The Department of Transport was asked by the Cabinet a fortnight ago to investigate a system which would see passengers having to undergo Covid tests prior to their departure for Ireland. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Pubs unlikely to reopen amid 46 new cases and talk of pre-departure tests for visitors

Carroll Cuisine said a deep clean had taken place in the factory and it would continue production as normal.

Employees of Carroll Cuisine self-isolating following positive tests

A number of rural Ministers are privately warning that they do not believe the industry can survive another “body blow” if it is not allowed resume business. File photograph: Getty

Rural Ministers warn of ‘body blow’ to sector as 53 new Covid-19 cases confirmed

Ferragudo, Algarve: Officers from the Guarda Nacional Republicana have been emptying restaurants and clubs in the resort. File photograph: Getty

Country seeing Covid-19 surge with an average of over 200 infections a day at present

The scene at the harbour in Kilkee on Saturday night.

Hundreds of teenagers gathered in Co Clare town in defiance of Covid-19 guidelines

 Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health. File image: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Over 90 per cent of cases reported on Sunday had been identified, acting CMO says

The tribunal was established to allow an alternative to going to court for claims arising out of the CervicalCheck controversy.

Ann Power and Tony O’Connor to replace judges who have dropped out

Ten people who were rough sleeping  have died this  month, including six  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Figures for June show 8,699 people in the State accessed emergency accommodation

A view of a statueless plinth at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Catalogue from which the statues were chosen calls them Egyptian and African women

Heavy showers are forecast for this Friday. Image: iStock

Spell of unsettled weather is likely to extend into next week

A plinth outside the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, after a statue had been removed in recent days. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Story of Nubian princess became known in 19th century after hieroglyphics translated

 Empty plinths outside the  Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin after the statues were removed.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council says decision was made apparently without planning permission

 Passengers at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Colin Keega

Musician says pandemic unemployment payment stopped after he gave passport details to gardaí

One of the statues  depicting slave girls holding torches. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Dublin hotel said it has taken the decision ‘in light of recent world events’

Foreign holidaymakers are few in Marbella this summer due to coronavirus travel restrictions. File photograph:

Josh Begley-Taylor from Dublin was killed in Marbella on Monday

The two newly arrived black and white ruffed lemurs. Photograph: Fota Wildlife Park

Fewer than 250 black and white ruffed lemurs are found in the wild

Websites which look almost identical to legitimate accommodation websites have been set up for fraud. Photograph: iStock

Fraudsters are using fake accommodation websites to trick those looking for a holiday

Two people died in separate single vehicle road traffic accidents on Sunday night. File photograph: Alan Betson

Road fatality figures similar to last year despite three months of lockdown

Fr John Murphy: A deeply spiritual man who cherished his parishioners and the rhythm of pastoral ministry

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘John radiated a rare and special quality that drew people toward him’

Fr John Nolan: The apartheid regime made his missionary work and life among the Basotho stressful and difficult

Lives Lost to Covid-19: He was known as ‘Ramosa’, meaning ‘father of kindness’

Laura Bernal, the Argentine ambassador, who died of Covid-19. Photograph: Argentine embassy

Bernal ‘dedicated her mission to deepen the historical links that tie Argentina to Ireland’

Barry Ward: Distinguished himself both academically and through sport when he was younger

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘I am a better person for having known Barry’

Dr Maitiu O Tuathail said during June they would go several days without any referrals at all, but there has been a notable upsurge  since the latest lockdown restrictions were lifted on June 29th.

Increase in numbers nationally reflected in numbers visiting doctors’ surgeries

Ms O’Donoghue lived in the Annagry area of the Gweedore Gaeltacht. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Ann O’Donoghue (68) was last heard from on Tuesday having left unusual text message

Eamon Ryan (centre) appeared to be asleep in the Dáil  when a vote was called

Green Party leader and minister did not respond when his name was called twice

The Taoiseach said the Government had been focused on the economic implications of Covid-19 and the preparations of a stimulus package for the economy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach doesn’t expect to see a united Ireland in the lifetime of the Government

Ann O’Donoghue (68) is described as being 5ft 2ins with blonde shoulder length hair and of slim build. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Ann O’Donoghue’s disappearance has ‘bamboozled’ and alarmed her family

Michael Dunne (47), of Sophia Housing project, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1, leaving court on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Michael Dunne alleged to have sprayed statue with blue paint

Two-year-old dachshund Frank, surrendered to Dogs Trust by a family who bought him for €1,300 believing him to be three months old. Photograph: Fran Veale

Charity urges public not to pay over the odds as demand outstrips supply during lockdown

Jack Charlton waves to the Ireland fans after the quarter-final loss to Italy at the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former Ireland manager passed away at the weekend aged 85

A commuter wearing a facemask on a Dublin Bus during the Covid-19 pandemic in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Garda association and bus union both say they are not responsible for policing regulation

Blueway Waterpark in Co Leitrim. “The elephant in the room is the blatant ‘claim culture’ and excessive awards that unfortunately still exists in Ireland”

Blueway Waterpark closed suddenly after its insurance premium went from €10,000 to €25,000 a year. The excess went from €500 to €5(...)

The comet Neowise will be closest to Earth on July 23rd at a distance of 103 million kilometres. Image: John Flannery

Brightest comet this century will be seen in Irish skies for the next fortnight

Dublin’s Dame Lane on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

‘It is a big ask to tell people they have to have a meal. We find ourselves saying ‘No’ to a lot of people’

The bank said the error occurred at the point of drawdown when the customer was placed on a tracker mortgage at the wrong margin.

Bank admits the additional group of EBS and Haven customers were overcharged

A commuter wearing a facemask on a Dublin Bus in Dublin’s city centre. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two more deaths confirmed and 23 new cases reported

The comet Neowise will be closest to Earth on July 23rd at a distance of 103 million kilometres. Image: John Flannery

Neowise is so bright it has been photographed using mobile phones

Access gates to Dublin’s Phoenix Park reopened on Friday to traffic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says the park remains a vital commuter route ‘whether we like it or not’

 A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital near St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Construction yet to resume seven weeks after restrictions on building sites lifted

 RSA chairperson Liz O’Donnell and Garda assistant commissioner Paula Hilman launching  a road safety appeal to remind motorcyclists to “ease off the throttle”. Photograph:   Crispin Rodwell

Road Safety Authority recommends stringent new conditions for licence renewals

The number of reported bike thefts in Dublin jumped by 46% in June and 40% nationally. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin had more than 430 robberies in June, up from almost 300 during same 2019 period

A deserted Temple Bar on Monday night. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Most pubs in Dublin’s nightlife district have stayed closed and may not open on July 20th

Gardaí carried out a search of the car and the Glock 17 handgun with ammunition was found and seized.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Suspect (39) taken into custody following intelligence-led operation

 A lucky shopkeeper in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo is incredibly celebrating his third Lotto jackpot win. Photograph: Mac Innes

Third lottery winning sale for Murphy’s newsagents in Main Street, Ballinrobe

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he had no idea newly appointed Minister for Agriculture, Barry Cowen had been convicted of drink driving in 2016.

Minister to make Dáil statement after being disqualified from driving for three months

Irish Times page one photograph of a man rescuing the injured seagull in Dublin on Sunday.Photograph: Tom Hon/ The Irish Times

Gardaí put the injured bird in a box and took it to the veterinary clinic at UCD

A noble false widow spider has been spotted in 22 counties on the island in Ireland.

Oxford zoologist says arachnid may be more dangerous and aggressive than suggested

Irish ambassador to Spain Síle Maguire and the Mayor of Valladolid Oscar Puente at the dig site.  Photograph: Francisco Javier de las Heras

Archaeologists examine bones for missing toes which would identify Irish leader

The quarry in Portroe, Co Tipperary, where two bodies were discovered on Sunday. Photograph: Press 22

Garda spokesman says men drowned at quarry used by diving centre in Portroe

The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter become well placed for viewing this month. File photograph: Getty Images

Full moon on July 5th with Mercury, Venus and Mars in view from Ireland this month

Ena Rice. “Up to the last visit that we saw Mam, she’d have her lipstick on, her earrings on,” her daughter Fiona said.

Beloved mother and grandmother was known for her warmth and inner strength

Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera. Photograph: Getty/Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were forged out of the bitterness of an ancient quarrel

Researchers found there were multiple good studies showing that, overall, tobacco cigarettes were more harmful than e-cigarettes. Photograph: iStock

Vaping may increase Covid-19 infection risk: tobacco cigarettes increases risk of COPD by 704%

Each year, thousands of tourists visit Enniscorthy, Co Wexford  to see Vinegar Hill and go to the 1798 Centre.

Plans to sell to a private developer provokes backlash among councillors

Sam has been spotted around Leinster House recently and during talks on government formation. Photograph: Roderic O’Gorman

Urban fox appears to have a bad case of mange and looks emaciated

Heavy thunderstorms are expected to develop later on Thursday. File photograph: Noel Browne

Met Éireann says some severe downpours, hail and spot flooding may occur overnight

Kite surfers make the most of windy conditions at Dollymount Strand on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Conditions forecast to turn cool and showery just as travel restrictions are lifted

A crowd gathers on the Hill of Tara in Co Meath for the summer solstice celebrations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Facemasks and distancing set aside as longest day of the year marked on Hill of Tara

Lenny Abrahamson said RTÉ did not have the financial resources to develop the adaptation (above) of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, which has became an international sensation.  Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

Director says RTÉ did not have funds to develop series, now an international sensation

Campaigners and locals held a demonstration on Saturday outside the proposed Fumbally Lane development in Dublin’s Liberties. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Protesters say more understanding needed on impact of coronavirus in such facilities

Two men have been arrested following the robbery at knife point at a service station in Dublin in which cash was taken.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Suspects found hiding after search by Garda dog unit and air support unit

Debenhams staff protest outside the company’s store on Henry Street in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Protesting workers picket all 11 stores in the Republic over redundancy terms

The  statue of Oliver Cromwell at the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: EPA/NEIL HALL

Louise Richardson references ‘Voldemort’ figure in opposing removal of Cecil Rhodes statue at college

The noble false widow spider: the invasive and venomous species that is here to stay in Ireland

Research shows bite from invasive species has same toxins as deadly black widow

The scene of the shooting in Castlerea was sealed off on Thursday. Photograph: Collins. Insert photograph: Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was killed in the shooting.

Killing of detective garda was ‘a random act’, says Drew Harris

General Lucas with his wife Joan aka Poppy: The IRA captured the general  while he and two other British army officers were fishing on the river Blackwater in Co Cork.

Cuthbert Lucas played played tennis and croquet and drank whiskey with his captors

A couple wearing face masks shopping in Dublin’s Henry Street. Photogrpah: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Social distancing still required as masks can degrade through persistent coughing

Met Éireann has forecast thunderstorms for Leinster and parts of Muster today and a yellow weather warning is in place. Image via

Irish Water says drought risk persists in many areas despite recent heavy rainfall

The hosepipe ban is in place until  July 21st.  Photograph: iStock

Forecast thunderstorms will not be sufficient to replenish reservoirs, Irish Water warns

Met Éireann has issued a status orange warning for torrential rain in four counties. The lightning storm over Waterford on Saturday night, taken from Ursuline Court in the city. File Photograph: Noel Browne

Met Éireann issues advisory following death of nine cattle in suspected lightning strike

A pedestrian has been killed in a suspected hit and run incident in Co Donegal.  The body of the man was discovered by a road user along the road way at Windyhall, Letterkenny at 4am on Monday morning.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man struck by car which failed to stop at scene of incident at Windyhall road

Two-thirds of men have been drinking to cope with the lockdown, new research reveals. Photograph: Getty Images

Drinks industry charity Drinkaware expresses alarm about excess alcohol

Former British cabinet minister Michael Portillo. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Documentary by former UK minister examines War of Independence from Britain’s point of view

Some of those queuing outside Decathlon’s new outlet in Ballymun Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

‘Ikea of sport’ has spent €13 million on its flagship store in Ballymun

 A depiction of conditions on a slave ship

‘The Irish tended to have a very strongly held belief in their own white racial superiority’

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact them at Henry Street Garda Station. File image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Injured man was discovered in a car in Castle Street after 7pm

There have been 35 incidents at level crossings in the Republic to date this year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Motorists warned against complacency at crossings after lockdown

Pat McManus, a Strabane-born nurse who died in England, pictured with his niece Aileen Mullen.

Funeral wreathes reflected passion for NHS and for Celtic FC

Childcare facilities will need to bring in social distancing and other safety measures before reopening on June 29th. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty

Creches and childcare services facing ‘huge costs’ to open as planned on June 29th

Capital grants to enable childcare operators to invest in premises to comply with new public health rules are under discussion

‘Imminent’ plan to provide grants and subsidies to creches and enable parents return to work

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny will be unveiled as ‘the voice’ of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new national bereavement counselling service for those suffering loss. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach breaks political silence to help bereavement counselling helpline

Dermot O’Leary, NBRU: ‘Unless the Government comes out with a clear policy underlined by legislation, you are not going to get people wearing those masks.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NBRU claims public are not heeding advice about wearing masks or coverings

File photo: Traffic volumes are nowhere near what they normally would be suggesting that a lot of people have not returned to their offices and are obeying the rule that they must stay within 20km of home. Photograph: iStock

Largest increase seen on M1 north of junction 20 between Jonesboro and the Border

A view of noctilucent cloud. Photograph: Martin McKenna

June is the month of the summer solstice, but also of a range of celestial phenomena

The family of Irish-born Margaret Keane want the words “In ár gcroíthe go deo” on the stone above her grave. Photograph:iStock

Coventry decision seeking translation on headstone ‘does not reflect any national policy’

 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps had 157,000 children participating last year. File photo. Photograph: David Maher/ Sportsfile

NPHET to discuss children’s summer camps and the reopening of playgrounds

Some 39 per cent  are experiencing social isolation and more than one in five are living with family conflict. Above, Grafton Street in Dublin at the end of March.  Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) survey show concerns about long-term impact on youth

Pte James Joseph Daly of the Connaught rangers was executed on November 2nd, 1920, for leading an attack on the British garrison in Solon, India.

The Mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India was a military failure but a moral victory

British authorities fear trouble in Dublin, and refuse to allow Terence MacSwiney’s remains go anywhere near the Irish capital. Instead, his coffin is put on the steamer Rathmore at Holyhead in Wales, and sent directly to Cork under military guard. However, a planned requiem Mass still goes ahead in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. And this is the planned funeral procession through Sackville Street, (now O’Connell Street) Dublin on October 29th, 1920. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

The year saw the War of Independence begins in earnest with an escalation of murder and violence by the British and IRA

The charred remains of the Loughnane brothers in coffins  resemble the gothic excesses of a Hieronymus Bosch painting

Patrick and Harry had been savagely beaten and brutally tortured following their arrest

A cartoon depicting a uniformed Irish Volunteer (representing Ireland) being introduced to the Versailles Conference table by Uncle Sam. Other participants at the conference table are represented by stylised figures such as John Bull. Photograph: NLI

Although there were few casualties, the year marked a point of no return and made a confrontation between the British state and th(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

When the long-established RIC proved not up to the task of crushing the IRA, the British government made the fateful and fatal dec(...)

Eleanor McEvoy, chair of IMRO, said revenues from music have ‘gone off a cliff’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minding Creative Minds to provide support for musicians financially hit by Covid-19

IRA commander Tom Barry.

Details to published in special Irish Times supplement 1920 - War of Independence

Site of the dig. Photograph: City of Valladolid

Third week of dig for the remains of Irish clan leader begins in Spanish city of Valladolid

Portmarnock beach on Friday. The warm weather is set to continue into next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bank holiday Monday could break the record again, with highs of 27 degrees forecast

Firefighters are tackling a blaze just 500 metres away from an explosives factory. Photograph: Maria Khlystunova/via AP

Strong winds fan flames near Irish Industrial Explosives plant on Kildare-Meath border

Greece, one of the most popular countries for Irish visitors, has announced that visitors will be allowed from 22 European countries and seven other countries, which have largely dealt with their Covid-19 problems. Photograph: iStock

Irish visitors will not have unrestricted access to Croatia either

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