Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University: “It is a requirement that only female academic staff teach the female student populace,” says the Department of Education

Lecturers to teach in Saudi Arabia, at world’s biggest women’s college

Fergus O’Dowd TD, chair of the Oireachtas Transport committee, confirmed he  will facilitate requests to bring in officials from the Luas to discuss a number of issues troubling passengers using the service in the capital.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Martin said she was ‘inundated’ with complaints from constituents using the service

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: appealed for funding on behalf of three clubs applying for State capital grants in his Dublin Central constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some successful projects backed by Ministers scored poorly in internal assessment process

Firearm seized by gardaí during the search of a house on Sheriff Street in Dublin

A revolver, ammunition and drugs worth €800 found during search on Sheriff Street

No arrests were made during the operation in Ratoath, Co Meath. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Fake designer handbags, watches and sports clothes recovered in Ratoath, Co Meath

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have all dismissed staff members working overseas following allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have dismissed staff over sexual misconduct abroad

Key labour shortages will have to be fixed  if the Government’s  €115bn National Development Plan is to be successful, the construction industry has warned. File photograph: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

Construction industry issues warnings after Government reveals €115bn strategy

Since April 2017 gardaí have been carrying out roadside drug tests on motorists. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New regime introduced in April allows drivers to be tested for illegal drugs

Research questions whether the widespread use of statins in some low-risk people represents the best use of scarce resources.

‘BMJ’ study finds many taking statins do so as preventative measure against heart attack

Denis Naughten said those engaged in illegal dumping were committing ‘economic and environmental treason’.

Drones will increasingly monitor illegal dumping blackspots to identify culprits

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella with children from Whitecross national school, Julianstown, Co Meath,  at Áras an Uachtaráin, on Monday afternoon. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Sergio Mattarella was speaking during a two-day State visit to Ireland

Carol, a beagle adopted by John McGhee, one of 600 animals rehomed when a animal testing centre closed in Co Mayo

John McGhee said it was a “no brainer” to adopt a beagle when he heard about the pilot project

 University Hospital Galway Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Severe sepsis and septic shock more prevalent among elderly patients, study finds

Overall, the 2018 report gives the Government an overall C- grade in relation to progress on its commitments to children.

Alliance issues a ‘C- grade’ to Government over progress for young people

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said recently that “we see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision”.

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland updates statement condemning FGM three times

Currently, the council can only serve a landlord found to be in breach of standards with an “improvement notice” to take remedial action, followed by a prohibition notice barring them from reletting the property if the improvement works are not carried out. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Dublin City Council calls for €4,000 fine for each day of offence in overhaul of laws

Opposition says clarity needed on planned work permit scheme for asylum seekers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned  the Government does not want any further amendment to the proposed legislation. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Drinks industry calls on TDs to oppose health warnings and advertising restrictions

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said the Bill is a ‘very simple amendment” to include other young children enrolled in school under Tusla’s remit.’ Photograph: iStock

Labour says currently no jurisdiction to intervene where child under six ‘has chronic absenteeism problems’

Government Buildings: just 29 civil servants have asked to be transferred to Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Clear need for a ‘more regionalised Civil Service’, says Ó Cuív

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy has said the amount of uncollected overpayments from the civil service at the end of 2016 was €7.5m. Photograph: Frank Miller

PAC chair says the figure owed is ‘substantially higher’ than previously thought

Up to the start of November 2017 just 1,856 gardaí had received training to carry out new drug-detection tests, out of 13,551 members of the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda expresses concern about low detection figures and issues with testing devices

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said many people with justifiable asylum claims “have suffered greatly and have lost everything” in coming to Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Number granted ‘leave to remain’ status in 2017 stands at 163 – down from 1,201 in 2015

One of the vacant sites identified is land owned by the Central Bank next to its currency centre where bank notes are printed, in Sandyford. Photograph: Google

Two of the sites are owned by Horse Racing Ireland, the other by the Central Bank

Volunteers putting the final touches to “Granby Park”, a pop-up park on the  Dominick Street flats site which opened in August 2013.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

72-unit social housing complex set to be built by 2021, despite planned date in early 2020

A lecture hall in UCD. File photograph: David Sleator

Large number of students received A grade, after a similar ‘past paper’ from previous years was distributed

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) says  receiving Holy Communion directly on the tongue ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season. Photograph: Getty Images

Health service guidelines for churches say practice ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season

Attackers transferred into vehicle from their original getaway car and later set it alight

University of Limerick spent €20.8 million on  private consultants and law firms between 2011 and 2017

University of Limerick hired private consultants to deal with 28 internal complaints and inquiries

DCC are taking legal advice on the current legislation around overcrowding in rental properties, after which they will be making recommendations for changes to the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Deputy chief executive of DCC said ‘much stronger penalties’ were needed to tackle overcrowded properties

One property advertised in an online group, for five tenants who would sleep in the same room as the kitchen and living area.

Housing crisis has led to a surge in illicit rentals, some run by a firm with links to language schools

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 3cm of snow due in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Leitrim

 Mourners pictured outside the family home of Derek Coakley Hutch on Buckingham Street, Dublin on Tuesday  evening for a prayer service for  Hutch who  was shot dead   almost two weeks ago. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Hutch-Kinahan feud casting ‘cloud of fear’ over area, parish priest says

 Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy speaks to the media at the Department of Justice following the conviction of Eamon Cumberton for the murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fourteen murders are suspected to be linked to the feud in under two and a half years

Nine councils did not invest any funds in Traveller housing schemes in 2017, and only seven local authorities drew down the entire amount they were allocated, according to figures from the Department of Housing

Local authorities spent just €4.8m out of available €9m in funding for Traveller housing

The LÉ Eithne  in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Number of refugees rescued by the navy fell from 7,029 to 1,888 after a change in policy

The Public Accounts Committee was told that any dramatic increases in rates would likely be once-off, due to the current long period of time since many properties’ last valuation. Photograph: Getty Images

Firms hit with four-fold rates rises after review, says PAC member FF TD Shane Cassells

School principals waiting to move into new buildings concerned at “indefinite” delays

The Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company set up between six and 10 meetings with politicians for the Church of Scientology

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said ‘the Government decision to close Garda stations was wrong, and the worst case of it in the country was on my doorstep’. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Public accounts committee criticises the move as ‘parish pump’ and ‘stroke politics’

Intreo, social welfare office, near Aungier St, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Sanctions for jobseekers ‘not engaging’ increased from 1,519 in 2012 to 16,451 last year

The team of surgeons in preparing for the transplant discovered a potentially cancerous cyst on the donor kidney. File photograph: Getty Images

Surgeons turn to printed model of donor kidney ahead of father and daughter operation

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall: “serious concerns” that a “fudge” would be reached. Photograph: Eric Luke

St Vincent’s outline they are “awaiting the final legal documents” to conclude the deal

People at the scene of the shooting off Cloverhill road, Ronanstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mourners gather at site of killing believed to be linked to Hutch-Kinahan feud

A woman aged 19 died after being hit by a van in Co Antrim in the early hours of Saturday on the Moneynick Road (above) outside Toomebridge, Co Antrim. File photograph: Google Street View

Man (21) also knocked down early on Saturday is in serious condition in hospital

An Garda Síochána paid out €3.5 million in 2017, and €28 million over the last seven years, the most for personal injury claims among State bodies. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces and Prison Service top list for highest payouts

The PSNI are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity on Friday evening in the area to come forward.

Shooting occurred in the Whiterock Drive area of west Belfast

Mia Carlin, who was 16 months old at the time, was brought into hospital on June 24th 2013 with a serious case of chickenpox. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Inquiry hears of delay in antibiotics after child developed sepsis and toxic shock syndrome

Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said this was the fifth worst flu season since 2000. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 hospitalised with pressure on facilities set to continue for several weeks

Joanne Hayes: charges against her were dropped

Cold case review to be undertaken into death of baby found on a Cahersiveen beach

Galway County Council issued a warning to members of the public to avoid coastal routes as flooding was expected, following the high tide this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Salthill Promenade in Galway closed ahead of the expected strong winds and waves

 The Gresham Hotel gave ‘good notice’ of change in policy, Dublin City Council said. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Woman living in hotel with son for 18 months says ‘nowhere is taking people’

cash

Biggest lobbyists at EU level include Facebook, Ibec, Irish Farmers’ Association and Ryanair

Some 251m passenger journeys were recorded between Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and the Luas last year, a 16m rise on the previous year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bus Éireann was the only public transport service to see passenger numbers fall

A 21-year-old man is receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries after being shot on Cherry Orchard Parade (general view above) on Thursday night. File photograph: Google Street View

21-year-old receiving treatment tonight for injuries not believed to be life-threatening

The calm after the storm: Walkers look out at a high swell on Lough Leane near Ross Castle in Killarney on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ESB repair crews reconnected the last customers cut off during the storm on Thursday night

Responding to criticism online the garda account tweeted: “We are trying to get people talking about road safety. We are raising awareness that both actions causes a risk to all road users.” Image: iStock

Poll asked whether cyclists breaking red lights or vehicles parked in cycle lanes was more dangerous

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

Fishermen look out from Glen Pier in  Balliskelligs, Co Kerry, during last October’s Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan.

Highest gust of wind recorded in 2017 was 155km/h in Co Cork during Storm Ophelia

Nursing Homes Ireland’s Tadhg Daly says the full capacity of the nursing home sector should be “utilised” to ensure patients are discharged when ready, and “those who need to get in” have  hospital beds. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nursing Homes Ireland urges patients be discharged to its members’ care facilities

The lorry driver was not injured in the collision in Co Offaly. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident on outskirts of Ferbane in Co Offaly

Daryl O’Leary with his wife, Maiara, at their rented apartment on Amiens Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Three young couples tell of the difficulties they have had searching for homes in Ireland

Charities have said a present you do not want could be ideal for someone else. Photograph: Getty

Barnardos and Oxfam shops welcome all types of items for adults and children

Msgr John Delaney who won €500,000 in the Euro Millions Plus draw.

Priest with links to Kennedy clan lands €500,000 lottery win

Gardaí said there may have been an altercation outside the Blanchardstown before the car struck the boy at around 5pm and the driver left the scene. Photograph: Jack Power.

Eyewitness said car ‘came straight onto path’ and hit the boy before turning and driving off

A cormorant flies over the South Wall as storm Ophelia builds off the east coast earlier this year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strong winds overnight on Saturday expected to bring ‘severe and damaging gusts’

Tatiana Rusu who works in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide, Co. Dublin,  sold a €500,000  EuroMillions ticket to a priest. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

‘Lucky’ cleric pledges to share his winnings with those in need as woman who sold ticket describes him as ‘nice gentleman’

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is open to spending some €100,000 hiring consultants to provide training for staff on how to write in ‘plain English’.

Sinn Féin TD says tender issued by department, worth up to €100,000, is ‘bizarre’

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was “particularly struck by the continued reduction in mortality rates from main causes of death such as heart disease, stroke and cancer”.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The number of people dying as a result of stoke dropped by 5% between 2015 and 2016

Snow on the Shehy Mountains in Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: John Creedon Twitter account

Weather alert in place but any snow is expected to be cleared by rain on Friday

Garda preserve scene where the body of a woman  was found at her flat in Rathmines on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph:   Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Woman found dead in her flat on St Stephen’s Day named locally as Deborah ‘Debbie’ Holmes

Childline is a 24-hour listening service for children and young people. Photograph: iStock

The phone line reported children calling after witnessing domestic violence and abuse

People on Sandymount Strand in Dublin. A cold snap is on the way, according to forecasters. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Frost, icy roads and temperatures of –3 degrees can be expected over next few days

Donated gifts can be left at the crib in the Pro Cathedral. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pro Cathedral will distribute presents to homeless families through Crosscare

UN peacekeeping mission:  Cpl Declan Killeen

About 380 Irish personnel are serving on the United Nations mission in south Lebanon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during his visit on Friday to  the Irish peacekeeping forces serving in the UN mission in south Lebanon

Taoiseach criticises US president Donald Trump’s ‘misstep’ during visit to Lebanon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at UN Post 2-45 where Irish troops are serving in Lebanon. Photograph: Jack Power

Taoiseach lays wreath for peacekeeping soldiers who have died

People get into the Christmas spirit  in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Local people ‘very receptive’ to Irish forces, says Captain Niall Wilcox

The culture and tone of working at Ryanair ’has gone very miserable’. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Chief operations officer tells pilots there was a culture where issues raised by staff were not addressed

Overall 752,296 new Irish passports have been issued up to December this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

162,251 applications for Irish passports were made from the UK to date this year

Dublin Cycling Campaign has received numerous reports from cyclists of falls or near-misses in the city centre due to the new tram tracks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The fitting of rubber strips along tracks to aid safety was rejected for being ‘too expensive’

 Colm O’Gorman of  Amnesty International: Sipo has requested the organisation return a €137,000 grant. The organisation said it “will not comply” with what it termed as “indefensible law”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Atheist Ireland claims donation to Education Equality over ‘Baptism barrier’ was illegal

Residents of Georgian Court direct provision centre protest over the accommodation’s planned closure, outside the Department of Justice

Closure because of need to upgrade catering facilities, says private company running it

Nearly 60 per cent (7,173) of the planned housing units are not yet at construction stage, and a quarter (2,955) do not have planning permission. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In year to date, only 809 social houses have been constructed, well short of 2,054 target

The Central Mental Hospital in  Dundrum: the report found 11 areas where the facility failed to meet required standards

Mental Health Commission inspectors find kitchens unhygienic

Researchers found using larger glasses led to an almost 10 per cent increase in sales. Photograph: iStock

Glass capacity increased from 66ml in 1700s to mean wine glass size of 449ml in 2017

The worst of the weather is set to pass by Friday

Met Éireann issue snow and ice weather warning for Wednesday and Thursday

Shelbourne FC have confirmed the death of 16-year-old youth team player Izzy Dezu. Photograph: Facebook

Shelbourne academy striker collapsed during game against St Kevin’s Boys on Tuesday

The highest ranked ‘how to’ search was how to make slime, a gooey substance popular with children.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Google has released this year’s most searched terms, featuring Conor McGregor and tracker mortgages

At the University of Limerick, Prof Shane Kilcommins,  Minister of State  David Stanton,  Dr Catherine Naughton and Prof Sean Redmond, examine a report on children and crime. Photograph: Alan Place

Money and drugs or alcohol were likely factors attracting children to crime

Craig Lambe (25) missing near Sydney in Australia. Source: New South Wales Police Department

Australian police issue appeal over missing Dublin man Craig Lambe (25)

Commuters exit the Luas at Stephen’s Green on Tuesday. Source: Jack Power

Tram users complain of overcrowding and long waits for trams during rush hour traffic

Jack Clancy’s family were holidaying abroad in Spain when they were informed of the news of his death

Apprentice plumber (22) was found dead in his home in Lucan, west Dublin on Sunday

Find out where your name features in the CSO’s name  tracker.

Users can now follow the popularity of their name in any year between 1964 and 2016

Gardaí at the scene   in Parlickstown Gardens. Photograph: Collins

Baby was struck in the side with shotgun pellets but his injuries are not life threatening

Counterfeit high-end beauty products sold online and in street markets have been found to contain arsenic and lead

Shoppers warned over purchasing knock-off Kylie Cosmetics and Urban Decay palettes

The number of men reporting domestic abuse incidents to the victim support charity Amen doubled last year.

Amen received 5,196 abuse disclosures with 16% physical, 72% verbal and psychological

Scoil Dara, Kilcock, Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Street

Graffiti in a school bathroom raised a “safety concern” which caused the school to close on Tuesday

A major Defence Forces training exercise will take place across Dublin on Wednesday, starting from 12:30pm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Helicopters and armoured military vehicles involved in action across city from noon

Dublin Fire Brigade tackled a fire in a four-storey Georgian building on Gardiner Street.

Fire at four-storey Georgian building is put out after 6.40am alert

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