Lifeguards Niall Finnegan and Aisling Carroll at Dollymount Strand. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Prohibition notices remain in place due to sewage overflow as weather warms up

Dublin property values have stalled, according to estate agent  DNG, with virtually no increases recorded over the last 12 months and a slight decline reported in south Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Estate agent DNG said secondhand property market is stalling in Dublin

 Laura Ryan of St Brigid’s National School, Coon, Co Kilkenny was the overall national winner of the competition. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Laura Ryan from Kilkenny takes overall prize as students asked to design modern logo

Children have spent an average of 28% of their Communion money, compared with 39% this time last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Benefit to children for the first time now over €600, with girls getting more than boys

When looking for travel insurance with a cancer diagnosis, most insurers simply say no. Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: ‘Travel insurers are being violently discriminatory to thousands of Irish citizens’

Due to weather conditions, the Ryanair flight landed at Dublin Airport instead of Shannon.  Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hanna/File Photo

Pricewatch: Several readers have trouble getting transfer costs back from the airline

Tessie Carroll brings her pram of clothes and bric-a-brac to ‘the Tuggers’ market for the last time on Saturday.

Tessie Carroll leaves ‘the Tuggers’ market after 60 years selling clothes and bric-a-brac

(Front from left to right)  Catherine Murphy,   Róisín Shortall  and newly elected councillors at the Social Democrats conference in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party wants restrictions to tackle dominance of investment funds in the rental sector

Staff at the Center Parcs Longford Forest resort which is due to open next month. Photograph: Naoise Culhane.

License granted to firm behind Co Longford resort covers 470 acres rather than specific structures

 Brothers and sisters John Paul, Ann-Marie, Bridget(wife), Mary Theresa, and Thomas Delaney, all relatives of William Delaney can be seen close to the rock of Dunamase in Co.Laois Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times

Gardaí believe he was killed in Co Laois by a person known to him over a personal matter

More than 8.6 million outbound trips were undertaken by Irish residents lin 2018, up 5.8 per cent on 2017.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Survey shows an increasingly mobile populace with increases in domestic and overseas travel

Private health insurer VHI has announced price increases of 6 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Health insurer says rising costs in hospitals, increases in consultants’ fees among reasons

Independent TD Joan Collins rejected Leo Varadkar’s claim as a red herring. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach insists legislation would result in gratuities being taxed

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: Courtesy of Construct Ireland

Government proposal is short on detail but SEAI estimates €30,000 for deep retrofit

Garlic peeling: the new hack has been watched more than 15 million times on Twitter

And it works, sort of. But you’ll need to work on your wrist-flicking technique

Don’t leave it until the last minute to get travel insurance  - almost 40 per cent of the claims are made before travel with illness and death the most likely reasons for cancelled holidays

By not taking out insurance you leave yourself at mercy of airlines, tour operators

Eleanor Martha Hulm and Leontien Friel-Darrell of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, at a climate change protest outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The climate action group staged a typically eye-catching protest at the Dáil last week

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer stemming from a white blood cell called a plasma cell. Photograph: NUI Galway

NUI Galway and Blood Cancer Network team up to find treatment for multiple myeloma

The Air Corps’ maritime patrol aircraft was in the area at the time and saw a flare set off from the life raft and was able to winch the men out of the water.  File photograph: Irish Air Corps Flickr

Aisling Patrick boat capsized after being struck by two waves in choppy waters

Hana Babye, Summer Rice and Leah Dayman, all from Presentation Primary George’s Hill school, took part in the Children’s Rally on Friday in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Primary schools gather in Temple Bar to demand that adults listen to children

One of the beds previously advertised by Anderson’s Themes and Dreams.

Customers left out of pocket for special children’s beds costing upwards of €1,000

Direct provision had been intended to last no more than six months but instead morphed into one of institutionalised living ‘that will last for many international protection applicants for many years’, the justice committee was told. File photograph: Tom Honan

Human rights ‘set at naught’ by system to deal with international protection applicants

Evidence of the cutting of meat in a room adjacent to toilets was among the reasons for the Enforcement Orders in May.

Sausage factory in Cavan and sushi restaurant in Balbriggan also served with closure orders

Is there any way to make it to your departure gate without walking through duty free?

Massage chairs, the ‘golden hour’, boarding passes – and why is Toblerone a thing?

New electronic passport readers will be in place at both terminals in Dublin Airport from Tuesday  in an attempt to significantly reduce delays at immigration control. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

DAA says it has not been asked to segregate passengers from CTA and rest of world to ease queues

Irish consumers are shifting their search for bargains towards second hand shops for environmental, ethical and economic reasons, a conference in Limerick will be told today. Image: iStock.

Paco Underhill says ‘economics of 19th century retailing isn’t working’ with shift from disposable clothes

This month marks 100 years since Alcock and Brown flew nonstop across the Atlantic

A computer generated image of the rooftop infinity pool on a London skyscraper

Company says it is planning world’s first 360-degree infinity pool on a roof 200 metres above a city skyline

A Status Yellow rain warning is hanging over seven counties until Thursday morning with up to 32mm of rain expected across Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. File photograph: EPA

Forecasters rule out anything resembling a summer’s day until middle of June at the earliest

The  Aviva Stadium is being lit up  with the colours of Pride until June 8th as part of an effort to help young people who may be struggling to come to terms with their sexual identity.  Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile.

Advocate hopes initiative sends a message that it is okay for people to ‘be who they are’

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Passengers post photos of hour-long delays over the bank holiday weekend

From libraries to walking tours to museums, there is something for everybody

Second-hand cars imported from the UK offer savings, but buyers must beware

According to one study, for each additional daily serving of ultra-processed food, mortality risk relatively increased by 18 per cent. Photograph: iStock

More than 4 servings of ultra-processed foods a day linked to 62% increased risk of mortality

The Pont Aven ferry, which operates on the Cork to Roscoff route, has been undergoing repairs since the middle of May and the company said on Wednesday that the work was taking longer than anticipated.

6,000 passengers were due to travel on Cork to Roscoff ferry which is out of service

The Pont Aven ferry, which operates on the Cork to Roscoff route, has been undergoing repairs since the middle of May.

‘It’s a frustrating situation’ - company chief says as ship is expected to take weeks to repair

Not only are the pollutants we generate contributing to the climate catastrophe we are hurtling towards, they are also costing us cold hard cash every single day. Photograph: iStock

It can pay to reduce the amount of carbon we generate, so time to alter our behaviour

Leo Varadkar at the count centre in the RDS, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘Others could pull the plug on the government’, says Leo Varadkar

Poor results for Solidarity - People Before Profit and Sinn Féin

Robbie Sinnott at his polling station in Dublin 8. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

System for voters with disabilities open to abuse, says activist for visually impaired

Frances Fitzgerald on the campaign trail in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Google reveals the most searched-for candidates and what questions are being asked

Séamus Lawless is said to have slipped while in the “Balcony area” near the summit of Everest after reaching it last week.

Mountaineer from Bray missing after fall close to summit of Mount Everest

A man takes a picture of a Huawei logo at the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center in Brussels. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

If you own a Huawei device you need to read this

Why does car insurance cost more in Longford than it did in Dublin? Photograph: iStock

Pricewatch: Ryanair and refunds; Bank of Ireland and bank holidays

Luna, on Dury Street, Dublin: ‘a very tough decision to make but unavoidable, despite our best efforts’

Italian restaurant Luna announces it is to ‘cease trading effective immediately’

Dairy manager Peter Taaffe said milking the last of the cows would be a sad occasion, but stressed that the gloom would be tinged with relief.

Guinness-owned farm bordering the Phoenix Park moving herd on to pastures new

 Stevie II  pictured with Brendan Crean, who helped trial the robot through the charity Alone, during a demonstration at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Prototype developed at Trinity College Dublin ‘reminds me what meds to take’, says user

Overall winner of B&B Ireland Awards Agnes O’Sullivan of Taobh Coille B&B, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry, and her daughter Eileen O’Sullivan.

Taobh Coille in Cahirciveen saw off competition from nine other B&B Ireland finalists

Flat-pack house: how the Allwood Solvalla should turn out. Photograph: Amazon

Amazon has one for €6,500 that the seller says two of you can build in a day

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Pricewatch: Travel agents have found myriad ways to adapt to the brave new digital age

Chief executive of Alone, Seán Moynihan, described involvement as an invaluable service to the community.

National Volunteer’s Week gets under way

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: money pile down to just  €865 million. File photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Ireland now has 17 billionaires with overall wealth of the top 300 put at €87 billion

 Conor Stinchon aged 16, founder of Gaelic Superstore, takes the title of Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2019. work for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme. Photograph:  Mark Stedman

Conor Stinchon sells gloves for clubs, schools and county teams via ‘Gaelic Superstore’

Eileen Mackin (81) with her birth mother Elizabeth (103): ‘She was thrilled and she never let go of my hands and she put her arms around me’

Genealogist offered to help Eileen Mackin find woman after hearing story on Liveline

A video recently released  shows Irish dairy calves being physically abused by workers at a control post in France after arriving from Ireland in March. Image: Screengrab from Association L214 video

Department welcomes progress in investigation after video shows animals being abused

The number who could avail of the mortgage-to-rent  scheme could rise to several thousand over an extended period. Photograph: iStock

Promontoria and Home for Life to contact up to 400 distressed mortgage holders

Not only did Ryanair get two-thirds of the questions wrong, one staff member was unable to explain what a package holiday was. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Some companies and airlines do not fully understand customers’ rights, study shows

Up and away: the Alcock and Brown statue at Heathrow airport is prepared for its Co Galway visit. The pioneering aviators landed their biplane south of Clifden on June 14th, 1919, after flying from Canada

Statue leaving Heathrow airport and travelling to Clifden for centenary celebrations

‘They kept stressing the gravity of the situation and the urgency so I downloaded the software.’ Photograph: iStock

A reader has a cautionary tale about a con she fell prey to after a series of coincidences

If anyone other than people you are actually related to or who you have known since you were five asks you to transfer money to them via unusual channels, think long and hard about it. And then say no. Photograph: iStock

It can be hard to tell if an email or call is from a legitimate company or a fraudster so you need to keep your wits about you at (...)

Kayaking on the Liffey: Conor Pope tours Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘The Liffey is Dublin’s most important street, but most people have never been on it’

Four-bedroom lodge and patio at the new Center Parcs in Co Longford.

Conor Pope gets a sneak peek of the holiday resort as it prepares to open in Longford

RTÉ reporter Kieran Dineen said many of the  people on the Ryanair flight to Malta were “quite inebriated” and he witnessed several fights. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Reporter claims service to Valletta full of ‘inebriated’ passengers heading to music festival

Ikea’s new logo: Seventy Agency has tweaked the design to “futureproof it in a digital world”

The Swedish retailer has updated its brand name with ‘subtle’ and ‘impactful’ changes

Steal the cutlery, click fingers for attention, refuse to pay? Oh no, there is worse, much worse

E-scooters are not permitted on public roads, and users may be subject to a fine or penalty points for doing so

Department of Transport says e-scooters not allowed on public roads, fines may be issued

The HSE regularly publishes lists of ‘blatant examples’ where organisations have hidden behind health and safety in order to refuse service or justify a decision.

Pricewatch: Some firms use ‘health and safety’ concerns as an excuse to get out of doing things

Pricewatch: eir told reader there was a termination notice on his account but after several over and backs he was told the termination notice had been lifted. Photograph: Maxwells

Pricewatch: Eir cancels account after telling customer termination notice had been lifted

Clockwise from top left: GreenBlade Deluxe Pruning Shears, Felco Classic 8, Fiskars PowerGear X Pruner, True Temper Gardener Bypass Hand Pruner

Pricewatch: The best value secateurs to sink into your unruly shrubbery

ESB crews have repaired almost all power lines brought down in the storm. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Power is restored to almost all of 33,000 electricity customers affected by outages

Just under half of those polled say they are just about getting by, with 14 per cent saying they are still really struggling.

Sign of the Times: Economic uncertainty is doing little to quell consumer spending

Swim baby: Conor Pope takes the littlest Pope into the pool at the Playa Montroig campsite just south of Barcelona for the very first time

Conor Pope on three trips abroad with his three children, in his youngest’s first year

Security is on high alert in the mosques across the Sri Lanka as muslims fear retaliation after at least 259 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a coordinated series of blasts during the Easter Sunday service at churches and hotels. Photograph: MA Pushpa Kumara/EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs updates advice warning against non-essential trips

Dust particles from the Sahara desert were swept into the upper part of the atmosphere by gales across North Africa before being transported to Ireland where the particles fell during heavy rain showers overnight. File photograph: Getty

Dust can be health hazard for people who are affected by poor air quality – EPA

Daenerys Targaryen in Dublin’s Waxwork Museum. Photograph: Conor Pope

The Mother of Dragons joins Donald Trump and Phil Lynott in Waxworks Museum

Regina Doherty: she said the  new  leave would  be on top of existing entitlements

Under the Parental Leave and Benefit Bill parents will be entitled to an extra two weeks’ paid leave at €245 per week

 St Sebastian Church in Negombo after multiple explosions targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. Photograph: Stringer/Getty

Policies only cover cancellations if Department of Foreign Affairs advises against travel

The slow cooker which was so full of promise finds a new home in a cupboard more impenetrable than the black hole at the centre of Messier 87

Our homes are full of seemingly useful purchases which soon become redundant junk

The National Parks and Wildlife Service spearheads a conservation programme aimed at saving the curlew which was once amongst the most common birds in Ireland. Photograph: Joe Shannon

‘To lose the curlew would be like losing a big part of Ireland - like our music, our landscape or identity’

RNLI volunteers pictured during the operation on Lough Derg. Photograph: RNLI

Vessel ran aground on hazardous rocks close to the Lough Derg shore near Portumna

Hundreds of people are taking part in a climate change protest by Exctinction Rebellion Ireland on O’Connell Street this Friday. Photograph: O’Carrolls Irish Gifts web cam.

Irish branch of global Extinction Rebellion movement stages O’Connell Street sit-down

“It is, after all, the Irish way to celebrate the sun - even when it is only delivering the faintest promise of heat - by rushing out into the garden and firing up the barbecue in order to burn some meat.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Can you use a gas BBQ or is charcoal better? How much cash do you need to spend?

Out of the frying pan . . . Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Readers’ queries: Aldi’s off-the-wall mark-up; sending verification codes via TescoMobile

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a visit to the Sikh temple, Serpentine Road, Dublin for Vaisakhi which is one of the most significant events in the Sikh calendar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach attends ceremony marking Vaisakhi at Sandymount temple

Paddy Finlay taking part  in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Finlay passed away on Saturday following battle with cancer, entertainer’s son says

There were 20,389 opposite-sex marriages in 2018 and 664 same-sex marriages, of which 372 were male unions and 292 were female unions

The average groom is just over 36 years, with brides about two years younger

Dr Malie Coyne  expressed concern so many parents believed that they did not have time to bring their children to training and to matches. Photograph: iStock

Most believe excessive interest in technology responsible for youth’s lack of sportiness

A closure order was served on part of the Old Punch Bowl pub after rodent droppings were found in a food store adjacent to the kitchen.

FSAI alarmed by the consistent reporting of rodent activity noted in food businesses

Booking made by reader through booking.com was cancelled by aparthotel

Pricewatch: Does booking.com stand over bookings made on its platform?

Cyril Galbraith in Taney Church, Dundrum, Dublin.  Now 95,  he has been ringing bells for over 80 years. “You can’t have machines doing everything,” he said.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Galbraith still busy pulling the strings at Taney Parish in Dundrum

Airbnb: ‘Our standards and expectations require that all members of the Airbnb community respect each other’s privacy’.

Strict conditions apply to using recording devices

The Louvre in Paris is opening is doors to one couple for one night, with the chosen pair’s bed set up in a special mini-pyramid within the museum’s larger, iconic glass pyramid.

Competition to celebrate museum’s 30th birthday offers couple an overnight stay

Students from the Tullamore Stage School make their way through hail stones at the RDS in Dublin with their trophy after winning  the ESB Feis Ceoil School Choir of the Year competition.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh.

Notice applies to Wicklow, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo from 10pm to 11am Wednesday

 Lotto winner Ódhran Doherty arrives with his family at Lotto HQ in Dublin today to collect his cheque for €1 million . Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Odhrán Doherty (23), a farmer from Co Donegal, arrived in Dublin in white Hummer

Chase lasted almost an hour before man was detained by gardaí just outside Portlaoise

 The “Festival of Britain” appears under threat as the DUP will only support it if it is called the “Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and held in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency of Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

DUP will only support ‘The Festival of Britain’ if it is called the ‘Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’

Best seat in the house:  Rosaleen Linehan as Mammy and Phelim Drew as Johnnypatteenmike in the  Gaiety production of  The Cripple of Inishmaan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pricewatch: Rosaleen Linehan was horrified by the price her friend paid on Viagogo

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (3rd from right), with from left; Brian Doyle, Immanuel Jayden Chirwa, Kelvin Akpaloo, Fathi Mohamed, Christina Burlacu, Bushra Tanveer and Farah Elle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Logan says people from other countries are ‘taken aback by the social progression here’

Guido Nasi with his mother Simonetta on the Late Late Show.

Guido Nasi left with catastrophic brain injury after 1999 attack in Dublin park

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