Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was working with the Attorney General to provide legislative proposals for whatever the Oireachtas committee  decided. Photograph: Collins

Harris says work under way on abortion legislation for ‘whatever outcome’

 Campaigner Fr Peter McVerry said: ‘A 12-year-old child could tell the Government the strategy is not working.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigner says home repossessions could make shortage of accommodation even worse

Gritting lorries on the M7 motorway  near Birdhill, Co Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocates salt and money to local authorities

A car drives through the snow on the M7 motorway in Co Limerick, near Birdhill on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Wednesday will ‘feel bitterly cold’, possibly the coldest of recent days, due to wind chill

The passport-reading machines have been installed by the Department of Justice for its Irish Naturalisation Immigration Service (Inis). Photograph: Alan Betson

Serious delays and queues at Terminal One as new e-gate machines fail to read passports

Fake anti-drink driving ad used by the Garda this week

Poster appearing to ask drivers to limit drink to four pints ‘highlights changing attitudes’

 Random checkpoint test:    Figures issued by the Road Safety Authority  at the launch of its annual Christmas campaign indicate that  292 people have been killed on the State’s  roads over  the months of November and December since 2008. Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

Figures show months of November and December are particularly dangerous on roads

Signs painted on a Luas track warning cyclists about the dangers of tram tracks pictured in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tram opening in time for the Christmas rush but safety issues to be kept under review

Prof Des O’Neill of Trinity College, Dublin said  assisted suicide that is passed off as a ‘noble deed’ is very often an ‘ignoble response to dreadful patient care’. Image: iStock.

Academic says portrayal of choosing to die as a ‘noble deed’ often a response to poor care

Tourists in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tourism Ireland’s marketing plan targets diversification, increases from US, Australia

A householder collects water from a tanker due a boil-water notice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Water for some hospitals, schools, hotels and creches inadequately monitored, EPA says

The bacteria involved in scarlet fever can  cause pneumonia, sepsis and liver and kidney damage

Health professionals are not required to report cases of disease to HSE

Mark Drakeford

Mark Drakeford tells Dublin conference of need for consensus on single market

Irish Cement’s Platin cement works in Co Meath. Photograph: David Sleator

Plan for Platin is to replace fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions, firm says

Bus Éireann is seeking cost-reduction measures in an attempt to tackle losses of some €9.4 million annually. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company and unions agree to let previous recommendation come into force

The M50 is the State’s most developed road for what the authority calls intelligent transport systems. Photograph: Alan Betson

Further contracts to provide for enhanced M50 traffic flow driven by new IT systems

Bus Éireann is seeking cost-reduction measures in an attempt to tackle losses of some €9.4m annually. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Neither side optimistic of an early resolution to proposed roster changes and cost savings

Patricia King: ‘Very positive.’ File photograph: David Sleator

‘Overwhelming’ support from CPSU, Impact and PSEU unions to forge new union in 2018

Gorey was initially expected to open in 2014 but when TII identified fuel retailer Topaz as its preferred bidder for the concession in May 2015, it was challenged in the courts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

State road builder spends almost €500,000 on security and lighting at unopened motorway service sites

The Minister for Health ha urged all frontline medical staff to get the flu vaccine immediately. Photograph: Getty

Government’s winter- ready campaign focuses on need to vaccinate and ‘be prepared’

Cases of lung cancer among women living in the State are expected to increase by more than 130 per cent by 2040, a discussion on the disease will hear today.

Research shows lung cancers fatalities ahead of those from breast cancer

Short tail nurse sharks waiting  for their pups to hatch at the National Sea Life Centre in Bray. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Short tail nurse shark pups expected to emerge at Sealife Centre by end of the year

The former ferry terminal at Dún Laoghaire harbour. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans for €20m investment aim to turn former Stena facility into innovation campus

Computer generated image  of the renovated Frascati Shopping Centre in Blackrock

Centre undergoing €40m redevelopment to expand retail space and change parking arrangements

DIT president Prof Brian Norton said detailed discussions on the merger with the Tallaght and Blanchardstown institutes were “beginning again”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Heads of schools write letter of complaint of ‘inferior’ status in TU4Dublin talks

100 BleeperBikes will be deployed as part of the project next month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council backs trial of ‘Bleeperbikes’ which Dublin City Council removed from streets

Flowers at the scene where Jamie Tighe Ennis, from Artane, was shot in the head on Moatview Avenue in Coolock at the weekend. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Jamie Tighe Ennis killed in suspected gangland attack possibly after row with criminals

A study has found that  people who had surgery in the afternoon had a 50 per cent lower risk of a major cardiac event, compared to rhose  who had surgery in the morning.

Lancet study finds patients who undergosurgery later in the day have better outcomes

Anne Colomines, who was  found with multiple stab injuries in an  apartment at Dorset Square in Dublin in October

Gardaí investigating killing of French woman in Dublin hope to interview Brazilian man

A file image  of film maker Simon Fitzmaurice who died on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Fitzmaurice wrote about living with motor neurone disease in memoir ‘It’s Not Yet Dark’

Artist’s impression of Tara House, intended to be a “landmark gateway” marking the transition between Dublin’s historic core and the contemporary architecture of Docklands

Plan for building beside Dublin’s Tara Street station was rejected by city council

Gardaí have arrested two men following a robbery at a pharmacy in Sligo town. File photograph: PA Wire

Two detained after a man threatens staff and takes drugs from a Chemco Pharmacy

Sean Hogan from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group said severe coastal and river flooding was unlikely. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Director of emergency planning says predicted weather conditions ‘not exceptional’

There were 63,897 births registered in 2016, some 2,012 fewer than 2015. Photograph:  The Irish Times

Statistics yearbook reports 1,056 same-sex marriages of 22,626 marriages in 2016

The offer comes as falling numbers of taxis have become an issue in the business, particularly in Dublin. . Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of active drivers in sector falls by 45% in eight years, Transport Authority says

Fishmonger Colm O’Riordan of Ballycotton Seafood, Midleton, east Cork places sandbags by his shop door ahead of Storm Brian. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fear of flooding in Shannon region as water levels already rising and high tides forecast

Storm Brian tracks up the west coast of Ireland on Saturday morning. Photograph: windy.com

Rainfall warning is also in place on Thursday for counties in Munster and much of Leinster

Danny Healy Rae said EU farm payments were preventing farmers from “clearing rivers” and preventing flooding. He said farmers “aren’t allowed touch” the rivers for fear of losing their entitlements.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Kerry TD said farmers ‘aren’t allowed touch’ rivers for fear of losing EU payments

ESB crew workers at Glenamuck Road restoring services following Ophelia storm damage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Given the safety implications of fallen cables, progress on restoring power can be slow

Tree surgeon James Moran working on a fallen tree at Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ESB Networks says storm has left it in ‘unprecedented territory’

Protesters at the opening of an “Ideal Org” Irish base by the Church of Scientology in Firhouse, on the site of the former Victory Centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Demonstrators at opening of €6m facility in Dublin hit out at church’s practices

Some teachers have been forced to borrow from schools as they have not been paid since the start of the academic year. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

‘Pressure in payroll department’ creates delays in registering details of first-time teachers

The committee wants to see new vehicle technologies such as automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian and cyclist detection or lane-keeping assistance installed in all cars sold in the EU. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

European Parliament agrees some automatic driving systems should be mandatory

Campaign group Justice for Wards said it was “archaic” that the wards of courts’ assets were held by the State under the lunacy regulations of 1871. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners call for inquiry into way assets of wards of court invested

Electric car charging point. File photograph:Peter Byrne/PA

‘Low level of incentive’ not likely to inspire people to buy electric vehicles, says Dave McCabe

Lough Derg near Killaloe, Co Clare. Fáilte Ireland plans to build a brand for the midlands similar to that of the Wild Atlantic Way. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fáilte Ireland advertises for consultants for a new marketing treatment for the region

Limerick received  €4.7 million for King John’s Castle, figures show. Photograph: Brian Lynch

Figures show Dublin received most at almost €18m while Laois was granted just €94,000

Head chef Ross Lewis in Chapter One, Parnell Square with his dish, potato pancake with goats cheese and spinach. Photograph: Alan Betson

The travel website’s restaurant awards are based on customer ratings

Annual capital infrastructure spending on projects including schools, hospitals and roads has been increased by €790 million to €5.3 billion in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister says €5.3bn spend across departments is central to Ireland’s Brexit response

A man in his twenties has died in a collision in Co Galway.

Two-year-old girl among those injured in collision near Dunmore on Monday night

A Volvo hybrid car connected to a charging point. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Electricity customers will no longer be partly funding assets through charges, CRU says

Last month’s opening of the 53km Gort to Tuam motorway in Co Galway brought to 101km the length of road between the bypasses of Tuam and Shannon without motorway services

Services planned for site south of Ennis will not be open until 2020 ‘at the earliest’

 Prof Dermot Kelleher: Collaborative research. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Clinical Research Development Ireland aims to build on Ireland’s ability to attract research projects internationally

A man (44) has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The 44-year-old died after his car hit a concrete column on the M8 motorway

A file image of tyres abandoned in the Featherbeds area of the Dublin Mountains.

Clean-up effort to resume following the latest illegal dumping incident in the area

The An Post logo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Union members say An Post threatened to terminate contracts if they did not co-operate

Bishop Kevin Doran was speaking during a homily at Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo on Sunday. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Association of Catholic Priests asks that cleric withdraw comments on HPV vaccine

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan had said the HPV vaccine ‘could’ make girls more promiscuous

 Frank Brennan,  Tom Hope, Rhonda Nally,  Jim O’Connor,  Ciara Devine,  and Gerard Ingoldsby.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Irish Cancer Society’s national conference hears positive stories of living with cancer

The  hearing  was told the first phase of Amazon’s plan involved building a 7,000sq m data centre on a 26-hectare site in Mulhuddart. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Planning inquiry opens into first phase of proposed plant in Mulhuddart, west Dublin

“Delighted”: Dinny Ryan, owner  of The Coopers  pub, celebrates with locals  as Birdhill, Co Tipperary, is voted Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Photograph: Don Moloney

Some dedicated volunteers were waiting 25 years to see their small village awarded title

Birdhill, Co Tipperary was named overall winner in Tidy Towns 2017

Clonakilty, Westport and Ennis also take key awards in annual contest

Uber cars in London differ to black cabs because they are private hire vehicles which cannot be hailed on the street, and they set their own prices. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Irish drivers already vetted, registered and operating within regulations says NTA

Former president Mary Robinson has sharply criticised US president Donald Trump: photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mary Robinson lets fly at US president in speech delivered in New York

Palladian mansion Castletown House, located in Celbridge. File photograph: Office of Public Works

Damien English set to direct rezoning of demesne near Castletown House

Traffic blackspot south to be given €120 million upgrade, Taoiseach announces

Tory island. Photograph: Fáilte Ireland

Air Accident Investigation Unit was informed of crash by local journalist seeking comment

Local property tax: at a  meeting of Dublin City Council on Monday, Owen Keegan recommended a 10 per cent  reduction for householders instead on the maximum 15 per cent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposal voted down despite warning decision will cost council €12m in lost revenue

DLR Properties owns and manages 180,000 sq ft of offices in two buildings in Cherrywood in south Dublin. Image: Dlrp.ie

Company owns 14 acres of overall site for proposed Cherrywood Town Centre

“Ireland is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and the impacts are serious: more storms, rising sea levels and changing weather.” Photograph: Getty Images

Programme focuses on identifying individuals in schools, campuses and communities

Projects located mainly in Dublin and Cork but also in east coast and midland commuter counties have the potential to deliver 69,240 new homes. File photograph: Getty Images

Projects in Dublin, Cork and midland commuter counties could deliver 69,000 homes

In order to land as quickly as possible the pilot climbed to 305 metres and completed a standard circuit for Runway 18. Photograph: Frank Miller

Air Accident unit notes pilot landed plane with left hand, while right hand held canopy

Five local digital hubs to be located in Kilrush, Feakle, Miltown Malbay, Ennis and Enistymon are to be set up over the next 18 months with high-speed broadband.

Plan seeks to add 4,000 jobs and develop five regional tech centres for ‘home’ workers

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors have rejected a bid by the council’s management to raise the level of local property tax. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

But Fingal County Council breaks ranks with other Dublin authorities and imposes 10% cut

Paul Reid said Fingal County Council ‘can’t sustain the level of services that we are providing right now’ if the percentage of tax paid by homeowners is not increased this year.  Photograph: Jack Power

Fingal council head warns services may have to be cut at risk as parties ponder increase

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House  while the housing summit, hosted by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, was in process. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans to tackle homelessness include focus on prevention as well as additional homes

Packets of unused incontinence pads that were dumped on Greenhill Road. Photograph: William Winters

Stock of incontinence pads is latest dumping offence at scenic out-of-town beauty spot

Dublin’s new Luas Cross City line has hit traffic problems before services even begin, with cars and delivery vans blocking the tracks during tram operating tests. Photograph: Graeme McQueen/Twitter

‘We did anticipate some problems with illegal parking at start,’ says Luas spokesperson

A June 2010 photograph shows Iarnród Éireann staff inspecting damage after a truck struck the railway bridge on Dublin’s Erne Street. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/THE IRISH TIMES

Yearly total of incidents is rising as economic recovery brings more, larger vehicles onto roads

The new boardwalk at Acres Lake near Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

Amenity is final leg of Shannon Blueway from Drumshanbo to Carrick-on-Shannon

Two teenage boys were photographed sitting between carriages on a moving Dart in north Dublin. Photograph: Laura Lynott

Two boys photographed sitting between carriages on moving train at Killester

INTO assistant general secretary Peter Mullan refers to international evidence which shows that schoolchildren who are homeless struggle to do well in school and the experience can undermine their entire education.

Adverse psychological and educational outcomes may affect those in B&Bs and hotels

Haulage association says 30 per cent of firms have moved abroad in the last four years

The Department of Education said the building named in the report were not found to be dangerous. Photograph: PA

Western Building Systems says buildings met ‘all relevant fire safety and building regulations’

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Mary Lou McDonald leads social media backlash over Dr Eva Orsmond’s map of island

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin said that despite his family’s feelings to the contrary, he still feels guilty about the incident. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘I sat at his hip, because I didn’t want to look, I didn’t want to know what happened’

Vikings invade Dún Laoghaire Harbour to celebrate the harbour’s bicentenary in August. Housebuilders with expertise are invited to advise on the proposed water-based housing development.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Harbour Company seeks to build 50 houses on pontoons at prices of up to €300,000

Mourners at the funeral of Clinton Shannon in Laytown, Co Meath on Thursday. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins.

Locksmith Clinton Shannon died after botched gangland shooting two weeks ago

Greyhound Recycling has already asked the gardaí for help to protect staff. File photograph: David Sleator

Online videos appear to show crews being physically and verbally abused on the job

An overturned tractor after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister: floods require more immediate response with personnel and dehumidifiers

Gardaí have been following the movements of a number of suspects in Ireland and abroad in relation to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Suspect detained by gardaí investigating murder attempts on Hutch family members

The scene at the Mansion House in Dublin as people arrive to sign the book of condolence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve literally walked that square, that roundabout, every year for the last eight years’

Charles Haughey: back in 1962, when he was minister for justice, he charged the Interdepartmental Committee on the Prevention and Treatment of Offenders with investigating the links between parentally deprived children and repeat offences.  Photograph: RTÉ screen grab.

Parnell summer school reminds of openness to psychologists in priest-run reform schools

The scene  at the site of the fire that claimed 10 lives in  Carrickmines in 2015. Eight local councils did not invest any money in housing for the Traveller community last year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Inquest into deaths of 10 people and unborn child in 2015 blaze to resume next month

RSA: Against putting learner drivers in a high speed environment. Photograph: CYRIL BYRNE / THE IRISH TIMES

RSA says including motorways in test curriculum unfair to those in areas without them

Under the Fair Deal scheme, a nursing home resident must hand over 80 per cent of any rental income in return for their care

Age Action says idea may be positive but it would need to see the detail of proposal

An anonymous tip-off website for identifying vacant homes has been set up. Photograph: Frank Miller

New website set up to identify vacant homes by anonymous tip-off to local authorities

In 2014 Mr Varadkar as minister for transport posed outside Government Buildings with a clamp to announce the end of what he described as “rogue clampers”

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said regulations due to come into effect in October

Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the State body which owns the M50 (above) and Dublin Tunnel, has said it is not going to drop the price for private motorists. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

European Court of Justice ruled State-owned tolls in Ireland should not charge Vat

The highest number of empty homes was in Leitrim where for every 1,000 people in that county there were 112 vacant homes. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

According to the latest census there are some 183,000 vacant properties in the State

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