The Irish Glass Bottle Site Housing Action Group is urging the setting aside of 100 per cent of the Dublin site for council and affordable housing. Calling for the move at Buswells Hotel today were group spokeswoman Annette Mooney, AAA-PBP TD   Richard Boyd Barrett and  architect  Mark Price. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Action group formed in reply to Nama plan to designate site as strategic development zone

Samaritans directors and volunteers, including    (far right) Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Charity urges Government to implement national prevention strategy

Tyrrelstown tenants Lisa Dim, Charlie Cleary, Seun Ogunniran, and Funke Tobun, at a demonstration ahead of a meeting of the Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness Committee last week. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tenants who received termination notices after houses bought out speak of distress

The Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in  October 2015. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Pavee Point official tells Oireachtas committee of 90% cut in housing budget over five years

The Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin.  The Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall has said his office is involved in a stand-off with the bank over its obligations under freedom of information legislation (FoI). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Information Commissioner had ‘great difficulty’ in dealing with bank over extent of jurisdiction

Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall found An Garda Síochána was justified in refusing access to information on the use of Garda aircraft. Photograph: The Irish Times

Commissioner for Environmental Information says not enough use being made of laws

Peter Tyndall: Discovered last year that receipts and invoices held by members of the Oireachtas in relation to a 2013 audit of expenses were private and did not have to be released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Peter Tyndall says FoI provision allows members withhold invoices and expenses

Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors leaving Dublin Castle for Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President of Agsi says Government must ‘sit up and take notice’ of Garda concerns

Garda rosters were described as “not family friendly” and as making the job of officers more difficult. Photograph: The Irish Times

Protest follows report that many officers unhappy over resources, working conditions

The HSE has indicated  its plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

HSE plan aims to improve patient safety by giving every citizen a unique number

The scene at Sandyford Luas depot last Friday as drivers resumed strike action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Transdev tells unions absentee rate, which has risen since dispute began, ‘untenable’

Finian  McGrath said  the water charges issue was a distraction from his role in Government and said he now wanted to move on. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Disability Issues wants to ‘move on’ from controversy over payment of water charges

A scrabble board spells out Brexit in Dublin,. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

UK citizens living overseas for up to 15 years may use postal vote in June ballot on EU membership

Former TD proud of achievements but says it is time for ‘new voices’ to be heard

Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick have all deployed smart-city technologies to varying degrees. File photograph: Frank Miller

Consultant says technology has developed ‘control rooms’ in line with ‘Minority Report’

A Debenhams shopper on Thursday afternoon Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business (and discounts) as usual at Henry Street store

A screengrab from the website

Wedding website fired Deirdre Zaidan over ‘competing’ baby site set up by her husband

A man in his 70s has died in a quad bike crash farm in Co Meath. File photograph: The Irish Times

Investigation begins after body of man found on land near Enfield on Thursday night

EPIC Ireland opens its doors to a new visitor experience which tells the story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

EPIC Ireland in CHQ building curated by company behind Titanic Belfast

David Mahon (45) of Ongar Village in Consilla, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday with his wife Audrey where he is on trial charged with the murder of Audrey’s son, Dean Fitzpatrick in 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Dubliner pleaded not guilty to murdering stepson Dean Fitzpatrick (23)

A demonstration outside Government Buildings in April seeking the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government faces criticism from other states in peer-review of human rights record

Sarah Morris  and Robbie O’Connor  performing for Sabina Higgins, Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Joan Burton at the opening of Richmond Barracks. Photograph: Eric Luke

Courts martial of rebels took place at Inchicore site

The annual May Day Parade organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. The parade was led by Patrick Tighe, Jerry Kennerk and Yvonne Clarke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Speakers address annual May Day rally by Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler of the National Vetting Bureau, Kieran Downey of Garda IT,  GAA children’s officer Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl and Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan during the launch of the eVetting System at the DMR Regional Office, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New setup to ‘render’ applications to work with vulnerable without taking final decision

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly tells committee homelessness is symptom of ‘deeper supply issues’

An Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out. Photograph: Getty Images

Charity responds to report by doctors in UK that devices can help smokers to quit tobacco

Prof Mary Flynn and Shane Jennings at the FSAI open meeting on food and fitness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenagers need protection from ‘unhealthy messages’ on body image, conference hears

A county council has been ordered to pay €50,000 to a woman after it failed to renew her contract when she notified it that she was pregnant.  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Workplace Relations Commission rules after council failed to renew woman’s contract

 Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation

Mark Surman says there are many potential threats on the horizon to the internet as an open platform

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water submits planning application for new treatment plant on Co Wicklow site

Privacy experts said on Monday the council had no statutory basis for the publication of the images and that it had no legal basis for doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council maintains publication of pictures of alleged dumping is proportionate

The Secret Cartoonist Exhibition on display at NUI Galway. Photograph:

University reverses decision not to allow students show works by ‘secret cartoonist’

Martin Brett of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney said co-ordinating the census in the hotel will be a challenge. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Managers must get an estimated 50,000 guests to fill in the compulsory form

 ‘Iris Oifigiúil’, the State’s official gazette.

Publishing of names and addresses in State’s gazette to be reviewed following complaints

Deirdre Waldron, president of Network Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of  Enterprise Ireland, Siobhan Byrne Learat of Adams & Butler and Ciara Carolan of  ADN Materials at the launch of the “Fuelling Ambition” roadshows

Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland to host free events around country

There is concern about the potential explosion of personal data processed by the Internet of Things

There is still little advice on how firms can deal ethically with personal data

The Irish Aviation Authority has apologised for a data breach involving its drone register. File photograph: Getty Images

Aviation body says once notified of problem it worked to have system fixed within hours

A civil servant received a payout of more than €1 million under a Government severance scheme and had more than seven years of ‘notional’ work added to their overall service. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

C&AG report shows an additional payment was not disclosed in department’s accounts

Confidentiality clauses were a feature in every agreement underpinning the discretionary severance payments examined, said the C&AG. Photograph: Getty Images

C&AG report critical of some procedures for payouts from public sector programmes

The judge said if Shop Direct paid €5,000 to Pieta House suicide prevention charity he would strike out the charge. Regarding The Irish Times Ltd, he told the company to pay €3,000 to Pieta House. Photograph: The Irish Times

Companies to contribute to Pieta House suicide-prevention charity in lieu of conviction

The Irish Sports Council will do further research to assess trends, including gender differences.

Economic recovery may have led some to sacrifice exercise, says Sport Ireland

The study was based on questionnaires sent to parents of almost 8,000 primary school children in mainstream and special education. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Majority of children in special schools have ASDs, according to DCU research

A former chief inspector at Dublin Bus, who says he was ‘one of the highest earners’ at the company on more than €2,000 a week, has claimed he was unfairly dismissed and is due compensation for seven months’ work.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Patrick Gill (66), who earned up to €3,000 a week, told to leave after refusing medical exam

Data protection  is  a particularly “hot topic” in Ireland because of the number of tech companies with their European HQs here

Robin Wilton of Internet Society says some groups only concerned with audit checklists rather than how they handle people’s infor(...)

A donor is prepared for organ transplant. File photograph: Getty Images

‘We need to introduce the opt-out system for organ donation,’ says lung recipient

There are 460 people on the kidney transplant waiting list, representing just 23 per cent of those on dialysis. File photograph: Reuters

Transplant recipients join Irish Kidney Association’s donor awareness week launch

Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Seán Kyne and Simon Coveney at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris says acting Taoiseach will decide when to make contact with Micheál Martin

Archibishop Eamon Martin: “Each second has so much potential for good, for love, for peace, and for joy”. Photograph: David Sleator

Buncrana tragedy and ‘terrorists plotting to destroy life’ mentioned in Easter homily

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said Fianna Fáil must clarify its position on water charges. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister says talks will continue next week on formation of a government

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said it was a real shame that an act of goodwill was not forthcoming from the drivers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is a shame an act of goodwill was not forthcoming, Minister says

The Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks in Dublin was closed on Good Friday, but will open on Easter Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Visitors forced to abandon plans for 1916-related trips due to Easter hours

A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at Naas General Hospital following an accident at Green Isle Foods in Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Maps

Green Isle foods confirm death ‘with deep regret’ as two investigations get under way

Large sections of Dublin city will be closed to traffic this weekend.

O’Connell Street to close from midnight tonight until 11pm on Monday to accommodate events

A covered car is removed on Thursday from the scene of the fatal shooting in Ratoath, Co Meath of Noel Duggan.

Body of removed from scene of Co Meath shooting as gardaí appeal for witnesses

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald provided the figures in answer to a parliamentary question from Independent TD Tommy Broughan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Figures show just 2,089 out of 4,259 drivers fined for failure to display L-plates paid up

Holiday lettings: If other agencies, such as or the Key Collection are included with the 1,748 on AirBnB’s website, the overall number in Dublin exceeds 2,000. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Firm responds to suggestion short-term lettings exceed homes available long-term

The Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council said the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday ‘once again reiterate that the perpetrators are indiscriminate in their actions and seek only to perpetuate fear and anxiety within communities’. Photograph: EPA.

Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council hopes backlash doesn’t fall on wrong people

Marie O’Connor, chairwoman of  Survivors of Symphysiotomy, outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sunday was set as deadline for over 750 survivors to send letters back

Lead analyst Dr Mark Maguire said the researchers had “no intention of alarming anyone” and that such attacks remained “extremely rare”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Maynooth study aims to improve first-responder knowledge in mass-shooting incidents

Actors run past a newly repainted  post box as part of an An Post 1916 centenary project. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Smartphone links will play short videos of Dublin events from 100 years ago

Members of the Save 16 Moore Street campaign Proinsias Ó Rathaille, Eamonn Ceant, Helen Litton, Paddy Cooney and James Connolly Heron at 16 Moore Street following the announcement that the High Court ruled the area should be declared a national monument. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Streets’ buildings declared national monument after court case due to role in 1916 Rising

Members of the Save 16 Moore Street campaign Eamonn Ceant, Paddy Cooney, Helen Litton, Proinsias Ó Rathaille, Colm Moore, James Connolly Heron on 16 Moore Street following the announcement that the High Court has declared that the area the street, should be declared a national monument. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigners say decision means last extant battlefield would not face wrecking ball

A resident in the process of moving out of their home in Tyrrelstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Residents meeting tonight agree to protest march on the Dáil next Tuesday

Chair of Survivors of Symphysiotomy Marie O Connor. The group represents more than 350 women who are survivors of the procedure carried out during childbirth. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solicitor’s letter to Data Protection Commissioner warns of ‘clear risk’ of injustices

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  sought  20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Charge introduced in British budget, and similar move championed by FF and FG

A spokesman for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar noted the Minister had written to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in 2015 seeking to have a sugar tax included in the budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister reacts to imposition of levy in UK, says anti-obesity measures being pursued

Lung transplant recipient Leigh Bagnall, with her consultant thoracic lung transplant surgeon Ms Karen Redmond at the Mater hospital in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Development means donor organs previously classed unsuitable now safe for recipients

Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

National Women’s Council of Ireland holds special Rising centenary ‘soapbox’ in Dublin

 Luas trams parked up as striking Transdev Luas drivers form a picket line at Sandyford terminus. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

NBRU slams tram operator Transdev over plan to use buses during stoppage

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions backed the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) which this week called for those employing au pairs in their home to abide by employment legislation. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Union body says employers must make workers aware of rights and entitlements

President Michael D Higgins speaking at Áras an Uachtaráin for the UN Women HeForShe campaign, to promote gender equality, and the role of men in achieving women’s rights and in eliminating gender-based violence. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

President criticises ‘cowardly’ cyberbullying at reception to mark HeforShe campaign

Jill Meagher. Ms Meagher was raped and murdered  as she walked home  after a night out in Australia in September 2012.

Adrian Bayley is appealing against two separate convictions in Australian court

Car buyers have been urged to take precautions when buying online in order to protect themselves from fraud. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Crimestoppers, gardaí and car sales websites in campaign to prevent online scams

The Workplace Relations Commission says domestic workers are entitled to the same employment rights as others. File photograph: Thinkstock.

Woman hopes people working in sector will no longer be exploited as ‘cheap labour’

Women serving in the Army, Navy and Air Corps form a guard of honour for President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to honour the role of women from 1916 to 2016, on International Women’s Day, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Event at Kilmainham celebrates achievements of women from 1916 on

Some 5,000 random checks a month are carried out on taxi drivers and their vehicles, the taxi regulator has confirmed following the arrest of a man using a fake taxi roof sign in Dublin.

Issuing of warning to female passengers after fake sign incident ‘over the top’, taxi group says

A closure order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Inspectors from the Food Safety Authority deemed there was a ’grave’ danger to health

Marie O’Connor, chair of  Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Letter urges State’s independent redress scheme to return records to women by post

Members of Network Ireland will celebrate International Women’s Day at an event in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday.

Over 300 expected to hear speakers at Network Ireland event in Shelbourne Hotel

Amnesty Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman. Nearly four out of 10 people are in favour of allowing women the choice to access abortion in Ireland, a poll for the organisation suggests.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Survey carried out for human rights group Amnesty suggests 69% see abortion as priority for next government

Economist Fergal O’Brien said: “If we rely fully on the financing of our water infrastructure from general taxation, it simply won’t happen in the bad times.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ibec economist says relying on taxation not enough due to changing political priorities

 Lucinda Creighton at the election count in the RDS at the weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Woman says she was contacted three times asking her to vote for Lucinda Creighton

A farmer in Kerry faced a demand to return a grant of €25,000 to the Department of Agriculture after his land was flooded. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ombudsman found officials knew land was prone to flooding before funds were handed over

Commuters walking on Luas strikes during previous strike. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Operator expresses disappointment over stoppages in addition to St Patrick’s Day

Stephen Donnelly: topped poll in Wicklow, which had  70.92% turnout. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Voter numbers down nearly 5% nationally but not out of line with recent elections

 Damien English. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meath West: Third TD elected of three

Peadar Tóibín TD at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis

Meath West: Second TD elected of three

Shane Cassells. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Meath West: First TD elected of three

Fianna Fáil takes seat from Fine Gael in constituency with Sinn Féin TD returned

Chairwoman of Survivors of Symphysiotomy Marie O’Connor said she would contact the Data Protection Commissioner on Friday about the proposed destruction of the records. Photography: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Redress body posts note on website saying it intended to destroy information by Monday

Residents in one Dublin constituency found they had been taken off the register. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Fingal County Council says onus on all citizens to check they are entitled to vote

CWU organiser Ruairi Creaney said the dispute was about ‘dignity and respect in the workplace’.

A dozen workers picket outside large industrial centre over conditions

Political veterans say ‘skulduggery’ was always an issue in campaigns

James Reilly, said the party had a long-term economic plan to keep the recovery going.

A vote for Labour would deliver the recovery to ‘every kitchen table’, Alan Kelly says

Copyright issues affecting content uploaded online are a “web of complexity”, a conference hosted by the Irish Centre for European Law heard

Conference hears online services such as Google face difficulties over user content

Speaking at a hustings event for young people on Thursday were, from left,  Labour junior Minister Kevin Humphreys, Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett and  Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy. Photograph:  Patrick Bolger Photography

Children’s rights groups hold hustings to let young people air their views on politics

St John of God Community Services regional director Phil Gray said the improvements required were accepted fully and that corrective action plans had been submitted to Hiqa. File photograph: Getty Images

Units to shut at St Raphael’s centre in Kildare run by St John of God Community Services

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

Tourism Ireland announces seventh annual ‘Global Greening’ initiative to celebrate national holiday

Want not waste not: “It would be great to see a similar law introduced in Ireland, however, establishing a scalable and sustainable model for redistribution of that surplus food,” says Iseult Wood of Food Cloud.  Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Tesco says it donates over 1.5 million meals or 677 tonnes of surplus food from its stores

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a huge wind farm in north Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Controversial development near Kells had been designated as strategic infrastructure

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