Fintan O’Toole: one of those shortlisted for columnist of the year, along with Miriam Lord. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paper’s journalists on 34 shortlists for annual Newsbrands Journalism Awards

‘There is a growing level of pressure we see in men to look a certain way,’ Harriet Parsons, head of training and development at Bodywhys said. File photograph: iStock

Last year men made up over a third of those seeking help from eating disorder charity

Formal dispatch from candidate not entertained by Higgins ‘for obvious reasons’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted the Taoiseach to agree not to collapse the Government while the Brexit talks are ongoing. Photograph: Reuters

Two Independent TDs commit to backing administration during ‘crucial’ Brexit talks

A photograph from the Take Back the City Facebook page showing protesters holding a banner in the Dublin offices of Airbnb this afternoon.

Take Back the City ends occupation of firm’s offices aimed at highlighting impact on housing crisis

Presidential candidates: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher and Michael D. Higgins

Gallagher concerned at the ‘extravagance attached to the office’ Michael D Higgins

The charity says it has not received a reason for the order to shut down its programmes. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish aid charity say Pakistani Government have given no reason for order

The automated emails will be sent to Tourism Ireland’s contact database of potential holidaymakers abroad, promoting Ireland as a destination to visit.

Tourism body advertising €1m contract for Artificial Intelligence technology

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said gardaí were on board with current plans to open a supervised drug injection clinic in Dublin city centre, run by Merchants Quay Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Senior garda said he had not seen “definitive evidence” around drug decriminalisation

The arrival of Storm Callum. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard

Met Éireann issues updates as gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding are expected

 Minister of State for disability issues Finian McGrath said he “needed to ensure that any extra money secured would be going towards services”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Another 100 speech and language therapists to be hired to tackle waiting lists

Trinity student Saul Kenny was left sleeping on a couch following a dispute with a landlord Photograph: Jack Power

My budget: Measures announced lack ‘sweeping changes’ needed to bring rents down

The organisation said there has been “little interest” in the position of full-time safeguarding manager in a recent statement

Chief executive John Lawlor: “no suitable applicants” responded to advertisement

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, north Co Dublin was closed on Tuesday due to what management says was an unfortunate hoax.

Teenager questioned after management became aware of social media post referencing a gun

A fallen tree on a car at Cuffe Street, during Storm Ali. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Unsettled weather’ ahead of high winds and heavy rain, warns Met Éireann

Housing activists opposed to major Clondalkin housing scheme protest ahead of South Dublin County Council meeting. Photograph: Jack Power

Development was opposed by left-leaning parties over affordability concerns

A report from the Ana Liffey drug project recommends that Ireland decriminalise drugs in quantities for personal use.  Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA

Ana Liffey project recommends not prosecuting in cases of drugs for personal use

The money taken in a cyberscam has been covered from commercial revenues, primarily tourist fees paid to view the Book of Kells and the Old Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin university has recovered €217,810 in funds that were lost last year

A photograph from Flightradar24 showing empty skies over Ireland during the  system failure.

Aviation Authority says ’glitch’ discovered in software led to air traffic system problems

A student moves into a cruise ship that has been turned into a floating dorm at St Mary’s College of Maryland in the US. Photograph: Getty

Dublin City Council had proposed revisiting plan to house homeless on rented cruise ship

 The #RaiseTheRoof protest at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Plan to rent ship to ease crisis should be ‘revisited’, says council chief Owen Keegan

The council chief urged Eoghan  Murphy “to remove all financial incentives” for individuals to leave their family home and present as homeless

Dublin City Council chief executive tells Eoghan Murphy that family hub targets will not be met by the end of the year

The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision

Woman dies in hospital after incident with truck on Bulfin Road on Tuesday

Minister of State Catherine Byrne  hosts a meeting on Monday on a proposed development on the site of St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Junior Minister Catherine Byrne says lobbying for report ongoing for several months

 Joan Freeman said she would donate her €66,277 Seanad salary  to Pieta House, where she had served as chief executive until the end of 2014.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Presidential candidate gave €41,000 salary to separate charity in New York she founded in 2015

Senior Scouting Ireland volunteer Martin Burbridge

Senior scout resigns after ‘bombshell’ decision over organisation’s loss of State funding

Emergency services at the scene of the discovery of a suspect package in Whitehall, north Dublin. Photograph: Paul McAuliffe

Yellow Road in Whitehall closed off while Gardaí and specialists investigate

Rescue personnel evacuate earthquake survivor Ida, a food vendor, from the rubble of a collapsed restaurant in Palu, Indonesia’s central Sulawesi on Sunday. Photograph: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images

No Irish citizens believed to killed, injured, or missing following deadly tsunami

Photograph: Irish Red Cross

Leaked minutes show charity’s head office is dealing with a significant funding shortfall

Christy McCann: ‘I shouldn’t chair that meeting, the optics would be all wrong’

Minister suspends funding to Scouting Ireland after board voted for Christy McCann to chair meeting on reform

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone making a brief statement on recent developments at Scouting Ireland on Thursday.  Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott ‘appalled’at recent board vote to reinstate chief scout

Dublin Fire Brigade respond to fire in Northside Enterprise Centre, Coolock. Photo: Jude Leydon

Blaze in Coolock offices leads to evacuation and smoke damage

Aerial view shows Magheracloone GAA Club and Community Centre in Carrickmacross, where the sinkhole has appeared. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Mining firm Gyproc defends its safety record as families unable to return to their homes

 File photograph of Christy McCann. Senior sources described the Scouting Ireland board’s vote to reinstate him as a “total disaster” for the youth organisation.

Christy McCann to chair egm, despite ongoing inquiry over handling of a rape claim

Presidential hopeful Seán Gallagher lodged his election nomination forms, accompanied by his wife Trish and their children Bobby and Lucy, at the Custom House in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Joan Freeman says she will reveal identities of backers who loaned campaign €120,000

Ian Elliott:  interim safeguarding manager for Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Barrister’s investigation into handling of rape claim delayed by several months

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

O’Doherty nominated for presidential bid by Laois authority but falls short of required four

Hundreds of trees were blown down across the country on Wednesday by strong winds during Storm Ali. File photograph: The Irish Times

Liability contested between landowner and local authority over injuries from fallen trees

A general view from the ploughing championships. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Event runs into Friday after Wednesday cancellation due to Storm Ali

A large tree felled by Storm Ali on Cambridge Road, Ringsend in Dublin 4. Photograph: Collins

Incoming weather system not on track to develop into full storm on Saturday

The clip depicts a scene where a giant creature carries a caravan before kicking it into the sea.

Automatic reel broadcast before bulletin on woman killed after caravan blown over cliff

Workers deal with a fallen tree on Finglass Road by Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin after Storm Ali. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Luas disrupted until Friday and 25,000 without power while Storm Bronagh to impact tonight

People gather in Dublin 1 for a session on dealing with evictions, hosted by the Take Back the City group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Belvedere Place session includes what to do if ‘they are breaking down the door’

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of a new national day to recognise the unsung heroes from frontline and emergency services at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was 'very encouraged' by the upward trend

New University Club will offer “fine dining”, and will be a “high quality” social facility for “small- and large-scale university and corporate member events,” according to documents submitted as part of the successful planning application.

Controversial staff and guest clubhouse expected to open by next April

The Garda Armed Support Unit was called to an eviction dispute in Dublin’s north inner city.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Officers attend emergency housing amid report someone ‘is being held against their will’

 Lucky Khambule of the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. He says centres are increasingly doubling up the number of people placed in rooms. “There is now no space, no privacy – people don’t have anywhere to put their belongings.” File photograph: Dave Meehan

Department briefings raise fears asylum applicants may have to present as homeless

 Minister for Sport  Shane Ross. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister’s office issued press release congratulating ‘Dominant Puspure’ on victory

Masked gardaí and private security contractors outside 34 North Frederick Street in Dublin on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Jack Power.

Drew Harris and protest group condemn ‘intimidation’ and personal attacks on officer

Take Back the City: masked gardaí and private security contractors outside 34 North Frederick Street in Dublin on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Jack Power

‘Asset recovery’ specialists say they do their best work early in the day in a low-key style

The CRC headquarters building in Clontarf “does not meet modern standards for health and social care,” the organisation says. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Charity to hire consultant to assess future of “at capacity” north Dublin campus

Around 50 gardaí raided 11 addresses in Co Wexford on Thursday as part of an investigation into a crime gang operating in the southeast.  Photograph: Collins

All five people arrested in Wexford are understood to be Romanian nationals

People take part in a sit down protest in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Notice says if the protesters fail to leave the property, the owner would seek an injunction

Housing activists removed from a Dublin city centre property that they had been occupying for the last three weeks.Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Q&A: North Frederick Street housing occupation

Activist Conor Reddy, who sustained a concussion and neck injuries during his arrest while protesting removal of occupants from North Frederick St

Student says he was injured as he was being arrested outside Dublin property

Housing activists have been removed from a Dublin city centre property that they had been occupying for the last three weeks. Photograph: Jack Power

Protesters clash with gardaí as men in balaclavas eject group from city centre property

The van appears to have previously belonged to the Greater Manchester Police force. Photograph: Jack Power

Gardai say they were satisfied that the vehicle was tax and insurance compliant

Protesters at 41 Belvedere Place in Dublin. Photograph: Take Back the City

Activists served notice to vacate Belvedere Place property in Dublin

Gardaí and other masked men at the scene during an operation at 34 North Frederick Street in Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Six arrested as gardaí in balaclavas block protesters from entering building on North Frederick Street

‘I couldn’t wait for this day to come’: Svetlana Jankuniene and her daughter Patricija in their new home in Clonsilla, which was provided to them by Fingal County Council and Co-Operative Housing Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department and local authorities ‘need to do more’ on emergency housing, says English

In letters to the chief executives of the four Dublin local authorities, Minister for Housing Eoghan  Murphy set out targets for emergency accommodation provision by the end of the year

South Dublin County Council votes to defer decision on building nearly 1,000 homes over lack of ‘affordable’ homes

  Josephine Feehily, chair of the  Policing Authority, sent a report to Minister for Justice Charlie Fanagan expressing concern about changes to policing structures. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘These hubs have the potential to develop the very inefficiencies and dysfunctions ... the divisional model is directed as remedyi(...)

 Anglo Irish Bank signage being taken down:  242-page report details failings in EY’s work on Anglo’s 2008 financial accounts. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

A report for Chartered Accountants Ireland found serious failings in EY’s audit of Anglo

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick. The accounting treatment of his personal loans with the failed bank formed part of an investigation into audit work carried out by EY at Anglo. Photograph: Court Collins

Report compiled for disciplinary procedure uncovered failings

Student Leap Card application system available to agents across the country.

Application system allows Leap Card agents view personal details and phone numbers of students across the country

Fianna Fáil intends to raise the proposed closures as part of the forthcoming budget process. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ahead of planned closures, Naughten says An Post will not be withdrawing contracts

Ann Gilmore closes the door for on the last day of business at the Post Office in Ballindine, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Locations of 159 post offices set to close as part of a restructuring plan have been published

An Post has announced the locations of 159 post offices which are set to close in the coming weeks and months as part of a restructuring plan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD accuses firm of ‘creating wastelands’ by removing services from rural areas

Seven sets of twins -  Harry and Luke Chambers, Sarah and Scott Finn, Alanna and Megan O’Flynn, Mark and David Evans, Nathan and Cephora Kumpaya, Holly and Hannah O’Mahony, Robert and Adam Dyczewski - started  secondary school at  Glanmire Community College on Tuesday.  Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

Six siblings starting at Glanmire Community College attended same primary school

Messages left on the railings at the site of a former Magdalene laundry on Dublin’s Sean McDermott street. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

One in Four says pope’s visit triggered large increase in calls from new clients

Pope Francis attends the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families at Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: PA

Pontiff tells single mothers separated from children that to seek them is ‘not a mortal sin’

Fr James Martin speaking at the World Meeting of Families in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

World Meeting of Families hears LGBT Catholics have been ‘deeply wounded’

Sr Lucyna Wisniowska at the World Meeting of Families festival in the RDS.

One young Catholic says festival is a chance to meet others who ‘still share the faith’

Suicide prevention charity Console Ireland shut down after a scandal over how it was spending funds. File photograph: Getty Images

Internal audit finds spending on services for emigrants ‘significantly less’ than reported

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) where he attended the  the annual Islamic Festival of ‘Eid ul Adha’. Photograph: Collins

Vatican should adopt ‘best practice’ on abuse reporting to authorities, Taoiseach says

Irish and papal flags: Church Street residents have received a flier telling them they need to give gardaí the names of all those expected to be at their home on Saturday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Privacy group concerned at request to carry photo ID for residents of Church Street zone

The metrics on which third-level institutions will be judged in relation to gender equality will be transparent, Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said.

Report to send ‘blunt message’ to colleges on gender gap, Minister of State says

Activists who occupied a property on Summerhill Parade in Dublin have held several demonstrations outside the property, attended by large groups of supporters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Activists who occupied a vacant house in Dublin city say they are not vigilantes

The Summerhill Occupation pictured outside  a vacant property in Summerhill Parade. Photograph: Summerhill Occupation/PA

Q+A on the groups involved in occupying the north Dublin property, and who the owner is

The scene at Summerhill in Dublin this morning as a man acting for the plaintiff took possession of the houses a under a High Court direction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Agent for owner breaks lock on front door as protesters plan noon demonstration

The owner of 35 Summerhill Parade has said having made numerous requests to the occupiers, who are trespassing on the property, to vacate the premises, the Trustees of Pat O’Donnell & Co Ltd Retirement and Death Benefit Plan had no option but to go to court. File photograph: James Forde

Pat O’Donnell & Co Ltd Retirement and Death Benefit Plan identified as owners of vacant homes

Viking Lodge, a former hotel and pub on Merchants Quay, cost €1.6 million to convert into a hub for 30 families. Photograph: Google Street View

More than €2.7m spent refurbishing one family hub with 25 units in Crumlin

The local authority spent €1.3 million refurbishing two properties on Lawrence’s Road, Clontarf, to house 11 families.

Dublin City Council spent more than €16.8m renovating 10 properties for homeless

The notice to quit  placed on 35 Summerhill Parade on Tuesday. The property has been occupied by housing activists. Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Housing activists broke into house and called on city council to buy it for social housing

Deirdre Jacob was 18-years-old when she disappeared on July 28th, 1998

The 18-year-old student went missing near her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Irish Cancer Society warns public may be missing early diagnosis by not visiting GP

Margaret Cash with her children in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeless crisis having ‘disproportionate’ impact on Travelling community

Hawk Cliff, Dalkey, south Co Dublin. Photograph: Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

Dalkey locals petition against signposts for nudist site after failing to turn other cheek

Síona Cahill, president of the USI, speaks at the Emerging Ireland summer school.

USI president Síona Cahill makes the claim at inaugural Emerging Ireland event in UCD

Traditional music festival comes to Co Louth town for first time

Nan Joyce, the Traveller activist who died this week, was “a person who refused to be a victim,” mourners at her funeral have been told. Photograph:  Paddy Whelan/THE IRISH TIMES

Tragedy as grandson of Nan Joyce killed in crash travelling down from Belfast to funeral

Patrick Joyce was killed in a crash at the Clontarf Road/Malahide Road junction in Dublin at approximately 1am on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Patrick Joyce (24) was travelling from Belfast for his grandmother Nan Joyce’s funeral

Gardeners should always wear gloves, and wash their hands immediately after working with compost mix or potted plants.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

New report says compost could contain bacteria known to cause pneumonia

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she had been engaging with homeless charities to “mitigate against some of the extreme consequences on children whose families are homeless”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Number of child protection reports to Tusla over homeless children ‘at risk’ rises sharply

Protesters hold Leo Varadkar masks  outside the house in Ballybough which has been occupied by  activists since Tuesday. Photograph: James Forde

Groups want council to buy property in north inner city Dublin for social housing

The investigators were hired to monitor individual doctors’ hours. Photograph:  Thinkstock

Spokeswoman says the health service will not give a breakdown on the spending

An aerial view of Gili Trawangan island following Sunday’s earthquake in Lombok Island, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images.

Department of Foreign Affairs says holidaymakers should take ‘high degree of caution’

Benedict, Jacquline, Eliz and Freddy Bessong at their home in Naas. The boy in the picture is Jacquline’s son Frank, who drowned in Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Asylum-seekers losing their accommodation after bringing relatives into Ireland, official says

The number of patients waiting for a bed in hospitals in August is “genuinely startling,” general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ní Sheaghdha has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO ‘Trolley Watch’ count shows 520 patients waiting for beds on Wednesday

 Housing activists have occupied 35 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Several activists occupied vacant property in Dublin city centre

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