A Funeral car passes Leinster House as part of a protest over the closure of Donard Post Office outside Leinster House, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Offended Minister of State Andrew Doyle tells crowd he is ‘not a dog’ when called to speak

The crocuses will bloom in January, around the time of Holocaust Memorial Day, on January 27th.   Photograph: Getty Images

Crocus bulb planting in Glasnevin attended by diplomats, and third generation survivor

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  the vast majority of landlords are “small landlords, sometimes accidental landlords” owning just one or two properties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister rejects allegations that housing policy is focused on ‘benefits not bricks’

Vicky Phelan outside  the High Court in  April after settling her case against the State. She received €2.5 million. Photograph: CourtPix

PAC to ask State Claims Agency for numbers of claims by practitioner and by hospital

Seamus McCarthy Comptroller and Auditor General of the Arts Council. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Third party used to process grant applications from arts groups went into liquidation

Fans with host Ryan Tubridy ahead of the London edition of ‘The Late Late Show’. Photograph: Andres Poveda

‘Unprecedented’ number of applicants led to dozens of ticket holders being refused entry

Gregor McGuckin with his parents Randal and Lynne at his homecoming at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Gregor McGuckin, de-masted in South Indian Ocean, attempted to rescue fellow sailor

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool in  Stillorgan, Co Dublin, has been closed since 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Council ‘uncertainty’ over Shane Ross’s key project after State fails to cover harbour costs

The  report from  Irish Business Against Litter singled out Dublin’s north inner city and Ballymun, Cork city’s northside and Mahon as well as Galway’s suburb of Ballybane as examples of disadvantage and litter pollution. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Business against litter group calls for mixed housing to create cleaner neighbourhoods

Fans with host Ryan Tubridy ahead of the London edition of ‘The Late Late Show’. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Station says oversubscribing shows ‘is standard in UK’ after fans left in cold

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer, Ryanair said the airline’s Irish summer schedule is the biggest ever launched. Photograph: Dave Meehan

15 new routes from Ireland for summer 2019 as airline tries to leave staff troubles behind

David Waters: “I looked at the main bits online.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

My budget: Education spending increase only keeping up with increase in student numbers, he argues

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he recognised 2018 has been ‘a difficult year for farmers’. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Farming policy and Brexit continue to raise fears as Fianna Fáil claims credit for extras

Fuel savings of about 33%, with reduced noise and carbon emissions if trials are successful

Irish Rail has decided to ban alcohol from some Friday services to Galway and Westport.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company says passengers who bring alcohol on board may have it confiscated

Long-time protest: Farmers from Monaghan, Cavan and Meath and over 1200 tractors in 2008  in a NEPP  rally opposing the  North South interconnector. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Department report finds in favour of overground electricity cables and pylons

 Michael Ring   has announced that some 27 organisations which provide mobility and cancer support services are to share in grants totalling €1.4m. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring announces funds to help with transport

Luggala, Co Wicklow.

Gate to Wicklow mountains traditional walking routes and Fancy Mountain affected

People queue outside the newly opened Krispy Kreme outlet at Blanchardstown shopping centre on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Long delays around Dublin centre over weekend as hungry shoppers cause gridlock

Fr Peter McVerry: There are probably over half a million people in this country whose housing situation is causing them great distress. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Jesuit group critical of Government, calls for support for housing protest on Wednesday

Aerial view  of Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

Local councillors concerned about €33.1m repair bill and €800,000 annual costs

Fr Peter McVerry took issue with the Government’s plans for the Land Development Agency, saying it was ‘absurd’ to hand over public land to developers in return ‘for 10, 20 or even 30 per cent social housing’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Fr Peter McVerry says Government plan to hand over State land to developers is ‘absurd’

Tara Moran: ‘The reason for the protest is to highlight unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding, but if people didn’t accept that, if people treated it like water charges, it would change.’

Unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding led to demonstration at Connolly Hospital, protester explains

INMO nurses protesting at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown in Dublin, on Tuesday, to highlight unsafe staffing levels and overcrowding. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Nurses and midwives angry over pay and conditions as they prepare for special conference

Fine Gael councillor Pat McCartan said a decade ago the economy collapsed and, for the following eight years, there was no construction activity. Photograph:  Reuters

Council wants Government to provide €2.3bn in budget and ban evictions

According to the Government’s own Climate Change Advisory Council, the ending of the peat-only subsidy in 2019 would make “peat-fired electricity generation commercially unviable”.   Photograph:  Pat Sammon/insightconsultants.ie

Complaint to EU says new subsidy will result in carbon emissions and €50m-a-year fines

The measles virus. There have been 41,000 cases of measles and 37 measles-related deaths in Europe during the first six months of the year.

Parents told they can bring vaccinations forward if travelling to infected regions

Photograph: Neat Media

Recently uncovered display was used as navigational aid by US planes

Micheál Martin has turned down a request by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for talks to extend the Confidence and Supply Agreement for another two years. Photograph: Maxwells

Taoiseach sought Fianna Fáil backing to extend minority government for two years

Abandoned tents and rubbish litter a campsite at Electric Picnic on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘Mistaken belief’ that abandoned tents go to charity leads to a large volume of rubbish

A still from a video posted on social media which appears to show a man wearing a Dublin GAA jersey (centre) kick  another man (red top, sitting) in the head.

Alleged assault is recorded following All-Ireland football final on Sunday

PhD student Saorla Kavanagh of DCU, who led the research that has found Irish heather honey as having health benefits comparable with manuka honey

University researchers find urban bees make better honey than their country cousins

The longest waiting time for car-driver testing was in Skibbereen, Co Cork, at 26 weeks. Photograph: Thinkstock

More than half of 83,000 provisional drivers on list have yet to be given an appointment

Irish Water has extended its hosepipe ban until the end of September for 16 counties including Dublin, Cork and Limerick.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Restriction lifted in west and northwest with supplies improving as drought period ends

Gardaí later local a car with five visible occupants, and a 13-year-old in the boot ‘with an amount of rocks’

Cross in the Phoenix Park in  Dublin where Pope Francis will say Mass on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Medical director recognises ‘concern’ with plans but says there’s now a ‘complete change’

R445 near Monasterevin Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Maps

Motorcyclist was in collision with a black crew cab vehicle near Monasterevin

 Pigs on a commercial pig farm, in Broadford, Co. Meath. File photograph: Alan Betson

Farmers target Supervalu to ’inspect’ pig meat for Bord Bia quality assurance symbol

The stage from where Pope Francis will deliver Mass is seen under construction in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Mobility scooters, folding armchairs, stools, cooler boxes also prohibited from Sunday’s event

 Pope Francis will meet victims of clergy sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland. Photograph:  Reuters

Vatican confirms pontiff will meet clerical sexual abuse survivors during time in State

Cody Keenan unveils statue of former US president in Moneygall, Co Offaly

Student  Michael Barry with Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Higher Education. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Congratulations all round as adults returning to education get their Leaving results

Muireann Twomey (right) from Clara from Co Kilkenny and Lynn Fenton (left) from Rathangan Co Wicklow  getting their Leaving Certificate results at Kilkenny College in Kilkenny.Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

More than 3,700 Leaving Cert pupils fail maths exam

Cannabis found by gardaí in Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, on Sunday.

No arrests after officers discover sophisticated grow house in Glenbeigh

The fire was discovered at about 7pm on Sunday and the man’s body was found shortly after. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Emergency services were called to the home in Knocktopher on Sunday evening

Members of Protect Marlay  Park: Niall O’Reilly, Tony Redmond, Mary Kelly, Michael Donlon, Una Connaughton and Mary Connolly, at the site of the pontoon bridge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group opposed to masterplan says a bridge across lake will demean heritage

Tom Moran was appointed chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast in May 2015. Photograph: Queen’s University, Belfast

Irish-American businessman became a crucial player in peace process, says Gerry Adams

Mediator Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fresh attempt to broker resolution in dispute between airline and pilots to get underway

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Guests share stories of the man who had made a ‘unique contribution to Irish culture’

A screen grab image from the crew camera of the volunteer crew members removing a boat from Slate Rock in June.

Lough Ree Lifeboat and Waterways Ireland warn boaters

Prices for some Garda stations given to the Dáil differ to State’s Property Price Register

A building, on left, formerly used as Crossakiel Garda station. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Fianna Fáil says prices paid in 42 station sales ‘deprived State of money and resources’

The photographs which circulated widely on social media on Thursday morning carried a caption saying: ‘Well after been 11 year on the housing list a year on the homeless dis is where my 7 kids have to sleep’.

Problem of homeless families turning to gardaí for help to increase during papal visit

The National Transport Authority say that for some users the proposed changes “may involve their bus going a different way to their destination”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Online map allowing commuters to plot future journeys set to go live this Thursday

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir, Co Wicklow, last month. Irish Water says  levels in the capital’s reservoirs are still very low, despite the recent rainfall.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A dry autumn means it could be 90 days before rainfall exceeds demand and levels rise

 Lisa Lawlor with her parents Maureen and Francis, who were both killed in the Stardust tragedy in 1981. Ms Lawlor, 38, who was just 17-months-old when her parents died, has given her support to a call for a new inquest for the first time. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Group now pressing for fresh inquests into the deaths of 48 people in 1981 Artane blaze

A pope and popemobile made from hay forms the centre piece of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Durrow, Co Laois, on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senior Helpline urges members of the public to look out for older people who cannot travel

Photograph: Getty

Plan by National Disability Authority for large State agencies sees workforce rise to 6%

Under current Bus Connects proposals the 84 and 184 routes would be replaced by an orbital service serving Bray-Greystones -Charlesland every 20 minutes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Calls for Red and Green Lines link between Red Cow in west Dublin and Carrickmines

The beach near the Connemara village of Renvyle. On Monday cloudbursts will be heavy, with a risk of thunder, especially in the west.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Unsettled conditions likely during week but high of mid-20s expected for long weekend

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Significant progress made on water levels, obstacles and ‘pinch points’, says Minister

The Shannon near Athlone: the OPW and local authorities have completed 12 flood relief schemes protecting towns in the wider Shannon catchment, including Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A number of initiatives and projects by a range of agencies are lined-up for 2018

The Health and Safety Authority recorded 24 farm deaths in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Authority’s report says ‘complete change of culture’ needed to reduce farm deaths

Plumbers are among tradespeople being sought for a week-long mission to help bring clean water and basic sanitation to a hospital in Batoufam, in the equatorial African country of Cameroon. File photograph: PA

Mission seeks tradespeople to donate a week’s work and cover their own costs

Vagabond Tours removing litter from  Knockree in the Glencree Valley, Wicklow

Visitors walking away from scenes ‘like a crash’

Pat and Una McDonagh  at the Barack Obama Plaza, Moneygall, Co Offally.  Mr McDonagh now wants to build a services area close to the Ennis bypass. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Developer of Barack Obama Plaza to open first services on 101km Atlantic corridor

An engineer works on a newly rebranded Circle K service station in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in April. Circle K is set to operate three new motorway service areas. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The new sites, which cost over €20m to build, have remained closed due to tender dispute

 A Viking Splash Tour enters the Grand Canal basin in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tour company director says the Dublin vehicles are not exposed ‘to the same risks’

Rain is set to return on Thursday night and Friday. A small amount of rain fell last weekend. Here people shelter from it on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Tom Honan

Farmers and boaters hit as water levels in lakes and rivers decline

An overhaul of the Dublin Bus network was outlined earlier in July. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some services look good but those planned for working-class areas will be worse, says Joan Collins

 Beechwood Luas crossing in Ranelagh Dublin 6. Proposed plans for Metrolink threaten access in the area. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Group objecting to project tells Dáil committee route is already well served by Luas

Options open to Irish Water, should the crisis continue, include extending  restrictions beyond the current Level Two measure in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

Northern Ireland Water lifts a national hosepipe ban that has been in place since June

Met Éireann has warned that the exceptional dry spell in Ireland could be followed by localised  flash flooding if there is  any downpour or heavy rainfall because the ground is so dry. File photograph: The Irish Times

A slow return to normal soil moisture levels with no sudden downpours is best outcome

A new development in efforts to combat “range anxiety” associated with the use of electric vehicles is to be announced on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Technology breakthrough comes as politicians call for further grants and reduced tax

Minister for State for Local Government Reform John Paul Phelan has launched a review into the role and payments for councillors. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review under way into role and payments for elected members of local authorities

Hot summer: children on parched grass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, after 20 days without significant rain. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Met Éireann issues warning as Air Corps helicopters help douse Armagh gorse fire

Photograph: An Garda Síochána via Facebook

Man charged in connection with seizure of Cannabis herb valued at €200,000

Sunbathers enjoying the good weather in Dublin’s  Phoenix Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

‘Scattered showers’ forecast but week-long deluge thought to be needed to restore reserves

A group in Co Wicklow does not want any fast-food outlets with 400 meters of a school.

Local group frustrated as council breaches own development plan to grant planning

A juvenile offender went on a rampage in Beaumont Hospital on Friday night.

Teenager leaves other patients cut from flying glass as he smashes up bathroom

Vartry Reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. A nationwide ban on hosepipes is in place in a bid to preserve water. Photograph: PA

Water sources are diminishing as Met Éireann says drought could last for 15 more days

Liam Miller died in February aged 36. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irwin, Ferdinand, Duff and Butt among stars confirmed for tie at Turners Cross, Cork

One man has been killed and  a second man injured in a road crash in Co Meath on Saturday.

Car in which dead man was a passenger left the road at Gibbstown early on Saturday

The new Bill will introduce a mandatory driving ban for a first drink-driving offence if a motorist has a blood/alcohol level of above 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres.   Photograph; David Sleator

Drink-driving punished by ban and unaccompanied learners may have cars seized

Minister for Transport Shane Ross outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Minister for Transport Shane Ross congratulated safety campaigners for their perseverance

The hosepipe ban is to be expanded nationwide. Photograph: Getty Images

Engineers Ireland says periodic shortages ‘to worsen without Shannon water project’

Vartry reservoir water treatment works in Co Wicklow. A ban on hosepipes may  be extended to other parts of Ireland over the coming week. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish Water continues to monitor the situation on a national basis, with a possible view to extending a hosepipe ban

Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the death of a farmer on a farm in Co Monaghan.

Garda and HSA investigating as agricultural safety campaign seeks to reduce farm deaths

Enjoying the  the high temperatures and sunshine at the Forty Foot and Sandycove. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

But highest daily temperature was recorded in Co Clare, with 32 degrees

A water tanker near Vartry Reservoir in Co Wicklow as a ban on hosepipes is likely to be extended to other parts of Ireland. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Utility says majority of calls are from people seeking advice on restrictions

For sunscreen to be effective, it is very important that you apply a generous amount to your skin before going out in the sun, advises the health Service Executive. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Health professionals warn of sunburn and sunstroke as country sizzles in the heat

Enjoying the good weather at the Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Temperatures in region of 25-27 degrees as national forecaster predicts drought

The hosepipe ban may be extended to other parts of the country in the coming days. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Ban expected to be extended to areas beyond Dublin in coming days

A seminar in Dublin heard overseas websites created Facebook pages to identify undecided Eighth voters

Facebook pages were created to gather users’ personal details for use by more strident sites

Students can go four or five days without speaking to anyone in college. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Unnecessary loneliness’ is a problem for rural and urban people of all ages

NTA says the introduction of the corridor would reduce travel time from Swords to city centre from 71 to 40 minutes. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Chief executive says the choice facing the city is to halve journey times or face stagnation

Dublin bus corridors: the city’s new high-speed bus routes will affect more than 1,000 homes. Photograph: Eric Luke

€2bn scheme will halve some journey times but affect more than 1,000 homes

More than 1,000 homes in Dublin will lose gardens and parking places under plans by the National Transport Authority to create 16 high-speed bus routes in the city.

Dublin homes to lose gardens and parking under ‘high speed’ bus route plan

The Vartry reservoir in Co Wicklow. A prolonged dry spell could lead to water shortages with reductions in pressure, Irish Water warned. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin business group warns of dangers of expansion without adequate water supply

The 39-year-old man was taken to Beaumont Hospital with serious head injuries. Photograph: Google Streetview

Gardaí say a 16-year-old boy is helping them with their enquiries

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