Kenneth O'Brien's dismembered remains were found last month

Man charged with murder of Kenneth O'Brien

12 Feb A man has been charged at a special sitting of Dublin District Court with the murder of 33-year-old Kenneth O'Brien, whose dismembered remains were discovered in a number of locations in Co Kildare last month.

Cannabis resin worth an estimated €126,000 was seized in Watergrasshill, Co Cork

News in brief

15.36 A round-up of today's other domestic and international stories.

The council has said it may seek a court order

Council may seek court order to move Travellers

13.31 Galway City Council has said that it will seek a court order to force a number of Traveller families to move from outside its administrative building, if they do not do so voluntarily.

Assad has vowed to recapture Syria as a whole

Assad's military solution for Syria 'deluded' - US

11.08 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "deluded" if he thinks there is a military solution to the war in Syria, nearly five years into a brutal conflict that has killed more than 260,000 people, a US official has said.

SIPTU is concerned the daa will pay a dividend to the State before pay restoration to staff

SIPTU withdraws from daa forum in dividend row

12 Feb SIPTU representatives at the Dublin Airport Authority have withdrawn from a joint staff/management forum amid fears that the company will pay a dividend to the State before restoring pay cuts imposed during the recession.

Child abuse survivor Marie Collins is the only survivor-member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors

Child abuse survivor criticises bishops' lecture

12 Feb The prominent child abuse survivor Marie Collins has said senior Vatican bureaucrats frustrated Pope Francis' plans to have his Commission for the Protection of Minors train bishops in child protection.

George Clooney and his wife Amal met German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Refugee crisis bigger than Syrian exodus - Clooney

12 Feb Actor George Clooney said the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States.

18% of properties in the city of Berkeley had moisture or water damage that raised significant safety concerns

Report finds Berkeley multi-unit buildings unsafe

12 Feb New mandatory building inspections introduced in Berkeley, California as a direct result of the tragic balcony collapse which killed six young people and injured seven others have found that almost one in five multi-unit properties in the city had unsafe water damaged balconies, decks or stairwells.

Colum Horgan (left) Aspira founder and director and Pat Lucey (right) Aspira founder and CEO

Cork-based Aspira to create 50 new jobs

12 Feb Cork-based Aspira, the Irish owned enterprise technology project specialist, is to hire 50 staff after experiencing growth of 65% over the past year due to a series of new project wins.

The HIQA report found that over 12 months ten foster placements had ended abruptly in an unplanned manner

Concerns over HIQA report into foster care

12 Feb An advocacy group for children in care has expressed concern at HIQA's finding that about one quarter of placements arranged last year by the Fresh Start Fostering Service ended abruptly and in an unplanned way.