A Penneys store  in Dublin.  ABF  revealed its Dublin-headquartered Penneys/Primark company was likely to increase sales in the first half of the year by 4%. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Owner of Penneys and Primark brands to report interim results having previously anticipated first-half revenue growth in all its b(...)

The Polish designed RAK machine gun was found in a wooded area near a Dublin housing estate on Saturday. Photograph: courtesy An Garda Siochana

Gardaí ‘determined to remove firearms with the capacity to kill from our streets’

A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

PwC hired in 2018 to look at hospital options and in January 2019 for costs overrun review

 Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Data involving 50 cities published in 2015 found that London’s river Thames was the worst for cocaine levels in sewage

Co-directors of Together For Yes (left to right) Ailbhe Smyth, Gráinne Griffin and Orla O’Connor. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Together for Yes co-directors named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2019

The issue has been linked to children and underage gamblers. Photograph: iStock

Committee hears of calls for education on risks to be introduced at primary school level

‘It is likely that Brexit (in any form) will interfere with Good Friday/Belfast Agreement cross-border co-operation and place obstacles in its way in general, but in particular in the area of environmental co-operation,’ the report staes. Photograph: European Space Agency

New report warns potential for a loss of joint-action on environmental crime

The IFA and farm families protest outside the Department of Health of Tuesday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Families have had to sell off portions of land to meet nursing home costs, says IFA

Li Yong of Unido is on a visit to Ireland that will also incorporate a talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin

Nova UCD has a briefing session focusing on 5G, which is becoming visible on the horizon

 (L/R) Áine Kenny of NUIG,  Aaron Bowman and Muireann O’Shea of UCD, Dylan O’Neill also of UCD  and Niamh Lynch TCD were among the   finalists for this years student media awards. Photograph:James Forde

The bi-weekly publication among entries from 22 third-level institutions

09/04/19 Mansoor Uddin (41), of Castleway, Adamstown, Lucan, leaving court yesterday (TUES) after the case. PIC: Colins Courts

Mansoor Uddin (41) had pleaded guilty to sexual assaults of three female passengers

The pair, a 45-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man, were believed to have been in the process of setting up the equipment when they were apprehended and arrested.  File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Man and woman had drone, drugs and mobile phone outside Castlerea Prison

Peter Murtagh and his wife Moira and children Patrick and Natasha, with  editor of The Irish Times  Paul O’Neill in the Irish Times newsroom. Photograph: James Forde

Award-winning reporter and editor began his career with the newspaper in the 1980s

From left, Marcus Andree and Tony Liu, EPIC; Wynne Liu, Failte Ireland; Rowena Janota, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Bronwyn Kenny, Malahide Castle at Fáilte Ireland workshop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fáilte Ireland offers lessons in the key dos and don’ts of welcoming Chinese tourists

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen of Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, will discuss the similarities between Ireland and Norway, particularly wind exposure

Tesco reports as does Delta plus economic indicators and meetings

Phoenix Park in Dublin. ESRI researchers have  surveyed 1,050 adults between February and May last year on how often they visited green spaces. Photograph: Pat Langan

Expert says other research shows how green spaces can help combat obesity and stress

According to the department, this total network capacity will meet the requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

More than 50 high-power ESB charging hubs will be installed all over Ireland

An Taisce said Green-Schools  was a voluntary schools initiative and the material was available online – it has not been distributed in hard form.

IFA demands withdrawal of An Taisce Green-Schools guide to tackling climate change

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg leaving the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Network chief: It should not be for private firms alone to decide how to police online world

 Gardaí conduct searchs of vehicles, drains and houses on Corduff Grove. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Nobody injured in suspected murder attempt at Riversdale Community College

Growth in the use of e-cigarettes has not led to more young people taking up tobacco smoking, new research suggests. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA.

Proportion of teens saying it is okay to try a cigarette down from 70% in 1999 to 27% in 2015

 President Higgins  meets  Guido Nasi from Italy, who was attacked on holiday in Ireland 20 years ago. Photograph:  Tony Maxwell

Nasi visits Áras an Uachtaráin 20 years after violent attack in Fairview Park, Dublin

Gardaí investigating the death of a cyclist in Co Kerry earlier this week have issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The man in his 60s was found lying on the road at Colkeragh on Wednesday

Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys said the situation was ‘totally appalling’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Residents of Townsend Street duplexes had no expectation their homes would be affected

Guido Nasi, the 18 year old Italian student who was assaulted in August 1999, with Bernadette Kelly, volunteer with Victim Support. File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Tourist Assistant Service has helped over 17,000 people since setting up

‘A bank of turbines however is totally incompatible with these goals and would effectively negate any sense of unique identity which would be essential for the success of the Wilderness Park,’ the IWT  said. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Wildlife Trust opposes wind turbines on proposed Shannon Wilderness Park

Home to 58 tenants and 12 owner-occupiers, the College Gate demolition will include the street-level Markievicz Sport and Fitness Centre but this will also be rebuilt elsewhere, the NTA said.

Owner-occupiers in the College Gate complex, will be offered market rate compensation, NTA says

In the run-up to this week’s Energy Show, an SEAI survey of 321 companies found that 14-17 per cent are simply ‘not interested in energy efficiency or have not investigated energy efficiency options at all’.

SME sector accounts for half of all energy use by commercial sector

A ‘green tide’ of algae at the Tolka estuary, north Dublin

Growth of sea lettuce can interfere with marine activity such as navigation and fishing

While 92 per cent of the general population in Ireland completed secondary school, the proportion in the Traveller community was just 13 per cent.

Less than 1 per cent of community in 3rd level education education, committee told

CSO  noted  an extra 1,000  incidents of fraud and related crimes at the end of 2018. Photograph: iStock

Notable increaese in sexual offences and robberies in final quarter of 2018 also recorded

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Energy Show: it  promotes what companies can do to improve efficiency and reduce expenditure

Business This Week: all the results, indicators and meetings coming up

Mosney refugee reception centre in county Meath. Figures for mid-February show 6,290 people living in direct provision centres scattered around the country.

Housing crisis has worsened situation of asylum-seekers and creaking support system

Prof McCarron of Trinity College said the gold standard of care would be to deliver annual screening for dementia among those with Down syndrome from as young as 35 years. Photograph: iStock

Eighty per cent of those with Down syndrome who reach 65 years of age will have dementia

While the need for improved transport access had been raised at a previous inspection Hiqa noted it was ‘even more limited at the time of this inspection’.

Cut had direct effect on ability of residents at Louth centre to attend community facilities

A queue for unemployment benefit outside Bishop Street Social Welfare Office in Dublin this morning. File Photograph: Frank Miller

March unemployment figures can be a key weather vane of the country’s health but Brexit storm clouds are gathering

No other person is being sought in relation to the man’s death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Emergency Response Unit went to Wolfhill following reports of firearm being discharged

Ivan Rogers: ‘I do think a general election is becoming more likely.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ivan Rogers says dispute over Border backstop has ‘soured the mood quite a bit’

A motorcyclist has been killed at Lough Beg, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, on Tuesday night. File photograph: Google Maps

Postmortem at CUH to follow after biker in his 40s pronounced dead at the scene

The Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is to headline the 2019 Kilkenomics festival.  File photograph: Franck Robichon/Reuters.

Jeffrey Sachs also due to take part in Kilkenny gathering of comedy and economics

 Applegreen  CEO Bob Etchingham. The company is due to report results on Tuesday. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

Kingfisher and Malin to report results while EU leaders to vote on Article 50 extension

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service has said it intends to employ accountants to further scrutinise cases where it feels arrears statements show cause for concern. Photograph: iStock

Money Advice and Budgeting Service raised concerns about fees earlier this week

Accountants are to be hired to examine mortgage arrears statements in repossession cases where lenders are alleged to have charged legal fees to homeowners in advance of court decisions. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Mabs signals use of accountants to check legal fee and tax-relief calculation by lenders

The National Construction Summit took place at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Justin Farrelly

Question marks surrounding supply chains and costs causing hesitation in builds

‘Concerns have  been flagged regarding how certain lenders have been processing mortgage tax relief at source, potentially inflating the level of arrears.’ Photograph: iStock

Service raises concerns over application of legal fees in home repossession cases

A  group of youths from Swords took a bus last Friday to Ashbourne (above), where they approached another group in what appears to have been a planned attack. File photograph: Google Street View

Three arrested after group took bus trip for what is suspected to have been planned attack

 Barbara Cafferty, a tour guide at Kilruddery House and Gardens, displaying her talents at the Abbey Theatre  as part of a Fáilte Ireland initiative to develop world-class visitor experiences at tourist attractions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Guides trained to eschew stuffy history and focus on human stories that can enrapture

Howth Harbour. The Department of the Marine described the silting situation at the harbour as a “concern”, and said it was committed to dredging about 225,000 cubic metres of silt. Photograph: Getty Images

Plans under consideration could cost up to €28m depending on the extent of the harbour dredging

There were improvements in safeguarding training and in the number and quality of plans to protect people from risks although this was not consistently implemented at the centres, Hiqa said.

Residents’ quality of life improving, Hiqa found

Chairman Gary McGann and chief executive Kevin Toland at Aryzta’s AGM in 2017. The company reports half-year results on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Business This Week: results, indicators and meetings for the week ahead

 ‘There are potentially thousands of abandoned safety deposit boxes in banks around the country,’ said Fine Gael TD Joe Carey. File photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images

Oireachtas inquiry to hear calls for legislation to deal with items up to 200 years old

In its most recent trading statement Cairn Homes said that, as well as dividends, it wanted to return cash to investors through measures such as buying back shares. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Business This Week: results, indicators and meetings for the week ahead

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following a meeting  with business representatives in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach says law to be changed to restore UK-Ireland fishing rights

Cathy Ward. Photograph: Facebook

Neighbours discuss shock after her body was discovered in early hours of morning

Watching more than three-and-a-half hours of TV per day has been associated with a decline in memory of words and language.

Research says staring at screen for more than three hours a day affects language skills

 Katherine Zappone said Tusla raised issues about the implementation of statutory Children First protections. File photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Lack of support from committee for hearing, despite new Tusla concerns on child safety

Members of ESB Retired Staff Association picket the ESB headquarters in Dublin where they are protesting against a ten-year pension freeze. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Demonstrators demand pension increases that were stripped almost 10 years ago

Mechanical ventilation used on children in intensive care is essential in allowing them breathe, but can lead to long-term damage.

Professor Declan Bates uses mathematical modelling and Star Trek like simulations

Bank of Ireland  forecasts profit after tax of €765 million, an 11 per cent increase on 2017. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

This Week: Big week for banks as SME lending stays weak amid Brexit caution

Up to 100 Deliveroo  delivery workers gathered at the Dublin offices of Deliveroo on Friday to protest over  attacks on them while they are working in the city. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Protest comes after worker’s bike and cash stolen in attack by gang armed with baseball bat

Owen Keegan said ‘Dublin is a major draw for people who are homeless because there is a very wide range of service provision’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motion follows comments on homeless services in an ‘Sunday Business Post’ interview

“Cutting Ranelagh in half was just abhorrent to all the people who live here,” says Michael O’Donovan, owner of Mima Coffee Company at the Beechfield Luas stop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Businessman’s joy that Metro will not come south echoed up and down Dunville Avenue

A Rethink Metrolink campaigner at Beechwood Luas stop in Rathmines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Minister for Transport says he will ‘not countenance’ upheaval for commuters

Beechwood Luas crossing in Ranelagh: Objections started with a little thoroughfare connecting Dunville Avenue with Beechwood Road that would initially have been closed to accommodate an uninterrupted MetroLink line and replaced with a footbridge. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Proposals had been met with consistent and determined local opposition on southside

Owner Les Reilly celebrates with his niece Carly Reilly Flynn (L) and staff Martina White and Anne Morgan (R) at the Reilly’s Daybreak shop in The Naul, after selling a  winning ticket. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

If people in the Naul knew the identities of the winning syndicate, they were not saying

Ireland’s winning relationship with the continental draw began early when Limerick woman Dolores McNamara swept to fame with a €115 million pay day in 2005. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bumper pay day for lucky lotto punter as this jackpot tops Ireland’s largest prize to date

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered when infection in the bloodstream overwhelms the body’s immune system.  Photograph: iStock

Illness can be difficult to detect and publicity claims it could save thousands of lives

PSNI say postmortem to be carried out on remains of David Hugh Murphy (52)

The African Grey parrot found on Dublin airport’s runway on Sunday Photograph: Dublin Airport/Twitter

Three people claiming ownership of bird after "missing parrot" posters put up in supermarket

Photograph: iStock

EU cartel investigators likely to access British firms through Irish divisions post-Brexit

Graffiti at Longford Medical Centre, which is run by Dr Syed Ali. Photograph: Willie Farrell

Targeted Longford GP’s daughter says vandals should get their ‘facts and English right’

As the Brexit stranglehold tightens on the business world, Glanbia’s full-year results  come in its shadow even if financial expectations are positive

Business This Week: Economic data, Ires Reit and Kingspan results

Shauna and Patrick McDonagh, newlyweds who died in a car crash near London. Photograph: Facebook

Patrick and Shauna McDonagh were members of the Traveller community

Irish Water managing director Eamon Gallen: ‘We want to avoid people paying these charges not to enforce them.’

Environment agency criticises failure to tackle health threat problem quickly enough

UCD issued health advice to its student body on Tuesday Photograph: Alan Betson

Highly contagious viral infection usually affects children and young people

Research from motor data company Inrix suggests Dublin commuters spent a total of 246 hours or more than 10 full days in their cars in 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only drivers in Bogota and Rome spent more time stuck in cars

 Moya Quinlan in 2012, when she  received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Law Awards. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds.

Moya Quinlan came from line of solicitors and qualified in 1946

Number of those on trolleys actually fell in the immediate aftermath of recent action

End-of-year figures for property sales show a slight cooling-off in the otherwise upward trajectory for asking prices. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

December's property report marks a close to a complex year of growth and trepidation

The road was closed to facilitate a Garda forensic examination. File photograph:  Frank Miller

Two passengers taken to University Hospital Limerick

A 35-year-old man was shot in the lower leg in the Creggan area of Derry on Friday.

Man (35) left with ‘potentially life-changing injury’ following attack on Friday evening

The flooded car park at Toft Park behind the Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, Galway, during Storm Erik on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Winds of up 120 km/h recorded in Co Galway while Storm Erik closes Salthill promenade

The Minister of State for Higher Education said she had made the decision despite being urged to give the race serious consideration. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister had previously declared an interest in standing in Dublin constituency for Fine Gael

Shane Ross: he  told the transport committee he was confident shipping companies could provide sufficient direct sailings to Europe for hauliers opting to avoid the UK landbridge

If there is no breakthrough on Brexit the insurance industry will begin issuing cards on request from next month

All children in th 8-10 age group who are online are potentially vulnerable, according to Cyber Safe Ireland. Photograph: iStock

More than 25% of children play games designed for over-18s – Cyber Safe Ireland

Ryanair releases third-quarter numbers on Monday.    Earlier this month, it lowered its full-year guidance   to about €1 to €1.1 billion on the back of weaker winter fares. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Your Business Week: Alphabet and Twitter results due; Checkout conference takes place

A ‘No Drone Zone’ sign on the perimeter fence of Dublin airport Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Privacy issues are the most common source of unease among Irish people

Accountants “can be exposed to unethical issues that go beyond the realm of financial reporting, auditing or any other accountancy-related activity”

Study finds dishonesty tops the list, with undue pressure and bullying also prevalent

The remains of Zach Parker are carried from the St Colmcille’s Church t his funeral Mass. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Symbols carried included motorcycle helmet, hair clippers, teeth whitener and Nando’s bag

Oberstown detention centre. Photograph: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Nick Hardwick and Barry Goldson raised ‘serious concerns’ about facility’s conditions

IFA president Joe Healy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at the Irish Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin 12. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach criticised at IFA agm over comments about reducing meat consumption

 Patrick Coveney,  chief executive of Greencore: the company will discuss its intention to return £509 million (€580 million) to investors on Tuesday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

December’s consumer spending will show how real the threat of e-commerce is to traditional retail

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock: If his Bill becomes law, the resale of tickets for large concerts and sporting events for more than face value will be banned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Noel Rock’s Bill seeks to outlaw event ticket trading at prices above original face value

 On Friday morning, the highest price apparent on the site was €2,032.   File photograph

Hundreds of match tickets advertised on Viagogo well in excess of face value of €150

Frost in  Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke

Cold winds and heavy rain creep over Atlantic coast this weekend

The scene of a fatal crash on the M50 on Thursday. Photograpoh: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Images shared online reflect ‘dark side of human nature’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross agreed to consider making a noise insulation scheme on houses affected by the new runway  the responsibility of the new noise regulator. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bill under consideration to accommodate EU rules on introduction of noise regulator

 (L/R) Binu Anthinadu, Ajay Shaji, Aiby Thomas(centre), Reji Varghese, and Abhilash GK    at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Co.Louth. Indian cultural organisation Kranthi are organising nationwide demonstrations in solidarity with INMO strikes.  Photograph: James Forde

Demonstrations held outside three Irish hospitals ahead of work stoppage next week

Barrister Anne O’Meara, who was one of the 126 people adopted through St Patrick’s Guild agency where children were given false birth certificates that did not record their adoption. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I need something now to tell me that I am my parents’ daughter, that I was properly adopted’

According to its 2017 annual report, over 1.4m people played National Lottery games on a regular basis that year. This represents more than 40% of adults in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Mystery shoppers’ aged between 15 and 17 carried out test for National Lottery watchdog

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