An ESB crew at work in Sandyford, Co Dublin, following Storm Doris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann data shows most weather stations recorded mildest February in five years

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at the rollout of the Housing Assistance Payment scheme at City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Simon Coveney says decision on Gilligan’s HAP application would be for housing officer

An ESB crew works to restore power at Sandyford in south Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

ESB confirms some homes will remain without power for a second night following storm

When waste is collected from households it is sorted and assessed by waste management companies

Some 160 containers were en route to China when discovery was made

 Zach, Sally, Jude and Meg North from Cabra attending the Allocate4Cycling Cycle protest outside the Department of Transport in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners seeking better road infrastructure and traffic management

Abuse survivor Marie Collins said Cardinal Connell’s lack of pastoral experience made it very difficult for him to deal with  clerical child sex abuse. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cardinal realised mistakes and was willing to apologise for them, says Dr Diarmuid Martin

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith: she said the current “draconian and barbaric” legislation has a chilling effect on  medical professionals who are fearful of supporting women seeking abortions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Draft Bill drawn up to ‘decriminalise abortion’ calls for fine instead of 14-year jail term

Northbound traffic on the M50. A new report says the motorway will be the worst affected by increased congestion without more infrastructure. Photograph: Alan Betson

Call for new orbital route as congestion predicted to increase on M50, N4 and N7

‘The model needs to be changed,’   Róisín Shortall said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Terms open up possibility of long running, expensive, unsatisfactory tribunal, says TD

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broad range of areas to be investigated by inquiry under Justice Peter Charlton

Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is reasonable to assume Brexit has lead to an increase in passport applications from the UK. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Applications from Britain and Northern Ireland up 77% and 71% respectively this year

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa, who has been held in Egypt since August 2013 after being arrested at a protest over the ousting of then Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Minister for Foreign Affairs says is ‘deeply disappointed’ over latest adjournment

 Tesco workers on strike duty in Baggot Street joined by AAA-PBP TD’s Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Mick Barry,Paul Murphy Ruth Coppinger Cllr John Lyons. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dispute at eight outlets centres around changes to contracts for pre-1996 workers

South Dublin County Council  is owed more than €7.5m in rent arrears, according to figures released at a council meeting on Monday. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Council says tenants are failing to meet their obligations despite reasonable charges

Brendan McGahon assists a local taxi man at work in the Square Dundalk in 1996. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Taoiseach says former Fine Gael TD showed ‘exceptional resolve’ in standing up to IRA

Shane Ross said he was ‘extremely concerned’ about intoxicated driving with figures showing 152 drivers arrested each week over suspicion of drink driving. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross to bring new legislation to Cabinet next week

The Carnegie Library in Dun Laoghaire opened in 1912. Photograph: Dun Laogaire/Rathdown County Council

Councillors approve motion saying Carnegie building should not be commercialised

South Dublin County Council received 4,821 litter complaints in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/File photo

South Dublin data shows reduction in dog fouling after bag dispensers installed

Some residents of the Wicklow nursing home received their medication up to five and a half hours late

Watchdog says only outings for residents were to a park across the road and seafront

Neil Reilly: his “brutal murder makes no sense to any of us at all”

Father-of-four killed by group of men after firing shots at house in west Dublin

Howth’s red squirrel population may be under threat. Photograph: iStock

Green Party councillor suggests introducing pine martens to reduce greys on peninsula

Ed Sheeran is set to play the 3Arena in April. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fans express disappointment as Ticketmaster reselling website faces ‘massive demand’

The gap between the State’s top and average incomes has narrowed, but more than one in 12 people in Ireland are still living in consistent poverty

CSO figures show 25.5% of Irish population experienced forced deprivation in 2015

Irish immigration attorney Aoife Delargy Lowe: “I was assigned to standing at the arrivals gate [at Dulles airport] saying ‘Do you need legal help?’ ”

Aoife Delargy Lowe among those offering assistance to immigrants at Dulles airport

Photograph: iStock

Prisoners released in 2016 served on average four years more than those released in 2015

A Columbarium wall for cremated remains at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New survey recommends installing Columbarium walls for cremated remains

lluminated cycle paths in Poland. Photograph: TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych Sp. z o.o

Polish town testing system of illuminated paths to aid cyclists during night time

The 19th-century Farmleigh Bridge, also known as Silver Bridge, built by the Guinness family. Photograph: Rebuild Silver Bridge group

19th-century cast-iron structure links Waterstown Park to Farmleigh estate

 The resale value of the 14-seater aircraft, which went into service in 1992, had been estimated at no more than €750,000

Gulfstream IV and spare parts sold to US company for total of €471,000

Michelle Kavanagh and Anthony Quinn, who ate Christmas dinner in their tent, not far from O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Couple lived in hostels but after one incident, Anthony Quinn says will never stay in one again

Three men, including two Aer Lingus employees, have been arrested in connection with alleged immigration offences at Dublin Airport.

Men are being questioned about an international immigrant smuggling network

Flowers at the scene near Esker Glebe, in Lucan Co. Dublin this morning where Neil Reilly was attacked and died after a car chase in the early hours of last Wednesday morning. Photograph: Collins

Letter to Minister for Justice raises fears about the neighbourhood’s reputation

Photograph: iStock

List of freedom of information requests reveals records sought by public

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

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