Fallen block a road in Cork on Tuesday morning following Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Potential for new storm to trigger yellow warning at weekend

Debris is seen on the road in Kinsale on Monday after Storm Ophelia swept across the country. A massive clean-up operation is under way on Tuesday. Photograph: Dave Brennan

Varadkar will consider making it a criminal offence to ignore severe weather warnings

Brent Pope is joined by students in UCD ahead of Mental Health Ireland’s 5000 Steps to Wellbeing Walk. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Rugby pundit says ‘ignorance’ around mental health should be challenged

Committee chair Senator Catherine Noone has asked  two committee members not to resign their positions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Group to take further legal advice before publicly debating the issue next week

Hurricane Ophelia may hit Ireland in Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

US forecaster warns ‘high-impact event’ could cause State up to €649m in damage

Senator Rónán Mullen: said US-based Center for Reproductive Rights, listed as witnesses by the Oireachtas committee, “has been fundraising  to overturn Ireland’s pro-life laws”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mattie McGrath and Rónán Mullen claim majority of witnesses called are pro-abortion

Some unaccredited pregnancy counselling agencies are providing ‘inaccurate’ and ‘harmful’ information to women

Rising use of online drugs to induce termination a concern, Oireachtas committee told

Dr Bela Ganatra and Dr Ronald Johnson of the  Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, address the Oireachtas committee.

Rhona Mahony of NMH says Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’

Seán Carroll, at the Top service station on the Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garage owner Seán Carroll: ‘It just seemed to be a budget to keep things ticking on’

Pensioner Noel Nutley (89) with the scale models he makes at his home in north Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Budget 2018: Pensioner Noel Nutley

Ross McCarthy, managing director of Keystone Procurement,  would have liked ‘more vision’ in the budget in terms of supporting Irish businesses. Photograph: Mary Browne

Budget 2018: Ross McCarthy, businessman

The old Bargaintown building on Greencastle Parade, Coolock, which is being converted to a family hub for homeless people. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Concerns raised over rising costs of converting old properties into family hubs

The building, at 12-14 Old County Road in Crumlin, had planning permission for retail use. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

High Court last week ordered that building be vacated due to concerns over safety

 Finian McGrath arriving at Government Buildings. File photograph: Eric Luke

Junior minister for health raised concerns of anti-vaccine group Regret several times with Simon Harris

The second ball to come out of the draw was the number 38, however due to the reflection of light on the lotto ball, it appeared to show the number 33 and 38.

The National Lottery has assured players of the game’s integrity following ‘reflection’ issue

The HSE said the majority of the children are fine although some had experienced mild symptoms. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Mother said young son was ‘very distressed, very uncomfortable’ and his mouth was sore after dentist visit

Trinity student Saul Kenny was left sleeping on a couch following a dispute with a landlord

Trinity student (20) says landlords are taking advantage of students’ desperation

Prof Owen Smith, CBE, Kate Doyle (8), patient at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, with Mum, Noreen, at the launch of the report

Recent donations have supported 7 pilot research projects into children’s illnesses

The incident occurred outside a bank on Main Street in Lucan. Source: Google Street View

Suspect held security guard at gunpoint before taking cashbox

Family and  friends celebrate  Ibrahim Halawa’s acquittal  last month at the Halawa family home in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Family expected documents would be submitted by Egyptian officials on Tuesday

UCD student union president Katie Ascough (centre) at Rally for Life this July. Photograph: Jack Power

Students seeking to hold vote to remove Katie Ascough over abortion information

Gardaí have launched a renewed appeal for information about the death of 81-year-old Michael Crowe, who was killed when a fire broke out in his Kildare home in October 2009

The 81-year-old man died following a fire in his Kildare home

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: ‘The news is confused’

Former minister for justice pens critique of Donald Trump era

Budget 2018 may benefit mothers of more than 4,500 babies a year

The man ’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the Government’s goal “is one home for one family”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government working on better measures to capture housing supply, says Minister

Focus Ireland advocacy director Mike Allen said the current funding process for social housing is too slow and complex. Photograph: Eric Luke

Charity calls for budget funding to fast-track delivery of social housing schemes

A file picture of the Post Office in Sandymount, which has since closed. Photograph: The Irish Times

An Post chief executive says they ‘cannot guarantee to keep open every post office’

The LPT automatically returns to the base rate each year and the current regime is based on house valuations from May 2013. Photograph: Getty

The tax automatically returns to the base rate each year of 0.18% of the house price

UCD student union president Katie Ascough (centre) at Rally for Life this July. Photograph: Jack Power

Close student union colleagues asked Katie Ascough to consider her position

 Minister for Education  Richard Bruton has said 31 schools constructed by Western Building Systems will be fire safety audited over the next six months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister confirms facilities built by Western Building Systems are to be reviewed

The man was arrested over a break-in at the offices in which a number of items, including a drone device worth some €1,500 were taken.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gardaí investigate theft of drone device worth some €1,500 from the offices

The arrest was made following an internal investigation into the missing money

Speaking on RTÉ’s Crimecall programme on Monday night Michael McCoy’s wife and his three daughters made a passionate appeal for information.

Family of Michael McCoy appeals for information on Crimecall

Trinity student Lily Brennan (22) who is unable to find accommodation and is living on friend’s couches. Photograph: Jack Power

One postgraduate student has been living in a 10-bed tourist hostel dorm

Trinity Provost Patrick Prendergast said the scholars had been given “the best possible start” to a university education.    Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scheme was started by Martin Naughton, founder of GlenDimplex

The number of gardaí injured in the course of duty has significantly increased in the last five years. Stock photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bites, grazes and bruises most common injuries sustained by gardaí, says GRA

Race organisers apologise for traffic management of event

L-R President  Michael D Higgins, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Sabina Higgins and Lady Cosgrove at Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Sir Peter Cosgrove says the two countries must form closer trade links following Brexit

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the ‘department takes the fire safety of children, teachers and all those who work in schools extremely seriously’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

High number of application rejections ‘extremely concerning’ , TD says

According to the latest  statistics from the CSO, 2,063,000 people were recorded as being in employment in Ireland.

Employment increases by 2.4 per cent as unemployment rate falls to 6.4 per cent

Dáil attendance: records are based off electronic fobs deputies validate in Leinster House

Dáil logs show TDs and Senators with the best and worst attendance records

The fire happened at Tyrone Place flats on Thomas Davis Street in Inchicore. Photograph: Jack Power

Mother in her 30s and son (8) in a critical condition after Inchicore, Dublin blaze

Foreign Affairs aware of the case and providing assistance to the family

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary during a press conference in Dublin where he has admitted the cancellation of flights due to pilot holidays is “a mess”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary apologises for ‘mess’ and says airline will pay compensation to passengers

The inspection of the in-patient mental health facility in Letterkenny General Hospital found 20 instances of non-compliance with mental health standards and regulations for patient care.   Photograph: Brian McDaid

Instances of non-compliance found where residents were physically restrained

Scorched earth: Irish uplands are no longer the fauna-rich places they once were, according to the Irish Wildlife Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Wildlife Trust says 97 illegal gorse fires started in two months this year

Noirin O’Sullivan took over as acting Garda commissioner in March 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cloud of political controversy rarely left the Garda’s office during her three years

Paul Reid said Fingal County Council ‘can’t sustain the level of services that we are providing right now’ if the percentage of tax paid by homeowners is not increased this year.  Photograph: Jack Power

Fingal council head warns services may have to be cut at risk as parties ponder increase

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State Damien English and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Custon House summit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach says vacant home levy would not be a ‘game-changer’ and there is ‘no quick fix’ to housing crisis

Photograph: iStock

Parents and teachers influence girls when it comes to choosing Stem subjects and careers

The review said there was an atmosphere of “control, negativity and a culture of blame” across the services, where “some senior staff normalised bad behaviour; others perpetrated it”. File photograph: Getty Images

Financial cost-cutting put ahead of patient care, experts find on behalf of HSE

Rush/Lusk Educate Together primary school  was constructed by  Western Building Systems in 2008. File photograph: Google Street View

Public body has to prove ‘deficiencies’ in a firm’s work before exclusion from contract bids

Rotunda fire: Prof Fergal Malone, master of the Rotunda in Dublin, on a ward in 2015

‘Nobody at risk’ at Dublin maternity hospital in April incident

Since April gardaí have been carrying out roadside drug tests on motorists. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Roadside kit used to test motorists will not function if temperature is below 4 degrees

The proposed design for the site of Warrenstown House, a former HSE site in Blanchardstown.

Development would include three-storey mosque, community centre and private school

The Department of Education is looking for a firm to undertake a fire safety audit of a sample of school buildings. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Plasterboard used in schools construction did not meet fire safety standards

Flowers left near the scene of the double fatal shooting at Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun pictured on Thursday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Clinton Shannon , Antoinette Corbally died after shooting on Balbutcher Drive in August

Designs for new garda national support headquarters on Military Road near  Heuston Station. Source: OPW

Seven-storey development needed as force must leave Harcourt Square in coming years

Gardaí are investigating an incident in Roscommon town last night in which a man (20) was stabbed.

20-year-old taken to hospital in Ballinasloe after incident in Castle Street car park at 11pm

Sinéad Sweeney at Trinity College Dublin: “Don’t just fall into a degree because you feel like you have to”

Sinéad Sweeney is starting a science degree in Trinity having completed a Fetac course

The Hiqa inspection also found three other areas where there was major non-compliance with residents’ rights.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Previous recommendations not implemented at St Anne’s, run by Daughters of Charity

A truck driving through  Dublin Port Tunnel. File photograph: Alan Betson

Motorists heading northbound from Dublin Port were caught in serious delays

A patient attending an Irish hospital was recently infected with Hepatitis B from a routine blood transfusion

First known case of its kind in Ireland described as a ‘rare, one in two million event’

The body of an adult was been taken in the River Liffey on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Emergency services attend scene near Convention Centre building

One crèche in Dublin West, Magic Years, has signalled to parents that it intends to increase fees by 8 per cent in October Photograph:  Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Katherine Zappone says her department is monitoring rising childcare prices

Gardaí have been following the movements of a number of suspects in Ireland and abroad in relation to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Suspect detained by gardaí investigating murder attempts on Hutch family members

Wilson’s Bridge in Swan Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal, which  was damaged by flooding last week. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Families in Donegal are being given €150 per person to help cover emergency costs

A new framework contract for private ambulance providers  being prepared by the HSE has an annual estimated value of €13.7m. Photograph: Getty Images

Private ambulances mainly used to transfer patients, and do not respond to emergency calls

Sophie Taylor: ‘I was angry, not so much that I lost that amount of money, more that I just felt humiliated.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sophie Taylor (19) paid deposit in desperation despite her suspicions about Facebook ad

Sophie Taylor (19) was the victim of a rental scam in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Online scammer demanded a deposit for a property that was never actually available

Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Martens. Photographs: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Move for retrial of father and daughter over jury misconduct claim based on ‘speculation’

UCD, Galway, Trinity and DCU do allow overnight guests, but they must be signed in beforehand with the accommodation management. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One contract states the room must not be used for any ‘immoral’ purposes

UCD has raised the price of on-campus rent by an average of 38 per cent since 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cost of on-campus rooms has risen in recent years, with Dublin showing highest increase

Karl Picard: “I wouldn’t be able to eat during the day until 9pm when I got home because I just didn’t have any money.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Students facing four-hour commutes to college due to unaffordable Dublin rents

With  the student registration charge  at €3,000, the rising cost of accommodation is putting many parents and students under pressure. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 40 students ended up in cars or on friends’ couches, new survey finds

Moon with a view: The sky darkens during a total solar eclipse over the Lowell Observatory  in Madras, Oregon, US. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Partial solar eclipse seen in Ireland from about 7:40pm, with best views in the west

Screen grabs of Katie Ascough’s snaps highlighting poor student accommodation

Bed in livingroom in Dublin offered for €250 a month

UCD has lost 47 beds from its student residences after the religious order leasing the rooms to the college terminated the arrangement.

Nuns plan to redevelop the site of the accommodation in Donnybrook

A picture from Facebook of John Joyce (21) of Ennis, county Clare who was fatally stabbed in England on Thursday.

Police in Wolverhampton arrest man in his forties over incident on Thursday night

The scene at the Mansion House in Dublin as people arrive to sign the book of condolence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve literally walked that square, that roundabout, every year for the last eight years’

Investigators search for evidence at the site of a shooting in the coastal city of Cambrils, northeastern Spain. Photograph: EPA/JAUME SELLART

Airport security workers call off strike after terror attacks

 The van which was driven into  the crowd killing at least 13 people  is towed away from  Las Ramblas on Friday. Photograph: AFP

Family of four naturalised Irish citizens caught up in incident that left 13 dead

Teenage schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes dramatically increase their chances of graduating to tobacco, research has shown.  Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Study finds teens four times more likely to start smoking if they have tried e-cigarettes

A general view of the Mexican port town of Lázaro Cárdenas where Noel Maguire (29) was fatally wounded in a shooting. Image: Google Streetview.

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to family of Noel Maguire

Lawyers for Molly Martens Corbett and Thomas Martens, who were jailed last week for the murder of Irish man Jason Corbett, have filed for a retrial. Image: ABC.

Papers allege social media posts are evidence of bias against wife of Jason Corbett and her father

Apple is at the centre of an EU tax case. Photograph: Reuters

Irish officials cast doubt on the plans, according to a letter from software firms

Over the last eight years farm workers have made up 40 per cent of all deaths in the workplace. Image: iStock

Health and Safety report shows 45 people died in workplace incidents in 2016

Monteco Holdings  was given permission to demolish the Ormond Hotel and redevelop a new hotel on the site.

Register has 70 vacant sites worth €220m which could help alleviate housing crisis

Adonis  Moreira said landlords made it clear that the “more money the more chances” of getting the house or apartment. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tenants claim landlords ask for payments to improve their chances of securing leases

Ireland’s Alison Miller with Japan’s Iroha Nagata and Mayu Shimizu during the sides’ match on Sunday in the Women’s Rugby World Cup at UCD. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Large crowd cheers on sides as Ireland take second world cup victory at UCD

Molly Martens Corbett did not take the stand to testify in her trial was not questioned on presence of the paving brick on her nightstand . Photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

One of the weapons that killed Limerick man Jason Corbett was on nightstand

Molly Martens Corbett speaking during an ABC interview recorded before her trial for murder

One-page witness statement contained ‘smoking gun’ of her role in killing, says attorney

Molly Martens Corbett is led in shackles and handcuffs to a waiting van for transport to prison on Wednesday afternoon. Photograph: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Appeals of Jason Corbett’s wife and father-in-law likely to be heard in next 18 months

The balloting of Siptu members on the new pay deal began on July 3rd, and counting concluded on Thursday in Liberty Hall.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Public Service Stability Agreement is extension of Lansdowne Road agreement

A stolen BMW recently recovered by gardaí. Photograph:  Garda Síochána

Operation Waste tackling gangs who try to export stolen cars in shipping containers

Most insurance companies offer cover for domestic dogs under a policy holder’s home insurance. Photograph: iStock

Dog owners can be left paying tens of thousands in court damages if their dog bites someone

Detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating a “paramilitary style” shooting that took place in Derry last night. Photograph: iStock

The victim (33) sustained four gunshot wounds to the legs and abdomen

Mark O’Brien of GMIT students’ union said the extra 400 beds “will alleviate the pressure from the 20,000 students in GMIT and NUI Galway scrambling for somewhere to sleep”. Photograph: Getty Images

Student union president of Galway-Mayo IT says locals opposition is ‘discriminatory’

Irish college fees - the “student contribution charge” of €3,000 a year - is the second highest in the Europe, behind fees in England and Wales. File photograph: Getty Images

UCD education officer: ‘Students have come in saying they can’t afford to go back to college’

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