Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets  European Commission Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Taoiseach says UK politicians were ‘very badly exposed’ when it came to Irish affairs

Snow in Ballinagh, Co Cavan on Monday morning.

Met Éireann issues yellow snow and ice warning for seven counties

Deputy Catherine Murphy, co-leader of the Social Democrats, said the Official Secrets Act as currently framed is at odds with the culture of whistleblowing. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Party says corruption and weak governance are at the centre of scandals in Ireland

Fergal Keane has been with the BBC for more than 30 years and has reported from some ofthe worst conflict zones in the world most notably during the Rwanda genocide. Photograph: Rolf Marriott/BBC/PA Wire

Keane (59) to quit as BBC News Africa editor because of illness

A cold front will move across the country on Saturday night bringing plummeting temperatures. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Freezing temperatures from Saturday night, with snow falls forecast for Ulster, north Connacht

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said his party will not form a ‘grand coalition’ with Fine Gael after the general election. Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish TImes.

Leo Varadkar reiterates that parties working together would be ‘responsible thing to do’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin addressed an audience of business leaders on Thursday morning. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Extraordinary that vaping arrived on market with no health checks, Fianna Fáil leader tells Dublin event

The National Children’s Hospital  is due to open on the St James’s Hospital site in central Dublin in 2023, when it will employ 6,000 staff. File photograph: The Irish Times

NHS-style arrangements with developers for apartment blocks are under consideration

Maria Bailey will not stand for re-election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deputy dropped from FG ticket following controversy over swing fall injury claim

Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the Irish Wars Gallery 1919-1923 exhibition at the  museum  in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Advisory group chair hopes War of Independence, Civil War marked as Rising was

A mole within Dublin Castle was able to identify all 37 men in a photograph of F Company which reported to the chief of police in Dublin Castle and was involved in intelligence. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Undercover agents within British services able to identify targets for IRA assassination

The damage to Senator Colm Burke’s office. Photograph: Twitter

Vandals throw brick through window of Fine Gael Senator’s office in Blackpool, Co Cork

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, canvassing in the Liberties in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald says decision only to include FF and FG leaders is a ‘bit of a farce’

Labour candidate Kevin Humphreys and party leader Brendan Howlin canvassing in Sandymount village, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Party says economic growth is strong enough to see extra spending of up to €4.4bn a year

Corey Taylor of Slipknot performs at The 3Arena Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Kieran Frost/Redferns

Q+A: As metal band kick off on European tour, lead singer talks about new album and changing music scene

Members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)  in Waterford in 1917. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan was forced to postpone a  commemoration for the RIC and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.   Photograph: A. H. Poole Collection

Row does not auger well for the years and the many other commemorations ahead

A man has been charged over a stabbing in Knockbrack Downs, Drogheda. Image: Google Maps

Victim in his 50s was taken to hospital after assault at house on Thursday night

RIC men on wait on an unidentified  station platform.

Why was the commemoration so contentious and why was it really cancelled?

Even at the time the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries were an embarrassment. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

RIC commemoration row gives London the chance to take the lead on centenaries

Eamon Ó’ Cuív, a member of the all-party advisory committee on commemorations, pictured with Fianna Fáil party leader (left) Micheál Martin. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

De Valera’s grandson said an academic conference would be more appropriate

Retired garda Jim Herlihy of the  Historical and Reconciliation Police (Harp) Society: ‘It was absolutely vitriolic from the keyboard warriors.’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Plans to commemorate police forces at Dublin Castle have sparked abuse on social media

May 1921: Lord John Denton Pinkstone French inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary. Hundreds of RIC members were killed during the War of Independence. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan hoped event would rehabilitate forces’ reputation

 Professor Diarmaid Ferriter has said the expert advisory group on commemorations never suggested there should be a State event for the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister said he would not ‘split hairs’ with Diarmaid Ferriter over expert advice

Two young riders on their horses past the Lead Mines chimney at Barnaslingan wood, Co. Dublin on Sunday. Last winter was the warmest on record in Ireland. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Temperatures were 2.2 degrees above average for the season, Met Éireann says

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

RIC and DMP were tasked with opposing IRA in War of Independence

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the decision to  commemorate the RIC and DMP. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister criticises those ‘seeking headlines’ as mayors say they will not attend ceremony

The road was closed overnight and the crash site was examined on Sunday by forensic collision investigators. File photograph:  Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident which occurred on Saturday night

On his Twitter account, John Boyne criticised a proliferation of books with “Auschwitz” in the title, including The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, which was Ireland’s bestselling book in 2018 and 2019. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Twitter spat follows author’s criticism of proliferation of books with ‘Auschwitz’ in title

People enjoying the weather in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin in July. Ireland experienced above average temperatures for the ninth year in a rowlast year as a pattern consistent with the impact of global warming continued. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Highest and lowest temperatures recorded at Ardfert in Kerry and Dublin Airport respectively

 Marian Finucane died suddenly on Thursday at home, aged 69 . Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

From her interview with Nuala O’Faolain to her grilling of junior minister Joe Jacob

- Michelle Mulcahy, Stephen Rea, Aoife Scott and Louise Mulcahy, some of the Artists involved in TradFest2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Actor stage tribute to poet Ciaran Carson in Kilmainham Gaol as part of TradFest

September 1968: Dubliner Joan O’Connell, addresses  Britain’s Trade Union Congress in Blackpool  on a motion on equal pay for equal work, which she described as “undoubtedly the oldest wage claim of the trade union movement”.

Joan O’Connell’s speech to the TUC on equal pay was included in Made in Dagenham film

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton,, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan,  and Professor Cathal MacSwiney Brugha grandson of Terence MacSwiney at the anouncement of Cork Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020. Photograph:  Gerard McCarthy

Decade of centenaries ‘most challenging period’ - Josepha Madigan

Former British prime minister David Lloyd George with his cabinet colleagues Andrew Bonar Law and Sir Hamar Greenwood inspecting officer cadets of the auxiliary division of the Royal Irish Constabulary in the quadrangle of the foreign office. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

No Irish Government has saw fit to honour member of either service until now

A meeting of Dáil Éireann  in August 1921,  shortly after the truce that brought the War of Independence to an end. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

City’s Lord Mayor says events of 1920 will be marked with a year-long programme

 Members of the Black and Tans, an armed auxiliary force of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and British Army privates watching fighting during the June 1922 siege of the Four Courts, the Dublin headquarters of the Republican forces during the Irish Civil War.  Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Dublin Castle service to remember those killed in the War of Independence

A prisoner under escort at the South Western Front during the Irish Civil War. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Government advisory body recommends consideration for a permanent memorial

Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23rd, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images.

Thunberg, Brexit and Ana Kriégel articles figure prominently in popular stories

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said there were 573 admitted patients waiting on trolleys for beds on Monday morning at hospitals across the State. File photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Harris admits numbers on trolleys are ‘extraordinarily high’ as 19 deaths reported from flu

The sun sets on the City Quays on Sunday evening as Dublin enjoys unseasonably warm December weather. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Record temperatures for time of year recorded in Scotland and Moscow as Dublin hits 14 degrees

Virgin Media Ireland reiterated that it had engaged with the unions on pay review talks through the year. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company and unions agree to meet to resolve dispute with pay rises to be on the table

Karen Underwood said she was angry about the request and that it would not have been asked of a heterosexual married couple

Karen Underwood and Mary McNally were ‘flabbergasted’ by request when buying tickets

Pigeons fly over a clock tower at Portobello in Dublin. Ireland is not going to have a white Christmas this year but the weather will be pleasantly dry and bright in comparison with the squally conditions of late. Photorgaph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times.

Unsettled weather set to return on St Stephen’s Day in many parts of the country

Trina Rooney from Oldtown welcomes Maryna Malinovskaya as a group of 30 children and young adults with special needs from the Chernobyl-affected region of Belarus arrive at Dublin Airport for a Christmas holiday with their host families.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘It’s the most wondrous and heart-warming moment of the year for me,’ says Adi Roche

 Cormac Ó Braonáin’s bereft parents Eva and Lú at their son’s funeral. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cormac Ó Braonáin ‘patchwork quilt of a person with a thousand passions’, says sister

Luggla: Garech Browne on his Co Wicklow estate in 1999. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Guinness heir synonymous with Luggala, the Wicklow estate where he held lavish parties

Bernard and Carol Divine were missing from their Dublin home since Tuesday, December 10th

Bernard and Carol Devine went missing last Tuesday

Gardaí at the scene of a traffic collision on the Laragh to Rathdrum road, following a serious stabbing of a female in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Young woman remains in critical condition after Wicklow stabbing

Tony Hanway, Virgin Media Ireland’s chief executive, wrote to staff last month saying growth was down and costs were up and the company needed a ‘transformation programme’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Company that is seeking redundancies says wellbeing of staff ‘foremost’ in process

Efforts to recover the bodies of some of those killed in the volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand on Monday are ongoing. Photograph: AP

Dr Deirdre Seoighe brought her three month old son to hospital so she could work

 Paul Anthony McDermott’s funeral was held in same church he   had married his wife Annick five years previously and where his sons  were baptised in the following years. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Barrister had ‘extraordinary grá for life, for his family, for his work and for his students’


First Irish football parents’ conference seeks to highlight perils of the modern game

 An aerial view of the London City Island development where the  two bedroom apartment that is being raffled will be located.

Roscommon GAA says success of Dublin home auction ‘exceeded our wildest imaginations’

Farmers outside the Lidl distribution centre in Charleville, Co Cork on Friday. Photograph: IFA

IFA president says supermarket’s half-price beef sale is an ‘insult to farmers’

Asking unionists what kind of united Ireland they want is like asking turkeys what kind of sauce they want to be served with at Christmas, Senator Ian Marshall has said.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Senator Ian Marshall says civic dialogue is essential to discuss the future after Brexit

Storm Atiyah tracks from Iceland to Ireland on Sunday morning. Photograph: Earth.nullschool.net.

Fishing vessels take shelter in anticipation of strong winds and waves of more than 14m

The Electric Picnic in 2020 will take place from September 4th to 6th at Stradbally which has been its home since the beginning of the festival in 2004 when the first festival had a capacity of 10,000. Photograph: aerial.ie

Increase in size is response to ‘unsatiated demand’, says promoter Melvin Benn

Two days into the Civil War, an explosion destroyed the Public Records Office attached to the Four Courts in Dublin.

Four Courts fire at start of Civil War destroyed centuries of historic documents

 American banker Elizabeth Trump Grau (L) her brother US president  Donald Trump, and their mother Mary Trump  as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida, 1995. File photograph:  Davidoff Studios/Getty Images

Mary Anne MacLeod frequently returned to Lewis and gave financial assistance to Scottish island

Trams were not running between Blackhorse in Inchicore and The Point on Monday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Service were down between Blackhorse and The Point during Monday morning rush

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the review had found that the current legislation is “too onerous” for children aged 16 and 17 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review finds current requirements ‘too onerous’ for children aged 16 and 17

In the North, 94,000 people are waiting for more than a year for a consultant compared to just 3,364 in England though England has 30 times the population of Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Northern Ireland health system is ‘far from the gold standard’, meeting told

  Leo Varadkar, TD attending #WorkEqual conference run by Dress for Success Dublin,   pictured with Sonya Lennon, founder DFSD and Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS the Further Education and Training Authority. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach promises Citizens’ Assembly on equality will close to the gender pay gap

Billy Hutchinson says political unionism in the North must join the debate about a united Ireland, even if they do not want one.  Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Former UVF commander Billy Hutchinson says unionists should debate a united Ireland

Some two million documents consisting of the testimony of  institutional survivors  have been deposited with the National Archive. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report relates to proposed Bill of not making survivors’ testimonies public for 75 years

Abuse survivor Marie Collins says of the Murphy report, published 10 years ago today: “Ordinary Catholics who had felt their church was under an unjustified attack were shown that victims were telling the truth which changed the the attitude to clerical abuse in this country.” Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi .

Landmark inquiry ‘changed attitude to clerical abuse’

Four men were arrested by gardaí in Athy, Co Kildare in connection with a serious assault and criminal damage. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Men arrested following serious assault at halting site in Co Kildare

Orange Sallow moth. Changes to the climate and environmental pollution are having devastating effects on moth populations in northern Europe. Photograph: Lee Evans-Hill

Northerly migration of moths proves climate change is happening now, says scientist

Minister of State for Immigration David Stanton said State-owned land could be used to provide direct-provision accommodation for the growing number of asylum seekers arriving in the country.

Government currently looking at alternatives to privately sourced accommodation

 Heinkel Kabine bubble cars line up at Dublin Port waiting for export. Photograph: Dublin Port Archive

Images of the Heinkel Kabine vehicle are part of the new Dublin Port Archive

There are currently 4,254 foster carers in the Republic of Ireland, but there are shortages in many places, particularly in the greater Dublin area.  File image: iStock

Tusla grateful such a large number of people have got in touch

Pedestrians walking over Ha’penny Bridge, the main access point to the touristic area of Temple Bar. Photograph: iStock

Fáilte Ireland disputes tone of much of criticism from Mumsnet readers on capital

GAA president John Horan (centre) and director general Tom Ryan  with wreaths  at Glasnevin Cemetery where the GAA unveiled  headstones for  three  victims of the Bloody Sunday shootings.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Headstones erected to honour three people fatally shot at the football match in November 1920

The flower stall street sellers on Grafton Street pointed out that they had been in the street much longer than Hines.  Photograph: iStock

Hines Ireland provoked public backlash after suggesting traders clutter up the street

Ryan Tubridy was at the SVP Christmas appeal where he expressed his disgust at 4,000 homeless children: ‘It is not right and it is not fair.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy criticises ‘terrible sense of indecency’ at ‘certain circles’ in State

RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy  meets children from St Joseph’s Primary School in Tipperary during the Society of St Vincent de Paul annual appeal launch in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

‘Late Late Show’ host says he is unaware of social media chatter about pay for presenters

Met Éireann says there is a possibility of flash flooding in affected areas. Photograph: iStock

Status yellow warning in place for Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork

The future of the proposed scheme for O’Devaney Gardens is in doubt after the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy questioned the basis on which it was approved by Dublin City Council.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing says there is no legal basis for agreement on new homes site

Auxiliaries celebrate in April 1921. Photograph: WD Hogan/National Library of Ireland

British attempts at propaganda were undermined by real images

Eamonn McEneaney was project director on the city’s Viking Triangle

 President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel  is welcomed by  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Varadkar says he is ‘okay’ with rise as it reflects the strength of the Irish economy

In a statement the Irish Coast Guard said it is ‘actively managing the situation and is liaising closely with all key stakeholders and Search and Rescue (SAR) providers’. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Serious concerns expressed about volunteer’s lifejackets several years ago

Workers at Virgin Media are to hold ballots for industrial action following a decision by the company to make up to 65 workers redundant. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Unions accuse management of failing to consult over decision to lay off up to 65 staff

The Chosen is the most expensive bottle of Irish whiskey ever sold. Just 100 bottles have been made.

Louise McGuane’s gamble to create the most expensive Irish whiskey ever pays off

There are frost and icy stretches mostly in parts of Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times/ File photo

Conditions due to clear on Thursday to bring cold, bright day with good sunny spells

Snow in Athy, Co Kildare today. Photograph: Jerry Carbery

First fall of the winter prompts AA to advise ‘extreme caution’ while driving on M7

The Iron 12 memorial during commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the killings in 2015. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

A new book reveals the brutal fate of 11 soldiers, six of them Irish, and their French host, in 1915

Businesses have been warned to not trust emails claiming that a supplier’s banking details have changed.

If your supplier emails to say they have changed their bank details, call to confirm

Wintry showers in Dublin. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin has already received its average rainfall for November after 10 days

Two companies have been defrauded of more than €650,000 between them following an internet email scam.   Photograph: iStock

Two firms lost €650,000 recently in the so-called invoice redirection fraud

President Michael D Higgins with Lieut Col Ken Martin during the Remembrance Sunday service at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Remembrance Sunday service in St Patrick’s Cathedral pays tribute to World War dead

Irish brothers Edward, Harry and Frank Sheehan were killed in separate bombing missions during the war. Photograph: Irish in Europe group

The Sheehan brothers from Fermoy died while serving with the Canadian forces

Tom Cremins: ‘Our goal is to have the first woman and the next man to demonstrate that it is a new age.’

Technology in place for mission to the moon for first time since 1972, says Tom Cremins

One of the dogs seized by Revenue officers on Friday at Dublin Port. Photograph: Revenue

DSPCA accuses owners of ‘being lazy’ in not ensuring animals are properly documented

Winners of the Ultimate Frisbee European Championship Aine Gilheany and Jennifer Kwan with President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland won gold at the European Ultimate Frisbee Championships this summer

Academics are predicting mass car ownership will be replaced by sharing schemes, public transport, cycling and e-scooters. File photograph: Alan Betson

Car ownership as we know it is coming to an end, conference told

Sonya Mulligan and Ger Moane (centre) with fellow protesters joined the kiss outside the Dáil protest at the lack of hate crime legislation in Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish

Brazilian man has since left Ireland after being attacked by assailants and beaten

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