People at the scene of the shooting off Cloverhill road, Ronanstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mourners gather at site of killing believed to be linked to Hutch-Kinahan feud

The incident occurred on the Moneynick Road outside of Toomebridge, Co Antrim, at around 3.40am on Saturday. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Man (21) also knocked down early on Saturday is in serious condition in hospital

An Garda Síochána paid out €3.5 million in 2017, and €28 million over the last seven years, the most for personal injury claims among State bodies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces and Prison Service top list for highest payouts

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity on Friday evening in the area to come forward.

Shooting occurred in the Whiterock Drive area of west Belfast

Mia Carlin, who was 16 months old at the time, was brought into hospital on June 24th 2013 with a serious case of chickenpox. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Inquiry hears of delay in antibiotics after child developed sepsis and toxic shock syndrome

Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said this was the fifth worst flu season since 2000. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 hospitalised with pressure on facilities set to continue for several weeks

Joanne Hayes: charges against her were dropped

Cold case review to be undertaken into death of baby found on a Cahersiveen beach

Galway County Council issued a warning to members of the public to avoid coastal routes as flooding was expected, following the high tide this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Salthill Promenade in Galway closed ahead of the expected strong winds and waves

 The Gresham Hotel gave ‘good notice’ of change in policy, Dublin City Council said. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Woman living in hotel with son for 18 months says ‘nowhere is taking people’


Biggest lobbyists at EU level include Facebook, Ibec, Irish Farmers’ Association and Ryanair

Some 251m passenger journeys were recorded between Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and the Luas last year, a 16m rise on the previous year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bus Éireann was the only public transport service to see passenger numbers fall

A 21-year-old man is receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries after being shot on Cherry Orchard Parade (general view above) on Thursday night. File photograph: Google Street View

21-year-old receiving treatment tonight for injuries not believed to be life-threatening

The calm after the storm: Walkers look out at a high swell on Lough Leane near Ross Castle in Killarney on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ESB repair crews reconnected the last customers cut off during the storm on Thursday night

Responding to criticism online the garda account tweeted: “We are trying to get people talking about road safety. We are raising awareness that both actions causes a risk to all road users.” Image: iStock

Poll asked whether cyclists breaking red lights or vehicles parked in cycle lanes was more dangerous

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

Fishermen look out from Glen Pier in  Balliskelligs, Co Kerry, during last October’s Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan.

Highest gust of wind recorded in 2017 was 155km/h in Co Cork during Storm Ophelia

Nursing Homes Ireland’s Tadhg Daly says the full capacity of the nursing home sector should be “utilised” to ensure patients are discharged when ready, and “those who need to get in” have  hospital beds. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nursing Homes Ireland urges patients be discharged to its members’ care facilities

The lorry driver was not injured in the collision in Co Offaly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident on outskirts of Ferbane in Co Offaly

Daryl O’Leary with his wife, Maiara, at their rented apartment on Amiens Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Three young couples tell of the difficulties they have had searching for homes in Ireland

Charities have said a present you do not want could be ideal for someone else. Photograph: Getty

Barnardos and Oxfam shops welcome all types of items for adults and children

Msgr John Delaney who won €500,000 in the Euro Millions Plus draw.

Priest with links to Kennedy clan lands €500,000 lottery win

Gardaí said there may have been an altercation outside the Blanchardstown before the car struck the boy at around 5pm and the driver left the scene. Photograph: Jack Power.

Eyewitness said car ‘came straight onto path’ and hit the boy before turning and driving off

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the east coast earlier this year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strong winds overnight on Saturday expected to bring ‘severe and damaging gusts’

Tatiana Rusu who works in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide, Co. Dublin,  sold a €500,000  EuroMillions ticket to a priest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

‘Lucky’ cleric pledges to share his winnings with those in need as woman who sold ticket describes him as ‘nice gentleman’

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is open to spending some €100,000 hiring consultants to provide training for staff on how to write in ‘plain English’.

Sinn Féin TD says tender issued by department, worth up to €100,000, is ‘bizarre’

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was “particularly struck by the continued reduction in mortality rates from main causes of death such as heart disease, stroke and cancer”.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of people dying as a result of stoke dropped by 5% between 2015 and 2016

Snow on the Shehy Mountains in Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: John Creedon Twitter account

Weather alert in place but any snow is expected to be cleared by rain on Friday

Garda preserve scene where the body of a woman  was found at her flat in Rathmines on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph:   Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Woman found dead in her flat on St Stephen’s Day named locally as Deborah ‘Debbie’ Holmes

Childline is a 24-hour listening service for children and young people. Photograph: iStock

The phone line reported children calling after witnessing domestic violence and abuse

People on Sandymount Strand in Dublin. A cold snap is on the way, according to forecasters. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Frost, icy roads and temperatures of –3 degrees can be expected over next few days

Donated gifts can be left at the crib in the Pro Cathedral. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pro Cathedral will distribute presents to homeless families through Crosscare

UN peacekeeping mission:  Cpl Declan Killeen

About 380 Irish personnel are serving on the United Nations mission in south Lebanon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his visit on Friday to  the Irish peacekeeping forces serving in the UN mission in south Lebanon

Taoiseach criticises US president Donald Trump’s ‘misstep’ during visit to Lebanon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at UN Post 2-45 where Irish troops are serving in Lebanon. Photograph: Jack Power

Taoiseach lays wreath for peacekeeping soldiers who have died

People get into the Christmas spirit  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Local people ‘very receptive’ to Irish forces, says Captain Niall Wilcox

The culture and tone of working at Ryanair ’has gone very miserable’. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Chief operations officer tells pilots there was a culture where issues raised by staff were not addressed

Overall 752,296 new Irish passports have been issued up to December this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

162,251 applications for Irish passports were made from the UK to date this year

Dublin Cycling Campaign has received numerous reports from cyclists of falls or near-misses in the city centre due to the new tram tracks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The fitting of rubber strips along tracks to aid safety was rejected for being ‘too expensive’

 Colm O’Gorman of  Amnesty International: Sipo has requested the organisation return a €137,000 grant. The organisation said it “will not comply” with what it termed as “indefensible law”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Atheist Ireland claims donation to Education Equality over ‘Baptism barrier’ was illegal

Residents of Georgian Court direct provision centre protest over the accommodation’s planned closure, outside the Department of Justice

Closure because of need to upgrade catering facilities, says private company running it

Nearly 60 per cent (7,173) of the planned housing units are not yet at construction stage, and a quarter (2,955) do not have planning permission. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In year to date, only 809 social houses have been constructed, well short of 2,054 target

The Central Mental Hospital in  Dundrum: the report found 11 areas where the facility failed to meet required standards

Mental Health Commission inspectors find kitchens unhygienic

Researchers found using larger glasses led to an almost 10 per cent increase in sales. Photograph: iStock

Glass capacity increased from 66ml in 1700s to mean wine glass size of 449ml in 2017

The worst of the weather is set to pass by Friday

Met Éireann issue snow and ice weather warning for Wednesday and Thursday

Shelbourne FC have confirmed the death of 16-year-old youth team player Izzy Dezu. Photograph: Facebook

Shelbourne academy striker collapsed during game against St Kevin’s Boys on Tuesday

The highest ranked ‘how to’ search was how to make slime, a gooey substance popular with children.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Google has released this year’s most searched terms, featuring Conor McGregor and tracker mortgages

At the University of Limerick, Prof Shane Kilcommins,  Minister of State  David Stanton,  Dr Catherine Naughton and Prof Sean Redmond, examine a report on children and crime. Photograph: Alan Place

Money and drugs or alcohol were likely factors attracting children to crime

Craig Lambe (25) missing near Sydney in Australia. Source: New South Wales Police Department

Australian police issue appeal over missing Dublin man Craig Lambe (25)

Commuters exit the Luas at Stephen’s Green on Tuesday. Source: Jack Power

Tram users complain of overcrowding and long waits for trams during rush hour traffic

Jack Clancy’s family were holidaying abroad in Spain when they were informed of the news of his death

Apprentice plumber (22) was found dead in his home in Lucan, west Dublin on Sunday

Find out where your name features in the CSO’s name  tracker.

Users can now follow the popularity of their name in any year between 1964 and 2016

Gardaí at the scene   in Parlickstown Gardens. Photograph: Collins

Baby was struck in the side with shotgun pellets but his injuries are not life threatening

Counterfeit high-end beauty products sold online and in street markets have been found to contain arsenic and lead

Shoppers warned over purchasing knock-off Kylie Cosmetics and Urban Decay palettes

The number of men reporting domestic abuse incidents to the victim support charity Amen doubled last year.

Amen received 5,196 abuse disclosures with 16% physical, 72% verbal and psychological

Scoil Dara, Kilcock, Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Street

Graffiti in a school bathroom raised a “safety concern” which caused the school to close on Tuesday

A major Defence Forces training exercise will take place across Dublin on Wednesday, starting from 12:30pm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Helicopters and armoured military vehicles involved in action across city from noon

Dublin Fire Brigade tackled a fire in a four-storey Georgian building on Gardiner Street.

Fire at four-storey Georgian building is put out after 6.40am alert

Storm Brian: the previous Atlantic storm hit Ireland a week after what began as Hurricane Ophelia. Photograph: Tom Honan

Yellow warning as Atlantic storm to bring strong winds on Thursday

The move may be an attempt by Poland to curry favour with the European Commission. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo/Reuters

Ireland and Apple have been engaging over their ‘similar but separate’ legal appeals

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe resisted suggestions from within his department to raise the lower rate of Vat enjoyed by the hotel sector in Budget 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Budget briefing notes show reduced Vat rate for hotels under scrutiny over high prices

South Dublin County Council said four long-term voids had been refurbished since last year along with 325 short-term voids.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe

Vast majority of vacant properties funded under scheme only empty for a few months

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland lobbied Paschal Donohoe to eliminate VAT entirely on residential construction for affordable units below €300,000. Photograph: Getty Images

Department analysis shows contentious move would have ‘no effect on housing supply’

In the 2014/15 school year 87 per cent of girls aged 12 to 13 received the vaccine but the propostion fell sharply to 50 per cent last year.

HSE say the figures represent success of tackling “misinformation” around vaccine

The signing of the treaty at the opening session of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations in 2007. Photograph:  Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Junior minister Finian McGrath to ask Cabinet on Tuesday to ratify convention

Mr Flanagan said the increase in new recruits entering the force and the fact slightly less gardaí retired during the year than usual added to the overtime bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘There will be overtime for gardaí over the December and Christmas period’

Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Dublin UFC fighter was caught driving at 158km/h on Naas Road near Dublin

The BAI rejected a complaint about Newstalk’s George Hook which alleged he had threatened someone who sent a text to his then ‘High Noon’ programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

BAI also rejects complaints over broadcast of The Queen of Ireland documentary

Prof Brian Norton, president, DIT. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

More academics criticise process of setting up Dublin technology university

The shifts given to some Leinster House contract staff depend on the length of Oireachtas sittings.

‘If-and-when’ Oireachtas contract staff fear losing work if Christmas election goes ahead

Sinn Féin leader: Mary Lou McDonald will lead the party into a snap election this winter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gerry Adams said he would not stay on as president for Christmas poll

A House of Commons report found post-Brexit “there could be difficulties extraditing suspects between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, if the UK fails to opt back into the EAW (European Arrest Warrant)”. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Cases waiting for outcome of Supreme Court challenge to pending extradition order

Thomas Joseph O’Connor has started a trend. Between a dozen and 20 others are now challenging the safety of of extradition orders to the UK, made through the EAW system, on the basis of Brexit. File photograph: Getty Images

Legal sources say up to 20 EAW extradition cases held up due to arguments over Brexit

The “Brexit“ argument  is currently holding up between 10 and 20 pending extraditions from Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Main argument is there is no guarantee UK post-Brexit will maintain human rights standards

Al Porter told Hot Press: “We’re at a watershed moment culturally where what is seen as decent and acceptable behaviour is going to change.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘I don’t think I’ve sexually assaulted people,’ Porter said in interview days before allegations

Members of the Campaign for Public Housing  protesting  outside the  residential property summit in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Head of estate agents says double-digit property price rises not sustainable

Cork foster service had  no system in place to ensure children were not placed with foster carers who had open allegations made against them, Hiqa found

The service area had no system to ensure children were not placed with foster carers who had open allegations against them

Rory Cowan pictured at the Olympia

Comedian stepped aside from Olympia pantomime after claims

Al Porter: “At no time intended to upset anyone”

Panto company confirms Porter was stepping aside ‘due to recent developments’

Al Porter: “I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances”

‘I at no time intended to upset anyone,’ comedian says in apology

Al Porter:  ’While my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona may be regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone.’  Photograph:Brian McEvoy

‘Up until now, I had been unaware of these complaints or the impact of my conduct’

Our Lady’s Hospice operates services in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí informed after internal audit found organisation received less than expected from sale

Tom Geraghty, PSEU general secretary, said a formal announcement about the creation of the new union would be made on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ballots counted from two unions show strong support for amalgamation

 Gardaí at the scene of a fatal incident  involving a cyclist and a roadsweeping truck on White Church Road, Dublin, today. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Woman in her 90s, who had been reported missing, found in car in deep ditch near Castleplunket

Michelle Fitzgerald and Sophia.

Tipperary couple feared the worst when Michelle went into labour after just 23 weeks

Graphic from a study of tree and canopy cover across Dublin. Image: UCD School of Geography

Tree planting ‘could play role in reducing effects of air pollution from cars’

Alan Harte was arrested on Thursday by gardaí investigating the murder of Anthony Rogers in Dublin 8 more than a year ago.

Alan Harte charged over fatal stabbing of Anthony Rogers in apartment in Dublin 8

  Greenpeace activists  protest  on the river Rhine during the UN climate change conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany: Ireland  has fallen 28 places to 49th out of 56 countries ranked in the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index. Photograph:   Sascha Steinbach/EPA

State 49th out of 56 countries in report that points to positive renewable energy trend

The charge related to the smuggling a cup carved from the horn of an endangered rhino. Photograph: John Downer/Photolibrary/Getty

Michael Hegarty is sentenced to 18 months for smuggling item from the US to London

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘Often the solutions for a school will be found in a local area with the local leaders, the teachers and principals’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Education announces €1.8 million fund for pilot projects in 35 schools

Proposed design for UCD building that will  house the university’s Confucius Institute, which teaches Chinese culture and language courses

The costs of the Beijing-backed building have risen from an original €7.4m to €12.2m

Denise Graham and her daughter Sophie (14). Sophie is  wearing a medical “corset” following recent treatment for her scoliosis in the UK. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Medical trip to UK for daughter’s spine operation was ‘tough, says Denise Graham

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who died last month, pictured in 2014 when he donated the papers of his father, W.T. Cosgrave, to the Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Security arrangements likely be stood down at end of formal review

Anne Colomines, who was found with multiple stab injuries in an apartment at Dorset Square in Dublin in October

Anne Colomines (37) was stabbed to death in her home on Gardiner Street last month

Corporation tax: Microsoft and other US tech firms told Michael Noonan that “keeping the current standard will make Ireland a more attractive location for a regional headquarters”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Tech firms lobbied Noonan not to adopt new OECD rules about where they pay tax

A drugs company said Ireland lags behind when it comes to access for new medicines for rare conditions. Photograph: Getty

HSE representatives defend process for deciding which drugs to reimburse

Inside a property searched by the Criminal Assets Bureau: Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Garda units searching properties in Dublin, Kildare and Wexford seized documents and cocaine

Jimmy Guerin General Election poster from 2016 election, Killester, north Dublin. Source: Jack Power

Election candidate ‘wasn’t aware’ his poster was still up

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the vast majority of small independent landlords were good landlords. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Local authorities will be funded to inspect 25 per cent of rental properties a year

The study found children reported to be overweight or who had a poor diet were more likely to come from lower income families. Photograph: Dave Thompson/ PA Wire

Girls also scored higher than boys in social skills such as empathy and self-control

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney will today announce an additional €11 million in humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa region. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Coveney announces aid increase during three-day trip to conflict-hit region

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