Tina Kavanagh with her son Pauríc.

Tina Kavanagh was 15 when she pulled David Browne from dark waters of Kilkenny river

It will be chilly again on Friday afternoon, according to the national forecaster. Photograph: iStock

Chill set to return on Wednesday with sleet possible, Met Éireann says

Sally Duffy Grobler and her son Peter at her 80th birthday celebration. Photograph: Peter du Toit

Sally Duffy Grobler (80) was ready to fly from her home in South Africa to London

Strong northwesterly winds will gust and reach gale force along the north and northwest coasts on Friday night. Photograph: iStock

Met Éireann issues warnings for strong winds and low temperatures

A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon at the Farnborough air show. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Deal with BAE systems now considered inappropriate, official circular says

     The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said the EDF would help EU member states better coordinate and supplement national investment in defence.

European defence industry turnover amounted to €259 billion in 2019

 Eight Irish judges have been trained in a programme on how to run courtrooms during sensitive sexual assault and rape cases. Photograph: Getty

Course aims to ensure judiciary function appropriately around vulnerable people

In its review, which included interviews with children and parents, Hiqa found overall standards and progress to be high but did identify some concerns.

Reasons for delays not always recorded by Tusla staff according to report

DCU said it ‘does not endorse any of the viewpoints expressed in this blog’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr Mark Humphrys says site where he criticised Black Lives Matter movement is separate to his teaching

The Government has approved the recommended nomination of Ger Deering to the position of Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If accepted, Deering will replace Peter Tyndall who is due to retire at end of the year

Mary Lou McDonald said large swathes of the country across a number of counties could not get PCR tests while the Government ‘dithers’ on antigen testing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach defends in Dáil the Government’s approach to fourth wave of pandemic

Dr Tony Holohan  told the group  while he is hopeful, there can be no guarantees given the current trajectory of the disease. File photograph: Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

HSE says dozens of people had been mistakenly called for vaccine boosters in Co Meath

Fr Tony Coote walked the length of the country to raise money for MND research and care before his death in 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Team at Trinity College believes the discovery could help identify optimal treatments

Senior consultant anticipates ‘things will deteriorate further’ due to crippling effect of Covid-19 on the health service

Both inpatient and outpatient services have been severely hit, says Dr Francis Finucane

Prof George Eogan in front of the Neolithic passage mounds at Knowth archaeological site in Co Meath. Prof Eogan authored and co-authored volumes of the Excavations at Knowth series. Photograph: David Sleator

Meath man and UCD professor well known for his research of passage tomb builders

The Sipo report provides information on election spending disclosed by candidates and political parties, the reimbursement of some expenses, and the disclosure of donations by unsuccessful candidates.

Offences that can reported include failure to furnish donation and expenses statements

The climate forum heard that ‘any additional demand from data centres or other large energy users is going to basically sap the renewables growth’. File photograph: Getty

Huge electricity consumers may compromise ‘small isolated grid’ and drive emissions

NO FEE PICPIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHYGovernment Task Force on Emergency PlanningLaunch of Be Winter Ready Information Campaign 2021-2022 Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister of Defence and Chair of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning launches the Be Winter Ready Information Campaign 2021-2022. Minister Coveney was accompanied by Hildegard Naughton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistic and Martin Heydon T.D, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety and New Market Development.Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann was also at the campaign launch.Photo: Julien Behal Photography 17/11/2021 UK unwillingness to compromise in the row with the EU  ‘deeply disappointing’, Simon Coveney has said. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Loyalists see protocol as ‘a trick by the South’ to take over the North, says Ahern

Researchers at UL believe the findings reflect the potential power of hate crime-specific laws and will set out their findings before the Oireachtas Justice Committee on Wednesday

Researchers at UL believe findings reflect potential power of hate-crime specific laws

A BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

BAE Systems pension fund to lease recently-acquired family homes for social housing

Christy Moore receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards at Vicar Street in Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Award winners announced at live event in Dublin’s Vicar Street on Tuesday night

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after falling from an electric scooter in Dublin.  Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Appeal for witnesses following incident on Herberton Road on Tuesday morning

Wexford County Council Tom Enright (pictured) said  Karl Fitzpatrick of South East Radio was determined to damage the council’s efforts to attract investment. Photograph: Twitter

Sipo hearing told Tom Enright complained of content he said was ‘biased’ and ‘unfair’

A rapid antigen test for Covid-19 showing a negative result at a testing centre in a metro station in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

GPs see trend in patients treating negative results as confirming absence of Covid-19

Road safety advocacy group Parc said it had noted ‘a massive increase in speeding and dangerous driving on the roads’. File photograph: Getty

At least 12% of fixed-charge penalties going unpaid annually, according to Garda data

The Road Traffic and Roads Bill, which will include provisions for e-scooter usage, will be debated in the Dáil on Wednesday and Thursday. Photograph: iStock

Organisations representing disabled pedestrians concerned about silence and speed

Born in 1939 and the eldest of 11 children, Austin Currie was originally from Coalisland in Co Tyrone. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Former FG minister died peacefully in his sleep at home in Co Kildare, family says

The abuse of referees at amateur and underage games is commonplace and serious assaults, such as the one on Daniel Sweeney (pictured) three years ago, not unheard of.

Some 550 games in NDSL and MGL to be postponed as match officials withdraw their services

The consent device, where cookies and other third party tracking are explained to online consumers, is the brainchild of IAB Europe, the association for digital marketing and advertising. Photograph: iStock

Belgian data protection authority close to ruling on the tracking consent device

Rose Wall, chief executive of Community Law & Mediation: ‘We often encounter a lack of awareness of how the law can assist with employment situations, homelessness or refusal of social welfare.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Demand for services increases, particularly in area of employment and housing

Capt Duffy died alongside fellow crew members Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and winch crew Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith when their aircraft collided with Blackrock Island off the coast of Mayo in the early hours of March 14th.  Photograph: Ken Finegan

Hermione Duffy says there have been ‘many long and lonely days and nights without Mark’

‘I had already started some zero-waste practices, like   doing more recycling.’ File photograph: Getty

From retrofitting to cutting out plastics - what people are doing to help combat climate change

Dublin’s Ringsend treatment plant is, according to the EPA report, “overloaded” and unable to sufficiently treat all of the sewage it receives.

Environmental Protection Agency says health at risk with 20 years needed for solution

Some 58%   of respondents in the Threshold survey described issues with mould or damp as being common or very common. Photograph: Moodboard/Brand X/Getty

One third of renters feel uninformed about rights as tenants, Threshold survey shows

Immunology expert professor Paul Moynagh expressed surprise that Niac had not yet given approval for the booster campaign for healthcare workers. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty

Niac meets in Dublin to discuss vaccine booster campaign for healthcare workers

John Mullen: ‘Every time you ring the department you get the same answer: until we are out of Level 5 [...]applications won’t be processed.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

Department to resume foreign birth registrations still ‘paused’ despite restrictions easing

Over-60s would receive shots in their GP surgeries, while mass-vaccination centres could be restarted before the end of the month. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA

‘Thunderbirds are go’ once Niac advice given, says Government source

Niall Quinn (55) was one of Ireland’s most famous players during the glory Jack Charlton era. Photograph: Inpho

Experience of soccer star husband’s retirement prompts Quinn’s PhD research

While the outpatient numbers remain well above the half million mark, the  data shows a significant decline from the beginning of the year. Photograph: iStock

Data shows there were 567,393 on the public outpatient list for the month of September

Glynn said shifting trends  having an impact on the health service with hospital admissions rising to between 40 and 50 a day on average. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘We are seeing increased incidences across most age groups,’ says deputy CMO

A recent study sound farmers in the midwest completed an average of 16,452 steps and 124 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, although mostly in bouts of less than 10 minutes. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

Almost half suffer high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, study finds

‘The money has been taken out of one department for the year and given to a completely different department; farmers would be very disappointed in that,’ says Jackie Cahill TD. Photograph: iStock

Backlash as capital to help decarbonise farming switched to fund fuel subsidies

Many people got sick when Gorey Creagh treatment plant pumped inadequately disinfected water for a week last August. Photograph: iStock

Breaches uncovered at Wexford and Kildare plants by Environmental Protection Agency audit

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the Volkswagen Golf in the area to come forward.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Men, aged 33 and 20, found a short distance away from abandoned car on the M50

The EPA argues urgent action is needed now from the agricultural industry to reverse the pollution of waters because all the indicators are going in the wrong direction. File photograph

Almost half of Irish surface waters are not in good ecological condition, says State watchdog

The warnings of dense fog with poor visibility have prompted the Road Safety Authority to issue its own alert. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Met Éireann issues yellow weather warning affecting 16 counties in the south and east

The Government intends to achieve its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on overseas development by 2030. File photograph: Getty

Extra allocation of €140m – earmarked for developing countries – welcomed by charities

‘The World Health Organisation predicted Ireland was on course to become the country with the highest obesity rate in Europe even before the pandemic sparked an increase in junk food consumption and reduced physical activity levels,” according to IHF director of advocacy Chris Macey.

Qualified welcome for a number of other measures from charity sector

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan told the students’ union ‘it is not the city council’s fault that you appear to have been unaware of how the planning system works’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Owen Keegan told UCD body he was ‘surprised’ it had not gone into property market

It was just one of 49 care facilities for which recent inspection reports produced by Hiqa were published on Monday. Photograph: iStock

Glendonagh Residential Home said to be non-compliant in six areas of inspection

Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor threatened to resign the party whip after he said he felt he had been misled. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

James O’Connor says he received commitments from Taoiseach and ministers

Thousands of homeowners affected by mica, and their supporters, protest in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We did nothing wrong’: Mica homeowners protest in Dublin

Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor: ‘I want to thank those who have supported me during the past number of days and for your kind messages of support.’ Photoghraph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Cork East TD says meeting with Martin over road projects in NDP was ‘a success’

The decision ‘will provide welcome certainty for small open economies,’ said Ibec’s chief executive. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Business groups react to change of rate from 12.5% to 15% for firms making at least €750m

Clinical studies show that so-called ‘abortion pill reversal’  is dangerous, potentially causing severe hemorrhaging. Photograph: Getty Images

Three such adverts appeared on the platform here reaching ‘up to’ three million people

Rose Callaly: ‘I just feel it’s very, very sad to think 17 years on that no lessons have been learned.’ Photograph: RTÉ

Rose’s daughter Rachel was murdered by her husband Joe O’Reilly in 2004

Multi-morbidity is the co-occurrence of two or more chronic diseases.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Odds of having diabetes in US double that of Ireland or England, research finds

Revenue officers seized 300,000 Minsk branded cigarettes on Tuesday. Photograph: Revenue.ie

Illegal cigarettes represent potential loss of €256,000 to exchequer

Courts Service chief executive Angela Denning: ‘When I joined the central office in 1995 I was told that the IT system would be gone in a couple of years. We’re still using it.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Angela Denning tells conference much of technology being used not fit for purpose

Ireland is near the bottom of the international league table on the amount of money invested in the justice system, the Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minorities, marginalised groups run a real risk of having less effective access to justice

CEO and co-founder of Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave: he claims  he had sought a larger slice of the pie for employees of Web Summit

The dispute around Web Summit is detailed in a 31-page Superior Court of California filing whose contents are disputed

Paddy Cosgrave, founder of Web Summit, which has filed a legal action in the US against two former business partners it accuses of secretly establishing an investment fund to profit from the company’s success. Photograph: Eric Luke

David Kelly and Patrick Murphy say they will strongly defend allegation that they breached agreement with Web Summit

Michel Barnier: ‘There is lessons to draw from the Brexit. Leaving the EU is very serious. So we have to understand the reasons; obviously they are domestic and very British reasons.’ Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AP

Former chief Brexit negotiator sees no way to accept ‘any renegotiation’ of NI protocol

 Colm Brophy, Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid, said Ireland had committed to giving another million vaccine doses in the coming months, and more in 2022. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Getty Images

State makes commitment to donate AstraZeneca shots under Covax programme

The Taoiseach said it was vital to ‘get to grips’ with housing, the ‘single most urgent’ social issue facing the country.  Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Taoiseach says move is attempt to simplify legislation to accelerate delivery of housing

 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is not concerned that the cost of a ‘pandemic bonus’  could threaten his party’s plans for a tax and welfare package in the upcoming budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ways to reward retail staff for work during Covid-19 being explored, Varadkar says

 Mica has led to apparent defects in building blocks used in at least 5,000 homes in the northwest, causing cracks to open up in thousands of buildings. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien says nothing is off the table when it comes to possible solutions

A draft strategy overseeing the improvement of rivers, estuaries and other areas, which will now go to public consultation, was published on Monday. Photograph: iStock

Half of country’s water courses in ‘poor or worse’ condition, O’Brien says

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is to meet with families affected by the ongoing mica crisis in the northwest of the country on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Hike in prices ‘not unique to Ireland’ and can be handled by increasing supply – O’Brien

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘The existing scheme is clearly not adequate and there is a need for an enhanced scheme.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

FG representatives sought meeting following intensifying pressure from constituents for solution

The scene of a Light Plane Crash, Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford. Photograph: Mary Browne

Injuries not believed to be life threatening of two men and two women on board

Students protest outside the Dáil  urging the government to take action on the student housing crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Angry exchanges over causes of crisis as students protest outside Dáil

Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead while observing rioting in Derry. File photograph: Jess Lowe/Jess Lowe Photography/AFP via Getty Images

Man arrested on Thursday released pending report to Public Prosecution Service

Irish Water has committed to undertaking refresher training for all water services teams across the country and reviews of the top 20 treatment plants over the next two-week period. Photograph: Getty Images

Wexford County Council says week-long delay in reporting the problem to both Irish Water and the HSE is under investigation

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan was addressing the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, where anger was expressed following an  Irish Times report on the arrival of the country’s first horticultural peat shipment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Malcolm Noonan insists Government is bound by planning laws on large-scale extraction

The survey found 56% of motorists felt the charging infrastructure in Ireland to be insufficient. Photograph: iStock

Findings of Circle K study show gulf between State policy and public confidence

The peat shipment in Drogheda

Tensions remain between industry growers and Government following 2019 ruling

Dr Joe Gallagher said he had begun to notice a spike in patients with gastroenteritis-like illness. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

At least 52 people around Gorey have become ill following failures at two plants

Sedimentation tanks at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment plant in Co Kildare. File photograph: PA

Problems emerged at Ballymore Eustace in Kildare and Creagh in Gorey, Co Wexford

 Dr John Dunbar with a noble false widow spider, steatoda nobilis. Although he has handled thousands, Dr Dunbar has never been bitten. Photograph: Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Equipped with tweezers and headlamp, researcher catches 94 spiders on Lucan road

 Dr John Dunbar with a noble false widow spider, steatoda nobilis: the venomous spider’s population is rapidly growing in Ireland.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

NUI Galway’s venom study examines effect of growing colonies of spiders in urban areas

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) fitness to practice inquiry has not yet reached a decision. Photograph: iStock

Brenda McGarrity before inquiry over alleged inability to operate neo-natal resuscitation equipment

In a previous submission, the midwife denied making comments about anyone being ‘on the clock’ or referring to home birthing women as a ‘tribe’ or a ‘breed’. Photograph: iStock

Nurse is facing allegations over professional performance during home births

The company building the State’s new high-speed rural broadband network will not be penalised by the Government for major delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

National Broadband Ireland will not be penalised for pandemic disruption, TDs are told

Archbishop John McDowell knocks on the door of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, with his crozier before the service of enthronement. Photograph: Church of Ireland press office

Traditional ceremony held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on the Hill of Armagh

Kerry babies case: Baby John’s grave, at Holy Cross cemetery in Cahersiveen. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

‘Baby John’ discovered with stab wounds on White Strand beach in Cahersiveen

Ireland’s local authorities will spend almost three times the amount of money on walking and cycling infrastructure than on urban transport this year,

Funding of €204 million for local authorities will go on facilities for bikes and walkers, with €75 million for urban transport pr(...)

Cycle route for Deansgrange has been delayed. Image: Google Streetview

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council says further consultations required for project

Thursday’s numbers show that all of the top 10 most problematic LEAs were in the Border region. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Infection rates remain stubbornly high in Border region with Monaghan worst affected

Flocking species such as swans have rapid flight but slow manoeuvrability. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BirdWatch Ireland cites reported cases of bird deaths at Samuel Beckett Bridge


‘These structures are designed with full understanding of what the Irish climate is’

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, pictured during a visit to the National Archives on Tuesday.

Deputy leader disappointed by party executive’s attitude towards exchange involving Green colleague

The illegal haul comprised 864,000 cigarettes with a tax value of €483,000 to the State.

Contraband disguised as railway sleepers, uncovered by Revenue officers at Dublin Port

‘We are being treated differently again,’ said Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Fáilte Ireland documents give further detail on Covid-19 health advice across sectors

Details of the proposed scheme are due to be presented at the monthly Wicklow County Council meeting on Monday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multimillion euro project is not about putting more cars on the road, say officials

April 2020: An empty Wicklow St in Dublin city centre as Covid-19 restrictions forced an economic shutdown. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unemployment rose to 31.5% at peak of pandemic and has now fallen to 12.4%

Abusers can often use the threat of sharing intimate images as an element of coercive control in relationships, Minister of State for Civil and Criminal Justice Hildegarde Naughton said launching the campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move forms part of new awareness campaign by Department of Justice

A teacher with a protective mask distributes documents to pupils in a  school in Rennes, western France. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

Risk of hospital admission halved during school closures, study published in BMJ finds

‘We have now run out of time,’ the festival said in a statement. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

‘We have now run out of time,’ organisers say as council refuses to reverse licencing decision

A study of donated Irish blood samples is expected to reveal how widely Covid-19 was  circulating in the State in the months before the first case of the disease was confirmed on February 29th of last year. Photograph: iStock

Irish Blood Transfusion Service looking for antibodies in tens of thousands of archived samples

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