The #MissingType campaign aims to make people aware of their own blood type and whether it is particularly in demand. Photograph: Getty

Number of new donors fell by 20% between 2010 and 2015

Scrappage: a flood of cheap Asian steel means some motorists are receiving just €20 for their used vehicles. Photograph: Alan Betson

More vehicles have been left on Ireland’s streets as their scrap value plummeted

Molly Martens Corbett speaking during an ABC interview recorded before her trial for murder

One-page witness statement contained ‘smoking gun’ of her role in killing, says attorney

Bild story on gathering of Irish Travellers in Düsseldorf:  “Someone in the town hall had the foresight to get an Irish person to talk to the Travellers.”

Head of Irish Business Network mediates with Traveller gathering in German city

 Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Patients and Fianna Fáil call on HSE to reverse decision not to fund lung disease treatment

Peter Kinsella from Westlink Recovery Services in Dublin. He said recovery companies were now receiving about €50 per tonne of scrap metal compared with €150 four or five years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taxpayers often left to foot bill with just one litter fine handed out over 648 Dublin cases

When contacted, a spokeswoman for Environmental Protection Agency  deflected questions about asbestos in public piping to the Health and Safety Authority

The carcinogenic substance is in 10% of piping, but no evidence this piping is dangerous

Increase of 3.2% set to be implemented in February 2018

Mental Health Reform director Dr Shari McDaid. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mental Health Reform pilot study highlights ‘need for greater access to advocacy supports’

Records show €20,000 was spent on an air purification system at the Irish Eembassy in Beijing, a city in which air pollution is a regular problem. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Beijing embassy air purification system cost €20,000, figures from department reveal

The Ravens, a UK-based formation aerobatic display team, flying six RV aircraft. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Big crowds witness spectacular aerobatics and a sombre tribute to the Rescue 116 crew

Weever fish stings can cause severe pain

Poison from sting can be excruciating and cause discomfort for a fortnight

Cloud and showery rain will replace blue skies on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tuesday night to herald a change in conditions with rain expected

Sgt Owen Lennon

Son of Irish immigrants was awarded Marine of the Year distinction in 2013

Dermot Byrne. Photo courtesy of the Irish Blackball Association.

Father-of-three Dermot Byrne (54) was known to be an accomplished pool player

Bathroom facilities were found to be inadequate with just one toilet between 12 residents in one part of St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health watchdog publishes negative findings against nursing homes in Bray and Ennis

As rents in Ireland increased sharply over recent years more and more renters are facing the 1 per cent stamp duty charge that applies to rents over €2,500 a month.

What happens if a property is shared? Your questions answered

The renovation works will see 500,000 books moved to the library’s east wing. Photograph: The Irish Times

Four-year project will see 500,000 books moved as west wing becomes public area with new entrance

Orangemen gathered for a dress rehearsal over the weekend, known as the ‘Mini Twelfth’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sectarianism? ‘It sounds like a dirty word, as if a finger is being pointed at you’

Health watchdog finds failures to meet even minimum standards for management

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

It has only a few hundred members now, but the Orange Order is still active in the South

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly vote on the wording of the ballots that were to be subsequently voted on, in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The forum also recommends forcing all workers to join a pension scheme

Prof Liam Delaney, Dr Micheal Collins and Alan Barrett at the Citizens Assembly gathering at Malahide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Gathering told access to value of home may ease financial struggles for pensioners

Tim Gaston, director of public transport services with the NTA, has said some city thoroughfares are not wide enough to include a tram track as well, and so cyclists may have to be directed to other routes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Transport Authority says compromise needed between Luas and cyclist routes

The Brexit report recommended ‘significant investment’ to adapt Irish ports so they could accommodate higher volumes of freight directly from Europe.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senator says failure to secure ‘open skies’ deal with UK would be ‘a disaster’

Almost 57,000 cases of problem alcohol use were treated in the State between 2009 and 2015, new statistics state. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters.

Majority of affected people unemployed and male, study by Health Research Board finds

Denis O’Flaherty (left)   with skipper Johnny Bennett and relief skipper Joseph Whitty in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Skippers in Howth worry about prospect of further restrictions by British government

Oberstown Youth Detention Centre in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Director Pat Bergin says assistance was sought due to the ‘perceived level of risk’

Report suggests  too many three-bed semis are being built in Dublin and  not enough apartments.

Suggestions include a site planning tax and ways to tackle the number of vacant houses

Martin Deniau, Kate O’Neill, Mary Costelloe, Brendan Fagan, Michael Burns and Dublin City Cllr, Mannix Flynn, at the No To Bid campaign launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Testy exchanges about inflated footfall and graffiti clean-up feature at campaign launch

Alcohol sponsorship: Oliver Elhotz performing with the Clare Sands trio at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Festival organisers are nervous about new legislation that will curb drinks companies’ advertising

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gets into the spirit of things at Dublin (P)ride! Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Tributes paid Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Ireland’s first gay Taoiseach

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone:  “This is a wake-up call for young people, campaigners and politicians gathering for Pride that our work is not over,” said Ms Zappone.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Issues including non-inclusive sex education and lack of gender-neutral bathrooms

Ireland should be particularly concerned about unemployment levels for both households and young people

State needs to stimulate employment in hard-to-reach households, says Oxford professor

Eamonn O’Reilly of Dublin Port Company took a Workplace Relations Commission  case against his employer after it refused to recognise his right to permanency.

Eamonn O’Reilly took Workplace Relations Commission case against his employer

James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. There were reports of two suicides there in the space of a week earlier this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Freedom of Information request reveals HSE figures on ‘sudden and unexplained deaths’

Mairead McGuinness MEP: “I’m very troubled about the idea of a Great Repeal Bill if it allows for the elimination of some core elements of environmental law by the United Kingdom.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anticipated Great Repeal Bill could undo 800 EU environmental laws in wake of Brexit

A file image of Foxrock village in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Locals opposed to 143-bed nursing home as well as apartment and housing developments

Some foster carers in the area spoken to by Hiqa inspectors said they did not even know what a foster care review was. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns noted by health watchdog Hiqa that ‘no system in place’ to ensure evaluations

Mickey Brady secures 48% of vote and over 5,000 more first preferences than in 2015

David Simpson acknowledges support from traditionally non-DUP voter base

First MP from Sinn Féin elected for South Down

UUP supporters disappointed as Robbie Butler finishes a distant second

Floral tributes near the scene of Saturday’s attacks in London. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said gardaí can match the response time of London police in the event of an attack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Commissioner twenty extra officers will join Garda’s Armed Support Unit

A photograph of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at Dundalk Garda Station.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Suspect in Adrian Donohoe murder case was due to be deported to Ireland at the end of May

 Planner Jarrett Walker stressed that bus coverage in Dublin would not be diminished even if certain routes were discontinued. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Redesign will speed up journeys but require new set of route numbers, says planner

The Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin where a proposal to hold cinema screenings on the top floor has been refused. Photograph: The Irish Times

Proposal would have seen screenings take place during July on the car park roof

‘To coincide with Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park gardaí have suggested people engage in so-called “defensive planting”. Photograph: Getty Images

Theft of garden furniture on the rise, say gardaí

Lassane Ouedraogo spent several years in direct provision after arriving  from Burkina Faso. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Direct provision case studies: ‘We would do any kind of work to put food on the table’

The Immigrant Council has indicated  its preference is for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work at six months, which is commensurate with the timescale for deciding on asylum applications. Photograph: Getty Images

Immigrant Council says work ban impacts on self-esteem, mental health and on children

Pro Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock said once the implications of amending the current law become clear over the course of a referendum people will change their minds. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pro-choice campaign hails ‘public support’ for abortion under certain circumstances

The Coast Guard said “jet skis and power boats were causing havoc and using yellow water safety markers as a race course”. Photograph: courtesy Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard Facebook page.

Bathers at Sandycove’s Forty Foot forced to leave water due to ‘reckless’ behaviour

The conference was told by Dr Fergal Hickey “the only reason that cocaine doesn’t get the bad press that it should get is that it’s deemed to be a middle-class or upper-class drug.”

Emergency medicine consultant berates ‘intellectual snobbery’ around cocaine use

  CoderDojo Co-Founder James Whelton and 9-year-old coder Michael Comiskey: Beginning with one club in Cork in 2011, the open-access programming movement has grown to become a global network of 1,250 clubs across almost 70 countries. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Partnership between Irish tech charity and Raspberry Pi set to expand coding network

Dublin fireman Willie Bermingham founded the charity Alone in 1977. Photographs: The Irish Times

Organisation continues to honour memory of fireman and founder Willie Bermingham

Cannabis seized by gardaí at a house in Balbriggan on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of An Garda Síochána.

Two arrested in connection with seizure; €3m worth of cannabis confiscated so far in May

Soldiers are seen outside Buckingham Palace in London as military personnel are deployed around the country after the UK’s terror status was elevated to critical. The Manchester attack has prompted the Taoiseach to hold a meeting of security agencies. Photograph: Getty

Government and security agencies discuss threats following Manchester bombing

A dairy farm in the Dingle peninsula in Kerry. Photograph: Lionel Derimais

‘I went out and all of a sudden I got a puck off a bullock, and I was put flying against a wall’

Anna Yatskiv (right) from Dublin and Andra Katea from Castleknock enjoying the good weather in St Stephens Green in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Hot and sunny weather expected across Ireland, but rain forecast for weekend

The Irish Times has won distinctions in two categories at the Global Media Awards in New York. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Publisher earns distinction in two categories for advertising campaigns

Risky farming practices include not checking that machinery is in good working order before use, according to a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute. File photograph: Bloomberg

Farmers are 10 times more likely to be killed at work than average worker, report finds

Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone (centre)  with Norah Gibbons, chairwoman of Tusla and Fred McBride, chief executive Tusla Child and Family Agency at the launch of Tusla’s new Child Protection and Welfare Strategy.  Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Some hysterical reaction to agency’s role in Garda Maurice McCabe false allegations

Port of Cork: company’s chief executive Brendan Keating earns package including pension and benefits worth €240,000, according to 2015 accounts. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Seven whose contracts beyond 7-year limit under Department of Transport

The Department of Education will pay €23 million to buy the site of Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO.

Government had declined to reveal price for six-acre site due to ‘market sensitivities’

Peter Thompson (centre), wrapping up  his 44th consecutive marathon,  pictured on Sunday in Dublin with supporters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter Thompson raises over €22,000 so far on his running tour of all European countries

Some door frames had suffered damage that would render them ineffective in the event of a fire, and that others did not close fully. Photograph: iStock

Concerns also raised about centre with 668 verbal abuse incidents in 9 months

 JK Rowling has helped a Dublin man who lost valuable notes for a PhD during a night out. File photograph: Jamie Turner/Bloomsbury/PA Wire

NUI Maynooth student Jamal Sul trying to find navy taxi where he left laptop last week

Gorse fires in the Ox Mountains in Co Sligo. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Millions of euro worth of damage caused by 5km inferno in Galway forest

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

National Early Years Strategy raised at Children’s Rights Alliance annual conference

Computer-generated image of what Metro North arriving at Swords station might look like

Network from city centre to airport unlikely to be in place before 2026

Winner of the Graduate Employer of the Year category, the team from EY, led by Caroline McAniff. Photograph: Paul Kelly/Studio 3

Renewed focus on student outreach credited with financial consultancy firm’s success

Intel’s planned development includes buildings for water treatment, water purification and electrical support.

Co Kildare facility to provide more than 850 full-time jobs if Irish bid is successful

Hospital overcrowding reached record levels across the State at the start of this year with rising trolley figures outside Dublin driving the trend,  the INMO said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Nurses’ group says health service too small to safely meet demands placed on it each day

Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium: was first  opened in 1928. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Track sale agreed between Irish Greyhound Board and Department of Education

The GRAI told members that Ireland needs a tracking database for greyhounds so that all deaths and changes of ownership will have to be accounted for. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Animal rights groups seek closer monitoring of retired animals and funding for re-homing

Modelling agencies say they never ‘sign up or give modelling contracts via social media or third party websites without meeting in person first’. Photograph: Getty

Modelling agencies say man masquerading as representative using social media to contact children

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the EU’s agreement to allow Northern Ireland to automatically rejoin the EU in the case of a united Ireland. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

European leaders say the North can automatically rejoin bloc in the case of Irish unity

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medics call on facility to outline its position amid National Maternity Hospital row

File image of Willie Maughan, who disappeared in April 2015.

Willie Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane were last seen in Gormanston, Co Meath

Gardaí pursued the man on foot from the court house onto Merchants Quay, Limerick. Photograph: Google Maps

Johnathon McCarthy, who gardaí had said was a flight risk, remains on the run

The reluctance of some charities to publish detailed financial accounts may be contributing to public scepticism about the sector, according to a charity database. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Benefacts criticises the failure of some organisations to publish detailed accounts

Overall winners of the “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards 2017 were Coláiste Eoin, Finglas, Dublin for their song ‘Take Your Mask Off’. pictured at the awards ceremony in Dublin. were (front row from left); Renike Sonuyi, Shannon Hoey, Sophie O’Meara and Melissa Robinson, (back from left); Zackarriah Gilmartin, Emer Hale, Erica Omiagbo, Gloria Nankya, Wiktoria Ferdzyn and Katelyn O’Reilly.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coláiste Eoin beats competition from 700 other entrants to win overall prize of €2,000 with a song, titled ‘Take Your Mask Off’

Workers install water meters at houses in Blanchardstown. Just a tenth of Irish Water customers accounted for almost half of all water used according to new statistics. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

CSO figures taken from water meters indicate huge volumes lost through leaking pipes

 Bishop Kevin Doran (left) said he did not specifically mention the National Maternity Hospital in his comments to the Sunday Times newspaper. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dr Kevin Doran says report that Catholic hospitals must follow church’s teachings related to the disposal of existing properties

A leading housing expert has criticised the Government’s ‘misleading’ figures for the number of new homes built last year. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Lorcan Sirr criticises method of counting new-builds following ‘Irish Times’ report

The Poolbeg incinerator takes its first deliveries. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Waste firm director says facility will fill 600,000 tonne annual waste capacity

Trevor Deely: CCTV footage contains the last known sighting of him  at 4.14am outside the then Bank of Ireland building on the corner of Baggot Street and Haddington Road

UK specialists examined CCTV footage from night Deely disappeared in Dublin in 2000

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross: ‘If we could prevent 35 deaths over the next five years, wouldn’t it be worth it?’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister faces onslaught from rural politicians over plans for automatic ban

Under the Bill anyone who causes  harm or distress by persistently following, watching, pestering or communicating with or about  another person will be guilty of harassment and liable for a fine, a prison sentence  or both. Photograph: Getty Images

Party proposes new legislation on online harassment, stalking and bullying

One of the newly unveiled speed limit signs in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Lower limits of little value without proper deterrents according to AA

The dismantling of the illicit Calais camp in October is believed to have caused many of its 10,000 inhabitants to disperse to other areas, including the port city of Cherbourg which deals mostly with traffic between Ireland and France.  Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

Immigrant council says dispersed migrants attempting transit to Ireland from France

Children from Francis Street CBS school with Roseann Brennan founder of ‘Jake’s Legacy’ and who has campaigned for 30km/h speed limits in residential areas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Limits of 30km/hr to come into force in residential areas and near schools

Just under a fifth of victims were Irish, all of whom were said to be underage victims of sexual exploitation. File photograph: Getty Images

Of 78 alleged human trafficking victims recorded in Republic in 2015, 23 were minors

Patients at a psychiatric unit in Co Roscommon had to keep their clothes in plastic bags due to a lack of storage space. Stock photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Inspection reports criticise privacy arrangements in hospitals across the country

Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator

Tom Fox awaiting trial in connection with shooting dead of Gareth Hutch

The State took in €1.12 billion in motor tax during 2015, down from €1.16 billion the previous year.  Photograph: iStock

Switch from engine size calculation sees exchequer lose estimated €29m a year until 2024

It is thought the State will face a huge legal bill arising from prosecuted cases, which should never have proceeded.

Why is breath test issue such a big deal and what is likely to happen next?

Statistics compiled by the HSE also show more than 100 children were treated specifically for alcohol poisoning across the State’s acute hospitals

More than 60 children under 18 treated for alcohol-related issues in Dublin last year

Runners in the Dublin Port Tunnel  run for Focus Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Event held to mark 10th anniversary of the tunnel’s opening

Bus Éireann staff picketing outside the Broadstone Bus Éireann depot, in Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Transport authority says operators can only up services on existing routes during strike

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