Newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, Tom Brabazon, with chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade and chief executive of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham at the Pelletstown Station sod turning ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Station to have a journey time to city of 12 minutes and will be part of Dart expansion

The Sligo railway line between Dromod and Carrick on Shannon pictured on Tuesday. Photograph: Iarnród Éireann

Flood-hit families in Co Clare call on Government to relocate them

TII is responsible for maintaining more than 5,000km of national roads, including the Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Bridge over the River Barrow, linking Co Kilkenny and Co Wexford. File photograph: The Irish Times

Michael Nolan oversaw merger of roads and light rail authorities and start of Metrolink

Cliff House Hotel in Co Waterford was one of the hotels recognised for  excellence in human resource management at the awards

Sector recognised for applying best practice employment standards in Ireland

Conference heard that more than 90 per cent of hotels are planning sustainable, eco-friendly projects this year

Industry is reducing water and energy consumption ‘but can only go so far on its own’

IHF’s outgoing president Michael Lennon says ‘legal costs were now so high they were having ‘hugely detrimental impact on the proper administration of justice’. Photograph: iStock

Conference hears Insurance companies, lawyers, assessors ‘have beneficial interesting in settling instead of contesting’,

Dublin hotels continue to perform well with an average occupancy of 82 percent.

Small hotels, guesthouses, construction sub contractors now facing insurance difficulties

 Minister for tourism Brendan Griffin with Niall Gibbons, Chief executive of Tourism Ireland, at the launch of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2020. Photograph: Keith Arkins

This year floodlighting will be accompanied by special fares on travel to Ireland

The moves by airlines as well as the cancellation of a sales mission to China by Tourism Ireland come as the Department of Foreign Affairs advises against travel to mainland China. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Cancelled trips to Chinese mainland may wipe out almost €200m in earnings – KLM

Sinead Gibney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New head of IHREC has previous experience in fields of equality and digital inclusion

The Russian liner Lyubov Orlova: ‘Somewhere in the vast expanses of the North Atlantic an empty Russian cruise ship has been lost and if it’s still afloat, its next port of call may be the coast of Ireland.’

Beleaguered MV Alta on rocks in Ballycotton not the first mysterious ship to haunt our shores

The MV Alta  washed up on the Cork coast during Storm Dennis over the weekend. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard/PA Wire

Coastwatch calls for ‘international help’ for ecological bird sites of ‘immense value’

Deirdre Goggin  at Ballindooley beside the Headford Road. She says the compulsory purchase of her  home may ruin her financially.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘If they can get horses and bats replacement homes why can’t they deal with humans?’

The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct over the river Corrib

Bord Pleanála gets 300-plus objections over road to cut congestion with demolitions needed

 Gardaí had to separate two groups from each other  at rallies outside Leinster House on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A smoke bomb was thrown and three people were arrested by the Garda

Cars which undergo the National Car Test (NCT) over the coming weeks will be issued with a ‘fail’ notice, regardless of the mechanical condition of their car.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times.

Cars will 'fail' the NCT test over the coming weeks regardless of the mechanical condition of the car

The total value of the full complement of 600 buses is about €273 million. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Order for so-called ‘clean’ vehicles has been placed with Scottish firm

 Similar “scissors-style” lifting equipment is in use in car testing centres in Northern Ireland and was found to have cracked.

Parts of test suspended after cracks found in similar lifting machines in use in North

The scene of a major rescue operation where a child was trapped under a bus in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Emergency services, heavy lifting equipment were at scene of incident on town’s Main Street

A car drives along a snow covered road near Knock in Co Mayo. A Met Éireann cold weather advisory note says the wintry conditions are set to continue at least until Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Paul Mealey

Hazardous conditions reported as Met Éireann advises cold spell to continue until Tuesday

Following the postmortem Gardaí said they would have more information. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí are treating the incident as suspicious

Sleet falling near Purteen, Achill Island, Co Mayo. Blustery wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur on Monday, mostly in Connacht and Ulster. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Very cold start to the week will see sleet and some snow on low ground in the west

Paddy Smyth speaking at an event for his mother, author Jennifer Johnston, who celebrated her 90th birthday at DLR Lexicon library in Dún Laoghaire and the opening of an exhibition of her work. Photograph: Alan Betson

Award-winning author donates books to Dún Laoghaire library

Firefighters on Saturday rescued two adults and a child from the an apartment in Cavan town

Firefighters rescue two adults and a child after alarm was raised on Saturday evening

Sarah Benson (centre), chief executive of Women’s Aid,  and her colleagues launch their manifesto for general election 2020 outside the Dáil in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Women’s Aid calls for domestic violence to be a central theme of party manifestos

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan: ‘Securing funding for all monies expended is a priority.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Audit shows money owed to Dublin City Council for housing and homeless services

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan said the council’s policy included issuing warning notices to tenants, and legal proceedings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Local Government Audit Service warns the financial situation ‘is not sustainable’

Construction of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in Co Wexford was delayed due to crumbling concrete. File photograph: The Irish Times

New route incorporates Ireland’s longest bridge – 887m Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Works on sections of the   M7 upgrade are ongoing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Road-widening scheme at Naas to be finished by mid-February, after multiple delays

The auditor also noted ‘similar findings were reported in the previous audit’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown criticised in audit for non-compliance with national guidelines

Tourists enjoy an excursion around Dublin offered by Viking Splash Tours. File photograph: Getty

Tourism Ireland ramps up effort to convince likely tourists of common travel area pledge

An architect’s illustration of the proposed building at Townsend Street in Dublin.

Building in airspace above railway between Tara Street and Pearse Street would be a first

The boys were attacked at a pedestrian footbridge over the N4. Photograph: Google

Teens attacked on footbridge over N4 between King’s Hospital School and Liffey Valley

Man tried to bundle victim in her 60s into the boot of a car in north Dublin

Number of men arrested and imitation firearms seized during incident in Clonee

The scene of the fatal collision on the N21 Castleisland to Abbeyfeale Road in Co Kerry. Photograph: Press 22

Van driver in his 50s killed in crash on the N21 Castleisland to Abbeyfeale road

Properties must comply with certain standards such as having  a washing machine, hot and cold water, a heater in each room and facilities for cooking and fire safety. Photograph: iStock

Co Clare outstrips Dublin City for legal actions initiated against private landlords

Members of the Fórsa school secretaries branch during the protest outside the Department of Education. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Secretaries from across country protest over ‘two-tier’ system of pay and conditions

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, where what it is believed to be the State’s first baby of the year was born. Photograph: David Sleator

Girl weighing 3.23kgs born at 12 minutes past midnight, mother and baby doing well

Monthly  applications for Irish passports exceeded 100,000 in January, March, April and May 2019. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lowest number of applications from a county in Ireland was 627 from Fermanagh

A Garda checkpoint in  Dublin. File photograph: Collins.

Four of the 16 arrests yesterday were in relation to suspected drug impairment

Pat McDonogh, the founder of Supermacs,  said he believed insurance companies were settling claims rather than defending them because of the high costs involved in going to court. File photograph: Collins Courts.

Hospitality businesses worried about impact of some insurance firms pulling out of their sector

The collision is the third fatal crash on Cork roads this week.  Photograpoh: Niall Carson/PA

Woman’s death brings to 140 the number of people killed on Irish roads so far this year

Five people arrested during an operation in Co Carlow on Tuesday are expected to appear before a sitting of Carlow District Court this morning, at 10.30am. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seventeen arrested in Garda swoops and shoppers warned to be extra careful online

A flooded area beside the Galway Atlantaquaria and car park close to the Salthill promenade early on Thursday morning following Storm Elsa. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Weather is weather,’ says spokeswoman after Galway hit by flooding and fallen trees

Former ministers  Martin Cullen (left) and Noel Dempsey, pictured in 2005, inspecting the toll plaza at Kinnegad where the M6 to Galway starts.  File image: Matt Kavanagh

State was ‘insulated’ from losses over construction of road which opened 10 years ago today

Members of the Defence Forces, Army, Navy and Aer Corp at the GPO in Dublin during the Easter Sunday Commemoration, marking the 103rd Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

War of Independence dead to be recalled but questions arise over ’Black and Tans’

Flesk  river in Co Kerry

EPA report highlights 22 locations where conditions were among the ‘best of the best’

The Department of Agriculture has urged farmers  not to spread slurry  when rain is due to prevent run-off. Photograph: Getty Images

IFA president claims ineffective waste-water treatment plants are causing more damage to water courses than farmers

Dublin City Liffey Swim was threatened in 2019 by poor quality of water in river Liffey. Photograph: Alan Betson

EPA report says water quality in rivers and lakes ‘of very significant concern’

“We need to address the sources and the pathways by which these nutrients make their way into our rivers and lakes. Good water quality is essential for out health and well-being”

Water quality report lists the worst of the Republic’s rivers, lakes and estuaries

An ESB eCars app which tells electric vehicle drivers which public charging points are working and available, should be disregarded, eCars has said.

App and website publishing conflicting maps of working and available network chargers

Ireland has two types of firefighters – those employed full time, and the retained fire service that is called out in emergencies. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Firefighters argue they should be compensated for ‘on call time’ that is onerous

A view of the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water says two pumps at Ringsend water treatment plant remain out of action

Some 2,834 families with 5,331 children were supported by the Simon Communities across their services in 2018

Homeless charity says housing crisis should not be ‘accepted as normal’

 Newly appointed Gardai throw their hats in the air pictured this afternoon at the Garda College, Templemore. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Operation Open City in Dublin, Cork and Limerick aims to keep traffic moving

The Edenderry eHive is one of a series of  facilities which the Government hopes will be at least part of the answer to rural employment and long distance commutes. Photograph: Google Street View

Hopes that Co Offaly high speed broadband eHive will encourage rural developement

A proposed boardwalk for Greystones. Image source: Greystones.ie

Co Wicklow town commissions study to improve the ‘public realm’

A report on the FAI’s finances by consultancy firm Kosi has been referred to the Garda. File photograph: Inpho

Ross insists ‘alternative mechanisms’ will support clubs while Garda investigates

RSA CEO Moyagh Murdock; Kieran Fleck, chairman of the HRH;  Liz O’Donnell, RSA chairperson; and Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD speaking to current patient Ollie Cox   at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Photograph: Keith Arkins

People who sustained life-changing injuries speak at Christmas road safety campaign

Graham Hickey, conservation director with the Dublin Civic Trust, ‘astonished’ at the application. Photograph: Eric Luke

Proposed demolition of unprotected structures ‘outlandish plan’, says conservationist

A computer generated image of the planned housing development on the former Doyle’s nursery site in Cabinteely, Co Dublin. Photograph: Marlet

Development of 234 new homes is one of a number planned on Brennanstown Road

The collision happened during the morning commute on the N7 and caused signficant delays

Collision happened at 9am shortly before Junction 5 at Athgoe

 Flooding  is seen on the Rock Road in Dublin on Tuesday following heavy rain. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Rainfall in the capital so far this month is almost double the average for November

Fingal County Council has introduced the  School Streets Initiative to improve the safety and well-being of school children. Photograph:  SON Photographic

‘School Streets’ project blocks traffic with parents given vouchers for free car parks

Dublin Chamber believes that insurance and road tax should not be imposed at a prohibitive cost for e-scooter users, and other personal powered transporter users”.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

Dublin City Council clashes with Dublin Chamber over rules for use of devices

Sean O’Neill, director of communications TII at the new National Motorway Control Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

Transport Infrastructure Ireland gives road monitoring system a €60m upgrade

Gilly Crawford and Paul Woods examine the route proposals at a Public meeting about the planned N11/M11 roadworks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Proposed upgrade includes 2.5km through environmentally sensitive Glen of the Downs

Speaking out and standing up for what you believe in, particularly if you are a woman in politics, can be very bruising, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Conference celebrating female leaders told Leinster House still ‘a male dominated world’

The scene at Garraunboy, Adare, Limerick where a teenager was killed by a car in the early hours of Sunday morning. photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

130 people killed to date this year compared to 121 for same period last year

Two out of every three adult males in Ireland are overweight or obese.

Health survey shows only 34% of men in Ireland aged from 25 to 34 at normal weight

Trains at the bridge of Lansdowne Road station in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dart station near Aviva Stadium was closed during Ireland match as test for Euro 2020

A Paris of the West by Jack B Yeats, on display at Sotheby’s in London as part of its Irish art sale.   Photograph: Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

Oil painting ‘Cork Bowler’ by Gabriel Hayes is up for auction at Sotheby’s in London

Industry sources expect numbers of electric vehicles to grow ‘once the infrastructure is there’.

Electricity free at charging points since 2010 but fees to apply now for use of power points

The Department of Sport said the main criteria for scoring grants included the likelihood of increasing sport participation, the level of disadvantage in the area and the funding received by the club previously.  Photograph: iStock

Southside rugby, golf, hockey and GAA clubs feature strongly among recipients

Three of the four options involve the building of new dual carriageways, the fourth is to widen the existing dual carriageway, including a 2km stretch through the Glen of the Downs special conservation area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two eastern options intersect on Delgany Golf Club, another goes west of the glen

A Dublin taxi driver  illegally increased each fare by €9 using a remote controlled device. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Advice follows discovery of a ‘remote control’ scam which saw €9 illegally added to fares

 Irish Water said the old treatment plant at Leixlip remains vulnerable and it is working with Fingal County Council  to minimise the risk of another boil water notice.

Audit of old Leixlip Plant and satisfactory results on a number of water samples factors in decision

The utility has said there is little point in providing water tankers for use by schools and hospitals as water from a tanker would have to be boiled, and is therefore no different to that which is available in taps in affected premises.  Photograph: File/iStock

Environmental Protection Agency says filter work at Leixlip plant may not be enough

Shannonbridge power station. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Denis Naughten says consideration should be given to running plants on biofuels

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  said Ireland’s relationship with alcohol ‘is not good, damages our health, harms our communities and harms many families’.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Move is one of a suite of measures aimed at ‘changing the culture of drinking in Ireland’

Traffic on the M11/N11 road has risen dramatically since the Glen o’ the Downs road was widened to a dual carriageway, going from 25,600 vehicles a day in 1999, to 53,000 last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consultants asked to consider how bus lane could be added to N11 at Glen o’the Downs

Vicky Phelan:   ‘I am still here and I am still looking for change,’ she told the Psychological Society of Ireland’s annual conference.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

CervicalCheck activist tells conference of lack of support for persons involved and families

Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.

‘It has to be more than we had a meeting on it ’

Vicky Phelan at Leinster House. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Psychological Society of Ireland to hear of impact of trauma on the women and families

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Utility facing cost overruns and inefficiencies in repair work, State oversight body finds

File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move will see growth in export of beef to Ireland’s fifth biggest market for agri-food

Mairead Delaney, archivist at Abbey Theatre in Dublin, shows Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan some of the artefacts on display at the city’s theatre. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Minister for Culture visits theatre to launch appraisal stage of redevelopment plan

The scene of the crash at  Cahercallamore, near Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Press 22

Two other people being treated for injuries at Limerick University Hospital

Anti-war protesters Ken Mayers (right), retired US marine, and Tarak Kauff, retired from the US army, after being released from jail in Limerick earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Place

Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff awaiting trial after incident at Shannon in March

A second man has been arrested following the robbery of tourists in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Italian teacher and student were approached by two men believed to be carrying gun

Poulaphouca reservoir in  west Co Wicklow is one of the main supplies of water for the Dublin region. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dublin area water is typically disinfected with ozone, chlorine or ultra-violet light

 Low stocks of water at  Lidl in  Castleknock due to the boil water notice issued in the greater Dublin Area by Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE advises households to consider using paper plates to limit need for washing up

A boil water notice is in place for some 600,000 people in the greater Dublin area.

Danger of infection by cryptosporidium and other bacteria for 600,000 people

Rosita Boland with her trophy at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards Photograph: Simon Carswell

Website receives nomination for news website/app of the year

Natalie Wilson has two children with ADHD but she says her daughter is not yet getting treatment because health service waiting lists were closed. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

ADHD Ireland says inaccessibility and expense are problems when it comes to diagnosis

Extension will initially take place on the Green line where congestion is very severe, particularly in the morning peak. File photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Extension of 15m on 26 trams will provide extra capacity as passenger numbers hit new record

Incident occurred in homecoming celebration after team won Wicklow Junior B title

Kurdish community protest on O’Connell Street, Dublin in response to Turkey’s attacks on Kurds of Syria. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Naturalised Irish Kurds speak of systematic killing of children

People taking part in  Pieta House’s annual Darkness Into Light fundraising  event in the Phoenix Park to help raise awareness and support for  suicide prevention.   Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Mental health and well-being summit hears of importance of ‘one good adult’

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