Britain’s prime minister Theresa May has ruled out remaining in a customs union after Brexit, instead proposing two alternative models. Both of which were shot down by the EU, according to the report. Photograph: PA

Plan subjected to ‘systematic and forensic annihilation’ by Brussels

More than a third of the women who contacted the Women’s Aid domestic abuse charity last year said they found gardaí were ‘unhelpful’ in their experience.

Women’s Aid says 19,385 disclosures of abuse made to the domestic abuse charity last year

Fine Gael MEP Mairéad McGuinness called on the Government to look at Ireland’s electoral boundaries to accommodate two additional European Parliament seats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland will see number of MEPs it elects rise from 11 to 13 as a result of UK leaving EU

Gardaí have appealed for information regarding an incident which led to a man  with gunshot damage to his hand arriving at the Mater hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gunshot injuries not believed to be life-threatening

Gardasil: the International Federation for Injured Children and Adults claims the HSE has not co-operated “in relation to reports of hundreds of girls in Ireland reacting adversely to the HPV vaccine”Photograph: Getty

Campaign group hosting event to address health service’s ‘lack of co-operation’

IHCA president Dr Tom Ryan said an increasing number of specialist consultant posts are being filled by doctors who are not eligible to be on the Medical Council’s Specialist Register. Photograph: Getty Images

Consultant body calls on the Minister to urgently act on the specialist training issue

Children’s author Alison Healy with illustrator Fintan Taite at the launch of her book ‘How Billy Brown saved the Queen’ at Hodges Figgis bookshop, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Alison Healy says ‘How Billy Brown Saved the Queen’ is aimed at children who find maths difficult

UCC medical student Fionnuala Crowley is critical of the HPAT test for new entrants. After twice failing the test she tried a third time – but  used a different approach. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Attempts to diversify entry to medicine have failed – and recent changes may have deepened inequalities

Louise Kenny, a professor of obstetrics and a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Obstetrician says abortion law has impact on how people with cancer are treated

Vera Twomey from Aghabullogue, Co Cork, with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet syndrome. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Young girl travelled to Netherlands with family last year to treat Dravet syndrome

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he believes violence can, in certain circumstances, be justified to reach political aims. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ex-Sinn Féin chief says: ‘The people that I know didn’t go to war. The war came to us’

Banba Toymaster says anti-abortion material was sent without its consent

Former Siptu president Jack O’Connor has been selected as the party’s candidate to contest the next General Election in Wicklow. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Traditional Labour values of equality and economic justice are key to a better future, he said

A commemoration march in Dublin on Wednesday evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King was attended by Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha and Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Campaigner says housing is a ‘human right’ at commemoration of slain civil rights leader

Síona Cahill (25), from Longford, is the new president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

Longford woman had served two terms in Maynooth University’s Students’ Union

Gay dating app Grindr (above) has defended its practices after a BuzzFeed report that it sent sensitive user data – including HIV status, location and email – to at least two third-party services. File photograph: PA

Disclosing HIV status without permission should never have occurred, says lobby group

File image of late author Emma Hannigan. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Breast Cancer Ireland announces new medical award dedicated to the late author

‘The lifting of the Good Friday alcohol ban brings Ireland in line with all other European destinations, including the Vatican.’

The scrapping of the restriction was set in motion by a court ruling eight years ago

“By the time a [cancer] patient arrives in an emergency department they are probably not only presenting with acute symptoms, but wracked with worry and fearful about what happens next.” File photograph: Getty Images

Overwhelming majority of cancers detected in A&E are at late stage – Irish Cancer Society

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson (centre) with his solicitor Joe McVeigh (centre left) outside Belfast Crown Court after Mr Jackson was found not guilty of raping a woman at a property in south Belfast in June 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Joe McVeigh: Inadequacies in complainant’s evidence merited further scrutiny before trial

Confidential Recipient  Leigh Gath said the families of those making complaints about HSE care for vulnerable adults  are receiving little or no respite.

Confidential Recipient says staff fear reprisals from employers or other staff

Three men were arrested and gardaí have recovered two high-powered cars after a burglary in Nenagh. File photograph: Google Street View

Three males aged 22, 21 and 15 from Dublin west held at Nenagh and Roscrea Garda stations

The Educate Together schools, in Tramore, Trim, New Ross, Castlebar, and Tuam will now be able offer places to fill full-size classes of 26 children for the coming school year. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Schools previously told they would only be able to bring in 13 junior infants this year

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  Irish Rail said normal services would operate from first service on Friday morning.

Passengers faced delays on trains after incident at Shankill station

The collision  happened at  Station Road, Ballinasloe, shortly before 6pm on Thursday. Photograph: Google Street View

Incident involves two vehicles near Station Road, Ballinasloe at 6pm on Thursday

Valerie Cox:  worked in RTÉ for 21 years before her retirement in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Broadcaster found to have discriminated against reporter on age grounds

Dublin Fire Brigade has asked anyone who thinks they have fallen victim to the advertising scam to contact detectives in Pearse Street. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Brigade says rogue promotional offers made to companies and cash taken from acounts

Aengus Mac Grianna during the News at One on RTÉ television on Saturday

Newsreader went viral in 2013 after footage emerged of applying powder

The City Bin Company says the cost of disposing green bins is four times higher than it was a year ago. File image:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The City Bin Company has written to customers saying they will face an extra €22.80 a year

Seizure made on the Pigeon House road area in Ringsend

Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin: more expensive than London to live in due to the strength of the euro and weaker sterling.

Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Ireland 19th dearest city, with London in 30th place

Ciara Ní É: ‘The Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge course specifically caters for people who are looking to get in to translation and interpretation’

Ciara Ní É from Clontarf, Dublin studied UCD’s Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge

Katie Rose Whelan: ‘The Bliain na Gaeilge campaign is vital in portraying Gaeilge as the language it is rather than confining it to the school subject that it’s perceived to be’

Katie Rose Whelan works as a Comhalta Teagaisc (teaching fellow) in Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge (the Irish language department) (...)

Siún Ní Dhuinn: ‘I think it’s time to re-evaluate the narrative around the language’

Profile: Siún Ní Dhuinn is digital co-ordinator for Irish language content at RTÉ

Danny Healy-Rae: Rural young people need to learn to drive at a younger age compared to their urban counterparts due to a lack of public transport.

Proposed laws for unaccompanied learner drivers ‘anti-rural’, says Independent TD

Student demonstrators demanding a referendum on  the Eighth Amendment at Parnell Square in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigners warn against complacency and urge May referendum on Eighth Amendment

Higher level of vitamin associated with 20 per cent lower risk of cancer in Japanese research

Numerous people tweeted the Bank Of Ireland customer service Twitter account, @talktoBOI, complaining their wages and other sums of money appeared to have disappeared from their accounts.  File photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

‘Disappeared’ cash is result of a technical processing issue, says bank spokesman

Tallaght hospital said those who were unable to attend work at the hospital because of the severe weather would receive pay without any deduction. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

HSE had suggested employees unable to attend would have to use holidays to cover absences

Tina Satchwell: has been missing from her home on Grattan Street in Youghal since March 20th, 2017. Photograph: Irish Examiner

Husband of woman missing from Cork believes she went to sort ‘her own feelings out’

Gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a man in his 70s at a house in Connolly Place in Waterford.

Foul play not suspected after deceased in his 70s found in house at Connolly Place in city

Ireland’s  Sophie Spence  after her team’s Women’s Rugby World Cup game against Australia in Belfast in August 2017. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

New survey also finds that ‘lack of interest’ is main reason for not engaging with female sports

People cross  O’Connell Bridge in Dublin during Storm Emma.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Blood Transfusion Service has only three days supply left of certain blood groups

 The   Lidl supermarket on Fortunestown Lane in west Dublin, after it was looted and vandalised with a digger.  Photograph: Chai Brady /PA Wire

Two other stores also attacked in Citywest, gardaí have made arrests

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted a photo of himself visiting baby Max and his parents with the caption – “In Holles St, I met newborn Max, the late Garret FitzGerald’s great-grandson. Here I am with Max and his mum Ciara and dad Brian.”

Max Byrne, descendant of late taoiseach, born on Thursday

Project is the brainchild of Dublin GAA footballer Philly McMahon who grew up in Ballymun. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin GAA star Philly McMahon’s project aims to support young of Ballymun, Whitehall

Croke Park area residents protesting over plans to hold additional concerts in the venue. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerts capped at three to preserve ‘quality of life’ of those in north side’s cordoned zone

Emma Hannigan: Supporters have joined together to promote the bestselling Irish author’s new book  after she announced her cancer is terminal.

Letters to my Daughters author revealed last week her battle with breast cancer is terminal

The fire brigade said there were no reports of death or  injury. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade: Multiple tenders called to scene and blaze brought under control

Longer and more frequent Luas trams will travel through College Green by the end of March, requiring priority access to meet journey-time targets. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move to take effect from Monday, March 5th, in attempt to facilitate longer Luas trams

iTunes scam: the fraud is aimed mainly at vulnerable older people. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Galway victim conned into buying €2,200 worth of vouchers

Mary Lou McDonald: “If language carries a negative connotation, you reclaim it. The last place I want any of us to go to, is the past.” Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’ rallying cry at ardfheis forever associated with IRA armed campaign

Bestselling author Emma Hannigan  took to her official Facebook page on Friday and told fans her battle with cancer was coming to an end. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

‘The love in my heart is all that matters now. I am broken-hearted at having to say goodbye …’

Ian Marshall said he was not affiliated with any political party and would be an Independent if got a Seanad seat.

Move by anti-Brexit campaigner Ian Marshall follows approach from Taoiseach

National Lottery have urged people to check their lottery tickets after each draw. Photograph: The Irish Times

Man had heard about the win locally but it didn’t occurred to him to check his ticket

Joanne Lee (38) was reported missing on Wednesday.

Deceased, in her late 30s, found by gardaí investigating missing persons case

A report from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) confirmed the suspension of water charges would continue until December 31st, 2018.

Bills for use of more than 213,000 litres per year will not be issued until July 2019

Gardaí said a prolonged and intense investigation was conducted involving co-operation with police forces from other jurisdictions.

Suspect due in Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Saturday

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams leaves Stormont for the last time in his role as party leader. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Outgoing party leader says Belfast Agreement is in ‘disrepair’ but can be fixed

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick criticises views expressed by Dr Ali Selim in RTÉ interview

Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his partner Susanne Thier and ITaoiseach Leo Varadkar stand prior the opening of the Opera Ball 2018, the sumptuous highlight of the Austrian capital’s ball season, on February 8th, 2018 at the State Opera House in Vienna. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/AFP/Getty Images

Gulf between Sinn Féin and Fine Gael remains too wide for coalition, says Taoiseach

Dr Ali Selim: “I’m not an advocate of female genital mutilation but I am an advocate of female circumcision. We see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Dr Ali Selim says circumcision should be carried out if advised by a medical doctor

Gardaí investigating death of Jason Molyneux urge public to come forward

Moves to changes how religion is taught in primary schools have met with resistance from many Catholic groups, who fear it will undermine the ethos of their schools. Photograph: iStock

With 95 per cent of schools under religious control, some argue the requirement amounts to State-sponsored discrimination

File photograph of Irene White

Jennifer McBride says she is glad she read out impact statement outside murder trial

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I am running out of words adequate to express the horror and inhumanity and barbarism of people who have for years exploited the weakest.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dr Martin was speaking at annual commemoration for families that have lost loved ones to drugs and alcohol

The boil-water notice was put in place on Monday as a precautionary measure to protect about 65,000 people served by the Vartry plant. File photograph: iStock

Woodstock business park in Kilcoole only place still affected by fault at Vartry plant

Revenue officers working with gardaí discovered the drugs concealed inside a large soft toy at a house in Dublin 15 on Wednesday morning.  Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man arrested as 11.5kg of herbal cannabis and €10,000 of cocaine seized in west Dublin

Since Monday, gardaí carried out 19 searches in Co Kilkenny, with support from the Garda Regional Armed Support Unit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

People arrested in relation to theft, assault, fraud, robbery and burglaries, 19 charged

Fr Pat Collins told ‘The Irish Catholic’ newspaper demand for exorcism services had “risen exponentially” in recent years. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Church ‘out of touch with reality’ and should provide at least one practitioner per diocese

Eighth Amendment: “I have great difficulty in forcing a woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest” to go through with her pregnancy, Micheál Martin said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil leader says Eighth Amendment cannot keep Ireland abortion free

Some of the paraphernalia found after gardaí raided a suspected crystal meth making facility in Walkinstown, Dublin. Image: Facebook.

Drugs valued at up to €450,000 and other paraphernalia found at scene in Walksintown

Katie Ascough said she accepted an award from UK group ‘Right to Life’  on behalf of ‘all students and right-to-lifers’ who suffer ‘unjust discrimination because of their beliefs’. File photograph: Jack Power

Katie Ascough given award for ‘extraordinary and notable work’

Howth harbour, where a car has fallen into the water. Emergency services  are at the scene

No confirmed reports of whether anybody was in vehicle at Dublin fishing village

‘Being completely honest, we all hate homework. We know it has to be done but it has a big impact,’ says Sarah Jayne Tobin (above) with her son Nathan Fanagan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some educationalists argue that homework provides little benefit for young children. Now, an Oireachtas committee is examining cal(...)

Dolores O’Riordan died on January 15th, 2018 in London at the age of 46. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Police not treating death of Cranberries singer as suspicious

A 1985 file image of Joanne Hayes, who has received an apology over the botched garda investigation into the Kerry babies case. Image: Tom Lawlor.

Taoiseach apologised on behalf of State, saying Joanne Hayes had been ‘very badly treated’

In Dublin Airport on Saturday, Revenue officers seized approximately 24,000 Benson and Hedges cigarettes. File photograph: Getty Images

Alcohol, cigarettes and medicine netted by Revenue as officers continue investigations

Kathleen Chada: “It turned out he had a gambling problem – it was hiding in plain sight.” Photograph: Collins Courts

Bereft Kathleen Chada sets up victim support group to press for ‘changes to sentencing’

The southbound lanes of the motorway between junctions 26 (Nenagh) and 27 (Birdhill) are expected to remain closed to traffic overnight until Wednesday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two people taken to University Hospital Limerick in wake of three-vehicle incident

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin offers the sign of peace to  Christina Buckley during Mass in 2010. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Archdiocese reminds those suffering from virus they are not obliged to attend Mass

RTÉ presenter Kathryn Thomas is expecting a child after suffering two miscarriages in three years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Presenter, who is pregnant, urges women with similar histories to remain positive

Moorehall House and Estate has just been acquired by Mayo County Council.

Mayo County Council is to develop the historical estate after acquiring it from Coillte

A general view of Kliapeda in Lithuania where an Irish man was found dead on Thursday. Image: Google Streetview.

Man in his 20s was found unresponsive by police in Klaipeda on Thursday morning

A 21-year-old man is receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries after being shot on Cherry Orchard Parade (general view above) on Thursday night. File photograph: Google Street View

21-year-old receiving treatment tonight for injuries not believed to be life-threatening

Michael Gallagher (75) presented at the emergency department of the Waterford Hospital on December 1st, received an advanced cancer diagnosis on December 7th following a CT scan and died on December 17th.

Son of 75-year-year old cancer patient complains about final days of his father at Waterford hospital

Photograph of the wreckage printed in The Irish Times on December 30th, 1972. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

On December 28th 1972, a car bomb exploded in Belturbet, Co Cavan, killing two teenagers

RTÉ broadcaster Ray D’Arcy’s father, a retired soldier, passed away on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ray D’Arcy senior’s funeral will take place in Kildare on Saturday

An Irish-based lottery player won almost €39 million in Friday night’s EuroMillions draw.

‘At this stage we don’t know if it’s a single winner or a syndicate’

Gardaí said there may have been an altercation outside the Blanchardstown before the car struck the boy at around 5pm and the driver left the scene. Photograph: Jack Power.

Eyewitness said car ‘came straight onto path’ and hit the boy before turning and driving off

The scene of the crash on the  N7 road between Naas and Johnstown in Co Kildare. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

A fourth youth is seriously injured as motorists experience tailbacks in Co Kildare

A longer PIN will make your phone more secure, researchers say. Photograph: iStock

Hackers can crack a smartphone’s PIN using sensors on the device

The National Lottery has appealed to  players, especially those in Co Meath, to check their tickets with only hours left to claim a prize won in the EuroMillions Plus draw on Tuesday, September 26th last. File photograph: Getty Images

€7 Quick Pick ticket bought on September 25th at Kilmoon Service Station, Ashbourne

Gardai believe the man’s injuries are consistent with assault.  Photograph: The Irish Times

The injured man was found unconscious on Clonliffe avenue this morning

Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner Orla Tinsley has been waiting on life-support for a double lung transplant. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner got seventh call this week after six donors unsuitable

Orla Tinsley has received six calls about a possible double lung transplant to date, but the donors were found not to be a match.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 30-year-old from Kildare says she is ‘fighting intensely’ while waiting for a double lung transplant

President Michael D Higgins highlighted the international refugee crisis.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The President’s Christmas message thanks people who work to help the vulnerable in society

Director of the Residential Tenancies Board Rosalind Carroll: strong demographic and economic growth matched with low supply are “continuing to put significant pressure on the private rental market”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Residential Tenancies Board says average rent now 7% higher than close of 2007

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said “more rough sleepers are now engaged with our services”.

Housing department figures reveal 4% increase on those without home in October

Ed Sheeran said receiving a MBE was a “big deal” for him and his father. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Singer-songwriter wishes his Belfast born grandad saw him receive MBE

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