A protester at the library in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move goes against job category of librarian and the ethos of the library service, they claim

The scene at Naas General Hospital after a fatal explosion inside an ambulance. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Oxygen cylinder may have caused ambulance fire that killed patient outside Naas hospital

Naas General Hospital’s emergency department where a man died after an ambulance caught  fire. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Simon Harris: ‘I was numb when I heard about this terrible tragedy’

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten said air pollution in Ireland is costing the State €3,800 per minute in health costs. Photograph: Getty

Denis Naughten says air pollution is costing Ireland €3,800 per minute in health costs

Brian Murphy is tackled by the Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickars during an event marking the deaths of British soldiers in the Easter Rising, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery last May. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brian Murphy gets suspended jail term over protest at 1916 military commemoration

Discount store Dealz has been found to be in breach of Irish planning rules due to a building which requires a ‘change of use’ permission. Photograph: Dealz

Dublin retail park outlet requires approval for ‘change of use’, council finds

Delays have been caused after structural faults above the swimming pool were discovered.

Swimming pool and gym closed for ‘10-week refurbishment’ last year now set to reopen

Unite, which represents craft workers in Dublin Bus, published figures which it said showed government subvention to the company fell by 32.6% since 2008.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu and NBRU say four days of stoppages should be met with Government initiative

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, which was closed down three years ago. Independent TD Shane Ross had campaigned to have the pool refurbished. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Eight months after Glenalbyn swimming pool filled in, report calls for it to be reopened

The notorious Priory Hall complex under demolition and reconstruction in north Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council members debate level of social housing at the refurbished complex

A group campaigning to have mass balloon releases banned has welcomed the decision by the Cork Autism Society to cancel a balloon release planned for this Sunday. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Campaigners had said the Cork event would create ‘a lethal hazard’ for marine life

A file image of newly graduated gardaí  at the  Garda Training College in Templemore. The Garda Representative Association has asked its members if they are  willing to take part in industrial action. Photograph: The Irish Times

GRA issues ballot and warns members they may face disciplinary action

Services on all Dublin Bus routes will stop at 9pm tonight

No extra trams or Darts, no using the bus lanes. Have you thought of walking?

The Spar supermarket on Old Cratloe Road, Caherdavin, Limerick where the delicatessen and food preparation area has been served with a closure order.  Photograph: Google Street view

Four businesses remain closed at least one week after enforcement notice issued

Artist’s impression of  plans for the pedestrianisation of College Green in Dublin. Dr Marcus Collier of the UCD School of Geography has said the “greying” of College Green, rather than the “greening” of it would be a mistake.

UCD academic says ‘greying rather than greening’ of urban living spaces is a mistake

Screengrab from Jacket Off Your Back video showing hordes of abandoned tents and other  waste in the aftermath of Electric Picnic last weekend.

Video of festival campsite shows sea of tents with abandoned seats, clothes and litter

An Iarnród Éireann  train enters the tunnel under the Phoenix Park at Heuston Station. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kildare services will not stop at Heuston Station en route to Grand Canal Dock

Caelob O’Neill is described as 5’10” in height, of medium build with short brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he  was wearing a black jacket, dark navy trousers, a multi-coloured T-shirt, Dunlop wellingtons and light-coloured waterproofs. File photograph: Garda Press Office

Caelob O’Neill last seen on September 5th after Stradbally arts festival wrapped up

Original model for Priory Hall development  - now called New Priory

Dublin city manager’s warning that move could lead to litigation and delays ignored

Work finished on the Gorey  motorway service station in May 2015 and Topaz was chosen as the successful bidder to operate it and the other two stations at Kilcullen and Moate.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Operation of three Leinster service stations held up since May 2015 due to legal case

National Transport Authority  chief executive Anne Graham has said the National Transport Authority is designing rapid bus corridors which it does not have the money to build. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Transport authority cannot implement plans due to funding shortfall, boss claims

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton speaks at a symposium on international collaborations in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Minister for Education defends links between the two countries at Trinity College event

A look at the units in the new Ikea store order and collection point which opens next week at the Park in Carrickmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ikea has developed its new Carrickmines store around real people, they say

The scene as the LÉ James Joyce rescues 617 people north of the Libyan coast yesterday.

First operation involved 15 people on wooden boat, with a further 452 on eight other vessels

Ikea showcase: the design chain’s order and collection point in Carrickmines which opens next week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shoppers can order in advance and wander ‘design dream’ showrooms

Along with high end vehicles, Nissan Qashqais, Volkswagen Golfs and other family cars have also been recovered by Operation Waste. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Twitter account

Cars recovered by Operation Waste had an estimated value of €1.5 million per year to thieves

Micheál Brett, author of Micheál and the Magical Circus which was inspired by the shows he put on as a child and  the farm animals  around his home as he grew up. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Micheál Brett’s first book features a dog who was inspired by his support worker’s pet

A dispute which would have seen tens of thousands of eFlow tag holders have their barrier-lifting tags turned off has been resolved.

Some 80,000 drivers would have been affected had agreement not been reached

Anne Byrne: “I did learn to play the accordion, but mostly I recorded. I didn’t do it to make a collection. I just recorded people.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Traditional Music Archive to house recordings which were started in 1954

Chief executive of the Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle (above) called on the Government “to urgently bring forward legislation to link the cost of renting to the Consumer Price Index”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Property owners’ body says new taxes are forcing owners to quit and reducing supply

Garda detective Eugene O’Sullivan and Robin Talbot, a farmer affected by  theft, during the launch of an initiative to raise awareness of farm related crime. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Almost 30,000 incidents of crimes and thefts reported to An Garda by farmers since 2010

Bleeding canker  on a  horse chestnut tree: the causal agent of the disease is not listed as an EU quarantine pathogen and so no statutory measures are being  taken, the forest service of the Department of Agriculture said

Bacteria that has caused the destruction of 50,000 trees in UK is widespread in Europe

  The scam typically involves a con artist getting control of an apartment for short time after which they show prospective tenants around and collect deposits, usually accompanied by the first month’s rent. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Con artists may clone adverts for flats and ask for funds to be transferred before viewing

Kitty Holland of The Irish Times winning journalist of the year in 2013, for breaking the story of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Revived awards are biggest showcase of Irish journalism ever held, say organisers

Clonmel man John Walsh (100) has made the switch to electric driving to help save the environment. Photograph: John D Kelly

Walsh learned to drive in a Ford Model T in 1930s but Nissan Leaf is his first brand new car

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said many people wanted to work longer and enjoy more productive later years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Employees who do not work beyond current retirement age to face ‘incomes issue’, Donohoe says

The horse chestnut at the corner of Upper Leeson St and Appian Way in Dublin which the council says is dead and must be removed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

He refused MacDonagh’s request to join IRB military council – a move that saved his life

According to Tourism Ireland its Facebook presence alone had 3.6m followers, each of whom had an average of 200 friends, giving a digital reach of some 700,000m people. Photograph: Getty Images

Shane Ross concerned about escalating costs of €320m second Dublin Airport runway

Minister for Sport Shane Ross has said headlines for Ireland at the Rio Olympics are ‘a great shame’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Shane Ross says boxer Michael O’Reilly’s doping admission is ‘very disappointing’

Tim O’Brien: ‘I’m getting out because I’m sick of cleaning lavatories for a bank.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hosting on Airbnb seemed like a great idea, but now Tim O’Brien is having second thoughts

The Howth Coast Guard rescued 12 kayakers who got in to difficulty in challenging weather conditions. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Coast Guard said kayakers has very limited safety equipment and hadn’t logged trip

Independent Mattie McGrath TD:  “the enormous costs” of the speed-monitoring scheme must be questioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

GoSafe has provided at least 6,000 hours of speed enforcement a month since 2010

Temperatures in the 20s were recorded in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on three days in July, (15th, 18th and 19th). File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Temperature hit 30.4 degrees in Roscommon just short of national record in 1887

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “There is a recognition that nuclear is old and expensive whereas wind and solar are becoming cheaper.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Green Party leader says review of Hinkley Point C may be because nuclear is ‘old technology’

A ‘military-style’ traffic operation will be in place in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend as long travel delays are expected. File photograph: PA Wire

Added delays on the M50 after a multiple-vehicle crash

Garda called in to investigate by management of the Health Service Executive

Rubbish dumped at a site in Charlesland near Greystones beside a leisure centre. The site contains household refuse, furniture, tyres and other assorted waste. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tyres and domestic waste found in ‘dozens’ of black sacks near Greystones

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan ‘paid a high price’ for daring to imagine ‘how things could be different’ within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Marist priest ‘dared to imagine how Catholic church could be different’, funeral told

Department says  new taxes would have the ‘twin benefit’ of ‘positively influencing consumer behaviour’ and solving the problem of ‘diminishing revenues’.

Levies on plastic bags have been so positive the revenue they bring in is falling sharply

More than half of the 900 drinking water supplies in the State are substandard, Irish Water has said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish Water survey claims the issue is over three times worse than previously thought

Irish Planning Institute president Deirdre Fallon said measures such as reducing development levies would jeopardise council services while fast tracking applications to An Bord Pleanála was unlikely to be effective.

Irish Planning Institute warns on Simon Coveney’s plans to ‘fast track’ housing schemes

New houses in Beaumont Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 8,000 households already benefiting from higher levels of rent support

There were 186 homeless families living in hotels, B&Bs and council-owned emergency accommodation in south Co Dublin’s administrative area at the end of May, local councillors were told last night. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Council says it has a number of schemes under way to meet housing targets

Meath County Council has said it will continue to discriminate against housing tenants who have not paid water charges.

Authority says it will discriminate against housing tenants who have not paid bills

Upmarket cars including a Range Rover, several BMWs, Audis and Mercedes Benz models have been seized and a number of motorists are looking at the possibility of jail terms, in a clampdown on non payment of M50 tolls.  File photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Upmarket vehicles including a Range Rover, BMWs, Audis and Mercedes Benz are seized

President Michael D Higgins at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham to commemorate Irish people who died in wars or serving with the UN. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish men and women who died in wars or on service with the UN honoured at RHK

Last month the State chose GoSafe  to run the privatised speed camera system for up to seven years. Photograph: Frank Miller

Redflex Holdings difficulties in US and Australia could affect State’s €115m contract

Tens of thousands of motorists could face long queues unless a dispute between Transport Infrastructure Ireland  and Celtic Roads Group is sorted out. Photograph: iStock

Celtic Roads Group dispute with State body means tags may be switched off from August

Tens of thousands of motorists could face long queues unless a dispute between Transport Infrastructure Ireland  and Celtic Roads Group is sorted out. Photograph: iStock

Celtic Roads Group dispute with eFlow means tags may be switched off from August

The GoSafe consortium which operates the State’s privatised speed camera contract has been chosen to provide the service for the next five years in a deal worth up to €115.5 million.

Consortium wins €115.5m tender as member company’s ex-director faces sentencing

The Private and Public Housing Supply Report details a need for 3,300 private and social houses to be built each year until 2022– almost 250 more each year than the peak housing output in 2007. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council report says return to 2007-level housing output needed

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust Equine Welfare Centre in Arklow, Co Wicklow: Sharon Power became full-time chief executive of the trust in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish Horse Welfare Trust CEO was also director, secretary and cheque signatory

University of Leeds image  showing the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica, on October 2nd, 2015, which appears to be healing, say scientists. Photograph: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/PA Wire

Hole over Antarctica getting smaller thanks to ban on CFCs

Sarcoma Action Group Ireland walking to St Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Online petition against decision not to retain specialist reaches 13,500 signatures

The patient, identified only by the letters KD, was suffering from prostate cancer, the fitness to practice inquiry was told.

Elizabeth Williamson allegedly withdrew €5,300 from terminally ill man’s account

Trophic cascades: a wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Photograph: Norbert Rosing/National Geographic/Getty

If it’s hard to see how a wolf can change a river, it’s easier to see how fewer bees might be bad for crops. Both show how small c(...)

Iarnród Éireann said there were 89 incidents overall where a vehicle, person or property was struck by a train or barrier in 2015. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish Rail highlights dangerous incidents for International Level Crossing Awareness Day

A warning notice at Balbriggan front strand in Co Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Prohibition notice at Velvet Strand in Portmarnock to remain in place until Monday

The conference heard that among the reasons Irish youths score so high in terms of sexting is related to “a lack of a coherent relationships and sexualities education programme in schools”. Photograph: Getty Images

Anti-bullying conference hears of text and explicit pictures seen as ‘normal’ online

 Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said he ‘will make no apologies to anybody’ for putting pressure on local authority managers to ‘fast-track’ planning permissions for social housing. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney wants planning permissions for social housing to be ‘fast-tracked’

“Speed over distance” cameras will photograph motorists as they enter the Dublin Port Tunnel and again when they leave. The distance will then be divided by the time taken in a calculation that reveals the average speed of the vehicle as it travels between the two cameras.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

New camera system being installed at entrances and expected to go live in late autumn

Bathers at Portmarnock beach   should take extra care after an “overflow” from a sewage plant. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Portmarnock, Claremont and Sutton among seven beaches affected by sewage contamination

Former editor of the ‘Sunday Press’ Michael Keane died on Saturday in hospital. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Congregation at Sandyford church told Michael Keane had long association with parish

Swimming has been forbidden at four north Dublin beaches because the water has been contaminated by a suspected sewage discharge from a waste water treatment plant.

Rush, Skerries, Balbriggan and Loughshinny beaches contaminated by a suspected sewage discharge

Seán and Bernadette Seoige Webster from Athlone, with a picture of their  son Caolán. For his 16th birthday, his  had a gathering at his grave, later releasing 16 balloons from the house. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Boy in water for 10 to 15 minutes; a good portion of that time he was not breathing

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Night flight restrictions in An Bord Pleanála’s planning approval for a new runway at the  airport may be set aside soon. File photograph: Getty Images

New EU rules on noise from airports allows for reassessment of permissible levels

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who remains in prison in Egypt. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Irish citizen has been in jail three years waiting trial, facing a possible death sentence

Alcohol was a factor in nearly half of the road deaths from 2008-2012, according to the RSA. File photograph: Getty Images

Research finds 120 died or seriously injured in June Bank holiday weekends since 2007

In its annual review of the State’s infrastructure, The State of Ireland 2016, Engineers Ireland said only a small portion of private car owners in Ireland had bought into electric vehicles. File photograph: Mal Langsdon/Reuters

Change in attitude required to ensure Ireland meets renewable energy targets, says lobby

Nearly one-in-seven motorists issued with penalty points notices for drink driving claimed to hold an out-of-State driving licence in 2015. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Demerits can only be applied if offender is resident and switches to Irish licence

A spokeswoman said the utility’s management plan was to achieve cost savings of €1billion by 2021.

Staff employed in councils across the State expected to be redeployed to other duties

A flooded road in Clondra, Co Longford. The Department of Transport has put €106 million aside for emergency repairs to hundreds of roads damaged by bad weather in February. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Department aims to spend €106m on emergency repairs but officials say more needed

Mussel farmer Marty Nee, who was killed  in a diving accident in Galway.

Irish Coast Guard reports busy weekend as thousands flock to beaches and hills

A safety van checking the speed of motorist in Dublin.  A total of 71 people have died on the Republic’s roads so far this year, according to provisional figures from An Garda Síochána.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An Garda Síochána figures show 13 more deaths than in the same period last year

Detail from a CCTV video showing the two gunmen who carried out the murder of Gareth Hutch on Cumberland Street, Dublin on Tuesday

Chief Supt says he is ‘absolutely confident’ killers of Gareth Hutch will be caught

Gardaí at the scene of the  shooting dead of Gareth Hutch at Avondale House flats complex on North Cumberland Street, Dublin. Photograph:    Colin Keegan/Collins

Chief Supt Pat Leahy says he is ‘absolutely confident’ killers will be caught

Four beaches have lost their Blue Flag status from 2015 while three beaches have been added.

An Taisce gives 85 Irish beaches blue-flag status for this year’s summer season

A ban on fast-food outlets setting up within 400m of schools, parks or playgrounds is being opposed by Wicklow County Council management. File photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Wicklow councillors to vote on banning fast-food outlets within 400m of campuses

Most global land areas analysed in a new study had experienced significant warming of both maximum and minimum temperature extremes since 1950. Photograph: Franck-Boston/Getty

New research on climate change is said to have ‘significant ramifications’ for Ireland

Sources confirm that the GoSafe consortium and at least two other operators have submitted tenders

Australian-based company enjoys 16% share of Republic’s €100m camera contract

Property owners have reacted strongly to suggestions that increasing rent supplement by €55 million would serve only to increase their profits. File photograph: Getty Images

Landlords say they are ‘not part of the problem’ despite department criticism

Broadcaster Charlie Bird and his wife Claire Mould pictured after their marriage in Dublin on Saturday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

No honeymoon as the broadcaster’s book tour is scheduled in Belfast next week

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD pictured with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving his seal of office at Aras an Uachtarain. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

New Ministers at Cabinet ‘goggle-eyed looking at each other saying ‘am I allowed talk?’’

The scene at Redford Cemetery, Greystones, Co Wicklow where the remains of a baby found in a recycling plant last week were laid to rest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí still keen to speak to mother of ‘Alannah’ as they are concerned for her welfare

The Irish League of Credit Unions announced earlier this year it was prepared to provide a fund of up to about €5 billion to assist in the development of social housing. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

ILCU prepared to provide fund of up to €5bn to assist in development of social housing

Children at the Monkstown Educate Together Primary School in south Dublin hold placards during a protest against plans to locate a mobile phone mast beside the school. Photograph: The Irish Times

Parents call on Vodafone and IADT to drop plans due to health concerns for children

Rebecca Heasley: ‘To think I’m on the other side of it is just insane, and I couldn’t be happier with the results so far.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

During treatment, Rebecca Heasley’s lower jaw had to be broken and moved two centimetres to fit an implant from her hip

Residents of the Ath Lethan apartment complex  in Dundalk will be briefed on their options. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Chief fire officer cites ‘absence of cavity barriers and inadequate safety equipment’

Traffic in South William Street. The review found that 74 per cent of all journeys across the State were taken by car. File photograph: Dave Meehan

People wedded to cars as spreading appeal of ‘sustainable transport’ remains a struggle

Part of the Ulster Canal, a 93km cross-Border, derelict waterway

’Contractual issues’ relating to the dredging of the Finn River cause missed deadline

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