The Poolbeg chimney stacks have become an inconic feature in the Dublin skyline. Photograph: iStock

Medium-term maintenance programme for structures to cost several million euro

Dublin City Council said it was not possible to clean service bottle banks each day because of the sheer amount of glass being recycled. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

City council identifies problems with textile recycling during Covid-19 pandemic

From left, volunteers Eoghan Crowe, Daire Madden, Alan Grealish, Betty Hernon and Rob Munn meet up before patrolling Galway’s waterways in the city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘A staggering amount of deaths on the river are accidental’, say Claddagh Watch volunteers

About 21,000 steel and concrete pillboxes were built each year from 1975 until 1983, when the “bunkerisation of Albania” concluded. Photograph: Getty

Tirana Letter: Construction of cold war shelters killed more than they ever protected

The HSE received an average of 48 reports a month concerning food establishments in March, April, May and June. Photograph: iStock

Restaurants association says businesses should not have to bear sole responsibility for policing diners

Full rubbish bins in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lockdown sees ‘three-fold increase’ in the amount of waste left in public parks

A bicycle with a tag on its back wheel indicating that a Dublin City Council official considers it abandoned: Photograph: Dan Griffin

Roads and Traffic directive has warranted removal of 173 bikes in city’s southeast

Cry of the Curlew: an increasingly rare sighting over Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Wicklow ideal to restore habitats and woodland but destruction is extensive, says author

Kaliningrad city street: the isolated, former Prussian stronghold, founded by Teutonic Knights in the 13th century was taken over by the Soviets in 1945. Photograph: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto

Kaliningrad Letter: Eight-day e-visa to an oblast does little to make your trip easy

Car-free day: An estimated 21,000 people attended the event on September 22nd in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan /The Irish Times

Minutes of council meeting suggest further traffic-free days will not be held

The council said GDPR regulations barred them from releasing the names of the candidates who were fined. File photographL Joe Humphreys

Dublin City Council issued 232 fines for material put up too early or left up too long

UK prime minister Boris Johnson gesturing while answering questions on the proroguing of parliament in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Some of the worst moments from one of angriest days in British parliament in memory

Frances Mackey and Jacqui McElhinney, part of whose garden at their Royal Canal Way cottage is due to be taken from them  to build a new section of the MetroLink railway. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

A couple’s garden by Dublin’s Royal Canal will lose 18m – and a lot of wildlife habitat

Cigarette litter is six times more prevalent than sweet wrapper litter. Photograph: Getty Images

Pedestrians and motorists are the worst offenders, according to monitoring body

People enoying sunny weather along the Grand Canal in Dublin in May 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Waterways Ireland received complaints after specimen trees removed at Charlemont Mall

Martina and Gary 2019: everlasting symbols of affection are facing the axe. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Moves to protect bridges from burden of metallic symbols of lasting affection

A slide from a 2017 Eir presentation on digital kiosks. Photograph: Dublin City Council

City council says new units could have wifi hotspots and dynamic digital screens

The refurbished 1920s telephone box which once stood on Parkgate Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eir

Campaigner says many attractive fixtures of the city’s northside have been removed

Local litter wardens obtained contact details from supermarkets and   so they can inform them of any trolleys they find. Photograph: Getty

Dublin councillor highlights large number of abandoned shopping trollies in the city

The process from removal to replanting may take up to 3-5 years because sufficient time needs to elapse to allow breakdown of residual underground root material. Photograph: Getty

Residents of estate complain about 50 tree stumps in their area

Volunteers from A Way to Happiness carry out clean up work in the Guild Street area of Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Dublin City Council

City council report praises group’s efforts but tactics are questioned by anti-cult organisation

A councillor said the situation in Temple Bar is becomming intolerable with walking tours.

Councillor calls for problem to be addressed in areas such as Temple Bar before summer

A member of the graffiti collective Subset works on a mural in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Artist collective asked that member wore mask during Dublin event

“When teenagers meet in playgrounds they are accused of loitering, of taking over and of rowdiness.” Photograph: Getty

Dublin council study finds teens feel excluded from public places

More than 50 sign poles have been removed from Dublin city since 2016

Audit using GPS co-ordinates to take place next year to identify all unnecessary poles

Deliveroo, which works with about 600 restaurants in Dublin, said it takes concerns raised by elected representatives extremely seriously.

Workers use footpaths and one-way streets recklessly, claims Cllr Mannix Flynn

A Green Party councillor wants the “green man” time extended at pedestrian crossings. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Ciarán Cuffe argued longer crossing period better for Dublin’s vulnerable pedestrians

The toilets are on a traffic island in Dublin’s Liberties. Photograph: Dan Griffin

The building could go to market early next year, says Dublin City Council

David Boland (34) who was fatally stabbed in Athy, Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph via Facebook

Another male in his 20s still detained in Naas Garda station over fatal attack

Dublin City Council says many of its complexes are located near to canals/rivers, the natural habitat of rodents. Photograph: iStock

Increase in fast-food outlets and building work disturbing nests adds to rodent problem

 The car park at Strasburg Terrace near Irishtown, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strasburg Terrace residents say mobile app has directed 100 motorhomes their way

A street in Dublin with a number of “sandwich board” advertising signs

Dublin City Council makes 400 inspections regarding unauthorised signs

The bench, as shown on Google Maps before it was destroyed.

Gardaí investigating after seat unpopular with businesses was destroyed

The NTA said the new Luas service improved with the introduction of longer trams.

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

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