Portrane

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 Nancy Dempsey (93) on Portrane beach, north Dublin,  with the four artists chosen for a  public art project: from left, Joanna Hopkins, Fiona McDonald, Mary Conroy and  Mark Clare. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

At 93-years-of age, Nancy Dempsey can remember Portrane beach in north Dublin when it was straddled by a long wooden boardwalk and when children playe(...)

Three of the five waters classified as being poor are in the Dublin  region: Merrion strand, Sandymount strand (above) and Portrane beach.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s bathing waters are continuing to improve in quality with the vast majority of EU-designated beaches of excellent or good quality, according (...)

An investigation was carried out after a serving prison officer alleged  conversations between inmates and solicitors had been monitored. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A report into alleged covert surveillance in the prison service is being considered by Attorney General. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said (...)

Peter Hughes, general secretary of the   PPsychiatric Nurses Association said the sector faced a staffing crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The HSE faces a major challenge in finding sufficient staff to operate the new €140-million national forensic mental health service at Portrane in nor(...)

Hospital cleaners are among the thousands of support staff across the country who will be balloted on strike action. File photograph: Getty

The Government is facing a potential national strike by support staff in hospitals across the country including porters, security personnel, cleaners (...)

Sabrina Joyce Kemper (great grandniece of James Joyce) from Portmarnock protesting outside An Bord Pleanala’s hearing, in the Gresham hotel, on plans for Clonshaugh sewage plant. Photograph: Fran Veale

The location of a “monster sewage plant” and “sludge terminal” in Clonshaugh will freeze the future development of Dublin’s north fringe, Independent (...)

The planned sewage treatment plant at Clonshaugh has been the subject of more than 14,000 objections from local residents. Photograph: Eric Luke

Plans for a €500 million regional sewage treatment plant in Dublin, which have been the subject of more than 14,000 objections from local residents, a(...)

Rowan Kelly (front) from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending their thirteenth  consecutive Friday protesting about climate change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

During a talk on climate change a few years ago, secondary school pupil Conal O’Boyle heard something which jolts him still. “We were told that kids (...)

St Ita’s hospital in Portrane, Co Dublin. The PNA said difficulties were experienced there due to the extended overtime ban. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The HSE has said it experienced “significant challenges” in ensuring a safe service in several mental health facilities in Dublin, Cork and Galway on (...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said the new National Children’s Hospital would “give every child in this country access to world-class healthcare”.

The Government made a conscious decision to increase spending on the new national children’s hospital in order to deliver a “state-of-the-art facilit(...)

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