Research concludes age-related hearing loss can affect mental processes, processing speed and recollection of events. Photograph: Getty

TCD researchers call for intervention that examines benefits of hearing-loss treatment

Two men have been arrested in connection with an assault on a man in which he was locked in the boot of his car.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Pair being held in Portlaoise over assault which happened in Mountrath 10 days ago

Minister for Transport Shane Ross with Richard Alcorn from Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal and RTÉ’s Teresa Mannion after he was commended at the Road Safety Authority’s Leading Lights Awards. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Richard Alcorn lost an arm and broke his neck during car crash in 2006

Caranua was established in 2012 to manage €110m pledged by religious congregations to enhance survivors’ lives. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Right of Place Second Chance says Caranua, set up in 2012, ‘is too broad in its outlook’

Gardaí at the scene   in Parlickstown Gardens. Photograph: Collins

Baby was struck in the side with shotgun pellets but his injuries are not life threatening

Christmas tree growers say thefts this year are down. Photograph: AFP

Growers say thieves had been stealing up to 1,000 trees a night, at a cost of up to €20,000

A 22-year-old man was found with a head injury beside the entrance to the Ranelagh Luas stop in Dublin on Monday morning. He later died in hospital. Photograph: Google Maps

Body of man was discovered on the Ranelagh road in Dublin at 4.40am on Monday

Anyone who may have witnessed unusual activity in the area  should contact Portlaoise Garda station on 057-8674100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 111 or any Garda station. Photograph: The Irish Times

Incident occurred at Irish Rail compound near Mounrath, Co Laois

Members of the technical bureau, gardaí and GSOC were at the scene of a shooting on Thursday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s terrible what’s going on but it’s only getting worse,’ local warns after two injured

The Red Luas Line is down between Blackhorse and Dublin city centre. Photograph: The Irish Times

Line down between Blackhorse and the city centre

Minister for Health Simon Harris  has  said CPE had been declared   a public health emergency. File image: iStock

Human infections with antibiotic resistant bug associated with poorer patient outcomes

Representatives of Facebook appeared before an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday to discuss cyber security. Photograoh: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images.

Company tells Oireachtas committee full protection of bullying policies not applied to public figures

Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of Ireland,  during the funeral of former chief justice Thomas Finlay at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

President, Taoiseach and Ministers attend funeral of Thomas Finlay in Donnybrook

Nearly all rainfall totals were above average for the season with around half of stations experiencing their wettest autumn conditions in six years.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Roches Point recorded a gust of 155.6km/h on October 16th

The project will aim to “improve socialisation, reduce marginalisation and ease users’ lives in school and their migration into adulthood”. Photograph: iStock

Project will focus on prevention and countering of ‘particularly complex’ problem

A Garda near the scene where a man’s body was found in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne. Photograph: Tom Honan

Gardaí investigating discovery of body close to border between counties Meath and Kildare

Tallaght Hospital. Consultant Dr James Gray said there was “a nursing crisis” in the emergency department

Dr James Gray tells management of ‘nursing crisis’, with facilities set to close as a result

The winner of the €5.8m Lotto jackpot which was won in Limerick over the weekend has yet to come forward. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winning ticket was sold in the GPO in Limerick City

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses   near Blanchardstown. File photograph: Collins

Some 180,000 water refund cheques processed last week

Ciara Farrell: the 45-year-old’s white 151-D Hyundai i20 was found at the Rise, in Mount Merrion in south Co Dublin, on Friday, November 17th

Ciara Farrell (45) was last seen on November 14th

Snow in the Horseshoe Valley, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Snow falls in parts of North and North-West

Dutch law requires a waiting or “reflective” period of five days between a woman’s first request for an abortion and the termination

Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment hears from Dutch experts

It is alleged Dr A failed to review the cardiotocograph (CTG) adequately and failed to correctly interpret the CTG as being abnormal. Photograph: Istock

Dr A facing allegations of professional misconduct at Portlaoise hospital

Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume: A proposal has been received by Dublin City Council that Hume Street in Dublin 2 should be renamed as John Hume Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hume Street resident believes renaming would ‘recognise a truly great Irish man’

Drinking in teens and 20s increases the risk of getting cancer 10-20 years later

Young women who drink regularly increase breast cancer risk by 34%

Planning permission to demolish Howl at the Moon nightclub (above) in Dublin 2 and build a 53-room hotel on the site has been overturned. File photograph: Google Street View

Developer Paddy McKillen jnr ‘disappointed’ but new plan in pipeline

Garda at the scene in Ashbourne, Co Meath after a police raid where an estimated multimillion-euro haul of cannabis and cocaine was seized. Photograph:n Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ten arrests after hauls of cocaine and cannabis valued at ‘€15m’ found in Meath and Netherlands

Minister of State for Housing Damien English has said he is frustrated that the work being done to address the State’s homelessness and housing crises is not being recognised.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Damien English says it would be wrong for people outside State to think nothing being done

Project Maths was introduced into post-primary schools on a phased basis from 2008 onwards and in other schools from 2010.

Teachers say there is not enough time to implement Junior Cycle curriculum

HSE Director General Tony O’Brien, Professor Tom O’Dowd, Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Trinity College, Minister for Health Simon Harris and HSE National Director of Primary Care John Hennessy  at the launch of report on primary care. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Simon Harris says too much done in hospitals rather than primary care setting

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten ruled out an increase in the TV licence earlier this year. RTÉ director general Dee Forbes previously said the price should increase from €160 to €175 and that the fee was in need of reform and modernisation. File photograph: Getty Images

State broadcaster ‘needs to be fostered when traditional media is under immense attack’

 Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming: “We need to examine the interaction between the multinational sector and the Irish State in relation to corporation tax.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Apple, Google, Citibank, JP Morgan, GSK and Pfizer asked to appear before committee

University of Limerick

Authorities kept in dark over pay-offs to eight employees which breached public pay policies

A shot was fired at gardaí during a pursuit of a number of young men in Kildare on Monday night. Photograph: Frank Miller

Front seat passenger fired a shot at gardaí who escaped injury

An image from Marsh’s Library of the Book of Common Prayer which was stolen in 1840. Photograph via Twitter

Library had a ‘huge problem’ with theft in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Typical screen time for children on a weekday was reported to be between one and two hours. Photograph: Getty Images

More than half of boys aged 7 and 8 have over 3 hours screen time a day at the weekend

Prof Kerri Clough-Gorr: planning for the long-term support and follow-up needs of cancer survivors is “an important health priority”.

Five-year survival rates have ‘improved markedly’, National Cancer Registry says

The Charities Regulator registration system experienced intermittent problems at the end of  October. Collection of charity collection boxes. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Charities Regulator to pursue those who missed deadline

West Brom’s James McClean in action against Huddersfield on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Yates

Republic of Ireland and West Brom player said ‘cowards’ threw bottles and coins at him

Matthew Bradley (24)  was out with friends when he was struck by a BMW  on Friday night.

Matthew Bradley (24) was ‘hugely talented and award-winning’ in landscape gardening career

McClean previously revealed that he has had death threats with many people viewing him as “anti-British”.  Photograph: Reuters/John Sibley

Republic of Ireland winger faced criticism for refusing to wear the Remembrance Day poppy

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins meet rowers Gary O’Donovan (L) and Paul O’Donovan (R). Photograph: The Irish Times

Higgins praises athletes’ ‘authenticity of commitment’ and ’extraordinary’ Skibbereen Rowing Club

House bidding process not transparent, says Barry Cowen

The winning  ticket was bought in Eason in  Thurles Shopping Centre. Pictured here from left to right are Fran Whearty, from the National Lottery; Deirdre O’Toole; Tadgh Delaney; Tom O’Toole; Mary Grace, also from the National Lottery; and Katie O’Brien.

Ticket for jackpot was sold in Thurles, Co Tipperary on October 24th

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Reece Cullen (17) in Kilclare Cresent, Tallaght in January. Photograph: Collins

Teenager was stabbed to death in Tallaght in January

Tom Burgess: his Coolattin Cheddar was crowned Supreme Champion at the Irish Cheese Awards

Farmhouse cheese was crowned Supreme Champion at the Irish Cheese Awards

Injured man transferred to Beaumont Hospital after being found early on Wednesday

Parking costs: Graeme McQueen, Dublin Chamber’s head of public affairs, said on-street parking is “relied upon by businesses on a daily basis”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Proposed city parking charges of €4 a hour will ‘erode attractiveness’ of city centre

In Ireland, peak rate for self-harm is 15-19 years for women and 20-24 years for men

Irish players celebrate following James McClean’s winner against Wales. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Travelling to Copenhagen will be costly for soccer fans if they want to avoid stopovers

Workers in Kilcock, Ireland, clear fallen power lines after Hurricane Ophelia battered Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Yellow weather warning issued while 25,000 go without water

People at the  diving board in Salthill, Galway as Hurricane Ophelia hit on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Storm Ophelia: Dara Fitzpatrick’s sister criticises ‘idiots’ ignoring storm warning

Fallen trees in Sutton, Dublin. Schools will be closed for a second day in both the Republic and North on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Second day of closures to allow for authorities to check for damage in buildings

Hurricane Ophelia has already reached winds of 185km/h but by the time it hits Ireland these gusts will have weakened to 130km/h.

Hurricane Ophelia is the most powerful storm this far east of the US on record

Former Cork hurler Donal Og Cusack said his  ‘intention was to help a human in a dark place who asked me for help. I showed a lack of judgement in this situation for which I am genuinely sorry.’ Photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler says he absolutely condemns crimes committed by former journalist

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack points to the eye of the Ophelia storm during a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE appointments, Bus Éireann services, postal services and court sittings cancelled ahead of worst storm in 50 years

“Since Carman’s Hall began operating we have not only provided beds to many vulnerable adults, we have provided vital warp-around care such as mental health support and education to help them rebuild their lives and enable them to move on from homelessness.” Photograph: Getty Images

Court rules council breached development plan for use of former parish hall as hostel

The country’s mental health services ‘are under severe pressure’, says Mental Health Reform. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

€20m of the €35m announced in Budget 2018 was ‘already promised’ in 2017

There were 77 checkpoints as part of the operation while 21 premises and 21 properties searched

Dublin City Council is currently investigating 40 complaints about properties being used illegally as short-term lets for visitors. File photograph: Getty Images

Authority is looking into 40 complaints of properties being used for unlawful rentals

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with author Stefanie Preissner at her book launch event in a Nando’s in Dublin. Photograph: Stefanie Preissner/Instagram

Former commissioner launches Stefanie Preissner’s new book at Nando’s in Dublin

Trócaire executive director Eamonn Meehan welcomed the announcement to increase ODA stating it was a “positive step” to achieving Ireland’s commitment to reduce global poverty. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Charities welcome €13.5m increase for Irish Aid but say plan needed to meet UN targets

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outside Government Buildings, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar previously said communications unit would be cost neutral

File image of Dublin Port. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Revenue officers also confiscate 6,700 cigarettes during operations on Monday

Live nymph and adult cockroaches were found along with cockroach egg casings and cockroach excrement

Rat droppings, live cockroaches and mice discovered by FSAI last month

Internal unpublished document says it’s naive to believe unique arrangement can be found

Ronan Collins: the RTÉ presenter said it was the speedy action of medics that saved him from permanent paralysis

RTÉ DJ was taken to hospital for emergency surgery on spinal cyst in recent weeks

A Thomson Airways flight has been diverted to Dublin. File photograph: Bloomberg

Thomson Airways flight travelling from Mexico to Gatwick lands in Dublin on Friday

‘If it’s cheap then the chances are that there’s probably something wrong with it,’ FSAI says

Food safety body says suspected cases of food fraud have increased in recent years

The gap between the number of men and women working in Ireland increased over the last five years. Image: iStock.

Gulf between number of men and women working in Ireland up over last four years

Luas Customer Care has said trams are only operating between Tallaght/Saggart and Blackhorse on the red line

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade and two ambulances attended scene at Queen Street

Valentia Obsesrvatory recorded monthly rainfall of 204.4mm

Centre records showed that gardaí were called on 11 occasions to support the management of behaviour. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Workers needed Garda assistance 11 times and locked themselves in office twice

A new insurance industry protocol will take into account claims-free driving experience in a different country. Photograph: Alan Betson

Claim-free driving experience abroad to be counted by new insurance sector protocol

CEO of the Charities Regulator, John Farrelly pictured at the launch of The Charity Regulator’s fundraising guidelines. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Chief says ‘there’s no point in smothering people’ with ‘too much’ regulation

Men accounted for 318 of the 399  suicides in 2016. Photograph: Getty

HSE figures show rate has stabilised since recession with 399 such deaths last year

DCU will confer an honorary doctorate to Bill Clinton “in recognition of his leadership in building and consolidating peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland”. Photograph: Ludovic Marin AFP/Getty Images

Former US president to receive honorary doctorate from DCU

Gardaí investigate the scene near Kilshane Cross off the Cappagh Road, Finglas this afternoon where two men were struck by a vehicle at about 6.30am this morning. Both men were seriously injured but the driver of the car was unhurt. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí seek witnesses after pedestrians were struck on Kilshane Road in Finglas

Michal Kurek, a Polish murder victim whose body was found last month in north Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Michal Kurek (33) was found dead in north county Dublin last month

Ebony Caffrey (10) from City Quay School during a joint launch of new nutrition standards for the State’s School Meals Programme.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

New nutrition standards for school meals programme announced

The Yeats Family Collection is due to go on sale in Sotheby’s in London, and includes letters to WB Yeats’s first lover Olivia Shakespeare. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Letter urges Minister for Arts to snap up collection, which goes on sale in London

Fr David Halpin: “As a priest my job is to speak the truth and I aim to do that.”

Fr Halpin told congregation that man who was shot dead made ‘bad decisions’ in life

The advertisement featured real home video footage taken by a car loan customer surprising his partner and young child with a new car.  Stock photograph: Getty Images

Complaints to ASAI said child was not correctly fastened and had thick coat

ASAI rules the airline’s advertisement should not be used in current format

Ken Purcell, Scott Masterson, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Ciarán Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Michael Banks following their acquittal in the Jobstown protest trial earlier this year. Photograph: PA

‘They looked at what went wrong and are trying to ensure it never happens again’

 Rescuers search for survivors after the Mexico earthquake. Photograph: AFP/Carlos Ramirez

Earthquake in central Mexico has claimed at least 224 lives

RTE sports commentator Jimmy Magee pictured in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke

Death of veteran RTÉ sports commentator announced on Wednesday

Dublin Bus has launched guidelines on gender transition in the workplace. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company worked in conjunction with the Transgender Equality Network Ireland

Gardaí and members of the Dublin Fire Brigade at Grove Park, Rathmines, Dublin where the fatal fire occurred.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Jason Coll, aged in his 40s, died on Thursday morning

Badly fire-damaged: No 34 Grove Park, a period house,  contains three floors and is understood to be divided into eight flats. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deceased understood to have been staying on the top floor of Grove Park period house

JP Donleavy in the Green Room at his home, Levington Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Irish-American writer was best known for his novel ‘The Ginger Man’ which sold over 45m copies

Financial Service Union: “Experienced, dedicated staff are always going to central to banking and financial services.”

Former Citigroup boss says AI and robotics reduce need for staff in bank-office functions

Pupils of St Kevin’s College in Finglas receive their Junior Cert results. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

New grading system will take time getting used to, says principal of St Kevin’s College

A number of cafes and restaurants in Cork city have offered free coffee  in protest at the proliferation of Starbucks outlets in the city. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent outlets stage a day of action following a similar event in Dublin

Laura Maguire, whose daughter Ava received a speech and language therapy support programme in Tallaght West,  at the 10 year celebration of the initiative. Photograph: Conor Healy/ Picture It Photography

Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative celebrates 10-year anniversary

A new OECD report  says “a relatively large share of the Irish population” has attained tertiary, or third-level education. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Ireland has second highest completion rate for boys at upper-second level, report finds

Dr Sean Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Social Justice Ireland says high numbers of people in employment living in poverty

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho/Bryan Keane

Streets of the north inner city bustle with young girls and boys

Former minister for housing Simon Coveney launching the “Rebuilding Ireland” plan which pledged 130,000 new social housing units by 2020. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Number of homeless people in the State has jumped from 3,258 to 8,160 in three years

Ayanna Williams has won a Guinness World Record title after growing her fingernails to  5 metres, 76.4cm. Photograph:  Kevin Scott Ramos/GWR/PA Wire

US woman claims title for largest teddy bear collection with total of 8,025 stuffed toys

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