Sean Hogan from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group said severe coastal and river flooding was unlikely. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Director of emergency planning says predicted weather conditions ‘not exceptional’

There were 63,897 births registered in 2016, some 2,012 fewer than 2015. Photograph:  The Irish Times

Statistics yearbook reports 1,056 same-sex marriages of 22,626 marriages in 2016

The offer comes as falling numbers of taxis have become an issue in the business, particularly in Dublin. . Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of active drivers in sector falls by 45% in eight years, Transport Authority says

Fishmonger Colm O’Riordan of Ballycotton Seafood, Midleton, east Cork places sandbags by his shop door ahead of Storm Brian. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fear of flooding in Shannon region as water levels already rising and high tides forecast

Storm Brian tracks up the west coast of Ireland on Saturday morning. Photograph:

Rainfall warning is also in place on Thursday for counties in Munster and much of Leinster

Danny Healy Rae said EU farm payments were preventing farmers from “clearing rivers” and preventing flooding. He said farmers “aren’t allowed touch” the rivers for fear of losing their entitlements.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Kerry TD said farmers ‘aren’t allowed touch’ rivers for fear of losing EU payments

ESB crew workers at Glenamuck Road restoring services following Ophelia storm damage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Given the safety implications of fallen cables, progress on restoring power can be slow

Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ESB Networks says storm has left it in ‘unprecedented territory’

Protesters at the opening of an “Ideal Org” Irish base by the Church of Scientology in Firhouse, on the site of the former Victory Centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Demonstrators at opening of €6m facility in Dublin hit out at church’s practices

Some teachers have been forced to borrow from schools as they have not been paid since the start of the academic year. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

‘Pressure in payroll department’ creates delays in registering details of first-time teachers

The committee wants to see new vehicle technologies such as automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian and cyclist detection or lane-keeping assistance installed in all cars sold in the EU. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

European Parliament agrees some automatic driving systems should be mandatory

Campaign group Justice for Wards said it was “archaic” that the wards of courts’ assets were held by the State under the lunacy regulations of 1871. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners call for inquiry into way assets of wards of court invested

Electric car charging point. File photograph:Peter Byrne/PA

‘Low level of incentive’ not likely to inspire people to buy electric vehicles, says Dave McCabe

Lough Derg near Killaloe, Co Clare. Fáilte Ireland plans to build a brand for the midlands similar to that of the Wild Atlantic Way. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fáilte Ireland advertises for consultants for a new marketing treatment for the region

Limerick received  €4.7 million for King John’s Castle, figures show. Photograph: Brian Lynch

Figures show Dublin received most at almost €18m while Laois was granted just €94,000

Head chef Ross Lewis in Chapter One, Parnell Square with his dish, potato pancake with goats cheese and spinach. Photograph: Alan Betson

The travel website’s restaurant awards are based on customer ratings

Annual capital infrastructure spending on projects including schools, hospitals and roads has been increased by €790 million to €5.3 billion in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says €5.3bn spend across departments is central to Ireland’s Brexit response

A man in his twenties has died in a collision in Co Galway.

Two-year-old girl among those injured in collision near Dunmore on Monday night

A Volvo hybrid car connected to a charging point. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Electricity customers will no longer be partly funding assets through charges, CRU says

Last month’s opening of the 53km Gort to Tuam motorway in Co Galway brought to 101km the length of road between the bypasses of Tuam and Shannon without motorway services

Services planned for site south of Ennis will not be open until 2020 ‘at the earliest’

 Prof Dermot Kelleher: Collaborative research. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Clinical Research Development Ireland aims to build on Ireland’s ability to attract research projects internationally

A man (44) has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The 44-year-old died after his car hit a concrete column on the M8 motorway

A file image of tyres abandoned in the Featherbeds area of the Dublin Mountains.

Clean-up effort to resume following the latest illegal dumping incident in the area

The An Post logo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Union members say An Post threatened to terminate contracts if they did not co-operate

Bishop Kevin Doran was speaking during a homily at Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo on Sunday. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Association of Catholic Priests asks that cleric withdraw comments on HPV vaccine

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan had said the HPV vaccine ‘could’ make girls more promiscuous

 Frank Brennan,  Tom Hope, Rhonda Nally,  Jim O’Connor,  Ciara Devine,  and Gerard Ingoldsby.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Irish Cancer Society’s national conference hears positive stories of living with cancer

The  hearing  was told the first phase of Amazon’s plan involved building a 7,000sq m data centre on a 26-hectare site in Mulhuddart. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Planning inquiry opens into first phase of proposed plant in Mulhuddart, west Dublin

“Delighted”: Dinny Ryan, owner  of The Coopers  pub, celebrates with locals  as Birdhill, Co Tipperary, is voted Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Photograph: Don Moloney

Some dedicated volunteers were waiting 25 years to see their small village awarded title

Birdhill, Co Tipperary was named overall winner in Tidy Towns 2017

Clonakilty, Westport and Ennis also take key awards in annual contest

Uber cars in London differ to black cabs because they are private hire vehicles which cannot be hailed on the street, and they set their own prices. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Irish drivers already vetted, registered and operating within regulations says NTA

Former president Mary Robinson has sharply criticised US president Donald Trump: photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mary Robinson lets fly at US president in speech delivered in New York

Palladian mansion Castletown House, located in Celbridge. File photograph: Office of Public Works

Damien English set to direct rezoning of demesne near Castletown House

Traffic blackspot south to be given €120 million upgrade, Taoiseach announces

Tory island. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Air Accident Investigation Unit was informed of crash by local journalist seeking comment

Local property tax: at a  meeting of Dublin City Council on Monday, Owen Keegan recommended a 10 per cent  reduction for householders instead on the maximum 15 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposal voted down despite warning decision will cost council €12m in lost revenue

DLR Properties owns and manages 180,000 sq ft of offices in two buildings in Cherrywood in south Dublin. Image:

Company owns 14 acres of overall site for proposed Cherrywood Town Centre

“Ireland is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the impacts are serious: more storms, rising sea levels and changing weather.” Photograph: Getty Images

Programme focuses on identifying individuals in schools, campuses and communities

Projects located mainly in Dublin and Cork but also in east coast and midland commuter counties have the potential to deliver 69,240 new homes. File photograph: Getty Images

Projects in Dublin, Cork and midland commuter counties could deliver 69,000 homes

In order to land as quickly as possible the pilot climbed to 305 metres and completed a standard circuit for Runway 18. Photograph: Frank Miller

Air Accident unit notes pilot landed plane with left hand, while right hand held canopy

Five local digital hubs to be located in Kilrush, Feakle, Miltown Malbay, Ennis and Enistymon are to be set up over the next 18 months with high-speed broadband.

Plan seeks to add 4,000 jobs and develop five regional tech centres for ‘home’ workers

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors have rejected a bid by the council’s management to raise the level of local property tax. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

But Fingal County Council breaks ranks with other Dublin authorities and imposes 10% cut

Paul Reid said Fingal County Council ‘can’t sustain the level of services that we are providing right now’ if the percentage of tax paid by homeowners is not increased this year.  Photograph: Jack Power

Fingal council head warns services may have to be cut at risk as parties ponder increase

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House  while the housing summit, hosted by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, was in process. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans to tackle homelessness include focus on prevention as well as additional homes

Packets of unused incontinence pads that were dumped on Greenhill Road. Photograph: William Winters

Stock of incontinence pads is latest dumping offence at scenic out-of-town beauty spot

Dublin’s new Luas Cross City line has hit traffic problems before services even begin, with cars and delivery vans blocking the tracks during tram operating tests. Photograph: Graeme McQueen/Twitter

‘We did anticipate some problems with illegal parking at start,’ says Luas spokesperson

A June 2010 photograph shows Iarnród Éireann staff inspecting damage after a truck struck the railway bridge on Dublin’s Erne Street. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/THE IRISH TIMES

Yearly total of incidents is rising as economic recovery brings more, larger vehicles onto roads

The new boardwalk at Acres Lake near Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

Amenity is final leg of Shannon Blueway from Drumshanbo to Carrick-on-Shannon

Two teenage boys were photographed sitting between carriages on a moving Dart in north Dublin. Photograph: Laura Lynott

Two boys photographed sitting between carriages on moving train at Killester

INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan refers to international evidence which shows that schoolchildren who are homeless struggle to do well in school and the experience can undermine their entire education.

Adverse psychological and educational outcomes may affect those in B&Bs and hotels

Haulage association says 30 per cent of firms have moved abroad in the last four years

The Department of Education said the building named in the report were not found to be dangerous. Photograph: PA

Western Building Systems says buildings met ‘all relevant fire safety and building regulations’

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Mary Lou McDonald leads social media backlash over Dr Eva Orsmond’s map of island

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin said that despite his family’s feelings to the contrary, he still feels guilty about the incident. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘I sat at his hip, because I didn’t want to look, I didn’t want to know what happened’

Vikings invade Dún Laoghaire Harbour to celebrate the harbour’s bicentenary in August. Housebuilders with expertise are invited to advise on the proposed water-based housing development.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Harbour Company seeks to build 50 houses on pontoons at prices of up to €300,000

Mourners at the funeral of Clinton Shannon in Laytown, Co Meath on Thursday. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins.

Locksmith Clinton Shannon died after botched gangland shooting two weeks ago

Greyhound Recycling has already asked the gardaí for help to protect staff. File photograph: David Sleator

Online videos appear to show crews being physically and verbally abused on the job

An overturned tractor after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister: floods require more immediate response with personnel and dehumidifiers

Gardaí have been following the movements of a number of suspects in Ireland and abroad in relation to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Suspect detained by gardaí investigating murder attempts on Hutch family members

The scene at the Mansion House in Dublin as people arrive to sign the book of condolence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve literally walked that square, that roundabout, every year for the last eight years’

Charles Haughey: back in 1962, when he was minister for justice, he charged the Interdepartmental Committee on the Prevention and Treatment of Offenders with investigating the links between parentally deprived children and repeat offences.  Photograph: RTÉ screen grab.

Parnell summer school reminds of openness to psychologists in priest-run reform schools

The scene  at the site of the fire that claimed 10 lives in  Carrickmines in 2015. Eight local councils did not invest any money in housing for the Traveller community last year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Inquest into deaths of 10 people and unborn child in 2015 blaze to resume next month

RSA: Against putting learner drivers in a high speed environment. Photograph: CYRIL BYRNE / THE IRISH TIMES

RSA says including motorways in test curriculum unfair to those in areas without them

Under the Fair Deal scheme, a nursing home resident must hand over 80 per cent of any rental income in return for their care

Age Action says idea may be positive but it would need to see the detail of proposal

An anonymous tip-off website for identifying vacant homes has been set up. Photograph: Frank Miller

New website set up to identify vacant homes by anonymous tip-off to local authorities

In 2014 Mr Varadkar as minister for transport posed outside Government Buildings with a clamp to announce the end of what he described as “rogue clampers”

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said regulations due to come into effect in October

Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the State body which owns the M50 (above) and Dublin Tunnel, has said it is not going to drop the price for private motorists. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

European Court of Justice ruled State-owned tolls in Ireland should not charge Vat

The highest number of empty homes was in Leitrim where for every 1,000 people in that county there were 112 vacant homes. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

According to the latest census there are some 183,000 vacant properties in the State

Workmen at Westmoreland Street near O’Connell Bridge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

City centre reopened to traffic at 6pm on Monday evening

Solar energy is receiving renewed interest around the world following claims  that the cost of solar photo-voltaic technology fell  80% from 2008 to 2013.  Photograph: Getty Images

Naughten warns local authorities not to vary plans to block development of wind farms

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “The mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure because it aims to target dangerous drivers on our roads.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross signs order introducing mutual recognition of disqualifications in State and UK

The island’s car-charging network contains 1,200 charge points, 300 of them in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Analysis: Government policy on green cars is a mess only Leo Varadkar can move forward

Residents at Termon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water supplied by the local council. Thousands of homes and businesses in Louth and Meath  remain without water five days after a  water mains burst. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Company will consider reopening Rosehall should burst pipe not be repaired as planned by the weekend

Some 33 tankers are filling reservoirs and 86 stationary water containers for distribution to locals. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Supplies to be rotated in three-hour bursts but conservation urged by authorities

A survey has  identified the lower cost of electric power to be the main attraction for purchasers buying electric cars ,

Government should also consider ending the subsidies for diesel, says leader Eamon Ryan

 Residents at Turmon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water supplied by Drogheda council following a burst pipe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

70,000 residents in Meath and Louth deprived of regular water supplies

Residents at Termon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Residents in Louth and Meath angry as water shortages continue

Workers repairing  a burst water pipe. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water’s timeline of efforts to fix leak in ‘old and infirm’ pipe at Staleen plant

People queuing for water in Termonabbey on the outskirts of Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

More problems may happen in future as asbestos cement pipe needs to be replaced

A section of the N2 near Ardee, Co Louth. File photograph: Google Street View

Route from south of Ardee to Monaghan has seen multiple fatal crashes, statistics show

Margaret McGonigle (left), her daughter, Mairead Mundy and Racheal Battles

Section of N2 closed after mother, daughter and friend die following three-car collision

 Moneypoint power station, Co Kerry: The National Mitigation Plan proposes that a study be carried out on a suitable low-carbon replacement for the coal-fired    facility  by 2019. Photograph: Neil Warner

Opinions of some of the plan’s key proposals to move Ireland to a low-carbon economy

AA Ireland’s Conor Faughnan: said there was a policy tendency to look at transport emissions, and then to take measures against the use of private cars.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Association says focus should be on transitioning to bio fuel and electric vehicles

Cabinet to discuss the strategy to ‘de-carbonise’ the economy during day-long meeting

Denis Naughten hopes the plan, which his department describes as a “living document”, will kick off a national dialogue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Castletown House in Co Kildare is venue for Cabinet’s first ‘away day’ planning session

Nissan Leaf: helped bring electric vehicles to mainstream attention

Many electric cars on market today have range of well over 200km from single charge

‘Danny Healy–Rae is actually afraid to come on and be challenged by those of us who are strong about road safety’.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Victims’ groups feel they’re not being listened to and lives of deceased loves ones not valued

A new study builds on the experience of a Canadian farmer who discovered cattle eating seaweed were not just more healthy than others, but enjoyed a longer mating cycle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Welcome for Canadian and Australian studies that also show healthier, more fertile cattle

The Irish Government is  promoting the use of electric vehicles  to reduce the State’s carbon emissions from transport and to reduce air pollution. Photograph: Getty Images

Many companies will have to upgrade charge points to monitor charging habits of staff

Do you know what can – and can’t – go in the green bin? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Autumn start for Government information campaign to combat widespread confusion

Dublin Airport Authority said issues relating to drivers parking on double yellow lines or blocking facilities at the service station were an issue for Topaz

Regulator ‘powerless’ over parking on yellow lines, air, water and electric vehicle bays

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said the Government’s new affordable childcare scheme may not be ready by its September 2018 deadline. File  photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Katherine Zappone says it is impossible to guarantee a start-up date for the programme

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: said 92 per cent of children in care living in foster homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New measures will help Ireland move away from the ‘poor institutional care’ of the past

Chairwoman of the National Women’s Council Ellen  O’Malley Dunlop:  judges need to look at their knowledge of physical or sexual assault and receive education on how perpetrators use shame and fear to manipulate victims.

Training on coercive and controlling behaviour urged for first responders and judges

Five cars were seized in the course of Saturday’s operations. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Arrests, warrant execution, checkpoints and public relations all part of operation

Dublin Waste to Energy, the company which operates the Poolbeg incinerator, dismissed fears it was the source of a fly infestation which had bothered local householders. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mixed opinions on the nuisance value of ‘moderate’ fly infestation in south Dublin

A Tesla car recharges at a charging station in North Carolina, USA. Photograph: AP/Chuck Burton

Minister wants to see more motorway fast chargers developed for inter-urban travel

John Dunne, domestic director of Panda Waste. The firm said it would impose penalties only as a last resort. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown bin collection charges are less than 11 years ago, says Panda

Hildegarde Naughton TD and Minister for Communications Denis Naughten:  spoke at public service media forum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Forum on future of public service broadcasting told of media landscape changes

Reduce your waste-collection costs with careful segregation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Rubbish collectors must accept a long list of items for recycling but exclusions can surprise

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