The HAP scheme, has been extended to include a further nine local authority areas - Cavan, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Government action plan has promised 130,000 new homes over six-year period

The water charges committee has a number of questions to examine, including whether water services will be funded by a new tax or by adjusting existing taxes. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Committee on funding water supply will operate transparently, says chair Pádraig Ó Céidigh

Ukraine unveiled the world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations. Photgraph: Sergei Supinsky/Getty Images/AFP Photo

Irish-sponsored resolution on elimination of nuclear weapons passed in UN last month

Peruvian Pablo Che Leon Sarmiento: “In Ireland I can walk down the street and take out my cell phone any time and I’m pretty certain no one will threaten me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Pablo Che Leon Sarmiento arrived in 2015 from Peru via Argentina

President Michael D Higgins called for an urgent response to “the grave threats that hang over both the intellectual freedom and the physical safety of so many scholars around our world”.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Murder of Palmyra professor example of ‘grave threats’ over intellectual discourse

Kym Owens violently assaulted as she walked to her accommodation in Maynooth last week.

18-year-old Monaghan student was violently assaulted in Maynooth last week

“Jacks are Wild” by Joe Collins

Dublin Canvas is turning the city’s dull, grey traffic light boxes into colourful street art

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, right, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Head of International Committee of the Red Cross says humanitarian actors cannot solve crisis

Members of the Travelling community and spokspersons Sandra Collins, Ronnie Fay, Tessa Collins and Tracey Reilly presenting a box of signatures to Minister Aodhan O’Riordain calling for the estableshment of a Traveller agency. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny has resolved to support the recognition of Traveller ethnicity

Aissa Sow: ‘I have more friends here now than I did in my country’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Aissa Sow arrived from Guinea in 2011

Women and children perform a play in the Schisto refugee camp near Athens describing their journey and experiences. Photograph: ActionAid

Women and children make up majority of those stuck in Greek refugee camps

Dr Lydia Foy fought for more than two decades to have her chosen gender recognised. She has lived as a woman since 1991. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Four teenagers among those granted permission to register as different gender

People  celebrate a new agreement between the Colombian government and the Farc rebel group. Photograph: Leonardo Munoz/EPA

EU special envoy ‘optimistic’ after latest agreement signed by government and Farc

Cyclists on the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UK petition is ‘ludicrous’ as cyclists are ‘saving the planet’, says Irish cycling body

Carmina, who believes she has won the lotto when she watches a news playback of a lottery win from two years before

Advert tells story of grandmother who mistakenly believes she has won the lotto

The Italian dish seppia con piselli (cuttlefish with peas): “It tastes like the sea and is just delicious”

Food Month: People living here miss rice and beans, tahchin and real Mexican tacos

Olivia Finnegan, who was injured in an incident involving a scrambler bike. Photograph: Mick McLoughlin

‘That idiot just kept on going with no regard for anything he caused’ - Mick McLoughlin

 Samir Youzbashi Aljafari and his wife Wafaa, Syrian refugees living in Killarney, are reunited with their  daughter Nadine (21)  and  grandson Yousef (1) after they arrived in Dublin Airport from Damascus. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Support group concerned by changes to Act that allowed woman to join family in State

Dr Attiya Waris of the University of Nairobi law school: Government officials have “lost touch” with society.

The Government’s reaction to the EU Apple tax ruling exposes a disconnect between tax and human rights, says Dr Attiya Waris of th(...)

Children waiting for a bus to Athens airport to take a special charter flight to France. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Irish Refugee Protection Programme hopes to relocate 324 to Ireland by end of the year

 Rawan Al Masri: “People here are nice, but  only know the bad side of Arabic countries.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Syrian student Rawan Al Masri arrived, via Jordan, in 2014

Ahmed Idris and his wife Nazia with their children Alishbah (9), Aliza (8), Anas (6), and Soban (2) who have grown up living in a caravan at the Athlone accommodation centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Idris family have been in direct provision since they fled Pakistan for Ireland in 2007

  A group of teenagers setting off from Dún Laoghaire for a week of sail training on board the Spirit of Oysterhaven. Pictured  are Ciara Beatley; Kim Murphy; Alex Quinn; Dikhsha Ramsurn; Joan Osayande; Christina Byrne; Tina Thom; Balikis Falade and Guarav Ramsurn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Safe Haven Ireland brings together young people from diverse backgrounds, including those living in direct provision centres, to (...)

Former CNN reporter Gina London, who is originally from Indiana in the US but is now based in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: American Gina London moved to Cork with her daughter in 2014

Portugal's sunny Algarve

An Algarve weekend in the Purobeach Vilamoura resort is undeniably rejuvenating

The Late Late Toy Show audition tour hit Dundalk on Wednesday with performers from as far away as Donegal trying out for a spot on the show.  Pictured at the auditions were NC Kids from Dundalk with Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Annual Christmas special hosted by Ryan Tubridy airs on RTÉ 1 on December 2nd

Children enjoy playing on Sandymount Strand, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Trips to Ireland increased by 10.5 per cent between July and September 2016

Joanne Greene, a nurse who moved to Ireland from Australia two years ago. Picture: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Joanne Greene arrived from Australia in 2012

Richard Bruton has argued that ‘huge progress’ had already been made through discussions with the ASTI and TUI, citing a pay increase of up to 22 per cent for newly qualified teachers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Education Minister says planned strike is ‘unnecessary’ as 525 schools set to close

Samantha Ncube, a young asylum seekers, lives in the direct provision system. She was accepted to study in Maynooth but cannot afford the fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just two students have met criteria allowing young asylum seekers access to third level

Unite research officer Michael Taft speaks before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.

NBRU chief also makes ‘no apologies’ for Dublin Bus dispute at committee hearing

An archaeological excavation at the Hellfire Club in the Dublin mountains has uncovered what is believed to be an ancient passage tomb. Photograph: Abarta Heritage

Tomb uncovered on site of former lodge where ‘young bucks of Dublin’ gathered

Brendan and Jane Byrne with their son, Sean, and daughter, Tara, at home in Whitehall, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: Sean and Tara Byrne moved from Taiwan to Ireland with their Irish father and Taiwanese mother and took a while (...)

An  Afghan migrant waves from a van as he departs with six others from  France  for Britain. File photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Immigration officer responds after discovery of girl (3) in the back of a lorry in Co Wexford

Special Olympics competitors at Dublin Airport in July 2015, getting set to  leave for the world summer games in Los Angeles. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

75% of those surveyed overweight or obese and weight must be monitored - report

Gardaí have appealed for information after two cash-in-transit robberies in Tallaght and Finglas on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Member of public understood to have tried to block raider’s path when fleeing the scene

Former Munster coach and Ireland rugby international Anthony Foley. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish flag being flown at half mast outside local authority offices as mark of respect to rugby coach

People are advised to contact their local authority if they see a bonfire being built or lit close to buildings, tress, overhead cables, underground services or car parking areas. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Dublin City Council warns illegal bonfires cause ‘significant health and safety risk’

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday the €1.3 billion package of measures in Budget 2017 “isn’t, really” in breach of EU rules. Graphic: The Irish Times

First-time buyer’s allowance ‘madness, wasteful and inequitable’, says Donnelly

People on Poolbeg Street waiting for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to open on Burgh Quay. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of foreign nationals applying for visa renewals have complained about the system

Tibor Szabo: “It’s a challenge to live anywhere with two small kids but Ireland gives me security .” Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: A Hungarian nurse and his girlfriend moved to Ireland for career opportunities, and are staying for their sons’(...)

Syed Qasim Raza from Pakistan, with Cheltenham winner Vroum Vroum Mag. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Citizens: Syed Qasim Raza first got on a horse aged 19, now he works for champion trainer

Asked whether there were Dublin City Council  plans to introduce a new form of clamp to tackle the ongoing illegal removal of devices from vehicles, a spokeswoman said the current device met “the highest industry standards”. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

No plans to introduce different clamps to combat their illegal removal - spokeswoman

The Aer Lingus Twitter account replied to a number of passengers’ queries on Thursday evening saying ‘a piece of ground service equipment caught fire while attending to one of our aircraft’. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Two baggage handlers hospitalised after equipment caught fire ahead of hurricane

People are seen walking on the tracks along the Luas green line between Beechwood and St Stephen’s Green on Thursday after a technical fault led to the suspension of all services. Photograph: Michael Ruane

Services stopped shortly after 9am after two trams failed due to a technical fault

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton in 2011. A spokesman for MCD said there is currently no second date planned, despite the band announcing second dates in Brussels, Gothenburg, Cariff and Paris this morning.  Photograph: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

No second date planned, says MCD as tickets on Ticketmaster resale site on sale for €695

An Bord Pleanála ruled that ‘exceptional circumstances’ applied and that ‘the sign is integral to the social, historical and cultural significance of the current use of the premises’. Photograph: Panti Bliss/Pantibar

An Bord Pleanála rules sign will remain because of ‘exceptional circumstances’

Under the Luas byelaws, passengers may not ‘use any camera of video recorder or any form of equipment for recording sound or images so as to interfere with any other person’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Male passenger refused to stop filming Luas staff on his phone, say Transdev

Azad Izzeddin: “Boxing gives you self-confidence and brings all the tension outside your body. It gives you a chance to socialise and get out of home. I’ve made a very kind circle of friends through it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: A Syrian Kurd who arrived in Dublin as an asylum seeker three years ago struggled as a vegetarian in the cent(...)

Abbas Ghadimi who came to Ireland as a refugee from Iran in 1985 in his Food For Life shop on Green Street in Callan, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

While Ghadimi will ‘always be Persian’, here ‘he could see a light at the end of the road’

Ibrahim Halawa is accused along with 493 others on serious charges which could result in life imprisonment of the death penalty.

Latest delay ‘cements belief that the trial is now unlikely any time soon’

By mid-September, some 13,500 people had visited Skellig Michael. Photograph: Office of Public Works

Kerry island of Star Wars fame will close to the public this weekend until May 2017

Minister for Health Simon Harris called for ‘open disclosure’ and clear answers for women who have negative experiences during childbirth when addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times.

Minister for Health says compensation systems for children injured at birth is ‘adversarial’

Jacopo Villani at Tudor Lawn in Newcastle, Galway: “Caring for a child should be a mutual endeavour between men and women.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Italian Jacopo Villani was happy to look after their infant when his partner got a job in NUIG

One of the yellow flyers released by the NBRU.

NBRU says pamphlets aim to help ‘Joe/Josephine Soap’ understand the dispute

The demonstration on October 19th is expected to draw over 5,000 students from across Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Union of Students in Ireland calls for greater investment in education by Government

The 400,000 Dublin bus passengers who will be affected by Tuesday and Wednesday’s strike action will be happy to hear that this incessant September rain is scheduled to clear just as buses grind to a halt on Monday evening.   Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick/Collins

Dublin Bus users advised to walk, cycle and carpool to work this Tuesday and Wednesday

Emily Mark-FitzGerald,  who moved to Ireland from California in 2002 and works as a lecturer at the UCD school of art history and cultural policy, with her  sons

Part three of a five-part series about people who arrived in Ireland 15-20 years ago

Fáilte Isteach class in Summerhill, Co Meath. (from left) Talite Loste, Marcella Sheridan, Sai Ying Pak and Slawomir Brandebura

Awareness of cultural isolation a motivating factor for setting up classes

Garda traffic patrol checkpoint on the Ballymurn road in north Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

European Day Without a Road Death aims to make September 21st a day without crash deaths

Marja Gaynor from Finland: she came to Ireland in 2000. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Finland-born Marja Gaynor, who jammed with Hansard, loves spontaneity of Irish musicians

Sir Terry Wogan is to receive a posthumous award in recognition of his contribution as a broadcaster to Ireland and the Irish community abroad. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards recognise the work of Irish people overseas

Minister Paul Kehoe presenting the citations to Corporal John Gorman Sgt Harry Dixon and Pte Jimmy Taheny at Custume Barracks, Athlone. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Presidential Unit Citation presented to soldiers and next of kin in Athlone

A rally calling on the government to take in more refugees, on O’Connell Street, Dublin last year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

International research finds different attitudes towards migrants in Europe’s east and west

 Idle Dublin Bus vehicles  outside the Broadstone Depot during the latest strike by company workers in a pay dispute. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Commuters give their opinions on the latest 48-hour work stoppage in the pay dispute

 Eve McCrystal, Katie-George Dunlevy and Eoghan Clifford  with their medals at the the Rio  Paralympic Games. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

The launch of the set follows the success of Irish paracyclists in the Rio Games

Children enjoying playing on Sandymount Strand in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Culture Night expected to be cool and dry... with a fair chance of rain of course

A police forensic team examines a ferry boat which was carrying tourists from the island of Bali to Lombok following an explosion on board, at Padangbai port, Bali, Indonesia September 15th, 2016. Photograph:  Antara Foto/Nyoman Budhiana /via Reuters

One tourist killed and 13 wounded in blast, Irish people believed to be uninjured

People on Poolbeg Street waiting for the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to open on Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New online appointment system struggles as a result of ‘high demand’ from applicants

Clive of Kilkenny: Clive Parsons who along with fellow soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Stephens Barracks Kilkenny scooped €452,700. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Army dreamers celebrate scooping more than €22,000 for each member

Irish-language speakers and supporters along with members of the Gael-Taca group protest outside The Flying Enterprise pub in Cork after barman Cormac Ó Bruic said he was forbidden from speaking Irish on the premises. Image: Screenshot from Provision video

Sober Lane calls for ‘reconciliation and craic’ after protest at neighbouring outlet in Cork

Athy activist who asked women to resign ‘will not be intimidated out of the parish’

Jacinta O’Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan were asked to resign form church positions

 Ghandi Mallak, who came to Ireland from Syria in 2001, now runs Damascus Gate restaurant on Camden Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ghandi Mallak: When I got my citizenship I was more than 40. My life is behind me now

Amy Gurlitt: “For me, it’s the mentality of the people here, like when you thank the bus driver. How nice is that?” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: A German who ended up in Ireland because it was the cheapest available flight is still here five years on. She (...)

Frisha Ishak: “Ireland is very far away from home, but when I finished studying my dad said, ‘Don’t come back just yet’. He encouraged me to experience life.” Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: When a shy young woman moved from Kuala Lumpur to Dublin to study, she had to push herself to socialise beyond (...)

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey’s passport and accreditation on show during a Police press conference. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Former judoka’s arrest ‘hugely embarrassing’ for International Olympic Committee

Ana-Marija Hota: “In Croatia we like the Irish culture and people, the way they’re more laid-back, like we are.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: A woman who moved her family to Dublin after her native Croatia’s accession to the EU believes life is easier f(...)

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish. Photograph: File photo/Getty Images

Council warns over creatures at Dollymount Strand and along the port side of North Bull Wall

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Numerous venues across the State advertising drinks at €2 for young students

“What’s the point of me finishing school when I know I’ll be nothing. I feel like I’m in prison. I want my freedom. I want to travel. I just want to be equal.” Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Young migrants and refugees have few of the rights the rest of of us take for granted

People waiting for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Over 100 people seeking visas at Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on Thursday morning

Haider Altegani. Photograph: Fran Veale

A former museum director, who was too afraid for his life to return to Sudan, describes the ‘inhuman situation’ of the direct prov(...)

Irish rail driver Happymore Karigomba (c), Dublin Bus driver Shahbaz Rana (l) and Bus Eireann driver Fabio Carlomusto,(r) at the launch of the #StopRacism campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Immigrant Council of Ireland reports increase in discrimination against Muslims

The Garda seizure of puppies being illegally transported was the fourth of its kind in the last three weeks. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Current legislation enables establishments to breed thousands of puppies, warns DSPCA

All three unions will meet next week and depending on the outcome of the ballots, will aim to co-ordinate industrial action, which could start later this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot follows rejection of 8.25% pay rise recommendation from Labour Court

Carlinhos Cruz from Brazil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: On his 26th birthday, a Brazilian musician arrived in Dublin from São Paulo to work and play music. Five years (...)

Roger Casement: wrote humanity back into the narrative of the Putumayo Indians

Casement is famous for his Congo crusade. But ‘Roger’ is also a hero in Colombia, where he investigated atrocities allegedly comm(...)

Bertie Ahern is acting as chief mediator in the ongoing dispute between the GAA and the Irish Handball Centre over a handball centre in Drumcondra, Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach is mediating dispute between GAA and Irish Handball Centre

Princess Khumalo: with daughter Ivana at the beach near Mosney refugee centre, where they share a small house. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Zimbabwean woman in direct provision talks about a system that treats asylum seekers as ‘economic migrants, second-class nationa(...)

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says after years of consultation and costly engineering expertise, there appears to be very little in the way of real measures available to deal with flooding across the State. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

No real preventative measures available after years of consultations, says Fitzmaurice

The disused Hellenikon airport where refugees and migrants are temporarily housed in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

28 Syrian refugees have arrived in Ireland from Greece in past few weeks

Francois Hollande in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

French president was in Dublin to visit Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins

Sebastian Sainz, his wife, Elena, and their son, Damian, at Green Man Wines, Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: A couple from Uruguay and Spain met in 2014 working at a restaurant in Dublin. The education system and support(...)

Sunshine Break City dwellers relaxing in the sunshine along the bank of the Grand Canal at Mount street bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Swimmers advised to take care as thousands flock to beaches in ‘once in a decade’ highs

Members of the Garda Representative Association protest outside Government Buildings at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform against the Government’s public pay cuts. Photograph: The Irish Times

Garda graduates are being offered ‘a disgraceful salary’ just over the minimum wage

Liam and MJ Conway from Wicklow enjjoy weather on   Bray Seafront on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Met Éireann issues temperature warning as hottest day expected

Citing figures he received from the Central Statistics Office, Mr Grealish revealed that more than 6,000 crimes had already been committed by criminals out on bail during the first quarter of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 6,000 crimes already committed by criminals on bail so far in 2016, Dáil hears

Preliminary examinations of the skull indicate that it belonged to an adult aged between 18-40 years and may have been in the ground for up to 70 years.

Skull is believed to belong to adult aged between 18-40 years who lived during 1940s

Documents relating to the suicide bereavment counselling charity, Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Mercedes and Audi cars used by former boss of charity auctioned for combined €23,000

An Irish backpacker was discovered by the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency services after they received a call that a person was fast asleep on the ledge of a building. Photograph: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Irish backpacker says he has no recollection of how he got onto the roof

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