Gardaí are warning the public about an ongoing text message scam. Photograph: iStock

Targets of ‘smishing’ scheme receive SMS appearing to be from their bank

Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy:  ‘Things are as good as you want them to be. If you let yourself see the good in the situation it will become good.’ Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Thirty-two contestants compete for title as festival celebrates 60th anniversary

Developer Harry Crosbie has proposed reclaiming land from the sea off the coast of Dublin to tackle the housing crisis. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Developer says reclaiming land near Clontarf would create homes for 65,000 people

Victim in a critical condition in hospital after assault in Ballybough area

Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reviewing documentary requirements

The State has been told it must delete data held on 3.2 million citizens as part of the roll-out of the Public Services Card, as there is no lawful basis for retaining it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

DPC says it is not open to publish report ‘without prior agreement of the Department’

Co Galway student Jessica Moore, who died after falling ill at her secondary school debs dance on Sunday, ‘lived her short life to the full’, her father has told her funeral Mass. Photograph: Hany Marzouk.

Funeral Mass told family has since learned that 19-year-old scored 531 Leaving Cert points

Judge Gerard Furlong grants two barring orders to two women against their husbands in the  Dublin District Family Court. Photograph: Collins

Court hears the man ‘hit, kicked, punched and tried to strangle’ wife of 10 years

Jessica Moore was attending the event at a hotel in Ballinasloe. An ambulance was called after she felt unwell and she was taken to Portiuncula Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Jessica Moore was due to get her Leaving Certificate results on Tuesday

The council said the bathing prohibition at the Forty Foot in Sandycove had been lifted as water quality had returned to acceptable levels. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Seasonal bans on bathing at Merrion and Sandymount continue due to bacteria concerns

Ireland’s Paul O’Shea on Skara’ Glen’s Machu Picchu during the Nations Cup at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Great Britain take Aga Khan trophy with umbrellas order of the day at the RDS

High winds and lightning struck Ireland on Thursday night. File photograph: Steve Bloom/Getty

Unseasonably windy over southern half of the country with moderate to fresh and gusty winds

Dublin District Family Court heard that the woman was previously granted a protection order, which prohibits the man from using or threatening to use violence

Court hears she and their two children were ‘terrified of him’ in their family home

Work in progress at the national children’s hospital site at St James’s Hospital: “Patients immunocompromised or with respiratory ailments are of particular concern and a public health impact assessment may be required.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s Health Ireland among those concerned about health implications of change

‘I’m in great fear and seek the court’s protection,’ a woman told Judge Gerard Furlong at the High Court on Thursday. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

He ‘bit me on the top of my head’, woman tells judge

Heavy showers have been forecast for the weekend. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Blustery, rainy conditions, showers and possible spot flooding expected at weekend

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora Quoirin who has vanished while on holiday in Malaysia. Photograph via PA/Wire

Teen’s aunt says relatives ‘overwhelmed’ by response to disappearance in Malaysia

Several sports clubs shared memories of Mikey Leddy following the 15-year-old’s death. Photograph: Johnstown Football Club/Facebook

Football and GAA clubs remember young man who was dedicated to his team mates

Meabh Quoirin with her daughter Nora Quoirin who has vanished while on holiday in Malaysia. Photograph via PA/Wire

Police expand search into dense jungle and hilly terrain with more than 160 personnel

HSE chief Paul Reid last month said delays in informing the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy were “not acceptable”.

Computer glitch meant more than 800 women did not receive results

The €40 fine rises to €60 if it is not paid within 28 days. If it remains unpaid for a further 28 days, cyclists can either pay €80 or court proceedings are initiated. Photograph: Tom Honan

Dublin Cycling Campaign calls for early ‘pre-green’ light – ‘get on with it and do it’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said there were mechanisms in place to cover liability of cyclists ‘although they may indeed not prove adequate in all cases’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross was referring to insurance that would cover damages as a result of cyclists’ collisions

A full list of the affected products and batch numbers is available on Photograph: iStock

Celtic Pure says its supermarket own-brand water recalled as precautionary measure

Cannabis plants worth approximately €400,000 were found. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

More than 500 plants found in van on side of the motorway near Dunshaughlin, Co Meath

Sinead Delaney, winner of the women’s race with her mother Joan, who finished 9th  in the  Liffey Swim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Total of 600 swimmers took part in the 100th Liffey Swim despite water-pollution warnings

Sinead Delaney of Phoenix swimming club celebrates after winning the 100th Liffey Swim women’s race,. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Water ‘a little murky with a lot of seaweed’ amid pollution warning for the river

A number of types of bottled water from Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes Stores, Londis and Spar chains have been recalled over higher than normal levels of arsenic.

Arsenic ‘above legal limit’ found in water from Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes Stores, Londis, Spar and other chains

Jonathan Coelho (28), with an address in Duleek, Co Meath and Federico Carvalho (29), with an address on the South Circular Road, Dublin appeared before Dublin District Court on Friday morning.

Accused Jonathan Coelho (28) told officer that his ‘accelerator got stuck’

Road works on the M7 as they  neared completion last week. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Construction started on widening a 13.5km stretch of the road in January 2018

Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine in Margate in south east England last week. File photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

There will be some sunshine but it’s not all good news

Despite feeling pressurised by the ‘always on culture’, young people feel that social media plays a positive role in their lives

One third say beauty standards on social media make life harder now than for parents

The M7 upgrade works. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some 14,500 speeding fines handed out along road since works began, with 241 incidents

Prof John FitzGerald has said in order to develop a ‘fairer system’ a complex response was needed in terms of promoting workforce participation, life expectancy rates and housing. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

More measures needed if ‘substantial further progress’ to be made, says Prof John FitzGerald

A childlike sex doll was seized by gardaí this week during an operation targeting persons suspected of possessing, importing and distributing child pornography.

Fourteen properties searched as part of operation targeting child porn distribution

The men are being detained in Mill Street garda station in Galway city. Photograph: Google Street View

Men, believed to be from Sudan, are being detained but are in good health

The deployment of a group of gardaí to the Middle East last week as part of the Government’s refugee protection programme was cancelled following a disagreement over pay.

Eight officers, two sergeants were due to interview refugees and asylum seekers in Jordan

E-cigarettes: “Nicotine is highly addictive and is particularly harmful to the developing brain and other organs of the body,” says Dr Des Cox.  Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland expresses concern over youth use of nicotine

Fr Router said he was ‘sharply aware’ that some people don’t share the ‘same positive experience of church that I have’. Photograph: iStock

Fr Michael Router is told new life will be ‘fulfilling’ but ‘not without its challenges’

Shane Lowry is the fifth Irish winner of the Open Championship. Photograph:  Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Golfer’s success brings ‘pride and joy to the Irish everywhere’

The child has been taken to Tallaght University Hospital and the man to St Vincent’s Hospital.

Large signage is understood to have fallen on them at event in Bray

Newly elected MEP Clare Daly has hired the son of her political colleague Mick Wallace as her European Parliament assistant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Since 2009, MEPs can no longer employ close relatives for parliamentary roles

Dr Orna Donoghue, TILDA project manager and lead author on the paper, said driving allows a level of freedom and independence that is often ‘not available with public transport and therefore it is hugely important for social engagement, mental health and wellbeing’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Study on ageing finds people who travel independently have better mental health

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin called for  a separate department of higher education and research during a speech at an Irish Universities Association event. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Fianna Fáil leader says separate body needed to prioritise sector in broader education debate

Dolphin House, home of Dublin District Family Court, in Temple Bar. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Girl’s mother tells access hearing she nearly lost sight in an eye after attack by the man

Former RTE broadcaster Michael Fortune has died. Photograph: Irish Greyhound Board

‘Greyhound racing was in his blood and he was lucky enough to make it his career’

A  composite photograph of a 2010 winter lunar eclipse seen from Newgrange. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tuesday’s eclipse will begin as the moon rises in Ireland just before 10pm

Unlike the green card, which confers permanent residence status, employment visas are time limited and usually employer and job specific. Photograph: iStock

Q+A: Is there any special treatment at all for Irish people? What are the barriers to getting a green card?

Dublin City Council head of technical services Brendan O’ Brien and DMR Traffic Garda acting chief superintendent Tom Murphy with Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul Mc Auliffe at the launch of the HGV Permit Checker App. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

A cordon banning heavy goods vehicles has been in place since 2007

The fire occurred at the site on the Castletymon Road in Tallaght at 9.30pm on Sunday.

Gardaí investigating ‘suspected criminal damage by fire’ at Castletymon Road

Keith Byrne with his wife Keran.

Irishman failed to secure residency in America over marijuana possession in Irish

Just 13 per cent of drivers in Co Kerry recorded for speeding handed in their licence for record. File photograph: Alan Betson

Figures show majority of motorists convicted of speeding did not present licence in court

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive said it is aware that larger encampments of people living in tents have given rise to public order concerns. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin Region Homeless Executive: Vital that use of tents ‘does not become normalised’

‘The new hybrid buses are expected to be at least 30 per cent more energy efficient than current diesel-only buses.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Authority says first delivery possible this year as part of efforts to reduce emissions

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-UK attorney general ‘worried’ about loyalist violence in wake of a no-deal exit

Frances McNamara, head of the National Screening Service, said CervicalCheck wrote to the women affected on July 1st and advised them to contact their GP to receive their results.

Women who uncovered tech issue told decision had been made not to issue letters

Temperatures are due to rise to 25 degrees this Sunday, with dry and sunny spells forecast for the weekend.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Conditions will dip again next week with risk of spot flooding and thunder

Philosopher Clare MacCumhaill; Rosanna Turner, a finalist in this year’s Irish Young Philosopher Awards; and Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, representing Dublin City Council, after the unveiling of a plaque and special postage stamp to honour the centenary of the birth of author and philosopher Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Even at the end of her life when she had Alzheimer’s, she remembered she was from Ireland’

Inchicore residents (from left) Lauren Tuite, baby Margot, Gerard Greene, Annie Dibble, Christine Kavanagh and Elizabeth Burns on Grattan Crescent. They are among a number of local objectors to the felling of  trees on the road. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Residents suggest ‘compromise’ in BusConnects consultation

Construction on the M11 Gorey-to-Ennsicorthy scheme started in October 2015. Map: M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme website

Peak-time savings of 30 minutes predicted on Dublin-Wexford M11 with completion of final stretch

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a general right of access to records held by public bodies and also provides that records should be released unless they are found to be exempt. File photograph: Getty

Commissioner’s annual report shows requests increased by 8.5% last year

“The Border communities are currently at a double disadvantage with the imminence of Brexit and the non-functioning of the assembly in Stormont”

Oireachtas committee says 11 Border area local authorities should develop North/South tourism strategies

Forty-seven reports based on orders made under the Child Care Act are being published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project on its website on Monday. Photograph: iStock

Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights cases of children forced abroad for care

Tusla’s social worker said the agency had visited the family many times and the foster child was “very settled and happy”.

Judge accedes to Tusla application for child to attend Church of Ireland primary school

The Rally for Life makes its way down O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners march through Dublin with banners stating ‘abortion steals hope’

The ESB said it decided to suspend the operation of the Lough Ree Power Plant.

Fears for safety of local fishery and wildlife species on the river

Ciaran Breen, director of the State Claims Agency. File photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells.

TDs told seven cases over screening controversy had been settled as of June 27th

Former president Mary Robinson has said she doesn’t think there is “enough specific action” within the Government’s Climate Action Plan.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Former president says protection for workers ‘critical’ while people reskill for new roles

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ruler of Dubai and wife engaged in London high court dispute

The woman said her former partner wouldn’t leave outside her home. File photograph: Getty Images

Family court: Fearful father tells court he feels intimidated by son’s ‘violent tempers’

Inspection on Co Clare home ‘triggered’ following the receipt of three separate concerns from relatives

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mental Health Commission report finds that ‘too often’ facilities are ‘dirty and smelly’

Missing man William Delaney. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man (30s) and female teenager held as gardaí to resume searches for William Delaney

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Niall Muldoon concerned about impact of emergency accommodation on children

The National Transport Authority says the phased approach is to ensure ‘a manageable level of change for customers and bus operators’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

BusConnects plan now due to be implemented between 2021 and 2023, instead of end of 2019

Gardaí and emergency services personnel at the scene of a crash between a truck and a Luas at the junction of Benburb Street and Queen Street in Dublin. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

State agency says near misses continue despite ‘various interventions’ at hot spots

Thomas Byrne TD: “The department has an obligation to make these periods of leave as short as possible and conduct the investigations as expeditiously as possible.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Department says leave only granted in limited situations ‘where the continued presence of a teacher has potential to present ongoi(...)

Over 1,400 properties stand to lose part of their front gardens to accommodate the proposed plans while between 1,500 and 1,600 trees would be lost. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Affected property owners expected to receive average compensation payment of €25,000

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘Projects such as BusConnects are intended to improve the lives of residents, not to rip the heart out of their village, their community.’

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says proposals are ‘not worth sacrificing a community for’

Mr D’arcy said he doesn’t hold insurance companies in ‘high regard’ and had made ‘pretty strong statements’ about them. Photograph: iStock

At least 25 incidents relate to ‘staged accidents’, Oireachtas committee told

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (centre) meets children as he is welcomed by President Michael Higgins (second right) and his wife Sabina (right) in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Van Latwijk/AFP/Getty Images

‘Dublin is showing us its past, present and future’: Royals make first official Irish visit

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina with  King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and  Nya Maasland (6) from Madelief School and Arantxa Carroll of Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Coolock Lane. Photograph: Maxwells

The three-day visit will include a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing on O’Connell St. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Street has reopened after closure for most of Tuesday while gardaí investigated death

Gardai at the scene of the  fatal stabbing on O’Connell Street.Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Suspected killer was friend of victim; Both known to gardaí as rough sleepers and drug users

Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  ‘I think the less we talk about boardings and potential clashes the better.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We need to take the heat out of this discussion’, says Tánaiste

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the Irish Government was informed last September about Scotland’s intentions to enforce its claim to the territorial waters around Rockall.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Coveney: ‘Don’t confuse diplomatic language with weakness. We will support our boats’

File photograph of the Luas tram. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Incident understood to have taken place near Luas stop in Rialto

A no-swim notice was in place across the entire south Dublin coastline last week following a sewage overflow at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant due to heavy rainfall.

Water quality ‘back to normal’ after sewage overflow at Ringsend treatment plant

Rockall, the tiny disputed island some 400km off the Co Donegal coast.

Scotland believes fishing by Irish boats within a 22km zone around Rockall illegal

Scottish fisheries minister Fergus Ewing has said his government’s fisheries patrols would “invite” Irish fishing boats to “cease and desist” from what he said was “illegal” fishing around Rockall.

Fergus Ewing says patrols will invite vessels to ‘cease and desist’ from ‘illegal’ fishing

File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Photograph:Defence Forces

Scotland had warned it will take action against Irish vessels fishing around islet

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, Mary Lou McDonald and Conor Murphy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader says party had ‘very difficult’ local and European elections

 Seapoint is one of the beaches affected by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council  warning to the public not to swim at a number of Dublin beaches because of a sewage leak at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant. Phototgraph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Entire south Dublin coastline off limits to bathers until Wednesday after heavy rain

 More than 3km of roads across Ballsbridge and Donnybrook in Dublin have been festooned with red ribbons to highlight the potential loss of trees as part of the BusConnects programme.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Irish Georgian Society concerned at likely removal of 160 trees from UCD-city route

File image of Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Specialist says there is a risk of gastrointestinal infections for those who break council’s swim ban

Walkers on Sandymount Strand in March this year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ringsend plant leakages happen about 15 times every year, mostly in winter

Paul Carroll, senior engineer said the scheme will provide a ‘scenic and direct route’ between the growing communities of Malahide and Donabate (above). File photograph: Tom Honan

Fingal County Council made planning application to An Bord Pleanála

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Congress of the European Federation of Public Service Unions the best way to mitigate against risks posed by Brexit is to improve economy through ‘higher productivity’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Output of Irish economy five percent lower than without Brexit, says finance minister

Det Supt Seamus Boland was one of two gardaí honoured at the ceremony in Spain. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two gardaí honoured in Spain for work tackling organised crime

Cannabis seized by Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seize drugs discovered in wooden ornament

Teena Gates and her father Terry Martin, who turns 94 next week.

Teena Gates has been unable to secure HSE supports for her father, Terry Martin (93)

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