The Cessna T182T failed to clear high terrain on the Co Carlow mountain. Photograph: Dwane Doran

Two fatalities in Cessna light aircraft after failing to clear terrain on Carlow mountain

Any referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment is likely to take place within the lifetime of the current Dáil, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Social Protection expects public to vote on issue within lifetime of current Dáil

Councils remove thousands of “cash for cars” signs from poles and other fixtures around Co Dublin each year.

Offender had placed 87 signs at 28 junctions on dates between May and November 2015

Dublin supporters on Hill 16 following the county’s win over Kerry, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposal would see approach routes to capital decorated with county colours

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: properties valued up to €600,000 remained eligible for the 5 per cent help-to-buy income tax rebate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister says change from 80 per cent after Central Bank concerns is ‘relatively minor’

Dublin City Council has said it is preparing a submission to the Department of Housing asking for an update on planning legislation to cover Airbnb lettings.

Dublin City Council seeks change to planning law after decision on Temple Bar property upheld

Professor Tom Keane: told Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare that there was a “real necessity in Ireland” for a governance model that monitored care at the local level

Tom Keane says cancer surgery standards should be same in private and public hospitals

GoCars in Belfield, Dublin. The car sharing company said it was disappointed after two of its vehicles were torched in an apparent arson attack in Dublin 8.

Company says cars set on fire in Blackpitts area were worth some €15,000 each

19/08/2016 -- Dublin City Council Liter Warden Darren Hendrick finds a bag of rubbish deposited alongside a bin on Dublins Fleet Street.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Finding evidence by sifting through waste, issuing warnings and fines is part of the job

Sexual abuse victim support organisation One in Four say their clients are “routinely humiliated and re-traumatised by the accepted practices and protocols of the criminal trial”. File photograph: Getty Images

Sexual abuse victim-support organisation One in Four flag ‘fear of criminal trial’

Independent Fingal county councillor Jimmy  Guerin said holding a meeting about suspected fire deficiencies in properties in the area in would put  the value of homes in certain estates at risk.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Public and press cleared from Fingal meeting after concerns raised about property value impact

Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats: said he was “flabbergasted” that a motion had come before the council to lower the standard of accommodation for seasonal workers

Fruit producer tells Fingal council it will cease investing in area if solution is not found

The No 9 Howth tram as restored by the tram team of the National Tranport Museum Society. Photograph: Jim Kilroy

Study into reinstating the tram is expected to be ready by the end of this month – council

According to reports Michelin said good quality tyres remain safe down to the legal minimum thread depth of 1.6mm. Photograph: Getty Images

Michelin say drivers adding to fuel bills by changing tyres when thread depth at 3mm

Children from St Mochtas national school protest on Kildare Street over the condition of their school in Dublin 15. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

‘Hazardous’ St Mochtas drives parents, pupils to demonstrate outside Leinster House

Close up photo of a handcuffed elderly woman. Photograph: iStock

Irish Penal Reform Trust calls for comprehensive strategy for the elderly

Dublin Airport. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irish Airline Pilots Association lodges third challenge in recent months

Four armed men held up a ‘Let’s Bingo’ hall in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Let’s Bingo/Facebook

Men threaten staff with hammer and baseball bat before fleeing with sum of money

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire have agreed to a proposed car sharing club. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

DLR to introduce pilot car sharing club for 12 months at five public locations across county

Microbeads in Ireland’s waterways are a ‘huge and growing’ problem, according to Denis Naughten. Photograph: Getty Images

One shower can lead to 100,000 plastic particles in waterways, says Naughten

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Liam Doran outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

IMNO: Government ‘going to have to address hours issue for nurses and midwives as well’

Researchers found that farm children were 54% less likely to have asthma or hay fever and 57% less likely to have allergic nasal symptoms than those who grew up in an inner city. Photograph: Getty Images

Sample group extends beyond 10,000 from 14 countries, including Europe and Australia

A screengrab taken from a video posted by James Conway which has been seen by almost 600,000 people in which he criticises the Government’s decision to challenge the Apple tax ruling.

UK-based Irish construction worker says Ireland should use €13bn windfall for jobs

Smoking and drinking have declined among Irish secondary school students, according to a European survey. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

New survey raises concerns over young people’s drug use and internet behaviour

An Aer Arann Islands plane at Inverin airport, Co Galway. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Department exploring interim options as current contract expires in 10 days

Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Lifeboat and helicopter deployed in Bundoran after four girls got into difficulty

Mayo University Hospital: Inspectors made “immediate high risk findings”. Photograph: Google Street View

Early inspection found ‘high risk’ deficits at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar

 Cars at an authorised ELV treatment facility on the Naas Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Falling value of scrap metal is thought to be behind the increase in deserted vehicles

The circular stained glass window on Camden Street in a property JD Wetherspoons intends to turn into a pub.

British pub chain Wetherspoon to open bar in disused city centre property

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld complaints made against an advert by the Two’s Company dating service.

BAI upholds complaint against wind energy campaign broadcast in run-up to election

An image released by gardaí showing a man being arrested in Spain as part of an investigation into the murder of Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol last year.

Searches in Dublin see €23,000 cash, computers and false identification papers seized

The council had previously issued a warning letter to Starbucks concerning the change of use of the premises in Howth from a bicycle shop to a coffee shop/restaurant.

Authority finds retailer changed use of Dublin premises without planning permission

Garda statistics show that 83 per cent of offenders in assault cases are male and that 70 per cent of assaults are male-on-male.

Large majority of incidents occur between males during night time at weekends

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the questions will help to remind learner-drivers that drink-driving “is unsafe, irresponsible and destroys lives”. File photograph: Getty Images

Move a response to RSA report showing drink-driving still a key issue among young

A real time information sign at a bus stop in Harold’s Cross advises would-be passengers about work stoppages on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Dublin commuters put out by bus stoppages but are understanding of drivers’ complaints

Malahide Castle in Co Dublin. Campaigners have vowed to bring a legal challenge against a decision  to approve planning for a forest adventure facility in the woodlands of its demesne.

Campaigners object to proposed development in woodlands of Malahide Demesne

Peter Barry  in his office at Iveagh House during his time as minister for foreign affairs in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Businessman played important role in Anglo Irish agreement during foreign affairs tenure

All teenagers’ lunches need attention say DCU researchers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Teenagers struggle to get adequate nutrition from lunchtime meals in Irish schools

Conor McGregor  in a UFC contest in Las Vegas. File photograph: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Governing body makes claim after Irish Martial Arts Commission compares it to dog fighting

Car parking paces have been reduced for staff at St James’s  Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 300 staff spaces removed due to construction of new children’s hospital

Jim Hamilton said the team hiked eight hours up a mountain and when they reached their camp they find cages with rabbits in them. Coach Vern Cotter told the players they would be cooking the rabbits for dinner, Hamilton said

Jim Hamilton later dampens down claims saying he got ‘carried away’ speaking about training exercise

The HSE said it was contacted by a member of the public alleging that confidential documentation relating to clients of its services had been located. “All such documentation is now in the possession of the HSE,” a spokesman said. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE says has notified Data Protection Commissioner and taking issue ‘extremely seriously’

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland said it was happy that a Government Minister was questioning the “dangerous proposals” contained in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Sex Worker organisation indicates new legislation contains ‘dangerous proposals’

Minister for Justice and  Equality Frances Fitzgerald has estimated that more than 4,000 people will be denied entry to Ireland in 2016. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Human rights groups express concern over increase in those refused ‘leave to land’

The Irish Prison Service said contraband seizures have halved in recent years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison service says seizures have halved since introduction of dedicated team

File photograph of Deirdre Jacob, who disappeared in 1998. File photograph: Collins Dublin

Deirdre Jacob (18) disappeared metres from her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1998

Members of the Garda Forensic team examining a scene on the Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin where a woman in her 30’s was sexually assaulted by a group of men in the early hours of the morning, Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Noeline Blackwell says initial reports suggest this was a ‘spectacularly awful incident’

Social welfare office: A judge has called for changes to how interviews are conducted in the Department of Social Protection. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Lack of CCTV recording leaves both parties vulnerable to false accusations, says judge

Scene of the double fatal crash on the dual carriageway close to Manorcunningham on the main route towards Letterkenny, Co Donegal.  Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Two men killed in Donegal crash believed to have been fleeing after robbery

More than two years after local area hackney licences were introduced to help tackle rural isolation, just 14 such licences remain active in the State.

Scheme was launched more than two years ago to help tackle rural isolation

Gardaí in Dublin are ‘very concerned’ about the rate of thefts from the person in the city, with more than 1,800 instances reported so far in 2016. File photograph: iStock

Garda chief says there has been an increase in robberies from the person in 2016

The new Government agreed to suspend water charges for nine months following the general election earlier this year. The suspension was announced as the latest bills were being issued to customers.

Utility receives €18.3m in billing cycle five - down from €33.4m collected in cycle four

Fingal County Councillors today approved a proposal to extend a car park and provide a forest adventure facility at Malahide Demesne, which features Malahide Castle (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans involve five-hectare adventure facility and car park extension at noted amenity

A file image of a rickshaw driver. The NTA wants to introduce new rules to govern their operation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Poorly maintained bikes, no lights and indicators and uninsured drivers among issues

Charlie Flanagan: “The referendum in Britain has in no way changed the entitlement to an Irish passport”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Passport service in ‘peak season’ with 53,139 applications in the system

South Dublin County Council says magpie numbers have increased recently in urban areas where waste food litter attracts them. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Council says locals should focus on helping small birds rather than controlling magpies

North quays in Dublin: heavy goods vehicles with five or more axles have been barred since 2007 from entering Dublin city centre between 7am and 7pm unless they have a permit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

App would enable monitoring of whether vehicles have permits to be in a city area

Paul Kelly, the founder of suicide charity Console. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Organisation says following ‘revelations’ it wants to protect ‘standing and integrity’ of awards

The US State Department on Thursday released a report showing a 73 per cent increase in the number of detected cases of human trafficking in Ireland since 2014. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

Immigrant group calls for new laws to tackle problem of sex trafficking to the State

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

UK referendum may delay EU ruling on Apple’s Irish tax affairs, Minister says

In or out? Most British media outlets have endorsed one side or the other in the Brexit campaign.

Campaigning enters final day as United Kingdom prepares to go to polls

U2 called on Irish people living in the UK to vote remain in Thursday’s EU referendum. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Liam Neeson urges Irish in UK to vote Remain to avoid worst ramifications for Ireland

The No 9 tram from the Hill of Howth at Sutton Cross. The council is considering partially restoring the service as a tourist attraction.  Photograph: Jim Kilroy

Fingal County Council wants to reinstate Hill of Howth Tramway, disused since 1959

Some 135,000 Irish residents who currently receive a British state pension could be hit if UK decides to leave the EU, experts have warned. Photograph: iStock

Over 200,000 pensions could be hit as sterling expected to decline sharply if Leave wins

The review of the “Mary” case will be conducted by the HSE and Tusla. File photograph: Alan Betson

Young woman remained with family after historical allegations made against carer

A dog with puppies at a Co Cavan breeding establishment that featured in a BBC Panorama investigation. Photograph: ISPCA

ISPCA calls for immediate action by council after Cavan farm features in footage

The city council’s waste management division said returned summonses pose a significant obstacle to securing a successful prosecution for littering. Photograph: Getty Images

Of 84 prosecutions sought between January and March only 13 prove to be successful

The passive house standard involves the use of high levels of insulation and typically triple-glazed windows in new buildings

DLR councillors write to Simon Coveney over ‘serious breach of local democracy’

A steady flow of would-be passengers arrived at the Rialto Luas stop on Friday morning only to walk away disappointed. Rialto Luas stop, looking west. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Frustrated commuters unaware of Friday’s strike forced to find alternative transport

Drivers can expect to see this text on electronic variable message signs on approaches to the M50 in the event of a major incident. Photograph: TII

New group trialling emergency diversion routes in event of collision on motorway

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: “I hope that with the publication of the O’Higgins Report, I can now move on to a new chapter.”

Former minister for justice criticises Micheál Martin following publication

The vacant site at Bridgefoot Street in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Dublin council had supported transforming Bridgefoot Street site into green space

Students are being forced out of college because of rapidly increasing rent costs, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. File photograph: iStock

Accommodation crisis is fuelling ‘dropout culture’ at third-level, union claims

Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, where Dublin City Council has displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter in the lane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Councillor calls on chief executive to follow lead of Dublin City Council

Gardaí in Crumlin are leading the investigation, which involves a dig in the house’s back garden, after the woman came forward last year to say she was the vitctim of sexual abuse at the hands of men she knew as a child

Crumlin officers leading investigation after woman alleges she was abused as child in 1970s

A sleet shower outside the Irish Times office on Tara Street in Dublin city centre.

Met Éireann says it’s cold for this time of year but hail and sleet often falls in April

The scene of a shooting in Clondalkin,  Co Dublin, in which Thomas Farnan (37) was fatally injured on Monday night. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Thomas Farnan fatally wounded at own home by lone gunman

Kenyan human rights activist Gacheke Gachihi says his country faces a “very serious problem of shrinking democratic space”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gacheke Gachihi visited Dublin to highlight state intimidation and systemic corruption

UCD landscape architecture students prepare a vacant site at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, for public “pop-up” open days on April 22nd and 23rd. Photograph: Dan Griffin

‘Pop-up’ open days at the 2.5-acre Bridgefoot Street site before design consultations begin

Economist and Irish Times columnust John Fitzgerald was speaking at an Irish Times event on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

John Fitzgerald says Irish negotiators need to quickly secure deal if Britain exits EU

Ten food businesses were served with closure orders last month for breaches of food safety legislation and European Commission regulations.

FSAI chief says breaches have ‘serious negative implications’ for food industry

Thursday’s work stoppage in Navan is in pursuit of workers’ claim for a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour. Photograph: Getty Images

Workers are seeking pay increase to bring them to a ‘living wage standard’

Former workers continue to protest outside the closed department store on Dublin’s O’Connell street once a month in an an attempt to secure a meeting with new owners Natrium. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sudden closure of landmark store led to 130 staff and 300 concession workers losing jobs

Polling Cards from Dublin City Council Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tenders invited for four million cards on behalf of Department of Environment

Taoiseach Enda Kenny examines flood defences on the banks of the east side of the flooded river Shannon in Athlone in December 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Assessment delays meant money was spent without proper risk analysis, C&AG finds

Acting Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (right), Capt John Quinn, saluting, and members of a Defence Forces colour party at the Easter Monday Jacob’s factory commemoration. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Ancestors were ‘part of a movement that changed fault lines of history’, relatives told

 Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District is seeking an advance of €38,500 from the local council to make up the cash flow shortfall. Above: Dún Laoghaire sea front. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Councillors to vote to decide if sought advance of €38,500 will be issued to BID DL

The strike will close both Luas lines. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coaches will run every 10 or 15 minutes from park and ride stops on both lines

Independent TD Michael Lowry told The Irish Times on Friday he will support Enda Kenny for taoiseach, making him the first Independent Deputy to commit to supporting either the acting Taoiseach or Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  File photograph: Courts Collins

Lowry ‘concerned’ other Independents have not declared support for Martin or Kenny

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

WRC talks aimed at averting further strikes broke down earlier this week

Farmers feel like prisoners in their own homes, according to a farmer from Co Tipperary whose property has been repeatedly broken into. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/Files

Man whose farm was broken into says people in rural areas terrified in their homes

Luas commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh during the strike on February 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transdev says public, business the ‘losers’ due to action which union says unavoidable

The Waterford rescue helicopter was en route to refuel in Kerry Airport on Monday afternoon before continuing towards the Dutch trawler, Willem van der Zwan.

‘Top cover’ needed for Coast Guard helicopter in operation off south coast

Fianna Fáil will seek support from Independent TDs and small parties for Micheál Martin’s bid to become Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Negotiations taking place before Dáil votes for Taoiseach on Thursday

Fine Gael cathaoirleach on Galway County Council Peter Roche said the controlling pact between the two parties is “working very well”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnesy

The parties share power on councils but national politics is a more complex context

CCTV: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  requesting tenders for two cemeteries. Photograph: Clive Gee/PA

Request issued for provision of CCTV at Shanganagh and Deansgrange cemeteries

The campaign group adds that about 25 TDs are personally opposed to abortion but it is unknown if they would oppose holding a referendum on the issue while 11 TDs describe their position as undecided.

Dozens of successful election candidates signed pledge to act on abortion issue

 Workers with  the Siptu and Unite trade unions  on the picket line  at the Cadbury factory in Coolock, March 3rd, 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Workplace Relations Commission invites unions and management to talks on Friday

A combination of high seas and high winds, make for a dramatic scene, at the Poolbeg lighthouse, Dublin, in December. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry and Imogen lashed country since December

Left to right: John Concannon, director of 1916 events; Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Centenary advisory group, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Raghnall Ó Floinn, director of the National Museum of Ireland, at the launch of the National Museum of Ireland’s Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition which open to the public March 3rd. Admission is free. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says charges fundamental for Fine Gael; Shatter expects election within 18 months

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