The Water Advisory Board  said the Leixlip plant’s difficulties showed up the vulnerability of Dublin’s water supply. Photograph: iStock

Facility was included on Remedial Action List after boil water notices imposed in 2019

Brian Rothery, from Ballybrack,  Co Dublin. He Is 78 and fully blind. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report by seven organisations finds cocooning reduced elderly’s sense of agency

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien: The  €139 million wastewater treatment plant for Arklow is “a hugely important step to rectifying the unacceptable situation” whereby the town’s waste water is piped untreated into the Avoca. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pace of Irish Water links to wastewater treatment plants criticised in report

Irish Water will build the treatment plant early next year near the original site proposed in 1988, on the north docks at the old Wallboard site at Ferrycarrig. File photograph: Getty

Dumping of town’s sewage in Avoca river to stop in 2025 when new facility is operational

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Driver in late 60s pronounced dead after crashing into wall near Navan

Tramore beach, Co Waterford. File photograph: Patrick Browne

Coastguard reports significant increase in number of callouts this year

The scene of a crash near Letterkenny where a motorcyclist died. Photograph: NW Newspix

Gardaí seeking witnesses as road closed from Dry Arch to Port Road roundabouts

 Water flowing at the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant at Ballymore Eustace. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

River Moy and Killala benefit while similar plants underway for Co Wexford villages

Enjoying the weather at Portmarnock Beech Co Dublin. Met Éireann has issued a rainfall  weather warning for a number of counties this evening. Photograph: Collins

Yellow alert for nine counties as heavy rainfall set to move in from west tonight

Mayor of South Dublin County Council Peter Kavanagh, Irish Water’s Stephen Seymour and Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Joe Costello prepare to turn the sod on Thursday on the construction of the Saggart reservoir. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

New reservoir is part of €5.2bn Irish Water plan to secure future supply for Dublin

Turning the tap off while shaving or brushing your teeth can save up to 6 litres of water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Areas in danger of drought include south and west coasts as dry August predicted

Daithi Dignam, Ben Noone (centre) and Kara Dignam taking a cooling plunge in the Shankill River, Manor Kilbride, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Met Éireann issues first orange alert for high temperatures as highs of 30 degrees forecast

 Swimmers at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Forecaster says alert is ‘quite unusual for Ireland’ as Holohan warns of dangers

Irish Water has set an  immediate target to save approximately 166 million litres of water per day. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Why Irish Water is urging conserving of water despite heavy rain earlier this month

Ringsend water treatment plant. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Experts have criticised the amount of treated water that is being lost in a creaking network

The water supply to hospitals in the area has been prioritised. Photograph: Thomas Trutschel/ Photothek/ Getty Images

Utility working with Louth County Council to repair rupture to major water main

Irish Water says it’s no problem to let lawns get a bit of a ‘tan’ this time of year. Photograph: iStock

Irish Water says population has doubled and trebled in some resort areas

Significant numbers of sunbathers and swimmers gathering at Burrow Beach, Sutton, Co Dublin, on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Dean Ruxton

Met Éireann says warm and sunny weather should continue for much of next week

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announces Costa Rica, the Philippines and Qatar have been removed from the list, among others. File photograph: Collins

Cuba will be added to list from next Tuesday

Irish Water said it is working with local authorities ‘to ensure everyone enjoys a reliable water supply during the busy summer period’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Call to conserve after number of regional reservoirs come under pressure in recent days

All young people can continue to seek to get vaccinated at pharmacies. File photograph: Getty

‘We don’t know how bad it’s going to get’, says Minister for Health as infections rise

Unclaimed boats from Ireland’s inland waterways which have been seized by Waterways Ireland for infringement of regulations are to go to auction by tender by July 30th. The full catalogue is available from

Vessels include selection of 12m, steel narrow boats taken from canals

Restaurant owners say frustration is the dominant emotion, with a lack of clarity on how the vaccination certification will work and the false starts up to now. Photograph: iStock

Restaurateurs say they are tired of false dawns and low numbers of outdoor diners – they want to reopen

Parents and guardians are asked not to forward copies of their family medical cards as supporting documentation for means-tested free transport. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Work under way to resolve delays in medical card verification for free travel

Saturday’s highest temperature ‘should reach about 27 degrees’, according to meteorologist Emer Flood. File photograph: iStock

Dry, warm weather on the way with sunshine almost everywhere, Met Éireann says

Horticulture protest: a display near the Convention Centre in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times

Ban on large-scale harvesting of peat will ruin sector and is ‘beyond serious’, says IFA

Investigating gardaí are asking anyone with video footage to make it available to them. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gardaí seek witnesses to Abbeyfeale incident as four people remain in hospital

Defence Forces members at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 last week await passengers requiring mandatory hotel quarantine. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Average of 653 hotel rooms occupied by quarantined arrivals last week, HSE says

 HSE chief said vaccination was the State’s primary ‘line of defence’  against Covid-19. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

HSE focused on administering the second dose of AstraZeneca by July 19th

Professor Kingston Mills: ‘I would be optimistic that hospitalisation won’t increase and I think undoubtedly we will see more cases and the numbers are creeping up, a significant number of those are mild or even asymptomatic cases’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘If we manage to all adults vaccinated and start on the young we can be back to normal’

The RNLI reiterated its advice to keep dogs on leads if they are walking close to cliff edges. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RNLI says ‘stay within navigation markers ’ and advises ‘call emergency service to rescue pets’

Vicky Phelan: ‘It is going to be hard to come back [to the US] because I know I am coming back on my own again for God knows how long.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cancer campaigner spent six months in the US in clinical trial

A status orange ‘high’ national forest fire warning was in place until midday on Monday. Photograph: Jack Power

Latest fire to strike on Howth Head sending smoke above homes on St Fintan’s Road

All prisoners will be entitled to receive one physical family visit per fortnight

Deirdre Donnelly says she was harassed by a man who pestered here during a function at a hotel, then followed her upstairs

Deirdre Donnelly says reporting experience was so bad, women should just ‘move on’

Temporary ‘do not swim’ notices have been placed at two north Co Dublin beaches after water sampling indicated increased levels of bacteria.

High levels of bacteria found in water sampling due to ‘run-off’ after recent heavy rain

On Tuesday, showery and rather cloudy conditions across the western half of the country will spread eastwards during the course of the day. File photograph: Getty

Extreme weather in Northern Ireland is unlikely to be replicated in South – Met Éireann

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council officials say they will respond later this month to suggestion by Office of the Planning Regulator that too many housing units are being provided for. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Planning regulator had said council was targeting 7,000 more homes than needed

The man has not been named by the Coast Guard or its parent body the Department of Transport. File photograph: The Irish Times

Surfer a well-known lifeguard in the Quilty area of Co Clare

Light-coloured green or yellow frogs herald dry conditions.

Temperatures above average in the east in coming weeks, while the west is just ‘average’

The Department of Housing was one of a number of departments that so far this year has failed to reach spending targets. Photograph: iStock

Department of Housing had largest underspend of all due to halt in construction

Seán and Delma Carter with their daughters Emma and Grace on the Limerick Greenway. Photograph: Seán Curtin/True Media

Off-road walking and cycling route developed at cost of €10 million

UK motorists in the EU do not have to carry green card insurance documents. File photograph: iStock

Motorists from Britain and Northern Ireland had been required to carry cards since Brexit

The coming days will feature some of the warmest temperatures so far this year, according to Met Éireann. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

After temperatures as high as 23 degrees on Tuesday the next few days are set to hit 24

If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose, Irish Water advises. Photograph: iStock

Night-time restrictions already used amid concern for supply in tourist hotspots

The CSO figures show that during the period in question, women were marginally more likely to re-offend after release than men. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

CSO figures show almost half of those let out of prison in 2018 re-offended within one year

A further 10-month extension to the validity of drivers’ learner permits due to expire amid pandemic-related delays has been approved by the Government.  File photograph: PA Wire

Government announces move in response to Covid-related delays in driving tests

Kenny Murtagh, owner of pleasure cruiser Moon River  in Carrick on Shannon: Customers come because they can be “in the wilderness five minutes after leaving Carrick”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Carrick-on-Shannon road scheme ‘lunacy’ due to footfall and noise pollution concerns

Leucate  beach on the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: iStock

Department of Foreign Affairs confirms death of woman who was living in Perpignan

Summer-like weather is going to continue over the next week with warmer temperatures and good sunny spells.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Earlier rain is keeping water supply afloat but consumers should act responsibly’

Diarmaid Ferriter will be among those exploring the concepts of facts, truth and how we form perceptions of the world in a broadcast live from the National Gallery of Ireland.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

Diarmaid Ferriter will be among participants in event livestreamed from National Gallery

The man was taken by ambulance to nearby The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital where his condition is understood to be stable. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Incident which left man with serious injuries occurred about 10.15pm in city centre

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is to issue a direction to all gardaí today that pubs and restaurants serving customers in temporary outdoor seating areas should not be penalised.  Photograph: iStock

Licenced premises which are acting responsibly will not be penalised or shut down

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Firhouse, Dublin

Victim, in his 60s, died after violent assault at his home in Firhouse on Sunday night

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge is  named after the mother of former US president John F Kennedy whose ancestors hail from nearby Dunganstown. File photograph: The Irish Times

Outstanding structure of the year for river Barrow bridge, key part of New Ross bypass

Last year Offaly County Council received funding to develop the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry. File photograph: Getty

New drop-off points for bike hire open on Royal Canal at Mullingar and Maynooth

In typical cases the recipient is called and advised that the Garda is investigating them in relation to suspicious activity linked to their PPS number

Scammers call people, tell them suspicious activity found linked to their PPS number

Killarney in Co Kerry is one of the towns where hospitality businesses are seeking to recuit staff, according to the new head of the Irish Hospitality Institute. File photograph: Getty

Regions set for busy summer but Dublin recovery likely only when travel rules finally end

European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union Mairead McGuinness. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Mairead McGuinness warns against further UK ‘unilateral’ action on Northern Ireland Protocol

Muscovite mica has led to apparent defects in building blocks used in at least 5,000 homes in the northwest, causing cracks to open up in thousands of buildings. Photograph:  Joe Dunne.

Mineral found in rocks used in building blocks has caused defects in properties

The CSO bulletin was compiled using data collected by a variety of State agencies. File photograph: Getty

Numbers of cars and trucks on roads greater than corresponding period in 2020, says CSO

Joe and Olwyn Dunne from Glenageary on the sea front in Dun Laoghaire over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Temperatures expected to return to normal with showers and cloudier conditions

Families relax on Sunday in a village that was halfway between reality and fantasy. Photograph: The Irish Times

Filming to begin in earnest next week in Co Wicklow village on sequel to Enchanted

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group sightings officer Pádraig Whooley told The Irish Times the whale found dead  in Wexford  was most likely to be a minke. File photograph: iStock

More study on numbers of whale strandings needed – Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

After a duller start to Sunday than expected, Met Éireann says chances of the sun bursting through during the afternoon are good. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Cloud cover delays east coast high while drizzle and rain to hit west

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 70-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Port-mortem to be carried out at Cork University Hospital

Three Ireland has apologised for a fault that resulted in messages between customers being delayed for several days. File photograph: iStock.

Company has yet to establish number of customers affected

Gardaí are to prepare a file for the Roscommon county coroner. File photograph

Family of the toddler have appealed for privacy following the incident

Artist’s impression of a funicular cable railway planned at Fort Dunree & Head in Co Donegal.

Dublin flight simulator among four projects announced in effort to extend tourism season

Lough Sillan House.

Refurbished Georgian five-bed set on eight well-tended acres beside Lough Sillan, Co Cavan

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State pays for service as Irish Air Corps did not have capabality, PAC hears

Jackie Healy-Rae said the new system would only allow people to access the system via Windows computers, not on phones, tablets, Mac machines or the older Windows 7. File photograph: Alan Betson

Authority responds after Jackie Healy Rae describes new test as ‘restrictive and ridiculous’

According to the penalty points system the driver was potentially liable for enough demerits to put them off the road, due to this single incident. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí find car was without tax, NCT and had no insurance disc or L plates displayed

A Twitter post photograph of the hoarding which attracted 5,000 likes by Tuesday afternoon.

Destitute man finds refuge after being ‘evicted’ from his Rathmines doorway

Saturday will see ‘good, dry periods and sunny spells’ bringing temperatures as high as 19 degrees, according to Met Éireann. File photograph: iStock

Still some rain ‘to get through’ before drier weather returns, says national forecaster

The last supermoon of 2020 rising above Dún Laoghaire pier. A supermoon occurs when a full moon is at the closest distance to Earth in its orbit. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Brighter, bigger ‘Flower Moon’ to rise in east half an hour after sunset

Money mules are those whose bank accounts are used to hold money for criminals. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Man in late 20s arrested as part of investigation on international invoice fraud

Inchydoney beach in Co Cork. File photograph: David Kinsella

Green Coast Awards also presented to 63 beaches with active community managers

As of March 9th, there were 100,000 applicants for a driving test. Photograph: iStock

Waiting time for tests at 25 weeks, with 80 testers needed to reach two-week wait

The cyber gang which broke into the HSE’s computer systems took copies of all the data they encrypted. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí warn fraudsters may contact public asking for money to secure hospital care

There has been no evidence of stolen HSE data having been published online early on Monday but there the expectation is that some will be published. Photograph: iStock

Public advised to report any contact regarding personal information to gardaí

Protests for Palestine saw an estimated crowd of 1,000 people march from Dublin’s O’Connell Street to the Israeli embassy in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Dublin demonstration hears comparisons with Dunnes workers’ refusal to handle goods

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys and  Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the ceremony. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Detective Garda Colm Horkan among 89 gardaí recalled at Dublin Castle

Traffic on Dublin’s M50 at the M4 Junction in 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson

Average weekly incidents almost doubled since lifting of 5km restrictions

Minister for Community Heather Humphreys: more than 800 TidyTowns Groups have  been awarded grants of up to €1,000

More than 800 groups are given grants of up to €1,000 to support electronic entries

The public health emergency team also said that 38 people are in intensive care. File photograph: The Irish Times

HSE warns of potential delays in delivering cervical-screening test results due to cyberattack

The release of stolen data, including medical records, ‘is standard for what these criminal gangs do’, Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan says. File photograph: iStock

Focus is on getting health service’s networks back into operation, Ryan says

Met Eireann said it was likely that more weather warnings would be issued coming into the weekend as showery and unsettled weather continues. Photograph: iStock

Lower air temperatures affecting growing season with some hope of warmth by June

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (NI) had shown seabird species such as Puffins were experiencing significant declines in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Environmentalists seek common ground on conservation with fishing and wind energy

Councillors are looking to secure the backing of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a judicial review of a decision by An Bord Pleanála to approve a 102-apartment development on St Michael’s Hospital car park (above), at Crofton Road in Dún Laoghaire. File photograph: Google Street View

Councillors vote to consider judicial review of Bord Pleanála’s local high-rise decisions

The Road Safety Authority has announced it will recommence the series of 12 mandatory lessons for essential workers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Self declaration of essential worker status criticised by some driving instructors

Heavy rain conditions on Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin earlier in May. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

As the country heads to the hairdressers Met Éireann warns of rain, average temperatures

Howth RNLI rescued four people in an inflatable dinghy. Photograph: Howth RNLI/Facebook

Strong winds and tide hampered progress on return journey in inflatable dinghy

Donna Ostojic, from Donegal, and her colleagues at Paddy Travel outside the firm’s premises in Medjugorje.

Founder of Bosnian-based Paddy Travel says there are no government supports for them

Fr Martin Noone, director of Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimages, with a group photograph from one of their many trips. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Estimated 80,000 pilgrims a year travel to Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje and Holy Land

Pre-Covid some 27,000 students attended Irish colleges in the Gaeltacht each summer. Photograph: iStock.

Coláistí fear accommodation may go to Airbnb and ‘bean an tí’ tradition will end

Michelle O’Riain

Gardaí had issued appeal for Michelle O’Riain (36 ) who had not been seen in over a week

Michael McDonnell  of Viking Tours, during filming for World’s Most Scenic River Journeys – Shannon River, at Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly last year.

Hopes that British TV show with large audience will attract visitors

The force is keen to  stress the wider implications of the mobile devices beyond roads units. File photograph: Collins

Technology being rolled out among community gardaí, regular units and immigration officers

The cool, dry conditions, while cold, also brought above average sunshine: Ian Kearney golfing at sunrise at Dromoland Castle Golf Club, Co Clare, as golfers returned to the fairways in April. File photograph: Brian Arthur

Wexford experienced its driest April in more than 80 years, says Met Éireann

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