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

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

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