Eoin Robinson in Abu Dhabi: “The majority of people got [the Chinese vaccine] here. The medical facilities over here are world-class.”

Vaccine approved by WHO but not EMA, and immunologist warns of variants like Delta

James Vincent McMorrow performing at his ‘special’ pilot gig to 500 fans at the Iveagh Gardens on Thursday evening. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Events seen as key learning tools in campaign to build towards larger attendances

Man enjoying weather in Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sunday will be the best weather with warm and dry conditions throughout country

A statue of Our Lady, Star Of The Sea on Bull Wall in Dublin, is silhouetted against the sky during a partial solar eclipse. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Cloud cover did not stop enthusiasts viewing rare phenomenon over 2½ hours

The IFA has asked the Minister for Agriculture  to ensure that the least possible amount of money is deducted from Pillar One funding, that covering direct farm payments. Photograph: iStock

EU asks ‘more and more’ on environmental reform without funding increase, committee hears

The RNLI’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat Austin Lidbury was launched shortly after 9am from Ballycotton. Photograph: Ballycotton RNLI/Facebook

Vessel towed back into Ballycotton harbour after developing problem with propeller

To date, 11 people have been arrested as part of the operation with investigations ongoing. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Nine customers of Irish banking institution had money taken after answering texts

Gardaí attend a property in Clashmore, Co Waterford, where a three-month-old baby girl  died after being attacked by a dog in the early hours of Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dog who attacked infant destroyed, gardaí confirm

People arrive to quarantine at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry:  Teachers returning from the Middle East who are fully  vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine will  be required to quarantine on their return. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 16,400 applications received for passports in the past week, says Coveney

Key outcomes of the Assembly’s deliberations were agreed in April but its final report was put to the Oireachtas on Wednesday. Photograph: iStock

Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality says guidelines should remove barriers to justice

The College View is a fortnightly publication run voluntarily by students at DCU since 1999 and currently edited by Aoibhín Meghen. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Queen’s and Trinity top winners’ list at 21st annual National Student Media Awards

“Just as the public expects road users to comply with laws that keep people safe, jet-ski users should ensure they are compliant with local bylaws, approved zones and speed limits,” says Roger Sweeney from Water Safety Ireland.

Coast Guard warns users of high-powered pleasure craft of danger they pose to public

Those in challenged environments are exposed to particular risks in relation to mental health, education drop-off, antisocial behaviour and criminality, the Irish Youth Foundation says. File photograph: iStock

Mental health problems are outstanding issue, intensified by isolation and inactivity

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation: ‘It can’t work. You are really going back to the stone age in terms of weighing.’ File photograph: William Edwards/AFP

Sector critical of European Commission move which it says threatens produce quality

A patient receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a temporary Covid-19 vaccination centre outside Paris, France. File photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

New data shows 73,000 passengers departed State for overseas destinations in April

In 2019, 937,000 passports were issued against 958,000 applications. Last year, the service took in over half a million applications and cleared 450,000. Photograph: Getty

Fewer people than normal applied for passports during the pandemic

Aer Lingus said the new guidelines would allow people to “enjoy a much needed holiday over the latter weeks of the summer,” but said it does not expect a sudden rush by large numbers to travel this summer.

Airlines have criticised delays in Ireland reinstating Common Travel Area with Britain

The new treatment is a single dose of radiotherapy delivered for 20 to 30 minutes, immediately after the removal of a tumour. Photograph: iStock

Findings offer ‘promise’ of new treatment for patients, says Irish Cancer Society

Ducks overseeing the action near the Milltown Golf Club on the banks of the Dodder this week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Temperatures to hit 21 degrees on Saturday with fine weather lasting into next week

‘Bottom line is that outdoor dining is much less risky,” says Professor Kingston Mills. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Professor Kingston Mills says ‘no science at all behind” 105 minute limit

Former minister for enterprise Mary Harney said she does not believe that the current pandemic will herald ‘the end of the office’.

Potential for future interest rate rises will be a concern over longer term, conference told

Businessman Dr Eddie O’Connor has resigned as chairman of the company he founded in 2008 after the sale of his first green energy business Airtricity.   File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Mainstream Renewable Power, which was founded by Eddie O’Connor in 2008, announces decision

The Noble False Widow has become one of the most common species of spiders found in and around Irish urban habitats

NUIG researchers say spider species is one of the most common in Ireland

As with its competitors, Stena Line typically relies on both freight and passengers to make a profit.

‘Last year was worst year in our 58-year history,’ says ferry company spokesman

Fingal County Council said there would be a guaranteed delivery of affordable homes to first-time buyers at a cost of between €250,000 and €270,000. File photograph: Eric Luke

Vote to sell public land passes without support from Sinn Féin or Social Democrats

Depending on age and other profiles, most journalists will have had at least one vaccine dose by the time they are due to travel via the normal State rollout. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Most reporters will have had at least one dose via State rollout before travelling to Japan

Businessman Dr Eddie O’Connor has apologised for ‘insensitive’ comments he made regarding investing in Africa at a climate change event. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Eddie O’Connor accused of using ‘antiquated stereotypes’ during climate conference

Signs and bollards now direct traffic away from South William Street in the city centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Workers strengthen outdoor dining options in areas around South William Street

 Security with a sniffer dog checking the luggage of passengers in front of the plane carrying opposition figure Roman Protasevich, in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: EPA/Onliner

International bodies call for inquiry into ‘unlawful interference’ during incident

Jamie Lee Donnelly and her husband, Ryan McKee, with their children Brodie, aged 11, Katie, aged 4, and Annie, aged 1, at their home in Ballina, Co Mayo, which is affected by pyrite and will have to be demolished. Photograph : Keith Heneghan

‘A lot of people are only noticing it now but others are dealing with it for over 15 years’

Protests against the mass eviction of residents from St Helen’s Court in Dún Laoghaire outside the apartments. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

‘I don’t have the resources to get anything outside of this. It’s deeply worrying’

Honeybee

Population can be followed on interactive digital map built to mark World Bee Day

Facebook has come under fire for plans to launch  a version of Instagram for children, which the ISPCC has described as being like ‘alcopops’. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Online safety commissioner would bring ‘real results’, says social media giant

People who have booked a Covid-19 test already are advised to go to their appointment as scheduled. File photograph: iStock

Detailed list of all changes to services and cancellations for every hospital issued

Máiría Cahill has received an apology from the Guardian. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ms Cahill told a 2014 BBC Spotlight programme she was raped by an IRA member as a teenager

Move by the Department of Transport to affect 3,000 drivers. File photograph: Getty

Those who held licences before points threshold change in 2014 will now be affected

Lives Lost: Richard Brady from Dublin

Brady was a very calm person who never raised his voice and often did his own thing

Portobello Plaza in Dublin, which has been closed off this weekend by Dublin City Council following recent antisocial behaviour and littering. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Council to trial traffic plan near St Stephen’s Green in the capital to facilitate outdoor dining

Concerns raised at committee hearing over ‘end-to-end encryption’. File photograph: Getty

Platform would be geared to recruit for commercial gain, says advocacy organisation

Traffic on Dublin’s M50 at the M4 Junction in 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Road safety officials urge caution as drivers may be ‘rusty’

Anyone with video footage, including dash cam footage in those areas, have been requested to lend their assistance by contacting Tuam Garda Station.

Gardaí appeal to anyone in Tuam with information to make contact

“I would appeal that there would be no further appeals against this project now given the fact that courts have ruled very clearly in relation to it and that many, many jobs depend on it,” Micheál Martin said.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Green Party MEP expresses concern over calls saying undue pressure is inappropriate

Fishermen unload their catches. Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Move ‘disastrous’ for those landing smaller amounts carefully stored onboard, producer says

Tuesday’s bulletin from the National Public Health Emergency Team means 4,929 have died during the pandemic. File photograph: The Irish Times

Rapid tests ‘no panacea’ but have ‘important role to play’, according to Minister for Health

South Dublin County Council  chief executive Daniel McLoughlin was asked if staff responsible for the removal of dead dogs and cats from public areas could be equipped with technology ‘so microchipped animals can be scanned and identified and owners notified that they are deceased’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘You have people waiting for cats to come home, or a dog... it would give closure’

 The European Commission undertook its initial review due to the loss of bee colonies from misuse of pesticides. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Study aims to measure presence of ‘very long-lived’ chemicals in Irish environment

Coillte has spent almost €2 million in the last five years clearing debris such as fridge freezers, building rubble and domestic waste from Irish forests

One-fifth of rubbish found on forestry body lands is electrical, which is free to recycle

Mary Plunkett, education officer, at a Wharfedale printing press in the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush, Dublin: Museum staff are preparing to reopen its doors on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer

‘Vaccine bonus’ will allow three households to mix indoors from Monday

People taking part in Darkness into Light along the Bull Wall, Dollymount, Dublin, in aid of Pieta House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

People share their experience of walk on social media for mental health charity

Sean Farrelly from Bray, Co Wicklow. When his bakery closed in the early 1990s he turned to taxi driving, and he was known to often forego fares if he felt sorry for someone in need

Bray native’s life revolved around his close and extended family

An installation at 14 Henrietta Street showing a tenement dwelling from the 1900s. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Silletto Prize recognises social history museum’s engagement with community

SpunOut said it had 33,000 support conversations with young people between June and December, 2020. File photograph: iStock

Service contacted following engagment with organisation SpunOut’s text messaging aid

Mystery blue balls wash up on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Bolger

Small objects are thought to be taprogge balls, commonly used in heavy industry

Seventy per cent of primary school principals surveyed reported mental health issues. File photograph: Laurent Gillieron/ EPA

Stress leading 84% of primary school principals surveyed to consider leaving roles

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photograph: Adrian Wyld/CP/Bloomberg

As the campaign steps up, pharmacists have yet to administer a single dose

The Roger Casement statue. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh

Sculptor Mark Richards secured commission following local authority competition

Tents pitched by the Grand Canal in Dublin in February. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

Drop of 18% in homelessness with 575 fewer families in emergency accommodation

Polling in a recent BBC Spotlight documentary marking the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland was referenced in the debate. Photograph: iStock

Online conference is titled Northern Ireland at 100: Pro-Union Voices

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday, ahead of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Government turns down CMO’s advice on adding Germany and Sweden to quarantine list

The assault occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning on Dame Street, between 4am and 5am. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident in early hours of Sunday morning

Handout  issued by Kerry County Council at the weekend showing the fire in the Muckross area of Killarney. Photograph: @countykerry/PA Wire

Additional 50 park rangers to be recruited, doubling capacity to work on conservation

Among those who were hospitalised, chronic heart disease, asthma and morbid obesity were associated with increased risk of ICU admission, research shows. File photograph: iStock

Chronic neurological conditions and cancer brought higher mortality rates, based on Irish data

University Hospital Kerry has said a programme of weekend endoscopes will clear a backlog of 100 priority cases by June.  File photograph: iStock

Hospital responds after accusations by Fine Gael TD of ‘significant delays’ for patients

The function of the NTPF is to arrange for the provision of hospital treatment to certain patients, often in cases where lengthy waiting lists in the public system delay their appointments. Photograph: iStock

Over 100 people cleared by treatment fund to have scopes carried out in nearby private hospital

Ballymun-Finglas was in second position, up from fourth last week. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tullamore in Co Offaly had topped table for weeks but has fallen to 19th position

A narrow majority of people in Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the UK if a border poll was held today, a survey conducted for the BBC has found, while just over half of respondents in the Republic would back a united Ireland.

BBC Spotlight survey finds more than half of voters in State would back Irish unity

 The 33-year-old is also sought regarding the possession of explosives with intent to endanger life in relation to alleged offences at Eglinton in June, 2015, gardaí said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Suspect (33) to appear in court in Derry over alleged offences in June 2015

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

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: ‘Loopholes do happen but it’s unacceptable that people had carte blanche in such sensitive situations.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister welcomes legislation to bring companies under remit of sector watchdog

Minister for Education Norma Foley will bring legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday to allow students found to have lobbied teachers in respect of the accredited grades scheme have their results withheld.

Union says legislation will bring rules on accredited system into line with those for traditional exams

The Red Cow Moran Hotel. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government battling shortage of rooms after adding 16 countries to list last Thursday

Forbes has ‘committed to promoting Limerick’s business talent’

Move comes in wake of outrage sparked by magazine’s ‘stab city’ article

The Chief Justice, Mr Frank Clarke, pictured shortly after his appointment to the position in 2017.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Waiting time for appeal hearing down to 14 weeks but Chief Justice warns reduction could be short-lived

People with poor levels of physical activity are far more likely to suffer worse effects from Covid-19, new research has found.  Image: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

‘Consistently physically inactive’ patients twice as likely to be admitted to hospital

Gardaí said an unspecified number of people were in the garden of the address when a lone male gunman approached and fired three shots.

People were gathered in garden when man approached but no one was injured

Clinically termed bruxism, the act of grinding or clenching teeth is generally an unconscious behaviour linked to stress and anxiety. Photograph: iStock

Conversations with patients on Covid anxiety point to growing issue, says association

Construction workers return to an apartment block site in Finglas after some  Level-5 restrictions were lifted. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Vigilance required as builders and pupils go back while cases still high, Tánaiste says

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with the Belfast stabbings incident.

Serious injuries sustained by both in west of city in early hours of Monday

Over the last seven days, 7,327 people closed their claims for pandemic payments

 File photograph. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

Monaghan and Cavan have lowest conviction rates at 4 and 5% respectively

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

Patrick and John Collison, co-founders of Stripe. File photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Publication ‘mistaken about Limerick ... We are who we are because we grew up where we did’

As more patients are initially seen and given follow-up appointments for further treatment, the number of patients on the planned procedure list increases. Photograph: iStock

Irish Hospital Consultants Association point to ‘ongoing failure’ by Government to fill 728 openings

To date Covid-19 walk-in test centres have tested 25,413 people at 14 centres nationwide. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Four new walk-in test centres to open on Saturday in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford

‘It is wholly unacceptable that some food businesses are choosing to operate outside of the law,’ says Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive. Photograph: iStock

Dead insects and cat litter tray among offences found, says Food Safety Authority

The arrests were made in connection with a shooting of a man in his 30s in Coolock, Co Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four men and one woman arrested in relation to 2020 shooting in Coolock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had tried to add 43 countries to the list for quarantine. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Officials express concern over lack of clear plan on how to add countries to list

The Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Women intercepted by gardaí over 150km from hotel in Dublin

There were 208 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Dublin. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Number of Covid-19 cases linked to outdoor transmission ‘may be underestimate’

Tesco Ireland said shoppers had bought  Easter eggs for consumption in advance of the holiday. File photograph:

Lidl reports 99 per cent increase in sales of Easter Eggs compared to last year

A dog waits for its owner as a member of the National Ambulance Service waits to test the next patient at the HSE mobile walk-in Covid-19 test centre in Balbriggan. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE hopes walk-in centres can provide a better understanding of transmission

The Department of Health is due to inform various age groups when they can expect to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Niac report says there is no evidence of a greater risk of severe Covid-19 in any occupational group to prioritise it for vaccinat(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell intends to continue emphasising to Government the importance of the earliest possible return to public worship. File photograph: The Irish Times

Bishop of Waterford claims religious people feel ‘frustrated and discriminated against’

Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman says the Government is developing a ‘fairer economy’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Companies of a certain size will be required to publish gender pay differences under Bill

Gardaí searched a residence in Santry, north Dublin at 5.30pm and discovered €328,000-worth of suspected cannabis herb, €12,400 in cash and four mobile phones.

Gardaí make arrests in Santry and Ballymun

Liam Neeson, the Ballymena-born star of Michael Collins and Schindler’s List, sent the message to those wishing to emulate Seaview Primary School in Glenarm, Co Antrim.

Seaview Primary School in Glenarm, Co Antrim ‘actively helping to build inclusive communities’, actor says

The department  reported that over the past seven days 10,567 people closed their PUP claims, of which 8,303 said they were returning to work.  Photograph: iStock

Department of Social Protection says 443,247 people were in receipt of the payment this week

As of midnight on Monday, 131 people with Covid-19 were being treated in the North’s hospitals. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health also confirms five more deaths from disease

Micheál Martin speaking outside Government buildings. Photograph: RTÉ

‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey’, Micheál Martin insists as he announces phased changes to Covid-19 lockdown

Although China is considered a valuable market for future Irish beef exports, they have been suspended since last May. File photograph: iStock

Exports grown in last 10 years to value of €872m last year, notably dairy and pig meat

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