Malahide Castle in Co Dublin. Campaigners have vowed to bring a legal challenge against a decision  to approve planning for a forest adventure facility in the woodlands of its demesne.

Campaigners object to proposed development in woodlands of Malahide Demesne

Peter Barry  in his office at Iveagh House during his time as minister for foreign affairs in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

Businessman played important role in Anglo Irish agreement during foreign affairs tenure

All teenagers’ lunches need attention say DCU researchers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Teenagers struggle to get adequate nutrition from lunchtime meals in Irish schools

Conor McGregor  in a UFC contest in Las Vegas. File photograph: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Governing body makes claim after Irish Martial Arts Commission compares it to dog fighting

Car parking paces have been reduced for staff at St James’s  Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 300 staff spaces removed due to construction of new children’s hospital

Jim Hamilton said the team hiked eight hours up a mountain and when they reached their camp they find cages with rabbits in them. Coach Vern Cotter told the players they would be cooking the rabbits for dinner, Hamilton said

Jim Hamilton later dampens down claims saying he got ‘carried away’ speaking about training exercise

The HSE said it was contacted by a member of the public alleging that confidential documentation relating to clients of its services had been located. “All such documentation is now in the possession of the HSE,” a spokesman said. File photograph: Getty Images

HSE says has notified Data Protection Commissioner and taking issue ‘extremely seriously’

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland said it was happy that a Government Minister was questioning the “dangerous proposals” contained in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Sex Worker organisation indicates new legislation contains ‘dangerous proposals’

Minister for Justice and  Equality Frances Fitzgerald has estimated that more than 4,000 people will be denied entry to Ireland in 2016. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Human rights groups express concern over increase in those refused ‘leave to land’

The Irish Prison Service said contraband seizures have halved in recent years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison service says seizures have halved since introduction of dedicated team

File photograph of Deirdre Jacob, who disappeared in 1998. File photograph: Collins Dublin

Deirdre Jacob (18) disappeared metres from her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in 1998

Members of the Garda Forensic team examining a scene on the Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin where a woman in her 30’s was sexually assaulted by a group of men in the early hours of the morning, Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Noeline Blackwell says initial reports suggest this was a ‘spectacularly awful incident’

Social welfare office: A judge has called for changes to how interviews are conducted in the Department of Social Protection. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Lack of CCTV recording leaves both parties vulnerable to false accusations, says judge

Scene of the double fatal crash on the dual carriageway close to Manorcunningham on the main route towards Letterkenny, Co Donegal.  Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Two men killed in Donegal crash believed to have been fleeing after robbery

More than two years after local area hackney licences were introduced to help tackle rural isolation, just 14 such licences remain active in the State.

Scheme was launched more than two years ago to help tackle rural isolation

Gardaí in Dublin are ‘very concerned’ about the rate of thefts from the person in the city, with more than 1,800 instances reported so far in 2016. File photograph: iStock

Garda chief says there has been an increase in robberies from the person in 2016

The new Government agreed to suspend water charges for nine months following the general election earlier this year. The suspension was announced as the latest bills were being issued to customers.

Utility receives €18.3m in billing cycle five - down from €33.4m collected in cycle four

Fingal County Councillors today approved a proposal to extend a car park and provide a forest adventure facility at Malahide Demesne, which features Malahide Castle (above). File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans involve five-hectare adventure facility and car park extension at noted amenity

A file image of a rickshaw driver. The NTA wants to introduce new rules to govern their operation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Poorly maintained bikes, no lights and indicators and uninsured drivers among issues

Charlie Flanagan: “The referendum in Britain has in no way changed the entitlement to an Irish passport”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Passport service in ‘peak season’ with 53,139 applications in the system

South Dublin County Council says magpie numbers have increased recently in urban areas where waste food litter attracts them. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Council says locals should focus on helping small birds rather than controlling magpies

North quays in Dublin: heavy goods vehicles with five or more axles have been barred since 2007 from entering Dublin city centre between 7am and 7pm unless they have a permit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

App would enable monitoring of whether vehicles have permits to be in a city area

Paul Kelly, the founder of suicide charity Console. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Organisation says following ‘revelations’ it wants to protect ‘standing and integrity’ of awards

The US State Department on Thursday released a report showing a 73 per cent increase in the number of detected cases of human trafficking in Ireland since 2014. File photograph: Paul Barker/PA

Immigrant group calls for new laws to tackle problem of sex trafficking to the State

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

UK referendum may delay EU ruling on Apple’s Irish tax affairs, Minister says

In or out? Most British media outlets have endorsed one side or the other in the Brexit campaign.

Campaigning enters final day as United Kingdom prepares to go to polls

U2 called on Irish people living in the UK to vote remain in Thursday’s EU referendum. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Liam Neeson urges Irish in UK to vote Remain to avoid worst ramifications for Ireland

The No 9 tram from the Hill of Howth at Sutton Cross. The council is considering partially restoring the service as a tourist attraction.  Photograph: Jim Kilroy

Fingal County Council wants to reinstate Hill of Howth Tramway, disused since 1959

Some 135,000 Irish residents who currently receive a British state pension could be hit if UK decides to leave the EU, experts have warned. Photograph: iStock

Over 200,000 pensions could be hit as sterling expected to decline sharply if Leave wins

The review of the “Mary” case will be conducted by the HSE and Tusla. File photograph: Alan Betson

Young woman remained with family after historical allegations made against carer

A dog with puppies at a Co Cavan breeding establishment that featured in a BBC Panorama investigation. Photograph: ISPCA

ISPCA calls for immediate action by council after Cavan farm features in footage

The city council’s waste management division said returned summonses pose a significant obstacle to securing a successful prosecution for littering. Photograph: Getty Images

Of 84 prosecutions sought between January and March only 13 prove to be successful

The passive house standard involves the use of high levels of insulation and typically triple-glazed windows in new buildings

DLR councillors write to Simon Coveney over ‘serious breach of local democracy’

A steady flow of would-be passengers arrived at the Rialto Luas stop on Friday morning only to walk away disappointed. Rialto Luas stop, looking west. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Frustrated commuters unaware of Friday’s strike forced to find alternative transport

Drivers can expect to see this text on electronic variable message signs on approaches to the M50 in the event of a major incident. Photograph: TII

New group trialling emergency diversion routes in event of collision on motorway

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: “I hope that with the publication of the O’Higgins Report, I can now move on to a new chapter.”

Former minister for justice criticises Micheál Martin following publication

The vacant site at Bridgefoot Street in Dublin 8. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Dublin council had supported transforming Bridgefoot Street site into green space

Students are being forced out of college because of rapidly increasing rent costs, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. File photograph: iStock

Accommodation crisis is fuelling ‘dropout culture’ at third-level, union claims

Frankfort Cottages, Killarney Street, where Dublin City Council has displayed a poster with images of people caught dumping litter in the lane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Councillor calls on chief executive to follow lead of Dublin City Council

Gardaí in Crumlin are leading the investigation, which involves a dig in the house’s back garden, after the woman came forward last year to say she was the vitctim of sexual abuse at the hands of men she knew as a child

Crumlin officers leading investigation after woman alleges she was abused as child in 1970s

A sleet shower outside the Irish Times office on Tara Street in Dublin city centre.

Met Éireann says it’s cold for this time of year but hail and sleet often falls in April

The scene of a shooting in Clondalkin,  Co Dublin, in which Thomas Farnan (37) was fatally injured on Monday night. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Thomas Farnan fatally wounded at own home by lone gunman

Kenyan human rights activist Gacheke Gachihi says his country faces a “very serious problem of shrinking democratic space”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gacheke Gachihi visited Dublin to highlight state intimidation and systemic corruption

UCD landscape architecture students prepare a vacant site at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8, for public “pop-up” open days on April 22nd and 23rd. Photograph: Dan Griffin

‘Pop-up’ open days at the 2.5-acre Bridgefoot Street site before design consultations begin

Economist and Irish Times columnust John Fitzgerald was speaking at an Irish Times event on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

John Fitzgerald says Irish negotiators need to quickly secure deal if Britain exits EU

Ten food businesses were served with closure orders last month for breaches of food safety legislation and European Commission regulations.

FSAI chief says breaches have ‘serious negative implications’ for food industry

Thursday’s work stoppage in Navan is in pursuit of workers’ claim for a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour. Photograph: Getty Images

Workers are seeking pay increase to bring them to a ‘living wage standard’

Former workers continue to protest outside the closed department store on Dublin’s O’Connell street once a month in an an attempt to secure a meeting with new owners Natrium. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sudden closure of landmark store led to 130 staff and 300 concession workers losing jobs

Polling Cards from Dublin City Council Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tenders invited for four million cards on behalf of Department of Environment

Taoiseach Enda Kenny examines flood defences on the banks of the east side of the flooded river Shannon in Athlone in December 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Assessment delays meant money was spent without proper risk analysis, C&AG finds

Acting Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (right), Capt John Quinn, saluting, and members of a Defence Forces colour party at the Easter Monday Jacob’s factory commemoration. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Ancestors were ‘part of a movement that changed fault lines of history’, relatives told

 Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District is seeking an advance of €38,500 from the local council to make up the cash flow shortfall. Above: Dún Laoghaire sea front. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Councillors to vote to decide if sought advance of €38,500 will be issued to BID DL

The strike will close both Luas lines. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coaches will run every 10 or 15 minutes from park and ride stops on both lines

Independent TD Michael Lowry told The Irish Times on Friday he will support Enda Kenny for taoiseach, making him the first Independent Deputy to commit to supporting either the acting Taoiseach or Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  File photograph: Courts Collins

Lowry ‘concerned’ other Independents have not declared support for Martin or Kenny

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

WRC talks aimed at averting further strikes broke down earlier this week

Farmers feel like prisoners in their own homes, according to a farmer from Co Tipperary whose property has been repeatedly broken into. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/Files

Man whose farm was broken into says people in rural areas terrified in their homes

Luas commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh during the strike on February 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transdev says public, business the ‘losers’ due to action which union says unavoidable

The Waterford rescue helicopter was en route to refuel in Kerry Airport on Monday afternoon before continuing towards the Dutch trawler, Willem van der Zwan.

‘Top cover’ needed for Coast Guard helicopter in operation off south coast

Fianna Fáil will seek support from Independent TDs and small parties for Micheál Martin’s bid to become Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Negotiations taking place before Dáil votes for Taoiseach on Thursday

Fine Gael cathaoirleach on Galway County Council Peter Roche said the controlling pact between the two parties is “working very well”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnesy

The parties share power on councils but national politics is a more complex context

CCTV: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  requesting tenders for two cemeteries. Photograph: Clive Gee/PA

Request issued for provision of CCTV at Shanganagh and Deansgrange cemeteries

The campaign group adds that about 25 TDs are personally opposed to abortion but it is unknown if they would oppose holding a referendum on the issue while 11 TDs describe their position as undecided.

Dozens of successful election candidates signed pledge to act on abortion issue

 Workers with  the Siptu and Unite trade unions  on the picket line  at the Cadbury factory in Coolock, March 3rd, 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Workplace Relations Commission invites unions and management to talks on Friday

A combination of high seas and high winds, make for a dramatic scene, at the Poolbeg lighthouse, Dublin, in December. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry and Imogen lashed country since December

Left to right: John Concannon, director of 1916 events; Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Centenary advisory group, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Raghnall Ó Floinn, director of the National Museum of Ireland, at the launch of the National Museum of Ireland’s Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition which open to the public March 3rd. Admission is free. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach says charges fundamental for Fine Gael; Shatter expects election within 18 months

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour TD says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should put the country first and coalesce

 Ciarán Cannon

Galway East: Third TD elected of three

Anne Rabbitte

Galway East: Second TD elected of three

Seán Canney

Galway East: First TD elected of three

Independent Alliance candiate Seán Canney who has topped the poll in Galway East. Photograph: Dan Griffin.

Cannon says Fine Gael needs to consider going into power with Fianna Fáil

Thomas “Slab” Murphy outside the Criminal Courts of Justice. File photograph: Reuters

Associate of Murphy’s tells photographers not to take pictures outside Co Louth school

Emily Logan: Landlords are still declaring that they will not accept rent supplement tenants

Kieran Mulvey says plight being ‘off-loaded’ on to Workplace Relations Commission

Former Fine Gael Cavan-Monaghan TD Seymour Crawford

Seymour Crawford says man who challeneged Mary Lou McDonald no relative

Luas Strike Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the Luas line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Commuters forced to make new travel plans as service comes to standstill in pay dispute

The  Luas Red Cow Depot  in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Annual leave, overtime and pensions are among the issues behind industrial action

Increasing rent prices have contributed to a 25 per cent reduction in capital’s studio space

Protests outside the GPO in Dublin on Saturday over the launch of anti-immigration group Pegida. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Anti-racism demonstrators clash in Dublin with members of far-right group Pegida

A component of the project is that four additional houses will be provided for Traveller accommodation

Locals register fears over traffic congestion and scale of proposed apartment complexes

BBC presenter Terry Wogan, host of Britain’s flagship television chatshow in the 1980s and of Eurovision over three decades, died of cancer on January 31. Photograph: Getty

‘To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can’t believe it’

A review of cancelled Garda fixed charge penalty notices has raised concerns over the number of notices being returned undelivered. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Oversight report finds substantial level of Garda compliance with system

The inquiry noted David Drumm’s failure to appear before the committee but it said that even if the former head of Anglo Irish Bank had agreed to appear, the Director of Public Prosecutions probably would have blocked it.

Report says DPP would likely have blocked David Drumm from giving evidence

The Banking Inquiry report recommends that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) should prepare general guidelines for inquiry committees on avoiding prejudice to criminal trials and investigations

Ciarán Lynch says committee faced legal, process and timing challenges

‘We’re seeing more cruelty (to animals) than ever before and some instances that are more serious than anything we’ve come across,’ said ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says more prosecutions needed in cruelty cases

 Michael Lowry at the launch of his election campaign  earlier this month.

Minister for Health weighs into debate over Michael Lowry’s support

An image of the hybrid fuel bus used in Dublin  in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It failed to meet emmissions expectations

Electric-diesel vehicles were part of plan to reduce fleet’s emissions

A hedgerow in west Cork in August 2015. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Conservationists warn that new legislation poses a threat to Irish birdlife and habitats

Brian Hanley, co-ordinator with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and Bishop John Kirby , ICPO chaiman,  in  Maynooth, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas tries to assist those who feel at sea in Ireland

Wormwood Scrubs: There are 950-1,000 Irish prisoners in various British jails, mostly in England. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA

There is still a real need for support services for Irish citizens imprisoned abroad

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine said flu numbers have exceeded threshold levels, indicating that flu is officially in the country.

Hospitals becoming ‘overwhelmed’ by flu and flood-related injuries, says Varadkar

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: Accessing telephone records is a basic investigative tool in criminal cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice says some criminals go through 50 to 100 mobile phones a month

Publicans campaign for end to ban, saying it affects business and confuses tourists

New research has found that although social media helps slow down the natural rate of decay in relationship quality, it cannot replace face-to-face contact.

Online sites helpful for keeping in touch but friends need to meet in real life

A Silver VW Passat with an unknown number of occupants fired a number of shots at a 06-D blue Mazda 3 containing two men.

Appeal for witnesses issued after man shot in car during incident on Monday night

Retired chief justice John Murray: Appointed by the Coalition to review law allowing access to journalists’ phone records. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mr Justice John Murray to review international practice to assess if Irish legislation out of sync

Demonstrators vacate properties on Dublin’s Moore Street. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Protesters vow to re-occupy historic site if High Court decision goes against them

Assistant station manager at Connolly Station Gavin Collins said there seems to be “a romantic notion that graffiti is a bit of art, a bit of Banksy, it’s great. It’s not. It’s a blight on our community.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Company says courts failing to take issue of criminal damage seriously enough

 Flooding in Athlone. Major insurance companies  must do more for those who have been flooded, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Taoiseach issues statement as 230 Irish homes remain under threat of flooding

The National Co-ordination Group said conditions are expected to turn cool and dry while river levels continue to fall. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Encouraging signs’ worst of deluge over, says response committee

 Liz O’Brien at her flood-damaged home  at Kilganey, Clonmel. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there is a number of  ways homeowners can  claim funds for flood damage relief.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Flood victims can apply to authorities for funds to restore water-damaged homes

Members of the National Emergency Coordination Group prepare to brief the media.

Areas of Shannon catchment continue to pose severe flood problems

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