A hotels federation survey in Cork city and county reveals average occupancy rate of 74% , leading to fears that additional rooms could oversaturate the market if the Events Centre does not start soon. File photograph: Getty Images

Over 1,500 additional hotel rooms to come on stream in years ahead, says hotel organisation

Cork GAA star Ashling Thompson (28) at Cork District Court on Monday. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ashling Thompson (28) denies assaulting two young women

James D Watson pictured in Dublin in 2013.Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobel laureate’s comments on race ‘do not reflect’ college’s values, says authorities

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan: ‘I believe that it is important a strong bond of working together between the PSNI in Northern Ireland, outside of the EU, and the Garda Síochána here continues.’ File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Minister stresses importance of continuing co-operation between Garda and PSNI

Gardaí are examining CCTV footage from Carrigaline to try to identify those involved in an incident in which a man in his 50s sustained serious head injuries. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man sustains fractured skull and bleed in the brain after hitting his head on the pavement

Impossible Love is among the offerings at this year’s festival

March festival to serving up mixture of love stories, comedies, war dramas and more

US engineer Albert Santiago. His case was adjourned until November. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Engineer pleaded guilty to endangerment and 11 counts of criminal damage at Cork hotel

Gerard Holland, 65, of Tir na Nean, Lislevane near Bandon pictured at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts

Gerard Holland cut up cars and tractors stolen by gang with paramilitary links

Deirdre Kenneally, of  Kilworth, Co Cork, outside  Cork Circuit Court. Ms Kenneally had denied  62 charges that she stole money from Alice Twomey of Kilcor, Castlelyons. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney

Accused remanded on continuing bail to appear in Cork court again in May

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin directed the jury to find the accused not guilty before thanking them for their attention to the case which, he described as “unusual and very distressing” given the prevalence of suicide in Irish society.

Jury directed to acquit man after hearing he and woman who had intended to take their lives together had been psychiatric patients

Deirdre Kenneally (47) of Leitrim, Kilworth, Co Cork pictured at Cork Circuit Court. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts

Deirdre Kenneally denies stealing more than €11,000 from Co Cork widow

Trade union Siptu has deferred strike action by some 400 members at pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer after both sides agreed to attend a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Workplace Relations Commission invites both sides to talks to avert strike action that had been due to start on Friday

O’Sullivan put his hands in his head and wept after the guilty verdict had been confirmed by the jury.

Victim died two weeks after single punch assault outside Kanturk pub, court hears

Det Garda Denis Ryan told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the phone used to contact Bank of Ireland’s online  banking section to transfer three sums   was traced by gardaí and it was registered to the defendant Deirdre Kenneally.

Public health nurse denies stealing over €11,000 belonging to elderly Cork pensioner

Det Garda Niall Ruddy told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the offences came to light after gardaí were contacted by Welsh police who were investigating a British citizen for child pornography offences. File photograph: Courts.ie

Defendant had some 210 ‘horrific’ images on phone depicting sexual acts with babies

Shirley O’Connell had access to the pensioner’s ATM card and knew her PIN number.

Shirley O’Connell took more than €11,000 from 89-year-old woman’s bank account

 French cartoonist, artist and illustrator Tomi Ungerer  died at the aged 87. File photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Children’s author and illustrator provoked controversy with his erotic drawings in 60s and 70s

One of the limestone statues which was stolen from Milltown Castle in Co Cork in 2011. Photograph: An Garda

Historic limestone statues were stolen from Milltown Castle in Co Cork in July 2011

Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Harris says what happened ‘was plain and simple intimidation’

Judge notes nobody, including Moira Coughlan, seemed to know where money went

Des Breen had 2,000 images of child pornography on home computer, court hears

State alleges Deirdre Kenneally used woman’s debit card without consent

Members of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on the picket line at Mercy University Hospital, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

‘We are very resolved..... it has to continue, it has to finish,’ INMO member says

File photograph: Fishing boats tied up at Castletownbere, Co Cork

ID card found on human remains in Irish waters matches missing man’s name

Garda Paul Mulcair at Cork Court . Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

Officer had denied two counts of obtaining sums totalling €2,500 by deception

Gardaí said  the gang - believed to be in their early 20s and city based - are highly mobile and have previously targeted unlocked cars in Co Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 50 thefts over the weekend by gang suspected of targeting unlocked cars around the county

Gardai believe all six attacks are connected and targeted at people who supported repealing the Eighth Amendment . Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Six cars with ‘Repeal the Eighth’, ‘Together for Yes’ stickers had tyres slashed, mirrors and wipers broken

Christopher O’Callaghan did not speak during the brief hearing before Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court

Joe O’Callaghan (66) found by wife lying in pool of blood in hallway last year

Cork Chamber President Bill O’Connell quoted one of his predecessors, Charles Stewart Parnell, at the chamber’s annual dinner. Photograph: iStock

Bill O’Connell says state must not hinder regional development by failing to deliver

President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina Coyne at the Cork Chamber event on Friday. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

President Higgins pays tribute to Cork Chamber for its role

“There are absolutely no circumstances in which Ian Bailey will set foot in that country to validate the unjust procedure as he sees it which is going on in that country,” says Frank Buttimer, Irish lawyer for Ian Bailey (above).  Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

DPP had decided there was no evidence to warrant prosecution, says Buttimer says

Environmentalist Tom Jordan and ecologist Laura McCarthy at the woodland in the Toon Valley between Macroom and Inchigeelagh, Co. Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Forest Service suspends two-year felling licence granted to Cork landowners

Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Assistant State Pathologist says injuries were not compatible with just a simple fall

Cllr Ted Tynan and local Noreen Murphy at the site of rubbish dumped near Spring Lane, in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ellis’s Yard in Ballyvolane a site of fly-tipping for almost 20 years, says campaigner

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said Ireland and the EU had been united throughout the process. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘We have made it clear the time for debate and discussion over the backstop was during negotiations’

 Donal Ó Drisceoil: ‘It’s very effective, making really good use of maps and graphics while it also has a good mix of new voices from the Atlas of the Irish Revolution’

Strong focus on mass movements, role of women and workers in series based on award winning book

David O’Loughlin assaulted Liam Manley and picked him up before opening a steel door on a rubbish chute and throwing him head first down it. File photograph: Collins Courts

David O’Loughlin’s attack on vulnerable 59-year-old ‘the stuff of nightmares’

DePuy Synthes Ireland manufactures orthopaedic products including hip and knee replacement joints

Capita adds 80 jobs after Electric Ireland contract, while DePuy Synthes will create 30 jobs in €36m investment

‘It Stops Now’: campaign aims to tackle the harmful behaviours which prevent students from being able to safely and equally participate in college life. Photograph: It Stops Now

Mural part of ‘It Stops Now’ campaign to dispel popular myths about sexual violence

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, was charged with intimidating a witness at an earlier hearing of the case. File photograph: Frank Miller

Accused remanded on bail to allow defence solicitor to get statements on new charge

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: “It is hard to see how this helps our case.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach in Davos warns soldiers may return to Irish Border

Mikolaj and Elzbieta Wilk. Photograph: Provision.

Mikolaj Wilk died after attack at his home in Ballincollig last June

Gardaí say they are following definite lines of inquiry in their attempts to identify two bodies found off the west Cork coast and in Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Investigators warn it may some time to confirm identities of dead man and woman

 Elzbieta and Mikolaj Wilk. File Photograph: Provision

Third man still being detained over fatal attack on Polish gardener Mikolaj Wilk

Micholaj and Elzbieta Wilk. Photograph: Provision

Father-of-two Micholaj Wilk (35) died after gang attacked him in front of his family

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and gardaí immediately set about sealing off the area.

Pedestrian comes across remains of man in 40s while walking at top of North Mall

A file image showing trawlers in Castletownbere in Co Cork. Photograph: Getty

Gardaí liaising with French and Spanish police after documentation discovered in clothing

Two biohazard bins have been provided in Cork for heroin users to dispose of their needles and drug-taking equipment.

Task force records ‘aging profile’ of people abusing drug in the south

 Strikers at the ambulance service facility on the Davitt Road, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Psychiatric Nurses Association calls on Minister for Health to intervene in dispute

Cork camogie player Ashling Thompson pictured outside Cork District Court on Monday. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Triple All-Ireland winner due in court next month accused of assaulting two women

Joe Schmidt  was made an honorary Corkman. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish rugby coach, Joe Schmidt made an honorary Corkman for his contribution

Simon Coveney: “The challenges that we face are the fact that a lot of the medicines that would have been supplied into Ireland until now come either via the UK or from the UK.”

Preparations ongoing by sourcing medicine via various routes from Europe, says Minister

Fergal Keane: “It is the city that gave me my start in words and in broadcasting and it is the place where my heart lies forever.” File photograph: The Irish Times

Fergal Keane pays tribute to native city during ceremony for Hall of Fame award

Tánaiste Simon Coveney at official opening of the Lir National Ocean Test Facility at the UCC Environmental Research Institute Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork on Friday. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

‘We know they don’t want a ‘no deal’ Brexit but we don’t know what they do want’

Brian Crowley says the Ireland South voters were not disenfranchised by his non-attendance in the current parliament though he admitted “they deserved better”.

Fianna Fáil politician for Ireland South topped the poll in the 2014 elections

Cork Chamber CEO Conor Healy, vice president Paula Cogan and president, Bill O’Connell. Cork Chamber is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

Events planned include a schools art initiative

File image of Brian Crowley MEP  canvassing in Co Cork. File photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland South MEP (54) likely to announce end of Brussels career on health grounds

A man  died from mechanical asphyxia after being thrown down a rubbish chute in an apartment complex in Cork city, a prosecutor has said.

David O’Loughlin denies murdering Liam Manley (59) in city apartment complex

Fianna Fáil MEP Brian Crowley. Last September a spokesman for Mr Crowley told The Irish Times that Mr Crowley would be making no comment “until he’s finished with the doctors”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

MEP to talk about missing entire current European Parliament session due to ill health

A stretch of the old rail line between Youghal and Midleton. Photograph: Denis Minihane

New greenway, hailed as tourism boost, will run between Midleton and Youghal stations

The Waterford greenway runs along an old railway. Proponents of the Cork plan have said the greenway has the potential the replicate the success of  Waterford which is attracting close to 250,000 visitors annually.

Green Party says railway line should be re-opened to ease traffic congestion

Crash happened on Saturday morning when vehicle struck ditch near Dunmanway

Noel Clancy at the spot where his wife and daughter were killed near Kilworth, Co Cork, in 2015. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Clip shows man who lost wife, daughter in crash involving unaccompanied learner driver

Noel Clancy at the spot where his wife and daughter were killed near Kilworth, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Noel Clancy’s wife and daughter were killed in a crash with an unaccompanied learner

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre was established in UCC some 15 years ago to carry out research on the digestive system. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Research shows organisms in our digestive systems as influential as our genes

The dead woman has been  named locally as Elizabeth Piotrowska (57), a mother of two. She was originally from Poland but had lived in the Clonmore estate in Ardee.

Suspect had close personal relationship with deceased woman and her husband

Relatives of victims arrive to the ‘Betelgeuse’ Disaster 40th Anniversay Commemoration in the  Abbey Cemetary, Bantry, Co Cork Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Loved ones gather in Bantry graveyard 40 years after oil tanker ‘Betelgeuse’ exploded

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Michael Kingston’s father died when French oil tanker caught fire in Bantry in 1979

The  scene near where human remains were found at Ballyandrew, near Ferns Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Further test results awaited to establish cause of death of woman who may be Italian

Garda Dave Ahern spotted the fire at the Tria Express 24 hour filling station near the Square in Blarney in Co Cork as he was on patrol

Gardaí suspect Blarney incident related to individual with grudge against local woman

The scene near where human remains were found at Ballyandrew, near Ferns Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Results of postmortem on skeletal remains to determine course of investigation

 Garda Dave Ahern spotted the fire at the Tria Express 24 hour filling station near the Square in Blarney in Co Cork as he was on patrol

Gardaí hope forensic tests will identify masked culprit caught on CCTV in Blarney

The scene near where human remains were found at Ballyandrew, near Ferns Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Postmortem may clarify whether person died of natural causes or foul play

Explosion at the Gulf Oil terminal at Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork, in which 51 people died as the French tanker The Betelgeuse unloaded its cargo. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Irish and French relatives to gather in Bantry in early January to remember disaster which claimed 51 lives

Maeve was born at three seconds past midnight on New Year’s Day, making her the first baby born in Ireland in 2019. Maeve is pictured with her mum Michelle Montague and her dad Simon Cox. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

Just one second separates babies born at Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, and the Coombe

A gunman fired two shots into the house at Bride Valley View in Fairhill on the northside of Cork at around 3.40am.

Officers trying to establish if crashed car found just over 1km away is linked to attack

The man threatened the homeowner, hitting him a number of times around the head and face and stabbing him in the leg

Homeowner beaten and stabbed when intruder forced his way into house

The redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh reopened in July 2017. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Two stadium committee board members to examine figures after reported €24m overrun

Oval Bar in Cork will be selling pints of Beamish at 1918 prices. Photograph: William Murphy/Flickr

The Oval will be pouring glasses of Beamish on Tuesday and selling it at 1918 prices

Gardaí have notified the State Pathologist’s Office and preserved the scene

It is belived the victim was walking back to the Cork International Hotel at Cork Airport when he was struck

Taxi driver is released without charge, victim is named locally as consultant psychiatrist Dr Martin Lawlor

Martin Lawlor (39) died after he was struck by a car on the N27 Airport Road in Cork city shortly after 5.30am on Saturday morning.

Man arrested in connection with death of psychiatrist Martin Lawlor (49) released

Jane Anne Rothwell

‘A light went out in the Bar room’ when Jane Anne Rothwell died aged just 41

A homeless man told gardaí he attacked two elderly men in unprovoked incidents in Cork city centre because he believed older men were more likely to be sex offenders, a court has heard.

Kyle Duggan (30) unable to access anti-psychotic drugs at time of assaults, court told

A man caught with almost €450,000 worth of drugs after they were smuggled from Spain in a consignment of heaters, has been jailed for six years.

Noel Motherway tells judge he had ‘no equity’ in haul and was trying to pay off a drug debt

A man who overtook a garda car on the wrong side of the road before driving through three sets of red lights and then seriously injuring a taxi driver in a collision, has been jailed for two years.

Martin O’Connor broke lights before crashing into taxi, leaving driver with three broken vertebrae

Gardaí have not yet released the man’s name until all next of kin have been notified but they will now prepare a file for an inquest at the West Cork Coroner’s Court, said a spokesman. File photograph: PA

Detectives launched investigation after 56--year-old found near his home in Dunmanway

The judge said he found the two independent witnesses to be credible and the facts proven but he was anxious to ensure the best for both the defendant and the child so he adjourned the case until January 25th for a probation report.

Witness took photo of man’s car and reported allegation to gardaí but child’s father said he ‘never resorted to violence’

The trial of a man charged with the murder of a father of one whose body was recovered from a river in Co Cork has collapsed.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Ciprian Grozavu denied murdering Jonathan Duke in west Cork seven years ago

‘In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable,’ says Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi/File Photo

‘Being gay is not transient, it’s not a phase,’ says former seminarian Jerry Buttimer

Romanian national Ciprian Grozavu (44) denies murder of Jonathan Duke in Bandon

The seafront in Youghal. The town’s war dead have been commemorated. Photogrph: David Sleator

Over 150 men from locality perished in the Great War, local historians discover

Roy Keane with Marymount hospice chief executive  Dr Sarah McCloskey,  switching  on the Christmas lights at Marymount, in Cork, on Sunday night.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Consultant says Marymount hospice indebted to many for Liam Miller fundraising match

The European Court of Justice ruled in 2010 that the  Defence Forces should not be excluded by a blanket exemption from the working time directive. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Officer in charge of bomb disposal unit is ‘on call’ for periods of 72 hours at a time

Michael Collins, father and Carly Collins, sister of the late Nicola Collins after Cathal O’Sullivan (45) was convicted of murder. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney

Relatives of Cork murder victim speak of relief at Cathal O’Sullivan’s conviction

Nicola Collins was found dead in a flat in Cork city in March 2017.

Mother-of-three was beaten to death

Kathleen McDonagh (25), pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the €1.50 packet of crisps at Tesco, Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork. Photograph: iStock

Judge says woman’s actions in Tesco she was barred from was ‘smart alec behaviour’

The fire took place at Willison Meadows in Blarney shortly before 7am. Map: Datawrapper

Neighbour raises alarm after smoke is seen coming from Co Cork terraced house

Simon Coveney: ‘If people are going to try and pull that deal down, they need to think very carefully about the consequences’. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Coveney urges caution on the part of those opposed to the deal as the UK faces no-deal Brexit if parliament does not back Theresa (...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD launches a new joint report from the British embassy Dublin and Cork Chamber to promote economic opportunity between UK and south west Ireland.  Above, British  ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett and Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Cork Chamber and British embassy launch survey which found 93 per cent of respondents see potential for greater business links

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