‘The flexibility and speed of the ZBV mobile scanner significantly increases Revenue’s scanning capacity. . .’

New €1.1m ZBV scanner was part-funded by the European Anti-Fraud Agency

Irish Water said the Clonshaugh plant was necessary because the Ringsend facility is operating at over capacity.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local residents believe development will harm human health and destroy the local biosphere

Overweight children experience a ‘negative cycle’ around, says one professor. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish Heart Foundation calls for tax on sweets, and ban on junk-food ads before 9pm

James Joyce’s House of the Dead at 15 Usher’s Island. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Developer says development would include cultural facility dedicated to James Joyce

The study found those who reported sexually aggressive tendencies were more likely to watch a lot of pornography.

Porn only associated with sexual aggression if individual already prone to aggression

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014 when he appeared charged under the Road Traffic Act. Photograph: Collins.

Documentation, laptops and other evidence seized by police in Derbyshire operation

15 Usher’s Island: ‘not just another house connected with Joyce’

Letter urges Government to ‘save’ 15 Usher’s Island after plans lodged to turn Dublin house into 56-bed hostel

A book of condolence was opened for broadcaster Gay Byrne at the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Ceremony will be covered live by RTÉ and followed by private burial in Sutton

Ryan Tubridy (left) was RTÉ’s highest paid presenter in 2016 followed by Ray D’Arcy in second and Joe Duffy in third. Photographs: Aidan Crawley and Andres Poveda

Ryan Tubridy earned highest wage of €495,000, Marian Finucane was highest paid woman

Currently, about 600 homes in the capital city are at risk of coastal flooding but  it is estimated that the number of affected homes will increase to around 12,848. Photograph: iStock

Increased storms and higher sea levels will give rise to extreme costal flooding

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy pictured at the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister visiting plant which serves greater Dublin area today as boil water notice remains in place

More than 1,700 schools will run attendance initiatives in November. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Children in urban areas miss more school due to stress and anxiety than rural students

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Richard Clarke has announced he intends to retire. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Dr Richard Clarke, who has been outspoken on a range of issues, announces retirement

David McRedmond, pictured in 2013 during his period as TV3 chief executive, said ‘I think I probably should have gotten an interview’ for the RTÉ director-general role.  File image: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Postal company chief confirms he was unsuccessful applicant for RTÉ’s top job

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood poses with her medal after being made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Photograph: Aaron Chown / AFP/ Getty Images

Booker Prize winning author puts hope in young people in battle against totalitarianism

Dublin City Council said ‘adding any more vehicles in the bus lanes would not facilitate public transport and bus operations’. File image:  Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘The bus lanes are currently at capacity,’ local authority says

Indian national Neeraj Jain (34), who was killed while cycling in Dublin on Friday, ‘was very mature, full of life and ambitious, he always wanted to do better’, his brother said.

Neeraj Jain (34) moved from India to Ireland last year for study and work

Cyclists and local residents held a vigil at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Friday  morning near  St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Man, who gardaí are still working to identify, is eighth cyclist to die on State’s roads in 2019

Listowel: Received upgrade of town entrace including extension of cycling ways, visual and safety enhancements worth €200,000. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Some 156 rural locations awarded on Thursday by Minister Michael Ring

Tim Murphy, the service manager for Cavan and Monaghan drug and alcohol services, said that substance misuse is not just a Dublin issue. Photograph: iStock

Campaigners call for policy change and extra funding to tackle increased use

On Wednesday, the former ministers united to release a statement calling on the Government to restore confidence in the national drug strategy. File photograph: David Sleator

In 2016, 736 people in Ireland died from drugs – the fourth highest figure in Europe

Former holders of the post of minister of state with responsibility for drugs have united to call on the Government to restore confidence in the national drug strategy.

Government urged not to take powers away from community and voluntary sectors

Patrick Gordon with his son Zack (10) at their home in Killyleagh, Co Down. The family took a disability discrimination case against We Are Vertigo, with the assistance of the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Park said it was advised patrons with prosthetic limbs not permitted to use equipment

The Sean O’Hare unit in Stranorlar, Co Donegal, has key codes on front and rear doors and shared bedroom facilities. Photograph: iStock

HSE says it intends to address issues by providing alternative accommodation

Irish Rail tweeted that lots of people were reporting the “friendly commuter” on board the early morning train. Photograph: Irish Rail Twitter account

Oscar boarded the 7.30am train from Maynooth to Connolly Station

Kevin Barron: “I know I have so much more to offer if only I were back living in the community.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Nursing homes are just a dumping ground for people like me. I believe the State has failed in its obligation towards me and other(...)

The number of people seeking private smears increased this year following controversy and uncertainty around the national screening programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Wide variation in service prices attributed to the choice of laboratory and overhead costs

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes told the Minister for Communications “the proposed reforms do not appear to meet either the urgency or the scale of the challenges identified”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Director-general tells Minister high salaries will be kept ‘under review’

Irish Penal Reform Trust wants prison sentences to be ‘last resort’ in justice system

A still iamge from CCTV footage showing the robbery near the Guinness Storehouse

Man for court over incident during school group’s visit to Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse

Merchants Quay Ireland chairman Mick Price and chief executive Paula Byrne at the launch of the MQI annual review. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Ending addiction needs a focus on ‘health and human need’ of drug users,’ says charity

The Mental Health Commission recommends 48 rehabilitative teams, but the State has only 23. File photograph: iStock

Adults with severe mental health issues ‘falling through gaps’, charity says

Stephen Teap, Vicky Phelan and Lorraine Walsh arrive to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar make an apology on behalf to the State. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Patient support group welcomes apology, describing it as a ‘watershed moment’

Exposure to hazardous substances in construction, usually through breathing in dust or fumes, can lead to a variety of negative health implications from minor irritation to cancer

Silica dust, which occurs when cutting concrete, has been proven to be carcinogenic

Three men have been arrested following a paramilitary style beating in Co Antrim in the early hours of Sunday. It was the second attack of that nature reported in the county over the weekend.

Police believe man ordered to show up at roundabout in Newtownabbey to receive beating

The suspicious object is currently being examined, a PSNI spokesman said.

PSNI currently examining a suspicious object

Newspapers across the UK and Ireland lead with Saturday’s Brexit debacle. Photograph: BBC

Newspapers across UK and Ireland lead with Saturday’s House of Commons debacle

The boy was taken to hospital, where he remains, to be treated for his injuries which are described as serious but not life threatening.

Arrest on suspicion of attempted murder follows Saturday night incident

The OPW  said while the ancient monuments themselves are not being affected, the visitor centre is “struggling to cope with the demand”, especially on busy days during the summer. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The monastery receives between 155,000 and 170,000 visitors per year

National Slow Down Day: gardaí are targeting 1,000 locations with speed cameras today. Photograph: Getty

Over 250 speeding vehicles detected so far as part of ‘slow down’ campaign

Gardaí investigating the death of Peter Murphy in north Cork in 2015  are  preparing files for the DPP. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí say file is being prepared for DPP over the fatal attack on Peter Murphy (36)

Man charged to appear at Limerick City District Court. Image: Google Maps

Accused appearing before Limerick City District Court

Women hold signs during a performance to raise conciousness about  violence against women in Bolivar square, Bogotá on March 6th. Photograph:   Diana Sanchez/AFP/Getty Images

Despite big role in peace accord, women activists still face threats of violence and murder

Eddie Murphy and Monica McGill, (front right) with, from left, Lile Frost, Bernie Cronin, Cllr William Carey, Patrick Ging and Cllr Eoin Ó Broin, all Save Clondalkin Convent campaign members. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Locals say development would occupy playing field and ‘eradicate’ habitat of birds

Farmers block Cormac Healy from Meat Industry Ireland from entering the Department of Agriculture in Dublin for ameeting of the beef taskforce. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.

Farming groups concerned that some protesters are still facing legal proceedings

Axa XL, the principal insurer for indoor climbing centres, decided not to renew its Irish business from August 1st.

Main underwriter for indoor sport exited Irish market in August due to high awards

‘I dug myself out of the depths of despair and self-pity to now have an amazing friendship with my foster parents.’ Photograph: iStock

National Fostering Week is an initiative to increase the pool of foster parents

The LIV Student accommodation complex on Church Street in Dublin

Hike at LIV Student block after ‘genuine misunderstanding’ over single-occupancy price applied to shared rooms

 Dr jasbir Singh Puri attending the launch the Garda Siochana Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021 in Balbriggan, north Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Retired consultant Dr Jasbir Singh Puri now employs 30 people but he still gets abuse

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis initially criticised the slow response of gardaí to their complaints of receiving online abuse. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New Garda strategy to tackle hate crime and promote diversity is published

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

The ICCL  found that most victims of online abuse are women, and that perpetrators were most commonly partners, prospective partners or ex-partners who were “attempting to exert control”. Photograph: iStock

ICCL calls for legal aid for those who have such images shared without consent

Pedro Andrade after he was attacked by two men who left him with a broken nose.

Three people tell The Irish Times about their experiences of attacks on Irish streets

  Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed and  Minister for  Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton  announced Coillte  and Bord na Móna are collaborating on a  project which will see bogs no longer used for peat production transformed into rich native woodlands.  Photograph: Julien Behal

The focus will be on native woodland trees such as Downy Birch, Scots Pine and Alder

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: pledged that Ireland will spend €250 million in education over the next five years as part of the State’s contribution to international development.

Ireland Aid report says almost €800 million spent on foreign development aid last year

Statistics from the charity show 145 older people in in 2019 presented themselves to Alone stating they were homeless or at risk of homelessness

Alone has seen 145 people presenting as homeless or at risk of homelessness so far in 2019

The charity currently has 61 people on the waiting list, which it said is a record high. Photograph: iStock

Average waiting time in second quarter of year was 82 days, says Simon Communities

The Department of Education said it has granted emergency funding to nine schools facing insurance cost increases

‘A number’ of other schools have applied for extra funding over spiralling insurance costs

 The abortion rights march started in the Garden of Remembrance and ended in Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds march through Dublin and call for introduction of safe zones around facilities

On Saturday, locals walked from the town of Oughterard out to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel,  where they lined up on both sides of the road before dispersing. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Local councillor Thomas Welby estimates up to 3,000 people attended

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of John Gibson (above) in   September 2017.

Matthew Bell remanded in custody after appearing in court on Saturday

Task force recommends series of measures after 96% decline in numbers since 1980s

  Revenue sniffer dog Bailey with his handler Alan Foley at the Dublin Mail Centre in Dublin 12. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Last year canine units seized €26m worth of drugs, tobacco and cash

An Post said parcels from the UK would post-Brexit be subject to the same duties and fees that currently apply to non-EU countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Additional customs officials will be placed at An Post centres to carry out checks

Members of Education Equality pictured with TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Roisin Shorthall, Catherine Martin and John Lahart outside Leinster House on Wednesday, where they relaunched their petition for the removal of religious education from the school curriculum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Education Equality calls for end to ‘segregation’ of non-Catholic children in schools

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers said improving mental health services and reducing waiting lists “has to be a priority”.  Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

Climate change among issues causing increased anxiety among young, TDs told

The Garda, fire services and medical professionals warn annually about the risk of serious injuries from the use fireworks around Halloween. File photograph: iStock

Gardaí investigating incident in Cabra which left one boy with ‘severely deformed’ hand

Yuka Crikmar MSF Humanitarian Affairs officer  registering people on board the Ocean Viking.

Irish humanitarian worker says kidnapping, torture stories have become all too familiar

Former Bishop Séamus Hegarty who has died after a long illness. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Séamus Hegarty (79) was criticised for his handling of allegations of clerical abuse

Photograph dated September 16th issued by Dawn Meats of balaclava-clad protesters gathered on a picket outside the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh, Kilkenny. Photograph: PA

Only three protests lifted since deal, according to beef farmer group

The Indian summer is set to come to an end this weekend with warm weather expected over the next two days, before heavy rain hits the country on Saturday evening, according to Met Éireann.

Heavy rain is expected on Saturday night

A recent ESRI study revealed that Irish women’s weekly income, at an average of €280, is €153 less than a man’s average in retirement. File photograph: Getty

Move to reverse disparity between male and female retirement incomes, claims Government

Edward Dowse:  ‘Did I tell you I’m the team manager.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

‘I enjoyed my whole life. I enjoyed it all. I got up to do something that I wanted to do’

 President Michael D Higgins visited the Ploughing this afternoon to officially open the event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sun shines on 102,500 visitors to Co Carlow event, with food and farm culture on show

Love Island winner Greg O’Shea at the Gra Island contest held in the National Dairy Council’s tent at the National Ploughing Championship. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

With sunshine and music easy to mistake ploughing for music festival

The number of adults without a home in rural areas hit 1,000 for the first time in May 2019. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Peter McVerry Trust report shows more than 12% increase in homelessness outside cities

The Rally is an international charitable event which involves driving from Prague to Ulan Ude in Russia in a 1 litre engine car

Friends said there were more bumps along the 19,000km road than anticipated

More than 250,000 visitors are to descend on Co Carlow this week for the annual National Ploughing Championships. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Preview: Event will take place in Fenagh, Co Carlow, from Tuesday to Thursday

Fergal Brennan: “Laura (above) has passed her torch to us all, her family, and it is our job to carry that torch and shining light of truth and create a future for the next generation that is free from harmful strains of HPV and the devastation that they cause”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

‘She was just an ordinary girl facing death from a preventable illness’ – Fergal Brennan

Facebook insists pages on its platform that spread misinformation about vaccinations are being punished by the company reducing the number of people who can see such posts. Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images.

World Health Organisation sees complacency about immunisation as a major threat

Sharon Guinane, manager of Skerries Community Centre: Rising insurance costs and restrictions mean she can no longer host some community-based events and meetings. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Spiralling insurance costs threaten the viability of Skerries Community Centre

Eighty-three per cent of participants, which include groups such as community centres, scouting clubs and tidy towns organisations, reported that their insurance premiums increased over the past three years. File photograph: Getty

Over 80% of respondents said their premiums has risen over the past three years

O’Devaney Gardens is a 1950s flat complex that was due to be redeveloped under a public-private partnership. Photograph: Tom Honan

Bartra Capital is Dublin City Council’s choice to develop 824 housing units

Some 60 per cent of children were signed up to social media sites, including 48 per cent of eight-year-olds and 68 per cent of 11-year-olds. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of children who use the internet talk to strangers online

South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) County Council voted on Monday night to apply the maximum discount of 15 per cent to the rate charged.

Councils in South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Fingal voted on issue on Monday

“What we need to be sure of is that people have access to their sexual health and wellbeing needs in places that are convenient to them.”

Sexually transmitted infection clinics overwhelmed as 10 counties lack public services

RTÉ: “The wages of the high-earners do make it more difficult for the political system to be sympathetic . . . but there are other major issues that have to be dealt with,” says the Public Accounts Committee’s Seán Fleming  TD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue and funding shortfalls prevent RTÉ continuing as it is, claims Dee Forbes

British Airways aircraft at London’s Heathrow airport. The Government is being urged to intervene in the dispute between pilots and British Airways ahead of strikes which will ground flights. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Row with pilots escalated on Friday when BA threatened to strip strikers and their families of perks, such as heavily subsidised t(...)

Brian Somers says he began to abuse solvents when he was in primary school, before progressing to harder drugs, and then ended up on the streets. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former addict says he welcomed prison because it meant not having to sleep rough

Gang members were convicted over smuggling people into the United Kingdom via Ireland

Garda National Immigration Bureau supported the investigation into operation involving Georgian nationals

More people have been seeking alternatives to meat, partly due to the perceived health benefits, as well as concerns about the environment and animal welfare. File image: PA Wire

But researchers suggests that vegetarians and vegans may have a higher risk of stroke than meat eaters

Bill Prasifka,  Dr Rita Doyle  and Paul Harkin are pictured at the launch of the Medical Council’s five-year strategy. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Dr Rita Doyle argues that access to the State’s public health system is ‘horrendous’

Gardaí  covering up the vehicle in which the man was shot at  Griffeen Glen Park in Lucan, with bullet holes visible in the windscreen.  Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Victim (40s) seriously injured after car was rammed and several shots fired through window

Beech Lodge Care home: Photograph from facility’s website

Health Information and Quality Authority inspected home after receiving information from third party

Being homeless during the summer holidays brings a new set of challenges. Photograph: iStock

‘They’re so excited because they haven’t been able to see their friends since school finished’

A recent survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions found that 78 per cent of parents were struggling with back-to-school costs this year, up from 68 per cent last year. Photograph: iStock

SVP charity calls for free school books and the abolition of voluntary contribution

Gardaí seized more than €200,000 worth of drugs over the weekend, following a number of planned searches. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Searches carried out in Clondalkin, Dublin and Naas, Kilcullen and Clane in Co Kildare

Garret Bridgeman, managing director of An Post mails and parcels with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee and Fergal O’Leary of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission,  talk to the media at the  An Post Mail Centre in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cate McCurry /PA Wire

Boris Johnson said he would take talks with EU to the very last minute before October 31st deadline

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby  on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after Vincent Parsons died at Tallaght Hospital on Monday evening

Top medal winners:  Deirdre Faul (liver recipient) from Dalkey,  and John Moran (kidney recipient) from Glasnevin arriving back to Dublin Airport from the World Transplant Games 2019. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Irish team bring home 17 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze

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