Drivers face increases in penalty points for certain offences from Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Novice drivers must display ‘N’ plate under new rules

Alan Dukes said the differency between the EU and other countries on the financial crisis had been the ‘tardiness of the response’.

SF gesture ‘opportunistic and shambolic’ former FG leader tells summer school

The Dublin docklands are ‘already at risk’ due to rises in sea levels, the MacGill summer school heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

MacGill summer school hears there are just two decades left to avoid dangerous climate change

Anthony Staines: “We really have to think carefully and we have to explore the models. Whateverwe bring in, it’s going to change.”

MacGill school hears much work to be done before universal health insurance rolled out

Newly elected independent councillor Gary Gannon. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Newly elected councillors address summer school on issue of political apathy

Secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said under-performance in the civil service would not be tolerated. He said an existing system of accountability for the civil service had been strengthened in recent years.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Underperfomers should be dismissed, service needs to be more responsive, Watt says

Professor John McHale. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prof John McHale says backtracking would suggest ‘worrying weakening’ of commitment to new framework

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Independent TD says negativity and cynicism propagated by some politicians must be challenged

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner says he often felt he was ‘fighting a losing battle’ with state bodies on privacy

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