Constable Michael Downing, a long-forgotten casualty of the War of Independence, will be remembered in his native west Cork this weekend. Photograph: supplied by Fachtna O’Donovan

Michael Downing was ‘simply in the wrong place at the wrong time’ when shot in the Liberties

Jim Power will give the oration at this year’s Béal na Bláth commemoration in West Cork. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Economist says his task when speaking atBéal na Bláth will be to link current challenges to his vision

The emergency services were alerted and according to local media, paramedics worked to try and resuscitate the little girl at the scene before she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Photograph: iStock

Emmy Eckert pulled unconscious from water after being found in a lake near Berlin

It is now anticipated the contract for the construction works will be awarded in 2020 with sectional openings scheduled to take place in 2022 with full completion in 2023.

TII says it has failed to reach agreement on cost with contractor Sisk

Woman to be interviewed following treatment at hospital sexual assault unit

Ted Crosbie: ‘Baltimore RNLI were at sea for 24 hours, rescuing yacht after yacht.’ Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Former Examiner owner and veteran sailor remembers 1979 disaster, which took 19 lives

Demi Isaac Oviawe in a promotional shot for RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars.

Demi Isaac Oviawe wants acting career but credits late father for placing emphasis on education

Tánaiste Simon Coveney at UCC meets ‘Tom’, an interactive paediatric patient simulator, as part of a demonstration of how 5G technologies will advance paediatric patient care. Also pictured are  UCC’s Professor Barry O’Reilly, Anne O’Leary CEO of Vodafone Ireland and Prof Helen Whelton of UCC. Photograph:  Naoise Culhane

Tánaiste predicts Taoiseach’s meeting with Boris Johnson will happen within weeks

Avery Greene (4) from Mallow in Co Cork who died during a family holiday at the Aldeas de Aguamarina Villas in Cabo Roig, on the Costa Blanca, Spain.

Avery Greene from Co Cork had been holidaying with his family on the Costa Blanca

Ellen O’Carroll of the Presentation Girls’ School in Kilkenny scored eight H1s in her exams. Photograph: Facebook

Four boys and one girl from around country secure the maximum grades

An Irish boy is in a critical condition in hospital in Spain after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool near Alicante early on Monday. File image: iStock.

Child being treated in hospital in Alicante after being spotted by passerby early on Monday

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a two-vehicle collision in north Co Cork early on Monday in which a male motorist was fatally injured.

Car and truck collided on N20 Cork-Limerick Road at around 7am on Monday

The scene following the Provisional IRA Enniskillen bomb blast in Co Fermanagh in November 1987 which claimed the lives of 11 people. Photograph: PA

Community could be seen as ‘oppressive minority’, according to QUB historian

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Incident occured as young man was driving to collect his parents from wedding

There was ‘a failure to appreciate how divisive and destabilising’ Brexit would be for Northern Ireland, said  Prof Mary Murphy, of the Department of Government and Politics at UCC. File image: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘If Britain truly understood Northern Ireland would there have been a referendum in the first place?’

Val O’Connor was  central to bringing Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli to Cork in 2005 when the city was European Capital of Culture.

Well-known figure in Cork’s cultural life, and founder of funeral directors’ group, died aged 90

Former taoiseach John Bruton said many in the US Republican Party were in favour of Brexit in the hope it would lead to a break-up of the EU. File imag: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Varadkar’s warning over united Ireland ‘wasn’t in any way provocative’ - former taoiseach

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times/Files

‘Let’s sit down around the table’: Creed says progress could be made on farmers’ issues

Irish Farmers’ Association environment chairman Thomas Cooney rejects Green Party calls for “less of Ireland’s sustainable dairy and beef produce”.

Irish Farmers’ Association says attack on national herd ‘lacks climate credibility’

The wreck of Cunard liner RMS Lusitania lies some 18km off the Old Head of Kinsale. File photograph: PA Wire

Diver taken to Galway facility after falling ill on return to surface off coast of Kinsale

Jack Downey (19) from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pictured with his mother Elaine. Photograph: Clonmel Óg Hurling and Football Facebook page

Officers believe Jack Downey (19) and friends sourced MDMA in south Tipperary

Jack Downey (19) from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pictured with his mother Elaine. Photograph: Clonmel Óg Hurling and Football Facebook page.

Gardaí have begun an investigation into the circumstances of Jack Downey’s death

Set on a concrete plinth outside Courtmacsherry Community Hall, the model is visible to all visiting the seaside village. Photograph: Vincent O’Donovan

Replica of liner which went down with the loss of 1,198 lives unveiled in Courtmacsherry

Four homeless men have died on the streets in Cork this year. File photograph

Call comes after four men died on streets in Cork this year

The 19-year-old man from the Clonmel area in South Tipperary died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) on Sunday afternoon.  Photograph: Google Street View

Jack Downey (19) from Clonmel fell ill at Indiependence on Friday

The teenager was rushed to Cork University Hospital by ambulance. File photograph: Patrick Hogan/Provision

Gardaí making ‘good progress’ investigating supply of particularly potent batch of ecstasy

It is understood that the youth’s parents and are keeping a vigil at his bedside at Cork University Hospial. PHotograph: Google Street View

Gardaí believe 19-year-old from Tipperary may have reacted to bad batch of MDMA or ecstasy

Louise O’Keeffe with the Spirit of Mother Jones award. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

O’Keeffe dedicates award to victims of abuse in Irish schools

Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen, Co Cork, is one of the Natura sites which could be impacted by discharges from the proposed plastics plant,  according to SOS chairman Brendan McCarthy

Save Our Skibbereen group hope US company behind bid will now abandon project

An additional 15 emergency accommodation places through the Cork Simon’s Nightlight service meant that  425 people we assisted last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork Simon says more than 14,000 donors helped charity raise €4.5m

The accused has denied the charge of sexual assault. Photograph: Getty Images

State will allege 17-year-old awoke to accused touching her private parts

The ‘Shakey Bridge’ in Cork city was opened in 1927. Image: Google Street View

Suspension bridge ‘unique in Ireland’ to be out of commission for nine months

Edward Bryan (65) appeared at Cork District Court on Monday where he was charged with a single count of indecently assaulting the boy. File photograph: Collins Courts

Edward Bryan (65) remanded on bail over incident at Cork school in 1981

Gardaí said the actions of self-styled child protection groups were a cause of concern for An Garda Síochána and for other police services.

Garda sources confirm they were called to scene by members of self-styled child protection group

Plan was discovered by an undercover FBI agent monitoring illegal online purchases

A Google Maps view of the corner of Park Avenue and Blackrock Road

Comments come after engineer finds road infrastructure a factor in death of man (92)

The judge refused bail and remanded Emma Murphy in custody to appear again at Cork District Court on July 31st. File photograph: Collins Courts

Gardaí objecting to bail due to seriousness of charges, fears she may commit further offences

Keith Byrne pictured with his wife Keren.

Father of three will have opportunity to appeal case to a judge to try and stay in the US

Louise O’Keeffe who was abused by schoolteacher in the 1970s has spent 15 years trying to get justice for herself and other victims of school abuse. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Louise O’Keeffe to be presented with Spirit of Mother Jones Award in recognition of work

Keith Byrne and his wife Keran. According to Keith’s sister, he was planning to return to Ireland when he met Keran and ‘fell madly in love and married a year later’.

Cork native (37) is facing deportation from US where he is married and has children

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Tánaiste says British government will focus on getting Stormont back up and running

BlackBee executive director David O’Shea, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Aperee chief executive Paul Kingston at the announcement of BlackBee’s €250 million investment fund.

Investment will create more than 1,500 new jobs and 1,000 beds at 10 sites in Munster

Dora the Explorer - the wandering wallaby - is home safe and sound after being found near Kilworth village in North Cork.

Owner expresses relief after he captures marsupial near Kilworth village

Wallabies is harmless and will live off vegetation including grass, leaves and tree bark, sanctuary owner says. Photograph: iStock

Operator says marsupial at risk of infection called Lumpy Jaw which can prove fatal

Gardaí estimated up to 1,000 people took part in the protest. Photograph: Barry Roche

If closure proceeds at Cork centre, others will follow, Solidarity TD Mick Barry tells march

US ambassador to Ireland Ed Crawford (centre) with members of the Boherbue Set Dancers during his visit to his ancestral home in Boherbue, Co Cork on Friday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Village was home to diplomat’s mother, Mary Healy, who emigrated in 1927

Vytas Lemnickis was found unconscious in his cell on the Committal Unit at Cork Prison four hours after being admitted

Vytas Lemnickis (45) died by suicide within four hours of being admitted

Is is understood that when the man is deemed fit by doctors for discharge he will be brought to Cork Prison where he will remain on remand. Photograph: Frank Miller

Man in his early 30s recovering following suicide attempt in Cork courthouse toilet

Keith and Keran Byrne met the week Keith was due to return to Ireland having outstayed his visa.

US congressman hopeful deportation can be delayed to buy time for ‘permanent solution’

An Post says it is consolidating and reducing its letter processing capacity in line with global industry trends. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Post says company must adapt to ‘new realities’ of postal industry

Keith and Keran Byrne met the week Keith was due to return to Ireland having outstayed his visa.

Keith Byrne had social security number, paid taxes and was in contact with ICE following marriage

Gardaí are conducting a full investigation into a motorcycle crash in Cork and have requested witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Woman passenger seriously injured in separate motorcycle crash in Co Donegal

State Pathologist Margaret Bolster enters Elderwood Apartments on Boreenamanna Road, Cork after a girl (2) was found seriously injured, and later died. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Postmortem showed child suffered severe blunt force trauma to the head

Boxer Kevin Sheehy’s funeral cortege arrives at the Holy Family Church, Southill, Limerick.  Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Hundreds mourn Kevin Sheehy (20) killed in Limerick hit-and-run last weekend

State Pathologist Margaret Bolster  enters Elderwood Apartments, Boreenamanna Rd, Cork after a girl (2) was found seriously injured, and later died. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí issue fresh appeal for information following death of child on Friday

 LE Eithne: a letter sent by Cmdr Mick Malone to all Naval Service personnel claimed it and LE Orla would remain tied up until crew numbers improved.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

LE Eithne and LE Orla out of service for routine maintenance, says Paul Kehoe

State Pathologist Margaret Bolster  enters Elderwood Apartments, Boreenamanna Road, Cork where a two-year-old girl   was found seriously injured. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Girl with serious head injuries taken to Cork hospital after gardaí called to apartment

Gardaí are investigating the death of a two-year-old girl who was found injured at the Elderwood Apartments, Boreenamanna Road in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gardaí investigating after child found by emergency services at Boreenmanna Road

A Public Sector Pay Commission report proposes a €10 million annual package to address pay issues, with the Military Service Allowance being increased by 10 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wives and Partners of Defence Forces group claims allowances insufficient to retain staff

A man described by gardaí as ‘a very significant drugs wholesaler’ has been jailed for a total of 17 years after pleading guilty to a series of offences including possessing heroin, cocaine and cannabis for sale or supply.

Garrett Hill ‘a cog in a wheel’ that destroys families and communities, judge says

 Anthony Quigley: jailed for assault, sexual assault and harasment. File Photograph:  Provision

Anthony Quigley sentenced to total of three and a half years after two separate trials

Gardaí said a technical examination will take place and investigations are ongoing.

Tenant of the local authority house was a woman in her 40s

John C Casey (60) of Crosstown, Killarney, Co Kerry pictured leaving Killarney District Court last April after pleading guilty to 14 offences. Photograph: Michelle Cooper Galvin

John C Casey (60) and his son John Casey jnr (37) steadfastly refused to co-operate with officials, court told

‘We, as a department, have never certified dogs to be exported from Ireland to Pakistan and we haven’t certified dogs to be exported to China since 2016 nor will we,’ says Minister Michael Creed. Photograph: Ray McManus

Minister says Prime Time programme will be reviewed and any illegality will be prosecuted

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was “evident” the deal would be bad for the beef sector. Photograph: Getty Images

Strong backlash from farmers concerned about potential European beef import surge

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said the industry must refocus its priorities away from breeding and on to animal welfare if it was to continue receiving State funding. Photograph: ©INPHO/ Donall Farmer

Several prominent sponsors to review their sponsorship of the sport

Dr Fintan Gavin

Bishop Fintan Gavin apologises at ordination to those who suffered clerical child sex abuse

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: “The EU-Mercosur trade deal is a very comprehensive trade agreement, but one particular aspect of it, this agreement to allow the Mercosur countries supply 99,000 tonnes of beef into the EU market, is a very significant negative for us.” File photograph: Getty

Allowing Mercosur states supply 99,000 tonnes of beef to EU ‘a very significant negative’

The Irish greyhound industry must refocus its priorities away from breeding and on to animal welfare if it is to continue receiving Government funding, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has warned. Image: iStock.

Minister says falling attendances at meetings a sign of public perception of sport changing

A boy has suffered a suspected broken collar bone in a Bandon hit and run. Image: Google Maps

Two-year-old boy suffers suspected broken collarbone when struck in Bandon

State alleged the offence happened on January 14th, 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Judge thanks jury for their diligence in trying ‘difficult’ and ‘unusual’ case

 The 42-year-old told the Central Criminal Court the sex was consensual at all times and he never threatened or forced himself on the woman. File photograph: Collins Courts

Man (42) claims sex with 30-year-old at friend’s house in Cork city was consensual

Former Cork camogie captain Ashling Thompson. Photograph: Cork Courts Limited.

Ashling Thompson, who pleaded guilty, must pay €6,000 to two charities and her victims

 A conservation ranger told Youghal District  Court that he found a dead otter with other dead animals dumped in bags at Ballynatray Demesne in Co Waterford on September 14th, 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson

Trio who were working as gamekeepers convicted over animal’s death in Co Waterford

A former minister for agriculture, Simon Coveney said the CAP is worth about €12 billion annually to Irish farmers. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste expects next CAP to place huge emphasis on sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions

Anthony Moynihan (54) of Rostellan, Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Cork Courts Ltd

Anthony Moynihan was sentenced in his absence to seven years for rape of 11-year-old boy

Two men have been charged in connection with a major drugs haul in Cork city over the weekend. File photograph: Getty Images

The two men face 10 charges in connection with a major drugs find over the weekend

A stretch of the old rail line between Youghal and Midleton which is to be turned into a greenway. Photograph: Denis Minihane

Greenway along old railway could attract up to 250,000 visitors and boost local tourism

The seizure of 40kgs of cannabis herb is the largest drugs seizure in Cork so far this year. Photograph: An Garda

Seizure of almost 40kgs of cannabis herb is biggest drugs find in Cork so far this year

Anthony Moynihan (54) of Rostellan, Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Cork Courts Ltd

Anthony Moynihan (54), detained on foot of bench warrant, given 7-year sentence

A protest was held in Cork on Monday over the deportation of two asylum seekers.

Protestors claim men were deported before being given chance to speak to their solicitors

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man found on the side of a road near Glandore, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí rule out foul play following postmortem on 57-year-old man

Simon Coveney: acknowledged it was Green Party ministers such as John Gormley, Eamon Ryan and Trevor Sargent who first introduced the idea of carbon budgets. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Fine Gael defends plan at Cork meeting as activists challenge Ministers on policies

Both suspects were arrested under drug trafficking legislation

Detectives from drugs squad found up to 40 kilos of cannabis

 Radiotherapy services manager Clarie Roe demonstrates the new linear accelerator at the Glandore Centre to Tánaiste Simon Coveney and  Geraldine McCarthy, chair of the South/South West Hospital Group.

Glandore Centre at Cork University Hospital will cater for 2,000 cancer patients a year

Gardaí have cracked down on the activities of a gang based in Cork city who have been  providing fraudulent TV services. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda cracks down on gang based in Cork city providing fraudulent television services

Simon Coveney: People are entitled to their opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Coveney says some rhetoric in Tory leadership debates over no-deal Brexit ‘simply not based on reality’

A court order is in place to protect the identity of the two boys who were convicted of murdering Anna Kriégel.

Court reporter named boy on Red FM during discussion about Garda memos in trial

Bishop of Cork Dr Paul Colton and Christopher Peters, Dean of Rosscarbery lead the procession at the funeral of Valerie French-Kilroy, who was found dead last week at her home in Mayo. Photograph:  Denis Boyle

‘Loving and caring’ mother-of-three, killed last week, laid to rest in her native West Cork

The man at the centre of the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork is charged with two counts of rape and three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

State proceeding with prosecution because of other witnesses in the case

Ashling Thompson (28) has pleaded guilty to a second assault of a woman in a night club in Cork last year. Photograph: Cork Courts Limited

Ashling Thompson (28) admits to incident in Secret Garden at Rearden’s in the city

Tightrope walker Chris Bullzini pictured at SeaFest at the Port of Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Tánaiste welcomes leaders from 31 small island developing states for Our Ocean Wealth Summit

Paulias Kazlauskas  charged with criminal damage to a hatch in the public office at Togher Garda station in Cork. Photograph: Google Street view

38-year-old remanded in custody following incident at Togher Garda Station, Cork

Gardaí are hoping that a postmortem will establish the exact cause of death of a 47-year-old man in Cork city. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí hope a postmortem will establish exact cause of death of Polish national

Sylva Tukula, the transgender woman living in direct provision who died last August.

Charlie Flanagan says he deeply regrets friends of Sylva Tukula were not notified

Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe was elected as the 350th Lord Mayor of Dublin at Friday’s council meeting. Photograph: Dublin City Council/Twitter

Fianna Fáil dominates council chairs including GP John Sheahan in Cork city

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that the decision to send almost 160 of the 201 new recruits to Dublin and Louth,  was a very deliberate decision. File photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Justice Minister says postings will ‘help strengthen Garda response to gang violence’

Charlie Flanagan said  increasing use of cocaine in Ireland was not a surprise given the buoyancy of the Irish economy. Photograph: Getty

Garda Commissioner says by buying cocaine, users are ‘purchasing misery’ elsewhere

Gardaí have forwarded a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions following the death of a schoolgirl who was struck by a car as she was crossing the road on New Year’s Eve in Co Cork.

Inquest into death of Róisín Mae O’Donovan in Ballincollig adjourned as file now with DPP

Liadh Ní Riada at the Ireland South Count Centre at Nemo Rangers GAA complex in Cork as count staff were distributing her 98,379 votes. Photograph: Barry Roche.

Defeated Sinn Féin MEP says people need to give party leader time to ‘find her feet’

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