The southbound carriageway of the motorway is currently closed to traffic between J11 Cahir south and J12 Mitchelstown north. File photograph: Irish Times

Gardaí appealing for witnesses following incident near Burncourt, Cahir

An Oireachtas committee has heard tehre was  a significant increase in demand for services provided by eating disorder support group Bodywhys  during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Bodywhys says treatment for people with related ilnesses largely provided in community

The Federation of Early Childhood Providers represents 1,456 independent early childhood care services across Ireland, accounting for 20,000 carers jobs and supporting around 90,000 children and families. Photograph: iStock

Federation of Early Childhood Providers says Government ‘core funding’ is not enough

Floodwater at Lough Funshinagh, Turlagh, in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Council and OPW trying to circumvent environmental protection, group claims

Tom Carney, who lost his sheep shed to the rising floodwaters in 2016 at Lough Funshinagh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Loughs Funshinagh and Ree ‘will be poisoned’ if cattle sheds and septic tanks flood

 A view showing the size of the turnout at the ‘Our Maternity Hospital’ protest outside the Dáil today. Photograph: Tom Honan

Opponents of current plan continue to raise concerns of possible external interference

Professor Brigid Laffan: ‘It is a real trauma to see someone die before your eyes.’ Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Michael Laffan died while swimming at Seapoint in Dublin in January

 Kitesurfing off Dollymount, north Dublin, with Howth lighthouse in the background. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Temperatures may hit 20 degrees today as Met Éireann forecasts return of showers next week

The woman was one of a growing number of Irish people travelling to Turkey for medical procedures. File photograph: Getty

Mother-of-two from southeast had travelled to country for treatment in the past month

Charlotte Kelly was from Kilmacrennan, near Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Seventeen year old was moved to Beaumont Hospital where she died on Monday

Dublin Fire Brigade responded to a gorse fire in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains on Friday evening. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Department of Agriculture issues orange fire alert and says rain may not eliminate risks

Judge  John Cooke (right) pictured during an Irish European Law Forum at Newman House. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Judge was ‘one of the foremost Irish jurists of his time’ and ‘without political links’

The seizure was part of ongoing investigations targeting suspects involved in an organised crime group.

Two men arrested and detained for questioning in Drogheda operation

AIB has warned about a scam recently in operation in which customers are asked to return their cards to a taxi driver sent to collect them. Photograph: iStock

Innocent taxi drivers being sent to reclaim cards - but it is just another scam says AIB

A file image of  forest near Enniskerry village in Co Wicklow. A CSO report suggests the State is falling far short of its tree planting targets. Photograph: Getty

Failure to plant enough trees places State in ‘serious hole’ over meeting carbon targets

The current cableway facilitates the operation of a single six-person cable car used by some 20,400 visitors each year, according to planning documents. Photograph: Getty

Plans included new cableway with two stations, visitor centre, cafe and car park

Irish Rail has already applied the scheme to its online fares, including those in the Dublin region. Photograph: Tom Honan

Rolling dates for introduction of fare cuts are ‘complex, but scheme is still on schedule’

The drugs will be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for analysis. Photograph: iStock

Two men (20s) arrested in separate operations carried out in the Ballincolling area

The dramatic fall in passenger numbers over the past two years as travel was hit by Covid-19 had resulted in cheaper parking according to the DAA. Photograph: iStock

Complaints over increases as parking revenues bounce back after pandemic

Costs associated with operating a taxi increased between 2017 and 2022 by about 11 per cent, according to the NTA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regulator says drivers have been hit with increases in cost of insurance and fuel

The system is to go live on the M7 between Junction 26 Nenagh West and Junction 27 Birdhill at 7am on Monday, a stretch of road which is subject to sudden changes in weather. File photograph: Michael Donnelly

Cameras expected to have immediate effect on speeding vehicles

Lynne Freeman (50s) drowned after she and two friends got into difficulty swimming in the sea in Co Wicklow on Saturday.

Tragedy occurred as three friends went for Saturday afternoon dip on North Beach

Johnathan O’Meara of Mid Ireland Adventure pictured at the launch of the Slieve Bloom bike trail network in Kinnitty, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tim O’ Brien

80km of trail riding officially opened on Friday by Heather Humphreys in Co Offaly

Bord na Móna has been using stockpiles of peat to supply the professional horticulture industry, to make briquettes and to fuel remaining power stations which continue to burn peat. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jobs at risk at remaining briquette factory, turf-powered plants and horticulture outlets

 Elaine Dennehy: ‘How can we morally enforce a product when we can’t say with certainty it is safe for everyone?’

Calls for more research as State invests millions switching to more efficient lights

Minister of State Ossian Smyth said the rights of individuals to cut turf would continue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Small-scale sale between neighbours will not be impacted, Ossian Smyth says

‘If Eamon Ryan had left it alone, never mentioned turf, in 12 years time it would not be an issue as 90 per cent of the users would have passed away,’ said Michael Fitzmaurcie TD. Photograph: iStock

Proposed ban leaves families feeling like they are ‘growing and selling cannabis’

Agriculture committee heard that last year just 2,000 hectares of forest were planted, the lowest level since 1946, it was claimed.  Photograph: iStock

Non-performance of forestry service has done ‘real damage to confidence’ in sector, TDs and Senators told

Evan Somers recovers in hospital following an assault in Dublin. Photograph via Twitter

Evan Somers attacked early on Sunday morning on George’s Street

The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices want a maximum ceiling of €1.10 put on the price of a litre of petrol, €1.20 per litre of diesel and 65c per litre of home heating oil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices want to change fuel taxes and charges

The fare reductions come on top of the Government’s decision to introduce the young adult card later this summer, which will offer an average discount of 50 per cent on fares to those aged between 19 and 23 years. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ticket fares outside greater Dublin area to fall from Monday in second phase of scheme

Some 75 per cent of Polish migrants – one of the largest migrant groups in Ireland – lived in private rented accommodation, the study found. Photograph: iStock

Over half of all migrants were renting in 2016, compared with 13% of Irish-born people

President Michael D Higgins officially unveils the newly restored Eire 6 wartime neutrality sign in Howth, Co Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sign created in Howth during second World War is an act of ‘positive neutrality’, Higgins says

 The National Tidy Towns competition is set to return to normal this year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Communities across Ireland have until May 20th to enter this year’s event

The Mibi said the number of such vehicles on the State’s roads reached 174,177 in 2021. Photograph: iStock

Parc Road Safety group says the number of Garda automatic detection systems is down

About 5 per cent of households have yet to receive census forms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sunday is likely to see the last paper-based censuses, says CSO

Victoria Tollman, whose  Red Carnation Group owns the Ashford Castle Hotel in Co Mayo, addresses the Irish Hotels Federation annual conference.  Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Nine million bed nights were lost last year, Irish Hotel Federation survey shows

IHF president Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said the Government must also do ‘everything within its power’ to minimise the impact of tourism inflation. Photograph: Barry Dunning/Kano PR

Spikes in energy and food costs threaten sector’s recovery, conference hears

Gardaí at the scene of the fire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six people in stable condition in hospital following the fire on Little Britain Street

Silhouetted wind turbine at a rural windfarm.

Planning regulator tells Kerry County Council to change draft development plan

The company said Galway last year became Ireland’s first city with an entirely hybrid bus service, funded by the NTA and operated by Bus Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Company currently has 61 hybrid and three hydrogen buses funded by the NTA

More than 400,00 passport applications had been received by the start of the year. Photograph: iStock

Passport office denies ‘backlog’ and says 68,000 applications are ‘incomplete’

Soko Noritake from Japan photographs an apple blossom tree in Christchurch, Dublin. The recent spell of fine weather is forecast to continue into the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

High of 17 degrees one degree below annual average summer high, says Met Éireann

Jewish Representative Council of Ireland chairman Maurice Cohen. Photograph: JRCI

UN Human Rights Council told members of Dáil and Seanad being openly anti-Semitic

A man in his late-40s died in a collision in Limerick, while a man in his 80s died in a crash in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Number of people who have died on State’s roads now at 44 – up 25 on last year

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors study, has shown a dramatic increase in the causal link estimates for red meat and illnesses and deaths. Photograph: iStock

Study claimed red meat impacts heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, diabetes, cancer

Dancers in the crowd at the Céilí Mór in the Festival Quarter, Collins Barracks on St Patrick’s Day. The fun continues there with a daily entertainment line-up.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Celebrations continue apace, while Ireland and Scotland prepare for rugby international

A man has died in a crash near Rathkeale in Co Limerick.

Car driver taken to University Hospital in ‘non-life threatening’ condition

The CCPC said the recall involved the Bella City Chic doll, which it said contains “unacceptable levels of a chemical that is unsafe for young children”.

Move announced by consumer protection watchdog on Tuesday

One of seven brothers and one sister, Tom Duffy  started performing in the circus ring at the age of five

‘He dedicated his whole life to entertaining the Irish public,’ says son David

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said oil was not on the list of sanctions agreed by the EU. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Move comes as similar oil tanker delivery turns back from the United States

Members of the Glendruid Dolmen Public Forum at the dolmen site in Cabinteely: Poppy Pendred, Carolyn and Nick McElwee, Olwen Pendred, Denis Madden and Neasa Madden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I had to climb over a tree and over a river’ councillor says of access to 5,500 year-old portal tomb

Members of the Glendruid Dolmen Public Forum at the dolmen site in Cabinteely: Poppy Pendred, Carolyn and Nick McElwee, Olwen Pendred, Denis Madden and Neasa Madden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Neolithic portal tomb surrounded by development land is comparable to Poulnabrone

The motorcyclist, a man aged in his late 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Numbers of those killed on the State’s roads more than double the similar period last year

The Independent Review Group has set up a website where further information on the request for submissions, including the group’s terms of reference, can be read. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Draft report due within a year to be brought to Government by Simon Coveney

The action follows disquiet that many fuel retailers put up the price of a litre of petrol by about 20 cent, just one day before the Government reduced excise and duties on a litre of petrol by 20 cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister advised by watchdog of the actions it was taking to protect motorists

Met Éireann said the current wet and windy spell will clear away on Wednesday as brighter weather moves in from the west in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Weather forecast for the days ahead is for ‘unsettled weather’

The presence of infrastructure like the Luas, pictured here at Bride’s Glen, has fed into the council’s aspiration to establish  ‘10 minute neighbourhoods’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

20,000 new homes to be created in south Dublin, building out towards Co Wicklow

Ian Currums business owner at Aztec Scaffolding said the company had three vans and three trucks on the road and his weekly fuel bill had risen from €800 per week to “12 to 14 hundred”.

Business owner says weekly fuel bill for fleet has risen from €800 to as much as €1,400

The meeting comes amid supply chain difficulties as considerable volumes of global feed and fertiliser originate from and are traded through Ukraine and Russia. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Window of opportunity in next few weeks to make decisions on supply crisis

The proposal envisages the link leaving the current Northern Line line between Clongriffin and Portmarnock stations and travelling about 7 kilometres westwards across open ground to the M1 motorway

Oireachtas Committee hears route would not be an alternative to the metro

Met Éireann has issued a Yellow weather warning for the entire country for wind and rain. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Status yellow warnings to come into place later on Tuesday

A Ukrainian refugee looks on while waiting to be transported after she and her mother managed to cross the Romanian-Ukrainian border crossing point in Siret, northern Romania on Friday. Since the outbreak of the conflict, 187,687 refugees from Ukraine have entered Romania, and 126,502 have left the country for other destinations, according to the latest report of the Border Police. Robert Ghement /  EPA

‘Temporary protection’ offered to migrants includes rights to work, school and welfare

Clothing, food and essential items  to be distributed to refugees at the tented village set up by charities giving aid at the Vysne Nemecke border crossing in Slovakia. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Convoys of supplies also welcome but can face problems at border, aid worker says

The Oireachtas committee on transport has heard calls for the introduction of a default speed limit of 30km/h in built-up areas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Academic says focus on safety of drivers ‘makes roads less safe for walkers and other vulnerable users’

A uniformed member of An Garda Síochána was assaulted in the early hours of Monday morning. Photograph: iStock

Uniformed member of the force left disoriented in early morning attack in Cavan

All those who completed applications for visas for travel to Ireland from the Ukraine for family reunification purposes were handled in a timely fashion, the Department of Justice has said. Photograph:  Petr David Josek/AP

Irish executive based in Kyiv accused those handling the process of a lack of urgency

Paul Smithwick: ‘A charismatic, courteous and mannerly man’

Member of famous Kilkenny brewing family received an OBE for service to British-Irish relations

Des O’Maonaigh partner Svetlana and her son Kirill in a bomb shelter outside of Kyiv.

Des O’Maonaigh said he was ‘given the run around’ trying to get his partner and her child out

Britain’s Prince Charles: has previously expressed a wish to visit every county in Ireland. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/AFP via Getty Images

Couple’s tour ‘will take in’ the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Coolmore

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow snow and ice warning for all of Ireland, which comes into force at 10pm on Wednesday.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Status yellow warning in place from Wednesday with possibility of snow, hail and ice

Many of the root causes of anti-social behaviour are beyond the control or jurisdiction of gardaí, the Oireachtas justice committee has heard. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Oireachtas Committee on Justice told many causes of issue beyond control of gardaí

Two  female sperm whales were found dead  at Maghery beach and Malin Head in Co Donegal last week. Photograph: iStock

Deep-diving animals have been washed-up on coasts of counties Donegal, Kerry and Galway

June Tinsley of  the National Council for the Blind of Ireland says it is ‘disappointing that proposals to impose age limits on e-scooter usage will not now be included in the proposed legislation’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

E-scooter crashes result in ‘quite extensive, complex injuries’, says orthopaedic surgeon

Emergency service at the scene of the incident on George’s Street Lower in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Driver and woman who tried to intervene among those being treated for shock

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told an environmental group he ‘strongly’ supports the development of the €600 million Galway ring road. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste says judicial reviews which ultimately fail in the courts are ‘not victimless’

Waves hit the sea wall at Portstewart in Co Derry on Wednesday amid the arrival of Storm Dudley. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Second storm this week to bring flooding, stormy seas, high winds and snow

Met Éireann has issued a status Yellow marine warning for gales on all coasts and on the Irish Sea from 11am Wednesday to midday Thursday. File photograph: Getty

Dudley and Eunice set to trigger strong gusts, regional flooding and gale-force winds at sea

Flooding on Droichead Charraig a Logáin which erodes the surface.

Funding fails to convince all – Connemara roads group flags ‘some of’ State’s worst

Gardaí in north Co Dublin have seized drugs and cash with a combined value of more than €30,000 following a search operation in Malahide. File photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí recover cocaine and drug paraphernalia during operation in north Co Dublin

Richard O’Halloran with his wife Tara, and his three daughters and son: He said he ‘turned in on myself’  during his detention and ‘did not feel the Irish Government were doing anything to help, even though they said they were’.  Photograph: Tara O’Halloran/Twitter/PA

Businessman says his heart stopped in hospital as his health suffered while detained

The woman had  been so upset she said did not want to see the nurse again.  Photograph: iStock

Patient was crying and begging for nurse to stop ‘unnecessary’ procedure

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says the force is aware it has ‘a lot of work to do’ in reflecting diversity in its members. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaign aimed at ‘every ethnicity, minority background, religious identity’, Harris says

The man has been treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Victim found with multiple injuries in north Dublin on Monday, gardaí say

Medical exposure to ionising radiation is when radiation is used as part of diagnosis such as an X-ray or CT scan, for medical research purposes or in the use of radiotherapy as part of cancer treatment. Photograph: iStock

Three dental practices among those criticised by watchdog in latest inspection report

The commissioning ceremony of 68 new Army Officers, 2 Air Corps Officers and 8 Maltese Officers at the Curragh camp in 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members’ report recommends major investment and reform of Irish military

Providers of home care services have called for reform of the sector to address pay and conditions and a growing shortage of staff. Photograph: iStock

Improved employment conditions necessary to meet support needs for ageing population

Some 90 per cent of early years workers struggle to make ends meet. Photograph: iStock

Some 84% of managers identified pay as the biggest obstacle to recruiting staff

Ian McDonnell  suffered catastrophic injuries during the theft of his car at Robinhood Road near the car dealership which he managed, and died at Tallaght Hospital five days later on January 28th.

Ian McDonnell’s wife and children lead tributes to ‘devoted member’ of community

Flowers outside the house where the decomposed remains of a man were found in Sallynoggin, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Sallynoggin resident Michael Whiston (76) described as ‘very striking figure with a long white beard’

Gardaí who discovered the remains after removing a grenade from the house believe the man may have been dead for about a year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Decomposed remains of man were found by gardaí at local authority house in Sallynoggin

Review finds that for “the taxonomic groups that have undergone formal conservation assessments, more than one in five species were threatened with extinction”.

Hard-hitting report mirrors EU comments on water, biodiversity, nature and ecology

 U2 singer Bono is to release Crazy Mountain, a song dedicated to Charlie Bird and the Climb With Charlie campaign. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Broadcaster praises ‘outstanding gesture’ by U2 frontman amid fundraising campaign

Councillors voted to block any development on lands along the capital’s southeastern coast. Photograph: iStock

Councillors in stand-off over draft plan for zero buildings on south Dublin Dart corridor

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan is strongly supportive of moves  to reassign road space from private cars for use by active and public transport. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tepid welcome for the move from disability groups who fear new laws on e-scooters

Fixed-charge fines for parking offences can range from €40 to €150 and the motorist is initially given 28 days to pay. Photograph: Alan Betson

System facing criticism allows errant motorists chance to pay and avoid conviction

Charlie Bird with Keith Davy (left) and Trevor Vaugh from NUI Maynooth who have developed the closed voice technology. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times.

Broadcaster is hoping voice substitute technology can assist others

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland with members of the 50 First Skates rollerskating group Georgia Stynes, Nicole Douglas and Kim Gavin at the launch of Brigit 2022. Photograph: Tom Honan

Tuesday’s celebrations include tours, lectures and a concert - but no bank holiday yet

 Donie Anderson, who runs a sheepfarm  neighbouring Pat Lee’s in Glenasmole, Co Dublin, with Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue and Minister of State for Farm Safety Martin Heydon  to highlight the responsibilities of dog owners this lambing season. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Farmer raises issue of ‘livestock worrying’ with about 240 incidents reported in 2020

“Funding available within the first half of the National Development Plan is not sufficient to progress all the schemes as outlined in the NDP through the planning and design phase.”

Transport Infrastructure Ireland chief says €1.1bn for 2021-2025 has ‘limited scope’

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