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

Bronze Age track at Mayne Bog: when Westland Horticulture uncovered it in 2005 the National Monuments Service did not issue a preservation order or record it in the Register of Historic Monuments

Peat extractors have committed to stop milling near the Mayne bog road, which is 6m in width

SUV with a one-year-old inside was hijacked at the Conyngham Road, Islandbridge exit from the Phoenix Park on Sunday. Photograph: Collins Photos

Couple subjected to a traumatic ordeal as thief initially drove off with their child

Of the 14 incidents on Irish farms last year in which men aged over 65 were killed, many involved farm machinery. Photograph: Getty Images

Plan to reduce deaths includes ‘knowledge transfer’ visits for groups of farmers

Health and safety inspection on Termonfeckin farm – from slurry tanks to roofs

La Touche Hotel, Greystones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Decaying building has lain derelict at centre of the town for almost 15 years

Since 2010 some 171 motorcyclists have been killed and 629 seriously injured. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Half of the 80 motorcyclists blamed for crashes were aged between 25 and 34 years

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett  told the Dáil he was adopted through St Patrick’s Guild adoption society, which is at the centre of a controversy over incorrect registrations. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach apologises to adoptees over ‘another dark chapter in our history’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said 75 per cent of new growth will be outside Dublin.

Money, along with investment from other sources, to be allocated to the best projects

European Commission plans to have all electric bicycle (e-bike) users take out third party insurance have been described as ‘EU bureaucracy gone mad’. Image: iStock.

Cycling campaigner says European plan the ‘kind of thing that forced the Brits to vote to leave’

The EU Commission has presented proposals to ban single-use products, like plastic utensils, straws, coffee stirrers and cotton swabs, in the fight against plastic waste. Photograph: EPA/Hayoung Jeon

New moves would require producers to help cover the costs of waste management

Dr Siobhán Donohue, a GP from Bray, Co Wicklow, with  her children Aoife, Ciarán, and Joey. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Siobhán Donohue says voting to repeal Eighth Amendment a ‘surreal’ experience

Minister for Health Simon Harris voting at   Delgany National school, Delgany, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Micheál Martin says abortion debate has ‘far less aggression’ than it did back in 1983

Crowds attend a service   at The Clock Tower in  Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gathering told the tragedy an isolated incident and does not represent goodness of the Irish people

Three-car collision: the crash happened on the N11 shortly after noon on Tuesday

Woman airlifted to hospital understood to be mother of woman who was killed

Salmon, trout and leach are among fish  killed in Ballycorrigan stream, near Ballina, Co Tipperary. File photograph Getty images

Brown trout, juvenile salmon and stone leach among the fish found dead

Bernard Cawley   from Executive Dry Cleaners in Enniskerry said Jastine Valdez (above) had been a regular customer.  She was always smiling and laughing, he recalled.

‘Everyone is absolutely in shock and devastated by what’s happened’

The No Fry Zone movement grew out of  local opposition to plans by McDonalds to open a  restaurant near three schools in  Greystones. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Health experts in favour of ban included HSE, DCU, TCD, and medics studying obesity

Poolbeg incinerator, Dublin: The building is the length of three football pitches and four metres taller than the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More incineration needed if Ireland to break reliance on exportation- European body

Photograph: iStock

Study finds dementia delay higher among ‘exergamers’ than those who just exercise

The Coast Guard helicopter which was tasked on Wednesday morning to lift a woman and her dog from a sandbank on Sandymount strand when they were cut off by an incoming tide.

Coast guard helicopter, Dun Laoghaire lifeboat, fire brigade and para-medics assist in rescue

Psychologists body enters amendment debate to focus ‘on evidence-based facts’

Industrial waste (centre left) from the abandoned steel plant lies exposed at Haulbowline. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Environmental group critical of State’s failure to clean areas including former steelworks site

Envisaged is a total of 188 extra trips a week on the rural transport network. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pilot scheme to being next month; Independent TDs call it a ‘sop’ to rural Ireland

Part of the Grand Canal in Portabello, Dublin. Photograph: Caitriona O’Kennedy

Councillor says residents have complained about people littering and urinating

There were 872  seizures of mobile phones in Irish prisons  in 2017. Photograph: Getty Images

Surveillance of prisoners with mobile phones in prisons could be ‘overt or covert’

Autonomous car: While 32 per cent of Irish motorists have features such as cruise control, automatic parking and collision avoidance systems, the Road Safety Authority said driving a totally autonomous car here would still be illegal.

NUIG research team plans to extend initial laboratory tests to campus road network

The  Moriarty Tribunal has cost the State an estimated €65 million to date, the  Public Accounts Committee has been told.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Martin Fraser tells PAC: ‘If I had €500 million, I could think of better ways to spend it’

Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach Martin Fraser appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee on Thursday. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Senior civil servant tells PAC ‘sensitive cases’ were notified to Government every quarter

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: there are 10 active legal claims in relation to the CervicalCheck audit controversy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

From setting up a screening programme in 2008 to aftermath of Vicky Phelan case

Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. Temperatures on Tuesday are set to reach 20 or 21 degrees in the west. Photograph: Getty Images

Ray of hope on Sunday as temperatures set to rise with highest values of 14-19 degrees

A Kilkenny County Council report says there is an educational, social and economic case for locating a higher education campus to cater for 1,000 students in the city. Photograph: Pat Moore.

City’s Abbey Quarter selected for campus focused on crafts, heritage and agri-food

Children attending the Nord Anglia International School in a drum workshop. About €14m has been invested in the school to date. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Exclusive Nord Anglia International School Dublin sets September date opening target

Young members of Na Fianna GAA Club at a MetroLink public information session in the Helix in DCU hosted by TII (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) earlier this month. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gaelic enclave comprising schools, creche and sports and community ‘to be destroyed’

Cyclists held a “Die-In” outside the Dail today in protest at the latest death of a cyclist on the Dublin streets. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

More then 100 cyclists stage peaceful protest to acknowledge those losing their lives

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

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