Gardaí have issued an appeal for any witnesses to contact them. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Gardaí do not believe blaze on St Michael’s Avenue was started deliberately

The arrest of a man in his 40s on Tuesday morning followed the previous arrests of a man in his 50s in August, and a woman in her 30s in September.

Garda crime bureau investigating alleged corrupt practices at Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board

Since the country moved into nationwide Level 5 lockdown last week, teachers’ trade unions have expressed concerns over schools remaining open. Photograph: iStock

Teachers’ trade union repeats calls for rapid testing and contact tracing system for schools

A group of around 60 demonstrators carrying banners and tricolour flags gathered on O’Connell St

Group of around 60 demonstrators carrying banners, tricolour flags gathered outside GPO

The reduction in close contacts will help ease pressure on the State’s contact tracing operation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Newly infected ‘annoyed’ HSE contact tracers skipped calls to them due to backlog

Tusla: issues uncovered in Kerry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reports of alleged abuse in Co Kerry included 46 high-risk cases

File photograph: Getty

UCD lab to suspend Covid-19 testing over next two weekends due to staff issues

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said he had asked Tusla to conduct a national review to determine whether other instances of alleged abuse in the organisation had been reported to the agency. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Historical sex abuse was ‘open secret’ in voluntary organisation, Seanad hears

The National Council for the Blind in Ireland said their ‘services throughout 2020 have been in high demand and we’ve responded accordingly’. File photograph: Getty

Charity supporting the blind anticipates €1million loss from shop closures

An artist’s impression of the proposed development at Waterford’s North Quays. Photograph: Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland

Decision on the approval of about €100m in State funding due in coming weeks

Tarbert Comprehensive School in Co Kerry has been ordered to reopen by the Department of Education after deciding to close due to an ‘alarming increase’ in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Giacomo Antonio Lombardi

Seven students at Kerry secondary school test positive while 45 are close contacts

TUI president Martin Marjoram, right, says the potential risk to staff and students from keeping schools open needed to be ‘reassessed on an ongoing basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unions raise issues with testing speed and risk to staff and pupils as schools to stay open

Tadhg Daly, chief executive of Nursing Homes Ireland: sector is  now “hyper-vigilant”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns over nursing home staff levels as winter approaches and infections increase

Cavan General Hospital has the most Covid-19 patients with 28 as of 8pm on Thursday, according to a HSE daily operations report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Drop in available intensive bed units to 36 in recent days with 224 cases now in hospital

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe at Government Buildings in Dublin before outlining the details of Budget 2021. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA

Health spending to increase by €4bn; carbon tax to increase; new teaching and SNA positions to be created

A woman walks a dog along Griffith Avenue, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Latest figures show incidence rate in the capital now lower than seven other counties

  Suffolk Street  in central Dublin: the rate of new cases in the capital is slowing after three weeks of Level 3 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Increased regional measures more likely than ‘circuit breaker’, sources say

The recovery fund will  be worth between €4 billion and €5 billion, and be aimed at businesses and sectors hit by the pandemic and those impacted by Brexit over the coming year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Business aid, hospitality VAT of 9% and PUP changes among measures expected

Minister for Health  Stephen Donnelly arriving at RTÉ’s  Donnybrook studio  on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach says Level 3 restrictions can curb the spread of the virus if people work together

A spokesman for Mondello Park said “all activity this weekend is deemed as club championships”, and, as such, was permitted to take place under current guidelines. Photograph: Hoch Zwei/Getty Images

Large numbers to attend two behind-closed-door race events in Mondello Park

Will pensioners get their customary €5 in the budget?

Big increase to the health budget expected as well as a VAT cut for hospitality sector

Paul McVeigh, whose debut novel The Good Son came out in 2015, said he now had ‘no idea’ how he, and other writers, would cope financially while waiting for things to return to normal.

Words Ireland group calls for increased funding for arts sector in Budget 2021

Mr Doherty criticised the lack of details around the size of the proposed fund, which he said would likely be leaked to the media in the coming days.   File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

No final decision has been made on size of Covid-19 recovery fund ahead of Budget next week

 Kilminchy Lodge Nursing Home in Portlaoise, Co Laois confirmed on Tuesday it was dealing with 31 Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Google Street View

Emails show regulator criticised HSE’s response to ‘deteriorating situation’ in April

There is a growing concern among hospital staff over the system’s capacity to cope with a surge of coronavirus patients during the winter season. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Covid-19: Concerns over intensive care capacity in Irish hospitals in potential surge

A man sits outside a pub in Dublin’s city centre. Pubs in the capital which don’t serve food have been closed since March.  Photograph: PA

Reaction: Restaurants’ group says Irish climate means outdoor dining is not viable

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly TD during a media conference at Leinster House in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

If ICU capacity is real issue then we should buy hospitals, says Alan Kelly

Some 41 per cent had a Leaving Cert or post-Leaving Cert course qualification.  Photograph: iStock

One in ten offenders who were in prison in 2016 were in substantial employment last year

Oliver Devlin, former chairman of Clonoe O’Rahillys GFC in Co Tyrone,  and committee members joined Proinsias Ó Rathaille (left) of the 1916 Relatives Alliance, at 40 Herbert Park in August to lay a wreath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former home of 1916 Rising leader was demolished for apartment development this week

HSE chief Paul Reid said the Government should put in place “incentives” to facilitate the consolidation of some voluntary agencies  in the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St John of God chief says organisation’s financial deficit has reached €37.7m

Jane Crowe, shop steward in the Henry Street store, said the Government’s approach to the controversy had been ‘totally hands off’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Protest marks 175th day of industrial dispute over Debenhams redundancy package

Declan Leavy (50) is a resident in a St John of God home in Ardee, Co Louth. Photo: Paula Walsh

Fears of cuts to existing services or staff levels following transfer of facility to HSE

The charity employs 2,500 people and is one of the biggest providers of intellectual disability and mental health services in the country. File photograph: Getty

Insufficient State support leaves organisation with ‘intolerable’ deficit, says chief executive

In August, nine tenants were evicted from a property on Berkeley Road, Phibsborough, north Dublin, as men clad in black repossessed the house. The tenants claimed they had not received an eviction notice. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 80 tenants complain over alleged illegal evictions since ban lifted in August

John Hannigan (48) was discovered in the hallway of his apartment complex on Grosvenor Road, Rathmines, south Dublin at approximately 6pm on January 3rd.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

John Hannigan was discovered in the hallway of his Rathmines apartment complex on January 3rd

The stretch of road remains closed to allow for an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators, who are seeking to establish what may have caused the van to crash.  File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Collision took place on M1 motorway between Swords and Donabate junctions

Google’s European headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Vincent Isore/Getty

Real-time bidding system represents ‘vast, systematic data breach’, Johnny Ryan argues

The road has been closed off as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examine the scene, with local traffic diversions in place.  File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cyclist pronounced dead at the scene at St Margaret’s near Dublin Airport

A picture of President Michael D Higgins with Síoda issued with news of the dog’s death. Photograph: Áras an Uachtaráin

With Bród, the Bernese mountain dog has welcomed numerous dignitaries to the Áras

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had examined limiting numbers at tables, reduced capacity and earlier closing times.

Officials concerned rising Covid-19 cases in Dublin would fuel large increases elsewhere

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings on Friday, where he announced that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

NPHET members felt Government would not support more dramatic restrictions for city

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said gardaí and airport officials would use ‘their discretion’ when asked about enforcing restrictions on travel. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Incoming tourists can travel through Dublin to other parts of the country

Speaking at Government Buildings, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he hadn’t yet spoken to the gardaí about the incident. Photograph: PA

‘When I saw her coming towards me I thought she was Avril Lavigne at first’, Tánaiste says

An employee sets out tables for customers outside of a pub in Dublin on Friday. Photograph:   Paul Faith/AFP

Vintners association says measure amount to Government ‘ceding control of country to NPHET’

Shamrock Rovers versus Bohemians in front of largely empty stands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IRFU and GAA will also tell Oireachtas Covid committee of financial threat to their sports

Angela Dorgan, chairwoman of the National Campaign for the Arts group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Artist groups and politicians criticise changes to Covid-19 unemployment scheme

Large outbreaks of the virus in food processing plants contributed to the decision to introduce local lockdowns in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly in early August. File photograph: Dave Sleator

Over 20 coronavirus cases linked to outbreak in meat processing plant

The State would likely see an increase in companies going out of business later this year, continuing into next year, Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Julien Behal

Previous payment break extension ‘starting to run out’, says Tánaiste

The Global Ireland conference on Wednesday heard from Dr Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) health emergencies programme.

Ronan Glynn tells Dubliners: ‘We don’t want you to mix with any more than one other household’

File photo. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Failures prompted State agency to hold national audit which found further issues

The official count of the country’s population conducted by the Central Statistics Office was due to take place on April 18th, 2021. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government puts back national population count by a year over safety concerns

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly speaking in Dublin at the unveiling of the Government’s blueprint for living with Covid-19. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Cabinet colleagues no longer required to restrict movements, Government spokeswoman confirms

A cyclist using the cycleway on Seapoint Avenue, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Residents argue one-way traffic on Strand Road would clog up village streets

A proposed facelift of the Temple Bar area would smooth the cobbles and reduce the gaps between the stones, which “would make navigating the cobbles much easier”.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student and wheelchair-user says Temple Bar is a ‘no-go area’ for her due to surface

Paul McAleer: “There are probably thousands of [Irish] teachers in the Emirates alone, and a multiple of that across the Middle East”

‘They only have a shortage of teachers for temporary subbing, which could be a day or two’

Irish adolescents had one of the lowest rates of life satisfaction in the OECD, at 72 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Unicef report ranks Irish young people’s mental health among lowest of 38 countries

Irish adolescents had one of the lowest rates of life satisfaction among the EU/OECD countries with 28% rating their satisfaction with life as lower than five out of 10.

UN agency warns of Covid-19 pandemic’s ‘catastrophic’ impact on children’s wellbeing

The GP said he felt the patient did not meet the requirements to be exempt from wearing face coverings. File photograph: Getty

Medical Council dealing with grievance by woman with long public transport commute

The positive test was confirmed on Tuesday, with parents informed by the school shortly afterwards. File photograph: The Irish Times

Individual and other pupils deemed ‘close contacts’ sent home from west Dublin primary school

Gardaí have asked people with information to contact them at Milford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty/File

Teenager dies in Co Donegal crash; pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Co Wexford

Under HSE guidelines schools are not required to contact parents if there has been a confirmed Covid-19 case. Photograph: iStock

Management said infection had been picked up outside of primary school

The possibility of music venues reopening for events if they did not serve alcohol has been raised.

Public health officials concerned about alcohol and congregating in queues at venues

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said it has been a ‘a long six months’ since the first Covid-19 case confirmed in the State. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Eighth consecutive day where no fatalities confirmed after ‘long six months’ since outbreak

The funeral of Eugene McCabe  was told that his ‘love of literature, or writing, was matched only by his love of nature’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Growing up on Co Monaghan farm developed his ‘knowledge and love for the land’

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, seen here with Garda  Commissioner Drew Harris, said the Cabinet had decided that a ‘penal provision’ around house gatherings of more than six guests ‘would be an extreme measure, particularly around entering somebody’s home.’ Photograph: Collins

Cabinet decided criminal sanctions for more than six guests would be ‘extreme measure’

Dr Cillian de Gascun believes Ireland is still in the first wave as there had not been any significant change in the virus. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

NPHET reports no further deaths from Covid-19 for seventh day in a row

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, at Thursday’s  Covid-19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It will be an offence to attend a gathering in a house with more than six visitors

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the  Health Protection Surveillance Centre. He said officials were seeing a “significant number of outbreaks” at present.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Over 250 of the outbreaks relate to social gatherings in private households, says HPSC

The number of students in a class deemed “close contacts” of pupils who test positive for Covid-19 will be “variable” to each classroom and school, the HSE guidance states.  Photograph: iStock

Closures may follow ‘evidence or concern that spread within the school is primary driver of cases’

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Department of Health, with Professor Philip Nolan, chairman of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group and Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer, HSE pictured on Thursday evening at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Kildare lockdown to remain in place but rate of infection in county stabilising, officials say

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

A list of all those known to have been among the 80-plus guests at controversial dinner

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

Here is everyone known to have been among the over 80 guests at the controversial dinner

The offices of the Department of Health on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin were evacuated on Tuesday. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times.

Gardaí, ambulance and fire brigade units were called to scene

Phil Hogan has been  under pressure since attending  an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Ryan: EU Commissioner should have limited movements for 14 days

EU commissioner Phil Hogan is facing calls to resign over his attendance at a golf society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU commissioner has faced calls to resign after attending event with over 80 guests

Last September, there were 847 children on waiting lists to be allocated social workers with, on average, 288 children being referred to Tusla in the north Dublin area each month, the audit said. Photograph: iStock

Tusla cannot ‘provide assurance’ over safety of children on waiting lists – audit

 Garda specialist units are currently housed in Harcourt Square but must vacate the offices by the end of 2022. Photograph: Frank Miller

OPW warns of major financial exposure over delay in move from Harcourt Square offices

A garda at a home in north Dublin where a woman was fatally injured in an assault. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Man arrested and being detained after incident in Clontarf

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Sinn Féin leader says event, attended by more than 80 people, was ‘the last straw’

EU commissioner Phil Hogan attended the golf event in Co Galway with about 80 other people during Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

EU commissioner says he did not come from Kildare to event with more than 80 people

TDs Dara Calleary and Noel Grealish and Senator Jerry Buttimer

More than 80 people were at society event in Clifden amid Covid-19 guidelines

Eoin McGuire, age 8, in action during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camp at Greystones, Co Wicklow on Thursday. Acting chief medical officer Ronan Glynn said that in some circumstances parents would be permitted to watch their children’s sporting matches from the sidelines. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Officials advise against easing restrictions as county has had 455 cases in 14 days

 Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary apologised on Thursday night for attending the function. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas Golf Society event was attended by politicians including Phil Hogan and Jerry Buttimer

Dr Ronan Glynn said the ‘small change’ would be required to limit the size of a residents’ network of visitors for the next three weeks. Photograph: iStock

No limit on amount of visits four nominated persons can make over next three weeks

Medical staff member at a Covid-19 testing centre at Keaden Hotel in Newbridge, Co Kildare, earlier this week following the spate of outbreaks in Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Public health experts make recommendation to Government ahead of Cabinet meeting

An empty classroom due to reopen shortly. File photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Irish Second-Level Students’ Union says unanswered questions on issue must be answered

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

People are hit by waves on the Front Strand in Youghal, Co Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Status red weather warning for Co Cork as ‘destructive winds’ of 130km/h forecast

People are hit by waves on the Front Strand in Youghal, Co Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cork is only county with status red warning as rest of Munster and Galway, Mayo at orange

The Government on Tuesday announced new restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus after public health experts warned the Government of multiple and significant outbreaks associated with households, workplaces and social activities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin has highest number of new cases at 19 followed by Kildare and Tipperary

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the  Irish Tourism Industry Confederation: The loss of the over-70s cohort would be a ‘further blow’ to hotels and the hospitality sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hospitality industry facing ‘really long winter’ as over-70s told to reconsider staycations

Caroline Donohoe, widow of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, at his funeral in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk Co Louth. on  January 30th, 2013. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Wife of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe says she is ‘still trying to pick up the pieces’

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ireland’s rate of growth in new cases is fourth highest in Europe, Minister warns

Sinn Féin and the Labour Party urged Minister for Education Norma Foley to explain how the Irish system would not mean the same level of grades being marked down. File photograph: Getty

Opposition parties call for review of plan after British government U-turn on results

St John Ambulance: the organisation has been urged to review its child protection standards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former senior figure in paramedic organisation found to have abused children

Mick Finnegan was about 14 when he was abused by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tusla investigation finds former senior figure in voluntary body abused children

Residents waiting outside their home on Berkeley Road, Dublin on Wednesday evening following their eviction. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Policing Authority says it is very concerned by material in circulation relating to eviction

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