Empty Luas tracks at Heuston Station in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Delays in Dublin: ‘There are elderly people trying to get on the bus and they just can’t get on’

 Student Faoiltiarna Keenan from Tyrone (centre) with  US ambassador Kevin O’Malley (right) and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan taking a selfie at a Usit and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD  for J-1 participants  in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Students seeking summer work in US must provide evidence job secured before travel

Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: For three Ethiopian men doing development studies in Dublin, their friendship acts as a buffer against culture sh(...)

UCD Students’ Union has highlighted the need for increased funding to support mandatory sexual consent workshops.  Photograph: Getty Images

UCD deputy president urges no tolerance ‘for abusive behaviour on social media’

Fitzgerald to meet Garda Commissioner amid concerns of escalating gun violence

International media outlets report on recent shootings in Dublin. Photograph: El Mundo/Libération/The Telegraph/The Guardian/Diario De Noticias/AFP

French newspaper Liberation reports that it’s ‘the return of the IRA to Dublin’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Collins

Frances Fitzgerald confirms second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th

Waves crash against the harbour wall in Lyme Regis, Dorset in England. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Near-hurricane winds cause widespread power blackouts in Cork and Kerry

The team of four amputee military servicemen, including Paddy Gallagher (30) from Achill Island in Co Mayo, arrive at the island of Antigua after rowing more than 5,500km across the Atlantic Ocean.

Achill's Paddy Gallagher and team arrived at Antigua on Thursday after gruelling journey

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

More than €14 million set aside to cover TDs’ and Senators’ pensions and associated costs

“What Ireland has given me is incomparable.” Janvi Shah with her husband, Pankaj Soni, at Grand Canal Square in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

An Indian woman came to Galway to study before falling in love with a compatriot she met online and happily settling down in Dubli(...)

Migrant children from Iraq in a sports hall at Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter, in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, February 2nd, 2016 Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Over a third of people crossing sea between Greece and Turkey are children

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is due to examine the clinical, financial, ethical and organisational implications of using human papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the main screen test for detecting cervical cancer. File photograph: Getty Images

Some 300 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year, of whom 90 die

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Terence Flanagan, Joanna Tuffy, Pamela Kearns appear to breach election poster rules

The claimant must attend National Lottery headquarters in person to officially claim the prize but has 90 days from the date of the draw to do so. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

€66m won by Irish ticketholder to be pooled from playing countries by end of the week

“I like the silhouettes best, the shapes are quite graphic. In some ways, when you can’t see the facial expressions the shadows accentuate the dancers’ form.” Prodanza Ballet School, Habana, Cuba. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Bringing with him a donation of dancewear from Cork City Ballet, an Irish photographer set out to capture the brilliance of stude(...)

Marwan and his wife Rodina: “I would love to stay in Dublin. Our daughters are very happy in the school.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landlords reluctant to house family even though their rent is guaranteed

Two armed men approached the staff of a cash-in-transit van shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday outside the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimmons

Men wearing balaclavas and boiler suits target security van outside shopping centre

Fr Raphael Annan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Despite those initial reservations, and his uncle arranging a marriage for him, a Ghanaian electrician joined the priesthood and e(...)

“If it is the Government’s aim to stop prostitution by ending demand, then why are they increasing the penalties and further criminalising workers?” asks Kate McGrew from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland says legislation ‘does nothing’ to decriminalise workers

 Carmel and Martin Naughton,  this year’s  winner of the Community Foundation for Ireland’s National Philanthropists of the Year Award. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies awarded for contribution to Ireland

The ISPCC launches its #InvestInChildhood general election campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

ISPCC wants candidates to commit to change as part of #InvestInChildhood campaign

Alain Buffing: “I made a list of 20 cities where I wanted to live or work. I found out Dublin was a technology hub.” Photograph: Eric Luke

An Amsterdam native with an entrepreneurial spirit caught the travel bug before landing in Dublin. He has had a love-hate-love rel(...)

Aerial photograph of flooding damage in Athlone in early January 2016. Photograph: Irish Air Corps Athlone

Insurance Ireland yet to announce estimate of costs related to recent storms and flooding

Publicans will highlight the importance of lifting the ban ahead of the 2016 celebrations which will be focused around Easter 2016. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters

#AboutTime campaign wants ban lifted before 1916 commemorations

PJ Mara “brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘He was a multi-layered, multi-faceted man. The notion he was Haughey’s gopher is not real.’

The restaurant celebrations came to an abrupt end when Mr Poveromo called his wife to double check the winning numbers. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Restaurant syndicate discovers lotto blunder after double checking numbers

Jazmen Boone: “I’d heard Irish people were super-nice and they actually are. Every house we enter they offer us a cup of tea.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Jazmen Boone was often apart from her US military parents growing up, so she jumped at the chance to study and play basketball in (...)

Boats take to the water in search of Kieran McAree. Photograph: John McVitty

‘Faith, geography and politics were things that had no meaning throughout the search’

Of the 133,323 passports issued to children under the age of three in 2015, 134 went to girls named Emily and 162 to boys named Daniel. Photograph: Getty Images

Passport office indicates 133,323 travel papers issued to children under three in 2015

Mugshots of accused in Jason Corbett killing, Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Michael Martens. Photograph: Davidson County

‘He’s bleeding all over and I may have killed him,’ Thomas Martens says in the recording

A total of 106 enforcement orders were issued by the FSAI on food businesses in 2015, marking a 6 per cent drop from the 113 closure orders issued the previous year. Photo: Getty Images

Number of premises served with closure orders dropped by 6% in 2015

There were 39 patients on trolleys or wards in Beaumont Hospital on Thursday, down from 54  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Doctors’ ability to provide care at Beaumont ‘compromised’ due to lack of space

Annette Mooney from People Before Profit described Ms Burton’s comments as “the definition of hypocrisy”, saying they were “a hallmark of the Labour Party”.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste made commitment to ‘completely remove’ Eighth Amendment

(From left) Ashling Middleton, Chermaine Carroll, Gemma Nolan and Niamh Doyle who died in a crash near Athy in January 2015.

Athy crash survivor Dayna Kearney recalls four friends on first anniversary of deaths

Juan Olmedilla with his wife, Lupe; and their children, Juan (2) and Ana (6 months) at their home in Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A twist of fate brought a Spanish couple from Madrid to Athlone, a place they’re now very happy to call home

Women must learn not to settle for painful and rushed sex and must take the time to examine their own bodies so they can learn what gives them pleasure sexually, says Emily Power-Smith, sexologist and sex therapist.

Women who experience pain during intercourse find it difficult to talk about

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he hopes to see a ‘fundamental transformation’ of Irish society following the economic crisis.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Government is placing housing into hands vulture funds, says People Before Profit TD

A single person on the minimum wage working 39 hours per week will be better off by €708 per year or €14 per week as a result of the increase.

Single person working 39 hours per week will be better off by €708 annually

“I felt this gentleness coming from him, which ever since I’ve found in a lot of Irish people.” Melanie and Paul Leamy in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A visually impaired woman from small-town Germany quickly became comfortable wandering around Dublin because of the ‘strong commun(...)

Hijabs and Hat-tricks: Training together are Alena Munir, Aseel Bukhatwa, Skalla Waissi, Leila Mohamed, Chantelle O’Neill and Gugulethu Banda; and (front) Mahdiyah Ayub, Zara Himayat, Arooj Hussain, Fadhila Hajji, Amina Mustafa, Iesha Moustafa and Pauline Biron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Fifa removed the headscarf ban, Diverse City FC went straight for the ball

The Abou Hajar family: from left Mohammad,  Kawkab, Abdul Rahran and Osama. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Abou Hajar family escape the violence but still yearn for home

“A daughter is a precious thing.” Micheal Chanda with his wife, Anna Barbu; and their daughter, Lina. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheal Chanda spent much of his childhood on the streets of Lusaka with his twin brother, before education and theatre transforme(...)

According to the MRCI, there are 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living in Ireland. Of these, 21 per cent have been here for more than 10 years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

People both sides of Atlantic ask Government for support in short documentary

“We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not be easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘When is the Late Late Toy Show’ was one of the most asked questions on Google this year

Ewie Anggoro with her partner, John; her son, Ditto (13); and daughter, Axelle (10); at home in Butlerstown, Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

For an Indonesian aid worker, the move to Waterford on ‘the sunny side of Ireland’ with her partner and children has been a diffi(...)

 Chinese residents wear masks for protection as smoke billows from stacks in a neighborhood next to a coal fired power plant on November 26th in Shanxi, China. Photograph: Getty

Pupils from Mayo and Galway call on world’s political leaders to ‘fight for our future’

Further flooding in Athlone: Water levels are continuing to rise on the Shannon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Met Éireann issues status orange weather warning for Friday night and Saturday

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone Town as seen from a helicopter on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Athlone residents struggle to keep rising floodwater and sewage away from homes

Happiness has no direct effect on women’s mortality despite a widespread belief that being unhappy and stressed can cause ill-health, according to a major new study.

Study of 700,000 women shows death rates same among happy and unhappy people

The same-sex marriage referendum was the most talked about topic on Facebook in Ireland in 2015, while marriage equality, including Ireland’s May referendum, was the sixth most talked about topic on Facebook in the world. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish users of social media site also posted on Syrian conflict, refugee crisis, St Patrick’s Day

A study from Finland has found that maternal smoking and excessive weight gain during pregnancy are associated with lower aerobic fitness levels later in life. Photograph: Matt Morton/PA Wire

Babies born to mothers who smoke at risk of asthma, chest and ear infections, pneumonia

John Norrman: “When I first came here I wasn’t really able to assimilate with the Irish way of socialising and the way Irish people talk.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Strange then, perhaps, that this young Swede should find himself working as a barman in Dublin – but that’s precisely where he has(...)

On the Liffey quays in Dublin: “These events are still unlikely but we’re making them more likely,” said Prof Thorne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Human activity makes extreme weather more likely, says Maynooth professor

The Coast Guard winchman had “seconds” to save two teenagers, according to sources close to the rescue, and took both up in an extremely difficult manoeuvre, with the girl unconscious and unable to respond. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Conditions extremely difficult when teens swept off rocks near Hook Head on Sunday

Jillian McNulty, who suffers from cystic fibrosis,  has called on the HSE to fund the Orkambi which is used to treat the underlying causes of the disease.

HSE says it cannot afford Orkambi which will reportedly cost €160,000 per patient per year

Ivan Vaughan (who played with the Platermen under the name Simon Scott) died during a storm at the weekend in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Courtest of IrishShowBands.com

70-year-old performed with Plattermen in 1960s and 70s

Members of the inquiry believe the timeframe to publish the final report is still too tight. Photograph: The Irish Times

Chairman says report will provide clear and explicit list of findings and recommendations

Hook Head in Co Wexford. The girl was walking with three teenage boys as part of a larger group when they were hit by a wave and dragged out to sea. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish times

Two teenagers remain hospitalised, one critical, after being swept off rocks at Hook Head

Mark Montgomerie with his app myq.ie outside the Garda National Immigration Bureau in Dublin – the app helps people save time when queuing for public services. Below: computer code can make life a lot easier. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MyQ.ie feeds estimates of ticketed waiting time into your mobile phone

Silvia Bernal: “I realised when I was older all the things my parents had to do to give us food every day.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

A Bolivian who wanted to experience life in Dublin decided to stay when she realised how much more independence she enjoyed than a(...)

Carl Meehan, from Crumlin in Dublin, poses with his picture which is included in the Health and Safety Authority collection of children’s stories, poetry and drawings, Grandad Built My House. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak/The Irish Times

Children’s stories and drawings help raise awareness of safety on construction sites

Queuing in the Garda National Immigration Bureau’s public office at Burgh Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Screens provided for visa applicants at offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau

Children under two years who spend a lot of time in front of electronic screens have a ‘significantly higher chance’ of suffering from language delays and poor sleeping habits.  Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Children who watch too much TV at ‘significantly higher’ risk of language delay

Tusla, the child and family agency, has developed a national approach entitled Meitheal  involving collaboration with  families and professionals to address the challenges faced in providing high-quality care to young people. File photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty Images

Child and Family Agency develops new approach to enhancing available services

An anti-abortion protester attends a mass marchin Dublin in July.  Photograph:  Nick Bradsha/The Irish Times

Cora Sherlock calls on Taoiseach to ‘address the real issues’ surrounding abortion debate

The Amazon Fulfilment Centre prepares for Black Friday in Hemel Hempstead, England. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Retailers around the country cutting prices and coming up with attractive bargains

Undocumented Migrant Workers in Ireland at a Migrant Rights Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish times

Most migrant workers do not feel empowered to challenge discrimination, says MRCI

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Ex-Guatemalan leader José Efrain Ríos Montt has been deemed mentally unfit for trial

View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

More than 7.4 million people arrived in first 10 months of the year, acording to CSO data

Daniel Ramamoorthy: “I’m so excited for where it’s going and I’m grateful that I get to be a part of that story.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A nomadic soul of Indian descent has lived in 10 cities around the world but feels most at home in Ireland because of the ‘real ma(...)

Only two golden eagle chicks were born in 2015 and neither survived more than a few weeks.  Photograph: Mike Brown

Eagles at risk due to ‘uncontrolled burning, turf extraction, over grazing by sheep’

A total of 79 trees across the State were infected with the disease in 2015, which means 195 ash trees have become infected since October 2012. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Total of 195 confirmed findings of fungal disease in ash trees found since 2012

ESB staff work to repair damaged power lines after a large tree was blown down on Military Road in Ballybrack, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Around 200 homes remain without power from the 45,000 which were cut off on Tuesday

Marwan, his wife, Rodina, and their three daughters, who are currently staying at the Direct Provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Marwan and Rodina moved their family to Ireland when bombs began falling near their office. Despite securing refugee status here, (...)

Sea rescue: a family from Nigeria on Médecins Sans Frontières’ MY Phoenix rescue boat in the Mediterranean

With no safe way to reach asylum, people take desperate measures for a better life, says Will Turner, a Médecins Sans Frontières r(...)

Ebenezer in waiting at the Lambert Puppet Theatre workshop where the production of ‘Aladdin’ starts on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

South Dublin building and its puppets rebuilt in time for Christmas production of ‘Aladdin’

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenage who has been detained in an Egyptian prison for more than two years without trial, has gone on hunger strike. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish teenager writes he is awaiting his ‘turn on the deathrope’ in Egyptian prison

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken on Thursday which shows Storm Abigaill as it moves across Ireland and then northwards. Photograph: PA

Road users warned to exercise caution due to debris and the possibility of spot flooding

The latest report from Hiqa into St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, Tipperary reported a “continued high level of non-compliance against the regulation at this inspection”. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

St Anne’s centre in Roscrea reported to have ‘continued high level of non-compliance’

Phaw Shee and Say Law La Say : ‘We had three weeks to study about Ireland and learn the English language.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Say Law La’s family fled Burma and have lived in Castlebar, Co Mayo since 2007

Eimear Clarkin from Wexford pictured at a Repeal the 8th Ammendement rally in Dublin last month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

‘Hey @EndaKennyTD just so you know, I got my period two days ago’

Only 50 per cent of the usual number of commuters travelled by train on Friday morning following the 4am decision to call off industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Affordable agreement needed to resolve dispute, says Donohoe

Full Dart and Irish Rail services will operate as normal through Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Commuters checked for updates on strike through Twitter and breaking news alerts

Only one in four Irish professionals say their parents understand their job title with many parents around Ireland struggling to understand the work carried out by data scientists, subeditors and social media managers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Only 44 per cent of Irish professionals believe their parents know their job title

A girl   at a transit camp housing migrants and refugees in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Elvis Barukcicelvis/AFP/Getty Images

Women and children engaging in ‘survival sex’ to pay for transport across Europe

A spokesman for Irish Rail advised passengers on Thursday to plan as if industrial action was going ahead.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Passengers face disruption with industrial action planned from 6am-9am

Under new rules announced by Bank of Ireland, from mid-November withdrawals of less than €700 will no longer be facilitated with the aid of tellers in branches

Age Action has accused Bank of Ireland of ignoring the needs of its older customers

Best selling author Eoin Colfer will write the next Iron Man novel due to be released in autumn 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former primary school teacher rose to fame after writing Artemis Fowl series

James Sweeney and Ellen Baker: ‘The feeling of the city and the whole vibe is so New York but it’s cleaner, friendlier, smaller, cheaper.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two native New Yorkers made the emotional decision to move, on their wedding anniversary, to ‘where their family’s DNA is’

The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs guide recommends 590 pubs across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales which are selected for the quality of their food.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Co Down has highest number of establishments listed in the 2016 eating out guide

Customers will still be able to ask for exact change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Customers in Ireland will now receive change in cash rounded to the nearest 5 cent

Ovidiu Miron and his wife, Luminita, with their children, Tudor, Vlad and Stefan, at home in Clarehall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After being encouraged by his wife to follow his dream of working abroad, Ovidiu left Bucharest for Dublin. The family soon follo(...)

Actors John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star in The Quiet Man, 1952. Photograph: Archive Photos/Getty Images

An ‘outstanding and versatile actress whose work will endure for many years to come’

Over 100,000 Three Ireland customers were unable to send SMS, make voice calls or use their data on Saturday afternoon due to problems with the phone network. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Network says connectivity issue resolved and customers urged to restart their phones

Some of the crowd champing at the bit as the Dublin City Marathon 2014  gets under way last October. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin due to remain dry initially for marathon, but rain will spread from the west

ProLife campaigners protesting against the abortion pill bus. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bus carrying abortion pills offers consultation with doctor via Skype

Passengers from Athlone arriving on one of the first trains into Heuston Station, Dublin, after the rail stoppage ended.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve got our ticket but the man here says he doesn’t know when the train will leave’

Gareth and Emma, who were born with a very rare condition called Moebius syndrome, which means they struggle to make facial expressions, blink or move their eyes laterally. Photograph: Alan Betson

After meeting a Dublin woman in an online forum for people with Moebius syndrome, Welsh man Gareth Roberts travelled to meet her. (...)

 The Skellig Michael site after the removal of Lucasfilm’s tents and equipment. Photograph: An Taisce

Lucasfilm’s use of Unesco world heritage site had ‘no long-term impact’, report says

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