Age Action  says rural public transport is a major issue for everyone in rural areas, but especially for elderly people.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

TDs and Senators asked to consider if there is a need for LGBTQI nursing homes

 Fintan Warfield: concerns of “out and ageing” gay people becoming more relevant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elderly fearful of prejudice from religious orders and other staff, says Fintan Warfield

Jack and Jill Foundation chief executive Jonathan Irwin with Mary  Guilfoyle, the foundation’s first specialist children’s nurse. Mr Irwin will step down from his role after 20 years’ service.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Charity founder speaks movingly of the day he was told to take his infant son home to die

Stylebawn in Delgany, Co Wicklow, which was destroyed by fire at the weekend.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Wicklow council receives list of completed conservation measures just days before fire

John Bateman at the well on his farm in Meanus, Co Limerick. Photographs: The Irish Times

Sean Canney says ‘something must be done to equalise the situation’ for rural dwellers

 Waste material dumped outside a house off Church Road in Rolestown, north Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Derelict houses on Church Road in village of Rolestown targeted by rogue waste collectors

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said it was “madness” to introduce a charge that had no consequences for excessive water use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Housing warns the public could pay more for water based on expert report

More than 9,000 people were interviewed for the survey with almost 47 per cent saying underuse of fog lights would be a major issue during their daily winter commute. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost half of 9,000 respondents say underuse of lights a problem on commute

Aerial image taken 1 year ago showing erosion of the Murrough, just north of Wicklow Town. Photograph: Brendan Hickey

Wexford rail line again being buttressed by Iarnród Éireann in advance of national plan

Patrick Walker, grandson of George Mahony, at the Royal College of Physicians  ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Doctor given posthumous medal for being ‘the best thing we have captured all week’

Minister for Tourism  Shane Ross: welcomed latest  CSO figures on tourist numbers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bumper year expected for hospitality sector, but effects of Brexit an increasing concern

The EPA’s urban waste water treatment report for 2015 says there are 124 areas where “priority issues” relating to sewage need to be addressed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Agency names Howth, Kilmore Quay and Spiddal as among areas with untreated water discharge

NTA chief Anne Graham said rail projects have a long lead-in time. Photograph: The Irish Times

National Transport Authority chief issues clarion call on hazards of congested capital

Authorities say the shortage of  waste disposal  capacity is primarily due to the recent closure of the State’s largest landfill at Drehid, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authorities warn of household and commercial waste ‘being left uncollected at the kerbside’

Stena Line also cancelled Monday night’s planned sailing of the Stena Europe from Rosslare to Fishguard. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

Ferry from Rosslare failed to dock in Wales due to high winds and rough waters

File image of Patrick O’Brien at Dublin District Court. File photograph: Court Collins

One of Patrick O’Brien’s victims calls for Church of Ireland to set up ‘outreach’ service

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fail leader speaks of republican answer to’grave dark moment in world affairs’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton gets his photograph taken by children at an event celebrating 21 years of The Ark and the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Children’s cultural centre hosts day-long event as both organisations reach milestone

The wall installed across the front facade of the station was put in by the builders of the Luas Cross City project.

Locals call on Luas Cross City project to replace concrete wall with less intrusive railing

The State’s motorways are not receiving enough investment to maintain them, according to the TII. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport Infrastructure Ireland: Planned Cork-Limerick road at least 10 years away

Just one per cent of drivers is aged under  30, says the   National Transport Authority. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

NTA seeks public’s input as it looks at regulations following 42 per cent fall in drivers

Christy Humphrey of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association accused the regulator of “trying to do away with the knowledge test”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

NTA says review is to ensure legitimate and competent operators are rewarded fairly

Transdev said the system used by Luas is known internationally as an automatic train protection or automatic train control system. Photograph: David Sleator

British authorities indicate tram in which seven perished devoid of automatic controls

Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten: he said he was “satisfied that the national legislative and policy framework” is in place “to advance actions on climate change mitigation”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Environmental Protection Agency said Ireland would not meet 2020 emissions targets

 The Mental Health Commission also found children were accommodated in a high-observation dormitory with adults at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, and there were no age-appropriate facilities or programmes of activities for them. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Report finds patients at Portlaoise hospital held in isolation until they showed ‘remorse’

Irish Water said the growth in demand is expected to continue but hoped that November “rainfall will address the issue”.

Irish Water hopes further rain will avert need for night-time water restrictions

Dublin bar the Stag’s Head has scooped the award for best pub in Ireland at the National Hospitality Conference and Awards. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Galway restaurant Loam and Ashford Castle hotel also win at National Hospitality Awards

Vehicles from the Garda Regional Support Unit were rammed by a stolen car in Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Incident follows investigations into Carlingford burglaries as part of Operation Thor

Wexford may be the next county to ban fast food outlets from setting up near schools. File photograph: Getty Images

Push for ban follows Wicklow County Council decision to back move on Monday

The Grand Canal near Baggot street in Dublin. Stretches of the canals which link Dublin to the Shannon have been closed due to security concerns. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Waterways Ireland responds to reports that routes have been closed due to security issues

The McDonald’s plan in Greystones was eventually scuppered earlier this year when supermarket Lidl announced it would not sell the site to the restaurant chain. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Councillors to decide on 400m exclusion zone in an attempt to tackle obesity problem

Br Kevin Crowley said one of his big concerns is the number of children coming to the centre. Photograph: David Sleator

Br Kevin Crowley says situation ‘worsening’, with demand for food bank services rising

The upper Shannon. “This is a growing region. Employees value a better quality of life, access to the best of schools, strong communities and affordable housing”

New forum to promote Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon seeks to attract back members of its diaspora

Many different agencies including the Garda, Dublin Fire Brigade,  and local authorities can be involved in trying to clear the motorway once an incident occurs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Relief routes’ between junctions aim to prevent delays after road collisions

The entrance to the Hazelbrook Square development in Churchtown, south Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council makes deal for homes in new development

Those travelling on some Irish Rail services within the short hop zone – such as Leixlip to Dublin – face an 18 per cent price increase.

Authority announces savings of 50% for commuters from some Kildare towns

The closure of Garda stations freed up 64,000 officer-hours to help put “uniforms in the community”, according to a report. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Statistics also say closing 140 stations did not cause an increase in crime in those areas

Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Denis Naughten will deliver a keynote address to the Irish branch of the Energy Institute. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister to tell Energy Institute subsidising solar could quadruple customers’ energy levy

“We have to keep doing something to combat littering and as a result we will be continuing the use of CCTV. We want motorists out there to realise they are being watched.”

Monaghan County Council watching motorists as they throw rubbish from cars

It is hoped the night-vision CCTV camera will identify “fly-tipping” householders who drop bags of rubbish from cars. File photograph: Getty Images

Cameras with night vision capability to keep hot spot fly-tipping areas under surveillance

Brian Gallagher and Mick Kirwan, of the Pure Project, remove dumped waste off Military Road. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As rubbish blights pristine Dublin Mountains, Pure Project removes tonnes of rubbish

Emergency Response Unit gardaí during a joint training exercise between the force  and the Drogheda Port Company. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Officers ‘arrest’ crew of vessel on Boyne and quell hostage-taker on Drogheda Quays

Gardaí are investigating a fatal car crash in Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Woman in her 20s dies after car crashes into wall in Skerries, Co Dublin on Tuesday

Under plans for the refurbishment of the Seanad chamber in Leinster House, Senators will move to the National Museum’s Ceramics Gallery next door on Kildare Street for up to two years.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Heritage body lodges objection saying planning permission needed for change of use

Flowers at the scene where Lee Henry (13) was fatally struck by a car on the R139 in Coolock, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tributes paid to Lee Henry (13), who died following a suspected hit-and-run in Dublin

The majority of motorists are in favour of a new public register which would ‘name and shame’ drink-drivers, according to the latest research from the AA. File photograph: David Sleator

AA research finds support for the ‘naming and shaming’ of those with convictions

The R139 in Coolock, Dublin. A boy in his early teens was killed when he was hit by a car on the road in Coolock, Dublin, on Saturday night. Photograph: Google Streetview

Man arrested after failing to stop after pedestrian struck on the R139 on Saturday evening

Much of the development along the N11 corridor is opposed by locals partly on the basis that the council’s development plan took a “scatter gun” approach to population targets.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

An Bord Pleanála accused of ignoring State policy on where new housing should be built

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C&AG says no business case made for scheme, TD labels it ‘unmitigated disaster’

President Michael D Higgins told the gathering at the Famine memorial he was “ashamed when homeless families are forced to live in one hotel room” and others are “condemned to wander the streets”. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

President says ‘nation failing to display spirit of humanity on which democracy is built’

Dublin City Council displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter on  Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Urgent remedy needed to deal with growing waste problem

Dr Clare Kambamettu said before the end of “two minutes of high-power posing [such as standing with your arms wide] you get testosterone changes”. File photograph: iStock

People can fake it to make it Dr Clare Kambamettu tells mental health meeting in Dublin

Pharmacist David Lenagh admitted dispensing Testogel and Restandol Testocaps,  along with Anastrazole and Letrozole, for his body-builder brother. File photograph: Getty Images

Bodybuilding case: David Lenagh accused by Pharmaceutical Society of professional misconduct

Protesters at a rally outside the Dáil in 2014 to protest about proposed changes to the Leader programme. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Move to bring €250m bursary under control of councils is ‘bonkers’, committee hears

A doctor at St Columcille’s Hospital in south Dublin was ‘unable to practise medicine safely through the medium of the English language in 2013’, a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee has been told.

Dr Mohamed Elhassan is accused of professional misconduct and poor performance

Diesel contributes significantly to air pollution because it releases unburned hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx) or particulate matter (PM), which all contribute to air pollution. The World Health Organisation has also said diesel exhaust fumes are carcinogenic.  File photograph: Getty Images

Fuel releases pollutants such as HC, CO, NOx, PMs, while WHO says the fumes cause cancer

 The scene on the South Circular Road in Dublin where a stabbing occurred last Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí continue to interview man arrested in connection to death of DJ Leo Carolan

Ireland currently taxes diesel 11 cent less per litre than petrol, but a civil service inter-departmental strategy group recommended closing this gap over five years by increasing the diesel rate by 2.2 cent annually. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

New study shows possible links between Alzheimer’s and diesel pollution

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross: says the longer-term vision is  to go ahead with major improvements such as Metro North and Dart Underground. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

David Franks says losses beyond 2016 not sustainable as situation is already ‘critical’

The Coast Guard station site at Greystones Harbour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New facility in Greystones Harbour needs €800,000 doors to withstand high waves

Daniel  and William McCarthy.

Irish Deaf Society say deaths highlight ‘devastating effects of social isolation’

Dr Elhassan who is originally from Sudan, qualified in Romania before coming to Ireland in 2013, and leaving in 2014.

Senior doctor who was locum at Loughlinstown hospital is accused of professional misconduct

The complaint to the European Commission was made by the West Cork Development Partnership, which  was refused permission to run the Leader programme in west Cork

West Cork Development Partnership alleges county council offered ‘illegal State aid’

The Starbucks outlet  on Great George’s Street in Waterford was served with a temporary food safety closur order.

Food chain blames water drainage rupture for week-long closure in Waterford

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said transport projects such as Dart Underground and Metro North have ‘not been shelved’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport says projects are part of ‘long-term vision’, have not been ‘shelved’

All vehicles including bicycles will be banned from the Trinity College end of the street from its junction with Duke Street to Nassau Street. Image: Google Streetview

Trinity College end of road to be blocked for four weeks over laying of new tram tracks

Thousands of Dart commuters faced delays or remained stranded on trains this morning due to a series of incidents along the line.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Three separate incidents hit morning services, each with delays of about 30 minutes

The HSE has urged people in at-risk groups to get the winter flu vaccine

Warning to take flu vaccine after last year’s uptake fell below WHO targets

Gardaí search woods at scene where man’s body was found at forest track near Ballinascorney Road Upper, near Brittas over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Michael McCoy was beaten beaten to death and his body found in the Dublin Mountains

The European Commission is closer to  prosecuting Ireland over failure to deal with  sewage collection and treatment in some  areas.  File photograph: Getty Images

Third deadline for upgrades to medium and small town facilities missed back in 2005

 Minister for Public Expenditure and  Reform Paschal Donohoe speaks at a major international investment conference on priority capital investment areas for Ireland on Friday. More than 120 senior business and other delegates from diverse sectors in attendance to hear and engage with speakers from government, the EIB, the European Commission, and key national experts from the housing, energy and investment sectors.

Donohoe says solution to pay disputes must be through Lansdowne Road Agreement

Barbara Nolan, outgoing head of the European Commission Representation: returning to Brussels to take up a management position dealing with education policy. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

EU civil servant has more than 30 years experience of European and international affairs

A protester at the library in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move goes against job category of librarian and the ethos of the library service, they claim

The scene at Naas General Hospital after a fatal explosion inside an ambulance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Oxygen cylinder may have caused ambulance fire that killed patient outside Naas hospital

Naas General Hospital’s emergency department where a man died after an ambulance caught  fire. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Simon Harris: ‘I was numb when I heard about this terrible tragedy’

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten said air pollution in Ireland is costing the State €3,800 per minute in health costs. Photograph: Getty

Denis Naughten says air pollution is costing Ireland €3,800 per minute in health costs

Brian Murphy is tackled by the Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickars during an event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery last May. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brian Murphy gets suspended jail term over protest at 1916 military commemoration

Discount store Dealz has been found to be in breach of Irish planning rules due to a building which requires a ‘change of use’ permission. Photograph: Dealz

Dublin retail park outlet requires approval for ‘change of use’, council finds

Delays have been caused after structural faults above the swimming pool were discovered.

Swimming pool and gym closed for ‘10-week refurbishment’ last year now set to reopen

Unite, which represents craft workers in Dublin Bus, published figures which it said showed government subvention to the company fell by 32.6% since 2008.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu and NBRU say four days of stoppages should be met with Government initiative

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, which was closed down three years ago. Independent TD Shane Ross had campaigned to have the pool refurbished. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Eight months after Glenalbyn swimming pool filled in, report calls for it to be reopened

The notorious Priory Hall complex under demolition and reconstruction in north Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council members debate level of social housing at the refurbished complex

A group campaigning to have mass balloon releases banned has welcomed the decision by the Cork Autism Society to cancel a balloon release planned for this Sunday. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Campaigners had said the Cork event would create ‘a lethal hazard’ for marine life

A file image of newly graduated gardaí  at the  Garda Training College in Templemore. The Garda Representative Association has asked its members if they are  willing to take part in industrial action. Photograph: The Irish Times

GRA issues ballot and warns members they may face disciplinary action

Services on all Dublin Bus routes will stop at 9pm tonight

No extra trams or Darts, no using the bus lanes. Have you thought of walking?

The Spar supermarket on Old Cratloe Road, Caherdavin, Limerick where the delicatessen and food preparation area has been served with a closure order.  Photograph: Google Street view

Four businesses remain closed at least one week after enforcement notice issued

Artist’s impression of  plans for the pedestrianisation of College Green in Dublin. Dr Marcus Collier of the UCD School of Geography has said the “greying” of College Green, rather than the “greening” of it would be a mistake.

UCD academic says ‘greying rather than greening’ of urban living spaces is a mistake

Screengrab from Jacket Off Your Back video showing hordes of abandoned tents and other  waste in the aftermath of Electric Picnic last weekend.

Video of festival campsite shows sea of tents with abandoned seats, clothes and litter

An Iarnród Éireann  train enters the tunnel under the Phoenix Park at Heuston Station. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kildare services will not stop at Heuston Station en route to Grand Canal Dock

Caelob O’Neill is described as 5’10” in height, of medium build with short brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he  was wearing a black jacket, dark navy trousers, a multi-coloured T-shirt, Dunlop wellingtons and light-coloured waterproofs. File photograph: Garda Press Office

Caelob O’Neill last seen on September 5th after Stradbally arts festival wrapped up

Original model for Priory Hall development  - now called New Priory

Dublin city manager’s warning that move could lead to litigation and delays ignored

Work finished on the Gorey  motorway service station in May 2015 and Topaz was chosen as the successful bidder to operate it and the other two stations at Kilcullen and Moate.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Operation of three Leinster service stations held up since May 2015 due to legal case

National Transport Authority  chief executive Anne Graham has said the National Transport Authority is designing rapid bus corridors which it does not have the money to build. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Transport authority cannot implement plans due to funding shortfall, boss claims

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton speaks at a symposium on international collaborations in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Minister for Education defends links between the two countries at Trinity College event

A look at the units in the new Ikea store order and collection point which opens next week at the Park in Carrickmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ikea has developed its new Carrickmines store around real people, they say

The scene as the LÉ James Joyce rescues 617 people north of the Libyan coast yesterday.

First operation involved 15 people on wooden boat, with a further 452 on eight other vessels

Ikea showcase: the design chain’s order and collection point in Carrickmines which opens next week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shoppers can order in advance and wander ‘design dream’ showrooms

Along with high end vehicles, Nissan Qashqais, Volkswagen Golfs and other family cars have also been recovered by Operation Waste. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Twitter account

Cars recovered by Operation Waste had an estimated value of €1.5 million per year to thieves

Micheál Brett, author of Micheál and the Magical Circus which was inspired by the shows he put on as a child and  the farm animals  around his home as he grew up. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Micheál Brett’s first book features a dog who was inspired by his support worker’s pet

A dispute which would have seen tens of thousands of eFlow tag holders have their barrier-lifting tags turned off has been resolved.

Some 80,000 drivers would have been affected had agreement not been reached

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