Gardaí will use a range of technologies including laser hand-held speed detection devices, safety camera vans and in-car speed detection systems in a 24 hour initiative to reduce speeding on national primary and secondary roads. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘If you speed this weekend, we will catch you’ - 57 speeders already detected

Greystones: boats from Holyhead will race over arriving at the harbour on Saturday evening. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 140 boats expected to race in main event off the Wicklow coast this weekend

Gardaí will begin a 24-hour speed enforcement campaign from 7am on Friday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Motorists can expect more speed checks on Friday as part of ‘national slow down day’

Gardaí have confirmed  complaints of a wave of damage to vehicles in the Walkinstown and Crumlin areas. A  superintendent is  investigating claims money has been demanded  to ensure cars are not damaged overnight. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Gardaí confirm locals complained of damage to vehicles in parts of south Dublin city

Adrian Hopkins admitted four previous shipments of arms from Libya for the IRA. He skipped bail in France but was arrested in Ireland in 1990 and in 1991 was sentenced to eight years in prison, five of which were suspended.

Travel business owner was arrested in 1987 for carrying Libyan arms destined for IRA

The food processor Arrow Group has topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ranking for numbers of odour complaints in 2014. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

EPA says nearly all companies reported to it were in breach of their licence conditions

Ireland’s first “bespoke insect lodge” will provide breeding and hibernation facilities for various insects such as butterflies at a specially developed  meadow in Askeaton, Co Limerick. Photograph: Bob Eade/Butterfly Conservation/PA Wire.

Bespoke lodge, including butterfly meadow, part of Wyeth effort to cut carbon footprint

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: said there was is a lack of transparency and a democratic deficit at local-authority level. Photograph: Eric Luke

Comments on incinerator opposition contemptuous of democracy, says Eamon Ryan

The exhibition ‘The Archaeology of Roads and Light Rail’, to be held in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay venue this week, is part of Heritage Week. Photograph: Frank Miller

Heritage Week events also include talk on lessons of M50 works at Carrickmines Castle

The crash site in Co Waterford where Howard Cox died. Photograph: John Foley

Single-engine aircraft en route for Shannon came down in Co Waterford field last July

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams participates in  a national hunger strike commemoration march in Dundalk on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

McGuigan murder ‘wrong and those involved are criminals not representing republicanism’

Clamping: People have been charged up to €300 to get their cars back by some rogue clampers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

NTA says more to be done before new rules to tackle rogue clampers come into force

Primary teachers looking for work  have been advised to ignore positions advertised under the  JobBridge scheme.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teachers’ union warns that work under scheme may block real employment offers

Earlier this year Revenue guidelines said short-term lets to guests did not qualify for Rent-a-Room tax relief. Photograph: Joe St Leger.

Company urges its 9,000 hosts in Ireland to lobby Government in advance of budget

The Employment Appeals Tribunal heard the NCBI checked with AIB to find out if any money was missing when Barry Magee was out sick in 2013. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

NCBI retail manager made redundant when suspected of fraud when out sick in 2013

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the project to upgrade the Phoenix Park Tunnel and provide train services from Kildare to Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Eric Luke

Project to reopen tunnel link to passenger services launched by Paschal Donohoe

National Bus and Rail Union drivers “have an expectation that they will be balloted” on industrial action

Company says it has no notice unions are planning to withdraw from LRC processes

Tim O’Brien imagined a life of ease, messing about on his boat at weekends, but after yet another wet summer he says owning a cru(...)

The Right2Homes group was set up when it emerged more than 110,000 families were in financial distress over their mortgages, and almost 40,000 repossession applications are currently being processed by the main banks. Photograph:

Group says a ‘tsunami’ of misery is being inflicted by banks and vulture funds

Ireland is on target for a record year in terms of tourist numbers, according to latest figures

But industry warned not to blow boom by overcharging holidaymakers like in the past

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan insisted Moneypoint could be shut down “tomorrow”, saying Ireland would “not have a moral leg to stand on” if it continued to burn coal for power generation in the wake of the US plan. Photograph: Eric Luke.

If the US can effectively ban coal-powered plants so can Ireland, say commentators

The Kilternan Hotel in south Co Dublin was sold last year to the Comer Group for about €7 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Planning application envisages three-storey stable block with lift, offices and vet’s clinic

Chief among  traders’ concern is what they say is a lack of clarity on how the plan would differentiate between cars used by commuters and cars used by shoppers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin city centre businesses want different rules for car commuters and car-using shoppers

Priory Hall, in north Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Requirement for statutory certificates of compliance was imposed after Priory Hall

Woman tells Employment Appeals Tribunal she married when she was 18 and   the marriage was abusive. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Employment Appeals Tribunal hears husband enticed wife into convictions

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh as they rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/PA

Since July 10th the vessel has rescued more than 800 migrants in the Mediterranean

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Member of delegation says Archbishop Martin concerned about pastoral care of gay persons

Under the proposed changes route numbers 7, 59, 7B, 63, 7D, and 8 will all experience varying degrees of re-routing, while the the route number 111 will be discontinued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds march in protest at National Transport Authority changes to bus services

St Joseph’s Community Hospital has been given a series of deadlines for improvements

IFA President Eddie Downey says the rural development programme earmarked for 2016  must  be accompanied by tax reform. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA tells Government the part played by farmers in recovery must not be forgotten

Warrants unserved due to cuts in garda manpower and resources – Niall Collins

Police in the Spanish island of Ibiza are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man from Northern Ireland.

Alan Drennan (21) found dead less than 24 hours after he arrived on holiday island

Mary Lockhart, Jacinta Deane and Jo Cooney, who were among the members of Greystones Golf Club watching Paul Dunne compete yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Members gather at Co Wicklow club to watch ‘one of their own’ take chance in British Open

Mary Lockhart, Jacinta Deane and Jo Cooney at Greystones Golf Clubwatch their clubmate amateur Paul Dunne competing in the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

‘Paul has played here since he was 10 years old, a very unassuming fella’

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which three men were stabbed in a house on the South Circular Road in Dublin, on Sunday night. They are being treated at St James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two women and a man held following incident on South Circular Road on Sunday night

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Dublin, operated for 47 years before structural defects forced its closure in December 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent accuses council of ‘inexplicable delay’ in spending €10m to reopen facility

The search for remains of the Disappeared on a farm in Co Meath. Photograph: Barry Cronin/The Irish Times

Remains found in search for Séamus Wright and Kevin McKee, killed by the IRA in 1972

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council officials produced a report questioning the economic merit of reopening a pool at the Glenalbyn location, causing anger among locals. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public meeting to be held to protest closure of 47-year-old facility in Stillorgan

Members of the Wright and McKee famies and  members of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains at  Coghalstown, Co Meath.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Families of men present as remains removed almost 45 years after disappearance

Local priest Father John O’Brien with members of Séamus Wright’s family at the site in Coghalstown, Co Meath. Photograph: PA

Bogland search for Joe Lynskey remains to continue

 Pte Hugh Doherty, of Letterkenny, Co Donegal, who was killed in Lebanon. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Pte Hugh Doherty died and Pte Kevin Joyce disappeared in action with UN Interim Force

The Charlemont Street flats in Dublin were  demolished last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public-private partnership deal could supply 162 new apartments for social housing

Logical to replace gardaí with automated traffic camera at College Green, says Paschal Donohoe

Paschal Donohoe said 1,000 people a month were being disqualified from driving by the courts, yet about one in ten of these were subsequently detected by the gardaí driving vehicles. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe announces new moves to arrest drivers who are banned by the courts

A total of 2,592 cases of elder abuse were reported to the HSE in 2014, 300 of which involved physical abuse. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Almost half of all reported cases alleged abuse by adult children of the victims

Olivia Burke (21) was one of the students who died after a balcony collapsed in Berkeley on Tuesday. President of IADT Dr Annie Doona said “it is a very sad day for her fellow students and the staff”.

President of Dún Laoghaire college says ‘it is a very sad day for her fellow students and staff’

Kevin O’Malley: The US ambassador to Ireland  said parents of the injured should not have to worry about the cost of medical care. Photograph:  Fergal Phillips.

Aer Lingus says it has offered undisclosed levels of assistance to families travelling to California

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister of State for Housing Paudie Coffey sent a letter to Dublin councils instructing them to make “viability and early delivery” of houses the “top priority” of their development plans. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Councillors, others accuse ministers of ‘disgraceful intervention’ in planning

A man in his seventies was stabbed on Monday in west Dublin. A  woman in her seventies was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by  gardaí.

Gardaí believe the seriously injured man and the arrested woman are in a relationship

The closed shutters of Clerys Department Store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Richard Bruton says he ‘fully understands’ how 460 Clerys staff feel following closure

Deirdre Gough from Kilbarrack, Dublin holds a wing mirror as part of the new RSA campaign targeting cyclists and HGV drivers to highlight ‘Blind Spots’ on trucks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RSA campaign highlights truck blind spots that present danger to vulnerable road users

Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming (left) and Senator Darragh O’Brien during a press briefing outisde Leinster House on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Sean Fleming of FF says leak could undermine work

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney  warned against buying dogs of unknown provenance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charities to receive €100,000, says Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there had been more than seven million tests for BSE since 2002 and more than 100,000 on animals who died on farms last year alone. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland ‘probably knows more about our bovine herd than we do about our people’

Move brings to 163 the number of new homes on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council’s  social housing programme. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Council decision to build ‘another step forward in improving the social housing supply’

People queue at a social welfare office. “For years in this country, social welfare offices were places where people went to draw free money and sign on, and that was it. Nowadays we have changed all of that,” Enda Kenny  said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Jobless homes with children at high risk of perpetuating ‘inter-generational poverty’

Dublin’s College Green as envisaged in the Dublin City Centre Transport Study document, published today.

Council and NTA plan wants College Green bus gate extended

Satellite image detail of Greystones Golf Club. Since its creation in 1895 the course has become surrounded by the expanding town and many aspects could be intensively developed, particularly land within 1km of the Dart station. Photograph: Google Street View

Plan covers 127-acre town-centre site incorporating Georgian manor house

Carers week involves more than 150 events across the country, reflecting the work of 187,000 family carers. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 40,000 people beyond 70 providing full-time care, usually for family member

Passive buildings are very well insulated and require very little energy to achieve a comfortable temperature year round.

New building energy standards contained in draft county development plan

Carers and the families of those in need of help were often left wondering “are the medics trying to tell us something or perhaps trying not to tell us something”

Ninth National Carers Week will see more than 150 events across the country

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy: campaign ‘has to be built  by giving people a sense of solidarity with their community, with their neighbours, with people standing together refusing to pay'. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Anti-water charges campaign a ‘concrete weapon to fight back’ againt elites who received ‘special deals’, TD tells delegates in Du(...)

Glenalbyn pool was closed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in December 2013, after structural defects were identified in its roof. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

TD Shane Ross says public meeting would vent anger at lack of progress on €10 million pool

 Davitt House, home of the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin. The tribunal has heard that a Dunnes Stores worker was dismissed by the company after she was detected in a garda undercover operation selling a bottle of wine to a minor. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Garda says she approached Anna Perenc after she sold wine to a 16-year-old

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Details of probe revealed at launch of new book on the monument by Robert Hensey

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris. Mr Harris has criticising the No campaign in the same-sex marriage referendum for “trying to change” the vote.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister echoes Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar comments on marriage vote

 Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke at the monument to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the  Dublin and Monaghan bombings on Talbot Street at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister to express Government’s concern for protection of human rights on the island

Karen Gearon was one of 11 Dunnes Stores workers on Henry Street – 10 women and one man – who refused to handle South African produce in 1984 in protest at the apartheid regime. Photograph: Eric Luke

Plaque to anti-apartheid activists unveiled on Dublin’s Henry Street

The US Embassy has claimed diplomatic immunity in an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

John Greene, a former security guard at the embassy , is taking an unfair dismissal case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal

Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin, said: “Every citizen and long-term resident has a vested interest in how society defines and protects marriage and the family founded on marriage”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Marriage as understood by the great religious traditions ... is that of man and woman’

Lord Mayor Christy Burke speaking at the monument to commemorate the Dublin and Monaghan bomb victims on Talbot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader says files should be inspected by an independent judicial figure

The Dún Laoghaire beach project is modelled on Berlin’s Badeschiff baths

Opponents of plan for the East Pier want money to be spent on renovating baths

The ESRI report, Trends and Patterns in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland, examines 12 years of data on fatalities, injury and illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

An average of 47 workers lost their lives each year between 2004 and 2013

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Mr Ryan has criticised the ESB following the news that it is to retain two major turf-fired power plants after 2019, despite expectations that the plants would close during that year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bord na Móna says renewal of supply deal with stations is ‘critical’ for business

The Pure study found that  every 5kg decline in grip strength was associated with a 16% increased risk of death from any cause, a 17% greater risk of cardiovascular death, a 17% higher risk of non-cardiovascular mortality and more modest increases in the risk of having a heart attack (7%) or a stroke (9%)

Poor grip strength linked with higher risk of death in all adults whatever their lifestyle

The fire service are on site and the situation is being continuously monitored,” said owners Ballynagran Landfill Ltd. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmental Protection Agency indicates extent of blaze unknown but fire ‘internal’

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council, said the organisation was proud of its record of campaigning for rights and protections for members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community

But Iona Institute claims Yes vote could see couples marry for a joke – or for tax advantages

Portrait of Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) by Sir David Wilkie. The Liberator championed human rights, particularly Catholic emancipation

Office of Public Works to present painting of Liberator to former O’Connell family home

Punchestown Racecourse during its annual racing festival. Amateur jockey and kidney transplant patient James Nolan will compete at this year’s event in the charity race he set up in 1990 to raise funds for kidney research. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Amateur jockey James Nolan will once again ride to raise funds for kidney research

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is using its annual conference to call on the public to switch from receiving Social Protection payments by electronic funds transfer to collecting payments at post offices. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

IPU chief cites frustration at lack of Government action to support post offices

 Jerry Beades of the new Land League, who pinned a notice to the gates of Gorse Hill at Killiney Co. Dublin shortly before a noon deadline for the family to vacate the property. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Letter pinned to gate claims O’Donnell children’s firm Vico Ltd owns house

Brian O’Donnell and his wife must leave Gorse Hill by noon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Court rejects application for stay on order to leave Killiney home

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell. Mr O’Donnell is   expected to travel straight to the Bank of Ireland AGM when he leaves Gorse Hill in Killiney, Dublin for the last time tomorrow morning, in order to criticise the bank’s management. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Solicitor is expected to travel straight to meeting after he leaves Gorse Hill

Turbines with blade height of 169m could be set back up to 1.7km from nearest home

 Francis O’Halloran (l) and Joshua O’Halloran from Portumna, Co Galway at Temple Street to celebrate the hospital’s 100th kidney transplant.  Francis  donated a kidney to his son, Joshua. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Children who have undergone the operation gather at hospital to honour programme

Tateav Hayrapetyan (8), Diana Hambrdzumyan (9) and David Sandukhchyan (12) from St Hripsime Armenian School , at the service of remembrance on the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide, at Taney Parish Church, Dundrum, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heads of main Irish churches address service marking 100th anniversary of massacre

Element Power has lodged a planning application for its Kildare-Meath-based Maighne Wind Farm with the Strategic Infrastructure division of An Bord Pleanála. File photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Kildare County Council to consider minimum distance from door to development

Former Irish Times journalist and editor of The Irish Field Valentine Lamb, who has died at the age of 76. Photograph: Healy Racing Photo

Former ‘Irish Times’ journalist and ‘The Irish Field’ editor passed away after long illness

Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, hold their granddaughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. Researchers found looking after grandchildren is beneficial for the health of older people. Photograph: Jon Davidson/Reuters

Grandparents with prior ill-health appear to benefit from caring for grandchildren

The court before military judge Col Michael Campion was told the charges all related to an incident which took place at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell, in west Dublin, on August 10th, 2007. Photograph: The Irish Times

Niall Donohoe (52) pleads not guilty to charges at McKee Barracks in Dublin

A file image of the Soca river. A young man died on the Slovenian river after encountering difficulty while descending a stretch of rapids in a canoe. Photograph: Getty Images

The 20-year-old is second student on Dublin adventure sports course to die in past 6 months

Gail O’Rorke has been charged with assisting in the suicide of another woman in Dublin four years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Gail O’Rorke is accused of assisting in the suicide of her friend in Dublin four years ago

The spend on travel outside the State was many times higher, but still less than 2010 levels. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Irish residents spent €5.6 billion in out-of-State travel expenses in 2014

Eamon Lillis pictured leaving Wheatfield Prison this morning at 9.41am after he was released. Photograph: Collins

Photographers spent up to 48 hours for a 30 second glimpse of killer as he walked free

Emregency services at the scene of a collision between two Ryanair planes at Dublin airport on April 1st.

Investigators recommend aviation authority restate aircraft taxiing restrictions

The funeral of Anne Shortall in Rathnew, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tim O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Priest speaks of ‘palpable sense of strength and love’ in community following her death

Anne Shortall who had been missing since Good Friday. Photograph: Michael Kelly

Search for hammer believed to have been used in killing continuing in coastal location

Anne Shortall (47), who had been missing since Good Friday. Photograph: Michael Kelly

Anne Shortall (47) was last seen in Wicklow town on Good Friday

A man sentenced to death by a Chinese court as a result of a Dublin murder, is unlikely to be executed, according to sources in China.

Six Chinese nationals fled Ireland during investigation of 2002 death of Chen Li Ming

Dr Mary Redmond: a corporate lawyer, academic, teacher  and founder of charities. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Founder of Hospice Foundation ‘had one of best brains of her generation’

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