Public will accept up to 10 weeks of restrictions if there is “strong leadership”, a clear explanation of why they were necessary and a clear exit strategy, says DCU’s Prof Anthony Staines. File photograph: Alan Betson

DCU’s Prof Anthony Staines says Ireland needs more rapid testing and increased emphasis on mask-wearing

Professor Philip Nolan said contributions on Covid-19 ‘should be grounded in the facts, and public health expertise and experience’. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

High profile medical experts differ sharply on State’s tackling of Covid-19

A Covid-19 Garda checkpoint on the M4 earlier this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High visibility policing plan under way in addition to existing operations

Det  Supt Martin Creighton speaking outside Dún Laoghaire Garda station on Thursday. Photograph:  PA

All lines of inquiry into death of Noleen Murphy have been exhausted, gardaí say

Maureen Kavanagh, chief executive of Active Retirement Ireland: ‘Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party committed in their Programme for Government to build a society that properly values older people – a society where older people can live full and active lives in their communities.’ Photograph: iStock

Measures to protect majority of older people from rising cost of energy excluded, says Age Action

The Dunkettle interchange is a road junction in east Cork City, forming a junction between the M8, N25 and the N40. Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton described the upgrade as ‘vital’ for Cork city and region. Photograph: iStock

‘Vital’ Dunkettle Interchange upgrade to go ahead, Woodbrook Dart stop approved

The flu vaccine can be administered via a nasal spray for children under 12. Photograph: Getty Images

Health service says it can be difficult to tell if symptoms are flu or Covid-19 in children

Drugs seized by gardaí in the  multi-agency operation, which took place in Cork and Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Five locations in Bantry were searched and two men aged in their 20s were arrested

The RSA has appealed to any candidate who cannot attend for their test appointment to contact them so the test slot can be allocated to a candidate on the cancellation list

43,192 people now waiting for test with list expected to lengthen in run-up to Christmas

Gardaí in Tallaght seized the cannabis herb with an estimated value of €467,000 and cigarettes valued at €426,000 in an operation that took place in August 2018. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Accused in his 30s to appear in court in relation to seizure in Saggart two years ago

Members of the Emergency Response Unit seized three loaded 9mm pistols from the van.  File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Emergency Response Unit intercepts van in Castlerea and arrests man in his 30s

There are however no weather warnings for Ireland as a result of the storm. Photograph: iStock

Weather front was named by French meteorological office

 The demolishing of the O’Rahilly home at Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Iconic and historic locations such as this should be preserved or incorporated,’ Martin says

The man who was travelling on an electric scooter from the direction of Slane, was treated by ambulance services but was later pronounced dead, the statement said. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

Moldovan man was travelling home on e-scooter when incident ocurred

Level Three restrictions came into effect in Dublin at midnight on Friday September 18th. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Traffic decline in Donegal is more than 50% on some routes, but just 2 % on Dublin’s M50

Last year 110,000 people took part in the three-day festival in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

111,000 people took part in last year’s events which Fáilte Ireland says is now not possible

Access to the uplands of Luggala estate has reopened in time for National Walking Day. File photograph: Eric Luke

‘Responsible walkers’ welcome but owner says further closures will be likely in future

Bridie Mooney of Mooney’s Shop, Trafalgar Road, Greystones: locals line out for her funeral. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For 62 years, Mrs Mooney stood behind her Wicklow counter selling sweets and groceries

TII said the decreases ‘may reflect the impact of the Level 3 restrictions introduced at the weekend’. File photograph: iStock

Falls in volume of between 4 and 8% contrast with 70% drop in March

Ireland is set to experience more rain. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland escapes overnight severe weather damage as heavy downpours move northeast today

Three weather warnings – for wind, gales and rough sea conditions – have been issued by Met Éireann. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Met Éireann warns of potential for trees to come down as it forecasts strong winds

A new campaign for safe cycling in rural Ireland is being formally launched. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Vision for Cycling in Rural Ireland aims to make rural areas cycle-friendly for all ages

The lands, which are  home to filming for the hit TV series Vikings, have been closed to walkers since the spring, with the estate saying the actions were necessary to protect its staff from Covid-19. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Guinness estate now owned by Italian count has been closed since spring

Traffic volumes on most Irish roads have risen significantly in the last week as children returned to school, new figures from TII show. File photograph: Alan Betson

As reports of likely Level 3 lockdown spread in capital, traffic numbers increased significantly on all main roads

A waiter serves outdoor diners on South Anne Street. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Colder and more autumnal conditions expected across Ireland from Tuesday

Gardaí seized cocaine with an estimates street value of €350,000 and cannabis with an estimated value of €260,000. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Men in their 40s detained after three cars stopped in Swords on Wednesday night

East Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Traditional discount in LPT scrapped as south Dublin council faces service cuts

Dame Street vision by Dublin Chamber

New emphasis on having all Dublin citizens’ needs within short distance

One councillor said it was ‘just not realistic’ to “bring in a blanket ban” on speeds above 30km/h on key routes such as Collins Avenue. Photograph: Tom Honan

Amendment allows 40km/h limit on arterial routes if local area committees choose

The alcohol which was subject to excise duty represented a potential loss to the exchequer of €7,850.

Revenue asks legitimate businesses and members of the public to report smugglers

No 40, Herbert Park, in Dublin 4, was the home of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly, known as The O’Rahilly, the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in battle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to 12-storey aparthotel as ‘a landmark gateway to Herbert Park is acceptable’ - DCC

Students at UCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report blames accommodation shortages and natural increases in ‘college age cohort’

Investigation into transaction reversal frauds was reported by a financial institution in January 2020

18 cashpoints were targeted, resulting in the theft of money from customer’s accounts and damage to the machines

Garda car outside Debenhams on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six people arrested during protest at Debenhams’ Henry Street shop in Dublin

Two men have been charged in relation to drug seizures in counties Laois and Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí recover quantities of cannabis after stopping vehicles in counties Laois and Cork

Bunratty Castle. Photograph: iStock

Shannon Heritage had warned heritage sites would close in less than two weeks

The car in which a father and his two children  died in a crash at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal last night. Photograph: North West Newspix

‘Her whole family had been wiped out in one go’, says priest who attended scene with mother who survived crash

Waves crash over Ireland’s Eye on Thursday afternoon at Howth  in the wake of Storm Ellen. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Cool, sunny and breezy temperatures forecast for the weekend

Public health doctors were particularly concerned about the number of close contacts as a result of “socialising around sporting activity, house activities... social engagements and car sharing”, acting chief medical officer   Dr Ronan Glynn  said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Covid-19 advice is based on a ‘very simple’ message, says acting CMO

Bunratty Castle. Photograph: iStock

Without emergency funds, Shannon Group has ‘no other option’ but to close properties

Sign advising customers at a store in Belfast to wear masks. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ireland’s rate of growth in new cases is fourth highest in Europe, Minister warns

The Mooncoin Residential Care Centre has been testing regularly for Covid-19; this is the first time a test has proven positive.

Mooncoin Care Centre detects staff member with Covid-19 in sixth of a series of tests

Anyone with information on incidents of water pollution, illegal fishing and fish kills is asked to phone a confidential telephone number -1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.

Nine wild Atlantic salmon killed before spawning, public advised to be vigilant

Teige Ryan and John Kavanagh, directors of None So Hardy Forestry, Ballymurrin, Co Wexford with two-year-old oak saplings. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Industry likened by grower to ‘a patient with long-term illness who has a heart attack’

 A man smokes outside a pool in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Photograph:  Ramon de la Rocha/EPA

Spanish regions restrict public smoking in absence of social distancing for Covid-19

A spokeswoman for Bus Éireann said the thinking behind the new regime was that school buses were very different from public transport generally. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann says dedicated school buses different as they’re a ‘closed community’

Environmentalists claim the Heads of Bill published by Pippa Hackett would drastically reduce “the ability of ordinary people and environmental NGOs” to appeal any forestry decision with potential environmental impacts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Environmental NGO the Pillar tells Pippa Hackett to ‘fix the problem, not the objectors’

The Hamlet Court Hotel at Johnstown Bridge in north Kildare which is among the many businesses forced to closed in the midlands after new restrictions were imposed on Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

Anger across the midlands: ‘There was outbreaks in Dublin, they didn’t shut the place’

The men were charged with  possession and  possession with intent to supply drugs.

Judge refuses bail to Keith Quinn and Andrew Noonan due to serious nature of charges

The journey time from Ballincollig to Mahon is expected to be 47 minutes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Proposed scheme to provide high-capacity link from eastern to western suburbs

The Restaurants Association of Ireland, described the curfew decision as bizarre and out of the blue.  Photograph: iStock

Association wants a clear explanation of the rationale behind the decision

Temperatures everywhere were below long-term average for the month. Photograph: iStock

Dublin Airport recorded least amount of July sunshine in 34 years

 Paul Mescal as Connell in the Normal People wearing the GAA shorts that will go on sale to raise money for charity. Photograph: Enda Bowe/PA Wire

Celebrity clothes auction aims to fill shortfall in Jack and Jill Foundation fundraising

A file image of rain clouds over Co Galway. A status yellow rain warning for Galway has now lifted but another has been put in place for three other   counties. Photograph: Getty

Dublin basks in temperature of 24 degrees as 30mm of rain falls in Malin Head

Tully church at Laughanstown is within the Cherrywood strategic development zone in south Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

National Monuments Service also ‘refused to take question’ on Tully church, Minister says

Deer grazing in Phoenix Park on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Rain belt extends from south west Kerry across Clare and Galway to Donegal

Bus Éireann asked people to avoid travelling on Expressway services from noon to 7pm over the coming weekend. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social distancing measures mean Expressway services have just 8,000 seats daily

Colm Ó Briain in 1975. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

He had ‘a long and distinguished service to the arts and arts education in Ireland’

This year’s drop in room occupancy was the largest ever recorded with some smaller, independent hotels in the capital facing ruin, according to sources. Photograph: iStock

August occupancy may be as low as 17% in the capital, but better in rural areas

Some 48% of adults   do not use bus services, while just one in every 16  use bus services  at least five times a week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CSO survey finds walking accounted for 13.5% of all journeys, while just one in 20 were by bus

Taoiseach Micheal Martin will be paid €186,831 a year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ministers taking 10% reduction still paid more than previous government

Spanish flags being used as social distancing markers stick out from the sand in Palma, Mallorca,  one  of the popular Balearic Islands in Spain. Photograph: Joan Mateu/AP

Spanish authorities insist Balearic and Canary Islands are safe locations for travel ‘without 14 day quarantine’

Shoppers carry umbrellas on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Sun seekers set to be disappointed again but things look better for Thursday and Friday

Gary Long inside his barge  moored on the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Body responsible for canal boating does not want boating on the canals, say liveaboards

It is estimated there are about 400 people living on vessels on inland waterways. Photograph: Getty Images

Noonan wants strategy aimed at creating ‘vibrant communities of people living aboard their vessels’

Gardaí conducting a routine traffic checkpoint stopped a van travelling southbound on the M9. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Van with drugs stopped at routine Garda checkpoint

In one of the more expensive moves the Government rented the Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre in Saggart, Dublin, for €21 million on a lease which was to run out at the end of December. Photograph: Frank Miller

Peadar Tóibín accuses FG of avoidable overspends in response to pandemic

The proposed swimming pool is planned for close to the Sean O’Casey Bridge at  George’s Dock. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

North-inner city locals opposed to ‘super size hot tub’ when after school facilities needed

The is is the second time An Taisce has compiled the list of the top ten most at risk buildings and it is the second year the Iveagh Markets has appeared on it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iveagh Markets joined on list by Templeview House Co Sligo and Hope Castle in Monaghan

Environmentalists will meet Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Coalition of environmentalists hoping for regular progress reports from Government

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal in 2012. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Co Donegal seminar on topical issues will debate Irish and world response to pandemic

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council took ownership of the  harbour in late 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former Harbour Company did not have the cashflow to survive independently, the management report shows

Charges for the utility’s network of about 75 rapid or ‘fast’ chargers were introduced last November. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

ESB introducing charges ‘in coming weeks’ but insists it will pass on VAT reduction

The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination

House significantly damaged in Co Louth town’s Clontygora Court

Above, traffic on the M50 in Dublin on April 22nd, 2020.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Week of June 21st saw 1.7 million passenger journeys on public transport compared to more than 5.5 million in week of March 1st

Dublin Bus told the NTA that 52 per cent of its customers were covering their faces as Wednesday, up from 41 per cent on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Just 40 per cent of bus passengers in Limerick and Galway wearing masks

Backed-up traffic in Dublin. The reduction in car traffic flows caused by the lockdown led to a huge falls in the levels of harmful nitrogen oxides  in city air, especially in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin City Council confirms car emissions fell, but dust from Africa affected air quality

The aftermath  of a ‘wild camp’ in Co Wicklow.

Intensive dumping reported in the area following events over recent weekends

Mulligans of Poolbeg Street is among the 7,000 pubs countrywide that have been closed since the pandemic began. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Charlie Chawke says measures to cost €40,000 per pub and warns of future viability

The Department of Transport said ‘the resumption of driver testing raises particular problems in terms of compliance with the [return to work safety] protocol’.

Department says driving tests raise problems in terms of social distancing rules

Off-shore wind turbines. File  photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Arklow plan could be delivered by 2025, helping to reach climate plan’s 1GW target of offshore wind in same year

Gardaí in Galway arrested a man in his 40s while patrolling the Ballybane area. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Gardaí discovered a man aged in his 40s with a stab wound at Ballybane on Sunday

The number of road fatalities in the Republic has fallen one third over the last decade. File photograph:  Frank Miller

Europe is ‘safest region in world to drive’ says EU, which aims for no road deaths by 2050

The Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sculptor’s most recognised pieces include statues of Molly Malone and Annie Moore

Some 10 Traveller organisations including Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre issued a statement on Tuesday night saying the time for action on racism “is now”. Photograph: Pavee Point

Lobby groups’ members long exposed to anti-Traveller racism in Ireland and elsewhere

Tayto Park developer Ray Coyle with Cian Harty from Castlebar on the Cú Chulainn rollercoaster. File photograph: Alan Betson

Attraction says it believed it had all relevant approvals before Monday night’s guidance

The  driving test centre in Finglas. Car driving tests will not restart yet due to challenges around social distancing. Photograph: Alan Betson

Driver testing in cars will not yet resume due to the requirements of social distancing

Betty Ann Norton co-directed her theatre school with her husband. File photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Co-director of the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School helped to launch many acting careers

Buses have been operating on a so-called “Saturday-plus” level of services. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

But social distancing will mean capacity will be very low, and commuters urged to walk

Hotels will be omplementing dozens of measures including hygiene and social distancing. Photographs: iStock

‘People are planning to stay a little bit longer and that is really what we need’

Petal the pony was found injured and in a distressed state on the Sugarloaf mountain in Co Wicklow. Image: ISPCA.

ISPCA official says animal may have been abandoned in bid to avoid veterinary bills

It was the driest and sunniest spring on record in Dublin according to the latest weather statement from Met Éireann. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Weather station at Phoenix Park records driest conditions in at least 170 years

The remains of Ben Duffy (5) are taken from Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, by hearse. Photograph: Paul Mealey

Fr John Kenny leads online Tourmakeady prayers following recovery of body from lake

Traffic is monitored at the Transport Infrastructure Ireland National Motorway Control Centre in East Wall, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Volumes fell 70% and remained stable for three weeks after lockdown first announced

Gardaí and the Coast Guard began the search on Monday after the alarm was raised at 6.30pm, when the inflatable boat was spotted in the water. Photograph: Lenny Antoneli

Boy who was believed to have fallen from a small boat named locally as Ben Duffy

A Garda spokesman said the Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority would continue to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding.

Crackdown across the road network reveals 900 speeding motorists

Commercial bus operators have written to the Department of Transport seeking an urgent meeting to discuss how passengers are to be carried in safety as more people return to work. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Facemasks on busy services is a misnomer, when buses carry just 14 people’ - operators

The jackpot win was worth €4,041,306.

Winning Quick Pick ticket bought in Talty’s Mace Circle K in Lisseycasey, Co Clare

Crack cocaine worth an estimated €11,400 was discovered during a search of a car in Santry on Thursday morning.

Weighing scales and small amount of cannabis also found in search of car in Santry

The suspect was apprehended by gardaí on Parnell Street and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after woman allegedly assaulted by man who fled scene

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