Election candidate Joe Flaherty with Longford butcher Christy Monaghan and his customer Katherina Connellan on Thursday morning. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

On the canvass: ‘As long as we have someone from Longford in the Dáil; one person’

The scene  outside the house in Newcastle, Co Dublin, where the three McGinley children were found last Friday.  Photograph:  Stephen Colllins/Collins Photos

Shock and heartbreak in west Dublin at tragic deaths of three McGinley children

An ambulance outside a house Newcastle, Co Dublin where three children were found dead on Friday. Photograph: PA

Deaths in Newcastle: ‘They were just normal kids . . . out there playing and they were happy’

Conor (9), Carla (3) and Darragh McGinley (7) with their father Andrew McGinley. The children were found dead in a house in Co Dublin on Friday night. Handout photograph: Andrew McGinley/An Garda

Murder inquiry expected after bodies of Conor, Darragh, Carla McGinley found in Newcastle

Gardaí are pictured searching an area around a house in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth last week following  the death of Keane Mulready-Woods as part of a local gang feud. A march against criminal activity in Co Louth is taking place in Drogheda on Saturday.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Saturday’s march against criminal activity in town follows murder of Keane Mulready-Woods

Members of the Social Democrats party Catherine Murphy, Gary Gannon and Roisin Shortall opening  their election campaign on Dublin’s Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Housing manifesto includes rent freezes and 20,000 new homes a year

Members of the Emergency Response Unit training in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Garda Representative Association says force not equipped to deal with organised crime

The first debate between Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is happening earlier in the 2020 general election campaign than expected. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pat Kenny to moderate Virgin Media One head-to-head between FF and FG leaders

Anyone who is in doubt can go online to checktheregister.ie or contact their local city or county council to see if they are on the supplementary register of electors. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Youth council urges thousands who have become eligible since last year to sign up

 Cllr Neasa Hourigan of the  Green Party with Kelly McCarthy and her son Ruadhán, while canvassing in Stoneybatter at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Neasa Hourigan hopes to become first Green Party TD in the northside constituency

Paddy Holohan topped the poll in Tallaght South for Sinn Féin in last May’s local elections: Photograph: The Irish Times

Former cage fighter Paddy Holohan slated over incendiary remarks about ‘women’

There were 518 patients on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards on Friday morning, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: Alan Betson

HSE appeals to university students to get mumps vaccine before returning to college

Residential properties in Dublin 8 and Co Kildare were searched along with a jewellers and a business in Dublin 2

Cab investigation focused on member of crime gang involved in drugs trade

The farmers parked their tractors around Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green overnight and on Thursday morning. Photograph: Sarah Burns

Individual Farmers of Ireland group say beef farmers not being paid enough

Vincent Black, a farmer from Cavan, among tractors parked on Merrion Square in Dublin city centre as a protest by farmers over the prices they get for their produce continues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Individual Farmers of Ireland says it is concerned about lack of progress on beef prices

Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found “disrespectful language” was used in some care notes regarding residents’ “intimate care management”. File photograph: iStock

Of 25 inspection reports, a good level of compliance was found in 19 centres

Verona Murphy, who ran for Fine Gael in the Wexford byelection in November, is to stand as an Independent candidate in the constituency in the general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy also confirms he is seeking to contest the general election

 Gardaí  at the scene of the discovery of human body parts in a bag in Darndale, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Garda investigation into discovery of what are believed to be limbs of young male

Four men and a juvenile detained following incident in Prospect earlier this month

Fran Harding got into  trouble while swimming off Lahinch beach at about 10.40am. Photograph: Google Maps

Fran Harding drowned off popular Co Clare seashore which is popular with local surfers

 An anti-homelessness protest in  Dublin city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homeless people, families and young children join rally

Seán Hughes,  collapsed at his home in January 2018, having shown flu-like symptoms for a number of days.

Parents of Seán Hughes trying to raise awareness of condition

The Early Years Alliance said it is calling for a ‘sustainable solution to the worsening childcare crisis’.  File photograph: Getty

‘Improved terms and conditions’ needed to support ‘sustainable’ Early Years services

A book of condolence has been opened for 2FM DJ Larry Gogan at RTÉ Radio Studios, Montrose, in Dublin 4. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former RTÉ radio presenter died at care centre on Tuesday following recent illness

Health experts have predicted the trolley crisis will continue to get worse each year.

Consultants say HSE plans will fail to provide enough beds to ease overcrowding

A file image of DJ  Larry Gogan at the RTÉ studios. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Radio DJ worked in broadcasting for almost six decades including 40 years at 2FM

The woman said she did not want her son coming to her house at all.

Woman tells hearing that son has drug problems and comes to her house ‘at all hours’

The inside of the book on Winchester in which the letter was found.

Letter apparently written to a sister is found in an old history book about Winchester

Concert goers will also be able to enjoy the “solar symphony” display mapped on to Custom House Quay

Outdoor concerts, silent discos and best of New Year’s Eve TV to help you ring in 2020

File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

NTA told phased introduction of transport design would ‘extend disruption for years’

A Vision for Change is a mental health policy document which was published in 2006 and includes a number of recommendations for change within mental health services.  Photograph: iStock

Fianna Fáil TD James Browne says HSE data shows ‘extraordinary regional variations’

An electric scooter, which had been charging, went on fire. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire brigade urges public to check devices for genuine CE mark and not leave unattended while charging

David Prescott made no reply to the criminal damage charges but said “I don’t agree” in response to the burglary charge when he appeared in court on Thursday.

English man in court barefoot and dressed in white boiler suit

The Dublin District Family Court at Dolphin House, East Essex Street,  Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Dublin District Family Court told of sustained assault at knifepoint two weeks ago

Shannon Smith, Shauna Reilly, Mellisa McCann and Zainab Joy Ibrahim in Merchants Quay’s  night cafe: last year the shelter catered for more than 2,100 people, its highest figure since it was established in 2015 Photograph: Tom Honan

Project worker with charity’s night cafe says Christmas is a lovely time of year at shelter

Bernadette Doyle: she began working with Bus Éireann and regularly covers the route between Wexford and  Dublin Airport, often travelling late at night. Photograph: Gerard Hore

Man refused to leave the bus when asked and held passengers up for about 35 minutes

A file image showing frost and ice at vthe Glencree river in Glencree, Co Wicklow. Christmas Day will start cold, frosty, and bright before becoming cloudier.   Photograph: Getty Images

Christmas Day will start cold and frosty with sunny spells before cloudier conditions arrive

One third of teenagers in Tallaght, west Dublin experience mental health difficulties and face a “major gap” in accessing services, according to new research commissioned by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI).

CDI research shows young people face ‘major gap’ in accessing services

A small number of tractors are blocking St Stephen’s Green in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Sarah Burns

Farmers calling for emergency meeting of the beef taskforce

Butterfield Avenue in Templeogue where a man and a woman where killed in a car crash early on Tuesday. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Man and woman were in a car which hit a lamppost in Templeogue early on Tuesday

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said it is ‘worrying’ that there is only one insurer in the market currently to provide cover to childcare operators. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Increase in insurance costs next year from €3,000 to €9,000 ‘very serious’, says Minister

BusConnects plans to overhaul the bus system in the Dublin region by creating 230km of bus lanes and 200km of cycle tracks along 16 corridors. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Areas of NRBU concern include Palmerstown, Sandymount, Clondalkin and Tyrrelstown

 Emma Quinn and Adrienne McDermott representing Dublin 15 Action Against Gender Violence   pictured outside Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin 15 Action Against Gender Violence protest outside Leinster House calling for service to be expanded

‘The proposed provision for the growth areas of Stepaside and Ballyogan and environs is improved, but remains limited,’ the council’s submission said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown council asks NTA to reconsider service level for areas under Bus Connects

53,627 helpline calls were answered by domestic violence support services, an average of 147 calls every day. Photograph: iStock

Safe Ireland says women refused refuge as services were full; support system ‘creaking’

Representatives from a number of organisations at the launch of the Courting Disaster campaign at Hammond Lane in Smithfield in Dublin where it is proposed a new family law court be constructed.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography/PA Wire

Courting Disaster calling on Government to fund a dedicated court in Dublin city centre

Gardaí are investigating a suspected armed robbery on a cash in transit vehicle in Dublin on Tuesday morning. Photograph: PA

Man believed to have been armed with a gun carried out the robbery at 5am on Tuesday

Online trade in illicit goods and services is no longer “merely a modus operandi, but an expanding, highly dynamic and substantial criminal market itself”. File photograph: Getty

Web dealing ‘an expanding, highly dynamic and substantial criminal market itself’

Storm Atiyah tracks from Iceland to Ireland on Sunday morning. Photograph: Earth.nullschool.net.

Fishing vessels take shelter in anticipation of strong winds and waves of more than 14m

 European trade commissioner Phil Hogan and An Post staff at the opening of the company’s largely automated parcel hub in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Postal company officially opens €15m parcel hub stretching to 50,000sqm in Clondalkin

There are 117,000 children on hospital waiting lists according to the latest information from the HSE, which brings the total number of children waiting for public health care to 214,737.

HSE figures released in response to parliamentary questions from Fianna Fáil TD

 European trade commissioner Phil Hogan at the opening of An Post’s automated parcel hub on Oak Road in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Election outcome will have bearing on approach to negotiations, commissioner says

The report says the facility  expects to attract more than 11,000 visitors in the first year, growing to more than 37,000 by year five

Work on €23m facility in George’s Dock to begin in late 2020 following vote on Monday

A law that would reduce speed limits to 30km/h in all residential areas in the Dublin City Council region has been approved by the council’s transport committee.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Safety measure to be voted on by councillors next month along with parking charge rise

Oireachtas housing committee chairman Noel Rock TD. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Housing charity Threshold says it helped 11,000 people to remain in homes last year

Festival of football at George’s Dock, Dublin. The dock is to be converted into an international standard  white-water rapids rafting circuit and polo pool. File photograph: Eric Luke

Councillor points to fire officer’s claim project will benefit fire-brigade training

'I used to live (rent) in Bray, and could take the Dart from there to what was my workplace, on Merrion Road.' Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tenants facing premium of €4,020 per year for proximity to rail, survey finds

At one housing scheme, the report states: ‘Some toilets are sinking into the ground with bad smells and sewerage issues developing’

Report by group outlines problems with heat, cooking facilities , leaks and rodents

Dublin Bus driver Kevin McDonnell: being spat at had a “major impact” on his mental health, so much so that he hasn’t returned to work since. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Drivers have been robbed, stabbed and had replica gun pointed at them

 Minister for Children and  Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at  the launch of Ireland’s first national LGBTI+ strategy  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New strategy contains over 100 actions aimed at promoting inclusion and protecting rights

Gardaí at the scene of the killing of Eoin Boylan on Clonshaugh Avenue in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Minister for Justice says criminals will be ‘relentlessly pursued’ by An Garda Síochána

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Finances report will undergo ‘appropriate investigations’ by gardaí, says Minister

Farmers protest over beef prices     at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Cllr Padraig Brady

‘There will be no turkeys for Christmas,’ says one farmer, departing Dublin after protests

Members of the Garda during a protest by farmers over farm produce prices at Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Farmers protesting in Dublin explain why they’ve brought the city to a halt

Tractors parked around St Stephen’s Green during the second day of a protest by farmers. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Last tractors leave St Stephen’s Green on Wednesday afternoon after two day of protests

 ‘I remember sitting watching the clock going round and wondering if I had enough money to get out of the car park’. Michael Finnegan from Leitrim. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Patients per month spend €765 and lose €1500 income due to diagnosis, report finds

Parts of Cork remain flooded this evening and some road diversions are in place. File photograph: iStock

Weather advisory in place for Wexford, Cork and Waterford until 8pm

Minister for Transport Shane Ross with Anne Graham of the National Transport Authority as the launch of the ‘Just A Minute’ (JAM) card for  public transport.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Transport claims no minister or rural TD has approached him on issue

The previous record for the highest number of people waiting on trolleys in a single day was 82, also recorded in Limerick last month.

Highest ever number of patients waiting on trolleys recorded at Limerick hospital

Four houses and two vehicles have been damaged in a fire in Rathoath, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

‘The wind was pushing all the flames ... we were all scared as the fire was spreading to my other neighbour’s house’

The three men, one aged in his 40s and the other two in their 20s, were arrested by gardaí in Athlone on Thursday morning. File photograph: Getty Images/Flickr RF

Men to appear in relation to ongoing investigation into social media threats to kill or people

Skaidrite Valdgeima (34), mother of three from Latvia, one of five women who died violently in State in 2019

Women’s Aid charity has monitored killing of women and girls by men for 23 years

A cycling group has told TDs it regularly receives reports of  intimidation towards cyclists. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas committee told of verbal and physical harassment of people on bicycles

The burned car in which the man’s body was found is removed  from the scene. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí trying to establish if death is linked to gun attack on a man in September in Lucan

Graham Geraghty lifts the Sam Maguire cup after Meath won the 1999 All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Reward offered after thieves break into GAA star’s home in Athboy last Friday night

Gardaí seized a loaded firearm and ammunition at a house in west Dublin over the weekend.

Gardaí seize loaded firearm and ammunition at west Dublin house over weekend

A photograph issued by the Garda Press Office of the drugs found in Limerick.

Discovery was made at a building in the Ardkilmartin area of Kilmallock

The INMO said 396 people were waiting on trolleys in emergency departments, while 207 patients were in wards elsewhere in the hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health accepts number waiting for beds ‘far too high in recent weeks’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has accused the producers of vaping products of attempting to get young people addicted to nicotine. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Simon Harris considering ban on adverts for e-cigarettes near schools and playgrounds

An image released by An Garda showing some of the packages seized in Drogheda on Monday.

Gardaí seize 20kgs of cocaine, cannabis and handguns in a series of searches on Monday

Gardaí attended the scene and said foul play was not suspected.

Firefighters from Swords, Finglas and Kilbarrack fire stations attended scene

Cars blocking the cycle lane on a Dublin street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ross has ‘no current plans’ to give National Transport Authority an enforcement role

Dermot Kelly, former Dáil correspondent at The Irish Times, has died

Originally from Mullingar, Kelly worked as consumer affairs and Dáil correspondent

Judge Carol Anne Coolican. Photograph: Collins

Protection order granted as woman also says partner scares one of their children

Environmental campaigner Flossie Donnelly, up to her neck in single use plastic during a protest by Sick of Plastic campaigners at the Department of the Environment on Adelaide Road. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister insists people will be able to save money if new measures are introduced

The suspected getaway vehicle pictured on Eastham Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath which gardaí suspect was used in the fatal shooting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Richard Carberry, a married father of three, was associated with one faction in the Drogheda feud

Shane O’Farrell was killed in August 2011, while cycling on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Student (23) was killed while cycling by man on bail after litany of justice system mistakes

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘people may use less heating and also that means fewer deaths as a result of cold weather’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach showed ‘reckless disregard for science’ by talking of climate change benefits

There were low stocks of water in Supervalu Castleknock due to the Boil Water notice issued in the greater Dublin Area by Irish Water last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Warning on water quality issued on Monday night after heavy rain results in cloudy water

Conor McGregor has his picture taken by members of the public as he arrived at Dublin District Court  where he was fined for assaulting a  man at a Dublin pub. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

UFC fighter has paid compensation to victim of attack, court heard

Residents at a nursing home in Co Limerick were unable to spend time alone with family and friends when they were  approaching end of life, the State’s health watchdog has found.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Relatives were unable to spend time alone with residents approaching end of life, Hiqa finds

The dispute is in relation to working conditions and union recognition at GoSafe.

Siptu says people are are realising that humans work in speed vans

Garda Niamh Connaughton is seen with Giancarlo Issacchi in hospital. Photograph: An Garda via Twitter

Garda Niamh Connaughton meets Giancarlo Issacchi who fell ill while running the race

Ambulance and fire crews deal with a fire at a property on Clanbrassil Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Fire at derelict house on Clanbrassil Street after bonfire stockpile reportedly set alight

Marcus Coster, who is homeless and using emergency accommodation, and Fr Seán Donohoe at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin.   Photograph: Tom Honan

Existing An Post customers will be able to donate to initiative when they top up

All three lanes of the upgraded M7 motorway in Co Kildare are expected to be in operation with a 120km/h speed limit before Christmas, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Thousands caught speeding along route since limit reduced to allow for road works

Two men have been arrested in connection with the alleged armed robbery of tourists in Dublin last week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Italian teacher and students approached by two men who appeared to have a gun

Seven people are in hospital following a crash involving five cars in Co Carlow on Monday evening Photograph: Eric Luke

Incident happened at Kilbride crossroads on Monday evening

Detective Patrick Flood said he had concerns that if Mr Harrison was granted bail he would fail to appear at the next court appearance. Photograph: Collins Courts

Eamonn Harrison appeared on foot of bench warrant for assault and criminal damage

St Anne’s Park in Dublin which has been named as one of the top five parks in the world.

Green Flag awards for parks are judged by experts and assessed on eight strict criteria

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