On Tuesday, the PwC-Irish Times Tax Summit will wrestle the most topical questions in an increasingly uncertain world. File photograph: Getty

Companies stage agms while markets await US Federal Reserve decision on interest rates

Report notes there are just over 500 patients awaiting psychological and surgical evaluations for sleeve gastrectomy operations. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Report warns of dangers of funding shortfalls at a time of rising levels of obesity

A total of 117 mature plants were seized in a converted garage unit. Photograph: Garda Síochána/Facebook

Growhouse with heating and lighting systems discovered in Cappamore

Trinity College Dublin tumbled more than 40 places to 164th place in the latest set of world university rankings. Photograph: iStock

Result prompts calls for an overhaul in how the Government carries out its own funding

Friday’s garda operation began at 3pm and will continue all night. Photograph: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter

Operation Twintrack will see up to 50 gardaí on rail services in Dublin and manning train stations around country

Beef slaughtering operations are to remain suspended in blockaded plants during the talks. Photograph: iStock

Processing plant in North approved to supply retailers with Republic reared meat

Fionnán Sheahan. File photograph: David Conachy

Move is part of restructuring of newspaper group owned by Belgian company Mediahuis

The supermarket chain Aldi has said that ‘availability issues’ have  forced it to begin selling Irish beef and pork products processed at UK plants. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Retailer cites ‘availability issues’ as row between farmers and processors continues

The Draft Tallaght Town Centre Local Area Plan also aims to  build a fourth stand at Tallaght Stadium and redevelop the Square Shopping Centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

SF’s Cathal King says high-rise apartments not conducive to building community

Tusla chairman Pat Rabbitte noted in his introductory remarks that the agency would continue to require funding increases in order to deliver on its responsibilities.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Recruitment of staff continues to be particularly problematic, due to a shortage of appropriately qualified social workers

Nama has sought investor interest to develop the land on the Poolbeg Peninsula in Dublin’s east end for 3,500 apartments and 1 million sq ft of commercial development.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The week in business: Nama has placed a minimum bid value of €125 million on the site

Sinead O’Connor smiles and waves at camera after performance of Nothing Compares 2 U on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show. Photograph: RTÉ Player

The singer has described her experience of ‘reverting’ to Islam

The collision occurred in Cappamore, Co Limerick. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Infant involved in two-car crash in Limerick, while man (70s) died after crash in Galway

Independent farmers and supporters outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, Co. Laois, pictured last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Meat Industry Ireland says it has deferred legal proceedings and expects reciprocity

The shooting occurred at approximately 7.10pm at Streamville Road in Donaghmede, north Dublin. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Gardaí seek information on Beige Nissan Almera in area of shooting in Donaghmede

Appeals have been made for the whereabouts of 24-year-old Cameron McClements from Hillsborough, Co Down who went missing whilst working at the Electric Picnic festival in County Laois earlier this week.

Friends say Cameron McClements was last seen in bookshop on Wednesday evening

A burnt-out vehicle found following a shooting in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A 42-year-old man was shot up to 10 times in his car in Lucan on Wednesday

Taxing snacks such as cake and biscuits could be far more effective in cutting obesity rates than simply targeting sugary drinks, a new study suggests. Photograph: Getty

Research says 20% levy on sugar-rich foods could lead to 1.3kg average weight loss

‘There is often a perceived stigma attached to persons who have spent time in prison.’ File photograph: James Forde

Solas survey reveals that more than 60% of respondents inclined to employ ex-offender

John Uwhumiakpor at home in Balbriggan: Uwhumiakpor ran unsuccessfully in the local elections on a platform of integration. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In a town with a young population, the lack of investment in youth services is an issue

Retired fisherman Fred Hammond at Balbriggan harbour. Photograph: Alan Betson

North Dublin town is facing issues with runaway growth, integration, and facilities

  Abercrombie & Fitch is due to report results on Thursday. Photograph:   Mike Segar/Reuters

Abercrombie and Hewlett Packard Enterprise to report; and reinvigorating O’Connell St

Hostelworld said it was looking forward to the important summer season given the negative impact weak consumer sentiment in several EU markets had had on bookings

This Week in Business: FSAI conference to give businesses much food for thought

Ryanair pilots in Ireland have voted to strike over two days next week.

Thousands of passengers will be disrupted by action ‘over coming weeks’, airline says

Dublin Port. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man in his 50s dies after vehicle hits truck during loading at north docks on Wednesday

Govindas vegetarian restaurants on Middley Abbey Street, One of Dublin was issued with a food safety closure order over fears of a cockroach infestation last month.  Photograph: Google Street View

Vegetarian Abbey Street eatery was one of eight closed by FSAI in July

An audit of how suspected child abuse cases are referred to gardaí by social workers is to be undertaken following a highly critical inspection of services.

‘Major non-compliance’ found in standards of care in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow

The new crown hole in the Drumgoosat area in Co Monaghan.

Local resident says there is a ‘huge level of fear’ in the local community

Property price data on Wednesday will give a summary of just how far the Irish market has come in the first half of 2019. Photograph: iStock

Residential prices, a digital marketing forum and other indicators and meetings

Luas driver Lanre Bode Olatunji says he and colleagues experience regular racist abuse on public transport. Photograph: Mark Hilliard / Irish Times

Transport services and the Immigrant Council of Ireland launch campaign against abuse

Following the significant rainfall last night, Irish Water  confirmed waste water overflows

Dublin beaches again closed to swimmers following waste overflow at Ringsend

Nikki Gallagher, director of communications for Solas, warned that technological change will have an impact on those employed in certain sectors in the coming years. Photograph: solas.ie

Report shows number of workers aged 50 and over has increased 330,000 in 10 years

The court’s recommendations follow nine days of hearings on an impasse that affects almost 10,000 support staff including healthcare assistants, laboratory aides, technicians and porters. File photograph: Getty

Court signals ‘significant’ increases ranging from 6 to 13% and further 1¾% rise, says Siptu

(From left) Declan Gilmour, Kristen Hynes, Bob Gilmour and Sarah Gilmour. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Aer Lingus apologises to Irish emigrant after urn lost en route from Australia

In Deis schools, 54 per cent of children were below average compared with 15 per cent in  non-Deis schools, according to the study.

Lack of motor abilities due to scarcity of play space or dearth of facilities, research shows

Paddy Power Betfair rebranded to Flutter Entertainment just over  two months ago. Photograph: PA

CSO figures to give clearer insight into state of affairs for Irish car industry; Glanbia and Kerry Group to report

So far 11 people have been arrested in Ireland along with a further three in Finland as part of the same investigation into money laundering. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Search of premises in Drumcondra, Dublin led to recovery of 14 false IDs, say gardaí

The Residential Tenancies Board says rent arrears, the validity of terminations and retention of deposits, in that order, made up the majority of disputes

Almost half of efforts to terminate lettings were deemed invalid, says tenancies board

 Ryanair: reports Q1 results on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Apple, Merck, Pfizer and Mastercard all due to report results

A thermometer showing over 40 degrees at the Volklingen Ironworks in Volklingen, Germany. Western Europe has been hit by another heatwave which is setting new temperature records. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland remains ‘completely off course’ to achieve key carbon reduction targets by 2020 and 2030

‘Reducing the Irish suckler herd will result in an increase in global emissions,’ says the IFA’s president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Greenhouse gas emissions from sector continue to rise alongside cattle numbers

People enjoy the good weather on Portmarnock Beach, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

John FitzGerald: ‘There can be no certainty about the frequency of extreme events’

Minister of State Andrew Doyle has asked former chief planner with Scottish Government to do study

 People enjoying the good weather on Portmarnock Beach in Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Collins

Bundoran closed over pollution on the beach while bathing restrictions put in place at Waterville

The greater Dublin commuter belt area and the southeast have the lowest supply of primary and community care. Photograph: iStock

ESRI study finds imbalance in distribution of services could impede Sláintecare programme

Rescue services at Portmarnock beach in Dubin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Three members of public took 20 minutes to swim back to shore at Portmarnock

Matt McNulty with a photo of James Joyce, part of the Dublin Writers Museum collection. Photograph: Alan Betson

An audit will value memorabilia relating to Beckett, Swift, Bram Stoker and many others

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft  parked in  Seattle. Photograph: REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Your business diary: Irish banks enter their reporting season under something of a cloud

was prosecuted on poaching charges under the Wildlife Acts  earlier this week. He was fined €300 and banned from holding a firearms licence for five years. Photograph: iStock

Investigators managed to prosecute man by uncovering traces of animal from the kill site

The child argued her “unblemished character” had not been taken into consideration.

High Court judge overturns unsuccessful citizenship application by child, now aged eight

Premiums had recently risen from about €200 per unit per year to as high as €300. Photograph: iStock

Industry’s main UK-based insurance provider has decided to withdraw from the Irish market

John Hutch was  removed to the Mater Hospital for further treatment but  died there on Thursday.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí investigate sudden death of John Hutch who was found unresponsive on Tuesday

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and AAI chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: legislation would make the authority the custodian of these sensitive adoption records.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Adoption Authority has identified 160 potential locations where files are being held

The exact number and rank of senior managers who will be allowed avail of the severance package will be at the discretion of Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Move aimed at managers of superintendent rank and above and executive directors

This hapless motorist was trapped on ‘Sheep Highway’ on Wednesday after venturing along the pedestrian walkway. Photograph: Blasket Island Ferries

Walkway at Dunquin Pier mistaken for road and not for the first time

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell said the e-health initiative was a reflection of the organisation’s determination to ‘come up with new solutions’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

E-health therapy initiative developed for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: ‘People told us of their upset about the cruelty of the court system and inappropriate social media messages.’ Photograph: James Forde

Charity says increase reflects public concerns over court treatment of victims

Commemorative plaque at  former home of Countess  Markievicz in Rathmines. L-R, Lord Mayor  Paul McAuliffe,  Charles and Olivia Crichton-Stuart,  great grandniece of  Markievicz, and their children Angus (9) and Amelia (7). Photograph: Tom Honan

Rathmines house ‘more of an army HQ than a home’

Gardaí are conducting a full investigation into a motorcycle crash in Cork and have requested witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Woman passenger seriously injured in separate motorcycle crash in Co Donegal

Central Statistics Office latest numbers show  overseas visitors to Ireland increased by 3.7 per cent for the first five months of 2019.

Results, indicators and meetings to watch out for in the coming days

Deputy commissioner  John Twomey said  the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau had about 50 live insurance investigations since last October, out of a total caseload of approximately 1,500.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Increase in claimants seeking money for ‘home help’ driving up costs, FBD alleges

’On average women spend double the time of men on caring and almost twice as much time on housework’

Report finds 45 per cent of women care for children and older adults compared to 29 per cent of men

Doctor at Mullingar hospital faces three allegations over birth of boy who died a week later

Brexit implications and house prices continue to be key topics of  market attention.

Indicators, results and meetings of interest to the business community

Gannet birds pluck artificial material from the ocean to build their nests on the Little Skellig colony off the Co Kerry coast. Photograph: Vincent Hyland

Wildlife officials claim there is no ‘localised solution’ that will resolve this problem definitively

It is believed the group did not pick up the Glock weapon but told an adult

Ken Homan from Dalkey pictured at a public meeting on plans for Bulloch Harbour,Dalkey, last year. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Bartra Property plan for Dalkey development received relentless public opposition

Works to scrape out the bottom of tanks at the Ringsend waste water treatment plant are expected to release ‘obnoxious’ fumes. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Irish Water apologises for cleaning operation causing odours

Meat the Victims animal rights protesters gathered at a Co Westmeath farm at  the weekend to raise awareness of pig farming and the vegan cause. Photograph: Meat the Victims

‘Meat the Victims’ vegan break-in to film operations condemned as bio-security risk

An architectural illustration of the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey. Image: courtesy of Bartra Capital

Local anger over decision to allow Bartra Capital build luxury villas and apartments at coastal inlet

Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak at 5,642m (18,510 ft), is in southern Russia, near the Georgian border. Photograph: iStock

Alan Mahon (40) was with group of five experienced Irish climbers

Swans are fiercely protective parents and they see a dog as a predator

Interfering with swans during nesting season is a criminal offence

The zero emission Fuso Canter e-Cell parked on the charging station. The Fuso Canter is the one of the most ecological small trucks in Europe. Irish local authorities only have 75 low-emission vehicles in use.  Photograph: iStock

Just 75 low-emission vehicles being used by Irish local authorities

‘Summer 2019 is as bad as winter was five years ago,’ says INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha. File photograph: Alan Betson

Nurses’ organisation says statistics show apparent erosion of ‘summer respite’

Oonagh Buckley, deputy secretary general of  Department of Justice, will brief CIPD on  implications of the gender equality bill

Also a summer school for bankers, and talk by Gert-Jan Koopman on EU budgets

IFA president Joe Healy leads IFA national officers and members in a protest at the EU Commission offices in Dublin on Friday, depicting the Mercosur trade deal as  a ‘sell out’. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Mercosur agreement reached after 20 years of talks criticised on environmental grounds

The damaged statue of Dr Patrick Leahy in Thurles, Co Tipperary, covered over on Friday. The head appears to have been knocked off violently rather than carefully removed

Locals shocked over ‘wanton act of vandalism’ of 19th-century sculpture outside cathedral

Skaidrite Valdgeima (34)

Man in his 20s due in court in relation to the death of Skaidrite Valdgeima (34)

Irish Heart Foundation says online marketing rules for children are being broken

Dr Ibrahim El-Sherif admits four allegations of poor professional performance

The incident occurred at Clontarf Road in north Dublin at about 8pm last Thursday. File photograph: Frank Miller

Man in his 30s taken to Beaumont Hospital after being cut in the face several times

Sexual offences: the first quarter saw a 10 per cent rise from 2,938 to 3,231. Photograph: iStock

Figures from CSO shows sexual crimes saw a 10% increase in the past year

INM, publishers of the Irish Independent, is to seek shareholder approval on Wednesday for its much-anticipated takeover by Mediahuis. Photograph:   Dara Mac Donaill

Beyond Brexit talk; FedEx, Accenture and Providence Resources to report

Norman Spicer, of Coleman Legal Partners (CLP), which is representing about 15 people affected by the St Patrick’s Guild false adoption contorversy. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

CLP’s Norman Spicer said State redress scheme could help avoid prolonged litigation

The “human papillomavirus” is a group of more than 100 viruses which, while often harmless, cause the vast majority of cervical cancers.

HSE confirms plans despite tensions around medical staffing levels

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris met Majella Moynihan on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drew Harris met former garda who had been investigated after becoming pregnant

The pollen count is expected to increase with fine weather forecast in the coming days. Photograph: Getty Images

Pollen count expected to increase as heatwave due to bring fine weather

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward (centre) with Caroline Fahey of St Vincent de Paul (left) with Labour Party Senators Ivana Bacik and Ged Nash (right), Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Leah Speight (representing Bríd Smith TD) during the alliance’s political briefing at Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says her conscience and those of colleagues ‘should be enough of a driver’

Minister for Housing  Damien English and chief executive Dr Donal McManus  at the launch of The Irish Council for Social Housing’s Annual Report. Photograph: Fran Veale

Damien English challenged at event by 19-year-old sleeping on the streets

Ana Kriegel’s murder and its horrendous circumstances were still being processed locally. Photograph : RTE News

‘I don’t think anyone will ever get their heads around it’ says woman in community where girl grew up

Should Manna  secure licensing approval, it will become the guinea pig of a fledgling industry – autonomous drone flight.

Partnership will give customers access to more than 1,000 restaurants across Ireland

A significant problem could lie with servicing the gas and oil boilers that remain in use after they are banned in new builds. Photograph: iStock

Boiler installer believes focusing on renewable energy would be more efficient

The manager of Fast EcoBuild,  Kieran Carew, says those who retrofit their homes to an A standard should be property tax exempt for a set period of time –  those who don’t should pay more

A typical deep retrofit on a three-bed semi-detached house will cost €70,000 to €80,000 – a grant will cover half of that cost

Sherry FitzGerald chairman Mark FitzGerald: he  will speak at the Property Industry Ireland Conference  about the future of the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Your Business This Week: The science of wind energy and looking at how housing and commercial property might be provided in the fu(...)

One of the two loaded handguns that were recovered. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Heroin and cocaine worth €240,000 seized in separate Dublin operation

 Peter Donnelly, originally from Kilkenny, died after the city centre assault.

Peter Donnelly died after assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning

 Gardaí have appealed to the public for information on  an incident at house in Longford. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Investigators believe incident at a home in Clonbalt Wood is linked to a local feud

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Séamus Coffey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) addresses Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee

The Religious Sisters of Charity order did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Helen Maguire (71) left infant daughter in temporary care at St Patrick’s Guild in Dublin

Paddy Jackson had his contract with Ulster rugby cancelled in the wake of the Belfast rape trial, at which he was acquitted, and later moved to play in France.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Guinness makers to meet London Irish rugby club officials as signing ‘not consistent with values’

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