Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted a spoof election video, released by Fine Gael and later deleted, was making a “serious point in a comical way”.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he has spoken with gardaí in Drogheda to offer assistance such as CCTV monitoring and additional resources in light of the murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods.
In Dublin homeless people living in tents say they feel safer in their current accommodation than in hostels, despite the serious injuries sustained by one man last week.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pledged to put the people responsible for the murder of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods in Drogheda’s gangland feud behind bars.
Staff at the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales, Australia have been recorded pushing back alligators with a broom after a flash flood caused the water level to rise in their enclosure. Video: Australian Reptile Park
Dermot Bannon allows his children to add their own touch to the kitchen floor of their new home on RTÉ's Room to Improve. Video: RTÉ
The US Senate has formally opened the impeachment trial against Donald Trump, with the US president dismissing the process as "a complete hoax." Video: Reuters
The National Botanic Gardens is hosting a series of Saturday guided walks called “biophilia tours” this January to encourage people to embrace their instinctive bonds with nature.
Fine Gael has pledged to keep wages rising and to create 200,000 new jobs between now and 2025 at the launch of the party's four part economic plan. Video: Bryan O'Brien
MMA star Conor McGregor says that he is "more grown, more experienced" ahead of his UFC comeback. Video: Reuters
Firefighters in New South Wales, Australia have saved dinosaur-era Wollemi Pine trees from the bushfires that have ravaged the country. The prehistoric trees were thought to be extinct until 200 of them were found near Sydney in 1994.
And they are off... as the election for the 33rd Dáil begins, Irish Times Political Editor Pat Leahy predicts what the big issues will be. Video: Bryan O'Brien/Reuters/Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael
Verona Murphy who contested a November byelection for Fine Gael in Wexford, before being dropped from the party ticket amid controversy over comments she made about immigration is seeking election as an Independent candidate. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Protesting farmers in their tractors and other vehicles brought traffic to a standstill in parts of Dublin city centre. Organisers say they are planning to continue their demonstration overnight. Video: Bryan O'Brien
Aer Lingus staff model the airline's new uniform in Dublin' s GHQ building, Docklands. Designed by Louise Kennedy, it replaces the uniform she created 22 years ago. Video: John Cassidy
Launching the Green Party's campaign, Eamon Ryan said that the coming election "is about the decade ahead, not just the next four or five years." The party is running candidates in every constituency in the country. Video: John Cassidy
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi says that time has revealed new "incriminating evidence" against US president Donald Trump as she announces the trial managers in the impeachment process against Trump. Video: C-Span
An investigation is underway after a homeless man was left in a serious condition when a utility vehicle removed his tent while he was sleeping it during a "tidy up" of the Grand Canal walkway at Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2. Video: Collins
Eyewitness footage has captured the pilot of a Delta Airlines Boeing 777-200 dumping fuel - injuring around 60 people - ahead of an emergency landing in Los Angeles.
US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren appeared to reject the offer of a handshake from fellow US Democrat nominee candidate Bernie Sanders following a tense TV debate. Video: CNN
The Brown Thomas spring fashion show takes place at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on a set of sand dunes suffused with colour. Video: Kathleen Harris
With its 3-litre V6, dual-turbo, diesel powerplant, the Audi S6 might seem anachronistic to some - especially given its price premium over the standard A6. So how does it perform on Irish roads? Video: Neil Briscoe
The general election will be held on Saturday, February 8th, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed, speaking outside Government Buildings before travelling to Áras an Uachtaráin to seek a dissolution of the 32nd Dáil from President Michael D Higgins. Video: John Cassidy & Bryan O'Brien
The Iranians have taken to the streets in protest after the government admitted, after three days of denials, that it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet. A detailed visual investigation in that seven-minute flight. Video: NYT
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited Northern Ireland to mark the restoration of the province's devolved executive after three years and to hold talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Video: Reuters
Alaskan police have found Tyson Steele, at the remains of his remote homestead after his cabin had burned down three weeks earlier. He had survived the blaze and snow after it had killed his dog and destroyed his home. Video: Alaskan State Troopers
The scene from Bantry to the M7 , with roaming trampoline , to Dalkey, Salthill and Howth as 48,000 customers were hit by power outages from Storm Brendan. Video: Liquid Curiosity, Michael Finnan, Tom Honan, Howth Coast Guard & Joe O'Shaughnessy
The Taal volcano began to erupt overnight with clouds of ash and steam eminating from the site. All flights were suspended from Manila airport, as authorities scrambled to evacuate nearby villagers. Video: Reuters
Wildlife officials in Australia have airdropped over two tonnes of vegetables in order to help feed species such as the endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby. Video: NSW DPIE Environment, Energy and Science
Flag-waving protesters have marched through the streets of Glasgow calling for a second referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. Video: Reuters
Protesters in Tehran have demanded the resignation of Iran's leaders after the Iranian military confirmed that they mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner, killing all 176 aboard. Video: Reuters
First Minister of Nothern Ireland Arlene Foster declares that "it's time to get Northern Ireland moving forward again" as politicians sit in Stormont for the first time in three years. Video: NI Assembly
Christopher Hogan, a third generation butcher, looks back on a lifetime serving customers as Hogans Butchers - open on Dublin's Wexford St since 1939 - closes for the final time. Video: Enda O'Dowd
The US navy has released footage of a near-collision between the USS Farragut and a Russian warship in the north Arabian Sea. Video: US navy
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for "genuine power sharing based on equality, respect and integrity" as the Northern parties agree to re-establish the Northern Executive and Assembly. Video: Reuters
Cork students Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan win the overall prize in the 2020 BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition for groundbreaking research on gender bias in young schoolchildren.
Iran’s ambassador to Ireland has ruled out Shannon Airport or Donald Trump’s golf resort in Co Clare becoming potential targets for Iran in any military escalation with the United States.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gave little away in response to questions on the general election date when he spoke to media ahead of a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party in Dublin. Video: John Cassidy
Wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been moved from other members of the Royal Family at Madame Tussauds, London. The museum made the changes following the couple's statement that they are to "step back" as senior royals.