Top medal winners:  Deirdre Faul (liver recipient) from Dalkey,  and John Moran (kidney recipient) from Glasnevin arriving back to Dublin Airport from the World Transplant Games 2019. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Irish team bring home 17 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze

The Countess of Dunraven will present this Death Mask of Daniel O’Connell to the OPW at Derrynane House  on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Landers

Countess of Dunraven donates plaster mask for display in Derrynane House museum

The district attorney’s office said Fr Joseph McLoone ‘held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church’.

US attorney alleges priest used stolen funds to buy a beach house, travel and dining

People who were members of an occupational pension scheme, in which their employer contributes, were significantly more likely to retire at an earlier age, the study found.

65 to 67 years of age is the most popular age to retire

Isolde Goggin, chair of the CCPC, said the watchdog’s aim is ‘to ensure that goods placed on the Irish market do not pose a safety risk to consumers’. File photograph: Eric Luke

More than 33,000 products were prevented from entering the Irish market last year

The  data shows the importance of migration as, without the Vikings, the population decline could have been much worse, according to the researchers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vikings more successful than ‘natives’ in expanding population, research shows

Shirley Moran Breslin before Lyme disease, left,  and afterwards. Photograph: Shirley Moran Breslin

Shirley Moran Breslin diagnosis took more than four years after being bitten by a tick

Lyme disease is transmitted by bites from infected ticks from deer and other wild animals.  Photograph: iStock

Experts believe incidence of Lyme disease may be much higher than estimated

Childminders are required to register if they are caring for seven school-age children or six mixed-age children. Photograph: iStock

Seven counties have no registered minders while Dublin has only nine

Conor Dillon, 21, from Dublin is calling for the reinstatement of the training allowance

Conor Dillon says Government decision is ‘discriminating’ against him

The M50: in 2018, 950 cases of drivers withholding payment of tolls and penalties were sent to the Dublin sheriff. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There were 172 criminal convictions in 2018 for persistent failure to pay related fines

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy compared co-living spaces to a ‘very trendy, kind of boutique hotel type place’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Such tenants could face year-on-year rent increases as they might not be covered by Act

Jack Downey (19) from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pictured with his mother Elaine. Photograph: Clonmel Óg Hurling and Football Facebook page.

‘People have to stand up and speak ... we are all too casual about what is going on among young people in Ireland’

The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 50s, was removed by air ambulance to Tallaght Hospital. Her injuries are understood to be serious. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A woman in her 50s was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital while two others were treated locally

Builders carrying out remedial work on November 5th at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, which was built by Northern Ireland building firm Western Building Systems. File photograph: Colin Keegan

Western Building Systems has called for report deadline into school building programme

Heavy traffic of mountain climbers lined up to summit Mount Everest in a photograph taken by climber Nirmal Purja’s Project Possible expedition on May 22nd. Photograph: Project Possible/AFP/Getty Images

Noel Hanna believes making the climbing window longer would reduce fatalities

One school building, part of Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Dublin, was closed. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Temporary remediation and precautionary measures to be put in place

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease causes death within a few days of infection, with sick animals having swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. Photograph: iStock

Highly contagious virus of no risk to humans, says National Parks and Wildlife Service

There are also currently 46,949 children across Ireland waiting to see a paediatrician for an outpatient appointment in the three Dublin hospitals that make up Children’s Health Ireland

Since the start of 2019 an additional 48,660 have joined the waiting list

High winds and lightning struck Ireland on Thursday night. File photograph: Steve Bloom/Getty

Unseasonably windy over southern half of the country with moderate to fresh and gusty winds

Dublin 1, which covers the north inner city, has the highest number of homeless beds with 1,488 people. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Most emergency accommodation in Dublin 1, Dublin 7 and Dublin 8

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryan and Joseph Coyle (at the far side of the horse), all from Rolestown, Dublin, with Pushkin, (Smurf) at the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People who work with horses close to the Border say their industry has been ‘abandoned’

Competitors in Dún Laoghaire during the Ironman Dublin Triathlon race. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Insurance premium almost doubled this year, says Triathlon Ireland

Latest figures showed there were 35 whole-time equivalent consultant posts, when there needed to be 82. Photograph: iStock

Irish Hospital Consultant Association calls for more beds and specialist consultants

Galway City Council had the lowest percentage of private rentals inspected at 2 per cent, while Dublin City Council and Cork County Council inspected 4 per cent of properties. Photograph: Getty

Government provided €2m to local authorities to increase inspections last year

Data published by the Department of Housing shows that of the 25,814 dwellings that were inspected in 2018, a total of 20,414 were substandard.

Limerick City and County Council highest fail rate – all inspections short of compliance

The newfound popularity of Kilkenny Castle Parklands is largely a result of the Office of Public Works putting in counters at the attraction in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Guinness Storehouse, Cliffs of Moher and Dublin Zoo busiest fee-paying sites in State

The short clip shows a number of young people jumping from a cliff in Kilkee, Co Clare while others sit, with their feet dangling over the edge, laughing, cheering and recording .

Kilrush lifeboat spokesman said behaviour ‘particularly dangerous’ due to water conditions

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection passed on through the bite of an infected tick.

Irish expert ‘not surprised’ at UK data suggesting much higher number of tick-borne infections

People seek cover amid the heavy showers in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Rail services via Maynooth badly affected; National Gallery is evacuated

Fionn Ferreira (18) was named the overall winner of the 2019 Google Science Fair

Fionn Ferreira from Ballydehob earns €45,000 bursary at event in California

Dr Conor O’Mahony holds a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has lectured in UCC since 2005.

Conor O’Mahony highlights review of Child Care Act as central to his three-year term

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Prof Philip Alston at  the Pavee Point Travellers Centre in Dublin where he spoke about how surveillance technology is being introduced into social welfare systems around the globe.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

‘What are the intentions of the government?’ asks Prof Philip Alston

File image of  pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Murrisk representative says lack of facilities for visitors could lead to serious accidents

Colorectal surgery being performed on a patient in the new digital surgery unit at the Mater hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mater hospital unit uses technology to identify cancer without need to remove tissue

Prof Desmond O’Neill says attention to hydration and making sure people have adequate access to proper drinking water needs to increase. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP

Temperature control to become a priority for nursing homes and hospitals

Two Dublin city stations closed to facilitate construction work

In a statement, the Kerry hospital said its emergency department has experienced significant overcrowding over the last 24-48 hours due to increased patient attendances.

Hospital asks public to limit visits to ‘genuine’ emergencies

On Saturday and Sunday, Darts will operate between Howth/Malahide and Connolly, and between Grand Canal Dock and Greystones only.

Iarnród Éireann closing both centre stations to allow for repairs on Pearse Street roof

The removal of  nine trees in Fethard was part of a ‘footpath renewal programme’, says Tipperary County Council.  Photograph: iStock

‘Is it not evident that the world needs trees more than ever? Why cut them down?’

“Trees are removed only when necessary as a last resort. New trees are planted to replace those lost and to increase the overall number of trees in the county.” Photograph; Getty Images

Issue under increasing public scrutiny following several high-profile removals

Cherry blossom trees in Herbert Park in Dublin, which has the highest population of such trees in the capital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tree expert says too late to replant trees somewhere more suitable due to their age

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeleen Blackwell, Minister for Health Simon Harris and DRCC chairperson Ann Maire Gill at the launch of the centre’s annual Report for 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Victims ‘feel they are retraumatised and effectively victim-shamed,’ Minister says

Minister for Health Simon Harris said his private secretary knew there was an issue in relation to an individual woman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Chairman of review into latest cervical controversy says process will be independent

Activists from the Extinction Rebellion environmental action group block traffic on Tara Street in Dublin’s city centre.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Extinction Rebellion stage disruptions to highlight rising air pollution in capital

 DCU students brought sleeping bags to protest. They said: “If we can’t afford to stay in Shanowen, we will sleep out here instead.” Photograph: Mark Carroll

Students’ Union warns rent increases will result in students dropping out from college

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