The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needs to collect 3,000 donations a week and has called on people to make a particular effort to give blood during the summer.

Transfusion service says reduced usage of blood by hospitals is forcing it to cut costs

The word ‘sexting’ which has been included in the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary. The publishers say the inclusion of a new word or term heralds its acceptance into formal speech. ‘A word must demonstrate a lasting influence on a language in order to avoid short lived or faddy expressions being admitted.’

Thirteenth edition of Chambers reflects society’s increasingly casual approach to sex

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly were detained after getting into the airside area of Shannon Airport where two aircraft were parked away from the main terminal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Independent TDs detained while trying to inspect US military craft

The equality officer said the two graduates who were shortlisted for interview were not members of the Teaching Council

City of Dublin VEC cited department circular as reason for not shortlisting man for interview

Dublin City Council has banned swimming at Sandymount Strand until at least Wednesday. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Prohibition notice comes after samples failed to meet minimum standards for bathing

The complainant in the case said his religious beliefs required him to speak to people about Jesus and share the gospel with them.

South Tipperary County Coucil found to have discriminated against man in firing him

Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin: a review carried out in 2007 set the rent at €1.46m. Since then, however, rents have plummeted. Photograph: Eric Luke

Decision on Bewley’s gives some clarity on the question of upward-only rent reviews in Irish courts

Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith and president Eddie Downey at the association’s pre-budget submission yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposal part of pre-budget submission by IFA to Oireachtas committees this week

French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre  Thebault and his wife Aurore are joined by their guests at the French ambassador’s residence on Ailesbury Road to storm a chocolate Bastille. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

French ambassador pays tribute to Irish role in First World War at annual reception

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