The road has been closed off as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examine the scene, with local traffic diversions in place.  File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cyclist pronounced dead at the scene at St Margaret’s near Dublin Airport

A picture of President Michael D Higgins with Síoda issued with news of the dog’s death. Photograph: Áras an Uachtaráin

With Bród, the Bernese mountain dog has welcomed numerous dignitaries to the Áras

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had examined limiting numbers at tables, reduced capacity and earlier closing times.

Officials concerned rising Covid-19 cases in Dublin would fuel large increases elsewhere

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings on Friday, where he announced that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

NPHET members felt Government would not support more dramatic restrictions for city

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said gardaí and airport officials would use ‘their discretion’ when asked about enforcing restrictions on travel. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Incoming tourists can travel through Dublin to other parts of the country

Speaking at Government Buildings, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he hadn’t yet spoken to the gardaí about the incident. Photograph: PA

‘When I saw her coming towards me I thought she was Avril Lavigne at first’, Tánaiste says

An employee sets out tables for customers outside of a pub in Dublin on Friday. Photograph:   Paul Faith/AFP

Vintners association says measure amount to Government ‘ceding control of country to NPHET’

Shamrock Rovers versus Bohemians in front of largely empty stands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IRFU and GAA will also tell Oireachtas Covid committee of financial threat to their sports

Angela Dorgan, chairwoman of the National Campaign for the Arts group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Artist groups and politicians criticise changes to Covid-19 unemployment scheme

Large outbreaks of the virus in food processing plants contributed to the decision to introduce local lockdowns in Kildare, Laois, and Offaly in early August. File photograph: Dave Sleator

Over 20 coronavirus cases linked to outbreak in meat processing plant

The State would likely see an increase in companies going out of business later this year, continuing into next year, Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Julien Behal

Previous payment break extension ‘starting to run out’, says Tánaiste

The Global Ireland conference on Wednesday heard from Dr Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) health emergencies programme.

Ronan Glynn tells Dubliners: ‘We don’t want you to mix with any more than one other household’

File photo. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Failures prompted State agency to hold national audit which found further issues

The official count of the country’s population conducted by the Central Statistics Office was due to take place on April 18th, 2021. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government puts back national population count by a year over safety concerns

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly speaking in Dublin at the unveiling of the Government’s blueprint for living with Covid-19. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Cabinet colleagues no longer required to restrict movements, Government spokeswoman confirms

A cyclist using the cycleway on Seapoint Avenue, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Residents argue one-way traffic on Strand Road would clog up village streets

A proposed facelift of the Temple Bar area would smooth the cobbles and reduce the gaps between the stones, which “would make navigating the cobbles much easier”.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Student and wheelchair-user says Temple Bar is a ‘no-go area’ for her due to surface

Paul McAleer: “There are probably thousands of [Irish] teachers in the Emirates alone, and a multiple of that across the Middle East”

‘They only have a shortage of teachers for temporary subbing, which could be a day or two’

Irish adolescents had one of the lowest rates of life satisfaction in the OECD, at 72 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Unicef report ranks Irish young people’s mental health among lowest of 38 countries

Irish adolescents had one of the lowest rates of life satisfaction among the EU/OECD countries with 28% rating their satisfaction with life as lower than five out of 10.

UN agency warns of Covid-19 pandemic’s ‘catastrophic’ impact on children’s wellbeing

The GP said he felt the patient did not meet the requirements to be exempt from wearing face coverings. File photograph: Getty

Medical Council dealing with grievance by woman with long public transport commute

The positive test was confirmed on Tuesday, with parents informed by the school shortly afterwards. File photograph: The Irish Times

Individual and other pupils deemed ‘close contacts’ sent home from west Dublin primary school

Gardaí have asked people with information to contact them at Milford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty/File

Teenager dies in Co Donegal crash; pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Co Wexford

Under HSE guidelines schools are not required to contact parents if there has been a confirmed Covid-19 case. Photograph: iStock

Management said infection had been picked up outside of primary school

The possibility of music venues reopening for events if they did not serve alcohol has been raised.

Public health officials concerned about alcohol and congregating in queues at venues

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said it has been a ‘a long six months’ since the first Covid-19 case confirmed in the State. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Eighth consecutive day where no fatalities confirmed after ‘long six months’ since outbreak

The funeral of Eugene McCabe  was told that his ‘love of literature, or writing, was matched only by his love of nature’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Growing up on Co Monaghan farm developed his ‘knowledge and love for the land’

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, seen here with Garda  Commissioner Drew Harris, said the Cabinet had decided that a ‘penal provision’ around house gatherings of more than six guests ‘would be an extreme measure, particularly around entering somebody’s home.’ Photograph: Collins

Cabinet decided criminal sanctions for more than six guests would be ‘extreme measure’

Dr Cillian de Gascun believes Ireland is still in the first wave as there had not been any significant change in the virus. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

NPHET reports no further deaths from Covid-19 for seventh day in a row

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, at Thursday’s  Covid-19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

It will be an offence to attend a gathering in a house with more than six visitors

Dr John Cuddihy, director of the  Health Protection Surveillance Centre. He said officials were seeing a “significant number of outbreaks” at present.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Over 250 of the outbreaks relate to social gatherings in private households, says HPSC

The number of students in a class deemed “close contacts” of pupils who test positive for Covid-19 will be “variable” to each classroom and school, the HSE guidance states.  Photograph: iStock

Closures may follow ‘evidence or concern that spread within the school is primary driver of cases’

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Department of Health, with Professor Philip Nolan, chairman of NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group and Dr Colm Henry, chief clinical officer, HSE pictured on Thursday evening at a Covid -19 update press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Kildare lockdown to remain in place but rate of infection in county stabilising, officials say

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

A list of all those known to have been among the 80-plus guests at controversial dinner

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

Here is everyone known to have been among the over 80 guests at the controversial dinner

The offices of the Department of Health on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin were evacuated on Tuesday. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times.

Gardaí, ambulance and fire brigade units were called to scene

Phil Hogan has been  under pressure since attending  an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Ryan: EU Commissioner should have limited movements for 14 days

EU commissioner Phil Hogan is facing calls to resign over his attendance at a golf society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU commissioner has faced calls to resign after attending event with over 80 guests

Last September, there were 847 children on waiting lists to be allocated social workers with, on average, 288 children being referred to Tusla in the north Dublin area each month, the audit said. Photograph: iStock

Tusla cannot ‘provide assurance’ over safety of children on waiting lists – audit

 Garda specialist units are currently housed in Harcourt Square but must vacate the offices by the end of 2022. Photograph: Frank Miller

OPW warns of major financial exposure over delay in move from Harcourt Square offices

A garda at a home in north Dublin where a woman was fatally injured in an assault. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Man arrested and being detained after incident in Clontarf

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Sinn Féin leader says event, attended by more than 80 people, was ‘the last straw’

EU commissioner Phil Hogan attended the golf event in Co Galway with about 80 other people during Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

EU commissioner says he did not come from Kildare to event with more than 80 people

TDs Dara Calleary and Noel Grealish and Senator Jerry Buttimer

More than 80 people were at society event in Clifden amid Covid-19 guidelines

Eoin McGuire, age 8, in action during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camp at Greystones, Co Wicklow on Thursday. Acting chief medical officer Ronan Glynn said that in some circumstances parents would be permitted to watch their children’s sporting matches from the sidelines. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Officials advise against easing restrictions as county has had 455 cases in 14 days

 Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary apologised on Thursday night for attending the function. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas Golf Society event was attended by politicians including Phil Hogan and Jerry Buttimer

Dr Ronan Glynn said the ‘small change’ would be required to limit the size of a residents’ network of visitors for the next three weeks. Photograph: iStock

No limit on amount of visits four nominated persons can make over next three weeks

Medical staff member at a Covid-19 testing centre at Keaden Hotel in Newbridge, Co Kildare, earlier this week following the spate of outbreaks in Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Public health experts make recommendation to Government ahead of Cabinet meeting

An empty classroom due to reopen shortly. File photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Irish Second-Level Students’ Union says unanswered questions on issue must be answered

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

People are hit by waves on the Front Strand in Youghal, Co Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Status red weather warning for Co Cork as ‘destructive winds’ of 130km/h forecast

People are hit by waves on the Front Strand in Youghal, Co Cork on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cork is only county with status red warning as rest of Munster and Galway, Mayo at orange

The Government on Tuesday announced new restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus after public health experts warned the Government of multiple and significant outbreaks associated with households, workplaces and social activities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin has highest number of new cases at 19 followed by Kildare and Tipperary

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, CEO of the  Irish Tourism Industry Confederation: The loss of the over-70s cohort would be a ‘further blow’ to hotels and the hospitality sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hospitality industry facing ‘really long winter’ as over-70s told to reconsider staycations

Caroline Donohoe, widow of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, at his funeral in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church, Dundalk Co Louth. on  January 30th, 2013. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Wife of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe says she is ‘still trying to pick up the pieces’

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ireland’s rate of growth in new cases is fourth highest in Europe, Minister warns

Sinn Féin and the Labour Party urged Minister for Education Norma Foley to explain how the Irish system would not mean the same level of grades being marked down. File photograph: Getty

Opposition parties call for review of plan after British government U-turn on results

St John Ambulance: the organisation has been urged to review its child protection standards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former senior figure in paramedic organisation found to have abused children

Mick Finnegan was about 14 when he was abused by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Tusla investigation finds former senior figure in voluntary body abused children

Residents waiting outside their home on Berkeley Road, Dublin on Wednesday evening following their eviction. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Policing Authority says it is very concerned by material in circulation relating to eviction

The evicted tenants among with their belongings outside the property on Berkeley Road in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IPOA says tenants should not be caught up in disputes between owners and financial institutions

Residents waiting outside their home on Berkeley Road, Dublin on Wednesday evening following their eviction. Six people have since gone back into the house. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Toilets, doors and windows damaged in north Dublin home, say tenants

Former occupants Theresa Chimamkpam with Elias Jegede with their belongings after being evicted from  Berkeley Road, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘This is our home, in the middle of the pandemic you threw us on the road’

Investigators at the scene of  a fatal stabbing that occurred at a mental health facility in Clontarf. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Male aged in his 20s arrested after fatal incident on Thursday morning

The city centre has often been next to deserted in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with most office workers working remotely from home. File photograph: iStock

Dublin City Council seeks to encourage visitors to boost retail and hospitality sectors

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Royal Hospital Donnybrook says works to fix ‘deficient systems’ will cost €2.3m

A Covid-19 outbreak has been recorded on a ward at Naas General Hospital, with efforts now under way to trace the extent of the cluster. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Management taking steps to trace staff who had contact with patients on affected ward

A man walks through Naas town centre in Co Kildare. An immunologist  has warned that Kildare, Laois and Offaly could face a longer partial lockdown if Covid-19 case numbers rise. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Coronavirus test results for 210 workers at midlands plant all come back negative

The previous government had stated it was considering a statutory inquiry into the historical abuse scandal last year, following calls from Micheál Martin (now Taoiseach) when he was leader of the Opposition. A spokeswoman for the Department of Taoiseach said launching any independent inquiry “is a very significant matter and one which will require careful consideration.” Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Youth organisation’s current safeguarding manager retiring after a year in the role

Howth RNLI urged the public to ‘always think safety’ after  helping seven people out of difficulty over the weekend. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Howth RNLI found ‘exhausted’ boy in Baldoyle estuary after two others got to shore

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn and chief nursing officer Rachel Kenna during a media briefing  at the Department of Health, Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Incidence of Covid-19 in Ireland surpasses UK rate for first time as face mask rules come in

The regulations apply to shops, supermarkets, shopping centres, retail outlets, hairdressers, nail bars, museums, libraries, and cinemas. Photograph: iStock

Those in breach of the rules can be fined up to €2,500 or face six months imprisonment

‘Once the mob have moved on to the next issue, consider were there any individuals who might be worth engaging with offline, in a calmer setting.’

Guidelines advise RSA board members to treat negative commenters like ‘an angry mob’

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, said officials were very concerned about the  increase in Covid-19 cases. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Total of 85 confirmed Covid-19 cases is highest daily number since late May

“Covid-19 has severely restricted social gatherings and has been detrimental to the night time economy and culture of our cities, towns and villages,”     Catherine Martin said. Photograph: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

Taskforce to examine reforms of venue licensing laws and late night transport

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer (left) and professor Philip Nolan, chair of NPHET Irish epidemiological modelling advisory group have warned about a sudden and sharp increase in Covid-19 cases. Photograph: Collins

Dr Ronan Glynn says he is very concerned: ‘we hope this is a blip’ and cases fall tomorrow

File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Traveller Movement criticises lack of housing provided by local authorities

Blackbaud, a company Galway University Foundation uses to manage its database of contacts, was the target of a ransomware hack

University’s foundation mailing list suffers cyber attack

Swab samples: Chief scientific adviser Mark Ferguson believes the country should test 7 per cent of the population for coronavirus every day, which would allow the entire economy to reopen quickly. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/ Bloomberg

Chief scientific adviser appealed for massive random virus testing regime

Just under a third of 17/18-year-olds said they had tried cannabis, while 8 per cent smoked it occasionally, and with 2 per cent smoking it more than once a week, the study found. File photograph: Getty

Under a third of group said they tried cannabis, while 8% smoked it occasionally

St Mary’s Centre (Telford), Merrion Road, Dublin whose directors last Friday applied for a High Court order to enter voluntary liquidation and wind down the service.

Families and staff to hold demonstration outside Dáil over St Mary’s Centre (Telford) closure

The ASAI complaints committee upheld the complaints over the Tampax Tampons Compak Pearl advert, and ruled it should not run again in the same format.

Claims to standards authority included that ad demeaned women and contained innuendo

The two men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Men were due to start work shortly with Tusker Construction Group in Castleblayney

A smartphone app designed to combat the spread of coronavirus is to be launched “imminently” in Northern Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 in hospitals, the lowest number since early March

Minister for Education Norma Foley was responding to questions on the Government plan to reopen schools in the Seanad on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Pandemic has exposed ‘crumbling’ state of many school buildings, debate hears

The Government’s financial package included €41.2 million to fund substitute staff in primary schools. Photograph: iStock

Government to hire extra 1,080 secondary school teachers in plan to reopen schools

Principals charged with reopening schools  are often not aware prefab classrooms require planning permission. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Prefabs not a ‘quick fix’ solution for extra classroom space

Under the plans, extra teachers will be hired to allow some schools to split larger classes to adhere to physical distancing rules of one metre between desks. File photograph: Getty

Guidelines for schools to ‘dramatically limit risk’ of coronavirus to staff and pupils

Minister for Education Norma Foley, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister of State with responsibility for special schools Josepha Madigan at the launch of  the roadmap for reopening schools. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister says outbreaks of virus in schools will be managed on case-by-case basis

Pupils will not be required to wear face masks in class under public health guidelines to be issued to schools this week, it is understood. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

At primary level each class will be a bubble and children will be in pods

Sipo and the Dáil Members’ Interests Committee indicated they had no powers to investigate former TD Dara Murphy over his non-attendance at Leinster House while claiming a Dáil salary and expenses, once he resigned his Dáil seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commission notes ‘lacuna’ where ex-TDs cannot be investigated for misconduct

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, Dr Colm Henry, and Prof Philip Nolan at Thursday’s Covid -19 press conference. Photograph: Collins

Decision on opening ‘wet pubs’ will be taken in two weeks, chief medical officer says

The number of people reporting experiences of rape and child sex abuse increased sharply during the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, new figures show. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rape Crisis Network Ireland data shows increase of 98% in number seeking counselling

Taoiseach Micheál Martin leaves after an European Union Council in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys / various sources / AFP)

Cabinet meeting on Monday cancelled as Taoiseach remains in Brussels at EU summit

 Minister for  Transport Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eamon Ryan says such a measure would need agreement from Stormont and London

Ruth Morrissey hoped the ‘women who are left’ would not have to go through the court process. Photograph: Collins

Limerick woman’s taxing court battle stood in stark contrast to Varadkar’s initial pledge

 Beachgoers bask in the sun at La Nova Icaria beach in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday. Photograph:   EPA

Health officials still concerned about resorts in countries with low virus rates, says doctor

People wearing facemasks on Grafton Street, Dublin this month during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eamon Ryan nap in the Dáil a moment of ‘human frailty’ Green TD Roderic O’Gorman says

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