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

Asylum seekers: a representative for Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, said the low number of complaints was a clear indication the current complaints system was “defunct”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Level of grievances ‘in stark contrast with what we are hearing about the conditions’

In the second most clamped area in Dublin, Mespil Road, 720 vehicles were clamped last year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

State’s local authorities collect more than €88 million from parking charges in 2014

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes will look at the entry and exit arrangements for single women into and out of the homes and for the children on leaving the institutions.

Commission will cover living conditions, high mortality rates and vaccine trials

The total fees paid to members of the tribunal’s legal teams to date is close to €35 million

Spend ran to €3.7m to end November 2014 including €2.5m in third-party legal costs

Eamon de Valera under arrest in Richmond Barracks, Dublin after the 1916 Rising.

Group planning three national events to mark the centenary of the Rising next year

Crisis workers at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. The Government has pledged €780,000 to fund ambulances and burial teams in the country to help fight the virus. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/NYT

Charlie Flanagan announces fund for ambulances and burial teams to fight virus

Independent TDs Shane Ross (left) and Finian McGrath (right) have said they are not interested in joining Lucinda Creighton’s new political party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Shane Ross and Finian McGrath say Ireland does not need a new political party

 Frank, from Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed movie ‘Frank’, musician Conall O’Breachain (We Cut Corners), actress & musician Tara Lee (The Fall) and comedian Eleanor Tiernan next to street art in Dublin’s  Temple Bar specially commissioned for the First Fortnight mental health festival. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography.

Music, poetry, theatre, art, film and dance part of the line up for First Fortnight festival

The HSE advertised for a locum paediatric dermatologist for the Temple Street service but a spokeswoman said no candidates had applied. Photograph: David Sleator

Hospital hopes to resume service in late spring after drive to fill position is unsuccessful

The HSE expects about 1,000 smokers will contact its new integrated Quit support service in the coming weeks as people give up smoking for the new year. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

HSE launches new integrated Quit support service after HSE recorded drop in phone calls

Sheila Ryan, sister of Mary Garvan, who lives in Áras Attracta residential home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Call for complaints procedure after abuse filmed at Áras Attracta home in Mayo

The family of one of the women featured in Tuesday’s Prime Time programme on Áras Attracta have called for due process to apply to the 11 people taken off duty.

Eleven people taken off duty should be considered ‘innocent until they are proven guilty’

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: said the HSE put in new management arrangements and convinced Hiqa the systems in place ensured better protection for residents. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dehydration and malnutrition listed as ‘factors’ in death of 72-year-old disabled man

 Mary Garvan, a 65-year-old resident of the Áras Attracta residential care centre,  distressed after a staff member placed a blanket over her head. Photograph: Prime Time

Staff include clinical nurse manager who sat on resident in Prime Time footage

Women are underrepresented in senior academic posts in Ireland’s universities, institutes of technology and colleges, statistics released by the Higher Education Authority show. Photograph: Getty Images.

Less than a third of senior academic posts in Ireland’s universities and ITs held by women

Tánaiste Joan Burton  said the decision to ban traditonal bedsits had been taken by the previous government ‘in good faith for the best of reasons’ but it had effectively closed down many bedsits, particularly in the Dublin area.

Reduction in bedsits has ‘undoubtedly’ put pressure on homes available

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs James Reilly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Brian Sheehan, Director of Gay and Lesbian Equality Network visited Dublin’s gay Pantibar on Tuesday night.

Enda Kenny’s visit to Dublin gay bar causes a stir online

The hearing dealt with proposals by the Central Bank which could result in first-time buyers requiring a deposit of up to 20 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Problems confronting first-time buyers laid out before Oireachtas finance committee

CSO price index shows 2.8% increase in properties outside Dublin in October

The outgoing head of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, said the water charge is more a utility than a tax

Property tax compliance at 37% six weeks ahead of January deadline

Courts Service chief executive  Brendan Ryan: questioned on loophole by Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Courts Service wants driving licences tied to vehicle ownership

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a working group was examining a number of options which could improve conditions for asylum seekers. Photograph: Frank Miller /
THE IRISH TIMES

Protesters to call for abolition of direct provision to mark Universal Children’s Day

Noeline Blackwell, director general, of Flac: “It’s a question of the right to adequate and affordable housing to allow people to live in dignity and we haven’t come anywhere near that.”

Water charges and zero-hour contracts among issues highlighted to UN body

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been contacted by the CSO director general. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inspectorate found crimes underrecorded and detection rates lower than claimed

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

To mark Library Ireland Week ‘The Irish Times’ surveyed the country’s libraries

A screengrab from a video claiming to show water protesters surrounding the Tánaiste’s car in Tallaght yesterday.

Eggs and bottles thrown as Tánaiste trapped in car for two hours by protesters in Tallaght

A volunteer fixes a lamp at the Repair Café which took place at the Chocolate Factory on Kings Inns Street, Dublin.

Volunteers come together to mend items ranging from textiles to jewellery to electronics

A car carrying Tanaiste Joan Burton is seen surrounded by water charge protesters in Tallaght today. Photograph: Paul Murphy via Twitter

Two arrested during incident which Senator says ‘went beyond any legitimate form of protest’

 Gordon Jeyes (left), chief executive of Tusla - the Child and Family Agency with Suzanne O’Brien, who spoke of her experience of foster care, and Aodhan O’Riordain (right), Minister for State for New Communities, in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla says children often have to be placed with families in Donegal, Wexford and Cavan

Safeguards will block access without storing users’ IP addresses

UPC, one of Ireland’s largest broadband providers, will restrict access to websites containing child sexual abuse material based on a list of domains or URLs provided by gardaí and Interpol.

UPC and Garda launches new restrictions on URLs linking to child pornography

David Galvin, national prostate cancer clinical lead and consultant urologist with the Mater hospital, said it was extremely important for patients to receive a rapid diagnosis. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

1,050 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in rapid access prostate cancer clinics in 2013

A group in  Coolock protesting against the policing of a demonstration against water charges in Santry. Photograph: Collins Photos

GRA members report several cases of threats to personal safety and property

Staff and students with gardaí outside  Leinster College language school in Harcourt Street, which has closed its doors recently due to financial issues. Dave Moore, communications officer for the Irish Council for International Students,  believes more closures are likely. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Leinster College becomes ninth English language school to close this year but ICOS says more closures inevitable

Former conjoined twins Hassan (left) and Hussein Benhaffaf , with Keith Duffy at the launch of the Irish Wheelchair Association fundraising campaign Angels , in Dublin today.Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish Wheelchair Association begins annual fundraising campaign

Staff members with gardaí outside  Leinster College language school last week when it announced it was closing temporarily. Today the college announced it had ceased trading. Photograph: Dave Meehan

English language school in Dublin is the ninth to close since the start of this year

Many local marches converged at the GPO on O’Connell Street this afternoon as tens of thousands protested against water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Traffic disruption across the capital as crowds converge on GPO

Water charge protesters gather at the GPO. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Slogans chanted: ‘Enda Kenny not a penny’ and ‘From rivers to sea, water should be free’

Matt Waine: said We Won’t Pay the Water Tax – Dublin 15 had distributed some 26,000 leaflets about the protests. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Groundswell, grassroots’ protests against water charges planned in 28 city locations

Minister of State Simon Harris, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys and National Museum director Raghnall Ó Floinn on Thursday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Need for greater measures to protect collection, but funding position ‘perilous’

Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Raghnall Ó Floinn emailed staff this morning saying the board had taken no decisions on the introduction of entry charges or closure of facilities in its four museums. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

National Museum of Ireland staff told it faces ‘difficult options’

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks. Oireachtas approval would be needed to introduce charges here and at the National Museum’s three other constituent museums. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Board believes funding for next year not enough to cover running costs

A research paper on a programme designed by Prof Des Higgins of UCD (left) is among the 10 most frequently cited research publications of all time according to the science journal Nature. He is pictured with Prof Tony Kavanaagh, professor of Plant Genetics at TCD. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

DNA sequence analysis paper among most cited publications ever in Nature magazine

 Lyndsey Pilkington with a photo of her  daughter Leyla who died when she was a year old.  She  was subsequently helped by an organisation called First Light/the Irish Sudden Death Association, Athy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

First Light ‘a unique club that nobody wants to be a member of’

A report by Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has identified concerns that living conditions in the direct provision system not only exacerbate the trauma for these survivors of sexual violence but also leaves them vulnerable to additional sexual violence.

Third of asylum-seekers or refugees presenting to rape crisis centres in 2012 were minors at time of assault

HSE auditors say Positive Action’s resistance to meeting the HSE’s standard accountability resulted in “additional unnecessary expenditure of public funds”

‘Repeated behaviour by Positive Action Ltd to regularly frustrate and obstruct progress was, regrettably, a key feature in our rel(...)

In its response to the audit, Positive Action said it had made all documents available to the auditors and had attempted in good faith to respond to all request for information. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Five Hep C support group board members claim HSE audit not impartial

The auditors of Positive Action found that the front-loading of credit cards was “not an appropriate use of public money” and “weakened any possible control over the expenditure of such funds”. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Impression created was that ‘money was no object and extravagant expenditure was normal’

The Positive Action offices on  Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The woman at the centre of the inquiry has been interviewed under caution but not arrested. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

€100,000 of support group’s funds were ‘spent by woman for her own ends’

The offices of Positive Action in  Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE restricted payment for international conferences, alcohol, band hire and gifts

06/10/2014 NEWS. Leo Varadkar Minister for Health speaking to reporters yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Investigation finds over €100,000 allegedly misused by hepatitis C support group

Inspectors in Donegal found not all high risk cases were consistently allocated a social worker and that those where were did not always receive an adequate service. Photograph: Getty Images

At-risk children not assigned social workers due to staffing shortages in Donegal

 Tusla   said this week  that the agency   that although future legal costs would be reduced, “this will not be evidenced in 2014 as a consequence of the level of inherited commitments”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legal costs and high demand for private residential and foster care services cited

Bob Geldof addressing delegates at the One Young World 2014 Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bob Geldof tells the crowd ‘we are at a critical moment’

Research on pre-schools inspections published today by Tusla shows that the level of compliance with pre-school regulations is relatively high, with most providers in compliance with regulations.

Review of creches and pre-school services finds non-compliance with 1 in 7 regulations

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and singer Bob Geldof watch the flag ceremony by delegates at the One Young World 2014 Conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Summit ‘gives platform to give brilliant young people a catalyst to drive change in the world’

In 2012, 40 requests related to child pornography, 17 to child sexual assault or rape

New guidelines have been published to ensure migrant workers in embassies are paid minimum wage. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Migrants group welcomes move on wages and conditions but says enforcement may prove problematic

Clarification from the Department of Education is required before students will know  whether they can be transferred to other approved language schools.

English in Dublin became the seventh English language school to close since April

Positive Action’s members were mainly women who contracted Hepatitis C from blood from the  Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Positive Action had debts of €107,000 when it went into liquidation in April

The briefing documents, prepared for Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, reveal that €71.6 million in cash has now been received. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

€71.6 million in cash and €4.4 in property-related payments received to date

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