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

Peter Kinsella from Westlink Recovery Services in Dublin. He said recovery companies were now receiving about €50 per tonne of scrap metal compared with €150 four or five years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taxpayers often left to foot bill with just one litter fine handed out over 648 Dublin cases

When contacted, a spokeswoman for Environmental Protection Agency  deflected questions about asbestos in public piping to the Health and Safety Authority

The carcinogenic substance is in 10% of piping, but no evidence this piping is dangerous

Increase of 3.2% set to be implemented in February 2018

Mental Health Reform director Dr Shari McDaid. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mental Health Reform pilot study highlights ‘need for greater access to advocacy supports’

Records show €20,000 was spent on an air purification system at the Irish Eembassy in Beijing, a city in which air pollution is a regular problem. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Beijing embassy air purification system cost €20,000, figures from department reveal

The Ravens, a UK-based formation aerobatic display team, flying six RV aircraft. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Big crowds witness spectacular aerobatics and a sombre tribute to the Rescue 116 crew

Weever fish stings can cause severe pain

Poison from sting can be excruciating and cause discomfort for a fortnight

Cloud and showery rain will replace blue skies on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tuesday night to herald a change in conditions with rain expected

Sgt Owen Lennon

Son of Irish immigrants was awarded Marine of the Year distinction in 2013

Dermot Byrne. Photo courtesy of the Irish Blackball Association.

Father-of-three Dermot Byrne (54) was known to be an accomplished pool player

Bathroom facilities were found to be inadequate with just one toilet between 12 residents in one part of St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health watchdog publishes negative findings against nursing homes in Bray and Ennis

As rents in Ireland increased sharply over recent years more and more renters are facing the 1 per cent stamp duty charge that applies to rents over €2,500 a month.

What happens if a property is shared? Your questions answered

The renovation works will see 500,000 books moved to the library’s east wing. Photograph: The Irish Times

Four-year project will see 500,000 books moved as west wing becomes public area with new entrance

Orangemen gathered for a dress rehearsal over the weekend, known as the ‘Mini Twelfth’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Sectarianism? ‘It sounds like a dirty word, as if a finger is being pointed at you’

Health watchdog finds failures to meet even minimum standards for management

Dublin & Wicklow Orange Lodge: Chris Thackaberry. Photograph: Bryan Meade

It has only a few hundred members now, but the Orange Order is still active in the South

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly vote on the wording of the ballots that were to be subsequently voted on, in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

The forum also recommends forcing all workers to join a pension scheme

Prof Liam Delaney, Dr Micheal Collins and Alan Barrett at the Citizens Assembly gathering at Malahide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Gathering told access to value of home may ease financial struggles for pensioners

Tim Gaston, director of public transport services with the NTA, has said some city thoroughfares are not wide enough to include a tram track as well, and so cyclists may have to be directed to other routes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Transport Authority says compromise needed between Luas and cyclist routes

The Brexit report recommended ‘significant investment’ to adapt Irish ports so they could accommodate higher volumes of freight directly from Europe.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senator says failure to secure ‘open skies’ deal with UK would be ‘a disaster’

Almost 57,000 cases of problem alcohol use were treated in the State between 2009 and 2015, new statistics state. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters.

Majority of affected people unemployed and male, study by Health Research Board finds

Denis O’Flaherty (left)   with skipper Johnny Bennett and relief skipper Joseph Whitty in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Skippers in Howth worry about prospect of further restrictions by British government

Oberstown Youth Detention Centre in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Director Pat Bergin says assistance was sought due to the ‘perceived level of risk’

Report suggests  too many three-bed semis are being built in Dublin and  not enough apartments.

Suggestions include a site planning tax and ways to tackle the number of vacant houses

Martin Deniau, Kate O’Neill, Mary Costelloe, Brendan Fagan, Michael Burns and Dublin City Cllr, Mannix Flynn, at the No To Bid campaign launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Testy exchanges about inflated footfall and graffiti clean-up feature at campaign launch

Alcohol sponsorship: Oliver Elhotz performing with the Clare Sands trio at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Festival organisers are nervous about new legislation that will curb drinks companies’ advertising

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gets into the spirit of things at Dublin (P)ride! Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Tributes paid Dr Ann Louise Gilligan and Ireland’s first gay Taoiseach

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone:  “This is a wake-up call for young people, campaigners and politicians gathering for Pride that our work is not over,” said Ms Zappone.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Issues including non-inclusive sex education and lack of gender-neutral bathrooms

Ireland should be particularly concerned about unemployment levels for both households and young people

State needs to stimulate employment in hard-to-reach households, says Oxford professor

Eamonn O’Reilly of Dublin Port Company took a Workplace Relations Commission  case against his employer after it refused to recognise his right to permanency.

Eamonn O’Reilly took Workplace Relations Commission case against his employer

James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. There were reports of two suicides there in the space of a week earlier this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Freedom of Information request reveals HSE figures on ‘sudden and unexplained deaths’

Mairead McGuinness MEP: “I’m very troubled about the idea of a Great Repeal Bill if it allows for the elimination of some core elements of environmental law by the United Kingdom.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anticipated Great Repeal Bill could undo 800 EU environmental laws in wake of Brexit

A file image of Foxrock village in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Locals opposed to 143-bed nursing home as well as apartment and housing developments

Some foster carers in the area spoken to by Hiqa inspectors said they did not even know what a foster care review was. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns noted by health watchdog Hiqa that ‘no system in place’ to ensure evaluations

Mickey Brady secures 48% of vote and over 5,000 more first preferences than in 2015

David Simpson acknowledges support from traditionally non-DUP voter base

First MP from Sinn Féin elected for South Down

UUP supporters disappointed as Robbie Butler finishes a distant second

Floral tributes near the scene of Saturday’s attacks in London. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said gardaí can match the response time of London police in the event of an attack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Commissioner twenty extra officers will join Garda’s Armed Support Unit

A photograph of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at Dundalk Garda Station.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Suspect in Adrian Donohoe murder case was due to be deported to Ireland at the end of May

 Planner Jarrett Walker stressed that bus coverage in Dublin would not be diminished even if certain routes were discontinued. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Redesign will speed up journeys but require new set of route numbers, says planner

The Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin where a proposal to hold cinema screenings on the top floor has been refused. Photograph: The Irish Times

Proposal would have seen screenings take place during July on the car park roof

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