Australia has come late to the Hozier phenomenon, with Take Me To Church only getting airplay and reaching the top of the charts at the end of last year - over a year after the song was a hit in Ireland. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Tickets for two shows in Sydney and Melbourne sold out in minutes

Kenneth Deane: “I have a better understanding of divided communities in conflict working in a highly charged situation within the context of the threat of violence.” Photograph: Judith Crosbie

Kenneth Deane leads the EU Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support

Palestinian riot police officers scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty

An EU police mission aims to develop a civil police force in Palestine

Members of the VistaMed syndicate from Rooskey, Co Leitrim, celebrating their lotto win. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Each member of the 36-strong syndicate will get €55,555.55

FSAI chief Alan Reilly has said he was mandated to work with the food industry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

European Food Information Council ‘serves’ industry, says Green party spokesman

President Michael D Higgins launching a tapestry depicting scenes and imagery from the 1913 Lockout at Liberty hall

Larkin’s granddaughter says Lockout leader would ‘stand up’ about rights issue

Tania McCabe (centre) who died who died after giving birth

Recommendations made after death from sepsis not implemented

 Catherine Murphy: said there was  “common ground” between them on the budget but they were not forming a new alliance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Group insists it is not a new party alliance

A nurse helps a wounded man after he was shot by a sniper loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s Salaheddine neighbourhood. Photograph:  Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Enclaves across the country where no aid reaching those ‘trapped inside’

 Gardai have renewed an appeal for the return of  radioactive material that was taken during the course of the burglary in Dublin 10 days ago.

Material is ‘highly dangerous and should not be touched’

A protest in Dublin last April by asylum seekers, refugees and supporters as part of a national day of action to end direct provision for asylum seekers. Photograph: David Sleator

State has consistently refused to sign up to EU laws on asylum standards

‘Thousands of children have their lives effectively on hold because of our under-resourced and under-staffed services,’ said June Tinsely of Barnados.

Ban on recruitment in HSE blamed for delays in developmental and behavioural services

Natasha Shaw and Kim Green from Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Families are reducing their food bills following cuts to their benefits

Tom Boland of the HEA said surveys showed Ireland performed well in feedback from overseas students who attend third-level institutes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Higher Education Authority says figures are up after years of slowdown in numbers

Ruairí Quinn: “None of like doing what we have to do none of us like the reduction in allocation for support for different kinds of support that are needed and looking for either increased money from people or reducing services that they are currently receiving.”

Minister acknowledges ‘difficulties and pain’ but says cuts must continue during bailout programme

President Michael D Higgins has said in the the western world the security of employment is being stripped away  and ‘we are introducing far greater stresses of casualisation in both temporary work, in relation to part-time work, in relation to the structure and definition of work itself’.

Casual employment, mortgage distress and poverty are among factors causing stress

Minister for Health James Reilly suggested appointing a judge who could mediate between the women who had symphysiotomies and the hospitals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Reilly proposes mediation with an appointed judge

Ruairí Quinn: “I have asked the national parents council to look at ways in which they can, with the schools, move towards generic uniforms”

Barnardos survey finds parents face costs of up to €800 to equip children for schools

Reports show broken toilet seats, mould and concerns over blind cords

 Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show. The Minister said the Gathering was succeeding in attracting tourists. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tourism Ireland says this year on course to be best ever for visitors from US

The new Child and Family Agency’s chairwoman Norah Gibbons has said she is concerned about children being brought up in the housing system for asylum seekers.

Direct provision ‘not a place’ to bring up children

There is concern at data showing most people caring for young children have no childcare qualifications.  Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire.

Minister plans to make it obligatory for people working in area to be qualified

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore rejected the view of the former IMF mission chief to Ireland that ESM assistance for the cost of the bailout was ‘impossible’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gilmore says economic recovery cannot be based on cuts alone

Former IMF chief of mission to Ireland Ashoka Mody said a policy of austerity was ‘potentially self-defeating’.

Proposed budget cuts should be ‘considerably lowered’, Ashoka Mody urges

Lewis Byrne, Ballybough, enjoys the sunshine while watching his friends Scott Doyle and Leroy Martin backflip into the River Liffey. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fáilte Ireland records ‘spike’ in Irish people holidaying at home in recent weeks

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said  Ireland’s involvement in the Open Government Partnership would give ‘momentum’ to the Government’s own plans to improve accountability.

Public meetings held in attempt to create Government action plan

Italian outbreak also linked to infections in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands

 Frozen berries,  responsible for the hepatitis A outbreak

Ten people infected with hepatitis A virus, five cases emerged on Wednesday

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton outlines the main provisions of the  Bill to give Recognition  to transgender people yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Issue had been ‘left unaddressed for far too long’, says Minister

Senator Jim Walsh. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator’s speech was ‘scaremongering’

From September any new creches wanting to open must first register with the HSE

Inspection reports show most failed to provide Garda vetting and staff photo ID

A confidential Government report  showed  just 10 of the 109 public nursing homes meet new standards to be enforced by the Health Information and Quality Authority in 2015.

Siptu alls for immediate investment in sector

Male interviewer ‘stared out of the window and yawned’

Thirty-six per cent of creches were last inspected this year, 39 per cent last year and 16 per cent in 2011, the survey showed

Creche owners unhappy at lack of focus on quality of care during inspections

An injunction stopping the sushi chef from being deported was struck out yesterday after Takafumi Mizuno’s lawyers reached a settlement with lawyers for the Minister for Justice.

Sushi chef spent six days in jail before settlement reached

Edel McGinley, deputy director of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, said the case showed the lack of transparency when people are refused entry into the State. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sushi chef’s treatment ‘grossly unreasonable’, say lawyers

Bill will stop women seeking help with post-abortion complications

€13m in pension payments to former Oireachtas members

 Chief executive of the Integration Centre Killian Forde.

Officers often not aware of force’s own racist reporting policy

Asking prices decline nationally though at slower rate

GloHealth has created 70 jobs since it started up in the Republic in July last year. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

GloHealth attracts 52,000 customers during first year in Republic

Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia has many doubters about the benefits of EU entry in a time of crisis

Migrant lives: Viliya Ruzveltiene, Ausra Jasikeviciene, Laura Vaitkaityte, Egle Pastarnokiene, Sofiya Visnevskiene, Roberta Ceginskaite and Gaivile Brickute, all Lithunians living  in Monaghan. Photograph: David Sleator

More than half a million immigrants live in Ireland, but since the start of the recession the number of incidents of racism has in(...)

Mohammad Abu Alkhouu and his mother, Rajae Moawi (holding camera), at last month’s citizenship ceremony in Convention Centre Dublin, in which Irish citizenship was conferred upon 2,700 people. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

20 per cent oppose immigrants from different ethnic backgrounds, ESRI report shows

Ireland was still dealing with the ’train wreck’ of the economic collapse, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taxpayers should not be ‘place of first resort’ to bail out banks

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured last week.   Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Taoiseach says he has been frustrated by lack of information over banking collapse

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at Government Buildings on his way to present his budget to the Dáil last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Latest progress report says maintaining fiscal retrenchment performance essential

Enda Kenny and the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach backs ‘Abenomics’ and Japanese growth stimulus

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a joint press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin today. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Bruton argues tax cuts are necessary to improve competitiveness

Organisers hope programme will attract people back to their city

Refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria arrive at the Jordanian border. Photograph: Jordan Pix/Getty Images

Germany the only developed country among top 10 states taking refugees in

“We have to separate very clearly the difference between the seduction of modern technology, which is a phenomenon of short duration, and the necessity of European education which goes right back to the Acropolis and Socrates,” Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said.

Short-term gadgets will not replace history of learning, says Minister

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD (right) meets with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, at Farmleigh House, Dublin, ahead of the G8 Summit.

Harper sparks diplomatic row in Dublin saying Putin supports Syrian ‘thugs’

A girl waves towards police officers in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh yesterday. A large security operation is in place around Enniskillen and Lough Erne ahead of the G8 summit, which begins today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

David Cameron embarrassed by revelations that British secret service spied on delegations at G20 meetings in London

Data Protection Commissioner ruled out mobile phone monitoring after nursing home complaint

Rachel Mullen, Margaret Martin and Ursula Regan of  Women’s Aid. Photograph: Eric Luke

No assessments carried out of children’s risk during visits, says Women’s Aid

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald will appear before the Oireachtas committee this evening to discuss concerns over standards in creches. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Children tells Oireachtas health committee harsher penalties to be introduced for breaches of childcare regulations

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan suspended a seven-year prison sentence on the rape charges for five years because of the “wholly exceptional” circumstances of the case

DPP should appeal decision, says Rape Crisis Centre

Healy-Eames 'confused' why Kenny seeks to close upper house

President Michael D Higgins said  EU leaders had signalled to him  there must be an ongoing focus on the stability of the euro,  during a state visit to Croatia.  Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Higgins rejects suggestion 'Senator’ reference in speech linked to abolition discussions

President Michael D Higgins has warned that speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

EU must be aware of ‘social consequences of its actions’

President Michael Higgins, left, reviews Croatian honor guards with his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipovic, right, in Zagreb, Croatia. President Higgins is on three day official visit to Croatia. Photograph: Damir Sencar/AP Photo

Union ‘immensely valuable’ in helping State deal with Northern Irish conflict

President Michael D. Higgins with his wife Sabina pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park at the weekend before his official visit to Croatia. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Trip will focus on cultural, economic and trade links

 Garda vetting highlights any convictions but it is up to the employer to decide whether the individual is suitable to work with children or not.

HSE regulations do not preclude staff with convictions from working with children

Politicians such as Enda Kenny and all of Irish society should rethink what is being proposed in the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, the administrator for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, Msgr Brendan Byrne, has said.

Taoiseach has refused to comment on a call by a senior Vatican official for Catholic Oireachtas members to resign rather than sup(...)

Ireland’s funding on preschool care is less than 0.2 per cent of GDP, compared to 1.1 per cent in the UK and 1.4 per cent in Denmark. Photograph: Getty Images

Head of new support agency to carry out examination into profit-driven creches

Ireland ranks 18th overall in this 2012 study of 45 countries, behind most EU states with the exception of Hungary, Greece and Poland.

State lags behind on government spending and affordability

The report involves 388 people attending needle programmes and was compiled by Merchants Quay Ireland and Ana Liffey Drug Project.

Supervised injecting centres urged to reduce risk of disease

Stop and search for Roma men by Garda amounts to ‘institutional racism’

Links, which runs the Abington creche in Malahide, Dublin, said parents and staff “affected by recent events” could attend the psychologist

Malahide creche director ‘acutely aware of distress caused’

Questions have arisen over mistreatment at some creches. Photograph: Getty Images

Footage showed child being pushed into a chair and made to face a fridge for 40 minutes

 Childcare at Abington Wood, Malahide.

Salaries are low with little incentive among crèche workers to seek higher qualifications

 Links Childcare at Abington Wood. Photograph: Picture Colin Keegan, Collins

Other childcare reforms planned amid allegations of mistreatment of children at three creches

The Giraffe Childcare and Early learning Centre, Belarmine, near Stepaside, Dublin. It said “clear evidence of inappropriate conduct in caring for young children by a particular staff member, who has already been suspended” had been uncovered and filmed during an investigation by an undercover reporter.

Facility admits worker’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’ after RTÉ secret filming

The council stressed that the revamp was needed because the current brick surface had become worn and damaged

Dublin street to remain open to pedestrians during 18-month project

A computer generated image of what the new granite paving on Grafton Street will look like. Photograph: Dublin City Council

€4m granite paving to replace red brick on shopping street

Prof Kevin Malone, of the  School of Medicine and  Medical Science at UCD and St Vincent’s University Hospital  with Prof John Crowe, president Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, at the publication of  the Suicide in Ireland 2003-2008 report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families say gardaí lacked training to deal with deaths

Prof Kevin Malone at launch of a new suicide research report, ‘Suicide in Ireland 2003-2008’. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Problems with health services and lack of garda training highlighted

Dubliners Laura Hartin from Rathfarnham and Conrad Oppermann from Malahide, and Gabrielle Leleu from Sallins, Co Kildare, rehearse backstage.

Skills of young people tested in poetry recital, improvisation, drama, mime and storytelling

Commemorative stamp, celebrating Dublin’s designation as a Unesco city of literature

Postage stamp unveiled to mark Dublin as Unesco city of literature

Blaming the non-delivery of housing on anti-social behaviour was not acceptable since no other community was punished for the actions of a few, said Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis.  Photograph: Collins

Issue must be dealt with at national level because of ‘racism’, committee hears

Life after Debt campaigner Séamus Sherlock, Co Limerick, has manned his log cabin outside his property for 265 days. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Séamus Sherlock has been on guard since receiving eviction order

 Zinaida Nourreddaie,   Pat Hannon,  Martin Critten and Peter O’Loughlin. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Anti-austerity protesters begin 200km trek from Limerick to Dublin

British  minister for Europe, David Lidington said a referendum on the EU was vital “to settle this issue for a generation”. Photograph:  Flying Colours/Getty Images

London will work with Dublin on justice opt-outs

Charity campaigners on Kildare Street. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Services will close unless new private donors are found, charities warn

Australia’s famous rocky landmarks known as the Devil’s Marbles in the outback. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Hope for ‘tucked away’ provision in US bill for 10,500 visas for Irish citizens

 Migrant Workers in Ireland at a Migrant Rights Centre Ireland press conference in Dublin last March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Migrants face problems in proving they fit conditions to allow for benefits

The European Parliament in Brussels: Ireland’s 12 MEPs had on average an 83 per cent attendance rate at European Parliament plenary sessions, a drop of 2 per cent from 2011, which places Ireland 19th out of the 27 EU countries, a report by the European Movement Ireland shows.

Number of speeches made at European Parliament also falls, research reveals

Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer, who died in a Russian jail after uncovering fraud among state officials

The joint Oireachtas committee felt the full force of international politics

Cancer patient and blind Palestinian girl Aseel al-Haj Ahmed.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Just 300 children will get treatment this year, down from the usual 1,000 cases

A picture of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is seen on his grave in the Preobrazhensky cemetery in Moscow

No blackmail over adoptions, says committee chairman

Terry Prone: one of the experts who will address the group

Funding comes from US state department

“Why were we told the money was not there when it clearly was,” asked Cllr Bríd Smith of People Before Profit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some sites without water and electricity while promised housing not delivered

The pressure being exerted by Russia “must be met by a solid and united EU stand”, said Guy Verhofstadt, head of the European Parliament’s liberal group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Call for issue to be included on EU-Russia summit

Homeland security: since 9/11, the US has used data in the fight against terrorism.  Photograph: Marty Lederhandler/AP

Since 9/11, US counter-terrorist organisations have put pressure on European airlines and financial institutions to reveal informa(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said the work of the Criminal Assets Bureau is  “one of the key law enforcement responses to tackling crime”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Cases taken over drug trafficking, cigarette smuggling and social welfare fraud

Syrian refugeesat the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria.

Lack of medicines inside the country means people are dying of treatable diseases

Master of the Rotunda Hospital Dr Sam Coulter Smith. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr Sam Coulter Smith says doctors already under ‘huge strain’ as psychiatrists say they will not be ‘social policemen’

An amendment is also to be proposed by Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan (pictured) which drops references to such sanctions such as asset freezes and visa bans

William Browder: “It would be a sad day for Irish democracy”

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