Cyclists complain about broken bones following crashes on light rail tracks

Harry Crosbie oversees the placement The Three Bears sculpture by artist Patrick O’Reilly at the Point in 2009. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin City Council recommends declining Harry Crosbie’s offer of loan of sculpture

Opium closed for a number of months last year for a large refurbishment. Photograph: Google Maps

Council says work on Opium’s glass roof and smoking area does not have planning permission

Cyclists have said vehicles parking on cycle lanes remains a huge problem.

Number of fines for bikes breaking red lights and using pedestrian streets doubles

Traditionally Dublin City Council provides litter bins where all waste is mixed.

City council analysis on the use of recycling bins returns disappointing waste results

Pouring a pint of Guinness: the two-part pour is a cod. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Sound Off: It doesn’t matter how you put stout into a glass, the result is the same

Mulligan’s of Poolbeg Street, Dublin, in 1953. Irish pubs have been closed on Good Friday since 1927.

Newspaper editorial praises minister for tackling Ireland’s ‘greatest menace’

Repair works could not take place for some time on a section of rail line in Dublin because of discarded syringes in the area. Photograph: Getty

Work eventually took place on track near Royal Canal after Irish Rail liaised with clinic

A competitor takes part in the Nile River Festival 2018 on the Nile Special wave in Uganda. A new dam will flood the wave by the end of the year. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Only time will tell what will happen families pushed off their land in Uganda

A safety audit has raised concerns about the speeds cyclists are traveling at on the Clontarf cycle path (above) in north Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council audit raises concerns over paths shared by pedestrians and cyclists

The Azure Window, one of Malta’s most visited locations, before it collapsed.

How did the tiny country cope after losing its most famous tourist attraction?

The harbour and jetty area on Rathlin Island off Co Antrim, which is experiencing a baby boom. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Book review: Islander: A Journey Round Our Archipelago, by Patrick Barkham

‘The landlord wanted to kick us out and get new tenants in at a higher rent,’ says one Dublin tenant who was forced to move out of his accommodation during a renovations.

One Year On: Introduction of rent predictability measures has had mixed results

Island life: islands are linked by planes and the internet in Patrick Barkham’s unromanticised vision.

Author of Islander less interested in romanticism and more concerned with future of communities

A fallen tree on Northbrook Road,Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Five times as many trees knocked down in October storm than in other weather events

Bird shaped kites have started to appear above buildings in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: iStock

Councillor says kites used to scare gulls rooftops undermine the skyline of the city

A  basking shark breaching off Baltimore, Co Cork. Photograph:  Youen Jacob/Provision

‘Whales are wild animals - they don’t come up and wave their fins at us’

Tourists on a  Viking Splash tour in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Company agrees to keep quiet in residential area following requests from councillors

A litter bin on George’s Quay in Dublin city centre

Bookies, pubs and restaurants under fire over cigarette butts on ground

Commisssioner Noirin O Sullivan during a visit to Farmleigh in May .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Garda chief says decision to step down was because of ‘unending cycle’ of investigations

Irish Rail said it intends to enhance staffing on trains for customer security

Irish Rail receives reports concerning assault, theft, noise, vandalism and disruption

Authorities refused permission for a fighting cock to be brought into the State. All photographs: Getty

‘You need a licence to keep a dog, but you don’t need a licence to keep a tiger’

The ‘hungry tree’ in the grounds of Kings Inns. The 80-year-old tree has been gradually enveloping an iron bench . Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Councillors have called for protection of plane tree on the grounds of King’s Inns

Gull numbers have declined because of human behaviour, but people complain the birds are a nuisance in urban areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Documents reveal extent of lobbying over gulls in North Dublin

Warning sign at  Luas track at College Green: In January, a cyclist whose wheel got caught close to the Spire said, “My head took all the impact and if I wasn’t wearing a helmet my head would have been split open like a melon.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sisk claims no satisfactory way of protecting cyclists from injury linked to rail grooves

Caution signs at  the Luas track on  College Green, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Draft report claims new corridor could impact on cycling in large parts of the city centre

Former minister for housing Simon Coveney said there was a lack of clarity around the role Airbnb plays in the property market. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Property owners need planning permission if changing the use of a building

The 19th-century Farmleigh Bridge, also known as Silver Bridge, built by the Guinness family. Photograph: Rebuild Silver Bridge group

Campaigners hope 19th century structure can form part of new Liffey blueway

Local mothers no longer bring their children to walk or cycle along the Clontarf road promenade, it has been claimed. Photograph: iStock

Mother says her toddler was shouted and cursed at while riding his tricycle

A container (featuring a design by Dearbhla ní Fhaoilleacháin Ryan from NCAD) will be placed at a fenced off area on Wolfe Tone Street each day. Photograph: UPS

Cyclists and walkers to collect parcels from container to be placed on Wolfe Tone Street

the National Ambulance Service said it reports assaults to the gardaí and does not have a policy of not pursuing prosecutions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ambulance service records almost weekly events of ‘violence, harrassment, aggression’

Birdwatch Ireland said species likely to have been worst affected by recent fires include the hen harrier and the curlew (pictured). Photograph: Richard T Mills.

Freedom of information documents show 10 local authorities paid €6 million in five years

The Architects Journal said the proposed new Central Bank was “an exercise in how to do the greatest urban damage with only eight stories”.

From the archives: a look-back at the controversial construction of the Central Bank

A passenger information sign at Seapoint Dart station in south Dublin on Friday morning. The vast majority of Dart, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services are not operating today. Photograph: Rachel Flaherty

Reaction: Dublin and rail passengers at stations and bus stops had no notice of action

An ESB crew at work in Sandyford, Co Dublin, following Storm Doris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Met Éireann data shows most weather stations recorded mildest February in five years

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at the rollout of the Housing Assistance Payment scheme at City Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Simon Coveney says decision on Gilligan’s HAP application would be for housing officer

An ESB crew works to restore power at Sandyford in south Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

ESB confirms some homes will remain without power for a second night following storm

When waste is collected from households it is sorted and assessed by waste management companies

Some 160 containers were en route to China when discovery was made

 Zach, Sally, Jude and Meg North from Cabra attending the Allocate4Cycling Cycle protest outside the Department of Transport in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Campaigners seeking better road infrastructure and traffic management

Abuse survivor Marie Collins said Cardinal Connell’s lack of pastoral experience made it very difficult for him to deal with  clerical child sex abuse. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cardinal realised mistakes and was willing to apologise for them, says Dr Diarmuid Martin

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith: she said the current “draconian and barbaric” legislation has a chilling effect on  medical professionals who are fearful of supporting women seeking abortions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Draft Bill drawn up to ‘decriminalise abortion’ calls for fine instead of 14-year jail term

Northbound traffic on the M50. A new report says the motorway will be the worst affected by increased congestion without more infrastructure. Photograph: Alan Betson

Call for new orbital route as congestion predicted to increase on M50, N4 and N7

‘The model needs to be changed,’   Róisín Shortall said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Terms open up possibility of long running, expensive, unsatisfactory tribunal, says TD

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broad range of areas to be investigated by inquiry under Justice Peter Charlton

Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is reasonable to assume Brexit has lead to an increase in passport applications from the UK. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Applications from Britain and Northern Ireland up 77% and 71% respectively this year

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa, who has been held in Egypt since August 2013 after being arrested at a protest over the ousting of then Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

Minister for Foreign Affairs says is ‘deeply disappointed’ over latest adjournment

 Tesco workers on strike duty in Baggot Street joined by AAA-PBP TD’s Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Mick Barry,Paul Murphy Ruth Coppinger Cllr John Lyons. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dispute at eight outlets centres around changes to contracts for pre-1996 workers

South Dublin County Council  is owed more than €7.5m in rent arrears, according to figures released at a council meeting on Monday. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Council says tenants are failing to meet their obligations despite reasonable charges

Brendan McGahon assists a local taxi man at work in the Square Dundalk in 1996. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Taoiseach says former Fine Gael TD showed ‘exceptional resolve’ in standing up to IRA

Shane Ross said he was ‘extremely concerned’ about intoxicated driving with figures showing 152 drivers arrested each week over suspicion of drink driving. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross to bring new legislation to Cabinet next week

The Carnegie Library in Dun Laoghaire opened in 1912. Photograph: Dun Laogaire/Rathdown County Council

Councillors approve motion saying Carnegie building should not be commercialised

South Dublin County Council received 4,821 litter complaints in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson/File photo

South Dublin data shows reduction in dog fouling after bag dispensers installed

Some residents of the Wicklow nursing home received their medication up to five and a half hours late

Watchdog says only outings for residents were to a park across the road and seafront

Neil Reilly: his “brutal murder makes no sense to any of us at all”

Father-of-four killed by group of men after firing shots at house in west Dublin

Howth’s red squirrel population may be under threat. Photograph: iStock

Green Party councillor suggests introducing pine martens to reduce greys on peninsula

Ed Sheeran is set to play the 3Arena in April. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Fans express disappointment as Ticketmaster reselling website faces ‘massive demand’

The gap between the State’s top and average incomes has narrowed, but more than one in 12 people in Ireland are still living in consistent poverty

CSO figures show 25.5% of Irish population experienced forced deprivation in 2015

Irish immigration attorney Aoife Delargy Lowe: “I was assigned to standing at the arrivals gate [at Dulles airport] saying ‘Do you need legal help?’ ”

Aoife Delargy Lowe among those offering assistance to immigrants at Dulles airport

Photograph: iStock

Prisoners released in 2016 served on average four years more than those released in 2015

A Columbarium wall for cremated remains at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New survey recommends installing Columbarium walls for cremated remains

lluminated cycle paths in Poland. Photograph: TPA Instytut Badan Technicznych Sp. z o.o

Polish town testing system of illuminated paths to aid cyclists during night time

The 19th-century Farmleigh Bridge, also known as Silver Bridge, built by the Guinness family. Photograph: Rebuild Silver Bridge group

19th-century cast-iron structure links Waterstown Park to Farmleigh estate

 The resale value of the 14-seater aircraft, which went into service in 1992, had been estimated at no more than €750,000

Gulfstream IV and spare parts sold to US company for total of €471,000

Michelle Kavanagh and Anthony Quinn, who ate Christmas dinner in their tent, not far from O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Couple lived in hostels but after one incident, Anthony Quinn says will never stay in one again

Three men, including two Aer Lingus employees, have been arrested in connection with alleged immigration offences at Dublin Airport.

Men are being questioned about an international immigrant smuggling network

Flowers at the scene near Esker Glebe, in Lucan Co. Dublin this morning where Neil Reilly was attacked and died after a car chase in the early hours of last Wednesday morning. Photograph: Collins

Letter to Minister for Justice raises fears about the neighbourhood’s reputation

Photograph: iStock

List of freedom of information requests reveals records sought by public

UCC professor of obstetrics and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Louise Kenny said in Cork fewer than half of pregnant women have access to the 20- to 22-week ultrasound screening scan. File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

Need for greater numbers of midwives and consultants outlined to Oireachtas committee

The silver Mazda car found near the scene of the murder in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Victim stabbed and slashed in sustained attack after pursuit from Clondalkin to Lucan

Prof Ronan Fanning: “A brilliant, teacher, researcher and writer.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

President marks death of historian who left notable impression on Irish scholarship

Garda forensics personnel search for evidence at the scene of the killing of Neil Reilly (above, inset) near The Glebe, Esker, Lucan, on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Neil Reilly from Lucan killed during assault following car chase through west Dublin

Countryside roads in rural Ireland covered in snow which is a rare enough occasion. Photograph:iStock

When does it stick, how is it made and when is it most likely to fall?

DUP Communities Minister Paul Givan: “My decision on the Líofa Bursary Scheme was not a political decision.” Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Charlie Flanagan in Belfast for meetings with Northern Secretary James Brokenshire

The NBRU has warned that Ireland’s bus network could unravel. Photograph: Eric Luke

NBRU says rural politicians need to protect threatened Expressway service

“You rarely see someone reading a book or a newspaper on the train or Luas, so I think phones have kind of taken over people’s lives”. Photograph: Chris Turner/Getty Images

‘I don’t really use it for contacting people. I mainly use it for emails and reading articles’

A vacant site in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Green Party calls for amendment after Dublin local authorities publish blank lists

Problems around children’s safety and Garda vetting in early years services have been highlighted by a report from Tusla. Photograph: iStock

Tusla inspectors voice concern over level of Garda vetting in early years services

Stock image showing a young man in Dublin, 2011.

Welfare issues and avoiding drugs key challenges for those living on the streets

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has issued a warning notice to the Ray D’Arcy radio show

Broadcasting authority issues warning notice following interview with couple in June

Inside Apollo House:  The centre is a “dry” facility, and those entering are liable to be searched for drink or drugs.

Receivers threaten legal action, saying trespass occupation cannot be allowed continue

Dylan McCabe (with the hat) welcomed by family at Dublin Airport after arriving  from the US for Christmas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Loved ones gather with smiles, balloons and banners for those flying home for Christmas

‘There are cars fully on the footpath and they are a huge obstruction’

The Temple Bar pub in Dublin city centre has appealed a planning decision by Dublin City Council over a proposed beer garden.

Pub proposes new roof but Dublin City Council says planning needed beforehand

Sgt Kevin Courtney Garda Bureau of Community Engagement Unit said customers should be careful while shopping.

Garda figures show €400,000 worth of goods stolen from vehicles in retail car parks in 2015

A points issue at Howth Junction caused delays to Dart services.

Services ran up to 30 minutes late after points problem on north side of line

A car is driven at speed past a children’s play area. A Road Safety Authority  report shows alcohol was a factor in 38 per cent of all fatal road incidents between 2008 and 2012, accounting for the deaths of 286 people. File photograph: Getty Images

Evidence shows alcohol involved in more fatal crashes than a few years ago - Minister

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said there is a strong argument for refunds. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ross and Varadkar disagree over whether water charges should be refunded

Bertie Ahern’s famed local, Fagan’s pub in Drumcondra. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill Dara Mac Donaill

Mixed reaction from Drumcondra locals on prospect of former leader rejoining FF

The mild spring in Ireland saw many hedgehogs come out of hibernation early and consequently have an extra litter of hoglets in late August or September. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Rescue centres receive large increase in admissions of underweight hoglets

A radon mitigation system in the basement of a house. The EPA is calling on people in high radon areas to test their homes for the gas. File photograph: iStock

Environmental Protection Agency calls for people to test their homes for the gas

Kym Owens (18), from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was walking to her student accommodation in the Moyglare Abbey Estate on the outskirts of Maynooth when she was attacked at about 8.30pm. Photograph: Facebook

Kym Owens (18) suffered ‘serious head injuries’ in violent assault near student digs

Stena Line also cancelled Monday night’s planned sailing of the Stena Europe from Rosslare to Fishguard. File photograph: Peter Thursfield

Ferry from Rosslare failed to dock in Wales due to high winds and rough waters

The Irish Pharmacy Union  said it was urging drivers to be aware of the dangers of driving after taking medicines, particularly those which can cause drowsiness. File photograph: Getty Images

RSA report shows 30% of people killed on roads in 2013 were on prescription medication

An Bord Pleanála found Starbucks opened the premises in Airside Retail Park witout necessary planning permission. Photograph: iStock

An Bord Pleanála finds Dublin coffee outlet opened without planning permission

An Bord Pleanála has ruled that   Starbucks opened a premises in Swords without  proper planning permission. File photograph: Getty Images

Coffee chain’s local operator argues premises is a ‘shop’ - An Bord Pleanála disagrees

The course is aimed at staff who are required to drive on a regular basis, the EPA says. Photograph: iStock

Agency has invited tenders for a special programme to include one-on-one training

Irish people must do something about pollution from vehicle exhausts, according to the EPA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Environmental Protection Agency report urges action to tackle Ireland’s pollution

A search is under way for a man off the coast of Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

Coast Guard called after incident involving small vessel east of Kilmichael Point

Exiting the Phoenix Park tunnel on the way to Heuston Station. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New rail routes follow €13.7m investment from the National Transport Authority

The supermoon is seen over the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey, early on November 14th. Photograph: Reuters

Moon will be closer to Earth tonight than at any point in nearly 70 years

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