Behind every statistic is a tragedy for the victim’s family and community. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than 200 people, including 25 minors, have died on Irish farms in the past decade

Centenarian Maire Godfrey at  home in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

All Ireland's “super-centenarians", people who have lived past 110, were women

Dermot Comerford  worked at Ballydowd special care unit between 2006 and 2013. He claims he was unfairly dismissed after being asked to provide evidence of public liability insurance, which he says he did not require because he was an employee. The HSE denies this and says Mr Comerford was an independent contractor. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dermot Comerford says he was an employee as HSE labels him an independent contractor

Over 140 nationalities in schools, with students from Kyrgyzstan, Tonga and Azerbaijan

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: says certain services needed to change “radically and quickly”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Inspections by Hiqa reveal ‘model of care outdated in many other states since the 1980s’

A scene from the RTÉ documentary on the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Providers fail to meet requisite standard in 46% of cases inspected by Hiqa to date

Cregg House: the facility for more than 100 adults with intellectual disabilities in Cregg, Rosses Point, Co Sligo, failed to comply with any Hiqa standards during five separate visits. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

One in seven disability homes failed to comply with standards, ‘Irish Times’ analysis finds

A screen grab from RTÉ’s Investigations Unit - Inside Bungalow 3 report on Áras Attracta on  Prime Time last December.

One-third of Hiqa visits to HSE centres record failure to meet any of its standards

A Hiqa inspection of Kilkenny disability home St Michael’s found it to be understaffed, inadequately resourced and unclean with two rodent traps found in the dining room in one of two bungalows.

Evacuation route in St Michael’s blocked with debris and chairs during May inspection

St Vincent de Paul volunteers: the charity got nearly €130,000 from the poor box last year.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Judges around the country directed more than 1,000 offenders pay money to charity

When the first lottery draw took place in 1988, the chances of your numbers coming in were one in 1,947,792.

Data blog: Odds of winning lottery to go from one in 8.1m to one in 10.7m next month

Hiqa inspectors  found there were “significant deficits” in the quality of care provided to the nine residents of the two “Group L” houses which are run by Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services at St Anne’s Residential Services outside Roscrea.

Protections for residents from financial abuse ‘unsatisfactory’ in St Anne’s, Roscrea

Worldwide the amount of carbon dioxide emitted has grown year-on-year for the past two decades.

The power plan has put climate change and ways to combat it back on centre stage

More people than ever before are spending time on trolleys in Irish hospitals.

Drogheda hospital has highest number of patients on trolleys, reaching 769 last month

 CSO figures show Irish people love their cars, which made up three quarters of journeys made between October and December.   File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bicycle trips made up just 1.6% of all journeys last year

Anti-water charge protesters in Cork. Irish Water said there were no significant regional variations in payment levels. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Utility says to release such information could lead to non-payment of bills in the future

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

Wexford’s Mick Wallace spent 70 cent, while Galway West’s Noel Grealish spent €6.29

There are more Seanad voters registered in Britain than in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Leitrim combined.

Registered Seanad voters are in Tonga, Lesotho, Greenland ... and the USSR

As David Norris pointed out in a Seanad debate in May, the combined university panel electorate is “150,000 times the number for the taoiseach’s 11 nominees”.

Six Senators are elected by NUI and Trinity College graduates

An  Immigrant Council of Ireland anti-racism campaign. Photograph: Immigrant Council of Ireland website

Immigrant Council of Ireland interviews young men on their experiences in Republic

Gardaí took an average of 7.7 sick days last year, compared with 9.6 days for those working in the health sector. Photograph: Frank Miller

Civil service records highest number of days lost while education had lowest absenteeism

Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Taoiseach’s opposition key to rejection by Government of report’s recommendations

In 12 of the 14 crime categories (with homicides and kidnapping and related offences being the exceptions), the CSO determined the force was under-reporting crime by an average of 18 per cent.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

CSO report finds Garda under-reporting crime and overstating detection rates

The CSO is publishing its report on Garda crime statistics today. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

What is the new Central Statistics Office report on Garda data and why does it matter?

Review finds an under-recording of crime by Garda “issues” with the way Garda record data.

Review of crime statistics says CSO will work with Garda to ‘improve reliability of data’

All available resources should be utilised for society’s most vulnerable

Statistics from the Central Statistics Office show the average working week is now a half hour longer than it was five years ago - at 35.7 hours in the first three months of 2015 compared to 35.2 hours in the same period in 2009.

Interactive table shows how many jobs created or lost in your sector over five years

When asked what the used as their main source of news 41 per cent said they accessed news online (including from websites, social media, apps and blogs) while 37 per cent cited television (both TV bulletins and 24-hour news channels) as their main news source.

Survey notes that smartphones are ‘defining device’ for consuming journalism

Age Action releases financial abuse survey results to coincide with World Elder Abuse Day

Parents can register their children for the Under-6s Free GP Care from Monday, June 15th onwards. File photograph: Getty Images

Uptake among GPs varies from 94% in Donegal to 8% in South Tipperary

Residents of a Co Louth centre for people with disabilities were repeatedly locked into the bungalow unsupervised, an inspection has found

Centre in Co Louth non-compliant in nine of 10 categories during April inspection

A total of 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to the UK for abortions last year, an increase on the 2013 of 3,679.

Figures show 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to UK for abortions in 2014

Managing editor Cliff Taylor remembered Sean Flynn (pictured) as a friend who ‘put a smile on your face’, a journalist with an ‘extraordinary talent’, and a dedicated family man. Photograph: Eric Luke

Particular tribute paid to four staff members who died suddenly in the past two years

Government called on to develop a nationally agreed pay scale for childhood service professionals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Government ‘need to recognise sector for the hugely important public service it is’

Somali speaker Iftina Abdule with her daughters Isra (3) and Ishraq (15 months) in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

More than one in 10 speak a language other than Irish or English when at home

For the first time the CSO have also provided an analysis of the top ten most popular surnames of babies registered in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Separate figures show birth rate among Irish teenagers at lowest level in 14 years

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year. Photograph:  Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

Dog Trust says councils need to work with dog charities to reduce figures

 United Nations secretary general   Ban Ki-moon  speaking in Dublin Castle on May 25th, 2015.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

UN chief praises Ireland’s vote in same-sex marriage referendum with Dublin speech

Current permissions allowing students to study in Ireland while attending a 25-week English language programme will be reduced from a year to eight months from October.

Reforms welcomed by bodies representing students and regulated private colleges

Crowds react in the court yard at Dublin Castle on Saturay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tourism Ireland aim to capture part of ‘new and emerging’ LGBT wedding tourism market

Bernadette Warnock, who resigned as a director of the board of Positive Action in July 2013.

Woman remanded on bail to appear before court again in July

Hiqa inspectors have raised ‘grave concerns’ over practices  at two centres on the St John of God Community Services campus in Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hiqa inspectors raise ‘grave concerns’ over practices at St John of God campus

Procesa Basa Robediso, who was employed as a nurse in Simpson’s Hospital nursing home, Dundrum, Dublin 16, between  2010 and  2013, is accused of professional misconduct and poor professional performance over  allegedly locking an elderly  resident in a bathroom. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fitness-to-practise inquiry retires to consider verdict in Dundrum nursing home case

Chair of the Adoption Authority of Ireland Geoffrey Shannon said the adoption process would not change. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

On TV debate Geoffrey Shannon stresses he is not advocating for Yes or No in referendum

Ryan Cannon from Killiney leading cyclists who on Sunday completed a 1,400km journey around Ireland for Cycle Against Suicide. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Extended stage for peleton 250-strong winds way into capital after 7,000 play part in effort

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said that the referendum is asking to people to not only redefine marriage, but to redefine the family. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Archbishop Michael Neary says Church is against proposal to redefine marriage

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: said the executive “accepts” and was committed to implementing all eight recommendations made in a highly critical Hiqa report.  Photograph: David Sleator.

Tony O’Brien apologises to families and commits to implementing recommendations

There are five radiologists per 100,000 population in Ireland compared with 7.8 in Germany and 11.3 in France, says Royal College of Surgeons.

RCSI faculty says more consultants needed after X-ray errors

Minister for Children James Reilly said his immediate priority was ‘to ensure that no child is at risk of harm’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Files - some of which date back at least 10 years - are being reviewed by Tusla

The Detail, a Belfast-based news and analysis website, has pulled together statistics from various sources to “paint a picture of modern Northern Ireland”.

Imagining NI highlights ‘big issues’ not on political election agenda

A legal adviser to the Mothers and Fathers Matter group, Tom Finnegan, referred to a poster (above) erected by the group in recent days referring to surrogacy which he acknowledged was “probably the most controversial” of its three posters.

Surrogacy and donor-assisted reproduction ‘clearly relevant to discussion’

A HIQA report has found that a centre, run by the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, was understaffed.

Residents activities sometimes restricted to walking around a courtyard, Hiqa finds

A language student protests outside the Modern Educational Centre on Harcourt St, where classes have been cancelled and staff wages have gone unpaid.

Irish Council for International Students describes situation as ‘extremely confused’

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Irish Times survey shows 18- to 24-year-olds most likely to binge but over-60s drink most regularly

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to party between 1984 and 2000 included businessmen, clergy and unions

The National Transport Authority took 80 prosecutions against taxi drivers last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Half of 952 taxi complaints in 2014 related to behaviour and one-third to fares

A report published in November found that the Garda Síochána was under-recording crime trends by some 38 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO will decide whether to resume publication of figures following analysis

Smoking in bed was highlighted as a particular risk. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

One third of all fatal house fires start in the bedroom, often from a cigarette

Cigarettes were the suspected cause in a quarter of cases, electrical appliances were suspected in 18 per cent of cases and electric blankets in 3 per cent. Matches, candles and chip pan fires were the next most likely causes

Ten years of data, of 366 deaths from 326 fires, shows often the cause is unknown

Mary Lou McDonald said she was “deeply alarmed” by the proposal  to change to the date from which refugee bodies are subject to freedom of information legislation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Mary Lou McDonald ‘alarmed’ by Freedom of Information proposals for refugee bodies

The marriage rate in 2014  of 4.8 per 1,000 of the population  is the same now as it was in 1864, according to the CSO. Photograph: Getty

There were 392 civil partnership ceremonies in 2014, 242 male unions and 150 female

 An expert witness in a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland fitness-to-practice inquiry said it was her opinion that a nurse who gave a double dose of lithium to a patient fell short of the standards expected of her.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Procesa Basa Robediso accused of professional misconduct and poor performance

At the fitness-to-practise committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Procesa Basa Robediso,  a former nurse in Simpson’s Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin 16, is accused of professional misconduct and poor professional performance. Library photograph: Thinkstock

Fitness-to-practice case hears claims of double dose of drugs and mixing up patients

Only 3% of parents of children under 13 say religion plays no role in upbringing

Irish Water says it still intends to pursue businesses for unpaid commercial rates

Further €50m debt from local authorities to be written off by State-owned utility

An Ipsos MRBI poll on behalf of The Irish Times Survey shows  the average Irish wedding had 110 attendees, including the bride and groom. Under-35s were more likely to have had larger weddings, averaging 141 people.

Poll shows under-35s invite more friends to their weddings. Over-55s invite more family

Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Large crowds gather on O’Connell Street to call for abolition of charges

The survey asked about six areas of “worry”: not having enough money; not having enough free time; work-life balance; physical health; mental health; and relationship difficulties

‘Irish Times’ poll shows women worry more than men and anxieties decrease with age

Viewing an eclipse in London in 1999. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Solar eclipses of this magnitude are rare and cloud breaks should let most people see it

The generational shift in parents’ attitudes to slapping could also be seen in respondents’ working status. Photograph: Getty Images/Stockphoto

Mothers more likely than fathers to strike children but parents under 35 slap least

A file photograph of a group of children from Belarus arriving at Dublin airport to spend Christmas with Chernobyl Children International host families. Photograph: Eric Luke

Chernobyl charity volunteer says robbery and damage of goods ‘soul destroying’

Two men, 60 and 30, are killed, while 23-year-old sustains serious head injuries in Clare crash

(From left) Des Fagan of the CPSU, Brendan Ogle of UNITE  and John Douglas of the ICTU at the Right2Water press conference announcing details of a new water charges protest. The conference heard how one of the four jailed protesters, Bernie Hughes, plans to run in the next general election.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bernie Hughes among detainees released after judge ruled they were held unlawfully

Dr Máirín Ryan, Hiqa’s director of health technology assessment and acting deputy chief executive, said a survey of 32 hospitals nationally to identify electronic systems currently in use in Ireland found limited use of such systems outside two hospitals where the technology was being used in very restricted settings. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Photo

Assessment of how IT could improve outcomes follows chief medical officer request

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, with actor Moe Dunford at the launch of Darkness Into Light: “Together we are educating the youngest generation – they will never be like my generation where people hide their feelings under the carpet – we are teaching them at nappy level how to seek help and not to be afraid to talk”

Suicide prevention group’s global Darkness into Light event recognises needs of diaspora

Blaise and Blake O’Donnell, children of Solicitor, Brian O’Donnell, pictured leaving the Four Courts  after a Supreme Court action last year. Photograph: Collins

Blaise and Blake O’Donnell say Killiney home battle brings repossessions issue ‘front and centre’

Fianna Fail raised $116,500 when Bertie Ahern was leader and taoiseach but the party’s US fundraising efforts petered out thereafter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Party raised $1.28m compared with republican rival’s $12m in shorter time

Upload, clean, check: the steps taken to analyse 14,879 data entries

List of 15,000 donations reveals fundraising unmatched by any other Irish party

Seton Hall University, New Jersey: made three contributions totalling $28,000

New Jersey private Catholic college gave $25,000 after talk by Adams in 1998

Fionnula Flanagan: donated $3,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin Sheen, Fionnula Flanagan, Viggo Mortensen and Anjelica Huston included on list of donors

 New York: $6.3 million was raised from the state over the past 20 years. Photograph: Gary Hershorn/EPA

New York accounts for a large part of the donations raised for Sinn Féin over the past two decades

Teacher Eilish Moroney with children at St John the Evangelist National School in Adamstown, just south of Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost 80% of immigrant-origin children are educated in just a few schools. Is this paving the way to a polarised society?

Children at St John the Evangelist National School in Adamstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some 23 per cent of schools cater for four out of five immigrant children

Irish Times Data examines Ireland’s association with the world’s most famous statuette

Glen Hansard who won the Best Song  Oscar in 2007 with Marketa Irglova for ‘Falling Slowly’ from the film ‘Once’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Irish involvement in Academy Awards stems from Dubliner who designed the statuette

The number of work permits issued to non-EEA workers grew by 42% last year

Judge Yvonne Murphy, who has been appointed chairperson of the  Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. The commission’s work is officially underway following the formal appointment of  three commissioners. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Investigation officially underway following formal appointment of three commissioners

The figures tell us that Ireland is taking steps to protect its most vulnerable – before State interventions, such as pensions and social welfare payments are factored in, more than half of Ireland’s population are deemed at-risk of poverty.Photograph: Thinkstock

Annual data round-up reveals most vulnerable bear brunt of high price levels

A graphic taken from the Measuring Ireland’s Progress 2013 report by the CSO.

Only Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Luxembourg dearer in 2013

Chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland Denise Charlton said direct provision was not an appreciated place for trafficking victims. Photograph: The Irish Times

Report urges shelving ‘unsuitable’ accommodation for vulnerable refugee group

Clodagh McDonagh from Macroom, Co Cork: Winner in the eight- to 10-year-old category, at the presentation to prizewinners in The Credit Union Art Competition, at Croke park, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Now in it’s 31st year, the Credit Union Art Competition draws 30,000 entries this year

Some 200 people attended a protest outside Dail Eireann on Saturday, organised by the human rights group LGBT NOISE, demanding amendments to the proposed Gender Recognition Bill 2014, which is currently being debated in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Pictured are Daniel Waugh and Annie Hoey. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Proposed legislation described as ‘surface deep’ amid concerns not all would be covered

Recruiter for Reboot Ireland Eddie Hobbs has said that the group is on course to have 60 candidates available for the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Group’s recruiter says party will be able to run a candidate in every single constituency

Data shows higher-than-average numbers of centenarians in Mayo and Longford in 2014

Data blog: Analysis shows January as second-worst month ever with 601 on trollies

Correspondence between religious  congregations and the Department of Education, obtained by The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act, shows the  orders are taking a firm line against further contributions that would meet the Government’s target of an equal sharing of redress costs. File photograph: Reuters

Only €81m in cash from church bodies towards abuse compensation

Find out where your name, or the name of a loved one, features in our name-checker below

The list of the most popular boys’ and girls’ names over the past 10 years contains some surprising new entrants

Current regulatory focus on encouraging consumers to save money by switching energy suppliers is not working for those in energy poverty. Photograph: PA

Paper says focus on switching suppliers not working for those in energy poverty

Exterior of the National College of Art and Design, Thomas St, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Art college’s accounting practices ‘not fit for purpose’, committee hears

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