The number of critical cases of Covid-19 has risen. Photograph: Alan Betson

Head of HSE warns of difficult winter as 2,427 new coronavirus cases confirmed

The number of critically ill patients with coronavirus in ICUs rose to 90, an increase from 63 this time last month.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospitals across the country forced to cancel surgeries due to increase in cases

Clubbers at Tramline Nightclub in Dublin on Friday after coronavirus restrictions were eased and nightclubs reopened. Photograph: PA

Music venues open their doors for the first time since March 2020

 A pedestrian walks past a billboard in west Belfast. File photograph: Paul Faith / AFP

Survey finds 69% of respondents do not feel there is enough information on protocol

Pat Dawson said personal injury claims are “happening all the time”Airplane Trave”. Photograph: iStock

Some travel agents paying over €400,000 per year in insurance, ITAA says

A total of 136,690 Covid-19 tests were carried out between October 10th and 16th, with a positivity rate of 7.3 per cent, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said.  Photograph: Alan Betson

HPSC report says 10 outbreaks related to childcare facilities led to 24 confirmed cases

The woman said she had to pay hundreds of euros to get CCTV installed at her home.

Judge grants interim barring order against the man at Dublin District Family Court

Roy Ferris viewed an apartment with his partner at the Griffith Wood development on Griffith Avenue in Marino and was told he would have to pay €75 to keep his cats Iris and Isaac there per month. Photograph: Mario Guti/Getty Images

Greystar says the fee is to cover soiling and additional wear and tear caused by the pets

There was no winner of the Plus top prize, but 10 winners are taking home €5,000 in the Ireland-only raffle. File photograph

The biggest Irish winner on Friday night matched five numbers, winning €33,932

Non-US air travellers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight to the US, and will need to show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test. File photograph

‘It’s great news for all sorts of reasons’, says Pat Dawson of Irish Travel Agents Association

The road is closed and local diversions are in place. A technical examination is being conducted by Garda forensic collision investigators. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man pronounced dead at scene of incident on N18 in Bunratty on Friday afternoon

The service, which is operated by Dublin Bus, provides late night buses on weekend nights across 16 routes in the greater Dublin area.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Move subject to final Government decision on further easing of restrictions on October 22nd

Senator Regina Doherty: ‘What’s really bizarre is that the treatment she and her husband received is absolutely okay under the HSE guidelines that were issued on September 13th.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

Senator cites case to highlight ‘discrimination’ against partners in maternity units

Respondents whose residences had the highest levels of noise exposure achieved lower scores on the ‘animal naming test’. Photograph: iStock

Researchers say more work is required to establish extent to which older people are impacted

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien said on Wednesday he had received an update on the actions taken by Irish Water and local authorities following the recent incidents. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

Audits completed on 25 largest treatment plants along with ‘refresher training’, – O’Brien

The posts by Lorna Spaine appeared on her Instagram account. Photograph: iStock

Advertising Standards Authority says ‘clear’ disclosure required that a post is an advert

Paddy Moloney in 2019. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The musician, composer, arranger and producer has died at the age of 83

Protesters drag  a fish trawler through Dublin city centre calling for better protection for Ireland’s oceans and marine life.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Demonstration represents funeral procession for dead sea life, organisers say

In its pre-budget submission, Aontú said the pension should be retained from age 66, while an auto-enrolment pension scheme, which would require all employers to automatically enrol staff into a pension scheme, should be established in 2022.  Photograph: Getty

Party says it would up Garda numbers to 16,500, invest in drug rehab and detox services

Protesters march to the Dublin City Council offices in protest at a proposal to build a 114-room hotel around the Cobblestone pub at Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wooden coffin carried by protesters chanting ‘homes not hotels’ and ‘culture not vultures’

Farmers  in Roscommon town marching to the Department of Agriculture office on Friday morning.

Cullinan says sector won’t ‘accept being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to Green Party’

Drugs worth more than €100,000 as well as €14,000 in cash were seized from the property in Ringsend.

Cannabis, tablets and cocaine worth €123,000 taken from Ringsend property

Josephine Feehily: ‘The entire report is based on the principles of social solidarity’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Josephine Feehily says retirement age should go to 68, but more gradually

‘Rats are likely to contaminate food, drink, equipment and all areas of the premises’

Grease smears, gnaw marks and ‘lack of routine cleaning’ found in dry-goods store

Some 59kg of cannabis was seized in the Garda-Revenue Customs operation. Photograph: Revenue

Seizure made as part of investigation targeting suspected organised crime group

Former secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire, who resigned last summer because of his illness. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Laders pay tribute to ‘nicest, kindest and most unassuming’ of politicians

There has a been a shift towards callers to the Samaritans  ‘discussing their anxieties over the easing of restrictions, their fears associated with this easing, and a return to the new normal’, the committee was told. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The organisation’s volunteers answered a call for help every 56 seconds last year

John and Michaela McAreavey were married ten days before Michaela was found dead on their honeymoon. Photograph: Irish News/PA wire

Teacher from Tyrone was attacked on honeymoon after returning to hotel room alone

Journalist Lyra McKee (29) was shot and killed while observing a riot in the Creggan area of Derry in April 2019. Photograph: Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative/PA

Man (63) brought to Musgrave police station in Belfast under Terrorism Act

Companies where more than 10 per cent of turnover is derived from fossil fuel extraction will be excluded from investments made by the Representative Church Body. Photograph: iStock

Commitment originally made by General Synod in 2018

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Frank Miller

Intruders at Baldoyle post office unit armed with handgun, pickaxe and hammer, say gardaí

RTÉ said it was clearly said that the proposal to extend/relocate the port in Galway was subject to planning permission and that the project had been referred to the EU Commission.

Authority says there is an expectation that news discussions will not be one-sided

The incident took place at 5.40pm at the Parnell Street Luas stop. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Passenger describes ‘frightening’ incident after about 20 youths get on at Parnell Street

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney TD speaks following the meeting at Iveagh House, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coveney meets women who raised allegations of sexual harassment, attempted assault

 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

An official announcement regarding the additional bank holiday is expected next month, while a date for the holiday has not yet been decided on. Photograph: The Irish Times

Extra public holiday would not be of ‘big benefit’ to transport workers, says NBRU

Architect Mel Reynolds says it is ‘puzzling’ that the State is trying to assemble more land banks for social housing. Photograph: iStock

Government’s Housing for All plan ‘looks pretty unrealistic’, Mel Reynolds says

The scene of a light plane crash, Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. Photograph: Mary Browne

Four people taken to hospital after light plane crash lands on Wexford beach

Fifty-four per cent of all people in Dublin Simon emergency accommodation in 2020 have been homeless for over three years. Photograph:   Laura Hutton

Increased demand for charity’s detox service causes waiting times to almost double

Committee told of wheelchair ramp fitted at polling station in last general election was not installed correctly. File photograph: Getty

Despite 650,000 people with disabilities in State ‘relative political silence’ is noticeable

There were more than 5,100 applications received by the board for dispute resolution in 2020, a 16% reduction on the previous year’s figures.

Investigations and Sanctions Unit fields 800 public inquires in first full year of operation

Mary Cronin: ‘To say it was a bombshell is putting it mildly.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘I’m terrified of the dark. I always feel that that goes back to the mother and baby home’

The incident took place outside the home of Tánaister Leo Varadkar on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí attend incident where number of anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan: ‘The  necessary public health measures introduced to protect all of us from the worst impacts of this virus have had a disproportionate impact on our older people.’ Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Phased return to workplace to begin on Monday as restrictions ease further

Clean Coasts works with communities to help protect Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life.  Photograph: Clean Coasts

Cigarette butts widely found and ‘extremely dangerous to the habitats of the sea’

The HPSC said 40.6 per cent of deaths were notified in persons who had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine prior to death. Photograph: Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP

Health Protection Surveillance Centre reports 250 deaths between April and September

The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place

Incident happened one the M3 near Dunshaughlin and involved one vehicle

Most common error reported involved exposures to wrong patient, Hiqa says

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and to anyone with camera footage, including dashcam video, from the crash site to contact them. Photograph: Collins

Man in 20s dies after bike hits lamppost at Inns Quay, near the Four Courts

Gardaí conducted a search at a residential property in Brookview Drive at 3.40pm and discovered the cash

Gardaí seize over €100,000 worth of drugs and €70,000 in cash during Tallaght search

Journalist Lyra McKee  was killed during a night of rioting and petrol bombing. Photograph: Jess Lowe/AFP/Getty Images

Journalist killed during riot in Creggan area of Derry in 2019

Women  spoke of feeling unsupported, not knowing what’s ahead, and of feeling ashamed and embarrassed. In particular, those in caring roles expressed feeling as if they are treated unfairly and without dignity, and not provided adequate resources. Photograph: Getty

Covid restrictions in maternity care seen as key example of lack of empathy for women’s needs

School vaccines are normally given in schools by HSE school vaccination teams. File photograph: Getty

HSE programme to safeguard against diseases such as measles and whooping cough

File photograph of school secretaries rallying   at the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw f

Union claims ‘major victory’ will bring to an end two-tier pay system in use for 40 years

Alannah Brennan and Juniper Kavanagh, both five, who started in Junior Infants at Lusk Educate Together primary school. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Parents more emotional as kids embark on first day but teachers report some anxiety

The remains of Sylwia Adamczyk (40) were discovered at the property on Castlebar Street on July 31st.

Remains of Sylwia Adamczyk were found at a property in the Co Mayo town in late July

McSorley previously came to prominence in 2015 after  interview to UTV walking to school in the snow which subsequently went viral. Photograph: YouTube

Ruairí McSorley was found surrounded by dolphins 4km off Castlegregory beach

Drugs with an estimated street value of €106,000 were seized at a Co Sligo property. File photograph: The Irish Times

Gardaí find drugs with an estimated street value of €106,000

Photograph: Getty

Cyberattack in May to blame for backlog in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, says HSE

Fiona Pender was seven months pregnant at the time of her disappearance. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Fiona Pender was 25 years old when she last seen at her flat in Tullamore

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has published  more than 60 inspection reports on nursing homes.

Improvements required at a Co Donegal nursing home to ensure privacy for residents

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI spotted a missing swimmer off the Co Kerry coast. Photograph: Fenit Lifeboat Station/Facebook

Missing swimmer was found despite search operation initially being stood down

There were 259 patients in hospital with the disease as of 8am this morning. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘Never too late’ to get vaccine, says Reid as he cautions public not to dismiss medical advice

Up to 900,000 people could be on some form of acute public health waiting list, consultants warn. Photograph:

Pandemic and cyberattack ‘cannot mask’ capacity issues in health service, says group

The beaches remain open but users have been advised to avoid swallowing or splashing water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tests taken on water samples show preliminary results of E. coli

Mountain rescuers from around the country assisted with the search, alongside civil defence volunteers, the Coast Guard, gardaí and experienced members of the public. Photograph: iStock

Man (30s) sent photo from summit of Mweelrea on Monday before he went missing

There were 498 cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases reported in the 15 to 19 age group over the same period. File photograph: Getty

Almost 20 juveniles this year positive for STIs in Health Protection Surveillance Centre data

More than 540,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were received on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg

North records highest daily death toll since February; HSE gets biggest weekly delivery of vaccines

The appointments to the board were made following an open competition operated by the Public Appointments Service and are for a term of five years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Eoin McVey to help steer National Library through Covid-19 challenges, says Minister

A Temple Street doctor has warned of the risk posed to children who consume cannabis jellies. Photograph: Eric Luke

Temple Street emergency doctor calls for stricter regulations for cannabis ‘edibles’

Emma Davy, from The Cosy Bean, and Robbie Malone, from Robbie’s greengrocer, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Both are building solid businesses in the suburb. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

New businesses have transformed the Dublin 14 suburb from a bend in the road on way to Dundrum

The pedestrianised main street of Malahide Village. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pandemic boosts affluent seaside town into what residents are calling a ‘mini city’

The Rotunda hospital has said it is not safe at present to fully ease Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Maternity hospital highlights ‘significant increase’ in Covid cases among pregnant women

The proposal, Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past, was announced by the Northern secretary Brandon Lewis last month. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Plan will place UK in ‘flagrant violation of its international obligations’, say experts

‘The HSE need a laser-like focus on hospitals to get overcrowding figures down.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Health service ‘rapidly swinging from a Covid crisis back into an overcrowding crisis’

The Association of Catholic Priests says the model whereby the bulk of preparation for First Communion and Confirmation takes place in school ‘is no longer fit for purpose’. Photograph: iStock

Disagreement between bishops and Government offers opportunity to reflect on relationship, ACP says

First Holy Communicant Trinity Lee: Her mother said while her daughter was sad she couldn’t celebrate the day with her friends, she was outgrowing the dress and had already outgrown two pairs of shoes. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Trinity Lee’s parents organised their own local church service after four cancellations

Gardaí are particularly interested in speaking to any road users, including taxis, that may have dash cam footage. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Man (30s) discovered on the footpath at Cosgrave Park, Moyross

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell says he finds it difficult to explain or justify why parents of children receiving the sacraments ‘cannot be trusted’ to observe Covid-19 guidelines. Photograph: Alan Betson

First Communions and Confirmations set to resume in Dublin diocese next month

Gardaí are advising drivers to avoid part of  the N7. Photograph: Jamie Moore

Motorway fully reopens after major traffic congestion near Naas, Co Kildare

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly was responding to a report in the Irish Examiner that said the legislation had been shelved.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister says legal issues around safe access to abortion required ‘further consideration’

Balbriggan beachfront. Photograph: Google Street View

Yellow thunderstorm warning in place for many parts of Ireland until 9am on Saturday

Paul Reid says he believes there is more trust and a stronger connection between the public and the HSE because of the success of the vaccination programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

HSE chief says virus is ‘still a very live threat’ as cases continue to rise

 Yvonne and Christy Harrington parents of Irish Boxer Kelly Harrington and her brother Joel (Right) and neighbour Deborah Kelly (Right) celebrating her Olympic semi final victory outside their home on Portland Row in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harrington’s brother is ‘over the moon’ for Kellie as she guarantees spot in Olympic final

Facemasks will be required in indoor on-site shared settings, universities said. Photograph: Getty

‘Vast majority’ of adults will have had opportunity to get vaccinated by September

Fr Con Cronin ‘will be remembered for his unique sense of humour and his openness to all people’.

Fr Con Cronin killed with driver of Bus Éireann vehicle that veered out of control

More than 280,000 teens will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

HSE chief Paul Reid says despite promising daily case data, ‘we’re not out of the woods’

Independent TD and chair of the committee, Denis Naughten TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Oireachtas committee says State agencies should include remote working metric in annual reports

First-shot walk-in clinics are due to open around the country over the August bank holiday weekend for people aged 16 and up. File photograph: Alan Betson

HSE to operate walk-in vaccination clinics around country from Saturday to Monday

Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ryan says return to workplace will be on phased basis, ‘part of a gradual safe transition’

 Fintan McCarthy (L) and Paul O’Donovan of Ireland pose with their gold medals after winning the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls final during the Rowing events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Skibbereen pair first Irish rowers in history to claim gold medal at Olympic Games

‘We’re talking about investing in mental health services and yet we’re closing a centre in my own town in the middle of a pandemic.’ File photograph: Getty

Oireachtas group vows to exert pressure and ensure recommendations are implemented

“No evidence was provided to suggest that existing tenants were removed from McSweeney House with a view to increase profits generated through student rentals,” the report said.

Cabhru Housing Association Services use of resources focus of Charities Regulator report

Evidence is emerging of the “suffering and the long-term effects on mental health” of not being able to grieve properly because of Covid-19 curbs.

Oireachtas group calls for State funding for counselling and support services for suffering

The complainant has made an allegation of rape, alleging the attack occurred on Monday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Defence Forces aware of recent alleged incident in Dublin city centre hotel

Police in Belfast have opened a murder inquiry following the death of a child in the Ardoyne area on Tuesday evening.

One arrest made following incident in Brompton Park on Tuesday evening

Students from Greystones Community National School outside the newly-built school in Charlesland, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Pupils and teachers had been unable to access the building due to a dispute between the Department of Education and Western Buildi(...)

HSE’s Dr Colm Henry: If Ireland is to reach herd immunity through vaccination alone, ‘by extension it would include the population [to be vaccinated] extending to children’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Weighing up risk to children key to any mass inoculation programme, Dr Colm Henry asserts

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris speaking with students during a visit to Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology earlier this week.

Minister confident third level students will be ‘mainly on-site’ this academic year

The concept of herd immunity suggests when enough people in a population are either vaccinated against a disease or have developed natural resistance through infection then it stems its spread. Photograph: US National Institutes of Health via AP

Nine in 10 need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity due to mutant strains, HSE suggests

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