Siptu said notice of industrial action in ‘the coming days’ was intended to mean by the end of the week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Consortium awarded €115.5m State contract in line for dispute over toilets, pay,conditions

‘You are allowed to stretch your legs. But by its nature the position you are in is a dangerous stretch of road, that is why you are there.’

Drivers ‘carrying plastic bottles to work for use in toilet breaks because of time pressure’

File image of a drone. File photograph: Getty Images

NUI Galway project hailed by locals after transferring diabetes medication from mainland

Aerial view of Lough Key Forest Park in Co Roscommon.

Canal will add kayaking and paddle boarding to Co Roscommon’s major tourist amenity

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said it was up to RTÉ to come up with a new business strategy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Richard Bruton says salaries paid to top presenters ‘should be examined’

 Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port, said there were serious concerns about the effect of cruise ships on air quality. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Financial and environmental concerns raised with Minister for Transport

Beef slaughtering operations are to remain suspended in blockaded plants during the talks. Photograph: iStock

Processing plant in North approved to supply retailers with Republic reared meat

The proposed strategic housing development is to be in six blocks at the Grange development (pictured) between Brewery Road and the N11 in Stillorgan,  Dublin.

Kennedy Wilson Europe believed to be behind development between Brewery Road and N11

Two week promotion to be funded from credit in dormant or unused Leap cards

The memorials to US marine Liam Flynn and the victims of the September 11th attacks at  Donadea Forest Park in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Coillte honours US firefighter while also providing a bench dedicated to US marine

An image from last month showing indepdendent farmers protesting outside the  Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny. Photograph: PA

Meat Industry Ireland says decisions to cease processing operations had ‘not been taken lightly’

The professional body for psychologists in Ireland said waiting lists were lengthening as more than 200 psychologists posts in the HSE remain unfilled. Photograph: iStock

Further 3,345 adults awaiting counselling appointments, psychologist body claims

The  near-deserted departure area at Heathrow airport’s  Terminal 5  as  the British Airways pilots’ strike began.  Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Code shares from Belfast operating as airline tries to organise alternative travel

Tractors were involved in the majority of workplace vehicle incidents last year, claiming six lives. Photograph: Getty Images

Safety authority highlights dangers of using vehicles at work

Ciarán O’Boyle, from Longford, died after a fall in New York.

Ceremony in St Mel’s Cathedral told ‘Ciarán is with God and God is very near’

Former president Mary Robinson was also referred to as a ‘tireless champion of women’s equality’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Citation recognises her role in ‘putting human rights standards at the heart of global governance’

An aerial view of the Electric Picnic venue at Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph:

Electric Picnic festival faces heavy showers and possible thunder

Farmers and supporters outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, Co Laois, where protests are continuing after farmers rejected the outcome of talks last week aimed at securing better beef prices. Photograph: PA

Farmers agree to temporarily lift protests at some facilities for visit of Chinese inspectors

Ciarán O’Boyle was from Aughadegnan on Drumlish Road in Longford.

Ciarán O’Boyle’s injuries ‘consistent with falling from elevated height’, US police say

Stock photo of a beach in Malaga. The woman was immediately taken from the water but medical teams were unable to revive her. Photograph: iStock

It is understood woman suffered a heart attack while swimming at Las Gaviotas beach

The ESB has missed two deadlines to introduce “charging for charging” and now says it will make an announcement on the matter next month.

Opinion: Free fuel divides EV users into the truly green – and the truly mean

The photograph Shane Ross  tweeted over the weekend in Marlay Park, south Dublin. Photograph: Shane Ross Twitter feed

Minister admits Marlay Park charger used in image will not be operational for weeks

 Moyagh Murdock, RSA chief executive and Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, with Garda Derek Cloughley, and driver Mark Lavery, Dun Laoghaire, pictured at a checkpoint as the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, launched a campaign aimed at getting people off long term reliance on a learner permit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Road Safety Authority considering new requirements to force learner drivers to take driving test

Store owner Ken O’Connor (centre) and the staff at the Texaco Service Station and Spar shop in Enniskerry celebrate selling the winning ticket for the €11.2 million jackpot on Wednesday. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Shop owner Ken O’Connor has previously sold a winning ticket for a €6m jackpot

Oliver and Harry Barnes pictured at Seapoint, Dublin. File Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Met Éireann says heatwave in UK and UK driven by high pressure is unlikely to reach Ireland

The jackpot of €11,225,280 - the highest in more than two years - had been rolling since June 12th.

Jackpot was close to being shared after a player in Co Laois fell one number short

A view of the incident at 8.45am on Wednesday. Photograph: Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Vehicle since cleared from road, but disruption expected to last for number of hours

Beef cattle in Kilkenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Farmers will be ‘disappointed’ with lack of deal on increase in beef prices, says IFA

The remains of Anne Delcassian, sister of murdered Co Louth woman, Irene White being brought to  Glasnevin Crematorium this afternoon for her funeral. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Funeral of Anne Delcassian told of her determination and courage

The company did not respond to requests for information on any similar incidents of doors falling off in the recent past. Photograph: Aaron Cunn

Passengers photograph door lying on grass verge as company cites ‘mechanical fault’

Boaters on the Shannon may be hit with new charges and penalties if proposals from Waterways Ireland go ahead. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Waterways Ireland proposes new permit system and penalties for boats on the river

Jane D’Arcy of Fáilte Ireland and Ria Greaves, deputy general manager of the Metropole Hotel preparing for The Murphy’s Cork Oyster and Seafood Festival 2019. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

600 events to expand the tourist season beyond the summer peak

In 2018, almost half - seven out of 15 - of all motorcyclist fatalities occurred in the month of August. Photograph: Eric Luke

Increase in numbers of motorists caught speeding and drink driving

Angus Woods, Chairman IFA National Livestock Committee, Damian McDonald, Director General of the Irish Farmers Association  and Joe Healy, IFA President leave beef talks at the Department of Agriculture in Celbridge, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Market transparency and introduction of a price index among issues in proposals

Irish Farmers’ Association’s Damian McDonald, Joe Healy  and Angus Woods: Mr  Healy said beef farmers’ incomes were unsustainable at €8,813 on average. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Beef Plan movement says processor and retailer not farmer get most of consumer price

The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, persuaded the grassroots Beef Plan movement to stand down their protests and take part in talks last Friday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Beef Plan Movement halts nationwide pickets of meat plants to enter into talks

Image of some of the damage caused by lightening to a house in Cobh, Co Cork.

Farmer in midlands also shocked to find eight cattle dead after lightning strike

Beef farmers protest over  prices for their animals during a picket at the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh, Co Kilkenny.

Protesters call on Minister to intervene as 18 beef processing plants picketed

Paul Reid HSE CEO. Photograph: Alan Betson

Paul Reid says health body will ‘deliver on all commitments in service plan’

Gardaí said the number of people killed on the State’s roads from January to July was 90, seven more than a similar period in 2018. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Crackdown to focus on speeding, drink- and drug-driving, seat belts and mobile phones

Garda Mark Murphy and Conor Creaby demonstrate the new Garda  ‘Mobility App’ will  allow individual gardaí to process fixed charge notices, cutting down on back office paperwork and allowing gardaí to spend more time in the community. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic.

Gardaí at the roadside can instantly check driver and vehicle histories and addresses

Holidays are becoming more affordable for an increasing number of Europeans

EU report finds European average of 28 per cent and just 9.7 per cent of Swedes could not afford seven days away

The 887m bridge crosses the Barrow south of New Ross.

Construction difficulties delay opening of €230 million bypass by more than six months

The White family watch Bray Air Display. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Thrills and jaw-dropping moments drew 40,000 to Co Wicklow seafront on Sunday

The suspension is due to a ‘non Luas related’ incident. Photograph: The Irish Times

Luas was partly suspended following early morning incident in the city centre

During the forum the Policing Authority was asked: ‘where is Tusla, where is the county council, where is the responsibility of parents?’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mothers bringing sons to be shot by appointment, Police Authority hears

Jurisdiction in the case had last year been rejected by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), on grounds of Kuwaiti diplomatic immunity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Labour Court rules worker may sue Kuwaiti Cultural Office under Unfair Dismissals Act

Eoghan Butler, Alex Thomson, Walter Butler and Declan Butler.

US coast guard member joins rescue as girl (6) falls off toy near Portmarnock beach

Rapid action on the part of Irish Rail engineers in extracting a cement lorry from where it was stuck under a bridge in Dublin, has led some passengers to heap criticism on the company. Photograph: Irish Rail/Twitter

Passengers walking after bridge strike dismayed to see Dart start again without them

 People enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Collins

Bundoran closed over pollution on the beach while bathing restrictions put in place at Waterville

Fr Router said he was ‘sharply aware’ that some people don’t share the ‘same positive experience of church that I have’. Photograph: iStock

Fr Michael Router is told new life will be ‘fulfilling’ but ‘not without its challenges’

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal stabbing on Clinchs Court, North Strand, Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

‘I didn’t do it’ was accused’s response to charge, court hears

The woman appeared on Saturday at a sitting of Dublin District Court at the  Criminal Courts of Justice building on  Parkgate Street. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Judge grants defendant legal aid before adjourning case

Theo Cullinane, CEO of Bam: ‘If you look at the national children’s hospital, the broadband project and now the Dunkettle interchange [in Cork], all have highlighted issues with the public procurement process.’ Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Bam chief executive tells Taoiseach to make changes or face problems with Project 2040

Leo Varadkar said while apologies had been made before it was important to get the wording correct for a formal apology in the Dáil in September. Photograph: Tim Honan

Taoiseach says discussions under way on a formal apology to be made in the Dáil

The new 39km-long stretch of the M11 has come in ‘on time and on budget’, the Taoiseach said

Leo Varadkar criticises ‘growing anti-roads agenda’ while supporting public transport

Marcus Matthews managing director of the  Regional Internet Service Providers Association claimed an expanded system could be ‘scaled up’ without requiring a new network of masts. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Using a mix of fibre and wireless services would cost ‘millions instead of billions’

‘In the current situation forestry will not only be failing to mitigate against climate change, it may be making it worse.’ Photograph: iStock

Just 4,000 hectares planted last year – 11,000 below target, warns Environmental Pillar

Ballon, Carlow

The commuter village of Ballon has a cure for weekday ‘ghost town’ syndrome

A view of Sandycove in Dublin on Tuesday where there is a swimming ban in place following overflow discharges of wastewater. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sandycove, where algal orange slick was spotted, to remain closed for another day

Under the Government’s Food Wise 2025 plan beef exports are projected to be worth €19bn in six years’ time. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘Rank hypocrisy’ to expect Irish to tackle emissions when meat flown across the world

View of Sandycove in Dublin on Tuesday where there is a swimming ban in place following overflow discharges of wastewater. Tests showed the discharge was unrelated the orange discolouring of the water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Swimming bans in Dublin the result of lack of investment, says Irish Water

The Marine Village development near Greystones harbour in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Extremely smelly, gone-off bait’ in conflict with new €1m waterside homes

Crowds gathered on the Hill of Tara from 4am to witness the solstice dawn on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Seventeen hours of daylight expected – but maybe not sunshine as cloud is coming

About half the pilots working in Irish-registered airlines were hired as self-employed contractors, says IALPA president. Stock photograph: Thomas_EyeDesign/Getty images

Many contract pilots afraid to speak up, says head of Irish Air Line Pilots' Association

The remains of Adrian Rowsome are brought in to  his funeral Mass at The church of St Laurence O’Toole, Stillorgan, Dublin. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

Aidan Rowsome and James Price were killed when plane crashed in Co Kildare

Yellow and black symbols on M50 traffic signs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two-year project leads to alternative, signed routes in the event of partial M50 closures

The scene of a light aircraft crash in Belan, outside Athy, Co Kildare where two men  were killed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Plane being used for training flight appears to have broken in two on impact in a field

The ‘low hanging fruit is all gone’ in terms of obvious road safety measures, an RSA conference has heard. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Experts say new strategy 2021-2030 will have to focus on walking, cycling and urban roads

Mike Allen  said if the homelessness problem was to be eased a significant number of  48,000 new homes would have to be social and affordable housing

Local authorities criticised as ‘the single player that is refusing to come on the pitch’

Irish Rail was “very sorry that this family experienced such disgraceful behaviour on board one of our train services”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Boisterous’ man abused Indian visitors over nationality, skin colour and ‘other things’

Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe was elected as the 350th Lord Mayor of Dublin at Friday’s council meeting. Photograph: Dublin City Council/Twitter

Fianna Fáil dominates council chairs including GP John Sheahan in Cork city

It was sunniest in the southwest during May with 214.1 hours of sunshine recorded at Cork Airport, its sunniest since 2007. File photograph: Eric Luke

Spring was warmer than usual with nearly all temperatures above long-term averages

Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Company says 82 per cent increase in incidents this year ‘extremely worrying’

The Information Commissioner has ruled that details on the  use of the government jet by President Michael D. Higgins (centre) and his predecessor Mary McAleese (left) should be released.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Right to Know group sought material under Access to Information on the Environment regulations

Footage from Luas operator showing clash with a bike

‘Seconds can change your life’ says Transdev in latest appeal to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians

Climate strike at Dalgan Park, Co Meath  after the presentation of the 2019 Columban Schools Journalism awards. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Religious order praises initiative of climate action protest at Dalgan Park, Navan

 Minister of State Andrew Doyle told a conference on forestry that ‘Irish forests are a significant sink and carbon store’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

But targets are weak and even those are not achieved on a yearly basis - conference hears

Dairy farm incomes in 2017 averaged at €88,829, but the cold start and then long hot summer last year saw this drop by more then 30 per cent to €66,273. Photograph: Getty Images

National Farm Survey 2018 shows farm incomes hit by cold winter and hot summer

There are currently more then 1,000 electric chargepoints on the island but only about 75 of these are rapid chargers. File photograph: Getty Images

M4, M6 service station to host ‘EVs’ from Dublin, Galway, Sligo during bank holiday

Hook Head lighthouse in Co Wexford. The southeast of the country is set to enjoy good weather this bank holiday weekend. Photograph: The Irish Times

Highest values to crest 19 degrees on Friday with mixed outlook for Saturday and Sunday

The chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade, said Dart expansion would “revolutionise” Dublin’s public transport . Photograph: David Sleator

Proposed framework tender provides for purchase of 300 more carriages, which will include replacement of the Dart fleet by 2027

Darragh O’Brien.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Poll dominated news agenda for two days ‘as if it was gospel’, says Darragh O’Brien

All 40 candidates announced with strong peformances for FF, FG and SF

Oscar Stakem (centre, holding goat’s skull) and fellow students from  Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa meet the Prince of Wales at Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/EPA

Prince of Wales impresses schoolchildren while duchess is wowed by Avoca weavers

 President Michael D Higgins and Britain’s Prince Charles talk during a visit to the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Co Wicklow. Photograph:  Neil Hall/EPA

Prince meets Higgins in Co Wicklow during trip aimed at boosting Anglo-Irish relations

Golden kelp Laminaria ochroleuca. Photograph: Seasearch Ireland

Researchers call for volunteer divers and snorklers to check entire island for Cuvie

A helicopter takes water to the site of a fire in the Slieve Bloom mountains last year. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

More than 600 hectares of Coillte forest was damaged by fires last year

A protest at Greystones harbour over the prevention of commercial fishermen landing catches since a €300 million redevelopment.

€300m marine leisure quarter has no room for commercial fleet and smelly fish

John Treacy, chief executive of Sport Ireland,  launched Suir Blueway Tipperary.  Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Tipperary to offer 53kms of trails from Cahir to Carrick-On-Suir

The volume of new homes being built with fossil boilers is negating the potential emissions reductions from greater efficiency, Tipperary Energy Agency says.  Photograph: iStock

Committee hears replacing oil and gas boilers with heat pumps is ‘not rocket science’

Housing under the scheme will be built on local authority land and be offered for sale at a discounted price.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dubliners priced out of capital by high rents face discrimination under scheme

The NCBI said a particular current difficult was election posters which hang too low on poles. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Council for the Blind of Ireland launching awareness campaign

Vice-president of the European Commission and leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Frans Timmermans, with Labour European Parliament election candidate Alex White, in Donnybrook on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

Frans Timmermans says housing is a European crisis and should have EU solution

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd told an Oireachtas committee he was  ‘angry that people have to fight so hard for their children and they are treated so disrespectfully’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oireachtas committee told local authorities letters sent to families were disrespectful

For buying goods and services online, rural dwellers are ahead of their urban counterparts. Photograph: iStock

Sign of the Times: Urban-rural divide evident in consumer confidence, technology use and religion

Clouds off the coast of Whitley Bay, northeast England, as Storm Hannah approaches Ireland and Britain. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

ESB, Garda, road and water safety agencies advise people to batten down the hatches

The RSA has released an advice update for  drivers on health problems and their driving

New advice from road safety authorities is dependent on drivers making full recovery

Waves crash against the wooden bridge area of the Bull Wall on North Bull Island, Dublin in February.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Property owners in the southwest warned to expect wind damage and power outages

Dorset Street in Dublin has reopened after a crash

Cyclist in hospital following incident between Blessington Street and Eccles Street junctions

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