Sherry FitzGerald chairman Mark FitzGerald: he  will speak at the Property Industry Ireland Conference  about the future of the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Your Business This Week: The science of wind energy and looking at how housing and commercial property might be provided in the fu(...)

One of the two loaded handguns that were recovered. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Heroin and cocaine worth €240,000 seized in separate Dublin operation

 Peter Donnelly, originally from Kilkenny, died after the city centre assault.

Peter Donnelly died after assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning

 Gardaí have appealed to the public for information on  an incident at house in Longford. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Investigators believe incident at a home in Clonbalt Wood is linked to a local feud

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Séamus Coffey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) addresses Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee

The Religious Sisters of Charity order did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Helen Maguire (71) left infant daughter in temporary care at St Patrick’s Guild in Dublin

Paddy Jackson had his contract with Ulster rugby cancelled in the wake of the Belfast rape trial, at which he was acquitted, and later moved to play in France.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Guinness makers to meet London Irish rugby club officials as signing ‘not consistent with values’

Former US secretary of state John Kerry expected at Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork. Photograph:  Zach Gibson/Getty

Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit, US and German inflation indicators

A separate remediation plan is being put in place for Ardgillan Community College, part of which remains closed. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Series of information sessions for school authorities began this week

File image of Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and city councils issue notices expected to last seven days

The pair were arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday having previously been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping

Pat McCormick (55) was last seen in Comber on Thursday May 30th

The HSE released a statement saying the average weekly cost of  nursing home care had increased from €1,592 in 2018 to €1,615 this year.

HSE accused of releasing price rise details on day Donald Trump visited Ireland

Micheál Cunningham at the Lismaconly Cemetery grave of  his murdered daughter Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Victims’ families on why they are protesting at the Dáil for an overhaul of the parole system

The remains are carried from St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise after the funerals of father and son, Vincent and Sully (5) Rossi. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Funeral held in Portlaoise of Sully and Vincent Rossi who died in Co Offaly last week

The European Central Bank will make a decision on interest rates on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

A customer service conference in Clontarf while EY will name Entrepreneur of the Year

 Nancy Dempsey (93) on Portrane beach, north Dublin,  with the four artists chosen for a  public art project: from left, Joanna Hopkins, Fiona McDonald, Mary Conroy and  Mark Clare. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Local woman recalls boardwalk and fencing that have long since been swept away

Gerard Whyte aged 21, from Ballymun, was killed when he was hit by a HGV at the junction of the N1 Swords Road and Collins Avenue.

HGV failed to stop after striking pedestrian in north Dublin on Friday morning

The company is due to seek regulatory approval to begin using its drones soon having been testing the technology for some time. File photograph: Getty Images

UCD-based company raises finance for ‘major Irish technology venture’

 Mary Kelly and Grainne Devine at the Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice Charity Shop on Leixlip’s Main Street. Devine    believes Intel’s presence has had a positive effect on the town. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Microchip giant’s 30-year presence has boosted the small town but knock-on effects on local businesses has divided opinion

Fáilte Ireland will give grants of €2.5 million upwards and focus on ‘immersive’ projects. Photograph: iStock

State tourism body seeking to promote immersive heritage and culture attractions

 Mary Cooney (right) in her damp home with  neighbour Michelle Morrissey, at Tor an Rí, in Balgaddy, Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One-third of local authority homes exposed to ‘sewage invasion’ and rodents

John Moran, a  former head of the Department of Finance, will address the Institute for Securities & Investment on what the new European landscape looks like for Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Business This Week: EU economic figures, Government’s spending priorities

Election is set for Thursday, June 27th at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, Co Laois

Election set for June 27th at Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise

The highest recorded speed on Friday was a motorist driving at 188km/h on the Ballincollig bypass in a 120km zone.

Gardaí say 195,768 vehicles were checked during 24-hour operation ‘Slow Down’

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland  said its investigation of disorder in the Moss Park area of Derry on Thursday led to the 12-year-old being charged.

Police said boy is due to appear in court next month

Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Man (23) arrested at the scene following search of house in Dollymount area

Children’s Rights Alliance  chief executive Tanya Ward said it was time for children’s rights to be delivered on a European level. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Some 105,000 children in Ireland are growing up in consistent poverty

UHW general manager Grace Rothwell said steps had been taken to address the concerns of the State Pathologist’s Office about the condition of its mortuary. File photograph: Patrick Browne

Hospital manager tells Oireachtas committee units to be installed shortly

Hiqa, which carried out the assessment, said ‘drift and delay’ was identified in the completion of preliminary enquiries of between two and 11 months from the date of initial referral.

‘Drift and delay’ also found by Hiqa in review of child protection services

 Fran Ryder, Bobby Doyle (right), Kevin Moran (behind) and other members of the 1970s Dublin team carry the coffin of their former team-mate Anton O’Toole into the Mount Argus church in Kimmage. Photograph: James Forde

Altar adorned with Sam Maguire at funeral of four-time All-Ireland winner in Kimmage

 Ryanair:  Among a number of airlines whose stocks rose on the back of the Brexit extension. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Euro zone consumer confidence flash, Global Funds Conference and German PPI

White goods dumped on the Great South Wall in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

New research finds that fewer than half of all littering fines are paid

Understanding exactly how much litter is comprised of packaging, the report explains, is crucial. Photograph: iStock

Packaging waste amounts to just under half of all litter collected

“Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate synthesised from morphine, and is the most prevalent illicit opioid worldwide.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Heroin is the most common illicit opioid, while prescription drugs have caused a widely publicised health crisis in the US

Ruairí Walsh and his father, Colm, at the Dublin Cycling Campaign demonstration outside Dail Eireann on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/Irish Times

Dublin Cycling Campaign calls for 20% increase in spending for cycling and walking

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey speaks at the trade union’s policy conference in Malahide, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Cancy.

Len McCluskey says Labour Party in Ireland has ‘utterly lost its way’

CSO data on residential prices for February showed a softening of prices in Dublin with year-on-year growth falling to 1.4 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

All the results, indicators and meetings happening in the week ahead

Can an MBA lead to early retirement on a tropical island? Photograph: iStock

MBAs offer students a valuable perspective on management and business

The employers’ representative group is to begin a three part series of debates in which Ireland’s European election candidates will be put through their paces on the issues. Photograph: Ibec

Ibec to host its European election debates and IFG shareholders vote on takeover

The trawler is seen through an RNLI rescue helicopter camera as it burns about 48km off the coast of Wicklow. Photograph: RNLI

The men were forced to abandon ship after a fire broke out on board

John de Chastelain noted the ‘tragedy’ of the recent killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former general oversaw decommissioning of paramilitary arms in Northern Ireland

File photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Month saw topsy-turvy weather conditions across the country

Ciara Byrne, originally from Palmerstown in Dublin, caught the Obama Foundation’s eye with her Green Our Planet schools garden project in Nevada

US-based Ciara Byrne hopes to export her food-growing scheme to Irish schools

The ASAI received 1,682 complaints in 2018, adjudicating against 72 which were found to be in breach of their code. Photograph: iStock

Food and beverage sector subject to most complaints, says Advertising Standards Authority

‘You would get quite a number of people who would retire to Knock,’ the parish priest said. File image: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Irene Daly is believed to have moved to Knock, Co Mayo because of her strong faith

A file image from July 21st, 1972 showing emergency crews at the scene of an explosion in Belfast. This day, when a total of 27 bombs were detonated in Northern Ireland, later became known as Bloody Friday. Photograph: PA

Findings are based on series of analyses of childhood trauma and of college students

‘We have been informing women on the streets that they are no longer criminalised and this has been very positive’

Ruhama report finds women more likely to report crimes to gardaí since 2017 laws banning purchase of sex

As part of Operation Quest, gardaí conducted a coordinated, intelligence led campaign on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Individuals stopped and spoken to in six garda divisions both urban and rural

 Spotify will announce its results on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Business This Week: Small Firms Association conference adopts an ‘innovate or expire’ approach to future business

Prof Terence Dolan: Expert in medieval English literature and author of the celebrated Dictionary of Hiberno-English. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Sparkling professor of English could ‘turn a sentence on a ha’penny’

This week’s raids were in response to 20 suspect claims involving so-called “slips and trips” compensation, many of which were processed by repeat claimants using fake identities. File photograph: Getty

Raids a response to suspect claims involving so-called ‘slips and trips’ compensation

While it is already known girls spend more time studying generally, the change in family structure from two parents to a single parent family exposes clear differences in time use between the sexes. Photograph: iStock

Boys spend more time on screens after change in family structure, data shows

The process involves having to contact both the birth parents and those whose births were illegally registered, with social workers gathering documents to identify and locate them.

Independent report on illegal birth registration due to Zappone at end of May

Six cars were seized when gardaí raided a number of houses in west Dublin under Operation Coatee. Photograph: Garda/ Facebook

Gardaí identify more than 20 suspect insurance claims and search solicitors’ offices

University Hospital Waterford. Image: Google Maps

Corpses were let decompose, making closed-coffin funerals unavoidable

Some 500 litres of wine and six litres of spirts seized at Dublin Port.  Photograph: Revenue

Three men arrested in connection to drugs found in Portlaoise

A Penneys store  in Dublin.  ABF  revealed its Dublin-headquartered Penneys/Primark company was likely to increase sales in the first half of the year by 4%. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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The Polish designed RAK machine gun was found in a wooded area near a Dublin housing estate on Saturday. Photograph: courtesy An Garda Siochana

Gardaí ‘determined to remove firearms with the capacity to kill from our streets’

A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

PwC hired in 2018 to look at hospital options and in January 2019 for costs overrun review

 Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Data involving 50 cities published in 2015 found that London’s river Thames was the worst for cocaine levels in sewage

Co-directors of Together For Yes (left to right) Ailbhe Smyth, Gráinne Griffin and Orla O’Connor. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Together for Yes co-directors named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2019

The issue has been linked to children and underage gamblers. Photograph: iStock

Committee hears of calls for education on risks to be introduced at primary school level

‘It is likely that Brexit (in any form) will interfere with Good Friday/Belfast Agreement cross-border co-operation and place obstacles in its way in general, but in particular in the area of environmental co-operation,’ the report staes. Photograph: European Space Agency

New report warns potential for a loss of joint-action on environmental crime

The IFA and farm families protest outside the Department of Health of Tuesday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Families have had to sell off portions of land to meet nursing home costs, says IFA

Li Yong of Unido is on a visit to Ireland that will also incorporate a talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin

Nova UCD has a briefing session focusing on 5G, which is becoming visible on the horizon

 (L/R) Áine Kenny of NUIG,  Aaron Bowman and Muireann O’Shea of UCD, Dylan O’Neill also of UCD  and Niamh Lynch TCD were among the   finalists for this years student media awards. Photograph:James Forde

The bi-weekly publication among entries from 22 third-level institutions

09/04/19 Mansoor Uddin (41), of Castleway, Adamstown, Lucan, leaving court yesterday (TUES) after the case. PIC: Colins Courts

Mansoor Uddin (41) had pleaded guilty to sexual assaults of three female passengers

The pair, a 45-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man, were believed to have been in the process of setting up the equipment when they were apprehended and arrested.  File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Man and woman had drone, drugs and mobile phone outside Castlerea Prison

Peter Murtagh and his wife Moira and children Patrick and Natasha, with  editor of The Irish Times  Paul O’Neill in the Irish Times newsroom. Photograph: James Forde

Award-winning reporter and editor began his career with the newspaper in the 1980s

From left, Marcus Andree and Tony Liu, EPIC; Wynne Liu, Failte Ireland; Rowena Janota, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Bronwyn Kenny, Malahide Castle at Fáilte Ireland workshop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fáilte Ireland offers lessons in the key dos and don’ts of welcoming Chinese tourists

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen of Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, will discuss the similarities between Ireland and Norway, particularly wind exposure

Tesco reports as does Delta plus economic indicators and meetings

Phoenix Park in Dublin. ESRI researchers have  surveyed 1,050 adults between February and May last year on how often they visited green spaces. Photograph: Pat Langan

Expert says other research shows how green spaces can help combat obesity and stress

According to the department, this total network capacity will meet the requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 50 high-power ESB charging hubs will be installed all over Ireland

An Taisce said Green-Schools  was a voluntary schools initiative and the material was available online – it has not been distributed in hard form.

IFA demands withdrawal of An Taisce Green-Schools guide to tackling climate change

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg leaving the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Network chief: It should not be for private firms alone to decide how to police online world

 Gardaí conduct searchs of vehicles, drains and houses on Corduff Grove. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Nobody injured in suspected murder attempt at Riversdale Community College

Growth in the use of e-cigarettes has not led to more young people taking up tobacco smoking, new research suggests. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA.

Proportion of teens saying it is okay to try a cigarette down from 70% in 1999 to 27% in 2015

 President Higgins  meets  Guido Nasi from Italy, who was attacked on holiday in Ireland 20 years ago. Photograph:  Tony Maxwell

Nasi visits Áras an Uachtaráin 20 years after violent attack in Fairview Park, Dublin

Gardaí investigating the death of a cyclist in Co Kerry earlier this week have issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The man in his 60s was found lying on the road at Colkeragh on Wednesday

Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys said the situation was ‘totally appalling’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Residents of Townsend Street duplexes had no expectation their homes would be affected

Guido Nasi, the 18 year old Italian student who was assaulted in August 1999, with Bernadette Kelly, volunteer with Victim Support. File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Tourist Assistant Service has helped over 17,000 people since setting up

‘A bank of turbines however is totally incompatible with these goals and would effectively negate any sense of unique identity which would be essential for the success of the Wilderness Park,’ the IWT  said. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Wildlife Trust opposes wind turbines on proposed Shannon Wilderness Park

Home to 58 tenants and 12 owner-occupiers, the College Gate demolition will include the street-level Markievicz Sport and Fitness Centre but this will also be rebuilt elsewhere, the NTA said.

Owner-occupiers in the College Gate complex, will be offered market rate compensation, NTA says

In the run-up to this week’s Energy Show, an SEAI survey of 321 companies found that 14-17 per cent are simply ‘not interested in energy efficiency or have not investigated energy efficiency options at all’.

SME sector accounts for half of all energy use by commercial sector

A ‘green tide’ of algae at the Tolka estuary, north Dublin

Growth of sea lettuce can interfere with marine activity such as navigation and fishing

While 92 per cent of the general population in Ireland completed secondary school, the proportion in the Traveller community was just 13 per cent.

Less than 1 per cent of community in 3rd level education education, committee told

CSO  noted  an extra 1,000  incidents of fraud and related crimes at the end of 2018. Photograph: iStock

Notable increaese in sexual offences and robberies in final quarter of 2018 also recorded

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Energy Show: it  promotes what companies can do to improve efficiency and reduce expenditure

Business This Week: all the results, indicators and meetings coming up

Mosney refugee reception centre in county Meath. Figures for mid-February show 6,290 people living in direct provision centres scattered around the country.

Housing crisis has worsened situation of asylum-seekers and creaking support system

Prof McCarron of Trinity College said the gold standard of care would be to deliver annual screening for dementia among those with Down syndrome from as young as 35 years. Photograph: iStock

Eighty per cent of those with Down syndrome who reach 65 years of age will have dementia

While the need for improved transport access had been raised at a previous inspection Hiqa noted it was ‘even more limited at the time of this inspection’.

Cut had direct effect on ability of residents at Louth centre to attend community facilities

A queue for unemployment benefit outside Bishop Street Social Welfare Office in Dublin this morning. File Photograph: Frank Miller

March unemployment figures can be a key weather vane of the country’s health but Brexit storm clouds are gathering

No other person is being sought in relation to the man’s death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Emergency Response Unit went to Wolfhill following reports of firearm being discharged

Ivan Rogers: ‘I do think a general election is becoming more likely.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ivan Rogers says dispute over Border backstop has ‘soured the mood quite a bit’

A motorcyclist has been killed at Lough Beg, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, on Tuesday night. File photograph: Google Maps

Postmortem at CUH to follow after biker in his 40s pronounced dead at the scene

The Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is to headline the 2019 Kilkenomics festival.  File photograph: Franck Robichon/Reuters.

Jeffrey Sachs also due to take part in Kilkenny gathering of comedy and economics

 Applegreen  CEO Bob Etchingham. The company is due to report results on Tuesday. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Kingfisher and Malin to report results while EU leaders to vote on Article 50 extension

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service has said it intends to employ accountants to further scrutinise cases where it feels arrears statements show cause for concern. Photograph: iStock

Money Advice and Budgeting Service raised concerns about fees earlier this week

Accountants are to be hired to examine mortgage arrears statements in repossession cases where lenders are alleged to have charged legal fees to homeowners in advance of court decisions. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Mabs signals use of accountants to check legal fee and tax-relief calculation by lenders

The National Construction Summit took place at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

Question marks surrounding supply chains and costs causing hesitation in builds

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