Frogs appear with frogspawn in a pond near Shankill, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survival of a generation of frogs now in danger, warns Herpetological Society

When the music’s over: The closed    Waltons store on South Great George’s Street in Dublin, now emptied of instruments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Full repertoire of singing and insrumental lessons on South George’s Street to continue

 Dublin’s M50: A new “M50 Dublin Port south access” road is proposed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Metro to get €3bn and diesel electric trains to benefit from 300 new rail carriages

There is to be an investigation of the potential for high speed rail on the Dublin - Limerick Junction - Cork and Dublin - Belfast routes.

Proposal features €2bn for Irish Rail for expansion of Dart to Maynooth, Drogheda

A view of Galway city centre. The National Transport Authority has said developing a Luas-style tram network to serve the  city would be ‘inappropriate’.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

National Transport Authority says such a project would be expensive and inefficient

Customs official Olivia O’Connor, with dog Harvey, during a customs search at Dublin Port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Facility will apply for planning permission to put new infrastructure in place for next year

All complaints received by the FSAI last year were followed up and investigated by food inspectors throughout the country.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Poor personal hygiene were listed among the bad habits of staff working in the food sector

A Royal Navy bomb disposal van at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Docklands railway closed, shops and homes evacuated as Royal Navy and police brought in

Traffic on College Street joined by Pearse Street traffic and D’Olier Street heading towards College Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Possible ban on taxis to cost users as Luas ramps up from 22 to 40 trams per hour

Bishop Brendan Kelly blesses the congregation during his installation. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Bishop of Achonry notes ‘diverse’ turnout including other Christian and Muslim representatives

Work in progress on Molesworth Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Developers promise replacement in face of criticism at removal of mature trees

File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lorries may not have valid licences to travel to Britain if certification process changes

The Luas number 5027: A 55 metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge, blocking traffic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Line-wide’ fault renders ticket machines unable to accept passengers’ card payments

Luas number 5027 a 55-metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge on Thursday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The 55-metre tram did exactly what it was not supposed to do on day two of service

Luas line on O’ Connell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No reported issues for first 55-metre tram journey in Dublin

The seven new trams will be the longest single unit Citadis- type trams in the world, according to tram maker Alstom.  Photograph: Collins

Seven 55m trams to be deployed in Dublin in effort to tackle chronic crowding issues

M11 services: a bridge and services building have been built near Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee also hears 2,000 motorists overcharged on M1 toll

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport Infrastructure Ireland says unopened motorway service costing €19,500 a month

The Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow where a   tunnel at Callow Hill is a “very vulnerable part” of the water supply system for the capital,  and will now be replaced. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Four kilometre drinking water tunnel was dug by men with picks and shovels in 1860s

Commission is engaged on a series of public meetings across the State to gather views on how members of the population interact with the Garda. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Commission on the Future of Policing told of need for more Garda training and empathy

A toll point on the M1 motorway. Source: Google street view

Electronic payment tag users overcharged on route between Gormanston to Ballymascanian

Bail conditions imposed included that the boy must keep the peace and sign on daily at Tallaght Garda station

Judge hears it could take six weeks to prepare file and get instructions from the DPP

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he had an open mind on the exact numbers and make-up of the Judicial Appointments Commission committees.

New commission would have 13 members and several 11-member subcommittees

A map had been discovered in the National Library which showed a right of way in existence in 1799 at the site in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, the Court of Appeal heard.

Court told of ‘new evidence’ in 17-year dispute in form of 1799 Powerscourt estate map

Stillorgan reservoir, Dublin

Irish Water urged to allow public access to surplus land for recreational use

The Vartry water treatment plant at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cllr says decision may be flawed as environmental impact assessment should have been submitted

A fish farm with round cages for salmon growing.

Campaign wants department to release more than 200 documents on diseases in salmon farms

Incoming RSA board members Gillian Treacy and Donna Price with Minister for Transport Shane Ross at an event to mark the publication of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

RSA criticises ‘rural TDs’ who ‘have called for leniency in drink-driving legislation’

Jason Pigott, whose car was hit with a metal pole, said he was told  M50 cameras were just live cameras and do not record. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Driver in appeal for witnesses as he escapes serious injury from piece of suspension

Shane Ross with Donna Price in 2017. The Minister has appointed Ms  Price and Gillian Treacy, who he said were active in the area of road safety advocacy, to the board of the RSA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport encouraged by progress outlined in mid-term review of strategy

Baptism barrier: “I wouldn’t be married to it myself, personally,” said Eamon Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Martin hopes Government Ministers might ‘commend Catholic education’

Many local authorities are accepting them for recycling free of charge, albeit for limited periods.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

County councils offering free tree services say check for closing date as litter fines apply

Such laws requiring a minimum distance have been passed in France, Belgium, Portugal, Canada and Australia as well as half of the states in the US.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister’s foresees problems, asking: ‘How do you prove someone is 1.5 metres away?’

About €1.2 billion worth of trade in goods and services is carried out each week between Ireland and the UK.

Customs barriers could ‘plunge the economies of these islands into deep recession’

Doreen Keogh:  played Rover’s Return barmaid Concepta Hewitt in Coronation Street, and also coached Barbra Streisand in how to speak with a cockney accent

Irish actor also appeared in ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘Father Ted’, ‘Cold Feet’ and ‘Fair City’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I can certainly see a place for a rural resettlement scheme.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rural Resettlement Ireland remains ready to assist in migration of people to country

Gardai on the scene of a car crash in Co Louth that killed three people in July. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Ultimately our aim should be zero deaths on our roads,’ says Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Dublin’s Custom House will be a backdrop for events in Dublin

Our guide of what to do and where to go across Ireland to ring in 2018

The remains of seven horses were found in a field in the Knocklofty area of Co Tipperary on December 18th. Photograph: Cllr Catherine Carey.

Concerns raised for animal welfare after discoveries of dead and decomposing horses

Scanning the brain: the good news is that while brains can be deformed by adverse childhood experiences, it is also possible to effect repairs, to alter their physical structure.

I need to know why I’ve developed weak legs. But what else will the scan tell me?

A total of 46,000 scans and X-rays are being reviewed after three serious events reported

The Cliffs of Moher in  Co Clare,  one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Photograph: Getty Images

Tourism Ireland targets the ‘culturally curious’, the US and new markets for growth

Social Justice Ireland said the figures showed more than 790,000 people were living in poverty in Ireland, of which more than 250,000 are children. File photograph: Getty Images

Analysis reveals regional income disparities, especially in Border and midwest areas

A new homeless facility was opened on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Simon says numbers seeking help from charity are up by a third to 11,000 people

The technology would work across Luas, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and private bus operators in Dublin and other cities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Transport Authority wants to replace Leap Cards with smartphone technology

Transport Infrastructure Ireland  will  be asked  why a 101km stretch of the Atlantic motorway opened earlier this year without services. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee to inquire into €15,000 a month bill on unopened services

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:

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

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