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

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

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