Both children were pupils at Eglish primary school and the school has paid tribute to them on its Facebook page. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Tributes paid to Bridget and Paddy Ward who were pupils at Eglish National School, Galway

A complaint to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission alleges Applegreen is engaged in strategic objecting to  rival planning applications. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Complaint lodged with competition authority over fuel retailer’s alleged abuse of system

Members of Saoradh in Dublin city centre.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Party member says ‘if republicans involved’ in Lyra McKee’s death, ‘IRA should apologise’

Traffic has backed up in Kells after gardaí closed John’s Street as part of their investigations. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Gang behind Kells thefts deploy spikes and sought to block roads in a bid to slow gardaí

ISPCA ambassador Holly White is pictured as the  organisation sought to draw attention to its campaign which aims to end the caging of hens.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

ISPCA urges people to think about what kind of conditions the eggs they eat originate from

The Health and Safety Authority said it would begin “an intensive inspection campaign” with a particular focus on the safe use of tractors and machinery on farms. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority appeal for farmers to take care

Fota Wildlife Park’s Asian lion Gita and her four, as yet unnamed, eight-week-old cubs. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Births help protect the subspecies which has just one remaining habitat in the wild

The upgrade involves widening the road from two to three lanes in both directions. File photograph: Google Street View

Courts Service concerned as speeding cases in Kildare court reach 369 per sitting day

For those travelling by rail to Cork, disruptions will apply from Friday night when trains will operate only as far as Charleville. File photograph: Eric Luke

M7 diversions and track works on Dublin to Cork route from Friday evening

Lorries queue to enter the Port of Dover in Kent, England. A new design which could change the appearance of lorries, making them safer and more energy efficient, is expected to be approved by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

More aerodynamic vehicles would produce 7-10% less carbon dioxide, commission says

Diane Croghan, a survivor of the  Magdalene laundry, at the  Dressing our Hidden Truths exhibition in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Women respond to artist’s interpretation of Ireland’s ‘shameful hidden truths’

From left to right: New Zealand ambassador for Ireland Brad Burgess, Rabbi Zalman Lent, Imam Dr Sheikh Umer and Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson attend the memorial gathering for those killed in Christchurch at Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland on Friday. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Solidarity expressed by religious leaders following the New Zealand mosque attacks

The National Museum welcomed 1.2 million visitors last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Schedule for 2019 will see roles in Culture Night, Dublin Pride and Stoneybatter Festival

The crew member, whose name has not yet been released, is understood to have died as the vessel was loading cargo. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Health and Safety Authority and Garda investigations launched as sailing cancelled

Dublin Port aims to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed in from 160 this year to 80 in 2021. Photograph: Dublin Port Company website

Increased cargo capacity required for post-Brexit trading, says chief executive

Transport Infrastructure Ireland last opened motorways services in 2009, when three locations at Enfield on the M4, and Lusk and Castlebellingham on the M1 were opened. Photograph: Getty

€575,000 legal bill part of settlement in plans for services at Gorey, Kilcullen and Moate.

PSNI forensic officers at The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Teenager describes terrifying crush at Cookstown St Patrick’s Day disco

Dr Antoinette Perry, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Conway Institute, who led the research into the new prostate cancer test. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Nearly 90% of men with aggressive prostate cancer have DNA changes detectable in urine

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Motorways made the country smaller, but controversies have rarely been far away

Swimmers enjoy Dún Laoghaire harbour. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin council report says funds not available for urban beach and cruise ship facility

The counting of votes from the Dublin region in the local and European elections could take three days because of the ‘absolutely daft’ way ballot papers will be transported and separated beforehand, a council meeting has heard.

Dublin ballots to be taken to from polling centres to RDS, separated and then counted at Citywest

Stacey Bland, Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise who won the Irish Hotels Federation National Employee of the Year 2019 award with Minister Brendan Griffin, Michael Lennon, President IHF and Dr Tony Lenehan. Photograph: Don Mac Monagle

Tourism industry is Republic’s largest indigenous employer with over 260,000 jobs

Victoria Matthew at Ballyshannon bus station: her travel problems are unfortunately typical as a report by Rehab shows  90 per cent of people with disabilities find transport options inadequate.

Rehab regrets two-tier system for those who can buy adapted cars and those who cannot

Hoteliers will have to consolidate their marketing efforts to ensure visitor numbers remain strong says Tourism Ireland.

Tourism bodies say airlines have 620,000 seats to bring people to Ireland every week

UCD students union are asking Dublin Bus drivers to “stop tarnishing everyone with same brush” after it suspended routes near Belfield due to antisocial behaviour. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Meeting between UCD, Dublin Bus and students on drivers’ refusal to serve college

A file photograph of  walkers in the Ballyvoyle tunnel outside Dungarvan on the Waterford Greenway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Trail’s success was achieved by local authorities working with tourism, State and business interests, conference is told

Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Irish Hotels Federation calls for Government action amid declines in British visitor numbers

Great Britain is one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. Photograph: iStock/file photo

Group calls for Government to create regional stratedy to protect employment

Barrister and local election candidate for Fine Gael James Geoghegan outside Elm Park golf club in Donnybrook. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Opposition to €2bn plan grows amid claims the cost of compensation has been underestimated

Train arriving in 2011: Iarnród Éireann takes delivery of new intercity railcar carriages. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Rail also seeking to buy 41 inter-city carriages as passenger numbers soar

19-year-old killed in Wicklow crash while a man in his 60s died in crash in Sligo

A photograph supplied by the Revenue Commissioners showing some of the cigarettes and  tobacco seized at Dublin Airport on Monday.

Revenue officers found 30,000 cigarettes and 3kg of tobacco when they searched passenger

Protesters gather outside the gates of a  John Paul Construction building site on Townsend Street in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Locals claim trucks arrive in relay from 7am at sites of new apartments and hotels

The crash took place at about 10:30am on Monday morning and the southbound tunnel remained closed until 3pm as emergency services attended the scene. Photograph: Collins

Tributes paid to ‘friend and long-term motorcycle enthusiast’ after untimely death

The scene near the Nine Stones area where the car crash occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

One passenger remains in serious condition in Dublin’s Mater hospital

Barry and  Brenda Thompson, owners of the Spar store at  Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin  celebrate selling  the  winning ticket for Saturday’s  Lotto jackpot. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Lotto has ‘extraordinary few days’ as Rogers family to collect €175m EuroMillions cheque

The four tennis players who set the new Guinness World Record L/R - David Mullins, James Cluskey, Daniel O’Neill and Luke Maguire.

The longest marathon doubles tennis record, of 62 hours completed at Fitzwilliam club

Tayana, Tefi and Timoti recovering in Dogs Trust after they were found dumped in a box on the side of a road in Tyrellstown, Co Dublin after Christmas Photograph: Fran Veale/Dogs Trust/PA Wire

Dogs Trust’s ‘A dog is for life’ message still relevant as it receives 370 requests to give up animals

A motion to ban rickshaws from the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area was tabled by Cllr Brian Murphy in January of last year and will be debated on Monday. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Special meeting called by councillors to tackle backlog

Two riders on lake trail. Image: Victor Lucas

State to invest €13.6m to make sport an ‘international proposition’ in Ireland

Broadcaster Arthur Murphy: his funeral Mass was told he was not part of the  racier side of the broadcasting world.

Early career as a singer and presenter in UK was dropped so Murphy could come home

Noel Leeson and Anthony Keegan. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí seeking information about pair last seen in Russell Square area on February 3rd

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran:  called for dialogue to ensure “the best possible outcome, both for refugees and for the local community”. Photograph: John McElroy/PA Wire

Advocacy group warns overcrowding in direct provision centres affecting mental health

Politicians  in north Dublin have complained that  local Dart stations are being progressively ‘unmanned’. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Rail company says automation has given it the chance to improve staff deployment

Motorists whose vehicles have been seized face court fines of up to €1,000 and release fees of €125 for the first day, and €35 for each additional day. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation covering learners driving alone allows cars to be impounded

Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, an Anglican convert, a saint. Photograph:  AP

Former rector of the Catholic University esteemed by Anglicans and Catholics alike

Counterfeit goods seized in Co Louth. Photo: Garda

Gardai and Revenue officers seized good with logos such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss

 Adele McDermott: ‘For the young people coming in, we have to get this right.’

Nurses and their colleagues waiting to hear the fine detail of the pay agreement

Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe. File photograph: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

Tidy Towns committees aim to reduce bottles in green areas and waterways

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in Stillorgan was forced to close in 2014 after structural issues with the roof were identified. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Plans to rebuild Stillorgan swimming pool delaying other projects, members told

Tom Arnold said the centre ground in European politics was under threat from rising populism which desperately wanted to win. File photograph: Frank Miller

Event on the future of European democracy hears concern in advance of elections

Kerry Foods said the ‘Made in Wicklow’ claim refers to the product being cooked, cooled, sliced, packaged and labelled in Co Wicklow. The chicken itself is sourced ‘from Europe’.

Labelling of foreign chicken ‘made in Wicklow’ is lawful, says Food Safety Authority

An all-island approach to the clean-up promised by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, above, in January 2016, appears to have become mired in bureaucracy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Two heavily polluted sites remain as major regional park set to open this summer

Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, has been closed since 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council chief executive had warned harbour costs could hit Shane Ross’s key project

The incoming chairman of An Bord Pleanála, Dave Walsh

Unacceptable for business not to know how long is the waiting time for a decision - Casey

 A man walks along an ice-covered break-wall along Lake Michigan, Chicago,  while temperatures were hovering around -20 degrees on January 31st. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Irish scientists say extreme weather, cold or warm, shows the evidence of climate change

Jenny Clayton, from Yorkshire, in Temple Bar in Dublin ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations match between England and Ireland. Photograph: James Forde

British sense of humour hits hard border at the ‘B’ word but they'll be back 'if we can get a visa'

Illegally dumped tyres dumped at a local authority weighbridge at Dromad on the M1, on the Border with Northern Ireland. Several hundred tyres were piled up on the weighbridge  and then set alight two days later.

Hundreds of tyres burnt on weighbridge at the Border on the side of the M1 motorway

The low bridge on the Blakestown Road at Mulhuddart in west Dublin with which a school bus collided this morning.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Pupils from Blakestown Community School in Dublin were on school trip when accident happened

Irish Water’s John O’Donoghue said: “Actions such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to 6 litres of water per minute.” Photograph: PA

Up to last week there had been just a quarter of the average expected rainfall for January

The growhouse in Co Donegal. Photograph: Garda Síochána Donegal Facebook page

Plants with an estimated street value of more than €400,000 seized

Stephen Warde (31) has been missing in Malaysia for the last four weeks

Family members travelled to Kuala Lumpur after Galway man (31) disappeared

Significant progress has been made on proposals to allow lorries and airplanes to continue to serve UK markets on a temporary basis in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Oireachtas transport committee has heard.  File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Graham Doyle says nine-month plan primed to come into place if talks EU-UK talks end without deal

In several areas under review the plan will require front gardens and other properties to facilitate road widening. Photograph: The Irish Times

Public consultation opens on latest instalment of disputed plan for Dublin’s bus service

Noel Barry and Niall Lenoach asked the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the judgment on a number of grounds. Photograph: Collins Courts

Case over alleged right of way in scenic valley has already been in High and Appeal courts

A generic image of a deer. Photograph: Wild Deer Association of Ireland

Train strikes herd in area where maximum speed limit is 145km/h

Caron McCaffrey, director general of the Irish Prison Service, said there were a number of different types of handcuffs  in use by the prison service. File photograph: Getty Images

Public accounts committee says it has met whistleblower on surveillance allegations

Commercial broadband providers currently advertise speeds of 100 mbps, 360 mbps and even 1,000 mbps. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

PAC chairman says project will be ‘a waste of time’ if it only results in broadband speed of 30mbps

Concerns have been expressed about the appointment of Fingal County Council to regulate noise at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Concerns raised with Shane Ross about local authority’s reliance on north Dublin facility

 Gas Networks Ireland and gardaí were called to the scene to investigate a rupture of what was described as a ‘mains gap pipe’.  File image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Naas to Newbridge road had been closed while Gas Networks Ireland dealt with leak

Irish Rail said  the increase in attacks on in-service trains was very worrying.

Graffiti on trains: attacks up 22%; costs up to more than €622,000

Irish Rail recorded its highest ever passenger journey numbers, in excess of 47 million, in 2018.

Firm could achieve a ‘steady’ funding position, two years ahead of 2021 target

Local authorities need to step up enforcement against persistent littering, according to Minister for Environment Richard Bruton. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Soiled nappies and ‘almost landfill-like’ conditions mar Cork city’s streets in Ibal survey

The M50 motorway Twitter account tweeted pictures from the scene of a crash between Junction 6 Blanchardstown and Junction 7 Lucan, which was attended by Dublin Fire Brigade, the Garda and TII Traffic managers. Photograph: Twitter

Incident between Blanchardstown and Lucan junctions now cleared

Firefighters from the Wicklow County Fire service at the scene. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Commuters have been asked to avoid the area on the Main Street

Food banks: The religious said that the “marked increase in people needing to avail of such facilities” is a worrying trend. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ongoing uncertainty of Brexit ‘drains hope’ from society, says joint new year’s message

Maeve was born at three seconds past midnight on New Year’s Day, making her the first baby born in Ireland in 2019. Maeve is pictured with her mum Michelle Montague and her dad Simon Cox. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

Just one second separates babies born at Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda, and the Coombe

As of New Year’s Eve, 151 people have been killed on Irish roads though the eventual figure may be less than that when reclassification takes place.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Serious concern’ at sharp increase in the number of pedestrian deaths on roads

Southbound view: The village of Kilmacanogue is the location of fuel stations on either side of the N11, which are frequently very busy as there are no filling stations opening directly onto the M50. File photograph: Google Street View

Study for larger scheme at Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow to go ahead

A plan to abstract up to 41 million litres of water a day from Lough Ree (pictured) will be subject to public consultation in the New Year, Irish Water has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Locals opposed to plan to hold ‘save the lake’ meeting

Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross  said  as a result of funding he secured in Budget 2019, there would be €18 million for road maintenance. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last year’s allocation at €31.6 million was said by TII to be ‘totally insufficient’

People gather at Poolbeg lighthouse to watch the newly commissioned Irish Ferries ship WB Yeats arrive into Dublin. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

€147m ship will be visible near East Link bridge for the next three days

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Wexford TD says Irish Ferries’ move may  do huge damage to the Irish economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Desire to recoup investment of €147m in new cruise ferry dictating move to Dublin Port

Toll increases for commercial road users will kick in next year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Rises of 10 cent per toll for some lorries on the M3 and M50 but no increases for cars

Dublin 8 area: undergoing improvements

Former city planner says capital is ‘far too given over to cars’

Shane Ross said the idea behind his proposals “is that the faster you go the more points you get”

Graduated speeding measures sought by Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them in Castlerea on 0949621630.

Appeal for witnesses to altercation in early hours of Sunday morning in Castlerea

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Fines and costs will apply to private landlords who illegally increase rents

The proposed new design for the pedestrian bridges over the Royal Canal where it meets the Liffey Photograph: Dublin Docklands

Further new pedestrian bridge will link from War Memorial Gardens to Phoenix park

Essex Quay and Wood Quay on the River Liffey with Fishamble Street in the centre Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Man remains in a stable condition in St James Hospital after incident at Essex Quay

Catherine Corless being conferred with an honorary degree by Trinity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Researcher wants ‘decent burials’ in white coffins for 796 bodies concealed on site

The two Status Yellow warnings relate to wind and sea conditions.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Wild Lights event at Dublin Zoo scheduled for Friday night has been cancelled

Gardaí said the drugs were intended to meet a high demand in the run up to Christmas. Photograph: Garda

Drugs seized in Dublin were intended to meet high demand in run up to Christmas

 Mary Robinson, Dóchas Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 recipient with  Suzanne Keatinge, right, CEO of Dóchas, Minister Ciaran Cannon TD, and Sharan Kelly, of chair of Dóchas. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Former president Mary Robinson honoured for her life’s work at the Dóchas 2018 awards

Changes were spurred by the need to comply with a 2012 EU energy policy that requires Ireland to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Authority says removal of surplus lighting reduces carbon emissions and saves money

Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry Photograph: Google Maps

LGMA conference hears of potential cross-Border ‘human impacts’ for Ireland

A Snow Plough clearing main street Clonee, Co Meath, during the snowfall associated with Storm Emma the The Beast from the East. Photograph: Alan Betson

Snow and heat affected people’s lives, Met Éireann says expect more in the years ahead

People taking part in the  housing demonstration in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Groups call for constitutional right to housing and action on student accommodation

Fare changes from Saturday include 10% increase in the monthly Luas commuter ticket

Irish Rural Link chief executive Séamus Boland said the “retail heart” of many towns may have already relocated to out-of-town shopping centres from where it would not return. Photograph: Getty Images

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