Former taoiseach John Bruton said he did not believe that in two years time Britain would be outside the EU. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

John Bruton says he believes EU members would be willing to give UK extra year to leave

A  new Fáilte Ireland brand expected to be launched later this year will promote “slow tourism” including walking, cycling and boating routes along an area through the midlands from south Ulster to north Munster. File photograph: Getty Images

Initiative due later this year to push walking, cycling and boating routes in midlands areas

39% of hotels have reduced portion sizes and are offering seconds to guests instead. Photograph: Getty Images

About one million tonnes of food waste is disposed annually by the catering industry

A still from a CCTV video of two men splashing water on a floor before slipping on it in a premises owned by hotelier and Supermac’s owner Pat McDonagh.

Hotel federation chief calls for review of average valuation of injury compensation

The old council waste dump now revealed by coastal erosion, at Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former local authority landfill exposed along 200m stretch and falling into the sea

Insurance Ireland, the Small Firms Association and  the Irish Hotels Federation believe the Book of Quantum – an analysis of court awards for personal injuries – shows awards are too high

Court fines are higher than elsewhere in EU says insurance industry, hoteliers and firms

Doonbeg golf resort in Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Clare County Council seeks additional information on coastal defence scheme

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at a regional planning meeting in Ballymun in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Housing says areas must meet criteria and ‘shouldn’t be a political decision’

A Dublin City Council worker on the job at Store Street. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Denis Naughten says cites difficulty in tracking people with ‘fluid’ addresses

Anit-litter activists say rubbish is being dumped illegally on city streets to an alarming extent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Annual cost burden of collecting illegally dumped rubbish in region of €650,000

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade attend Weir and Sons on Grafton Street on Sunday. Photograph: Chris Dooley

Emergency services arrive to Grafton Street store after anti-theft device activated

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has faced pressure to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coveney says Taoiseach should remain in role until after St Patrick’s Day visit to US

A file image of a woman using a laptop in bed. One-third of Irish people are getting less than six hours sleep a night, a new survey has revealed. File photograph: Getty Images

Ikea-commissioned survey also reveals that almost half of couples sleep back-to-back

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Institute of International and European Affairs conference “Ireland at the Heart of a Changing European Union”, at the Mansion House today. Photograph: Eric Luke

Senior EU official says Ireland not exempt from domestic water charges

Parteen Weir on Lough Derg. A planning application for Irish Water’s proposed €1bn pipeline linking Dublin to the Shannon is expected to lodged by the end of the year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Water chief says Dublin faces water shortages in 10 years without the project

The family of Shauntelle Tynan (18) have been raising funds to pay for her cancer treatment in the US for more than a year. Image: Youtube.

Donations for Carlow teen’s cancer care in US increased from €50,000 to €585,000 in 48 hours

Metering is said to have  identified that “by far the most beneficial gain” in Irish Water’s activities was in fixing leaks “on the public side” of the pipe network.  File photograph: Getty Images

Managing director Jerry Grant: 765m litres a day still being lost in public pipe network

The reports on three health centres in Co Donegal and one in Sligo town were among 20 reports published by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) on Monday

Hiqa finds women forced to leave bungalow to access bathroom in Gweedore facility

Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow

Over 400 people gathered in Bray to express concern about future of local film industry

Alligator heads were among items seized by Revenue officials in 2016. Photograph: DEA/W.Buss /Getty Images

Cocaine, heroin and amphetamines blocked by Revenue officials last year

The R128 Skerries to Loughshinney Road. Gardaí are appealing for information about a hit-and-run on Tuesday, December 27th, which has left a man in a serious condition in hospital. Photograph: Google Maps

Male pedestrian remains in a serious condition in hospital a month after being struck by a vehicle

A curlew in Clontarf, Dublin. “This is really an alarm call for us in terms of our natural heritage,” said Dr Barry O’Donoghue of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Photograph: Getty

Haunting cry of curlew celebrated in songs and poems, but only 122 breeding pairs remain

Over the years a number of blockbusters and television series have been made at Ardmore including Braveheart (pictured) My Left Foot; Excalibur and in more recent times The Tudors; Moone Boy and Penny Dreadful.

Minister tells public meeting his ‘priority’ is to keep film making in Co Wicklow

The Vartry reservoir in Roundwood, Co Wicklow, which supplies 15 per cent of the Dublin region’s water.

Agency says Victorian infrastructure is vulnerable to chemicals linked to cancers

Documentation promoting schemes stresses the advantages of “visa-free travel” to countries including the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Citizenship offered to ‘high net worth’ people via Caribbean islands

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said competitiveness and value for money would be key to securing bookings from Britain this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

UK tourists will spend less money and time abroad, Tourism Ireland research suggests

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has described the potential Brexit impact as a ‘geopolitical, economic earthquake’.

Shane Ross says Brexit will lead to a geopolitical and economic earthquake

A Co Kildare man has been given a lifetime ban from keeping animals after he failed to prevent his sow from almost being eaten alive by two large dogs.  File photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Seamus Duffy given lifetime ban from keeping animals over 2015 incident

An Post’s financial reserves had dropped from €350 million in 2008 to some €40 million last year, says Comreg commissioner. Photograph: Eric Luke

Comreg chief says it is a mistake for postal firm to think big clients will not walk away

James Everett Park in Bray where a man was found seriously injured in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Google Maps

Man detained in connection with separate assault in Bray is released

Gardaí do not suspect that foul play was involved in the boy’s death but hope a postmortem will clarify the exact cause. Photograph: Frank Miller

Teenager found unresponsive at his home in Deermount in Cork city on Monday morning

U2 fans Dave Griffith,  Vincent Kearns  and Martin Gannon queue outside the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin for tickets for U2’s Joshua Tree 30th anniversary concert  at Croke Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Veteran fans queue over weekend for tickets to 30th anniversary show in Croke Park

The fire which destroyed the  Malahide Sea Scouts boat has been described as an act of vandalism. Photographs: Malahide Sea Scouts

Vandalism suspected as wooden boat is set ablaze outside Malahide Yacht Club

The Air Accident Unit noted the paramotor’s maximum recommended weight was 125kg, while the weight on the day was 140kg. File photograph: Getty Images

Air Accident Investigation Unit recommends operators keep within manufacturers’ limits

Victor Griffin, former dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, who has died. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tributes stress Christian convictions and desire for pluralist society North and South

(From left) John McGrane, British Irish Chamber of Commerce; Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr; Katie Daughen head of Brexit research, British Irish Chamber of Commerce and  Minister of State Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Lord Mayor makes claim as city publishes strategy to attract firms leaving UK post-Brexit

Dún Laoghaire Harbour (above): At a council meeting on Monday night, councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in a due diligence report commissioned by the council into the position of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company. File photograph: Getty Images

Responsibility for facility due to transfer from Department of Transport to authority

The due diligence report said Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company “has reasonable governance policies and it adheres to good governance procedures whilst conducting its affairs”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Council to debate due diligence report which raises issues about valuations and pensions

 Ireland’s Denis Gilevskiy  runs past Sam Osborne-Wylde of England during the under-13 final at the British Junior Squash Open.  Photograph: Steve Cubbins.

Denis Gilevskiy is first Irish player in British Junior Squash Open finals since the 1920s

Save our Seafront claims November’s decision by An Bord Pleanála restricted the size of ships but left open the possibility of Dún Laoghaire harbour being usurped by cruise liners. Photograph: Eric Luke

Save our Seafront to claim Bord Pleanála had no right to permit alternative development

 Beach fishing on New Year’s day  at St Finian’s Bay, on the Skellig Ring, Co Kerry.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

December a very dry month with rainfall at 53 per cent of average in Mayo and Galway

Singer Shane MacGowan with his mother Therese in 2003. Photograph: Images

Singer’s partner takes to Twitter to acknowledge ‘kind words’ after mother’s death

Gardaí completed a technical examination of the scene of the stabbling in Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bridie Smith is in a critical condition after being assaulted at her home in west Dublin

Between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day there were 1,365 emergency department attendances. Photograph: Alan Betson

Surge in demand for care at emergency department due to outbreak of vomiting bug

Singer Shane MacGowan  with his mother Therese in 2003. Photograph: Images

Collision in Co Tipperary brings first road death of 2017 as authorities grapple rising trend

Gardaí at the scene of the stabbing in west Dublin in which a pensioner was critically injured. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

No motive yet identified for New Year’s Day attack on long-time Ballyfermot resident

Róisín Shortall: “My concern is that a lot of people on very low incomes are being straddled by debt.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Interest rates of 4% placing a burden on those unable to pay, says Shortall

Rachel and Aoife Wallace from Stillorgan pictured at Leopardstown races. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leopardstown punters smiling as champion trainer conquers the winner’s enclosure

  Oisín O’Driscoll and his mother, Sinéad Higgins

Bodies of Oisín O’Driscoll (7) and his mother found in apparent murder-suicide

After budgets were slashed during the recession, nine out of ten hoteliers have plans to reinvest in their properties in the new year. Image: Thinkstock

Hoteliers admit they have had a good year but are concerned about Brexit impact

Gardaí say there will be a continued increase in checkpoints across the State  to combat drink-driving  in coming days. File photograph: Getty Images

First two weeks of Garda campaign sees 341 motorists arrested - 189 more than last year

A spokeswoman for ‘Home Sweet Home’ said she expected up to 30 people could be accommodated on “a few floors” in makeshift bedrooms in the 10-storey building. Photograph: Irish Housing Network

Group of supporters and celebrities have moved five into bedrooms in Apollo House

State pension: the planned reform centres around changes to the “average contributions” rule which determines how much a pensioner gets on retirement. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Department of Social Protection planning to end averaging rule to calculate contributions

Newcastle Hospital, Co Wicklow: an inspection of the Avonmore and Glencree units found issues with the use of mechanical restraint, premises, staffing and the availability of illicit drugs

Mental Health Commission reports detailed flaws in treatment at psychiatric units

Former Munster coach Anthony Foley, who died in October. File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Campaign aims to get ‘Fields of Athenry’ to top of the charts in rugby trainer’s honour

Electric car sales are below 2,000 in number - well short of the latest, reduced target of 50,000 vehicles by 2020. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move would ‘transform overnight’ number of electric vehicles on roads, sector says

The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare: attracting 1.2 million visitors a year. Photograph: Paul Hayden

Tourism Ireland says numbers will grow by just 1% in 2017 due to capacity problems

Warehouse fire in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Martina Dunne

Building near full with cardboard packaging at time of blaze, according to worried locals

Robert Maharry and Richard Gorman with some of the  papers  they found in a Dublin skip, with Mary Heffernan and Dorothea Depner of the  Office of Public Works at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Royal seals of four monarchs among the ‘extraordinary’ discovery in Dublin

The most recent figures on driving test pass rates show large variations around the country

Latest figures from RSA show large variation in pass rates

 Leaner drivers are having to wait longer for a test but a spokeman for the RSA says the hiring of 10 new testers  should help the situation. Photograph: PA Wire

Public service embargo and economic recovery hit waiting lists, especially in Dublin

Age Action  says rural public transport is a major issue for everyone in rural areas, but especially for elderly people.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

TDs and Senators asked to consider if there is a need for LGBTQI nursing homes

 Fintan Warfield: concerns of “out and ageing” gay people becoming more relevant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elderly fearful of prejudice from religious orders and other staff, says Fintan Warfield

Jack and Jill Foundation chief executive Jonathan Irwin with Mary  Guilfoyle, the foundation’s first specialist children’s nurse. Mr Irwin will step down from his role after 20 years’ service.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Charity founder speaks movingly of the day he was told to take his infant son home to die

Stylebawn in Delgany, Co Wicklow, which was destroyed by fire at the weekend.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Wicklow council receives list of completed conservation measures just days before fire

John Bateman at the well on his farm in Meanus, Co Limerick. Photographs: The Irish Times

Sean Canney says ‘something must be done to equalise the situation’ for rural dwellers

 Waste material dumped outside a house off Church Road in Rolestown, north Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Derelict houses on Church Road in village of Rolestown targeted by rogue waste collectors

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said it was “madness” to introduce a charge that had no consequences for excessive water use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Housing warns the public could pay more for water based on expert report

More than 9,000 people were interviewed for the survey with almost 47 per cent saying underuse of fog lights would be a major issue during their daily winter commute. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost half of 9,000 respondents say underuse of lights a problem on commute

Aerial image taken 1 year ago showing erosion of the Murrough, just north of Wicklow Town. Photograph: Brendan Hickey

Wexford rail line again being buttressed by Iarnród Éireann in advance of national plan

Patrick Walker, grandson of George Mahony, at the Royal College of Physicians  ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Doctor given posthumous medal for being ‘the best thing we have captured all week’

Minister for Tourism  Shane Ross: welcomed latest  CSO figures on tourist numbers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bumper year expected for hospitality sector, but effects of Brexit an increasing concern

The EPA’s urban waste water treatment report for 2015 says there are 124 areas where “priority issues” relating to sewage need to be addressed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Agency names Howth, Kilmore Quay and Spiddal as among areas with untreated water discharge

NTA chief Anne Graham said rail projects have a long lead-in time. Photograph: The Irish Times

National Transport Authority chief issues clarion call on hazards of congested capital

Authorities say the shortage of  waste disposal  capacity is primarily due to the recent closure of the State’s largest landfill at Drehid, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authorities warn of household and commercial waste ‘being left uncollected at the kerbside’

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

File image of Patrick O’Brien at Dublin District Court. File photograph: Court Collins

One of Patrick O’Brien’s victims calls for Church of Ireland to set up ‘outreach’ service

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fianna Fail leader speaks of republican answer to’grave dark moment in world affairs’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton gets his photograph taken by children at an event celebrating 21 years of The Ark and the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Children’s cultural centre hosts day-long event as both organisations reach milestone

The wall installed across the front facade of the station was put in by the builders of the Luas Cross City project.

Locals call on Luas Cross City project to replace concrete wall with less intrusive railing

The State’s motorways are not receiving enough investment to maintain them, according to the TII. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport Infrastructure Ireland: Planned Cork-Limerick road at least 10 years away

Just one per cent of drivers is aged under  30, says the   National Transport Authority. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

NTA seeks public’s input as it looks at regulations following 42 per cent fall in drivers

Christy Humphrey of the National Private Hire and Taxi Association accused the regulator of “trying to do away with the knowledge test”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

NTA says review is to ensure legitimate and competent operators are rewarded fairly

Transdev said the system used by Luas is known internationally as an automatic train protection or automatic train control system. Photograph: David Sleator

British authorities indicate tram in which seven perished devoid of automatic controls

Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten: he said he was “satisfied that the national legislative and policy framework” is in place “to advance actions on climate change mitigation”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Environmental Protection Agency said Ireland would not meet 2020 emissions targets

 The Mental Health Commission also found children were accommodated in a high-observation dormitory with adults at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, and there were no age-appropriate facilities or programmes of activities for them. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Report finds patients at Portlaoise hospital held in isolation until they showed ‘remorse’

Irish Water said the growth in demand is expected to continue but hoped that November “rainfall will address the issue”.

Irish Water hopes further rain will avert need for night-time water restrictions

Dublin bar the Stag’s Head has scooped the award for best pub in Ireland at the National Hospitality Conference and Awards. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Galway restaurant Loam and Ashford Castle hotel also win at National Hospitality Awards

Vehicles from the Garda Regional Support Unit were rammed by a stolen car in Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Incident follows investigations into Carlingford burglaries as part of Operation Thor

Wexford may be the next county to ban fast food outlets from setting up near schools. File photograph: Getty Images

Push for ban follows Wicklow County Council decision to back move on Monday

The Grand Canal near Baggot street in Dublin. Stretches of the canals which link Dublin to the Shannon have been closed due to security concerns. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Waterways Ireland responds to reports that routes have been closed due to security issues

The McDonald’s plan in Greystones was eventually scuppered earlier this year when supermarket Lidl announced it would not sell the site to the restaurant chain. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Councillors to decide on 400m exclusion zone in an attempt to tackle obesity problem

Br Kevin Crowley said one of his big concerns is the number of children coming to the centre. Photograph: David Sleator

Br Kevin Crowley says situation ‘worsening’, with demand for food bank services rising

The upper Shannon. “This is a growing region. Employees value a better quality of life, access to the best of schools, strong communities and affordable housing”

New forum to promote Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon seeks to attract back members of its diaspora

Many different agencies including the Garda, Dublin Fire Brigade,  and local authorities can be involved in trying to clear the motorway once an incident occurs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Relief routes’ between junctions aim to prevent delays after road collisions

The entrance to the Hazelbrook Square development in Churchtown, south Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council makes deal for homes in new development

Those travelling on some Irish Rail services within the short hop zone – such as Leixlip to Dublin – face an 18 per cent price increase.

Authority announces savings of 50% for commuters from some Kildare towns

The closure of Garda stations freed up 64,000 officer-hours to help put “uniforms in the community”, according to a report. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Statistics also say closing 140 stations did not cause an increase in crime in those areas

Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources Denis Naughten will deliver a keynote address to the Irish branch of the Energy Institute. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister to tell Energy Institute subsidising solar could quadruple customers’ energy levy

“We have to keep doing something to combat littering and as a result we will be continuing the use of CCTV. We want motorists out there to realise they are being watched.”

Monaghan County Council watching motorists as they throw rubbish from cars

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