Sean Farrelly from Bray, Co Wicklow. When his bakery closed in the early 1990s he turned to taxi driving, and he was known to often forego fares if he felt sorry for someone in need

Bray native’s life revolved around his close and extended family

An installation at 14 Henrietta Street showing a tenement dwelling from the 1900s. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Silletto Prize recognises social history museum’s engagement with community

SpunOut said it had 33,000 support conversations with young people between June and December, 2020. File photograph: iStock

Service contacted following engagment with organisation SpunOut’s text messaging aid

Mystery blue balls wash up on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Bolger

Small objects are thought to be taprogge balls, commonly used in heavy industry

Seventy per cent of primary school principals surveyed reported mental health issues. File photograph: Laurent Gillieron/ EPA

Stress leading 84% of primary school principals surveyed to consider leaving roles

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, receives a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Photograph: Adrian Wyld/CP/Bloomberg

As the campaign steps up, pharmacists have yet to administer a single dose

The Roger Casement statue. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh

Sculptor Mark Richards secured commission following local authority competition

Tents pitched by the Grand Canal in Dublin in February. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

Drop of 18% in homelessness with 575 fewer families in emergency accommodation

Polling in a recent BBC Spotlight documentary marking the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland was referenced in the debate. Photograph: iStock

Online conference is titled Northern Ireland at 100: Pro-Union Voices

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, pictured with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Tuesday, ahead of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Government turns down CMO’s advice on adding Germany and Sweden to quarantine list

The assault occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning on Dame Street, between 4am and 5am. File image: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident in early hours of Sunday morning

Handout  issued by Kerry County Council at the weekend showing the fire in the Muckross area of Killarney. Photograph: @countykerry/PA Wire

Additional 50 park rangers to be recruited, doubling capacity to work on conservation

Among those who were hospitalised, chronic heart disease, asthma and morbid obesity were associated with increased risk of ICU admission, research shows. File photograph: iStock

Chronic neurological conditions and cancer brought higher mortality rates, based on Irish data

University Hospital Kerry has said a programme of weekend endoscopes will clear a backlog of 100 priority cases by June.  File photograph: iStock

Hospital responds after accusations by Fine Gael TD of ‘significant delays’ for patients

The function of the NTPF is to arrange for the provision of hospital treatment to certain patients, often in cases where lengthy waiting lists in the public system delay their appointments. Photograph: iStock

Over 100 people cleared by treatment fund to have scopes carried out in nearby private hospital

Ballymun-Finglas was in second position, up from fourth last week. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tullamore in Co Offaly had topped table for weeks but has fallen to 19th position

A narrow majority of people in Northern Ireland would vote to remain in the UK if a border poll was held today, a survey conducted for the BBC has found, while just over half of respondents in the Republic would back a united Ireland.

BBC Spotlight survey finds more than half of voters in State would back Irish unity

 The 33-year-old is also sought regarding the possession of explosives with intent to endanger life in relation to alleged offences at Eglinton in June, 2015, gardaí said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Suspect (33) to appear in court in Derry over alleged offences in June 2015

Speaking following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said no further change to the vaccine rollout had been decided. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar indicates hairdressers and non-essential retail could reopen in May

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: ‘Loopholes do happen but it’s unacceptable that people had carte blanche in such sensitive situations.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister welcomes legislation to bring companies under remit of sector watchdog

Minister for Education Norma Foley will bring legislation to Cabinet on Tuesday to allow students found to have lobbied teachers in respect of the accredited grades scheme have their results withheld.

Union says legislation will bring rules on accredited system into line with those for traditional exams

The Red Cow Moran Hotel. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Government battling shortage of rooms after adding 16 countries to list last Thursday

Forbes has ‘committed to promoting Limerick’s business talent’

Move comes in wake of outrage sparked by magazine’s ‘stab city’ article

The Chief Justice, Mr Frank Clarke, pictured shortly after his appointment to the position in 2017.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Waiting time for appeal hearing down to 14 weeks but Chief Justice warns reduction could be short-lived

People with poor levels of physical activity are far more likely to suffer worse effects from Covid-19, new research has found.  Image: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

‘Consistently physically inactive’ patients twice as likely to be admitted to hospital

Gardaí said an unspecified number of people were in the garden of the address when a lone male gunman approached and fired three shots.

People were gathered in garden when man approached but no one was injured

Clinically termed bruxism, the act of grinding or clenching teeth is generally an unconscious behaviour linked to stress and anxiety. Photograph: iStock

Conversations with patients on Covid anxiety point to growing issue, says association

Construction workers return to an apartment block site in Finglas after some  Level-5 restrictions were lifted. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Vigilance required as builders and pupils go back while cases still high, Tánaiste says

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with the Belfast stabbings incident.

Serious injuries sustained by both in west of city in early hours of Monday

Over the last seven days, 7,327 people closed their claims for pandemic payments

 File photograph. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

Monaghan and Cavan have lowest conviction rates at 4 and 5% respectively

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

Patrick and John Collison, co-founders of Stripe. File photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Publication ‘mistaken about Limerick ... We are who we are because we grew up where we did’

As more patients are initially seen and given follow-up appointments for further treatment, the number of patients on the planned procedure list increases. Photograph: iStock

Irish Hospital Consultants Association point to ‘ongoing failure’ by Government to fill 728 openings

To date Covid-19 walk-in test centres have tested 25,413 people at 14 centres nationwide. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Four new walk-in test centres to open on Saturday in Dublin, Limerick and Waterford

‘It is wholly unacceptable that some food businesses are choosing to operate outside of the law,’ says Dr Pamela Byrne, FSAI chief executive. Photograph: iStock

Dead insects and cat litter tray among offences found, says Food Safety Authority

The arrests were made in connection with a shooting of a man in his 30s in Coolock, Co Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four men and one woman arrested in relation to 2020 shooting in Coolock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly had tried to add 43 countries to the list for quarantine. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Officials express concern over lack of clear plan on how to add countries to list

The Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Women intercepted by gardaí over 150km from hotel in Dublin

There were 208 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Dublin. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Number of Covid-19 cases linked to outdoor transmission ‘may be underestimate’

Tesco Ireland said shoppers had bought  Easter eggs for consumption in advance of the holiday. File photograph:

Lidl reports 99 per cent increase in sales of Easter Eggs compared to last year

A dog waits for its owner as a member of the National Ambulance Service waits to test the next patient at the HSE mobile walk-in Covid-19 test centre in Balbriggan. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE hopes walk-in centres can provide a better understanding of transmission

The Department of Health is due to inform various age groups when they can expect to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

Niac report says there is no evidence of a greater risk of severe Covid-19 in any occupational group to prioritise it for vaccinat(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell intends to continue emphasising to Government the importance of the earliest possible return to public worship. File photograph: The Irish Times

Bishop of Waterford claims religious people feel ‘frustrated and discriminated against’

Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman says the Government is developing a ‘fairer economy’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Companies of a certain size will be required to publish gender pay differences under Bill

Gardaí searched a residence in Santry, north Dublin at 5.30pm and discovered €328,000-worth of suspected cannabis herb, €12,400 in cash and four mobile phones.

Gardaí make arrests in Santry and Ballymun

Liam Neeson, the Ballymena-born star of Michael Collins and Schindler’s List, sent the message to those wishing to emulate Seaview Primary School in Glenarm, Co Antrim.

Seaview Primary School in Glenarm, Co Antrim ‘actively helping to build inclusive communities’, actor says

The department  reported that over the past seven days 10,567 people closed their PUP claims, of which 8,303 said they were returning to work.  Photograph: iStock

Department of Social Protection says 443,247 people were in receipt of the payment this week

As of midnight on Monday, 131 people with Covid-19 were being treated in the North’s hospitals. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health also confirms five more deaths from disease

Micheál Martin speaking outside Government buildings. Photograph: RTÉ

‘We are on the final stretch of this terrible journey’, Micheál Martin insists as he announces phased changes to Covid-19 lockdown

Although China is considered a valuable market for future Irish beef exports, they have been suspended since last May. File photograph: iStock

Exports grown in last 10 years to value of €872m last year, notably dairy and pig meat

Some of the drugs seized. Photograph; Revenue

Parcels were destined for addresses all over the country

Education Testing Services will work with the Department of Education and the State Examinations Commission to deliver various elements of the standardisation model.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Canadian firm linked to last year’s grading errors will not be involved

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest proportion of population staying local. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fines worth over €1.6m have been issued for breaches of rules on non-essential travel

Members of the National Ambulance Service working at a walk-in Covid-19 test centre on the grounds of Grangegorman Primary Care Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Pop-up test centres aim to detect asymptomatic cases in areas with high rates of Covid

Research carried   found that 48 per cent of 22-year-olds surveyed placed themselves in the ‘low mood’ range last December.  Photograph: iStock

Some 55% of women and 41% of men report low moods, Growing Up In Ireland study finds

Tullamore was one of five locations in the country where walk-in testing centres opened in an attempt to locate and understand asymptomatic spread patterns. File photograph: Getty

Tullamore remains worst location in Ireland for virus spread as infection rates surge

Shane Corr, a senior civil servant with the department of health made a protected disclosure as a whistleblower. Photograph: Screen grab from RTÉ

Department kept dossiers for use in legal cases, RTÉ documentary to report

Gardaí said  excessive speed was found to be a contributory factor in almost one third of fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Operation Slow Down to see high visibility enforcement operation from Friday morning

Sharon Moyles, owner of M&As  Montessori in Tullamore Co Offaly: ‘The Government need to be accountable. If they want us open then they need to protect us. That’s my message.’

Childcare providers call for Government support on vaccine priority and antigen testing

Lives Lost: Frances Haskins from Dublin, 1957-2021

Kildare woman is remembered as a keen writer and for her generous charity work

Mystery blue balls washed up on Dollymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Bolger

Balls on Dollymount Strand appear similar to those used for industrial cooling, says EPA

Members of the gay community and healthcare professionals have urged the immediate reopening of Gay Men’s Health Service, particularly to screen for STIs and to expand its PrEP scheme. File photograph: iStock

Dublin clinic warns of ‘disastrous consequences’ for sexual health due to closure

A judge in a Church of England ecclesiastical court, had previously ruled that a translation of the inscription was required as there was a risk it could otherwise be seen ‘as a political statement’. File image: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Family of Margaret Keane (73) confirmed installation on St Patrick’s Day

 Anti-lockdown protesters  in Herbert Park, Dublin on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph:  Sam Boal/

Gatherings were smaller than expected after Garda mounted major security operation

One local resident told The Irish Times that the situation appeared to be good natured and passed without any obvious incident.

Gardaí quickly broke up the gathering when they arrived at the Lough on Cork’s southside

 Cathy Wintsch enjoying an early game of Paddy’s Day golf in Geneva, Switzerland

Irish people around the world find ways to celebrate a St Patrick’s Day like no other

A photograph of the drugs seized in the Donegal operation. Photograph: Garda

Garda and PSNI liaising on ‘significant seizure’

As of March 11th, 13,019 fines have been issued for breaches of regulations, an increase of 7,235 since the last report to February 11th. Photograph: iStock

Age group believes that pandemic has been used as excuse to conduct more stops – Policing Authority

‘The proposals will also remove the presumption that the adoptive mother be the primary caregiver and permit families to choose the best option for their family,’ Mr O’Gorman said. Photograph: Collins

Family Leave Bill will apply to male same sex couples and adoptive parents

 Thomas and Margaret Reid helped set up and run the Donore Boxing Club near the St Teresa’s Gardens flat complex in Dublin

Couple died within two weeks of each other after 65 years of marriage

Intensive care unit (ICU) admissions have been decreasing since the week ending January 8th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospitalisations have fallen from a peak of 1,376 to 173

Micheál Martin and his brother Padraig (Paudie) pictured in  2009. Photograph: The Irish Examiner

Study shows twins are on the rise and Micheál Martin can vouch for the benefits

The Irish Plant Contractors Association believes about 2,500 people who were working in Ireland have already accepted positions in Britain and  the trend threatens to undermine Irish building projects. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA

Sites closed due to Covid-19 construction ban forcing skilled machine operators to leave

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she believed the “correct balance” had been struck between combating high insurance costs and safeguarding both injured parties and those who need to defend claims. File photograph: iStock

Move will mean amending Judicial Council Act and Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act

Unemployment levels are likely to peak in the first quarter of 2021 before falling again but the Economic and Social Research Institute (predicts they will remain above 10 per cent by the end of the year.

Growth prediction downgraded to 4%

‘For people of faith not to be free to worship until regulations return to Level 2, whilst many other restrictions are eased, is seen as particularly distressing and unjust,’ the archbishops said.

Catholics urged to lobby TDs so that restrictions on worship are ‘proportionate’

The Taoiseach said good progress had been made in vaccinating the vulnerable in quarter 1. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach ‘disappointed’ with issues in vaccine rollout but ‘good progress’ is being made

Trinity   reported a 38 per cent increase in first-preference applications for its courses, reaching a record high for the university of 10,253. Photograph: iStock

First-preference applications for environment courses up 70%

Planned return of more than 200,000 secondary school students on April 12th still under review. File photograph: Getty

Second stage of phased return to commence as planned, says Department of Education

Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Prof Eeva Leinonen was vice-principal at King’s College London. Photograph: Maynooth University

Professor to formally assume the position on October 1st and replaces Prof Philip Nolan

Lives Lost: Michael Lynch from Cork, 1928-2021

Lynch lived through four heart attacks, cancer and the loss of his wife 20 years ago

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has again defended the proposed Affordable Purchase Shared Equity scheme. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

O’Brien claims critics of initiative ‘not telling the truth’ about State’s capacity to build homes

MHC chief executive John Farrelly says: ‘Maintaining close linkages with friends, family and their community during their illness contributes to a reduction in stigmatisation of patients.’ File photograph: iStock

Inspection deems facilities in Kildare and Cork unsuitable for demand

The specialists discovered that the secret to success is not necessarily the Premier League’s biggest names. File photograph: Getty Images

University of Limerick mathematicians deploy skills to unveil ‘very best competitors’

Prof Conor O’Mahony,  State’s special rapporteur for child protection, says it is vital that every reasonable effort be made to fill in the blanks in the lives of as many as possible of those affected.

Adoption-tracing legislation needed, says expert, as case studies to go before Cabinet

Bobby Kelly

Bobby was a thoughtful man who loved to sing and was ‘nearly always in good humour’

Scenes captured on social media in Limerick

University of Limerick promises ‘strong disciplinary action’ against students

Man dies from injuries after being airlifted to hospital after car crash on Tuesday  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Car crash occurred between Loughanmore and Jenkinstown in Co Louth

The newly designed MOST app will allow young participants not only to manage their conditions in real time, but to maintain contact with a core group including peers, doctors and past patients. File  photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

NUI Galway’s project will allow sufferers to maintain contact with peers and doctors

2019 photo of President Higgins’ dogs Sioda. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Newest member of Áras an Uachtaráin is five-month-old Burnese mountain dog

The closure of food businesses, quiet city streets and a rise in fly-tipping are all said to be contributing to the increase in reported rodent activity. Photograph: iStock

Upheaval to city life has driven rats and mice to domestic settings, pest-control experts say

 December 2018 image of  Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with Mary Robinson at the Latifa’s home in Dubai. Photograph: Stringer/Wam/AFP  via Getty Images

Former president now says she believes UAE princess is being detained against her will

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said :Please do not have play dates or organise after school activities which involve household mixing. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

There were 13,664 more vaccines given with a total of 373,280 doses administered so far

A near-empty Grafton Street during lockdown. Fewer people today believe life will return to normal as quickly as they had previously thought, according to CSO research

More than half surveyed in report say mental health has been negatively affected

Many patients with serious underlying health conditions are to be vaccinated earlier against Covid-19. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Patient lobby groups say the case for reprioritisation was unequivocal

Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have filed a formal planning observation against developer Bartra Properties for the plans on a site beside their home in the Bulloch Harbour area of Dalkey in south county Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Broadcaster claims developers trying to stuff ‘ugly sister’s foot into Cinderella’s slipper’

The Government  paper sets   out a plan for Irish Water to separate from the Ervia Group in 2023.

New policy paper on the future of the utility is approved by Cabinet

The report also said there was no detailed information on additional funding for local authorities or the HSE throughout the first wave. Photograph: Getty

Report says how Ireland did not follow the lead of other countries in responding to issue

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