbestos cement pipe needs to be replaced

No cars go: the University of Groningen’s Academy Building. The  city has a student population of 30,000 – and  a car population of zero. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Radical thinking has made the Dutch city of Groningen a heaven for pedestrians and cyclists

Ed Sheeran ’has done wonders for the reputation of boys with red hair and he’s Irish (sort of). What’s not to like?’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Paddy Logue: His music isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but the ire he inspires is over the top

Tastes like a bubble: Cracked Nut’s algae-infused latte

Paddy Logue: Who else would queue overnight to pay €500,000 for ordinary-looking houses?

“We are not sure how the hedgehog got into our little suburban garden, it being surrounded by 6ft walls”

Patrick Logue: An encounter in the garden had me researching these spiky characters

Latest house price index reports €2,000 rise per month

Caitriona Perry was asked to “come here” by the US president during the press event   during Mr Trump’s phone call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

RTÉ Washington Correspondent told to ‘come here’ by Donald Trump

There’s always one: but would you wear shorts to the office?

Do you wear shorts to the office when the sun comes out?

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation joins the  Teachers’ Union of Ireland in recommending rejection of the pay deal

INTO opposes public sector deal over ‘inadequate’ provisions for lower-paid teachers

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly: last seen in Offaly in 1995

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly a ‘rare and beautiful creature’

As a parent, the scariest feeling that has emerged in the days leading up to the exams is that feeling of helplessness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has been a battle to keep the household stress at bay, a battle I am not sure we’ve won

Who will be marking the State exams? urgent appeal issued for markers

Authorities issue appeal to working, retired and newly qualified teachers

Dublin’s best known gay bar, the George, was vandalised with offensive graffiti overnight. Photograph: Dan Lloyd/The Irish Times

Man in his 20s detained after the Dublin gay bar was defaced with homophobic graffiti

The Teflon Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA/iStock

Out of the frying pan: The ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ was a household name in the 1990s

Liberty Hall in Dublin City Centre has been purchased a business controlled by US president Donald Trump

Trump International Holdings to build 32-storey structure

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at a press conference announcing that Stephen Donnelly was joining the  party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Poll puts FF in best position in six years of B&A poll

 File photograph of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Administrative error’ made by a staff member in the HSE’s National Counselling Service

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar speaking during a live recording of the Inside Politics podcast

Minister says new SF position on coalition is ‘planned’

Martin McGuinness leaves Stormont Castle on Monday evening after resigning as Deputy First Minister. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Guide to the Northern Ireland Assembly

Keep your bottle: rule number one for the reluctant exerciser is to cut out the mid-week treats and booze

Extreme measures must be taken as the reluctant exerciser heads into Christmas

Brian Stack who was Chief Prison Officer at Portlaoise Prison in the Irish Republic was shot in Dublin in 1983.

Gerry Adams at odds with Stack family about names

While Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry recorded rainfall of 105 per cent of normal levels in October, the month in many other places was one of the driest in decades. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rest of country extremely dry last month, Met Éireann figures show

Victor Meldrew, from the TV show One Foot in the Grave, and the poster boy for grumpy old men everywhere

Unexpected items in the bagging area, verified by Visa - the list of everyday annoyances is long....

The last Manchester United players I can still really remember are the likes of Jesper Olsen, Norman Whiteside, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel, who is still playing – I think. Photograph: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

It’s been a tough year for people who have no interest at all in sport

“Apparently, and I have this straight from the little horse’s mouth, the golden rule is: short story, long snuggle. Long story, long snuggle”

Who better to ease your little ones into sleep than Roald Dahl, who would have turned 100 this weekend

“No problem, sir. (Reads from laminate.) All answers you give will be recorded, parsed, analysed and used to turn you into a liar in the event of you buying a policy from us and daring to make a claim for anything.”

I hit the phones in earnest and found myself ringing some of those numbers you hear advertised on the radio over and over again

Cost of returning to work amounts to 90% of potential earnings, report notes

The smoking train carriage is seen at Clongriffin station on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Paddy Logue/The Irish Times

Passengers forced to leave train after smoke seen billowing from underneath a carriage

In the six months since fixed-charge fines were introduced, 577 cyclists were caught out. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The cycling lobby does itself no favours by engaging in tribal finger-pointing in an effort to excuse bad cycling behaviour

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Some 950,000 of us are mad as hell at you

Mr Inappropriate. Photograph: Thinkstock

Once a week, office workers say to themselves ‘ah feck it, I couldn’t be bothered making an effort today’

What’s so funny? Photograph: Thinkstock

In the jokeless world of 2016, humour is practically banned for fear of offending

Photograph: Thinkstock

Almost 25 years after that summer, I still listen to those tapes

Cycling can be as tough or gentle as you like, but you need some discipline. Photograph: Thinkstock

Tried walking, hill-walking, running, hill-running, swimming and going-to-the-gym-ing, and hated them all? Now try cycling

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Mattie McGrath TD, at the Liam Lynch Commemoration at Newcastle , Co Tipperary on April 10th. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

FF leader takes swipe at FG and Labour over ‘Irish Water fiasco’

Members of the Graveside Honour Guard drawn from the 91st Cadet Class during the 1916 Leaders Commemoration Ceremony at the Arbour Hill Cemetery last year. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says Sinn Féin pretending 1916 exhibition is independent

The Grand Hotel

On a random family trip to Malahide, everything – but everything – was grand

Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

If you are over 40, using Snapchat feels a bit like walking into a kids’ disco and telling a joke

Commuter life: ‘Leave in the dark, come home in the dark, eat something easy and quick, put the kids to bed, go to bed. Do it all over again.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For long-distance commuters, Monday to Friday can be a write-off in terms of quality time with the family

Who is Enda Kenny?

How old is Micheál Martin and other key questions Irish voters are asking Google

Patrick Logue and all the family  head for Termonfeckin beach on Christmas morning, come hail rain or snow. In 2010 actually was snow on the beach.

Our annual dunk has no charity element, which lends it a tremendous air of integrity

‘The boy’s eyes welled up with tears and his bottom lip protruded slightly. And is it any wonder?’ Photograph issued by the Irish Defence Forces

Did he leave his family behind? Did he get to say goodbye to his grandparents, or had he watched them succumb to the water too?

Photograph: Thinkstock

Many people have a negative seagull story, but crows have maintained their integrity

Fine Gael and Labour are now attempting to frantically sprinkle some magic pixie dust on the nation ahead of the 2016 general election

My question for candidates in the forthcoming election is simple: ‘Has anything really changed?’

Sometimes it gets out of hand and the teams start fighting, or as the TV commentators say, ‘passions run high’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Our Spanish student, Pablo, knows nothing about the Gaaah. So I try to fill him in . . .

Photograph: Thinkstock

It is the responsibility of men and the parents of men to change male behaviour

‘I sought vindication online for my penchant for a nice piece of steak, cut fresh from the beast, sizzled in the pan long enough so that it is singed on the outside and still red on the inside.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Follow my Gimme More plan for a healthier life. Possibly

‘Amid the thunderous roar of the engines, you could tell the passengers were gritting their teeth and clenching their buttocks.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

As the engines roared and we surged back up into the air, I planned my funeral

A Renault 4: ‘There wasn’t much to separate the passengers from the engine. This was a great feature in the winter’

I’ve owned lots of cars, but none is more fondly remembered than my French ‘leg end’

Mark Little: no certainty of what he will do next

Former RTÉ correspondent founded social media agency in 2010

‘An underpinning principle of the cycle was that nobody be left behind.’ Above, cyclists participating in the Console charity cycle. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

It was heartening to see a group of Irish people working together with common purpose on a recent charity cycle from Celbridge to (...)

‘I ran out of room in the attic years ago.’ Photograph: Getty Images

My wallet, car boot and attic are all victims of my weakness for accumulating rubbish

‘I cried at the moment each of my three children was born. It took me completely by surprise when it happened the first time.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

I’ve cried at the end of In the Name of the Father . . . when Spain beat Ireland in Euro 2012 . . . when my children were born . .(...)

‘Jean Byrne is donning her Sisters of Mercy concert-going garb. A nation holds its breath as the sponsor message plays out’

The Met Éireann bulletin is like one big security blanket for the nation

An invited audience listens to questions from politicians as part of the banking inquiry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Irish public life loves an inquiry, a report, a taskforce or a review. How about a commission of investigation or an announcement (...)

‘Sometimes my children feel the brunt of somebody annoying me at work, the fact that the car has broken down, that I’ve put on weight or have a hangover. It happens. It doesn’t make me a bad parent.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

During a chat with my son about the dangers of alcohol, I caught myself looking for a wine refill. The more I thought about it, th(...)

Five more years: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron waves as he arrives with his wife Samantha at Number 10 Downing Street this morning. Photograph: Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

Cameron, the DUP, the resignations, the shock of it all...

‘At a dinner party, “lovely” prawns dripping in garlic butter were served up. Herself gave me that knowing glance across the table, partly sympathetic, partly delighted at my predicament.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

My better half has made it her life’s work to get me to eat fish bodies and slimy matter from shells. She will not succeed

He has licked pretty much every plate in the house. We wrestle with him on the ground and he pretends to attack us. I often talk t(...)

Is your salary spoken for two days after you get paid? Photograph: Thinkstock

Has the economic crash brought out an occasional bitter streak in you that is hard to shake it off? You are not alone

‘I eventually settled on a navy one with white polka dots’

The seemingly simple task of buying a new shirt leads one man down a path of indecision, humiliation and self-loathing

Sister Teresa (Johanna Mary O’Dwyer)

Remembering Sister Teresa

While not reaching boomtime peaks, sales of Mercedes and other luxury cars increased significantly last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

High-end brands like BMW, Mercedes and Porsche record significant sales increases

 “If you are a commuter you will share the love/hate relationship with your mode of transport. Train users, particularly, are a breed apart.”

‘Commuting puts you in contact with all sorts of people, some of them a little strange’

Hallelujah: the singing Co Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly, in the video that went viral

Wars and water charges don’t make the list but a singing priest, Kim Jong Un, Garth Brooks and Peaches Geldof do

Michael Noonan: I’ve defined what the squeezed middle is in money terms. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance confirms marginal tax rate will fall if Government re-elected

Hashtag was the least favoured word in our poll that has been running since last Thursday

Thousands voted and commented on the language they hated most

‘GCHQ director Robert Hannigan argued democratic governments and big tech companies needed to come to a “new deal” to help combat that kind of terrorism and protect everybody else in the world.’ Above, British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Photograph: EPA/GCHQ / Crown copyright

Opinion: ‘The big tech companies – Facebook, Google and others – have a lot to prove to their customers in the wake of the Edward (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, at the press conference in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Coalition promised a ‘democratic revolution’

Tractors on main street: rural Ireland - to know it is to love it.

All this talk of ploughing got us thinking about how unique rural Ireland is

Tellers struggle with tiredness during the count in  Ingleston Hall,  in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Here’s what happened overnight...

It’s that time of the year again... File photograph: Frank Miller

One minute it’s beers on the patio and the next you’re hunting for a bale of briquettes

St John’s College Ballyfermot students very happy with their Leaving Cert Results last year...  from left Dean Hogarty, Luke Noonan, Eoin de Lecy, Nathan Doyle, Robert Swaine, Jordan Doyle Mathew Murphy Kalim Teeling and Dean Cullins.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two of our resident old fogies look on the bright side of life on the eve of results day

2Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald pictured at a press conference today after the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Review follows report by Seán Guerin into Garda malpractice which was critical of the department

My friend Oliver and I would often cycle to Pat’s Supermarket in Laytown for 99s (with lots of sprinkles) – weather and inclination allowing, of course. If it happened to be a Monday we would sometimes stock up on cans of Fosters lager, bold teenagers that we were.

A recipe for fun in the sun in Meath

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking during a television interview at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar Co Mayo today.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach says Gilmore position matter for Labour party in wake of election losses

Fine Gael facing ‘internecine battle’ as Sinn Féin poised to make gains

A screen grab of the orginal Telegraph article posted earlier today.

Telegraph top 20 British novels features five Irish authors

It’s easy to find excuses not to go running: putting the gear on and getting out the door is the hardest part

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