A view of a MetroLink sign. Photograph: Tom Honan

National Transport Authority has confirmed the metro will terminate at Charlemont

Former Bishop of Kerry Eamonn Casey, photographed in his home in Surrey in south east England in 1999.

Diocese confirms gardaí were informed and person concerned was offered support

Jim Grant, who owns a school uniform supply shop called Grants on Manor St, opposes the plans.

Residents say proposal involves removal of public amenities and redirection of traffic

Independent midwife Philomena Canning is pictured outside the Four Court in Dublin with a group of supporters.

Promoter of home births had a long running legal dispute with the HSE

Three more bus routes are to switch from Dublin Bus to Go-Ahead Ireland from Sunday in a move that will mark the final phase of a privatisation plan that began in the capital in September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

One in 10 of State firm’s routes were taken up by Go-Ahead Ireland after a tender process

 A scene from the Abbey Theatre’s new version of Edna O’Brien novel The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Theatre apologises after difficulty with system that sees ‘parts of the set fly in and out’

Volunteer collector Dora Bracken (84) pictured in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish Cancer Society fears repeat of 2013 when snow, ice and rain hit fundraising drive

UK prime minister Theresa May speaking from  10  Downing Street: “All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want.” Photograph:   Chris J Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Business Week: also in the news were mortgages, housing, Google and McDonald’s

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of people who are already alcohol dependent when they present. Photograph: Eric Luke

Percentage of people presenting for treatment who are already dependent climbing

Several units of the fire brigade is tackling a blaze at Donaghy’s Mill in Drogheda. Photograph: Anthony Murphy

Blaze at former Donaghy’s Mill site has sent plumes of smoke into the skies above town

UK prime minister Theresa May speaking to the house after losing a  second meaningful vote on her deal

Business Week: EU aghast as May’s attorney general torpedoes deal – but it isn’t dead yet

St Patrick’s Day will be cold and showery with temperatures of between seven and nine degrees. Photograph: Leverstock/ Getty

Rainfall across Connacht, midlands and south could lead to spot flooding

Business Plan Competition founder Bill McKiernan with 2018 winners Celine de Looze and Shona D’Arcy of Kids Speech Labs

Prize fund for Business Plan Competition 2019 has increased by €8,000

Sherry FitzGerald sells about 7,000 homes a year and has a 15 per cent share of the market.

Role has been vacant since Stephen McKenna left it to replace Mark FitzGerald as CEO

Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways, walks past check-in counters during a media event.

Alex Jacquot sought advice from Qantas chief Alan Joyce on how to start an airline

Common language, single supervisory structure and expertise, and close ties with the UK financial sector among reasons firms choosing Dublin

Irish capital is ‘clear winner’, as 100 companies open offices in Dublin, report finds

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive of the NTMA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

State’s debt agency aiming to raise between €14bn and €18bn of long-term debt this year

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park as Pope Francis attends the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families in August, 2018. Photograph:  Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images

Parishioners in Bonnybrook will be worshipping at the altar used at the Papal Mass

Members of the march cross O’Connell bridge. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

March attended by groups including unions, left-wing political parties and charities

Gardaí have issued this CCTV image of the grey Toyota Avensis which was stolen from an address in Celbridge, on   February 14th last.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

David Lynch was shot dead outside his home in Lucan, Dublin, at 2.15pm on March 1st

Lough Mask from the limestone pavement in Clonbur Forest.

Alarm raised after man in his seventies failed to return to shore in Co Mayo

French president Emmanuel Macron issued an open letter to citizens of the European Union urging them to mobilise for “the values of progress”. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty

Business Week: Cairn Homes prepares to break ground at RTÉ while Intel’s €3.5bn construction plans meet local opposition

The RSA said that while about 94 per cent of road users wear seatbelts, the cohort failing to tend to be young people.

Garda National Roads Policing Bureau has pointed to an increase in failure to wear belts

Patty Clement, EU chief operating officer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Fionnuala Meehan, head of Google Ireland with Felicia Alakija (15) from Killinarden Community School, Tallaght at Inspiring the Future Ireland. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

More than 250 schoolgirls attend launch of campaign at Google’s offices in Dublin

FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne said it was “not acceptable” that consumers’ health be compromised. File photograph: Fennell Photography

Four businesses around country told to close over safety breaches in February

Garda preserve the scene at Blakestown Road in Dublin 15. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Victim shot on Blakestown Road had been under surveillance by gunmen

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar criticised Sinn Féin and pledged to take back control of local government from the party.

Taoiseach also heavilly criticises Sinn Féin and its leader Mary Lou McDonald in speech

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in the Blakestown Road area of Dublin after a man in his 20s was shot at around 5pm. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí believe victim was gunman’s intended target and had been under surveilance before well-planned ambush

Fr Eugene Greene pictured celebrating Mass in a Donegal parish prior to his conviction for sexual abuse. Photograph:  Eoin Mc Garvey

Eugene Greene was jailed for 12 years for 41 charges of sexual assault against 26 children

On average, 34 per cent of Irish catches by volume and value come from inside UK waters

A third of Irish catches are in UK waters, says department, amid warning of ‘severe impact’

Gardaí have recovered the head of an 800-year-old mummy, known as the Crusader, which was stolen from a crypt St Michan’s Church in Dublin recently.

Crypts at St Michan’s Church in Dublin were forced to close temporarily after break-in

Financial services companies posted the fastest rise in business activity, but also posted a decline in foreign demand.

AIB Ireland Services PMI figures for February also show growth of activity in the sector

Clonakilty Distillery is the latest in a long list of such facilities to set up in the Republic in recent years

Company in Clonakilty to be led by Cork farmer-turned-developer Michael Scully

Michael Gleeson, chief executive of KSG Catering, said he was delighted with the awarding of a new contract in London.

Profits at company founded in 1920 by the Hogan family in Co Offaly halved last year

Krispy Kreme entered the Irish market with a doughnut outlet in the Blanchardstown Centre in October.

American doughnut chain has experienced huge demand since entering the Irish market

The Construction Industry Federation has said the sector could not afford any further increases in labour costs.

Siptu has called for a 12% pay rise for workers in the sector over a three year period

European Council President Donald Tusk should also have known that nobody outdoes the DUP when it comes to fire and brimstone. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: Also in the news was the economy; Ryanair; and Denis O’Brien

Airtricity had 740,000 customers on its books in the nine months to December 31st, 2018.

Figures are contained in a third quarter trading update from Scottish parent SSE

Nurses take part in their third day of industrial action over pay and conditions outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘I’ve been in nursing since the early seventies and it is still a massive hard slog,’ says one

Green Party councillor David Healy, local election Green Party candidate Dr Seamus McMenamin, deputy leader Catherine Martin, and leader Eamon Ryan at the Oireachtas.

More people die from lung cancer associated with radon gas than from traffic collisions

Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan. Mr Honohan had been dealing with up to 200 cases a week involving claims over debts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Master of the High Court has been a vocal critic of various banks and funds in his court

Cordon was established and houses were evacuated for duration of  operation. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Houses evacuated before device made safe and scene declared free of explosives

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee at Government Buildings. Mr Varadkar phoned  Theresa May this week and reminded her that it was “unusual” to go back on an agreement

Business Week: also in the news were the Central Bank; mortgages; and corruption

ISME has urged insurers to confirm that they intend to register debt judgments against losing plaintiffs.

ISME accuses insurers that do not seek costs of ‘egregious breach of duty’

ISIF director Eugene O’Callaghan said the strategy took account of the “significant progress made” in the economy.

Fund managed by NTMA to back building of homes ‘ideally at the more affordable end’

The AIB purchasing managers’ index, published on Friday, showed production growth eased to a ten-month low.

Latest PMI survey shows sector recorded its weakest improvement since October 2016

Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Peter Jackson said Adjarabet will be strongly positioned to build on its success.

Gambling giant acquires 51% of Adjarabet, with option to purchase the remainder

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE’s assistant national director for public and child health, spoke at a briefing for reporters.

Over the past week there were 300 hospital admissions for flu, bringing the total to 1,066

RTÉ last year agreed to review the employment status of 106 contractors after an independent report.

Oireachtas committee hears bogus employment in construction costing State €240m

An independent study on the economic, social and environmental impacts of forestry in Co Leitrim has been commissioned by the Government.

Irish Farmers Association president Joe Healy says there is ‘real need’ for study

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said it was a “notoriously dangerous stretch of road”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government has approved funding for work on the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin route

Edward Quinn celebrating his 90th birthday on the set of Fair City with actor Tony Tormey. Photograph: Conor Healy

Edward Quinn started working on the show a year ago when his wife Oonagh died

CRIF Vision-net managing director Christine Cullen said the corporate landscape was healthy.

Figures from credit risk analyst CRIF Vision-net also show drop in insolvencies

Lidl Ireland LGFA ambassadors Aishling Maloney, Sinead Goldrick, Aishling Sheridan along with Galway’s Sinead Burke. Photograph: Harry Murphy / Sportsfile

Retailer is also to invest €250,000 in a nationwide schools campaign for girls

The An Post  rate increases will come into effect on February 25th

The State-owned provider of postal services says €1 stamp rate for sending letter within the Republic is to be maintained

“Advertisers will need to be authorised to purchase political ads,” Facebook says. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Files/Reuters

Move designed defend against hate speech and voter suppression in Europe

DePuy Synthes Ireland manufactures orthopaedic products including hip and knee replacement joints

Capita adds 80 jobs after Electric Ireland contract, while DePuy Synthes will create 30 jobs in €36m investment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted the State has obligations to protect the single market in a no-deal Brexit

Business Week: also in the news were Davos, tax affairs, Facebook jobs and housing supply

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has written an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal.

Founder of social media giant admits that some users are ‘distrustful’ of the platform

Dr John Cuddihy, HSE director of public health, delivering a briefing  on  the flu season

Latest HSE figures suggest flu season has peaked and will now taper off

 The scene of a fatal collision between a car and a lorry on the M50 at the Northbound N2/Finglas interchange. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí ask members of public not to share crash images

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, general secretary of the INMO with Martina Harkin-Kelly, president of the INMO at talks in the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO and PNA meeting public sector managers in attempt to avert strikes and ban

The researchers also assessed ankle function, pain, quality of life, ankle motion and x-ray results.

British Medical Journal says there are risks associated with usual six week recovery time

The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin was evacuated on Wednesday after a fire broke out.

Dublin Fire Brigade clears smoke from building with pressure ventilating fans

National and international newspapers in the UK, featuring front page reaction to the historic loss in the Brexit deal vote. Photograph: Bloomberg

Business Week: Also in the news were EU tax reform; the economy; tourism; and corporates

iCare Housing’s Lucy Cronin and  David Hall, Fr Peter McVerry and Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran: scheme offers those facing repossession and eligible for social housing the chance to stay in their home as a tenant. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

More than 2,500 people in 600 houses being helped by State mortgage-to-rent scheme

Anna Gallagher: “I think you’re only a number with the banks. They don’t know or they don’t care what you’re going through.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Case study: Widow Anna Gallagher’s Ashington home is one of 19 purchased by iCare

Minister for Sport Shane Ross came under fire last year for allocating €150,000 to the fee-paying Wesley College.

Projects in Shane Ross constituency get 5% of total sports funds

Jonathan Hill, former European commissioner for financial stability, financial services and capital markets union. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former European commissioner says Norway-plus would make UK a ‘supplicant’

CPL Resources chief executive Anne Heraty. Salaries are on an upward trend within the construction sector across all role types. CPL says project director roles were highly sought after.

Recruitment company CPL Resources has said it is attempting to coax emigrants home

An annual construction industry review, published by AECOM in Ireland, analyses the industry outlook.

AECOM survey highlights sustainability of foreign direct investment as a concern

There were just over 201,000 people working in the manufacturing sector in Ireland in 2016

Manufacturing firms argue apprenticeships should not be seen as ‘fall-back’ to university

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson who was in Dublin this week for the Pendulum business conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business Week: also in the news was Intel; AIB; the economy; and housing supply

The company’s Irish subsidiary, Woodie’s, has 35 branches nationwide offering a range of DIY products.

Grafton Group has reported strong growth in a trading update for the year just ended

Eleven cases of meningococcal meningitis have been notified to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre since the last week in December. Three of those patients died directly due to the infection. File photograph: Getty Images

‘Meningitis is a lethal disease. There is no doubt . . . It really is quite catastrophic’

The Irish Pharmacy Union has urged people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated for the flu.

HSE says there has been ‘significant increase’ in admissions to emergency departments

The HSE was notified of 11 cases of meningococcal meningitis since the last week in December

HSE specialist says children might have missed 13th-month visit

The HSE has appealed to the public to be vigilant for the symptoms of meningitis after three people died from the condition in the past three weeks.

HSE urges public to be vigilant as cases of meningococcal meningitis double

Despite the increases in disposable income and earnings, 18.8 per cent of people experiencing “enforced deprivation”.

Report from the Central Statistics Office also shows more than six in 10 people overweight

DataChemist said the project was “a timely demonstration of how much good big data can deliver in the right hands”.

DataChemist says project is a ‘timely demonstration’ of how big data can be harnessed

Almost 950 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink- or drug-driving over the Christmas period.

One in 10 of those arrested were over the limit after having drank the night before

A photograph of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (left) with former Irish president Mary Robinson in Dubai.

Princess Haya bint Hussein invited former president to Dubai to visit Sheikha Latifa

The Wright Venue, which has been open for more than a decade, is to close at the end of January

Nightclub one of a number of high-profile venues to announce plans to close recently

 In 2016, 21.1 per cent of police officers in the EU were women. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Eurostat report shows the State employed 278 gardaí per 100,000 citizens in 2016

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Their telephone call this week lasted for 40 minutes. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: also making the news were Apple, a budget surplus, Nama and housing

Contrary to the weaker expansion in business activity, new order growth among service providers quickened.

PMI figures also show growth in activity among Spain and Italy’s service industries

Glenveagh chief executive Justin Bickle said the past 12 months had been “very productive” for the company. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Site acquired from Nama brings builder’s land bank to nearly 12,000 units

A Co Carlow park that was forced to close last month after its insurance premium more than tripled following a personal injury claim is set to reopen on Thursday. File photograph: Getty Images

Tinryland Park had been forced to close last month due to surge in cost of insurance

Under the plan, nearly 200 of the State’s 330 public libraries will open for longer.

People with outstanding fines can call libraries to have membership reinstated

Farmer John Coughlan: “I would have about 330 cattle at any stage. It cost me €22,000 in extra feed this summer, which is a significant amount.” Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

John Coughlan, a beef and dairy farmer, dealt with drought, floods and snow in Cork

Storm Emma in February and March cost the insurance industry €39 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Storms and adverse conditions led to €84 million in insurance payouts in 2018

Gardaí are appealing for information after two men were seriously assaulted in Co Donegal.

Detectives appeal for information after two men suffer serious assaults in Donegal town

UK premier Theresa May said the House of Commons will get its “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal next month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news was Anglo Irish Bank; economic warnings; and housing

Kieran Mulvey was asked to compile a report on regenerating Dublin’s north east inner city in 2016.

Former chairman of the LRC broadly welcomes progress in north east inner city

The popularity of the site has increased since it appeared in the Star Wars film series.

Heritage groups have expressed concern about rise in the number of people visiting

John and Louise Wills with photographs of their baby daughter, Eibhlín, who died aged 12 days old. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Medical professionals will now have more scope to investigate and control the condition

“Irish Ferries wish to inform our customers that we’re unlikely to operate a service between Rosslare and France in 2019. We continue to keep this situation under review. Our new WB Yeats ship will operate from Dublin to Cherbourg”

Company says it is ‘unlikely’ to operate a service on the crossing next year

Pat Rabbitte has been appointed as the new chair of Tusla.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Appointment of former Labour Party leader was confirmed by the Cabinet on Tuesday

The Warehouse sits on the waterfront to the rear of South Bank House and comprises a three-storey warehouse.

Tech giant adds to its presence in the area with South Bank House and the Warehouse

Sir Graham Brady (centre), chairman of the 1922 Committee, announces that prime ministerTheresa May survived the confidence vote

Business Week: also in the news was INM controversy; home building; and AIB loans

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