Unlike the green card, which confers permanent residence status, employment visas are time limited and usually employer and job specific. Photograph: iStock

Q+A: Is there any special treatment at all for Irish people? What are the barriers to getting a green card?

Dublin City Council head of technical services Brendan O’ Brien and DMR Traffic Garda acting chief superintendent Tom Murphy with Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul Mc Auliffe at the launch of the HGV Permit Checker App. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

A cordon banning heavy goods vehicles has been in place since 2007

The fire occurred at the site on the Castletymon Road in Tallaght at 9.30pm on Sunday.

Gardaí investigating ‘suspected criminal damage by fire’ at Castletymon Road

Keith Byrne with his wife Keran.

Irishman failed to secure residency in America over marijuana possession in Irish

Just 13 per cent of drivers in Co Kerry recorded for speeding handed in their licence for record. File photograph: Alan Betson

Figures show majority of motorists convicted of speeding did not present licence in court

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive said it is aware that larger encampments of people living in tents have given rise to public order concerns. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin Region Homeless Executive: Vital that use of tents ‘does not become normalised’

‘The new hybrid buses are expected to be at least 30 per cent more energy efficient than current diesel-only buses.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Authority says first delivery possible this year as part of efforts to reduce emissions

Dominic Grieve told an audience in Dublin that the chances of a border poll on Irish unification ‘go up’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal in October. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Ex-UK attorney general ‘worried’ about loyalist violence in wake of a no-deal exit

Frances McNamara, head of the National Screening Service, said CervicalCheck wrote to the women affected on July 1st and advised them to contact their GP to receive their results.

Women who uncovered tech issue told decision had been made not to issue letters

Temperatures are due to rise to 25 degrees this Sunday, with dry and sunny spells forecast for the weekend.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Conditions will dip again next week with risk of spot flooding and thunder

Philosopher Clare MacCumhaill; Rosanna Turner, a finalist in this year’s Irish Young Philosopher Awards; and Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, representing Dublin City Council, after the unveiling of a plaque and special postage stamp to honour the centenary of the birth of author and philosopher Iris Murdoch at Blessington Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Even at the end of her life when she had Alzheimer’s, she remembered she was from Ireland’

Inchicore residents (from left) Lauren Tuite, baby Margot, Gerard Greene, Annie Dibble, Christine Kavanagh and Elizabeth Burns on Grattan Crescent. They are among a number of local objectors to the felling of  trees on the road. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Residents suggest ‘compromise’ in BusConnects consultation

Construction on the M11 Gorey-to-Ennsicorthy scheme started in October 2015. Map: M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP Scheme website

Peak-time savings of 30 minutes predicted on Dublin-Wexford M11 with completion of final stretch

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a general right of access to records held by public bodies and also provides that records should be released unless they are found to be exempt. File photograph: Getty

Commissioner’s annual report shows requests increased by 8.5% last year

“The Border communities are currently at a double disadvantage with the imminence of Brexit and the non-functioning of the assembly in Stormont”

Oireachtas committee says 11 Border area local authorities should develop North/South tourism strategies

Forty-seven reports based on orders made under the Child Care Act are being published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project on its website on Monday. Photograph: iStock

Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights cases of children forced abroad for care

Tusla’s social worker said the agency had visited the family many times and the foster child was “very settled and happy”.

Judge accedes to Tusla application for child to attend Church of Ireland primary school

The Rally for Life makes its way down O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Campaigners march through Dublin with banners stating ‘abortion steals hope’

The ESB said it decided to suspend the operation of the Lough Ree Power Plant.

Fears for safety of local fishery and wildlife species on the river

Ciaran Breen, director of the State Claims Agency. File photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells.

TDs told seven cases over screening controversy had been settled as of June 27th

Former president Mary Robinson has said she doesn’t think there is “enough specific action” within the Government’s Climate Action Plan.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Former president says protection for workers ‘critical’ while people reskill for new roles

Former president Mary Robinson speaking at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ruler of Dubai and wife engaged in London high court dispute

The woman said her former partner wouldn’t leave outside her home. File photograph: Getty Images

Family court: Fearful father tells court he feels intimidated by son’s ‘violent tempers’

Inspection on Co Clare home ‘triggered’ following the receipt of three separate concerns from relatives

A patient at the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin was locked in seclusion for more than 71 days in 2018, according to the Mental Health Commission’s annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mental Health Commission report finds that ‘too often’ facilities are ‘dirty and smelly’

Missing man William Delaney. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man (30s) and female teenager held as gardaí to resume searches for William Delaney

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Niall Muldoon concerned about impact of emergency accommodation on children

The National Transport Authority says the phased approach is to ensure ‘a manageable level of change for customers and bus operators’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

BusConnects plan now due to be implemented between 2021 and 2023, instead of end of 2019

Gardaí and emergency services personnel at the scene of a crash between a truck and a Luas at the junction of Benburb Street and Queen Street in Dublin. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

State agency says near misses continue despite ‘various interventions’ at hot spots

Thomas Byrne TD: “The department has an obligation to make these periods of leave as short as possible and conduct the investigations as expeditiously as possible.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Department says leave only granted in limited situations ‘where the continued presence of a teacher has potential to present ongoi(...)

Over 1,400 properties stand to lose part of their front gardens to accommodate the proposed plans while between 1,500 and 1,600 trees would be lost. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Affected property owners expected to receive average compensation payment of €25,000

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: ‘Projects such as BusConnects are intended to improve the lives of residents, not to rip the heart out of their village, their community.’

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says proposals are ‘not worth sacrificing a community for’

Mr D’arcy said he doesn’t hold insurance companies in ‘high regard’ and had made ‘pretty strong statements’ about them. Photograph: iStock

At least 25 incidents relate to ‘staged accidents’, Oireachtas committee told

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (centre) meets children as he is welcomed by President Michael Higgins (second right) and his wife Sabina (right) in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Van Latwijk/AFP/Getty Images

‘Dublin is showing us its past, present and future’: Royals make first official Irish visit

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina with  King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and  Nya Maasland (6) from Madelief School and Arantxa Carroll of Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Coolock Lane. Photograph: Maxwells

The three-day visit will include a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal stabbing on O’Connell St. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Street has reopened after closure for most of Tuesday while gardaí investigated death

Gardai at the scene of the  fatal stabbing on O’Connell Street.Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Suspected killer was friend of victim; Both known to gardaí as rough sleepers and drug users

Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  ‘I think the less we talk about boardings and potential clashes the better.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘We need to take the heat out of this discussion’, says Tánaiste

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the Irish Government was informed last September about Scotland’s intentions to enforce its claim to the territorial waters around Rockall.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Coveney: ‘Don’t confuse diplomatic language with weakness. We will support our boats’

File photograph of the Luas tram. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Incident understood to have taken place near Luas stop in Rialto

A no-swim notice was in place across the entire south Dublin coastline last week following a sewage overflow at the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant due to heavy rainfall.

Water quality ‘back to normal’ after sewage overflow at Ringsend treatment plant

Rockall, the tiny disputed island some 400km off the Co Donegal coast.

Scotland believes fishing by Irish boats within a 22km zone around Rockall illegal

Scottish fisheries minister Fergus Ewing has said his government’s fisheries patrols would “invite” Irish fishing boats to “cease and desist” from what he said was “illegal” fishing around Rockall.

Fergus Ewing says patrols will invite vessels to ‘cease and desist’ from ‘illegal’ fishing

File photograph of Irish Naval Vessel L.É. Róisín on a routine maritime security operations patrol off Rockall. Photograph:Defence Forces

Scotland had warned it will take action against Irish vessels fishing around islet

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill, Mary Lou McDonald and Conor Murphy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader says party had ‘very difficult’ local and European elections

 Seapoint is one of the beaches affected by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Dublin City Council  warning to the public not to swim at a number of Dublin beaches because of a sewage leak at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant. Phototgraph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Entire south Dublin coastline off limits to bathers until Wednesday after heavy rain

 More than 3km of roads across Ballsbridge and Donnybrook in Dublin have been festooned with red ribbons to highlight the potential loss of trees as part of the BusConnects programme.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Irish Georgian Society concerned at likely removal of 160 trees from UCD-city route

File image of Dollymount beach in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Specialist says there is a risk of gastrointestinal infections for those who break council’s swim ban

Walkers on Sandymount Strand in March this year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ringsend plant leakages happen about 15 times every year, mostly in winter

Paul Carroll, senior engineer said the scheme will provide a ‘scenic and direct route’ between the growing communities of Malahide and Donabate (above). File photograph: Tom Honan

Fingal County Council made planning application to An Bord Pleanála

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Congress of the European Federation of Public Service Unions the best way to mitigate against risks posed by Brexit is to improve economy through ‘higher productivity’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Output of Irish economy five percent lower than without Brexit, says finance minister

Det Supt Seamus Boland was one of two gardaí honoured at the ceremony in Spain. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two gardaí honoured in Spain for work tackling organised crime

Cannabis seized by Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre. Photograph: Revenue

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seize drugs discovered in wooden ornament

Teena Gates and her father Terry Martin, who turns 94 next week.

Teena Gates has been unable to secure HSE supports for her father, Terry Martin (93)

Two passengers in car and truck driver treated in Tullamore hospital after crash

Use of sunbeds by under-18s is already banned. Photograph: iStock

New Government policy to consider prohibiting sunbeds for all age groups

Irishman John Heneghan (33) and his wife Caitlyn Holtzman (32) were killed in the crash on Saturday. Photograph: via Facebook

John Heneghan and his wife Caitlyn Holtzman died in crash, three others injured

File image of a Cessna 140 aircraft

Pilot sustained bruising following incident that took place near Devlin last June

Gardaí issued 38 on-the-spot penalty notices for road traffic offences as part of the operation in Drogheda. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Thirty-four searches conducted and seven vehicles seized as part of ‘Operation Stratus’

Andrew Mann was  44 and a father of two. Photograph: Cathal Burke/vipireland.com

The musician was a Eurovision contestant and Voice of Ireland singer

Local elections, Kimmage-Rathmines: Green Party local election candidate Patrick Costello canvasses in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photo : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

‘I’ll chain myself to those trees before I let them cut them down’ says one resident

Umbrellas, alcohol, garden furniture, selfie sticks, flares, glasses or cans will not be permitted at the event.

Limited number of tickets available for previously sold out show

Bundoran Beach, Co Donegal, lost its blu flag. Photograph: Holger Leue/Tourism Ireland

Eighty beaches and eight marinas receive accolade in 2019, two fewer than 2018

Tess and Danny Valdez, the parents of murdered Jastine Valdez pictured with family at the one year anniversary at Blessed Sacrement Chapel Bachelors Walk Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Collins Photos

Young woman from the Philippines was murdered after being abducted in Wicklow

Most of the grievances to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission related to abuse of authority, neglect of duty, discourtesy and non-fatal offences. Photograph: The Irish Times

Officer took statement from woman ‘but did nothing further’ with it, according to report

Ireland will have to be turned ‘entirely on its head’ over the next decade to tackle climate change, the secretary general at the Department for Communications, Climate Action, and the Environment has said.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters.

Department chief says ‘level of ambition’ on fighting global warming needs to ramp up

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European Elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, joined by Minister Josepha Madigan TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael MEP candidate says Ireland must vote for politicians positive about EU

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘The State’s risk is absolutely capped. I think this is a good deal from the point of view of the taxpayer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

Granahan McCourt consortium says it will invest initial €220m in rural project

Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry. Photograph: Getty

Poor weather means safety works will not be complete in time for Saturday opening

Fr Guckian was fatally injured at about 11pm in Drumboylan on the Roscommon-Leitrim border and pronounced dead at the scene. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Fr Michael Guckian ‘was well known and liked by young and old alike’

From left,  Phil Kingston, community and education manager, Abbey Theatre; Prof Mary Horgan, RCPI president; and Prof Chris Fitzpatrick.

Open disclosure workshops to available for consultants from all disciplines

Rafal Skóra, aged in his early 40s, was from Artane in north Dublin.

Body of Rafal Skóra found on Sunday morning after he failed to return from flying trip

Fr Michael Guckian (81),  was fatally injured in a hit-and-run  in Keadue (above), Co Roscommon, on Saturday night and was pronounced dead at the scene. File photograph: Google Street View

Man presents self to gardaí after incident; Fr Michael Guckian a ‘very popular’ priest

President Michael D Higgins hosts an event at Áras an Uachtaráin on Friday for the Christine Buckley Centre, an organisation set up to assist the victims of clerical and institutional abuse. Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

President hosts event to mark 10th anniversary of Ryan Report publication

A screen grab from one of the ads from the ‘No Excuses’ campaign

National campaign on sexual harassment and violence launched

BusConnects aims to overhaul Dublin bus system by creating 230km of dedicated bus lanes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kate O’Connell says transport plan for Dublin will have irreversible consequences

 Inchicore residents (from left) Lauren Tuite, baby Margot, Gerard Greene, Annie Dibble, Christine Kavanagh and Elizabeth Burns on Grattan Crescent. They object to  trees being cut down to make space for a wider road and bus lane. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some trees on Grattan Crescent will have to be removed under the NTA’s proposed bus corridor

Mother before Dublin District Family Court for breaching access order

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation provided an update on the progression of its 2025 strategy for Irish tourism growth on Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

Government needs to address the soaring costs of doing business, claims confederation

The shotgun which was discovered on wasteland in west Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí discover firearm during search in Blanchardstown’s Sheephill Estate

Tega Agberhiere (17), an underage Irish soccer international who suffered serious injuries during an attack last in which gardaí said a ‘corrosive substance’ was used. Photograph: Damian Tiernan via Twitter

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is among those to send message of support

Harry Clarke’s granddaughter Ann Simmons in St Peter’s Church  viewing one of the artist’s windows in the church. File photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Mayor unveils plaque in Cabra in tribute to ‘internationally renowned’ craftsman

Emma Hurley with television presenter Deric Ó hArtagáin. Emma is involved with Cork Penny Dinners as well as other local community groups and helps her mother who is a wheelchair user with everyday tasks at home. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Emma Hurley’s efforts with Cork Penny Dinners highlighted at awards ceremony

Storm damaged election posters in Dublin city on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Humphreys

Candidates out putting up campaign ads after strong winds blow them down

A festival tent in Fenit was blown down as storm Hannah hit Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Counties in the south east worst hit as gusts as high as 122km/h recorded

The report said 4,050 days involving 1,184 workers were lost to industrial relations disputes in 2018 compared to 50,191 days, involving 9,456 workers the previous year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

€3.1 million recovered in unpaid wages by WRC in 2018, up 75 per cent on previous year

Student nurses Fiona Hanon, UCC/CUH; Sarah Collins, UCC/CUH; and Róisín O’Connell, WIT/UHW, at the Irish launch of the Nursing Now campaign. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Global campaign aims to improve recognition of nurses’ role in health services

Inspection of the 50-bed acute adult mental health unit at University Hospital Galway  took place last November.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Concerns follow inspection of 50-bed unit by Mental Health Commission

Rock Road, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Google

Three men gained entry to house in Terenure and restrained man and woman in their 70s

Jordan White and  Hamsavani Rajeswaren both from Belfast during an NUJ vigil for Lyra McKee at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin.Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We also gather in celebration of a daughter, sister, lover, journalist, and remarkable human being’

Minister for Transport Shane Ross:  asked to clarify how long he has known 125,860 learner-driver permit holders who obtained their first licence between 1984 and 2016 have never taken a driving test.  Photograph: Laura Hutton

More than 125,000 learner-driver permit holders have never sat their driving test

Margaret Cash with her children Johnny, Thomas, Michael, Andy, Jim and Miley – images of them sleeping in a Garda station made headlines last August.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Before emergency system changed 200 families last year were sent to Dublin stations

 Locals at a community meeting in Christ Church, Rathgar, in relation to the Bus Connects proposals. Photograph: James Forde

BusConnects reforms would create 230km of bus lanes along 16 traffic corridors

A Dublin Bus vehicle leaves Bray Dart station. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The overhaul of Dublin’s bus system is already running late, and faces further delays

A family hub at the Gleann na hEorna apartment complex on Cookstown Way, in Tallaght. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Ombudsman for Children says housing should be fundamental right in Constitution

People are more likely to be scrolling through Instagram and Facebook rather than texting while driving. Photograph: iStock

RSA says number detected is 24% increase over the same period last year

Scaffolding  inside St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, early in 2011, about  a year after the building was badly damaged by fire. Restoration has since been completed. File photograph: John McElroy

Longford cathedral took five years and €30m to restore after major fire in December 2009

Blaze at Paris cathedral features prominently on front pages of newspapers in France and worldwide

FAI executive vice-president John Delaney giving evidence during his appearance at the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. Videograb: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Football association says it is taking ‘urgent steps’ to address concerns over handling of finances

Joseph Gilleece, centre, from Turners Cross, Co Cork,  and the Cork Parkinson’s Association at a protest outside the Dáil on Thursday to demand better funding for those with the disease. Photograph: James Forde

Protesters criticise lack of Government funding for Parkinson’s association and members

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