Phillip Leonard (34) died on Monday from injuries he sustained during an attack on a city centre street in Birmingham.  Photograph: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

Phillip Leonard (34) died two weeks after an assault in the city centre

Garda handout picture of Craig Boylan (16)

Craig Boylan (16) last seen in his native village on Tuesday

Heavy rain over the next 24 hours will be followed by the remnants of Hurricane Gert now crossing the Atlantic.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Rain and heavy winds expected to add to an already exceptionally wet month

The distance between Dover and Calais is 34km in a straight line, but the current took Wesley Nolan in an S shape across the channel, so by the end he had swam 61km. Photograph: Facebook

Wesley Nolan swam for 16 hours to raise funds for Irish Deaf Society

Mark McAuley on Miebello picked up 12 faults during his final round. The Aga Khan Trophy was won  by the all-female American team. Photograph: Alan Betson

Flamboyant Frenchman commands 12 horses in mesmerising display

Venezuelan anti-socialist protesters face off against a pro-Venezuelan government demonstration outside the US embassy in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Workers’ Party hosts protest outside US embassy, Venezuelans rally opposite them

Fr Willie Doyle SJ, died, as he had lived, in the service of others. He was killed alongside three other Irishmen who had taken refuge in a shell hole, 100 years ago this month. Photograph: Irish Jesuit Archives

‘Even in this secular age, there is much wisdom, love and humility in his teachings’

There is some concern that the overall rate of eligible women who took up their offer of  screening  has fallen from 76.5 per cent in 2014 to 74.7 per cent in 2015, despite a high-profile television advertising campaign.

Head of national screening programme says it is saving lives as 146,000 women screened

 Opponents say the recent referendum has effectively given Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro dictatorial powers. Photograph: Miraflores Press/EPA/

International observers should visit country and ‘see human rights being violated’

Nazis: Hermann Goering  with Adolf Hitler in 1937. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

Hermann Göring listed as first of Count Gerald O’Kelly’s ‘many German clients’

Luas Cross City: the south quay is closed at O’Connell Bridge until 6am on August 12th, while a temporary road surface is replaced

Diversion around south-quay closure at O’Connell Bridge. North-south traffic flowing

Quay Street was thronged with visitors during Race Week. Photograph: iStock

Does race week really live up to its billing as ‘rag week for adults’?

Aoife McCana, left,  winner of the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races and Oniesa Owens,  Cavan, who won for Best Hat. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aoife McCana wearing Ghost was the unanimous choice of the judges at Galway Races

Joseph Fagan (91) from Moate, Co Westmeath,  75 years coming to   the Galway Races. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dedicated punter has attended the races at Ballybrit every year since 1942

Irish Guards arrive at the Tyne Cot Cemetery as part of the Centenary of Passchendaele. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Francis Ledwidge commemorated in day to mark battle that cost 500,000 casualties

Brian Wilson.  Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

Punter paid almost €1,000 for two tickets that did not exist for ‘Pet Sounds’ gig

Francis Ledwidge served as a lance-corporal on the Flanders front. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ledwidge’s patron penned a moving tribute to him in ‘The Irish Times’ after his death

Ledwidge was killed by a shell on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele while serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Trinity academic calls for greater understanding of poet killed in first World War

Granny’s House is a much-loved installation which allowed festival-goers to find a moment’s repose from the din outside

Well-loved art installation Granny’s House stolen from festival site at Stradbally

The National Memorial is a place of contemplation and remembrance. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Crew of Rescue 116 and 86 Irish soldiers among those remembered at Merrion Square

Motorists in Dublin face severe disruption for a week with Luas Cross City works closing off the south quays in the city centre

South quays will be closed to traffic for a week for road reconstruction

Cathal Mac Coille has retired at the age of 65

Fellow RTÉ presenter Rachael English praises Mac Coille’s ‘decency and kindness’

Bertie Ahern on Sky News on Friday

Former taoiseach says Governments need to agree common border stance

Currently Irish customers can only book a taxi or limousine through the Uber app rather than a private car. Photograph: PA Wire

‘Undesirable’ Limerick pilot programme is rejected by National Transport Authority

An Post has issued a new stamp to commemorate the centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge.

Slane-born poet and soldier was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele

Students Oian MacMichael (left) and Luis Alberto Canizares walk through the I-LOFAR  in the grounds of Birr Castle in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

New radio telescope will be able to detect the faintest signals from the universe

Image from Michael Heffernan’s video of mini-tornado in Co Kildare.

Michael Heffernan witnessed stunning images of hay being thrown around

RMS Lusitania: the main ship’s telegraph has been recovered from the wreck site, off the Head of Kinsale. Photograph: Department of Heritage

Machine one of the most valuable finds from first World War’s most famous wreck

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “Ultimately Lloyd George wanted a unionist-friendly solution. I am certain about that.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Centenary of Irish Convention conference addressed by two former taoisigh

Dr Aidan MacCarthy listening to  a radio during the second World War

RAF medical centre in Suffolk to be named after Cork native Dr Aidan MacCarthy

Muriel Mc Auley (L) and Barbara Cashin, grandchildren of Thomas MacDonagh, pictured in Skerries. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The children of the Easter Rising leader paid dearly for the price of Irish freedom

Rebecca Doyle (25) from Co Clare   voted to allow for abortion in all circumstances and she believed the Irish public would too if given the same information.

For the first time, members of the assembly talk publicly about the process

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: Her report into the outcome of the assembly on abortion contained a series of recommendations agreed by the members by consensus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members who voted in favour of more liberal abortion regime want issue put to a vote

 The newly unveiled Terry Wogan statue on Harvey’s Quay in Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place

‘Father of Ronaldo’ mocked but so too was tourist magnet Molly Malone statue

‘Forgotten Irish’ will be remembered with a plaque unveiling ceremony at the Camden Irish Centre in London  performed by the Irish ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plaque at London Irish Centre to recall a generation who left Ireland in the 1950s

Relatives of Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge, Frank Ledwidge  and Joseph Ledwidge in his birthplace during the State Commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the poet’s death.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British soldier died on July 31st, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele

This is what the Dubliner, whose remains were found under College Green, might have looked like.

Perfectly preserved skull allowed for rare facial reconstruction of medieval man

The O’Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance at NUI Galway which was the public’s choice for best new Irish building in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland architecture awards. Photograph: NUIG

One-time flax mill and munitions factory is public choice in Irish Architecture Awards

Jimmy’s Hall is a theatrical adaption of the screenplay written by Paul Laverty for the 2014 Ken Loach film.

Adaptation of Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall to be debuted in Leitrim where it is set

Ambassador Bobby McDonagh  presenting his credentials to Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2009. Photograph:  John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Irish Ambassador Bobby McDonagh says defending EU is a ‘great moral imperative’

People at the Hill of Tara for the summer solstice sunrise. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ancient ritual of marking the longest day of the year stretches back 6,000 years

Cooling off in the canal in Rialto, Dublin, during the hot spell on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Spencer Dock proves to be a mecca for young divers in the capital

Fr Joe Mallin,  son of the Irish patriot Michael Mallin,  views the proclamation memorial following the 1916 Commemoration Ceremony at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fr Joe Mallin says official account of Michael Mallin’s court martial is ‘profoundly wrong’

Emma Foley from Santry with her dog buddy a bichon frise enjoying the good weather at the Dublin Kite Festival on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: gareth Chaney Collins

Highest temperature of year recorded on Saturday

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Author set chapter in what was once one of Europe’s biggest red-light district

Irish sunshine: Saturday and Sunday will see the best of the warm spell, with temperatures across Leinster and Munster in the mid-20s on both days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Highs of 27 degrees expected, with best of hot and sunny weather in south and east

A portrait of  Henry Shefflin was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland on Monday.  The painting by Tipperary born artist, Gerry Davis was commissioned as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. Photograph: Maxwells

Former Kilkenny great says it was a ‘true honour’ to be chosen for new portrait

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11 and will make his Croke Park debut on Saturday

Camphill Ballytobin has been taken over by the HSE with a view to finding another care provider.

Practices ‘that could be considered abusive’ found in Camphill community in Ballytobin

John Redmond MP

Deal between Tories and the DUP is first time since 1910 that such an arrangement exists

Former bed and breakfast: 19 and 20 St Lawrence Road, in Clontarf, are to be used to house homeless families

Clontarf residents object to 13 families moving into former bed and breakfast in the area

Efforts of Paddy Harte and Glen Barr to be remembered with commemorative plaque

Mary and John Green, great grandchildren of John Redmond, with photographs of Willie and John Redmond. Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

War and illness tore the family apart in the late 19th and early 20th century

A report by consultant architect Robert Perry identified the cause of the  balcony collapse as dry rot damage, which occurred along the top of the cantilever balcony deck joists (above). His analysis identified water damage between the joists and the flooring of the balcony, which was made of oriented strand board (OSB). File photograph:  Peter Da Silva/EPA

Balcony ought to have been able for load of 13 students on night of tragedy, board finds

Independent House: the acquisition of Celtic Media by Independent News and Media  would have increased its share of provincial newspaper titles from 13 to 20. Photograph: Fran Veale

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten was due to rule on contentious takeover

 Leo Varadkar  will be of three EU leaders under the age of 40. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Only two European leaders - Estonia’s Ratas and France’s Macron - are aged under 40

The celtic cross in Dietkirchen fell into disrepair but was restored 10 years ago and reconsecreted in November 2007.

Separate event in Co Leitrim to remember an American soldier who died in WWI

Leo Varadkar’s Indian relatives celebrate  in Borivali, Mumbai. Photograph: Shubhada Varadkar

Family gather to watch son of an Indian immigrant become Fine Gael leader

Leo Varadkar’s  father  is from Mumbaibut the family originated in Varad, a village in Gujarat state north of Mumbai, from which the family derives the name.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shubhada Varadkar praises her ‘bold and honest’ cousin for coming out as a gay man

Voting to select the next Fine Gael party leader ended at noon on Friday. Photograph: The Irish Times

New party leader will seek support of Independents in attempt to become taoiseach

Enjoying the good weather at the 40ft in Sandycove in Dublin in May.

Malin Head in Co Donegal recorded its hottest May day since records began in 1885

A steady stream of visitors came throughout the day as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was played on rotation. Photograph: Wikipedia

Dublin’s Wolfe Tone Square the site for recreation of Beatles’ famous album cover

Our Lady’s Grove primary school in  Goatstown Road where the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary is selling off sports fields. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary sell 5.4 acre site in Goatstown

Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Brendan Carr.

Cllr Brendan Carr says deal over maternity hospital does not address public concerns

Former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan said the thanks of the State should go to the Sisters of Charity for their “brave decision” and to the Minister for Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Leading obstetrician had spoken against deal to give nuns ownership of new maternity hospital

Slash performing  at a tribute concert to Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, London, on April 20th, 1992. Photograph: Mick Hutson/Redferns

Twenty-five years ago, while on the brink of falling apart, the rock band came to Ireland

From the cover of Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War by Tom Burke.

Charlie Flanagan says suffering of bereaved men and families not properly acknowledged

A total of 1,302 applications were received by the  Insolvency Service of Ireland from people who between them owed €610 million in the first quarter of 2017. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Most in mortgage arrears using service stay in homes after deal with lenders - ISI director

Dublin Fire Brigade Members Mark Hyland, Liam Hyland, new recruit Craig Hyland, Paul Hyland and Cameron Hyland. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Former League of Ireland goalkeeper is third generation to join the fire service

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact Ballymun Garda station on 01 6664000.

Man later arrested after he also attacked a motorist in her car outside Dublin store

South Dublin County Council launched six GoCar car-sharing bases. GoCar allows motorists to rent out their cars to other motorists for an all-in cost that includes fuel, tax, insurance and maintenance. Photograph: Conor McCabe

South Dublin County Council says initiative will ‘promote a culture of communal travel’

The beach at Donabate in Co Dublin was not awarded a blue flag due to a drop in annual bathing water classification from excellent to good.

Some 88 Irish beaches awarded blue flags this year, three more than last year

Brendan Rohan, a former Irish army officer, said he frequently flies the flag of his guests and will continue to fly the Union flag as British visitors arrive more frequently. Photograph: iStock

Brendan Rohan says it is his right as a citizen to fly any flag that he wants

Members of the Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band pictured in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium, on Remeberance Sunday in 2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It was the worst day for the Irish except for the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Two nuns and three young girls at the grave of Maj  William Redmond in Locre, Belgium, during the first World War. Redmond was mortally wounded during the Battle of Messines. Photograph:: John Warwick Brooke/National Library of Scotland

Solitary grave in Flanders a testimony to contradictions in Irish nationalism in first World War

File photograph of Seamus Green from the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association after a special Mass to mark the outbreak of the first World War was held in Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Ex-taoiseach says only ‘good lady herself’ can return standards given to king

Sandcastle buckets on display in  Galway. Photograph: iStock

Warm continental air expected this week with hottest weather in midlands

Bertie Ahern:  refused to be drawn on whether he would prefer Leo Varadkar or Simon Coveney as Taoiseach

When you are not Taoiseach ‘getting stuff done is the hard thing’, says Ahern

Slane Castle owner Lord  Henry Mountcharles. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Castle owner recalls worries over riot in 1992 with Axl Rose still in Dublin hotel as fans grew restless

Members of the Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band  in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines on Remeberance Sunday  2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach confirmed for what could be one of his last events abroad

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said Ireland’s ageing population brings implications for policy, service delivery, and long-term planning in diverse areas such as health, long-term care, independence, participation, and inclusion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two weekends in June and July will be devoted to topic to give it due consideration

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the value of the DNA database had ‘exceeded all expectations’ since its introduction in November 2015. Photograph: Maxwells.

Profiles of over 9,000 people uploaded to system by the end of last year, FSI says

Women with the HER2-positive strain of the disease had the best prognosis because of the “colossal impact”of Herceptin and chemotherapy: Photograph: F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd/PA Wire

Conference at St Vincent’s will discuss advances in how disease is being treated

Meteor ordered not to rebroadcast ad about its “more than you can eat” data offer (above)

Advertising body also upholds complaint about Lidl’s 3% cashmere jumper

 The chief executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland, Dermot Griffin, said it was heartening that four out of five adults in Ireland still make time to read the news every day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Umbrella group unveils 2017 journalism awards sponsored by National Lottery

Irish Times reporter Ronan McGreevy demonstrates the intricacies of correctly handling a fidget spinner.

Street vendors do a roaring trade as shops lament lack of ‘CE’ child-approved supplies

Philomena Lee (left) and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  Katherine Zappone  at the  Exploring Information and Tracing conference. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Children’s minister seeks legal advice over clause regulating contact with birth parents

Deputy Chairman Nicholas Kearns, arriving at the National Maternity Hospital board meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motion not universally passed at board meeting; Some members express concern at ownership

Hard Brexit, which would see food tariffs being imposed, would cost €700 million a year, IFA forum told. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Minister for Agriculture says fear is UK will fill shelves with cheap non-EU food

EU commissioner Phil Hogan described Brexit as an “error of judgment” by the British people. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Phil Hogan also criticises Daily Mail for ‘enemies of the people’ headline

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended by almost two to one that abortion without restriction as to reasons be made available in the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs unlikely to liberalise laws to extent proposed by Citizens’ Assembly, say sources

Citizens’ Assembly: the final ballot paper included 65 options on abortion. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Two days of balloting gives Oireachtas a mandate to change Eighth Amendment

A majority of the 92 members voted to allow for abortion in all 13 circumstances considered by the body at its final meeting on Sunday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Two-thirds (64%) of participants support no restrictions on abortion under term limits

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have voted for a constitutional amendment which would mandate the Oireachtas to deal with the issue of abortion.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Members earlier voted not to retain Eighth Amendment in its current form

 Bobbie Farsides, professor of clinical and biomedical ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Helen Watt, senior research fellow, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, at the  Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly makes its recommendation on abortion to Government this weekend

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly are said to be  ready to make recommendations on abortion to the Government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Body to take critical vote on fate of Eighth Amendment to Constitution this weekend

Francis Timmons (46), an independent councillor on South Dublin County Council, spent the first three years of his life in Madonna House in Blackrock run by the Sisters of Charity.

Francis Timmons urges separation of church and State in healthcare and education

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