An Post’s latest figures  show an increase in revenue of 1.2 per cent to €840 million in 2017. The company made a profit of €8.4 million against losses of €12.4 million in 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company has ‘achieved a major turnaround’ after previously hinting at 2,000 job cuts

Fr Joseph Mallin in 2006 at his father’s cell on the 1916 landing in Kilmainham Gaol where he visited his father on the  May 8th, 1916 , the day he was executed for his command of the Irish Citizens Army in the St Stephens Green area during the Easter Rising. Fr Malin was aged two  at the time and remembers the visit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Joseph Mallin died on Easter Sunday at the age of 104

Photograph: iStock

Parents shocked after anti-abortion group Family & Life targets girl (15) for up to €1,500

Many State facilities are not respectful of residents ‘ privacy, dignity and autonomy’. Photograph: iStock

Inspector says State facilities fail to respect privacy and dignity of many residents

Marketing students from DIT Aungier Street, soak up the sunshine in Dublin’s Stephens Green as fine weather finally breaks the long grey spell. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Highs of 18 degrees expected on Friday and Saturday

Aindrias Ó Caoimh, former High Court and European Court of Justice judge, was one of 100 legal professionals who signed a letter opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Event did not take place on Bar Council premises because of political nature

It’s not quite summer, but it feels like it. File photograph: Eric Luke

Highest temperature of the year - 20 degrees - recorded at Dublin’s Phoenix Park

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during an event in the National Gallery, Dublin this month. File photograph: Collins

Varadkar says ending commemorations with the Civil War would be ‘downbeat’

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack in Glasnevin for the launch of Met Éireann’s  new mobile app and website. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

App will predict weather seven days in advance and on a ‘parish by parish’ basis

Bishop Denis Nulty. File photo.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mother walks out in protest saying abortion ‘not appropriate’ subject for children

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley, who favours repealing the Eighth Amendment, has described as “disgusting” graphic anti-abortion material which was sent to him in an envelope franked with a Government harp.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Timmy Dooley has ‘no issue’ being sent such material but says it is difficult for female staff

 Marie Maher, whose husband Eugene was killed  in a hit and run,  at her  bridal florist shop in Drumcondra. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Saying it with flowers – how a florist got her life back after tragic incident

President Michael D Higgins said John Redmond had followed in a line of constitutional nationalists who had won concessions from the British government which had improved the lot of ordinary Irish people. Photograph: The Irish Times

Event held to mark centenary of ex-Irish Parliamentary Party leader’s death

Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick Kenneth Kearon: said the Church of Ireland was opposed to abortion on principle, but accepted exceptions have to be made in the case of where a mother’s life is at risk, where the baby will not survive or where rape and incest have been involved. Photograph:

Bishop of Limerick says repeal is ‘entirely consistent’ with COI view on abortion

People attend the reopening of the O’Connell tower in Glasnevin Cemetery.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The 55m structure affords the best man-made views of Dublin city

Nobody was injured in the shooting and gardaí have not yet established a motive for the attack.

Nobody injured in incident and no motive established for early morning attack

Fodder brought in from Brighton, England, is distributed to farmers affected by the fodder shortage, at Kiltoghert Co-Op, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed defends his handling of fodder crisis

The facility, located on the campus of Cherry Orchard Hospital, was found to have been in breach of 10 Hiqa guidelines. Photograph: Google Streetview

Significant problems in relation to patient care identified at Cherry Orchard Hospital

The baby girl remains in a critical condition at  Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Photograph: The Irish Times

Child fell from the third floor of the apartment complex in Tyrrelstown, Dublin

Dairygold’s first shipment of 2,500 tonnes of imported fodder from the UK arriving into Rosslare, Co Wexford. Photograph: Nicola Reddy

Dairygold importing 4,500 tonnes of feed from UK mostly for farmers in Munster

 Orla O’Connor, Ailbhe Smyth and Grainne Griffin at the launch of the Together For Yes poster campaign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Group in favour of repealing eighth amendment will put up posters this week

Former Independent News and Media (INM) chief executive Gavin O’Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former chief executive of media group shocked at treatment of staff and journalists

Four men were arrested following a fight on the Westport to Dublin train on Saturday evening.  File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times.

Irish Rail passes CCTV footage of incident, which began after Tullamore stop, to gardaí

People taking part in a  protest organised by the National Homeless and Housing Coalition in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Rally held in Dublin hears criticism of Government’s lack of urgency on housing issues

Diego Maradona meets members of Éire Óg GAA club in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Irish group jibe soccer legend about fact their game’s rules allow everyone to handle the ball

Seamus O’Mahony in Rosslare with Dairygold’s first shipment of 2,500 tonnes of imported fodder from the UK. Photograph: Nicola Reddy

One of the State’s largest haulage companies to transport fodder to alleviate ongoing crisis

The late David Kavanagh

The music promoter’s agency had represented Christy Moore and Thin Lizzy

Torrential rain has led to flood  barriers have been erected in Mallow and Fermoy. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Showery conditions to continue but the second half of the week looks drier and warmer

James Nolan: “We always focus on the recipients and say that they are able to do this and that. I couldn’t do anything without my sister.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Nolan was one of the State’s first recipients of a kidney from a living donor

Russian-born chess grandmaster Alexander Baburin, who lives in Blackrock, said he voted as an expatriate for Vladimir Putin in the recent Russian presidential election. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev /AFP/Getty Images

Community is 3,500 strong, but tens of thousands speak the Russian language

Bad Wolves is something of a heavy metal super group comprising five members who had been in previous bands

Band’s version of Zombie racks up a number of a notable firsts including Late Late Show

 Grace Lynch, grandniece of Eugene Lynch, an eight-year-old killed in the Easter Rising, at his grave in Goldenbridge Cemetery which was on Friday marked by a headstone for the first time.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Inchicore eight-year-old Eugene Lynch among 40 children killed during rebellion

Met Éireann says Ireland is  likely to see some snow in the later part of next week, although it will be relatively light.  Photograph: Collins

Jet stream is further north which means colder air than is normal for time of year

 Southside Dart services were disrupted for several hours on Thursday evening due to an incident on the line. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Southside services disrupted for hours on Thursday after incident near Shankill

Terrace of houses from 11th century reveals treasure trove of artefacts

Pope Francis blesses a child during the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Bishop Brendan Leahy said there may be a ‘certain fee’ for attending Croke Park event

Wesley Nolan (39) became the first deaf Irish person to swim the English Channel last summer.  Photograph: Wesley Nolan

Dubliner Wesley Nolan’s 61km swim took 16½ hours as current took him off line

  President  Michael D Higgins  with Donal Gallagher (brother of Rory) and   Don Barry (right) of Fender at the unveiling of a new installation in Harold’s Cross. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Michael D Higgins unveils new boardroom and installation in honour of late guitarist

In total, Hiqa published 23 reports on residential services for people with disabilities, of which 13 were found to be in compliance with the regulations and standards. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns over management of risk, safeguarding from abuse and fire protection

Plummeting temperatures likely to make it feel below freezing for parades

Illustration of starving peasants clamouring at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine, 1846. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The biggest depopulation between 1841 and 1851 was in parishes along ‘Wild Atlantic Way’

Electric Picnic 2018: headline acts include Kendrick Lamar, Massive attack, Dua Lipa, St Vincent and Pharrell Williams with N.E.R.D

Kendrick Lamar, St Vincent, N.E.R.D, Dua Lipa and Massive Attack among acts announced

Flooding in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny on Thursday. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Heavy rain to be followed by near-freezing temperatures for St Patrick’s Day

Gardaí at the Lidl store in Fortunestown Lane,Tallaght, after it was looted. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Company ‘blown away’ by support in locality after store looted and destroyed during snow

Rossnowlagh strand in Co Donegal is a popular destination for tourists from Northern Ireland and further afield. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Diversification away from British market in run up to Brexit yielding results, says chief execlutive

‘It will not be pleasant standing around watching a parade’, a Met Éireann spokeswoman has warned. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Freezing temperatures expected for bank holiday weekend

Dublin City councillors are to vote on a proposed ban on sandwich boards from outside shops in the city centre. Photograph: iStock

‘Has the council nothing better to being doing?’ says pub owner

Those depending on welfare cannot afford to buy a house and are forced to depend on the rental market, but some landlords are asking for three months’ rent in advance.

Housing situation ‘going from bad to worse’ for welfare recipients, says Simon Community

Three firearms – a sub-machine gun, a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver – were seized when gardaí ­ stopped a van on Gardiner Street in Dublin 1 at about 8am.

Four arrested as gardaí thwart another potential Kinahan-Hutch feud attack in Dublin

Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917). He served as a lance-corporal on the Flanders front with the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A Lament for Thomas MacDonagh may originally have been written about Gallipoli

Phoenix Park in springtime. Average temperatures in Ireland for the last fortnight are down four degrees on normal for the time of year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Water restrictions in Dublin will continue for the foreseeable future, says Irish Water

Jonathan Walters (34) broke down and cried during a BBC interview in which he recounted the circumstances in which Helen Brady, who was from Dublin, died in the mid-1990s.

Ireland striker: ‘You ask me how I deal with it. I locked it away. That’s how I deal with it’

Minister for Communications,  Denis Naughten: ‘The people who want to exploit children will use every loophole possible.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘Big tech’ is developing software to crack down on hate speech online and can be used to support child safety, says Minister

John Redmond, John Bruton suggested, was a “better model for a 21st-century world than are those who did not accept the necessity for compromise”.

Prof Alvin Jackson’s work represents ‘more nuanced approach’ to conflicts shaping State

An Post is expected to announce a profit for 2017 when its results are announced later this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company says it expects to have turned a profit in 2017 because of e-commerce surge

John Redmond: died 100 years ago

Ceann Comhairle pays tribute to Redmond’s service to Irish parliamentary democracy

Lidl at Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght: The roof is a tangled jumble of wooden slats and poles. The Lidl sign is hanging at an angle and the perimeter fence around it is boarded up.

Locals feel let down, disgusted and embarrassed over ‘shameful’ weekend incident

Balinteer locals help ambulance crew members from Donnybrook Fire Station on Sunday. Photograph: Donnybrook Fire Service

Neighbours get out shovels to clear a path for ambulance to take patient to hospital

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

Despite controversies over WWI, Redmond is fondly recalled 100 years after his death

Marcel Krueger and his grandmother who was born Cilly Anna Barabasch in April 1923. She  stuffed him with “proper Granny food”, tucked him up in bed at night and examined his cuticles for vitamin deficiencies

Family memoir of suffering tells story of eastern Europe in first half of 20th century

A snow plough tries to clear the N11 at Glen of the Downs on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Senior garda warns drivers to stay off the roads on Friday unless it is an emergency

A cyclist make his way along Ormond Quay Dublin in the snow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Snow drifts of 60cm reported in parts of Wicklow and Carlow

A Luas tram at the Red Cow junction: Siptu shop steward Marc Winters said proposals to run trams were a danger to drivers and the proposals were “total nonsense”. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Transdev proposal to keep Luas running to keep tracks clear ‘nonsense’, says Siptu

A gritting snow plough on the M50 near Ballymount during the snowfall associated with Storm Emma. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Transport update: Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Luas, Dublin Bus, Ryanair and Aer Lingus services halted

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack warned that: “Meteorologically, it is very dangerous snow,” she said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Swirling snow will lead to ‘zero visibililty’ with 100 km/h winds and freezing conditions

Commuters make their way in the snow this in Lucan, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Snow brings delays, cancellations and treacherous conditions across the State

Snow clearing at Bracetown Business Park in Dunboyne, Co Meath during the snowfall associated with  The Beast from the East. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thursday to bring heavy snowfall as an Atlantic storm meets frigid air

 A tourist walks on Calla’s pass covered by snow on the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, in Italy on Sunday.  Record low temperatures are expected to hit Europe in upcoming days.  Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti/EPA

National emergency group to meet on Monday amid warnings of ‘very serious event’

Kate Lynch who won a scholarship for the 2017 Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day at the 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish  Tricolour at the GPO, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Exhibition opened to mark the 170th anniversary of the first flying of the tricolour

A weather system nicknamed as the “beast from the east” is heading our way, bringing with it freezing temperatures and the likelihood of heavy snow. File photograph: Getty Images

Deep freeze looms as Ireland to experience coldest temperatures since December 2010

 A youth worker said young people taking the sedative have   charges for ‘offences they have absolutely no recollection of committing.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Youth worker says teenagers are looking to experience a blackout when they take benzodiazepine

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly quiz medical experts while considering the question  of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin, last year. File photograph: The Irish Times

Incident linked to recruiter’s suspension unrelated to abortion deliberations – judge

‘Confusion’ in Government over who is responsible for protecting children online, expert says

Fergus Finlay, chief executive of Barnardos, with Claire Cahill at the launch of the new Lost Children Campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Barnardos say one in seven Irish children are lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect

A sudden stratospheric warming has taken place

Weather phenomenon was last present during December 2010 big freeze

Schoolchildren walk by as anti-abortion activists protest  outside the Dáil earlier this month. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Noone: No Irish-based consultants or GPs ‘made available to Committee on Eighth’

Tyrrelstown GAA club had warned that proposals by Mazars to sell their pitch could see the club fold.

Tyrrelstown club will be allowed to use Nama-controlled land until May next year

Olga, Joe and Adelina Hurley celebrating Christmas in their Florida home. Photograph: Olga Hurley

Olga Hurley’s family moved from Drogheda to Florida to live somewhere ‘safe and beautiful’

Project Ireland 2040: a new Metro link is due to run between Swords and Sandyford, in Dublin

Two plans to set out infrastructure priorities and plan regional development

The King of Tory Patsy Don Rodgers outside the Dáil with fellow Tory Island residents calling for an a new  ferry to service the island off Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Colourful protesters tell politicians: ‘We’re going to need a better boat’

Tyrrelstown GAA club say they have nowhere else to go and cannot afford land

The study programme is being carried out with the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE. Photograph: iStock

College leading study to find out what works best to stop women smoking

‘I want to be an astronaut and work for ye but you need to fix this problem for me’

In 2016 there were more than 151,000 uninsured private vehicles in the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Rising insurance premiums may be behind increase in uninsured vehicle claims

Minister for Health Simon Harris: FGM is never ever justifiable.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health minister describes comments made by Muslim cleric as ‘offensive and worrying’

Grand Master of the Irish Freemasons Douglas Grey: “We are an organisation that is trying to make good men better”

Open to all religions (but not women), its focus is fundraising and, yes, there is a handshake

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis, who was involved in a political feud in Dublin North-West. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

SF chair warns representatives they will face disciplinary action if they continue to do so

Children from a local Traveller group in Merrion Square at the launch of The Irish Traveller Ethnicity Celebration which takes place on  March 1st at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Free events highlighting culture to be held at Royal Hospital Kilmainham on March 1st

Anybody in possession of a Johnston, Mooney and O’Brien product with the best before date of February 11th can return the product or the packaging to claim a full refund. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Breadmaker takes precaution after discovering industrial sieve was missing

The man who died after a stabbing in Lucan on Wednesday night has been named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52). Photograph: Facebook

Dead man named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52)

Louth County Council director of services Joe McGuinness and civil engineer Colm Lambe. They came up with the council’s compulsory purchase initiative

Louth County Council is securing neglected eyesore properties held by the banks and redistributing to those who need them

The Four Courts in Dublin burning during a Civil War battle on June 30th, 1922. The Public Records Office, and with it a huge swathe of Irish cultural memory, was destroyed. File photograph: National Library of Ireland

New virtual archive aims to reproduce thousands of files destroyed during Civil War

Lea Taylor and Nicola Wright dressed in Suffragettes costume hold a mock protest on the Royal Mile on February 6th, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Josepha Madigan said the idealism of revolutionary generation was not fulfilled

Bob Geldof: I don’t think the Easter Rising is the foundational moment of the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

DVD of Bob Geldof’s documentary on poet has been released

Senator Ivana Bacik, with students in TCD Muireann McQuillan, Maeve Peyton and Áine Hamm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vótáil 100 marks the 100th anniversary of the vote for Irish women

Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly has resigned from the party. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin wants Reilly to give her seat on Dublin City Council back to the party

Shannon Airport had almost twice (195 per cent) the average monthly rainfall in January. Photograph: iStock

Forecast is for a spell of cold weather to set in with snow and ice on higher ground

Lucinda Creighton: We never celebrate the women who take the decision not to abort. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister claims only women who decide to terminate are celebrated

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