Curracloe Beach was far from deserted at the weekend. File photograph: Gearóid Gibbs/PA Wire

County council ‘indebted’ to Garda for support after 7,000 visit Curracloe Beach on one day

The closure order on part of Teddy’s Ice Cream on the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire has not yet been lifted. Photograph: iStock

FSAI says storage area poorly pest-proofed with holes allowing potential rodent access

Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery Kearney: ‘One of the direct messages pretty much amounted to a rape threat.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Mary Seery Kearney was ‘physically sick’ after reading physical and sexual threats online

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government has got off to ‘a pretty rocky start.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Tanaiste says coalition has got off to ‘a pretty rocky start’ as Dáil breaks for six weeks

Acting Chief Medical Office  Dr Ronan Glynn: ‘Ensure gatherings are kept to a minimum and invite no more than 10 others into your home.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Dublin

No further deaths relating to virus reported as acting CMO warns against house parties

Roy Hopkins (34)  was taken by ambulance to Naas General Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead. Photograph: Instagram

Gardaí say a man in his 20s has been detained following inquiries

The incident occurred at 10pm on the R108 road near Dublin Airport.

Two male passengers brought to hospital with non-life threatening injuries

The EPA says waste collectors have a critical role in ensuring their customers segregate correctly and use the appropriate bin.

EPA calls for greater efforts amid continuing decrease in rate of recycling

The purple hairstreak butterfly.

Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland encourages public to record sightings

Monaco has seen an 800% increase in its rate of Covid-19 to 27 new cases per 100,000 people. Photograph: Getty

The list of countries deemed safe to travel to will not be reviewed until at least August 4th

Beer sales fell by 17.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Drinks industry calls for reduction of tax on alcohol and warns jobs are at risk

Gardaí are investigating after a man’s body was found in Dublin city centre

Gardaí are investigating after discovery in Drury Street car park

Three out of five children and young people (60 per cent) said they are worried about Covid-19 when they think of returning to school. Photograph: iStock

Half of primary school parents are worried about Covid-19 – Barnardos survey

Former radio show presenter Ivan Yates made ‘dismissive remarks about the Government and the HSE’s ‘stay at home’ guidance dealing with the pandemic’, the complainant said. Photograph: Newstalk

Broadcasting authority says ex-presenter’s comments were ‘in line with audience expectations’

The Irish team has reached the semifinals of the World Schools Debating Championship. Photograph: Twitter

Irish overcome Israel 6-1 in online contest after Covid-19 saw Mexico event cancelled

The study found that whereas 66 per cent of people openly supported more black people coming to Ireland, this dropped to 51 per cent when respondents could conceal their attitude. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New research finds that among people with third-level education, 27 per cent concealed negative attitudes towards black people com(...)

The individual is contacted by text message asking them to log onto a website in order to receive a new card. Photograph:iStock

People are contacted via text by individuals claiming card has been compromised

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Northern Ireland reports zero Covid-19 deaths for 15th consecutive day

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said ‘when it comes to sexual harassment in third-level institutions there is a zero tolerance policy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Higher Education vows ‘immediate action’ to address issues

 Taoiseach Micheal Martin arriving for the Cabinet Meeting in Dublin Castle on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach and Tánaiste will take pay cut of about €20,000 each

Public servants who ignore the Government’s advice to avoid all non-essential foreign travel will not be paid their salaries for any 14-day period of quarantine on their return to Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Public servants who travel abroad will not be paid for 14-day quarantine on return

A heron (facing second heron) has been stolen from the Velvet House Cross sculpture. Photograph: Facebook

Cobh Tidy Towns appeals for return of steel piece after theft from Velvet House Cross site

The items seized at the Dublin 7 house earlier this week. Photograph: An Garda Siochana

Gardaí searched residence in Dublin 7 and found € 11,000 in cash cannabis worth €2,000

The victim was brought to the Mater Hospital where he is currently being treatedFile photograph: Frank Miller

Two men involved in assault in which victim received serious head injuries have been located

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, helps launch a ‘Thank You’ mural for essential services with some of the young people that produced it from the St John Bosco Youth Centre in Drimnagh, Dublin. Photograph : Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

Result of contest between Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin to be announced this evening

The East Quad site in Grangegorman, a joint venture set up between John Sisk & Son and Spanish construction company FCC has been closed and a deep clean will take place. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Worker on site in Grangegorman had also been at Dublin site closed on Monday

Gardaí are attempting to reunite this suspected stolen dog with its owner and are appealing to anyone who can help get him home

Two springer spaniels found after gardaí followed up on suspicious activity in Limerick car park

The winner of Tuesday night’s €49.5 million EuroMillions jackpot was an online player in the Leinster area, the National Lottery has said.

National Lottery still waiting to hear from person who bought €2.50 ticket online

Dr Syed Waqqar Ali had been in the Mater Hospital’s intensive care unit in Dublin since contracting Covid-19 in April. Photograph: Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri/PA Wire

Dr Syed Waqqar Ali is eighth healthcare worker in State to die of disease during pandemic

Over €30 million worth of items have been stolen from caravans over the last four years, according to gardaí

Tipperary and Meath have seen highest number of vehicles stolen, gardaí say

A doctor  holds a Covid-19 test kit at a mobile coronavirus clinic  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Spain, Portugal and France ‘not at safe level’ to be on travel ‘green list’

More than €40,000 in cash has been seized at a house in Co Longford. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The money was found during operation as part of Criminal Assets Bureau inquiry

€55,000 of cannabis herb was also seized on Friday.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Two men arrested over cocaine in Cork and one man arrested in Clare over assortment of drugs

Dublin fire brigade members form a guard of honour following the funeral of Christine Keegan at Bonnybrook Parish, St Joseph the Artisan Church, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaigner lost her two daughters in the 1981 blaze

Alicia O’Sullivan (19), Cork: ‘It’s a tough time’

‘Last few months have been so stressful and the worst thing is the uncertainty, all the speculation

  Trinity College Dublin.  Universities have expressed ‘surprise and disappointment’ over delays in issuing Leaving Cert results which will force them to admit students to courses later than expected. Photograph: Getty Images

Plan for orientation weeks may be cancelled, Irish Universities’ Association warns

File photograph of the LÉ William Butler Yeats, which is escorting a German-reistered vessel to port.

LÉ William Butler Yeats will escort German-registered vessel to port over alleged breaches of fishing regulations

Drugs worth an estimated €2.5 million were found by gardaí during a search of a house in Dublin 22. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Cannabis, MDMA, ecstasy, ketamine among drugs found at property in Kingswood area

More than 60,000 Leaving Cert students will receive their grades on September 7th. File photograph: The Irish Times

Results delay ‘another upheaval’ for students, says USI

Two machine guns and ammunition were found during a search of a premises in Dublin

Man (48) arrested after operation targeting premises in north inner city

Simon Harris: We can’t presume that Covid-19 is gone because it’s not. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Varadkar and Harris sound cautious note over unwinding of measures

A picture what is believed to be the first ever sighting of a brown booby in Ireland, in Greystones on Tuesday. The large seabird is usually found fishing in tropical waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A cloudy and misty start on Wednesday will make way for dry and warm sunny spells

Air crew wearing a face masks  arrive at Heathrow airport, west London. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images)

Journalist who was due to travel from England to Roscommon says Covid-19 not the Black Death

Horse Island, off Schull in west Cork,  was extensively upgraded by the Fitzgibbons since they bought it at the height of the Celtic Tiger in 2007. It has its own pier and helipad

‘Ultra high net worth’ European buys Horse Island and its seven properties and helipad

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman. The Green Party TD found himself a prominent target for online abuse this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Over half of TDs and Senators say they have received threats of physical violence

Parents, Séamus and Dinah, and other family members at the joint funeral of brothers, Fergus and Philip Brophy, who died in a scuba diving accident in Tipperary last Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘There is one question in the minds of the family, could we not have them back?’

The Audi Q6 car that was seized by gardaí. Photograph: An Garda

Almost €67,000 in cash and luxury Audi car seized in swoop led by Criminal Assets Bureau

John Banville: among those who signed the open letter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Open letter signed by 150 intellectuals denounces ‘restriction of debate’

Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol in a small number of pubs where there was no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold. File image: The Irish Times.

Garda to send files on potential breaches of rules at 26 licensed premises to DPP

The presence of cockroaches in a kitchen leads to a serious risk of food being contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, likely to render the food unfit for humans. File photograph: Getty Images

Cockroaches found in traps in food preparation fridge in Dera on Parnell Street

Paul Reid, chief executive officer of the HSE, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health at  the launch of the Covid Tracker App. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister hails number of downloads in less than two days as a huge achievement

People out and about in Dublin city centre on Sunday. Photograph: Collins

NPHET records 18 new confirmed cases bringing total in Republic to 25,527

 Fianna Fáil MEP for Ireland South Billy Kelleher with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Billy Kelleher travelled from Brussels to attend Micheál Martin’s election as Taoiseach

Barry Cowen on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics programme on Sunday. Photograph: RTÉ screen shot

Fianna Fáil Minister says he was on provisional driving licence at the time

A uniformed garda is heard telling a staff member ‘absolutely nobody is social distancing in this line’.

Video footage emerges of garda telling staff member, ‘you close up, simple as that’

A woman walking in the rain on Dublin’s O’Connell Street in June. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mayo records it’s wettest June day ever while also enjoying the hottest day of the year so far

Footage online shows gardaí clearing up to 60 people from a house party in Waterford city on Saturday.

Footage shows gardaí removing a number of young people from a home last Saturday

Liz Canavan, assistant general secretary at the Department of the Taoiseach: ‘Some people have holidays booked and are wondering what to do. We are acutely aware of this and we would ask you to bear with us.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Figures show decline in number of self-isolation check-up calls answered by passengers

Public health officials have been doubling down on their opposition to any relaxation of overseas travel restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Ireland ‘out of step’ with rest of Europe on overseas travel, says Ryanair

Teresa O’Sullivan holding a photograph of herself  aged 18 months. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

‘There was still ample opportunity for us as a mother and daughter to come together, but the system certainly stopped that’

Maura Byrne (94) from Walkinstown, Dublin: “I say ‘good night Stephen’ and I say a Hail Mary.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maura Byrne’s husband died of the virus while she was recovering in hospital

The plan suggests a  metropolitan area strategic plan for Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Plan identifies Galway, Athlone, Sligo, Letterkenny as key growth centres by 2040

The winning ticket for  was sold in Daly’s SuperValu, Killarney. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/Mac Innes Photography

A family syndicate from Co Kerry have claimed prize won two months ago

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting of a detective in Castlerea on Thursday. Photograph: Michael McCormack

Castlerea priest tells of poignant scene when he performed last rites on detective in Roscommon

Draft guidelines issued by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) have indicated that restaurants and pubs which serve food, may be able to reduce social distancing to one metre if they limit customers to just 90 minutes inside their premises. Photograph: iStock

Draft guidelines propose reopening pubs and restaurants for 90-minute visits

A lot of the preparations for  September in the primary school sector ‘happens in the last two weeks of June’. File image: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Restart to classes in 11 weeks is ‘achievable’, says head of primary teachers’ union

A spokeswoman for the tourism body said pubs and bars would be required to serve a ‘substantial meal’ to customers. Photograph: iStock

Social distancing rule may be relaxed to one metre in some premises under new guidelines

Rós Nic Domhnaill and Samuel Clancy, both 11 and students in Gaelscoil Inse Chór, Dublin pictured at the launch of National Heritage Week 2020 at the Pearse Museum, St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

National Heritage Week will take place from August 15th to 23rd

Dentist Caroline Robins of Kiwi Dental at her practice in Carlow town. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘You could in all probability say it’s down to the Covid diet,’ says Carlow dentist

Last year, the average national monthly rent for students was €469 while this year, the average figure has increased to €499

63% of students had part-time job last year, but 36% expect to have a job in next semester

Niall Behan, chief executive of The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) said, “Not everyone in Ireland who needs abortion care can access it here at home; either because their pregnancy falls outside the law or because care is not accessible locally”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Call for new government to ensure review of abortion law focuses on enhancing access

Catherine McGuinness said it was not a good idea to have children “pushed back to being a sidekick in some department”.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Supreme Court Judge says minister needed to preserve ‘strong voice’ for children

Three units of the fire brigade and the gardaí battle a fire at Greenstar Recycling Depot in Sligo. Image: @NoelBallantyne

Three units and gardaí attend scene at Greenstar Recycling Depot

Parents and guardians have been asked never to allow inflatable toys to be used on rivers, lakes or beaches. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland point to dangers of air mattresses, boats and rings

While speaking with the driver, gardaí heard the dogs barking in the rear of the van. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Tipperary Facebook Page

Gardaí were carrying out speed check on M8 in Thurles when they saw van exceeding limit

James McCarthy (84) from Lucan: “He adored his grandchildren and loved tricking and joking with them. He was always looking out for elderly neighbours and things like that.”

Devoted family man worked at Dublin District Milk Board and managed GAA teams

Delia Kennedy (94), from Drumcondra, who has died of Covid-19, pictured in 2019. Grandchildren remember how she often posted them exam hints cut from newspapers.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She told us she was the first single woman to get a mortgage in the 1970s’

Stephen Byrne, who died from Covid-19 aged 93, with his wife Maura.

Guinness worker was part of the design team who developed the ‘widget’ for cans of stout

Hiqa received 79 pieces of unsolicited information last year from members of the public who had a concern about services. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Health watchdog highlights ‘lengthy’ waiting lists for families awaiting Tusla services

Searches for a young boy who is believed to have fallen into the River Boyne in Drogheda will continue on Thursday morning.

Boy reportedly fell into river at Bridge of Peace at 10.15pm on Wednesday

Three-quarters of older adults living in urban areas have internet access compared to 67 per cent in rural areas.  File image: Bryan O’Brien

Widespread use among over 50s indicates ‘strong feasibility’ of contact tracing app, researcher says

Emergency applications are continuing to be heard at the court at Dolphin House daily. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins

‘I’m literally shaking,’ man tells judge, as he thanks him

A risk-based approach to the reopening of businesses and shops is to continue in phase two.

Q&A: The Government announced a speeding up of the roadmap to reopen the country

Kaylem O’Reilly jumps into the water at Spencer Dock in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Met Éireann forecasts dry weather for June bank holiday weekend

Trócaire teaching hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Somalia. Photograph: Trócaire

Charity says 60% decrease in donations, putting ‘life-saving’ programmes at risk

Swimmers playing in the Weir at Lucan during this week’s blazing sunshine. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Wind warnings in place as warm weather gives way to heavy rain and thunder

Crowds on the Burrow Beach, Sutton, Dublin on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

OPW says majority, but not all, obeying coronavirus rules

Gardaí said that many of the victims of the alleged bogus legal firm were people ‘desperate to regularise their status in this jurisdiction’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Man arrested in Naas and €60,000 seized after searches in Co Wicklow

Factory worker Miguel Plangca (55), originally from the Philippines, lost his battle with Covid-19 last week leaving behind Mikee (21), Michael (19), John (14) and Chekie (12). Photograph: GoFundMe appeal

Children had to come to live with their father in Kildare after their mother died in the Philippines

Debenhams workers demonstrate outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Regina Doherty called on to engage with KPMG and advise extending consultations

Canadian singer Justin Bieber has  been allowing some fans to speak with him directly on a live Instragram stream. Photograph: Lisa O’Connor/AFP via Getty

Singer accepts 16-year-old Natasha Rolland’s request to join video chat on Sunday night

Electronic signs in Phoenix Park give advice on social distancing. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

Lockdown easing begins on Monday, here’s what is scheduled to happen from then until August

 The Government must now go back to the drawing board on childcare, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/ PA Wire

Scheme to offer childcare to frontline workers scrapped after only six providers apply

 ‘Everything is currently focused around changing and rebooking,’ Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra magazine says. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Travel agents are ‘the worst off’ industry due to Covid-19, says association head

Cancer survivor Redmond Maguire: ‘It is scary to see people are holding off.’

HSE concerned as number of patients referred to hospital drops 57% since lockdown

The Health and Safety Authority will oversee compliance with the protocol and will be able to shut down workplaces which do not adhere to the  measures.   Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty

Return to Work Safety Protocol critical to reopening businesses shortly amid Covid-19

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys at the Government Press Centre. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

HSA inspectors will be able to shut down non-compliant workplaces

Sinéad Grogan, Clinical Nurse Manager Safetynet, taking the Minister for Health Simon Harris’s temperature at the official opening of a Covid Assessment Hub at the Mater Hospital Dublin, Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister says virus ‘hasn’t gone away’, as Leaving Cert to be cancelled

The final supermoon of the year rises over Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, Ireland on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Members of the public urged to look east as supermoon rises at 10.50pm on Friday

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