Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has criticised TDs using their office to fast-track passport applications. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Donegal TD says he makes ‘no apology’ for helping constituents in isolated areas

During St Patrick’s weekend in 2018, over 2,500 people applied for passports using the online service. Based on current trends, the department said it expects to see that number double this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department prepares for 300,000 extra requests in event of UK crashing out of EU

Protesters outside The Ivy in Dublin on Thursday night. Photograph: Áine McMahon

Some protestors had booked tables in the Dublin restaurant

Pat Laffan (left) with  Fiaich Mac Conghail, former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre. File photograph: Eric Luke

79-year-old best known for roles in The Snapper and as Pat Mustard in Father Ted

New restrictions on cats, dogs, ferrets will apply if UK leaves EU without deal on March 29th

The PSNI said a 25-year-old man was injured in a ‘paramilitary-style’ gun attack in Lisfannon Park in Derry 7pm on Friday.  File photograph: Trevor McBride

Two men shot in both legs in separate incidents in Derry and Belfast

The woman with the Irish accent told ITV: “The people don’t have food. They’re struggling for food and money and everything is expensive, so I don’t know how they’re going to keep living.” Photograph: ITV

A former member of the Air Corps who worked on the Government jet converted to Islam

Secretary of state for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley said she wants to ‘deliver justice’ for families hurt by what she said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland secretary told Commons Troubles killings by soldiers ‘not crimes’

Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister, said the commissioner has agreed to a serious case review headed up by the assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien to lead team to look into murders

Ryan Adams plays guitar for Natalie Prass at the Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge on May 25th, 2015 in George, Washington. Photograph: Suzi Pratt/WireImage

Singer was due to perform two dates at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in at end of March

Clodagh Hawe’s mother, Mary Coll (right), sister Jacqueline Connolly (left) and another family member outside Cavan courthouse following an inquest in December 2017. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘Mam and I would never accept money from anyone on the back of our grief’

The scene of the fatal shooting on Friday at Foxdene, Clondalkin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to shooting in Clondalkin on Friday

Minister for Health Simon Harris said it was vital that users have confidence in the service they receive. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

New regulator will ensure services, including crisis pregnancy agencies, are safe for public

Complaints against two companies concerning anti-wrinkle treatment have  been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Companies fall foul of advertising rules for ‘misleading’ posts on Facebook and Instagram

Options under consideration could include breaks on capital gains tax, or on stamp duty for the “age-friendly” homes.

House-splitting and home-sharing among options proposed in Government report

Six fire engines and a water tanker were sent to deal with the fire at the Northwood Carrington apartment complex in Santry. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Six fire engines and water tanker deal with blaze at Northwood Carrington complex

The postponement of the introduction of the new VAT rate comes after Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wrote to Niall Cody, chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, on Monday about the issue. Photograph: iStock

New VAT rate has been put off until November 1st following intervention of Minister for Finance

Catherine Dunne:  “Writing is a mostly solitary occupation and sometimes we writers feel invisible.”  Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Previous recipients include Anne Enright, John Banville and Joseph O’Connor

 The operations were carried out by local gardaí along with various units from the force. File photograph: The Irish Times

Detentions relate to incidents of robbery, threats to kill and sale and supply of drugs

Minister for Tourism Shane Ross with  Tourism Ireland’s chairman, Joan O’Shaughnessy, and chief executive, Niall Gibbons. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill

Tourism Ireland adds to list that includes the Colosseum and Sydney Opera House

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is among the Irish and international sports stars that have backed an online campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancer services.  File photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images.

Irish Cancer Society says initiative led to €27,000 in text donations in two days

Thirty-eight people have died from flu in the last seven weeks and the number of influenza related hospitalisations and outbreaks increased last week, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has said. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire.

Most of the deaths reported this winter have been among those aged 65 and older

Gardai were called to the scene at a pub in Greystones at around 9:30pm on Thursday night.  Photograph: The Irish Times

A garda spokesman said his death is not being treated as suspicious

Patricia Foley

Wife of late ‘Irish Times’ news editor Donal Foley was lifelong Labour supporter

The PSNI post related to a crime committed in Northern Ireland and was accompanied by a picture of bank notes and a bag of drugs.

Image had been found to contravene Facebook’s community standards

Gardaí and Luas staff at the scene on Cookstown Way, near Tallaght where a  woman was killed. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Incident happened at about 10am between the Cookstown and Tallaght Hospital stops

The HSE has begun High Court proceedings against Eamon Murphy whom it alleges has set up a misleading ‘My Options’ website.

HSE took Eamon Murphy to court over confusingly similar ‘My Options’ service

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Athy Garda Station 059-8634210 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 Photograph: iStock

Woman was treated at the scene in Athy but was pronounced dead a short time later

The operation involved searches and arrests supported by armed checkpoints which were conducted on the approach roads to Kilkenny city and the surrounding areas Photograph: iStock

Gardaí said arrests were for various offences including Misuse of Drugs Act and warrants

From left to right: Ellen O’Sullivan, Women’s Irish tag rugby team, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr James Collins, Lesley Walsh, Women’s Irish tag rugby team and Paul Clinch, Men’s over 50s Irish tag rugby team at the University of Limerick to launch the 2021 Tag Rugby World Cup which will take place in Limerick Photograph: Oisin McHugh/True Media

Event is expected to attract up to 3,500 international participants to the region

Teacher John Toner at  Presentation College, Headford, Co Galway. He says the cost of postgraduate teaching courses are “frightening off people who don’t want to get into debt”.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It costs more and can take longer to become a teacher than a doctor

Learner drivers face six months disqualification if they incur a total of seven penalty points within a two-year period. Photograph: iStock

In 2018, learners received 448 notices to appear in court for not paying €80 fine

A  car belonging to the daughter of QIH’s Tony Lunney after an arson attack last October.

The two men were attacked while buying lunch in a shop in Ballyconnell

The Midlands centre made a decision to discharge one child on the basis that they posed a risk to other children and these risks were well documented in centre records, the Hiqa report said.

Midlands residential care home staff did what they could to keep children safe

Fr John Cummins who died on Wednesday. Photograph: Portlaoise parish/Twitter

Fr John Cummins died following the incident outside parochial house in Abbeyleix

There are 200 places available on the primary PME across four primary teacher training colleges.

Entry requirements for Masters programme will come into effect in September 2020

The scene of the collision between a car and a lorry on the M50  which claimed the life of Jackie Griffith Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Graphic images, video of collision which killed Jackie Griffin distributed on social media

An overturned car on the road between Croghan and Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Roscommon on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Peter Daly

Schools closed and buses cancelled as ‘significant accumulations in places’

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue made 11 representations to Revenue for constituents. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Fianna Fáil TD Aindrias Moynihan made the most number of representations in 2018

The Boomtown Rat’s biggest hit had been credited to Bob Geldof alone. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Keyboardist’s name added to copyright details for 1979 Boomtown Rats hit

The pair in their 70s died in the crash near the Monaghan and Armagh border

 Met Éireann said northwest winds, with mean speeds of 55km/h to 65 km/h and gusts of between 90km/h and 110 km/h, are expected. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gusts of up to 110km/h expected with alert in place across 13 counties from Saturday night

The DPC inquiry will look into Twitter’s compliance with article 33 of the GDPR. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Social media platform notified DPC of GDPR breach around personal data safeguarding

The woman who died  in Co Galway  had been taken by  ambulance to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An 80-year-old woman and a man in his 40s were killed in separate incidents

The two female cubs were around 1.5kg at birth. Photograph: Aisleen Greene, Dublin Zoo

Female cubs add to numbers of the tiger with Russian origins, as just 500 remain in wild

 The scene of a fatal collision between a car and a lorry on the M50 at the Northbound N2/Finglas interchange. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí ask members of public not to share crash images

A spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade said the driver of a private bus pulled over when there was a smell coming from the engine. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Two fire engines attended fire on private bus near Ashtown roundabout

Monica Lewinsky advocates for a safer social media environment and addresses such topics as digital resilience, privacy, cultivating compassion, overcoming shame, and equality for women. Photograph: James Duncan Davidson/TED/REUTERS

Anti-bullying activist to address human resources Talent Summit in Conference Centre

Cavan-Monaghan TD Brendan Smith is seeking a nomination to run for Fianna Fáil in the European elections in May.   File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Brendan Smith is the second senior Fianna Fáil figure to declare his candidacy in a day

File photograph of LÉ Samuel Beckett which escorted a detained fishing vessel to Galway.

Ship held about 150km off west coast by Naval Service

Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, which was damaged by fire on Thursday night. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister ‘deeply concerned’ over fire at disused hotel earmarked for asylum seekers

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said the  Bill  would resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor-assisted births. Photograph: Donall Farmer/ The Irish Times

Minister says preparation of the Civil Registration Bill 2019 has been approved

The 39-room Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey. Image: Google Street View

Fire may have been started deliberately in reception of Shannon Key West Hotel

Shauna Tighe (14) with her brother Daniel (11), who has a rare genetic condition called Sotos syndrome. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Census figures show there were 3,800 carers in Ireland under age 15 in 2016

Prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with his present from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose  department spent €6,649.17 on VIP gifts  in the 11-and-a-half months to mid-December 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Green jersey at €60 a pop a staple of diplomacy with cufflinks, books and Celtic brooch

The Irish Cancer Society is publishing advice for patients on how best to deal with the charges. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Cancer Society calls on HSE to stop ‘cruel and unusual’ practice

Reports of drones flying over Gatwick Airport led to flights being grounded. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Airport apologises for any inconvenience but says safety is its ‘foremost priority’

Carol Nolan, Mattie McGrath and Michael Collins at the KBC branch on  Baggot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Bank agrees to meet three Independent Deputies after sit-in on Baggot Street

Seán Garland: helped secure   Official IRA ceasefire of May 1972. Photograph: Frank Miller

Key figure in securing Official IRA ceasefire in 1972

 One Trinity College student said  they were informed 20 minutes before their exams were due to begin at 5pm that the hall had to be evacuated. File photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Students frustrated by ‘teething problems’ which led to tests being delayed

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern visited Papua New Guinea and Bougainville in October.

The former taoiseach will head chair the Bougainville Referendum Commission

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on ‘The Late Late Show’. Photograph: RTÉ

Taoiseach also tells ‘The Late Late Show’ he does not think the HSE is fit for purpose

Lifeline said the patient was scheduled for a 30-minute appointment but stayed longer and ambulance crew ran out of safe hours.

Keith Cargill was to be collected at 4pm but the ambulance did not arrive until 6.30pm

Pete Shelley of the Manchester 70’s punk rock band Buzzcocks performing at the Academy, Abbey Street, Dublin on Friday 23rd October 2009. File photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks had suspected heart attack

Gardaí in Co Longford have appealed for witnesses to an incident at Ferriskill on Monday. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí issue appeal for information on event in Co Longford that left man injured

School profile: St Eunan’s College, Co Donegal

An image of the location where the stolen parts and machinery were found Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Facebook

A number of items have been identified as having been recently stolen in the UK

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath:   measures will support people with disabilities to enter into employment or increase their employment capacity. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Workers can earn up to €427 per week without anxiety of losing medical card

In a letter circulated to Fórsa members, senior general secretary of Fórsa, Shay Cody said they will reconstitute a new network in January. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chairman of Fórsa Youth Network criticises decision

Orla Tinsley, Cystic Fibrosis campaigner is ‘proof of the power of storytelling’, the PRII has said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Award recognises Ms Tinsley’s ‘tireless campaigning’

Martyn Turner stands by examples of his work on display at CHQ in Dublin Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Artist first began contributing cartoons to ‘The Irish Times’ in 1971

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said money laundering is a crime that helps serious criminals and terrorists to function. File photograph: Eric Luke

Regulations will bring gambling service providers within scope of anti-money laundering law

Gardaí have issued more than 500 fixed penalty notices in recent months to motorists exceeding the reduced speed limit on the M7. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

32 motorists prosecuted for dangerous driving between Junctions 8 and 11 on the M7

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The incident occurred this morning at Lismanny, Laurencetown, Ballinasloe

DUP councillor David Ramsey said it was important everyone was made to feel welcome in the city.

DUP councillors insist on advert’s removal

 Church of Ireland  Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Dr Richard Clarke is among signatories to a letter on Brexit from churches across the island of Ireland. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Joint statement advises public representatives ‘to weigh their words carefully’

A man in his 80s has died following a single-vehicle crash on the M8.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Driver dies after car crashes through M8 central median and onto an embankment

Container ships at Dublin Port. A man reportedly died after a container fell on him at South Bank Quay. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Gardaí are investigating after a container reportedly fell on a worker in Ringsend

Bertie Ahern said he would like to see another Brexit referendum but said it would be a “trapdoor situation” which he hoped would not be needed. File photograph: The Irish Times

Varadkar and Irish negotiators doing well so far – but we must hold our line, says Ahern

Referee Daniel Sweeney in hospital following the attack

Daniel Sweeney left with jaw, eye socket fractures following pub car park attack

Image from 2002 of auctioneer Denis Drum. File photograph: Frank Miller

The well-known figure is remembered as an ‘incredibly hard worker and a great friend’

Cloverhill courthouse on the grounds of Wheatfield Prison, Dublin Photograph: Collins, Dublin

Man in late 20s currently serving five year term for serious road traffic incident

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the British Irish Council’s 31st summit meeting. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

British and Irish leaders meet for Brexit-dominated summit on Isle of Man

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said it is “very clear to me that Theresa May will have a job of work to do if she is going to get this through Cabinet.”. Photograph: Reuters

‘She has to do the maths as to whether she can proceed without our support in parliament’

A team of 30 gardaí based at Pearse Street Station took part in the arrests of 13 people in Dublin’s south inner city. File photograph: Getty Images

10 of those arrested have appeared before Dublin District Court

Only one-quarter of nine-year-olds reached the World Health Organisation’s recommended level of daily physical activity, the Growing Up in Ireland study found. Photograph: iStock

Young children in lower-income families twice as likely to be overweight, study suggests

Garda Ombudsman:  expects to begin recruiting additional staff immediately. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Additional personnel welcomed as ‘real political support for Garda oversight’

 A  plane coming in to land at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia.  Photograph: Reuters

Man (25) was travelling from Los Angeles to Sydney on October 10th

Scaffolding at Tyrrelstown Educate Together School in Dublin, one of two schools n that has been closed amid concerns over “significant structural issues”. File photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

A further 13 schools build by Western Building Systems are the subject of ongoing structural assessment and analysis

A screenshot of St Cronan’s School’s campaign to prevent the deportation of a nine-year-old student, Eric Zhi Ying Xue.

Minister for Health says he got some good news about boy’s case from the Department of Justice

Brendan O’Carroll originally planned to play the lead role himself, but the actor initially cast to play the character fell ill.

Comedian reveals elderly gentlemen bring flowers to studio to ask Mrs Brown out

Gardaí in Finglas have launched an investigation

Injuries are not life-threatening after gun shot to the arm

John Reynolds, owner of POD nightclub, has died. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Nephew of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds is best known for setting up Electric Picnic

“Flu vaccine uptake in Ireland amongst healthcare workers now compares favourably with other countries in Europe where traditionally uptake has been low.” Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Healthcare workers and at-risk groups urged to get vaccinated ahead of winter months

Michael Jansen at the launch of her new book, Windows on Interesting Times in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Michael Jansen has been writing for more than half a century on people and events in the Middle East

The Bord na Móna plan could mean up to 850 redundancies in the peat harvesting business over the next decade. Photograph: Pat Sammon

Move part of company restructure as firm eyes greener energy sources over next decade

Students who took sexual consent classes at Trinity College Dublin  found them relevant to college life, an Oireachtas committee was told on Tuesday. File photograph: Eric Luke

Students’ union says support services ‘stretched to the limit’

The vehicle hitting the level crossing gates Photograph: Irish Rail/Twitter

Delays reduced to between five and 10 minutes by 9pm on Friday

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