A component of the project is that four additional houses will be provided for Traveller accommodation

Locals register fears over traffic congestion and scale of proposed apartment complexes

BBC presenter Terry Wogan, host of Britain’s flagship television chatshow in the 1980s and of Eurovision over three decades, died of cancer on January 31. Photograph: Getty

‘To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can’t believe it’

A review of cancelled Garda fixed charge penalty notices has raised concerns over the number of notices being returned undelivered. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Oversight report finds substantial level of Garda compliance with system

The inquiry noted David Drumm’s failure to appear before the committee but it said that even if the former head of Anglo Irish Bank had agreed to appear, the Director of Public Prosecutions probably would have blocked it.

Report says DPP would likely have blocked David Drumm from giving evidence

The Banking Inquiry report recommends that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should prepare general guidelines for inquiry committees on avoiding prejudice to criminal trials and investigations

Ciarán Lynch says committee faced legal, process and timing challenges

‘We’re seeing more cruelty (to animals) than ever before and some instances that are more serious than anything we’ve come across,’ said ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says more prosecutions needed in cruelty cases

 Michael Lowry at the launch of his election campaign  earlier this month.

Minister for Health weighs into debate over Michael Lowry’s support

An image of the hybrid fuel bus used in Dublin  in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It failed to meet emmissions expectations

Electric-diesel vehicles were part of plan to reduce fleet’s emissions

A hedgerow in west Cork in August 2015. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Conservationists warn that new legislation poses a threat to Irish birdlife and habitats

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas tries to assist those who feel at sea in Ireland

Wormwood Scrubs: There are 950-1,000 Irish prisoners in various British jails, mostly in England. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA

There is still a real need for support services for Irish citizens imprisoned abroad

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine said flu numbers have exceeded threshold levels, indicating that flu is officially in the country.

Hospitals becoming ‘overwhelmed’ by flu and flood-related injuries, says Varadkar

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: Accessing telephone records is a basic investigative tool in criminal cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice says some criminals go through 50 to 100 mobile phones a month

Publicans campaign for end to ban, saying it affects business and confuses tourists

New research has found that although social media helps slow down the natural rate of decay in relationship quality, it cannot replace face-to-face contact.

Online sites helpful for keeping in touch but friends need to meet in real life

A Silver VW Passat with an unknown number of occupants fired a number of shots at a 06-D blue Mazda 3 containing two men.

Appeal for witnesses issued after man shot in car during incident on Monday night

Retired chief justice John Murray: Appointed by the Coalition to review law allowing access to journalists’ phone records. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mr Justice John Murray to review international practice to assess if Irish legislation out of sync

Demonstrators vacate properties on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Protesters vow to re-occupy historic site if High Court decision goes against them

Assistant station manager at Connolly Station Gavin Collins said there seems to be “a romantic notion that graffiti is a bit of art, a bit of Banksy, it’s great. It’s not. It’s a blight on our community.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Company says courts failing to take issue of criminal damage seriously enough

 Flooding in Athlone. Major insurance companies  must do more for those who have been flooded, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Taoiseach issues statement as 230 Irish homes remain under threat of flooding

The National Co-ordination Group said conditions are expected to turn cool and dry while river levels continue to fall. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Encouraging signs’ worst of deluge over, says response committee

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flood victims can apply to authorities for funds to restore water-damaged homes

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group prepare to brief the media.

Areas of Shannon catchment continue to pose severe flood problems

Minister of State Simon Harris speaking to media after attending a meeting of the National Co-ordination Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish TimesP

Residents along Shannon face further flooding as Harris says €8m for councils not enough

 William Lavelle of South Dublin County Council: said he had concerns about the “large number” of open planning enforcement files, many of which were a number of years old. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1,100 planning complaints investigated by South Dublin County Council in last five years, resulting in 64 prosecutions

An 18-year-old man has died following a three-vehicle collision in Cavan this morning.

Young woman latest fatality after single vehicle crash in Co Wexford

Patrick Logue and all the family  head for Termonfeckin beach on Christmas morning, come hail rain or snow. In 2010 actually was snow on the beach.

Our annual dunk has no charity element, which lends it a tremendous air of integrity

Samaritans, which provides emotional support for people feeling lonely or depressed, responded to one call for help every minute in the 12-month period from October 2014 to September 2015.

Charity puts 30% increase in calls down to introduction of free helpline in March 2014

Dozens of anti-water charge campaigners have demonstrated outside the Criminal Courts of Justice over charges brought against people involved in a protest at Jobstown last year. Photograph: Dan Griffin

‘The trials that we are facing are an attack on the right to protest”, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says

A former Garda station in Dromod, Co Leitrim, to be sold at auction in Sligo.

Lots include listed, 19th century limestone property with minimum of €90,000

Fine Gael TD Derek Keating with Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘If there were 10 people dying on our roads each week there would a national outcry’

Fine Gael TD Derek Keating proposes new body to oversee suicide-prevention

Tourists wander around Dublin wondering why pubs are closed on Good Friday,  the Licensed Vintners’ Association has said.

Fans should be able to access alcohol for Ireland vs Switzerland game, says association

Ivan Vaughan, third from left, as singer Simon Scott in a publicity photograph for the Plattermen. Photograph courtesy of IrishShowbands.com/Barbara Joyce

Paddy Cole remembers former Plattermen member as quiet, intelligent guy

 The exterior of the Compassion Centre - the scene of an armed robbery in Ballymun, Dublin, on Sunday, December 6th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man remains at large after robbing members of congregation in Ballymun

More than 3,500 public patients have been waiting at least three months for a colonoscopy. Private patients can access the test within 12 days.

Irish Cancer Society says wait, which is 12 days for private patients, unacceptable

Mo Flynn: Rehab Group had ’lost its way a little’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Chief executive Mo Flynn says public trust must be rebuilt through transparency

Residential development levies for Sandyford Business District, near Leopardstown Racecourse, are set to increase by 47 per cent a unit in 2016. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Councillors to vote on draft proposals at next Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown meeting

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald (centre right) with Berna Fidan, (centre left) who’s sister Esra Uyrun, went missing in the Bray area. They were attending a ceremony at Farmleigh for family members and friends of missing persons. Photograph: The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

Garda Commissioner says the force’s missing persons service is being reviewed

Researchers say 10 to 15 per cent of adolsecents in the UK harm themselves either through self-injury or self-poisoning.

Oxford University research shows at least one in 10 adolescents harm themselves

Noel McCarthy says he joined FG because his old party failed to show enough faith in him

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was suspected by Labour Party colleagues of leaking internal constituency analysis. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment says he was unaware of the existence of analysis

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, second from left, speaks to  US secretary of state John Kerry, right, at the UN climate change conference in Paris. Photograph: New York Times

Hollande says he cannot separate fight with terrorism from fight against global warming

Candles  at the doorway in Molesworth Street in Dublin where Jonathan  Corrie  was found dead in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Campaigners say homelessness situation has deteriorated in year since his body was found

Additional 600 members of force to start training at Templemore in 2016

The registration of a unit at St Patrick’s Centre in Kilkenny, in which 28 people were resident, was cancelled by court order in June after Hiqa inspectors raised concerns over fire safety and other issues.

Unit at St Patrick’s Centre in Kilkenny had been deregistered by court order in June

There has been an increase in the number of marriages of convenience between men from the Indian sub-continent and European women.

Gardaí seize cash, memory cards, false identity documents and stun gun

The Royal Navy’s 16,000 ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard. File photograph: PA Wire

DUP MP says Belfast would gets jobs boost if nuclear deterrent had to find new home

Stephen Donnelly: “The real culprit here is the lack of political leadership. The [banking] inquiry was set up with a good chance that it would fail,” he said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inquiry set up ‘with a good chance that it would fail’, says Social Democrats TD

Transdev wants a special group to be set up to  tackle anti-social behaviour on Luas trams. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transdev says drunkenness, fighting and drug-taking remain problems on trams

Photographs of Gerry Feeney provided by his family.

Aspects of hospital care for elderly man ‘completely unnacceptable’

Wild About co-founder Fiona Falconer: nettle products outsell company’s other items six to one.

Gorey-based Wild About among artisan producers at first Bite Food Festival in Dublin

Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys and National Library director Sandra Collins: refurbishment will begin in late 2016 or early 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Book and periodical archive at risk as old building lacks correct storage facilities

Workers can be seen examining the damaged section of the building on Trinity Street. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

A section of concrete cladding fell from building on Trinity Street early on Tuesday

“The older you are, the worse it gets.” Barbara Cottier at her rented accomodation in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As rents in the capital spiral, renters are struggling to find a decent place to live

The 143m MV Margiris  was expelled from Australian waters under pressure from environmental and fishing industry groups. Photograph: Air Corps Maritime Patrol Sqdn.

One of the world’s largest trawlers has a quota to fish off the Irish coast

Responsibility for the issue of migrant exploitation in the fishing industry falls to a number of Government and State bodies, including the Departments of the Marine, Justice and Jobs as well as the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority and the Naval Service. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Government bodies meet in wake of Guardian article on alleged migrant abuse

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan at the launch of Be Winter Ready.

New campaign outlines proper clothing and emergency equipment for coming months

The Charitable Aid Foundation said more people around the world are giving to charity, with about 1.4 billion people donating money in 2014, or 31.5 per cent of adults, up from 28.3 per cent in 2013. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost half of the world’s adult population said they helped a stranger in 2014

TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin (right) and rugby player  Tiernan O’Halloran have a go on the Galway bikes upon their launch in November 2014. File photograph: Andrew Downes

Scheme in the city has been criticised over the short distances between each docking station

Autumn scenes in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Casement Aerodrome reported its sunniest October day on record

Lazy hazy autumn day: enjoying the light and colour the Phoenix Park , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dooks, Co Kerry, tops Ireland’s values as locality enjoys high in excess of 20 degrees

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: his department  wrote to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council earlier this year questioning its policy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Councillors vote in favour of energy-efficient building despite department's concerns

 Essex Quay in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Locals warn of increasing drug use in area, while some streets are ‘basically lawless’

Garda close to the scene in Omeath, Co Louth, where garda Tony Golden was shot and killed while responding to a domestic complaint. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former assistant garda commissioner says shooting not a justification for armed gardaí

Conor McGregor is due to take on Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title in Las Vegas in December. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho

Years of playing small venues paying off for ‘multi-millionaire’ UFC fighter

Closure orders were served on seven food businesses in September by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

FSAI cites takeaways, restaurants in Dublin, Limerick, Donegal, Kerry, Wexford, Galway

Paddy Power sent a lorry to the French port with the slogan: “Immigrants, jump in the back! (but only if you’re good at sport).”

Bookmaker sent lorry to French port urging migrants to jump in ‘if you’re good at sport’

Ervia says utility company will invest €5.5bn in infrastructure over next seven years

Retailers  say they do not report most incidents as they tend to involve the theft of small items such as cups of coffee or cans of Coke

Gardaí report 40 per cent increase in recorded shoplifting in inner city Dublin

Giada Tedesco and Jason Botha, who are looking for a place to live, at an event organised by Lovin Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Speed-flatmating’ events introduce house hunters to those with rooms to fill

Lucinda Creighton said Renua would abolish the ‘discriminatory’ rate of USC on the self employed

Party leader says current coalition returning to power is ‘mathematical impossibility’

HSE director general Tony O’Brien

There will be significant difficulties in winter unless improvements made - HSE head says

Ruth Coppinger (centre) outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Mother-of-two Amy Brennan says ‘I want the Taoiseach to see ... what we’re going through’

Children at a blazing Hallowe’en bonfire in  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Event in Smithfield to include haunted house built from seized forklift pallets

The aircraft was carrying 104 passengers.

Aircraft forced to turn around after experiencing hydraulic and landing gear problems

Road network used by city based burglars to make speedy getaways

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill: a novel that tackles the complex topic of sexual consent.

‘Not Asking for It’ will share stories of when consent was assumed but not given

Gardaí in Bray are appealing to anyone with information on the incident involving Eva Sutton to contact them on 01 6665300.

Woman living in Bray taken to St Vincent’s hospital after two men broke into her home

Emergency legislation has been signed into law to deal with a High Court decision that cast doubt over hundreds of drink-driving cases. Photograph: Thinkstock

Legislative move after court ruled breath test statements should be in English and Irish

President Higgins and Sabina Higgins , with Aeneas and Jimmy Horan. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Wellies a must for some 280,000 people expected at Co Laois event over coming days

An image generated from the aircraft survey showing results of the airborne survey over counties Offaly, Kildare, Meath, rural Dublin and northern parts of Wicklow and Laois. Image: Tellus

Geological Survey’s Tellus Programme unearths highly magnetic volcanic rocks

Crowds at the National Ploughing Championships 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unsettled weather forecast in Co Laois for annual rural highlight

Dr Conor McGinn will give a robotics showcase at Discover Research Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Robots that answer the front door and the challenges of raising bilingual babies will feature in next Friday’s Discover Research e(...)

Thriller writer Frederick Forsyth (right) claims former taoiseach Charles Haughey offered to make him a Senator. Photographs: The Irish Times and Getty

Spy novelist furnished former taoiseach with plan on how to keep Pope safe during visit

Minister Frances Fitzgerald  with immigration control officers Seán Tougher, Sinéad Duke, Seán McQuillan, Sandra Kavanagh and Margaret Buggy at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says ‘inevitable’ other airports will follow suit

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

Residents to meet Minister for the Gaeltacht as contract still to be finalised

Marty Coyne: ‘If I landed face down I wouldn’t have been too bad. But I landed on my back and I damaged the spinal cord.’ Photograph: Dan Griffin

Marty Coyne, a quadriplegic, and his neighbours in in rural Galway campaign to reopen their Cleggan post office, downgraded severa(...)

The protest in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo, Co Galway, against the helicopter replacement of the plane service to the Aran Islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

After 44 years every resident seems to have a good story about Aer Arann Islands

Minister  Joe McHugh says competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains ‘live’

Air service is considering seeking an injunction against any decision to award the contract to Executive Helicopters

An image from Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.  Island residents have called on the Minister for the Gaeltacht  to reconsider the decision to award the air service contract for the islands to a helicopter firm in  east Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Residents concerned helicopter flights to Carnmore do not meet their needs

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service  collected 133,309 blood donations from 80,688 donors in 2014, meeting all hospital needs for the year. Photograph: Getty Images

IBTS collects 133,309 donations, meeting all hospital needs in 2014

Stephen Corri (26): “Over the summer I’d say I’ve applied for maybe around 20 jobs. I’m lucky to even get an email to say, ‘sorry you haven’t been successful this time’.”

Three teachers give their account of the difficulties facing those working in the area

The ban on hedgecutting which lasts from March 1st to August 31st, is designed to encourage biodiversity by protecting habitats during nesting and breeding season. Photograph: Dan Griffin

One side cites nature concerns, the other road safety – but neither is happy

Former patients at Beaumont attended  the hospital  on Thursday  to thank members of staff for their care. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Honour Your Heroes programme allows acknowledgement of special care efforts made

DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) will meet British prime minister David Cameron   (right) to try to avoid the collapse of the Stormont institutions. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has repeated his party’s position that the IRA ‘has gone away’.

DUP not going to let Sinn Féin ‘off the hook’, Dodds says after Northern Secretary meeting

Focus Ireland estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Peter McVerry Trust ‘disappointed, but not surprised’ by Joanna Tuffy’s comments

Plane spotting folk out watching planes land at Dublin Airport.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Spotters look for ‘specials’ and the busy summer is peak season

Gardaí  appeal for witnesses after a man was shot a number of times in Dublin on Saturday evening.

Man in serious condition after being shot in leg and abdomen at Cherry Orchard Parade

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and brought to St James’s Hospital.

Male wounded in leg and abdomen during Cherry Orchard Parade attack

In Killarney National Park, rhododendron threatens the oak woods and all that dwell within them. ‘From a biodiversity point of view it’s a disaster’. Photograph: Getty Images

It could swallow Ireland’s ancient woodlands, but experts disagree on how to combat it

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