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

UK research which found that 74 per cent of people had, in the previous year, felt so depressed and unable to cope that they had entertained suicidal thoughts, Richard Wilkinson told Tasc.

Psychological consequences of material differences impact the poor most

Hiqa said the results of its survey would be used to inform its ‘monitoring activity in acute hospitals.’

Research shows 63% of people have seen ‘poor’ health and social care services

Dayna Kearney is to go on trial for dangerous driving causing deaths.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Four friends died in January 2015 collision of car with transit van

There have been a number of media ownership changes in the three years to 2017.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Authority wants to know have changes between 2015 and 2017 affected plurality

The funeral of Ana Kriegel takes place at Newlands Cross Crematorium. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Friends of murdered schoolgirl (14) form a guard of honour at her funeral

Honorary Consul of the Philippines for Ireland  Mark Congdon (right) is greeted at Clarke Airport this evening by Philippines government official Elmer Cato (left).

Funeral of 24-year-old student set for Saturday

Knockrath, Church Lane, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Knockrath is charming and substantial, and kids could lose themselves in its gardens

Garda scene of crime tape at the entrance to the thicket near where the body of CameronReilly (18) was found in Dunleer, Co Louth, on Saturday morning, May 26th 2018. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Murdered 18-year-old Co Louth student remembered as kind, funny and gentle person

Members of Ireland’s Filipino community were among those who paid their respects to Jastine Valdez at a funeral home in Bray, Co Wicklow, on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bewildered friends and neighbours pay respects to murdered 24-year-old student

Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, and environmental campaigner Duncan Stewart at the charity summit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Conference hears of ‘excessive duplication’ with ‘unnecessary form-filling’

Mark Hennessy who was shot dead by Gardaí in Cherrywood industrial estate last Sunday, photographed during the purchase of a Nissan Qashqai at Windsor Motors in Bray in September 2017.

Conflicting profiles point to a man whose life was spiralling out of control in recent weeks

The Nissan Qashqai driven by Mark Hennessy, at Cherrywood Business Park in south Dublin. Once the vehicle could be searched on Sunday evening, gardaí were able to download its satnav data. Photograph: Peter Varga/PA

Data allowed gardaí to narrow focus of search for Jastine Valdez

Conor Wright (25) was the lifeguard on duty at the Swan Leisure pool in Rathmines when a swimmer got into difficulties at around 10am onThursday.

Conor Wright applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on swimmer at Rathmines leisure centre

Jim Ferry from his “Justice for Jim” Facebook page.

Jim Ferry’s lawyers tell High Court he ‘panicked’ and evaded an arrest warrant

With their Defence Forces Values Champions  awards are Leading Seaman Ryan Carroll, Niamh McColgan (accepting on behalf of her deceased husband Stephen), Sgt Richard Muldarry, Sgt Leona Walsh, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, Cpt (retired) Noel Carey, Pte Jennifer O’Connor, Sgt Maj (retired) Noel O’Callaghan and Company Sergeant Matt Masterson.

New awards to recognise respect, loyalty, selflessness, courage and integrity of members

John McGuirk, communications director of the Save the 8th campaign. Photograph: Nic Bradshaw.

No side claim Facebook and Google announcements are the result of Yes lobbying

Frances Raday said the referendum would  bring “a welcome note of clarity regarding the systematic violation of fundamental rights that the Eighth Amendment means for pregnant people”

Eighth Amendment is responsible for violation of fundamental rights, says Frances Raday

Nathan Berning and Emily Faulkner who are campaigning for a No vote in the referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan

US campaigners in favour of retaining Eighth Amendment have faced ‘hateful’ comments

The Weight Of The Eighth:  A light projection addition to the Aspiration sculpture on the side of Dublin’s Treasury Building supporting the Yes campaign in the forthcoming  referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

#TheWeightOfTheEighth: Light projection cast onto sculpture a chain and figure of eight

 Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board the LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Migrant rescue operation in Mediterranean close to ‘medical battlefield’ for Irish Naval Service

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Labour attempts to raise bar to 16 years rejected by Oireachtas committee

Garda Cathal Comiskey and Det Garda Ann Power  in the Phoenix Park. Both  will take part in Cycle Against Suicide in memory of their late colleague Det Supt Colm Fox. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Friends of the late Det Supt Fox are determined his death should be used to focus on curse of suicide

Staff at the Rotunda Hospital called gardaí after anti-abortion protestors appeared outside the hospital. File photograph: David Sleator

Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform linked to US organisation

Irish Rail staff speak to passengers at the  blocked entrance to Connolly train station on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Suspected explosive material was found shortly before midday near the building

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 (33), originally from Latvia but resident in Ireland for five years, went missing in March

Revenue said it works closely with counterpart agencies in Ireland and abroad to combat illegal activity, including smuggling and fuel laundering.

Illegal tobacco sale means almost €230m in lost revenue

Long Boat Quay, where over €3m to fix fire safety problems will be split between residents and the city council. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Oireachtas Committee hears of lack of sinking funds, underestimated service charges

Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, speaking to media at the Russian embassy in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Yury Filatov tells reporters Moscow losing ‘last bit of trust’ for western partners

 Eoghan Murphy’s  Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has yet to receive the council’s reports. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Alleged misuse concerned payments for maintenance and engineering works

The LÉ Samuel Beckett with more than 500 migrants on board during its operations in the Mediterranean in 2016.

Ship to join Operation Sophia working mainly between Libya and Italy

Issues can win a higher Twitter profile through repeat, multiple postings of the same content, usually with the same hashtag

Company temporarily restricted some activists’ messages recently while carrying out investigation

Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy raised the issue in the Dáil  with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

IBRC obtained undertakings from ex-employee relating to documents, Minister says

It was reported over the weekend that a company connected with Denis O’Brien, above, who owns just under 30 per cent of INM, paid the bill for an external IT group given access to INM’s computer networks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ODCE is examining conduct of INM board in relation to handling of a protected disclosure

Some bodies were eventually found, but just 14 of the 61 dead were recovered.

‘I’ve had difficulty answering the question over the years: how did your parents die?’

Red Flag case: Denis O’Brien has seemed to face an uphill battle. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Analysis: Legal ruling to make Declan Ganley a defendant a huge relief for businessman

The Garda Síochána said the exercise is to examine the response to a simulated major armed incident. File photograph: The Irish Times

Inter-agency deployment at Shannon Airport focuses on hazard of unexploded devices

 Unifil peacekeepers marking the 40th anniversary of the force’s  presence in southern Lebanon  at Unifil headquarters in Naqoura,  south Lebanon, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Hashisho

In Unifil’s 40 years, 32,000 tours served in Lebanon by Defence Forces personnel

 Ken Kelly:   he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after what he remembers fondly as a “satisfying career”. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

In two days Ken Kelly went from working in the Curragh to meeting an Israeli officer in Lebanon

Colm Keaveney was bankrupt at the time of the alleged offer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former assistant claims Colm Keaveney said ‘just tell me what he needs said and I’ll say it’

Economist Jim Power (centre) with Gerard Dollard chief executive of the  Irish Greyhound Board (left) and Phil Meaney IGB chairman at the publication of the strategic plan. Photograph: Maxwells

Board says animal rights activists have dominated the conversation for too long

The Irish soldiers from the Kosovo Peacekeeping Forces (KFOR) patrol near the village of Lapusnik in on February 14th, 2008. Photograph:  Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

The paper suggests the need for UN Security Council imprimatur when sending Defence Forces’ overseas gives the five permanent memb(...)

Insurance Ireland denies claim of exorbitant car insurance premium quotes

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett: ‘We need more women in our Defence Forces not just for peacekeeping but for everything else’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Defence Forces chief tells Hague conference greater gender balance improves capability

 Writing “took me away to wonderful places where no one was sick, ” Emma Hannigan told mourners at her funeral in a eulogy delivered by Fr Gerry Byrne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

‘I never had a day where I felt lonely,’ writer tells mourners in eulogy delivered by priest

True grit: Motorway maintainence workers load trucks  at the Dublin County Council depot in Ballymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The gritters, grocers, forcecasters and emergency workers keeping Ireland moving

Photograph: Irish Defence Forces Twitter

Large 6x6 trucks to assist ESB, jeeps used to ferry midwives

The LÉ Niamh. Between October and December last the Irish Naval ship  directly rescued 613 people and helped other ships to rescue 107 more

Ships will spend 16-week missions between Italy and Libya from April until year’s end

Ryanair hopes to bring planeload home to Dublin this evening after 24-hour delay

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair chief marketing officer, Lisa Cashin, communications manager, and Eddie Wilson, chief people officer. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Company ups frequency of several flights despite uncertainty created by Brexit

It is proposed that an owner who allows their vehicle to be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver would face up to six months’ imprisonment. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New Road Traffic Bill is expected to lead to a clampdown on the ‘massive issue’ of fronting

“It is a Nama for the people,” said iCare’s David Hall. “Why can’t a mini-Nama buy the [distressed] loan and sell it back to the customer at a discount or restructure the loan?” Photograph: Alan Betson

Edmund Honohan says State should buy homes in arrears and rent back to debtors

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, in Belgium

Concerns arose over role of Malachy Vallely, who was convicted after fatal 2014 fire

It is clear that despite pockets of local opposition to electricity pylons, the Government expects EirGrid to press ahead with the cross-border interconnector. Photograph: iStock

Government expects EirGrid to press ahead with cross-border interconnector to meet electricity needs

  Tony Geoghegan of Merchants Quay Ireland said  the supervised injecting facility will save lives. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Use of illegal drugs obtained elsewhere inside the facility will not be prosecuted

The plan indicates that €15 million is being spent on the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square West, described. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Not clear how much of funding is new money and how much is already accounted for in existing allocations

Members of the Gardaí during the funeral of  Detective Superintendent Colm Fox at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Seabury, Malahide, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Colm Fox’s pursuit of the truth was ‘forensic and relentless . . . It was never about ego; it was always about duty’.

Jim Ferry from his “Justice for Jim” Facebook page. He says  “you may have succeeded in putting me out of business, but I haven’t gone away you know”

Bureau has seized contents of bank account held in the name of one of Ferry’s relatives

 Séamus Mallon, pictured in 1998 sitting behind Gerry Adams at an address in Belfast by Bill Clinton, has little affection for the Sinn Féin leader: “I just can’t be in the same room with him. There’s just something about him that I recoil from. He has his hand in too many awful events, too many.” Photograph: AP

Gerry Adams years: SDLP stalwart says Sinn Féin leader only hardened tribal divisions

Denis O’Brien launched his legal action against Red Flag, which had assembled the contents of a USB stick containing files about him.

Supreme Court decision not to overturn High Court decision

Denis O’Brien failed in his Supreme Court bid. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Businessman sought leave to challenge Court of Appeal rejection of discovery attempt

Colm Keaveney:  he was  a somewhat nervous speaker in the Dáil

Denis O’Brien, renowned for his determination, had Keaveney in his crosshairs

Former Galway East TD Colm Keaveney,  a long-standing and vocal critic of Denis O’Brien, swore an affidavit favourable to the businessman’s case against Red Flag. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Request to join Declan Ganley as co-defendant based on affidavit from former Galway TD

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal  in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former commissioner responds to accusations she told a ‘dark lie’ to O’Higgins inquiry

During three separate raids on Matthew Horan’s  home, gardaí found thousands of child pornography images on computers and phones.

Dubliner Matthew Horan pleads guilty to 11 sample charges of possessing child pornography

Kerry babies: one option might be for the Cabinet to abandon the tribunal’s findings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Discredited 1985 report still official State position on Joanne Hayes case

Joanne Hayes leaving the tribunal in June 1985. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Why did Joanne Hayes and her family confess to matters that were not true?

DNA profiling allows for certitude when determining the parentage of an individual because DNA is inherited directly from parent to child

Checks against national DNA database show no one matches being related to baby

President Micheal D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, sympathising with Peter Sutherland’s wife,  Maruja,  at his funeral in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 2,000 people attend funeral of global figure in politics and finance

The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to grow from its present one in eight to one in six. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ageing population likely to place huge burden on already creaking services

Gardaí examine a sealed-off scene at Seatown, Dundalk, Co Louth, near the scene of a fatal attack on Avenue Road on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

It is harder to fend off random acts of madness than stand against calculated act of terror

The HSA said 14 elderly farmers were killed “many of them working alone at the time of the accident. Finding supports for elderly farmers or farmers working alone is something that needs to be addressed”. Image: iStock

Agriculture the worst sector for fatal incidents for the eighth year in a row

Chicago mayor’s proposed visit included lunch at an undisclosed ‘gothic castle’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Diplomats arranged dispatch of reading material on Irish history

State files have been released under the 30-year rule at the National Archives. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former ambassador to Moscow had ‘the strongest reservations’ about the proposal

The Israeli ambassador said he told Ian Paisley obtaining arms ‘could be dealt with only between Governments’, according to files. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Israeli ambassador reported to his Irish counterpart about an ‘unlikely’ request

 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Cpl Dermot McLaughlin killed when Israeli tank shell hit Unifil post in January 1987

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy leaving the High Court after the judgment awarding them £20,000 damages each. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Chief state solicitor wrote that Irish Times report rendered case ‘incapable of fair trial’

Gardaí restrain protesters outside Cavan District Court against the rearrest for extradition of Maze prison escapee Anthony Kane in November 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Fianna Fáil leader told Northern secretary party ‘going berserk’ over UK co-operation

Administrative burden: US ambassador Margaret Heckler (with President Hillery). Photograph: Pat Langan

‘US agreed to apply for permission for each flight in advance and have been doing so since June, 1986’

A statue of a soldier still stands  atop the Enniskillen cenotaph on November 9th, 1987. Photograph: Reuter

Analysis of the Remembrance Sunday atrocity cast doubt on the IRA and Sinn Féin explanation

Declan Davitt (26) was described as an “honest, caring, happy fellow with a wonderful personality” and “the guy who was always first there to help anyone in need”. Photograph: Family handout/PA.

Mass live-streamed to New Zealand so friends could witness events in Killeen

The eight-man IRA unit killed in a shoot-out with soldiers following the bombing of the Loughgall RUC station. Clockwise from top left: Gerard O’Callaghan, Antony Gormley, James Lynagh, Eugene Kelly, Declan Arthurs, Patrick McKerney, Seamus Donnelly and Patrick Kelly. Photograph: PA

State Papers 1987: Sinn Féin president was accused of being behind the killings

The remains of Martin Needham (27), pictured, and his friend Declan Davitt (26) were recovered from a lake on the Carrowniskey River, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, after an SUV in which they were travelling entered the water early on Christmas Day. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire.

Community feels ‘a gnawing sadness, shock and disbelief, anger, helplessness and tears’

Prior to her transplant in the US this week, Orla Tinsley used social media to urge people to carry a donor card.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner under sedation after double lung transplant

Orla Tinsley: has just had a successful lung transplant operation in New York, having waited months for a suitable donor as her health deteriorated. Photograph: Alan Betson

Orla Tinsley’s new lungs are working well but next few days will be critical

Denis O’Brien: names Declan Ganley as the client for whom Red Flag was working when it compiled a dossier at the centre of Mr O’Brien’s main case. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Johnny Fallon says he has ‘nothing to gain from’ involvement in action against Red Flag

Declan Ganley: “I am not ... and never have been a client of Red Flag.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ganley says his naming by former telecoms rival ‘extremely odd and completely untrue’

Declan Ganley:  Denis O’Brien claims the Galway-based telecoms businessman is the man behind a  dossier at the heart of his legal action against Red Flag Consulting.  Photograph: Getty Images

Galway-based telecoms businessman is named in several legal documents

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