The polluted waters of the Lempa river in Pinuelas village, 430km west of Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. Photograph:  Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Some 123 activists have been killed since 2009 coup d’état

International Rescue Committee president David Miliband: “Ireland can build its pride by saying: ‘We’re part of this world, not separate from it.’” Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Refugee debate in EU and Trump immigration stance leading to ‘humanitarian chaos’

Ramona Boban-Vlahovic in Dublin city centre: “It’s hard for me to understand if people are being friendly here or just putting it on. Like ‘sorry’, that’s one of the hardest words to understand.” Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: Ramona Boban-Vlahovic arrived from Croatia in 2013

Trinity student and wheelchair user Niamh Herbert has spoken out after she was denied boarding access to a Ryanair flight in Dublin airport last week after she refused to walk up the stairs into the aircraft. Photograph: Niamh Herbert

Airline says woman did not book mobility services in advance and had arrived at gate late

The Leane Lifely Fund, which was set up on Monday to support Mr Maher’s wife Leane and their 4-year-old twin sons, had already raised nearly $38,000 by Tuesday morning. Photograph: Sean Maher gofundme page

Online campaign set up to support family of father-of-two Sean Maher

Paddy Jackson, Mai Quaid, Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Mary Daly  with Cpl Anthony Kelly of the  Defence School of Music at the launch of The Elders of Ireland Chorus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elders of Ireland Chorus seeks to give platform to the older members of Irish society

Report found residents were inappropriately charged for medical treatment and devices such as dexa scans and hip protectors.

Inspction at Drumcar facility found residents being ‘inappropriately managed’

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy: “Our homes should be sacred places, places of sanctuary.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New council report details racially motivated attacks on foreigners, especially under-18s

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said 27 requests from Syrians for family members to join them in Ireland have been refused since the beginning of last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland must not ‘go low’ and follow US lead in visa restrictions, says migrant group

Mohammad Rafique, his wife Rafika Begum and their children Jamalida (8) and Waheeda (4) at their home in Carlow. “We never enjoyed citizenship but today my girls are Irish and have rights as citizens.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Mohammed Rafique fled persecution in Myanmar, arriving here in 2009

Ireland’s agricultural emissions are ‘uniquely high’ in Europe, a conference on climate change has heard. File photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

State’s agricultural output criticised as climate change panel meets in Dublin

The smuggled alcohol has a retail value of around €15,400 and represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €9,300

Some 480 litres of contraband alcohol discovered in Latvian registered truck

A full moon appears darker than normal during a total lunar eclipse near Frankfurt in 2008. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP Photo

Freezing temperatures forecast as moon set to turn darker and reddish in night sky

The new ‘Denham Fellowship’, named after Chief Justice Mrs Susan Denham, will offer two students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds financial, educational and professional support during their studies at the Bar of Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

‘Denham Fellowship’ gives students financial, educational and professional support

 Yan Ge, a writer from China who moved to Ireland in 2015: “The experience of being here has definitely made me a tougher person and I’m very happy for that. That’s what I left China for.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Award-winning novelist Yan Ge arrived in Ireland with her husband in 2015

At least 3,780 women and girls in Ireland have undergone female genital mutilation. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Health professionals must learn about female genital mutilation, says migrant group

Sisters Miya (4 1/2) and Mili (2) Dong, from Clondalkin, at a ‘Peace and Friendship’ football tournament between members of the Chinese and Syrian communities, at Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Peace and friendship’ soccer event to raise awareness of millions seeking sanctuary

Cells at Cloverhill Prison. Prison Service director general Michael Donnellan described the Irish prison population as “a massive problem”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Thirty people waiting for beds in mental health facilities, says prison service director

 Zhanming Cui with his wife  Xia Shen and baby Aiden,  daughter Eachn and his parents in their Blanchardstown home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: As the Chinese new year celebrations continue, a software engineer talks about China’s one-child policy and the(...)

Delegates look at a screen showing a world map with climate anomalies during a World Climate Change Conference  at Le Bourget, near Paris. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Public funds for graduates follows passing of second stage of renewable energy Bill

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has called for Ireland’s young people to add their voices to the State’s Brexit debate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brexit could increase child poverty North and South, warns children’s rights group

Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

Is the ban being implemented at Irish airports and are dual citizens affected?

Workers at a mine in Coahuila State.

Campaigners want Ireland to help with their country’s human rights crisis

A record 9.5 million visits were made to the State from overseas last year, an increase of some 10 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CSO says number of visits to State increased by 10 per cent to 9.58 million last year

‘The research highlights an urgent need for tailored services for refugee women arriving in their new host countries.’ Photograph: Marta Welander

1 in 5 women interviewed in Greek camps experienced physical violence when fleeing home country

The Abbey Field Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, where the refugees are due to be housed. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister of State says local management group will oversee delivery of services

Gardaí at the scene of the fire at Scoil Naithi in Ballinteer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

School entrance, principal’s office, main hall, toilets and corridors extensively damaged

Cian Zambra has been found safe and well. Photograph: Greenlanes National School

Cian Zambra (9) did not turn up to school on Wednesday morning

A photograph on display at Dundalk Garda Station of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Commissioner calls for public help on fourth anniversary of detective’s death

Anastasia Volkova, who lives in Cork: “I don’t feel foreign.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: A Russian linguist and smartphone app creator is enjoying life in Cork

Gardaí at the scene of the fire at Scoil Naithí in Ballinteer this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

At least four classrooms burned down in blaze at Ballinteer gaelscoil in Co Dublin

Mark Dybul, executive director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: “it’s gender equality and a more equal society that will be the driver of whether or not we achieve the end of the HIV epidemic.” Photograph: Daniele Pauletto

People still uncomfortable speaking about the epidemic, says head of Global Fund

The Mater hospital has asked that the public visit their GP before travelling to the hospital’s emergency department, which is experiencing “very high numbers and protracted wait times”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Emergency department experiencing ‘very high numbers and protracted wait times’

Valeria Kruglova: “Every ballet has got its own story, it’s telling its own fairytale.  I really love Tchaikovsky, so I enjoy ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”

As Moscow prima ballerina Valeria Kruglova arrives in Dublin to play Sleeping Beauty, she says the hardest role is being a mum on (...)

A fire broke out in early hours of Monday morning at Dublin primary school. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Four Dublin Fire Brigade units battle the blaze for more than three hours on Monday

Protest banner hangs over the Liffey in Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Protest groups call for Irish Government to stand up for justice, equality and human rights

Almost 28 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year, marking an increase of 11 per cent in passenger numbers on 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Planning permission for €320 million project was granted in 2007 but then put on hold

Temperatures will fall to -4 degrees on Friday night: Winter scene at Herbert Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cold weekend in store across the country before turning mild again early next week

 Fardus Sultan speaks at the Irish Muslim Board event at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght. The focus was  on achieving a more inclusive Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

State bodies such as An Garda and teaching profession urged to welcome in Muslims

 Hinata Hallinan from Tokyo who came to Ireland three years ago. She came to learn English, met an Irishman and got married and she now teaches ballet to adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Hinata Hallinan arrived from Japan in 2013

UK prime minister Theresa May outlining her plans for Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Theresa May says maintaining Common Travel Area is a priority in keynote speech

Woman taking pill, on the rise among Irish twentysomethings

In part 2 of our Twentysomethings series, the panel talk drink, drugs and rent

Future focus: Ali Ayden (22), Ciara Walsh (26), TJ Jordan (23), Tess Brady (27) and Shane Byrne (28). Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s ‘fed-up’ generation talk about their lives, hopes, dreams and pet hates. Just don’t call them millennials

Sligo garda Raymond Wims with volunteers and refugees at the soup kitchen

‘It’s different when you are out there, you cannot unsee the human cost of this crisis’

Artist’s impression of what College Green would like under the proposed changes. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire

New civic plaza in city centre not expected to be in place before end of 2018 at earliest

Iarnród Éireann tweeted this evening that the 17:05 Connolly-Sligo would have to return to Connolly shortly “and will then depart for Sligo via Newcomen Junction”. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish Rail: No services on Maynooth, Docklands lines due to incident at Glasnevin Jnct

Luas operator Transdev is calling on more women to apply for jobs as drivers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Just eight from 180 drivers are female, but cross-city project triggers Transdev invitation

Azeez Yusuff (21) who moved to Ireland from Nigeria 10 years ago. “I’ve been here longer than the time I spent in my own country. Ireland is most definitely my home.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Azeez Yusuff was just 10 when left Nigeria to join his parents in Ireland

A migrant  receives food during snowfall at the Moria hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos. There are “more than 2,500 people living in tents, without hot water or heating, including women, children and handicapped people,” said Apostolos Veizis of Médecins Sans Frontières. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

For many on Lesbos and other islands, flimsy tents are only shield against snow and rain

The Irish date - at Croke Park on Saturday July 22nd - brings Bono and U2 back to the same venue where they played the then just-released album live 30 years ago. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

‘More desperate times’ motivated U2 to revisit songs from three decades ago, says Clayton

Minister for Health Simon Harris met HSE management on Thursday over the hospital trolleys crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

HSE says private hospitals will be asked to assist in easing overcrowding

Gerry Ligtenberg and her Partner Martin Bierens, who moved permanently from the Netherlands, to Glanlough Lower, Sneem, County Kerry, after renovating a 19th-century farmhouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

New to the Parish: Gerry Ligtenberg and Martin Bierens arrived from the Netherlands in 2014

Disposing of a Christmas tree fat Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recycling units for Christmas trees open across the State through January

The rate of influenza has doubled in the past week with older people at greater risk of contracting the predominant flu strain AH3. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

People with flu like symptoms advised to get vaccine from GP or pharmacist

‘I thank the Home Sweet Home movement for its implied reminder that we don’t always have to be cowed little subservient muppets who bend the knee to power.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish people ‘don’t have to be cowed little subservient muppets’ writes author

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show the number of homeless people continued to rise last month with an increase of 79 children and 39 parents homeless in November. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Nearly 7,000 adults and children living in emergency accommodation in November

The Irish State submitted 89 requests to Facebook in the first six months of 2016 for information on criminals. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

United States submits 23,854 requests for data while Russia makes none

Public transport operators are advising passengers to check the revised timetables online before travelling over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

A full run-down of new schedules including Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas

People out walking The Wicklow Way in winter sunshine at Ballinastoe , Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Chance of snow on high ground as temperatures drop on first day of new year

10-year-old Madra died in University Hospital Limerick after her flight from Toronto was diverted to Shannon. Photograph:

Madra (10) died after her flight was diverted to Shannon on Christmas Eve

Luke Culhane from Limerick has been named the 2016 ‘child of the year’ by French newspaper Mon Quotidien for standing up to cyberbulling. Image: YouTube.

Luke Culhane posted a video online in February calling for an end to cyberbullying

Bassam Al-Sabah: “When I was a child I didn’t understand that war was a violent thing because I equated it to what we saw in cartoons.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Bassam Al-Sabah arrived from Iraq in 2004

Photograph: Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Iarnrod Eireann will run alternativ timetables over the Christmas period. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Irish Ferries cancels six sailings for Friday due to ‘adverse weather conditions’

Jazz musician Hugh Buckley (r) has appealed for anyone with information on his missing Gibson L4 guitar to contact Mountjoy Garda station. Photograph: Hugh Buckley

Jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley’s instrument was taken from his car in Dublin on Tuesday

Darko Bucan: “The amount of money I earn in a month here, back home I’d be working three-four months to earn that.” Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Darko Bucan arrived from Serbia in 2013

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone  and ‘Irish Times’ journalist Una Mullally. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ journalist will oversee plan to tackle challenges faced by the community

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

Tuesday night will be cold but will be followed by spells of sunshine on Wednesday.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

It will be cold earlier in week with temperatures set to drop to -4 degrees on Monday night

In November, 142 people were reported to be sleeping rough in Dublin  bringing the total number of adults unable to access an emergency bed to 219. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Homelessness charity is already operating in Dublin, Kildare and Laois

Jijo Sebastian with his wife Smitha, son Josh and daughter Tia. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Jijo Sebastian arrived from India (via Dubai) in 2006

 Ballet dancer/teacher Nova Johnstone, who overcame cancer as young teenager, pictured with  dance student Lily Deveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Ballerina Nova Johnstone arrived from Canada in 2015

 Gaisce Gold Medal winners Eoin O’Halloran, from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow; Louise Whittle, Limerick; Ali Khan, Cork; and Fiona Colton, Buttevant, Co Cork, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President presents Gaisce Gold Award to 65 young people for efforts ‘to realise potential’

Gardaí and the HSA are carrying out investigations into the accident. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some 19 people have died in farm related accidents so far this year, up from 2015

Edna Adan: “I started talking 40 years ago but they’re still cutting up little girls.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Almost 4,000 women in Ireland have been genitally mutilated, yet few health professionals here know how to treat them as expectan(...)

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

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