Rhona Lucas feeding the cats at An Cat Dubh Sanctuary at her home at Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rhona Lucas has turned her house in Galway into a cat sanctuary. Now she’s planning to move

Will you be one of the thousands of GAA fans descending on Croke Park this Sunday to support either Dublin or Mayo? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

All-Ireland fever, remembering the lockout - and the first international hurling festival

Independent senator and children’s rights activist Jillian Van Turnhout earlier claimed the contest should be cancelled as events like it ‘sexually exploit’ children at a young age.

Organisers insist contest will go ahead despite senator saying it ‘sexually exploits’ children

Minister Joan Burton made the announcement today, adding more than 20,000 interns took part in the JobBridge scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

People on placement with the scheme can now stay in their placement for 18 months

Climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo has been described as  the ultimate pilgrimage by Lonely Planet’s latest guide. Photograph: Alan Betson

Activities in Mayo, Sligo and Monaghan make it into Lonely Planet’s newest guide

Could we be in for an Indian summer?

Temperatures could reach up to 21 degrees as autumn weather turns sunny

 Richard Boyd Barrett TD joins  Trade Unions and  civil society organisations a calling on the public to join a People’s Assembly. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Organisers hope thousands will turn up for ‘people’s assembly’

The latest index is a story of two markets, according to the PRTB’s director. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Latest survey suggests strong growth in apartment sector driving rents upwards

Various groups will address the committee today. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas broadcasting

Finance committee to hear from Social Justice Ireland, Simon Community and St Vincent de Paul

The main street of Moynalty, overall winner of the Tidy Towns competition. Photograph: Eric Luke

After decades applying, Moynalty finally crowned Tidy Towns champion

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: established JobBridge in 2011.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Department of Justice gave internships to 90 people on social welfare payments

Gardaí believe the fatally injured man was attended to by four or five persons following the incident at the Greenstar facility at Ballymount Industrial Estate and appealed for them to make contact. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Health and Safety Authority investigates workplace incident at Greenstar in Ballymount

Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews has joined Sinn Féin, the party has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SF ‘genuinely committed’ to political, social and economic change needed, says Andrews

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has criticised last month’s IRA commemoration rally in Castlederg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gilmore asks northern communities to reflect on outcome of triumphalist displays

The deadline for postal vote and special vote is this Monday. Photograph:  Check the Register website

Voters themselves must see whether they will be permitted to cast ballots on October 4th

Events throughout the country and 
an increase in international tourism have been a success, according to a spokeswoman for Tourism Ireland, but as yet 
there have been no formal discussions about organising a future Gathering year.
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Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Visitor initiative a success but no formal discussions yet on doing it all again

Irish Patients’ Association chief executive Stephen McMahon said patients cannot be used as pawns in the dispute. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

IPA chief excutive says it supports the cause, but not the method

David McCullagh will replace Pat Kenny as Prime Time presenter when the show returns later this week.

Political correspondent ‘delighted’ to get chance to work with Prime Time team

The rate of unemployment has gone from 13.8 per cent to 13.7 per cent over the second quarter of 2013, according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Unemployment decreases by 22,200 over last 12 months, bringing number out of work to 300,700

President Michael D Higgins: “important chapter in Irish history”.

State and community events to mark 1913 Lockout centenary this weekend

Gardaí are hoping to have at least two of the three arrested men in court today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Gardaí looking for witnesses to public order incident in Co Clare’s largest cemetery

The men were suspended from duty by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan pending the outcome of an investigation. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

File will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions

Mayo fans celebrate win against Tyrone during the All Ireland senior football championship semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Organisations in Ireland and abroad falsely claiming to fundraise on behalf of county board

Gardaí near the scene of the suspected hit-and-run at Newtown Road, Bundoran, Co Donegal on Sunday. Photograph: Thomas Gallagher

Vehicle suspected of being involved in fatal Bundoran crash on Sunday morning

The HMV outlet on Dublin’s Grafton Street, which is not one of the four stores due to reopen in September. Photograph: Alan Betson

Head of National Consumer Agency welcomes decision by Hilco Capital

Panti: ‘I think people in small towns don’t get drag queens, but everybody loves a big clown and essentially that’s what I am’

Apart from drag queens and ‘crazy performance nutters’, the Outing – an LGBT offshoot of the Co Clare match-making festival – plan(...)

Violinist Keith Pascoe declines invitation to attend Moscow event over country’s anti-gay laws

Jason Kennedy: ‘It’s amazing how easy it is to bond with the lions over such a short period of time’

For a holiday with a difference, a fortnight working with lions is an unforgettable experience

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year. Photograph: PA

Pakistani teenager to join list of former winners including Mandela and Bhutto

Students have until 5.15pm on Monday, August 26th to respond to the first round offers.

More than 2,300 hit the site in a single hour

Celebrity MasterChef winner David Gillick said the pressure of the kitchen came close to matching that of racing. Photograph: RTÉ

RTE says 425,400 viewers watched final episode of Celebrity MasterChef

Protesters outside the Egyptian Embassy on Clyde Road in  Dublin today. Photograph: Jason Kennedy

Sisters Omaima, Fatima, and Somaia, and their brother Ibrihim, were caught up in violence in Cairo

Average price of rent has also increased in Cork and Galway, but has decreased in Limerick and Waterford. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Average price of rent in Dublin City Centre went up by 7.5% over the past year

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly met Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (above) for two hours yesterday in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Photograph: Sunshine Press Productions/Handout via Reuters

Independent TDs call on Irish-Australians to vote for Wikileaks Party

Hannah Brennan  at St Leo’s College in Carlow yesterday. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Principal says success of pupil with Down Syndrome an ‘incredible achievement’

A screen shot of Michaella McCollum Connolly (20) and British teenager Melissa Reid being questioned Lima Airport after the  discovery of more than 11.5kg of cocaine in their luggage. Photograph: Reuters

Irish woman and British national claim they were forced to carry cocaine in luggage

Luas tickets can be used on Dublin Bus while delays are in place. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

No service between Blackhorse and city centre after car and tram collide near Four Courts

Dubliner Orla Daly moved to the Queenstown area of Singapore in January to work in sales. Photograph: Twitter

Dubliner Orla Daly emigrated to southeast Asian country in January

The little girl was attacked by a Brazilian Tapir during one of the zoo’s ’regular supervised animal visits’. File photograph:   Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

All supervised animal encounters to cease at zoo as investigation takes place

Medical professionals may vote for industrial action today as directives to reduce long working hours for junior doctors have not yet been implemented. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Workers have ‘had enough’, says Irish Medical Organisation spokesman

hildren’s charity Barnardos has been severely affected by financial problems in recent months and was forced to recently halt operations for a week and may have to do it again in the near future Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The

Inevitable charities will close if funds do not increase , says The Wheel chief

Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Earlier this week, a bank-appointed receiver over 31 Mountjoy Square East, where a party was supposed to take place, had asked the High Court for an injunction preventing the event from going ahead. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘If 300 people come, we couldn’t not open the door to them,’ says resident

Aja Teehan and her husband, Charles Brand pictured arriving at the Four Courts for her High Court action against the HSE. Photograph: Collins Courts.

More than 50 people gather ahead of couple’s High Court case against HSE

 Cyrille Oumedjkane of France dives from the 28-metre platform during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in the Azores

The extreme sport of cliff-diving is growing more popular, and takes place in some of the world’s most beautiful locations

Protesters praying outside the Dáil as the debate took place over the abortion Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tensions between pro-choice and pro-life demonstrators

Minister of State Lucinda Creighton’s suggestions have been described as ‘impractical and unrealistic’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Perinatal psychiatrist describes suggestions by Minister of State as ‘quite extraordinary’

Fred the dog, Chris Barry and his grandchild Isabella Byrne from Irishtown photographed enjoying the sunshine at the South Wall pier Ringsend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Get the sun cream out as temperatures expected to reach 29 degrees tomorrow

Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin said X-case legislation “made sense” before meeting medical professionals. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Michelle Mulherin says her amendments would restrict operation of part of Bill

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis said the Government’s response to the Anglo tapes is not good enough. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Dublin demanding criminal charges for anyone who misled Central Bank

Small pro-choice counter-demonstration held at Spire

Garda officers and Bord Gáis personnel this week searched 11 properties in Dublin and found their gas supply tampered with, along with criminal damage to the gas meters. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Man arrested in Kilmainham for allegedly tampering with gas meters

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton speaking to reporters at this morning’s Pre-Budget Forum for Voluntary and Community Groups in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Austerity budgets harming older people, says support group

Praveen Halappanavar said he has has been receiving mail telling him to leave the country. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tánaiste says Praveen Halappanavar has been through enough and should be left alone

The men range in age from mid-20s to mid-40s.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Men detained after searches in Tallaght and Cloghran

Billy Timmins says the speed at which he was removed from the Fine Gael parliamentary party for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill could scare others. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Wicklow TD feels 'a little hard done by' after losing party whip for voting with conscience

Irish Farmers’ Association says future of sector will be determined in Luxembourg

Dublin Comedy Improv members talk years of laughter and how they got involved

Limerick’s Rocky Mayhem Festival will kick off on Saturday. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Mayhem in Limerick, Pirates in Cork, Pride in Dublin and Kennedy in Wexford

Patrick Nulty  still has great regard for “decent, hardworking” Labour members. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three Labour politicians quit party over leadership and ‘loss of credibility’

‘Significant number’ of TDs want an independent vote on protection of life bill, says campaign spokeswoman

Most people only interested in ‘commodity fetishism’, march spokesman says

Action on X says no more than two medical practitioners should assess suicide risk

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Damien English said the recent  improvement in employment rates could be attributed in part to emigration. Photograph: National Youth Council of Ireland

Interest groups stress need for work and education programme for young people as long-term joblessness increases

Passengers wait for their flight at Nice International airport during a strike by French air traffic controllers. The strike has ended but many passengers remain stranded. Photograph: Reuters

Action saw more than 3,000 flights cancelled over two days

’Erdogan bears personal responsibility for violence following his words,’ says Amnesty director

Tinsmith Tom McDonnell  was awarded overall winner at the Traveller Pride Awards last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

City council becomes first in Ireland to support measure

The Luas Red Line experienced brief delays but is now fully operational. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Red line operational after a brief delay

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said a number of gardaí are to be disciplined following the report into cancellation of penalty points. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar wants GSOC to investigate the cancellation of penalty points

With strikes beginning today, a total of 102 Ryanair flights will be cancelled. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish TImes

‘Unacceptable that the skies over Europe are repeatedly closed,’ says Ryanair spokesman

Joe Jones , a farmer whose land borders the site for the proposed new € 500 million regional sewage treatment plant, to be built at Clonshaugh, north Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Clonshaugh locals to continue protesting plant’s development

ISPCC phonline operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Praveen Halappanavar’s wife Savita died from septicaemia at Galway University Hospital on October 28th 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

CSO state one maternal death in Ireland last year, despite hospitals recording more

 Christopher Fitzpatrick carries his grandson Leon to his son’s funeral at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, followed by Dean’s partner Sarah O’Rourke. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Audrey Fitzpatrick became unwell last night after attending removal

A woman with special needs was accidentally locked inside a bus for seven hours. Google Maps

Manager says he seeks to ensure incident over female with special needs never repeated

Kevin McAleer will take part in the Cat Laughs festival this weekend.

Bloom, coffee and comedy a possibility for the long weekend

TDs  Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and Joan Collins are calling for an independent report into the cancellation of penalty points by gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Public cannot feel 100% sure in Garda confidentiality, says Flanagan

Daniel Byrne, Jade Delaney, Robert Sunner and Owen Butler from SWAN Youth Services in Dublin 1 outside the Department of Children and Youth Affairs during the ‘Forced to Fly’ protest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Emigration becoming norm for school leavers, says youth worker

Simon Lawlor  and Peter Billing hanging the Edouard Manet portrait of Eva Gonzales at the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the Hugh Lane Collection, which returned from the National Gallery in London Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Works by Renoir, Manet, Morisot and Pissarro return to Hugh Lane Gallery

The men, who were arrested on Monday, have been released without charge.

Two men released without charge as investigation continues

CEO of IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary said no special tax deal was negotiated between Apple and the Irish Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

O’Leary denies special deal between Irish Government and Apple

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett during a protest earlier this year against the sale of Coillte harvesting rights. He said it was clear that people cared about the sale of the country’s natural resources. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Walk in the Woods’ day organised for June

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny trys his skill against GAA President Liam O Neill at the Official opening of the GAA Museum in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Hall of Fame, modern galleries and interactive exhibits new to museum

Justice For Magdalenes PRO Claire McGettrick with Mary Lou McDonald in Glasnevin Cemetary during a special ceremony to remember the deceased victims of the Magdalene Laundries earlier this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Justice for Magdalenes has ‘achieved all that it can’ through political lobbying

A man and dog look on, asThe Queen Mary II – the flagship vessel of the famous Cunard Line – with 3,000 passengers and several hundred crew members aboard, arrives off Dun Laoghaire Harbour today . Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

World’s largest passenger brings potential of increased cruise holidays to town

Paul O’Hare and fellow protestors gathered outside the Allsop property auction at the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin today  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Father of three ‘disgusted’ as business property goes under hammer

‘The Gathering – Reflections on Ireland’ will include reflections from Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and rugby player Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Book will include contributions from Katie Taylor, Seamus Heaney and Brian O’Driscoll

How a deadly disease can kick in - and ruin your wedding day

Map from the Glucksman Map Library, Trinity College showing the Corkaguiny Barony in County Kerry

Online map from Trinity College shows transfer of land from Catholics to Protestants

Ruairi Glasheen will be presented with an award, for outstanding work in the community, by the Prince of Wales on Wednesday

Percussionist set to be first recipient of Royal College of Music’s president’s award

‘We will not stop until this Government takes suicide prevention seriously’

Cork Motorfest is just one of the events taking place around the country this weekend.

Rugby, fresh food and hobbits on offer around the country

Registered charities will learn how to increase their profile online through classes at Facebook’s Dublin office.

Classes will discuss new methods of awareness-building and fundraising

Shots were fired this morning at former Fianna Fáil councillor and general election candidate Ger Killally in Edenderry. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Car carrying businessman and two children targeted in Edenderry

No ‘Juztice’ in New Zealand. A list of some of the names banned in the country. Image: Wordle

‘Mafia No Fear’, ‘Queen Victoria’ and ‘Christ’ among forbidden names

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton with Martin Murphy, managing director of HP Ireland, at the launch of the JobBridge internship scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost 17,000 people participated in scheme since its inception

Christopher Doyle being taken from Kilmainham Court in 2000 after being charged with the robbery of two elderly bachelor farmers from Castlejordan Co Meath. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Man charged with manslaughter climbs out hospital window while visiting sick father

Four people injured during theatre attack

The number of Irish people in their early thirties with third-level degrees in Ireland is well above the EU average. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

More than half of Irish 30-34-year-olds have completed third level education

SIPTU President Jack O Connor said savings can be made by increased tax on wealthy and through savings from  the promissory notes deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Howlin asks commission to see if there is a basis for an agreement

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