Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the ‘department takes the fire safety of children, teachers and all those who work in schools extremely seriously’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

High number of application rejections ‘extremely concerning’ , TD says

According to the latest  statistics from the CSO, 2,063,000 people were recorded as being in employment in Ireland.

Employment increases by 2.4 per cent as unemployment rate falls to 6.4 per cent

Dáil attendance: records are based off electronic fobs deputies validate in Leinster House

Dáil logs show TDs and Senators with the best and worst attendance records

The fire happened at Tyrone Place flats on Thomas Davis Street in Inchicore. Photograph: Jack Power

Mother in her 30s and son (8) in a critical condition after Inchicore, Dublin blaze

Foreign Affairs aware of the case and providing assistance to the family

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary during a press conference in Dublin where he has admitted the cancellation of flights due to pilot holidays is “a mess”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary apologises for ‘mess’ and says airline will pay compensation to passengers

The inspection of the in-patient mental health facility in Letterkenny General Hospital found 20 instances of non-compliance with mental health standards and regulations for patient care.   Photograph: Brian McDaid

Instances of non-compliance found where residents were physically restrained

Scorched earth: Irish uplands are no longer the fauna-rich places they once were, according to the Irish Wildlife Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Wildlife Trust says 97 illegal gorse fires started in two months this year

Noirin O’Sullivan took over as acting Garda commissioner in March 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cloud of political controversy rarely left the Garda’s office during her three years

Paul Reid said Fingal County Council ‘can’t sustain the level of services that we are providing right now’ if the percentage of tax paid by homeowners is not increased this year.  Photograph: Jack Power

Fingal council head warns services may have to be cut at risk as parties ponder increase

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State Damien English and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Custon House summit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach says vacant home levy would not be a ‘game-changer’ and there is ‘no quick fix’ to housing crisis

Photograph: iStock

Parents and teachers influence girls when it comes to choosing Stem subjects and careers

The review said there was an atmosphere of “control, negativity and a culture of blame” across the services, where “some senior staff normalised bad behaviour; others perpetrated it”. File photograph: Getty Images

Financial cost-cutting put ahead of patient care, experts find on behalf of HSE

Rush/Lusk Educate Together primary school  was constructed by  Western Building Systems in 2008. File photograph: Google Street View

Public body has to prove ‘deficiencies’ in a firm’s work before exclusion from contract bids

Rotunda fire: Prof Fergal Malone, master of the Rotunda in Dublin, on a ward in 2015

‘Nobody at risk’ at Dublin maternity hospital in April incident

Since April gardaí have been carrying out roadside drug tests on motorists. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Roadside kit used to test motorists will not function if temperature is below 4 degrees

The proposed design for the site of Warrenstown House, a former HSE site in Blanchardstown.

Development would include three-storey mosque, community centre and private school

The Department of Education is looking for a firm to undertake a fire safety audit of a sample of school buildings. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Plasterboard used in schools construction did not meet fire safety standards

Flowers left near the scene of the double fatal shooting at Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun pictured on Thursday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Clinton Shannon , Antoinette Corbally died after shooting on Balbutcher Drive in August

Designs for new garda national support headquarters on Military Road near  Heuston Station. Source: OPW

Seven-storey development needed as force must leave Harcourt Square in coming years

Gardaí are investigating an incident in Roscommon town last night in which a man (20) was stabbed.

20-year-old taken to hospital in Ballinasloe after incident in Castle Street car park at 11pm

Sinéad Sweeney at Trinity College Dublin: “Don’t just fall into a degree because you feel like you have to”

Sinéad Sweeney is starting a science degree in Trinity having completed a Fetac course

The Hiqa inspection also found three other areas where there was major non-compliance with residents’ rights.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Previous recommendations not implemented at St Anne’s, run by Daughters of Charity

A truck driving through  Dublin Port Tunnel. File photograph: Alan Betson

Motorists heading northbound from Dublin Port were caught in serious delays

A patient attending an Irish hospital was recently infected with Hepatitis B from a routine blood transfusion

First known case of its kind in Ireland described as a ‘rare, one in two million event’

The body of an adult was been taken in the River Liffey on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Emergency services attend scene near Convention Centre building

One crèche in Dublin West, Magic Years, has signalled to parents that it intends to increase fees by 8 per cent in October Photograph:  Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Katherine Zappone says her department is monitoring rising childcare prices

Gardaí have been following the movements of a number of suspects in Ireland and abroad in relation to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Suspect detained by gardaí investigating murder attempts on Hutch family members

Wilson’s Bridge in Swan Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal, which  was damaged by flooding last week. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Families in Donegal are being given €150 per person to help cover emergency costs

A new framework contract for private ambulance providers  being prepared by the HSE has an annual estimated value of €13.7m. Photograph: Getty Images

Private ambulances mainly used to transfer patients, and do not respond to emergency calls

Sophie Taylor: ‘I was angry, not so much that I lost that amount of money, more that I just felt humiliated.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sophie Taylor (19) paid deposit in desperation despite her suspicions about Facebook ad

Sophie Taylor (19) was the victim of a rental scam in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Online scammer demanded a deposit for a property that was never actually available

Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Martens. Photographs: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Move for retrial of father and daughter over jury misconduct claim based on ‘speculation’

UCD, Galway, Trinity and DCU do allow overnight guests, but they must be signed in beforehand with the accommodation management. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One contract states the room must not be used for any ‘immoral’ purposes

UCD has raised the price of on-campus rent by an average of 38 per cent since 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cost of on-campus rooms has risen in recent years, with Dublin showing highest increase

Karl Picard: “I wouldn’t be able to eat during the day until 9pm when I got home because I just didn’t have any money.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Students facing four-hour commutes to college due to unaffordable Dublin rents

With  the student registration charge  at €3,000, the rising cost of accommodation is putting many parents and students under pressure. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 40 students ended up in cars or on friends’ couches, new survey finds

Moon with a view: The sky darkens during a total solar eclipse over the Lowell Observatory  in Madras, Oregon, US. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Partial solar eclipse seen in Ireland from about 7:40pm, with best views in the west

Screen grabs of Katie Ascough’s snaps highlighting poor student accommodation

Bed in livingroom in Dublin offered for €250 a month

UCD has lost 47 beds from its student residences after the religious order leasing the rooms to the college terminated the arrangement.

Nuns plan to redevelop the site of the accommodation in Donnybrook

A picture from Facebook of John Joyce (21) of Ennis, county Clare who was fatally stabbed in England on Thursday.

Police in Wolverhampton arrest man in his forties over incident on Thursday night

The scene at the Mansion House in Dublin as people arrive to sign the book of condolence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve literally walked that square, that roundabout, every year for the last eight years’

Investigators search for evidence at the site of a shooting in the coastal city of Cambrils, northeastern Spain. Photograph: EPA/JAUME SELLART

Airport security workers call off strike after terror attacks

 The van which was driven into  the crowd killing at least 13 people  is towed away from  Las Ramblas on Friday. Photograph: AFP

Family of four naturalised Irish citizens caught up in incident that left 13 dead

Teenage schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes dramatically increase their chances of graduating to tobacco, research has shown.  Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Study finds teens four times more likely to start smoking if they have tried e-cigarettes

A general view of the Mexican port town of Lázaro Cárdenas where Noel Maguire (29) was fatally wounded in a shooting. Image: Google Streetview.

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to family of Noel Maguire

Lawyers for Molly Martens Corbett and Thomas Martens, who were jailed last week for the murder of Irish man Jason Corbett, have filed for a retrial. Image: ABC.

Papers allege social media posts are evidence of bias against wife of Jason Corbett and her father

Apple is at the centre of an EU tax case. Photograph: Reuters

Irish officials cast doubt on the plans, according to a letter from software firms

Over the last eight years farm workers have made up 40 per cent of all deaths in the workplace. Image: iStock

Health and Safety report shows 45 people died in workplace incidents in 2016

Monteco Holdings  was given permission to demolish the Ormond Hotel and redevelop a new hotel on the site.

Register has 70 vacant sites worth €220m which could help alleviate housing crisis

Adonis  Moreira said landlords made it clear that the “more money the more chances” of getting the house or apartment. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tenants claim landlords ask for payments to improve their chances of securing leases

Ireland’s Alison Miller with Japan’s Iroha Nagata and Mayu Shimizu during the sides’ match on Sunday in the Women’s Rugby World Cup at UCD. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Large crowd cheers on sides as Ireland take second world cup victory at UCD

Molly Martens Corbett did not take the stand to testify in her trial was not questioned on presence of the paving brick on her nightstand . Photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

One of the weapons that killed Limerick man Jason Corbett was on nightstand

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

Molly Martens Corbett is led in shackles and handcuffs to a waiting van for transport to prison on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Appeals of Jason Corbett’s wife and father-in-law likely to be heard in next 18 months

The balloting of Siptu members on the new pay deal began on July 3rd, and counting concluded on Thursday in Liberty Hall.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Public Service Stability Agreement is extension of Lansdowne Road agreement

A stolen BMW recently recovered by gardaí. Photograph:  Garda Síochána

Operation Waste tackling gangs who try to export stolen cars in shipping containers

Most insurance companies offer cover for domestic dogs under a policy holder’s home insurance. Photograph: iStock

Dog owners can be left paying tens of thousands in court damages if their dog bites someone

Detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating a “paramilitary style” shooting that took place in Derry last night. Photograph: iStock

The victim (33) sustained four gunshot wounds to the legs and abdomen

Mark O’Brien of GMIT students’ union said the extra 400 beds “will alleviate the pressure from the 20,000 students in GMIT and NUI Galway scrambling for somewhere to sleep”. Photograph: Getty Images

Student union president of Galway-Mayo IT says locals opposition is ‘discriminatory’

Irish college fees - the “student contribution charge” of €3,000 a year - is the second highest in the Europe, behind fees in England and Wales. File photograph: Getty Images

UCD education officer: ‘Students have come in saying they can’t afford to go back to college’

A Hiqa report has cited “major non-compliance” with standards in the areas of child protection and assessment of foster carers who are relatives of children concerned. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Hiqa report on Kerry found ‘no system to ensure Garda vetting renewed for foster carers’

Safety instructions shown by a stewardess on  a Ryanair flight. File photograph:  Getty

Internal Ryanair memo sets target of one bottle of perfume per day

Kathleen and James Reilly with two of their children, Ciaran (9) and Rebecca (7), at the halting site in Coolock, Co Dublin, where they live.

New Government figures show that over 900 families now live in shared accommodation

Michael (left) and Danny Healy-Rae:  Earnings from State contracts   revealed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kerry TD failed to state he was a publican in Oireachtas declaration of interests

Records glitch: a software flaw means some MRIs, X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds have been archived incorrectly. Photograph: E+/Getty

Change Healthcare IT flaw may lead to 15,000 patients being recalled

File photograph of Claremont Beach in Howth. Photograph: Niall Muckian

Water quality returns to ‘satisfactory levels’ after bacteria contamination discovered

Down’s Connaire Harrison celebrates scoring a goal against Monaghan in last month’s football qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The military base traces its history to the Napoleonic wars 200 years ago

UCD President Andrew Deeks: Visa delays could cause reputational damage to Irish universities.

University president says Irish colleges face reputational damage internationally

The incident is believed to have occurred in the VIP section of the Wright Venue in Swords, Dublin. Photograph: Google Maps

Men arrested and taken to Coolock garda station over Wright Venue incident

In the first three months of  new checkpoints, the only motorists who tested positive for the presence of drugs were from the Dublin region. Photograph: Eric Luke

TD calls for increase in Garda resources over ‘low’ drug-driving detection rate

The road has been reopened following an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A second young man (22) involved in the collision is in a serious condition in hospital

The burst water pipe at Proudstown Road, Navan, Co Meath, which affected some 10,000 people. Photograph:   Barry Cronin

Up to 10,000 people affected by water outage after mains breaks in Co Meath town

St Helen’s Court in Dún Laoghaire: PwC says tenants will have an opportunity to re-rent an apartment

Boyd Barrett claims refurbishment notice is way to avoid rent controls

David O'Sullivan (25) from Midleton, Cork

David O’Sullivan’s family have not heard from Pacific Crest Trail hiker since April

British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Glastonbury festival. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Irish parties have yet to realise that millennials have rejected a market-led system

Brazilian student Stefano (29) said there were usually people on the boardwalks of the River Liffey who might be trouble. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I like it here, but I kind of stay in at night:’ Female students say Dublin city ‘dangerous’

Senators Lynn Ruane, Colette Kelleher and Frances Black at the proposal of the new Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The change would allow for the reunification of grandparents, siblings and cousins

Christian Brothers will give € 4 million from the sale of Dublin pitches to the trust

Under the “digs” system a student rents a room in a family home, usually from Monday to Friday, and returns home for the weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Student unions promoting ‘digs’ before hunt for college accommodation in September

Richard Bruton: the Minister only has the power at present to appoint a “visitor” to a university. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Education will be able to appoint independents to examine ‘issues of concern’

 People protest in Dublin against water charges. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Everyone who paid water charges ‘will have their money back before the end of the year’

In March Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said in March that a review into the issues with the breathtest would be completed within three months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

Crowe Horwath will examine governance and the standard of training and culture

Sinn Féin Northern Ireland Leader Michelle O’Neill has said: “Sinn Féin remain fully committed to making the negotiations work, and in getting the executive back up and running and delivering for all in society.” File photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Northern Ireland SF leader says progress requires ‘a break from failures of the past’

Festivalgoers pass through security on Saturday as gardaí look on. The festival organisers have apologised for problems experienced at the entrance to the site on Friday. Photograph: An Garda via Twitter

Festival attendees left ‘extremely distressed’ over pushing and congestion in Friday queues

Michael Hong, Diarmuid O’Donoghue and Alicia Huntley were awarded bronze medals at the annual International Chemistry Olympiad (website screengrab above) this week in Thailand.

Stiff competition at annual International Chemistry Olympiad event in Thailand

The first batch of appeals to refund motorists fined and convicted in error will begin in Dublin Circuit Court next Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prosecutions initiated by gardaí ‘without the proper procedures being followed’

The sale of 7.5 acres of land used by Clonkeen College as playing fields is  ‘hugely disappointing’.

Board of management of opinion transfer of titles for land and sale have not been finalised

Flowers and cards placed at the entrance to the Riverside Apartments, Poddle Park, Kimmage. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Three years old, he didn’t do anything to anyone. What of that?’ asks Khalid Omran

Vera Twomey, who marched to Dublin in support of access to legal medicinal cannabis to treat her child’s epilepsy, with Gino Kenny on their way to Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vera Twomey is in Netherlands to get treatment for daughter Ava (9), who has epilepsy

Flowers left at the entrance to the Riverside Apartments, Poddle Park, Kimmage. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Omar Omran found dead in a flat in Kimmage on Monday, apparently from stabbing

Gino Kenny  has been pushing for the  legalisation of medical cannabis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report says proposals would have unintended consequences

The site where a family hub will be built on Clonard Road in Crumlin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Human Rights Commission says three month limit needed

Ireland’s baby boom saw 63,900 live births recorded during 2016, a rate of 13.5 births for every 1,000 of the population. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

State records joint lowest death rate in EU alongside Cyprus, figures show

 Minister for Health Simon Harris (centre) discusses the chair of the working group Deborah McNamara  (left) and consultant in general and colorectal surgery at Beaumont Hospital,  and Dr Ailin Rodgers, senior surgical trainee at the RCSI (right). Photograph: Julien Behal

Vows to combat gender imbalance as study finds just 7 per cent of consultants are female

A Garda in the Riverside apartment block on Poddle Park in Kimmage: the small three-storey complex is tucked into a residential road beside a small  parkPhotograph: Tom Honan

Mother (40s) underwent emergency surgery for knife injuries after Kimmage incident

The armed Emergency Response Unit was called to Tara Street train station after 3pm along with uniformed Gardaí, and the man was arrested. Photograph: Ciarán Cuffe

Armed gardaí were called to Tara Street Dart station and arrested the man

People Before Profit RD Richard Boyd Barrett. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Latest analysis reveals the Irish politicians with most speeches on average

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil: “There may be many more bullying cases across Government that, while they didn’t result in a payout being made, caused deep distress to the staff member on the receiving end of the harassment.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘If State has been forced to pay compensation, there is a problem,’ says Niall Collins

Maya and Brent McCoy from the Secret Circus pose ahead of the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dry weather and temperatures of 20 degrees expected over coming days

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