Barack Obama’s former chief speechwriter Cody Keenan and Supermac’s MD Pat McDonagh at the unveiling of a statue of Barack and Michelle Obama, at the Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall. Photograph: Mark Rode

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

Minister for State for Local Government Reform John Paul Phelan has launched a review into the role and payments for councillors. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review under way into role and payments for elected members of local authorities

Hot summer: children on parched grass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, after 20 days without significant rain. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Met Éireann issues warning as Air Corps helicopters help douse Armagh gorse fire

Photograph: An Garda Síochána via Facebook

Man charged in connection with seizure of Cannabis herb valued at €200,000

Sunbathers enjoying the good weather in Dublin’s  Phoenix Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

‘Scattered showers’ forecast but week-long deluge thought to be needed to restore reserves

A group in Co Wicklow does not want any fast-food outlets with 400 meters of a school.

Local group frustrated as council breaches own development plan to grant planning

A juvenile offender went on a rampage in Beaumont Hospital on Friday night.

Teenager leaves other patients cut from flying glass as he smashes up bathroom

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. A nationwide ban on hosepipes is in place in a bid to preserve water. Photograph: PA

Water sources are diminishing as Met Éireann says drought could last for 15 more days

Liam Miller died in February aged 36. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irwin, Ferdinand, Duff and Butt among stars confirmed for tie at Turners Cross, Cork

One man has been killed and  a second man injured in a road crash in Co Meath on Saturday.

Car in which dead man was a passenger left the road at Gibbstown early on Saturday

The new Bill will introduce a mandatory driving ban for a first drink-driving offence if a motorist has a blood/alcohol level of above 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres.   Photograph; David Sleator

Drink-driving punished by ban and unaccompanied learners may have cars seized

Minister for Transport Shane Ross outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Minister for Transport Shane Ross congratulated safety campaigners for their perseverance

The hosepipe ban is to be expanded nationwide. Photograph: Getty Images

Engineers Ireland says periodic shortages ‘to worsen without Shannon water project’

Vartry reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. A ban on hosepipes may  be extended to other parts of Ireland over the coming week. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Water continues to monitor the situation on a national basis, with a possible view to extending a hosepipe ban

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the death of a farmer on a farm in Co Monaghan.

Garda and HSA investigating as agricultural safety campaign seeks to reduce farm deaths

Enjoying the  the high temperatures and sunshine at the Forty Foot and Sandycove. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

But highest daily temperature was recorded in Co Clare, with 32 degrees

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow as a ban on hosepipes is likely to be extended to other parts of Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Utility says majority of calls are from people seeking advice on restrictions

For sunscreen to be effective, it is very important that you apply a generous amount to your skin before going out in the sun, advises the health Service Executive. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Health professionals warn of sunburn and sunstroke as country sizzles in the heat

Enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Temperatures in region of 25-27 degrees as national forecaster predicts drought

The hosepipe ban may be extended to other parts of the country in the coming days. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Ban expected to be extended to areas beyond Dublin in coming days

A seminar in Dublin heard overseas websites created Facebook pages to identify undecided Eighth voters

Facebook pages were created to gather users’ personal details for use by more strident sites

Students can go four or five days without speaking to anyone in college. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Unnecessary loneliness’ is a problem for rural and urban people of all ages

NTA says the introduction of the corridor would reduce travel time from Swords to city centre from 71 to 40 minutes. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Chief executive says the choice facing the city is to halve journey times or face stagnation

Dublin bus corridors: the city’s new high-speed bus routes will affect more than 1,000 homes. Photograph: Eric Luke

€2bn scheme will halve some journey times but affect more than 1,000 homes

More than 1,000 homes in Dublin will lose gardens and parking places under plans by the National Transport Authority to create 16 high-speed bus routes in the city.

Dublin homes to lose gardens and parking under ‘high speed’ bus route plan

The Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow. A prolonged dry spell could lead to water shortages with reductions in pressure, Irish Water warned. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin business group warns of dangers of expansion without adequate water supply

The 39-year-old man was taken to Beaumont Hospital with serious head injuries. Photograph: Google Streetview

Gardaí say a 16-year-old boy is helping them with their enquiries

Bronze Age track at Mayne Bog: when Westland Horticulture uncovered it in 2005 the National Monuments Service did not issue a preservation order or record it in the Register of Historic Monuments

Peat extractors have committed to stop milling near the Mayne bog road, which is 6m in width

SUV with a one-year-old inside was hijacked at the Conyngham Road, Islandbridge exit from the Phoenix Park on Sunday. Photograph: Collins Photos

Couple subjected to a traumatic ordeal as thief initially drove off with their child

Of the 14 incidents on Irish farms last year in which men aged over 65 were killed, many involved farm machinery. Photograph: Getty Images

Plan to reduce deaths includes ‘knowledge transfer’ visits for groups of farmers

Health and safety inspection on Termonfeckin farm – from slurry tanks to roofs

La Touche Hotel, Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Decaying building has lain derelict at centre of the town for almost 15 years

Since 2010 some 171 motorcyclists have been killed and 629 seriously injured. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Half of the 80 motorcyclists blamed for crashes were aged between 25 and 34 years

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett  told the Dáil he was adopted through St Patrick’s Guild adoption society, which is at the centre of a controversy over incorrect registrations. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach apologises to adoptees over ‘another dark chapter in our history’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said 75 per cent of new growth will be outside Dublin.

Money, along with investment from other sources, to be allocated to the best projects

European Commission plans to have all electric bicycle (e-bike) users take out third party insurance have been described as ‘EU bureaucracy gone mad’. Image: iStock.

Cycling campaigner says European plan the ‘kind of thing that forced the Brits to vote to leave’

The EU Commission has presented proposals to ban single-use products, like plastic utensils, straws, coffee stirrers and cotton swabs, in the fight against plastic waste. Photograph: EPA/Hayoung Jeon

New moves would require producers to help cover the costs of waste management

Dr Siobhán Donohue, a GP from Bray, Co Wicklow, with  her children Aoife, Ciarán, and Joey. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Siobhán Donohue says voting to repeal Eighth Amendment a ‘surreal’ experience

Minister for Health Simon Harris voting at   Delgany National school, Delgany, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Micheál Martin says abortion debate has ‘far less aggression’ than it did back in 1983

Crowds attend a service   at The Clock Tower in  Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gathering told the tragedy an isolated incident and does not represent goodness of the Irish people

Three-car collision: the crash happened on the N11 shortly after noon on Tuesday

Woman airlifted to hospital understood to be mother of woman who was killed

Salmon, trout and leach are among fish  killed in Ballycorrigan stream, near Ballina, Co Tipperary. File photograph Getty images

Brown trout, juvenile salmon and stone leach among the fish found dead

Bernard Cawley   from Executive Dry Cleaners in Enniskerry said Jastine Valdez (above) had been a regular customer.  She was always smiling and laughing, he recalled.

‘Everyone is absolutely in shock and devastated by what’s happened’

The No Fry Zone movement grew out of  local opposition to plans by McDonalds to open a  restaurant near three schools in  Greystones. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health experts in favour of ban included HSE, DCU, TCD, and medics studying obesity

Poolbeg incinerator, Dublin: The building is the length of three football pitches and four metres taller than the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More incineration needed if Ireland to break reliance on exportation- European body

Photograph: iStock

Study finds dementia delay higher among ‘exergamers’ than those who just exercise

The Coast Guard helicopter which was tasked on Wednesday morning to lift a woman and her dog from a sandbank on Sandymount strand when they were cut off by an incoming tide.

Coast guard helicopter, Dun Laoghaire lifeboat, fire brigade and para-medics assist in rescue

Psychologists body enters amendment debate to focus ‘on evidence-based facts’

Industrial waste (centre left) from the abandoned steel plant lies exposed at Haulbowline. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Environmental group critical of State’s failure to clean areas including former steelworks site

Envisaged is a total of 188 extra trips a week on the rural transport network. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pilot scheme to being next month; Independent TDs call it a ‘sop’ to rural Ireland

Part of the Grand Canal in Portabello, Dublin. Photograph: Caitriona O’Kennedy

Councillor says residents have complained about people littering and urinating

There were 872  seizures of mobile phones in Irish prisons  in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Surveillance of prisoners with mobile phones in prisons could be ‘overt or covert’

Autonomous car: While 32 per cent of Irish motorists have features such as cruise control, automatic parking and collision avoidance systems, the Road Safety Authority said driving a totally autonomous car here would still be illegal.

NUIG research team plans to extend initial laboratory tests to campus road network

The  Moriarty Tribunal has cost the State an estimated €65 million to date, the  Public Accounts Committee has been told.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Martin Fraser tells PAC: ‘If I had €500 million, I could think of better ways to spend it’

Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach Martin Fraser appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee on Thursday. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Senior civil servant tells PAC ‘sensitive cases’ were notified to Government every quarter

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: there are 10 active legal claims in relation to the CervicalCheck audit controversy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

From setting up a screening programme in 2008 to aftermath of Vicky Phelan case

Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Temperatures on Tuesday are set to reach 20 or 21 degrees in the west. Photograph: Getty Images

Ray of hope on Sunday as temperatures set to rise with highest values of 14-19 degrees

A Kilkenny County Council report says there is an educational, social and economic case for locating a higher education campus to cater for 1,000 students in the city. Photograph: Pat Moore.

City’s Abbey Quarter selected for campus focused on crafts, heritage and agri-food

Children attending the Nord Anglia International School in a drum workshop. About €14m has been invested in the school to date. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Exclusive Nord Anglia International School Dublin sets September date opening target

Young members of Na Fianna GAA Club at a MetroLink public information session in the Helix in DCU hosted by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) earlier this month. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gaelic enclave comprising schools, creche and sports and community ‘to be destroyed’

Cyclists held a “Die-In” outside the Dail today in protest at the latest death of a cyclist on the Dublin streets. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

More then 100 cyclists stage peaceful protest to acknowledge those losing their lives

Will the EU Survive Brexit?: former European Commission secretary general Catherine Day gave the Barrett Family Lecture at Newman University Church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former EC secretary general Catherine Day says EU will continue to enlarge

Of 23 reports, evidence of good practice and compliance was found in 17 nursing centres

Michael Carey has extensive experience in overseeing State bodies, having served as chairman of Bord Bia for two terms since 2011, and he has also served as chairman of the Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance since 2016.

Chairman-designate has chaired Bord Bia for two terms, and Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance

Dublin Port Company’s draft master plan noted the port’s Alexandra Basin redevelopment project involved capital investment of about €1 billion over the next decade.

Controversial plan to reclaim part of Dublin Bay ‘dead and will not be revisited’, says chief

Dublin City Council wants to extend 30km/h speed limits to 31 suburban areas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposals would add suburbs to 30km/h list and reduce speeds on main roads to 40km/h

Views from the upper floor of Newgrange take in Dublin city and the coast

Supersized home on 10 acres built for family who owned Smart Brothers stores

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