Four  beaches have lost their Blue Flag status from 2015m while  three beaches have been added.

An Taisce gives 85 Irish beaches Blue Flag status for this year’s summer season

A ban on fast-food outlets setting up within 400m of schools, parks or playgrounds is being opposed by Wicklow County Council management. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Wicklow councillors to vote on banning fast-food outlets within 400m of campuses

Most global land areas analysed in a new study had experienced significant warming of both maximum and minimum temperature extremes since 1950. Photograph: Franck-Boston/Getty

New research on climate change is said to have ‘significant ramifications’ for Ireland

Sources confirm that the GoSafe consortium and at least two other operators have submitted tenders

Australian-based company enjoys 16% share of Republic’s €100m camera contract

Property owners have reacted strongly to suggestions that increasing rent supplement by €55 million would serve only to increase their profits. File photograph: Getty Images

Landlords say they are ‘not part of the problem’ despite department criticism

Broadcaster Charlie Bird and his wife Claire Mould pictured after their marriage in Dublin on Saturday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No honeymoon as the broadcaster’s book tour is scheduled in Belfast next week

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD pictured with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving his seal of office at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

New Ministers at Cabinet ‘goggle-eyed looking at each other saying ‘am I allowed talk?’’

The scene at Redford Cemetery, Greystones, Co Wicklow where the remains of a baby found in a recycling plant last week were laid to rest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí still keen to speak to mother of ‘Alannah’ as they are concerned for her welfare

The Irish League of Credit Unions announced earlier this year it was prepared to provide a fund of up to about €5 billion to assist in the development of social housing. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

ILCU prepared to provide fund of up to €5bn to assist in development of social housing

Children at the Monkstown Educate Together Primary School in south Dublin hold placards during a protest against plans to locate a mobile phone mast beside the school. Photograph: The Irish Times

Parents call on Vodafone and IADT to drop plans due to health concerns for children

Rebecca Heasley: ‘To think I’m on the other side of it is just insane, and I couldn’t be happier with the results so far.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

During treatment, Rebecca Heasley’s lower jaw had to be broken and moved two centimetres to fit an implant from her hip

Residents of the Ath Lethan apartment complex  in Dundalk will be briefed on their options. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Chief fire officer cites ‘absence of cavity barriers and inadequate safety equipment’

Traffic in South William Street. The review found that 74 per cent of all journeys across the State were taken by car. File photograph: Dave Meehan

People wedded to cars as spreading appeal of ‘sustainable transport’ remains a struggle

Part of the Ulster Canal, a 93km cross-Border, derelict waterway

’Contractual issues’ relating to the dredging of the Finn River cause missed deadline

Former leader of the Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell. Photograph: Collins

Senator David Norris heads poll in Trinity College constituency according to tallies

he league is undertaking a strategic review of its future operations.

Housing offer ‘still on the table’ as President Higgins delivers keynote address at AGM

Filling in the census form is a legal obligation and those who refuse may be fined up to €25,000

Census enumerators in all areas are on standby to deliver forms

A HSE spokesperson said spending controls were implemented in January and February. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

Basic salary levels much the same – ‘but the increments in the NHS are much better’

The Chris Crossing, which will raise money for the National Neurological Centre at Beaumont Hospital, is being undertaken in memory of Chris Byrne, who died of a brain tumour last month.

12 gardaí at Store Street station aim to raise €50,000 for Beaumont Hospital brain unit

Water supplies to 800,000 people were affected by issues such as inadequate treatment for cryptosporidium, inadequate disinfection, and poor control of trihalomethanes. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cork city and south county Dublin among places on agency’s remedial list

Dublin Fire Brigade were at the scene on Sunday night. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Repairs at Inchicore substation could cost €28 million after thousands left without power

Renowned journalist Robert Fisk (right) delivered a lecture at UCD on Monday night, entitled Life after Isis. The event, hosted by the Philosophical and Law Societies in UCD,  was attended by the President, Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Journalist and author speaks at UCD Law and Philosophical Societies on ‘Life after Isis’

 Prof John Horgan dedicated the award to the hundreds of NUJ activists who work in a voluntary capacity on behalf of journalists.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prof John Horgan’s ‘distinguished contribution to journalism’ is praised by President

Power has been restored to up to 15,000 premises in south and west Dublin, after an explosion at a 220kV, ESB sub-station at Jamestown Road Inchicore. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Services restored after fire at Inchicore causes blackout over extended area

An Irish man has been arrested in Malaga, Spain under a European arrest warrant instigated by authorities in Ireland.

Businessman held under European arrest warrant instigated by authorities in Ireland

Chief Justice  Susan Denham, in an address to the Ireland-US Council Spring Lunch on Friday afternoon,  recalled the ideals of the US Declaration of Independence - “a republic, independence, equality of man”. File photograph: Courts Collins

United Irishmen helped make their ideals part of US jurisprudence, says Susan Denham

 Aer Lingus cabin crew marching to head office at Dublin Airport over a dispute in 2011. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fears over job security and pay behind the trend, according to Impact trade union

The death brings to five the number of people that have lost their lives on Tipperary’s roads so far this year, exceeding the total of four deaths for the 12 months of 2015.

Death means more people killed on Tipperary roads so far this year than all of 2015

 Siptu’s Owen Reidy:  says  Transdev would not have issued Luas staff with protective notice without getting “the nod” from stakeholders, including Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Transdev are offering refunds or credits to customers who have pre-paid tickets

Shane Lowry  and his now wife Wendy Honner react during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Photograph:  Harry How/Getty Images

The couple met while out socialising and have been together for about five years

One of the six oil paintings by Evie Hone, part of a set of 14 covering the Stations of the Cross, which were stolen from a church in Co Galway. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Six of Evie Hone’s ‘Stations’ removed from Co Galway church three years ago

A car lies in the River Liffey at Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Tallaght Ambulance via Twitter

Gardai say vehicles were leaving the scene of a robbery in Lucan minutes before crash

Tesco said it wanted to change “guaranteed overtime, which doesn’t take account of the needs of each store or give colleagues an equal opportunity to work overtime when it arises”. File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Siptu workers claim retail giant planning to make unilateral pay cuts from April 18th

Former town councillor Peter Dempsey campaigning in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Irish Water claims bringing waste water services up to standard will cost €2bn

In draining sewage in the dewatering beds, the council has seen improvements in the quality of water in rivers and local water courses. Photograph: David Sleator

‘Dewatering beds’ assist heat and power generation from sewage treatment plant

Bective House, aerial shot indicates poor condition of house and buildings, and its magnificent surroundings

Romantic landmark property in Meath needs vision and deep pockets

Damien Cassidy,  one of the original trustees of the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Committee set up in 1960, holds a photograph showing the voluntary workers’ first visit to the gaol in May 1960. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

1960s film of restoration works shows how volunteer workers saved gaol from ruins

Fine Gael Minister of State at the OPW Simon Harris: “A lot of technical work was going on in that time.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister says absence of meetings for up to six years did not mean no flood-relief work

“The droppings of a seagull in a single day carried about ten times more concentrated bacteria than the waste from a human in a single day,” said EPA senior scientific officer, Peter Webster. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Merrion Strand is polluted with human sewage and bird droppings, EPA report finds

Paschal Donohoe: Role of government is to look at what measures could make “those institutions even more robust and successful than they have been to date”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Such a move would weaken ‘institutions set up to deal with industrial relations’ – Minister

Tyres are a significantly larger factor in fatal collisions than previously identified far outstripping other vehicle defects, according to an analysis carried out by the RSA. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Research shows 121 fatal collisions from 2008-2012 were related to vehicle issues

Iarnród Éireann spokesman Barry Kenny said the timetable had generally run as advised on the company website, with the exception of a breakdown on the early morning service from Cork. He said the Twitter feed was not staffed at the weekend.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Commuters complain of missing Cork-Dublin train and unresponsive Twitter feed

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it does not attribute increases or decreases in the volume of passport applications to any particular issues.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reports say rise due to eligible people in UK wanting EU passport in event of Brexit

Iarnród Éireann posted on its website on Saturday morning advising customers using services to and from Heuston and using all connecting services to re-check their times before travelling over the weekend.

Line works affecting services to Westport, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford

Professor Sir Stephen O’Rahilly: said people were assaulted with “eating opportunities” and aggressive advertising of sweets and chocolate and were being encouraged to eat for short-term pleasure over long-term damage.  Photograph: Phil Mynott

Support for sugar tax as expert says obesity ‘not a knowledge-deficiency disease’

Iarnród Éireann  is to resume works on line improvements on the Dublin to Portlaoise line.

Weekend works will affect services from Westport to Waterford until November

An authorised officer can seize the dog, chip and register it and pass the costs on to the owner. Photograph: EPA

Failure to comply with regulations to mean fine of up to €5,000 and/or six months in jail

The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is charging €15 to microchip and register dogs, but costs in veterinary practices vary. Photograph: EPA

New regulations mean all dogs must be microchipped and owners’ details registered

The survey showed a full time salary for an early years assistant is in the region of €20,000 a year.

Impact union accuses politicians of abandoning childcare issues since the election

A woman who worked for 15 years cleaning and stocking bars in Aer Lingus lounges at Dublin Airport, was unfairly dismissed amid suspicion that she was a drunk and a thief, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has heard.

Woman, who worked in Gold Circle lounge, had alcohol as she was meeting friend after late shift

 Paschal Donohoe: rejected suggestions that he was a Minister without power. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Transport said wage growth should also take into account ‘ability to pay’

The Housing Agency said tenants on State subsidies would have to be transferred to the local authorities as social housing tenants and a majority of the houses in estates such as Cruise Park in Tyrrelstown (pictured) would have to be included in the deal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group says it has resources to provide ‘turnkey solution’ to help provide homes

Registrar Anne Marie McKiernan has not ruled out investment in social housing but warned the credit unions that they need to carry out more reorganisation. Photograph: Frank Miller

There is little support from the registrar of credit unions for social housing proposals

Acting Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Mr Kelly described the involvement of credit union funding for social housing as ‘a good idea’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister, agencies and Council for Social Housing approve of funding scheme

Gardaí  arrested a man in  Essex Street, Temple Bar in Dublin on Friday morning  in connection with an alleged assault.

Woman suffered alleged attack in Dublin city centre nightclub early on Friday

The funeral of Vinnie Ryan in Donaghmede, Dublin.

Gardaí examine computers and satellite positioning device in relation to Finglas death

The Irish League of Credit Unions is offering up to €5bn to fund a proposed State-controlled “special purpose vehicle”, which would lend to approved housing bodies to facilitate social housing. Photograph: PA

No official response to plan submitted last October proposing funding of to 26,000 homes by 2021

The Luas Red Cow Depot in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff to ballot on proposals arising from 27 hours of discussions at the Workplace Relations Commission

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

Luas drivers and Transdev representatives in talks at Workplace Relations Commission

Emma Flanagan from Our Lady’s College Drogheda: overall winner of the Press Pass awards. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former Press Ombudsman John Horgan commends journalism with ‘gift of prophecy’

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

Transdev and drivers’ union to enter talks while efforts to prevent Dart strike continue

 A starfish, a common sight in Irish Waters, photographed by Nigel Motyer

Dive Ireland 2016 to showcase marine creatures sharing our inland and coastal waters

Agri Careers 2016 featured a “jobs wall” displaying more then 1,000 available positions in a diverse range of disciplines, from finance to software development, engineering and food technology. Photograph: Department of Agriculture/Twitter

RDS jobs fair attracts mainly young people seeking information on work in rural economy

The Gal Gréinne banner  was owned by Countess Markievicz during the Rising and hung from her Dublin home in 1916.

Emblem of Na Fianna Éireann which belonged to Countess Markievicz is in Ireland on loan

Joe Dolan of The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon who was elected President of the Irish Hotels Federation at their annual conference in The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Leitrim’s Joe Dolan says €60m a year needs to be spent on tourism product

Bounce in visitor numbers: Four out of five hoteliers who took part in an Irish Hotels Federation survey said they had a “positive outlook” for 2016 and reported an increase in advance bookings for the year ahead. File photograph: Getty Images

Most hoteliers plan to invest in upgrades after rise in tourist numbers, conference told

Image showing extensive “keying” of a car outside the Wexford count centre. Photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times

About 10 cars ‘keyed’ near Wexford count, one belonging to Fine Gael Senator Pat O’Neill

Dublin South-West: Independent candidate Katherine Zappone was declared elected on Sunday on the 16th count after a late surge ahead of Fine Gael’s Anne Marie Dermody. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Disputed votes also to be ruled on in Dublin South-Central where 35 votes separated FF and AAA-PBP

 Walkers make their way through Killarney National Park on the Old Kenmare Road which forms part of the Kerry Walking Way Near Torc Mountain above the lakes of Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Hotel rates are increasing but no evidence of ‘price gouging’, says industry chief

One voter in Dublin West did not seem to like any of the candidates on the ballot paper and added their preferred nominee for the Dáil - Conor McGregor, with a tick beside his name.

Investigation ordered in Waterford; issue also features in Wexford and Dublin

Labour’s Brendan Howlin, Fianna Fáil’s James Browne and Independent Mick Wallace (above) took the first, second and third seats respectively in Wexford. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour’s Brendan Howlin, James Browne of Fianna Fáil and Independent Mick Wallace also elected

Dublin Bus is selling a total of 84 double deck buses suitable for either use - or a variety of others such as mobile shops, playschools, hairdressers, or indeed for anyone who wants to go into the public transport business. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

How would you like to beat the traffic and strikes on the daily commute?

Erin Brockovich speaking at O’Reilly Hall in UCD in 2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ The Irish Times

Environmental activist who inspired film calls for trihalomethanes to be listed on bills

Grace Brady of the famine museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, with  Robert Ballagh at the launch of ‘In The Lion’s Den, Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire’ by Niamh O’Sullivan at the RIA, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Artist Robert Ballagh launches book by curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Right2Homes is offering to build emergency modular housing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Right2Homes offers to help cover gap in planning and delivery of new social homes

Declan Meally, of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland said the objective at the international conference was to show that, “Ireland is open for business and is actively committed to harnessing its abundant wave, tidal and offshore wind energy resources.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sustainable energy authority hosting ‘open for business’ exhibition at Edinburgh conference

Iarnród Éireann said its overall energy conservation programme is saving the company €22 million a year. File phototgraph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

State rail provider says it has reduced gas usage by half in its buildings since 2010

Landlords are obliged to register rented properties with the Private Residential Tenancies Board

Private Residential Tenancies Board sent 22,854 warnings to landlords in 2015

Adrian McGuinness convicted on six charges relating to possession of unauthorised animal remedies.

Horse trainer convicted on possession of unauthorised medicines to pay €2,500

Des Kenny: “While we are talking in low voices in the booth, I am sure that my choices can be overheard and my secret ballot is not truly secret.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Visually impaired say Braille template would cost about €3 per polling station

Joe Costello: says  abolition of prescription charges for people with disability will be in next programme for government if Labour is back in power

Joe Costello says proposal was on agenda in last two budgets but did not get approval

Trihalomethanes in Irish Water supplies: some studies reviewed by the World Health Organisation have linked excessive levels of trihalomethanes to cancers including those of the liver, renal or bladder. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Irish Water confirms excess levels of trihalomethanes detected in supplies

 Roger Casement  is escorted to the gallows of Pentonville Prison, London: he was born at Doyle’s Cottages, Lawson Terrace in Sandycove. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Centenary programme will honour people from the area who took part in rebellion

A senior AIB official said was not given a reason at the time of his suspension from the bank in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sean McHugh suspended from bank in 2012 over loans facilitated to Galway United FC

A senior counsel employed by AIB as an independent arbitrator was ‘the wrong person’ for the job as he was a customer, a shareholder in the bank and had previously acted on its behalf, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has heard.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Mark Connaughton SC was a customer and shareholder who had acted for the bank, defence claims

An AIB official said the bank manager had had the authority to facilitate loans to Galway United to a limit of €75,000

AIB says manager’s action amounted to a ‘blatant conflict of interest’

Michael Halpenny, from Rathmines. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘I fully support the drivers. It is a very important and first-class service they provide’

Age Action says that the government “must think beyond the next five years” as the amount of older voters increase. File photograph: Getty Images

Group says more than half a million aged 65-plus will help decide next government

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said food businesses need to be vigilant  in relation to food safety to ensure full compliance with food legislation. File photograph: Getty Images

Closure notice served on Earl’s delicatessen as ‘likely to be grave danger to public health’

Scenes from a Dublin polling station. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some postal votes must be registered by Friday and new electors must be in place by February 9th

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Order for polling day on Friday, February 26th is signed by Alan Kelly

Umbrellas and hats during unclement weather in Dublin last month. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Met Éireann records show month was wettest in almost 70 years

Alan Kelly: said Dublin stations were generally in “good” condition

Capital funding will cover 26 new or refurbished fire stations over five years

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. File  photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for Environment says Labour will target the votes of all parties

Unreliable forensic science was used to convict the Birmingham Six, in 1991 outside the Old Bailey in London after their convictions were quashed with then MP Chris Mullin (centre). Photograph: Joe St Leger

Kieran Conway says excerise designed to assuage UK calls for a full public inquiry

Clamping fees, which have not been changed since 1998, should rise by €50 to €130 per vehicle with the prospect of doubling the amount for repeat offenders, said Liam Kielthy. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clamping brought in just over €4m for city council in 2015, lowest amount in five years

Clamping in the capital generated some €4.3m for the city council in 2015, with 54,068 vehicles, or 148 a day, compelled to pay €80 to have their vehicles released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Figures for 2015 reveal Mespil Road in second but old ‘favourite’ Merrion Square now sixth

Describing it as “an industry in pain”,  Senator Denis Landy said there had been a serious decline in the numbers  attending events and Bord na gCon was “€20 million in debt”. Photograph: Gety Images

Oireachtas committee hears industry has reputation for dishonesty

Launching a new report on the Irish horse industry,  members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture  said the value of the thoroughbred industry was about €1.1 billion a year while the sport horse business was worth a further €700 million. File photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Tax-incentive measures should be used to incentivise ‘small thoroughbred breeders’

Councillors will get a final vote on whether to include the ban on super-sized cruise ships when the development plan is adopted, expected to be in February. Photograph: The Irish Times

Chief executive Philomena Poole seeks deletion of councillors’ ban on vessels over 250m

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