With clocks set to be turned back by an hour from 2am on Sunday - providing more daylight in the morning, but less in the evening - it is unclear what benefits any move to abolish the time change  would have. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Clocks to be turned back by an hour from 2am on Sunday, but EU pushing to end seasonal time switches from next year

Officers attached to the Meath Divisional Drug unit, the Eastern Region Armed Support unit and detective from Navan carried out a search of a house in Deanhill, Navan on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Man (51) arrested at the scene and taken to Ashbourne Garda station for questioning

 Dr Tony Holohan at a media briefing on Thursday this evening. Photograph: Stephen Collins / Collins

Dr Tony Holohan says focus should not be on tracing but on public’s response to Level 5 measures

Prolonged  use of product can cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches, says Department. File photograph: iStock

Department of Education says some of product contains methanol rather than ethanol

Dr Heather Burns, deputy chief medical officer, noted that the 14-day incidence rate of infection had surpassed 300 for the first time - now at 302 as compared to just three at the end of June. Photograph: Collins

'Impossible' to fully protect nursing homes while community transmission is high

Violence flares as anti-lockdown protesters clash with gardaí on Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Damien Storan

Nine charged following disturbance in Grafton Street

 Prof Susan O’Reilly, chairwoman of the CervicalCheck and BowelScreen expert reference group, said patient-requested reviews of their cases would be a ‘first for CervicalCheck’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

Reviews tasked with reviewing the management of interval cancers

The peregrine falcon: Just over 300 bird of prey were found to have been poisoned or suffered some form of unnatural death between 2007 and 2019

Majority killed by human attacks or other activity, says new report spanning 12 years

Instrument maker Kevin Harrington delivers a new handmade harp to 10-year-old Muireann Ní Mhuirthile at Featherbeds, in the Dublin-Wicklow mountains, on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Young harpist collects her new harp at county border to keep to Covid-19 restrictions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said on-the-spot fines for those who breach face mask regulations would be in place in the coming weeks. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Family dinners, play dates contributing to spread of disease and led to restrictions, Tánaiste says

Simon Coveney: he said  the migratory nature of fish stocks  meant they  belonged to everyone and needed to be managed effectively as a resource.  Photograph: Getty Images

Minister says in the agrifood sector tariffs of €1.5bn would be placed on Irish exports to UK worth €5.5bn if there is no deal

Crowds gather in Summerhill, Dublin, to pay their respects  at the funeral of   activist Fergus McCabe. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Crowds sing Inner City Song and line north Dublin streets to pay respects to activist

Lorries at Dover due to industrial action in Calais: ‘I think we would be naive to think that they are just going to wave Irish trucks to the front of the queue out of some kind of good will gesture,’ the Minister for Foreign Affairs said. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Minister has urged companies to begin testing direct sea routes from next month

The haul was located in several premises in the Finglas area of north Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Revenue

Haul located in several premises in Finglas area of north Dublin

The late Tom O’Donnell with his wife Helen. Photograph: Jack McManus/ The Irish Times

Former minister for the Gaeltacht served as MEP from 1979 to 1989

The four Catholic archbishops of Ireland have requested a meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin to address concerns about the loss of mass services during Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Under Level 3 all religious services must move online

Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan has said the future of people driving around the country in private cars is a moribund “fantasy built on cheap oil”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin city Architect calls for permanent allocation of open public space in Dublin

Revenue officials seized six eight-week-old puppies from the boot of a car at Dublin Port on Thursday, destined for the UK.

DSPCA said dogs likely to have remained in the confined space for duration of journey

Classes at Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford Town, are due to continue online on Friday. File photograph: Getty Images

Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford Town will remain closed until October 19th

The offices of the Central Bank of Ireland, New Wapping Street, North Wall Quay. A row has broken out over new shower facilities in the nearby Mayor Street building. Photograph: Alan Betson

Female employee who raised concerns told it was unfortunate she was ‘feeling so negative’

Tillage and wind farmer Michael Quirke: “It would be nice that by the time we reach 2030   a certain proportion of Irish renewables would be owned by Irish people.” Photograph: Larry Cummins

‘There is an acceptance by young people that change has to happen now. And it will’

The former Fianna Fail minister for defence and Dublin TD Vincent Brady, pictured here in 2010, has died.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Dublin North Central TD became chief whip in 1987 and served under Haughey in 1991

Jon Bon Jovi photographed at the RDS in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

US singer delivers Irish history remix as he contrasts his upbringing with U2 frontman

The INTO described it as “incomprehensible” that primary schools would remain fully open when infection levels are high enough to rule out indoor gatherings. Photograph: iStock

Calls for safety review and clarity on what protection is available to members

Residents are required to make a means tested contribution towards the cost which is subsidised by the HSE. Photograph: iStock

Deal established to provide financial support for those in private or public nursing home care

Each year Benefacts releases data scrutinising the finances of more than 10,000 non-profits including charities. Photograph: iStock

Charity analytics company concerned about withdrawal of Government backing

File image of Nuala Butler. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

Vacancy left following appointment of Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington to Court of Appeal

One of the reasons attributed by the sector to the collapse in  price of coaches is the decline of UK operators. Photograph: iStock

Economist’s analysis estimates turnover had initially fallen 95% for most operators

The US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said pumpkin carving in the home is a safe way to celebrate Halloween

Experts warn against trick-or-treating but say socially distanced costume parades are safe

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the Senate  Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in Washington this week. Photograph: Alex Edelman/Pool via The New York Times

US’s most prominent scientist says he does not take president’s barbs personally

Those who opt to sit the exams and go on to receive an improved CAO offer on foot of the results will also receive a deferred college offer, and can start their course in the 2021/22 academic year.

Exams will not include oral or practical elements, with results expected in February

Garda checkpoint in Fairview, Dublin following the introduction of Level 3 restrictions. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Operation Fanacht will see high level of garda activity to support health guidelines

Management confirmed the situation at the hospital on Friday.

An unspecified number of patients have tested positive for coronavirus at the facility

Syrian Ahmad Ourfali, pictured before he was injured, wants to take up a place on a masters programme in Trinity College Dublin has been unable to secure a visa. Photograph: Ahmad Ourfali.

‘I said I don’t know if I can make it because I thought I was going to die’

Due to initial shortages in the regular vaccine, the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) has warned  plans for dedicated flu vaccine clinics will be delayed. Photograph: iStock

Ordering process for children’s nasal spray vaccine to start at beginning of next month

The Oliver Bond flats complex in Dublin’s south inner city. Photograph: Collins

Large party at Oliver Bond flats in Dublin ‘very depressing’, says council housing head

Negative outcomes associated with high levels of screen time on child mental health were more severe for the younger generation. Photograph: iStock

Comparison of two groups born 10 years apart finds problems on the increase

Road bowling is still played regularly, particularly in the summer evenings. Photograph: iStock

Locals in Co Cork angered after more than 100 people turned up for event

Darragh McCullough said the attendees at the party cleaned up their stuff and left without incident. Photograph: @darraghmccullou/Twitter

‘I got to the brow of the hill. Boom! There were taxis, vans – at least 100 people’

A screengrab from a video on social media showing the crowd at the event at the  Oliver Bond flat complex in Dublin over the weekend.

Dublin southwest inner city has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the country

Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen said he was confident the authorities had the situation in Tullamore in hand. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hotel death unrelated to Covid-19 but woman later found to have had virus, statement says

Esker Hills Golf Club. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Up to 20 cases among group of 40 who stayed at Bridge House Hotel in Co Offaly

Henry O’Donnell at Carrickfinn beach, Donegal for the start of Finswim 2020. Photograph: Rory O’Donnell

Henry O’Donnell (56) entered water in Co Donegal in feat which could take a year

The Restaurants Association of Ireland said it was ‘shocked by the decision of NPHET to recommend to Cabinet that all indoor dining close in Dublin for the next few weeks. Photograph: iStock

NPHET advises Government to move Dublin to Level 3 with new restrictions likely to be introduced Friday night

Sunil Sharpe, DJ and spokesman for the Give Us The Night campaign.

Sunil Sharpe of Give Us The Night campaign says 450 venues given no hope of opening

Jineth Bedoya Lima is recognised as one of the leading voices in denouncing sexual violence against women

Jineth Bedoya Lima has reported on the armed conflict in Colombia as well as drug trafficking and gender issues over two decades

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

Dominic Murray received 577 points through the calculated system. His school had estimated 625

‘It was pretty shocking’ to miss out on preferred course, says high achiever

 Ali Ali, Zaid Alshareefy, Robert Hernon and Mousa Alfaleh, joined Leaving cert students protest outside the Department of Education in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

School marks released by Department of Education of which 20 per cent were changed

Trinity College Dublin: Some senior higher education figures are worried students will defer over fears of losing out on the traditional college experience. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Concerns many college applicants may seek to defer due to Covid-19

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris at Government Buildings on Friday as more than 53,000 students have received an offer in the CAO’s first round. Photograph: Damien Eagers/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Most Leaving Cert students were happy, but some pre-2020 students hit by grade inflation

UCD president Prof Andrew Deeks: put under pressure at meeting of governing authority,  especially by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Calls for expert group to be set up amid fallout from Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin controversy

Minister for  Higher Education Simon Harris said the creation of additional places mean significantly more applicants have received offers  at this stage. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seven courses break the 600 point barrier

TJ McInerney from TJmacs pub Mullinahone, Co Tipperary (Centre) leading a protest by members of the Licenced Vintners Association(LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) on their way to the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘I won’t be buying stock on the basis of that date’, says one publican

The Sorting Office development is located on the corner of Cardiff Lane and Hanover Street East, opposite the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Property near Bord Gáis Energy Theatre would have been one of city’s biggest transactions

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said any move to disregard the withdrawal agreement ‘simply cannot be allowed’ as it would be in contravention of an international agreement, not just an agreement with Ireland and Europe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson says he would ‘encourage’ UK to tear up agreement

Members of the Defence Forces man a drive in Covid-19 testing centre at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Highest number of cases recorded nationwide since May 14th

Ellen Glynn and Sarah Feeney on RTE’s Late Late Show

Sara Feeney (23) and cousin Ellen Glynn (17) spent night in water after being swept out to sea

Fifth person to be question as part of investigation into use of Irish accounts to funnel money

Child was airlifted to hospital after incident on N24 at Pallasgreen

File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Appeal for witnesses to Wexford incident where man died after tractor overturned

The Hiqa report noted that many residents living in congregated settings experience a ‘poor quality of service and life’. File photograph: Getty

Inclusion Ireland critical of Hiqa reports noting disability experience in residential care

Located on the east coast of England, Sizewell C is to contain two reactor units generating 3,340MW of power, enough for about six million homes. Stock image: iStock

Irish public urged to participate in a consultation process on €22.5 Sizewell C facility at Suffolk

The ban is due to remain in place for four days, according to Fingal County Council. File photograph.

Temporary ban in effect at Velvet Strand in Portmarnock due to storm water overflow

According to the Marine Casualty Investigation Board water conditions on Lough Mask at the time were choppy with a westerly swell. Photograph: iStock

Man would have suffered from shock of cold water impeding chances of survival – investigation

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on DART services this morning after a truck hit a bridge at Clontarf.  Subject to planning permission and progress with a housing development, construction on the new amenity would commence in late 2021 and open in early 2023.

Planning application made at Woodbrook which would be 32nd station on the route

Of the 227,300 persons arriving in Ireland in July, 188,100 arrived by air, and 39,200 by sea.

More than 270,000 departures in July this year compared to 73,900 in June

Paschal Donohoe said the economy was seeing more commercial activity now and it was thus appropriate to adjust the rates of subsidy available. Photograph: Collins

Employment wage subsidy scheme replaces earlier support supports

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the new scheme aims to save jobs for longer. Photograph: Julian Behal

Employers must register for Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme which runs until the end of March

A rainfall forecast map for 2pm, Saturday. Image: Windy.com

Temperatures are forecast to stay in low teens over Saturday and Sunday

HSE chief executive Paul Reid: ‘We are going to see significant peaks, and, we hope, significant troughs very soon and those changes may not always be national.’ File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Local spikes in infection and targeted response measures is ‘new reality’, committee told

Report says a key issue is high rents in the private sector

Record of paying rent should be part of mortgage application process, says report from builders’ body

Paul Reid, chief executive of the Health Service Executive: “We must live with this virus in a very new way, and this requires a carefully balanced approach. The health services need a functioning economy and society.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Reid to outline younger infection profile not yet triggering admission influx

A road sign in the Phoenix Park, Dublin reminding people to adhere to social distancing in March. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Restrictions rely on ‘over-simplistic dichotomy’, says University of Oxford team

Prof Denis Cusack submitted his analysis to the Ministers for Health and Justice last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coroner says Covid-19 rates in county have been disproportionate compared with other areas

 Acting chief medical officer  Dr Ronan Glynn, said updated Covid-19 measures introduced last week “would not be expected to impact on the trajectory of the disease until early next week” . Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Ronan Glynn says while cases are high the national ‘situation has remained relatively stable’

Former junior minister Aine Brady is chief executive of Third Age, the organisation that supports older people in Ireland. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ex-TD Dr Michael Harty said going to the dinner was an error of judgement

  Mary Supple from Finesse Weddings in her Rathangan, Co Kildare, showroom.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Couple who were due to marry next week have had to postpone wedding again

McMahon’s pub restaurant where director Angela McMahon ‘what’s the logic’ of a county-wide lockdown? Photograph: Mark Hilliard

‘Businesses that are nowhere near the meat plants are bearing the brunt. Why don’t they use a map?’

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has  agreed in principle that students should be socially distanced on school transport and and said more  information on this ‘has to be [finalised] in the coming week’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

NPHET advises secondary students must maintain social distancing on school buses

Kingston Mills, professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College Dublin.

Coronavirus experts react to new Covid-19 restrictions introduced on Tuesday

A beach on the Dingle Peninsula. File photograph: Getty Images

Boy brought to safety following incident at Smerwick Harbour on the Dingle Peninsula

Plants found during a raid on a suspected grow house in Dundalk, Co Louth. File photograph: An Garda Síochána

Man in his 20s is detained following raid on suspected grow house in Dundalk

Passengers wearing face masks disembark their trains at Heuston Station, Dublin, last Friday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

New work practices and Covid-19 uncertainty pose challenges for Irish transport planners

PRT says failure to bring dying man in severe pain to nearby hospital ‘not acceptable’

Revenue  detection dog Bailey. Photograph courtesy of Revenue

Detection dog Bailey helps uncover drugs worth over €34,000 at Dublin mail centre

Sara Feeney (23)  taken off the Coast Guard helicopter at UCHG on Thursday. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

Rescuers hailed as heros after calculating correct location with tidal and weather information

Eir subscribing football fans missed out on the live airing of the Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid Champions League quarter final. Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/ EPA

Virgin Media pulled plug at 6pm ahead of a Champions League football quarter final

In a statement NUI Galway  said as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ it ‘will not tolerate racism and find any incidence of racism abhorrent’.

Video footage appears to show man shouting abuse at woman about her colour

Key settings which have seen clusters in Northern Ireland include workplaces, retail or hospitality premises, domestic gatherings, and sporting settings. Photograph: Bloomberg

Eight new cases confirmed in Northern Ireland, where there was also no new deaths

Currently, children must undergo the same invasive testing procedure for Covid-19 as adults. File photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Groups looking into different approach to fevers and swabs to stop people avoiding tests

Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Adoption Authority use of videolink allowed children give evidence remotely from home

The coronavirus pandemic brought a significant increase in housing supply in urban areas and cities.

Report finds although supply has increased during pandemic affordability has not improved

An Garda Síochána said there were 10 serious injuries suffered on the roads over the August bank holiday weekend. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Too many still taking chances says assistant commissioner after four deaths on the roads

Irishman Shaun McCarthy normally  likes to travel home to Dublin at least once  a year. Photograph: Courtesy Shaun McCarthy

Irish Travel Agents Association says there is little demand for international travel

The PSNI said the 10 people were arrested and interviewed simultaneously to maintain the ‘integrity of the interview process’. Photograph: Getty

Those arrested in Fermanagh, Belfast and Derry are aged between 63 and 78

Closed pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Publicans had hoped they would be able to reopen on August 10th. Photograph: Collins

Scally says alcohol is ‘best friend’ of Covid-19 and pubs must stay shut

“This is Groundhog Day for the trade as twice now the reopening of pubs has been postponed.” Photograph: Getty Images

Vintner groups say the 25,000 people working in pubs now under ‘intolerable pressure’

Closed pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Publicans had hoped they would  be able to reopen on  August 10th. Photograph: Collins

Moving to Phase Four of reopening society deferred due to the trend in coronavirus cases

A well-placed agricultural source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said producers had continued to source foreign labour, but had complied with public health guidelines. File photograph: Getty

Migrant workers and local students are helping the sector through labour shortage

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