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Merrion strand: the beach is the first in Ireland to face a permanent bathing ban.

Swimming is to be banned at Merrion strand in Dublin Bay because of persistent problems with bathing water quality – it is the first Irish beach to ha(...)

The Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin. It is the State’s only facility for holding and treating severely mentally ill people who have committed serious crimes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has fast-tracked the opening of the new Central Mental Hospital in north Dublin to allow for the isolation of patients displaying Covid(...)

The proposals, which are subject to a public consultation, will affect people in Donabate, Swords, Rush, Castleknock (above), Blanchardstown, Ongar, Malahide, Sutton and Portmarnock. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council has proposed putting “traffic calming measures”, such as speed ramps, road signs and markings, on 12 roads across north and west(...)

Patients and HSE staff will transfer from the Central Mental Hospital to a new hospital in Portrane in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State plans more than 1,200 homes on a site belonging to the Health Services Executive (HSE) in a project worth €400 million. The Land Developmen(...)

Over €70m, including €26m from additional funding, is to be provided for the Fair Deal nursing home scheme. File photograph: Getty

The Health Service Executive has been given another €50 million to fund services for older people, disability and hospices but says it will still face(...)

The plant at Clonshaugh east of Dublin Airport, will be the second-largest sewage works in the State after the Ringsend plant in Dublin 4

A €500 million regional sewage treatment plant to process the waste of 500,000 people across the greater Dublin area, has been granted permission by A(...)

The scene near Dún Laoghaire Baths where Stephanie Ng was viciously assaulted. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The iPhone app was supposed to offer some level of reassurance – it would show the location of the 15-year-old boy as he moved around Dún Laoghaire an(...)

The Mental Health Commission recommends 48 rehabilitative teams, but the State has only 23. File photograph: iStock

The lack of long-term rehabilitative services means that adults with acute mental health issues “are falling through the gaps” and not receiving the s(...)

Inspectors also found “little improvement” in the Central Mental Hospital’s compliance with regulations since 2017 - dropping from 79 per cent compliance last year to 69 per cent this year. File Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

A female patient in the Central Mental Hospital was having to sleep in an interview room because of a lack of bedrooms, inspectors have revealed. In (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of the HSE capital plan at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in  Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The long overdue publication of the Health Service Executive (HSE) €2.1 billion capital plan until the end of 2021 is welcome but it begs many questio(...)

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