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The blue flag programme aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and eco-tourism boats around the world. Photograph: Alan Betson

Five Irish beaches have failed to retain blue flag status due to a deterioration in the quality of their water. The five beaches that lost the flag t(...)

One poor-quality location was Balbriggan Front Strand Beach in Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The overall quality of Irish bathing waters continues to improve, with 78 per cent of bathing sites having excellent water quality, while 97 per cent (...)

Rebekah Vardy leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Rebekah Vardy will “never forgive” Coleen Rooney after she “ruined” the last weeks of her pregnancy by accusing her of leaking private information to (...)

Dublin City Council has said it has received ‘overwhelming’ support for the Capel Street initiative.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Capel Street is to become traffic free from Friday, May 20th, Dublin City Council confirmed on Thursday. The move, which had been expected i(...)

A panel of judges and researchers will scour Ireland to check out its lesser-known holiday locations and its famous destinations

The Irish Times is embarking on a 32-county search for the best Irish holiday in Ireland, for a countrywide competition. To nominate USE THE FORM I(...)

Dublin City Council will now prepare a report for councillors on how to fill the vacant seat. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

An attempt to fill a seat on Dublin City Council, vacant since the death last August of Independent councillor Anthony Flynn, has failed after council(...)

Permission is being sought for 162 apartments on a Prussia Street site that was at the centre of protests last October when alleged squatters were ordered to vacate the land. File photograph: The Irish Times

A proposed 13-storey build-to-rent tower beside the Grangegorman TUD campus in has been branded a “monstrosity” and the work of a “madman” by Dublin c(...)

A 2019 image of how the proposed plaza on Liffey Street might look. Photograph: Dublin city Council

Part of Capel Street will have to be kept open to traffic to facilitate a new €6.5 million pedestrian plaza beside the Ha’penny bridge, Dublin city co(...)

A widened footpath on Capel Street last summer ahead of pedestrianisation trials at weekends. Photograph: Alan Betson

The creation of a new civic plaza for Dublin beside the Ha’penny Bridge on Liffey Street appears set to scupper plans for the pedestrianisation of Cap(...)

Bernadette Devlin talks to reporters in 1972 after she slapped British home secretary Reginald Maudling for claiming that the British soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday had acted in self-defence. Photograph: Frank Barratt/Getty

February 1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) is founded. October 5th, 1968: NICRA and the Derry Housing Action Committee (DHA(...)

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