Dún Laoghaire harbour: cruise ships carrying potentially 100,000 visitors are expected to dock in the town during 2016, according to the harbour company. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Business improvement group eyes rising footfall and more start-ups for coastal town

Under the new rules, medical authorities may take a sample from a driver who has been incapacitated and is unable to provide consent to the procedure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tightening of drink driving rules as part of Christmas road safety campaign

 Alex White: The Department of Communications said the matter would be considered by the Minister  in the context of funding of public service broadcasting.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister and Government have ‘made no decision’ in relation to new broadcasting charge

Local councillor Tom Fortune said nobody would argue against the jobs element but the location of the schools and McDonald’s “should not be together”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fast food restaurant’s proposed facility consists of drive-through, cafe and fitness centre

A file photo of Maíria Cahill arriving at the Dáil earlier this month for a debate on allegations of sexual abuse by members of the republican movement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 30 names of alleged IRA sex offenders have now been given to gardaí, Ms Cahill claims

Plans for the Poolbeg incinerator have been “further undermined” by the latest figures on residual waste, according to green party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Green Party says clear drop in the tonnage of waste needed to support Poolbeg project

It is not known who cut down the cross on top of  Carrauntoohil which was erected on the mountain in 1976 with the aid of about 100 people. Photograph: Cronins Yard/Twitter

Vandalism of structure on country’s highest mountain a step towards ‘Godless society’

Gerry Adams said the protests over water charges reflected a wider desire for change after six years of austerity. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader says Government’s handling of issue like a ‘a skit’ written by Spike Milligan

The Environmental Protection Agency says the change in waste handling is linked to recent landfill levies and increasing “recovery” - a term that includes recycling and the recovery of energy . Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

EPA warns of increasing reliance on exporting waste for treatment abroad

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