Cathal O’Donohue, who started out in 1989 when he came to Tullamore. Photograph: Conor McCabe

O’Donohue’s Bakery in Tullamore exports its frozen penny loaves to the UK

Irish beef: selling 260,000 tonnes of Irish beef into the rest of Europe will damage the EU market. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Selling meat into the United Kingdom is already a tough business. Brexit will make it tougher

Large household appliances remain a consistently high-performing category, representing 49 per cent of all WEEE collected last year.

WEEE Ireland exceeded EU recycling targets including 812 tonnes of AA batteries

Irish Water says exceptionally dry months hitting supplies

The beaches.ie website is designed to allow people   access the information they need before a day out at the seaside, or lakeside. Swimmers (above) enjoying the warm weather on Wednesday  afternoon on Portmarnock beach, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins.

EPA launches beaches.ie to allow people access information before day at seaside

Titan Themis: Prof Des Fitzgerald, president of the University of Limerick, Prof Edmond Magner of the faculty of science and engineering, and Ursel Bangert, Bernal professor of microscopy and imaging, at the new microscope

Bernal Institute’s Titan Themis to aid pharmaceutical, electronic and nuclear research

 Inadequate fire safety was identified at Priory Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Motion calls for improved regulation of building standards and new legal rights for homebuyers

Luas Cross City tram testing began on Saturday and will continue in the coming weeks. The working date for opening the route to passengers is December 9th/10th. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

From mid-July, there will be testing with unoccupied trams during the day

The department insists current regulations provide guidance on external wall construction in relation to internal and external fire spread. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New requirements will also revise the guidance on timber frame construction

Police officers stand in front of the Grenfell Tower block that was destroyed by fire in north Kensington, west London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Number of actions taken in Ireland ‘to ensure every step is being taken to protect the lives’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with Senator Grace O’Sullivan (left) and Catherine Martin TD at the launch of A Bill to introduce a recycling deposit scheme for bottles and cans.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill 2017 seeks to ban single-use, non-recyclable plastics

More power: new campaign group is advocating for Irish climate action in line with the Paris Agreement and the UN’s sustainable development goals. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Environmental group says ‘Ireland’s climate action is closer to Trump than Trudeau’

Proposals include a visual amenity setback of four times the turbine height between a wind turbine and the nearest residential property, subject to a mandatory minimum distance of 500 metres

Included is a stringent noise limit consistent with World Health Organisation standards

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten said ministers with responsibility for transport, housing and agriculture would outline their priorities in addressing climate change over coming weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government remains committed to building of North-South electricity interconnector

The Institute of Cancer Research team identified 19 new genetic changes associated with testicular cancer. Photograph: iStock

Study could lead to improved testing for most common cancer in young men in Ireland

Photograph: Getty Images

Recent research indicates pollution harms children’s ability to learn and may damage their DNA

The incinerator at Poolbeg in Ringsend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Operator promises ‘good level of transparency’ on leak that hospitalised employees

The incinerator at Poolbeg, Dublin. Eleven people were hospitalised following an incident at the incinerator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Analysis: Hospitalisation of 11 workers adds to the pressure on the Dublin plant

Prof Mark Ferguson is the chairman of the Government’s ‘eHealth’ project. Photograph: Eric Luke

eHealth project head says new digital system will result in better outcomes for patients

There are about 100,000 microbeads in a facewash product.

Q&A: Consuming water or food containing microbeads carries a series of ‘potential risks’

Study coincides with UK engineers’ discovery of biodegradable alternative to microplastics

A total of €5.75 million was spent on Vehicle Registration Tax relief on electric cars in 2015,  considerably down on figures achieved in 2007. Photograph: Getty Images

Supports fail to boost environmentally friendly electric cars

US president Donald Trump announces withdrawal from Paris Agreement:  a major economy becomes a notorious lone denier within the international community.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Decision to quit Paris Agreement may harm the US but others are quietly forging ahead

Queen’s University Belfast:  The breakthrough is likely to improve quality of life for patients who often have to undergo aggressive treatment, according to international research led by the university

Queen’s University research shows ‘genetic signatures’ will help identify best treatments

Dr Dale Boger, of Scripps Research Institute  in La Jolla, California, said: “Doctors could use this modified form of vancomycin without fear of resistance emerging,”

Scientists find way to make vancomycin 1,000 times more potent than old drug

 Dr Eucharia Meehan: the  director of the Irish Research Council  has been appointed registrar and chief executive of Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Former head of research at HEA to lead internationally renowned research body

Michael Viney: “My research is reflecting other people’s work.” Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ columnist and environmentalist among 18 people recognised by RIA

Dublin can be heaven: lunchtime in the  sun in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Met Éireann says results will allow for better understanding of climate change in Ireland

Students at the BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition at the RDS last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

More than 100 projects from over 40 countries will compete for the European title

 Prof Catherine Greene, associate professor of clinical microbiology at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, led the research. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Female advantage down to X chromosome’s greater involvement in immunity, RCSI finds

Arrival of Donald Trump in the White House has produced “a nosedive” in the United States’s position on climate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin forum told of importance that EU, India and China hold line on climate action

Icebergs at Green Island. A  report has found that governments may be forced to deliver on their climate commitments  through litigation. File photograph: Matt Amesbury/University of Exeter/PA Wire

New report says governments may be forced to deliver on commitments by the courts

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European commissioner for health and food safety,  at the EU Citizens’ Dialogue on Health and Food Safety at  Dublin Castle, on Monday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Commissioner praises work of Irish not-for-profit FoodCloud in cutting food waste

Irene Fogarty was selected as the winner of the inaugural Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award for science journalism.

Irene Fogarty receives €2,000 bursary in honour of journalist Mary Mulvihill

A recent UK study concluded the abundance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in sewage presents an exposure risk to bathers and those engaged in water sports where ingestion of waters could occur. File photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Abundance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria a risk where ingestion of waters could occur

Portrane Beach: Eighteen bathing locations in Ireland were classified as “good” while a total of 10 were classified as “sufficient”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Report finds 73% of main bathing waters in coastal areas and inland of ‘excellent’ quality

Research, nonetheless, shows eating a heavy meal does contribute to fatigue. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Alcohol is a drug with sedative effect ... You cannot compare the effects of alcohol with food consumption’

Giant tech companies and major car companies, are set to move into the energy supply business, an Oxford University professor has claimed. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Oxford University professor claims technological change can help ‘decarbonise the world’

A picture of ribosomes (blue and green) which are critical to triggering the making of protein in a cell by way of a folding mechanism. In the case of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases it is believed  the protein does not fold correctly.

Findings add to understanding of how neurodegenerative diseases are triggered

Joan Jordan (left),  Norma Harte and Dr Fionnuala Keane at the HRB-CRCI seminar to mark International Clinical Trials Day. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Increased scale of clinical research has benefited Irish patients

The newly created forests will sequester about 35,600 tonnes of carbon over 40 years, equivalent to removing 7,500 passenger cars from the road for one year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Afforestation will help Ireland’s national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

Minister for Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten said the switch  from fossil fuels  could lead to local jobs and opportunities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move to low-carbon energy will take time, says Minister

People enjoy the sunny weather at Dollymount strand in  Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dry spell due to end with rain developing across country over weekend and next week

Caolann Brady of St Wolstans Community School, Celbridge, pictured at SciFest 2016, with her project Hum your Way to Better Health. She is competing at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles this week.

SciFest winner Caolann Brady to present her work on asthma treatment at Intel ISEF 2017

Geneticist Prof Kenneth Wolfe of UCD, who has been elected a fellow of the Royral Society.

Prof Kenneth Wolfe is first scientist elected from UCD since Edward Conway in 1947

 People gathering at a makeshift memorial on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 17th in tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack that left 84 dead. FIle photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some notable foreign news features that resonated with readers in 2016

Colm Keena outlined the extraordinary offshore world of the elite, built around the law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some notable business stories that resonated with readers in 2016

Irish Times journalists covered a wide range of subjects and topics in what was a very busy year in news.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan recommends some of the many notable stories that resonated with readers in 2016

Fifty-five leading media organisations from 50 countries, including ‘The Irish Times’, are sharing stories of change and innovative solutions to celebrate changemakers around the world.

Solutions-based journalism doesn’t simply identify problems in society, but also focuses on answers

Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan: “We believe it is critically important to our democracy that we publish a matter of public interest raised in our national parliament, and will apply to the court for confirmation we can do so.” Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ editor on importance of publishing matters that are in the public interest

Expanded coverage and now including video and podcasts

“How do you serve the ‘born on the internet’ generation? How do you generate journalism for a sophisticated audience using more than one device at the same time? These are questions being asked of every media organisation, every journalist and every editor.” Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Editor’s Comment: much more so than before there is a conversation with readers

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Editor Kevin O’Sullivan casts his eye back over the highlights of an eventful 12 months in his editorial review of 2013

Today we publish a changed Irish Times

‘The Irish Times’ is enhancing the newspaper and its journalism at a time of rapid digital development

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