The Road Safety Authority said its statistics showed “elderly drivers were not over-represented in crash statistics”

Period of late maturity offers better strategic and tactical thinking, according to experts

One of the reservoirs in Stillorgan. Photograph: Raymond Okonski/

Councillor accuses utility firm of showing poor judgment by opposing access to site

Tourists in Dublin survey the Molly Malone Statue earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson

North American, European and Australian business making up for British decline

Last week European Union culture ministers agreed to review an EU directive that covers the audiovisual promotion and advertising of alcohol. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Children must be protected from industry’s ‘primary interest in maximising profits’

Emerald Star’s new boats are made in Poland by Delphia Yachts and come with up to three en-suite double cabins and large saloons.

Orders for new self-drive boats reflect turnaround in bookings

 A collision on the M1 involved a car and articulated truck. The male driver of the car, aged in his late 30s, was seriously injured and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where he was pronounced dead. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Latest crash involved a car and a truck on the M1 early on Tuesday morning

Irish passports being processed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 350,000 have been processed – up 15% on the same period in 2016

Teresa McDonagh (64) died after being set upon by two dogs, described as bull mastiffs, in Moycullen, Co Galway, at the weekend. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has four times rate of dog bite hospitalisations compared to the Netherlands

 Pictured are Sophie Ostojak, Isobel Rossiter and Eve Rossiter from Bray and Tallaght enjoying the Riverfest2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Weather forecast is mixed with higher temperatures - and more rain - later this week

The chief executive of the harbour company said the 10-year lease would not interfere with the company’s plans to develop facilities for cruise ships. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposal envisages technology start-up centre bringing ‘year-round vibrancy’ to area

The Irish Planning Institute has called on the Government to introduce a new “site value tax” to encourage property owners to develop land.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish Planning Institute claims State has plenty of land and live planning permissions

Under the Healthy Town initiative, 1,115 people have been assessed by Irish Heart nurses. Photograph: Getty Images

Initiative finds Navan had higher than average number of people at risk to heart disease

An Post said: “Eircodes were never intended or designed for use at local delivery level”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Simply inconceivable that company does not use codes for mail, says Fianna Fáil’s Dooley

“The insurance industry has had a win here. It should have a positive impact on insurance premiums,” said Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Getty Images

Setanta policy holders warned they may be held personally liable for awards shortfall

The first truck through the Dublin Port Tunnel in 2006. Photograph: Alan Betson

Road safety activists criticise delays in getting €550,000 project up and running

 Dún Laoghaire harbour master Capt Simon Coate. More than 100,000 additional visitors to the harbour are expected over the summer months. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Fly past and 21-gun salute among events to mark ‘special place’ of habour in Irish life

 Current charges imposed by Dublin City Council are €80 but the private sector clampers generally charge a fee of more than €120. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Move by Minister for Transport follows series of complaints from public and politicians

Then minister for transport Leo Varadkar posing outside Government Buildings to  announce the end of what he described as ‘rogue clampers’. Alas, it was not to be. Photograph: The Irish Times

After years of false starts Shane Ross says sector will be regulated by October

A new compliance scheme set up by vehicle manufacturers to improve the recycling of scrap vehicles was launched by Minister Denis Naughten in Athlone

Those who fail to scrap their end-of-life vehicles correctly may remain liable for road tax.

Temperatures at Malin Head, Co Donegal reached 25.1 degrees for three consecutive hours on Thursday, the highest since records began in 1885. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thursday recorded as hottest May day at Malin Head since records began

Speed limit: a 1 per cent reduction in average speed generally leads to a 4 per cent reduction in fatal collisions

Speed camera locations revealed as 1,000 motorists expected to be fined

Sunworshippers head for Dollymount Strand Dublin.Photograph Brenda Fitzsimmons / The Irish Times

Warmest day of the year so far as most of the country basks in sunshine

Niall Cussen: says Gort-to-Tuam extension will provide critical access for the labour market. Photograph: Alan Betson

TD says there is a great need for an east-west access road in Border counties

Nick Munier photographed in Dublin’s Temple Bar with some of his own art work. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Proceeds of Avenue auction will go towards a reported €140,000 Revenue bill

Clonkeen College, Deansgrange, Co Dublin

Order to sell 7.5 acres for development at rear of Clonkeen College, Deansgrange

Kenneth and Nicola Mander from Cabra at the launch of Tenant Experience Survey . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Satisfaction levels far exceed those of local authority or private sector tenants, report says

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said there has been a ‘surge’ in passport applications this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department of Foreign Affairs urges those who need passport renewals to apply online

 Science editor Dick Ahlstrom (centre) pictured at his retirement presentation last night with, from left,  news editor Mark Hennessy, and ‘Irish Times’ editor Paul O’Neill. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former science editor joined ‘The Irish Times’ in 1979 and received many accolades

The Christian Brothers are planning to sell two-thirds of the sports pitches, 7.5 acres of land surrounding Clonkeen College in Blackrock, Dublin, to help fund its financial commitments to the State.

Anger among parents as 7.5 acres of land at Clonkeen College is to be put up for sale

It is understood Ms O’Donovan drowned while on a holiday with family members.

Family pays tribute to engineer who worked to improve lives in the developing world

Irish Road Haulage Association has said problem at least partly caused by differences in operating procedures. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

HGVs from both sides of Border faring badly in inspections for weight and defects

Minister for Transport Shane Ross told People Before Profit Alliance TD Bríd Smith the four projects were selected due to their potential impact on road safety. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says up to €35m to be spent on four regional schemes

The d Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology campus is one of two Dublin venues for Saturday’s Psychology Matters series of talks. There are also events being held in Limerick, Cork and Galway.

Free talks will address the science of behaviour and the mind at five venues on Saturday

Former Fine Gael taoiseach John Bruton arrives at Leinster House, Dublin, to address the Seanad on Brexit. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

John Bruton says EU should leave the door open for UK to rejoin or remain in the union

Former minister Dermot Ahern said he was a believer in the European project but had ‘some cynicism’. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former minister says he is not optimistic the EU will set up a special arrangement between Ireland and UK

John Bruton has said Ireland should keep alive the possibility of Britain abandoning its Brexit plan. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach says Ireland should keep alive possibility of UK abandoning plan

Oliver Watchorn, is described as being 190.5cm  tall, of broad build with short grey hair and a light moustache.

The 57-year-old man was last seen near his home in Phibsboro on April 11th

The chief executive of the Road Safety Association, Moya Murdock, has argued that an €80 fine is having little impact on higher-earning drivers

Proposal to be included in strategy to be given to Minister by Road Safety Association

From Monday, new guidelines in England and Wales mean speeding fines equivalent of 1.5 times the motorist’s weekly salary can be imposed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach could be charged more than €5,000 if penalties were based on salary

A secondary school teacher on the first point of a 25-point pay scale could be fined €894 for speeding if the UK system was introduced here. File photograph: Alan Betson

Emphasis should be on roads enforcement and preservation of life, says garda body

Testing for NDM: the enzyme makes bacteria  highly resistant to some of the last-line antibiotics available to hospitals. Photograph: Jorge Dirkx/AFP/Getty

Bugs blamed on sewage pollution ‘could have been detected at any of 43 Irish locations’

Minister of State for Innovation John Halligan said “no religious order should have anything to do with a hospital”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State urges Independent Alliance Cabinet members to raise issue at meeting

Moselle Avenue, Wood Green, London. Photograph: Google Maps

English police issue appeal over the death of 62-year-old Joseph Kelly in Wood Green

New plans would restrict private traffic in favour of cyclists and public transport. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Traffic plans for capital to be discussed at upcoming council meeting

Two men used an angle grinder to cut into a metal cash box at Bayside and made away with the contents, estimated at €35,000.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Two men sought after escaping with up to €35,000 from security van robbery

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses

Gardaí appeal for witnesses who may have seen motorbike in Carpenterstown area

Dublin Port Tunnel. Photograph: Alan Betson

No agency involved could give a date for when motorists would start to receive speeding fines based on the new system

An Iarnrod Eireann train at Heuston Station in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dramatic Iarnród Éireann footage shows tracks as 140km/hr express thunders past

The six-point plan includes capital and current investment in the network. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Six-point plan to save post offices needs ‘leadership from Government’ says union

As a consequence of Brexit Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill said “Ireland’s political landscape, North and South” would change “dramatically” while party deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald echoed these sentiments. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

1916 Commemoration speeches in Dublin and Derry note the North’s pro-EU vote

Michael McGibbon died in hospital after brutal attack in Belfast

Michael McGibbon’s wife gave first aid but the father-of-four later died in hospital

Members of the 1916 Relatives Association took part in the annual ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance on Saturday. Photograph: Barry Lyons

Colour parade followed by ceremony marks the rebels’ last stand at 16 Moore Street

A 19th-century photograph of New York’s flatiron building, part of an album called “An American Journey”

Auction to include a tale of two continents, three wives and a prison door lock

Dublin rescue dog Iggy. “It is like winning the golden ticket to be adopted to Sweden for a dog and Iggy was very lucky and very loved.” Photograph: Facebook

Memorial set up for ‘Iggy’ who Dublin-based Dogs Aid sent to Sweden for adoption in 2012

Six people were rescued from an apartment fire in Tallaght on Tuesday night. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Calls to fire brigade came as 11 people including children, fought back smoke

Unions says recommendations will have to be accepted by all sides, including members of five separate unions at Bus Éireann.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Labour Court asked to consider why offer of €18m in savings has not ended €9m dispute

A small painting of  Christ which was expected to make up to €800 at auction was sold for  €120,000  at Adam’s salesrooms in Dublin on Sunday. Image: Adams.

Overseas buyer thought to be behind purchase in Dublin of work by unknown artist

Dermot O’Leary of  the National Bus and Railworkers’ Union: “My members and the people who rely on the service require a solution.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Union negotiators gather at Workplace Relations Commission to finalise solution

A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pilot scheme is helping nine towns to counter out-of-town shopping

Stills from  the videos of the transport and slaughter of EU live exports   collated by Animals International over an eight month period.

Graphic videos show cruel practices in overseas abattoirs as live exports to Turkey resume

Ger Hyland: “If I was to shift to Bulgaria my insurance costs would be less than half what they are here.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Tax is to be removed from the calculation of toll charges, but costs to hauliers will not fall

The M50 in Dublin: A Transport Infrastructure Ireland spokesman said it was entitled to keep the full refund of Vat payments to Revenue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ECJ says State had no right to charge Vat but M50 owner says it wants to keep the money

Dublin City Council said it would in future pass on the benefit of zero Vat to customers using the East-Link bridge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tolls at Port Tunnel and barrier-free West-Link to remain same despite EU court decision

Maynooth University in Maynooth, Kildare, which has been included on the 4 per cent rent cap list.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Stillorgan, Dundrum, Killiney and Howth no longer meet criteria but remain in zones

Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey said Greystones in Co Wicklow was an “anomaly” in that the lowest rent for a two-bedroom home in the town was €1,500 per month to rent, and it was left out of the designation for rent control. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Greystones, Maynooth and Cobh may be affected by Residential Tenancies Board figures

Kerry county councillors were told the introduction of charges for recyclables was a reserved function of management and they did not have the power to oppose the charges. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Charges necessary because of increased processing charges, councillors told

Fires on the Ballyargus Hills at Redcastle in Co Donegal present a dramatic sight as scrub and gorse burns. Photograph: Enda Craig

‘Grim predictability’ in dry spell producing surge of wild fires, says Irish Wildlife Trust

Minister of State for Housing Damien English said in a number of cases complex legal issues remained over ownership of unfinished estates. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bankrupt developer loans sold on to investors, leaving Nama in charge of just 15 estates

Migrants on a sinking dinghy off the Libyan coastal town of Zawiyah, east of the capital, on March 20th. Photograph: Abdullah Elgamoudi/AFP/Getty Images

Sligo doctor assists with rescue of 946 migrants, a record for Médecins Sans Frontières vessel

A study has found that of 193 work-related fatal road incidents, truck drivers were involved in 99. File photograph: Getty Images

Of 833 road deaths in Ireland between 2008 and 2011, 193 (23%) are linked to work - IOSH

Showers of snow are expected anytime from Monday night to well into the morning on Tuesday with Met Éireann issuing a Yellow Alert – meaning driving conditions will be hazardous. File photograph: Getty Images

Road Safety Authority publishes advice for drivers and pedestrians to avoid incidents

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

Report for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council says ‘do nothing’ is not an option

Dublin Castle: the results of the towns’ “health checks” were announced during a workshop at Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Heritage Council initiative aims to make towns more attractive places to live and work

An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter at its launch at Weston Airport, Lucan, Co Dublin, in February 2014. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Coast Guard has five Sikorsky S92 helicopters with a top speed of 185km/h

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said calls for an Irish Border poll were “premature” and an issue for the longer term.

Britain’s Brexit agenda turns deaf ear to concerns of Northern Ireland, claims O’Neill

Leo Varadkar said several religious orders had “made significant contributions already” but others had not.

‘It is not in the power of the Government to confiscate anyone’s property,’ says Minister

The crash occurred in the Cooley Mountains, Co Louth, at a place known as Top Hill near Carlingford.

Donie Marron’s brother killed in 1984 Eastbourne plane crash alongside nine others

The pavement outside Trinity College  Dublin  being re-laid after the Luas works. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lady Grattan Fountain among the items being reinstated following tram works

According to An Taisce, the hotel was built about 1900 to designs by McCurdy & Mitchell after the railway reached Greystones. Photograph: Courtesy Paul Byrne video

Landmark Victorian structure closed since 2004 and derelict for best part of a decade

Small private wells have the worst E.coli contamination levels, according to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency. Image: iStock

Fifth of population get drinking water from small private wells, says report

Irish Water has said that specially-equipped vehicles which will be able to read data from meters will be able to pinpoint leaks many times faster than existing methods

Irish Water says 5% of households use a third of the water supplied to households

An Post chief executive David McRedmond said the company will be obliged to trim its wage bill.

David McRedmond says wages for over 9,500 staff will be paid in April, but changes on way

Work by student Fiona Gordon: a young woman’s white pinafore with the names of mother and baby homes linked by threads to a baby’s pinafore inscribed with dates

Artist’s works depict adoption papers, coffin orders, birth certificates and pinafores

Derek Leinster, founder of the Bethany Home Survivors Group, with the memorial to  children and babies who died at the institution: “Unlike the Catholics, we got no redress,” he said.  Photograph: Sara Freund

‘The only difference between us and the children in Tuam is that we had the names’

A man who got into difficulty while kayaking on Lough Ree later passed away at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe

‘He lived for his kids’: Eamonn O’Donohoe got into difficulty during exercise on Sunday

The Devine report found no one in the HSE did anything about the concerns of day services.

HSE regrets Grace’s mother cannot accept its apology but said it can fully understand why

The ‘big top’ tent was abandoned in Mallow, Co Cork. Photograph: Jonathon Paolozzi

Cast and crew of Circus Vegas camp out on road in Mallow after abandoning main tent

 Diesel tax is about 11 cent less than petrol tax, and the Government’s has already recommended increasing diesel tax by 2.2 cent a year for five years to bring it up to the same level as petrol in 2021. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Naughten launches plans proposing taxes to encourage switch to sustainable transport

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy told TDs and Senators that local authorities had made ‘no progress’ in developing residential housing sites on 84 percent of land acquired under  a State scheme.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Expenditure under voluntary and co-operative housing fund €7.8m less than provided, PAC told

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 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

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