The owner of 35 Summerhill Parade has said having made numerous requests to the occupiers, who are trespassing on the property, to vacate the premises, the Trustees of Pat O’Donnell & Co Ltd Retirement and Death Benefit Plan had no option but to go to court. File photograph: James Forde

Pat O’Donnell & Co Ltd Retirement and Death Benefit Plan identified as owners of vacant homes

Viking Lodge, a former hotel and pub on Merchants Quay, cost €1.6 million to convert into a hub for 30 families. Photograph: Google Street View

More than €2.7m spent refurbishing one family hub with 25 units in Crumlin

The local authority spent €1.3 million refurbishing two properties on Lawrence’s Road, Clontarf, to house 11 families.

Dublin City Council spent more than €16.8m renovating 10 properties for homeless

The notice to quit  placed on 35 Summerhill Parade on Tuesday. The property has been occupied by housing activists. Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Housing activists broke into house and called on city council to buy it for social housing

Deirdre Jacob was 18-years-old when she disappeared on July 28th, 1998

The 18-year-old student went missing near her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Irish Cancer Society warns public may be missing early diagnosis by not visiting GP

Margaret Cash with her children in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeless crisis having ‘disproportionate’ impact on Travelling community

Hawk Cliff, Dalkey, south Co Dublin. Photograph: Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

Dalkey locals petition against signposts for nudist site after failing to turn other cheek

Síona Cahill, president of the USI, speaks at the Emerging Ireland summer school.

USI president Síona Cahill makes the claim at inaugural Emerging Ireland event in UCD

Traditional music festival comes to Co Louth town for first time

Nan Joyce, the Traveller activist who died this week, was “a person who refused to be a victim,” mourners at her funeral have been told. Photograph:  Paddy Whelan/THE IRISH TIMES

Tragedy as grandson of Nan Joyce killed in crash travelling down from Belfast to funeral

Patrick Joyce was killed in a crash at the Clontarf Road/Malahide Road junction in Dublin at approximately 1am on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Patrick Joyce (24) was travelling from Belfast for his grandmother Nan Joyce’s funeral

Gardeners should always wear gloves, and wash their hands immediately after working with compost mix or potted plants.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

New report says compost could contain bacteria known to cause pneumonia

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she had been engaging with homeless charities to “mitigate against some of the extreme consequences on children whose families are homeless”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Number of child protection reports to Tusla over homeless children ‘at risk’ rises sharply

Protesters hold Leo Varadkar masks  outside the house in Ballybough which has been occupied by  activists since Tuesday. Photograph: James Forde

Groups want council to buy property in north inner city Dublin for social housing

The investigators were hired to monitor individual doctors’ hours. Photograph:  Thinkstock

Spokeswoman says the health service will not give a breakdown on the spending

An aerial view of Gili Trawangan island following Sunday’s earthquake in Lombok Island, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images.

Department of Foreign Affairs says holidaymakers should take ‘high degree of caution’

Benedict, Jacquline, Eliz and Freddy Bessong at their home in Naas. The boy in the picture is Jacquline’s son Frank, who drowned in Dublin in 2016. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Asylum-seekers losing their accommodation after bringing relatives into Ireland, official says

The number of patients waiting for a bed in hospitals in August is “genuinely startling,” general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Phil Ní Sheaghdha has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

INMO ‘Trolley Watch’ count shows 520 patients waiting for beds on Wednesday

 Housing activists have occupied 35 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Several activists occupied vacant property in Dublin city centre

Examining the examinations. A new study has surveyed students who had completed the State exams last summer and had recently finished their first year in college. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Students not equipped to identify sources of information or think critically, survey says

Housing activists have occupied No 35 Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

In May a large number of tenants were evicted with 24 hours notice from the house due to fire safety concerns

Dr Gillian O’Brien, the organisation’s director of clinical governance, said “high expectations of self are one key driver of anxiety which can be compounded by the expectations of parents, teachers and society at large”. Image: iStock

39 per cent of young people contacting Jigsaw last year reported problems with anxiety

Mary Mitchell O’Connor publicises a report on sexual consent among third-level students. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Third-level institutions will need to meet minimum standards of response to sexual harassment on campus

Children watching the sea lions at Dublin Zoo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Music, comedy and fireworks at the many festivals taking place around the country

 Andrea Bocelli,  in concert in Collins Barracks, Cork. File Photograph: Provision

Italian tenor will sing for Pope Francis at Croke Park

Sylva, a transgender asylum seeker who died in a Galway direct provision centre, pictured at Galway Pride 2017. Source: John Quinlivan

Anti-racism group removes posts about Sylva’s death after friend urge death being politicised

Preparations at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park for the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis: when the pope arrives on Saturday, August 25th, road closures will be in place across the city centre and north inner city until 5pm. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Blanket’ traffic restrictions will hurt city centre businesses, restaurant group says

The IPU and An Post had been involved in protracted industrial talks over restructuring plans for the postal network.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Post network to be reduced to 950 offices after postmasters take retirement packages

Lifeguard flag at Ballinoulart beach Co Wexford. Lifeguards provided first aid to 1,189 people, and reunited 113 lost children with their parents, IWS said. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Water Safety appeals to public to take precautions and reduce risk of getting into difficulty in water

Reaction to the study has sought to downplay interpretations of a direct link between abstinence from alcohol and risk of dementia.  Photograph: PA Wire

New research finds no link between moderate alcohol consumption and risk of dementia

IBTS chief executive Andy Kelly said some hospitals were “inappropriately” relying on O negative blood donations.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hospitals putting ‘excessive demand’ on O negative donors, transfusion service says

Beachgoers queue for an ice-cream in June. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Met Éireann says several weather records were set during the warm and dry spell

Sanofi said two members of its Waterford site team were injured and brought by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

One female employee understood to be in serious condition after Sanofi lab incident

Moyagh Murdock, RSA chief executive: ‘People are on holidays, they are out biking at the weekends and they are sadly engaging in very risky behaviour.’ Photograph: Getty

Seven bikers killed so far this year, five on a Sunday

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin TD said it was a positive step that civil servants were receiving training in ‘unconscious bias’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government departments spent €35,000 on training to minimise effect of hidden prejudice

The council plans to put up sign posts advising the public that naked bathers may be on the beach. Photograph: iStock

Councillor says plan to allow naked bathers has not prompted ‘the slightest bit of bother’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made comments on contingency planning for medicines while visiting Italy. Photograph: EPA

No-deal Brexit would see “restrictions” importing medicines from UK, Varadkar says

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp. Photograph: GoFundMe

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp among 91 people who died in wildfires near Athens

Lusk Community Council  said the development would have a negative impact on traffic, and school capacity was “not adequate” to deal with increased demand

An Bord Pleanála overturns council’s approval for 228-house north Dublin estate

Gardaí are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a teenager at a college in the Co Galway Gaeltacht last weekend.

Gardaí say incident alleged to have happened in in Co Galway Gaeltacht last week

A young Irishman has been  killed in Austin (general view above), Texas, in  a collision involving a truck. File photograph: Google Street View

Department of Foreign Affairs confirms it is providing consular assistance to man’s family

Irish Red Cross: “We can confirm that no monies from restricted funds have been spent for any purpose other than for which they were donated.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Memo reveals charity considered property sale and office closures to avert funding crisis

The PSNI thanked the public in Newry for their help in locating  a blue coloured Peugeot 206 believed to be connected to the murder of Brian Phelan.

Man arrested after father of two stabbed to death near Newry

 Trees stumps visible  on Blessington Lake due to lower water levels. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times.

Water restrictions extended another month as levels ‘critically’ low

‘We need to think if 10-year-olds and 11-year-olds are using it, are there resources we have to help them remain safe’. Photograph: iStock

Parents’ belief social media should only be used from 16 ignores fact 10 year olds using it

Enjoying the good weather at O’Carrolls Cove, near Waterville, Co Kerry. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has 859 melanoma-related diseases per year, and hot summer will have knock-on effect

Ryanair pilots picketing the airline’s headquarters in Swords, Co Dublin on July 24th Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Pilot strike action leads to cancellation of 2,500 customers’ flights

Minister for Health Simon Harris and participants in a campaign for the HPV vaccine in August 2017. Photograph: The Irish Times

Simon Harris says proposal will be given priority if approved by final health body report

Meaghan Miller  (21) was  killed in a single vehicle collision in Canada. Photograph: Facebook

UCD student was in Canada on a summer work programme

Sean Gallagher, in his letter, said councillors from 22 local authorities had been in touch with him to confirm they would be considering the presidential election nomination process at their September meetings. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Businessman says Senator Gerard Craughwell has done State ‘great service’ on ‘lonely’ journey

File image of a protest calling for an end to  direct provision,  at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ibrahim Musa (64) is currently living in a shelter despite risk to his kidney transplant

Guidelines for the use of the car and driver state the service should only be used in “exceptional circumstances” to attend functions in uniform

Irish representative on European Union Military Committee used service ‘almost daily’

The OPW plans to redevelop Hawkins House, the current office block housing the Department of Health staff, when they relocate to the new offices.

State’s rent bill has increased from €87m to €96m in three years as economy picks up

People living in rural areas were far less satisfied with the quality of road maintenance. File photograph: Getty Images

One-quarter of respondents satisfied with councils’ performance on affordable housing

Members of All Together in Dignity Ireland walk through the Famine Statues as part of a commemoration of 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Tom Honan

March from Famine Memorial marks centenary of South African leader’s birth

Options open to Irish Water, should the crisis continue, include extending  restrictions beyond the current Level Two measure in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

Northern Ireland Water lifts a national hosepipe ban that has been in place since June

 Dr Eamon Keenan, Minister for State Catherine Byrne and Anna Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin at the launch of the new HSE campaign. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Move comes as popularity of drug increases to levels last seen during Celtic Tiger era

Planning permission for an Islamic prayer and cultural centre in Swords, north Co Dublin, has been approved. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Local Muslim community successfully renews planning permission for new hub

The Health and Safety Authority  are looking into the incident as a workplace fatality. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Death brings the number of fatal farm accidents this year to 12

The two men are being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Arrest marks 54th suspected gangland murder attempt foiled by gardaí

Several members of Spanish Civil Protection Unit cover an area after a young Irish man’s body was found by Spanish Civil Guard’s diver unit in a lake of Lagunas de Ridera Natural Park. Photograph: EPA

Local police have named the 19-year-old as Joshua Osahon, from Portlaoise

Dublin’s Phoenix Park during the prolonged hot, dry spell. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Night time water controls to take effect in Dublin from 10pm until 5am next morning

The package was sent to Independent House on Talbot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Google Maps

Package containing sealed bottle was addressed to former staff member

Pressure will be cut to homes and businesses for seven hours each night from 10pm until 5am. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pressure will be cut across the city centre and 33 suburbs between 10pm and 5am

Several members of Spanish Civil Protection Unit cover an area after a young Irish man’s body was found by Spanish Civil Guard’s diver unit in a lake of Lagunas de Ridera Natural Park. Photograph: EPA

Local media report 19-year-old Irish man drowned in national park lake

The scene at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport after a Ryanair plane made an emergency landing. Photograph: Conor Brennan

German investigators begin inquiry after flight made emergency landing near Frankfurt

Mary Lou McDonald speaking to reporters after the part meeting on Saturday. Photograph: Jack Power

Decision by Sinn Féin ensures there will be a presidential election in October

Rowlagh Green, Clondalkin. Photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí believe the death followed a domestic dispute at a house in west Dublin on Friday

From left: Trinity students Luke Maguire, Dan O’Neill and former Irish Davis Cup players James Cluskey and David Mullins, in Fitzwilliam LTC.   Photograph: Mark McGrath/Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club

Four players attempt 60 hour tennis marathon for charity in Fitzwilliam club

Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex make a courtesy call at the Presidential mansion on the second day of their visit in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

‘You’re a bit of a god, aren’t you?’ Prince Harry asks Galway hurler Joe Canning

French fans in Dtwo nightclub watch their World Cup semi-final  against Belgium. Photograph: Jack Power

Hundreds of soccer fans, including ambassadors, gather in Dtwo for semi-final clash

Hot summer: children on parched grass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, after 20 days without significant rain. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Met Éireann issues warning as Air Corps helicopters help douse Armagh gorse fire

John Ford’s 1952 film “The Quiet Man”, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The new exhibition is hosted in the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, which O’Sullivan opened 29 years ago

Museum exhibition features Academy Award, red carpet outfits and costumes

Sunbathers enjoying the good weather in Dublin’s  Phoenix Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

‘Scattered showers’ forecast but week-long deluge thought to be needed to restore reserves

It is estimated fraudulent claims add on average €50 to insurance premiums a year.

Proposal a “sea change” in tackling fraud claims, insurance industry says

John Church: previously of Age Action and Arthritis Ireland

Current Age Action chief executive to take up new role in August

The State agency said if current weather conditions continue it may consider emergency conservation orders.  Photograph: iStock

Low water levels in rivers and hot weather are causing fish to become increasingly stressed

Crimestoppers handout photo of missing man Rafal Filipowicz (30).

Polish man Rafal Filipowicz (30) was last seen leaving Portlaoise hospital

Dublin City Council’s   excavation of an area outside City Hall failed   to find a rifle from the 1916 Rising that had been thrown down from the roof by rebels at the time. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Fragments of roof, 1930s milk bottles, and 1890s pottery found in archaeological dig

A man enjoying the good weather in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Drought helpline set up for farmers struggling to feed stock

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the lengthy delays meant the housing projects would “be difficult to describe” as rapid build. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern within Dublin City Council over two-year delay in modular housing projects

A photograph of Willie Halpin (right)  before the Rising when he was in the Irish Citizen Army. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rifle may have been lodged in gap between City Hall and another building for over 100 years

Sammon Contracting entered examinership in April, citing the ‘devastating collapse’ of Carillion as the main cause in its High Court application. File photograph: Alan Betson

Sammon payments for school building projects not ’paid on’ to subcontractors, committee told

Panda Power will be raise its standard electricity unit rate by 5.9 per cent

Companies blame rising cost of energy globally for the move

A section of the N20 remains closed near Creggane, Co Limerick, following a collision.

Six people injured when two cars collided in Co Limerick on N20 on Monday morning

The hosepipe ban may be extended to other parts of the country in the coming days. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Ban expected to be extended to areas beyond Dublin in coming days

Irish Water has introduced a hosepipe ban across the country that will last until at least July 31st. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Hosepipe ban Q&A: Can I water my plants? Should I flush the toilet every time?

Scouting Ireland: “The new governance structures, together with a new approach to safeguarding, will strengthen our organisation as we continue to serve young people across Ireland.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Second motion to set up a national disciplinary officer passed by single vote

 Samson ‘Sam’ Mann was ordained a Spiritan priest at a service in the Holy Spirit Church, Kimmage Manor. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Hong Kong-born Samson Mann (56) converted to Catholicism in his late teens

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has apologised to churchgoers in Mount Merrion in Dublin over an ‘unfortunate mistake’ that led to no priest turning up to say Mass last Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Diarmaid Martin, Josepha Madigan clashed after Minister urged changes to church rules

Scouting Ireland are in the middle of a controversy over the handling of a rape allegation made in 2016, concerning two adults from an incident in 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Body had State funding withdrawn amid controversy over handling of rape allegation

Data protection concerns were preventing the National Board for Safeguarding Children from keeping a central database of priests who are facing child abuse allegations, the Department of Justice was told in April. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Safeguarding board told Government it had no central database of priests facing allegations

 Screen time: smartphones are having an impact on children’s physical exercise Photograph: Chris Radburn / PA Wire

Parents have no idea how much smartphone usage is healthy for children, experts warn

A woman carries an inflatable shark on the promenade of Salthill beach onTuesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/ Reuters

‘No rain on the horizon’ and hot weather due to continue into next week, says forecaster

The level two course includes training in vehicle handling and emergency response driving. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

GRA says lack of adequate driver training is a serious problem for rank and file members

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

One man who will not be attending papal Mass claims to have secured 800 tickets

Lilah Mellon (5) and Noah Mellon (3)  from Terenure enjoying the good weather on Bull Island in Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Met Éireann says glorious warm spell set to continue for at least another 10 days

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at 168th St Aengus Scout Den, Tallaght.

Report in 2012 found interference from volunteers in case of man accused of child abuse

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone appointed Jillian van Turnhout to review the governance of Scouting Ireland in May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Scouting Ireland’s funding restored for three months following reform commitment

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