The Trinity College Dublin research was overseen by associate professor in immunology, Lydia Lynch.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

TCD-led findings could have significant effects on treatment of obesity

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTE

External review found State broadcaster could no longer afford to support two orchestras

CRH has a trading update  and an agm this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Business This Week: results, indicators and meetings

Profession sees itself as complementary to mainstream medicine despite scepticism

Motor insurance claims lodged last year were down by 5.1 per cent on 2016

Decrease part of broader 2.8 per cent decline in claims handled by State body in 2017

Mary Mckenna flanked by Daniel and Majella O’Donnell after the Gallows View B&B in Bunratty Co Clare came out as the overall winner of the B&B Ireland Award at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Daniel and Majella O’Donnell host awards ceremony at which Clare B&B scoops prize

The main illness experienced by health workers is due to musculoskeletal disorders. Stress, anxiety and depression are  also more common illnesses.

Work-related injuries and illness greatest among health employees, research finds

A screen shot from Met Éireann’s new website

National forecaster unveils new website with new local predictions

The ODCE is to bring its  anticipated application to have inspectors appointed to INM over concerns about the proposed purchase of Newstalk radio and an alleged data breach. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Your upcoming business week: Kingspan to issue trading update while Netflix and Bank of America results due

“Young people these days...tend not to follow rules that they don’t see as valid or sensible. For the current youth generation, much of the church’s teaching in areas related to sexuality and reproduction is irrelevant and barely rouses their curiosity.” File photograph: Getty Images

Event tackles concerns over World Meeting of Families in Ireland, which pope is to attend

The Eighth Amendment is another great barrier on a road to an enlightened Ireland, Lenny Abrahamson told rally in support of the Repeal campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Oscar-nominated film maker says amendment is a symptom of the ‘old darkness’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “There are too many people waiting to see specialists to get procedures, but we shouldn’t judge hospitals based on waiting lists or trolley figures.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New hospital access strategy announced as 504,000-plus on medical procedures queue

Compared with those who did not report a history of mental disorder these pregnancies were more likely to result in premature deliveries and babies born with low birth weight, the researchers found. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Almost one-fifth of mothers in Belfast research report history of mental disorder

A body has been found by rescue workers participating in a search for a man mising in Galway Bay since Thursday.

Man, in his mid-40s, seen in difficulty in water at Salthill on Thursday afternoon

About 30 members of the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement demonstrated outside Dáil Éireann on Wednesday to call for greater action to stop the war in their homeland. Photograph: Alan Betson, The Irish Times

Thirty members of Irish Syria Solidarity Movement protest outside Dáil Éireann

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk told UCD Law Society students that he was a fan of Conor McGregor. Photograph: PA

European Council president given honorary life membership of UCD Law Society

James Barry, Gas Networks Ireland, with Jackie Quinn of QCF Corporate Finance and Kieran Lettice of Energy Cork at the launch of the “Energy Finance for a New Era” conference

Good times for the hostel industry and all you ever wanted to know about financing sustainable energy

INM chief executive Michael Doorly sought in a meeting with staff to distance the suspected data interrogation from current executives. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael Doorly unable to guarantee personal staff data has not been compromised

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf having fun on a dream day behind the scenes at Shannon airport. Photograph: Diarmuid Green

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf given dream ticket by the Share A Dream Foundation

Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan speaking to reporters at the Wax Museum where she launched the LauaLynn Heroes Ball on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Broadcaster ‘touched’ by suggestion she could run rules herself out of contention for role

 Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said “we are trying to facilitate parents to be able to stay with their children if they want to.” File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Regina Doherty confirms measure being taken to comply with EU commitments

ISPCC noted the inspections had uncovered ‘significant non-compliance’ in areas including safeguarding and the management of child protection concerns.  File photograph: Getty Images

Hiqa concerned about Garda vetting, inadequate reviews of homes and carers by Tusla

Juventus’  Gianluigi Buffon  congratulates Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match   in Turin in April. Photograph: AFP

Performance figures could become bargaining chips in transfer deals, data experts say

Visham Mahalappana (36), who was made homeless by the Metro Hotel blaze.

Those made homeless by the blaze fear being left on the streets amid housing crisis

Heavy rainfall has been predicted in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rain expected to last from Thursday evening to Friday with 30mm – 50mm of rain due in places

Pigeons on Lower Gardiner Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mulvey report may be the last chance for an area repeatedly left behind, locals believe

Gardaí have seized a cache of arms, including a submachine gun and four handguns, in Dublin.  File photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí from Coolock discover a cache of weapons in a discarded backpack

Daniel O’Reilly during the Allianz Football League Division 4 Final, Croke Park, Dublin, March 31st. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Daniel O’Reilly left with serious head injuries following attack in Carlow on Monday

About a third of Dairygold’s 1.2 billion litre milk pool goes into the production of cheddar cheese for the UK market. Photograph: Getty Images

Business This Week: Results, indicators and meetings

‘The lifting of the Good Friday alcohol ban brings Ireland in line with all other European destinations, including the Vatican.’

The scrapping of the restriction was set in motion by a court ruling eight years ago

State money used to build art-house cinema for private company’s profit, Pac hears

Former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the Charleton tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Senior counsel review finds ‘no evidence’ department files were concealed from tribunal

The 2018 Ibec Business Leaders’ Conference is to explore the theme of the “intangible economy”, as well as the future of work, achieving sustainable growth and what it means for business

Can’t touch this: the rise of the intangible economy

Adeel Bashir with Anita Doktere and their children, Javeria and Saira. Anita is worrying about how to feed her daughters. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Family caught up in Metro Hotel fire told insurance will not cover personal property

A firefighter surveys the damage at the scene of the at the Metro Hotel, Ballymun after Wednesday night’s  fire. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Nothing to suggest malicious intent, but statements and CCTV will be looked at

Anita Doktere (left) and her partner Adeel Bashir at the scene of the fire on Thursday morning. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Residents of Metro Hotel come to terms with aftermath of huge fire

The scene of the at the Metro Hotel, Ballymun on Thursday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Metro Hotel apologises and says it will be closed for some time

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone: “I am tired of listening to colleagues in the Seanad and elsewhere saying ‘they’re just fat’ and ‘if they eat less they won’t be fat’.” File photograph: Getty Images

Clinical and morbid obesity nearly double in schools serving poor areas, Dáil committee told

Bicycle theft – photo posed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Cycling lobby criticises lack of detail in new secure bike-park requirements

The Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust has limited services to those between 16 and 20 weeks pregnant whose babies have been diagnosed with having a chromosome abnormality.  Photograph: Thinkstock

The hospital is one of the main UK centres treating fatal foetal abnormality cases

According to the Irish Wind Energy Association, there are now 228 wind farms on the island. Photograph: Keith Arkins

The week in business: results from IFG, euro zone unemployment and UK inflation

 Aileen Donnelly. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Judge suspended extradition of man to Poland over legal system changes there

O’Connell Street during last year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There will be 150 parades across the country this year, despite the predicted cold

St Patrick’s experience centuries ago is uncomfortably analogous to the modern world, said Dr Piaras Mac Éinrí, an expert in migration at University College Cork.

Ireland’s patron saint was kidnapped and travelled to Ireland at the age of about 16

Drac taking  the law into his own hands during the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Drac made his first appearance at the St Patrick’s Day parade in 1968

Steps are being taken to close off the Dodder Road Lower ahead of a high tide at 10pm. File photograph: Alan Betson

River Dodder bursts its banks ahead of high tide

Latest figures show there are 13,426 people waiting longer than one year for in-patient treatment

Number awaiting in-patient and day-case treatment down slightly on previous month

Gardaí say 21 of those arrested have been charged and will appear at local sittings of Kilkenny District Court in the coming weeks. File photograph: Getty Images

Ongoing drive aimed at prevention, disruption and catching those wanted on warrants

Trinity College Dublin students are demanding  proposed exam-resit fees be scrapped, that affordable rental options be introduced and that student fees not be increased. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sit-in taking place since Tuesday in protest at introduction of new fees for repeat exams

Throughout the day, Luas management tweeted about delays of between 15 and 20 minutes on both the Red and Green lines. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Neale Richmond describes ‘another day of terrible service’

Permanent TSB came under fire for turning down a request to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee over plans to sell €3.7 billion in mortgages. Photograph: Alan Betson

The upcoming business week: Aryzta, Applegreen and Lufthansa also due to release results this week

Arrests follow “an intelligence led operation”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Arrests of men follow search of house in rural Co Laois near Tipperary border

Cian McCarthy from Midleton, Co Cork pictured leaving the Four Courts after he was awarded damages on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Cian McCarthy (32) sued supermarket and security provider after attack outside Centra

Four residents found sleeping in reception area on the day of inspection in Limerick

Lidl plans to completely demolish its store at Fortunestown Lane after it was looted during the bad weather last week. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Grocery chain puts on shuttle service to bring customers to other stores

There are around 17,500 people outside Dublin with no water supply and 35,000 with a restricted supply.

Irish Water says significant leakage problems have occurred in parts of south Dublin

The Golden Island shopping centre in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Golden Island

Burglars robbed ‘a large amount’ of jewellery from an Athlone shopping centre

Complaints have been upheld against Lidl over its failure to identify the winners of a ‘year’s free shopping’ promotion. Photograph: iStock

ASAI agreed with concerns raised over competition valued at more than €5,000 per winner

Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley said the company planned to sell non-core sites. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Your upcoming week in business: Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair event

Fractures and dislocations from ‘trips and slips’ already being treated

A snow plough  on the N11 at The Glen of the Downs on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

ESB crews reconnected 83,000 customers overnight and continue to work today

Weriskles Inacio (left) and Matheus Pires, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, take a selfie with their snowman  in Tolka Valley park, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Weather leaves visitors with little to visit and few transport options for Thursday and Friday

Britain’s National Grid has issued a ‘gas deficit warning’ as fears mount that supplies could run empty amid extreme weather conditions

Freezing temperatures and supply problems means supplies are at a deficit on Thursday

Walking along Pearse Street in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Met Éireann issues highest level red weather warning covering all counties in State

A man runs through the snow with his husky dog at the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The worst blizzard in more than three decades set to sweep across Leinster and Munster

“On a fundamental level people do not feel great sympathy for people who inject drugs.”

Stop the Stigma campaign aims to address negative perceptions of drug addicts

AIB’s full-year results on Thursday mark the first annual reporting since the bank refloated. Photograph: Getty Images

Your upcoming week in business: retail sales and AIB results plus UK housing prices

 Patrick Doyle (95) and Sarah Jane Crosby (7) prepare to lay a wreath on the grave of the 35 children who died in the St Josephs Orphanage fire in Cavan on  Febuary 23rd, 1943. Mr Doyle attended the blaze on the night and helped to save the lives of some of the girls.  Sarah Jane’s great-grand-aunt Ellen Morgan was one of the children who died. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Thirty-five children died in fire 75 years ago after nuns failed to take chance to evacuate

Olivia O’Leary on one of her favourite walks along the Barrow, with Mount Leinster in the background. Photograph: Michael Brophy

Chairwoman Olivia O’Leary hails ‘enlightened and responsible decision’

A ward of court is someone who, due to a variety of primarily medical reasons, is unable to manage his or her own affairs, and decisions are taken on their behalf by the Courts Service. File photograph: Getty Images

Clarity urged on management of funds, 63 of which were hit by bad investment decisions

The track’s owners have promised to create hundreds of jobs, build a local bypass, and a facility that will include a restaurant, hospitality suites and business units

Lake Torrent circuit is under construction and has secured World Superbikes event

The Verita report on the death of a man after his transfer from hospital said the death was both ‘predictable and preventable’ and criticised the quality of follow-up action.

Report finds there was a ‘catastrophic failure of healthcare’

St James’s Hospital said there was an “inherent and unavoidable error rate” in diagnostic specialities where the there is an interpretation of images. File photograph: Getty Images

St James’s Hospital acknowledges ‘error’ in identifying aggressive form of breast cancer

 Catherine Nevin being escorted by prison officers and gardaí follwing a legal challenge she took at the High Court in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nevin maintained her husband Tom was killed by raiders in Jack White’s pub in 1996

Measles can be transmitted by an infected person at any stage from four days prior to the onset of the rash, to four days after it appears. Photograph: iStock

Before the emergence of vaccines in the 1960s, measles killed 2.6m people a year

Inside the Green Line service to Sandyford on Tuesday morning at approximately 8.15am. The picture was taken and posted on Twitter by @mahooneys who said passengers could not get on the tram at most stops past Charlemont

Travellers complain over packed trams on Monday and Tuesday

The property sector continues to be attractive for investors

This week: Davy forecasts ‘strong outlook’ for rent growth

 “As a regional centre, Sligo serves a large hinterland that extends beyond Co Sligo into surrounding counties,” the National Planning Framework states. Photograph: Istock

Large hinterland and strong job sectors give Sligo ‘latent capacity’, framework claims

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040  at Sligo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There is a clear divide between the business and industry sectors and the political sphere

Dublin City architect, Mr Jim Barrett at the Spencer Dock hearing in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph Paddy Whelan

Barrett helped transform much of the capital in the 1990s and 2000s

More than 10 per cent of the population  sits on the outpatient waiting list.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Simon Harris criticised as number of people awaiting public treatment reaches new high

 File photograph of  Moore Street in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Josepha Madigan responds as Court of Appeal overturns ‘national monument’ ruling

It is understood the attack had no connection to the car being that of Chief Justice Frank Clarke. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Frank Clarke’s escort suffers minor injuries after assault in Smithfield Square

Independent4Change TD Clare Daly said the issue of the IDA having CPO powers should be questioned. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation to require specific, immediate use for land is identified before purchase

Thomas Reid of Blakestown, Maynooth, Co Kildare, whose family had farmed the surrounding land for more than a century. Photograph: Feargal Ward

Thomas Reid fought in courts over compulsory purchase order for Co Kildare property

The scene of the crash, on the N5 at Carrabawn near Swinford, Co Mayo, has been closed for forensic investigations. File photograph:  Alan Betson

Crash happened on N5 near Swinford

Sean Gallagher: Nutriband’s new president was an investor on the RTÉ series Dragons’ Den

Company founded by Gareth Sheridan went public in United States in 2016

UK police have warned that Jimmy Michael Connors, 28, and Tom Joseph Ward, 17 are violent and should not be approached.

Arthur Gumbley died following violent attack in his home

South Korean    embassy officials described the proposed development in Carrickmines, south Dublin as “overbearing visually”. Photograph: Getty Images

Vienna Convention cited as part of effort to prevent development in Carrickmines

Norwegian Air plans to double services from Dublin to Stewart International Airport in New York State, providing twice-daily flights from the end of April. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/True Media

This Week: Checkout Conference 2018 to focus on planning for challenging times ahead

President of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin, presenter Joanne Cantwell, Ireland player Jamie Heaslip and  vice-president of The Ireland Funds Caitríona Fottrell at the Ireland Funds Rugby Lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leinster number eight honoured by Ireland Funds philanthropic group in Dublin

Sigmar chief executive Adrian McGennis

Irish recruitment company is to enter into a strategic partnership with France-based firm

‘We wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire,’ band says on its Facebook page

Passers-by tried to revive man on scene of crash in Loughrea, Garda spokesman says

A white-tailed sea-eagle. Photograph: iStock

Department of Agriculture described the bird’s death as ‘not unexpected’

Smurfit Kappa Group chairman Liam O’Mahony. The paper-based packaging group reports full-year results on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ryanair, Jones Lang LaSalle, Tullow Oil and Manchester United report results

Children wave flags  during the inauguration of the Bel-Air secondary school in Dakar, Senegal, at the same time as a conference organised by the Global Partnership for Education. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Government is to contribute €25m over three years to Global Partnership for Education

 In week four of the current  flu season, ending last Sunday, there were 318 cases of people being hospitalised. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hospitals to be under increased pressure for at least another four weeks, say officials

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