Roonagh Pier on Clare Island. File photograph: Conor McKeown

Extra ferry sailings will bring ‘massive improvement’ to residents’ lives

The median age of joint purchasers has increased from 35 in 2010 to 38 two years ago. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Typical age of joint buyer has also risen in recent years amid housing crisis

 Tiggy Hancock, pictured in 2019 during a European eventing competition in Co Kildare. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Tiggy Hancock won a team medal at the European Championships in 2019

Detective Garda Colm Horkan:  shot dead  while on duty following an incident in Castlerea,  Co Roscommon.

Horkan family says ‘life will never be the same without Colm’

Hundreds of people from Donegal and Mayo protested in  Dublin demanding a  100% redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to the mineral mica. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

O’Brien seeks to ensure accountability for ‘people who have walked off the pitch’

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Higgins underlines ‘fundamental role’ of the arts as he honours James Joyce’s Ulysses

The Skellig Michael Unesco world heritage site is 12km off the Kerry coast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Poor sea conditions have delayed preparatory and safety works on world heritage site

Almost half of complaints were in relation to education. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

School closures meant some at risk children went under the radar, says Niall Muldoon

Protesters demand a 100% redress scheme for homes and properties contaminated with mica. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Hundreds of demonstrators seek greater support to cover repair costs of homes

 Louise and Joe Pye at their pyrite-damaged home in Foxford, Co Mayo: The scheme covers 90 per cent of repair costs, with a €247,500 cap, but there are “hidden” costs, such as doors, windows and kitchen cabinets. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

As their homes crumble, protesters want State to cover 100% rebuild and repair costs

Associate professor Teresa Lambe was awarded an OBE. Photograph: John Cairns/University of Oxford

Adrian Hill and Teresa Lambe commended for services to science and public health

University College Dublin, which has the largest campus residences in the country, will charge students up to €14,000 to live on-site for the next academic year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Affluent international students being targeted by college, says SU

Owen Ward said even after becoming a fully-qualified teacher he felt something of an ‘imposter’ in the profession.

Owen Ward hailed by Galway mayor as ‘inspiration’ for young members of community

A Food and Drug Administration  review concluded that the shots are safe and effective for at least four  and a half months. File photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

US regulator’s decision based on data from ongoing stability assessment studies

Carmel Harmon with her daughter and carer Aisling Harmon.

More than half of family carers reported a deterioration in their own mental health

St Patrick’s Athletic fans light up the stand during a cup game at Tolka Park in 2006. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

Save Tolka Park campaign says stadium should be preserved as community asset

New restrictions on traffic and parking intended to facilitate outdoor dining on busy nights will come into effect on Parliament Street (above) and Capel Street for the first time on Friday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Move by Dublin City Council aims to facilitate outdoor dining on busy evenings

Signs saying ‘Clean it up you dirty pup’ will be painted on pavements in Galway city

The message ‘Clean it up you dirty pup’ will be stencilled on footpaths around the city

A positive atmosphere held on Monday evening in Dublin, as drinkers and diners filled outdoor tables. Photograph: Tom Honan

Lord Mayor of Dublin encourages people to come in and enjoy the city centre

A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene and is being detained at Clontarf Garda station.

Victim taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for serious injuries

Shift-work: Working habits have changed with the pandemic and hospitality employers are finding it hard to attract people back to work unsociable shifts.

Sleep patterns which clash with body clock increase probability of reduced wellbeing

The Garda Public Order Unit on South William Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins

Minister defends policing of disturbances in capital over the bank holiday weekend

Gardaí with riot shields on South Anne Street in Dublin on Saturday night. Photograph: Damien Storan

For second night, convivial socialising in the city centre is swiftly overtaken by disorder

There will be no time limit on outdoor dining. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Only table service is allowed for outdoor dining but there is no time limit or ‘substantial meal’ rule

Gardaí on patrol in Dublin city centre on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

At least 33 people arrested and glass bottles thrown at gardaí on successive nights

The Mission of the State of Palestine in Ireland said the organisers of an event at Trinity College Dublin did not make make clear that its  ambassador Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid (above) would be appearing  alongside the Ambassador to Israel. Photograph: Mission of the State of Palestine in Ireland

Palestinian Mission says invitation did not say ambassador would appear with others

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly expressed ‘excitement’ after being vaccinated. File photograph: Collins

Minister commends work of the volunteers and workers at his local vaccination centre

One of the whale skeletons which had to be removed bone by bone

Emptying Natural History Museum’s upper two floors took 10 months

A young man who got into difficulty while swimming in south Dublin was winched aboard the Rescue 116 helicopter and flown to Beaumont Hospital, where he later died. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Swimmer winched aboard Rescue 116 helicopter and flown to Beaumont Hospital

A member of staff at Dublin City Council places additional bins in the city centre in advance of the June bank holiday weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dr Ronan Glynn advises people to avoid indoor meetings and to gather in small groups

Gareth and Michelle McAllister at the old mill in Ahascragh, Co Galway, where their  distillery will be built, creating up to 30 construction jobs and 20 direct positions.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The McAllisters have come home from Hong Kong to build a distillery in an old mill

The bar is back, but with table service only, according to Fáilte Ireland guidelines. File photograph: iStock

Indoor dining at hotels and guest houses will be available to overnight guests only

Antigen testing for the coronavirus will likely be used on the 500 concert goers who attend the first live outdoor event to be held at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin next week. File Photograph: Dave Meehan

The concert is the first in a series of test live entertainment events due to take place over a three-week period

Plans are in place for 15 pilot sporting events with spectators from June 11th, involving a range of sports including GAA, rugby, football, athletics and golf.  File photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Stadiums to hold up to 10 per cent capacity in ‘controlled environment’, Chambers says

A Garda  spokeswoman said no formal complaint has been made but investigations are ongoing.

Group of men, some carrying shears and other weapons, clash in Co Meath town

There was a 19 per cent rise in the amount of large kitchen appliances sent for recycling, with 141,292 washing machines, dishwashers and other bulky items collected. Photograph: iStock

April and May saw 56% jump in recycling of bulky kitchen appliances such as dishwashers

People queue for ice cream at  Sandymount Strand in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mix of sunny spells and showers forecast for upcoming bank holiday weekend

Ciara Lefroy, managing director of Iconic Health Clubs, in Dartry Health Club, Dublin 6: ‘People are bored training at home. They want motivation and to up their game.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Health clubs will be up and running again next week, but with no sauna or steam room

Dr Connie Dale celebrates receiving her final year results from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences with her son Odhran

Medical student graduates from RCSI after giving birth on day of final exam

The Government is expected to announce that hotels will reopen on June 2nd, along with indoor dining for guests, while outdoor hospitality will be allowed from June 7th and other indoor hospitality from July 5th. Photograph: iStock

Licensed Vintners Association welcomes ‘solid’ commitment to reopening all pubs on July 5th

File image of the prom at Salthill in Co Galway. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Local councillor said many residents felt ‘intimidated’ by ‘Salthill Sundays’ event

The Linn Dara psychiatric unit caters to a maximum of 24 young people under the age of 18 and has had a high compliance rate over several years, the report notes. Photograph: Google Street View

Restraints ‘traumatic, counter-therapeutic and dehumanising’, Mental Health Commission says

Kevin Gildea in his bookshop, Kevin Gildea’s Brilliant  Bookshop, on Lower George’s Street in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph : Laura Hutton

‘Shop local’ mantra highlights importance of independent stores, says bookshop owner

Palestinians sit around a fire between their families’ destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun town, northern Gaza Strip, on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel condemns ‘outrageous and baseless’ position contained in Dáil motion

The Department of Social Protection is warning people to be alert to  scam calls and texts claiming to be from the department and seeking  personal information.

Reports of scam calls, from ‘083’ and also State office numbers, have increased recently

The Custom House during the centenary event. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Event to mark the centenary of the fire hears from relatives of those who died

 The Lucky Duck pub on Aungier St boarded up last year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government due to make decisions next week on the further reopening of society

A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with a vial of the J&J/Janssen Covid-19 vaccine. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty

Niac has cleared the way in principle for use of one-shot jab in under 50s

Platform that delivers digital radiology is live again in Beaumont hospital

President Michael D Higgins in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Tony Maxwell

Michael D Higgins says it is time to redefine the relationship between the State and private sector

A man has died following a two-vehicle road collision in Co Antrim on Friday evening. Photograph: iStock

Woman taken to hospital following incident in Ballyclare, Co Antrim

Six states have been removed from Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine list, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Too early for local lockdown in Limerick says Minister as increasing cases causes ‘huge concern’

Tareq Altorak nd Mohanad Abuowda are relieved after news of ceasefire.

‘I wanted to help them, but there was no way to do that,’ Leaving Cert student says of family

Due to the ‘particular uniqueness’ of its landscape, the rugged Skellig Michael island requires particular attention before reopening. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Unesco world heritage site has been closed to the public since May of last year

Brian McCann from Newgrange Falconry, Drogheda, with his golden eagle chick bred through artificial insemination.  ‘It has been so long since I have had a chick that I had given up hope.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The eaglet was born on Wednesday and was ‘hopping about’ by the following day

Rainfall map for 5pm, Thursday. Image: Windy.com

Fallen trees reported in Munster, people urged to secure trampolines and bins

Nuala Kenny and her partner Joey Tumulty who died when their home caught fire.

After postmortem results and inquiries gardaí confirm they are not treating fire as suspicious

Siobhán McGuinness of  Making it Matter charity shop  in Dún Laoghaire  checks the price on an electric guitar for sale on the first day of reopening  since  Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loss of income for charities due to the closure of their shops has been ‘hammer blow’

The Government will tackle “head on” the issue of investment funds bulk-buying family homes, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister says ‘viable’ solutions to issues in housing sector to go to Cabinet next week

Gardaí are  appealing for witnesses of the assault. File image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Man (20s) arrested at the scene of incident in Edenderry

Cllr Máire Devine apologised to Fine Gael’s Danny Byrne on Monday for saying on April 12th that he “need[s] psychological help”. File photograph: Sinn Féin/Flickr

Máire Devine withdraws statement, says ‘did not intend to make light of mental health issues’

HSE says figures here are in line with those anticipated by ECDC

Festival Republic has submitted a proposal to manage live events in Ireland. It runs the Electric Picnic which is still scheduled to go ahead in early September. File photograph: iStock

Minister hopes pilot arts events could take place indoors and outdoors

Longitude, the popular Dublin music festival, has been cancelled for a second successive year due to restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Organisers ‘devastated’ but say event will be back in 2022

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Holohan said he was not opposed to antigen tests or to retailers selling them but he was concerned about people’s interpretation of the result of a test. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Advice from Niac due in coming days on use of AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines on under 50s

The report by the Women in Leadership Working Group found that there are difficulties and struggles for women, both lay and religious, particularly in a parish environment that revolves around the priest. Photograph: iStock

New report recommends creation of new opportunities for women’s voices in Church life

Tadhg O’Brien (17) from Co Louth has won the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 with his business called Scriptorium Pens. Photograph: Maxwells

‘Dlighted and so grateful’ Tadhg O’Brien wins for handmade wooden pen business

New Ireland: Jimmy Nesbitt, Fergal Keane, Síona Cahill (top row), Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Adrian Dunbar and Hazel Chu

Politicians, civic leaders and public figures on the Ireland they want to see in next 100 years

Sudocrem has been produced in Baldoyle since the 1940s and has been a household staple in Ireland for 90 years.

A total of 110 jobs at Baldoyle site will be cut as company transfers to Bulgaria

The immigration service office at Dublin’s Burgh Quay will reopen on Monday for registrations

First-time in-person registrations have been on hold as photographs, fingerprints are required

The Milford electoral area in Co Donegal continues to have the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the State.

Nenagh and Letterkenny electoral areas record second and third highest levels of infection

An aerial view of the site of the proposed redevelopment of Galway harbour.

Harbour company says project would open up ‘extensive’ waterfront recreation areas

Budget 2022  needs to facilitate a ‘core basket of services’ for family carers regardless of their location, says national carers charity. File photograph: iStock

Income adequacy for those receiving welfare must be targeted in Budget 2022, SVP says

Schools and parents must also acknowledge that bullying is an inevitability in schools, committee hears.

Parents also play a huge role in establishing a culture where bullying is not tolerated

The driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Collision on N53 near Hackballscross involved two cars and a lorry

There is a chance of hail and patchy drizzle across the weekend. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí to continue public health checkpoints and ‘high visibility’ nationwide

Up to 2,300 more deaths occurred in the State during the first 11 months of the pandemic compared to the same period in previous years, according to Rip.ie analysis. Photograph: iStock

Increase of 40 per cent in death notices in April 2020 compared to other years

Recent studies from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Oxford University have found links between excess weight and worse outcomes from the coronavirus. Photograph: PA

Studies show link between excess weight and worse outcomes from Covid-19

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

National public health regulation compliance dropped since January, says ESRI

Logboats or dugout boats, fashioned by hollowing out tree trunks, have been traced as far back as the Neolithic era.

Wooden object ‘almost certain to be a logboat’, UCD archaeologist says

The DSPCA shelter in Rathfarnham. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Welfare concerns included dogs with matted coats and four nursing young puppies

Rory Young, co-founder and president of anti-poaching organisation Chengeta. Photograph: Chengeta Wildlife

Simon Coveney condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms’ actions of those responsible for the ambush

The full ‘pink’ supermoon last night. Photograph: Norberto Duarte/AFP via Getty Images

Event which occurs when orbit is closest to Earth can make moon appear 15% larger

Three people have been arrested following the drug seizure. Photograph: Getty Images

Search of apartment on Henry Street uncovers suspected cocaine and cannabis herb

A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen inside a car in New Delhi, India: ‘At a time of great difficulty for India, we want to show solidarity with the country and people,’ says Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP Photo

Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to aid in surge of Covid-19 cases

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is to be recommended for use by over-50s. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Use of both vaccines had been curtailed due to concerns around blood-clotting events

Just 6 per cent of people said they will not take a vaccine for Covid-19, an Ipsos MRBI survey has found. Photograph: Alan Betson

Younger groups most reluctant with 10% of those aged 25-34 saying they would refuse shot

Now in its 61st year, the Irish Times Debate for 2021 was held online due to coronavirus restrictions. The digital format did not stop the participants from wearing black tie. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Motion debated: ‘This house has faith in the future of disability justice post-Covid’

From Sunday people aged 62 were able to register for their jab, while 61-year-olds will be able to sign up from Monday. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Covid-19: About 120,000 ‘very high risk’ people have not received their first vaccine dose

Johannes Heemskerk: ‘I got a PCR test and it was negative. I asked why could I not go back to the airport and go back to Belgium?’

‘I understand the rules are the rules, but they are so different here in Ireland,’ the engineer says

‘I suppose everybody would like to get the Pfizer one because it seems to be the one where there are no question marks at all’

Family doctors fielding many questions about the AstraZeneca vaccine, says GP

The State’s vaccine rollout is having an increasingly significant effect on cases of Covid-19 among healthcare workers, data suggests. File photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images

Fewer than 100 people hospitalised with virus last week, for first time since December

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, flanked by his deputy  Dr Ronan Glynn (right) and Professor Philip Nolan (left), addresses a press conference at the Department of Health. Photogaph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Further 10 deaths due to Covid-19 and 617 new cases reported

The Covid-19 vaccine portal is to open for online registration of people aged 60-64. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty

Minister says EU starting legal action against AstraZeneca over contractual issues

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured on Tuesday at  Dublin Castle,  said the Government would make a comprehensive statement next week on what might happen in May, and for some other sectors in June.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government statement on what sectors can reopen in May and June to made next week

The controversial lunch meeting between Mary Robinson and Princess Latifa and her family in 2018. File photograph: Stringer/Wam/AFP via Getty Images

Human rights experts want UAE to provide concrete proof the princess is still alive

Speaking following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said no further change to the vaccine rollout had been decided. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar indicates hairdressers and non-essential retail could reopen in May

One Canadian-based reader has complained to The Irish Times of being hit with a charge of $17 (€11.33) for each pension  payment. Photograph: iStock

Pensioners charged €11 on each payment due to change in department’s banking provider

Marta Correale from Rathgar, Dublin: ‘I felt welcome in Ireland for 15 years and this year I feel that a lot less.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State should not put those travelling to sick relatives ‘in same basket’ as holidaymakers

Person who had finished their quarantine period departing the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry lasy week. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Emma Kelly says she recognises need for measures to control spread of virus but believes application needs to be improved

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