Shoppers in Dublin city centre on  New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nphet warns 9,000 additional new cases will be reported in coming days

Rebel Wilson: her dramatic weight loss was the subject of an opinion piece by Jennifer O’Connell, at number 19 on the list

Coronavirus dominated the annual list of most-read stories on our website this year

Christmas shoppers on Grafton Street in one of Dublin’s busiest shopping streets. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government concerned about people shopping and sports events

 Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: “We are seeing a number of things which concern us. There are examples of small numbers of people congregating for social purposes and simply ignoring the important public health messages. They are putting our collective progress at risk.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Warning over Christmas travel ‘disaster’ as one more death and 378 new cases reported

 Mask-wearing people pass Christmas windows at the GPO in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Six more deaths and 456 new cases reported on Saturday

Stark warnings from public health officials after 1,012 new cases reported on Saturday

Members of the Garda wear protective face masks while on duty in Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn warns Dublin faces ‘critical moment’

Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘It’s all time for us to redouble our effort to say safe.’

Micheál Martin: “We won’t be afraid to implement measures specifically in Dublin”

Members of the public wearing face masks   in Dublin’s city centre. File photograph: Collins

Median age of 165 confirmed cases in last two weeks was 31

A woman jogs down a deserted Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Cavan has highest incidence of coronavirus, followed by Dublin and Monaghan

HSE chief executive Paul Reid speaking at a media briefing in Dublin City University on Sunday.

HSE expects many more outbreaks in long-term residential settings

The Leaving Cert must be cancelled, according to Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman. Photograph: Frank Miller/File

Party education spokesman Thomas Byrne says ‘fair alternatives’ need to be examined

Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuív in the Galway West Count.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Prospect of new government being formed in near future in stalemate

Farmers protesting outside the Aldi distribution centre in Naas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IFA says farmers are ‘sick of being short changed’

News of plans to use the Achill Head Hotel as a direct provision centre emerged on Wednesday of last week and a heated public meeting took place on the island that night.

Concern that ‘outside forces’ are ‘piggybacking’ on local protests

The Bernard Shaw pub and music venue on Dublin’s Richmond Street South. ThPhotograph: Crispin Rodwell

Pending closure of Bernard Shaw pub has sparked ‘great anger’

A show of hands was taken at the meeting in Oughterard. Photograph: Gearóid Murphy/Twitter

Galway TD claimed direct provision centre would ‘destroy the fabric of Oughterard’

Oi! Parents! Put down the phones. Photograph: iStock

Give Up Yer Aul Screens: Thumbs down to people with too much time on their hands sending vacuous and unnecessary group messages to(...)

The  Luas tram outside Dublin’s Connolly Station in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Gardaí appeal for other victims and witnesses to come forward

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court last week. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA

Doctors concerned over ‘absolute confidence’ expectation following Ruth Morrissey case

A Garda SUV  patrolling in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda last November. File photograph: James Forde

Feud related violence escalates in Co Louth town

Nick Watt on BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday night

Cabinet minister tells BBC May is the ‘sole architect’ of Brexit mess

The winning €2.5 million Lotto ticket was sold in Centra, Termonfeckin. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Win comes days after syndicate collects almost €175m

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern giving evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: PA

Ex-taoiseach tells British MPs he sometimes feels like Rip Van Winkle

Win any (pub) argument with our Brexicon. These pro- and anti-Brexit protesters outside the British parliament have definitely read it. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

From Bino to Remoaner, we give you the essential tools to hold a Brexit pub conversation

Fintan O’Toole’s opinion piece on the Trump presidency was the most-read article of 2018 and the most-read in the history of The Irish Times

Death of Dolores O’Riordan, Belfast trial and the Ann Lovette story also in Top 50 list

A jasmin flower pictured in Plascassier near Grasse, France. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Hurling joins pursuits on Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list

 William Gregory and Stephen Murphy, two of the people who found the boat in the River Boyne. In the background is the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Suspension Bridge

Discovery close to Newgrange dates from Neolithic period

Tánaiste  Simon Coveney  speaking in Government Buildings on Thursday about Brexit preparedness. Photo: Julien Behal

Tánaiste says post-Brexit border that satisfies Britain and European Union ‘doable’

“Tears ensued and I did a terrible thing. ‘Maybe we can take him to the vet and make him better’, I ventured”

An Irishman’s Diary

By the end of 2018 we will have saved about €3,600. File photograph: iStock.

‘In blissful ignorance €60 spirited itself out of our bank account and into Sky’s every month’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. File photograph: Collins

Flanagan ‘disappointed’ vote will not take place, but women’s council welcomes delay

Writer John Boyne pictured in his Rathfarnham home in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

Novelist reveals he ended up in hospital after taking too many pills

British prime minister Theresa May is under pressure to avoid a deal where Northern Ireland is treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Failure to reach an agreement over the Border could lead to a hard Brexit

Police are looking for a group of masked youths seen near St Vincent’s school in the Willowfield Drive area. Photograph: Google Street.

Culprits broke window and torched classroom, police say

You hate them. Admit it.

Patrick Logue: Other people’s good fortune makes my bad side shine brightly

'The Sweeney Logues try to get back to Donegal at least once a year and often stay in Rathmullan. There’s not much going on there, but that’s why we like it.' Photograph: David Sleator

Paddy Logue: The barren northwest feels like a foreign country but also feels like home

The simple pleasures – bubble wrap and a free half-an-hour

Patrick Logue likes making lists. Especially lists of things he likes

Nearly half of the traffic to on Saturday was from outside Ireland, reflecting the international attention on the outcome of the referendum.

Exit poll data article revealing vote to repeal the Eighth was read almost one million times

“You can imagine Harry Windsor sailing a currach as easily as seeing him being dragged along in a gold-encrusted carriage. Let’s face it, he is our prince. Prince Harry is one of us.” Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Paddy Logue: Like Obama, Ali and probably Putin, Harry is almost certain to have some Irish blood

Fenton is small bundle of loveliness who came into our lives a few weeks ago. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Paddy Logue: One problem solved but Fenton now needs a gagging order to stop him chewing everything in sight . . . we know the ver(...)

'‘If you want to dress like a car thief,’ I say, ‘you might as well go and get a crowbar and a balaclava while you’re at it.’'

I have turned into one of those bad-joke telling, anecdote-repeating dads

Can you imagine the outrage if it was suggested that women were using maternity leave for coffee with the girls?

Liga Skromane, who was living in Swords, Co Dublin, with her partner Andrew Jordan, went missing in India last month. Photographs: Andrew Jordan

Liga Skromane who was living in Ireland for five years disappeared during trip in Kerala

 Joe Sheridan, Patrick Gallagher, Aoife Cassidy, AnneMarie McDonagh and Micky Harte at the  GAA Athletes for a No Vote event on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Ballyfermot De La Salle ‘in no way associated’ with event

Bunny Sweeney Logue drying in the French sunshine after he was reunited with his friend. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Paddy Logue: Bunny had many adventures with the boy and his family, but one of his worst scrapes with disaster springs to mind

‘The minute I open the fridge door and pick up the milk carton, I am suddenly assaulted by the idea of my own mortality.’

Living day to day is one thing, but pegging your age to infrastructural development is quite another

 Paddy Jackson leaving Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Jackson lawyers examining ‘every item of social media commentary’

Seven rough sleepers in Dublin declined beds in cold weather, says charity

Snow scenes from Fairview Park, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

St Patrick’s Festival says it does not plan to cancel any Bank Holiday Monday events

A snow-covered crashed car on the M3 at Dunboyne Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar says people ‘should not venture out of doors’ while the red level warning is in place

Gerry Adams (left) with the BBC’s Andrew Marr

Outgoing SF leader says he has never distanced himself from IRA

Three ibises in flight  on Wednesday at Bunihinly Bog, Co Westmeath. Photograph:  David Fallon

Glossy ibis and whitetailed eagle spotted in Irish midlands

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the East Coast. The story fascinated a public obsessed with meteorological matters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Meteorology matters as four stories on Hurricane Ophelia appear in the top-10 list

Taffic pictured in Dublin’s College Green. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Brian Hayes says Government needs to support Opposition stance

 Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry will present RTÉ Six One News, starting in January

All the main news anchors on RTÉ One will be women following reshuffle

Keelin Shanley (left) and Caitriona Perry

Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry to replace Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheolain

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Luas cancelled and schools closed on Tuesday morning; Gusts continue but will fade overnight

Former Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Power ran unsuccessfully as an independent for a Dáil seat in last election

National house prices have risen by 47 per cent since low point in 2013

Minister for Housing plans new licencing system for Airbnb

A colleague confirmed that I am not the only one, reporting that he had visited an unspecified German retailer for potatoes and left with a pair of night-vision goggle

Paddy Logue: I built up a large collection of items that Lidl, Aldi and Ikea decided I wanted long before I knew I needed them

“It’s been many years since I stopped being a dedicated, unashamed smoker, but I still miss them.” Photograph: iStock

Paddy Logue: I gave up many years ago and I’m glad. But still I miss it

What will Conor McGregor’s son think of his father when he looks this vile spectacle up on YouTube in a few years’ time? Photograph: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Patrick Logue: Dubliner’s onstage antics give voice to racist and misogynistic ideas

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: an early riser and proud of it. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Public discourse has never been so heavy with innuendos and euphemisms

Members of the Cabinet Francis Fitzgerald, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar  and Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Collins

Micheál Martin says Sunday Independent pensions story ‘ludicrous’

 Columnist Kevin Myers will no longer write for ‘The Sunday Times’ following the publication of a piece   containing offensive remarks about Jewish people. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Column removed as newspaper issues apology over piece about gender pay gap

Phil Hogan: It beggars belief to see the inconsistency from the UK side

Phil Hogan: UK still has to come to terms with negotiating mandate

Nearly half a million adults are still living at home with their parents, according to the 2016 Census. Photograph: The Irish Times

Men account for majority (58.6%) of adults still living at home, according to data for 2016

People filling up containers at a “temporary water station” in Ballsgrove, Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Normally we would barely nod in the street, but the need for water brought us together

People queuing for water in Termonabbey on the outskirts of Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More problems may happen in future as asbestos cement pipe needs to be replaced

No cars go: the University of Groningen’s Academy Building. The  city has a student population of 30,000 – and  a car population of zero. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Radical thinking has made the Dutch city of Groningen a heaven for pedestrians and cyclists

Ed Sheeran ’has done wonders for the reputation of boys with red hair and he’s Irish (sort of). What’s not to like?’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Paddy Logue: His music isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but the ire he inspires is over the top

Tastes like a bubble: Cracked Nut’s algae-infused latte

Paddy Logue: Who else would queue overnight to pay €500,000 for ordinary-looking houses?

“We are not sure how the hedgehog got into our little suburban garden, it being surrounded by 6ft walls”

Patrick Logue: An encounter in the garden had me researching these spiky characters

Latest house price index reports €2,000 rise per month

Caitriona Perry was asked to “come here” by the US president during the press event   during Mr Trump’s phone call to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

RTÉ Washington Correspondent told to ‘come here’ by Donald Trump

There’s always one: but would you wear shorts to the office?

Do you wear shorts to the office when the sun comes out?

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation joins the  Teachers’ Union of Ireland in recommending rejection of the pay deal

INTO opposes public sector deal over ‘inadequate’ provisions for lower-paid teachers

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly: last seen in Offaly in 1995

Marsh Fritillary Butterfly a ‘rare and beautiful creature’

As a parent, the scariest feeling that has emerged in the days leading up to the exams is that feeling of helplessness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has been a battle to keep the household stress at bay, a battle I am not sure we’ve won

Who will be marking the State exams? urgent appeal issued for markers

Authorities issue appeal to working, retired and newly qualified teachers

Dublin’s best known gay bar, the George, was vandalised with offensive graffiti overnight. Photograph: Dan Lloyd/The Irish Times

Man in his 20s detained after the Dublin gay bar was defaced with homophobic graffiti

The Teflon Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA/iStock

Out of the frying pan: The ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ was a household name in the 1990s

Liberty Hall in Dublin City Centre has been purchased a business controlled by US president Donald Trump

Trump International Holdings to build 32-storey structure

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at a press conference announcing that Stephen Donnelly was joining the  party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Poll puts FF in best position in six years of B&A poll

 File photograph of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

‘Administrative error’ made by a staff member in the HSE’s National Counselling Service

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar speaking during a live recording of the Inside Politics podcast

Minister says new SF position on coalition is ‘planned’

Martin McGuinness leaves Stormont Castle on Monday evening after resigning as Deputy First Minister. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Guide to the Northern Ireland Assembly

Keep your bottle: rule number one for the reluctant exerciser is to cut out the mid-week treats and booze

Extreme measures must be taken as the reluctant exerciser heads into Christmas

Brian Stack who was Chief Prison Officer at Portlaoise Prison in the Irish Republic was shot in Dublin in 1983.

Gerry Adams at odds with Stack family about names

While Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry recorded rainfall of 105 per cent of normal levels in October, the month in many other places was one of the driest in decades. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rest of country extremely dry last month, Met Éireann figures show

Victor Meldrew, from the TV show One Foot in the Grave, and the poster boy for grumpy old men everywhere

Unexpected items in the bagging area, verified by Visa - the list of everyday annoyances is long....

The last Manchester United players I can still really remember are the likes of Jesper Olsen, Norman Whiteside, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel, who is still playing – I think. Photograph: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

It’s been a tough year for people who have no interest at all in sport

“Apparently, and I have this straight from the little horse’s mouth, the golden rule is: short story, long snuggle. Long story, long snuggle”

Who better to ease your little ones into sleep than Roald Dahl, who would have turned 100 this weekend

“No problem, sir. (Reads from laminate.) All answers you give will be recorded, parsed, analysed and used to turn you into a liar in the event of you buying a policy from us and daring to make a claim for anything.”

I hit the phones in earnest and found myself ringing some of those numbers you hear advertised on the radio over and over again

Cost of returning to work amounts to 90% of potential earnings, report notes

The smoking train carriage is seen at Clongriffin station on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Paddy Logue/The Irish Times

Passengers forced to leave train after smoke seen billowing from underneath a carriage

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