A McDonald’s drive-thru is to be located near three schools in Greystones. Photograph: PA

Locals opposed application over potential to contribute to childhood obesity

Legislation to introduce a smoking  ban in cars in the Republic was passed by the Dáil last December, but implementation is awaiting regulations governing fixed penalty notices and the size of possible fines. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish ban approved by Dáil last year - but awaiting regulations covering enforcement

Move is aimed at motorists who do not have their licences with them when before the courts for offences. Photograph: Getty Images

Funding for system to deal with penalty point avoidance to be provided in October budget

Dundrum Town Centre: The 124,774sq m (1,343,000sq ft)  mall  it   18 million visitors a year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Proposed restriction comes as Nama sells off loans backed by Dundrum and other centres

The Gibson Hotel in the  Point Village, Dublin: The adjacent student accommodation will be within walking or cycling distance of the National College of Ireland and Trinity College. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Nama, receiver and CIÉ in joint venture bid on docklands site adjacent to Point Village

New flood relief funding is to  provide protection for areas such as Dublin, Kilkenny, Fermoy, Mallow and Clonmel, together with investment in projects to address more localised flooding. File photograph: Stephen Wilson/PA Wire

Next five years to see more funding on such schemes than was spent in previous 20

A package of €300 million in heritage and cultural funding has been announced by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Capital funding covers built and natural heritage, and 1916 commemorations

The site of the N2 bypass bridge near Slane, Co Meath. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Analysis: Road building sidelined in favour of stabilising and maintaining existing network

Breifne Earley won the world record-breaking cycle race through 25 countries and returned home this July to his home near Leitrim village, Co Leitrim. Bad luck hit on Sunday night when his bike, valued at €3,500 but worth much more to him in sentimental value, was one of two stolen off a the back of an SUV.

Breifne Earley, who completed 30,000km cycle for charity, has top-tier bike taken

Listowel was crowned Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Clonegal, Listowel and Westport get 322 points each while Letterkenny wins with 323

Anne McGowan with her son Patrick, as Letterkenny is the overall tidy towns winner during presentation of prizes in The Helix, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Clonegal, Co Carlow, Listowel Co Kerry and Westport among other category winners

A file image from 2014 showing chairman of the Kilkenny Town Tidy Towns committee, David Fitzgerald pictured with the overall award for the 2014 winners of the SuperValu Tidy Towns competion to Kilkenny Town Committee. Photograph: Collins

Thousands gather at DCU to see who will win title of Ireland’s Tidiest Town for this year

More agencies and communities have to play a greater part in the reingegration of prisoners, the authors of the report have said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Report says media has particular responsibility not to trade on fears over ex-prisoners

 Workers install water meters in houses in the Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Utility says department’s guidelines ‘not binding’ for them and intended for builders

What rural towns and villages need is jobs, which depend on communications, particularly broadband, and transport, according to a range of employers and development advocates. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Rural entrepreneurs say more than €30m will be needed to revitalise towns and villages

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly visits a charity providing medicine to the homeless. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Councillors say emergency services for the homeless cannot deal with demand in area

 Orla Walsh from the ESB Swimming Club was the winner of the ladies’ trophy at the Liffey Swim on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Swimmers praise “positive endorphins” and health benefits of taking to the waters

Mr O’Connor died in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, after receiving a head wound in an altercation in Cows’ Lane, Temple Bar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Moving tributes paid at funeral of Gareth O’Connor who died after altercation

Post-traumatic stress and chronic fatigue are  some of the issues faced by cancer survivors.  File photograph: Getty Images

Conference hears more people are likely to survive than just 20 years ago

Mr Lumley said efficiency and safety were the driving forces. Photograph: The Irish Times

Route is designed to avoid the ancient capital of Connaught, but archaeologists concerned

The lowest number of planning approvals for new homes was in Galway City where just three new homes were approved in the second quarter of 2015. File photograph: Reuters

New home planning approvals double reaching 3,000 in 2015, an increase of 87%

La Touche Hotel, Greystones, Co Wicklow: the former seaside hotel, which has been described as “the most prominent building in Greystones”, closed its doors in 2004

Plan envisages town houses of up to four storeys in and around former hotel shell

A review of the options for the future of south Dublin’s Glenalbyn Swimming Pool has recommended a new pool and additional facilities be developed on another site adjacent to the N11 in the Stillorgan area. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Moving site deemed to allow for additional services benefitting Stillorgan community

Iarnród Éireann has already spent €250,000 this year on the removal of graffiti on its trains alone, with the cost or removing it from buildings, bridges and tunnels bringing the annual bill to almost €750,000. The figures were announced at a photocall at Connolly Station to highlight this growing problem. Photograph: Sharppix

Trains, buildings, bridges and tunnels all targeted across the rail network

Mr Durkan mentioned in particular the “scourge” of fuel laundering. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Mark Durkan calls for ‘war’ on fuel laundering, organised crime in waste industry

 OECD secretary general Angel Gurría: the OECD report said repossessions in Ireland should be accelerated and “repossession of collateral on non-performing loans is inefficient”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Right 2Homes says legal moves under way to prevent banks speeding up repossessions

The boil water notice will remain in place until the results of the sampling process are known. Photograph: Getty Images

Ecoli detected in supply after fault at treatment plan triggers inadequate chlorine dose

Dublin Port and Dún Laoghaire are deepening their navigations in rival bids to capture cruise business from larger ships. Photograph: Getty Images

Separate proposals to attract big cruise ships ‘should be assessed together’ – An Taisce

 Dominic Dunne. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Supreme Court success led to Government changing the law on heritage preservation

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he was “happy with how the Taoiseach conducted himself”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Minister says report shows there were ‘difficulties in how information was shared’

Videos are being promoted by campaign groups and private citizens determined to show the less savoury and infrequently seen aspects of a modern eviction, which is often accompanied by anguish on the part of those evicted and tussles between sheriffs’ agents and protesters.

Kells eviction gathers over 1 million views, Kildare confrontation 110,000 hits in one day

Eircom customers are experiencing a disruption to some telephone, internet and support services due to a technical issue in the company’s “core telephony network”.

Telecoms glitch arose in morning and lasted for 10 hours, affecting 5% of daily calls

The body of the man, aged in his mid-30s to early 40s, was found to the rear of the house at Station Road, Clondalkin at about 9.30pm on Monday night. Photograph: Google Street View

Garda inquire whether body may be of homeless man who fell from roof

Kildare County sheriff Eithne Coughlan had arrived at the home of Ian and Geraldine Fitzgibbon at Kerdiff Park, Naas on foot of an order for possession which had been granted to ACC Bank. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Sheriff at door of family home, where supporters protested, before High Court move

Gardaí will use a range of technologies including laser hand-held speed detection devices, safety camera vans and in-car speed detection systems in a 24 hour initiative to reduce speeding on national primary and secondary roads. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘If you speed this weekend, we will catch you’ - 57 speeders already detected

Greystones: boats from Holyhead will race over arriving at the harbour on Saturday evening. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 140 boats expected to race in main event off the Wicklow coast this weekend

Gardaí will begin a 24-hour speed enforcement campaign from 7am on Friday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Motorists can expect more speed checks on Friday as part of ‘national slow down day’

Gardaí have confirmed  complaints of a wave of damage to vehicles in the Walkinstown and Crumlin areas. A  superintendent is  investigating claims money has been demanded  to ensure cars are not damaged overnight. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Gardaí confirm locals complained of damage to vehicles in parts of south Dublin city

Adrian Hopkins admitted four previous shipments of arms from Libya for the IRA. He skipped bail in France but was arrested in Ireland in 1990 and in 1991 was sentenced to eight years in prison, five of which were suspended.

Travel business owner was arrested in 1987 for carrying Libyan arms destined for IRA

The food processor Arrow Group has topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ranking for numbers of odour complaints in 2014. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

EPA says nearly all companies reported to it were in breach of their licence conditions

Ireland’s first “bespoke insect lodge” will provide breeding and hibernation facilities for various insects such as butterflies at a specially developed  meadow in Askeaton, Co Limerick. Photograph: Bob Eade/Butterfly Conservation/PA Wire.

Bespoke lodge, including butterfly meadow, part of Wyeth effort to cut carbon footprint

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: said there was is a lack of transparency and a democratic deficit at local-authority level. Photograph: Eric Luke

Comments on incinerator opposition contemptuous of democracy, says Eamon Ryan

The exhibition ‘The Archaeology of Roads and Light Rail’, to be held in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay venue this week, is part of Heritage Week. Photograph: Frank Miller

Heritage Week events also include talk on lessons of M50 works at Carrickmines Castle

The crash site in Co Waterford where Howard Cox died. Photograph: John Foley

Single-engine aircraft en route for Shannon came down in Co Waterford field last July

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams participates in  a national hunger strike commemoration march in Dundalk on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

McGuigan murder ‘wrong and those involved are criminals not representing republicanism’

Clamping: People have been charged up to €300 to get their cars back by some rogue clampers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

NTA says more to be done before new rules to tackle rogue clampers come into force

Primary teachers looking for work  have been advised to ignore positions advertised under the  JobBridge scheme.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teachers’ union warns that work under scheme may block real employment offers

Earlier this year Revenue guidelines said short-term lets to guests did not qualify for Rent-a-Room tax relief. Photograph: Joe St Leger.

Company urges its 9,000 hosts in Ireland to lobby Government in advance of budget

The Employment Appeals Tribunal heard the NCBI checked with AIB to find out if any money was missing when Barry Magee was out sick in 2013. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

NCBI retail manager made redundant when suspected of fraud when out sick in 2013

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the project to upgrade the Phoenix Park Tunnel and provide train services from Kildare to Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Eric Luke

Project to reopen tunnel link to passenger services launched by Paschal Donohoe

National Bus and Rail Union drivers “have an expectation that they will be balloted” on industrial action

Company says it has no notice unions are planning to withdraw from LRC processes

Tim O’Brien imagined a life of ease, messing about on his boat at weekends, but after yet another wet summer he says owning a cru(...)

The Right2Homes group was set up when it emerged more than 110,000 families were in financial distress over their mortgages, and almost 40,000 repossession applications are currently being processed by the main banks. Photograph: www.right2homes.com

Group says a ‘tsunami’ of misery is being inflicted by banks and vulture funds

Ireland is on target for a record year in terms of tourist numbers, according to latest figures

But industry warned not to blow boom by overcharging holidaymakers like in the past

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan insisted Moneypoint could be shut down “tomorrow”, saying Ireland would “not have a moral leg to stand on” if it continued to burn coal for power generation in the wake of the US plan. Photograph: Eric Luke.

If the US can effectively ban coal-powered plants so can Ireland, say commentators

The Kilternan Hotel in south Co Dublin was sold last year to the Comer Group for about €7 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Planning application envisages three-storey stable block with lift, offices and vet’s clinic

Chief among  traders’ concern is what they say is a lack of clarity on how the plan would differentiate between cars used by commuters and cars used by shoppers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin city centre businesses want different rules for car commuters and car-using shoppers

Priory Hall, in north Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Requirement for statutory certificates of compliance was imposed after Priory Hall

Woman tells Employment Appeals Tribunal she married when she was 18 and   the marriage was abusive. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Employment Appeals Tribunal hears husband enticed wife into convictions

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh as they rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/PA

Since July 10th the vessel has rescued more than 800 migrants in the Mediterranean

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Member of delegation says Archbishop Martin concerned about pastoral care of gay persons

Under the proposed changes route numbers 7, 59, 7B, 63, 7D, and 8 will all experience varying degrees of re-routing, while the the route number 111 will be discontinued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds march in protest at National Transport Authority changes to bus services

St Joseph’s Community Hospital has been given a series of deadlines for improvements

IFA President Eddie Downey says the rural development programme earmarked for 2016  must  be accompanied by tax reform. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA tells Government the part played by farmers in recovery must not be forgotten

Warrants unserved due to cuts in garda manpower and resources – Niall Collins

Police in the Spanish island of Ibiza are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man from Northern Ireland.

Alan Drennan (21) found dead less than 24 hours after he arrived on holiday island

Mary Lockhart, Jacinta Deane and Jo Cooney, who were among the members of Greystones Golf Club watching Paul Dunne compete yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Members gather at Co Wicklow club to watch ‘one of their own’ take chance in British Open

Mary Lockhart, Jacinta Deane and Jo Cooney at Greystones Golf Clubwatch their clubmate amateur Paul Dunne competing in the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

‘Paul has played here since he was 10 years old, a very unassuming fella’

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which three men were stabbed in a house on the South Circular Road in Dublin, on Sunday night. They are being treated at St James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two women and a man held following incident on South Circular Road on Sunday night

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Dublin, operated for 47 years before structural defects forced its closure in December 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent accuses council of ‘inexplicable delay’ in spending €10m to reopen facility

The search for remains of the Disappeared on a farm in Co Meath. Photograph: Barry Cronin/The Irish Times

Remains found in search for Séamus Wright and Kevin McKee, killed by the IRA in 1972

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council officials produced a report questioning the economic merit of reopening a pool at the Glenalbyn location, causing anger among locals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public meeting to be held to protest closure of 47-year-old facility in Stillorgan

Members of the Wright and McKee famies and  members of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains at  Coghalstown, Co Meath.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Families of men present as remains removed almost 45 years after disappearance

Local priest Father John O’Brien with members of Séamus Wright’s family at the site in Coghalstown, Co Meath. Photograph: PA

Bogland search for Joe Lynskey remains to continue

 Pte Hugh Doherty, of Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who was killed in Lebanon. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Pte Hugh Doherty died and Pte Kevin Joyce disappeared in action with UN Interim Force

The Charlemont Street flats in Dublin were  demolished last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public-private partnership deal could supply 162 new apartments for social housing

Logical to replace gardaí with automated traffic camera at College Green, says Paschal Donohoe

Paschal Donohoe said 1,000 people a month were being disqualified from driving by the courts, yet about one in ten of these were subsequently detected by the gardaí driving vehicles. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe announces new moves to arrest drivers who are banned by the courts

A total of 2,592 cases of elder abuse were reported to the HSE in 2014, 300 of which involved physical abuse. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Almost half of all reported cases alleged abuse by adult children of the victims

Olivia Burke (21) was one of the students who died after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley on Tuesday. President of IADT Dr Annie Doona said “it is a very sad day for her fellow students and the staff”.

President of Dún Laoghaire college says ‘it is a very sad day for her fellow students and staff’

Kevin O’Malley: The US ambassador to Ireland  said parents of the injured should not have to worry about the cost of medical care. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips.

Aer Lingus says it has offered undisclosed levels of assistance to families travelling to California

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister of State for Housing Paudie Coffey sent a letter to Dublin councils instructing them to make “viability and early delivery” of houses the “top priority” of their development plans. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Councillors, others accuse ministers of ‘disgraceful intervention’ in planning

A man in his seventies was stabbed on Monday in west Dublin. A  woman in her seventies was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by  gardaí.

Gardaí believe the seriously injured man and the arrested woman are in a relationship

The closed shutters of Clerys Department Store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Richard Bruton says he ‘fully understands’ how 460 Clerys staff feel following closure

Deirdre Gough from Kilbarrack, Dublin holds a wing mirror as part of the new RSA campaign targeting cyclists and HGV drivers to highlight ‘Blind Spots’ on trucks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RSA campaign highlights truck blind spots that present danger to vulnerable road users

Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming (left) and Senator Darragh O’Brien during a press briefing outisde Leinster House on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Sean Fleming of FF says leak could undermine work

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  warned against buying dogs of unknown provenance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charities to receive €100,000, says Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there had been more than seven million tests for BSE since 2002 and more than 100,000 on animals who died on farms last year alone. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland ‘probably knows more about our bovine herd than we do about our people’

Move brings to 163 the number of new homes on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council’s  social housing programme. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Council decision to build ‘another step forward in improving the social housing supply’

People queue at a social welfare office. “For years in this country, social welfare offices were places where people went to draw free money and sign on, and that was it. Nowadays we have changed all of that,” Enda Kenny  said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Jobless homes with children at high risk of perpetuating ‘inter-generational poverty’

Dublin’s College Green as envisaged in the Dublin City Centre Transport Study document, published today.

Council and NTA plan wants College Green bus gate extended

Satellite image detail of Greystones Golf Club. Since its creation in 1895 the course has become surrounded by the expanding town and many aspects could be intensively developed, particularly land within 1km of the Dart station. Photograph: Google Street View

Plan covers 127-acre town-centre site incorporating Georgian manor house

Carers week involves more than 150 events across the country, reflecting the work of 187,000 family carers. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 40,000 people beyond 70 providing full-time care, usually for family member

Passive buildings are very well insulated and require very little energy to achieve a comfortable temperature year round.

New building energy standards contained in draft county development plan

Carers and the families of those in need of help were often left wondering “are the medics trying to tell us something or perhaps trying not to tell us something”

Ninth National Carers Week will see more than 150 events across the country

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy: campaign ‘has to be built  by giving people a sense of solidarity with their community, with their neighbours, with people standing together refusing to pay'. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Anti-water charges campaign a ‘concrete weapon to fight back’ againt elites who received ‘special deals’, TD tells delegates in Du(...)

Glenalbyn pool was closed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in December 2013, after structural defects were identified in its roof. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

TD Shane Ross says public meeting would vent anger at lack of progress on €10 million pool

 Davitt House, home of the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin. The tribunal has heard that a Dunnes Stores worker was dismissed by the company after she was detected in a garda undercover operation selling a bottle of wine to a minor. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Garda says she approached Anna Perenc after she sold wine to a 16-year-old

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Details of probe revealed at launch of new book on the monument by Robert Hensey

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris. Mr Harris has criticising the No campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum for “trying to change” the vote.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister echoes Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar comments on marriage vote

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