Special Olympian Mark Saddler shows off his bowling medal as he celebrates with his family after arriving home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Team Ireland hailed after winning 86 medals across 12 sports at Abu Dhabi world games

Team Ireland’s Mairéad Moroney, right, and her alternate shot team play partner Jean Molony. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Mairéad Moroney (69) from Clare got ‘a bit of colour’ in Abu Dhabi to go with silver medal

Competitors in rhythmic gymnastics dance in action during the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty

Progress needed on deficit in supports across many countries, says Special Olympics chief

Team Ireland’s Rachel Murray during the rhythmic gymnastics ‘ball’ exercise. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Tim Shriver on issues for those with disabilities and his wish that games return to Ireland

Team Ireland’s Emma Johnstone in action alongside Athira Soman during Ireland’s 27-15 win to earn a basketball gold medal during the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/ Sportsfile

Dreams come true amid chants of olé, olé, olé at the World Games in Abu Dhabi

Maureen Byrne from Kilkenny with her granddaughter Lucy Dollard. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The family of Ireland’s bronze medallist Lucy Dollard say the big occasion didn’t faze her

Team Ireland during the Special Olympic World Games 2019 opening ceremony in the Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Games present a ‘huge growth opportunity’ for the members of Team Ireland

Bog butter found in Muckanagh, Co Mayo, dated to AD 775 to 895, and with its wooden container and leather wrap. Image copyright of the National Museum of Ireland

Practice of storing butter in bogs goes back to 1750 BC – much earlier than first believed

It estimated the cost to women of menstruating ages of such products is equivalent to €208 a year and €8,100 over a lifetime. Photograph: Getty Images

Measure proposed as a way to tackle ‘period poverty’ and ‘normalise menstruation’

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Geoffrey Shannon compares regime to ‘Rolls Royce’ system for commercial law

Lahinch in Co Clare during the high winds of  Storm Ophelia, October 2017.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Day two of Cheltenham horse-racing festival in doubt as damaging winds expected

Victims of IRA violence have criticised the city of San Francisco for posthumously honouring Martin McGuinness (pictured) for his ‘courageous service in the military’. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Certificate of honour from US city recognises ex-Sinn Féin politician’s service in the military

A fireman and gardaí are seen attending to a fire in the Temple Bar area of Dublin on Monday evening. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times.

Residents had to leave Crampton Building flats for a time due to blaze in restaurant

A man stands on Blackrock swimming tower in Salthill, Co Galway during Storm Callum. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Winds up of to 130km/h and heavy rain expected as orange alert issued

The woman said her daughter has been coming to her home ‘intoxicated and violent’ and that she suffers from a mental disorder.

Woman said she is ‘very frightened’ of adult daughter and granted interim barring order

Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Patrick ‘PJ’ Fanning.

Patrick ‘PJ’ Fanning (34) was last seen close to Wexford town on February 23rd

Swimmer Aisling Beacom from Wicklow Town and her mother Pam at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Team Ireland features 91 athletes, 49 coaches and staff, and 400 supporters

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and  Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland,  are pictured at a  European Conference  in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Maxwells.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor says occasion needs to be repurposed

Bus Éireann driver Rhonda Byrne: ‘I love my job.’

‘I love my job as you get to travel the country and meet loads of new and interesting characters’

 Jurgen Mulsow, consultant surgeon at the Mater Hospital, his patient Siobhan Patchell, patient Kathleen Reid and  Prof Donal Brennan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Mater hospital has provided treatment 200 times since 2013

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting in the Blakestown Road area of Dublin after a man in his 20s was shot at around 5pm. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí believe victim was gunman’s intended target and had been under surveilance before well-planned ambush

The study, which was commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions (Ilcu) and carried out by i-Reach Insights, involved 1,000 adults across the State.  Photograph: iStock

“Lack of real knowledge” of how interest is applied also highlighted in credit union study

Smoking costs the State 140 times more each year than the amount spent trying to get people to give up the habit, the Irish Heart Foundation has said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times.

Irish Heart Foundation says an average of 16 people a day died in 2017 as a result of habit

Almost 620,000 doses of illegal medicines were seized last year including sedatives, erectile dysfunction medication and anabolic steroids, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography.

Sedatives, abortion pills, erectile dysfunction medication and anabolic steroids among products found

Gardaí investigating incidents in which pedestrian and motorcyclist were killed

Mary Ryan was last seen two months ago

Mary Ryan, described as being 6ft 2in in height, of slender build with black hair,

Again? Jack and Emily most popular names in 2018

Frankie, Freddie, Theodore, Bella, Ada and Bonnie enter top 100

The Irish Cancer Society said the Government must “crack down” on rogue sunbed operators. Photograph: iStock

Mystery shopper exercise showed one in three did not refuse to book minors

Tusla chairman Pat Rabbitte: “The shortage of social workers leaves the agency vulnerable to criticism where non-compliance with best practice is sometimes established.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Child and Family Agency must be more transparent, Pat Rabbitte will tell committee

BusConnects aims to overhaul the  bus system in the Dublin region by creating 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Letters sent to 390 affected property owners on final bus corridors

Sam Bailey (9) has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

HSE will not sanction use of drug for condition on grounds of price

Gardens of properties in Terenure are among those that will be affected by the BusConnects core bus corridor project. Photograph:    Nick Bradshaw

Letters issued by NTA in recent days brings total number of properties affected to 1,400

President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of  Flac’s new head office in Dublin, which coincides with its 50th anniversary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Prohibitive cost’ of legal action biggest barrier to wider access, President says

A drugs seizure by gardaí in Athlone, Co Westmeath, earlier this month

Intervention should be left to health workers, not the gardaí or courts, Ana Liffey finds

Dublin City Council said “old flat complexes”, such as Dolphin House were costly to refurbish (above, in 2016, with then minister for housing Simon Coveney and residents). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin City Council spend in excess of €25m for refurbishing over 960 void units in 2018

Father-of-three John Lawless was shot dead in north Dublin earlier this month

John Lawless was not known to gardaí for involvement in serious criminal activity

The Ana Liffey Drug Project on Friday said Dublin’s north inner city  was facing a problem with ‘street tablets’, which were the cause of two-thirds of fatal overdoses in 2015.

Ana Liffey Drug Project begins information campaign on street tablets such as benzodiazepines

Fibromyalgia sufferer Adrienne Dempsey with her son, singer/songwriter  Damien Dempsey, at Thursday’s press conference. Ms Dempsey said she lives with chronic pain. “I’m at my wits’ end.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The syndrome, which causes pain and fatigue, affects up to 180,000 people in Ireland

 Families have to deal with the legacy of the recession, even years after the economy recovers, according to the ESRI. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Research finds families face economic stress even when financial situation improves

An Bord Pleanála indicated that an additional 21 strategic housing applications are due for decision over the next three to four months. File photograph: Getty Images

Strategic Housing Development scheme being used accelerate the development process

The committee was told that the Departments of Education and Foreign of Affairs are working to ensure that in a no-deal context ‘we will be able to have mutual recognition of qualifications’. File photograph: Getty Images

Recognition of professional qualifications ‘poses a particular challenge’, says Zappone

The body of Finley Gannon (18) was discovered at the harbour in Balbriggan on Saturday afternoon. File photograph: Alan Betson

Finley Gannon (18) had disappeared after attending nightclub on Friday night

Mother ‘numb’ on discovering young man stabbed his brother (9) before taking own life

 Eamonn Murphy at the Four Courts after the HSE  secured a High Court order against his website. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Campaigner’s previous site was alleged to be confusingly similar to HSE crisis pregnancy hub

 Ikea said there was only one bus stop located west of the Ballymun store, which was used for both incoming and outgoing buses.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Public transport accessibility to Ballymun store is relatively poor, says Swedish store

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said the doubling of the programme is a ‘significant step’ towards the arts being a ‘lived experience for every child and young person in the country’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Number of schools in Creative Youth programme doubles, as budget hits €6 million

Gardaí and Luas staff at the scene on Cookstown Way, near Tallaght where a  woman was killed. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Incident happened at about 10am between the Cookstown and Tallaght Hospital stops

The research from the ESRI and commissioned by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, uses data from a 2016 survey of over 5,000 households and 13,000 individuals Photograph: iStock

ESRI finds unmet needs greatest among lower-class families, households in poverty

A female teacher (24) has returned to court over the alleged defilement of a male student.

Woman (24) has lost her job, Swords District Court hears

This week will be milder than normal for this stage in February, with temperatures of up to 14 degrees Photograph: The Irish Times

Met Éireann says Ireland is set for mild few days with temperatures rising to 14 degrees

The body of Pat Ward (30), a member of the Travelling community, was discovered in an alleyway in Clogher, Co Tyrone at 8.15am on Saturday. Photograph: Paul McErlane/EPA

Detectives granted an extra 36 hours to question man and woman arrested on Saturday

Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Harris says what happened ‘was plain and simple intimidation’

 President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Visit to begin in Birmingham and then continue to Liverpool

 Maria Walsh:  ‘I want to become an MEP’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Philadelphia Rose seeks nomination to run for party in Midlands/North-West constituency

One woman said her son came to her home and smashed a glass door and that he was “off his head on tablets”. Photograph: iStock

Court told man made threats to kill after mother refused to let drug addict friend stay

Roberta and Seamus O’Riain sit on a bench outside Facebook’s new headquarters in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Seamus O’Riain said he read Ballsbridge workers the ‘riot act’ after ‘special seat’ cordoned off

File photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Mayo woman who went to country recently involved in incident near Melbourne

 Michael O’Flaherty received   his birth certificate containing his full name, date of birth and mother’s name when he joined the army aged 24.     Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Michael O’Flaherty was born in the mother and baby home in 1948 and spent 10 years in a foster home not knowing who his parents we(...)

Dr Gareth Linehan from Michelstown,  and his daughter Grace (2) at the NAGP protest. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We are looking at the last generation of GPs in Ireland’ – doctors call for Fempi reversal

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan

NPHDB responsible for overseeing building of national children’s hospital

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian  McGrath told an Oireachtas committee he too was ‘very upset’ about  the situation regarding finances for the Irish Deaf Society. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Society had warned it will have to close unless the State grants €300,000 in funding

 Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Rail had earlier warned of delays due to ‘train failure’ at Killiney station

An overturned car on the road between Croghan and Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Roscommon on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Peter Daly

Schools closed and buses cancelled as ‘significant accumulations in places’

Finland and Ireland led the Good Country Index of 153 countries

Finland tops ranking of 153 countries based on contribution to the ‘common good of humanity’

A walker enjoys the snow in the mountains near Killakee, to the south east of Dublin. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin Region Homeless Executive activates extreme weather protocol

The items sold to the woman, who lives alone, have been retained as evidence. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Price paid to cold-callers for tools and generators ‘extortionate’, say Cork gardaí

A file image of  the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, in Co Galway. Photograph: PA

DNA samples from elderly or frail survivors should be ‘banked’ for future identification

Abhaile is the State’s mortgage arrears and debt resolution service

Majority who contact Abhaile about debts and mortgage arrears are in employment

Irish Holocaust survivors (from left to right) Walter Sekules, Suzi Diamond and Tomi Reichenthal attending the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in the Mansion House, Dublin on Janauary 27th Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland-born Isaac Shishi, Ephraim and Lena Saks returned to Europe during childhood

Eir said phishing and impersonation scams are global issues that have recently ‘become more common across Europe’. Photograph: iStock

Callers alleging to be from ‘Eircom’ say broadband will be cut unless steps are taken

A total of €370,000 is needed to pay for treatment for Regina Duffy  at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Photograph: Gofundme

Regina Duffy (38) diagnosed with brain cancer following marriage late last year

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Drew Harris says Border reports are ‘entirely incorrect’

Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, at the announcement of phase one of the BusConnects core bus corridors project at the end of last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Mary-Rose Brady: ‘We are going to fight this. We are all up in arms about this’

Beechwood Luas crossing in Ranelagh, south Dublin which is due to be redesigned to facilitiate the MetroLink. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Transport authority writes to 140 properties along corridor to get ‘baseline information’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said: ‘It is truly disappointing that Mercy International Centre has been targeted in this way. ’Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Josepha Madigan was due to address meeting at Mercy International Centre in Dublin

Those who may lose part of their front gardens under the plans for the new bus routes include properties on Terenure Road East. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Those affected in south and west Dublin to get average compensation of €25,000

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

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