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A staff member at work at the contact tracing centre in Galway. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The HSE is planning to have half of the 500 new staff planned for its permanent Covid-19 contact tracing operation in training by the end of this week(...)

A dog sticks its head out a window of a passing car on Dublin’s Merrion Road last week. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Traffic volumes on most Irish roads have risen significantly in the last week as children begin to return to school, new figures from Transport Infras(...)

Orlagh Eichholz with a picture of her stolen dog Molly and her other dog Millie at their home in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

When news emerged this week that 10 suspected stolen dogs had been found during a search on a property in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, Orlagh Eichholz’s he(...)

Live on Stage Ringmaster Paul Ryder, Mr Pride Eddie McGuinness, with Kiki St.Clair at last yeart’s Dublin Pride

Covid-19 means Pride parades in 2020 are different to anything we’ve seen before. That doesn’t mean they won’t be fabulous. Dublin Pride Dublin LGBT(...)

Portmarnock beach on Friday. The warm weather is set to continue into next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A high of 26.8 degrees was recorded in Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon on Saturday, equalling the highest temperature for the year. The same temperature w(...)

Example of littering in a Fingal park. Photograph: Fingal County Council

Fingal County Council has said it is “alarmed” at what it described as a “dramatic increase this week in littering and dumping” in public spaces acros(...)

Gardaí are expected to launch a scaled-down operation this bank holiday weekend to enforce the coronavirus movement restrictions as the force switches focus from roads to parks, beaches and beauty spots. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí are expected to operate a scaled-down operation this bank holiday weekend to enforce the coronavirus movement restrictions as the force switche(...)

Swimmers playing in the Weir at Lucan during blazing sunshine. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Most places can expect sunshine and temperatures of up to 26 degrees over the coming days up to and including the bank holiday weekend. A high of 25(...)

Kaylem O’Reilly jumps into the water at Spencer Dock in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Temperatures are due to rise to 25 degrees on Thursday with warm and sunny spells forecast for this week. Monday will be dry with sunny spells, thou(...)

Garda Mick O’Brien in Ballycotton, east Cork:  ‘Traffic now is nearly non-existent... people aren’t travelling since the full lockdown kicked in.’ Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

What a difference a day – or, in this case, six weeks – makes. Just ask Garda Mick O’Brien, who became an internet sensation when footage of him direc(...)

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