UCC professor of obstetrics and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Louise Kenny said in Cork fewer than half of pregnant women have access to the 20- to 22-week ultrasound screening scan. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Need for greater numbers of midwives and consultants outlined to Oireachtas committee

The silver Mazda car found near the scene of the murder in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Victim stabbed and slashed in sustained attack after pursuit from Clondalkin to Lucan

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President marks death of historian who left notable impression on Irish scholarship

Garda forensics personnel search for evidence at the scene of the killing of Neil Reilly (above, inset) near The Glebe, Esker, Lucan, on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Neil Reilly from Lucan killed during assault following car chase through west Dublin

Countryside roads in rural Ireland covered in snow which is a rare enough occasion. Photograph:iStock

When does it stick, how is it made and when is it most likely to fall?

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan: “My decision on the Líofa Bursary Scheme was not a political decision.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Charlie Flanagan in Belfast for meetings with Northern Secretary James Brokenshire

The NBRU has warned that Ireland’s bus network could unravel. Photograph: Eric Luke

NBRU says rural politicians need to protect threatened Expressway service

“You rarely see someone reading a book or a newspaper on the train or Luas, so I think phones have kind of taken over people’s lives”. Photograph: Chris Turner/Getty Images

‘I don’t really use it for contacting people. I mainly use it for emails and reading articles’

A vacant site in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Green Party calls for amendment after Dublin local authorities publish blank lists

Problems around children’s safety and Garda vetting in early years services have been highlighted by a report from Tusla. Photograph: iStock

Tusla inspectors voice concern over level of Garda vetting in early years services

Stock image showing a young man in Dublin, 2011.

Welfare issues and avoiding drugs key challenges for those living on the streets

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has issued a warning notice to the Ray D’Arcy radio show

Broadcasting authority issues warning notice following interview with couple in June

Inside Apollo House:  The centre is a “dry” facility, and those entering are liable to be searched for drink or drugs.

Receivers threaten legal action, saying trespass occupation cannot be allowed continue

Dylan McCabe (with the hat) welcomed by family at Dublin Airport after arriving  from the US for Christmas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Loved ones gather with smiles, balloons and banners for those flying home for Christmas

‘There are cars fully on the footpath and they are a huge obstruction’

The Temple Bar pub in Dublin city centre has appealed a planning decision by Dublin City Council over a proposed beer garden.

Pub proposes new roof but Dublin City Council says planning needed beforehand

Sgt Kevin Courtney Garda Bureau of Community Engagement Unit said customers should be careful while shopping.

Garda figures show €400,000 worth of goods stolen from vehicles in retail car parks in 2015

A points issue at Howth Junction caused delays to Dart services.

Services ran up to 30 minutes late after points problem on north side of line

A car is driven at speed past a children’s play area. A Road Safety Authority  report shows alcohol was a factor in 38 per cent of all fatal road incidents between 2008 and 2012, accounting for the deaths of 286 people. File photograph: Getty Images

Evidence shows alcohol involved in more fatal crashes than a few years ago - Minister

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said there is a strong argument for refunds. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ross and Varadkar disagree over whether water charges should be refunded

Bertie Ahern’s famed local, Fagan’s pub in Drumcondra. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill Dara Mac Donaill

Mixed reaction from Drumcondra locals on prospect of former leader rejoining FF

The mild spring in Ireland saw many hedgehogs come out of hibernation early and consequently have an extra litter of hoglets in late August or September. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Rescue centres receive large increase in admissions of underweight hoglets

A radon mitigation system in the basement of a house. The EPA is calling on people in high radon areas to test their homes for the gas. File photograph: iStock

Environmental Protection Agency calls for people to test their homes for the gas

Kym Owens (18), from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was walking to her student accommodation in the Moyglare Abbey Estate on the outskirts of Maynooth when she was attacked at about 8.30pm. Photograph: Facebook

Kym Owens (18) suffered ‘serious head injuries’ in violent assault near student digs

Stena Line also cancelled Monday night’s planned sailing of the Stena Europe from Rosslare to Fishguard. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

Ferry from Rosslare failed to dock in Wales due to high winds and rough waters

The Irish Pharmacy Union  said it was urging drivers to be aware of the dangers of driving after taking medicines, particularly those which can cause drowsiness. File photograph: Getty Images

RSA report shows 30% of people killed on roads in 2013 were on prescription medication

An Bord Pleanála found Starbucks opened the premises in Airside Retail Park witout necessary planning permission. Photograph: iStock

An Bord Pleanála finds Dublin coffee outlet opened without planning permission

An Bord Pleanála has ruled that   Starbucks opened a premises in Swords without  proper planning permission. File photograph: Getty Images

Coffee chain’s local operator argues premises is a ‘shop’ - An Bord Pleanála disagrees

The course is aimed at staff who are required to drive on a regular basis, the EPA says. Photograph: iStock

Agency has invited tenders for a special programme to include one-on-one training

Irish people must do something about pollution from vehicle exhausts, according to the EPA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Environmental Protection Agency report urges action to tackle Ireland’s pollution

A search is under way for a man off the coast of Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

Coast Guard called after incident involving small vessel east of Kilmichael Point

Exiting the Phoenix Park tunnel on the way to Heuston Station. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New rail routes follow €13.7m investment from the National Transport Authority

The supermoon is seen over the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey, early on November 14th. Photograph: Reuters

Moon will be closer to Earth tonight than at any point in nearly 70 years

Katie Hopkins wrote that Donald Trump’s election victory has ‘crushed the lefty luvvies, useless pollsters, multicultural mafia and gender Nazis who refuse to listen to regular people’. File photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Controversial columnist defends Donald Trump during ‘Late Late Show’ appearance

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown  cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin said the budget adopted on Tuesday contained a number of pro-business initiatives.

Council management says scheme will reduce rates bills for SMEs

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council says a new proposal would reduce rates bills for small businesses by 2.5 per cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Management say proposal would amount to 2.5 per cent rate reduction for SMEs

Leaflets published by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Ratepayers’ Association criticising council policies and measures.

As councillors vote on increasing rates, the town’s retail landscape is looking bleak

Staff from Beneavin College in Dublin on the picket line as members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland continue their industrial action. Photograph: Colm O’Neil/PA Wire

‘We’re available to work to do the job we’re paid to do,’ says striking ASTI teacher

Eight new secondary schools in Dublin, Limerick and Portlaoise will be under the patronage of non-denominational groups. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Educate Together will be the patron of four new secondary schools, Minister says

Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae outside Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TD also claims nuclear testing is responsible for damage to ozone layer

Dublin City Council removed more than 120 abandoned bicycles from around the city centre over a six month period this year. Photograph: Dublin City Council

Unused bicycles donated to charity amid growing demand for on-street parking

More than 85,000 people have had to boil their water this year to make it safe for drinking, the Environmental Protection Agency has said.

Water restrictions will continue to occur unless investment is made, officials claim

The Cessna T182T  may have entered cloud as it approached rising terrain at Blackstairs  mountain. Photograph: Dwane Doran

Two fatalities in Cessna light aircraft after it failed to clear terrain on Carlow mountain

Any referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment is likely to take place within the lifetime of the current Dáil, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Social Protection expects public to vote on issue within lifetime of current Dáil

Councils remove thousands of “cash for cars” signs from poles and other fixtures around Co Dublin each year.

Offender had placed 87 signs at 28 junctions on dates between May and November 2015

Dublin supporters on Hill 16 following the county’s win over Kerry, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposal would see approach routes to capital decorated with county colours

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: properties valued up to €600,000 remained eligible for the 5 per cent help-to-buy income tax rebate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister says change from 80 per cent after Central Bank concerns is ‘relatively minor’

Dublin City Council has said it is preparing a submission to the Department of Housing asking for an update on planning legislation to cover Airbnb lettings.

Dublin City Council seeks change to planning law after decision on Temple Bar property upheld

Professor Tom Keane: told Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare that there was a “real necessity in Ireland” for a governance model that monitored care at the local level

Tom Keane says cancer surgery standards should be same in private and public hospitals

GoCars in Belfield, Dublin. The car sharing company said it was disappointed after two of its vehicles were torched in an apparent arson attack in Dublin 8.

Company says cars set on fire in Blackpitts area were worth some €15,000 each

19/08/2016 -- Dublin City Council Liter Warden Darren Hendrick finds a bag of rubbish deposited alongside a bin on Dublins Fleet Street.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Finding evidence by sifting through waste, issuing warnings and fines is part of the job

Sexual abuse victim support organisation One in Four say their clients are “routinely humiliated and re-traumatised by the accepted practices and protocols of the criminal trial”. File photograph: Getty Images

Sexual abuse victim-support organisation One in Four flag ‘fear of criminal trial’

Independent Fingal county councillor Jimmy  Guerin said holding a meeting about suspected fire deficiencies in properties in the area in would put  the value of homes in certain estates at risk.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Public and press cleared from Fingal meeting after concerns raised about property value impact

Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats: said he was “flabbergasted” that a motion had come before the council to lower the standard of accommodation for seasonal workers

Fruit producer tells Fingal council it will cease investing in area if solution is not found

The No 9 Howth tram as restored by the tram team of the National Tranport Museum Society. Photograph: Jim Kilroy

Study into reinstating the tram is expected to be ready by the end of this month – council

According to reports Michelin said good quality tyres remain safe down to the legal minimum thread depth of 1.6mm. Photograph: Getty Images

Michelin say drivers adding to fuel bills by changing tyres when thread depth at 3mm

Children from St Mochtas national school protest on Kildare Street over the condition of their school in Dublin 15. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

‘Hazardous’ St Mochtas drives parents, pupils to demonstrate outside Leinster House

Close up photo of a handcuffed elderly woman. Photograph: iStock

Irish Penal Reform Trust calls for comprehensive strategy for the elderly

Dublin Airport. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irish Airline Pilots Association lodges third challenge in recent months

Four armed men held up a ‘Let’s Bingo’ hall in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Let’s Bingo/Facebook

Men threaten staff with hammer and baseball bat before fleeing with sum of money

Councillors in Dun Laoghaire have agreed to a proposed car sharing club. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

DLR to introduce pilot car sharing club for 12 months at five public locations across county

Microbeads in Ireland’s waterways are a ‘huge and growing’ problem, according to Denis Naughten. Photograph: Getty Images

One shower can lead to 100,000 plastic particles in waterways, says Naughten

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Liam Doran outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

IMNO: Government ‘going to have to address hours issue for nurses and midwives as well’

Researchers found that farm children were 54% less likely to have asthma or hay fever and 57% less likely to have allergic nasal symptoms than those who grew up in an inner city. Photograph: Getty Images

Sample group extends beyond 10,000 from 14 countries, including Europe and Australia

A screengrab taken from a video posted by James Conway which has been seen by almost 600,000 people in which he criticises the Government’s decision to challenge the Apple tax ruling.

UK-based Irish construction worker says Ireland should use €13bn windfall for jobs

Smoking and drinking have declined among Irish secondary school students, according to a European survey. File photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

New survey raises concerns over young people’s drug use and internet behaviour

An Aer Arann Islands plane at Inverin airport, Co Galway. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Department exploring interim options as current contract expires in 10 days

Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Lifeboat and helicopter deployed in Bundoran after four girls got into difficulty

Mayo University Hospital: Inspectors made “immediate high risk findings”. Photograph: Google Street View

Early inspection found ‘high risk’ deficits at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar

 Cars at an authorised ELV treatment facility on the Naas Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Falling value of scrap metal is thought to be behind the increase in deserted vehicles

The circular stained glass window on Camden Street in a property JD Wetherspoons intends to turn into a pub.

British pub chain Wetherspoon to open bar in disused city centre property

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland upheld complaints made against an advert by the Two’s Company dating service.

BAI upholds complaint against wind energy campaign broadcast in run-up to election

An image released by gardaí showing a man being arrested in Spain as part of an investigation into the murder of Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol last year.

Searches in Dublin see €23,000 cash, computers and false identification papers seized

The council had previously issued a warning letter to Starbucks concerning the change of use of the premises in Howth from a bicycle shop to a coffee shop/restaurant.

Authority finds retailer changed use of Dublin premises without planning permission

Garda statistics show that 83 per cent of offenders in assault cases are male and that 70 per cent of assaults are male-on-male.

Large majority of incidents occur between males during night time at weekends

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the questions will help to remind learner-drivers that drink-driving “is unsafe, irresponsible and destroys lives”. File photograph: Getty Images

Move a response to RSA report showing drink-driving still a key issue among young

A real time information sign at a bus stop in Harold’s Cross advises would-be passengers about work stoppages on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Dublin commuters put out by bus stoppages but are understanding of drivers’ complaints

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

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