Will the EU Survive Brexit?: former European Commission secretary general Catherine Day gave the Barrett Family Lecture at Newman University Church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former EC secretary general Catherine Day says EU will continue to enlarge

Of 23 reports, evidence of good practice and compliance was found in 17 nursing centres

Michael Carey has extensive experience in overseeing State bodies, having served as chairman of Bord Bia for two terms since 2011, and he has also served as chairman of the Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance since 2016.

Chairman-designate has chaired Bord Bia for two terms, and Grow Dublin Tourism Alliance

Dublin Port Company’s draft master plan noted the port’s Alexandra Basin redevelopment project involved capital investment of about €1 billion over the next decade.

Controversial plan to reclaim part of Dublin Bay ‘dead and will not be revisited’, says chief

Dublin City Council wants to extend 30km/h speed limits to 31 suburban areas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposals would add suburbs to 30km/h list and reduce speeds on main roads to 40km/h

Views from the upper floor of Newgrange take in Dublin city and the coast

Supersized home on 10 acres built for family who owned Smart Brothers stores

06/04/2018 NEWS. Parents and students of Coláiste Ráithín in Bray, Co Wicklow. Staff had hoped to be in the new building by Easter.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sammon Construction goes into examinership, leaving parents, teachers and pupils in limbo

Jim Connolly, chairman and founder of Rural Resettlement Ireland.  Connolly  said that up until 2012 the agency was funded by government “as they saved a lot of money on urban, social houses”.   Photograph:  Frank Miller

Rural Resettlement Ireland plans to return ownership of Co Clare houses to Minister

 Cliona Saidlear Rape Crisis Network Ireland, Ruth Coppinger TD, school student Megan Brady and Cliona Loughnane of the National Women’s Council of Ireland at a press conference to launch Solidarity’s Objective Sexual Education Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Removal of religious ethos from delivery of education on sex proposed in Solidarity Bill

Heavy rainfall has been predicted in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rain expected to last from Thursday evening to Friday with 30mm – 50mm of rain due in places

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, chronic disease that affects the lungs of about 1,300 children and adults in the Ireland.

20 years ago patients tended not to have a job, or children and many lived with parents

Charging points for electric vehicles on street lamps could address problems  posed by terraced houses without front gardens or driveways, where cables would have to stretch across footpaths.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to switch its own fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles

An iFLY indoor sky-diving facility.

Politicians oppose €515,000 average cost of social housing apartments in development

The Dingle pilot project is part of a €4.8bn scheme to transform the national grid, and it supports the use of 300,000 electric vehicles and electric heating for 330,000 by 2030.  Photograph: Getty Images

ESB Networks testing home battery storage in move to ‘future proof’ energy needs

Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford. Photograph: - Frank Miller

Department of Marine announces support for 52 development and repair projects

Fr Joe Mallin, a son of the Irish patriot Michael Mallin, at the proclamation memorial following a 1916 commemoration ceremony at Arbour Hill in Dublin in 2006. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Jesuit priest Fr Joe Mallin who was aged 104 was the last surviving child of a 1916 leader

File image of the area on the N80 outside Bunclody, Co Wexford, where a school bus carrying about 20 children was involved in a collision with two cars on Thursday. File photograph: Google Street View

Shane Ross urges road users to repeat the success of Easter 2017 – with no deaths

Met Éireann has said wet and windy conditions are more likely than snow on Easter Sunday.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cold is due to atmospheric turbulence which placed the jet stream north of Ireland

Committee on Children and Youth Affairs chairman Alan Farrell said making cyber safety part of the curriculum would go a long way towards ensuring  children  are consistently aware of the best way to protect themselves online. File photograph: Getty Images

Formal cyber education should include teachers designated as ‘digital safety ambassadors’

The cyclist was fatally injured in a collision with a truck at Newpark Drive, Kilkenny, on Tuesday evening. Source: Google Maps

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after death of man in collision on Tuesday

A medium-sized Easter egg contains 23 teaspoons of sugar. This   is almost four times a child’s recommended daily intake of sugar. Photograph:  Getty Images/Stockbyte Platinum

Heart Foundation ‘Stop Targeting Kids’ campaign aims to restrict advertising of sweets

ESB Networks said individuals who stole electric cable  in Kilkenny on Wednesday night were engaged in ‘highly dangerous activity’.

Attack on ESB Networks is the sixth removal of live wires in the midlands in recent weeks

Liam Cunningham in ‘Game of Thrones’, which was filmed on location in Northern Ireland. Some 30 diverse tourist businesses have grown as a result of the series. Photograph: HBO

Some major attractions struggle to maintain standards while keeping up with demand

Seanad Bill seeks to lower age for EU and local elections to 16 years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Seanad Bill seeks to lower age for EU and local elections to 16 years

No water restrictions were necessary last week and a full supply was maintained for the St Partick’s Day festivities.

No water restrictions in place for festival weekend but repairs ongoing until May

The citation mentioned Ireland’s stunning routes and great driving experiences, including the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.

Some 200 million high-spending tourists from China to travel overseas by 2020

Danny Healy-Rae: Rural young people need to learn to drive at a younger age compared to their urban counterparts due to a lack of public transport.

Proposed laws for unaccompanied learner drivers ‘anti-rural’, says Independent TD

Some 12,000 of those with no water are in south Tipperary, where a water treatment plant was contaminated with kerosene. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Eight boil-water notices lifted in Co Waterford as utility aims to reduce restrictions at weekend

Irish Rail contractors make repairs to the line which has subsided underneath the track at near Inch, Co Wexford between Arklow and Gorey.  Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Landslide north of Gorey in Co Wexford exposes vulnerability of commuters, says Byrne

A development of 12 houses for sale as seen for €300,0000 at Quay West, Cootehall, Co Roscommon.

Number of vacant units in urban areas ‘practicably negligible’

The 12 residential properties at Quay West, Cootehall, Co Roscommon, are close to  Lough Key Forest Park. Potential buyers are required to have professionals on hand to undertake a proper survey

Unfinished development of 12 houses, built before crash, on sale at €300,000

Members of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the local authority did not have the €34.5 million necessary to cover liabilities involved in taking control of the harbour. Photograph:  Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Council to ask Minister for Transport to cover liabilities in takeover of harbour

The scene on the East Pier Dun Laoghaire as the storm passes leaving its toll. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

‘Extensive damage’ to East Pier likely to add heat to council debate on harbour future

Snow in  Roundwood  on Monday. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Many in Wicklow house-bound and roads closed as mountain rescue says stay away

A snow plough on the N11 at The Glen of the Downs on Friday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Dublin and Wicklow mountains have a colourful history of rescues of stranded drivers

The Irish Hotels Federation has since Wednesday housed thousands of displaced passengers for airlines travelling through Dublin Airport.

Thousands of airline passengers accommodated in hotels from Drogheda to Mullingar

The knock-on effects of work stoppages linked to the freezing weather will continue to be felt over the coming days and into next week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Postal, fuel and bin companies warn it may take some time to clear resulting backlog

But €33.1 million cost of bringing harbour up to standard cannot be covered, chief executive says

Forensic and fire officers at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh where three people have died in a fire and police have arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of murder.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three dead and baby missing in suspected arson attack in Derrylin

 A hardy walker exercises his dogs in the snow at Killykeen Forest Park in Cavan. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

‘I think the fuss is just because it is the east coast’

Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire on Molly Road, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Man (27) arrested at scene amid search for possible fourth victim

Outgoing hotels federation chief Joe Dolan said coarse fishermen, who traditionally hail from Britain, were almost non-existent this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Decline in visitors from UK in 2017 hits rural hospitality more than popular ‘honey spots’

Joanne Ball: found dead in a wardrobe in Ranelagh.

Funeral of woman whose body was found in a wardrobe takes place in Co Meath

RV Celtic Voyrager, sister ship of the Celtic Explorer (pictured), will participate in the research.

Lost frontiers: Ancient forest submerged near Bray first recorded 100 years ago

‘Unfortunately we are all familiar with scenes like this’. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Southern Region/Facebook

Motorists fined and issued with penalty points for recording aftermath of collisions

The Luas number 5027, a 55 metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge blocking traffic recently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Transport Infrastructure Ireland chief says traffic congestion ‘a symptom of economic success’

Frogs appear with frogspawn in a pond near Shankill, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survival of a generation of frogs now in danger, warns Herpetological Society

When the music’s over: The closed    Waltons store on South Great George’s Street in Dublin, now emptied of instruments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Full repertoire of singing and insrumental lessons on South George’s Street to continue

 Dublin’s M50: A new “M50 Dublin Port south access” road is proposed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Metro to get €3bn and diesel electric trains to benefit from 300 new rail carriages

There is to be an investigation of the potential for high speed rail on the Dublin - Limerick Junction - Cork and Dublin - Belfast routes.

Proposal features €2bn for Irish Rail for expansion of Dart to Maynooth, Drogheda

A view of Galway city centre. The National Transport Authority has said developing a Luas-style tram network to serve the  city would be ‘inappropriate’.   Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

National Transport Authority says such a project would be expensive and inefficient

Customs official Olivia O’Connor, with dog Harvey, during a customs search at Dublin Port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Facility will apply for planning permission to put new infrastructure in place for next year

All complaints received by the FSAI last year were followed up and investigated by food inspectors throughout the country.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Poor personal hygiene were listed among the bad habits of staff working in the food sector

A Royal Navy bomb disposal van at London City Airport which has been closed after the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Docklands railway closed, shops and homes evacuated as Royal Navy and police brought in

Traffic on College Street joined by Pearse Street traffic and D’Olier Street heading towards College Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Possible ban on taxis to cost users as Luas ramps up from 22 to 40 trams per hour

Bishop Brendan Kelly blesses the congregation during his installation. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Bishop of Achonry notes ‘diverse’ turnout including other Christian and Muslim representatives

Work in progress on Molesworth Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Developers promise replacement in face of criticism at removal of mature trees

File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lorries may not have valid licences to travel to Britain if certification process changes

The Luas number 5027: A 55 metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge, blocking traffic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Line-wide’ fault renders ticket machines unable to accept passengers’ card payments

Luas number 5027 a 55-metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge on Thursday morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The 55-metre tram did exactly what it was not supposed to do on day two of service

Luas line on O’ Connell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No reported issues for first 55-metre tram journey in Dublin

The seven new trams will be the longest single unit Citadis- type trams in the world, according to tram maker Alstom.  Photograph: Collins

Seven 55m trams to be deployed in Dublin in effort to tackle chronic crowding issues

M11 services: a bridge and services building have been built near Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee also hears 2,000 motorists overcharged on M1 toll

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport Infrastructure Ireland says unopened motorway service costing €19,500 a month

The Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow where a   tunnel at Callow Hill is a “very vulnerable part” of the water supply system for the capital,  and will now be replaced. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Four kilometre drinking water tunnel was dug by men with picks and shovels in 1860s

Commission is engaged on a series of public meetings across the State to gather views on how members of the population interact with the Garda. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Commission on the Future of Policing told of need for more Garda training and empathy

A toll point on the M1 motorway. Source: Google street view

Electronic payment tag users overcharged on route between Gormanston to Ballymascanian

Bail conditions imposed included that the boy must keep the peace and sign on daily at Tallaght Garda station

Judge hears it could take six weeks to prepare file and get instructions from the DPP

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he had an open mind on the exact numbers and make-up of the Judicial Appointments Commission committees.

New commission would have 13 members and several 11-member subcommittees

A map had been discovered in the National Library which showed a right of way in existence in 1799 at the site in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, the Court of Appeal heard.

Court told of ‘new evidence’ in 17-year dispute in form of 1799 Powerscourt estate map

Stillorgan reservoir, Dublin

Irish Water urged to allow public access to surplus land for recreational use

The Vartry water treatment plant at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cllr says decision may be flawed as environmental impact assessment should have been submitted

A fish farm with round cages for salmon growing.

Campaign wants department to release more than 200 documents on diseases in salmon farms

Incoming RSA board members Gillian Treacy and Donna Price with Minister for Transport Shane Ross at an event to mark the publication of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

RSA criticises ‘rural TDs’ who ‘have called for leniency in drink-driving legislation’

Jason Pigott, whose car was hit with a metal pole, said he was told  M50 cameras were just live cameras and do not record. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Driver in appeal for witnesses as he escapes serious injury from piece of suspension

Shane Ross with Donna Price in 2017. The Minister has appointed Ms  Price and Gillian Treacy, who he said were active in the area of road safety advocacy, to the board of the RSA. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport encouraged by progress outlined in mid-term review of strategy

Baptism barrier: “I wouldn’t be married to it myself, personally,” said Eamon Martin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Martin hopes Government Ministers might ‘commend Catholic education’

Many local authorities are accepting them for recycling free of charge, albeit for limited periods.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

County councils offering free tree services say check for closing date as litter fines apply

Such laws requiring a minimum distance have been passed in France, Belgium, Portugal, Canada and Australia as well as half of the states in the US.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister’s foresees problems, asking: ‘How do you prove someone is 1.5 metres away?’

About €1.2 billion worth of trade in goods and services is carried out each week between Ireland and the UK.

Customs barriers could ‘plunge the economies of these islands into deep recession’

Doreen Keogh:  played Rover’s Return barmaid Concepta Hewitt in Coronation Street, and also coached Barbra Streisand in how to speak with a cockney accent

Irish actor also appeared in ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘Father Ted’, ‘Cold Feet’ and ‘Fair City’

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “I can certainly see a place for a rural resettlement scheme.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rural Resettlement Ireland remains ready to assist in migration of people to country

Gardai on the scene of a car crash in Co Louth that killed three people in July. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Ultimately our aim should be zero deaths on our roads,’ says Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Dublin’s Custom House will be a backdrop for events in Dublin

Our guide of what to do and where to go across Ireland to ring in 2018

The remains of seven horses were found in a field in the Knocklofty area of Co Tipperary on December 18th. Photograph: Cllr Catherine Carey.

Concerns raised for animal welfare after discoveries of dead and decomposing horses

Scanning the brain: the good news is that while brains can be deformed by adverse childhood experiences, it is also possible to effect repairs, to alter their physical structure.

I need to know why I’ve developed weak legs. But what else will the scan tell me?

A total of 46,000 scans and X-rays are being reviewed after three serious events reported

The Cliffs of Moher in  Co Clare,  one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Photograph: Getty Images

Tourism Ireland targets the ‘culturally curious’, the US and new markets for growth

Social Justice Ireland said the figures showed more than 790,000 people were living in poverty in Ireland, of which more than 250,000 are children. File photograph: Getty Images

Analysis reveals regional income disparities, especially in Border and midwest areas

A new homeless facility was opened on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Simon says numbers seeking help from charity are up by a third to 11,000 people

The technology would work across Luas, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and private bus operators in Dublin and other cities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Transport Authority wants to replace Leap Cards with smartphone technology

Transport Infrastructure Ireland  will  be asked  why a 101km stretch of the Atlantic motorway opened earlier this year without services. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee to inquire into €15,000 a month bill on unopened services

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he was working with the Attorney General to provide legislative proposals for whatever the Oireachtas committee  decided. Photograph: Collins

Harris says work under way on abortion legislation for ‘whatever outcome’

 Campaigner Fr Peter McVerry said: ‘A 12-year-old child could tell the Government the strategy is not working.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigner says home repossessions could make shortage of accommodation even worse

Gritting lorries on the M7 motorway  near Birdhill, Co Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocates salt and money to local authorities

A car drives through the snow on the M7 motorway in Co Limerick, near Birdhill on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Wednesday will ‘feel bitterly cold’, possibly the coldest of recent days, due to wind chill

The passport-reading machines have been installed by the Department of Justice for its Irish Naturalisation Immigration Service (Inis). Photograph: Alan Betson

Serious delays and queues at Terminal One as new e-gate machines fail to read passports

Fake anti-drink driving ad used by the Garda this week

Poster appearing to ask drivers to limit drink to four pints ‘highlights changing attitudes’

 Random checkpoint test:    Figures issued by the Road Safety Authority  at the launch of its annual Christmas campaign indicate that  292 people have been killed on the State’s  roads over  the months of November and December since 2008. Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

Figures show months of November and December are particularly dangerous on roads

Signs painted on a Luas track warning cyclists about the dangers of tram tracks pictured in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tram opening in time for the Christmas rush but safety issues to be kept under review

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