Hazel Chu said her mother, Stella, who is from Hong Kong, told her to come and speak at the rally as racism was such an important issue.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Lord Mayor of Dublin was speaking at event in Smithfield on eve of her wedding

The plan to relocate the maternity hospital to the campus of St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin has been beset by delays for several years

‘Unthinkable’ that State would buy and fund a hospital that does not allow for abortion

Historian Michael Laffan (left) with Michael Portillo  at  Kings Hall Belfast. Partition 1921 is to be broadcast on RTÉ One at 9.30pm on Monday, June 14th.

Policy in creating partition was intended to placate unionism, finds ex-British minister

Dr Holohan accepted the invitation from the committee following expert testimony last week that antigen testing is effective in picking up people who are a risk to others. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Holohan to discuss objections to antigen testing before Oireachtas committee

Shergar was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Co Kildare on the night of February 9th, 1983. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former rapper narrates new BBC podcast about the racehorse’s disappearance

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman used the phrase ‘leprechaun economics’ to describe Ireland’s tax policies relating to multinationals in his column with the New York Times. File photograph: Jason Clarke

Phrase printed in New York Times by Paul Krugman is an ‘unacceptable slur’

Tables will be available at the forecourt of the Mansion House. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Picnic benches installed with parasols for weather protection

Aer Lingus said it is now contacting customers to advise them of their options for refund or re-booking.

‘Wake up’ to Irish aviation crisis, Government urged as Stobart Air ceases trading

Dublin will experience a high of 19 degrees on bank holiday Monday. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Highs of 20 degrees forecast in most places but scattered showers expected in the west

Bertie Ahern: Even though we have been talking about partition for the last 100 years in this country, the reality is that the necessary analysis of how it will be put together has not been done. Photograph: David Sleator

‘We, who want a united Ireland, must do it by the powers of persuasion. We must make the case’

According to the Commission for Regulation of Utilities there were 240,006 domestic electricity customers in arrears in February, along with 112,833 gas customers. Photograph: Getty Images

St Vincent de Paul calls on people in arrears to engage with their energy suppliers

 The Savoy Cinema on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been closed for months due to the pandemic. File photograph: Alan Betson

Cinema operators welcome reopening on June 7th where capacity will be reduced to 50

President Michael D Higgins described the shooting of an elderly woman during the War of Independence by the IRA as an act of “exceptional cruelty”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Execution of Mary Lindsay and her driver was an act of “exceptional cruelty”

Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer of the HSE. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

HSE confirms that 8 people have died of Covid-19 since the cyber attack

A view of the supermoon rising over Balbriggan Lighthouse, Balbriggan, Co Dublin on Thursday night. Photograph: Tom Honan

Some parts of world experience rare sight of ‘super blood moon’ which saw moon turn red

The Noble False Widow has become one of the most common species of spiders found in and around Irish urban habitats

NUIG researchers say spider species is one of the most common in Ireland

Ireland has one of the highest rates of people being stopped by the police in the European Union in 2019, according to a new report. File photograph: Collins.

Survey by EU rights agency finds high acceptance for Garda in comparison to other forces

Men of the South, 1921-22, by Seán Keating, Image: Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, copyright Estate of Seán Keating

Conspicuous by his absence was the column commander, who feared being identified

Arthur Griffith arriving at the Mansion House in Dublin on July 11th, 1921 after the truce is declared. Photograph: The National Museum of Ireland

All the years in the Decade of Centenaries are significant but 1921 is the most critical of all

Michael Collins (left) and Arthur Griffith. File photograph

Allegations of secret dealings by Arthur Griffith are false, says biographer

An IRA flying column around 1921. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

How the IRA helped cause the British to sue for peace in the War of Independence

 Belarusians living in Ukraine along with their supporters attend a rally in front of the Ukrainian foreign ministry in Kiev, following the arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich in Belarus. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Vincent Pierce, who acts as point of contact for Irish people, says citizens ‘living in fear’

The incident occurred on the M3 motorway at Clowanstown, Dunshaughlin, between junctions 6 and 7 at about 4.40pm. File photograph: Alan Betson

Woman in 40s taken to hospital after collision on M3 near Dunshaughlin

 US President Joe Biden said the world was experiencing a ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and the huge spending programme approved by Congress reflected that.  Photograph: EPA/Yuri Gripas

Micheál Martin is alleged to have said America ‘can’t lead’ after Trump’s handling of pandemic

The Long Room in Trinity College, Dublin’s library contains 350,000 books which will have to be removed, catalogued, cleaned and then put back on to their shelves. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Disasters at other historic sites ‘focused minds’ on need for €90m Dublin project

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said existing rules on holiday lets were ‘decent’ but that enforcement has been an issue. Photograph: Damien Eagers / The Irish Times

O’Brien confirms that greater regulation of sector on way

Rainfall map for 5pm, Thursday. Image: Windy.com

Miserable May set to persist with temperatures over two degrees lower than normal

Gardaí are investigating after a four-year-old boy was fatally injured in a collision in Co Longford on Wednesday.

Collision happened at Ardnacassa housing estate in town on Wednesday afternoon

Eurovision 2021: the first part of Lesley Roy’s set made her look as if she was running through a paper forest. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Maps singer says cameras broke just as she was due to perform in Rotterdam semi-final

An initiative using redundant parts of the TV spectrum could be the key to providing broadband for the hard to reach places.

Microsoft Airband successfully trialled in Co Cavan

Pre-Covid-19 Ikea could accommodate the size of a mid-size Irish town. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Adjacent megastores see large queues before a ‘soft opening’ on Monday morning

President Michael D Higgins  listed “numerous interventions” that could have mitigated the impact of the famine. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Numerous interventions’ could have mitigated the worst effects of the Great Hunger

Maureen O’Carroll, who was elected as a Labour TD in the 1950s

Mother of entertainer Brendan O’Carroll was elected as Labour TD in 1954

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nolan responds to Harvard professor who told him he did not understand antigen tests

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) blamed the waiting list on the fact that one in five permanent hospital consultant posts have not been filled. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 900,000 people waiting for some form of hospital treatment

As well as drugs gardaí also seized two suspected imitation firearms, slash hooks, knives, hatchets and a baton.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Two men arrested after search of a number of premises in Ennistymon area

A walk-in Covid-19 test centre in Balbriggan. File photograph: Alan Betson

Milford and Newbridge top table for highest rates of Covid-19

 Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee  at the Francis Ledwidge Museum during the State Commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of poets death in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Museum committee warns historic building in Slane may be lost to future generations

  Taoiseach Micheál Martin   in Deansgrange cemetery during a wreath-laying event to mark the 50th anniversary of Seán Lemass’s death. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Martin pays tribute to former taoiseach who ‘set a European course for our history’

Festival Republic has submitted a proposal to manage live events in Ireland. It runs the Electric Picnic which is still scheduled to go ahead in early September. File photograph: iStock

Minister hopes pilot arts events could take place indoors and outdoors

Eddie Brennan receives his Covid 19 vaccine. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Long-term residents of York Street hostel avail of one-shot vaccine

A walk-in test centre in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 30% of eligible population have received one dose, as 12.5% fully vaccinated

A Covid 19 antigen test. File photograph : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Scientific opinion divided on reliability of home Covid-19 tests

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryam and Joseph Coyle  tend to  Pushkin  at the opening day of the 2019 Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

RDS says there is too much uncertainty around to plan ahead for the event

The letter has requested maternity hospitals fill out a form stating they are in compliance with new guidelines on visiting hospital settings which were released by the HSE on April 30th. File photograph: iStock

Hospitals reminded that bans on attending scans and births are not national policy

A total of 26 extra acute oncology nurses have been recruited to reduce the need for cancer patients to attend emergency departments. File photograph: Getty

Referrals to hospital higher than at any point in last two years in wake of Covid-19 effect

HSE chief executive Paul Reid at Dr Steevens’ Hospital for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

No outbreaks in nursing homes last week with all sickness indicators down, says Reid

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘The choices we make now are vital to minimise the incidence of Covid-19 throughout May and June. Prioritise being outside and avoid crowds.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Ministers consider ‘summer stimulus’ package as rollout of one-shot vaccine begins

A plaque in the lower yard of Kilmainham Gaol listing the names of the Invincibles, the five assassins who were hanged for the murders of the chief secretary to Ireland Lord Frederick Cavendish and the permanent under-secretary Thomas Henry Burke on May 6th, 1882.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Phoenix Park assassins were executed and buried in yard of Kilmainham Gaol

A Priest and a group of English officers gather around Napoleon’s coffin of after his death on the island of St Helena, in May, 1821. Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty

Dublin surgeon and Galway-born governor acted as friend and foe respectively to the exiled emperor

Dr Audrey Whitty, head of collections, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar discuss the pen used by Michael Collins to sign the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 at the launch the Decade of Centenaries 2021 Programme, including funding for a major new project, at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commemorations will remember everybody who died ‘irrespective of uniform’, says Taoiseach

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for  Culture Catherine Martin and Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar  launch the Decade of Centenaries 2021 programme at National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Micheál Martin warns against use of history to fuel ‘intolerant nationalism’

Taoiseach Micheál Martin looks at a lemur during a visit to Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Huge demand for limited tickets after site reopens for first time since Christmas

People enjoying the sunshine at Bushy Park, Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Good weather likely to last until Monday with showers expected from Tuesday

The members voted overwhelmingly to replace Article 41.2 of the Constitution which states: “In particular the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved”. Photograph:iStock

Radical changes would include gender quotas and extra pay for carers

Vaccinators administering Covid 19 Vaccinations of Cohort 4 at the HSE Vaccination Centre in the Aviva Stadium .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Number of Covid-19 patients in hospital falls to 162, the lowest level since October

The Necrology Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery as it appears now. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vandalism has led to parts being covered and the absence of War of Independence names

Intel recently announced plans to create 1,600 jobs as part of a $7bn (€5.8bn) investment at Leixlip. File photograph: Collins

Additional testing reveals further infections on biggest building site in the country

 The Necrology Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery: The  names of 488 people killed in the Rising    are covered in tarpaulin, held in place by duct tape and rope. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wall to remember dead of the Irish revolution under tarpaulin since being vandalised last year

 The  Tullamore pop up Covid-19 test centre. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Ambulance Service to double its capacity from next week to speed up vaccines to the housebound

The car parts were seized in a raid on a business premises in Finglas, Dublin at 9.45am on Thursday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Melted down catalytic converters also seized in morning raid

The chipmaker, which recently announced plans to create 1,600 jobs as part of a $7 billion investment, said health authorities have been informed of the outbreak. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

About 70 cases confirmed at location of new manufacturing facility

The Irish Museum of Modern Art was one of the recipients under a  €1m Government fund. File photograph: George Munday/Design Pics/Perspectives/Getty

Martin speaks on restrictions amid news 422 artworks to be added to national collection

Kilkenny-born Professor Martin Tobin giving  evidence in the trial. Video still: Reuters

Kilkenny-born Prof Martin Tobin gave evidence in George Floyd trial

A screengrab from a video by student Michael Gilna shows Sam the Trinity fox with her new cubs

Lockdown ‘celebrity’ inspired one of Ireland’s best known poets

Donall O’Keeffe, chief executive of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), and Noel Anderson, LVA chairman, at a photocall to mark 400 days since pubs shut their doors due to the pandemic. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

LVA marks 400 days of pub closure, and says it has been a ‘huge mental torture’ for staff

Techniques normally used in forensic criminal investigations have revealed surprising details about prehistoric Irish people. Photograph: RTÉ/Screenshot

Hunter gatherer population inhabited Ireland before being replaced by early farmers

Reacting to the recent scenes of violence in the North which involved children as young as 12, President Michael D  Higgins said deprivation in their lives should have been addressed. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Teaching children separately based on religion is ‘abandoning them to parcels of hate’

A view of an ancient tomb discovered on the Dingle Peninsula.

Possible human bone fragments are also uncovered at site in Co Kerry

Enjoying the weather along the Grand Canal in Portabello, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /

Nphet briefing told outdoor gatherings have had a positive impact on the instances of infection

Paul Reid said there had been ‘really positive engagement’ among the public for the portal which went live on Thursday morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Health service boss confident that 80% of adults will be vaccinated by the end of June

Nico Bühler, his wife Justine and their 3-month-old daughter Lucille  travelled back from Strasbourg. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Slight uptake in Dublin airport passenger numbers but figures still down 95% ahead of quarantine changes

Paddy Cahill’s brother Conor cycled his coffin to Glasnevin Cemetery in a bicycle-drawn hearse. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Paddy Cahill made films about cycling and Dublin’s architectural legacy

Contra mundum: The Irish Times’s editorial of April 12th, 1951, on Noel Browne and the Mother and Child scheme

‘The Roman Catholic Church would seem to be the effective Government of this country’

 Prince Philip of Greece at the public school of Gordonstoun, Elgin in Scotland December 1st, 1939. File photograph: PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh was forced to flee his birthplace in Greece with his family as a baby

Walkers in Fairview Park, Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

After a cold start to the week, high pressure will bring warm, sunny conditions

Prof Linda Doyle

Simon Harris congratulates new Provost – ‘a glass ceiling has been shattered’

The case will return before the president of the High Court. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Fully vaccinated Israeli woman claims she is being unlawfully detained

Shay Healy has died at the age of 78.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Songwriter who wrote What’s Another Year sung by Johnny Logan has died aged 78

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

The rollout of the vaccine programme has significantly reduced the number of older people being infected with Covid-19. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

CSO statistics show vaccine rollout is leading to decline in all measures of the disease

To date Covid-19 walk-in test centres have tested 25,413 people at 14 centres nationwide. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Four new walk-in test centres to open on Saturday in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford

Schools remain a ‘low-risk environment’ and children can safely return to the classroom, the chair of the Nphet epidemiological modelling advisory group has said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Increase in number of Covid-19 infections related to more testing of close contacts

People who have finished their quarantine period departing the Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Positivity rate of 2.4% from 413 swabs in first two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine

The HSE has sought expressions of interest from pharmacies interested in offering vaccinations. Photograph: iStock

Health service approaching next phase of rollout with ‘great confidence’, HSE chief says

Cornelia Stuart is to investigate how vaccinations were administered at the Beacon and the oversights involved. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cornelia Stuart will scrutinise clinic’s allocation of Covid-19 drug to private school

Annie Lynch (79), who was the first person to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

HSE hails ‘big collapse’ in infections and death in the elderly

Since March 31st, contact tracers investigating confirmed cases have been going back seven days instead of two days.  File photograph: Alan Betson

More than 60% of community transmission cases were recorded in Dublin

 People arriving   at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, the State’s first hotel quarantine centre. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No deaths from Covid-19 among the over-65s recorded in a week

The number of new cases recorded in the week to April 6th was down 9 per cent on the previous seven days and down by 92 per cent compared with the peak of the pandemic. File photograph: iStock

National incidence rate at 5,001 per 100,000 people, though figure is likely to be greater

The report says Ireland is the only country where women are not over-represented in the minimum wage category, with a 50:50 split in terms of gender

New report finds Ireland has the highest percentage of highly educated minimum wage employees

The Road Safety Authority  says hail showers are ‘unpredictable’ and can turn a safe stretch of road into a ‘carpet of hailstones’ very quickly. Photograph: iStock

Temperatures to fall as low as minus 3 bringing hazards for motorists

Augustine Hill is a joint development by CIÉ, which owns the land, Edward Capital  and Summix Capital

Original Augustine Hill project consisted of 378 apartments and a six-screen cinema

The Cambridge crew, with Caoimhe Dempsey at centre fourth from left, celebrate after winning the 75th Women’s Boat Race. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA

Rower’s mother and grandmother were prominent sportswomen representing Ireland

Prof Mike Weed from the University of Canterbury, who studied 27,000 Covid-19 cases, says outdoor gatherings are safe if accompanied by proper risk management. File photograph: iStock

Just 262 cases traced to outdoor activities since pandemic began, official figures reveal

Members of the public line up to get tested at the pop-up Covid-19 test centre in Crumlin, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the public wait their turn in Crumlin to be tested ahead of the Easter holidays

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Coronavirus remains a ‘very dangerous, very transmissible virus’, says Glynn

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