Dr Shari McDaid, director of mental health reform, has called for the State’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to be made more accessible to young people and their families.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Nearly 90 children and adolescents in need of support admitted to adult wards in 2014

NCAD students protesting against what they allege to be  “underfunding, overcrowding, the mismanagement of accounts and miscommunication” at the institution. Photograph: NCAD See the Future

Demonstration held after college director Declan McGonagle cancelled discussion

 Minister of State for Overseas Development Assistance Seán Sherlock, who said that the Rapid  Response Corps played a key role in the State’s humanitarian response strategy. Irish Aid has called for skilled volunteers to consider joining the corps. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Group part of Government’s overseas assistance strategy in humanitarian crises

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is examining the circumstances behind the collision on Saturday involving a garda car and two other vehicles.

GSOC investigation underway after Co Monaghan incident left three hospitalised

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett says he expects to see an “enormous show of strength” from the Irish public in ensuring a boycott of the Irish Water charges. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Richard Boyd Barrett says Saturday’s protest will be ‘thoroughly peaceful event’

On average, charities received €225,000 from the general public over the 2014 Christmas appeal period, up from €204,000 in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Donations from general public rise 10% while corporate donations up 12%

Clíodhna Heenan, from Terryglass, Co Tipperary, who won the Junior Violin (A) competition at the ESB Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Classical performers from across Ireland compete in more than 180 competitions

True colours: A man  cheers on parade participants as they make their way up Fifth Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Festivities around the globe from New York and Sydney to Brussels and Hong Kong

Lydia McCarthy from Trócaire hosts a Climate Change Climate Justice session with students from Mercy Convent National School, Navan, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Global warming is often associated with distant lands, so Trócaire is working with teachers to show young people how they can help(...)

Long journey: Samantha Power leaves the stage after speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington this month. Photographs: Doug Mills/New York Times

The Obama acolyte, Pulitzer winner and US ambassador to the UN says her Irish roots have stood to her when faced with challenging (...)

Satellite image from scientists at Wuhan University in China shows a night image of Syria taken in March 2011. Photograph: Trócaire handout from #WithSyria

Photos showing number of lights extinguished by conflict released for anniversary

‘Any type of inventive thought stands in direct opposition to the Leaving Cert.’ Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Opinion: The Irish education system convinced me at a young age never to think for myself

A black banner with white writing appeared on the Dublin Rape Crisis centre’s homepage on Sunday morning with the message: ‘Hacked by Islamic State (ISIS), We Are Everywhere’. Photograph: Screen grab from the Rape Crisis Centre website on Sunday

Chief executive says site now secure after ‘sinister’ attack is claimed by IS supporters

Anne O’Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland: “Women need to join companies that are supportive of gender diversity.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Male dominated boards must ask them themselves ‘are we informed enough?’

Five closure orders were issued by environmental health officers in the HSE in Dublin, Co Cork and Co Roscommon during the month of February.

Two restaurants in Mitchelstown, Co Cork issued with food closure orders

Sonya Lennon, third from right, with women at the Dress for Success initiative. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ahead of International Woman’s Day on March 8th, we celebrate Dress for Success, which supports job-seeking women of all ages and (...)

The EPA’s 2013 Report on Waste Enforcement has called for an improvement in standards at waste facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 90 per cent of complaints due to bad smells coming from sites

Under the proposals from the expert group report, it will no longer be possible to administer the controversial ECT to a person who has capacity and does not consent to the treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Kathleen Lynch says changes in controversial ECT to be implemented before summer

A National Lottery spokeswoman confirmed that a number of terminals across the network experienced technical issues for a period of about 40 minutes on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National Lottery confirms network experienced technical issues with ticket machines

Niamh Cosgrave: “I was fighting, fighting, fighting because I knew if I went back down that corridor I wasn’t going to come out of it alive.” Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael Senator Niamh Cosgrave describes how she was raped in her French home

From the end of 2015 the Irish Cadbury plant will no longer produce wafer Time Out bars and pink Snack chocolate wafers.

Popular chocolate wafer treat first launched by Cadbury in the UK forty years ago

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny during his address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gerry Adams accuses Government Ministers of ‘unbridled arrogance’

UN headquarters in New York: James O’Brien of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Ireland has called on all UN member states to recognise the role volunteers can play in achieving an equal society free from poverty by 2030. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters.

Member states meet in New York to discuss approach to issues such as health and education

Research from Bord Bia on what people consider the country’s tastiest traditional meal shows two-thirds of Irish people would choose a dinner of bacon and cabbage, with three out of 10 people claiming to crave the dish while travelling abroad. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Bord Bia research shows 64% of adults still consider it as best traditional Irish dish

Stephanie Roche: “I’m the first Irish woman to ever go over and play there. I’ve been given a huge opportunity by Houston Dash and I’m hoping I’ll be able to go over and do well and hopefully be successful over there.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Fifa Puskas Award runner-up signs two-year contract with NWSL team

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Roy Keane was interviewed following a reported altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre in Manchester in January which led to police being called. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland assistant manager questioned after alleged taxi driver altercation

Hundreds of students gather outside the Hole in the Wall pub in Galway city for the annual ’Donegal Tuesday’ event. Photograph: C2 Security

Event part of unofficial rag week and not connected to NUIG, says student union president

Gardaí in Co Wicklow are investigating a shooting in Greystones on Monday night. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Man (58) seriously injured after being shot when he opened front door to two gunmen

Glenalbyn Swimming Pool, Stillorgan, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

High property tax in Stillorgan should be used to upgrade pool, says local

Patricia Cartes, global head of safety outreach at Twitter, at the launch of the Online Safety Hub to mark Safer Internet Day. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Spunout.ie launches Online Safety Hub to educate young people on safe internet use

Criticisms included allegations of food contaminated with dead maggots, glass, a razor blade in minced meat; a cigarette in a fruit brack; a fly in a jar of marmalade; an insect in an apple tart; the tip of a knife in spare ribs; wire in takeaway food and a metal bolt in a tin of grapefruit.

Number of calls to Food Safety Authority rose by 8 per cent in 2014

Social isolation among older people - those aged 65 years and over - puts ageing populations at a higher risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity, according to the Alone charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Fears of growing isolation among over-65s as younger generations emigrate

43 per cent of nine to 16-year-olds don’t know how to report abuse online, survey reveals

Some 58 per cent of those aged 15-16 reported using the internet excessively

‘Net Children Go Mobile’ report reveals one in five have encountered distressing content

Bruce Springsteen with his wife Patti Scialfa. The Boss may perform two dates in Croke Park this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Spokesman confirms that Bruce Springsteen will not play summer gigs at GAA venue

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says the latest regulations mark the first time the Government is dealing with alcohol consumption through public health legislation rather than through licensing and justice legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Restrictions on sale of cheap drink and warning labels on bottles included in new legislation

The dead female hen harrier found in Co Kerry. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Thousands of people had followed the bird online as part of a satellite tracking project

CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, says the number seeking regular smear tests drops off among older women. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

CervicalCheck says Irish over-50s seek fewer screenings as European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week continues

Michael and Mae Lambert were married for more than six decades. Photograph: Edward Lambert

Michael Lambert, born in 1907, lived his whole life in Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Microsoft’s Bill Gates speaks at the ‘Reach every child’ conference in Berlin. Minister of State Seán Sherlock has announced an additional €3 million in Irish Aid funding for vaccines for children dying from preventable diseases. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Funding to help global health organisation to reach additional 300 million children

The weather is due to turn “bitterly cold with biting winds”. Horses on Divis Mountain in Belfast last week. Photograph: Getty

Snow warning from 6am, status yellow wind warning also issued

Some of the Santa letters from all over Ireland at the GPO in Dublin before being forwarded to the North Pole. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Second Santa letter ‘as Gaeilge’ goes missing en route to Connemara

Youth ambassadors from the ONE Campaign listen to President Michael D Higgins at the Irish launch of the European Year of  Development at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Irish launch of European Year of Development takes place in Dublin Castle

Over 333,000 students got a day off school on Thursday as teachers took to the picket line. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

‘You can’t have continuous assessment for the Junior Cert if you’re not going to have it for the Leaving Cert’

Secondary school teachers at St David’s CBS Artane, Dublin, picket outside the school over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions are confident they have widespread support from parents

Fintan O’Mahony, a teacher from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, says the Department of Education must come up with a solution that suits Ireland, rather than focusing on education systems used abroad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Exam driven’ Junior Cert not providing 21st century teaching, says Dublin principal

Diane Croghan says she felt like a liar after the Department of Justice rejected her testimonial of the time she spent working at the Magdalene laundry in Summerhill, Co Wexford. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former residents say Government has failed to implement necessary health measures

MEP Brian Hayes: “Irish people expect us, no matter who’s in government, to set out a realistic time frame” to achieve the 0.7 per cent GDP target set out by the UN. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Coalition must lay out ‘unambiguous’ plan to reach 0.7% GDP target, says Brian Hayes

A drawing from Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Distributor uncertain whether retailers will receive copies of French satirical magazine

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the French Residency with Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault after he signed the book of condolences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘The barbaric attacks were aimed at making all of us fear, feel disoriented, disunited’

Amina Mohammed, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon,  in Dublin to address a gathering of Irish ambassadors at Dublin Castle on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Photograph: Lensman Photography

Adviser hopes that sustainable development goals will create ‘irreversible eradication’ of poverty by 2030

Chief executive of Ask.com, Doug Leeds, says the company’s new moderation team has introduced a number of changes including the assessment of unanswered questions on the site, as well as those flagged by users. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Website recently included on list of sites used by jihadists to spread extreme ideology

A storm buffeted the Middle East with blizzards, rain and strong winds, raising concerns for Syrian refugees facing freezing temperatures in flimsy shelters. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Many of 620,000 who have fled to Jordan are living in ‘dire conditions’, says refugee agency

Jazz Trio from the Errigal Groove Orchestra, featuring twins Conor (double bass) and Micheál Murray (saxophone) and Emmet Doherty, (guitar), with Rosaleen Molloy, director of Music Generation

Many children lose interest in learning music when they reach their teenage years. The solution lies in changing the way we teach (...)

Irish people think citizens must play a role in international development and not rely solely on Government support, according to the Eurobarometer survey. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

EU survey found 68% believe developed countries should allocate more funding

The Ambassador of France to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébault and staff from the French Embassy hold a minute’s silence at the French Residence on Ailesbury Road, Dublin for those killed in the attack at the Paris offices of French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste is shocked at young ages of those who carried out Paris attacks

Ashling Middleton, Chermaine Carroll, Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle died after the car they were travelling in collided with a van near Athy on Tuesday night.

Funerals of women who died in crash to take place on Friday and Saturday

People enjoy the Morning Gloryville rave at  Andrews Lane, Dublin. ‘It’s about having the ability to let go in a sober environment and dancing like nobody’s watching.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Morning Gloryville lets commuters dance their way into the work day

The scene of the incident near Athy, Co Kildare, where four young women were killed on Tuesday night after the car they were travelling in collided with a van. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Road organisations react after deaths of four women in Athy crash

 Liver transplants have fallen by 20 per cent to 44, while for the second year in a row, the Irish Kidney Association failed to reach its target of 50 living donor kidney transplants in the State. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Key to enhancing organ donation is through specialist nurses and doctors, says professor

Revellers cheer in the New Year at the NYF concert in College Green, Dublin. The Dublin Fire Brigade received 277 ambulance calls over the night.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Night’s celebrations see 34 assaults, 23 overdoses and 38 falls across capital

“On the day of my 50th birthday I received an injury because I was over indulging in exercise boxing and cycling, which was itself an overcompensation for overindulging on alcohol coming up to the big birthday,” Bono wrote in his new year’s blog post. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

U2 singer cancels all appearances for half of 2015 as he recovers from bike accident

Jennifer Bourke from Artane in Dublin pictured with her new baby boy, Kian who was born at 4 seconds past midnight in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Kian Anthony Bourke arrived at the Rotunda hospital in north Dublin

Boys stand by a wall in the old city of Aleppo in Syria. Unicef predicts by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across Syria will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

Agency says extremism and growing economic divide has created ‘perfect storm’

Ireland is still the 14th most expensive place in the world to fill your car with petrol. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Oil industry credits takeover of large oilfields in Iraq as trigger in recent price drop

 The number of overseas visitors to the Republic grew by 9 per cent to 7.3 million this year, the highest number since 2008. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Direct flights to Beijing would encourage more Chinese visitors, ITIC says

Figures released this week show that 1,075,000 tourists visited Clare’s famous cliffs in 2014, an increase of 12.5 per cent since last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Tourism body says increased air routes are encouraging overseas trips to Ireland

Screenshot from Ryanair’s new US website which was launched on Tuesday. Photograph: ryanair.com/us

New website reminds American travellers ‘Uncle Sam says fly Ryanair’

Siobhan and Aisling Devine from Coolock, Dublin, at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on O’Connell Street, Dublin. A New York Times journalist found Dublin “rich not only with jovial cheer, but also an abundance of artisan offerings and a creative, literary spirit”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Capital described as a ‘newly energised city’ with a ‘literary spirit’ where Bono busks

Map of Sahar Village, Mumbai, where a young Irish man was found unconscious in a hotel. The man has since died. Photograph: Google Maps

Police treating Brendan Devenney’s death as ‘accidental’ pending postmortem results

The “best meteor show of the year” will peak on Saturday, December 13th, according to Astronomy Ireland,  when 20 times more shooting stars than normal will illuminate the skies over Ireland. File Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

‘Best meteor show of the year’ to peak with brightest shooting stars on Saturday

Snowy conditions have been reported around Letterkenny, Mallow and Carrick-on-Shannon with icy road conditions in Monaghan town and Mullingar. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Paddy Power says 4 to 1 chance of white Christmas for Cork city

Braving the elements: man and dog in Maugherow, north Co Sligo. Photograph: Colin Gillen

Likeliest chance of snow is in the west and northwest over weekend

The Dáil agreed  to officially recognise
 the state of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

EU should consider letting them in if both sides agree on peace, says AB Yehoshua

Met Éireann predicted heavy showers and hail on Thursday afternoon which could turn to snow on higher ground. Snow has been reported in Co Donegal.   File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Waves over 60ft crashing into north coast, says former forecaster

Gardaí are assisting a coroner with the investigation into the death of toddler Fiachra McMahon in Wexford, which is being treated as a tragic incident.

Fiachra McMahon (19 months) discovered unresponsive at Wonderwise Montessori

Department of Health launches 2014 consultation on sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes

Doug Leeds, chief executive of Ask.com, says he hopes the Ask.fm site can be used to campaign against online bullying.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

More than half of the 180 million users of site linked with cyber bullying aged under 18

The large number of young people living in today’s world has been said to present an opportunity to accelerate economic growth for decades to come. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly 142 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday by 2020

Ireland’s only orchestral baroque music festival takes place this weekend in Ardee in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Traditional music in Bantry, Baroque music in Ardee and Crafts & Design at Ballymaloe

Loah: ‘You have to nourish yourself with anything that inspires you because that’s where your creativity comes from.’ Photograph: Eve North

A trip to New York forced Loah to take her music seriously, and now the part-time pharmacist, who has worked with Hozier and Kíla,(...)

Love/Hate actor Peter Coonan (centre) said he hadn’t “walked the streets” since Sunday’s show and was interested to see how the public would react.  Photograph: Patrick Redmond/RTÉ

‘There’s no way to dress up a rape,’ says Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive

Learning: practising sign language at St Columba’s Girls’ National School

Schools that teach children how to cope with life as well as how to learn have been honoured for their work

Former Fine Gael minister Nora Owen said it was interesting that a survey on Christmas spending was released the same week as Irish Water protests.

Former minister asks if water protesters are planning to spend ‘all this money on toys’

An IFA delegation, led by president Eddie Downey and IFA national livestock committee chairman Henry Burns, on their way into talks with the meat factories over beef prices at Citywest in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke.

Processors had appealed to IFA to call off campaign targeting up to 30 plants

Standing tickets for The Script’s hotly anticipated Croke Park gig next June sold out in under an hour this morning.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

June concert falls on 30th anniversary of U2’s Unforgettable Fire tour

The Zoomer Dino-Boomer Toy Dinosaur, one of the “dream dozen” hot ticket  toys this  Christmas. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Latest crop includes internet-savvy blonde Cayla doll who claims to know all the answers

Doug Leeds, chief executive of Ask.com, says the company plans to invest millions of dollars into improving the technological and human moderation of the website.

Social media site popular with teenagers puts millions into fixing damaged image

Ireland and Kenya have been appointed by the United Nations to lead international negotiations over the coming year on new international development targets - covering matters such as poverty and education - for the period to 2030. Photographed is a a student raising her hand in a primary school in Baghdad. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters.

Targets for period to 2030 aim to eradicate poverty and hunger, address climate change

Two kayakers were lifted to safety in the Black Valley in Co Kerry yesterday morning after spending the night stranded on an island in the Gearhameen river.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times

Man and woman lost oars while kayaking down Gearhameen river in Co Kerry

Airfield at Dundrum will transform into Scarefield this evening and tomorrow for spooky stories and ghostly encounters for all the family. Photograph: Scarefield at Airfield Dundrum

Scarefield at Airfield, Oireachtas na Samhna and the Wexford Opera Festival

A security alert was called in Dublin Airport this afternoon following an incident on board an Aer Lingus flight from Milan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

HSE rules out health risk amid security cordon at Dublin airport

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

 Luas monthly and annual ticket fares are set to increase by more than 6 per cent from next week.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail increases announced by National Transport Authority

Dublin Fire Brigade is attending the scene of a fire at the old tax office building on Chancery Street. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Building declared clear after children seen exiting unoccupied former tax office

A woman who went missing on Mangerton Mountain near Killarney yesterday afternoon has been rescued by Kerry Mountain Rescue. File photograph: Kerry Mountain Rescue/Facebook

Rescue team unable to reach woman last night due to ‘horrendous’ conditions

The number of visitors between July and September increased by 7.9 per cent, with a total of 2,440,400 visiting the State during the summer period.  Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Record year for North American visitors, says Tourism Ireland

 Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Woman who recently returned from Africa was taken to National Isolation Unit in Mater

Students at Francis St CBS boys primary school in the Liberties, Dublin, take part in a yoga class. Photograph: Ashoka Ireland

‘This about drawing students out and allowing them to fulfil their potential’

Over 2,500 facebook users clicked ‘like’ on a post featuring junior minister Simon Harris. The party blamed ‘spamming’ for the surge in ‘Like’ clicks after the post-Budget Q&A.

FG investigating the more than 2,500 likes which appeared under Simon Harris post

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