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

Warning that State subsidies for traditional businesses may be the only way to reverse the decline in retail activity in rural tow(...)

Campaigners say the don’t want to the Luas Green line to be closed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Campaigners using Twitter, leaflets, and posters between Sandyford and Ranelagh

  Prof Denis Cusack of the Medical Bureau for Road Safety: “Nothing can help to remove alcohol from your body, only time”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Garda figures indicate 6% of DUI arrests this year took place between 7am and 11am

An augmented traffic management and enforcement operation began on the M7 on  Monday morning and by evening more then 100 motorists were caught speeding through the roadworks.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

First hours of speed camera crackdown on route shows lack of compliance with lower 60 km/h limit

Sharon Keegan,  from Ballyfermot, Dublin, places a candle on the altar in memory of her  son, James who died at the age of 21 in October 2010 at a special mass to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims at St Michan’s Church in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Remembrance day for victims: 130 people killed on the State’s roads so far this year

The Irish Wildlife Trust says there is a lack of action in the face of planetary ecological collapse. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Extinction Rebellion Dublin rally hears calls to ‘stand up and fight’ for the environment

The Garda said of the 14,000 bikes stolen since 2016, only about 16 per cent of owners had the bicycle frame numbers recorded

Incidents occurred in Limerick city from August to November 2018

About one-third of the 99 species of bees in Ireland are now either regionally extinct or vulnerable.

Rallies to be held in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast on Saturday

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said people with disabilities “cannot feel confident that they will be able to either get on or off the bus or train. Nobody should feel that way”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

National Disability Authority should get powers to monitor and enforce access for people with disabilities, report says

Holders of full licences from countries not aligned to Irish or EU standards should in future have to take just six of the 12 lessons prescribed for learner drivers, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said.

Would-be motorists from non-aligned countries will have to take six instead of 12 lessons

Gardaí have arrested three people and seized drugs worth an estimated €570,000 in Dublin.

Woman (34) found carrying over €40,000 worth of cannabis and methamphetamine

There was concern for thousands of Brent geese. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Statement covering sea waters around site clashes with findings by Birdwatch Ireland

The number of tourists visiting Ireland and the revenue they generate will continue to rise next year, Fáilte Ireland has forecast. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fáilte Ireland encouraged by rise in arrivals from US and Europe, who spend more than UK visitors

Foraging  Brent Geese are wintering in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

BirdWatch Ireland expresses concern for thousands of Brent geese wintering in bay

John Street in Kilkenny: The auditor’s report notes the council bought a building at 75/76 John Street in 2007 for €7 million “ for the purpose of relocating the county library”. File photograph: Google Street View

Local government auditor also criticises council for contracts without proper tender

Rough journey?: Irish Rail had 407 complaints of anti-social behaviour last year, 117 reported incidents of intimidation and 70 vandalism complaints. Photograph: Eric Luke

Alterations to routes on Maynooth, Drogheda, Sligo, and Rosslare lines

Dublin was ‘effectively full’ on 145 days last year because of a lack of bed capacity, the chief executive of tourism promotion body Fáilte Ireland has said.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Least active tourism destinations likely to be hardest hit by ‘no deal Brexit’, TDs told

Participants said bullying could take the form of adverse comment from pupils and their parents on Whatsapp groups, as well as social media sites where pupils “rate” teachers and direct emails.   File photograph: Getty Images

One parent attending a meeting with a teacher and a principal used a smartphone to record the meeting, later putting it online

Maeve Mullin,  co-founder CF Hopesource and Alice Ward who lives with cystic fibrosis, from North Dublin, at  a briefing on the Beaumont Hospital cystic fibrosis (CF) inpatient unit.  Photograph: Orla Murray

Catherine Noone announces planning application for unit at Beaumont Hospital to be lodged by end of November

Dr Niall Muldoon: Many GPs are medicating young people who have severe mental health issues, either because of a lack of understanding, or because waiting times to see a psychologist are too long. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

GPs talk to parents ‘over patient’s head’ children’s ombudsman to tell psychology conference

Kevin “Boxer” Moran: he said the €9m funds for Co Leitrim would come from a previously-announced €1bn investment in flood-risk measures

Lough Allen to be lowered for the third winter in a row to help prevent downstream flooding

An  assessment   by Wicklow County Council estimated the waste in the former landfill could be as much as 48,000 cubic metres in volume. Photograph: Getty Images

Landfill to be the subject of €2m containment to stop further waste materials spilling onto the beach and ending up in the sea

Images of the plastic pieces found on the shore at Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove show tiny lengths of thin, flexible material about the length of a little finger. Photograph: Gráinne Grehan

Specialist team working on recovery of strips used in restoration of Dún Laoghaire Baths

The Department of Education, which entered into a service agreement with Westmeath County Council in relation to the construction of a new building for Curraghmore National School. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Design changes ‘placed responsibility on designers’ to certify work under new rules

Graduating gardaí at the Garda College Templemore, Co Tipperary. A new report has surveyed 200 active members of An Garda Síochána who identified the top five traumatic stressors in their lives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Study on the impact of trauma on gardaí to feature in psychological society’s conference

The remains of Amanda Carroll leave her funeral mass at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardnier Street. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Son of woman strangled in her home tells congregation they and Christ had made family strong

A number of serious crashes have already been blamed on what Transport Infrastructure Ireland called ‘narrow bands of hail’ in the west of the country. Photograph: iStock

‘Bands of hail’ mean exposed motorways are ‘like driving on ball bearings’, RSA warns

The Unicef report found “vulnerable groups” are still in danger of being left behind.

Concern is expressed for educational levels of groups including Travellers, the homeless and immigrants

Poolbeg incinerator:  Dublin City Council   said about 50,000 homes could be heated using water heated by the waste incinerator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council says 50,000 homes could be heated using hot water from Poolbeg incinerator

Festival and concert promoter John Reynolds  died at his home last Thursday. Photograph:  Collins

Festival and concert promoter’s funeral to take place on Thursday

Keith Russell (left) with race director Jim Aughney prior to the  marathon on Sunday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Keith Russel took part in memory of his daughter who competed with him in 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “Highly unlikely” that Peter Casey would now be joining the Fine Gael party. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach: ‘I endorsed President Higgins, my party campaigned for him, he has won’

The programme attracted an average audience of 446,000 viewers for the two hour programme on RTÉ One. Photograph: RTÉ Player

RTÉ figures show high levels of interest in final TV debate featuring all six candidates

Sam Bates and Alisha Wauchope, grand children of Norman Witherow (centre),  one of the finders of the Tullydonnell hoard unearthed near Convoy in Co Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tullydonnell hoard is among the heaviest gold finds to have been unearthed in Ireland

Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines  provide advice for clinicians. Photograph: iStock

Office for Traffic Medicine to develop strategy to help doctors advise addicted patients

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

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