Commissioner for Aviation Regulation Cathy Mannion: she is encouraging anyone with a valid claim to contact the commission or Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most Irish passengers have not made claims over last-minute cancellations in 2017

Shane Ross: Accused Mixed Martial Arts leaders of ’dragging their heels’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sports bosses call on Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association to implement better safety standards

Padraic Moran addressing the Oireachtas Transport Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Wheelchair user Alannah Murray (21) was left in snow in Dublin last week because spaces were filled with buggies

Garda management opened an internal disciplinary procedure after a male and female Garda were allegedly witnessed by nightclub staff sniffing cocaine in the nightclub bathroom area.

Investigation began after two off-duty officers were allegedly seen taking cocaine in bathroom

The road remains closed this morning to allow Garda forensic crash investigators carry out an examination of the scene. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Driver killed in car believed to be travelling along motorway in wrong direction

Simon Harris says new Bill will introduce warning labels on drinks

Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneux (27)

Hutch associate Jason Molyneux (27) shot dead on North Strand in north inner city

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty has  ordered a full econometric review of the JobPath scheme which is expected to be completed this year. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Opposition parties call for ‘inefficient’ State employment support scheme to be wound up

The pilot runs for a period of six months, and only applies to stations on the Dart line. Photograph: iStockphoto

Disability campaigners say no prior notice should be necessary for train travel

The amount of money devoted to improving regional roads fell by €3 million to €45 million in 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Monaghan had the highest proportion of regional roads in a state of severe disrepair in 2016

Tony Duffin: We want to see decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ana Liffey chief executive says ‘nimbyism’ remains a factor around placement of drug injecting facility

Influenza infection rates remain high countrywide with the B strain the most prevalent.

Hazard from flu virus recedes but risk still remains as virulent strains circulate

Researchers concluded that teenagers supplied with alcohol by their parents one year were twice as likely to get drink from other sources the following year.

‘Lancet’ study in Australia finds ‘controlled drinking’ has no protective effects

TV adaptation of George RR Martin’s Nightflyers and Wolfwalkers among highly anticipated productions

The Clontarf Baths in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Refurbished leisure facility will include 250-seat restaurant and bar when it reopens

A file photograph showing Emily Sachs on the Artwood stand at the RDS in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sector ‘immensely important’ provider of employment in Ireland, says Minister

An anti-abortion demonstration and counter pro-choice demonstration in Dublin’s  O’Connell Street in July 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anti-abortion campaigners say Micheál Martin’s ‘cynical move’ is a betrayal of party

The Joint Committee on the future of Mental Health Care heard children with mental health difficulties and eating disorders are facing long waits for an appointment with a psychologist in some areas. Photograph: Getty images

Just 4 of 25 community mental health care teams fully staffed in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

The teacher said he then encountered the student as he was being escorted back into the campus by gardaí

Teacher gives undertaking at fitness-to-practise hearing not to do so again

Dolores O’Riordan: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes in the Dáil on Tuesday to the musician and songwriter. Photograph: Reuters

U2, Hozier and Cranberries bandmates lead praise for Limerick’s ‘voice of a generation’

 Dolores O’Riordan performing live at Dublin’s Castle on April 29th, 2000. File photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

‘Capable of expressing a delicate sense of yearning in her 40s as she had been nearly a quarter of a century before’

Singer Dolores O’Riordan performing on stage during a concert in Tirana on June 20th, 2007. Photograph: Arben Celi/ Reuters

The 46-year-old was found dead in a London hotel on Monday - no cause of death revealed

A spokesman for Irish Guide Dogs said the new crossings at College Green are an example of ‘how people who are blind or vision-impaired have yet again been forgotten’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New configuration at busy city centre junction poses risks to visually impaired

Dublin Cycling Campaign has taken issue with the Late Late Show’s ‘Bin it’ segment from Friday night

Cycling campaigners lodge ‘serious complaint’ with RTÉ over segment on show

File photograph: iStock

Emergency medical consultant Dr Jim Gray calls situation in Tallaght Hospital to ‘State institutional abuse’

The body of the man, named as Michael Burke, is removed from the scene in Dalkey, Co Dublin, on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Cause of death has yet to be established in death of man (31) named as Michael Burke

There was a  spike in burglaries in the months leading up to the winter period.

Provisional figures show rate dropped 23 per cent between October and December

Cystic fibrosis treatment,  Orkambi.  Photograph: Leah Farrell

Cystic fibrosis treatment had only been available to people aged 12 and over

Ruth Coppinger and Solidarity protesters outside Housing Agency in Dublin. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy

Coppinger to raise issue in Dáil after council backed motion calling for Government to remove Skehan from position

Brothers Barry, Fehan, and Kieran Flood, owners of Churchtown Stores, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Churchtown Stores to close as brothers Kieran, Fehan and Barry Flood decide to retire

A sustained campaign  from the Beaumont Woods Residents’ Association resulted in the suspension of Coast Guard landings at Beaumont Hospital. File photograph: Eric Luke

Local Minister says Beaumont site should still be used for emergency cases

The visually impaired resident  suffered ‘consistent’ peer-to-peer assault, with their head and neck repeatedly grabbed by other residents. Photograph: Getty images

Inspectors at Dublin centre had to be locked in office during unrest

Claire Gill with her children Sadie (4) and baby Callum, at their home in Swords, Co Dublin: she put five-month-old  Callum’s name down for an Educate Together school place five days after he was born. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Locals fear ‘village’ atmosphere could lose out if draft planning guidelines made law

More than 100,000 passports were issued through the new online renewal system which began in March.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Over 100,000 passport applications processed through new online system

Commercially available patches that help people lose weight could be available for €3.

Patch converts visceral white fat into energy-burning brown fat

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

The scene near Dún Laoghaire pier on Sunday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Woman received serious laceration to the neck and put in induced coma at hospital

The scene near Dún Laoghaire pier on Sunday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Woman (25) sustained serious neck laceration during attack on Saturday afternoon

One of the approximately 80,000 people who passed through Dublin Airport on Friday has won a €5.4 million Lotto jackpot. Photograph: The Irish Times/Dara Mac Donaill

Ticket was sold in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1 on Friday, on busiest day of the year

Adrienne Meagher, welcomes her daughters Siobhan and Aisling with grandchild Aidan, arriving home for Christmas, at Dublin Airport, with step daughter Carla. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Over one million passengers are expected to fly in and out of Dublin

1960s-era complex near College Green to be replaced with a 10-storey office building with a restaurant and 500-seater entertainment venue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Council gives green light to demolish city centre complex and build 10-storey structure

 Jack Roche in his fruit and vegetable shop on Meath Street, with  one of his regulars Pat Clarges. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jack Roche (73) reflects on changing neighbourhood and his plan to read Joyce

File image of Aisling Brady (26)

Aisling Brady (26) suffered a near-fatal blood clot while teaching in the UAE city

More than 2,500 mail-order abortifacients were seized by the Health Products Regulatory Authority between 2014 and 2016.

Orders for pills to end pregancy rise as number going to UK for terminations drops

George and Mary Sugrue are the husband-and-wife team behind the Chernobyl Children International Dental Programme, and have also volunteered with Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International for over two decades. File photograph:

George and Mary Sugrue provide medical care to young left languishing in institutions

A pilot who used the wrong dipstick to test fuel levels on his aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field after running out of fuel. Image: iStock.

Cessna177A aircraft had to change its course to a field in Meath after running out of fuel

Motorists in Dublin and Cork were found to be four times over the legal limit. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Arrests made as part of the force’s Driving Under Intoxicant enforcement campaign

Site for Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres for refugees in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: only  additional centre sourced from nearly 100 properties offered in two separate public tendering processes in 2015 and 2017.

Department of Health the ‘only department’ not to allocate extra resources to refugees

The Irish target of welcoming 4,000 people is small compared with Germany’s commitment to welcome nearly a million. Above, a Syrian refugee at a German-language programme in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Despite sluggish start, State’s intake of refugees ramped up over the latter half of 2017

Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers. The Government has acknowledged that it will not meet its target of accepting 4,000 people from overseas by the end of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

Officials note that direct provision beds as temporary measure unlikely to solve problem

 Motorists queue to fill up at  a petrol station in  Tallaght in Dublin which was   selling fuel for 99 cent per litre for 99 minutes as part of a Black Friday promotion. Photograph: Collins

Busy scenes in Dublin shops but nothing reminiscent of US-style hysteria

 Flood defences in Clonmel hold back a flooded river Suir in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Insurers say 78% of homes protected by demountable flood defences have cover

Rent Pressure Zones were introduced a year ago to try and moderate increases in parts of the country where the prices were highest.  Photograph: iStock

Residential Tenancies Board guide looks at new Rent Pressure Zone rules

An unannounced inspection by the health authority found female staff working in isolation were vulnerable to assaults by residents. Photograph: Istock

Health watchdog carried out inspections of Nua Healthcare facilities in Kildare and Wicklow

The child was travelling in the buggy when it collided with a black Toyota Hilux on the Flagstaff Road at around 2.50pm on Saturday. Source: Google Street View

Nicole Fegan (12) from Mayobridge described as a talented musician

A fee-paying school run by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, St Michael’s regularly appears in the latter stages of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The proposed netting described as ‘ugly’, ‘oppressive’ and of ‘negative visual impact’

Puddles, splashes of colour in cow pens, noisy farmers and barking dogs make for unhappy and significantly more stressed cattle, a major international study has found. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

New research recommends minor changes on farms to create happier bovines

Relatives of those who have lost their lives in road traffic accidents  light candles at the Road Safety Authority World Day of Rememberance. Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds.

Woman who lost friend and uncle in car crashes criticises gardaí over fake breath tests

Up to 150,000 young people may not be eligible to vote ahead of the registration deadline on 25th November

Applications must be lodged by November 25th in order to be able to vote next year

‘Stevie’ the robot with Test user Tony McCarthy. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin 5

Irish designers unveil prototype that calls family and gives medication reminders

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael National Conference in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar says he hopes to hold abortion referendum before next summer

A rainfall warning has been issued for western counties for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Motorists urged to avoid driving through flood waters and watch out for mudslides

Paediatric orthopaedics: Ireland has one such surgeon per 600,000 people, compared with one per 100,000 in Northern Ireland and 200,000 in Scotland. Photograph: Canopy/Getty

State has European Union’s lowest rate of paediatric orthopaedic surgeons

The Third Act Conference heard people are now living up to 30 years longer than their grandparents, and a person now aged 60 has a 50 per cent chance of making it to 90.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

UCD academic says Irish society must adapt to dynamics of living much longer

There were 6,300 children in the care of the State as of March 2017, 92 per cent of whom were placed with 4,500 approved foster carers around the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee recommends gaps in out-of-hours social work services be addressed

Gardaí in Dublin have arrested four men in connection with a recent spate of burglaries in the Midlands area. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Men - aged from 20s to 60s - found in possession of jewellery and ‘house-breaking’ gear

Ana Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin with RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy. Photo credit:

Prizes range from €250 to €1,000 for the best videos, posters, articles and podcasts

 A deserted  Connolly Station with parked up trains  during the first of five 24-hour stoppages by Irish Rail workers on November 1st, 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tens of thousands face another day of disruption as rail staff to strike on Tuesday

The eight-page pamphlet distributed across trains on Monday morning describes the Minister in such terms as “Ross the Boss” and “Rocket Ross”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Publication refers to Minister for Transport as ‘Ross the Boss’ and makes veiled threat over further industrial action

Former director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan who is facing allegations of harassment and bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Union official says Arts Council had said anti-bullying measures were not its business

An independence supporter outside the Palau Catalan Regional Government Building in Barcelona earlier this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Councillor proposed flying flag for one month in solidarity with Catalan people

Drogheda City Status: town crier Sean Callan and Dr Brian Hughes with his report about the Louth town’s future. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigners says cityhood would boost the Louth town’s profile and performance

A national survey of childcare facilities has found that full-day fees have increased by an average of €7. Photograph: iStock

Weekly cost of full-day childcare rose by €7 in 2016/17, the first such increase in five years

The start of the Dublin Marathon on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Traffic diversions in place as some 20,000 participants take to streets of capital

Ruth Fitzmaurice with her children at the funeral of her husband, film director Simon Fitzmaurice, at St Kilian’s Church, Blacklion, Greystones, today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Acclaimed film-maker ‘jolly’ up to his death despite battle with motor neurone disease

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Injustice was done, wrong was done’ says Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

Focus Ireland has called on the Minister to close a loophole that allows for residential eviction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Spokesman says he does not think State’s housing crisis is worse than in other countries

Tim O’Leary , Rob Foley, Grace Mc Mahon and Veronica Tedman of ‘One Horse Pony’ with Jennifer Gleeson, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Manager at Goldberg’s bar, Alberts Quay, Cork tuning up for the tens of thousands of people who are arriving in Cork city from all over the world for the 40th year of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which runs from Friday through to Monday 30th October. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

What’s on, how to get there, and weather for the Halloween bank holiday weekend

Survey on charities published as part of Charities 2037 report

Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing five days of train strikes, the first of them next Wednesday, in a dispute over pay. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rail company chief was directly involved in decision to reject pay offer, committee told

Armed gardaí arrest a man at Citywest Shopping Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Dublin man spent time in prison for robbery, carjacking and petrol bombing

Architects’ illustration of the proposed handball centre development at Croke Park.

Planning permission follows dispute with residents and mediation from Bertie Ahern

Brian McEnery says health watchdog was aware he gave advice to nursing homes

Plans are now being advanced to improve capabilities at the Sandyford and Broombridge control rooms so the Luas system can be operated from a location remote from the central control facility. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commitment to improving remote controls after damage to central facility caused two days stoppage

British prime minister Theresa May talks to US president Donald Trump:  “Thank God for Donald, that he’s reminded us how important it is to be together as Europeans,” Dr Nathalie Tocci said at the Institute of International and European Affairs.  Photograph: Matt Dunham/Reuters

Brexit talks ‘poison’ will harm EU/UK security co-operation, IIEA think tank hears

 Dublin Bus buses in Broadstone Bus depot Dublin after services were cancelled as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Rail and bus services to be restored and colleges reopen but schools remain closed

Photo courtesy Gerard Prendergast.

Gerard Prendergast wins DecaUK after 158 hours of running, swimming and cycling

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack points to the eye of the Ophelia storm during a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE appointments, Bus Éireann services, postal services and court sittings cancelled ahead of worst storm in 50 years

Gardaí have begun handing out leaflets in Romanian appealing for information on the murder of 29-year-old Linda Christian in Coolmine

Renewed public appeal following discovery of 29-year-old’s body in Coolmine in July

Much of the increase in recent years has taken place in developing countries. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Irish boys rank 98th in the obesity charts and girls rank 78th out of 200 countries

Live nymph and adult cockroaches were found along with cockroach egg casings and cockroach excrement

Rat droppings, live cockroaches and mice discovered by FSAI last month

Juan Martin Guevara, brother Che Guevara. Eitan Abramovich/Getty

Che Guevara’s brother speaks about family’s Irish and Basque heritage

 Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin present the RTÉ news bulletin but Dobson is paid significantly more

Employers’ federation says large companies should lead way with smaller businesses following

Google’s Dublin HQ. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Records show sustained lobbying by tech giants ahead of new digital interception laws

Ulster Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon apologised for its treatment of affected customers, but said it could not inform customers of how much compensation they are owed until the sum is correctly calculated by the bank itself.

John McGuinness calls on Central Bank to compel banks to deal with tracker issues immediately

A HSE-funded autism service in Cork continued to provide an unlicensed medication to residents even after authorities threatened to cancel its registration. File photograph: Getty

HSE-funded Corbally House continued to provide drug after warning from authorities

‘He was always a very kind man. He was respectful,’ Bertie Ahern said of Liam Cosgrave. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

President, former taoisigh, Catholic Archbishop among those remembering ex-Fine Gael leader

 Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys is due to launch the 2017-2021 National Biodiversity Action on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Environmental lobby group says its recommendations were not taken on board

Health watchdog highlights ‘significant concerns’ regarding foster care services in Carlow/Kilkenny

Dumped tyres in the Dublin mountains

Scheme will be subsidised by levy on car and motorcycle tyres

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