A portrait of Grace Gifford painted by William Orpen.

New documentary suggests couple’s hasty marriage may have been to ward off scandal

In an extended post on its Telegram page, the Russian embassy in Dublin took issue with Mr Martin’s weekend comments. File photograph: The Irish Times

Legation critical of extremism personified by fascist collaborators during second World War

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney  and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Lieut Gen Sean Clancy at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Defence will push for €500 million increase in military spending

 A ceremonial flypast on the Main Square, at The Defence Forces Training Centre, in The Curragh Camp. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Curragh was the largest British military barracks in Ireland in 1922

The total cost of the extra payment amounts to €37.1 million, which is paid out of the Exchequer. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 45 per cent rise in gas and electricity prices putting pressure on budgets

 A view showing the size of the turnout at the ‘Our Maternity Hospital’ protest outside the Dáil today. Photograph: Tom Honan

Opponents of current plan continue to raise concerns of possible external interference

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘We have some sense of what would work with unionism, but we don’t have that sense with the British government.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Martin’s criticism of ‘unclear’ UK negotiating stance is rejected by Frost

A Palestinian artist paints a mural honouring late  veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on Saturday. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty

Israeli police baton charged mourners at the funeral of Shireen Abu Akleh

The two killers and (centre) the door to Wilson’s Belgravia home, outside which he was gunned down.

How two republicans gunned down a hero of the first World War on his own doorstep

The solid gold coins are Mexican in origin.

Kenny’s in Galway says such a find has never been ‘in our wheelhouse before’

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s message to renters was ‘Supply is the answer. It is not an easy answer to give’Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Absolute need’ for housing trumps local objections to housing developments, Martin says

Russian ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov was yet again the subject of colourful Dáil exchanges. File photograph: The Irish Times

Numerous calls have been made for expulsion of Yury Filatov because of Ukraine invasion

The joint committee on gender equality is examining the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on norms and stereotypes in education. File photograph: The Irish Times

Girls are being put off studying subjects such as woodwork, says Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty

The move takes account of the latest developments in the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Restriction to be eased from Monday across Europe with the exception of 15 countries

Herbert Woods, centre, shot dead an IRA man, Micheal O’Neill, who had broken into his relatives’ home, Ballygroman House, in April 1922. Wood and two relatives were killed in revenge and 10 more local Protestants were also shot dead.

Shooting dead of 13 men in 1922 led to mass exodus of Protestants from that part of Cork

An artist’s rendering shows Sir Henry Wilson MP being gunned down by two members of the IRA in London, Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan. They had waited outside his house, 36 Eaton Place, for him to return from the unveiling of a war memorial. An artist’s rendering shows Sir Henry Wilson MP being gunned down by two members of the IRA in London, Reginald Dunne and Joseph O’Sullivan. They had waited outside his house, 36 Eaton Place, for him to return from the unveiling of a war memorial.

How the independent state in 1922 went from democratic general election to disaster

Erskine Childers  with his wife aboard his yacht, the Asgard, which was used to run guns for the Irish Volunteers. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Childers made powerful enemies on the pro-Treaty side of the Civil War

The Public Records Office adjacent to the Four Courts held records going back to the 13th century which were destroyed in a massive explosion on June 30th, 1922

Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland follows a global effort to recover destroyed items

Cathal Brugha died on July 7th, 1922, 11 days before his 48th birthday

Ruairí Brugha: Former IRA chief hoped his death would ‘serve some greater good’

Michael Collins: the only casualty of the engagement. Image: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty

New evidence suggests Sonny O’Neill might not have been the shooter

Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera, who ‘looked crushed and broken’ after Boland’s death in 1922 Harry Boland, Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera, who ‘looked crushed and broken’ after Boland’s death in 1922

Dublin man was a faithful friend to de Valera and had a complex friendship with Collins

 Mother and daughter Viktoria Moreva and Viktoria Moreva – both have the same name – with their pet cats Seamus and Remus, and their dog Barelish, having escaped Ukraine. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Refugees arrive with beloved animals, including 11 cats, 10 dogs and a guinea pig

The poll was carried out by Red C between March 18th and 23rd. Photograph: iStock

Nearly four in five say EU membership has had positive impact on their lives

Irish MEP Clare Daly said Nato and the United States bear some responsibility for what has happened in Ukraine. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish MEP says conflict is now 'proxy war' between Nato and Russia

Laura Medvedieva with her son Artiom (12) and Golden Retriever Rix at  the CityWest conference centre. Ms Medvedieva said her son was very happy to have  friends at his new school there and ‘they didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye’.

Government department regrets upset but notes ‘emergency response’ circumstance

A Red army victory ceremony in front of the ruined Reichstag (chancery) building, Berlin, Germany, May 1945. File photograph: Sovfoto/Universal Images Group via Getty

Ukrainian communities fear midlands cavalcade a covert attempt to back Russian invasion

British foreign secretary Liz Truss said the RT (formerly Russian Today) and Sputnik news outlets were “behind [Russian president Vladimir] Putin’s vicious disinformation campaign” in relation to the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Bryan MacDonald says he was head of the online desk at rt.com

File photograph of members of the Ukrainian community in Ireland protesting. Members of the community have called for the banning of planned pro-Russian rallies. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ukrainians in Ireland support group accuses Russia of distorting war history

Derek Keys, who founded Euro Auctions with his brothers. Photograph: John McVitty

Investigation by Competition and Markets Authority scuppers deal for Euro Auction

The platform is in use in some 26,000 schools across the world. Photograph: iStock

Brendan Morrissey’s eSchools platform translates from Ukrainian into English

Gardaí arrested two men in separate operations conducted in the Gurranabraher area of Cork City on Friday evening. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Raids are part of nationwide Operation Tara campaign to disrupt drug networks

RIC men in Dublin: we should seek to understand not condemn the motives of those Irish people who served 100 years ago in the pay of the crown, the commemorative event heard.

Commemoration attendees express dismay at scrapping of Dublin Castle event

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary in Waterford in 1917. Back in January 2020, an attempt to hold a service of commemoration in Dublin was abandoned following objections. Photograph: AH Poole Collection

Event to mark centenary of disbandment two years after Dublin cancellation

The Van Gogh Dublin Immersive Experience will be held at the RDS between May 16th and August 4th.

Dublin Immersive Experience ‘no affiliation’ with The Immersive Experience

Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Dr Paul Colton after laying a wreath on the grave of David Gray, a victim of the Bandon Valley massacre, in Dunmanway, west Cork. Photograph: Andy Gibson

Thirteen Protestant men were killed in the space of three days

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe president Tiny Kox (left) presents the award parchment to Nano Nagle Place chief executive Shane Clarke

Nano Nagle Place wins Council of Museum Prize in Strasbourg

  Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov insisted that what was happening in Ukraine remains a “special military operation”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

‘You would want to open your eyes to another source of information,’ Yury Filatov says

Brian Beardsley died from Covid-19 in late December just before all restrictions were lifted.

Brian Beardsley one of over 7,000 people who have died with Covid-19 in the State

Solomia Hrodska with mother Natalia Hrodska and Svyatik Hrodska:   eBay and volunteer organisations from the Dublin 15 community welcomed Ukrainian refugees to an open day at Blanchardstown. Up to 100 Ukrainian guests accessed information on jobs, bank accounts, CVs and adapting to life in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin skills fair helps Ukrainians seeking positions in Ireland after fleeing war

The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital and in ICU continues to decline overall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Weekend figures show cases and hospital admissions are all in decline

Climate projection models for Ireland suggest that by mid-century there will be more prolonged dry and wet spells as a result of global warning. File photograph: Getty

Shifting weather patterns trigger high latitude blocking of fronts that cause wind, rain

At Harold’s Cross, Dublin, Fr Micheal blesses the congregation and their traditional Easter food. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

‘Most people are staying away from politics. This is a place . . . to be together and to help’

Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov pictured with traditional Easter foods at the Russian Orthodox Church in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Yury Filatov confirms embassy in Dublin has now found supplier of heating oil

Eugeniy Arsentiev; his wife, Yevheniia; and their children, Nikita (16) and Kyrill (6), sheltering in the windowless rooms of their Mariupol apartment during the early days of Russia’s invasion

The Arsentiev family had a happy life before being trapped in city from start of invasion

Pauline Plastun (14) and Anasteisha Abadjan (7) at the pop-up hub for Ukrainian refugees. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pop-up hub in Dún Laoghaire hub offers Ukrainian refugees free clothes and other items

As of 8am on Wednesday, there were 706 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including 42 people in intensive care. File photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis of blood donors reveals that by St Stephen’s Day over 14% of adults infected

The coffin bearing the remains of Michael O’Kennedy leaves St Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, for burial. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Taoiseach Micheál Martin delivers graveside oration for former Fianna Fáil minister

Elena Alliloueva-Lorigan, who has family links to Stalin, did not hesitate to reach out and support Ukrainian refugees. Photograph: Damien Eagers

‘We were told that Germans were always aggressors. Now we are going to be in that situation’

There is some evidence XE might be a slightly more infections strain of coronavirus but no change has been shown in relation to severity of illness. Photograph: iStock

Omicron XE is a combination of the existing variants of the Sars-CoV-2 virus

Hundreds gather on Kildare Street for vigil in memory of two men who were killed in Sligo Photo: Damien Eagers/Irish Times

Huge crowds, many holding pride flags, attend events across the country

The funeral of James Whelan (Whela) at River Mount Parish, Finglas on Wednesday.

Bikers line funeral route of James Whelan who was killed in suspected gangland feud

A screengrab from a social media video showing a convoy of cars flying Russian flags in Dublin. Photograph: via Tik Tok

Social media videos show cavalcade of cars flying Russian, Irish and Soviet Union flags

The study  found that recorded Covid-19 deaths per million of the population in Ireland ‘remained consistently below the EU-27 average throughout the pandemic’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Spring of 2020 and winter of 2021 were worst for mortality during the pandemic, says Hiqa

Gardaí are appealing to any person who may have witnessed this collision to contact them. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene on the R671 at Ballymacarbry

The MEPs  want an embargo on Russian energy imports, exclusion of all Russian banks from SWIFT and the sanctioning of individuals as named by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Photograph: iStock

Motion addressed to Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel signed by 207 MEPs

The Russian registered cargo ship Pola Varvara off Dalkey, Dublin Bay, on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ban on Russian shipping docking at ports is under consideration by EU member states

Prof Luke O’Neill (right) on a delivery of aid for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Photograph: Photograph: Luke O’Neill/Twitter

‘The biggest problem is food. Some of the people left in Ukraine are starving’, says Prof

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (third from left) during his stage days in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Friend and promoter Nick Levchenko brought now Ukrainian president to Ireland in 2017

The new case numbers cover Saturday, Sunday and Monday and are a mixture of PCR and positive antigen tests.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Threefold increase in hospitalisations with Omicron since early February

Charlie Bird was climbing Croagh Patrick with hundreds of supporters to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and suicide charity Pieta House. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Cora O’Grady took ill with her family while doing the fundraiser for Motor Neuron Disease

President Higgins meeting members of Pete St John’s family after his funeral at the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Songwriter of The Fields of Athenry wrote standards that will endure forever

Coláiste na bhFiann, which runs courses in the Connemara, Meath and Donegal Gaeltachtaí, said the rise in Covid-19 numbers have left them with no choice but to cancel again. Photograph: iStock

Surge in cases means there are ‘far too many variables out of our control’, provider says

A report released last month by the Federation of American Scientists found that Russia had approximately 4,477 nuclear warheads in total

Putin’s actions in Ukraine have put nuclear war back on the geopolitical agenda

The Government wants every home and business premises countrywide to have a smart meter by the end of 2024. File photograph: Getty Images

Devices record switch from day to night time electricity, triggering possible savings on bills

Account takeover fraud happens when a cybercriminal gains access to the victim’s login credentials to steal funds or information. File photograph: Getty Images

Stealing from personal bank accounts up more than fivefold, according to gardaí

It is the second time in a week that a mutilated animal has been uncovered by the public.

Body of cat discovered four days after a decapitated dog was found in south Dublin

The ambassador alleged that images of 20 people being killed by a missile in Donetsk were faked. Photograph: AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov

Yuri Filatov says civilians in besieged city of Mariupol are being used as human shields

St Stephen’s Hospital in Cork City was inspected by the Mental Health Commission in August last year.

Inspectors found serious issues relating to safety were not dealt with when raised

Gardaí say that almost half of those who are victims of rent fraud are aged under 25, reflecting the profile of renters; and 58 per cent are female. File photograph: Getty

Family swayed to rent house without knowledge of owner who let it on short-term basis

Internet threat: Russia is responsible for 65 per cent of all state cyberattacks globally, according to the National Cyber Security Centre. Photograph: Getty

HSE cybersecurity improved to extent that another attack would fail, says State agency

The strongest increases in travel in February this year were by air from continental Europe. Photograph: iStock

US visitors are less than half of what they were two years ago

Frost will have significant impact on young crops that have just been planted, Met Éireann forecaster Emer Flood has warned. Photograph: iStock

Highs of 19 degrees will give way to lows of minus 3, with frost expected

An aerial view shows the two P&O vessels on the Dublin route, the Norbank (left) and Norbay, moored in Liverpool. Photograph: Getty Images

Government admits it has ‘limited’ options under Irish law in dealing with company

As of Monday morning there were 1,308 people in hospital with Covid-19 of whom 49 are in ICU – the most since April 2nd of last year. Photograph: iStock

‘We are still dealing with a highly transmissible virus’, says HSE’s Paul Reid

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said Ireland has opened its doors to Ukrainian refugees and more are on the way. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party leader says immediate challenge was providing safe sanctuary for refugees

 Gardai at the scene after a body was discovered in a tent on Loftus Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investigation under way after male’s remains discovered close to Parnell Street

Mr Varadkar said he and the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan are examining what options the Irish Government has to respond but said they are likely limited. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Tánaiste compares the ferry operator’s behaviour to that of Irish Ferries in 2005

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at Dublin Airport on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Varadkar has registered to offer accommodation to refugees: ‘we have a spare room’

An aerial view shows P&O vessels Norbank (left) and Norbay moored in Liverpool. Photograph: Getty

Sailings on the Liverpool to Dublin route resume after suspension on Thursday

The number of people in hospital is now at 1,127, the highest figure since September 2nd, 2021. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 50 in ICU in State while further six deaths recorded in Northern Ireland

Jockey Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase on A Plus Tard during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

Her win at Cheltenham is another glorious chapter for Irish jockey

Danny Mullins on Flooring Porter celebrates after winning the Grade One Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / INPHO

Horse bought for €6,000 romps home to the St Patrick’s Day delight of his supporters

A jubilant Michael O’Leary with his horses Delta Work (left), winning jockey Jack Kennedy and Tiger Roll with jockey Davy Russell  after the Glenfarclas Chase. Photograph: PA

Owner Michael O’Leary’s Delta Work takes renewal in bitter-sweet ending for Tiger Roll

Michael O’Leary: ‘We have low fares out of Poland available today, tomorrow and the next day, but if a flight fills, the last few fares will be sold at the highest fares. That’s how our business runs.’ Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Airline chief executive says ‘there are loads of cheap flights’ from Poland

Race-goers Laura Biddlecombe and daughter Sophie watch the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire for the Jockey Club

The Cheltenham roar could be heard from the track to the parade ring when Blackmore and Honeysuckle returned in triumph

Alexey Rashevskiy, Masha Vasilieva, Anna Malogulko and Alex Malogulko. The four Russian friends who meet with The Irish Times at the CHQ in Dublin feel they cannot be silent.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four friends who meet The Irish Times in Dublin feel they cannot be silent on Putin and Ukraine

 Declan Daly from Cabinteely and Sean Gaskin from Sandyford at Dublin Airport on their way to Cheltenham. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Expectations high that last year’s 23-5 ‘greenwash’ can be repeated at the festival

A plaque  commemorating the first member of An Garda Síochana, PJ Kerrigan, is unveiled at Westport Garda station as part of An Garda Síochána’s centenary celebrations. Photograph: Garda Síochana/Twitter

PJ Kerrigan honoured with a plaque in his hometown of Westport, Co Mayo

In an email sent to Russian applicants, the organisers stated that it would be unable to include them in this year’s competition because of the invasion. Photograph: iStock

Nine Russian musicians excluded from event due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine

Tickets for the Electric Picnic music festival sold out in about half an hour aftergoing on sale on Friday morning.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Festival returns after two year Covid-19 hiatus with Dermot Kennedy, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala

Daniel Dolphin was one of two people who died in the road crash outside Castlerea. Photograph: RIP.ie

Victim of road crash named locally as Daniel Dolphin from Ballymote, Co Sligo

Orwell Road: Councillors want to change its name to Independent Ukraine Road as a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine and of criticism of the Russian government. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Residents of Russian embassy road ponder name change to Independent Ukraine Road

The proposal to change the name of the road was unanimously passed by a sub-committee of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council earlier this week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Russian embassy on Orwell Road may change to Independent Ukraine Road

Rise in Covid-19 hospital figures comes at a time when there are record numbers attending emergency departments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rise in infections having a ‘very disruptive effect’ on healthcare services, Colm Henry says

The Russian embassy in Rathgar has been subjected to protests since the invasion of Ukraine a fortnight ago. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins Photos

Councillors propose changing the name of Orwell Road where embassy is located

Fontaines DC will feature. The Dublin band  release their third album Skinty Fia in April. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Programme will feature Irish acts Villagers, Fontaines DC and Dermot Kennedy

Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915. Photograph:  Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Georgraphic/PA Wire

Wooden vessel not seen since being crushed by sea ice and sinking in Weddell Sea in 1915

Fr Fergal MacDonagh, parish priest of Dolphin’s Barn/Rialto, speaking outside the GPO, Dublin, on Saturday during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fr Fergal MacDonagh says he has been offered free legal representation over his actions

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