The Galway 2020  logo: Preparations have been dogged by funding problems and a number of high-profile departures.

Organisational difficulty ‘isn’t unusual in big city of culture projects’, new administrator says

Luas said no financial information had been compromised in the attack. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Number of customers with data potentially compromised in cyberattack rises to 4,712

Minister for Health Simon Harris said more than 1,000 women who had cervical cancer had now signed up to a review of their slides by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Harris defends Taoiseach after criticism from ‘incredible advocate’ Vicky Phelan

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he would  take advice only from  the National Immunisation Advisory Committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Almost 30,000 people sign online petition for vaccination for all children and teens

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says  there were 439 patients waiting in emergency departments while 167 were in wards elsewhere in hospitals

Nurses’ organisation says the number is the highest recorded since March 2018

Anne Graham, CEO, NTA with map of  phase one of the BusConnects Core Bus Corridors project.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alternative two-way option sees widening of Swords Road through Santry

Deirdre Jacob disappeared in 1998. She had gone to get a bank draft to pay for student accommodation in London.  Photograph: Collins

Teenager missing since 1998 now central to murder inquiry as gardaí trawl for witnesses

Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats co-leader, says Government needs to ‘make good’ on its commitment to statutory entitlement to home care. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Support is ‘vital’ to allow older people to live independently, says Róisín Shortall

Dooagh beach on Achill when it reappared in 2017. The thousands of tonnes of sand have now been washed away. File photograph: Sean Molloy

Storm deposited Dooagh sand back after 30 years but beach now washed away again

Parents call on Minister for Health to include all children in a meningitis B vaccination scheme

Rise in cases sees thousands sign petition seeking expansion of vaccination scheme

The area is sealed off to enable Garda Forensic Collision Investigators examination the scene. File photograph: The Irish Times

The injured girl has been taken to University Hospital Letterkenny

 Robert Ballagh:  his assertion that “practically every national cultural institution is being managed by an outsider” is “incorrect”, said a spokesperson for Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for the Irish Times

Artist’s remark in letter to ‘Irish Times’ dismissed as ‘irrelevant’ to current controversy

Repair work on the refuge in Rathmines  was completed in September 2018 and it is being used as a short-term refuge for homeless women until February.

Centre for domestic violence victims closed in September 2017 over electrical flaws

Anne Graham, of the National Transport Authority, at a media briefing in November to unveil details of phase one of the BusConnects project. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Proposal to accommodate bus and cycle lanes may impact Santry households’ gardens

A man in his 30s was arrested in relation to an alleged rape

Gardaí say file will be prepared for Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardaí said Naas Roads Policing were conducting a checkpoint on Monday night and found a motorist driving on a learner permit, with no L-plates displayed and not accompanied by a qualified driver.

Vehicles taken by gardaí under new legislation which came into force before Christmas

“It’s hard enough now, if they take the garden  I won’t be able to get the car in,” says Donnycarney resident Joseph Jordan of the BusConnects plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Donnycarney residents voice concerns about losing parts of gardens to BusConnects plan

BusConnects fare: The National Transport Authority (NTA) has said while the fare hasn’t been finalised it will be somewhere between the two most common Dublin bus fares, which are €2.25 and €2.50. File photograph: Getty Images

Ticket will allow any number of bus, Luas and Dart journeys within 90-minute period

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has said it may consider a community transport service to supplement the controversial BusConnects plan.

LocalLink buses to hospitals, post offices could supplement BusConnects services

The woman’s son told the court he takes prescribed medication and because of this has a “blurred memory”. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge grants barring order after court told of menacing behaviour in the family home

BusConnects aims to overhaul the current bus system in the Dublin region. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Cycling Campaign says NTA proposals for four bus corridors have been ‘mixed’

Peter Kelly (right) pictured with the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern testing a pair of shoes offered for the 2007 General Election campaign. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/Irish Times

Party leader Micheál Martin remembers ‘great character’

 A Luas travelling along Dawson Street, Dublin in a file photograph by  Dara Mac Dónaill

Tram service says no financial information was compromised in attack which has shut down website

Advanced life support was provided on the scene before the man was taken to the Mater Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí from Bridewell Station say they are investigating the incident

Drivers’ salaries start at € 45,000, going up to € 57,000. File photograph: Eric Luke

Company says it is keen to recruit female drivers

A file photograph showing the Luas Green line. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Emergency services assist passenger who became ill on tram this morning

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting at Mizzoni’s takeaway in Edenmore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Teenager released without charge on Wednesday; man (44) remains in custody

Gardaí are continuing to appeal for witnesses after death of pedestrian

Ireland is in danger of becoming over reliant on Dublin Port while reducing the potential of the port closest to the EU, Labour party leader Brendan Howlin has said.  File photograph: PA Wire

UK to spend more than £100m chartering extra ferries to ease congestion at Dover

A man in his 20s is being treated for a head injury at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to attack at Ballyowen Lane, Lucan

The winning ticket was sold in Applegreen on Manor Road, Tralee. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Manager of service station in Tralee that sold ticket welcomes ‘fantastic’ news

 Women’s Aid said it received up to 2,000 calls per month, which includes women seeking domestic violence refuges, one-to-one support or court accompaniment services. Photograph: iStock

Women’s Aid reminds victims of available supports after receiving 688 calls in 11 days

 Dolphin House, home of Dublin District Family Court, in Temple Bar. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Case was one of the emergency applications before Dublin family court on December 24th

Canon Damian O’Reilly looks through some of the unwanted Christmas gifts left at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, in 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral issues appeal for presents it can give to those in need

 ‘Any public servant covered by the legislation who has not already reached their compulsory retirement age will have a new compulsory retirement age of 70.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Compulsory retirement age of most public servants recruited before 2004 will increase

The Langton House Hotel where there was a fire on Christmas Day.

Fire was reported at well-known pub on John Street at 9am on Christmas Day

Childline said a number of children and young people who contacted them on Christmas Day described the tension in their homes, often propelled by fraught relationships and alcohol intake. Photograph: iStock

‘Fortunately, many children contact Childline to share their thoughts and feelings’

Burnt out vans and cars at  the house which was the scene of the  eviction in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Two men arrested in connection with attack on security workers in Strokestown have been released

The woman told Dublin District Family Court on Friday that her partner tried to strangle her earlier this month. File photograph: Collins

Court told house was decorated for Christmas and man ‘smashed every lightbulb’

KBC Bank Ireland headquarters on  Dublin’s Sandwith Street. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Scene of fire at KBC bank preserved for examination

 A screen displays information on flight disruption at Gatwick airport in Sussex, England. Photograph: EPA

Airport chief calls for aviation industry and government to address challenge of drones

Erin Fornoff, originally from North Carolina has been living in Ireland for the last 10 years.

The video was shot between Harold’s Cross, North Carolina, and airports in Dublin, New York and Charlotte

The house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, at the centre of an eviction controversy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gardaí think attackers believed security workers had British military backgrounds

 Niall Cussen  is currently the chief planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and was involved in the development of the National Planning Framework published earlier this year.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Niall Cussen’s appointment comes on foot of a recommendation of the Mahon Tribunal

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and  Garda Commissioner Drew Harris condemned the attack on the private security firm tasked with evicting a farmer in Co Roscommon. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charlie Flanagan: ‘No room in this country for people taking law into their own hands’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: will undertake “a review of discipline as a matter of priority” in the first quarter of 2019.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reforms to focus on frontline policing and ensure gardaí ‘more visible in communities’

WB  Yeats’s grave in Drumcliffe cemetery,  Co Sligo. Photograph: Getty Images

Chairman of Drumcliffe Development Association says local community is ‘very hurt’ by theft of work

 Flowers and a memorial on Balbriggan Beach pictured this afternoon, where the body of an infant baby girl, ‘Belle’ was discovered at the weekend. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Gardaí to take DNA samples from ‘Belle’ in effort to identify the girl’s mother

Women’s Aid says some of the tactics used by abusive partners include controlling and restricting a woman’s movement. Photograph: IStock

Christmas can be used by women’s ex-partners to control and abuse them, charity says

Flooding in Enniscorthy during Storm Deirdre. Photograph: Liam Ruth/Twitter

Further spell of wet and windy weather is forecast for Monday and Tuesday

 The National Transport Authority’s chief executive Anne Graham. File Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Authority says 1,500 property owners could lose lands to accommodate bus corridors

A number of cross-Border organisations were addressing the Oireachtas committee on Brexit challenges facing Border businesses. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/File

Border region businesses ‘more reluctant to expand’ amid uncertainty over future

  NTA chief executive Anne Graham and deputy chief executive Hugh Creegan at a briefing in November to unveil details of the BusConnects project. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

NTA chief executive to tell Oireachtas more must be done to maintain Dublin’s capacity

A state of urgency was declared on a flight from Cardiff to Dublin when a burning smell was detected last year, according to a report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU). Image: iStock.

Staff declared state of urgency after detecting ‘sulphurous’ odour on descent into Dublin

Gardaí at Pearse Street station are investigating the alleged rape of a woman at a Dublin hotel.

Gardaí have begun gathering items that may have evidential value in the case

Essex Quay and Wood Quay on the River Liffey with Fishamble Street in the centre Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Man (20s) sustained apparent stab wounds during Essex Quay incident on Sunday

Garda had been following up reports of an intruder alarm at a nearby premises

Garda hospitalised for treatment for facial and hand injuries has since been discharged

Minister of State for Housing Damien English (left) with Niamh Randall and  Dermot Kavangh of the Simon Community at the launch of the charity’s  2017 annual report. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Simon Community says demand for emergency accommodation up sharply in first half of year

No arrests have been made in relation to the alleged sexual assault

Alleged incident took place in the Dublin 2 area in early hours of Monday morning

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said in total 8,000 European local authorities will be able to benefit from the scheme between now and 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Town centres, parks, libraries and museums to benefit from European scheme

President Michael D Higgins: “The danger is not only the direct political power they wield, but in the poisonous influence that they now exert on those who, for reasons of short-term political gain and in the name of a false consensus, would seek to concede their demands.”   He was speaking on December 10th. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

‘There are those who now openly deny rights won through long and difficult struggles and who glory in discrimination, racism and a(...)

Stephen Warren had gone missing after a wedding reception in Naas, Co Kildare early on Sunday. Photograph: Garda Press Office.

Stephen Warren (45) had not been seen since leaving reception in Naas on Sunday

Catherine Corless being conferred with an honorary degree by Trinity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Researcher wants ‘decent burials’ in white coffins for 796 bodies concealed on site

The prosecution argued Graham Dwyer had stabbed the 36-year-old to death for his own sexual gratification. File photograph: Collins Courts

Evidence of the location of Dwyer’s work phone tied him to other phones in the case

The Coast Guard came  to the assistance of a walker during high winds and swells on Dublin’s great south wall as the tail end of Storm Diana crossed the East Coast   on  November 27th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Highest temperature of 16.3 degrees reported at Shannon Airport on November 3rd, says Met Éireann in monthly weather report

 Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Aideen Hayden, chair of Threshold today at the launch of Threshold’s 2017 Annual Report. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Eoghan Murphy says Residential Tenancies Board to be given powers to enforce breaches of rent price caps

Unite members pictured outside  Grafton College in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister proposes refunds for Grafton College students following its sudden closure

 Students at Grafton College,  Paola Ambrosio (left) from Rio de Janeiro, and  Rosiane de Avila, from Santa Catarina, both Brazil, have been told the college will have no classes for the foreseeable future in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Grafton College’s owner claims he ‘has not a penny left’ to pay money owed to staff

‘Late Late Toy Show’ host Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The RTÉ One special was watched by more than 1.5m people over the weekend

Gsoc confirmed it received a referral from An Garda Síochána and has deployed investigators to the scene. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Discharge of Garda firearm in Granard is referred to Gsoc for investigation

Gardaí will have early-evening, night and “morning-after” checkpoints over the Christmas period. Photograph: Frank Miller

Male drivers slightly more likely than female drivers to have driven over alcohol limit

A portrait of George HW Bush hangs near the registry at the George HW Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. Photograph: EPA

President reportedly mouthed the words to Silent Night as Irish tenor sang

 BusConnects aims to overhaul the current bus system in the Dublin region. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NTA has ‘forgotten about human element’, claims Kate O’Connell in strident criticism

Michael McCormack of Leighlin Pharmacy, Carlow was  found by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland to have kept inadequate records of the drugs he supplied.

Michael McCormack failed to ensure prescription drugs sales were carried out by or supervised by a registered pharmacist

The dolphin has been swimming around the River Liffey in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paddy Logue

DSPCA monitoring situation, says weather may be affecting mammal’s sonar

The survey also found the public’s trust in An Garda Síochána remains high at 91 per cent Photograph: Getty

Almost half of those asked said gardaí not dealing with things that matter to local area

With the voucher, the local authority will be able to set up  WiFi hotspots in public spaces. File photograph: Bloomberg

Wifi4EU-funded networks will be free of charge, advertising and data harvesting

The judge told the estranged couple “clearly your relationship has broken down”. File photograph: Getty Images

Court told of physical fights in relationship and that man had also sustained injuries

Dr Helen Buckley, chairwoman of the NRP, said while the reports showed evidence of “some very good practice” once services became involved, “it was notable that some social work departments were under serious pressure with high referral rates and staff shortages that inevitably impacted on their ability to provide a good service”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Three young people took their own lives while two were victims of homicide, report finds

Clive Staunton (50) from Leixlip, Co Kildare, who was fatally shot outside his home in Leixlip.

Father of one was shot dead outside his home Leixlip

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is providing consular assistance to the family of a man who died in New York.

21-year-old was from Co Longford and played for local GAA club

The plan promises to fully transition to a fleet of “low-emissions vehicles” by 2030, with half of the fleet transitioning by 2023. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Charity supports bulk of BusConnects, calling investment and modernisation ‘critical’

Take Back the City members occupy a tribunal room at the RTB’s premises on D’Olier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Take Back the City group demand meeting with chair and director over housing crisis

The seizure was part of an ongoing operation targeting organised crime in the area. File photograph: Frank Miller

Man (40s) detained after being stopped by patrolling gardaí on outskirts of city

Families who lost relatives in the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire  marched to the Attorney General’s office in Dublin on Tuesday with 48,000 signed postcards calling for a new inquest. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Families say they have new evidence about 1981 Artane disaster in which 48 people died

A fifth of the students surveyed said lecturers and teaching staff provided ‘very little’ feedback on a draft or work in progress. Photograph: iStock

More than 33% of students do not discuss performance with academic staff – survey

A French protester displays the #MeToo slogan with  #Balancetonporc (“expose your pig”) during a rally against sexual violence in Paris last year. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Dublin conference debates merits of social media-based anti-sexism movement

The Mental Health Commission noted in its 2017 annual report the inability of CAMHS workers to admit children after hours, ‘thereby forcing’ them to look to adult units instead.

Biggest drop in CAMHS staff in Cos Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath

Clive Staunton’s body is removed from  the Glen Easton housing estate in Leixlip, Co Kildare, where he was shot on Thursday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Dublin street trader Clive Staunton (50) was related by marriage to the Hutch family

The Rotunda Hospital’s 2017 annual clinical report said the survival rate of babies born premature at 28 weeks or later was 100 per cent. Photograph: David Sleator

Families have to deal with a huge emotional, physical and financial burden, Rotunda Hospital consultant says

The National Transport Authority’s chief executive, Anne Graham, said some decisions may be ‘difficult’, but they were necessary for ‘fast, reliable, punctual and convenient’ public transport. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Properties could lose up to 2m of front gardens to clear the way for first high-speed bus route

Some 30,000 submissions were received by the NTA in relation to the redesign of the Dublin bus network when public consultation closed at the end of September

The letters have been sent to those who may be affected by improved bus and cycle lanes under BusConnects

Study makes a “compelling case” for players to be made wear protective headgear at amateur and professional grades. File photograph: Getty Images

Research team from Dundee university unveils data that shows kit reduces force by 47%

 Sgt Maurice McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, arrive at the Disclosures Tribunal  at Dublin Castle in May 2018. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

In RTÉ documentary, Garda whistleblower recalls litany of abuse and allegations against him

One teenager, three men in their 20s, and one man in his 40s were arrested and detained at Drogheda and Dundalk Garda stations in connection with a stabbling. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Arrests follow separate discovery of suspicious device on Dublin Road on Sunday night

Investigating officers issue appeal for information after find off Navan Road in capital

Dr Kieran Moore, a specialist consultant paediatric psychiatrist, previously based at Slaney House told an Oireachtas committee  he was resigning as his position was “untenable and unsafe”. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Psychiatrist previously based at Slaney House in Wexford says building was ‘in a state’

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: is committed to providing free contraception across the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Heated exchanges during scrutiny of abortion legislation as it passes committee stage

Minister for Health, Simon Harris: Mr Harris said there are operational issues that had to be teased out in relation to the three-day waiting period, specifically when the “clock starts ticking”.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Harris says law will not allow women to seek terminations on basis of sex, race, disability

Taoisech Leo Varadkar  and Junior Housing Minister Damien English at the opening of a new housing development  in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach says three month limit ‘not worth paper it’s written on’

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