Micheál Martin on the Late late Show: ‘I think I will be taoiseach and I’m going to give it my best shot’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fianna Fáil leader reiterates belief that he will become taoiseach in future

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said capital funding for the Rural Water Programme would rise by €5 million to €25 million per year in 2019. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

High-quality sustainable water services a ‘fundamental necessity’, Minister says

Phibsborough has been named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by TimeOut magazine, despite its much-deprecated shopping centre (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin village chosen by TimeOut magazine for efforts made to revive Victorian buildings

Image: Screenshot from José Jimenez/Youtube

Video footage appears to show car hitting rider in Dublin before being driven off

Irish presidential candidate Gavin Duffy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Transparency of office’s spending has been raised as an issue in election run-up

Dogs, ranging in age from six months to eight years, were taken from their homes in Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford in recent weeks

The Irish Greyhound Board warned owners after the dogs were taken in the southeast region

Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army. A new exhibition, entitled You Never Saw Such Excitement, looks at her election campaign and the people who campaigned for her.

Constance Markievicz was the first female MP and the world’s first minister for labour

Kyna Rushe, special educational needs  co-ordinator at Naul National School, Naul, Co. Dublin, with left-handed students Alannah, Róisín, Aaron, JP, Heather, Harry and Jack. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

Lefties face extra challenges in class but there are many ways to aid their development

A spokesman said  the Irish Fire Service is currently implementing a new national computer-aided dispatch solution which is due to be implemented next year and will make Eircodes available to operators. Photograph: Getty Images

The €38m system which came into operation in July 2015 saw a code assigned to all residences and businesses in the State

Due to short staffing Tusla has been spending more than €2.5 million on average monthly on agency staff. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

During 2016 and 2017 the number of staff leaving social care work outnumbered those starting

Gardaí have discovered cannabis plants at a restaurant in Malahide, Co Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Man held after gardaí uncover plants while responding to a fire at Silks in Malahide

A view  of Gurteen beach in Co Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

FF TD says tourists are ‘stranded’ in Ireland after Exploring Vacations ceases trading

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Some progress is being made in new builds, but it is trickling too slowly, says Cork mayor

The exterior of the  Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Dublin City Council moves to retain last remaining laundry in State ownership

Met Éireann has warned that ‘very disturbed weather’ may be on the way next week, as Hurricane Helene travels across the Atlantic. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Met Office says the tip of Ireland could be among the areas worst affected by the storm

Irish patients with anorexia nervosa hid weights in their clothes and hair in order to appear heavier than they were, according to a new report. File photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty images

New study also claims patients used ‘animated conversation’ to burn calories

Protestors opposing the sale of the farm in Co Meath Photograph: IFA/Twitter

Brother owners were not told land bought for over €1m was listed for auction

Photo of Gladys Cummins (93) who went to Dublin’s Mater A&E on Monday afternoon. 25 hours later she was still in a chair waiting to be seen, according to her daughter. (Photograph: Dee Cummins/Facebook)

‘Surely we can afford people some dignity when they are in an extremely vulnerable position’

The Hiqa report found there was insufficient hot water available for the children to shower on the day of the inspection.

Children had good relationship with staff and liked living in centre in south

Drugs including diazepam and Xanax were discovered by gardaí in Dublin on Thursday. File photograph: David Sleator

Gardai made seizure after planned search of a house in West Dublin

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite after Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

English charity collect about 1,000 tents from festivals in effort to help refugees in France

Activist Sylvia Meehan, whose roles included president of   the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, has died aged 89.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Ms Meehan’s ‘pioneering work paved the way for a generation of feminists’ – Ictu

Nearly half of Irish teenagers (44 per cent) say they experience peer violence at school, according to a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). Image: iStock

Bullying and physical fights ‘pervasive part of young people’s education in Ireland’ – Unicef

Three separate High Court cases have been taken on behalf of single mothers and their young children

High Court ‘refused in three cases’ to grant an order compelling councils to provide shelter

Trials in humans have shown pregnant women with a higher intake of fish oil supplements give birth to higher birth-weight infants

Research suggests taking such supplements does not bring increased risk of obesity

Some 82 per cent of foster carers in Donegal did not have a foster care review completed to show their capacity to provide good quality care to children. File photograph: Getty Images

Mechanisms of oversight and monitoring of preliminary checks were not adequate

The HSE is also keen to make 270 residential beds available for elderly people to help meet rising demand. File photograph: Getty Images

Harris attends meeting of health professionals in bid to avert winter trolley disaster

An Irish Naval vessel and an Air Corps maritime patrol aircraft took part in the inter-agency operation which led to the seizure.

‘Significant’ quantity of narcotic discovered on vessel off UK coast in inter-agency operation

 A protest by Members of the Deaf Community and ISL users protesting outside RTE over the public service broadcaster’s alleged failure to adequately include ISL (Irish Sign Language)Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Calls for full ISL national anthem for the All Ireland football final this Sunday

INMO President Martina Harkin-Kelly said if the Government did not make a serious pay offer by September 26th, the 300 delegates at its special conference in September would face a stark choice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paschal Donohoe highlights ‘three-year wage agreement’

 Protestors at Number 34 North Frederick Street protesting against a court injunction directing the occupants of the house to leave. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Homeless children numbers in Clare and Limerick up 120% since July 2017

 Gavin Duffy pitches his presidential nomination campaign to  Kildare County Council members  in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Presidential hopeful claims he had permission for logo but when challenged, admits he did not

A planned search was carried out in a house in the Woodavens area of Clondalkin.

Firearm seized during planned operation by gardaí from organised crime unit

Members of the deaf community are to protest outside RTÉ’s Dublin and Cork offices on Thursday.

Stop Hiding ISL Campaign disappointed over broadcasts of All-Ireland final and papal visit

The first few weeks of college life can be daunting for many students but a little research and planning will make the transition much easier. Photograph: iStock

What happens if you don’t like your course? How should you manage your time? Here are some tips on getting through your first year

Averil Power: “As the first person in my family to finish school, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities my education has given me.”

Averil Power is chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society. Previously she was a senator and before that a government adviser

It emerged this week that Google continues to track phone users’ movements even after they have paused the “Location History” feature on their devices. Photograph: Reuters

Data Protection Commissioner urged to investigate matter

Gardaí are investigating a collision between a motorcycle and a 4x4 in Co Kildare.

Crash happened near Monasterevin on Friday afternoon

A working group on standards in direct provision, chaired by Judge Bryan McMahon, recommended the setting up of a standards advisory group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recommendations include consideration of gender identity when assigning bedrooms

The Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The landmark will be given a voice as part of talking statues initiative for Dublin

 The papal cross in the Phoenix Park where the pope will celebrate Mass in August. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Rail operator says tickets to Dublin on the day of the event are nearly all sold out

Oonagh O’Hagan studied pharmacy and is now managing director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group.

Oonagh O’Hagan opted for pharmacy over medicine and is now managing director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group

Ben Butler – programme manager at Stripe –business and law graduate from Trinity College Dublin.

Ben Butler is a programme manager at Stripe (a company that does online payment processing for internet businesses based in Dublin(...)

Deborah Somorin studied Accounting and Finance at DCU and is now a chartered accountant. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Deborah Somorin is a chartered accountant with PwC

Ruth Gill – air-conditioning engineer – completed apprenticeship through Solas

After completing an apprenticeship a few years after her Leaving Cert, Ruth Gill is now an air-conditioning engineer

 Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí investigate after 19-year-old presents at Connolly Hospital with a gunshot wound

A file image of Stormont Castle, home to the Northern Ireland assembly. The North is to become the jurisdiction without a government for the longest period in peacetime. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

North will soon become jurisdiction without government for longest period in peacetime

Managing director or Iceland Ireland Ron Metcalfe said fresh product such as milk is a huge part of their business throughout Ireland.   Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

IFA calls on other retailers of fresh milk to follow Iceland’s lead

The measles virus ( single virus particle above)  is  highly contagious and is spread easily. The time between exposure and developing a rash is usually 14 days, although it can range from seven to 21 days. Photograph: Getty Images

Children who attended outpatient and A&E departments at end of July, early August at risk

Pope Francis will arrive in Ireland in just over a week. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Calls for Fr James Martin to be removed due to his ‘dissent from Church teaching’

Cork City Council will today make a second attempt to ban private cars from Patrick Street in the city centre between the hours of 3pm and 6.30pm.

Measure was briefly introduced earlier this year before city council performed U-turn

Georgia Anne Callan, from Ardclough in Co Kildare. Photograph via RIP.ie

Mourners told to wear ‘bright colours’ as funeral of Georgia Anne Callan is announced

Emma Mhic Mhathúna on stage at the Laughter Lounge in Dublin: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Kerry woman with terminal cancer performs stand-up in aid of families affected by scandal

Mr Howlin succeeded Joan Burton as Labour leader in May 2016.

Party sources say latest bout of unrest caused by recent opinion polls

Vicky Phelan at Government buildings on Wednesday afternoon, where she met the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Terminally ill Limerick woman says she will take a break from Twitter and activism

 Vicky Phelan leaves Government Buildings after meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Judge to study options for compensating for women affected by controversy

 Ben Lawless: ‘I never thought I would be a widow at 44 years of age’. Photograph: RTÉ News

‘Someone has to be an accountable for her death... I just want to know who, what, when and why?’

Vicky Phelan has announced a break from campaigning. Photograph: Collins Courts/File

‘I want the Taoiseach to step up and do something to protect these women’

Residents are being urged to take extra care amid reports the escaping gas is odourless.

Residents in Beamore Road area of the town to close all windows and external doors

The pilot was flying passengers from John F Kennedy Airport in New York City to Dublin. File photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Audio posted online records over three minutes of tense discussions

Local politicians have called for more resources for the Garda to tackle organised crime. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 30 minutes after the man was shot there were other shots fired at a residence

“In order to allow the temporary removal, conservation and restoration of the gate entrances and the carrying out of associated infrastructural works, road closures at entrances to the park will apply,” the OPW said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Work will result in temporary closure of gates into the park on dates in July and August

The HSE said, Vtec, a bug found in ill children in a Galway creche, can spread through contact with infected animals, contaminated soil, water or certain foods.

Seven children identified with bug, two have been hospitalised

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said it was ‘the first year that the LPC has reached unanimous agreement on the rate of the national minimum wage’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Low Pay Commission had recommended 25 cent increase

Gardaí are investigating the fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Silverbridge (general view above) at 4.30pm on Tuesday. File photograph: Google Street View

Child was pronounced dead at Crumlin Childrens Hospital

 Jimmy Kearns of Kearns Fruit Farm in Wexford: “We lost 140,000 strawberry plants overall.” Photograph:  Mary Browne

Wexford farm forced to abandon 8 acres of fruit after heat accelerates plant growth

The housing assistance payment scheme (Hap), which aims to support people in private rented accommodation, is a key area of concern for those who contact support services.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Residential Tenancies Board had 170,000 calls in 2017, up 31 per cent

Irish Water is to introduce the restrictions in the greater Dublin area from midnight to 5 am on Monday, July 16th.

Eoghan Murphy calls on TDs not to blame Irish Water as drought conditions continue

“The implications of Brexit for the all-island market in electricity are complex,” a source told The Irish Times

Notion of electricity barges in Irish Sea seen as ‘gob-smacking’ result of hard exit outcome

Micheál P O’Higgins was called to the Bar in 1990 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2008.

‘It is a privilege for barristers to act for all clients who need assistance’

Fingal County Council has erected a temporary ‘do not swim’ notice at Claremont Beach, Howth while the results of water testing are awaited. Image: iStock.

Bathers told to avoid beach water for 72 hours amid water contamination fears

Fine Gael candidate Stephanie Regan canvassing in Raheny, Dublin, in 2016. Photograph: Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Candidate says party only wants Catherine Noone and Richard Bruton on DBN ticket

Gardaí appealed for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540.

Man in his 50s dies following collision at Castleforward on Buncrana Road

 E.coli strain. Photograph:  International Picture Researcher Science Photo Library

HSE advises greater care when preparing food and attention to hand hygiene

Reece Smyth,  deputy chief of the US mission (second from left), with Fine Gael TDs Frances Fitzgerald, Michael Noonan and Pat Breen. Photograph: Tom Honan

US Independence Day event, titled ‘United We Rock’, is held at Phoenix Park residence

Marcin Zielinski (28) has not been seen at his home  in the north inner city since last Saturday, June 23rd. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Marcin Zielinski not seen since last Saturday

Ticketmaster Ireland has notified customers about a potential breach of security compromising their payment details.

Ticketing site says customers’ details may have been accessed by unknown third-party

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

No official comment from Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil or Labour on Lowry verdict

Minister for Culture  Josepha Madigan assisted in a service at the weekend when the priest failed to turn up. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says Minister used absence of priest in her parish to ‘push agenda’

Curravagh National School, Glangevlin. Photograph: Tina Dolan

Glangevlin at risk of losing two-teacher national school if pupil numbers fall below 15

Darren Kearns (34) had just left the Rising Phoenix Chinese restaurant  on Blackhorse Avenue in December 2015. A man approached with a gun and fired several shots into a car Kearns was in. He was hit several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. File photograph: RTÉ Crimecall

Darren Kearns left Cumiskey’s pub on Blackhorse Ave before several shots fired into car

Independent councillor Nial Ring has been elected as the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinn Féin, Labour and Independent councillors agreed formal pact to rotate the role

A new mural in Dublin’s city centre by art group Subset. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Hydration points to be set up outside hostels amid concerns for people in urban areas

A man in his 50s died after getting into difficulty near the West Pier in Dún Laoghaire. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man in his 50s dies in Dún Laoghaire while French national drowns in Killybegs

Charles Byrne's remains  in the Hunterian Museum Royal College of Surgeons (2) courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the Hunterian Collection

Charles Byrne from Derry had gigantism which caused him to grow to more than 7ft 7ins

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone wants judges to have the power  to ban convicted sex offenders from using online dating apps. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone says judges should have explicit banning powers

“He was one of the best editors I ever worked for,” broadcaster Olivia O’Leary has said in defence of MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Broadcaster says Joe Mulholland was hugely supportive of women when working at RTÉ

Stardust families Antoinette Keegan, Eugene Kelly, Christine Keegan and Bridget McDermott hand out postcards outside the GPO Dublin, as part of the Stardust Postcard Campaign seeking a new inquests into the Stardust fire tragedy of 14th February 1981. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Lawyers for relatives of 48 people who died say there is evidence to warrant new inquiry

Joe Mulholland: had initially defended the number of women speaking in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Joe Mulholland says organisers are ‘working progressively’ to address programme failings

A total of 157 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads in 2017 compared to 186 in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Minister criticises ‘cynical filibustering’ of drink driving Bill in Dáil

Chairperson of I-CARE Angela Tourish said the centre risks closing at the end of the month.

‘We’re not sure where to go from here, you feel like you have let people down’

Dublin Airport asks passengers to check status of flight before arriving

The new vessel being deployed on the Dublin-Holyhead route will have capacity for 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and 3,100 freight lane metres

Company says freight volumes have surpassed the Celtic Tiger peaks of 2007

Plastic straws are to be phased out in favour of paper straws of McDonald’s restaurants in Ireland from September.  Photograph: EPA

Plastic straws will be phased out of McDonald’s restaurants from September

Supporters of   Nonso Muojeke gathered at Leinster House on Thursday to hand in a petition to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. The supporters are concerned the Co Offaly teenager could be deported to his native Nigeria. Image: UpliftIRL/Twitter.

Supporters fear teenager, who has lived in Offaly since he was two, may have to leave State

Vicky Phelan has said the drug treatment she has been undergoing appears to be working and her tumours have shrunk significantly. File photograph: Collins Courts

Cervical cancer patient says she is responding well to new drug treatment

Bus Connects: overhauling 16 of Dublin’s key bus corridors could halve commuting time, according to the National Transport Authority. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bus Connects scheme will pay to landscape residents’ gardens and find new parking

EU comissioner Phil Hogan (pictured in Brussels on June 1st) said ‘there is still a real danger is that it will be the Rees-Mogg mutineers who will triumph’. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Phil Hogan raises prospect of second referendum, claiming British are seeing through ‘lies’

Niall Bowditch, pilot of the Irish Parachute Club Cessna plane that crashed on  May 13th last, killing him and his passenger,  Kasper Kacprzak (7), seen here in front of the ill-fated craft on the day of the crash.

Niall Bowditch and Kasper Kacprzak (7) killed as Cessna crashed in Clonbullogue last month

The Paddocks pub in Clonee, Dublin. Photograph: The Paddocks

Gardaí launch investigation after masked gunman demands cash from bar staff

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