Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will bring a paper on drug use to Cabinet in the autumn. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says ‘consumption rooms’ for heroin users will be considered

Judge Patrick McCartan told the jury in the trial of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank  to leave any ‘hard views’ about the bank behind when deliberating. Photograph: Frank Miller

Anglo Irish Bank not on trial, says judge

Wind turbines: An extensive wind farm project has been planned for Emlagh, near Kells, in Co Meath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála into wind farm project concludes after four weeks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny prior to his address at the MacGill Summer School Photograph: North West Newspix.

Taoiseach greeted by anti-water charge protesters at MacGill summer school

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy called for a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the Constitution. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

MacGill: Sister Stanislaus says playing market with people’s housing needs ‘indecent’

Prof Orla Hardiman said the health system was now completely demoralised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Prof Orla Hardiman calls for new centre for health research and data-driven approach to care

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the problems reported at nursing homes were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health says issues are ‘not new’ and have been going on for decades

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the Government could fund adult primary care through changes to PRSI. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says hospitals don’t have capacity to provide universal healthcare at present

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch told the MacGill summer school young people were now buying ‘slabs’ of beer rather than six-packs. Photograph: Eric Luke

MacGill summer school hears call for minimum pricing to curtail alcohol crisis

David Begg said the top 10  per cent of people were now taking 34 per cent of all. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Former Ictu head tells MacGill summer school top 10% now takes 34% of all income

“Attainment of the 40 per cent target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9 billion, according to EirGrid,” says Dr Anthony White. Photograph: David Sleator

Dr Anthony White says Ireland is trying to achieve renewables target the wrong way

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh said people in Britain need to be made aware of the potential consequences of an exit from the European Union. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh tells MacGill Summer School he is ‘frightened of nationalism’

Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

MEP tells gathering not enough people questioning policy ‘in the madness years’

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: said issue was whether to ask people who had nothing in the cupboards to pay the same for water as people who had ‘plenty in the cupboards’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland had the most modern gas and electricity infrastructure in Europe, MacGill summer school told

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister did not attend MacGill summer school due to meeting in Brussels

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: ‘We have made massive changes to the operation and governance of An Garda Síochána.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says Government has delivered measurable reforms in justice

Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Achievements of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker celebrated at annual summer school

Labour Party Senator Lorraine Higgins who said she is planning to report emailed death threats to gardaí.

Labour Senator makes complaint to gardaí over emailed correspondence

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Unite trade union disappointed, saying new rate of €9.15 still well below living wage

The Registrar General’s annual report has revealed the number of civil marriages is on the rise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Registrar General’s report shows decrease in the number opting for religious weddings

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of Tuesday’s MacGill SummerSchool event due to a diary clash.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alan Kelly pulls out of Tuesday sessions when Irish Water on the agenda

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Economic Dialogue conference at Dublin Castle on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Opportunity there to get more women in particular back into workforce,’ says Taoiseach

Independent TD Mick Wallace  said he had no problem taking his allegations to gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Wexford TD says he has ‘no problem’ going to gardaí with allegations about payments

 A protester is led away from the Dáil entrance during anti-water charge protests last night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition launches scathing attack on payment levels of just 43% of customers

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the response to the first round of water bills had been “solid”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Joan Burton claims feedback has been ‘very positive from an awful lot of people’

The billboard ad which was the subject of complaints on Twitter on Wednesday.

Three says campaign was meant to illustrate problems with streaming data

Some problem gamblers may start as early as nine years old, the new study suggests. Photograph: Thinkstock

Researchers find technology such as smartphones has deepened secrecy around online betting

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the new forum would deal with the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of personal data.

Apple, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook all have representatives in the new forum

Frank O’Toole was remanded on continuing bail for trial on corruption charges in November. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Frank O’Toole to appear before Wicklow Circuit Court over 2006 allegations in November

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Court Collins.

Former IT staff member says he and colleague ‘not comfortable’ with instruction

Cracks in the outer wall of a house affected by pyrite. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Residents in Meath and Dublin had been forced to move out due to to structural issues

An Bord Pleanála has been told that the consultation process  on a wind farm development in Co Meath has been ‘hopelessly inadequate’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

An Bord Pleanála hears communication with locals on development has been ‘inadequate’

The scale of the planned wind farm in north Co Meath is difficult to understand, a town planner told an oral hearing. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Town planner Ann Mulcrone says turbines are five times bigger than guideline size

Report by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says pension deductions are ‘integral’ to meeting the  deficit reduction target has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report on emergency financial measures says levy raises over €900 million a year

The coffin of mother-of-two Lorna Carty, a victim of the Tunisia terror attack is carried in a hearse, escorted by players from Meath GAA and Dunderry GAA. Photograph: PA

Ms Carty was one of three Irish people killed in gun attack in Tunisia last week

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said people should not be afraid to make complaints against nursing homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

More than 3,400 instances of non-compliance with regulations found in 2014 by Hiqa

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said it would be a tragedy for Greece to leave the EU. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister says it is ‘hard to follow’ what is going on in Athens

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon and Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy at a seminar in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Thursday. Photograph: Maxwells

Seminar hears those dealing with phone queries must be alert to techniques of private investigators

The Department of Social Protection said that from July 2nd, a lone parent whose youngest child is seven years of age or older would “transition” from the one-parent family scheme onto another social welfare payment.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About 29,400 people moving out of scheme to alternative social welfare payments

Patrick Hopkins of the Charities Regulatory Authority told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice  he believes the salary and bonuses of charity chief executives should be highlighted.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Chairman designate Patrick Hopkins says power would be ‘helpful’ for transparency

Mary Mulvihill:  had a ‘wonderful gift’ for making science  accessible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Boyle Summer School hears from speakers on the theme of fraud in science

Irish citizens were among those most concerned about not having full control over their personal data online. Photograph: Thinkstock

Survey finds 40% do not mind giving personal information in return for free services

A man lays flowers on Marhaba beach where 38 people were killed on Friday.   Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Tour operator has flight ready to bring 177 to country, 59 of whom have changed plans

Migrants picked up by LÉ Eithne crew earlier this month. Photograph: LÉ Eithne

Irish Naval Service vessel carries out six rescue operations in North African region

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Commissioner favours ‘engaged’ approach in talks with Facebook on privacy

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, at the publication of her office’s annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Helen Dixon addresses controversial collection of information in primary schools

The Health Service Executive (HSE) broke the law by disclosing the salary details of one of its own employees to his ex wife, the Data Protection Commissioner has found.

Annual report by Data Protection Commissioner also reveals passwords of students were published on third-party website

Carol Hartley, Vicki Landua & Rita Derneha from all from Texas as they sign the book of condolences at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin today, for the the six students who died in a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Fergal Philips

Books of condolence to remain open in some areas next week to allow public pay tribute

The Wolfe Tone Festival, organised by members of Kildare Sinn Féin, was awarded a grant of €600 by Kildare County Council last month.Photograph: Screenshot of

Party’s deputy leader among speakers at event in Sallins, Co Kildare

Audry Deane, SVP social justice and policy officer, John-Mark McCafferty, head of social justice and policy, Kieran Stafford, national vice-president and Liz Kerrins, social policy development officer, at the launch of the Budget 2016 submission. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Charity calls for extension of early childcare schemes in pre-budget submission

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Court Collins

Fraud officer examined work by team he had been involved in, court hears

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says up to nine Irish students injured in Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs says up to nine Irish students injured in Berkeley balcony collapse

Aoife Maguire arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Collins.

Three charged with conspiring to hide accounts with links to Seán FitzPatrick

Clerys department store on O’Connell Street, Dublin.  The Clerys website continues to sell vouchers despite the store’s sudden closure on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department store’s website allows purchase of gift cards that will not be honoured

The Garda Ombudsman has commenced an inquiry into the death of a homeless man in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, on Thursday evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Deceased was seen slumped on a bench in Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Thursday evening

Former financial regulator Liam O’Reilly: “In future, the Financial Regulator must adopt a more intrusive and aggressive approach.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Liam O’Reilly tells inquiry he accepts principles-based approach had ‘shortcomings’

Former chairman of the Irish Financial Services Regulator Authority Brian Patterson said the authority could have done more and “done it sooner”. Photograph: Getty Images

Former watchdog chair says the body ‘did not see the calamity coming’

The EPA says it carries out “detailed quality checks” on submitted data before reporting to the European Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Data from environment watchdog indicates ‘positive downward trend’ for key pollutants

Chair-designate of the Citizens Information Board, Ita Mangan, who told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection that extra funding will allow the Money Advice and Budgeting Service to provide new supports for those in mortgage arrears. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Money Advice and Budgeting Service to provide additional services for borrowers

Rent supplement rates have been allowed to fall well behind real market rents forcing some families into homelessness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee hears 13 families in Dublin slept in cars in March and April

Stalls outside the Plunket building on Moore Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Vote to list properties as having historical importance goes against recommendation

 Phibsborough venue Dalymount Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Door remains open says Dublin City Council

In one case in the Louth-Meath area, it took three years for social workers to respond to concerns about a child threatening suicide. Photograph: The Irish Times

Significant number of children exposed to violence, physical abuse and risk of injury

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. The Department of Jobs has been criticised by the Carers’ Association for failing to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Body says department has failed to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Donnelan, director general of the  Irish Prison Service, answer questions  at the launch of the Irish Prison Service and  Probation Service annual reports and joint strategy  in Smithfield,  Dublin, on May 18th, 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Misuse of substances a key factor contributing to offending behaviour, says Minister

Kilmainham Gaol is seeking tenders to digitise autograph books belonging to prisoners in the 1916-1918 period.

OPW seeks tenders for website to digitise some 2,500 pages from 14 notebooks

Figures published by the Department of the Environment on Thursday show there are 3,081 homeless people, including 1,054 children

Simon Communities say crisis is deepening, with 151 rough sleepers in Dublin alone

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Court hears of ‘unforeseen matters’ in case against former bank executive

“It appears that any force used by the garda concerned in this incident was justified, lawful and proportionate under the circumstances and no more than absolutely necessary,” the Garda Síochána Ombudsman found. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Ombudsman opened inquiry into arrest of homeless man (34) on Henry Street, Dublin

Civilians in Aleppo struggle past a  site damaged by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to president Bashar Al-Assad. ‘In some cases, the actions of the Syrian government have amounted to crimes against humanity,’ Amnesty International charged in a new report. Photograph: Reuters/Hosam Katan

Human rights watchdog urges UN Security Council to refer Syrian conflict to International Criminal Court, and demands access to th(...)

The Department of Social Protection said it had ‘acted immediately’ following a data breach in which a man was sent three strangers’ bank statements and payslips in the post. Photograph: ThinkStock

Department of Social Protection says it ‘acted immediately’ following data breach

Irish Military War Museum founder and curator William Sullivan  in the museum in Collon, Co Louth. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Private collection of artefacts, vehicles and memorabilia rivals any in Europe, guests told

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said he hoped the new consultative Data Forum would contribute to “the broader societal debate on the opportunities and challenges arising from the growth of the digital economy, and the implications of greater generation and use of personal data”.

Minister Dara Murphy calls for dialogue on challenges and societal implications

Independent TD Shane Ross has asked that the investment committee responsible for the €1.47 million wards of court fund appear before the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Shane Ross says performance of €1.47m is ‘absolutely dismal’

Welcome for abolition of ‘double Irish’: Axelle Lemaire, France’s minister for digital affairs, in Dublin last week.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

France’s minister for digital affairs says abolition of ‘double Irish’ was a welcome move

Mind our Workers: a new campaign by the Construction Industry Federation and Pieta House aims to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues in the sector.

Report for CIF and Pieta House suggests a high number of deaths among those in production-type jobs

MEP Brian Hayes said the European Commission should not use its new Digital Single Market strategy, due to be announced on May 6th, for political ends. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says priority is to improve services for consumers

Garda Insp Michael Lynch (left), Dr Conor Hanly of NUIG and Caroline Counihan, legal policy director RCNI, at the Rape Crisis Network Ireland seminar at Buswells Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Gardaí may consider publication of sex offenders’ names in some cases under new Bill

Three men held by gardaí in Cavan after incident on Tuesday morning

Stella Nolan holds a photograph of her and her sister murder victim Sylvia Shiels, taken in the early 1960s at the horse show in the RDS. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Stella Nolan, sister of Sylvia Sheils, talks about woman who was murdered in 1997

Mark Nash has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Sylvia Sheils (59) and Mary Callanan (61) in 1997. File photograph: Collins Courts

Judge refuses to backdate sentence to date of original direction to charge Nash in 1999

The jury in the trial of Mark Nash for the murder of Sylvia Shields and Mary Callanan in 1997 has resumed deliberations at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Man is accused of killing Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan at Grangegorman in 1997

Lawyers, privacy activists, academics and other experts meet to discuss issues around digital privacy at the inaugural Digital Rights Europe conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Thinkstock

Gathering explores drone technology, mobile phone video and privacy issues

Police officers continue to search in Dawsholm Park in Glasgow where the handbag which police believe belongs to missing student Karen Buckley was foundon Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

‘Grave concern’ for missing Cork student (24) as officers say they want to find grey car seen north of Glasgow

Teachers and principals have expressed fears about the way questions about ethnicity and cultural background were being recorded in the Primary Online Database, and there were fears that in some cases “international families” would misunderstand  questions due to limited knowledge of English. File photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

One school said 25% of consent forms returned by January – months after introduction

Some schools have expressed concern that incorrect information provided by international families in relation to their language needs might result in the schools losing out on resources. File Photograph: Thinkstock

Non-Anglophone parents might misunderstand ethnicity queries, say school heads

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said the European Commission had found “some of the current restrictions being applied in this jurisdiction may be disproportionate.” Photograph: Barry Cronin

Commission looking at whether Ireland is in breach of directive

Veronica Honan with Cian, her 10-year-old son: ‘Cian was able to hold a spoon and to self-feed, but he can no longer do so.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Families of children at Daughters of Charity say youngsters are regressing

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe with Road Safety Authority chief executive Moyagh Murdock at the announcement of new speed limits in March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Road Safety Authority conference hears UK has reduced speed limits in dozens of towns

Minister of State for New Communities Aodhán Ó Riordáin said the working group report on the asylum-seeker system would be published within weeks after Easter. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister of State tells Oireachtas commitee that 500 residents in direct provision cannot move on due to difficulties finding hous(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said there had been an increase in the number of civil cases taken against organisations for failing to protect personal data.

Conference hears case against Government department settled before court hearing

Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara on August 22nd, 2012. Photograph: PA

Judge says proof of having unusual fantasies does not constitute a crime, and that the jury has one question to consider: whethe(...)

Graham Dwyer: Mr Justice Hunt said the jury  should consider all of the evidence, guard against distorting facts to fit the proposition and be satisfied no explanation other than guilt was compatible with the circumstances. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jury told to make an ‘antiseptic decision’ on murder accused by Mr Justice Tony Hunt

Architect Graham Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge Tony Hunt also tells jury they must ‘put feelings to one side’

Defence counsel Remy Farrell: told jurors in the trial of Graham Dwyer that they must first decide if Elaine O’Hara was murdered at all. Photograph: Courtpix

‘Not a screed of evidence’ about cause of death, says defence in closing statement

Seán Guerin SC said Graham Dwyer’s plan to kill someone included planning how to deal with blood at the scene and on himself and also required picking someone who was vulnerable. Photograph: Collins Courts

Open expression of intent to kill’ should be taken at face value, says prosecution

Graham Dwyer has been charged with the alleged  murder of Elaine O’Hara. He has pleaded not guilty.

Judge says accused comes with no previous convictions and has been seen ‘warts and all’

Graham Dwyer has been charged with the murder of Elaine O Hara. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution says accused linked to ‘beginning, middle and end’ of O’Hara disapperance

File photograph of Graham Dwyer. Prosecution SC in Mr Dwyer’s trial, Seán Guerin, said during his closing statement that he would show that Mr Dwyer intended to murder Elaine O’Hara. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Séan Guerin SC to complete closing statement at Central Criminal Court

Prosecutor Seán Guerin, who told the jury in the Graham Dwyer trial that two mobile phones used to send text messages to Elaine O’Hara mirrored the life of Mr Dwyer and were “stuck to him like a shadow”. Photograph: Collins

Graham Dwyer a sadist who hid wickedness behind mask of pity, says prosecutor

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