DUP MP Ian Paisley:  the Irish Government “must wake up to the reality” that the withdrawal agreement must be renegotiated. Photograph: Getty Images

Micheál Martin claims the risk of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is beginning to dawn on the Government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘I think the Government perhaps thought that they’d have a deal earlier, I think they thought it’d be locked up before Christmas.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government realising threat of no-deal reality ‘late in the day’ says FF leader

The pilot, Michael McCarrick, was killed instantly when the small plane crashed into a field at Breaffy, on the Bonninconlon side of Ballina, Co Mayo. File photograph: Google Street View

Pilot’s head seen slumped forward in video recording recovered from aircraft

Fr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said there were several areas where Ireland was ‘seriously underperforming’ when it came to meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Social Justice Ireland report says State lagging behind on environment and inequality challenges

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said she shared the ‘huge concerns of parents about the safeguarding issues at Scouting Ireland’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she will not compromise on child safety

Former chief executive Seán Ashe, who failed to declare ties to family members with interests in two companies that received contracts from the ETB, an audit found. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Serious lapses’ in State body’s financial practices severely criticised in C&AG report

Fianna Fáil candidate Brian Mohan said using the term ‘gypsy’ was ‘ill-advised and an ill-informed choice of words when referring to someone’. File photograph: Collins

Prominent party activist Brian Mohan said comment was “ill-advised” and wrong

A ComReg spokesman said its online map will allow phone users to check expected mobile phone coverage of different operators at all locations throughout the country. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Previous plan to have local authorities map coverage scrapped over lack of response

Findings from the ongoing review, including indications that crimes were covered up, were outlined in a briefing note sent to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Suspicions from Scouting Ireland review that child abuse files ‘went missing’

A candlelit vigil at the site of the Stardust nightclub fire in Artane, Dublin, before the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the 48 people who died on Valentine’s Day, 1981. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families say application for a fresh inquest into the fire to be made within weeks

 Nearly €20,000 was spent in 2015 at one five-star hotel and golf resort – a third of all of the accommodation costs incurred by the organisation that year.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Board gave contracts to family members in breach of rules, says State watchdog

The figures were outlined in a briefing note sent by Scouting Ireland to members of the Oireachtas committee on children and youth affairs.

Further 66 alleged cases relate to youth on youth sex abuse, new figures show

Solicitor Daniel O’Connell says that all bar two of his scouting abuse clients were male, and most were aged between 45 and 60 years of age.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Solicitor taking 30 cases against Scouting Ireland says victims paint graphic picture of abuse

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Kids were abused on multiple occasions, says solicitor representing alleged victims

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone makes a statement on developments at Scouting Ireland, last September. Last year, Ms Zappone twice suspended Scouting Ireland’s funding over governance concerns at the organisation

Number of past alleged abusers identified by Scouting Ireland increases to 237

Dean Gaffney with fellow SIPTU members as they gathered in Dublin Port to hold protest demanding decent wages for seafarers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company portrays itself as Irish but doesn’t fly the Irish flag, Siptu says

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Secretary general previously refused to discuss controversial cost overrun on project

Many observers had assumed that it had come from the Taoiseach, but Jean-Claude Juncker said it was sent by an Irish citizen

Hailey Kierse said commission president’s words about Ireland made her want to ‘jump for joy’

Nuclear waste is stored at about 30 sites across Britain, but predominantly at ground level at the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria. Photograph: PA

Newry is being considered as a possible location to store the UK’s nuclear refuse

 Tyson Fury grimaces at Deontay Wilder and during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in  December  2018. File Photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating graffiti on Helix referencing Regency shooting

Hundreds of GPs are due to gather outside the gates of the Dáil on Molesworth Street.

NAGP claim general practice is being ‘destroyed’ because of cuts

Charges in the high-demand Dublin city centre “yellow zone” will rise from €2.90 to €3.20 an hour, while just outside this area the “red zone” charge will go from €2.40 to €2.70. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Certain city centre parking rates will increase by about 10% from July 1st

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said the council would be ridiculed if it did not approve the plans. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans for 100 homes at Marrowbone Lane were opposed by a number of councillors

The scene of the  incident which occurred on the Moy Road in Dungannon, Co Tyrone Photograph: John McVitty/McAuley Multimedia

Further three people being treated in hospital after the incident

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to Springdale Road, in the Edenmore housing estate, to inspect a device on Sunday evening. File photograph

Drug-related dispute suspected after locals report hearing a loud bang at about 5pm

Emma Kett (centre) from St Mary’s, Newport, Co Tipperary,  as she performs at the choirs for cancer event at UCD. Photograph: James Forde

Mount Sion singers release ‘Your Love Carries Me’ to raise funds for cancer research

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (SF) said people were paying moneylenders ‘extortionate fees’, ahead of making mortgage repayments. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Legislative change needed to allow credit unions lend to social housing bodies

Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless who is running in the upcoming local elections in May. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Inner City Helping Homeless founder to run as Independent in Dublin north inner city

A walker enjoys the snow in the mountains near Killakee, to the south east of Dublin. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin Region Homeless Executive activates extreme weather protocol

Up to 4,000 sheep are killed or injured a year by “marauding” dogs, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.  Photograph: iStock

Farmers’ association estimate between 300 and 400 dog attacks take place a year

Workers repair a damaged roof on apartments at Churchwell Crescent in Belmayne, Dublin in September 2018. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Reports reveal ‘substandard’ construction work and fire safety concerns at Belmayne

Conor Reddy from Take Back The City and  Tina MacVeigh speak at a  rally at the Player Wills site on the South Circular Road in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dozens attend People Before Profit rally calling for State to buy the south Dublin site

The proposed 164-apartment development in Howth, north Co Dublin, which is opposed by Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Picture: Crekav Trading

Leaflet sent to north Dublin residents seeking support for judicial review challenge

Wholesaler Justin Leonard: ‘You would be very hard pushed to actually find Israeli products in the fruit and veg market here.’ File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Dublin businessman Justin Leonard says he chooses not to support Israeli goods

Pharmacy students rally outside the Dáil to express their anger at unpaid placements and increased fees. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Increase in final year fees after course restructure still ‘major problem’, say protesters

Minister for Health Simon Harris was warned that increased pressure on labs was putting the future of the cervical screening system “in jeopardy”.

Laboratory warned repeat free cervical smear offer would overload screening system

Dr Peter McKenna said slides from women retaking smear tests would be processed as  matter of “priority” by laboratories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CervicalCheck will be contacting affected women by the end of next week, HSE says

Former Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: she said she had confidence the charity’s spending “was all above board”, and there was no question of any funds being “misused”

Board member had resigned over concerns about the charity’s finances

 Darren Ryan: I think you’d question a humanitarian organisation doing this to a volunteer, someone who is just raising legitimate questions.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Darren Ryan says there were legal threats from the charity to ‘shut me up’

Stephen Warde (31) has been missing in Malaysia for the last three weeks

Relatives were last in contact with 31-year-old Stephen Warde three weeks ago

The longest delays were in the southeast of the country: almost 23,000 children and adolescents are waiting on an appointment. File photograh: Getty Images

Youngsters enduring ‘pain and infections’ for want of adequate service, claims Fianna Fáil

Zach Parker (23) died at the scene of the Swords shooting

Gardaí examining possible drugs motive for double shooting that left second man seriously injured in Swords

The scene of a double shooting beside a gym nears  Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Gardaí suspect fatal gun attack in the Applewood estate is gangland related

“We do expect to see influenza circulating for several weeks yet,” Dr John Cuddihy said. From left: Dr John Cuddihy, Joe Ryan, HSE, Dr Cillian DeGascun, Liam Woods, Angela Fitzgerald at a HSE media update on the seasonal flu/winter plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Delayed discharges from hospitals up 12 per cent in first two weeks of this year

Horses in high spirits during a frosty morning in Kilcullen in Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Met Éireann forecasts wintry conditions as temperatures could dip below 0 degrees

New Zealand’s immigration authority said the four individuals served with deportation orders were travelling on British passports. Photograph: Getty Images

Group linked to several incidents had originally been reported as bring from Ireland

DUP MP and Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times.

Sammy Wilson says Republicans ‘caused army checkpoints’ to be put in place

The issue arose in cases where Susi later informed students they had not been approved for grants, but Trinity still charged them reduced fees.Photograph: Alan Betson

University says oversight led to issue affecting students and graduates, with some owing €9,000

Two immigration officials accompanied New Zealand police to an incident at Burger King in the city of Hamilton. File photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

Police currently investigating a series of incidents involving visitors with Irish links

Kevin McElhinney was working on his farm cutting trees with a neighbour when the accident occurred, according to a local Councillor.

Farmer killed in ‘horrific accident’ an ‘awful loss’ to local community

An incident took place last Thursday at around 7pm.

Teenager’s clothes being DNA tested after incident on Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Investigation found planes were operating on different transmission frequencies

Scouting Ireland chairwoman  Aisling Kelly appearing before an Oireachtas committee last November. Photograph: Oireachtas TV screengrab

Board chairwoman Aisling Kelly took decision to leave role due to work commitments

 Gary Gannon:  “very excited” about challenging for a European Parliament seat.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City councillor says he will contest selection convention if party decides to run Dublin candidate

Image of Cairn’s proposed 385-home development on Griffith Avenue, Marino, north Dublin. Photograph: Cairn Homes

Junior minister says Cairn housing development ‘totally out of kilter’ with community

 TDs Gino Kenny, Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith with (behind) Cllr John Lyons and MLA Gerry Carroll at the People Before Profit national conference at Wynn’s Hotel, in Dublin, in 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

John Lyons takes decision following ‘difficulties’ with leadership of left-wing party

Paul O’Toole, who was appointed interim chief executive of the Higher Education Authority in October for 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

UCD vice-president questioned Paul O’Toole’s suitability for role in internal email

Ireland’s research centre for medical devices is to consider developing a national animal testing lab. Photograph: Getty Images

Medical device research centre seeking consultant to assess feasibility of national lab

Amanda Ruttledge (47) and her four sons were told on Christmas Eve to leave the homeless-family hub in which they had been living. Photograph: Jack Power

Family of five told to leave Dublin homeless accommodation over ‘ongoing incidents’

The four centres against which action was taken by the Mental Health Commission included   St Aloysius ward at Dublin’s  Mater Hospital,  as well as the department of psychiatry in Connolly Hospital, LeBrun and Whitethorn House, in the Vergemount Mental Health Facility, Clonskeagh, Dublin and the acute mental health unit in Cork University Hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Move by Mental Health Commission followed inspections of units in Cork and Dublin

The fire started in a transitional care unit ward of St Luke’s Hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Google Street View

Blaze contained to one room on ward at St Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar, south Dublin

Nimpy with her four cubs in Fota park. Photograph: Liam McConville

Co Cork sanctuary welcomes new arrivals with public contest for year’s membership

In recent days Santa had been making the final preparations for his long journey, ensuring all presents are packed onboard the sleigh. Photograph: iStock

Santa will be breathalysed before journey to make sure he is well under legal drink-flying alcohol limit

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first involvement in a United Nations overseas mission, when a small team were deployed to Lebanon in 1958. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

This year marks 60 years of unbroken UN peacekeeping service for Defence Forces

Scouting Ireland’s headquarters at Larch Hill in Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

As more allegations come to light, the organisation could face a fatal financial cost

President Michael D Higgins’ spokesman said he “has been, and remains, concerned at recent reports in relation to the organisation”.  Photograph: PA

Patron of the organisation comments on child sex abuse scandal

The review is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, above. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone remains confident Mr Elliot “will use his safeguarding expertise and role in Scouting Ireland to get to the bottom of this”, a department spokesman says

Organisation to deal with members implicated in concealment in ‘very serious way’

Maurice McCabe with his Leading Light in Road Safety’ award. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Retired Garda whistleblower ‘very brave’ in exposing abuses in penalty points system

Some 360,000 trips from people overseas to Ireland were for business, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Half of visitors coming to Ireland doing so for holidays, CSO figures show

Volunteers who allegedly preyed on children were “protected” and permitted to move from group to group, a meeting of senior scout leaders was told on Monday night.

More than 300 victims of alleged child sexual abuse at the organisation have been identified

An ongoing review of historic abuse has now uncovered 317 alleged victims of child sex abuse, and 212 perpetrators alleged to have abused children in the organisation

Options considered to fund victims’ support include asset sell-off and membership levies

Scouting Ireland’s internal review of allegations of past abuse is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister expresses ‘grave concern’ as ongoing audit identifies over 200 alleged abusers

The report concluded all hospitals had a mortality ratio “within expected ranges” over the course of last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital mortality rates for pneumonia saw a ‘small but significant reduction’

A stock photo image of a comet. Astronomy Ireland have said Comet Wirtanen is already bright enough to be visible on a clear, dark sky in rural parts of the country Photograph: iStock

Astronomy Ireland are organising a public viewing event of Comet Wirtanen

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to road accident to contact Lucan Garda station

Michael Healy-Rae’s car was stopped in traffic when he was subjected to verbal abuse from the driver of another car.

Kerry TD threatened in Dolphin’s Barn area of Dublin

Leinster Rugby flags. Photograph: Official Leinster Supporters Club

Champions Cup holder’s supporters unable to bring 1,500 flags into English stadium

A Garda spokeswoman said on Saturday afternoon that the body was still at the scene, and that the scene was being preserved.

Man (50s) was found dead outside house in Dunmanway on Saturday morning

The coffin carrying the remains Irish Glenroe actor Dónall Farmer is carried into St Joseph’s Church in Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

RTÉ’s former head of drama was ‘a gentleman and a very caring father’


No injuries after helicopter rolled over during landing on Co Kerry beach

 Minister for Health Simon Harris. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Harris says claims Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill is being rushed are ‘offensive’

Fire crews tackle the fire at East Wall Road early on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Emergency services responded to fire in the early hours of Thursday morning

The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town. Photograph: Google Maps

Business chamber claims direct provision centre in hotel will do ‘serious damage’ to local economy

Labour Party health spokesman Alan Kelly outside the Dáil with cervical cancer patients Vicky Phelan, Tracey Brennan  and Áine Morgan, who are calling for the drug Pembro to be provided by the HSE. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘I think I’m too young to die,’ campaigner says

 Gerard Keenan (brother of Imelda Keenan) at  the sixth annual National Missing Persons Day at King’s Inns, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Brother begs people with vital information on Imelda Keenan’s disappearance in Waterford to come forward

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of ‘The Sunday Papers: a History of Ireland’s Weekly Press’ with the book’s editors, Mark O’Brien and Joe Breen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Media should cover personal stories ‘responsibly’, Varadkar says

Sex offenders being ‘driven underground’ post release from prison was a ‘serious issue’ the Probation Service faced, the committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Risk linked to sex offenders ‘escalate’ when individuals go under the radar, committee hears

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: “I have been reassured that Scouting Ireland is taking these shocking revelations very seriously.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Katherine Zappone seeks assurances scouts offering appropriate support to survivors

Grange Cohan estate. Photograph: Google Street view

Man (48) found dead on a footpath in Grange Cohan housing estate

A confidential internal report had found the youth organisation’s response to the rape allegation had been “deeply flawed”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ian Elliott links male leader’s ties to ‘people in positions of power’ in letter to Minister

Civic Reception for Kellie Harrington on Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Tom Honan

Criticism over Minister for Sport Shane Ross failure to attend north inner city reception

In 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs processed 45,646 passport applications from Britain. This nearly doubled to 80,752 last year, and the 2018 total stood at 73,583 up to the end of this October. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers applying for Irish documents in wake of Brexit vote continue to increase

  Susanna  and Chris Cawley,  sister and brother of Celine Cawley who was killed by her husband 10 years ago. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Siblings recall trial at which their sister’s husband Eamonn Lillis was found guilty of manslaughter

President Michael D Higgins has invited  men and people of all genders “to stand in solidarity with women, and develop a strong coalition working towards the achievement of gender equality”. File photograph: EPA

‘Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world’

Labour Party children’s spokesman Seán Sherlock said there was serious doubt cast over the effectiveness of the 2012 audit of Scouting Ireland, given the recent revelations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Several in the organisation who had sex abuse complaints made against them are in prison

Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott is conducting the review into past child sexual abuse at Scouting Ireland, which is still ongoing. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Child protection agency say abuse scandal would cause ‘upset and anxiety’ for victims

Suzanna Cawley and Chris Cawley, sister and brother of Celine Cawley who was killed by her husband 10 years ago attended the launch of Women’s Aid  Femicide Watch Report 2018 in Dublin File photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Family endured ‘emotionally draining’ legal fight with Eamonn Lillis over joint assets

The true number of sex offenders and victims was likely to be “a multiple” of what had emerged to date.

The organisation has been contacted by over a dozen victims since abuse revelations

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Timeline of the controversy over safeguarding standards in the youth organisation

The revelations of the extent of historic abuse in the youth organisation were disclosed by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to the Oireachtas committee on children and youth affairs on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Review of the organisation identifies 71 alleged abusers and 108 cases so far

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