Louis with pieces of his brother’s favourite train set.

Glitches in this particular model means the car always moves towards danger rather than avoiding it

Louis and Arthur

As my little city slickers approach Mayo, they test my farm knowledge to the limits

'Leave Louis for longer than 20 seconds and he will have rolled across the room to triumphantly find ‘treasure’ in a tiny piece of his brother’s chokeworthy Lego.'

To think I once considered maternity leave the ideal time to learn Italian

Louis eats much of the same food as us at mealtimes.

Self-feeding finger food makes mealtimes easier – all you need are nerves of steel and a handy dustpan and brush

Arthur and Louis: Bounding down the stairs, deals done, two hissing baby monitors in hand, is always a moment so full of hope.

Putting the baby and his preschooler brother to bed involves negotiations which are so complex they make Brexit talks look like a (...)

Eager for the real thing: Louis  drools and reaches as he watches me eating, intensely following the food from plate to mouth.

What breastfeeding really means: wardrobe malfunctions, pride, anxiety and lack of fashion choices

It seems my children have finally broken me and they’ve used one of the most powerful tools of torture to do so – prolonged sleep deprivation.

My kids’ experiments with fascinatingly soggy toilet paper yield only further questions

Louis delighted with himself after he makes his way off his baby gym

This one-time voucher exempted me from behaviour that would normally have made me a pariah

Genevieve, Arthur and Louis   on the beach in Valencia, Spain

We were hoping to stick with our usual travel goals – experiencing food and culture of a new place while exploring and relaxing

‘Paw Patrol’ is like ‘Homeland’ for preschoolers.

Trying to raise my young sons to be feminists is a proving to be a tough challenge

Tackling the seventh wonder of the parenting world, toilet training

We spent the October bank holiday weekend watching Arthur cower with fear when he approached the potty

Genevieve, Arthur and Louis Carbery: If I drive for long enough, both will eventually nod off

Toddler logic means despite explaining a sleeping baby means more play with Mammy, Arthur wants his baby brother to be part of the(...)

Smile: by the time I have picked the best snap, cropped it, and shared it, the now-ignored Louis is weeping

Can my newborn smile? Of course. Vomit out his nostrils? You betcha

Genevieve and an asleep Louis at Dún Laoghaire pier in Dublin

‘Without my newborn, strangers can only have mused that I had recently escaped from a cult or was a bachelor farmer lost in the ci(...)

Calm before the storm: there is nothing as unignorable as a new baby cry

With a toddler in the house breastfeeding means magnificent multi-tasking powers

The inspections under the Departments of Education and Children are complementary to the regulatory inspections by Tusla.

Pre-schools taking part in State’s ECCE programme subject to monitoring

So what makes Irish women not even try or give up on the first day? Photograph: Thinkstock

Study finds 55% of Irish mothers breastfeed, the lowest among 27-high income countries

Patrick Logue and all the family  head for Termonfeckin beach on Christmas morning, come hail rain or snow. In 2010 actually was snow on the beach.

Our annual dunk has no charity element, which lends it a tremendous air of integrity

A breakfast cereal for babies is being recalled due to a possible insect contamination.  File photograph: Thinkstock

Cow & Gate ‘very sorry’ for incident with muesli for children over ten months

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured in RTE Radio 1 studios today where he came out publicly on the Miriam O’ Callaghan show. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

TD did not want people to think he had a ‘hidden agenda’ on marriage equality referendum

President Ronald Reagan and Ms Nancy Reagan during their visit to Ireland. President Reagan is drinking a pint of Guinness in the Ronald Reagan pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Key events from 30 years ago as State papers are about be released

Danny O’Donoghue from The Script busking on Grafton Street. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Damien Rice, Mundy among musicians bringing shopping street to standstill

A woman is being treated at Cavan General Hospital for serious stab wounds. Image: Google Street View

Victim in her 40s treated in hospital for serious wounds resceived during incident

 Santa Claus waves to the crowd from his flying sleigh. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Good weather conditions for Santa Claus’s arrival in Ireland to be tracked by Norad

Gardai in Waterford are investigating a robbery in an elderly woman’s home. Image: Google Street View

Two men broke into house at 3am on Christmas Eve and threatened pensioner

Members of the Coast Guard and the Civil Defence form a guard of honour as RNLI Dun Laoghaire crew members Daragh Brady and Eamon O’Leary conduct a ceremony on the East Pier to remember the 15 volunteers that died on service in 1895 on Christmas Eve . Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Volunteers died on Christmas Eve 1895 when lifeboat capsized during rescue

An Irishman in his 20s has died in Mumbai, India. File photograph: Thinkstock

Brother of Brendan Devanney concerned about foul play in death of Westmeath native

Darryle McClurkin on a quad bike in a snow covered field in the Belfast hills on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Weather tonight will be milder as temperatures stay close to zero and rain spreads

The body of a fisherman has been transferred to Cork University Hospital for postmortem examination. File photograph: Google Street View

Emergency services pronounce man dead at the scene near Castletownbere

A new opinion poll has found that Sinn Féin is the most popular party in the State followed by Fine Gael. Dissatisfaction with Gerry Adams’ leadership has grown.  Pictured are Sinn Fein TDs Pearse Doherty, Mary Lou McDonald and Mr  Adams.Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dissatisfaction with Gerry Adams’ leadership has grown, survey finds

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade deal with blaze at Swords. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Blazes at go-cart track near airport and at Ticknock among incidents on busy night

More than 1,700 people have been prosecuted for breaking red lights in Dublin this year.

Traffic Corps mounts safety campaign for October and November

A motorcyclist died after he collided with a car near the Luas stop on Davitt Road in the Drimnagh area of Dublin 12. File photograph: Google Street View

Man dies in St James’s Hospital after incident with car on Davitt Road, Drimnagh

A weather warning for between 25mm and 40mm of rain is in effect. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Spot flooding possible as Met Éireann weather warning in place until tomorrow morning

Alan Reilly of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the horsemeat scandal was a ‘ wake-up call to Europe that criminals were getting involved in the food chain”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Horsemeat scandal a ‘wake-up call’ for Europe on supply of produce

People within Fine Gael are becoming ‘disgusted’ with the way the party is being run, Fine Gael TD John Deasyhas said.  File photgrapoh: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Some ministers ‘not fit’ for role with appointment related to support of Taoiseach, TD says

A May 2014 file image showing local election candidate Samantha Long (front far left) with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Fine Gael local and European election candidates. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Heather Humphreys says Seanad candidate appointed to IMMA board due to credentials

File photograph shows then Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley  in  2008. Photograph: David Moir/Files/Reuters

From firebrand preacher and unionist leader to powersharing Northern Ireland first minister

A woman in her 20s died early this morning when her car crashed in Co Louth and her body was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Passenger (59) killed in Kerry while motorcyclist in 30s dies in tractor collision

Met Éireann has forecast ‘long spells of sunshine’ today with top temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

West to experience best of the weather with long spells of sunshine expected

Spike Milligan pictured in 1999. Photograph: William Conran/PA

Bronze life-sized memorial depicts Goon Show creator sitting on a bench

A woman has died in hospital after being struck by a Garda car in Dublin this morning. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

GSOC investigates collision with pedestrian Clondalkin, Dublin before 11.30am

Violet Coyne (61) comforted by Ruth Coppinger TD last night as their personal belongings are being removed from the house that the rented for 15 years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Martin Coyne said they will see council today to discuss temporary accommodation

A woman in her 50s has died after a two-car collision in Co Antrim last night, the PSNI has said.

Two men taken to hospital with non-serious injuries; Road reopens after overnight closure

Gardaí are investigating a suspected petrol bomb attack on Ennis courthouse early today. File photograph: Google Street View

Window smashed in Co Clare building and bottle of flammable liquid found

Bank of Ireland is looking into complaints from customers that wages have not arrived in their accounts this morning. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland apologises, says credits will be in accounts by end of day

Druze men look at smoke rising on the Israeli-controlled side of the line dividing the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria following fighting near the Quneitra border crossing . Photograph: Ronen Zvulun /Reuters

130 soldiers based in Golan Heights region on UN mission all ‘safe and accounted for’

 Violet Coyne is  comforted by Ruth Coppinger  as  personal belongings are  removed from the rental home in Carpenterstown she shared with her husband Martin for 15 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coynes evicted from their rented home in Carpenterstown by bailiffs

Violet Coyne (61), outside the Four Courts today after being evicted from their home. Photograph: Bryan O’Brian/The Irish Times

Martin and Violet Coyne’s possessions be removed as court told eviction ‘illegal’

Prospective parents should be no more than 42 years older than the child they are adopting, the Adoption Authority of Ireland has recommended.  Photograph: Franz Pfluegl/iStockphoto/Thinkstock/Getty.

Gap of 42 years should be maximum as more children available have special needs

Passengers pushing Luas tram to help free trapped schoolgirl. Screenshot:  Lukasz Pigula/Facebook

Student freed with help of passengers in Dublin city centre and is taken to hospital

Thousands of primary and secondary school students are still waiting for their annual bus tickets due to a technical glitch.

Bus Éireann is emailing temporary tickets after problems with new online system

The entertainer Paddy Cole at the funeral of former taoiseach Albert Reynolds , at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Showband era musical performers included Paddy Cole and Red Hurley

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Bloodbath marks setback for PM seeking support to take on Islamic State insurgency

The arrests were part of the gardaí’s six-month covert ‘Operation Tempest’, which was set-up to find people involved in the sale and supply of heroin, cocaine and other controlled drugs.

Arrests were part of covert ‘Operation Tempest’ by gardaí in Dublin

Police in the North have rescued 20 potential trafficking victims and have arrested three men on suspicion of forced labour and slavery.

PSNI officers question three men over forced labour and slavery after Romanians found

Incoming Iraqi prime ministerHaider al-Abadi  was once  in charge of servicing BBC’s lifts, the British broadcaster has said. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Broadcaster says Haider al-Abadi was in charge of company which serviced its elevators

Some 17 dangerous and severely stinging jellyfish, known as lion’s mane have been removed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council from Sandycove Beach today. Photograph: Irish Water Safety

Seventeen ‘very venomous’ creatures taken from Sandycove by Dun Laoghaire council

The collision involving two Garda motorbikes took place at about 10am on the junction of Clarion Road and Manorhamilton Road. File image: Google Street View

Two traffic corps motorbikes collided with car at junction this morning

Fingal County Council is warning swimmers not to use the water at Burrow Beach in north Dublin until further notice. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Complete swimming bans lifted for all Dublin beaches and Bettystown, Co Meath

Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has confirmed that he offered his resignation to Pope Francis last month. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Statement from Catholic Primate comes ahead of 75th birthday tomorrow

Undated US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo of the ebola virus. Photograph: Frederick Murphy/CDC/PA Wire

Statement follows report on Irish news website of first suspected case in State

A woman has died after being struck by a train when she fell onto the tracks at Raheny Dart station in Dublin this afternoon.

Victim in her 50s was waiting at Raheny station today as commuter train approached

The ancient remains of at least five people were uncovered during Luas work excavations outside Trinity College last month. Photograph: Rubicon Heritage Services

College Green may have been cemetery in the past, Luas archeologists say

Bathing bans are in place at five Dublin beaches including Killiney (pictured). File  photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Restrictions introduced at Bettystown but removed at Clogherhead

Launching Culture Night 2014 in St Patricks Park RTE’s Blathnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne(front) and Frank O’Gorman  Society for Creative Anachronism as well as  Mike Prendergast and  some Culture Night participants including adult and junior fencers from Fence Fit, ballerinas from Whynot Dance Company, members of Catherine Young Dance Company’s African Dance troup, The Lantern Intercultural Centre Tribal Drummers, and young actors from the Gaiety School of Acting. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Free programme on September 19th in 36 locations across State and over 900 venues

Paschal Donohoe said he does not want to see four days of rail strikes go ahead.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe will not seek State funding to avert pay cuts and strikes

Injured peregrine falcon with ring on leg which showed it was  young and on one of its first flights. Photograph: Peter Murphy,

Protected bird of prey had to be euthanised by parks service due to severity of injuries

File photograph of tourists lining the Dublin parade on St Patrick’s Day. Dublin has been voted the 5th friendliest city in the world.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Condé Nast readers place Irish capital best in Europe.

Sea gulls gave  sleepless nights to Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan this summer. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Stranded Jedward and spraypainted Molly make headlines in long, long summer

Wicklow Country Council has ruled out sewage as a factor in the poor water quality for Brittas Bay. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Poor water quality results at Garryvoe likely caused by runoff from hinterland

Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna said after the Garth Brooks fiasco he did not want a situation again where ‘people buy tickets on the maybe’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Croke Park director says matinees would not have worked at the stadium

A three day swimming prohibition was put in place by Wicklow County Council at Brittas Bay south, today after water quality results were received. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Further test results from six Fingal beaches show poor water quality after weekend rain

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said the sanctions on agricultural products were not a ‘huge surprise’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

IFA president says ‘any threat to a market for Irish food is a concern’

Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael is down four percentage points while support for Sinn Fein was up four points. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Voter survey shows four point fall in support for Enda Kenny’s party to 25 per cent

Flooding on the hard shoulder of the M1 yesterday. Photograph: Lee Draven/Twitter

Rainfall has become light with sunny spells expected in many parts by afternoon

Met Éireann has issued two rainfall warnings today as the overnight flooding has caused major disruption to southbound Dart services in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Up to 60mm of rain forecast for parts of Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan overnight

Met Eireann has indicated that flooding is likely in many places. Photograph Paddy Whelan

July was the driest in decades in some parts of State

NBRU workers at Irish Rail are to hold two work stoppage next month over the company’s decision to implement cost saving measures. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

NBRU workers will hold stoppages on August 24th and both All Ireland Final Sundays

It was the brightest month for Dublin in almost three decades, as Dublin Airport station recorded its lowest number of dull days since 1990. Pictured are people enjoying the hot weather at Seapoint in Dublin last month. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Met Éireann says warmest day saw temperatures reach 27.6 degrees in Carlow

A rainfall alert has been issued by Met Eireann for the early part of the weekend. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Met Eireann warns of flooding for Leinster in early part of weekend

Bank of Ireland has said all delayed payments were sent overnight . Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Bank says technical glitch fixed and customers should check accounts through morning

Marioara Rostas’ father Dumitru (Black shirt), brother Alexander (second from the left) and her mother Marioara Snr (Green  scarf). Her father has said he regrets coming to Ireland. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Brother of murdered teenager feels ‘dreadful pain deep down’ in his soul

Anthony Lyons arriving at the Four Courts for the judgment in the Court of Criminal Appeal taken by the DPP against the leniency of his sentence for sexual assault. Photograph: Collins Courts

‘For us this is not remorse’, family says as businessman continued not guilty plea

A file image of Anthony Lyons of Griffith Ave, Dublin leaving the Court of Criminal Appeal. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Court told trial judge had ‘erred in principle’ and put undue weight on mitigating factors

Brian Purcell: leaving post of secretary general on foot of a hard-hitting report which found a “closed, secretive, silo-driven culture” at the Department of Justice. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister also announces recruitment drive for permanent post of Garda commissioner

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she did not ask the Department secretary general Brian Purcell to resign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says secretary general may have contractual rights in keeping salary

Irish climbers Colm Ennis and Peter Britton

Men fell yesterday in area of mountain known as ‘Giant’s Tooth’

People enjoy the fine weather on Howth’s West Pier, Dublin this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Muggy nights and thunderstorms expected as temperatures to hit 24 degrees

Bathers have been banned from swimming at Killiney beach. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Next test results from Dublin bathing waters with swimming bans will be known tomorrow

Bertrand Chiron of Bideau with artist Patrick O’Reilly, outside Poolbeg Power Station in 2006. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Artist proposes illuminating two thirds of Pigeon House chimneys

Pte Thomas Barrett (L)and Pte Derek Smallhorne (R) were abducted and shot dead in 1980 in south Lebanon

Thomas Barrett and Derek Smallhorne shot dead in south Lebanon 34 years ago

Chief executive of the Irish Deaf Society Eddie Redmond said members find it ‘frustrating’ to access public services where no ISL interpreter is available Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

‘Misunderstanding’ over request by group ahead of visit, Oireachtas says

Dublin City Council is looking for public views on whether or not it should reduce or raise the local property tax by 15 per cent. Pictured is Dublin City Council Civic Offices at Wood Quay . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Charge can be increased or decreased by 15 per cent as €80m to be collected in area this year

Bathers were  forced to run for cover as a hail storm blew up in Siberia. Screengrab: YouTube

Siberian beachgoers enjoying hot summer temperatures are hit by freak weather event

 Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial at the Pretoria High Court on July 8th, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph: Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Athlete quotes from book about Auschwitz and posts photos with disabled children

William Tyquin (85) travelled to Ireland ten days ago to travel around the island. Photograph: Garda Press Office

William Tyquin (85) had been missing since seen in Athlone on Tuesday

German players Christophe Kramer (C), Kevin Grosskreutz (L), Manuel Neuer (rear) and Shkodran Mustafi (R) take a selfie after winning the FIFA World Cup 2014 final. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Facebook records 280m interactions as #Okeydoke trends in Ireland

The death toll puts us on course to have the worst year for cyclist fatalities since 2008.  Photograph: David Sleator

Alarming rise in cyclists killed on roads this year

File photograph of a car being tested. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

More than 750,000 motorists take the test with nine out of ten passing retest

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