Galway came out on top for walkability and had the highest age-friendly urban index score. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Galway top of Irish cities for walkability, Dublin for safety, while Cork fares less well

Thai workers at Codd Mushrooms, employed under a special permit scheme. Photograph: Alison Healy

Non-EEA workers needed to plug labour gaps as European economies improve, firms say

Kian Louët-Feisser of the Carlingford Oyster Company hard at work. Photograph: Carlingford Oyster Company

Product now on sale in some of the top oyster bars frequented by expanding middle class

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Unconfined joy among some of Charlie Haughey’s most fervent supporters when returned as taoiseach in 1987

Brian Keenan was teaching at the American University of Beirut when he was kidnapped by the pro-Iranian Islamic Jihad in April 1986. He was freed in 1990. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Attempt to upgrade diplomatic representation in Tehran in exchange for help in securing release ‘cynical and disquieting’

Kate Owens (36), who suffocated her baby boy, was an “exemplary prisoner”, according to the Catholic chaplain. Photograph: David Sleator

Mother who strangled baby and woman who poisoned neighbour moved in with religious orders after their sentences were commuted, fil(...)

One Washington-based letter writer wrote several times to taoiseach Charles Haughey, urging him to use the writings of L Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, to resolve the conflict in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Chris Ware/Getty Images

Taoiseach Charles Haughey received some novel advice from members of the public on how to end the Troubles

The Garda branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association travelled with their families to Rome in September 1956, where they were granted an audience with Pope Pius XII. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government resisted pressure to settle debts after learning gardaí had paid British travel agency

San Francisco: Cork councillor Bernie Murphy’s antics during his trip to the city left Irish officials red-faced. Photograph: AP Photo/HO/John Storey

Colourful Cork councillor Bernie Murphy’s visit, which made front-page headlines in the US, caused great embarrassment to Irish di(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey greets Crown Prince Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia upon his arrival at Dublin Airport for a two-day state visit in June 1988. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Briefing for visit of Crown Prince Abdullah also advised covering wine bottles with ‘veil’

Keem Strand on Achill Island, Co Mayo: 73 members of the Junior Soldiers Company of the North-Irish Brigade in Ballymena had planned a week-long stay in August 1964. The adventure camp was to include swimming, climbing, canoeing and water skiing. Photograph : Design Pics / Gareth McCormack

Junior British soldiers planned holiday camp on island in 1964 but cancelled after protests

Adare Manor: When it was offered for sale in 1980, taoiseach Charles Haughey received many representations from people who believed the State should consider acquiring it. Photo: Murray Consultants

Department of Foreign Affairs chief of protocol said ‘standard of service was not adequate for a meeting of this type’

The Belfast-Dublin express train arrives at Connolly Station, Dublin, in 1987. Photograph: Jack McManus

Frequent bomb attacks on the railway line during the Troubles caused severe damage and disrupted services

Willie John McBride was unrepentant about his decision to take part in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in 1989. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

Government and public condemnation forced rugby body to apologise and vow never to play in the country while apartheid laws remain(...)

Kilkea Castle in Co Kildare was home to the Duke of Leinster.

State papers: Charles Haughey had to intervene in row after Duke of Leinster requested 16th-century stone table be given to county(...)

Irish Republican and Sinn Féin politician Harry Boland in New York in 1919. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton|Archive

State papers: Michael Collins’s associate Harry Boland received jewels as collateral for government’s loan of $20,000 to Russia

A quick online search will reveal that the ‘amazing’ word has recently been used to describe: mozzarella sticks, a limescale remover, a Christmas wreath, and Cristiano Ronaldo taking a selfie. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

‘Amazing’ has been used to describe mozzarella sticks and Ronaldo taking a selfie

“After I commented on the size of a pothole on a country lane recently, a small voice from the back seat wondered what a pothole was.“ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Irishwoman’s Diary on how a chance encounter lead to an unexpected question

Overview of the pools at Club La Santa.

Club La Santa offers more than 40 sports, as well as cookie baking, at its resort

Alison Healy: I have a long way to go to catch up with Enid Blyton’s prolific output, but my second children’s book has been submitted and I’m busy working on the third

Having forged the author’s signature for her autograph book, Alison Healy, now a writer herself, must practise her own as ‘it’s ve(...)

Mary Otieno from Nyabera village in western Kenya in her cassava plantation. She is among 28,000 small farmers who will benefit from the new Gorta-Self Help Africa  project in Kenya

EU-backed food production project focuses on production and processing of cassava

I loved to sit at my mothers elbow as she scooped mugs of flour from the huge Odlum’s bag in the flour press.

The cookbook only came out for special occasions. The pages with the most splatters are the ones with the sponge cake recipes: fea(...)

Michael Fennelly (left) in action for Kilkenny: interest in UCD’s 18-week postgraduate certificate in innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise really picked up after Fennelly and other GAA players did the programme.Photograph: ©inpho/james crombie

Almost 200 people have so far completed the 18-week postgraduate certificate

One claim about the special investigations unit suggested that a department official overseeing the slaughter of some 4,000 pigs handed a lump hammer to a farmer and told him to finish the job, after the bolt gun failed. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Secretary general calls claims about investigations unit ‘malicious’ and ‘untrue’

Cattle on a Midlands farm. The Government has been urged to help  farmers aged under 40 who don’t qualify for supports for young farmers  after their plight was highlighted at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government urged to support ‘old young farmers’ who cannot avail of new measures

‘Unprecedented’ interest sees figures more than double

Joyceans in full bloom at Glasnevin Cemetery. Pictured were actors: Louis O’Byrne who plays Martin Cunningham, Jim O’ Keeffe, who plays Jack Power, Blaise Reid who plays Narrator/ Cab Driver, Val O’ Donnell character of Simon Dedalus, Michael Carolan, Bloom’s Narrator, Ian Blackmore who plays Leopold Bloom. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

More than 100 James Joyce fans attend the celebration

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said his department was making good progress on the investigation.

Huge sympathy for Louth farmer at centre of scare

Researchers in New Zealand are working on a food supplement that could dramatically reduce methane emissions from animals.

Coveney says Irish researchers must find new ways of addressing climate change

The Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association said a new case of suspected BSE is a disappointment but not a catastrophe.

More than 1,650 cases of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy detected since 1989

The cow in the suspected BSE case was a Rotbunt cow, a rare pedigree breed is from a Louth farm well-regarded for its standards.

Department says calves and animals born at same time as affected cow will be destroyed

A farmer at work in the US. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture has heard that genetically modified (GM) technologies, such as those used in the US,  are  an important tool to help feed the world. File photograph: Getty Images

Joint committee told genetically modified food is necessary to help feed the world

Dublin Zoo’s sea lion cove, a new saltwater habitat, which allows visitors to observe the sea lions swimming underwater through glass, was officially opened by President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President pays a visit to his neighbours to launch wildlife park’s new attraction

Demand for water in Dublin is set to increase by more than 50 per cent by 2050

Four options under consideration for Dublin, east and midlands

 According to details of payments made through the Department of Agriculture, a number of international applicants have received funding under the Common Agricultural Policy programme. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Department details show international applicants received funding from programme

Three men have been arrested  following the recovery of a gun and drugs during a stop and search of a car in west Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Trio arrested following recovery of shotgun during stop and search of car in Clondalkin

 Sisters Minna Maria (7) and Naina Therese George (5) with Owl Butterflies at Straffan Butterfly Farm which is due to close at the end of August. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cost of running attraction a big factor in closure, according to owners Iris and Des Fox

Dr Pamela Byrne became chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland  in March

‘Traceability in food business systems is critically important,’ says Dr Pamela Byrne

A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said there were gas cylinders at the site of the warehouse in Farran’s Lane and heavy smoke was visible in the area. Photograph: The Irish Times

Firefighters from three units at fire brought under control two hours after alarm raised

113 migrants are rescued by the Irish Naval Services vessel LÉ Eithne on Saturday, June 5th. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Some 3,480 migrants rescued from 15 boats in Mediterranean on Saturday

This is how toast should be cooked, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Food safety experts say children are most exposed group and urge more selective habits

The figures were published on the Department of Agriculture’s website agriculture.gov.ie on Saturday morning to comply with an EU regulation giving information on payments in EU-funded schemes. Photograph: Getty Images

Schools, stud farms and meat processors among the recipients of EU farm payments last year

More than €300,000 given to some farmers in EU scheme while average is under €19,000

 EU commissioner for agriculture  Phil Hogan: “It’s taxpayers’ money and I’m sure other sectors will follow suit in due course.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Farmers say there would be uproar if same system applied to social welfare recipients

Lamb Lady Gaga mmets President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina.

More than 100,000 expected to attend the five-day event in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

Some €27.6 million worth of goods was stolen during residential burglaries in 2014 and cash or jewellery accounted for 41 per cent of this.

Number of reported burglaries peaked in November when there were 2,100

First-year students Conall Molloy, Cathal Smith, Sam Crawford and Tadhg Savage in the urban farm on Belvedere College rooftop. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Potatoes, wheatgrass, fish and bees among the growing projects

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan: “We have the worst record per 100,000 farmers. In the UK they have about 60 per cent of our deaths and throughout Europe it’s only about 50 per cent.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Seanad report calls for players to help campaign to reduce number of fatalities

 SuperValu Food Academy suppliers  The Happy Pear, Nobo and Cool Beans help launch Food Academy 2015. Photograph: Conor Healy

Ice-cream, nettle syrup and spices among products to hit shelves

Visitors to the Jack & Jill garden which won a silver medal at the 2013 Bloom festival. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Stilettos, craft beer and Yeats among the inspirations for designs at Phoenix Park

Preliminary analysis of the Teagasc survey shows family farm income increased by 6 per cent in 2014, bringing the average farm income to €26,974. This does not include off-farm income, and the research found 51 per cent of farm households had an off-farm income. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Dairy farmer incomes at highest since Teagasc began National Farm Survey in 1972

EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas speaking at the official opening of the Paddy O’Keeffe innovation centre at Teagasc Moorepark in Fermoy: the centre is now home to some 200 people who are working in animal and grassland research

Some 200 staff are working in the €4.5m Paddy O’Keeffe Innovation Centre

Dr Bruce Campbell says Ireland has “a major challenge” in relation to greenhouse gas emissions because a large proportion of the total emissions comes from agriculture. The agriculture sector accounts for nearly one third of overall Irish greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Bruce Campbell says no country is taking emissions reductions seriously

Tom Moran received the accolade for promoting a positive relationship between France and Ireland in the agriculture and agrifood sector. Photograph: Getty

Tom Moran received the Order du Mérite Agricole

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Church needs to ask if it has drifted from the young in wake of marriage vote, says archbishop

From left: Jay Lassiter, John Keating and Trevor Powell, from the USA in the court yard at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Carnival atmosphere at Dublin Castle ahead of referendum result

A file image showing gardai on Steelstown Lane. Photograph: Collins

Deceased found on same road where baby ‘Maria’ discovered in a bag two weeks ago

Máire Godfrey: “I can’t believe it’s me. It’s like it’s all happening to somebody else, but I’m getting a great kick from it all.”     Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Year of discovery included McDonald’s, a 3D movie, and a visit from Pádraig Harrington

Bees working in a hive. The Bí project, which is trying to reintegrate bees into Dublin’s northt inner city, has called on all Yes and No campaigners to allow referendum posters to be recycled as bee hives.  Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Bí project appeals to campaigners to help it reintegrate bees into inner city Dublin

Students and friends applaud following the funeral mass of Ana Hick, at the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Funeral of 18-year-old student takes place in Dalkey

Food and Drink Industry Ireland director Paul Kelly said the food and drink industry was more deeply embedded in all regions of the Irish economy than any other manufacturing sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

IBEC group makes 24 recommendations to support growth in the agri-food sector

Ana Hick. Friends and classmates of the drama student will hold an evening of remembrance for the 18-year-old at the Irish Film Academy in Temple Bar on Monday evening.

Gardaí believe consumption of drugs was a factor in teenager’s death

One in three families with primary school children are worried about their budget for food, new research has found.

Study commissioned by Kellogg’s finds food poverty rate among low-income households is as high as 11%

Artist Ayelet Lalor in her  workshop: The treatment for her lymphoma includes a bone marrow transplant so her dusty workshop will be out of bounds for some time.

Lymph Chic is raising funds to build a sunroom where artist Ayelet Lalor can work

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland guidelines say the term “artisan” must only be used to promote  foods that are made “in limited quantities by skilled craftspeople”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Words such as ‘farmhouse’ should not be slapped on factory ham, food companies told

 Tim Pat Coogan and Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, at the launch of the latter’s new book, Domhnall Ua Buachalla: Rebellious Nationalist, Reluctant Governor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin reveals book on life of nationalist and politician

Farming organisations are urging their members to use their votes in the forthcoming referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rural organisations encouraging people to use their votes in referendums

Jennifer Payne congratulates her husband Edward Payne, Ballymoe, Castlerea, Co Roscommon,  the 2014 winner of the FBD-sponsored Teagasc Student of the Year award at The Merrion Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: John T Ohle Photography

Expected shortage of workers on dairy farms needs to be addressed, says Minister

The  Vision for Irish Whiskey strategy says Irish whiskey is no longer about playing to the stereotypes of the “fighting Irish” or about spicing up an Irish coffee.  File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

High spirits: Strategy aims to grow global market share from 4 to 12 per cent by 2030

Chef Adrian Martin pictured with a record-breaking gluten-free potato pancake at the launch if the Coeliac Society of Ireland’s awareness week in Smithfield. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Estimated one per cent of the population is allergic to gluten

Co-operative says would be defending its position vigorously. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Finbarr Tolan suing co-op for €6 million in damages over alleged breach of contract

Kale farmer Christopher Keane: “We can’t keep it on the shelves. I think it was some model over in America mentioned a few years ago that she was eating kale and the next thing was, everyone wanted to eat kale.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Vegetable lauded for nutrient and vitamin content is a key ingredient for juicing fans

Study author Dr Liam Downey: “Ireland was covered with cattle from time immemorial. In fact, cows were the currency.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

People ate tonnes of butter, cheese, curds and whey and an awful lot of bread and porridge

President of Macra na Feirme Seán Finan: “Education at a young age remains the key to tackling farm safety . . . It’s a very long-term thing, but it’s very important that we target schools.”

Macra na Feirme agm urges Government to prioritise the rejuvenation of rural Ireland

Incoming Macra na Feirme president Seán Finan has said: “We have witnessed the decimation of rural Ireland in recent years with the closure of post offices and garda stations.”

Macra na Feirme president calls on Government to invest in rural areas

Regional laboratories carry out postmortems and test samples of specimens such as blood, milk or faeces on behalf of farmers

Department of Agriculture says report on veterinary laboratories expected in autumn

Donegal gaelic footballers   Eamon McGee, Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty who, along with their teammates, will be wearing jerseys with a farm safety message when they face Tyrone in their opening match of the championship next week.

Players to wear kits bearing stay safe message when they face Tyrone on Sunday week

File photograph: An unapproved meat processing facility in Belturbet, Co Cavan has been issued with a closure order by the Department of Agriculture for breaching food safety legislation.

Sales of products from Belturbet processing plant also forbidden, FSAI says

A spokesperson for the HSE said pest control was treated very seriously by hospital management. Photograph: The Irish Times

Coffee outlet in Our Lady’s Hospital one of seven food outlets issued with closure order

“Unless escalating input costs such as fertiliser are effectively addressed at EU level and elsewhere, the ability of farm families to continue to produce an affordable food supply for the expanding world population will be compromised,” Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey said. File photograph:  Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Prices escalate while costs of gas used in production have fallen, conference told

Patrick Mullins aboard Uncle Junior on the way to winning The FBD Cross Country Steeplechase for the La Touche Cup ahead of jockey Nina Carberry on Quantitativeeasing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ice-cream and champagne order of the day as racing enthusiasts bask in glorious sunshine

Seán O’Donnell, a dairy farmer from Co Mayo, won the Young Farmer of the Year award in 2014

Competition format changed to encourage entries from all farming sectors

Bombay Pantry’s Emma Sheehan said she was “absolutely delighted”that the company’s Indian ready meals would soon be on the shelves of Tesco. “It’s such a great opportunity. We’re from Wicklow and it will do great stuff for the local community in Kilcoole.” File pPhotograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Seven-month programme provides mentoring and workshops to support companies

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and AP McCoy talk horseracing at the Punchestown festival. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Under starter’s orders – Hail gets punters racing for tented village and light refreshment

Record first-day attendance at the Punchestown festival

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