It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings. Photograph: iStock

All staff and students using school transport service must wear face covering

On July 31st, the average number of clinical diagnoses per doctor was 0.56, rising to 1.24 on August 4th, after the bank holiday weekend. Photograph: Getty

Public urged to contact out-of-hours doctors if they develop symptoms at weekends

The report also recommends that suspects charged with sex crimes should not be named when their cases are before the courts unless and until they are convicted. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Barrister Tom O’Malley’s comments follow report on handling of sex crimes

The guidance has also recommended that colleges develop one-way systems to enter and exit indoor spaces. Photograph: iStock

The recommendation is included in guidance on resuming on-campus activity

‘We do anticipate a backlog in welfare referrals as we continue with the recovery phase,’Tuslsa says. Photograph: iStock

Child and Family Agency says pandemic had noticeable impact on ability to visit children at home

A screenshot of the Eagle Cam from the Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve Facebook page

Chick is the first female eagle to fledge in Glengarriff nature reserve in over 100 years

Despite the fear of coronavirus, older people should begin to resume exercise to strengthen their muscles and bones. Photograph: Getty Images

Inactivity during coronavirus restrictions has weakened the muscles of older people

Frances Foley (92) exercising close to her home in Oscar Square in the Tenters, Dublin city. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Frances Foley (92) exercises daily to stay living in her home amid Covid-19 pandemic

Robert Broughan (25) was charged at a sitting of Naas District Court on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí believe Roy Hopkins (34) was killed after being hit with baseball bat, court told

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry alleged State employees were opportunistic in using the crisis ‘to do nothing’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Siptu urges FF Sligo-Leitrim TD to recant ‘lying on the couch watching box sets’ remark

  Marc MacSharry: Some public servants are  using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to “lie on the couch and watch box sets” . File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

TD repeats claims and slams ‘mediocrity dressed up as efficiency’

Visitors who do not adhere to guidance will be asked to leave and may be declined access subsequently if there is a pattern of non-adherence. File photograph: iStock

New HPSC guidance for residential care facilities will also allow children visit in some cases

Nóra Quoirin’s parents sought an inquest into the death of their daughter as they believed there is a “criminal element” to her death. File photograph: Lucie Blackman Trust/Family handout/PA Wire

Teenager died while on holiday with her family in Malaysia last summer

Gardaí and the national ambulance service initially responded to a report of a male with a significant injury to his arm at a house in CoTipperary.

The man was found on foot on the M8 motorway hours before his death

“I think one of the things that the Irish State gave support to later in life such as free travel, TV licences, telephone, those sort of things, could extend to digital communication.” File photograph: Getty

UK study finds links between frequent web use and heightened wellbeing in older adults

The total amount of outstanding overpayments in the Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal HSE care area was €260,709 on November 30th 2018, consisting of a total of 129 overpayment balances, the report states. Image: iStock

Discrepancy resulted in an overpayment of more than €40,000 which is slowly being repaid

The Shannon pipeline will abstract water from the lower River Shannon at the Parteen Basin in Co Tipperary, with water treatment at the nearby village of Birdhill.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The 170km pipeline will carry water from the lower river Shannon to south Dublin

The researchers concluded that school closures and the lack of face-to-face interaction with peers and broader family networks were having direct effects on the lives of children and young people

ESRI researchers find that pre-existing inequalities have widened due to Covid-19 pandemic

The HSE said where there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in a childcare setting, the facility is contacted by the HSE public health team who conduct an assessment of the facility. Photograph: iStock

A memo to parents states that the member of staff was asymptomatic and worked for ‘only one day’

Fans gather at Walkinstown roundabout in Dublin on Tuesday to pay tribute to former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton, who was laid to rest in Newcastle, England.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Italia ’90 anthem aired simultaneously on day of former Ireland manager’s funeral

 Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Northern Ireland reports eighth consecutive day of zero Covid-19 deaths

Mouth health often reflects general health, according to  Prof Leo Stassen, president of the Irish Dental Association. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Link between oral and general health ‘completely overlooked’, says leading dentist

Only salmon or sea trout that have been caught by licenced commercial salmon fishermen may be sold. File photograph: Getty

Inland Fisheries Ireland said protection of salmon remains ’highest priority’

People in a crowded Dart train in Dublin. File photograph: Joe St Leger

The grant will be used for the design phase of the upgrade of the Kildare rail line

Ruth Morrissey’s smear tests carried out in 2009 and 2012 had been incorrectly reported. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tributes to CervicalCheck campaigner (39) who sued state over misreading of smear test results

The brown booby in Greystones in Co Wicklow.  The large seabird is usually found fishing in tropical waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The brown booby is traditionally found in the West Indies and Cape Verde islands

Irish comedian Aisling Bea plays Áine, the protagonist of This Way Up

Bea took the breakthrough talent award while Harte claimed the editing: factual prize

Members of the Longford/Roscommon divisional drugs unit seized approximately € 52,000 worth of drugs at farm lands in Longford on Thursday. File photograph: Getty Images

The seizures occurred in Dublin, Longford and Wicklow on Thursday

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Tánaiste understands people wanting ‘freedom pints’ but says pubs closed ‘for good reasons’

Liz Canavan, assistant secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach: ‘If you are asked to get a test, please do so’

Increasing proportion of these contacts are not coming forward for testing, briefing is told

Kinga Szalaj: not eligible for predicted grades because she repeated at home for financial reasons

‘The only option that they’re giving people like me is to take another year out’

The most common charitable purpose of registered charities last year was to benefit the community. Photograph: Getty Images

Significant number of reported concerns related to issue of clothes collections

President of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald has said extending parent’s leave is ‘not enough’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government announced three-week extension for babies born during coronavirus pandemic

Gardaí thanked the public and the media for their assistance in this matter. Photograph: Getty Images

Jasmine Arshad (23 months) and her father Shiraz were reported missing on July 3rd

Johnes Camargo waiting on Abbey Street to board the bus to work. Photograph: Shauna Bowers

How are public transport passengers faring with the new rules on face coverings?

Irish Water’s hosepipe ban will be lifted later today. Photograph: Getty Images

The ban imposed after period of drought was expected to remain in place until July 21st

Annie McCarrick (26) who travelled to Ireland to study has been missing since March   1993.

American woman went missing in Ireland 27 years ago

Det Garda Colm Horkan who was shot dead while responding to an incident in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. His father characterised him as ‘something special’.

‘I never knew he had done so much for people until he died,’ says slain officer’s father

Seamus Cunningham (82)  who has dementia, is cared for by his daughter Denise Monahan. Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Carers witness ‘alarming deterioration’ in dementia sufferers due to withdrawal of services

Finn Robertson (17), from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, has been told he will not receive an estimated grade for higher-level politics as he was self-taught in the subject and did not have a tutor. Photograph: Patrick Browne

‘It has really taken a drag on my self-confidence . . . it will mean I can’t go to college this year’

 Tina Ward, Tanya Maher and Maura Cudden, enjoy the celebrations at Wolfe Tone Close, Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin 1. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People living in Wolfe Tone Close in inner city say Covid-19 pandemic brought them together

 Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare for their trips. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Creating ‘green list’ of countries safe to go to is unrealistic, says Prof Sam McConkey

Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen said he was ‘profoundly sorry’ about the incident. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of Agriculture served three-month ban in 2016 after being stopped for drink-driving

Swans on Lough Ennell in Mullingar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Met Éireann advisory in effect from 11am to 6pm on Sunday

Above, traffic on the M50 in Dublin on April 22nd, 2020.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Week of June 21st saw 1.7 million passenger journeys on public transport compared to more than 5.5 million in week of March 1st

Irish Water introduced a nationwide hosepipe ban flast month to combat the effects of widespread drought on the country’s water supply. File photograph: Getty Images

Ban was introduced after unseasonably dry weather and was to remain until July 21st

A stretch of the N2 has been closed. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Crash involving van and lorry happened on N2 near Emyvale

Gardaí searched premises in Co Cavan and Dublin

Garda investigating suspected drugs trafficking, money laundering searched properties in Cavan and Dublin

Film casts and crew could be expected to quarantine together for two weeks prior to filming. Photograph: iStock.

Guidelines say crew should live in ‘controlled environment’ as production resumes

Gardaí are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to this collision to come forward. File photograph: PA

Boy was airlifted to Temple Street Hospital where he was later pronounced dead

David Marshall, at his hair salon on Fade Street, Dublin, before reopening. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hairdresser says underground market poses a health risk, and will damage industry

The weather is set to take a turn for the better tomorrow with temperatures as high as 25 degrees forecasted in parts of the country later this week. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Wednesday will be dry with good sunshine in most areas

The winning ticketholder has yet to make contact with Lotto HQ to make arrangements to claim their prize. Residents on the south side of Cork City are being urged to check their tickets carefully.

Jackpot not yet claimed, residents of area being urged to check their tickets carefully

The scene is currently preserved and the services of Forensic Collision Investigators have been requested. File photograph

Car driver fatally injured at scene; lorry driver arrested after crash on M1 southbound

Just over half of first-year students reported experiencing sexual harassment in the form of sexual hostility   since beginning college. Photograph: iStock

New online survey provides ‘stark depiction’ of experiences of many students in Ireland

A State ceremony and minute’s silence  is held to mark the funeral of Detective Garda Colm Horkan outside the Garda  Headquarters in the  Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Funeral of fatally shot detective garda takes place in home town of Charlestown, Co Mayo

The coffin of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is carried to St James’ church in Charlestown, Co Mayo. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Brother said he had ‘all the values you would associate with a good and decent human being’

Some dental practices have introduced a fee for PPE for patients or have increased the costs of treatments. File photograph: Getty

Irish Dental Association says Simon Harris promised protective equipment for dentists

Cash seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Port on Wednesday. Photograph: Revenue

Search operation was part of work targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity

Dr Martin Coyne said he understands that some older people may be wary about returning to normality due to Covid-19, but  his advice is to ‘get out and get active’

Leading GP says it is vital to resume outside activity to keep chronic illnesses at bay

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coveney wants to stay on in foreign affairs brief after ‘all-consuming’ work on Brexit

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she was ‘very relieved that the young people tested negative for Covid-19 and were able to travel’.  File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

The children were due to be resettled in March, but it was postponed due to Covid-19

When a person clicks on the link in the scam text message, they are  asked to provide their bank account details. Photograph: iStock

Department of Social Protection advises public not to click or reply to the text

Peter Tyndallcalled for the  extension of the FOI act to all bodies in receipt of “significant” public funding.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Peter Tyndall notes marked increase resources for ‘frivolous or vexatious’ requests

Daughters of convicted rapist James O’Reilly, who waived their right to anonymity, outside the Criminal Courts of Justice following his sentencing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Man jailed for 20 years for raping and sexually abusing sister and seven daughters

Tusla chairman Pat Rabbitte. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Rabbitte asserts ‘we will live to regret’ suggested move to downgrade department

A boy begging in an alleyway off Dawson Street in Dublin. The report says there are a large number of children living below the poverty line. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Hidden Cost of Poverty report by Society of St Vincent de Paul flags ways to tackle malaise

Loveday Quinn receives a visit from her husband Noel at Belmont House Nursing Home in Stillorgan, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The manner in which facilities reopened to visits varies from place to place

A Russian hairdresser wearing protective mask and gloves cuts the hair of a client after reopening  in Moscow. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Hairdressers and barbers to operate longer opening hours and outdoor waiting areas

A small blade was recovered at the scene

Another man in his 20s received ‘a number of injuries’ in the assault

A woman wearing a protective face mask shelters from the rain on Dublin’s O’Connell street. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Face coverings to remain optional indoors as death toll in State rises to 1,703

In Ireland the Government is stockpiling personal protective equipment  in anticipation of a second wave of Covid-19. File photograph: The Irish Times

Consignment of 900,000 isolation gowns arrived at Shannon in world's largest aircraft

A complaint by former Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey has been rejected by BAI. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ex-FG TD had claimed panel discussion made ‘untrue and damaging comments’ about her

Jockeys wear face masks at Naas Racecourse, in Co Kildare, on Monday for the resumption of racing. Photograph: PA

Bringing forward reopening of hair salons is being considered – Taoiseach

A postmortem could not definitively state if the victim was murdered, meaning the investigation has not yet been upgraded to a murder inquiry

Alan Hall was found dead in a house in Clondalkin on May 18th

A view of the response at Shannon Airport after the world’s largest aircraft touched down with PPE equipment. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Jet ‘the size of Croke Park’ landed in Ireland on Wednesday afternoon

Swineherd by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is one of the reassuring poems to be read on June 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke

Poems to be read over the phone to combat isolation as part of Poetry Ireland initiative

The INMO raised the issue directly with Simon Harris at a meeting on Tuesday, where he confirmed that in his and the Department of Health’s view, there is no threat to service at Cavan General Hospital MLU. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Representative groups reported unit was to be merged with a consultant-led section

A waiter holds a sanitiser at a restaurant in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Irish restaurants are set to reopen on June 29th. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

Hospitality industry broadly welcomes new Fáilte Ireland guidance on how to reopen safely

Ballybunnion beach in Co Kerry has lost its Blug Flag status for 2020. Photograph: Getty

Baginbunin in Wexford and Carrigahold in Clare are awarded first Green Coast awards

Christy Dignam was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called amyloidosis in 2013. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Aslan frontman was not attending hospital during the coronavirus pandemic

Fianna Fáil’s Niamh Smyth said: “This has caused considerable shock to the staff, patients and residents in Counties Cavan and Monaghan”.

Cavan-Monaghan TD says she understands unit is set to close but no response from hospital group

Street-facing shops will be allowed to reopen from June 8th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move to address lack of toilets due to closure of restaurants, bars and shopping centres

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with his deputy, Catherine Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Government formation talks continue but ‘central issues unresolved’

 Gardaí on duty on O’Connell Street, Dublin, checking passengers on Dublin Bus during Covid-19 lockdown in May. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public transport to operate at 20% capacity as retail begins to reopen

The parties in government-formation talks ‘must not shirk from cuts in methane and nitrous oxide arising from farming’.

Faster cuts in methane and nitrous oxide from farming needed – Stop Climate Chaos

Suspected cannabis seized in a house in Sandyford on Thursday. Photograph: An Garda Siochana/Twitter

Garda operation targeted organised crime groups in the Sandyford area

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the work of the Dublin Region Homeless Executive has been a “significant factor” behind the decrease. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Charities fear a sudden spike when temporary coronavirus measures are lifted

Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton:  ‘This gives us a better understanding of who is more likely to face barriers to integration.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

ESRI research shows migrant groups from Africa are most disadvantaged in job market

People on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin, last Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Highest number of daily sunshine hours recorded was 15.3 hours in Co Wexford

 Princey Phillips, Jismey Jose and Teena Matthew who will be working in Nursing Home in Kildare, Dublin and Roscommon, some of over 50 health care professionals who arrived in to Dublin Airport on a flight from India. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Almost two months I was stuck. It was really stressful worrying about the things going wrong here’

Road diversions are in place in Ballina following the crash. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Road diversions in place after incident at Creggs Road in Ballina

John Ryan with his wife, Denise, and their children on the Navajo reservation where Denise was born

John Ryan delivering goods and food to Navajo families in area hit hard by Covid-19

Sally Mulread: “The biggest concern is the quarantine. A friend of mine said to me that she wanted to go home and visit family, and I told her how she would have to quarantine for 14 days. She said to me that she only wanted to go for 14 days”. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi

Concerns around travel and quarantine restrictions makes visiting family in Ireland difficult, emigrants say

Ireland will face ‘even more severe’ staffing pressures, the INMO has warned

Organisation warns global pandemic means a likely drop in overseas recruitment

An empty Mary Street in Dublin city centre. The Government’s five phase plan for reopening the country begins on Monday May 18th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Phase one of Government’s roadmap to reopen society is scheduled to begin on Monday

Almost half of the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland have been in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Of the 22,671 confirmed coronavirus cases found in Republic 1,203 people have died

The drugs seized by gardaí in Dundalk on Sunday. Photograph: An Garda Siochána

Gardaí stopped and searched the man in Muirhevnamore area of Dundalk

It will turn cold at night, with patchy drizzle moving into the north and northwest counties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grass frost and mist expected before it warms later in week, says Met Éireann

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Getty Images

Man (40s) discovered with apparent stab wounds at residence in Clonard at weekend

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