The highest number of mobile phones (334) and quantities of drugs (373) were seized at Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FOI figures also show there was close to 300 litres of “hooch” home-made alcohol seized

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: Fully committed to the BusConnects project. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Transport authority reveals it has already received 15,000 submissions from the public

Gardaí from Blanchardstown, the K-Community Action Team and the District Drugs Unit carried out the search targeting organised cri(...)

Proposed changes to the Dublin Bus network are an attack on working class communities, according to one attendee at a public meeting in Crumlin on the plan.

Access to city centre and to hospitals among concerns raised at consultation meetings

The scene near Clifden, Co Galway, where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff during  Storm Ali. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Storm Ali moves away from Irish coast after leaving almost 200,000 without power

The scene in Claddaghduff, Co Galway where a  tourist in her 50s was killed as her caravan was blown into the sea by Storm Ali. Photograph: Paul Mealey

Some 67,000 remain without power after severe winds batter Ireland

Kathleen O’Toole, chairwoman of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland,  at the commission’s  report launch in Dublin on Tuesday.  Photograph:  Maxwell’s

GRA welcomes recommendation for body-worn cameras for gardaí

Dr Kieran Moore said that since he started at Our Lady’s hospital in August, he believes GPs are increasingly directing children and adolescents to present at emergency departments.  Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan

Consultant warns of need for increased funding and change in system and approach

Garda preserve scene at the Lidl store in Fortunestown Lane,Tallaght. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Store in Tallaght suffered significant damage when looters used excavator to access store

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Locals in Lemybrien, Kilmeaden and Swanlinbar feel the loss of their local branch

Paddy Hayter of the Footsbarn Theatre Company with Robyn (3) and Rachel (5) Smit from Stradbally, at an official tour of the festival site

50,000 people will descend on Stradbally this weekend for the end-of-summer festival

‘I am very frightened of him,’  one woman told the family court

Woman tells court partner says ‘he's going to mess me up’

  Pope Francis leaving the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday before a meeting with abuse survivors. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Marie Collins asked pope why Church is still allowing disgraced church leaders resign instead of being fired

People arrive  in the Phoenix Park for the Mass with Pope Francis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Large number of roads are closed until 11pm including routes alongside Phoenix Park

Margaret Cash (28) came to prominence after she circulated pictures of her children - aged between one and 11 years - sleeping on seats in Tallaght Garda station on social media. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Margaret Cash had to leave a three-bed apartment after landlord said it was no longer available

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park in Dublin where Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass for some 500,000 people on Sunday. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

About 700 gardaí to be based in Phoenix Park on Sunday with many items banned from site

There will be seven dedicated Dublin Bus transport hubs to bring people as close as possible to the Phoenix Park for the papal Mass. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Widespread road closures to take effect from Saturday morning to facilitate visit

Hozier is among performers due to attend the Stand for Truth rally on Sunday. File photograph:  Aidan Crawley

Stand for Truth rally will begin on Sunday at same time as papal Mass

A measles vaccination kit. Information on measles has been sent to all emergency departments and GPs in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow to inform them of this outbreak. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

13 cases recorded in north inner city since July

Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Peter McVerry trust: Organisation has prepared response to the papal visit. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Peter McVerry Trust says it can take people to emergency accommodation amid traffic disruptions

 Margaret Cash with her six sons  outside South Dublin  Council offices in Tallaght earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeless mother posted photos of six of her seven children sleeping in Garda station

The personal details of 37,000 Eir customers have been affected by a data breach, the telecommunications company has said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The stolen data consists of names, email addresses, phone numbers and Eir account numbers

The Pastoral Congress at the RDS starts on Wednesday. Photograph: Kilcoyne Kilcoyne/Reuters

Andrea Bocelli, Nathan Carter, and Daniel O’Donnell to perform at Festival of Families

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive said it had sourced a large number of additional rooms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Families seeking emergency accommodation will be housed in capital ‘in the first instance’

Scene of the fatal stabbing of a Gerard Fortune on Rutland Grove, Crumlin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí appeal for information on red Toyota Yaris ‘driven from the scene at Rutland Grove’

The scene of the fatal stabbing of a man in his 60’s at a house on Rutland Grove, Crumlin at about  8pm last night. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Gerard Fortune, in his 60s, died at house in Crumlin ; Man in 30s being questioned by gardaí

Cristina Bergoglio  with two of  her paintings of Dublin. Gallery owner Denise Donnelly says it is  purely coincidence that her exhibition is on during the papal visit

Exhibition is on show in Doorway Gallery, although ‘Uncle Francis’ unlikely to attend

DCU students outside the Dáil at a previous protest over student accommodation in April. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘There was an entire lack of empathy for the concerns we were presenting’

The commission said it prioritises qualified teachers to correct exams but every year there are a “small proportion” of examiners who are not qualified teachers.

Commission insists there is ‘rigorous standard-setting and high quality’ during grading

 Phoenix Park ahead of visit by Pope Francis for WMOF2018 closing Mass. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

More than 100 road closures for Dublin as people urged to take public transport to Phoenix Park

A mother who is ‘terrified’ of her son has been granted a two-year barring order at Dublin District Family Court.  File photograph: Getty Images

Mother tells the court she ‘has not slept for two weeks’ following violent incident

The collision occurred at Deerpark on the Castlepollard to Collinstown Road between 10pm and 11.20pm. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Woman (18) is in serious condition after the collision on Wednesday night

The charity has said rent pressure zones must be “extended and enforced where they already exist”.

‘It is nearly impossible for people to move on from emergency and homeless services’

A Medical Council report has said despite assurances, interns in some specialities reported that they regularly worked in excess of the European Working Time Directive 48-hour week at the hospital.  File photograph: Getty Images

Medical Council report finds interns complained of being belittled

 Media visit the site for an informal briefing on arrangements in the Phoenix Park for WMOF2018 Closing Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 700 gardaí will be in Phoenix Park for event with stage inspired by Claddagh ring

Jim Logan  wanted to know whether any of his old friends from Lahinch were still around. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Is there anyone left who remembers me,’ said letter in Clare Champion

Grounded yacht in Skerries. Photograph: Skerries RNLI

Two adults and three teenagers brought ashore at Skerries in early hours

Margaret Cash with her children in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Margaret Cash who slept in Garda station with children would have to leave premises at 10am

Diversions are in place from Amiens Street onto Talbot Street. Photograph: Dean Ruxton

Injured man in his 30s hospitalised as gardaí investigate morning incident at Beresford Place

Photograph: Getty

INTO says schools have to call on retired staff to shore up short-term needs

Six children, aged from one to 11, and their mother, Margaret Cash, had to sleep in a Dublin Garda station after they could not find emergency accommodation.

Dublin Region Homeless Executive reviewing processes for those who present late at night

Margaret Cash with six of her seven children. Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said there is clearly urgent need for a review of how State agencies deal with families who present late at night in need of emergency accommodation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans in place to move homeless families to commuter towns during papal visit

Margaret Cash’s children sleep in a Dublin Garda station after they could not find emergency accommodation.

Margaret Cash condemns social media response to the incident

Margaret Cash with her children Johnny, Thomas, Michael, Andy, Jim and Miley outside the council offices in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Number of homeless presenting at Garda stations expected to rise during papal visit

Margaret Cash with her children Johnny, Thomas, Michael, Andy, Jim and Miley, who spent Wednesday night sleeping in Tallaght Garda station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Accommodation plans for papal event are condemned as ‘treating people like cattle’

Image of Margaret Cash’s children asleep on chairs in brightly lit room sparked outrage

The photographs which circulated widely on social media on Thursday morning carried a caption saying: ‘Well after been 11 year on the housing list a year on the homeless dis is where my 7 kids have to sleep’.

Problem of homeless families turning to gardaí for help to increase during papal visit

‘The failure to support people at home, close to their family and community, displays the Government’s indifference towards the liberty of disabled people,’ said Inclusion Ireland

Inclusion Ireland said people should have the right to remain at home with supports

The two dead adult falcons and the three eggs recovered by NPWS staff from a nest  in the Cooley mountains.

Officers seek public’s help following the unlawful deaths of the birds in Co Louth

New recruits are still not receiving driver training as part of their basic training, the Policing Authority said.

Only one out of 26 gardaí in a Garda unit was trained to drive in emergency situations

Some of the dogs rescued by the ISPCA last week. Photograph: ISPCA

ISPCA removed 86 canines from an illegal dog breeder in Co Roscommon

The HSE said the ward of court process “offers significant additional protections to vulnerable people”.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Sage ‘disappointed’ with judge’s decision to make man ward of court against will

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says council’s health information and regulatory role ‘not mutually exclusive’

James Hubbard, National Disability Authority, Tom O Donnell, Irish Text Relay Service (eir) and ComReg commissioner Gerry Fahy celebrating the launch of the ITRS app.

Eir, Three, Sky, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Media and Vodafone

Tuesday evening’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times So far this year, 484 fines have been issued, compared to 631 in 2016 and 1,429 last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Breaking red light the most common offence, accounting for 1,546 fixed-charge notices

Paul McDonald, a bus driver from Finglas told the meeting “what we need is more buses, not this plan”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Over 100 residents from Edenmore turn out to public meeting in opposition to the BusConnects plan

Minister for Community Development Michael Ring said new technology for libraries will help ensure the become “an invaluable community resource”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Initiative forms part of rolling plan to double visitor numbers over the next five years

Allegations contained within  complaints  related to abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy and the improper use of information. File photograph: Mark Steadman/

22 protected disclosures made to Gsoc last year, according to Ombudsman’s annual report

Irish charities have income of €14.5 billion

Zoe Holohan and Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp are understood to have been separated as they fled the blaze which broke out in the town of Mati, some 30km from Athens, on Monday.

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp became separated from his wife as they fled the blaze

Residents react as they look at their burned house following a wildfire in Mati, a northeastern suburb of Athens. Photograph: EPA

Department providing consular assistance to number of Irish people

The Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland   reported the outbreak of the bloom  with pictures of the pea green-like soup at a number of locations on Lough Lein. Photograph: Facebook

Pet owners warned to keep animals away from water with blue-green bloom

Undated photograph of Paul Shine-Dixon whose remains were found in France

Paul Shine-Dixon went missing after getting off train in Perpignan

Scientists will have to rethink their theories on what colours dinosaurs were, following a study at UCC.  File photograph: Getty Images

Discovery by Irish-led research overturns ideas about fossils of ancient animals

The scene after a fire at Curracloe beach in Co Wexford. Photograph: Jack Meehan

Investigations are continuing into large blaze that ripped through 13 acres at Curracloe

Construction at the Lidl site in Jobstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jobstown locals welcome new, larger store amid continued shock over digger rampage

A recommendation has been made  that all children under the age of 18 should be allowed to change their gender if they have consent from both parents. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Social Protection keen to produce heads of Bill ‘as fast and as efficiently as I can’

A woman told Dublin District Family Court that her husband was physically violent towards her and one of their two children

Judge bans man who threatened to kill wife from family home in separate case

Kristiana Strauga is described as 5ft 1in with black hair, blue eyes and of thin build.

Whereabouts of teenager unknown since Saturday afternoon when last seen in Dublin

Following discovery of the loaded weapon gardaí said they continue to monitor those associated with organised crime. Photograph: The Irish Times

Garda chief says suspicion of ‘intention to murder’after loaded weapon discovered

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

‘It would have been cheaper for State to build new social homes,’ says Fianna Fáil TD

Dan O’Neill, Luke Maguire, James Cluskey and David Mullins celebrate after their Guinness World Record attempt at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Three-day doubles match raised funds for Tennis Ireland’s ‘Enjoy Tennis’ programme

The Courtmacsherry lifeboat assists a yacht back to the harbour on Sunday. Photograph: Courtmacsherry Harbour Lifeboat/Facebook

Vessels get into difficulty in separate incidents amid low visibility on Sunday

Irish Water said it was impossible to determine at this point how many litres of water would be saved per night as a result of the restrictions. Photograph: Frank Miller

Utility looking at ‘varying levels of restrictions in various areas’

Horses in the water on Rusheen beach during sunny weather in Co Galway. Photograph: Reuters

Details of Dublin restrictions to be announced later on Friday

The Vartry water treatment plant in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Restrictions will affect greater Dublin area between midnight and 5am from Monday

The fire has caused damage to the railway infrastructure, according to Wicklow Fire Service. Photograph: Wicklow Fire Service/Twitter

Wicklow firefighters say fire at Bray Head has caused damage to railway infrastructure

Kathleen Chada said  it was important for her to remember that her sons were ‘incredibly happy boys’ who ‘had good lives right up until those last moments’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kathleen Chada says she would like to see independent homocide reviews

A group waiting for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Trinity College Dublin during an unusual rain shower. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw /Pool/The Irish Times

‘Some alleviation’ to drought conditions but dry and warm weather to continue

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Dublin Airport on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Royal itinerary: Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make number of stops around Dublin

Children could be protected from sunburn when swimming by wearing  UV long-sleeved swim suits and sun hats, Helen Forristal, director of nursing services at the foundation the Marie Keating Foundation has suggested. Photograph: Frank Millar

Infants and children should be kept out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

Six children have been treated for serious sunburn at the emergency department of Temple Street Children’s hospital over the last week.

Four cases of barbecues burns reported as doctors urge parents to protect children

People enjoying the hot weather at Glendalough in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Met Éireann issues nationwide drought warning until at least Friday night

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow as a ban on hosepipes is likely to be extended to other parts of Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Utility says majority of calls are from people seeking advice on restrictions

 Burnt out remains of vehicle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Poor visibility around Wicklow mountains following gorse fires

Canon EOS5D c/w Canon 24-70mm Lens & Batteries Combined RRP c. €3000. Photograph: Wilsons Auctions

Brands such as Sony, Canon and Apple on sale as Filmbase closes operations

People dive off rocks into the sea at Sandycove, Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Status yellow alert issued for the week with little or no rain expected, says Met Éireann

Dublin businesses are coming together to demand safer cycling infrastructure in the city centre for their staff. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Companies eager to see employees given safer commutes, says campaign co-founder

According to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, there were 15 nurses recruited last year, down from 82 in 2016 and 20 in 2015. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Retention a problem as ‘some who availed of the first part of the incentive left after six months’

Former Anglo Irish bank chief executive David Drumm has pleaded guilty to providing unlawful loans to 10 developers in July 2008. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

David Drumm pleads guilty to providing unlawful loans to 10 businessmen

Ireland spends €4,706 per head of population on healthcare, one-third more than the average across 35 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Ireland spends €4,706 per head of population on healthcare, according to study

A  fifth of complaints about doctors to the Medical Council last year  related to communication issues. File  photograph: David Sleator

Medical Council received 356 complaints down from 411 in 2016

In the last three years 710 Iarnród Éireann employees have had random testing for intoxicants, with eight positive results. File photograph: David Sleator

‘Something fell between the gaps’ says department official

The segment was hosted by RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Frank Miller

Discussion about cyclists on RTÉ constituted ‘hate speech’, according to one complainant

A problem with a propeller shaft has force the cancellation of sailings of Irish Ferries’ Ulysses ferry for the next week. Photograph: Eric Luke

Company said vessel expected to return to normal service by middle of next week

A damaged vehicle in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is understood the driver fell ill before crashing outside a west Dublin church

Dublin city swimmers in action as temperatures climb at the citiy’s docks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Yellow warning now in effect as Met Éireann say temperatures expected to hit 30 degrees this week

Sunny and hot days on the way across Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Highs of 26 and 27 degrees are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday

File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fire at home in Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot being treated as suspicious

Sandymount Strand, Dublin, one of seven locations assessed to be of poor quality along with Merrion Strand, Loughshinny, Rush South, Portrane in north Co Dublin, Ballyloughane and Clifden in Co Galway. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Merrion Strand and Sandymount Strand among seven ‘poor quality’ locations

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