Christina Leslie (28) who was attacked in her home in Drogheda

No arrests have been made after woman attacked in her home

Kayla Carey (6) from Navan, Co Meath, died from suspected meningococcal meningitis last week. Image:

Funeral of Kayla Carey (6) to take place on Tuesday, while relative remains in hospital

Water restrictions are currently in place for parts of Dublin.  Photograph: iStock

Council carrying out number of repairs

 Snow covered roads leading up to the M3 at Dunboyne Co Meath late last month. Photograph: Alan Betson

Met Éireann says it will be ‘very cold’ this weekend, especially in the north and east

Kayla Carey from Navan  died on Thursday from suspected meningococcal meningitis. Image:

HSE says it is aware of anxiety in Co Meath after Kayla Carey and another child caught infection

Garech Browne, the arts patron and descendant of Arthur Guinness, has died.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

President in tribute to co-founder of Claddagh Records, who lived on Luggala Estate

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith: “The State should pick up the tab for this two-day event.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan says he will facilitate two-day event in Dublin in June

A full water service is expected in Dublin next weekend for St Patrick’s Day festivities.  Photograph:  Frank Miller

Service disruption to be reduced over next two weekends due to number of major events

Orla O’Connor, director of NWCI,  said there are constant problems in relation to data on the Garda Pulse database. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NWCI called for publication of Garda Pulse computer system review

Some 12,000 of those with no water are in south Tipperary, where a water treatment plant was contaminated with kerosene. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Eight boil-water notices lifted in Co Waterford as utility aims to reduce restrictions at weekend

A pizzeria in Dublin city centre was served with a closure order last month after ‘substantial’ rodent droppings were found in its kitchen.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Apache Pizza outlet was the subject of one of six closure orders served last month

There are around 17,500 people outside Dublin with no water supply and 35,000 with a restricted supply.

Irish Water says significant leakage problems have occurred in parts of south Dublin

Emma Collins: Irish Water need to inform the public how long water restrictions will continue for

Irish Water accused of giving no warning of complete turn-off

In addition to the Dublin restrictions, there were about 20,500 people with no  water and 47,000 with reduced flow

More than a million people in the greater Dublin area with reduced supply overnight

A lone snow covered tree on a mound outside Enfield in Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Temperatures dropped to minus 11.5 degrees, according to forecaster’s monthly summary

A  digger clears snow from a road in Kilteel, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Water restrictions are in place in Dublin from 8pm Tuesday until 6am on Wednesday

Irish Water says up to 93,000 households are experiencing water supply difficulties.

About 23,000 households currently with no water and 39,000 with restricted supply

Health service staff who cannot get to work or whose work place is closed will not have to make up the time lost, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Simon Harris says situation has changed since memo warning of loss of leave issued

Walkers in the snow on the Curragh in Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Met Éireann issues midnight alert for Munster, Leinster and Galway as blizzard forecast to dump up to a metre of snow in parts

Walking along Pearse Street in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Met Éireann issues highest level red weather warning covering all counties in State

04/12/2010: A file photograph of a snowball fight in Herbert Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Thousands had claimed they would attend on Facebook

A snow-covered crashed car on the M3 at Dunboyne Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Varadkar says people ‘should not venture out of doors’ while the red level warning is in place

If consumers want to eat beef or lamb between now and the end of the week they should stock up, the ICSA said.

Milk suppliers’ association says it does not envisage shortage of milk in supermarkets

Otta the Dalmation dog sits in the fallen snow in Dublin, Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Met Éireann may move to upgrade warning level to red on Wednesday morning

Evelyn Cusack, deputy head of forecasting at Met Éireann, speaking following a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group to discuss  the anticipated severe cold weather this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Met Éireann may issue Status Red snow warning as Storm Emma hits

Met Éireann has cautioned that “all week is going to be exceptionally cold with a penetrating frost”. Photograph: Getty Images

Emergency group: ‘Some of the indicators for this event may go back to the winter of 1982’

People walk during heavy snowfall in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

School closures may be necessary as flights are cancelled due to ‘beast from the east’

The report noted the “great harm and suffering” resulting from the physical and mental anguish of carrying an unwanted pregnancy to full term, especially in cases of rape, incest and severe foetal impairment. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Situation in NI ‘may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’


Family Court: Wife says this was spouse's first act of violence in 17 years of marriage

Ross Burns from Inchicore, an engineer’s assistant on the new children’s hospital. “When I finish working here I plan to go back to college to study civil engineering and to pursue a career in construction.”  Photograph: Julien Behal

Main phase of construction has recently begun

Elsa the dog has been reunited with her owners. Photograph: The Dogs Trust/Facebook

Dogs Trust returns Elsa the German Shepherd to family after reading dog’s microchip

The Department of Social Protection said 88 per cent of the total free travel customers had a public services card at the end of last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Inspection campaigns lead to sharp rise in number caught misusing card

From the age of 18 months, Barbara Chadwick spent four years in hospital: ‘My mother told me it was very difficult to integrate me back into the family’. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Case studies: People suffering from polio share their stories living with the disease

An iron lung helps a young boy with polio breath during the 1950s. Photograph: Jonathan Kirn/Corbis via Getty Images

Up to three patients a month presenting with post-polio syndrome at Beaumont Hospital

Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien said he has instructed that all staff be issued once again with the organisation’s policy regarding the use of the HSE corporate logo. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Staff member wrote to politicians urging opposition to repeal of Eighth Amendment

Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin said she was saddened by ‘unwarranted vitriol’ levelled at the Sisters of Charity last year. File photograph: Eric Luke

Dr Rhona Mahony said hospital’s aspiration to move was ‘put in grave jeopardy’

Researchers found no significant difference in weight between  children who took part in a 12-month school delivered programme focusing on healthy eating and physical activity, to those who did not.  Photograph: Getty Images

Researchers said famly, local community and food industry may have greater effect

 The 18-person syndicate from Portiuncula hospital celebrate their success. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Mac Innes Photography

Administrative staff at facility in Ballinasloe confirmed as winners of Tuesday’s prize

Irish Water issued the warning on Wednesday afternoon due to increased chlorine levels in the water supply

Irish Water urges people not to use supply for drinking, food preparation or washing

Ireland’s uptake of the flu vaccine among the 65-plus age group dropped from 70%  in 2008/2009 to 60%  in 2014/2015. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

WHO says falling uptake of flu jab jeopardising ability of health systems to fight next pandemic

Meals on wheels. Student Musa Moholo says being a bicycle courier is perfect for his demographic, “young, fit and a lot of free time. I only need a part-time job as I’m in college.” Photograph: Getty Images

Part-time bicycle courier with a food delivery service says there is ‘no assurance with it at all’

Longer Luas trams are due to be introduced in the coming weeks. File Photograph: David Sleator

Councillors criticise widespread delays following introduction of Luas Cross City

Senator Ivana Bacik, with students in TCD Muireann McQuillan, Maeve Peyton and Áine Hamm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vótáil 100 marks the 100th anniversary of the vote for Irish women

Borrowers will be able to choose a fixed rate of 2-2.25 per cent over 25-30 years.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authority to provide mortgages to those turned down by banks

Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the scene and local diversions are in place. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí appeal for information after driver killed in Lakeview area in Castleblayney

Kevin Myers controversy: the journalist on RTÉ Radio after his final Sunday Times column. Photograph: PA

Authority upholds complaint made after Myers sacked from ‘Sunday Times’ column

Aine Kierans, Caroline Simons, Cora Sherlock and Cliona Johnson speaking at a Pro Life Campaign event on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Activists highlight ‘abortion on demand’ fears and say Tánaiste’s stance is inconsistent

Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara, Co Galway.

Renvyle House Hotel has lost €200,000 worth of conference business over the issue

French researchers have warned of the danger of pregnant women taking ibuprofen in the first six months of pregnancy. Photograph: Getty

Prolonged exposure to painkiller may have long-term effects on female foetus, researchers warn

The initiative “Smoke Less Campus” will be implemented at Carlow Institute of Technology from February 14th. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Three shelters to be designated for smokers after initiative begins on Valentine’s Day

The increase was passed by the National Transport Authority at a board meeting last September due to rising costs of running a taxi.

Standard rates rise from €3.60 to €3.80 and from €4 to €4.20 during premium hours

In 1992, 24%  of working age Protestants were economically inactive compared with 34%  of working age Catholics, a 10 percentage point difference. In 2016, the rates were 25% for Protestants and 26%  for Catholics. Photograph: Getty Images

Unemployment rate dropped from 9% for Protestants and 18% for Catholics in 1992 to 5% and 7% in 2016

The gap between the poorest families and the wider population is larger in Ireland than in other comparable EU countries. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

One-third of lone-parent families were ‘persistently deprived’ from 2004 to 2015

Bank of Ireland has paid compensation to more than half of its customers caught up in a mortgage overcharging scandal, chief executive Francesca McDonagh is expected to say today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Bank’s CEO will say that more than 5,000 customers have received redress and compensation of over €68m

Dublin Fire Brigade. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Underground blaze burned for five hours before being extinguished on Monday morning

A Mediterranean diet may help women receiving in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to achieve successful pregnancies, according to new research.

Research study suggests fresh fruit, fish, olive oil improves chances of becoming pregnant

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: the Government “now intends to proceed with a proposal rejected by the Oireachtas Committee and must publish and explain its advice for doing so”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Brendan Howlin expresses concern at decision not to follow ‘repeal simpliciter’ advice

Irish Water: the company said water should be boiled in homes affected by a chlorine-booster breakdown at Vartry water-treatment plant, in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Breakdown at Vartry water treatment plant affects supply to 65,000 people

The introduction of the new Luas Cross City in December has led to traffic delays in the College Green area. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NTA to move 17 routes from College Green from Monday to tackle disruption by Luas

Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

At Holocaust Memorial Day service Varadkar talks of de Valera’s ‘courageous’ actions

 Hilary Benn: British ministers have “absolutely no answer” as to how a soft border between the Republic and Northern Ireland will be achieved. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Committee chairman Hilary Benn: ‘No deal is the worst possible deal you could imagine’

The introduction of the new Luas Green Line in December led to traffic delays in the Trinity College/Nassau Street area in the run up to Christmas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taxi restrictions also being considered in attempt to reduce delays through city centre

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is  not convinced that UK Brexit secretary David Davis has the deep understanding required on the core issues.

‘It’s one thing fudging a statement or communique . . . you can’t fudge a legal context’

‘People can and do recover from eating disorders and specialist evidence-based outpatient treatment is associated with faster recovery’, Anne O’Connor, the HSE’s national director for community services has said. File photograph: iStock

Services have been ‘a bit of a postcode lottery’ says HSE chief

EirGrid said it was “confident” that through dialogue “we can allay any fears that landowners may have and reach agreements that suit all parties”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Grid operator seeking right of way rather than purchase of land to erect pylons

Priory Hall. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Oireachtas committee to recommend fire risk assessments on boom era builds

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has unveiled a new scheme of local authority mortgages that will be available from next week. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Waterford’s Michael Walsh says all councils will ‘ramp up’ social housing building

The low-interest rate mortgages will be available to purchasers of properties worth up to €320,000 in the greater Dublin area, Cork and Galway, while the ceiling in the rest of the country will be €250,000.  Photograph: Reuters/Neil Hall

Government plan is ‘geared towards a market that doesn’t really exist’

Almost three-quarters of self-harm presentations among the homeless were among people living in Dublin or Cork city. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeless accounted for 3.9% of people presenting with self-harm injuries over four years

Cloverhill Prison. Photograph: Alan Betson

Visiting committees for 14 prisons note gang culture, overcrowding and staff shortages

Mountjoy Prison: prisoners expressed “frustration, hopelessness and at times anger” about conditions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gang culture and easy availability of drugs continue to pose widespread problems

Donkeys covered in snow near Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/Photopress

‘Fast moving’ Atlantic depression brings increased flooding risk and gusts of 110km/h

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall:  published a report on Wednesday following his investigation into the HSE’s administration of the scheme.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ombudsman outlines upset caused to patients seeking operations overseas

The figure includes eight children at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and five at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Number, which has risen from the end of last week includes 13 children

Dr Motaz Kabadaya said he was one of the top 10 oral maxillofacial surgeons in the country. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Motaz Kabadaya admits negligence but was going through tough time financially

Mary Delaney at An Cosán: describes herself as “the eternal student”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Further education centre in Jobstown helps many for whom doors of learning had shut

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: has been told by  Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring that Gsoc should not be under the remit of his  department in order to give the public confidence in its independence. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Watchdog chairwoman says it should not be under Department of Justice remit

Kieran Mulvey: renewed appeals to donate refunds  to homeless charities were made by the chairman of the Refund Project oversight group over the Christmas period

Authority to begin winding down refunds after 95% of cheques issued

‘We are seeking independence from the Department of Justice so all lines will be clearer into the future,’ says Gsoc chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘We have failed people who have come to us,’ says Gsoc chair Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring

Atlantic areas can expect poor weather over the coming days. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Very high seas expected to bring risk of flooding along Atlantic coast areas

‘They shot us all at waist level to stop anyone from running away’, recalled Alan Black, sole survivor of Kingsmill massacre. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Alan Black, who saw 10 colleagues killed by the IRA, says Barry McElduff was ‘dancing on their graves’

Gardaí in Raheny are investigating and are appealing for witnesses. Photograph: Frank Miller

Child was in back of Opel Vectra when it was stolen from outside house in Baldoyle

In separate case woman sent nude pictures of former partner to current girlfriend

Dr Kevin Kelleher  said samples from GPs in the community showed the B virus was accounting for 60%  of flu cases, while in hospitals and intensive care units it was accounting for 50% of cases

Number of people on trolleys increases to 575 on Tuesday

Irish citizens have visa-free access to 173 countries, along with Portugal, the United States and South Korea.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland moves up once spot to joint fifth place

Grants of up to €100,000 will be awarded to 32 outdoor recreation projects. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister Michael Ring says 32 projects to benefit

The Restaurants Association is suggesting  members take a non-refundable deposit of €20 for bookings for tables of more than four. File Photograph: Getty Images

No-show problem is ‘rampant across the country’

250,000 children are living in poverty, says Social Justice Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Social Justice Ireland reacts to Ibec’s economic outlook, says 1m people experiencing deprivation

Oil prices is seen as the main factor in the latest increase in fuel costs

Front Line Defenders said female human rights defenders in particular are increasingly reporting “hyper-sexualised smear campaigns and defamation” which aim to limit their activism by eroding local support networks. File photograph: Getty Images

80% of killings occurred in four countries – Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines

A boat is stranded on the edge of a pier after it was washed there by floods in Galway, Ireland, January 3rd, 2018. Photograph:  REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Met Éireann warns of gale force winds, heavy rain and sleet throughout the morning

The outgoing head of the Government’s Housing Agency, Conor Skehan, said the Government may have “unwittingly” encouraged people to exploit the housing allocations system by prioritising “self-declared homelessness”

Eoghan Murphy says it’s important that we have ‘different voices’ in housing debate

Workmen clear debris in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor following damage to an office construction site on January 3rd, 2018 in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

People in affected areas urged to ‘keep away from coastline if you don’t need to be there’

Former Republic of Ireland underage manager Sean McCaffrey has died aged 58. Photograph: Brendan Moran

McCaffrey managed the Ireland Under 17, U18 and U19 teams over a seven-year period

A Waymo, customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, used for Google’s autonomous vehicle program near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Photograph: iStock

There are concerns about liability in the event of a self-driving car being involved in a collision

John Farrelly of the Charities Regulator: “95 per cent of people wanted reasonable checks on suitability of charity trustees.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘You need to reinvigorate, you need fresh blood and new thinking,’ says regulator

Age Action head of advocacy and communications Justin Moran. Photograph: Eric Luke

Grant schemes and home-care system ‘simply not joined up’ Age Action says

The Charities Regulator has published stickers  for clothing collections distributed by organisations that are not registered charities which have been brought to its attention by members of the public.

Charities Regulator warns people to be vigilant about doorstep clothing donations

The passenger recalled that while leaving the aircraft she fell from the top of the steps and attempted to grab the handrail to prevent the fall. Photograph: Getty Images

Passenger disembarking from Australia flight sustained injuries at Cork Airport

Kieran Mulvey, chairman of the Refund Project oversight group: “Every donation small or large will greatly assist the advancement of homeless projects being developed by the three charities.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over €100,000 raised in recent days after renewed appeal from Refund Project chair

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