Holders of full licences from countries not aligned to Irish or EU standards should in future have to take just six of the 12 lessons prescribed for learner drivers, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said.

Would-be motorists from non-aligned countries will have to take six instead of 12 lessons

Gardaí have arrested three people and seized drugs worth an estimated €570,000 in Dublin.

Woman (34) found carrying over €40,000 worth of cannabis and methamphetamine

There was concern for thousands of Brent geese. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Statement covering sea waters around site clashes with findings by Birdwatch Ireland

The number of tourists visiting Ireland and the revenue they generate will continue to rise next year, Fáilte Ireland has forecast. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fáilte Ireland encouraged by rise in arrivals from US and Europe, who spend more than UK visitors

Foraging  Brent Geese are wintering in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

BirdWatch Ireland expresses concern for thousands of Brent geese wintering in bay

John Street in Kilkenny: The auditor’s report notes the council bought a building at 75/76 John Street in 2007 for €7 million “ for the purpose of relocating the county library”. File photograph: Google Street View

Local government auditor also criticises council for contracts without proper tender

Rough journey?: Irish Rail had 407 complaints of anti-social behaviour last year, 117 reported incidents of intimidation and 70 vandalism complaints. Photograph: Eric Luke

Alterations to routes on Maynooth, Drogheda, Sligo, and Rosslare lines

Dublin was ‘effectively full’ on 145 days last year because of a lack of bed capacity, the chief executive of tourism promotion body Fáilte Ireland has said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Least active tourism destinations likely to be hardest hit by ‘no deal Brexit’, TDs told

Participants said bullying could take the form of adverse comment from pupils and their parents on Whatsapp groups, as well as social media sites where pupils “rate” teachers and direct emails.   File photograph: Getty Images

One parent attending a meeting with a teacher and a principal used a smartphone to record the meeting, later putting it online

Maeve Mullin,  co-founder CF Hopesource and Alice Ward who lives with cystic fibrosis, from North Dublin, at  a briefing on the Beaumont Hospital cystic fibrosis (CF) inpatient unit.  Photograph: Orla Murray

Catherine Noone announces planning application for unit at Beaumont Hospital to be lodged by end of November

Dr Niall Muldoon: Many GPs are medicating young people who have severe mental health issues, either because of a lack of understanding, or because waiting times to see a psychologist are too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

GPs talk to parents ‘over patient’s head’ children’s ombudsman to tell psychology conference

Kevin “Boxer” Moran: he said the €9m funds for Co Leitrim would come from a previously-announced €1bn investment in flood-risk measures

Lough Allen to be lowered for the third winter in a row to help prevent downstream flooding

An  assessment   by Wicklow County Council estimated the waste in the former landfill could be as much as 48,000 cubic metres in volume. Photograph: Getty Images

Landfill to be the subject of €2m containment to stop further waste materials spilling onto the beach and ending up in the sea

Images of the plastic pieces found on the shore at Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove show tiny lengths of thin, flexible material about the length of a little finger. Photograph: Gráinne Grehan

Specialist team working on recovery of strips used in restoration of Dún Laoghaire Baths

The Department of Education, which entered into a service agreement with Westmeath County Council in relation to the construction of a new building for Curraghmore National School. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Design changes ‘placed responsibility on designers’ to certify work under new rules

Graduating gardaí at the Garda College Templemore, Co Tipperary. A new report has surveyed 200 active members of An Garda Síochána who identified the top five traumatic stressors in their lives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Study on the impact of trauma on gardaí to feature in psychological society’s conference

The remains of Amanda Carroll leave her funeral mass at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardnier Street. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Son of woman strangled in her home tells congregation they and Christ had made family strong

A number of serious crashes have already been blamed on what Transport Infrastructure Ireland called ‘narrow bands of hail’ in the west of the country. Photograph: iStock

‘Bands of hail’ mean exposed motorways are ‘like driving on ball bearings’, RSA warns

The Unicef report found “vulnerable groups” are still in danger of being left behind.

Concern is expressed for educational levels of groups including Travellers, the homeless and immigrants

Poolbeg incinerator:  Dublin City Council   said about 50,000 homes could be heated using water heated by the waste incinerator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council says 50,000 homes could be heated using hot water from Poolbeg incinerator

Festival and concert promoter John Reynolds  died at his home last Thursday. Photograph:  Collins

Festival and concert promoter’s funeral to take place on Thursday

Keith Russell (left) with race director Jim Aughney prior to the  marathon on Sunday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Keith Russel took part in memory of his daughter who competed with him in 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “Highly unlikely” that Peter Casey would now be joining the Fine Gael party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach: ‘I endorsed President Higgins, my party campaigned for him, he has won’

The programme attracted an average audience of 446,000 viewers for the two hour programme on RTÉ One. Photograph: RTÉ Player

RTÉ figures show high levels of interest in final TV debate featuring all six candidates

Sam Bates and Alisha Wauchope, grand children of Norman Witherow (centre),  one of the finders of the Tullydonnell hoard unearthed near Convoy in Co Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tullydonnell hoard is among the heaviest gold finds to have been unearthed in Ireland

Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines  provide advice for clinicians. Photograph: iStock

Office for Traffic Medicine to develop strategy to help doctors advise addicted patients

A Funeral car passes Leinster House as part of a protest over the closure of Donard Post Office outside Leinster House, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Offended Minister of State Andrew Doyle tells crowd he is ‘not a dog’ when called to speak

The crocuses will bloom in January, around the time of Holocaust Memorial Day, on January 27th.   Photograph: Getty Images

Crocus bulb planting in Glasnevin attended by diplomats, and third generation survivor

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  the vast majority of landlords are “small landlords, sometimes accidental landlords” owning just one or two properties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister rejects allegations that housing policy is focused on ‘benefits not bricks’

Vicky Phelan outside  the High Court in  April after settling her case against the State. She received €2.5 million. Photograph: CourtPix

PAC to ask State Claims Agency for numbers of claims by practitioner and by hospital

Seamus McCarthy Comptroller and Auditor General of the Arts Council. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Third party used to process grant applications from arts groups went into liquidation

Fans with host Ryan Tubridy ahead of the London edition of ‘The Late Late Show’. Photograph: Andres Poveda

‘Unprecedented’ number of applicants led to dozens of ticket holders being refused entry

Gregor McGuckin with his parents Randal and Lynne at his homecoming at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Gregor McGuckin, de-masted in South Indian Ocean, attempted to rescue fellow sailor

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in  Stillorgan, Co Dublin, has been closed since 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Council ‘uncertainty’ over Shane Ross’s key project after State fails to cover harbour costs

The  report from  Irish Business Against Litter singled out Dublin’s north inner city and Ballymun, Cork city’s northside and Mahon as well as Galway’s suburb of Ballybane as examples of disadvantage and litter pollution. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Business against litter group calls for mixed housing to create cleaner neighbourhoods

Fans with host Ryan Tubridy ahead of the London edition of ‘The Late Late Show’. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Station says oversubscribing shows ‘is standard in UK’ after fans left in cold

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer, Ryanair said the airline’s Irish summer schedule is the biggest ever launched. Photograph: Dave Meehan

15 new routes from Ireland for summer 2019 as airline tries to leave staff troubles behind

David Waters: “I looked at the main bits online.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

My budget: Education spending increase only keeping up with increase in student numbers, he argues

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he recognised 2018 has been ‘a difficult year for farmers’. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Farming policy and Brexit continue to raise fears as Fianna Fáil claims credit for extras

Fuel savings of about 33%, with reduced noise and carbon emissions if trials are successful

Irish Rail has decided to ban alcohol from some Friday services to Galway and Westport.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company says passengers who bring alcohol on board may have it confiscated

Long-time protest: Farmers from Monaghan, Cavan and Meath and over 1200 tractors in 2008  in a NEPP  rally opposing the  North South interconnector. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Department report finds in favour of overground electricity cables and pylons

 Michael Ring   has announced that some 27 organisations which provide mobility and cancer support services are to share in grants totalling €1.4m. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring announces funds to help with transport

Luggala, Co Wicklow.

Gate to Wicklow mountains traditional walking routes and Fancy Mountain affected

People queue outside the newly opened Krispy Kreme outlet at Blanchardstown shopping centre on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Long delays around Dublin centre over weekend as hungry shoppers cause gridlock

Fr Peter McVerry: There are probably over half a million people in this country whose housing situation is causing them great distress. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Jesuit group critical of Government, calls for support for housing protest on Wednesday

Aerial view  of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Local councillors concerned about €33.1m repair bill and €800,000 annual costs

Fr Peter McVerry took issue with the Government’s plans for the Land Development Agency, saying it was ‘absurd’ to hand over public land to developers in return ‘for 10, 20 or even 30 per cent social housing’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fr Peter McVerry says Government plan to hand over State land to developers is ‘absurd’

Tara Moran: ‘The reason for the protest is to highlight unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding, but if people didn’t accept that, if people treated it like water charges, it would change.’

Unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding led to demonstration at Connolly Hospital, protester explains

INMO nurses protesting at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown in Dublin, on Tuesday, to highlight unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Nurses and midwives angry over pay and conditions as they prepare for special conference

Fine Gael councillor Pat McCartan said a decade ago the economy collapsed and, for the following eight years, there was no construction activity. Photograph:  Reuters

Council wants Government to provide €2.3bn in budget and ban evictions

According to the Government’s own Climate Change Advisory Council, the ending of the peat-only subsidy in 2019 would make “peat-fired electricity generation commercially unviable”.   Photograph:  Pat Sammon/insightconsultants.ie

Complaint to EU says new subsidy will result in carbon emissions and €50m-a-year fines

The measles virus. There have been 41,000 cases of measles and 37 measles-related deaths in Europe during the first six months of the year.

Parents told they can bring vaccinations forward if travelling to infected regions

Photograph: Neat Media

Recently uncovered display was used as navigational aid by US planes

Micheál Martin has turned down a request by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for talks to extend the Confidence and Supply Agreement for another two years. Photograph: Maxwells

Taoiseach sought Fianna Fáil backing to extend minority government for two years

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite at Electric Picnic on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Mistaken belief’ that abandoned tents go to charity leads to a large volume of rubbish

A still from a video posted on social media which appears to show a man wearing a Dublin GAA jersey (centre) kick  another man (red top, sitting) in the head.

Alleged assault is recorded following All-Ireland football final on Sunday

PhD student Saorla Kavanagh of DCU, who led the research that has found Irish heather honey as having health benefits comparable with manuka honey

University researchers find urban bees make better honey than their country cousins

The longest waiting time for car-driver testing was in Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 26 weeks. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than half of 83,000 provisional drivers on list have yet to be given an appointment

Irish Water has extended its hosepipe ban until the end of September for 16 counties including Dublin, Cork and Limerick.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Restriction lifted in west and northwest with supplies improving as drought period ends

Gardaí later local a car with five visible occupants, and a 13-year-old in the boot ‘with an amount of rocks’

Cross in the Phoenix Park in  Dublin where Pope Francis will say Mass on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Medical director recognises ‘concern’ with plans but says there’s now a ‘complete change’

R445 near Monasterevin Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Maps

Motorcyclist was in collision with a black crew cab vehicle near Monasterevin

 Pigs on a commercial pig farm, in Broadford, Co. Meath. File photograph: Alan Betson

Farmers target Supervalu to ’inspect’ pig meat for Bord Bia quality assurance symbol

The stage from where Pope Francis will deliver Mass is seen under construction in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Mobility scooters, folding armchairs, stools, cooler boxes also prohibited from Sunday’s event

 Pope Francis will meet victims of clergy sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland. Photograph:  Reuters

Vatican confirms pontiff will meet clerical sexual abuse survivors during time in State

Cody Keenan unveils statue of former US president in Moneygall, Co Offaly

Student  Michael Barry with Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Higher Education. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Congratulations all round as adults returning to education get their Leaving results

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara from Co Kilkenny and Lynn Fenton (left) from Rathangan Co Wicklow  getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny.Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Cannabis found by gardaí in Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, on Sunday.

No arrests after officers discover sophisticated grow house in Glenbeigh

The fire was discovered at about 7pm on Sunday and the man’s body was found shortly after. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Emergency services were called to the home in Knocktopher on Sunday evening

Members of Protect Marlay  Park: Niall O’Reilly, Tony Redmond, Mary Kelly, Michael Donlon, Una Connaughton and Mary Connolly, at the site of the pontoon bridge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group opposed to masterplan says a bridge across lake will demean heritage

Tom Moran was appointed chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast in May 2015. Photograph: Queen’s University, Belfast

Irish-American businessman became a crucial player in peace process, says Gerry Adams

Mediator Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fresh attempt to broker resolution in dispute between airline and pilots to get underway

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Guests share stories of the man who had made a ‘unique contribution to Irish culture’

A screen grab image from the crew camera of the volunteer crew members removing a boat from Slate Rock in June.

Lough Ree Lifeboat and Waterways Ireland warn boaters

Prices for some Garda stations given to the Dáil differ to State’s Property Price Register

A building, on left, formerly used as Crossakiel Garda station. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Fianna Fáil says prices paid in 42 station sales ‘deprived State of money and resources’

The photographs which circulated widely on social media on Thursday morning carried a caption saying: ‘Well after been 11 year on the housing list a year on the homeless dis is where my 7 kids have to sleep’.

Problem of homeless families turning to gardaí for help to increase during papal visit

The National Transport Authority say that for some users the proposed changes “may involve their bus going a different way to their destination”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Online map allowing commuters to plot future journeys set to go live this Thursday

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir, Co Wicklow, last month. Irish Water says  levels in the capital’s reservoirs are still very low, despite the recent rainfall.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A dry autumn means it could be 90 days before rainfall exceeds demand and levels rise

 Lisa Lawlor with her parents Maureen and Francis, who were both killed in the Stardust tragedy in 1981. Ms Lawlor, 38, who was just 17-months-old when her parents died, has given her support to a call for a new inquest for the first time. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Group now pressing for fresh inquests into the deaths of 48 people in 1981 Artane blaze

A pope and popemobile made from hay forms the centre piece of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Durrow, Co Laois, on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senior Helpline urges members of the public to look out for older people who cannot travel

Photograph: Getty

Plan by National Disability Authority for large State agencies sees workforce rise to 6%

Under current Bus Connects proposals the 84 and 184 routes would be replaced by an orbital service serving Bray-Greystones -Charlesland every 20 minutes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Calls for Red and Green Lines link between Red Cow in west Dublin and Carrickmines

The beach near the Connemara village of Renvyle. On Monday cloudbursts will be heavy, with a risk of thunder, especially in the west.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unsettled conditions likely during week but high of mid-20s expected for long weekend

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Significant progress made on water levels, obstacles and ‘pinch points’, says Minister

The Shannon near Athlone: the OPW and local authorities have completed 12 flood relief schemes protecting towns in the wider Shannon catchment, including Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of initiatives and projects by a range of agencies are lined-up for 2018

The Health and Safety Authority recorded 24 farm deaths in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Authority’s report says ‘complete change of culture’ needed to reduce farm deaths

Plumbers are among tradespeople being sought for a week-long mission to help bring clean water and basic sanitation to a hospital in Batoufam, in the equatorial African country of Cameroon. File photograph: PA

Mission seeks tradespeople to donate a week’s work and cover their own costs

Vagabond Tours removing litter from  Knockree in the Glencree Valley, Wicklow

Visitors walking away from scenes ‘like a crash’

Pat and Una McDonagh  at the Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall, Co Offally.  Mr McDonagh now wants to build a services area close to the Ennis bypass. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Developer of Barack Obama Plaza to open first services on 101km Atlantic corridor

An engineer works on a newly rebranded Circle K service station in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in April. Circle K is set to operate three new motorway service areas. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The new sites, which cost over €20m to build, have remained closed due to tender dispute

 A Viking Splash Tour enters the Grand Canal basin in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tour company director says the Dublin vehicles are not exposed ‘to the same risks’

Rain is set to return on Thursday night and Friday. A small amount of rain fell last weekend. Here people shelter from it on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Tom Honan

Farmers and boaters hit as water levels in lakes and rivers decline

An overhaul of the Dublin Bus network was outlined earlier in July. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some services look good but those planned for working-class areas will be worse, says Joan Collins

 Beechwood Luas crossing in Ranelagh Dublin 6. Proposed plans for Metrolink threaten access in the area. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Group objecting to project tells Dáil committee route is already well served by Luas

Options open to Irish Water, should the crisis continue, include extending  restrictions beyond the current Level Two measure in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

Northern Ireland Water lifts a national hosepipe ban that has been in place since June

Met Éireann has warned that the exceptional dry spell in Ireland could be followed by localised  flash flooding if there is  any downpour or heavy rainfall because the ground is so dry. File photograph: The Irish Times

A slow return to normal soil moisture levels with no sudden downpours is best outcome

A new development in efforts to combat “range anxiety” associated with the use of electric vehicles is to be announced on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Technology breakthrough comes as politicians call for further grants and reduced tax

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