John Pepper has left his role as group chief executive of the St John of God group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Pepper did not return to duty since taking sick leave from health group in late 2016

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: acknowledged the homelessness issue would continue to be a challenge in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Latest figures show 122 fewer families in emergency accommodation during December

Increasingly bad  weather and rising sea levels have placed more urgency on protecting Howth’s east pier. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mixed response to plan from locals at information open day

In vitro fertilisation (IVF), computer illustration.

Chief medical officer briefs committee on draft of Assisted Human Reproduction Bill

There is mounting concern at the highest echelons of the Department of Health that healthcare professionals are failing to avail of the flu vaccine in sufficient numbers. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister indicates uptake rate so low that ‘it deserves very serious consideration by me’

Speaking at the launch of paediatric trolley watch, INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said historic issues of recruitment and retention of nursing staff continue. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union launches paediatric trolley watch

Bank of America: it will announce its results on Wednesday

Credit Trends event and how blockchain might benefit the aviation industry

Stephanie McCorkell, a UK citizen who lives in Ireland with her Irish husband, Charles. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stephanie McCorkell was refused a passport despite having lived in Ireland for 44 years

Passengers aboard the Hill of Howth tram before its closure in 1959. Photograph: National Transport Museum Collection

New report estimates it would cost €6.7m to reopen line which closed in 1959

Siobhan Toibin with her  mother Maureen Marron (76). Ms Toibin has written a  scathing letter to Minister for Health Simon Harris about the lack of out of hours care  for her mother, a cancer patient,   over the New Year period.

Woman had to get healthcare acquaintance to ‘steal’ device to help drain mother’s bladder

On Tuesday, Judge Desmond Zaidan consented to an application for a further adjournment in the case from gardaí, who told the court they were awaiting directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Judge in Athy district court describes allegations as ‘very serious’ and says defendant must attend court on Thursday week

The INMO said on Monday morning 389 patients were on trolleys in hospital emergency departments and 166 were on trolleys in wards

Harris says situation ‘unacceptable’ but he is confident money can be found to invest in more beds

Stuart Gilhooly, a solicitor specialising in personal injury, said a burglar suing a business owner would be highly unlikely to succeed.

Personal Injuries Assessment Board says processing €600 fee must only be paid if respondent consents to the claim being assessed

DUP leader Arlene Foster: she  is one of the expert speakers at the Killarney Economic Conference, in partnership with The Irish Times, on Friday and Saturday

For your diary: Results, indicators and meetings for the business week ahead

A boat is stranded on the edge of a pier after it was washed there by floods in Galway, Ireland, January 3rd, 2018. Photograph:  REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Met Éireann warns of gale force winds, heavy rain and sleet throughout the morning

Workmen clear debris in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor following damage to an office construction site on January 3rd, 2018 in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

People in affected areas urged to ‘keep away from coastline if you don’t need to be there’

Flood waters entered houses on Fr Griffin Road, Galway, during Storm Eleanor on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

ESB deals with 55,000 faults as gusts of up to 140km/h are reported off the west coast

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

News review of the year: Border issues, the Garda whistleblower scandal, property prices, the Paradise Papers, Storm Ophelia and t(...)

Susan McDonnell, of the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association, councillor Melisa Halpin, and Richard Boyd Barrett TD, at a public meeting in January on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour Dalkey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Opposition almost certain despite new plan to scale back residential aspect, says group

The suspects, aged 37 and 55, were arrested in the Kilmallock area of Co Limerick on Tuesday. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí recover quad bike after incidents in counties Limerick, Kerry and Cork

The European Court of Justice (above) has ruled  a written exam paper amounts to personal data and can be accessed by the candidate. The judgment is the culmination of a  process lasting over eight years. File photograph: Getty Images

Paper is personal data: Accountancy student sought script after failing test repeatedly

Charlie Vaughan, moments after his birth at Cavan General Hospital in 2013, with his mother Grace.

HSE review team report extends apology to woman treated at Cavan General Hospital

Proposed US tariffs pose an existential threat to Bombardier’s Belfast operation, the union Unite says. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The upcoming business events: US authorities to decide on aircraft tariffs; CSO to confirm record tourism year

“He had done nothing wrong; he has worked all his life.” Photograph: iStock

Predicament for man identified only as Frank points to big demographic challenge

The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin: scored highest for satisfaction. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Group fared the worst in survey

Overall, 54%  of people said they had a very good experience in an Irish hospital and 30%  a good experience. Some 16% rated  their time in care as fair to poor. Photograph: Getty

New survey outlines the experiences of patients using the Irish hospitals system

Guo Ping, a deputy chairman of Chinese communicaitons giant Huawei and one of its rotating chief executives, who will  will sign a research collaboration accord with Trinity College  on Monday.

This Week: US Federal Reserve expected to announce 0.25% rate hike on Wednesday

Heavy snowfall in Westmeath on Sunday morning. Photograph: David Clarke/Twitter

Met Éireann issues three weather alerts as conditions remain treacherous

The crash happened just after 7.30pm in Dublin, at the junction of Sherrard Street and the North Circular Road (above). File photograph:  Google Street View

Road closed to facilitate forensic collision investigators and diversions put in place

The scene of the Garda raid and shooting on Barnwell Drive, Ballymun, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda and another man were shot during planned operation in north Dublin suburb

The Luas passing The Abbey Theatre and Peacock Theatre, Abbey Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stoneybatter, Cabra and Phibsborough have seen rising valuations ahead of line’s opening

 Journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and Brian O’Driscoll, the most capped Irish rugby player and Olivia O’Leary,  before the honorary doctorate ceremony in Trinity College on Friday

O’Driscoll’s ‘herculean’ feats praised as five receive Trinity College’s highest honour

A statement from Dublin Bus said: ‘We are aware of this incident. Dublin Bus is investigating.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Woman says she was forced to walk home after driver told her he couldn’t concentrate

Horses in a field in Cloughoge, Newry, as parts of Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow caused by an Arctic airflow in the wake of Storm Caroline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Temperatures expected to drop below zero with north and east to face brunt on conditions

Peter Lunden-Welden, chief executive Transdev Ireland, has a holistic view of city transportation networks that focuses on the benefit of reducing traffic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Head of Transdev says similar issues are not as prevalent in other countries

Photograph: Garda Press Office

44 members of the force completed post-graduate certificate

Forecasters say snow showers could lead to the accumulation of 4cm to 8cm in some areas, with greater quantities on higher ground. File photograph: Getty Images

Forecasters place north and northwest on alert for snow showers and icy conditions

Maeve Kinsella sees the daily life of Dublin and its people as her tram cab trundles past

 Deirdre Jacob (18) was last seen on July 28th, 1998 near her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Father of Deirdre Jacob for end to ‘hit and miss practice of investigation’

Homing pigeons are released at a ceremony to mark National Missing Persons Day at the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Relatives remember their missing loved ones at annual event in Farmleigh

Broombridge, Cabra: Henry O’Brien, Dolores Ferris and John Coffey. Ferris says she has has witnessed “huge” changes to traffic levels  but is readying herself for a seismic shift. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pay-and-display may be remedy to parking congestion, says Dublin City Council

The new Luas station at Broombridge, Cabra. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Auctioneer expects prices in north inner city to rise further ‘when the tram is actually moving’

Irish inflation figures are due on Friday

Irish inflation, Aryzta’s agm, One51 egm and Brexit and the Border

Bob Geldof at Dublin City Hall where he returned his freedom of the city award. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Musician, who handed back honour, says Myanmar leader should be stripped of award

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it had arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of murder. File photograph: Trevor McBride

Lu Na McKinney (35) drowned while on holidays at Devenish Island in April

Along with extended free travel for children under five, changes to Leap card charges start on Friday.

National Transport Authority seeking to promote family use of buses, trains and Luas

Pensioners  protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday night.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Protesters estimate that 44,000, many of them women, are disadvantaged by changes

A 16-year-old boy was walking on the Clane Road (above) near Sallins in Co Kildare when struck by a van on Monday. He has since died. File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí say pedestrian was crossing road when struck and seriously injured near Sallins

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald arriving at Fine Gael selection convention at Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Former tánaiste asks FG members to show country they had confidence in her and party

Utility company warns recipients not to click link or provide personal information

Accounting Technicians Ireland president Dargan FitzGerald with Emer Duffy, lead sales manager, Sage, at the launch of ATI’s annual conference 2017, The Next Frontier. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Results from Falcon and Greencore; Small Firms AGM; Irish retail sales

Not all anomalies are picked up by scans and not all detections result in better outcomes for the baby. However, medical staff, given the information, can greatly improve the pregnancy experience for parents.  File photograph: Getty Images

Public and private patients should get two ultrasounds to improve service, conference told

There has been a “very deliberate policy on the part of the State of increasing the number of people with doctoral education”, says the Higher Education Authority. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 16,016 men hold PhDs while 12,743 women hold that highest qualification

Between 2011 and 2016 the unemployment rate fell furthest for those with qualifications in engineering, manufacturing and construction, dropping from 15.7 per cent to 6 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

CSO report shows a continuing decline in the numbers of early school-leavers and increases in the numbers with third-level qualifi(...)

Coffee is ‘more likely to benefit health than harm,’ a new review has found. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Umbrella review finds coffee ‘more likely to benefit health than to harm it’

Rent Pressure Zones were introduced a year ago to try and moderate increases in parts of the country where the prices were highest.  Photograph: iStock

Residential Tenancies Board guide looks at new Rent Pressure Zone rules

Irish Water had  reduced the number of people on supply networks requiring remedial action by 200,000, and  removed 20,000 people from long-term “boil water” notices, said Mr Varadkar

Taoiseach says much-criticised utility has ‘ambitious plan’ and will never be abolished

Cyclists lying on the road during a Stop Killing Cyclists  demonstration outside the Dáil organised by  Dublin cycling groups. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party’s transport spokesman says new laws required to improve road safety for cyclists

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: has criticised the CSO, saying there is a need for “robust data on all forms of domestic violence”.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Central Statistics Office says data collection may place people at risk of further abuse

An artificial intelligence android developed in Germany. PwC’s forum “Man and Machine” on the economic impact of AI in Ireland takes place at Convention Centre Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Carsten Koall/AFP/Getty Images

Results from Hewlett Packard, Analogue Devices, EasyJet and a forum on AI in Ireland

In the Name of Peace: John Hume’s wife, Pat, at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin for the premiere. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Premiere of ‘In the Name of Peace’ hears of SDLP leader’s key role in ending Troubles

Ken Clarke, a staunch Europhile and supporter of the Remain campaign, said while the UK government had committed to not reinstating a fixed border, this would be the inevitable outcome of leaving both the customs union and single market. File photograph: PA Wire

Remainer says fixed border to be inevitable outcome of leaving customs union and single market

 The Army bomb disposal team exploded what it described as a ‘complex’ improvised bomb in Co Carlow on Thursday evening. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Army unit stage controlled explosion after discovery of improvised bomb in Kilmeaney

A reconstruction of the scene of the Loughinisland massacre in ‘No Stone Unturned’.

Dr Michael Maguire says the ‘way Northern Ireland deals with its past is not working’

Eamon Dunphy was critical of Martin O’Neill for once again failing to start Wes Hoolahan. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Pundit claims manager does not know how to get best from players

Joseph Deacy (21) from St Albans in Hertfordshire, England died after suffering head injuries in Co Mayo in August.

Joseph Deacy was found with head injuries outside a house near Swinford in August

San Francisco: the latest generation of start-up founders and entrepreneurs will vie for a place, on Tuesday in Dublin, at the 2018 Start Up World Cup in San Francisco

Meetings, results, indicators – and of course some World Cup events

Fossetts Circus in the RDS. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Request to protect ‘unique’ circus entertainment follows ban on wild animals

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: ‘‘The people who will be drinking the champagne will be dissidents because they will see this as great for them; it will give them a target again.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach warns about dissident republicans

Whooper swans arrive in Ireland from Iceland during the autumn and winter

Birdwatch Ireland worried more whooper swans, a protected species, will be killed at site

‘Left alone, market forces will treat alcohol just like everything else and alcohol is not the same as laundry soap. It’s not an ordinary commodity.’

WHO and World Bank advisor say exposure to advertising increases risk of problems

 Minister For Transport Shane Ross:  “It was just an idea.”  Photograph: Sam Boal/

Minister says there was never a ‘structured plan’ over mooted peace mission by some members of Independent Alliance

Proposed ‘peace’ mission by Alliance Ministers to capital Pyongyang is cancelled

“The ability of a travelling circus to provide fully for all the needs of animals such as camels or tigers is no longer a tenable.”

Ireland is 20th EU member and 42nd state globally to legislate against use of wild animals

Dr Anthony McCarthy, psychiatrist at National Maternity Hospital: women pressurised into having a termination, and women exposed to strongly negative attitudes towards abortion, were likely to have “worse outcomes”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

UK research finds mental health risks same after termination as after giving birth

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay: Too many children were  “automatically granted, on the day of their birth, the right to stand in queues for services that never came”.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

As rate of child homelessness rises 287% in three years, close attention to rights urged

Google has described its Family Link technology as a way of helping parents “stay in the loop” while their child uses the internet on Android devices. Photographer: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Ireland the first country after the US to get access to Family Link app that allows parents monitor usage and block online access

Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid said it was ‘one of the most progressive’ among local authorities. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Local authority claims its budget for next year ‘one of the most progressive’ out there

The Web Summit: in the sunshine of its new Lisbon home  – temperatures are expected to reach 21 degrees during the week –  an anticipated 60,000 people are set to attend the events.

There’s the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, plus results from Avis Budget and Trip Advisor

The fire in Smithfield in Dublin’s inner city. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Site under control after firefighters launch major response to incident in Smithfield

Eamonn  Barnes was appointed DPP in January 1975, which position  he held until his retirement in 1999. File photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tenure noted for decisions such as not to prosecute Malcolm MacArthur, Ian Bailey

Scene at Blanchardstown shopping centre this evening where the Garda evacuated the centre during an ongoing incident. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Staff cleared to re-enter premises after 19-year-old reported missing in Ennis not found

Ryanair’s traditional nonchalance towards customer outrage was tested to its limit last month following the cancellation of thousands of flights. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

This Week: Airline’s first-half results will reflect investor jitters. Also: AIB’s egm

Former journalist Tom Humphries, who was jailed for grooming a girl from when she was 14 before sexually abusing her, was an underage camogie coach who got his victim’s number through a third party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Organisation has vetted 135,000 people since 2008, says national children’s officer

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards take place. Partner Kevin McLoughlin, centre, says the  finalists, spread across 10 sectors, are reflective of the strength and diversity in Irish business.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

For Your Diary: EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards; CPL AGM; Irish retail sales

As part of the initiative gardai have released a list of some of the locations at which they will be based. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National “Slow Down Day” is being conducted to raise awareness around speeding

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Irish man’s release comes a month after he was found not guilty on several charges

Aer Lingus has announced five flights from Dublin to Copenhagen for the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup playoff. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Ryanair also schedules extra flights to Copenhagen for Republic of Ireland v Denmark

 Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations with Minister for Culture  Heather Humphreys and Ronan McGreevy, at the launch of the book Centenary in the GPO. Photograph:  Maxwells

Dr Maurice Manning said commemorations may revive painful memories of loss and dispossession

Ronan McGreevy, who edited ‘Centenary’, and Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ronan McGreevy talks of honour of producing book ‘worthy of a wonderful year’

Existing provisions in Irish legislation outlawing online harassment are insufficient, says Prof Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: iStock

Special Rapporteur on Child Protection says subject should be considered even for creche

The scene was preserved and assistance was sought from the office of the State Pathologist after skeletal remains were discovered at a beach in Wexford. A forensic anthropologist subsequently attended the beach. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Discovery made by walkers at Forlorn Point, Kilmore Quay, on Tuesday afternoon

Workmen clear a tree that fell and took out power lines on the R703 between Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

ESB Networks warns that fallen electricity lines are still a threat across the country

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “We are going to have to build up new alliances.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leo Varadkar stresses that the Government will need to 'build up new alliances'

An ESB crew  works to restore services following damage by Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

South of country worst hit by Storm Ophelia as responders work to restore services

Holly Cowman visiting one of Mary Immaculate College’s Erasmus+ partner universities, East China Normal University, in Shanghai

From small beginnings, there grew a movement and now 300,000 students participate in the Erasmus programme each year

 National safeguarding committee chairperson Patricia Rickard Clarke said financial abuse can be highly calculated, or can be very subtle. Photograph: Eric Luke

Figures may represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’, watchdog committee chair warns

AP McCoy will talk to Paddy Power at the One-Zero 2017 conference on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

This week: Leadership lunch with Brian O’Driscoll and the latest thinking on digital marketing

M50 file photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Public Accounts Committee hears of €5.2m in write-offs in 2016, €4.9m in 2015

A  pilot has written to Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary (above) over concerns of colleagues at the airline’s refusal to entertain collective bargaining. File photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair refuses to engage with European Employee Representative Committee

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