Michael O’Carroll, Paul Conway and Ciaran O’Connor examine the ongoing works on the roof of Leinster House. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘It will cost what it will cost,’ according to Houses of the Oireachtas superintendent

Robert Murray (25)

Robert Murray (25) from Salthill has not been seen since late last Wednesday

Temperatures are set to drop below zero this week. Heavy frost in Dublin’s Herbert Park, December 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

Balmy conditions not set to last, with temperatures due to plummet as low as –3

Seán Byrne from Camlough, Co Armagh, died after he fell 30 metres in hazardous conditions on the Mourne Mountains around midday on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook

Sean Byrne and Robbie Robertson both fell when high winds hit the mountain range

The latest report of the Corncrake Conservation Project indicates that the number of calling males in Ireland last year was 151, up 11 on the previous year. File image:  Andy Hay/RSPB/PA Wire.

Bird, once a soundtrack to the early summer, now confined to limited number of areas

A Painted Lady butterfly pictured on a headland west of Castletownbere, Co Cork by Patrick Lyne

Temperatures for the winter to date have been well above normal

A file photograph of the  Mansion House on  Dawson Street in Dublin where the first meeting of the Dáil took place on January 21st, 1919. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Union head says democratic programme drawn up 100 years ago has been ‘ditched’

There will be an address from President Michael D Higgins in the Round Room of the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Special centenary Dáil sitting and War of Independence exhibition among events to watch out for

Historian and former government minister Dr Martin Mansergh will unveil a new information board about the Soloheadbeg ambush later this month. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Killing of two policemen in ambush started War of Independence and remains controversial

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the annual Christian Social Union (CSU) party meeting at Kloster Seeon  in Seeon, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Leo Varadkar will view the work of Irish peacekeepers and NGOs

The remains of Eric Fowler are carried from the Church of St Philip the Apostle, Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Priest speaks out about the ‘evil’ created by violent murders during ceremony

The advisory group to the Government is silent on whether or not there should be a commemoration for the Crown forces killed in the War of Independence.

Government advised it should largely leave War of Independence centenaries to local communities

Members of Club Rossie at the Royal Canal Park Development in Ashtown, Dublin 15, where they raffled off a house valued  at €425,000.

Demand for tickets was ‘way beyond expectations’, organisers say

The Bill had proposed setting a minimum passing distance of up to 1.5 metres between a motorist and a cyclist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposed law to enforce minimum passing distance is shelved after AG voices concerns

Minister for Health said the the services ‘on offer tomorrow will be so much better than what we have in our country today’.  Photograph: PA

My Options will provide the names of GPs and hospitals offering abortion services

As of New Year’s Eve, 151 people have been killed on Irish roads though the eventual figure may be less than that when reclassification takes place.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Serious concern’ at sharp increase in the number of pedestrian deaths on roads

 Travelling in style at the Hill of Tara Co Meath during the snowfall associated with Storm Emma and The Beast from the East in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

The beast from the east and summer drought characterise a topsy-turvy year

The GPO after the Rising. Photograph:  Getty Images

Count George Plunkett claimed he met Pope Benedict XV in week before Rising

US president Donald Trump speaks at a  commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of World War One, at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial in Paris.  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Royal British Legion warned any flying of Union flag would be regarded as provocation

A lunch Charles Haughey hosted for the Saudi crown prince Abdullah at Malahide Castle in November 1988 exceeded government spending limits on the basis that “entertainment by the Taoiseach must be of a very high standard”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Dinner at Dublin Castle for Mitterrand was an ‘exceptional’ occasion allowed to exceed the government limit on entertainment spend(...)

Dr Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Pat Langan

It was hoped that visit would lead to reciprocal visit of Pope John Paul II to Ireland

Apple’s main Irish offices in Hollyhill, Cork, where it  employs some 6,000 people. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Reuters

Then minister for finance said company’s record in Ireland was ‘very disappointing’

A 70ft model of Gulliver  on Dollymount strand was among the projects for the Dublin Millennium. Photograph: Jack MacManus

Memo from Ray MacSharry for 1988 event condemns plans of government colleague

Gerry Conlon,   one of the Guildford Four, who were wrongly convicted for a bombing in Guildford, after his release from the Old Bailey, London in  October 1989.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Then taoiseach Haughey went on to raise the issue of the Guildford Four throughout 1988

The unveiling of the statue of Field Marshal Hugh Gough in the Phoenix Park, in Dublin in 1878. Photograph: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Gough statue had been repeatedly attacked and ultimately bombed off plinth by IRA

 Poet Thomas Kinsella  was honoured with the UCD Ulysses Medal in 2008 and was recently given an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin   for his contribution to Irish literature

Kinsella told taoiseach Aosdána stipend was unfair on poets as none could live entirely off their art

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

State papers: Self-proclaimed operative sent Brian Lenihan letter six days after IRA bomb killed 12

Patrick Kavanagh went into Hodges Figgis and started to throw books around the shop in a rage that  The Green Fool  was not in the window. Photograph: The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland

Poet told Fred Hanna he would ‘wreck the joint’ if his book wasn’t put in the window

The Mountjoy Square children’s playground and buildings  in 2014. The 4.4-acre park is a perfect square measuring 134m by 134m, and is the only one of the city’s five Georgian squares to have four equal sides. Photograph: Eric Luke

City council plans to reinstate Georgian design of 200-year-old Dublin park

Racegoers pictured at Leopardstown Racecourse, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

‘Unprecedented’ crowds enjoy unseasonal weather as Ellie Mac makes Grade One debut

Earthscape: Our planet, as never seen before Christmas Eve, 1968

‘Grand oasis in the big vastness of space’: ‘Earthrise’ captured by Apollo 8 astronaut

 Van Morrison during a 2012 concert in Marlay Park. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Belfast-born singer says he did not have a clue what he was doing when writing ‘Astral Weeks’

Una Gildea at a protest over an unauthorised demolition that has left her  Dublin 8 house exposed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Demonstrators rally in support of Una Gildea over damage to her Dublin 8 house

Yellow vest protesters confront gardaí at a KBC bank Irish headquarters on Sandwith Street,  Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: RollingNews

Three attacks on KBC offices in less than 48 hours amid Roscommon eviction controversy

The Long Stone pub on Townsend Street in Dublin. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times.

Townsend Street venue, popular with Trinity students, to be demolished early next year

A new amendment will allow gardaí to seize vehicles driven by learner drivers

‘Clancy Amendment’ allows gardaí seize vehicles driven by learner drivers

Victim discovered at a house in Kilcormac, Co Offaly on Saturday morning

The attack left three security men injured and saw a number of vehicles set alight. Photograph: Democrat Newspaper, Roscommon.

Three men working for private security firm hospitalised after melee at repossessed house

Stalag XXA: Cpl Tom McGrath, who escaped from the German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Photograph courtesy family collection

Tom McGrath’s son will receive medals his father won after escaping from Stalag XXA

The report carried out by the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government found the social housing waiting list lacked transparency and consistency.  Photograph: David Ryder

Absence of consistency leading tenants to believe system subject to ‘political patronage’

The 18-year-old from north Leitrim sought a quote which would allow him to drive a 2004 1,4 Ford Fiesta

Quote described as ‘outrageous’ and a tax on rural Ireland

Alison Connolly and Dr Marie Coggins,  both from the School of Physics at NUI Galway   who carried out the research. Photograph: NUI Galway.

Glyposate exposure levels were just 1 per cent of accepted European norms, NUI Galway study finds

Pedestrians struggle with umbrellas during heavy rain storms in Dublin city in November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Spot flooding expected as parts of the north and west to experience deluge

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: the memorial will be “a testament to our commitment to working with organisations like Front Line Defenders in promoting and protecting human rights throughout the world”. Photograph: Tom Hona

Statue will honour 3,500 killed for defending human rights


Social Democrats politician responds to comments by Dr Rhona Mahony

Priti Patel: “Let’s take back control of borders, laws and  money.”

No-deal remarks ‘taken out of context’, claims former cabinet minister Priti Patel

Dr Rhona Mahony said it was unfortunate that a lot of people thought nuns were going to be running the new facility. File photograph: Eric Luke

Holles Street master says canon law ‘irrelevant’ to new facility at St Vincent’s campus

Researchers at Queens University Belfast have challenged the assumption that women voted en masse for Eamon de Valera’s Sinn Féin over a party which sought to deny them the franchise. Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

Up to 70% of women eligible to vote in 1918 did not use franchise, research suggests

A record 184 people were found to be sleeping rough last winter. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fr Peter McVerry compares homeless problem to a ‘runaway train with no brakes’

Volunteers leaving Apollo House in January 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Brendan Ogle says there has been no ideological rethink in order to solve homeless crisis

 Siptu described the comments attributed to  Aer Lingus’s chief operating officer Mike Rutter in the ‘Sunday Independent’ as an “outrageous claim”.  File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Siptu describes memo sent to staff as ‘blanket character assassination’

Gardaí investigating drug factories in Dublin arrested three men at a house in Dolmen Court (general view above), Ballymun on Friday.  File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí investigating drug factories in Dublin arrest three men at house in Dolmen Court

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald at Stormont before her meeting with Theresa May. Photograph: Pacemaker

SF president rules out party taking its seats at Westminster and needles other parties

Some 269 waterways in Ireland, which include rivers, coastal areas, canals, estuaries and lakes, deteriorated in quality between 2015 and 2017, the EPA has found.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says increased pollution is ‘unacceptable’

Late Late Toy Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with Alanna Willoughby (bearded lady), 12,  from Carlow;  Luke O’Connor (Napoleon), 7, from Dublin; Matthew Little (fat man),  12, from Ardee; Kayla McMahon (three-legged man), 10, from Balrothery; Colm Sullivan (wolf man), 8, from Navan;  Dylan O Connor (tattoo man), 11, from Dublin; Enya Allen (Pierrot clown), 5, from Navan; and Ella Maher (albino),  10, from Carlow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ryan Tubridy, as the ‘Greatest Showman’, will lead 200 performers in extravaganza

The report found carers can look after loved ones for up to 17 hours a day and the commitment involved can leave to social isolation. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA

Minding elderly parents leaves some siblings isolated and frustrated, report finds

Mary Victoria Clarke on her wedding day in Denmark as she gets ready to wed Shane MacGowan.

Pogues singer and Victoria Mary Clarke tie the knot having been together for 32 years

Met Éireann says conditions are due to turn wet and windy in coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times/File photo

Met Éireann issues two status yellow alerts with wet, windy, unsettled conditions due

 Crowds attend the ‘standing down’ ceremony for the Haunting Soldier, in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Memorial to those killed in first World War removed from St Stephen’s Green

 Brenda O Connell Barry (centre) at the Westin Hotel, Dublin,  where she was named Careplus Carer of the Year. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Brenda O’Connell Barry uses acceptance speech to criticise the lack of State supports

Professor Cecily Begley, Professor of Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), warned that the risks of mothers dying in childbirth will rise in Ireland unless the rate of caesarian births is brought down.

‘Johnny taxpayer’ is being forced to pay for unnecessary inductions, conference hears

Workmen clean the Hautings Soldier which in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí confirm they are investigating ‘criminal damage’ to statue in St Stephen’s Green

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady with Mathias Jorgensen of Denmark in action in the UEFA Nations League match on Monday night at Ceres Park, Aarhus, Denmark. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

FAI requests minute’s silence for man (30) found in water ahead of match

Five great grand nephews of  Michael Walsh at Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin with a display case containing his Purple Heart medal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Private Michael Walsh was killed while serving with the US army in first World War

All Black players Nepo Laulala, Sam Whitelock and Liam Squire, at the site of The Hauntings Solider sculpture at St Stephen’s Green.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

World Cup winner Sam Whitelock says rugby ‘is only a game’ compared to war

The late Alec Finn. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Influential musician noted for ‘famed sensitivity’ and skill with string instruments

The scene of the fatal shooting in Glen Easton Park, Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photoraph: Ronan McGreevy

Clive Staunton (50) was gunned down outside his home on Thursday night

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Leixlip of Clive Staunton (inset). Photographs: PA and Facebook

Dead man was in his 50s and had returned to his Leixlip home from Ireland football match

Kashimbo Musonda told a fitness to practise hearing on Wednesday that  she would never expose a patient to unnecessary radiation. File photograph: iStock

Zambian-native Kashimbo Musonda denies allegations of poor professional performance

The man eventually made it ashore at Kilkee in Co Clare. File photograph: Getty Images

Rescue services mobilised in search for water sport enthusiast who travelled almost 50km

If aliens are visiting Earth  they have proved to be very elusive. Photograph: iStock

Pilots saw bright lights streaking across the sky at an ‘astronomical’ speed

Traffic is heaviest on the M1 between J7 Julianstown and J2 Dublin Airport. File photograph

Incidents involving car on fire and a collision compound rush-hour traffic

Daniel Sweeney was hospitalised when he was attacked after a match.

Daniel Sweeney is unable to talk and can only drink through a straw due to injuries

Members of the Royal British Legion’s Republic of Ireland branch parade their colours before the start of the Armistice Commemoration in St Patrick’sCathedral Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawle

Long-standing tradition continues under a canopy of memorials to Irish war dead

De Valera  wrote: “For the sake of the women of the world at any rate I am glad it is over. They it is who have suffered most. Their imaginings have been far worse than the worst horrors the men have had to endure.” Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

The future taoiseach wrote: ‘The thoughts that occur to me here today would fill volumes’

Tom Kettle and Willie Redmond among 26 barristers who died in WW1

Martin Doyle receiving his Victoria Cross in June 1919 at Buckingham Palace

Martin Doyle will be remembered by the British government with a paving stone

Irish troops moving over the captured German 2nd line at Cambrai, France, circa 1917. Photograph: Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Irish soldiers returned home to a largely hostile country

From left: Martin Doyle, Ronan McGreevy, David Smith, Joe Crilly (at back) and Michéal Coughlan (wearing sunglasses).

The desolation of a good friend and talented playwright dying by suicide prompted his buddies to ensure his legacy lived on. And s(...)

Ronan McGreevy with the  wartime biscuits reproduced by DIT’s bakery department for a history exhibition.

Culinary Arts students at DIT reproduce the 100-year-old recipe as a research project

A look down Dublin’s Grafton Street at Christmas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/File photo

Council announces illuminations at 12 locations as part of ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’

‘Haunting Soldier’: Created in 2017 in Dorset, England, from bits of scrap metal, this monumental installation is temporarily located (as above) at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Scrap metal sculpture on view at St Stephen’s Green as organiser ‘so moved by respect shown’

One More Yard: Sinéad O’Connor sings the EP’s title track. Photograph: David Corio/New York Times

Cillian Murphy and Imelda May also involved in all-star EP based on letters from the front

Margaret Glennon from Baldoyle in north Dublin  vanished in May 1995.

Margaret Glennon (49) who went missing in 1995 and James Gallagher (18) who went missing in 1999 now identified

President Michael D Higgins is due to be inaugerated at midday on November 11th. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach grants President’s request for delay while Armistice Day ceremonies take place

A man uses a torch to walk through a park during cold fog at night in Athboy on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Gusts of up to 100 km/h expected on Friday night in Atlantic counties

David Boland (34) who was fatally stabbed in Athy, Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph via Facebook

David Boland died in hospital after being found on pavement following attack in Co Kildare

Donnah Sibanda Vuma will receive an apology from the contractor which runs the Knockalisheen accommodation centre in Co Clare following the incident on Wednesday night. Photograph via Facebook

Department says Donnah Vuma will receive an apology over ‘regrettable’ incident

Ciara Ní Cheallacháin’s installation ‘Fallen’ suspended from the ceiling of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Tree of remembrance has attracted 220,000 people to share their grief since 2014

Veterinary student Rebecca Carter at the UCD Students Union on her first day of college following her High Court appeal case to get a marking mistake fixed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Judge says what happened to Rebecca Carter must never happen again

David Boland (34) who was fatally stabbed  in Athy, Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph via Facebook

Gardaí discovered 34-year-old David Boland from Nurney, lying on pavement outside shop

Australian Federal Police   arrested the 25-year-old Irishman upon arrival at Sydney International Airport. Photograph: Getty

The 25-year-old tried to enter the cabin mid-flight and was restrained by crew

Firefighter in breathing apparatus extinguishing a car fire tonight in South Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Dublin Fire Brigade praises gardaí and local authorities for ‘great work’ on busy night

The Republic ranks seventh in terms of the percentage of those who volunteer, ninth in the world in terms of the percentage of the population who donate to charity and 25th in terms of helping strangers. Photograph: Getty Images

Global index finds State is fifth most generous in the world for helping those in need

President Michael D Higgins: Will be uniquely qualified to commemorate the centenary of the Civil War in 2022. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Michael D Higgins has first-hand experience of the scars left on families by the Civil War

 Antoinette Keegan, Eugene Kelly, Christine Keegan and Bridget McDermott  hand out postcards outside the GPO Dublin, as part of the Stardust Postcard Campaign seeking a new inquest into tragedy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Campaign accuses presidential candidate of ‘complete misrepresentation’ of their views

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí search for driver of car which was abandoned after incident in Ardee

National Army soldiers in action at O’Connell Street, Dublin during the Civil War. Marking often divisive events from Irish history will be a task for the next president. How would they do it? Photograph: Irish Photographic Archive.

Next president will be at forefront of marking divisive events such as Partition, Civil War

 Irish Ambassador Patricia O’Brien was among those at the ceremony in Le Pilly. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Triptych in blue stone marks three days of carnage in 1914 on ‘the forgotten front’

File photographs

National Transport Authority introduces changes to help reach BusConnects flat fare

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