The INMO said 396 people were waiting on trolleys in emergency departments, while 207 patients were in wards elsewhere in the hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health accepts number waiting for beds ‘far too high in recent weeks’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has accused the producers of vaping products of attempting to get young people addicted to nicotine. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Simon Harris considering ban on adverts for e-cigarettes near schools and playgrounds

An image released by An Garda showing some of the packages seized in Drogheda on Monday.

Gardaí seize 20kgs of cocaine, cannabis and handguns in a series of searches on Monday

Gardaí attended the scene and said foul play was not suspected.

Firefighters from Swords, Finglas and Kilbarrack fire stations attended scene

Cars blocking the cycle lane on a Dublin street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ross has ‘no current plans’ to give National Transport Authority an enforcement role

Dermot Kelly, former Dáil correspondent at The Irish Times, has died

Originally from Mullingar, Kelly worked as consumer affairs and Dáil correspondent

Judge Carol Anne Coolican. Photograph: Collins

Protection order granted as woman also says partner scares one of their children

Environmental campaigner Flossie Donnelly, up to her neck in single use plastic during a protest by Sick of Plastic campaigners at the Department of the Environment on Adelaide Road. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister insists people will be able to save money if new measures are introduced

The suspected getaway vehicle pictured on Eastham Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath which gardaí suspect was used in the fatal shooting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Richard Carberry, a married father of three, was associated with one faction in the Drogheda feud

Shane O’Farrell was killed in August 2011, while cycling on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Student (23) was killed while cycling by man on bail after litany of justice system mistakes

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘people may use less heating and also that means fewer deaths as a result of cold weather’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach showed ‘reckless disregard for science’ by talking of climate change benefits

There were low stocks of water in Supervalu Castleknock due to the Boil Water notice issued in the greater Dublin Area by Irish Water last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Warning on water quality issued on Monday night after heavy rain results in cloudy water

Conor McGregor has his picture taken by members of the public as he arrived at Dublin District Court  where he was fined for assaulting a  man at a Dublin pub. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

UFC fighter has paid compensation to victim of attack, court heard

Residents at a nursing home in Co Limerick were unable to spend time alone with family and friends when they were  approaching end of life, the State’s health watchdog has found.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Relatives were unable to spend time alone with residents approaching end of life, Hiqa finds

The dispute is in relation to working conditions and union recognition at GoSafe.

Siptu says people are are realising that humans work in speed vans

Garda Niamh Connaughton is seen with Giancarlo Issacchi in hospital. Photograph: An Garda via Twitter

Garda Niamh Connaughton meets Giancarlo Issacchi who fell ill while running the race

Ambulance and fire crews deal with a fire at a property on Clanbrassil Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire at derelict house on Clanbrassil Street after bonfire stockpile reportedly set alight

Marcus Coster, who is homeless and using emergency accommodation, and Fr Seán Donohoe at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin.   Photograph: Tom Honan

Existing An Post customers will be able to donate to initiative when they top up

All three lanes of the upgraded M7 motorway in Co Kildare are expected to be in operation with a 120km/h speed limit before Christmas, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Thousands caught speeding along route since limit reduced to allow for road works

Two men have been arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery of tourists in Dublin last week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Italian teacher and students approached by two men who appeared to have a gun

Seven people are in hospital following a crash involving five cars in Co Carlow on Monday evening Photograph: Eric Luke

Incident happened at Kilbride crossroads on Monday evening

Detective Patrick Flood said he had concerns that if Mr Harrison was granted bail he would fail to appear at the next court appearance. Photograph: Collins Courts

Eamonn Harrison appeared on foot of bench warrant for assault and criminal damage

St Anne’s Park in Dublin which has been named as one of the top five parks in the world.

Green Flag awards for parks are judged by experts and assessed on eight strict criteria

The  strike by Siptu members will last from 9am on Saturday  to 9am on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Time

Siptu members are in dispute over working conditions and union recognition

Officers from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau carried out a series of searches last week.

Money was found during intelligence-led searches in north Dublin this week

Firefighter sub officer Darren O’Connor showcases the dangers of fireworks.

People urged to avoid illegal fires and fireworks on October 31st due to risks to life

Heavy rain is forecast in parts of the country on Friday night and Saturday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rainfall warning in place for southern and southeastern counties until Saturday

The Committee’s report on reform of the family law system, published on Thursday,  includes a recommendation  that funding should be allocated for the construction of a long-promised purpose-built family law complex on the Hammond Lane site. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Joint Committee on Justice finds ‘significant imbalance” in rights for some fathers

Irish Water said it was contacting all registered vulnerable customers who are affected by this boil-water notice to advise them

‘Precautionary measure’ taken after consultation with HSE and Fingal County Council

The Dublin marathon begins at Merrion Square at 9am on Sunday. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Over 20,000 runners from across 50 different countries taking part in Sunday’s race

Gardaí investigating a video circulating on social media messaging apps arrested the two men and woman on Monday.

Two men and a woman arrested after assault and false imprisonment of a 19-year-old man

A woman carries her belongings over her head as she flees  Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain   on October 9th. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Ahmad Bekkî says his two brothers have already left Kobanî

Gardai  at the scene of a fire at a halting site at Dun Laoghaire West Pier. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Traveller group says it is ‘extremely relieved’ incident in Dún Laoghaire was not worse

Fiona Ryan  and her finance Jonathan Mathis left the country with their young son   recently after experiencing online abuse following their participation in an advertising campaign for Lidl supermarket.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘We have very robust policies in place ... around abusive behaviour and hateful conduct and violent threats’, committee told

Gardaí remove demonstrators during an Extinction Rebellion protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Members of climate action group carried from gates but no arrests made

A notice on states John Finnan, who died in a light aircraft crash, was a “beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend”.  File photograph:

Funeral of John Finnan due at St Michael’s Parish Church at midday on Wednesday

Ulick O’Connor. Photograph: Eric Luke

President leads tributes to writer and member of Aosdána, who died aged 90

‘Depending on which train it can take 30 minutes or 45 minutes and when I get to Heuston it’s about a 25-minute walk to the city centre,’ says Enda Finn. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Some 16 per cent of men leave home before 6am compared to eight per cent of women

Two of the pieces, by Louis le Brocquy, were commissioned by the State-owned public broadcaster in 1966 (Táin) and 2000 (The Massing of the Armies).

Broadcaster recorded loss of €13m in 2018, citing the cost of ‘special events’

Members of the congregation place a candle on a table  during the 34th Annual Irish Kidney Association Service of Rememberence and Thanksgiving held at Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra to honour organ donors and their families. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents of cystic fibrosis campaigner attend Kidney Association rememberance service

 Emma Mhic Mhathuna who died on October 7th 2018. File photograph: Collins Courts

Former partner and sons place flowers on Co Kerry pier for CervicalCheck campaigner

If no one matches all the numbers in Tuesday’s  EuroMillions draw, the  €190m jackpot will be shared at the next prize tier at which there are winners. Photograph: PA

Winner was one number short of €190m jackpot, one of the biggest jackpots in Europe

Richie Sadlier: ‘I thought it was my failing and the more I thought of it as that the more determined I was that you or anybody else would never find out’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish times.

Former Irish soccer player abused when he was 14 by man treating him for sports injury

A spokeswoman for Conor McGregor says the fighter will be in court next week over an incident at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh in April.

Footage of alleged altercation at Marble Arch bar was published on the US website TMZ

Labour finance spokesperson Joan Burton said ‘we have the cappuccino kids in government’ and older people were being ‘left behind again’. Photograph: Collins Courts

Social welfare rise and increase in stamp duty for overseas property also advocated

Children told inspectors they were ‘tired of sharing my story over and over’ and ‘there are so many social workers coming to me and then going’

Inspectors from state watchdog say retention of staff in Tusla services was ‘very poor’

Seventy-nine people have been waiting more than six months to be discharged from hospital, according to the latest HSE figures.

Simon Harris tells Fianna Fáil TD 382 people waiting more than a month to leave facilities

One in Four chief executive Maeve Lewis:  the group was forced to turn people away last year.

One in Four saw surge in requests for help after Belfast rape trial and during Pope Francis visit

Storm Ophelia: Gardaí clearing the road near Enniskerry from a fallen tree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hurricane Lorenzo will be latest storm to hit country should it arrive on Thursday

 Minister for  Planning   Eoghan Murphy  and Evelyn Cusack of Met Éireann during a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group  in Dublin on Tuesday in preparation for the arrival of Storm Lorenzo. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

National emergency group warns of high seas, severe winds and heavy rain coming

The Garda Press Office said the unit will provide ‘support to local policing and local Garda members’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unit to be based in Cavan and will complement two others in Dundalk and Donegal

Gardaí said enquires are ongoing and it is anticipated that further arrests will be made. Photograph: Garda Info

Driver did not stop at checkpoint and search found significant quantity of MDMA

Swans gathered in the rain at Dublin’s Portobello bridge. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Met Éireann models see most likely path hit west coast on Thursday

The Eglinton Hotel direct-provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

System needs space to accommodate new arrivals, Jesuit Refugee Service says

Central Bank: due to be called before the Oireachtas Finance Committee. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Companies are giving existing customers inflated renewal prices, says Pearse Doherty

 Amy Greer Murphy (L), Darragh O’Connor and Eva Lawless at Buswells hotel in Dublin, with their Early Years survey results showing  that some 90% of educators are questioning their future in childcare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

90% of childcare workers questioning their future in sector over low wages, survey shows

This is the second national operation targeting the demand for prostitution this year with further operations planned. Photograph: iStock

Files to be prepared for DPP with view to establishing if criminal prosecution should be initiated

An inquiry into the death of an experienced female kayaker who died on a Kerry river last year has found the lack of a mobile phone at the scene resulted in a 37-minute delay in calling the emergency services. File photograph: Getty

Report notes 37-minute delay in calling services after woman got trapped on Kerry river

A protester attends a demonstration calling for the end of the direct provision system in Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Ombudsman says many concerns about facilities before they opened have not transpired

Dr Brigid Quilligan said  Traveller community in Kerry feel under siege externally and internally, and their mental and physical health is suffering. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports suggest increase in deaths among young females, Oireachtas committee hears

The Clancy Amendment allows for gardaí to seize the the vehicle of an unaccompanied driver. Photograph: iStock

Those who had driven unaccompanied were primarily in the 35-54 age bracket

No injuries were reported and an investigation is ongoing.

Four people were in Cabra property at time of attack, gardaí say

The Beef Plan Movement says it intends to hold ‘all stakeholders accountable to beef farmers’.

Factories are contacting laid-off employees to inform them operations are up and running

A technical and forensic examination of the scene is ongoing and the road remains closed to traffic. Photograph: Collins

Incident happened at Tinnycahill, Clar at about 8pm on Sunday night

Dublin players celebrate with the Brendan Martin Cup following the All-Ireland senior women’s football championship final against Galway, at Croke Park. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Free tickets for Merrion Square event on September 29th snapped up within an hour

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, said Ireland needs to provide “a safe haven to a bigger group of refugee children”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s Rights Alliance says greater support from schools and communities needed

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Minister for Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Japanese ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the announcement of a Japan-focused promotional campaign for Ireland during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Tánaiste reminds Ireland rugby supporters to remember they are ‘ambassadors’

The #andshecycles  campaign aims to get teenage girls back on their bikes In Ireland, fewer than one in 250 girls cycle to school each day. Photograph: Ste Murray

An Taisce launches campaign to encourage girls to cycle to school every day

The incident occurred at Eden Quay in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pedestrian in his 70s taken to Mater hospital after coach struck him on Eden Quay

The HSE said colposcopy services remain ‘under pressure with increased referrals and the requirement for increased consultation time’. Photograph: iStock

Around 370,000 women presented for smear tests in 2018, up from 280,000 in 2017

A garda at the scene of a fatal shooting at Aghamore, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Victim is named as Brendan Kilduff (60s) who had stopped on way home from beef protest

The dispute, which has been ongoing for months, has brought the Irish beef industry to a standstill. File photograph: Getty

Processors say 6,000 people temporarily laid off due to blockades

 Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe with Samuel, Rathfarnham and Saoirse from Marino launching details of Car Free Day 2019. Photograph: Arthur Carron

Lord Mayor says Government should be ‘throwing money at me’ to extend Dublinbikes scheme

Dry and sunny spells are forecast for the coming days, as thousands of people descend on the annual National Ploughing Championships in Co Carlow. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Temperatures due to reach 20 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday

A flight from Abu Dhabi to Washington had to divert to Dublin Airport on Monday due to smoke coming from a passenger’s tablet.

Etihad Airways said diversion of flight was a ‘precaution’

Protests by farmers continue outside meat processing plants around the country. File image

Taoiseach calls for compromise as total out of work in sector during dispute hits 6,000

Over 1,400 properties would lose part of their front gardens to accommodate the initial plans published last year and earlier this year. Photograph: iStock

Project designers should seek to limit removal of parking in residential areas, says council

Musicians, dancers, choreographers, opera composers and circus and street performers are among the artistic disciplines who are included in the scheme. Photograph: iStock

Artists can be exempt from jobseeker activities to ‘focus on their artistic work’

Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan: ’Sometimes I think that many people have come to believe that it is impossible to end homelessness’

Homeless charity says it supported more than 15,500 people last year

Gardaí are particularly interested to speak with a cyclist who was  at the scene and may have witnessed the collision

Man’s motorbike collided with a taxi on the Old Navan Road on Wednesday evening

‘I did gesture with my hand and utter the sound of a gun,’ man tells family court

Activists stage a protest on Dublin’s Lower Liffey Street on Saturday to highlight the capital’s air pollution problems. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Activists call for pedestrianisation of street ahead of Dublin City Council vote

Delwyn Ledigan from Galway at the Electric Ireland Throwback Stage on Friday. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The Strokes, The 1975, Christine & The Queens among main stage acts on Saturday

A man in his 20s was arrested and is currently being detained at Balbriggan Garda station.

Cannabis and cash also discovered during search of a house in Rush

Emergency services attended the fire shortly before 5am on Saturday morning.

Gardaí say there is nothing suspicious about blaze – ‘it’s just a very sad tragedy’

When the service began, there were just 450 bicycles at 40 stations. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

‘A dodgy deal to get free bicycles,’ said Ciarán Cuffe in 2008. What does he think of it now?

Junior minister Catherine Byrne has said Dublin City Council “missed the bigger picture” by not granting planning permission for the State’s first supervised injection centre.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Rejection of planning application ‘missed the bigger picture’, says Catherine Byrne

Drugs were found concealed on festival goers on Thursday. Photograph: Facebook/Garda Síochána Laois Offaly

Cocaine, Ketamine, LSD and MDMA found by gardaí at festival

Vincent Parsons was attacked on Saturday night while he was socialising with friends in Killinarden, Tallaght. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Man (24) arrested in connection with death of father-of-two released without charge

The Sun and Guardian newspapers’ front page on Thursday

Most papers sternly opposed to move but more right-leaning outlets more supportive

Fr Tony Coote was conferred with an honorary doctorate of science by UCD last December. He is pictured here with Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin and his mother Patricia. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Priest from Mount Merrion raised €600,000 for motor neurone causes in a walk last year

Four religious-run primary schools are changing to a multi-denominational model this year. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Three Catholic schools and one Church of Ireland school in Kerry, Roscommon and Wexford will come under patronage of local boards

Educate Together said none of the 12 new schools will be opening in their permanent accommodation.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Educate Together to open 12 schools across the country from this September

Judge Gerard Furlong granted the woman a three-year barring order and included a recommendation that the man engage with a programme for perpetrators of domestic violence

Court grants three-year barring order preventing husband from being near family home

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí seek witnesses and dash cam footage following Malahide Road incident

John Deasy said the time was right for him to leave politics. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Waterford TD says uncertainty has permeated ruling administration

 Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the   Road Safety Authority said road safety has been excluded from the new Garda reform plan.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Murdock says roads policing ‘doesn’t feature’ and believes it should have ‘equal priority’

Luas Green Line services were disrupted by a technical fault on Friday morning. File photograph: The Irish Times

Full services resume but operator warns commuters of delays of up to 20 minutes

Conor, Amy, Cian, Rory and Derbhail Cassidy,  Ireland’s only quintuplets, returned to celebrate their milestone 18th birthday at the Rotunda Hospital with the staff who spent several months caring for them following their birth in 2001. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Cassidys return to Rotunda Hospital to share birthday celebrations with staff who cared for them following their birth

Proposed reorganisation could have a ‘significant effect’ on the working lives of gardaí

Plan ‘omits roads policing as one of the four key focus areas’ at operational level

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