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: Volunteerkerry.ie

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: Drugs.ie

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

Members of the Irish Amputee Football Association team training for the European Championships for Amputee football. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Games are seven-a-side, played on a half-sized pitch over 25-minute halves

Anti-abortion activists march in Dublin city centre in recent months. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Pro Life Campaign says support for amendment will grow in lead-up to referendum

Repeal the Eighth campaign: March for Choice event proceeds past the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled

Stepaside Garda Station in Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan’s publishes report after claims of political ‘stroke’

The probable date mooted for strikes is the October bank holiday weekend between Friday 27th and Monday 30th October. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Q&A: What do rail workers want and will tickets be refunded?

The incinerator at Poolbeg, Ringsend, Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Covanta confirms 12 environmental non-compliances detected at Poolbeg plant

A recent report commissioned by the Defence Forces found it is now at a “critical point” with staff numbers well below the target of 9,500. Photograph: Alan Betson

Recruitment competition opens for entrants to Irish Army, Air Corps and Naval Service

There will need to be an extra 600,000 jobs created by 2040 in order to keep the vast majority of the estimated population of 6 million in employment. Photograph: The Irish Times

An extra 660,000 jobs need to be created for the estimated 1m increase in population , NPF says

Cessna crash: the aircraft, which took off from Weston Aiport, in Co Dublin, overturned after landing in Co Meath

Upturned Cessna ‘significantly damaged’ in Co Meath crash

A group of Lourdes pilgrims left stranded in France over the weekend after their Ryanair flight was cancelled have arrived back in Ireland.

Group confirms arrival in Dublin following flight cancellation on Saturday

Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Nosayba, Somaya, Omaima, Fatima and Khadija – with their children Aisha, Sundus and Hamza – protesting along with members of Amnesty International outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to mark the fourth anniversary of his arrest. Photograph: Alan Betson

From being arrested in 2013 with his sisters to being acquitted in 2017

 Oisín McConville: he  delivers talks to children as young as 12 as part of his advocacy work in the area of gambling. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Call for swift enactment of Gambling Control Bill to curb appeal of betting firms

“To me it wouldn’t make sense for somebody to buy an investment and sit on it and not rent it out unless they’ve got so much cash they don’t know what to do with it”

Estate agent in Portmarnock says vacant units not available in Fingal area

The pilot injection centre scheme  will run for a period of up to 18 months with a review after six months. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Minister says pilot supervised injecting facility will not create ‘honeypot’ effect

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillors have rejected a bid by the council’s management to raise the level of local property tax. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

But Fingal County Council breaks ranks with other Dublin authorities and imposes 10% cut

Homeless Dublin mother Toni O’Reid who has lived in a hotel room for the past 15 months with her two young daughters. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Dublin mother says her children are teased over living in a hotel for the last 15 months

 State-owned An Post is seeking to diversify its revenue streams as its traditional letters business declines. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Sparkasse chief says ’50-50 chance’ of expanding its activities into Ireland

An Taoiseach Leo De Varad being awarded his certificate by An Coimisinéir Teanga Rónán Ó Domhnaill. Photograph: Gaelchultúr

Course involved a series of three-hour lectures on Wednesday mornings

A respected international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Prof David Best also questioned the ongoing reliance on methadone as a treatment

The Catalan regional government recently legislated for a system of “temporal” ownership of residential property. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Catalan system allows transfer of property ownership for between 10 and 99 years

Management of the force are currently investigating a number of specific allegations where gardaí were found to be deliberately bumping up breath-test figures

Almost 3.5m tests were recorded as having taken place but just over 2m were actually carried out

Dublin City Council worker Vincent Mahon:  ‘They use the laneways for taking drugs.’ Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy

Dublin’s north inner city ranks lowest in Irish Business Against Litter survey

Conor McGregor is estimated to have made up to $100 million as a consequence of the Mayweather bout. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Former boxing coach says fighter’s language and persona mean ‘he’s not a role model’

The plant in the south of Waterford City once employed more than 3,000 people.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 100 locations around country now earmarked for levies from 2019

The Irish Petrol Retailers Association (IPRA) said its members would be hit with increases from Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Retailers to be hit with price hike from suppliers this weekend due to US oil disruption

There was a 5.3 per cent increase in the number of deaths in Ireland in the first quarter of this year when compared to the same period in 2016, new statistics show. Image: iStock.

Diseases of the heart and arteries and malignant cancers largest killers in State - CSO

USI president Michael Kerrigan and his colleagues. Photograph: Paul Corey

Blocking student loan scheme priority for new president as group looks to shed ‘lazy’ perceptions

Molly Martens Corbett, whose brother alleges her hair has been dyed and cut against her will, since she was jailed for the second degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett. File photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Connor Martens says she was ‘reprimanded for walking too fast in her attempt to get exercise’

Ireland saw an increase in tourism from North America during the early summer months this year. Photograph: Getty

Total amount of trips to State increased by 3.1% in first seven months of 2017, CSO says

Latest figures from the Department of Finance show there were close to 8,000 Help-to-Buy applications in the first half of 2017, of which 5,000 were successful. File photograph: Frank Miller

John O’Connor of State’s Housing Agency says such a move would be ‘very disruptive’

John O’Connor, CEO of the Housing Agency, wants to see more stringent planning laws to discourage short-term letting of units that are not owner-inhabited. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John O’Connor also calling for stricter laws to discourage ongoing Airbnb-style lettings

 An overturned tractor after a road collapsed in Iskaheen, Co Donegal. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Insurance Ireland says it is too early to estimate overall cost of Tuesday’s flooding

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Interagency meeting to take place Friday morning as humanitarian fund is set up

Clean up operations underway at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana, Co Donegal, after heavy rain.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bridges collapsed, roads washed away and houses destroyed during torrential rain

The partial solar eclipse as seen at Astronomy Ireland’s  headquarters in Blanchardstown, Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clouds clear just in time at Astronomy Ireland’s headquarters in Blanchardstown

Dominique Meehan (above) has publicly campaigned on the issue of sexual assault following the jailing of her rapist Keith Hearne.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Dominique Meehan says memories of attack drove her to self-harm and excess drinking

The #MissingType campaign aims to make people aware of their own blood type and whether it is particularly in demand. Photograph: Getty

Number of new donors fell by 20% between 2010 and 2015

Scrappage: a flood of cheap Asian steel means some motorists are receiving just €20 for their used vehicles. Photograph: Alan Betson

More vehicles have been left on Ireland’s streets as their scrap value plummeted

Molly Martens Corbett speaking during an ABC interview recorded before her trial for murder

One-page witness statement contained ‘smoking gun’ of her role in killing, says attorney

Bild story on gathering of Irish Travellers in Düsseldorf:  “Someone in the town hall had the foresight to get an Irish person to talk to the Travellers.”

Head of Irish Business Network mediates with Traveller gathering in German city

 Members of the Alpha-1 Action Group protesting outside the offices of the HSE in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal

Patients and Fianna Fáil call on HSE to reverse decision not to fund lung disease treatment

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