Sting at Dublin docklands to promote ‘The Last Ship’ musical, which opens on June 4th in the Bord Gáis Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Singer in Dublin to promote musical ‘The Last Ship’, due here next year

The report has been published days before the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment is due to make recommendations on the State’s abortion laws. Photograph: Getty.

European Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on laws in Republic and North

Gardaí have discovered drugs during a morning raid in Drogheda. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí discover cocaine and large quantity of tablets during raid at industrial estate

A pedestrian walks on snow on December 3rd, 2017 in Hannover, central Germany. Photograph: AFP/Julian Stratenschulte/Getty

Cold weather expected to set in from Thursday morning

Deborah Somorin (24) from Dublin

300 people attend summit organised by National Youth council

State Claims Agency (SCA) established in 2001 as reaction to surge in compensation claims being taken against State

‘One in four children on the island of Ireland are overweight or obese’. Photograph: iStock

Safefood Ireland research shows childhood obesity to cost island of Ireland billions

Eoin Murphy (left), originally from Armagh, who has been homeless since 2014, with Gerry Carney, case management, Inner City Helping Homeless. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Campaigners ‘shocked’ at comments made by Eileen Gleeson about helping homeless

Multiple syringes were either unlabelled or insufficiently labelled, says Hiqa report

The Simon Community rough sleeper team serves food and hot drinks to homeless people at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Taoiseach’s downplaying of homeless figures fails to reflect the reality on the ground

Victim (44) sustained four gunshot wounds to the leg in alleyway

Eimear Noonan, from Co Clare, who died while running in France. Photograph: via Facebook.

Teacher (21) from Co Clare was last seen in French town of Annonay on Wednesday

Katie Ascough pictured in University College Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Former UCD student union president removed after students voted to impeach her

A rainfall warning has been issued for western counties for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Motorists urged to avoid driving through flood waters and watch out for mudslides

Kristy Hubbard (20) from Finglas: “I was scared about starting Leap but, after some encouragement, I decided to give it a go and it’s been great for me.” Photograph: Seán Dunne

Twelve inner city trainees have been honoured as they ‘Leap’ to the workplace

A striking worker speaks with tourists at a locked-up Tara Street Dart Station in Dublin  during the rail strike. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

More than 150,000 people must make alternative travel arrangements due to action

Urge to recycle? A blackbird gets set to fly off with  an empty disposable coffee cup in its beak on the banks of the river Spree in Berlin, November 2nd, 2017. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

‘Latte Levy’ would see each takeaway beverage costing additional 10-15 cents

Gardaí are still searching for Arnel and Ayaan Azad who are missing from their home in Co Limerick since last week.

Arnel and Ayaan Azad were last seen on Tuesday when they left Limerick home with their father

Tom Dempsey outside Heuston Station, Dublin: “The Luas drivers put up a good fight to get what they wanted but I just hope that our dispute doesn’t last as long.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Dempsey who has not had raise for 10 years says Government holds key to ending dispute

The Connemara Lake Hotel was evacuated shortly after her death and a forensic examination of the scene was being carried out on Tuesday. Photograph: Google Street View

Woman (64) was guest at Connemara Lake Hotel in Oughterard

Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online content shifted back on to tech giants rather that the person who posts the content.

Companies could face fines if they fail to remove posts which risk prejudicing criminal trials

ESB Networks has  now restored power to over 370,000 people who suffered an outage following Ophelia.

ESB Networks hopes to have full service restored by the middle of this week

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it is providing consular assistance after an Irish man died in Portugal. Photograph: Tom Honan

Department of Foreign Affairs confirms a man in his 60s has died while on holiday

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at the annual conference of Youth Work Ireland at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in Dublin.

The project aims to help vulnerable young people in ‘hot spots’ across the country

Another motorist was caught driving 171km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M7 in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some 140,223 vehicles checked as part of the 24-hour operation by An Garda Síochána

Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Repair crews were hampered by heavy rain and high winds during Storm Brian

Garda Alan Hayes, who along with colleagues was awarded a bronze medal and certificate of bravery, pictured with his daughter Aibhlinn. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Thea Foster-Lee, who saved her mother from a knife attack, also recognised at awards

The Irish Times understands that an Irish man has drowned while holidaying on the Maldives island group (above), south of India. File photograph: Google Maps

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to man’s family

Seán Hogan, Chairman of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group during a media briefing on Hurricane Ophelia on Kildare Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Two wind-surfers rescued with ‘extremely severe’ conditions expected around country

Extended hours will be in operation at the Peter McVerry homeless youth café on Berkeley Street.  File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter McVerry Trust initiates their emergency response protocols

 Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Luas cancelled and schools closed on Tuesday morning; Gusts continue but will fade overnight

Ibrahim Halawa (21) has spent more than four years in jail. File photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Embassy staff visit Dubliner who has yet to be released despite being cleared of all charges

Met Éireann is liaising with the United Kingdom Met Office, and the United States National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida.  Image:

Met Éireann issues status Yellow warning for storm-force winds, heavy rain and high seas

Bill the sniffer dog. Photograph: Revenue

Dog, named Bill, was involved in operation involving gardaí and Revenue officials

After Tralee, Co Kerry at 19 weeks, the longest waiting times by test centre are Athlone (17 weeks), Donegal (17 weeks), Roscommon (16.8 weeks), Mallow (16.7 weeks). Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin is experiencing the worst backlog with almost 12,000 drivers seeking test date

Ibrahim Halawa is set to receive a consular visit from the Irish Embassy in Cairo in the coming days

Egyptian authorities have not yet begun to process paperwork for Mr Halawa’s release

 Ibrahim Halawa  has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail.

It has been two weeks since the Cairo court found the Irish man not guilty of all charges

The man was discovered unconscious at St Bridget’s Place, Prospect Place, Galway. Source: Google Street View

Man in his 20s is being treated at University Hospital Galway after being discovered at 3am

Noel Murphy salutes during the National Anthem at the the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme in The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Members of the public have been asked to submit suggestions by November

Netflix has announced a price hike for some of its subscription plans. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Streaming service moves to increase cost of some of its popular subscription plans

The Centra shop on the UCD campus

Robbers ran away with cash through UCD campus

Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Julien Behal

Respreeza used to treat alpha-1 - a hereditary condition that is unusually common in State

There were more than 6,000 new callers to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s helpline last year. Image: iStock

Chief points to ‘worrying trends’ in data and the internet’s influence on sexual violence

“One of the things that causes that deep-rooted shame is this societal idea that men are more able to defend themselves.” Photograph: iStock

A quarter of calls to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre last year came from male victims

Of the new diagnoses, 51 per cent were among men who have sex with men

Eight deaths reported to the CSO in 2016 where the cause of death was AIDS or HIV

300 senior officers expected at two-day Garda ‘think-tank’

Nursing staff in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Union wants increase to the capacity of the health service, in terms of staffing and beds

Mr Varadkar said he would “move might and main” to avoid any sudden hike in property taxes for people in 2019. Photograph: EPA

Despite increase in house prices, Varadkar does not envisage hike in property taxes

When Mr Halawa is moved from the prison service to the security directorate, things should move quickly, said Mr Coveney. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Irish citizen was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in Cairo in August 2013

The Union of Students in Ireland will hold a  national demonstration to be held on October 4th in Dublin. Photograph:  Conor McCabe/USI

Union calls on Government to invest in publicly-funded third level education

Campaigner Suzy Byrme has called on both sides in the abortion debate to stop ‘abusing the existence’ of people with disabilities in their campaigns. Photographs: The Irish Times

‘We must stop our existence being used and abused,’ says leading disability campaigner

Donna Price pictured with a photo her son Darren at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore,  Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘The attitude that you have three pints and mosey on ... some people never make it home’

Grace Roche : owner of Pretty Things farm clothing for women. Photograph:  Seán Dunne

Grace Roche was frustrated with not getting overalls and boots that fitted her properly

Catriona and John Carley with children Maebh (8) and Emily (10).  Photograph: Sean Dunne

Brexit is a big concern and how it will impact on business and family

Martin Kehoe jnr (33) died in an accident at the family farm in Foulksmills, New Ross.

Martin Kehoe jnr was working at a grain store when he was overcome with fumes

Kathleen O’Toole, the chairman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, has said that she believes Garda reform will not be achieved by one person. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole claims changing An Garda Síochána requires ‘cohesive’ management

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum: Staff at Portlaoise prison have expressed concern prisoners in “dire” need of the CMH have been left on a waiting list so long.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Waiting list of 29 for CMH, 20 of whom are referrals from Irish Prison Service

Gogglebox participants Tracie Reid and Anita Reilly: ‘We’re mammies most importantly’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Gearing up for the next season of the TV show are Irish participants including two ‘sisters’ from the Liberties, a Nigerian-Irish (...)

 Zainab Boladale: “In general, media doesn’t have diverse representation, so I think it’s super important.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Zainab Boladale, the new co-presenter of ‘News2Day’, is happy to see diversity on TV

Thomas ‘Ta’ Power, 33, was one of two men  shot dead in the Rossnaree Hotel, near Drogheda in January 1987. Photograph: Garda

62-year-old detained arrested in connection with the murder of two INLA members

Gardaí searching for the remains of missing man Trevor Deely on a site in Chapelizod, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Officers set to search part of the river which runs along the three-acre Chapelizod site

St Lawrence Road: the Housing Agency paid almost €2 million for the former B&B. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Residents close to the Mater Dei hub in Drumcondra fear ‘new ghetto’

Blood samples for HIV tests. Photograph: GettyImages

Risk-taking and growing culture of chemsex are key factors behind rise of STIs, experts say

Gardaí searching for the remains of missing man Trevor Deely on a site in Chapelizod, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Targeted digs to start at Chapelizod site this week as investigation reaches ‘critical’ point

Adrian Bayley is seen after his sentencing in June. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Bayley is serving 40 years in prison for the rape and murder of the Irish woman

Lois Bridge, located in north Co Dublin, is the only dedicated residential facility which treats anorexia, bulimia and binge eating

Mental Health Commission concerned about the safety of two residents at Lois Bridge