Frontline workers are being honoured in this presentation at Smithfield. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin’s ‘Winter Lights’ display brightens up the capital for Christmas

The Licensed Vintners Association said the approach  being adopted by Government is shameful.

Industry calls for bars that do not sell food to be allowed open alongside gastropubs

A protest against government inaction over smog levels in Dublin, 1988. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Concern for air quality last week in Ennis, Tralee, Macroom, Cork and Enniscorthy

A major factor in the long lists of those waiting for driving tests is that some 45 per cent of all driving tests result in failure for the applicant. Photograph: iStock

RSA to open new digital application site as waiting lists stretch into summer 2021

Retail Excellence said it would work closely with  the authorities to deliver longer trading hours in an effective and safe manner. Photograph: Getty Images

Head of hotel federation says decision not to allow intercounty travel until December 18th is shortsighted

Detectives are concerned for the tortoise’s welfare as tortoises require a hot temperature of 32 degrees. Photograph: PSNI

Horsfield tortoise needs specialist conditions including light and heat

 A Save the Arts poster at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dance teachers and yoga instructors also plead for relaxation of controls

The Minister said  he was ‘happy to report that no safety issues have been found with any of the products checked’. Photograph: iStock

Preliminary results showing concerns with product were received two days earlier than previously said

The project is designed to protect an estimated 100m tonnes of carbon stored in the bogs as well as a further 3.2m tonnes of carbon which the bogs will naturally abstract from the environment between now and 2050. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Money to be spend alongside ‘Just Transition Fund’ to protect area’s role as carbon sink

The interconnector will allow 700MW of electricity to flow between the countries, enough to power about 450,000 homes. Photograph: iStock

€1 billion project to see cable come ashore near Youghal and travel 44km underground

Mink look out from their cage at a farm in Denmark where a cull has also been ordered. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

Mutated strain of coronavirus could negate efforts to secure effective vaccines, experts say

Under the HSE School Immunisation Programme children in junior infants, are offered two vaccines, the “4 in 1” booster to protect against diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough, and a second dose of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

HSE twice deferred school immunisation programme is six counties due to Covid pressures

US president-elect Joe Biden leaves the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, following a virtual roundtable with frontline healthcare workers on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Briefing paper prepared for incoming US president by 15 rights and civil society groups

Six people died in the marine casualties under investigation by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board. File photograph: PA

Marine Casualty Investigation Board notes toxicology reports from two fatal incidents indicating alcohol

Permanent night shift workers are at heightened risk of moderate to severe asthma,the study found.

Report draws focus on ‘emerging area concerning ill-effects of shift working on health’

Packets of chocolate biscuits with visual cues to portion size used in the study.

Women eat fewer biscuits and men crisps when portions are highlighted, ESRI researchers found

A 30-year campaign divided Arklow  between those who favoured the original location for the waste-water treatment plant and those who wanted Seabank because it was further out of town

Raw sewage still flows down river in the centre of the town after three decades of planning rows

A woman in  a face mask passes Keogh’s pub on Anne Street South in Dublin city centre amid Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pub lobby: ‘Level 3 curbs do not allow us to cover costs and is not practical for Christmas’

Woman had been missing from her Co Louth home

Met Éireann said up to 50mm of rain was expected over the next 24 hours which may present a danger of flooding in places near rivers with already high water levels. File photograph: Tom Honan

Met Éireann puts out alert for five counties with up to 50mm of rain expected over 24 hours

Revenue’s mobile X-ray machine was involved in the  discovery of  the smuggled cigarettes.

Cigarettes found on board ship in Dublin Port that originated in Rotterdam

Sushi is a very high-risk product because it contains raw fish which must be kept chilled to reduce the growth of dangerous bacteria, the FSAI said. Photograph: iStock

Health inspectors found unregistered operation without any hygiene or temperature controls

The first fibre-to-the-home connections under the Government’s National Broadband Plan will be available later this year, Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan has said.

Eamon Ryan confirms first homes to be connected will be in counties Cavan and Cork

People enjoy the sun in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, last month. Photograph: Collins

Shannon Airport had its sunniest October on record, according to Met Éireann report

Restricted capacity on a Dublin Bus vehicle amid the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Authority responds amid reports of healthcare workers being left at bus stops

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said a Government subcommittee was examining how compensation for injuries is handled in other countries, with a view to presenting new options here. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Unsustainable levels of compensation and costs are killing businesses, owners say

The National Transport Authority warned that the capacity problem could deteriorate when schools return on Monday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Capacity problems causing pressure, particularly during morning peak and especially in Dublin

Red-rump tarantulas are famous for their bite, but it is not considered dangerous to humans in general. Photograph: The Irish Times

Red-rump spider found in bunch of wrapped bananas that originated in central America

The latest reports on Camphill Communities, focussed on 10 residential centres, were published by Hiqa on Thursday.

Camphill to submit a governance improvement plan to address ‘substantive failings’

In another rarity popularly known as a ‘blue moon’, Saturday’s full moon will be the second full moon in a calendar month.  File photograph: Getty Images

Astronomy Ireland urges public to everyone to ‘get out and look on the spookiest of nights’

Michael Fingleton is associated with lands at the centre of a planning application for 194 build-to-rent units. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposed scheme in south Co Dublin involves development containing 194 homes

West warning: Accumulations of 30mm to 60mm are expected widely, with higher values in mountainous regions. File photograph: Getty

‘Heavy rain’ warning for Thursday into Friday with flooding and disruption expected

Young people may have fared better during the Covid-19 lockdown than was previously thought. File photograph: Getty Images

Reduction in emotional difficulties reported among some pupils forced to stay at home

Economically deprived are more likely not to exercise and have poor health

Minister for International Transport Hildegarde Naughton  said the traffic light scheme was based on recognised testing “validated” in the traveller’s country of departure

Minister Hildegarde Naughton says a high-level group will continue to look at rapid testing

Public will accept up to 10 weeks of restrictions if there is “strong leadership”, a clear explanation of why they were necessary and a clear exit strategy, says DCU’s Prof Anthony Staines. File photograph: Alan Betson

DCU’s Prof Anthony Staines says Ireland needs more rapid testing and increased emphasis on mask-wearing

Professor Philip Nolan said contributions on Covid-19 ‘should be grounded in the facts, and public health expertise and experience’. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

High profile medical experts differ sharply on State’s tackling of Covid-19

A Covid-19 Garda checkpoint on the M4 earlier this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High visibility policing plan under way in addition to existing operations

Det  Supt Martin Creighton speaking outside Dún Laoghaire Garda station on Thursday. Photograph:  PA

All lines of inquiry into death of Noleen Murphy have been exhausted, gardaí say

Maureen Kavanagh, chief executive of Active Retirement Ireland: ‘Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party committed in their Programme for Government to build a society that properly values older people – a society where older people can live full and active lives in their communities.’ Photograph: iStock

Measures to protect majority of older people from rising cost of energy excluded, says Age Action

The Dunkettle interchange is a road junction in east Cork City, forming a junction between the M8, N25 and the N40. Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton described the upgrade as ‘vital’ for Cork city and region. Photograph: iStock

‘Vital’ Dunkettle Interchange upgrade to go ahead, Woodbrook Dart stop approved

The flu vaccine can be administered via a nasal spray for children under 12. Photograph: Getty Images

Health service says it can be difficult to tell if symptoms are flu or Covid-19 in children

Drugs seized by gardaí in the  multi-agency operation, which took place in Cork and Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Five locations in Bantry were searched and two men aged in their 20s were arrested

The RSA has appealed to any candidate who cannot attend for their test appointment to contact them so the test slot can be allocated to a candidate on the cancellation list

43,192 people now waiting for test with list expected to lengthen in run-up to Christmas

Gardaí in Tallaght seized the cannabis herb with an estimated value of €467,000 and cigarettes valued at €426,000 in an operation that took place in August 2018. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Accused in his 30s to appear in court in relation to seizure in Saggart two years ago

Members of the Emergency Response Unit seized three loaded 9mm pistols from the van.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Emergency Response Unit intercepts van in Castlerea and arrests man in his 30s

There are however no weather warnings for Ireland as a result of the storm. Photograph: iStock

Weather front was named by French meteorological office

 The demolishing of the O’Rahilly home at Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Iconic and historic locations such as this should be preserved or incorporated,’ Martin says

The man who was travelling on an electric scooter from the direction of Slane, was treated by ambulance services but was later pronounced dead, the statement said. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

Moldovan man was travelling home on e-scooter when incident ocurred

Level Three restrictions came into effect in Dublin at midnight on Friday September 18th. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Traffic decline in Donegal is more than 50% on some routes, but just 2 % on Dublin’s M50

Last year 110,000 people took part in the three-day festival in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

111,000 people took part in last year’s events which Fáilte Ireland says is now not possible

Access to the uplands of Luggala estate has reopened in time for National Walking Day. File photograph: Eric Luke

‘Responsible walkers’ welcome but owner says further closures will be likely in future

Bridie Mooney of Mooney’s Shop, Trafalgar Road, Greystones: locals line out for her funeral. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For 62 years, Mrs Mooney stood behind her Wicklow counter selling sweets and groceries

TII said the decreases ‘may reflect the impact of the Level 3 restrictions introduced at the weekend’. File photograph: iStock

Falls in volume of between 4 and 8% contrast with 70% drop in March

Ireland is set to experience more rain. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland escapes overnight severe weather damage as heavy downpours move northeast today

Three weather warnings – for wind, gales and rough sea conditions – have been issued by Met Éireann. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Met Éireann warns of potential for trees to come down as it forecasts strong winds

A new campaign for safe cycling in rural Ireland is being formally launched. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Vision for Cycling in Rural Ireland aims to make rural areas cycle-friendly for all ages

The lands, which are  home to filming for the hit TV series Vikings, have been closed to walkers since the spring, with the estate saying the actions were necessary to protect its staff from Covid-19. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Guinness estate now owned by Italian count has been closed since spring

Traffic volumes on most Irish roads have risen significantly in the last week as children returned to school, new figures from TII show. File photograph: Alan Betson

As reports of likely Level 3 lockdown spread in capital, traffic numbers increased significantly on all main roads

A waiter serves outdoor diners on South Anne Street. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Colder and more autumnal conditions expected across Ireland from Tuesday

Gardaí seized cocaine with an estimates street value of €350,000 and cannabis with an estimated value of €260,000. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Men in their 40s detained after three cars stopped in Swords on Wednesday night

East Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Traditional discount in LPT scrapped as south Dublin council faces service cuts

Dame Street vision by Dublin Chamber

New emphasis on having all Dublin citizens’ needs within short distance

One councillor said it was ‘just not realistic’ to “bring in a blanket ban” on speeds above 30km/h on key routes such as Collins Avenue. Photograph: Tom Honan

Amendment allows 40km/h limit on arterial routes if local area committees choose

The alcohol which was subject to excise duty represented a potential loss to the exchequer of €7,850.

Revenue asks legitimate businesses and members of the public to report smugglers

No 40, Herbert Park, in Dublin 4, was the home of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, known as The O’Rahilly, the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in battle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to 12-storey aparthotel as ‘a landmark gateway to Herbert Park is acceptable’ - DCC

Students at UCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report blames accommodation shortages and natural increases in ‘college age cohort’

Investigation into transaction reversal frauds was reported by a financial institution in January 2020

18 cashpoints were targeted, resulting in the theft of money from customer’s accounts and damage to the machines

Garda car outside Debenhams on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six people arrested during protest at Debenhams’ Henry Street shop in Dublin

Two men have been charged in relation to drug seizures in counties Laois and Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí recover quantities of cannabis after stopping vehicles in counties Laois and Cork

Bunratty Castle. Photograph: iStock

Shannon Heritage had warned heritage sites would close in less than two weeks

The car in which a father and his two children  died in a crash at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal last night. Photograph: North West Newspix

‘Her whole family had been wiped out in one go’, says priest who attended scene with mother who survived crash

Waves crash over Ireland’s Eye on Thursday afternoon at Howth  in the wake of Storm Ellen. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Cool, sunny and breezy temperatures forecast for the weekend

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

Bunratty Castle. Photograph: iStock

Without emergency funds, Shannon Group has ‘no other option’ but to close properties

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ireland’s rate of growth in new cases is fourth highest in Europe, Minister warns

The Mooncoin Residential Care Centre has been testing regularly for Covid-19; this is the first time a test has proven positive.

Mooncoin Care Centre detects staff member with Covid-19 in sixth of a series of tests

Anyone with information on incidents of water pollution, illegal fishing and fish kills is asked to phone a confidential telephone number -1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.

Nine wild Atlantic salmon killed before spawning, public advised to be vigilant

Teige Ryan and John Kavanagh, directors of None So Hardy Forestry, Ballymurrin, Co Wexford with two-year-old oak saplings. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Industry likened by grower to ‘a patient with long-term illness who has a heart attack’

 A man smokes outside a pool in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Photograph:  Ramon de la Rocha/EPA

Spanish regions restrict public smoking in absence of social distancing for Covid-19

A spokeswoman for Bus Éireann said the thinking behind the new regime was that school buses were very different from public transport generally. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann says dedicated school buses different as they’re a ‘closed community’

Environmentalists claim the Heads of Bill published by Pippa Hackett would drastically reduce “the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs” to appeal any forestry decision with potential environmental impacts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Environmental NGO the Pillar tells Pippa Hackett to ‘fix the problem, not the objectors’

The Hamlet Court Hotel at Johnstown Bridge in north Kildare which is among the many businesses forced to closed in the midlands after new restrictions were imposed on Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

Anger across the midlands: ‘There was outbreaks in Dublin, they didn’t shut the place’

The men were charged with  possession and  possession with intent to supply drugs.

Judge refuses bail to Keith Quinn and Andrew Noonan due to serious nature of charges

The journey time from Ballincollig to Mahon is expected to be 47 minutes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Proposed scheme to provide high-capacity link from eastern to western suburbs

The Restaurants Association of Ireland, described the curfew decision as bizarre and out of the blue.  Photograph: iStock

Association wants a clear explanation of the rationale behind the decision

Temperatures everywhere were below long-term average for the month. Photograph: iStock

Dublin Airport recorded least amount of July sunshine in 34 years

 Paul Mescal as Connell in the Normal People wearing the GAA shorts that will go on sale to raise money for charity. Photograph: Enda Bowe/PA Wire

Celebrity clothes auction aims to fill shortfall in Jack and Jill Foundation fundraising

A file image of rain clouds over Co Galway. A status yellow rain warning for Galway has now lifted but another has been put in place for three other   counties. Photograph: Getty

Dublin basks in temperature of 24 degrees as 30mm of rain falls in Malin Head

Tully church at Laughanstown is within the Cherrywood strategic development zone in south Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

National Monuments Service also ‘refused to take question’ on Tully church, Minister says

Deer grazing in Phoenix Park on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Rain belt extends from south west Kerry across Clare and Galway to Donegal

Bus Éireann asked people to avoid travelling on Expressway services from noon to 7pm over the coming weekend. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social distancing measures mean Expressway services have just 8,000 seats daily

Colm Ó Briain in 1975. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

He had ‘a long and distinguished service to the arts and arts education in Ireland’

This year’s drop in room occupancy was the largest ever recorded with some smaller, independent hotels in the capital facing ruin, according to sources. Photograph: iStock

August occupancy may be as low as 17% in the capital, but better in rural areas

Some 48% of adults   do not use bus services, while just one in every 16  use bus services  at least five times a week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CSO survey finds walking accounted for 13.5% of all journeys, while just one in 20 were by bus

Taoiseach Micheal Martin will be paid €186,831 a year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ministers taking 10% reduction still paid more than previous government

Spanish flags being used as social distancing markers stick out from the sand in Palma, Mallorca,  one  of the popular Balearic Islands in Spain. Photograph: Joan Mateu/AP

Spanish authorities insist Balearic and Canary Islands are safe locations for travel ‘without 14 day quarantine’

Shoppers carry umbrellas on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Sun seekers set to be disappointed again but things look better for Thursday and Friday

Gary Long inside his barge  moored on the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Body responsible for canal boating does not want boating on the canals, say liveaboards

It is estimated there are about 400 people living on vessels on inland waterways. Photograph: Getty Images

Noonan wants strategy aimed at creating ‘vibrant communities of people living aboard their vessels’

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