Defence Forces personnel return from UN deployment in Syria into Dublin Airport. Source: Defence Forces

Members have arrived back at Dublin airport after six month deployment in Syria and Golan Heights

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaks to Alone chief executive Sean Moynihan  at the charity’s offices at Olympic House, Pleasants Street, Dublin, in recent days.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Charity supporting elderly sees ‘unprecedented’ rise in donations amid coronavirus crisis

Eileen O’Mara Walsh with her son Eoghan, now chief executive of the domestic tourism association she founded. Photograph: Eoghan O’Mara Walsh

Founder of domestic tourism group and former Aer Lingus and Forbairt director died at home

At the testing area for Covid-19 at Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

New figures bring number of coronavirus patients who have died in Republic to 137

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

From Peru and Australia: Behind the scenes story of how diplomats got the Irish home

The late John McGroddy, who died from coronavirus in a nursing home in Swords, north Dublin, and his wife Nell.

Son tells of how grieving siblings had to sit apart at funeral and could not comfort each other

Darragh McCullough owner of Elmgrove farm, Gormanston, in 75 acres of daffodils. Photograph: Alan Betson

Farmer left with huge numbers of flowers when cancer fundraiser was cancelled

Most of the journalists working for its sports news site the42.ie are to be made part-time.

Business website Fora.ie to be closed and sports site the42.ie to be scaled back

Preparations are under way for an isolation and step-down facility at the Conference Centre at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ PA Wire

540 nurses and midwives applied to return after re-registration fee was waived

Neil Cooney and his wife Kath Cooney from Mullingar after their arrival from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Near-40 hour trip from Peru brings ends the honeymoon like no other for one couple

Drivers freed up under the scaled back timetables will allow for extra vehicles to be put on key routes during currently busy periods

New timetables will be in place from Monday; efforts continue to bring Irish abroad home

 Doctors Aoife Page, Luke Hughes, Rachel Kearns, Hilary Coyle, Deirdre Ryan and Eva Tallon arrive back in Dublin Airport from Perth, Australia.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Nearly 100 doctors return to Dublin on emergency flight to help in pandemic

Many farmers who do not sell cattle on a large commercial scale would be ‘very reliant’ on the local livestock mart,  Ger O’Brien, ICSA suckler chairman, has said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Co-op group say local mart managers could still arrange sales outside of physical auction

The timing of the letter had likely caused ‘upset’ but was not intended to apply to the potential death of a GP from Covid-19, Dr Lundon said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Letter from pension scheme says benefit will be removed in event of ‘catastrophic incident’

Blackrock Clinic: Insurers say they need exact details of the deal reached between the Government and private hospitals before deciding how to respond. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Industry urged to pause health premium payments during response to coronavirus

Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham. Imma  has off-site storage in OPW warehouse.  File photograph.

Storage facility ‘significantly below international standards’, Imma warned officials

Scouting Ireland’s plan is ‘when the cocooning phase comes in that we are ready to assist the State agencies in what way we can’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Adult volunteers to assist in community support effort of pensioners and the vulnerable

The National Union of Journalists is seeking a ‘crisis forum’ between the media industry, unions, Government, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to discuss supports for the sector during the coronavirus crisis.

Journalists’ union wants media industry to be supported amid huge financial pressures

A member of the National Ambulance Service with members of the defence forces on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. Defence forces tents have been set up as a testing centre for Covid-19. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ministers move to address shortcomings in the €203 pandemic unemployment payment

 Correspondence from NOffLA recommended if off licences were contacted by the media they should stick to a list of talking points provided.

Internal message to members warns of being portrayed as ‘profiting’ from pandemic

The letter noted ‘we cannot overstate the scale of the crisis facing the news publishing industry in the coming weeks’.

Newspaper industry groups call on Government to protect printing press supply chain

Funerals arrangements should not be advertised during the coronavirus pandemic and there should be no handshaking or hugging at services, the Irish Association of Funeral Directors has said. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Group says death notices should be placed but without details of the funeral service

The number of young people contacting Childline by phone increased by just under 9 per cent last week, and the number of children availing of Childline’s text support service increased by almost 20 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers contacting support line increased since closure of schools

The University College Dublin campus after courses were shut down due to coronavirus concerns. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TCD instructs students to vacate college accommodation in bid to curb spread of virus

The junction of Ballinclea Road and Avondale Road, Killiney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jacqueline McGovern was killed while out walking in Killiney, south Dublin

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has raised concerns that people out walking in parks and elsewhere outdoors are failing to maintain advised social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Increase in congregated groups out walking in national parks in recent days

It was feared the practice of drivers having to share cabins on ferries could lead to the spread of the coronavirus. Photograph: Getty Images

Haulage Association calls for other ferry operators to follow suit

A security guard wearing a face mask at Croke Park in Dublin,  where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland to close schools, as Minister warns ‘many more’ will become unemployed

Guinness: bar staff fear job losses due to Covid-19. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis

Brewery’s €1.5m will aid public house workers fearing layoff with widespread pub closure

 University College Dublin will open library services to a small number of students without internet access. Photograph: Alan Betson

Limited number of spaces will be provided to students to allow social distancing

Aaron Koay (24), a Malaysian student at Trinity College Dublin  forced to leave his accommodation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Students given 24 hours to leave college-run accommodation to prevent spread of virus

A permanently standing public order unit has been set up in the Dublin region to respond to any major disorder arising from the coronavirus outbreak Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Decision for standing public order unit made in ‘current climate of potential public unease’

‘It is essential that people do not turn up without an appointment to this designated testing centre,’ the HSE said

HSE arrangements at ‘advanced stage’ to open up further testing centres in Dublin

Despite warnings, misinformation and fake news continues to circulate widely on social media messaging apps such as WhatsApp in particular. File Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

One message falsely claimed country to be put into ‘complete lockdown’

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Rise in cases cannot be stopped’ as restrictions set to be extended beyond March 29th

Restrictions on court hearings introduced to reduce numbers in courtrooms

Coronavirus patient in Ireland: “The only symptoms I had was, basically, the fever. I didn’t have any respiratory problem, any lung inflammation, any cough, any sneezing, so was just the fever.” Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Getty

Patient spending period in isolation said his only symptom of Covid-19 was fever

Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti will both donate an original piece of art to the auction, as will U2 frontman Bono. Photograph: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Identity of artists to be hidden in charity auction of over 2,000 original works

Four food closure orders have been served on premises by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), including on one restaurant in Tallaght where inspectors found “fresh rodent droppings” near the kitchen area. File photograph: iStock

Prohibition order served on Glasnevin business over crates of “unidentified raw meat”

Cocaine with an estimated street value of more than €1.5 million has been seized by customs officers at Rosslare Europort, Co Wexford.

Two men arrested after significant seizure of nearly 22kgs of cocaine

 St Patrick’s Day parade cancelled in Dublin, shop window on Henry Street beside image of O’Connell St, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin organisers welcome move as being in the ‘best interests of public health’

A general view of the Quay in Westport, Co Mayo, where the fatality occurred. Photograph: Google Street View

Sean Hynes’ body was recovered from water and taken to mortuary at Mayo University Hospital

On several occasions over the last year, St John of God charity has not had funds to pay staff salaries.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Charity for vulnerable adults and children seeks €6.5m cash advance to pay salaries

Saint John of God   Community Services had run a financial deficit of €5.5 million in 2018. Photograph: iStock

Board meetings continually discussed financial crisis facing healthcare organisation

A spokeswoman for Trinity College Dublin said it had up to 2,500 students sitting exams at any one time in large venues such as the RDS. Photograph: Getty Images

Contingency plans drawn up to ensure teaching and learning can continue

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris criticised the spread of misinformation on social media about the case. File image: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Updated: Public health team to decide on Tuesday if large public events can proceed

Barrister and debtor advocate   Ross Maguire’s New Beginning firm is no longer on the Abhaile panel of providers.    Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Report criticises firm paid €330,000-plus under State distressed borrowers’ scheme

The St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coronavirus and Ireland: IRFU has already called off Ireland vs Italy Six Nations matches

Traffic cones block the entrance to Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire, England, which is closed for the rest of the week for a ‘deep clean’ after pupils and teachers came back from the Lombardy region. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Students from three schools in Waterford are being monitored following trips to Italy

Lucivaldo Araujo da Silva (35), Danielle Martins Ribeiro, Stephany Bianka Martins Ribeiro (12), Bryan Martins Araujo (9) and Nicole Martins Ribeiro (2), back home in Athenry, Co Galway.

Father of three living in Athenry, Co Galway, was due to be deported on Tuesday

An  audit from the second quarter of 2019 said it could not be assured children at risk of significant harm in Dublin north city were being safeguarded by Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Internal audits find serious risks in Dublin north city and Cavan-Monaghan

Danielle Martins Ribeiro, with her three children Stephany Bianka Martins Ribeiro (12), Bryan Martins Araujo (9), and Nicole Martins Ribeiro (2).

Calls to revoke deportation orders against undocumented Athenry family of five

Residents of Springfield, Clonlara, Co Clare, were moved from their homes and around 7,000 sandbags and pumping stations were delivered to ten houses in the village. Photograph: David Raleigh.

Residents taken from Springfield in Co Clare while other counties brace for floods

Lucy Gaffney, chairwoman of Communicorp Group, said it ‘did not feel it incumbent on our radio stations to promote a brand new, niche, digital competitor’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radio group ‘did not feel it incumbent’ to allow stations to ‘promote competitor’

Over 40 outdoor recreational projects such as cycleways and walking trails are to benefit from €8.4 million in State funding announced on Friday.   Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Funding granted to walking trails, cycleways and canoeing outdoor facilities

UCD president Prof Andrew Deeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rent on Belfield campus has increased by more than 40% in recent years

Students were blocking the meeting entrance in the UCD Student Centre building. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Students protesting campus accommodation rent increases of 12 per cent over three years

A passenger  leaves on foot after dismembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship  in quarantine due to fears of the new Covid-19 coronavirus in Yokohama on Wednesday. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Two Irish citizens who tested positive for virus are in Tokyo military hospital

An MRI image of  an Alzheimer patient’s brain. People diagnosed with the disease in Ireland will increase from an estimated 55,000 in 2018, to 141,200 people by 2050. Photograph: Getty Images

Alzheimer society claims rise will lead to ‘full-blown public health crisis’

An Post said the price increases are in line with other European postal services, and reflect the “steady decline” in the number of people posting letters.  Photograph: iStock

Increase in the cost of a standard stamp to €1.10 will come into effect in mid-March

American-Iranian artist Ali Golkar’s The Musician and her Apprentice  had an estimated sale price of €300-€500, but sold for €5,000.

Dinner party ‘conversation pieces’ from bust bank’s New York office sell online in Dublin

The increase would mean the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rises to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three years. File photograph: The Irish Times

Rally on Tuesday after decision to increase rents by 4% annually for next three years

A pedestrian wheels a suitcase on a flooded path across from Victoria Quay in Dublin City centre on Saturday. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Between two and four times the average amount of rain forecast to fall this week

A team meeting at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HSE has avoided publicly stating providers should cut or close services to stay in budget

Drivers are advised to book and attend their NCT as normal, and that checks, apart from the underbody inspection, would be conducted.

Vehicle lifts to be back operational across all NCT centres by end of April

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to media in Cabra, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin leader says voters angry that Fianna Fáil is not sitting down for discussions

Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuív in the Galway West Count.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Prospect of new government being formed in near future in stalemate

 Former Console Boss Paul Kelly who has died.  Photograph: Collins

Founder of suicide prevention organisation resigned after credit card spending of almost €500,000 emerged

Lyra McKee: the 29-year-old journalist was shot dead in Derry in April 2019. Photograph: PA/Jess Lowe

Writer (29) shot dead while watching riot in Creggan area of Derry in April 2019

Patrick Costello: he is the Green Party spokesman on transport. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin South Central – Elected sixth count

 Joan Collins was a prominent campaigner in the anti-water charges movement.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin South Central candidate is elected on the sixth count

 UCD president  Prof Andrew Deeks: authorised the purchase of the two properties at a May 9th meeting of the UCD governing authority last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

College buying property as part of unofficial plan to extend campus

People Before Profit-Solidarity candidate Bríd Smith benefited hugely from Sinn Féin candidate Aengus Ó Snodaigh’s surplus after he topped the poll on the first count. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin South Central – Elected on second count

 Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh, who was elected in  Dublin South-Central,  in the RDS count centre. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Dublin South-Central – deputy elected on first count

Aengus Ó Snodaigh, with his family in the RDS count centre in Dublin, was elected after the first count. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh tops poll with impressive performance

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis after he was elected  in Dublin North West. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Shortall says party ‘will be speaking to everybody over the coming days’

Ella Jones (left) and Alannah Walsh from Killiney during a Climate rally to keep environmental issues to the forefront of voters minds on Kildare Street, Dublin on Friday. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Safety concerns had been expressed by gardaí over school climate strike protest

Full NCT tests are due to be restored as older inspection lifts are replaced in each centre

Vehicle underbody tests were suspended last week when fractures were found in equipment

Residents in Ballytrim House, Co Donegal, were left living in a “chaotic and fearful environment”, according to a Hiqa report.

Residents in Donegal disability centre living in ‘fearful environment’ due to violent acts

People Before Profit press conference. Richard Boyd Barrett, Brid Smith, Paul Murphy and Gino Kenny. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

People Before Profit-Solidarity call for left wing parties to avoid ‘disastrous mistakes’ of past coalitions

Labour Party general election candidates (from left) Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Ivana Bacik and Ged Nash. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Party criticises promises of both tax cuts and increased public spending

UCD campus in Belfield, south Dublin. The university said the rent increases were required to help fund plans to build additional campus housing. File photograph: Alan Betson

Cost of some on-campus accommodation will rise to nearly €10,000 a year by 2023

‘Survivors must be treated with dignity and respect throughout any investigative or reporting process,’ said Clíona Saidléar, executive director of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland. Photograph: Getty

New guidelines allowing accused to question complainant a product of ‘imperfect’ laws

Full vehicle inspections are to resume at eight National Car Test Service (NCTS) centres this week following the replacement of vehicle lifts used when carrying out underbody checks.

Underbody portion of NCT inspections suspended following suspected lift faults

Cervical smear test campaigner Stephen Teap has urged an overhaul of the electoral register after receiving a polling card for his late wife more than two years after her death. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Stephen Teap urges overhaul of register after reports of similar incidents on social media

Photograph: Alan Betson

Caution over legal challenges is the backdrop to Tusla’s new policy for investigating child abuse

A view of the  archaeological site discovered at Liopa Thoir in Co Galway

Crannóg-type structure discovered by local man on coastline near Spiddal, Co Galway

Among the proposals, Fianna Fáil has said it would  revive the shelved Dart Underground project, which would link the largely coastal line to Heuston Station. Photograph: iStock

BusConnects, rail projects, cycling and roads have all been promised major investment

Winning tickets worth €3.8 million each from Wednesday evening draw

High pupil to teacher ratios and large class sizes in schools must be addressed by the next government, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) has said.

Social Justice Ireland says students from disadvantaged areas need greater access to third level

Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney was the subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme broadcast in December 2015.

Monaghan County Council member says results of Sipo investigation are ‘aul news’

The original report into how Tusla managed allegations of child sexual abuse was published in June 2018. The child and family agency has since been undertaking reforms. Photograph: Tom Honan

Expert group raises concern around Tusla’s powers to investigate abuse allegations

People Before Profit-Solidarity candidates Sandra Fay, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, outside the central Revenue office on Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre. Photograph: Jack Power

Group call for State pension age to be restored to 65 years of age

In spring 2010, a senior nurse working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service sent a letter to social workers “expressing serious concerns” the mother was finding it difficult to manage Amy or “give her any kind of positive experience”.

Childcare expert’s review reveals social work department’s litany of failures to respond

For over four years, the young girl’s case was not allocated to a social worker and from 2008 to 2011 a “number of serious referrals about risk” were sent to the social work department but “none of them received an appropriate response”. Photograph: iStock

Claims of ‘physical and emotional’ harm to girl not reported to Garda, review finds

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett, disability campaigner Sean O’Kelly, PBP candidate Bernard Mulvany, and Saoirse Smith, outside Clontarf Dart station. Photo: Jack Power

People Before Profit call for investment to fix lifts and staff all stations along Dart line

Temperatures may drop to as low as zero on Sunday night, with a risk of frost and ice across the country

Cold weather forecast early next week with frost, ice and wintry showers

Last December, Dublin city councillors voted to approve plans to build a white-water rapids rafting facility at George’s Dock.

Council chief made the offer over docklands liabilities in letter to Department of Housing

Peter Casey is standing in both Dublin West and Donegal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Controversial politician to run as an ‘obvious protest vote’ against Leo Varadkar

The electoral register is updated each year with all those who registered in the previous 12 months. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Forms stamped by a garda must be delivered to local authority before close of business

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