Beef protesters at ABP Bandon Co Cork. Protests will continue outside 14 factories on Monday despite reports saying a consensus had been reached over the weekend. Photograph: Denis Boyle

Processors says thousands of job losses are now inevitable due to blockades

Agreement had been reached between meat industry representatives and farm organisations on a two strand agreement for the reform of the Irish beef sector, the Minister for Agriculture has said. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Companies will not follow through on deal if pickets by farmers at meat plants continue

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a service for policemen killed by the IRA during the War of Independence. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Charlie Flanagan says he wants to remember police ‘murdered in the line of duty’

A file image of farmers protesting outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border. Photograph: PA.

Minister urges parties to step back from ‘entrenched positions’ and resolve row

Conservative MP Nigel Evans: ‘Two-thirds of the medicines Ireland gets come through the UK. If there are shortages in the UK, there’ll be shortages in Ireland.’ Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty

Nigel Evans alleges that Ireland will also face shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit

The prospect of double All-Irelands on the same weekend means Dublin City Council has held off on its plans for a homecoming for either or both teams. Photograph: Ipnho

Five-in-a-row, three-in-a-row, treble-double and double at stake in bumper GAA weekend

AS many as four referendums could be required to bring about a united Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Academics to look at how unification might come about by democratic means

Max Hastings, a former newspaper editor and now a historian, accused Boris Johnson (pictured)  and his government of being ‘completely indifferent’ to the fate of Northern Ireland in the Brexit debate. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

Max Hastings says those keen to exit EU need to realise that Britain is no longer important

 People enjoying the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephen’s Green in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

High pressure will bring a welcome spell of sunshine across the country

According to myth, the Milesians from Galicia sailed to Ireland after their leader Breogán built a tower based on the Roman tower of Hercules which still stands in A Coruña.

Sport has taken off in a region which has a Celtic affinity to Ireland’s ‘brother culture’

The Victorian gentleman whose portrait is displayed underneath Nigel Farage’s name on the door of his Brussels office is of Irish nationalist leader Charles Stewart Parnell.

Brexit Party leader has portrait of Irish leader on wall of his Brussels office

 One of the world’s largest tall ships, the Cuauhtémoc has arrived in Dublin Port for a five-day visit to the capital, carrying 257 crew. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Cuachtémoc, pride of the Mexican navy, will be open to the public from Friday to Monday

Cigarettes and other items were seized in the CAB raids on Thursday. Photograph: Garda

Detectives seize a car, laptop and documents in 10 different premises

The US naval boat was found floating in the water by the Doolin Express on Monday. Photograph: Doolin Ferry Company/Facebook

Drone-style vessel is used for gunnery training and may have drifted 5,500km across Atlantic

Charles Stewart Parnell in 1886 Photograph:  W Lawrence, Dublin.

Irish leader was famous for his obstructionist tactics at Westminster

Lady Rosse with a copy of Mary Ward’s book. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Offaly woman published several scientific books before fatal car crash 150 years ago

Fans watch the All-Ireland football final on the large screen at Smithfield Plaza. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fans came expecting the team to win a historic five-in-a-row

The funeral of Fr Tony Coote will take place in Mount Merrion, Dublin on Monday.Photograph:  The Irish Times

Priest died of motor neurone disease on Wednesday after diagnosis last year

Austin Stacks GAA club’s first female chairperson, Máiread Fernane. ‘I don’t want to be crying coming down on Sunday,’ she says. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

No team from this county has ever gone into an All-Ireland final as such underdogs

Seamus Darby behind the bar of Darbys The Greyhound at Chapel Street, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: fergalshanahan.com

Offaly man’s late, late goal thwarted Kerry’s attempt to win the five-in-a-row in 1982

Rathbeggan founder and owner Dave Robinson says the closure is a direct consequence of his insurance premiums going from €20,000 to €40,000 in a single year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rathbeggan Family Adventure Centre to shut its doors after 21 years on Sunday

Sunny weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, earlier this week. The weekend is expected to be rainy and windy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Flood alerts issued and matches cancelled up to 50mm of rain falls in some counties

Simon Coveney: There is no country that wants a deal more than Ireland. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson’s government has put forward nothing credible, says Tánaiste

Former Kerry footballer Ger Power is one of just six footballers with eight All-Ireland medals.

Ger Power claims gains in pace and athleticism have transformed Gaelic football

Dr Sinéad Flanagan qualified as a  doctor in May of last year after

Limerick Rose and Love Island’s Greg O’Shea both went to Crescent College

The 2019  Rose of Tralee is Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan. Photograph:   Domnick Walsh

27-year-old junior doctor succeeds Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher

Dublin Rose Laura Vines’ dog Penny, high fives Dáithí Ó Sé onstage at the Rose of Tralee Festival Dome on Monday night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Festival’s 60th edition competes with All-Ireland build-up for Kerry’s attention

An Irish soldier and an RUC officer share a joke at the original Irish Border in 1924. Still from Pathé, courtesy of the Irish Film Institute

British Pathé newsreel from 1924 depicts the ‘much debated Ulster Border’

Pat Quinlan, left, and Matt Quinlan, third from right

At least six Irish soldiers took their own lives as a result of the 1961 siege, survivors say

Murals in Republican and loyalist areas can give a one-sided view of the conflict, anti-terrorism experts say. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Romanticising the Troubles contributes to the risk of a return to violence, experts warn

Malachi O’Doherty: ‘It was a time when rock music, dancing and girls was all becoming available.’ Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Eyewitnesses to 1969: Memories of Battle of the Bogside and the start of the Troubles 50 years on

An Post has been given planning permission to hang two large banners outside the GPO.

Company secures permission for efforts to advertise Witness History Exhibition

An Post has unveiled four stamps to honour the contribution of the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who funded 66 libraries in Ireland

Philanthropist’s largesse funded the building of 66 libraries throughout Ireland

No end in sight to the unsettled weather at present with the prospect of a change next week fading fast. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Many weather stations have already exceeded their average monthly totals

National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Treasures include first draft of The Ginger Man with Brendan Behan’s unsolicited edits

Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

From civil rights marches in Derry to nationalists seeking refuge in Ireland

Eamon Melaugh: I always said that “when our blood flows, Stormont goes” and that’s exactly what happened. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Eyewitness to 1969: Eamon Melaugh operated Radio Free Derry during the Battle of the Bogside

A handgun recovered by gardaí in Co Kildare. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man in his 20 arrested in Brownstown carrying concealed weapon

 John Ford and Maureen O’Hara  circa 1955: director’s feelings for the actress are evident in a letter soon to be auctioned.  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘Oh Maureen, my darling, I love you so much! Your face is in my dreams,’ wrote John Ford

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite after last year’s  Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Melvin Benn says persuasion, not coercion, will get people to ‘do the right thing’

Speaking at the Parnell Summer School, Eamon  Gilmore said Ireland needed to pursue the goals in its foreign policy documents supporting multilateral institutions like the EU and UN. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste says world admires Irish values, peace process and overseas aid

The Scientology stand at Dublin Comic Con this weekend. Photograph courtesy of Mike Garde/Dialogue Ireland Trust

Anti-cult campaigners says organisation may have unwittingly been given a platform

Rival protesters confront each other outside  Google’s HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Anti-racism campaigners call for stronger action against hate speech online

An undated handout photo made available by The British based Lucy Blackman Trust showing 15-year-old Nora Quoirin from London who is currently missing in Malaysia. Photograph: Lucy Blackman Trust/Handout

No signs of foul play so far in Nora Quoirin’s disappearance but investigations ongoing, say police

Kate Holmquist, photographed at home in 2013.Photograph: Alan Betson

Tributes paid to Kate Holmquist by journalistic colleagues

Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

Victim dies three days after suffering serious head injuries

The PSNI are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the Northway in Portadown. File photograph: Paul Mcerlane/EPA

Driver arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following collision in Portadown

Swimmers enjoy the sunshine at Seapoint in Dublin. The August bank holiday will start off dry and sunny but will turn wet on Monday with the possibility of torrential rain and spot flooding.  Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Met Éirean says July warmer, drier and sunnier than the norm in most areas of State

Britain’s Queen Victoria  pictured in a carriage in Dublin in 1900. In this video still, Victoria Arnott is on the left in a white hat before she presents the monarch with flowers. Photograph: Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Film archivists are amazed at the quality of film showing Victoria’s 1900 visit

Ronan McGreevy’s daughter Rosamund in the  subtropical swimming paradise at the official launch of Center Parcs Longford Forest. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Family destination is world-class, but will Irish holidaymakers pay the price?

Bill O’Hara and his cousins Bridget and Noreen O’Meara with the Victoria Cross medal awarded to their great-uncle Martin O’Meara. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Martin O’Meara was the only Irishman to win a VC while in the Australian army

Entrance to Center Parcs resort. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Ballymahon and beyond transformed by €233m holiday village project

Lucas Bachmann (19), a 6th year student at Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick, was one of 621 contestants from 112 countries who competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath, England.

Lucas Bachmann says way subject taught in Ireland does not promote analytical thinking

People enjoy the sun and the sea on a beach in Antibes,  France. Photograph:  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

UK all-time record temperature could be broken on Thursday

People enjoy the sun at Ilkley outdoor pool and lido in west Yorkshire, England. Photograph:: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Britain could see record hottest day as Europe experiences scorching temperatures

Mike Nesbitt: ‘To coin a phrase, we aren’t going away, you know.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt says unionism will not disappear in united Ireland

 Luke Brabazon from Phibsboro, Dublin relaxing on Dame Street. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Pedestrianisation of city centre receives a mixed response

 Minister for  Sport Shane Ross said that “if corporate kings or queens retain positions of power for too long, they can develop bad habits”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Strongly worded column says Donal Conway must quit for State funding to be restored

Trevor the toad was captured in a garden in south Dublin. Photograph: Rob Gandola

The animals are not native to Ireland but may have been introduced as pets

Catherine (Cady) Coleman with fans at Dublin’s IMAX theatre on Thursday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Cady Coleman says moon mission will provide ‘stepping stone’ for 2030s Mars landing

Nasa handout photo of astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Photograph: Nasa/PA Wire

Prominent Irish figures recall their memories of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon

The greyhound board has promised to reform the industry which receives €16 million in State support every year.

IGB says Roses have been targeted in a ‘malicious’ and ‘unacceptable’ campaign

Residents in Northern Ireland will be affected by Thursday’s controversial High Court decision that applicants for citizenship must have “unbroken” residence here for a year before they apply. File photograph: Frank Miller

Spouses of Irish citizens based in North will not be able to leave jurisdiction for a year

Fr Colm Cantillon blessing the herd of cattle passing through Carron village on their way to the winterage pastures, recalling a centuries old tradition that is unique to the Burren. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Hurling and uilleann piping also included in list of cultural activities unique to Ireland

A woman cools off in the fountain of the Trocadero esplanade in Paris on June 25th. Southern France experienced a national record of 45.9 degrees during the heatwave. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland likely to miss out on temperature extremes but conditions should be warm

Lisa Smith: ‘You can’t blame me for what the Islamic State done. I don’t hold the same beliefs as them.’ Photograph: BBC

Ex-member of Irish military went to Syria in 2015, where she is being held with her child

The missiles smashed the window of the bedroom at 1.30pm, a time when baby Saara Uddin usually had her afternoon nap.

Gardaí in Kildare investigating incident

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons, Minister for Tourism Shane Ross and Joan O’Shaughnessy, chairman of Tourism Ireland. Mr Ross said the figures for 2019 to date have been excellent given the uncertainty in the global economy. Photograph:   Keith Arkins

Promotional body to press ahead with ambitious plans for Britain despite Brexit

High Island or Ardoilean lies off the west coast of Connemara, close to Claddaghduff and Inishbofin.

Island with centuries-old monastic settlement is on sale for €1.25 million

Patients’ representatives Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap. Photograph/Crispin Rodwell: The Irish Times

Minister for Health regrets the HSE did not tell him of delays in issuing results sooner

Brexit Party member and MEP Ann Widdecombe attends a debate on the last European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on July 4th. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Ann Widdecombe is latest exponent of the historical ignorance at heart of the Brexit disaster

The UCD Student and Sports Centre extensively used glue-laminated timber elements and timber teams in construction. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mass engineered timber already responsible for multi-storey wooden buildings in Europe

Owner Des Cooney: ‘If I had a euro for every photograph taken every day outside my shop, I’d be a rich man.’ Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Owner of shop popular with tourists says high rents and Luas to blame for move

 People enjoying Longitude Festival at Marlay Park on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Bureau of consular affairs says three-day event at Marlay Park has ‘potential for violence’

Dr Gabriel Scally said the number of slides sent to laboratories used in the CervicalCheck programme could only be tracked through the billings systems of laboratories, not by their clinical registers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scally tells Oireachtas committee of ‘real difficulties’ discovering which tests sent where

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US ambassador to Ireland Edward F Crawford at the ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New ambassador says Trump offered him foreign posting before presidential election

At one stage in the Late Late Show  interview, Mr Casey asked Ryan Tubridy if he had lost control of the audience, which included members of the Travelling community. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Body rules presenter Ryan Tubridy acted fairly during Late Late Show interview

Rent pressure zones are designated areas where rents cannot be increased by more than 4 per cent per annum. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Move is most significant expansion of zones since they were introduced – Eoghan Murphy

Limerick was the only one of three cities to vote in favour of a directly elected mayor in a recent local referendum held in May. Both Cork and Waterford rejected the proposal.

Limerick has chance to set example to rest of Ireland for what a mayor can do, says Senator

Sheep farmers protest in Athleague. Photograph: ICSA

Farmers ‘don’t know which way to turn for money’ over below cost of production price

There are fears of a ’cheddar mountain’ in the event of a no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: iStock

Manufacturers switching to other types of cheese to lessen dependency on UK market

Padraig Griffin at the launch online of his research, and that of other local historians,  marking the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

Retired teacher Padraig Griffin researched Leitrim natives killed in first World War

LE Eithne: The crews from it and LE Orla will be transferred to other vessels and all existing leave and study obligations will be honoured. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

LE Eithne and LE Orla decommissioned until staff and retention better, says commodore

The construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph:   The Irish Times.

Building unions say State losing revenue and workers being denied rights and safeguards

Anak, an Asian elephant at Dublin Zoo, enjoys a cooling shower from a keeper. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

France issues red weather alert with temperatures forecast to reach 44 degrees

The Irish Greyhound Board was warned two years ago that overbreeding was threatening the future of the industry and that the whereabouts of 6,000 pups per year was unknown. Image: iStock.

Confidential 2017 report to industry body only made public after RTÉ documentary

One of the cars involved in a collision on the M50. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Incident closes two lanes of section of northbound motorway, hugh tailbacks result

 Children play under water jets in a fountain as they cool off during a heatwave in Nice in the south of France. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Met Éireann says 28 degree temperatures recorded in Shannon, Valentia and Cork

About 6,000 greyhounds are killed each year because they failed to make qualification times or their performances declined. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

RTÉ Investigates find thousands of greyhounds killed annually over performances

Met Éireann has issued a hot weather warning with temperatures expected to reach 28 degrees on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Met Éireann issues warning for six counties in west and south of the State

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has defended co-living, describing the concept as ‘exciting’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bord Pleanála says proposed 222 units would fail to provide acceptable living environment

Mark Menezes, US under-secretary of energy, with China’s Zhang Yong   at the Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Mark Menezes says Ireland should switch to liquified natural gas (LNG) and nuclear

Jeff Olsen and Anna Lisa Van Bloem from Utah celebrate their marriage on the Hill of Tara. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Jeff Olsen and Anna Lisa Van Bloem were captivated by the location three years ago

Swimmers  dive off rocks at the Forty-Foot in Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Saharan Outbreak is set to drive temperatures over 40 degrees in parts of Europe

 Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co.Laois Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Gardaí believe he was killed in Co Laois by a person known to him over a personal matter

Ireland’s first space strategy  aims to double  space-related revenue and employment in space-active Irish companies and to support 100 companies to benefit from ESA engagement. Photograph: Nasa/New York Times

Sector worth €500 million a year to get bigger as new opportunities arise

“Jack would not move for anybody until he saw Pat was in the ambulance.” Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Rescued pup becomes internet sensation after helping gardaí locate injured man

There will be a significant change in the weather on Saturday night with the appearance of an unusual weather system which will see a slow moving low pressure system settle to the south of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Highs of 24 degrees next week will be accompanied by torrential downpours

Lord Paul Bew said: “A new, modern case for the union must be developed, based on the principle of consent.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Paul Bew says new British PM must highlight the ‘intellectual weakness’ of a united Ireland

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