The National Opera House in Wexford has received a €1 million capital grant for ‘updating and refurbishment’ works. File photograph:  David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Allocation announced by Minister as annual Wexford Festival Opera gets underway

The UK is the single largest supplier of Irish imports, accounting for 22% or €17.5bn of all goods imported in Ireland during 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Republic’s reliance on United Kingdom for trade and tourism detailed in fresh analysis

Report shows greenhouse gas emissions rose by 3.7 per cent between 2014 and 2015

Presidential candidates gather before the Virgin Media debate on Wednesday Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Presidential nominees criticise Peter Casey’s comments on the Traveller community

Trains arriving at Gare de l’Est railway station in Paris. File photograph: Reuters

EU competition to offer tickets for travel next summer

Dean Ruxton said the book represented a high point in his historical investigation. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dean Ruxton’s ‘When the Hangman Came to Galway’ born of ‘painstaking’ archive trawl

A central tenet of the latest round of data from the “Growing Up in Ireland” longitudinal study on child development  is how social inequalities play a central role in the experience of childhood development generally

Study shows 20 per cent of 13-year-olds are overweight and 6 per cent are obese

Nicole Fox (21) from Clondalkin, Dublin, took her own life in January, 2018, following a sustained campaign of online bullying.

TDs urged to act over cyberbullying several months after Nicole Fox took her own life

Formal dispatch from candidate not entertained by Higgins ‘for obvious reasons’

Bank of America will be posting its latest results, as will Bellway, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Netflix, Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley, among others. Photograph: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg

Post-Brexit diversification into foreign markets plus National Women’s Enterprise Day is marked

A weapon seized by gardaí. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Three people arrested in Dublin following the discovery of the weapons in the post

European Union rules will cease to apply in Northern Ireland once the UK departs the EU

Prepare for the worst, says technical note on the sector published on Friday

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the deceased were a man aged in his 80s and a woman in her 40s. Photograph: Getty

Man dies at scene and woman a short time later in hospital

An image released by the Revenue Commissioners of the luggage in which the heroin was concealed Photograph: Revenue Commissioners

Man charged after 13kg of the drug concealed in his luggage

 Fiona Gartland with husband Paul and children Rose, Katie, Jeni and Paul jnr at the launch of her book, In the Court’s Hands,  in Hodges and Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer for The Irish Times

‘In the Court’s Hands’ is the story of a stenographer who witnesses something unsettling just before a juror is found dead, and a (...)

Maurice Buckley, chair of the Office of Public Works  confirmed Stepaside is expected to reopen next June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of €2.5 million Garda stations’ fund, Stepaside refurbishment to cost €1.5 million

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry  said a similar loss of money in the private sector would have led to disciplinary action.  Photograph:  Bryan James Brophy

Department of Health’s new building does not have the capacity to accommodate future anticipated staffing levels, Public Accounts (...)

Crime and discrimination was experienced by people from 22 ethnic backgrounds, according to the report. File photograph: Getty Images

Report reveals highest level of such abuse since data started being collated in 2013

The NTA’s plans to purchase a further 200 diesel buses “epitomise the lack of real action on climate change”, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said. Photograph: Alan Betson

National Transport Authority has two more deliveries of buses in pipeline

Centre Parcs CEO Martin Dalby: “People recognise that the impact of this development, particularly in the midlands, will be significant”

Chief executive Martin Dalby says it’s ‘local jobs for local people’ at €233m park, which is due to open next year

The Department said staff turnover in the Defence Forces is higher than in other areas of the public service.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New scheme pitched at officers with specialist skills that have already left the service

PrEp, the once-daily medication has been proven to reduce the risk of HIV infection, particularly among members of the gay community, by up to 90 per cent.

Hiqa has began assessment to examine cost and clinical effectiveness of supply

Donnacha O'Riordan, executive director at Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI), reviews an electrochemical sensor chip on screen at the launch of Ireland’s leading semiconductor and microchip industry event, the MCCI Forum 2018 'Realising Big Ambitions', which takes place on October 11th at Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Irish inflation, Citigroup results and Euro zone industrial production

Campaigner Gina Miller arrives at the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre in Newry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

George Mitchell sends support, calling for deal negotiators to show political courage

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley said the take up of consumer electric vehicles was at “a snail’s pace” and that the issue of “range anxiety” was a major disincentive. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Vehicles will use variety of technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions

Cork Airport (pictured) is one of the regional airports to have been affected by the failed radar system. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Passengers urged to check with their airlines before attempting to travel

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney  said it would “probably be more popular politically” to spend overseas aid money on domestic needs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Tánaiste warns effectiveness of UN can no longer be taken for granted

Sinn Féin has accused the DUP of showing a reckless disregard for the Good Friday Agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin says DUP leader showed a ‘reckless disregard’ for peace process

Overall, nine of 14 categories of crime reported to the Garda increased during the 12-month period. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robberies up 15%, weapons and explosives offences up 10% in the year to June, CSO says

The Pyramids of Giza on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Your business this week: Arab-Irish Business Forum takes place in Dublin

A report into the operations  of the National Cyber Security Centre by the C&AG has said  an oversight body set up to monitor the centre’s  performance had not met since 2015.

National Cyber Security Centre also needs review of funding

New Department of Health headquarters leased from businessman Larry Goodman in December 2016 lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million, the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report has found.

Objections by staff against move to open-plan offices contributed to delay, report finds

The garda pay deal, which came into effect at the beginning of the year, is estimated to have led to overtime costs of €28.3 million.  File photograph: The Irish Times

Report finds management practices to control overtime budget are ‘ineffective’

Sherry Perreault , Sipo’s head of ethics and lobbying regulation: ‘When contacted, the vast majority of people come into compliance quite quickly.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sipo says the ‘serious’ contraventions relate to tax compliance documentation

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company  chief executive Philomena Poole said the port’s transfer to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on October 3rd would allow for a combined future plan for both the harbour and the town. Photograph: Frank Miller

Port chief executive says lack of funding ‘will present challenges’ to council

Over 25,700 bottles of beer have been seized by Revenue inspectors at Dublin Port.

Haul worth about €165,000 discovered in Dublin Port on truck arriving from Holyhead

A radiographer has claimed a fitness to practice inquiry  had proceeded unfairly in her absence. Photograph: iStock

Kashimbo Musonda, who allegedly mistook a knee X-ray for an elbow, is facing allegations of professional misconduct

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said  there is large-scale under-reporting of sexual offences. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Alcohol, under-reporting and lack of understanding make it difficult to measure extent of problem

The sinkholes that appeared near Magheracloone Community Centre just outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, after an old mine shaft collapsed. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Monaghan primary school reopens after sinkhole opens at nearby GAA club

Labour MP Stephen Pound: I think there is a bit of respect owed to Ireland. Screengrab: Channel 4/Twitter

Labour MP articulates Brexit’s threat to the Border in simplest terms in 80 seconds

Aerial view shows Magheracloone Comunity Centre where the underground Gypsum mines have destroyed the juvenile pitch and the senior pitch along with structure damage to the community centre.  Photograph: Pat Byrne

National school evacuated and concerns remain as hole the length of a football pitch opens up in Monaghan

The document itself notes that Irish men now have the fourth highest prevalence of obesity in the EU and women the seventh. One in four children is overweight or obese. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Irish Heart Foundation criticises lack of information about monitors and signing up

Thursday: Brid Horan will address the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants on the progress of the Better Balance for Better Business review group, of which she is co-chair. Photograph:  Leah Farrell/

Your business this week: CIMA gathering to discuss ‘women in the boardroom’

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has urged voters to  to go to their polling station  on  October 26th so they can have their say in the outcome of the blasphemy referendum. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Removal from Constitution has been recommended for more than 20 years

PAC chairman said members would keep questions to how money is spent and would not direct any towards Michael D Higgins personally. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Micheál Martin and Ministers believe PAC may have undue influence on election

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh: he  said recent discussion on the housing issue had been “overly-simplistic”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public Accounts Committee is told there is ‘widespread’ misunderstanding of land hoarding

President Michael D Higgins at the  National Ploughing Championship in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Office of President’s spending to be examined despite constitutionality concern

Site at Howth where a proposed housing development, in an area beside the Martello tower, has been given planning permission. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Bord Pleanála has approved 164 apartments close to Martello Tower

Fianna Fail transport spokesman Robert Troy  said many asylum seekers who now wish to take up work would need to be able to drive to do so.  File photograph: Alan Betson

System required to allow for cancellation of licence where asylum applications rejected

Chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  Dr Peter Boylan: “I think in general it’s pretty well acknowledged that there are capacity constraints in the system. There will need to be investment.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Medical experts to tell Oireachtas committee of concerns over ultrasound availability

Irish designer Orla Kiely. There was no immediate explanation for the closure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish designer’s retail stores in Kildare Village and London shut down


‘Distance selling’ alcohol to minors almost impossible to police, says report

Ryanair Holdings’s agm will be held at CityNorth Hotel, Gormanston, Co Meath, on Thursday. If there is one sure-fire way to create media interest in an agm, it is to ban journalists. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Your Business This Week: all the results, indicators and meetings

An original Proclamation document  was to be the star lot of the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s Auction House in Dublin, featuring various historical documents and artefacts, before a private sale was agreed. File photograph: Whyte’s

Original Rising document had been restored and conserved to museum standard in 2005

 Carmel Raymond and her daughter Una at St Anne’s Park, Dublin: says it would be the “beginning of the end” should the development ever proceed.

Locals react to cancellation of plans to build apartments flanking St Anne’s Park

Gardaí have discovered cannabis plants at a restaurant in Malahide, Co Dublin. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Man held after gardaí uncover plants while responding to a fire at Silks in Malahide

A woman shows her malnourished baby at an intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre  southern Niger. Of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index, Ireland ranked fourth and Niger last. Photograph:  Getty Images

Quality of life rising faster here than anywhere else, says Human Development Index

Residents protesting in January over a plan to build more than 500 housing units on playing pitches next to St Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

An Bord Pleanála initially gave green light for 104 houses and 432 apartments

In March last year the 30km/h speed limit zone was expanded to certain residential areas and in the vicinity of schools in Dublin city centre.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Proposed bylaws affecting 31 suburbs progresses to full Council vote next month

The housing assistance payment scheme (Hap), which aims to support people in private rented accommodation, is a key area of concern for those who contact support services.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

‘Significant proportion of our clients ... struggle to meet rising housing costs on limited means’

 Gardaí  investigating  at Bray Boxing Club after  a shooting in which  Bobby Messett died in June of this year.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Bobby Messett (50) was shot dead at club on June 5th last

Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins  has said the confusion over US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland demonstrated the need to ‘sort out’ our relationship with the US.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parties react to uncertainty surrounding president’s planned trip to Ireland

Delegates and guests to the first stand-alone International Congress of Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses, in the Upper Yard, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwell’s

‘Many of the women are interested but the fear is the attack and the insults’

Historian Mary Beard (L) with Leo Varadkar and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy at the International Congress of Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses at Dublin castle today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Insulting’ reference to women’s place in home must be removed, Taoiseach tells women’s caucuses

 Chairman of Dalata John Hennessy and Pat McCann, chief executive of Dalata. The company is expected to   report strong results. Photograph: Maxwell

Also, growth in the agri-food sector; results due from Glenveagh Properties and Cairn

A number of former midwifery students and others  said that while there were obviously good members of staff, bullying typically occurred between more established employees and trainees on placement. File photograph.

Online campaign follows surveys showing more than half of trainees had been bullied

Permanent TSB: First half results on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plus Irish retail sales, ICG results and overseas travel

Some 88 per cent of those polled said they had a mid to high level of trust in the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda public attitudes survey finds 75% of people see national crime as serious

Pope Francis  waves as he arrives for his weekly general audience at the Vatican this week. Photograph:  Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Prices remain typical of any weekend in Dublin, say hotel owners

Preparations are made at Phoenix Park in Dublin ahead of Pope Francis’s visit. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Band of rain should clear before Phoenix Park Mass begins on Sunday

For women, the highest numbers were found in Ukraine (4.2), and Andorra, Luxembourg and Belarus (all at 3.4). Photograph: Getty Images

Major report on alcohol consumption finds Irish habits are similar to other Europeans

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was raised a Catholic but no longer practices. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach said many Catholics fell excluded and hurt by terminology

Revenue said the cigarettes represented a loss to the Exchequer of €3.6 million. File photograph: Bloomberg

Vessel had travelled from Rotterdam

‘Heavy alcohol intake from the ages of 15 from 19 was not associated with overall prostate cancer in later life.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Study showed young drinkers more than three times more likely than non-drinkers to face ‘high grade’ form of disease

You will no longer be entitled to a refund if you overpay on a Dublin Bus from September 9th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Value of unclaimed change from transport company about €600,000 last year

Attendees at the World Meeting of Families listening to Pope Francis speaking via video in the RDS Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: John McElroy

Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin replaces US cardinal for keynote

 Darren McGavin at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ballyfermot. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

While Darren McGavin has a positive outlook on the Church, he says a personal apology from the pope is necessary

The TCD research “shows that there is a sharp increase in the prevalence of falls in women during midlife”. File photograph: Getty Images

Research indicates sharp increase in the number of such incidents from age 40

At the opening ceremony Archbishop Martin reflected briefly on the nature of families and how they had changed over the years, with different opportunities and challenges in the modern world. Photograph: Tom Honan

Hundreds gather for opening service of the World Meeting of Families

20/08/2018 Rian Shah (7) from Gaelscoil Mide Kilbarrack with an Orangutan hand during the launch of the new Discovery and Learning Centre at Dublin Zoo. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

New Discovery and Learning Centre opened by President Michael D Higgins on Monday

Abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman said while Pope Francis had said the church must seek forgiveness for its sins, he did not acknowledge its “wilful cover up of those very crimes”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Groups say Pope needs to acknowledge Vatican’s role in cover up and promise action

Hostelworld chairman Michael Cawley. The online booking platform is due to present results on Tuesday. Photograph: Frank Miller

CRH, Urban Outfitters, Analog Devices and Target to report results

Weather matters: A specially formed team at the Central Statistics Office, alongside Met Éireann, has been transferring the daily data to its computer system.

New CSO/Met Éireann team is working on handwritten Phoenix Park records

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara from Co Kilkenny and Lynn Fenton (left) from Rathangan Co Wicklow  getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny.Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

The most common customers availing of Irish Airbnbs are American, followed by Irish people themselves and then those travelling from the UK, France and Germany. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company said 640,000 guest stays will bring in €57 million to Irish economy

  Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland,  has announced he will retire at the end of September. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I am incredibly proud of the work done in supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community’

An investigation is under way following the discovery of a body in west Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate following discovery in Greenridge Court area of Blanchardstown

June residential property prices, to be released on Tuesday, will show if there has been any slowdown in the rate of price increase. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Will June residential property prices show any sign of cooling down?

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan  said  the Sunday World report had actually been ‘wholly factually correct’. File photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan said a Sunday World report he dismissed as ‘wholly incorrect’ was in fact ‘wholly factually correct’

Items seized by gardaí in connection with the use of a skimming device at an ATM. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Men are part of Eastern European crime gang, gardaí have said

The CSO data shows that in 2016, 37% of total water use was accounted for by just 10% of households. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

New review of metered households shows fall in domestic use following efforts to fix leaks

Individual domestic meters have been shown to aid the process of fixing a dilapidated water piping system. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Despite yielding useful data, meters are immersed in toxic debate over water charges

Members of the Ireland women’s hockey team, Emily Beatty and Anna O’Flanagan, with head coach Graham Shaw, pictured with Katie Smith (12), Kildare on a visit to  Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin on Tuesday. Photograph: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Northern Ireland sports body unable to bid for extra money ‘because we don’t have a minister’

The daily trolley figure for August 7th  shows there were 433 people waiting for beds, an increase of 32% on the same day last year

FF calls waiting list situation a national scandal as Harris releases Sláintecare plans

The Irish women’s hockey team had a meeting with  Minister for Sport Shane Ross in which he promised them additional funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sport Ireland asked to ‘expedite its process’ to allocate the funding, says minister

A streaker runs across right field during the ninth inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 4th, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

Footage shows the 28-year-old running around the baseball field before being wrestled to the ground by four officials

 Of particular concern is the persistent overcrowding in women’s prisons. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Total numbers incarcerated on daily basis regularly breach 4,000

KBC Bank Ireland is due to release results on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Figures for car sales in July to give pointer to performance for remainder of year

A deer in Glendalough, Wicklow. It is unclear what the management approach will mean in terms of culling. Photograph: iStock

Farmers say animals have been ‘mercilessly’ raiding feed supplies in the area

People at increased risk of getting measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Cases believed to have developed following contact with one of two earlier cases at Dublin hospitals

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