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

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

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