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

Both children were pupils at Eglish primary school and the school has paid tribute to them on its Facebook page. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Tributes paid to Bridget and Paddy Ward who were pupils at Eglish National School, Galway

A complaint to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission alleges Applegreen is engaged in strategic objecting to  rival planning applications. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Complaint lodged with competition authority over fuel retailer’s alleged abuse of system

Members of Saoradh in Dublin city centre.  Photograph: Sam Boal/

Party member says ‘if republicans involved’ in Lyra McKee’s death, ‘IRA should apologise’

Traffic has backed up in Kells after gardaí closed John’s Street as part of their investigations. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Gang behind Kells thefts deploy spikes and sought to block roads in a bid to slow gardaí

ISPCA ambassador Holly White is pictured as the  organisation sought to draw attention to its campaign which aims to end the caging of hens.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

ISPCA urges people to think about what kind of conditions the eggs they eat originate from

The Health and Safety Authority said it would begin “an intensive inspection campaign” with a particular focus on the safe use of tractors and machinery on farms. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority appeal for farmers to take care

Fota Wildlife Park’s Asian lion Gita and her four, as yet unnamed, eight-week-old cubs. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Births help protect the subspecies which has just one remaining habitat in the wild

The upgrade involves widening the road from two to three lanes in both directions. File photograph: Google Street View

Courts Service concerned as speeding cases in Kildare court reach 369 per sitting day

For those travelling by rail to Cork, disruptions will apply from Friday night when trains will operate only as far as Charleville. File photograph: Eric Luke

M7 diversions and track works on Dublin to Cork route from Friday evening

Lorries queue to enter the Port of Dover in Kent, England. A new design which could change the appearance of lorries, making them safer and more energy efficient, is expected to be approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

More aerodynamic vehicles would produce 7-10% less carbon dioxide, commission says

Diane Croghan, a survivor of the  Magdalene laundry, at the  Dressing our Hidden Truths exhibition in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Women respond to artist’s interpretation of Ireland’s ‘shameful hidden truths’

From left to right: New Zealand ambassador for Ireland Brad Burgess, Rabbi Zalman Lent, Imam Dr Sheikh Umer and Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson attend the memorial gathering for those killed in Christchurch at Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland on Friday. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Solidarity expressed by religious leaders following the New Zealand mosque attacks

The National Museum welcomed 1.2 million visitors last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schedule for 2019 will see roles in Culture Night, Dublin Pride and Stoneybatter Festival

The crew member, whose name has not yet been released, is understood to have died as the vessel was loading cargo. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Health and Safety Authority and Garda investigations launched as sailing cancelled

Dublin Port aims to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed in from 160 this year to 80 in 2021. Photograph: Dublin Port Company website

Increased cargo capacity required for post-Brexit trading, says chief executive

Transport Infrastructure Ireland last opened motorways services in 2009, when three locations at Enfield on the M4, and Lusk and Castlebellingham on the M1 were opened. Photograph: Getty

€575,000 legal bill part of settlement in plans for services at Gorey, Kilcullen and Moate.

PSNI forensic officers at The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Teenager describes terrifying crush at Cookstown St Patrick’s Day disco

Dr Antoinette Perry, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Conway Institute, who led the research into the new prostate cancer test. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Nearly 90% of men with aggressive prostate cancer have DNA changes detectable in urine

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Motorways made the country smaller, but controversies have rarely been far away

Swimmers enjoy Dún Laoghaire harbour. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin council report says funds not available for urban beach and cruise ship facility

The counting of votes from the Dublin region in the local and European elections could take three days because of the ‘absolutely daft’ way ballot papers will be transported and separated beforehand, a council meeting has heard.

Dublin ballots to be taken to from polling centres to RDS, separated and then counted at Citywest

Stacey Bland, Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise who won the Irish Hotels Federation National Employee of the Year 2019 award with Minister Brendan Griffin, Michael Lennon, President IHF and Dr Tony Lenehan. Photograph: Don Mac Monagle

Tourism industry is Republic’s largest indigenous employer with over 260,000 jobs

Victoria Matthew at Ballyshannon bus station: her travel problems are unfortunately typical as a report by Rehab shows  90 per cent of people with disabilities find transport options inadequate.

Rehab regrets two-tier system for those who can buy adapted cars and those who cannot

Hoteliers will have to consolidate their marketing efforts to ensure visitor numbers remain strong says Tourism Ireland.

Tourism bodies say airlines have 620,000 seats to bring people to Ireland every week

UCD students union are asking Dublin Bus drivers to “stop tarnishing everyone with same brush” after it suspended routes near Belfield due to antisocial behaviour. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Meeting between UCD, Dublin Bus and students on drivers’ refusal to serve college

A file photograph of  walkers in the Ballyvoyle tunnel outside Dungarvan on the Waterford Greenway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Trail’s success was achieved by local authorities working with tourism, State and business interests, conference is told

Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Irish Hotels Federation calls for Government action amid declines in British visitor numbers

Great Britain is one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. Photograph: iStock/file photo

Group calls for Government to create regional stratedy to protect employment

Barrister and local election candidate for Fine Gael James Geoghegan outside Elm Park golf club in Donnybrook. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Opposition to €2bn plan grows amid claims the cost of compensation has been underestimated

Train arriving in 2011: Iarnród Éireann takes delivery of new intercity railcar carriages. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Rail also seeking to buy 41 inter-city carriages as passenger numbers soar

19-year-old killed in Wicklow crash while a man in his 60s died in crash in Sligo

A photograph supplied by the Revenue Commissioners showing some of the cigarettes and  tobacco seized at Dublin Airport on Monday.

Revenue officers found 30,000 cigarettes and 3kg of tobacco when they searched passenger

Protesters gather outside the gates of a  John Paul Construction building site on Townsend Street in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Locals claim trucks arrive in relay from 7am at sites of new apartments and hotels

The crash took place at about 10:30am on Monday morning and the southbound tunnel remained closed until 3pm as emergency services attended the scene. Photograph: Collins

Tributes paid to ‘friend and long-term motorcycle enthusiast’ after untimely death

The scene near the Nine Stones area where the car crash occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

One passenger remains in serious condition in Dublin’s Mater hospital

Barry and  Brenda Thompson, owners of the Spar store at  Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin  celebrate selling  the  winning ticket for Saturday’s  Lotto jackpot. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Lotto has ‘extraordinary few days’ as Rogers family to collect €175m EuroMillions cheque

The four tennis players who set the new Guinness World Record L/R - David Mullins, James Cluskey, Daniel O’Neill and Luke Maguire.

The longest marathon doubles tennis record, of 62 hours completed at Fitzwilliam club

Tayana, Tefi and Timoti recovering in Dogs Trust after they were found dumped in a box on the side of a road in Tyrellstown, Co Dublin after Christmas Photograph: Fran Veale/Dogs Trust/PA Wire

Dogs Trust’s ‘A dog is for life’ message still relevant as it receives 370 requests to give up animals

A motion to ban rickshaws from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area was tabled by Cllr Brian Murphy in January of last year and will be debated on Monday. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Special meeting called by councillors to tackle backlog

Two riders on lake trail. Image: Victor Lucas

State to invest €13.6m to make sport an ‘international proposition’ in Ireland

Broadcaster Arthur Murphy: his funeral Mass was told he was not part of the  racier side of the broadcasting world.

Early career as a singer and presenter in UK was dropped so Murphy could come home

Noel Leeson and Anthony Keegan. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí seeking information about pair last seen in Russell Square area on February 3rd

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran:  called for dialogue to ensure “the best possible outcome, both for refugees and for the local community”. Photograph: John McElroy/PA Wire

Advocacy group warns overcrowding in direct provision centres affecting mental health

Politicians  in north Dublin have complained that  local Dart stations are being progressively ‘unmanned’. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Rail company says automation has given it the chance to improve staff deployment

Motorists whose vehicles have been seized face court fines of up to €1,000 and release fees of €125 for the first day, and €35 for each additional day. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation covering learners driving alone allows cars to be impounded

Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, an Anglican convert, a saint. Photograph:  AP

Former rector of the Catholic University esteemed by Anglicans and Catholics alike

Counterfeit goods seized in Co Louth. Photo: Garda

Gardai and Revenue officers seized good with logos such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss

 Adele McDermott: ‘For the young people coming in, we have to get this right.’

Nurses and their colleagues waiting to hear the fine detail of the pay agreement

Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe. File photograph: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Tidy Towns committees aim to reduce bottles in green areas and waterways

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in Stillorgan was forced to close in 2014 after structural issues with the roof were identified. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Plans to rebuild Stillorgan swimming pool delaying other projects, members told

Tom Arnold said the centre ground in European politics was under threat from rising populism which desperately wanted to win. File photograph: Frank Miller

Event on the future of European democracy hears concern in advance of elections

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