Charles Byrne's remains  in the Hunterian Museum Royal College of Surgeons (2) courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the Hunterian Collection

Charles Byrne from Derry had gigantism which caused him to grow to more than 7ft 7ins

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone wants judges to have the power  to ban convicted sex offenders from using online dating apps. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone says judges should have explicit banning powers

“He was one of the best editors I ever worked for,” broadcaster Olivia O’Leary has said in defence of MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Broadcaster says Joe Mulholland was hugely supportive of women when working at RTÉ

Stardust families Antoinette Keegan, Eugene Kelly, Christine Keegan and Bridget McDermott hand out postcards outside the GPO Dublin, as part of the Stardust Postcard Campaign seeking a new inquests into the Stardust fire tragedy of 14th February 1981. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Lawyers for relatives of 48 people who died say there is evidence to warrant new inquiry

Joe Mulholland: had initially defended the number of women speaking in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Joe Mulholland says organisers are ‘working progressively’ to address programme failings

A total of 157 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads in 2017 compared to 186 in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Minister criticises ‘cynical filibustering’ of drink driving Bill in Dáil

Chairperson of I-CARE Angela Tourish said the centre risks closing at the end of the month.

‘We’re not sure where to go from here, you feel like you have let people down’

Dublin Airport asks passengers to check status of flight before arriving

The new vessel being deployed on the Dublin-Holyhead route will have capacity for 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and 3,100 freight lane metres

Company says freight volumes have surpassed the Celtic Tiger peaks of 2007

Plastic straws are to be phased out in favour of paper straws of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland from September.  Photograph: EPA

Plastic straws will be phased out of McDonald’s restaurants from September

Supporters of   Nonso Muojeke gathered at Leinster House on Thursday to hand in a petition to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. The supporters are concerned the Co Offaly teenager could be deported to his native Nigeria. Image: UpliftIRL/Twitter.

Supporters fear teenager, who has lived in Offaly since he was two, may have to leave State

Vicky Phelan has said the drug treatment she has been undergoing appears to be working and her tumours have shrunk significantly. File photograph: Collins Courts

Cervical cancer patient says she is responding well to new drug treatment

Bus Connects: overhauling 16 of Dublin’s key bus corridors could halve commuting time, according to the National Transport Authority. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bus Connects scheme will pay to landscape residents’ gardens and find new parking

EU comissioner Phil Hogan (pictured in Brussels on June 1st) said ‘there is still a real danger is that it will be the Rees-Mogg mutineers who will triumph’. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Phil Hogan raises prospect of second referendum, claiming British are seeing through ‘lies’

Niall Bowditch, pilot of the Irish Parachute Club Cessna plane that crashed on  May 13th last, killing him and his passenger,  Kasper Kacprzak (7), seen here in front of the ill-fated craft on the day of the crash.

Niall Bowditch and Kasper Kacprzak (7) killed as Cessna crashed in Clonbullogue last month

The Paddocks pub in Clonee, Dublin. Photograph: The Paddocks

Gardaí launch investigation after masked gunman demands cash from bar staff

The transfusion service said those who wish to donate should visit giveblood.ie to see if they are eligible. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Blood Transfusion Service urges donors to keep onside during busy summer months

Firefighters battle a gorse fire at Howth Head in Dublin as the hot weather persists throughout the country. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several fire crews tackling the blaze but no reports of injuries

 Vicky Phelan arriving at the Dáil prior to her appearance before the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the controversy last month. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Review to be carried out under auspices of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mayor of Drogheda Pio Smith  presents Séamus Mallon with the  Freedom of the Borough District of Drogheda at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda. Photograph: Jimmy Weldon

Former SDLP deputy leader praised for ‘huge role’ in the peace process

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  A call has been made for Dart stations to be manned at all times with trained workers to help people at risk of suicide.

Ó Ríordáin says having trained personnel to respond to situations would help address issue

People living in Skerries have been asked not to water gardens, wash cars, use power hoses and minimise their use generally until Monday.  Photograph: Getty

People are asked not to water gardens, wash cars or use power hoses

The public have been warned not to swim at Sandymount Strand. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Public warned not to swim at Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand

Prof Alf Nicholson, paediatrician at Temple Street hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

School rugby players with suspected concussion should be taken off the pitch immediately

The proportion of females reporting cocaine as their main problem drug rose from 14%  in 2010 to 23%  in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

Number of people being treated for cocaine addiction is 60% higher than three years ago

Shay Healy  receives a lifetime achievement award on stage at the IFTA Gala Television Awards in the RDS. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

Broadcaster Shay Healy also received a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony

Shane O’ Farrell, who died in a hit-and-run outside Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on August 2nd, 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts

Mother of Shane O’Farrell dismissed Ombudsman’s report as ‘inadequate’ and ‘unsatisfactory’

Caranua told survivors who may be eligible for funding that they must return application forms by August 1st to ensure that they can be processed.

The agency has advised survivors to make final applications before August 1st

The injured man has been removed to Tallaght hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

Appeal for witnesses as suspects being held at Ballyfermot and Ronanstown stations

People celebrate the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment at Dublin Castle. Fr Patrick McCafferty  said, many of the 1.4 million “Repealers need a reality check” of their own. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Belfast cleric urges people not to be ‘hypocritical and dishonest by using the church for a day’

Emma Mhic Mhathúna has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris to have her court case on Thursday settled. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘I will not die leaving this country in unsafe hands’: Protests take place country-wide

“The demand for data scientists and analysts is going to continue to grow.” Photograph: iStockphoto

Stem graduate output not keeping pace with the rate of jobs being created

Sunbathers enjoying beautiful sunshine in Salthill, Galway, on Wednesday.

Temperatures of up to 22 degrees in Ireland on Thursday as rain hits Iberian peninsula

Health charity says it is paying close attention to referendum on Eighth Amendment

Continuing work to fix damage to signalling equipment caused by a fire is set to lead to major disruption to Dart services over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Fire in a signal room last Friday has led to widespread disruption for Dublin commuters

Gardaí are calling on a couple who may have witnessed a sexual assault incident in Dublin to contact them. File photograph: Getty Images

Incident occurred in Harold’s Cross on Sunday

The cigarettes, branded ‘Benson & Hedges’ have a retail value of €27,000. Photograph: Revenue

Man appeared in court today charged in connection with seizure

Repeal appeal: Sharon Horgan and Aisling Bea in Irish Comedians Abroad: Be Our Yes

Video’s participants include Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan and Chris O’Dowd

Ed Sheeran will perform three shows in the Phoenix Park this week. File photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

FG’s Eithne Loftus takes issue with way Aiken Promotions planned Phoenix Park shows

Garda preserve the scene where a man was shot in the leg at Horse Yard,Thomas St, near Vicar St in Dublin 8. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gardaí say no arrests have been made and investigations are continuing

The rate of “practically perfect” births among Irish women is estimated to be less than 1 per cent, according to a newly published  study.  Photograph: Nicole S Young/E+/Getty.

‘Irish Medical Journal’ research says unrealistic expectations among first-time mothers present challenges

Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin said the two women “have not had the opportunity to call home or speak to their parents yet who are understandably very worried”.

TD says: ‘Girls are being looked after in prison but have not had the opportunity to call home’

Gardaí are investigating a shooting in Blanchardstown on Tuesday night. Photograph: Collins

Victim in his 40s shot in the leg in Fortlawn area of Blanchardstown at 10pm

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a teenaged boy in a lorry that came to Ireland from France.

Teenager was found in a trailer when it stopped at Croke Park on Tuesday

Michael Stokes who died on Saturday.

Bannon helped make home wheelchair accessible and suitable for the teenager’s needs

Mark Mitchell of Gradireland said it was another big year for the awards with 117 submissions in the judged awards categories

Professional services firm toasts quadruple success at Gradireland awards ceremony

By immersing graduates in a company’s culture, they are more likely to stay on. Photograph: iStock

With the number and breadth of graduate programmes on offer for the class of 2018, there has probably never been a better time to (...)

In a blog posted on the company’s website on Thursday, it said it had fixed the glitch. Photograph: Reuters

Twitter advised users to take precautions to ensure that their accounts are safe

“Although some derogatory words may seem trivial and innocent, they are the building blocks of stigma that may lead someone to conceal a mental health difficulty,” says See Change director John Saunders.

Terms such as ‘psycho’ and ‘schizo’ stigmatise ill and may prevent them seeking help

 Vicky Phelan from Annacotty, Co. Limerick,  said that two or three weeks ago, she  wasn’t feeling good  and was starting to go downhill but a new  drug is starting to take effect. File photograph: Collins Courts

New drug has allowed Limerick woman return to sleeping on a bed

 TDs Brendan Howlin,  Monica Barnes and  Alan Shatter at a hearing of the sub-committee on the Abbeylara incident, at Kildare House, Dublin, in April 2001. File photograph: Eric Luke

Barnes was first elected in 1982, after encouragement from Garret FitzGerald

Grainia Long, ISPCC; Prof Mona O’Moore, DCU; Alex Cooney, Cybersafe Ireland; Ian Power, Spunout.ie and Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children’s rights groups welcome Oireachtas decision to retain current limit of 13 years

The peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open studied the 15-16 age group and found smoking in that age group had dropped from 41 per cent in 1995 to 13 per cent in 2015.

‘BMJ Open’ reveals decline in cigarette use due to health fears, price and information

Vicky Phelan: “He’s the director-general of the HSE. I do not see how he could not have known about this before then. I don’t believe that.” File photograph: Collins Courts

Tony O’Brien has said he only learned of case from media reports after woman settled action

If you want funding for an MBA you may need to look to your employer or seek funding independently as the fees charged can be much higher than courses in other disciplines

Opting for an MBA might be a costly decision, but can be an investment that pays off several times over

The Union of Students in Ireland said it “cautiously” welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is “off the table” while the current Government is in office. File photograph: Getty Images

USI ‘cautiously’ welcomes statement from Mary Mitchell O’Connor that issue is parked

Breath test: the Bill before the Dáil introduces a mandatory ban for a first drink-driving offence if a motorist has a blood alcohol level of more than 50mg per 100ml. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Delaying tactics are costing lives, RSA chairwoman Liz O’Donnell claims

Save the 8th communications director John McGuirk during a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Anti-abortion group launches online petition calling on chairman to step down from role

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has defended her use of “Londonderry” while on a visit to Derry. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mary Lou McDonald’s use of ‘Londonderry’ follows meeting with Presbyterians in city

Sinn Féin has said it will support unionist and anti-Brexit campaigner Ian Marshall in this week’s Seanad byelection.

Former president of Ulster Farmers’ Union expected to win byelection later this month

Diane Daly, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and musician Jerry Fish help launch  Féile Classical. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media

Trip to Tipp back for one night only at Semple Stadium after 21 years

My Name Is Bridget; The Untold Story of Bridget Dolan and the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, by journalist Alison O’Reilly, was launched on Tuesday evening.

Thomas was taken from her when she was in St Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home in Dublin

Members of the GAA Athletes for a NO Vote group held an event in  Ballyfermot Sports and Fitness Centre on Saturday.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

GAA figures launched the GAA Athletes for a No Vote campaign in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a  Fine Gael event in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre urging a Yes vote in the upcoming abortion referendum. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar hits out at claims by No side in abortion campaign

Nathan Carter performs during ‘The Late Late Show Country Special’. Photograph: RTÉ

Singer is recalled as ‘Ireland’s Johnny Cash’ as musicians perform a medley of his hits

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty TD said she wanted those on JobPath to continue to benefit from practical work experience. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fom June all JobPath participants will have the option to access CE and Tús schemes

A  mature, healthy  ash tree. Ash dieback becomes apparent in trees if leaves turn brown, wilt and hang from their branches. It can spread to the entire branch and cause major damage to the tree if it spreads to the trunk.  File photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Disease becomes apparent in trees if leaves turn brown, wilt and hang from branches

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.  A call has been made for Dart stations to be manned at all times with trained workers to help people at risk of suicide.

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) (...)

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