In Ireland, fireworks are classed as explosives and are resulted under national and EU legislation. File photograph: Alan Betson

Operation Tombola will target the sale of fireworks which can cause serious injury

The road remains closed currently and local diversions are in place

Man (30s) is 118th person killed on the State’s roads this year

Micheál McAvoy  (right) swapping tickets with a Japanese fan. Photograph via the Irish Rugby World Cup Japan Forum Facebook page

Many Irish fans bought tickets in anticipation of being in the ‘other quarter-final’

Last year 61,016 babies were born in the Republic, the lowest figure since 2002.

DCU economics professor says housing and childcare costs could be affecting birth rate

British prime minister Boris Johnson at the  EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Frank Augstein

What the papers say: ‘Get real – take the deal’

Boris Johnson needs 320 MPs to back his deal to win a majority of one. File photograph: Getty

DUP votes will be important but not decisive in attempting to secure Commons majority

Boris Johnson may pass the Brexit deal in the House of Commons if a group of Labour backbenchers support it, a Tory ERG member has said. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

Nigel Evans says group of Labour backbenchers could be vital for ratification

Author Marian Keyes is pictured as the National Library of Ireland announces  details of a pilot scheme to expand the ways it collects the ‘born-digital’ story of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

Author expected ‘well-awarded man’ would be first asked by National Library of Ireland for material

Presenter Ryan Tubridy on the set of last year’s  Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Host Ryan Tubridy ‘gobsmacked’ by response to this year’s Toy Show

A new industry group for the hair and beauty industry is establishing a national register for a sector which employs almost 30,000 people.

Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation (Habic) says sector employs 30,000 people

Fire damage to Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní, which is located off the Malahide Road near Mask Avenue Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos.

Six units of fire brigade on scene of fire in Artane which began at 6.10am

War of Independence: A woman recites the Rosary in front of Mountjoy prison, Dublin, for imprisoned Sinn Féin members on hunger strike. Photograph: adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images

Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Barracks holds historical, economic and familial records

From Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall (2014), a film based on the true story of Jimmy Gralton, the only man ever deported from Ireland.

Several famous anti-Treaty Republicans applied for a pension while living abroad

A group of Black and Tans on a trench road in Tipperary, while assisting the British Army during the War of Independence, 1921. From the AE Bell Collection. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Revolution Files: Men fabricated raids and arms seizures to get pensions because they were in dire financial straits

An RIC cadet and two members of Sinn Féin lying dead on the road, while in the background cadets are taking Sinn Féiners prisoners, Irish War of Independence, Tralee, Ireland. Photograph from The Illustrated London News, vol 157, no 4258, November 27, 1920.

Kerry, 1921: Eight Black and Tans were killed by 50 IRA men in the Rathmore ambush

Thomas McDonagh, one of 41 IRA men who died during the War of Independence in Roscommon, remembered on a memorial outside Elphin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The Roscommon files: Fears Black and Tans would burn town in revenge for ambush

Sligo Gaol

The Sligo files: Pension file reveals grieving wife of Seamus Devins drank disinfectant 14 years after his death

The West Mayo Brigade Flying Column posed for this photograph in 1922

The Mayo files: Heavily armed British soldiers overcame men

Patrick Ramsbottom fired a warning shot at a man who had disturbed their plans to sabotage the railway link between Waterford and Dublin in order to prevent troop reinforcements arriving from Rosslare. Image: Military Service Pensions Collection

The Revolution Files: IRA officer Patrick Ramsbottom also led the column which carried out the first military operation of the ins(...)

A group of Black and Tans on a trench road in Tipperary, assisting the British Army during the Irish War of Independence, 1921. From the AE Bell Collection. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Kilkenny files: Families of both men were later granted State pensions

A suspected member of Sinn Féin is searched at gunpoint by the Black and Tans during the War of Independence, November 1920. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Louth files: Town ‘sneeringly hostile’ to IRA, making operations difficult

Image: Military Service Pensions Collection

The Revolution Files: The owner refused to close for the funeral of Terence McSwiney

Maj Gen PA Mulcahy chief of Staff, Gen Sean MacEoin TD, minister for defence and Col AT Lawlor OC, Curragh Training Camp, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Longford files: Gen Seán Mac Eoin exaggerated number of killings to enhance pension claims

Lea-Wilson's widow, Dr Marie Lea-Wilson, came to prominence when a painting she purchased at an auction in 1924 turned out to be identified in 1990 as Caravaggio's masterpiece.

The Wexford files: Percival Lea-Wilson was seen by Michael Collins forcing Proclamation signatory Tom Clarke to strip naked

Tom Barry, the most famous IRA commander during the War of Independence and the mastermind of the Kilmichael ambush, addresses some of his old comrades at a memorial service in 1966

The Cork files: Sixteen auxiliaries and three IRA men killed in attack led by Tom Barry

A statue of a soldier erected to commemorate those who took part in the War of Independence in the village square of Galbally, Co Limerick. Photograph:  Getty

The Limerick files: Robert Byrnes was the first IRA volunteer killed in the War of Independence

The imposing ruins of Tyrone House, near the village of Kilcolgan, Co Galway, January 1968. The house was destroyed by the local IRA unit during the War of Independence. Photograph: RDImages/Epics/Getty Images

The Revolution Files: Shooting dead of Edward Krumm subject of international investigation

Men, possibly of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), resting in the hills of Tipperary during the Irish War of Independence, 1921. From the AE Bell Collection. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Revolution Files:The actions by the Offaly brigade was listed under police work in the brigade activity reports

Suspects being searched in Dublin in 1920 during the War of Independence. From Story of Twenty Five Years, published 1935. Photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Clare files: Despite deserting, William Carroll was awarded a handsome RIC pension

The site of the Soloheadbeg ambush: The ambush site is approximately 300m from Soloheadbeg quarry. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

The Tipperary files: Marian Tobin cited written testimonial from both Breen in her application for a military pension

Republican author and politician Erskine Childers (1870-1922), with his wife, aboard his yacht, the Asgard, which was used to run guns for the Irish Volunteers. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Wicklow files: Free State government had little to pin on high-profile anti-Treaty leader but was desperate to get rid of him

Pike's Bridge outside Maynooth where Patrick Mullaney's anti-Treaty column were finally captured by Free State forces.

The Kildare files: Active unit engaged in disrupting vital communications during Civil War

Drumboe Castle

The Donegal files: Border villages of Pettigo and Belleek were locations of battles between the IRA and B Specials

Irish War of Independence: A woman recites the Rosary front of Mountjoy prison in Dublin for imprisoned Sinn Féiners on hunger strike. Photograph: adoc-photos/Corbis via Getty Images

The Westmeath files: Attempt to have one more crack at British forces called off due to enemy strength and ‘hostile population’

In March 1923 19-year-old IRA anti-Treaty volunteer Thomas Greehy was killed in a booby-trap explosion when he went to recover weapons from an arms dump. He was hastily buried near the spot and his funeral in his native Lismore, Co Waterford did not take place until August 1924.

The Waterford files: Bill Lennon faced execution for deserting National Army

Margaret Skinnider was one of more than 200 members of Cumann na mBan whose applications are contained in the archive.The files outline the women’s injuries, the risks they took and their heavy involvement in military action during the 1916 Rising and the Civil War.

The Dublin files: Those who fought in the Rising, and their families, struggled to get a military pension

On Tuesday, October 15th, The Irish Times will publish The Revolution Files On Tuesday, October 15th, The Irish Times will publish The Revolution Files

Newly released Military Archive files shed light on violence in the city in 1920-1922

 Norah Glynn,   a great-niece of Owen McMahon: ‘I was in my late teens when I heard about it.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Belfast pogrom’s most infamous incident cast a dark shadow over the extended family

On Tuesday, October 15th, The Irish Times will publish The Revolution Files

Newly released Military Archive files shed light on violence in the city in 1920-1922

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the purpose of the autism plan was to “increase knowledge and change attitudes” in relation to a misunderstood condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More must be done to ‘autism-proof’ services, Minister for Health says

Flooding in Deansgrange, Co Dublin last year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Up to 50mms expected over the next day and a half

The  Black and Tans in operation during the War of Independence. Michael Purtill  claimed  to have orchestrated an ambush in Kilmorna in which three Black and Tans were killed returning to barracks on April 7th, 1921 though his senior officer contradicted his claim.   Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Granduncle of BBC journalist Fergal Keane was granted pension based on civil war record

Gardaí at the scene of the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Dáil on Thursday night. Photograph: Twitter/@ExtinctRebelsIE

Protesters paste exterior wall of Government department with excerpts from scientific papers

I BIKE Dublin’s slow cycle through the city centre on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I BIKE Dublin campaign embarks on slow cycle and complains about this week’s budget

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: ‘There are ways we can do things that are better for the environment and better for our pocket.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We don’t all need to own a car. Most of our cars are sitting in a car park for 95% of the time’

I BIKE Dublin led a slow cycle through Dublin city centre this morning, in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion’s week of direct action on climate change. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

I BIKE campaign claim Government is not doing enough to support cycling and make it viable option

The delays were  due to   vandalism of signalling equipment between Newbridge and Kildare overnight. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish Rail employee foils attempted robbery of valuable wire used for signalling

Arts Council chairman Kevin Rafter: welcomed the increase in its budget. File photograph: Alan Betson

Arts Council pleased but artists’ body devastated by the increase in funding

A Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy prison during the  War of Independence. Kathleen Mary Napoli was informed she was not eligible for a pension because she was not a member of the organisation

Kathleen Mary Napoli was so trusted during the War of Independence that she accompanied the treaty delegation to London

Pedestrians in Cork City as Storm Lorenzo hit on Thursday. More rain is expected over the weekend. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Unsettled conditions will see more rainfall over the weekend and into next week

A still from a video of the whale in Dublin Bay posted on social media on Wednesday. Photograph: Stella Maris Rowing Club/Facebook.

Body of Fin whale, second biggest animal on the planet, is spotted by passengers on a ferry

Parts of Donegal town are underwater this morning as the storm dumped up to 50mm of rainfall on the region. Photograph: Donegal Daily.

Storm lingered in Atlantic longer than expected and lost energy, Met Éireann says

Head of forecasting at Met Eireann, Evelyn Cusack following a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination group on Wednesday concerning Storm Lorenzo. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Orange alert in place for five counties with gusts of up to 130km/h forecast

Met Éireann says likelihood of landfall ‘high probability’ and warns of flooding

A graphic from weather mapping service Magic Seaweed showing the current expected location of high winds associated with Hurricane Lorenzo  along the west coast of Ireland on Thursday morning.

Torrential rain and gusts of more than 130km/h forecast by Met Éireann

Details of John Delaney’s remuneration package were published earlier this year. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Dominant FAI figure for 15 years was embroiled in a number of controversies during tenure

MPs at Westminister have passed a Bill stating that abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland unless Stormont is restored by October 21st. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Joint statement urges NI secretary to reconvene Assembly before October deadline

Dublin fans during homecoming celebration marking the historic ‘five-in-a-row’ victory of the men’s team and the ‘three-in-a-row victory’ for the women in Merrion Square. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Thousands turn out at Merrion Square to honour success of men’s and women’s teams

An image showing  the wide spread in outcomes in the latest  output from  the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts. The progress of Lorenzo and any potential impacts for Ireland are being closely monitored.

Weather forecasters are tracking the path of category five hurricane

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Housing says rent pressure zones need to work but rents are ‘unsustainable’

Simon Community chief executive Sam McGuinness said its expanded medical treatment facility had not been subject to objections from neighbours. Photograph: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES

Expanded Usher’s Island treatment centre will be opened by the end of 2021

British prime minister Boris Johnson points his finger during fractious exchanges on Wednesday.   Photograph:  House of Commons/PA Wire

British newspapers react to fractious House of Commons debate

 British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/Getty

Financial Times, Guardian and Scotsman newspapers urge Boris Johnson to resign

 Mary O’Rourke helping to launch Fraud Awareness Week: never divulge financial information by telephone or email. Photograph: Conor McCabe

O’Rourke warns people – especially elderly – of scams as Fraud Awareness Week starts

Part of a manuscript called Lebhar Inghine i Dhomhnaill (The Book of O’Donnell’s Daughter) about the daughter of Red Hugh O’Donnell, one of the earls who left Ireland after the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.

Irish College in Leuven was a bastion of learning in Europe for centuries

Applegreen has confirmed that a video of a rat emerging from a loaf of bread at one its filling stations is authentic.

Applegreen confirms incident at its Cherry Orchard filling station was authentic

Farmers protesting outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border. File Photograph: PA

Creed urges farmers to ‘step away from blockades’ as beef deal stalls

Beef Plan Movement co-chairs Hugh Doyle and Eamon Corley. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fate of the blockades on the other 16 plants across the country is not yet clear

 Beef protesters at ABP Bandon Co Cork. Protests will continue outside 14 factories on Monday despite reports saying a consensus had been reached over the weekend. Photograph: Denis Boyle

Processors says thousands of job losses are now inevitable due to blockades

Agreement had been reached between meat industry representatives and farm organisations on a two strand agreement for the reform of the Irish beef sector, the Minister for Agriculture has said. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Companies will not follow through on deal if pickets by farmers at meat plants continue

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a service for policemen killed by the IRA during the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Charlie Flanagan says he wants to remember police ‘murdered in the line of duty’

A file image of farmers protesting outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border. Photograph: PA.

Minister urges parties to step back from ‘entrenched positions’ and resolve row

Conservative MP Nigel Evans: ‘Two-thirds of the medicines Ireland gets come through the UK. If there are shortages in the UK, there’ll be shortages in Ireland.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Nigel Evans alleges that Ireland will also face shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The prospect of double All-Irelands on the same weekend means Dublin City Council has held off on its plans for a homecoming for either or both teams. Photograph: Ipnho

Five-in-a-row, three-in-a-row, treble-double and double at stake in bumper GAA weekend

AS many as four referendums could be required to bring about a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Academics to look at how unification might come about by democratic means

Max Hastings, a former newspaper editor and now a historian, accused Boris Johnson (pictured)  and his government of being ‘completely indifferent’ to the fate of Northern Ireland in the Brexit debate. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

Max Hastings says those keen to exit EU need to realise that Britain is no longer important

 People enjoying the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

High pressure will bring a welcome spell of sunshine across the country

According to myth, the Milesians from Galicia sailed to Ireland after their leader Breogán built a tower based on the Roman tower of Hercules which still stands in A Coruña.

Sport has taken off in a region which has a Celtic affinity to Ireland’s ‘brother culture’

The Victorian gentleman whose portrait is displayed underneath Nigel Farage’s name on the door of his Brussels office is of Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell.

Brexit Party leader has portrait of Irish leader on wall of his Brussels office

 One of the world’s largest tall ships, the Cuauhtémoc has arrived in Dublin Port for a five-day visit to the capital, carrying 257 crew. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Cuachtémoc, pride of the Mexican navy, will be open to the public from Friday to Monday

Cigarettes and other items were seized in the CAB raids on Thursday. Photograph: Garda

Detectives seize a car, laptop and documents in 10 different premises

The US naval boat was found floating in the water by the Doolin Express on Monday. Photograph: Doolin Ferry Company/Facebook

Drone-style vessel is used for gunnery training and may have drifted 5,500km across Atlantic

Charles Stewart Parnell in 1886 Photograph:  W Lawrence, Dublin.

Irish leader was famous for his obstructionist tactics at Westminster

Lady Rosse with a copy of Mary Ward’s book. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Offaly woman published several scientific books before fatal car crash 150 years ago

Fans watch the All-Ireland football final on the large screen at Smithfield Plaza. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fans came expecting the team to win a historic five-in-a-row

The funeral of Fr Tony Coote will take place in Mount Merrion, Dublin on Monday.Photograph:  The Irish Times

Priest died of motor neurone disease on Wednesday after diagnosis last year

Austin Stacks GAA club’s first female chairperson, Máiread Fernane. ‘I don’t want to be crying coming down on Sunday,’ she says. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

No team from this county has ever gone into an All-Ireland final as such underdogs

Seamus Darby behind the bar of Darbys The Greyhound at Chapel Street, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. Photograph:

Offaly man’s late, late goal thwarted Kerry’s attempt to win the five-in-a-row in 1982

Rathbeggan founder and owner Dave Robinson says the closure is a direct consequence of his insurance premiums going from €20,000 to €40,000 in a single year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rathbeggan Family Adventure Centre to shut its doors after 21 years on Sunday

Sunny weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, earlier this week. The weekend is expected to be rainy and windy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flood alerts issued and matches cancelled up to 50mm of rain falls in some counties

Simon Coveney: There is no country that wants a deal more than Ireland. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson’s government has put forward nothing credible, says Tánaiste

Former Kerry footballer Ger Power is one of just six footballers with eight All-Ireland medals.

Ger Power claims gains in pace and athleticism have transformed Gaelic football

Dr Sinéad Flanagan qualified as a  doctor in May of last year after

Limerick Rose and Love Island’s Greg O’Shea both went to Crescent College

The 2019  Rose of Tralee is Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan. Photograph:   Domnick Walsh

27-year-old junior doctor succeeds Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher

Dublin Rose Laura Vines’ dog Penny, high fives Dáithí Ó Sé onstage at the Rose of Tralee Festival Dome on Monday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Festival’s 60th edition competes with All-Ireland build-up for Kerry’s attention

An Irish soldier and an RUC officer share a joke at the original Irish Border in 1924. Still from Pathé, courtesy of the Irish Film Institute

British Pathé newsreel from 1924 depicts the ‘much debated Ulster Border’

Pat Quinlan, left, and Matt Quinlan, third from right

At least six Irish soldiers took their own lives as a result of the 1961 siege, survivors say

Murals in Republican and loyalist areas can give a one-sided view of the conflict, anti-terrorism experts say. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Romanticising the Troubles contributes to the risk of a return to violence, experts warn

Malachi O’Doherty: ‘It was a time when rock music, dancing and girls was all becoming available.’ Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Eyewitnesses to 1969: Memories of Battle of the Bogside and the start of the Troubles 50 years on

An Post has been given planning permission to hang two large banners outside the GPO.

Company secures permission for efforts to advertise Witness History Exhibition

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