Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene after a pedestrian was hit by a car and killed near Ballyhagan, Carbury, Co Kildare, general view above. File photograph: Google Street View

Incident took place about 6:45pm near Carbury, Co Kildare on Wednesday evening

The group said women who had experienced trauma or perinatal loss during a previous pregnancy were ‘disproportionately’ affected by the restrictions. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA

Taoiseach says partners of expectant mothers should be allowed to join them in hospital

Despite improvements, the State’s healthcare watchdog has said delays from Tusla in notifying the Garda about cases of suspected child abuse in the Kerry area remain.

Watchdog critical of five month delay from Tusla notifying gardaí of suspected abuse

Dr Tony Holohan chief medical officer warned people to remain ‘vigilant’ and avoid gathering in large groups, as restrictions continued to be eased.  File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Thirty per cent of eligible population given one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

The lack of action from Tusla had been a “failure to protect children and families, leading to an increase in the number of those children impacted over the last 18 months”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Hiqa concerned as staff at child and family agency knew of failure to vet psychotherapist

Newsbrands criticised the high level of awards paid out to plaintiffs who took defamation cases against media outlets, which were ‘far in excess of other jurisdictions’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Industry organisation calls for publication of long overdue examination of Defamation Act

Claire Byrne (centre) seen after being elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

‘I’ve never been an eye on the prize type,’ says councillor, who intents to contest Hazel Chu

Both Marc MacSharry and his lawyer did not wish to disclose what the legal challenge was related to.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil TD has been critical of political standards watchdog during pandemic

 Chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan said Donegal needed to ‘turn around’ its high Covid-19 infection rates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Three deaths and 569 cases reported as Nolan urges public not to ‘push the limits’ of reopening

Gina Murphy, owner of Hugo’s restaurant on Merrion Row. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Some restaurateurs ‘despondent and annoyed’ over hospitality reopening plans

The Milford electoral area’s incidence, which is the rate the virus is spreading, was 319 per 100,000 people last week, with 44 cases in 14 days. Photograph: iStock

Milford in Donegal records highest Covid-19 rate in the State

The RSA’s survey findings were published ahead of the upcoming May bank holiday weekend: ‘We are asking motorists to get into the habit of putting your phone away before setting off on a journey.’ Photograph: iStock

Survey finds 9% admit to talking on phone and checking apps while behind the wheel

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid and HSE chief operations officer Anne O’Connor are pictured at Dr Steevens’ Hospital during a weekly media briefing on the State’s Covid-19 response. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Test positivity of up to 12% reported from some walk-in centres, with rates highest among the young

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and director of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service Andrew Fagan. Photograph:  Conor McCabe.

Office saw 70% decrease in finances since pandemic, with staff down from 10 to five

Senior Counsel Orla Crowe has been nominated for appointment as a judge to the Circuit Court

Nomination follows retirement of Judge Jacqueline Linnane earlier this month

The Government has approved further changes to the Covid-19 vaccination plan on Tuesday, so what are they? Photograph: Liselotte Sabroe/EPA

Latest tweaks to vaccination programme cover over-50s and pregnant women

The Ombudsman’s office said the lack of interpreter services in one facility had effectively “gagged” parents from making complaints. Photograph: iStock

Ombudsman says ‘no evidence’ all centres are complying with Children First legislation

The farming lobby has been  critical of food processors, who they claim have been setting unfair prices for farmers, particularly in the beef sector. File photograph: iStock

Ombudsman would enforce EU rules on food supply chains

Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD responds to criticism of commemoration of IRA volunteer McElwain

John McClean in 2001,when he was director of Rugby at UCD Rugby Club. File photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former teacher and rugby coach convicted of sexually abusing 23 boys in Terenure College

Former chief scout Christy McCann was expelled from Scouting Ireland after an investigation concluded he and three other senior officers had acted inappropriately in the handling of a rape allegation, concerning two adult volunteers

Christy McCann seeks to take defamation case following expulsion from youth organisation

Former ISPCA chief Andrew Kelly has   begun legal proceedings claiming unfair dismissal from his role. Photograph: Eric Luke

Watchdog investigating former animal welfare charity executive’s protected disclosure

Teenage girls were more likely than boys to be provided with alcohol by parents or guardians, the report said. Photograph: iStock

Some 42% who began drinking at that age got alcohol from parents, says co-author of report

An investigation by The Irish Times last August revealed three men had been sexually abused by a senior figure involved in St John Ambulance in the 1990s. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dr Geoffrey Shannon leading investigation into handling of child sex abuse claims

Mourners pay their respects to shopkeeper Akram Hussein.  Photograph: Maxpix

Akram Hussein fell ill and died after giving chase to a youth who had robbed the store

‘No indication’ the pandemic has resulted in any significant increase of deaths due to suicide

Report from Kildare coroner notes provisional suicide trends from county need further study

The rare risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine need to be kept in “perspective”, says Dr Mary Favier, Covid-19 adviser to the Irish College of General Practitioners. Photograph: Alan Betson

One option available is to space out the doses between vaccines still being administered

More than 900 streets are covered by Dublin City Council parking schemes, where people pay an annual fee to park on the streets where they live.

Applicants secured Dublin city centre permits by claiming to live at workplace address

Large payouts in personal injury cases, for incidents such as whiplash, have been criticised as a reason for high insurance costs. File photograph: Getty

Changes on claims aimed at cutting insurance costs to come into force later this month

The victim sustained several stab wounds during the assault and was taken to University Hospital Limerick.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí disarm and restrain man who was stabbing another man in the city

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the gap between announcing additional countries to the mandatory hotel quarantine list and implement the rule was to allow people time to book into the hotel quarantine system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister expects travel from countries added to hotel quarantine list to drop by 80%

Cocaine with an estimated value of €89,000 and cannabis worth €16,000 were found during Garda searches near the Cross area. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man and woman (20s) arrested following Garda seizures of cannabis, cocaine and cash

Q&A: How many people can meet and what is there to look forward to?

First phase of a slow rolling back of lockdown is beginning, so what is allowed?

Photograph: Getty

Four fifths of bystanders killed in farming workplace accidents were children

Bank of Ireland confirms it will now accept asylum seekers’ temporary residence certificate, refugee travel document or Stamp 4 Irish residence permit, as proof of identity and address. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Human rights body calls policy change a ‘positive step’ and urges other banks to follow suit

The van had been searched as a result of routine profiling by Revenue officers, using a mobile x-ray scanner, and a detector dog named Gus.  Photograph: Revenue

Revenue seize 85 litres of wine stowed away in unaccompanied trailer from France

There were 208 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Dublin. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Number of Covid-19 cases linked to outdoor transmission ‘may be underestimate’

 Defence Forces personnel awaiting flights to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gabriel Scally warns against ‘half measures’ on quarantine and calls for wider use

Gary Buckley (44) from Drogheda, Co Louth, is staying at the Peter McVerry Trust facility at the Maldron Hotel, Pearse Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pandemic has brought rough sleepers in from the cold, Peter McVerry head says

Prof Philip Nolan, chair of the Nphet Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said the rollout of the vaccination programme was expected to ‘begin to suppress transmission’ of the virus from the middle of May. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nphet warns against increase in close contact following easing of restrictions next month

Under current Level 5 lockdown restrictions all non-essential retail, which includes shoe shops, are closed. Photograph: Getty

Cork paediatrician says parents resorting to ‘black market’ arrangements to buy shoes for children

Airline passengers arrive at  the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport in Santry to begin their period of quarantine.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/ Getty

Advisory group recommends adding a further 43 countries to the high-risk list

Sophia (1) from Greystones, celebrating  Daffodil Day by the Irish Cancer Society. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Charity says funds will go towards expanding counselling and Night Nursing services

Three residents with intellectual disabilities died following outbreaks in two Co Wicklow centres run by Sunbeam House Services in January. Photograph: iStock

Ten out of 12 residents in one centre tested positive for Covid-19 in January outbreak

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly asked the HSE to suspend the programme of vaccination at Beacon  Hospital in Sandyford on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Childcare provider confirms 36 staff received vaccines as Minister calls controversy ‘slap in the face’

Sinead Lyons (41) had been last seen out walking her German Shepherd dog Flossie in an area near a lake on March 11th. Photograph: Sandra Lyons

Woman believed to have fallen into water while out walking dog over two weeks ago

Human remains believed to be around 1,500 years old have been uncovered during a dig in Co Wicklow.

Ancient human remains discovered at building site on Friday

Speaking ahead of Cabinet’s decision on easing restrictions, president of the Irish Hairdressers Federation, Danielle Kennedy, says hairdressers could provide services in a ‘safe, controlled environment’. Photograph: Irish Hairdressers Federation

Move would provide ‘great boost’ to elderly and frontline staff, hairdresser group says

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said there would be an exception to the suspension of the inoculation programme at the Beacon Hospital for ‘people who have already been scheduled to get their vaccine at the centre’.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Inoculation of teachers at Dublin facility ahead of place in schedule ‘unacceptable’, says Donnelly

Gardaí have said high-visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots will continue across the country this weekend. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nphet member Dr Mary Horgan urges public to ‘think before they travel’ over Easter

The 24-hour operation, which involved speed camera checkpoints across the country, ran from 7am on Friday to 7am on Saturday morning. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Garda detects 994 vehicles travelling above speed limit during National Slow Down Day

Sinéad Lay says the State offered no supports during the ‘exhausting’ process. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survivor felt ‘forgotten’ during lengthy delay after reporting abuse to Tusla

UCD Prof Dolores Cahill  addresses a crowd during an anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown rally on  November 28th, 2020, in Dublin, Ireland. Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Dolores Cahill’s endeavours and comments have created a significant headache for her employer

Like teachers, childcare workers are placed 11th in the Government plan for allocating vaccines to different groups in society. File Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

HSE says they ‘provide the essential service of childcare to frontline healthcare workers’

Paul Reid chief executive of the Health Service Executive. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Play dates ‘clearly’ a factor behind Covid-19 cases in children, says Paul Reid

St Gerard’s School, Thornhill Road, Oldconnaught,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister says vaccination of private school staff in Beacon Hospital should not have happened

Extra doses are also expected from Moderna, as pharma companies push to supply as much as possible in the final days of the first quarter of the year, due to contract agreements. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Health officials are reluctant – even privately – to crystal ball-gaze any farther than April

1.1 million doses of vaccine from three pharma companies would be received by the end of March and a fourth company Janssen would begin supplying vaccines in April, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says. Photograph: iStock/Getty

AstraZeneca supply fell to 9,600 last week following concerns over blood clots

Members of the National Ambulance Service and the HSE setting up a Mobile Walk In Covid 19 Test Centre in Tullamore for members of the public. The centre is one of five opening aimed at catching asymptomatic cases of the virus in a broader sweep of the population. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Centres located in areas with high infection rates, with four in Dublin and one in Offaly

 Castleknock College: The alumni group of the fee-paying west Dublin school apologised for forwarding the email to its members, which it said was a “human error”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Email sent in error following warning about wrongly accusing people of child abuse

The €2 million in funding to UCD was paid in instalments each year by Tullow Oil, following confirmation the required number of courses had taken place the previous year.

Oil company funded a number of academic posts at UCD as part of five-year agreement

A file photograph from 1998 of Frank McCann, who is serving two concurrent life terms.

Woman claims brother-in-law sought to ‘dupe’ family after killing wife and child in 1992

Covid-19 has had a “serious unwelcome impact” on patients awaiting organ transplants, the chairman of the Irish Kidney Association has said. File Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Kidney Association launch Organ Donor Awareness Week

The Health Service Executive plans to focus on staffing the vaccination centres with a contracted workforce. File photograph: Getty

Only people from specific fields able to apply including doctors, nurses and midwives

Gardaí had obtained a warrant to search the suspected grow house on foot on intelligence.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Most of the house was adapted to grow cannabis with an elaborate ventilation system

Gardaí investigating a major crime network based in Ireland, and abroad, that has scammed millions of euro from victims of invoice-redirect fraud.

Boy (16) released after being arrested on suspicion of receiving €30,000 from fraud

Tusla often has difficulty hiring more social workers than the numbers that leave the State body or retire each year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Move aims to tackle recruitment pressures facing the Child and Family Agency

Prof Dolores Cahill at the Irish Freedom Rally at the Customs House last November. Earlier this week she promoted a St Patrick’s Day gathering in Dublin’s Herbert Park, breaching Covid-19 rules

Academic in school of medicine has made a number of false claims around Covid-19

A man has died in a fire that broke out in a house in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Dublin Fire Brigade manage to save two people who were in the house

The HSE said ‘A key factor of the rollout strategy is to reduce the risk of any wastage’. File image:  Pascal Guyot/AFP  via Getty Images

HSE says it uses a ‘reserve list which is activated when surplus vaccine is available’

A mother is taking a legal case against Tusla over an incorrect reference in case records. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Copy and pasting error had led to inaccurate reference to alcohol use in case records

Last year, gardaí arrested 8,159 drivers who were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Photograph: iStock

RSA and Garda warn motorists over drink-driving ahead of St Patrick’s Day

European Medicines Agency executive director Emer Cooke said the regulator was working to establish ‘is this a real side effect to the vaccine or is it a coincidence’. Photograph:  Yves Herman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Regulator reviewing data around ‘very rare’ cases after several countries suspend use of vaccine

A Garda checkpoint  on Victoria Quay, Dublin, this week. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

More than 2,500 gardaí will be on duty across State with checks on roads into Dublin

The mother, who does not drink alcohol due to a medical condition, was a single parent in the home with her two children at the time. Photograph: iStock

Copy and paste error one of a number of incorrect entries in family’s case file

Asked for comment, Sunbeam House chief executive Joe Lynch said he could not discuss individual cases.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns over care standards, finances and governance at disability charity

John Boyne confirmed he recently made a statement to gardaí in relation to the alleged sexual abuse. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sexual abuse complaint made against former teacher in south Dublin school

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar  apologised for his actions but said he had circulated the contract to encourage NAGP members to agree to it. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister rejects suggestion that Tánaiste should step aside pending completion of inquiry

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Emergencies to be handled by combination of SAR helicopter services and ‘existing’ units

The latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) details the 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 up to March 8th in each of the State’s 166 electoral areas. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Longford local electoral area reports highest Covid-19 rate

Daniel Ennis left US tobacco giant Philip Morris after 15 years to set up a think tank in 1994. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Academic co-ordinated US tobacco giant Philip Morris’s research into smoking trends

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

Dr Geoffrey Shannon to review handling of historical abuse claims in paramedic organisation

Prof Liam Fanning of University College Cork’s department of medicine said: ‘I think it’s worth having a discussion as to the value of those individuals and society at large, as to whether the 16- to 35-year-olds merit skipping the queue.’   File photograph: Alan Betson

UCC professor tells zero-Covid group inoculating young could help slow spread of virus

The Special Assignee Relief Programme (Sarp) has cost the exchequer more than €100 million since it was introduced nine years ago. Photograph: iStock

OECD efforts to close corporate tax avoidance loopholes highlighted by Department of Enterprise

Dr Gabriel Scally was appointed to carry out a scoping enquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Scally says money paid to company he set up gone to medical experts, investigatory trips

 Geoffrey Shannon, who was the government’s special rapporteur on child protection from 2006-2019, will undertake the independent review, which is expected to take a number of months. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Geoffrey Shannon to report on organisation’s handling of child sex abuse allegations

The man, who is now in his 70s, was arrested on Saturday morning by investigating gardaí. He was released without charge on Sunday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

File to be sent to DPP over alleged abuse by former scout leader in 1970s and 80s

Traffic on the M50 during lockdown in January. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CSO data suggests breaches of 5km travel limit. 36% of people make trips beyond 10km

2FM Breakfast Show hosts Doireann Garrihy and Eoghan McDermott.

Former 2FM Breakfast Show host has been absent from air for a number of weeks

John Nugent with his Golden Eagle Kalin, who is missing in Co Wicklow. Photograph: John Nugent

Owner says missing raptor is unlikely to be able to survive in the wild

Investigators believe the gang was on the way to threaten the businessman or someone close to him in the hope of extracting money from him. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Balaclavas, firearms and ammunition seized by gardaí following searches of four cars

Dr Mimi Fan, consultant geriatrician at St Mary’s:  ‘In the first wave, if you had no temperature, no symptoms, no shortness of breath, you were not getting swabbed.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Staff and residents in one of the worst-hit facilities reflect on the toll of the pandemic

Signage at the Don Bosco Care at 12 Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Contract states remaining funds will fall due at end of 2024 unless further repayment plan is agreed

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has been in regular contact with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in relation to anti-lockdown protests, officials said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister has been assured gardaí will be ready for any future attempts at violence

Among the children returning to  Holy Cross School, Dundrum, Co Dublin were 5-year-old twins Holly and Grace McCann. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I think the last couple of months have been really wearing on them’ mother says

Primary school pupils from junior infants up to second class and sixth-year second-level students are returning as part of a staggered resumption of in-person teaching. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Autism charity criticises ‘half-baked’ plans for phased return to in-person teaching

John McClean (76)  arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in February. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Former Terenure College teacher was sentenced to eight years in jail for sexual abuse

The Garda was taken to the Mater hospital with injuries. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Two teenagers arrested after gardaí called out to property in north Dublin

John McClean (76)  was sentenced to eight years in prison last week over the sexual abuse of 23 boys in Terenure College between 1973 and 1990. Photograph: Laura Hutton

UCD coaching role gave convicted abuser ‘more status’ in sport after he left Terenure

It is the first time Grace has been the most popular baby name for girls while Jack has claimed the top spot for boys every year since 2007. File photograph: iStock

Fiadh, Sophie, Ava, James, Daniel and Noah among top choices for parents last year

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