Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave held a press conference outside a coffee shop in Ranelagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Web Summit founder defends instigating anonymous Facebook advertising campaign

A teenager with Down syndrome was  found walking along a grass verge on the N4, close to the M50 motorway, approximate location above. File photograph: Google Street View

Inquiry launched by voluntary body after man (19) found walking on N4 grass verge

  Naoise Hennessy, a 16-year old student from Craanford, near Gorey, has been chosen overall winner of this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, taking first prize in the senior 16-18 years age category. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography

Winning entry from Naoise Hennessy (16) “worthy of a place in any public gallery”

In a test at one property in Sutton, north Co Dublin, lead contamination was nearly 15 times over the legal limit considered safe to drink. File photograph: Getty

State funding to replace health-hazard water delivery system availed of for just 71 houses

In most cases the contamination is the result of older lead pipes still in use across the public water network.

Tests show lead concentration nearly 15 times above legal limit

Lion dance performance on Parnell Street, Dublin, as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council agreed to change elements following Chinese embassy lobbying

The drugs VHI has committed to providing wider access to include Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer.  Photograph: Istock

Consultant oncologist says inequity between public and private healthcare ‘very troubling’

The reservation placed on crime data could ‘theoretically’ be in place for a long time, Pádraig Dalton, CSO director general told the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.

PAC hears improvement on crime data to take ‘number of years work’ from gardaí

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive of  Scouting Ireland has said attending the Joint Committee on Children & Youth Affairs meeting last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr John Lawlor to remain in role until early 2020 to assist recruitment of replacement

Child was knocked down by low loader vehicle at Carley’s Bridge, near Enniscorthy

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said there was a need for data around beef-processing prices to determine if there were elements of a ‘cartel’ at play. Photograph: iStock

Environmental group disputes claims that Ireland is a world leader in carbon efficiency

Peadar Tóibín, leader of Aontú

More than 300 attend national launch of Aontú party in Ballyfermot

The Knights of the Campanile society was set up in 1926 to host visiting sports clubs, and accepts 50 new inductees each year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Voting to cut paper’s funding would be a ‘blow against press freedom’

The study examined data from more than 17,000 teenagers. Photograph: Getty Images

Research involving Irish youths finds no negatives to screen time before bed

Ian Elliott, Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager, wrote to Katherine Zappone’s department. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Youth organisation alleges ‘agenda’ behind agency’s criticism of it in email to officials

The INMO said trolley figures were ‘exceptionally high’. File photograph: Frank Miller

Taoiseach speaking at opening of new centre for cochlear implants at Dublin’s Beaumont

Gardaí are to be moved to Dublin Port due to Brexit ‘uncertainty’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Inner-city gardaí to be moved to Dublin Port ahead of Brexit, government meeting hears

A member of the Knights of the Campanile present in the apartment at the time told The Irish Times that new members had been told to eat butter, strap bicycle helmets on their heads, and at another point had to get into a running shower with an umbrella. File photograph: Alan Betson

Trinity group say investigation only an found “unauthorised party” had taken place

When refurbished, Ardmore House will house new offices for UCD’s president, his staff and the UCD Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm.

Multimillion-euro plans approved to renovate 19th-century villa-style property

Cairn Homes applied to build 377 apartments and eight houses on a three-hectare north Dublin site, that was previously owned by the Christian Brothers.

Plan for 385-home development had been opposed on basis of height

Amid hazing allegations,  the Knights of the Campanile has defended practices in the club, following ‘misleading’ reporting. Photograph: Alan Betson/File photo

Knights of Campanile rejects characterisation as secretive or elitist amid ‘bugging’ row

Jean Winters, of  the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), said trade unions in the construction industry had created a narrative that bogus self-employment was widespread. Image: iStock.

Changes to employment definitions would have ‘distorting impact’, Oireachtas committee told

  Northern Ireland players celebrate scoring their first goal  against Belarus on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Video circulating online showing group singing described as ‘utterly wrong’

The cigarettes and tobacco were on board a cargo ship which had travelled to Ireland from Ceuta, in Spain. Photograph: Revenue

Customs officials find 58,000 cigarettes and 1.45kg of loose tobacco on vessel which travelled from Spain

A photograph of the cannabis grow house discovered in Dromiskin, Co Louth. Photograph: Garda Press Office .

Gardaí estimate haul of mature plants and harvested material worth €40,000

University Times editor Eleanor O’Mahony, reporter Edmund Heaphy and deputy editor Donal MacNamee at the paper’s office in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vote on funding follows controversial story into secretive society’s initiation ceremony

Gsoc said  a man had an ‘interaction with gardaí’

Circumstances of death being examined by Gsoc due to man’s ‘interaction with gardaí’

The crash occurred at 9:15pm on Sunday, and gardaí stationed in Ennis are investigating the death.

Single driver in car killed after crashing into a wall in Castlefergus

In December 2017 Orla Tinsley received a successful double lung transplant. File photograph: Alan Betson

New York doctors work to clear ‘unusual obstruction’ of double lung transplant recipient

Br Aidan Clohessy, who was moved to  the city of Mzuzu, Malawi,  in 1993. Early last year, serious child protection concerns were raised over the order’s operation in the African country

Audit of Malawi scheme found governance and safeguarding fell ‘far short’ of required standards

There were several “obstacles” holding up the delivery of extra public housing, Owen Keegan told the Department of Housing. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Need for cost-benefit analysis on projects slowing down new homes, council chief says

The link to autism was found where pesticides, such as weedkiller, had been used within 2km of the mother’s home during her pregnancy, and the child’s first year

Study examined nearly 3,000 individuals diagnosed with autism in California

The audit began in June 2017, but faced “significant delays and difficulties” in obtaining records and documentation from the charity, the Revenue report said.

Animal rescue charity in Co Kerry to be shut down over controversy

Alfie Dardis, age 6, from Stepaside, and his best friend, Ava Casserly, age 6, from Dundrum at the launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 roses day fundraising event. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland launches ‘65 roses day’ fundraising event in April

PSNI forensic officers at The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Teenager describes terrifying crush at Cookstown St Patrick’s Day disco

The scene of the  single-vehicle crash on the R173 in Carlingford in which two people died. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

Two men die in car crash on Cooley Peninsula shortly after midnight

Gardaí seize estimated €600,000 worth of cocaine from vehicle in west Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Approximately 9kg of cocaine intercepted by Garda drugs unit in vehicle search

Gardaí and Westmeath fire service on the M6 near Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Photograph: Paddy Cummins/Irishphotodesk.ie

Man in his 60s pronounced dead at scene near Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath

Scouting Ireland board member and Labour Party councillor Dermot Lacey. Photograph: Labour Party

State agency not challenged by ‘gullible politicians’ board member states

President Higgins and his wife Sabina sign a book of condolence at the Pro Cathedral for victims of the New Zealand shootings. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Unaddressed racism holds frightening potential for “social destruction” Archbishop Martin says

Scouting Ireland has hired a senior garda with experience investigating sex crimes to head up the youth organisation’s safeguarding office. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gearóid Begley helped set up a multi-agency unit for dealing with sex offenders

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

Agency had not read full files on abuse cases, scouting body’s safeguarding manager says

Lancet study: Irish teenage girls had a higher rate of binge drinking than boys. File photograph: Getty

Teenage females had a higher rate of binge drinking than boys, a Lancet study found

Nearly 2,000 without power after after Storm Gareth made its way across the country. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Power outages and fallen trees causing disruption in storm’s aftermath

Lahinch in Co Clare during the high winds of  Storm Ophelia, October 2017.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Day two of Cheltenham horse-racing festival in doubt as damaging winds expected

 DJ Jenny Greene and Westlife member Nicky Byrne are to leave RTÉ 2FM.

Jennifer Zamparelli to fill 10am slot vacated by pair after a five year run together

A UCD student has proposed a mobile phone application that  would allow two people to ‘electronically sign/verify [a] pre-made contract before engaging in sex’.

Email on project said it would fight men’s ‘ever growing fear’ of being sued after sex

Luas collision took place at 11.55 pm on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pedestrian struck on Luas Red Line on Monday night

The Irish Deaf Society is planning to cut services, particularly in the area of advocacy, and lay off up to five staff members. Photograph: iStock

Charity which has been ‘lurching from crisis to crisis’ asked HSE for €300,000

The proposed new standards for real-estate agents are at an early draft stage, and are due to undergo a period of consultation with representative groups in the industry.

Letting agents required to return deposits within 10 days under proposed standards

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the motive behind the act was still “unclear.” File Photograph: Eric Luke

Motive behind incident still ‘unclear’ but Minister refused to ‘speculate’

The Law Society has assembled a gender equality and diversity taskforce as part of an effort to address inequality in the legal profession. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Sixteen people chosen from minority, disability, LGBT+ and lower socioeconomic backgrounds

Priska Haefliger walks ‘Freddie’ the dog on the sand on Killiney beach. Photograph: Tom Honan

Large amount of sand washed up on traditionally rocky south Dublin stretch at weekend

The national forecaster said it expects between 25 and 35mm of rain. Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty

Heavy rainfall expected Tuesday night into Wednesday morning - Met Éireann

The Phoenix Park weather station in Dublin city had its warmest winter, since records began in 1855. Photograph: Tom Honan

Several weather stations recorded highest winter temperatures in a century

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Overnight trip to a hostel for Rathgar scout troop cancelled at ‘last minute’ on Friday

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘I think the evidence is very clear that there has been no diminution of the vigilance of data protection in Ireland’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill The Irish Times

Observer, Computer Weekly recently reported Kenny helped Facebook influence EU data laws

John Butler, manager of the Portlick Scout Campsite near Athlone, preparing for more than 400 campers over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Zappone says Scouting Ireland must implement Tusla’s ‘urgent’ recommendations

Mr Rabbitte said Ms Zappone had made it clear that she expected the recommendations of Tusla to be implemented by Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland and Tusla representatives invited to appear at Oireachtas Committee

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Organisation will meet with Tusla to address concerns over child protection standards

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ian Elliott defends standards in the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland story

Tusla says it has ‘serious concerns’ over ability of organisation to keep children safe

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent report makes multiple findings against four senior Scouting Ireland figures

 Katherine Zappone:  she has  instructed Scouting Ireland to comply with a full review by Tusla into concerns identified

Tusla says lack of supervision on camping trips exposed children to harm

Katherine Zappone  said abuse survivors wishing to come forward should contact Tusla, or An Garda Síochána. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Zappone tells Dáil of child and family agency’s concern over standards in scouting body

Kevin Nowlan of Hibernia Reit wrote to local authority chief executive Daniel McLoughlin on September 27th, lobbying for the land to be rezoned. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Efforts by investment giant to lobby for land rezoning shot down by south Dublin council

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan:  will seek approval to draft the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation aims to keep distressed borrowers in mortgage arrears living in their homes

A spokesman for the Revenue Commissioners said the recruitment effort was ongoing, and individuals from the 3,030 who applied were still being drawn down for posts from panels. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 117 extra Revenue customs officers are in place of the planned 270 new hires

 Senator James Reilly said he would be focusing his efforts on regaining a Dáil seat. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Senator’s withdrawal clears path for Fitzgerald while FF’s Rabbitte puts name forward

Minister of State with responsibility for older people Jim Daly said under plans to be published on Wednesday ‘age-friendly’ housing estates for older people would be developed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tax breaks being considered to encourage people to move to ‘age-friendly’ housing estates

Gardaí on the Ha’penny bridge in the aftermath of a stabbing which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Youth stabbed on Liffey Street at around 2.50am on Sunday morning

DUP MP Ian Paisley:  the Irish Government “must wake up to the reality” that the withdrawal agreement must be renegotiated. Photograph: Getty Images

Micheál Martin claims the risk of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is beginning to dawn on the Government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘I think the Government perhaps thought that they’d have a deal earlier, I think they thought it’d be locked up before Christmas.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government realising threat of no-deal reality ‘late in the day’ says FF leader

The pilot, Michael McCarrick, was killed instantly when the small plane crashed into a field at Breaffy, on the Bonninconlon side of Ballina, Co Mayo. File photograph: Google Street View

Pilot’s head seen slumped forward in video recording recovered from aircraft

Fr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said there were several areas where Ireland was ‘seriously underperforming’ when it came to meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Social Justice Ireland report says State lagging behind on environment and inequality challenges

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said she shared the ‘huge concerns of parents about the safeguarding issues at Scouting Ireland’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she will not compromise on child safety

Former chief executive Seán Ashe, who failed to declare ties to family members with interests in two companies that received contracts from the ETB, an audit found. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Serious lapses’ in State body’s financial practices severely criticised in C&AG report

Fianna Fáil candidate Brian Mohan said using the term ‘gypsy’ was ‘ill-advised and an ill-informed choice of words when referring to someone’. File photograph: Collins

Prominent party activist Brian Mohan said comment was “ill-advised” and wrong

A ComReg spokesman said its online map will allow phone users to check expected mobile phone coverage of different operators at all locations throughout the country. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Previous plan to have local authorities map coverage scrapped over lack of response

Findings from the ongoing review, including indications that crimes were covered up, were outlined in a briefing note sent to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Suspicions from Scouting Ireland review that child abuse files ‘went missing’

A candlelit vigil at the site of the Stardust nightclub fire in Artane, Dublin, before the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the 48 people who died on Valentine’s Day, 1981. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families say application for a fresh inquest into the fire to be made within weeks

 Nearly €20,000 was spent in 2015 at one five-star hotel and golf resort – a third of all of the accommodation costs incurred by the organisation that year.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Board gave contracts to family members in breach of rules, says State watchdog

The figures were outlined in a briefing note sent by Scouting Ireland to members of the Oireachtas committee on children and youth affairs.

Further 66 alleged cases relate to youth on youth sex abuse, new figures show

Solicitor Daniel O’Connell says that all bar two of his scouting abuse clients were male, and most were aged between 45 and 60 years of age.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Solicitor taking 30 cases against Scouting Ireland says victims paint graphic picture of abuse

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Kids were abused on multiple occasions, says solicitor representing alleged victims

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone makes a statement on developments at Scouting Ireland, last September. Last year, Ms Zappone twice suspended Scouting Ireland’s funding over governance concerns at the organisation

Number of past alleged abusers identified by Scouting Ireland increases to 237

Dean Gaffney with fellow SIPTU members as they gathered in Dublin Port to hold protest demanding decent wages for seafarers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company portrays itself as Irish but doesn’t fly the Irish flag, Siptu says

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Secretary general previously refused to discuss controversial cost overrun on project

Many observers had assumed that it had come from the Taoiseach, but Jean-Claude Juncker said it was sent by an Irish citizen

Hailey Kierse said commission president’s words about Ireland made her want to ‘jump for joy’

Nuclear waste is stored at about 30 sites across Britain, but predominantly at ground level at the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria. Photograph: PA

Newry is being considered as a possible location to store the UK’s nuclear refuse

 Tyson Fury grimaces at Deontay Wilder and during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in  December  2018. File Photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating graffiti on Helix referencing Regency shooting

Hundreds of GPs are due to gather outside the gates of the Dáil on Molesworth Street.

NAGP claim general practice is being ‘destroyed’ because of cuts

Charges in the high-demand Dublin city centre “yellow zone” will rise from €2.90 to €3.20 an hour, while just outside this area the “red zone” charge will go from €2.40 to €2.70. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Certain city centre parking rates will increase by about 10% from July 1st

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said the council would be ridiculed if it did not approve the plans. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans for 100 homes at Marrowbone Lane were opposed by a number of councillors

The scene of the  incident which occurred on the Moy Road in Dungannon, Co Tyrone Photograph: John McVitty/McAuley Multimedia

Further three people being treated in hospital after the incident

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to Springdale Road, in the Edenmore housing estate, to inspect a device on Sunday evening. File photograph

Drug-related dispute suspected after locals report hearing a loud bang at about 5pm

Emma Kett (centre) from St Mary’s, Newport, Co Tipperary,  as she performs at the choirs for cancer event at UCD. Photograph: James Forde

Mount Sion singers release ‘Your Love Carries Me’ to raise funds for cancer research

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (SF) said people were paying moneylenders ‘extortionate fees’, ahead of making mortgage repayments. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Legislative change needed to allow credit unions lend to social housing bodies

Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless who is running in the upcoming local elections in May. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Inner City Helping Homeless founder to run as Independent in Dublin north inner city

A walker enjoys the snow in the mountains near Killakee, to the south east of Dublin. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin Region Homeless Executive activates extreme weather protocol

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