Members of the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group.outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s house last weekend. Photograph: Facebook

‘We’re protesting to let [Simon Harris] feel what it’s like, to be affected in his own home’

Newly engaged couple Emer Duffy from Rathfarnham, Dublin and Killian Casey from Ballyboden, Rathfarnham at the shrine of St Valentine in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street, Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relics of the third-century martyr and symbol of courtly love draws in the crowds

New recruits: Ollie O’Connor of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel said when they joined up, they were young fit men and women. ‘They didn’t put up their hands to become homeless veterans.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Organisation representing Defence Forces personnel says protest is a ‘symbolic act’

 Northway Mushrooms’ operations manager Elaine Shaw at the company’s new £25 million compost facility in Tyrone.  Photograph:  Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Brexit ‘an opportunity’ if it means less Polish imports to UK, says NI mushroom company

 Charlie and Maureen, parents of Orla Church,   leaving the church at Donnycarney, Dublin, surrounded by family members, nieces and nephews. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Mourners told even when it was too late to change her fate, she helped create new health guidelines

“The worst-case scenario is a hard border, and people won’t accept that.” Frank Brady at his pig farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

The absence of clarity on the nitty-gritty details is causing anxiety for Border businesses

Gyproc repeated its apology to locals for the disruption caused by the land collapse at the local community centre and Magheracloone Mitchells GAA pitch. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Minister of State Seán Canney says no need for an independent inquiry into subsidence

The insurance industry estimates that at least €50 of every motor insurance policy is consumed by fraud. Photograph:  Getty Images

Gardaí say unlicensed middle men have diverted €23m away from insurance firms

On Tuesday, Declan  O’Callaghan applied for a hearing, set for January 24th, to be adjourned. Photograph:  Collins

Tom Fleming complained about Declan O’Callaghan to the tribunal in May 2010

Court hears that Criminal Assets Bureau had raided premises associated with Jim Ferry

“There’s no accountability”: Geraldine Ward, a Drumgossett resident affected by the Gyproc subsidence, outside her home. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Families displaced from their Magheracloone homes by subsidence want solutions

Tony Kelly of the HSE’s motorcycle response unit: Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Total of 149 killed to date compares with 157 killed on roads in 2017

At present, there are 650 personnel serving abroad, the bulk of them (462) deployed with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. Photograph: Alan Betson

In Ireland, the Army conducted nearly 200 operations at request of An Garda Síochána

Declan O’Callaghan, of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, was suspended in July by the High Court. Photograph: Collins

Declan O’Callaghan pressured client who faced losing her home as a result of unpaid funds

A community has shown real Christmas spirit by raising more than €5,000 to pay for  the funeral of a much-loved local resident, Margaret Lang, who died alone last week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Co Meath community raises funds to give Margaret Lang (58) a funeral

Declan O Callaghan, of Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, leaving the Four Courts. A court heard on Wednesday that Mr O’Callaghan’s professional fate would be decided by two cases against him yet to be heard by a tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Roscommon solicitor and his wife stand to lose all their property, including family home

Four Ford Transit vans lay burned out following Sunday night’s violence at the property in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Taoiseach condemns ‘violent actions of vigilantes’ against security guards at the house

“Panes of glass had been smashed outwards and shards littered the path around the building. Net curtains billowed through the shattered windows.”   Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Broken glass and burnt-out vehicles bear witness to violent confrontations

Declan Ganley argues that Denis O’Brien’s assertion of conspiracy against him “has not been properly particularised, has not been distinguished from defamation and is bound to fail”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Action is statute barred, abuse of process and vexatious, Galway businessman argues

Solicitor Declan O Callaghan. Photograph: Collins Courts

Law Society moves to freeze bank accounts of Ballaghaderreen-based Declan O’Callaghan

John Bruton,   speculated on an 8 per cent fall in GDP in the UK after Brexit, together with serious inflation and unemployment that would lead to “deep bitterness, alienation and anger that will go on and on in future generations”.

By leaving the EU after 40 years’ of membership, Britain is destroying part of itself

Declan O’Callaghan has been suspended by the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Roscommon practice is at centre of claims of money being taken from client accounts

Former minister for communications Denis Naughton. Neither he nor David McCourt  were asked for written statements by  auditor Peter Smith. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Process auditor questioned about his National Broadband Plan investigation

Br Kevin Crowley at the ceremony in Leinster House with Fr Peter Rodgers; Regina Campbell and Br Sean Donohoe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Driving force behind Capuchin Day Centre is fourth recipient of Human Dignity Award

Insurance companies estimate that €50 of every annual motor premium relates to bogus claims and the legal cost of fighting them. Photograph: Frank Miller

Poll finds deep support for penal measures against dishonest claims and facilitators

Pastor David Bell of Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church who survived the Darkley massacre. “We have peace and comfort knowing that those who died were in right standing and are in God’s presence now.”  Photograph: Liam McBurney

Thirty-five years ago, Republican gunmen massacred worshippers at a church in Darkley, Co Armagh

Presenters Joe Duffy and Ronan Collins, and singer Tony Kenny pictured at the funeral of  Sonny Knowles at St Agnes’s Church, Crumlin, Dublin.  Photograph: Collins.

Entertainers bid farewell to man whose ‘life was happiness, music and sing-along’

Under the Irish initiative, participating countries of the EU would be able to commit to a UN mission on a time-limited basis. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Initiative by Minister of State aims to increase EU participation in UN missions

Members of the Emergency Response Unit treat a ‘victim’  during Operation Barracuda Major Emergency Training Exercise, at DCU, Dublin on Friday night. Photograph:   Colin Keegan, Collins

Operation Barracuda sees Garda, army, fire and ambulance services working together

Chief of Staff, Defence Forces: Vice Admiral Mark Mellett. Photograph: Collins

Chief of Staff says he has ‘unique’ perspective to give Pay Commission

Rows of bikers line the street as the remains of David Boland, who died after he was stabbed on Halloween night, are carried from the Sacred Heart Church, Nurney, Co. Kildare to the local cemetery. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

Kildare church ‘crammed’ for farewell to David Boland

The rear of the Renault Megan car allegedly damaged in the €180,000 dismissed personal injury claim.

€180,000 was sought by the driver and the two passengers of car

Declan O’Callaghan, the senior solicitor and principal of Kilrane O’Callaghan, Ballaghaderreen’s best-known and largest legal practice. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Family seeks answers from Law Society after solicitor retained portion of €5.2m award

Judge James O’Donoghue, sitting in Naas Circuit Court, said he believed a crash had occurred. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taxi driver involved in Kildare incident also contradicted plaintiffs’ version of events

Davy Byrnes pub: the Dublin business comes with a 900-year lease. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Famous Dublin pub, on Duke Street, is the go-to watering hole on Bloomsday

Eamon Devlin of Dev-Oil on Concession Road. Photograph: Alan Betson

For just 6km, the road from Castleblayney to Dundalk dips into Northern Ireland

Minister of State for Defence Paul  Kehoe said  One made a valuable contribution in helping veterans and he and the department strongly supported their efforts. File photograph: Alan Betson

Minister ups annual payment to €100,000

Saulius Smaleckas (38), of Ashbrook Manor, Cavan,  at the Four Courts  this week. Photograph: Collins Courts

Withdrawal of case represents a significant victory for Aviva

The remains of Emma Mhic Mhathúna at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘She’ll be remembered as a mother, a campaigner, a fighter and a woman in a ballgown taking on the people who needed to be challen(...)

Denis O’Brien: expected to resist the move. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Documents sought include financial details and settlement with ex-TD Colm Keaveney

Minister of State for the Defence Forces Paul Kehoe  announced €1,000 compensation to each of the stranded soldiers, members of the 57th Infantry Group. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister apologises to families of soldiers stuck in Syria due to ‘clearance’ issues

Aerial image of the house.

Owner says Bealtaine was ‘a hell of a place to grow up in’ - not surprising given its spectacular location

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said the  personnel would be delayed returning home. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Trying to explain to daughters that their father will not be home for another two weeks was ‘like cancelling Christmas’

 Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, and Lt Col Colm Ó Luasa at the annual conference in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

‘There is an inextricable link between pay and being valued,’ says Mellett

Retired Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan and his grand-daughter Aleesha Penrose (9) at an Army protest in September: 1,760 Defence Force members are on family income supplement, a collective humiliation of military personnel and their families, says Sgt Maj Noel O’Callaghan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Politicians to be targeted over departmental control and perceived humiliation of forces

Members of the Naval Service Reserve were drafted recently to supplement crew shortages on the LÉ Eithne, the navy’s flagship. Photograph: AP

Emergency meeting of top officers convened as reservists drafted to fill gaps on third ship

Mourners at the funeral of  Lithuanian woman Ingrida Maciokaite at St Nicholas’s Church, Dundalk. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Funeral of Ingrida Maciokaite (31) hears how mother of two was taken ‘so violently’

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered when infection in the blood stream overwhelms the body’s immune system. Photograph: ,Getty Images

Minister says sepsis can affect any person of any age, irrespective of underlying good health or medical conditions

Mark and Caroline, who are homeless, in their tent –  which was set on fire after being  hit with a firework – along the Luas Red Line between Suir Road and Rialto Bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Homeless couple Mark and Caroline – who is pregnant – sleep in a tent along the Luas line

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has a ‘go’ at  vintage horse-drawn ploughing at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ploughing: Shire drafts Ned and Ted let the Taoiseach take the reins in Offaly

Homelessness is a growing problem in rural areas. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

McVerry Trust seeks to lease vacants from owners, renovate them and generate rent

Emma Ferguson from Trim, Co Meath, with her two-week-old son Paddy  after winning the National Brown Bread Baking Competition at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland

Music, bread-making, vintage machinery, and sausages keep the crowds happy in Offaly

The wind blowing hard at the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore Co Offaly. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Storm inflicted serious damage to many structures across the 150-acre site in Creggan

A view of damage to tents at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Second day of event cancelled after public display area suffers damage from strong winds

Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney was the subject of the Primetime Investigates broadcast in December 2015.

Councillor threatened to walk out and claimed he was ‘entrapped’ into asking for payment

(Left)  The Rev Bob Jennings and (right) a photograph from  his years as a British army chaplain.

Daughters tell congregation it is impossible to condense father’s life into just a few words

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Neither I nor anyone in the firm was aware that any such submission was being made’, said main planning advisor to Pat McDonagh

Supermac’s outlet on Eyre Square, Galway city. File photograph: Google Street View

LinkedIn page saying woman worked for 12½ years at Supermac’s deleted after questions

 Grahame White, a former counter-terrorist officer with the London Metropolitan Police, speaking at Compliance Ireland conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Time

Pull all information together for ‘intelligence picture’, Grahame White tells financial sector

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Woman ‘not living’ at address from which letter opposing Eyre Square outlet was sent

Max Woods and Emily Moore from Kildare during their first day in junior infants at Kildare Town Educate Together National School. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kildare Educate Together opened in 2012 with 20 pupils and now has 380

Supermac’s on Westmoreland Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Firm earlier admitted it had agreed to underwrite the cost of submitting the letters

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Firm under fire for agreeing to cover cost of submissions backing new service area near Ennis

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. The company said it was shocked to learn that some of the letters of support for its planning application sent to Clare County Council were forged. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Pat McDonagh's proposed Co Clare project will have ‘significant negative impact’

Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fast food firm disowns faked submissions backing its planned service area near Ennis

Competitors in the pony show at the Virginia Agricultural Show in Co Cavan. Photograph: Barry Cronin

There’s farm machinery, marquees and flags, and posh girls in Dubarry boots

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Gareth Carroll and Mark Kiernan of Kiernan Milling along with one of their piglet friends at the 77th Virginia Agricultural in Virginia, Cavan on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Leo Varadkar says it will be short meeting but he will raise ‘as many issues as I can’

The submission purporting to be from a “Ned Scanlon” in relation to the service station plan in Co Clare

Mystery surrounds forged letters of support for Co Clare service station

Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall, Co Offaly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company condemns forged planning submissions to Clare Council

Golfers play on the fairway towards the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Course,  near Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Clare council is sent fake views over planned motorway service area near Doonbeg

Declan O’Callaghan. Mr O’Callaghan’s wife, Mary Devine-O’Callaghan, was also  replaced by the High Court as office manager in the law firm, Kilrane O’Callaghan & Company. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Action over money paid to Roscommon solicitor is separate to case before High Court

Kathleen Quinn, Nan White, Margaret Foley and Bridie Byrne, at Our Lady of Lourdes Day Care Centre on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hope and expectation is running high but confirmation of a visit is thin on the ground

Last year, the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces organisation marched to the Dáil regarding low pay. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Poor pay and allowances sapping morale, say supporters

Declan O’Callaghan  photographed in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Declan O’Callaghan and his wife were seen as pillars of community before finances came under scrutiny

Len O’Hagan.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE chief says INM senior director Len O’Hagan’s sworn statement ‘concerning’

Ian Drennan: he said he was concerned at “the extent to which it now appears the board accepted whatever the former chairman said without question”

Lengthy exchange of correspondence is revealed in High Court documents

The damaged fender on the Toyota Avensis car, as seen 10 days after the Tuam Road incident, but not visible, according to paramedics, in the immediate aftermath  of the incident.

Passengers complained of pain despite paramedics’ evidence of little vehicle damage

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan have declined to get involved in the case of Dr Bassam Naser, who was jailed for 16 months in June  after pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Due process has been followed and the law must take its course, says justice minister

Minister of State Finian McGrath is pictured speaking at the meeting in Howth yacht club. Photograph: James Forde

Public meeting hears criticism of judge who jailed Dr Bassam Naser for tax evasion

Dayna Kearney (22) was acquitted at Naas Circuit Criminal Court of dangerous driving causing death, and of driving a defective vehicle. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Garda letter to families had suggested no inquest because trial had heard evidence

Journalists are to be given clear and uncontested access to court records for the first time under new guidelines being drawn up by the Courts Service. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Courts Service says media to get wider access to court documents from August 1st

Dr Bassam Naser. Judge Martin Nolan sentenced him to 16 months’ imprisonment, describing him as an intelligent man who knew what he was doing.    Photograph: Alan Betson

Calls on Minister to release Dr Bassam Naser, jailed for tax evasion, on compassionate grounds

 Somali-born Irishwoman Ifrah Ahmed  is working alongside  the London-based Global Media Campaign Against FGM to combat the practice in Somalia. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish campaigners in Mogadishu highlight death of Deeqa Dahir Nuur


Congregation hears mercurial Crumlin native a ‘wonderful husband’ and good father

Kilkenny Mart manager Michael Lynch: “We’ve had no growth and no grass.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Sluggish sales at Kilkenny Mart matched by bleak outlook

Ifrah Ahmed, the Somali-born Irish woman advising the Somali government on FGM and whose Dublin-based foundation campaigns against the practice world-wide. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Launch taking place as reports of 10-year-old girl bleeding to death emerge

Memorial plaque to Niamh Doyle in her sister Louise’s home. “My story comes from love,” says Louise. “It’s not to slate anybody – to slate the gardaí or the girl. It’s just a story that I’m telling. Niamh deserves it.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Louise Doyle’s account of her sister Niamh, who died in a road crash that claimed four lives, is a story of enduring love

Lauren Murphy (11) from Glasson, Co Westmeath leads her pony Taggert Express before  the launch of the 2018 Dublin Horse Show at the RDS in  Ballsbridge. Photograph: Tom Honan

About 1,600 horses and ponies will participate in show’s various equestrian events

Mark Kopik on his singed land on Bray Head. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Parts of Bray Head are covered in ash. Locals say area’s special status is part of problem

“Put out a bowl of water, maybe with a stone in the centre so smaller birds can perch on it while drinking.” Photograph: iStock

Birds struggle to source water and food, and plants are ‘under stress’ – here’s how to help

Waste collector Jim Ferry claimed the illegal dumping by him at Rossbracken, Co Donegal, was “a desperate act” when he discovered a problem with the weighing of bins collected.

Jim Ferry offers cash seized by CAB to remediate site but says he will file for bankruptcy

Just 2%  of treated water is drunk, with the remainder of domestic consumption going on bathroom and kitchen use, and some 7%  on customer-side leaks. Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin consumption peaked last week at 50 million litres above normal levels

Sgt Richard Muldarry after  receiving his Defence Forces Values Champions Award, with his husband, Levino de Oliveira, at The Curragh Camp, Co Kildare.

Soldiers in uniform will also participate in the LGBT event

Emma Mhic Mhathúna with solicitor Cian O’Carroll: “From the outset, I was determined to fight for justice for my children and the figure replicates the damage that’s been done to them.” Photograph: Collins Courts

Terminally ill Kerry woman wore her confidence proudly in legal win over HSE and Quest

 The High Court heard that Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37), from Co Kerry,  wanted the money paid into court for the benefit of her children. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE and US laboratory Quest Diagnostics to apologise to Kerry mother-of-five in settlement

Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry outside the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Few dissenting voices in Independent TD’s stronghold following court conviction

Mick Tynan who served with the Defence Forces for 37 years and is now living in Brú Na bhFiann, a hostel for ex-service personnel. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Brú na Bhfiann offers a haven for retired personnel down on their luck

Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry pictured speaking to the media outside court on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Michael Collins says ‘highly oppressive’ Moriarty tribunal was waste of public money

An inquiry found the Leeside Apartments complex in Cork has  widespread fire safety deficiencies

Leeside Apartments complex has ‘widespread fire safety shortcomings’

File photo. Photograph: PA

Dentists will no longer use amalgam on teeth of children under 15 and pregnant women

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