President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the A Thousand Reasons, One Wish exhibition at Liberty Hall. With the President are, from left, Ivar Rocha Arias (Peru), Jayson Montenegro (Philippines), Edna Tuazon (Philippines), Pria Ramsurn (Mauritius), Irene Jagoba (Philippines) and Alma Imus, (Philippines). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A Thousand Reasons, One Wish: ‘Don’t look at colour of my skin, look at me as a human being’

At the end of each month, Tesco stores divide a sum of money from the community fund among the charities based on the number of tokens they have received. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Shankill store withdraws ‘blue token’ collection for Every Life Counts

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launching an Awareness Campaign encouraging parents to apply for Paternity Benefit at the National Maternity Hospital , Holles street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection says approved applications doubled in October

Almost every second lone mother (49 per cent) across the EU and a third of lone fathers (32 per cent) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, a report published by the European Institute for Gender Equality has found. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

EU gender equality body says almost half of lone mothers in EU face poverty

The Cessna aircraft was badly damaged in the skydiving incident in August 2015 Photograph: Air Accident Investigation Unit

Student’s parachute got entangled in tail of aircraft during incident in Offaly in 2015

Roberto Viola, director general of DG Connect, the directorate responsible for the Digital Single Market

Commissioner Viola says number of Irish people with digital skills static for three years

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said new supports would better facilitate the work involved in opening a new school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education makes changes to allow early payment of capitation funding

Justice Mary Laffoy, Chairperson at The Citizens Assembly, in the Grand Hotel Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Members call for range of views from pro-choice and anti-abortion groups

Dr Mark Sheehan of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre addressed the Citizens’ Assembly on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ethics adviser Dr Sheehan talks to assembly about how people arrive at their views

 Ballydowd in west Dublin caters for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who are detained under a High Court care order for a short-term period when their behaviour poses a risk of harm to their safety and welfare. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hiqa finds risk over approach to allegations against staff at Ballydowd facility for children

Irish writer William Trevor has died at the age of 88. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Writer was born in Mitchelstown in Co Cork and educated at Trinity College Dublin

‘Alcohol or tobacco products bought online or by mail order are liable to tax and duty on arrival in the State’, says Revenue.

In 2016 Revenue applied charges to more than 70,000 packages adding an average €33 in tax per parcel

The Iona Institute has criticised a response by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  to the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill, 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Christian group claims recommendations of rights body threatens faith formation in schools

Russian ambassador Maxim A Peshkov before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs: “How and who will lead this country is not our business, it’s not your business”

Maxim A Peshkov told by Oireachtas committee to convey Ireland’s horror at crisis

Records released recently showed sales of deer culled from herds in the park have generated almost €10,000 for the State in the last three years. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Animals shot as part of ‘sustainable management’ of population

Focus Ireland founder Sr Stanislaus Kennedy with fundraising co-director Sinéad Compton and her two children Aaron and Meabh at the launch of the Christmas appeal. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Focus Ireland launches annual campaign to support poor and 1,200 homeless families

The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimates that about 11,800 positions will be created in the EU in response to the new law. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Some firms may face ‘operational hurdles’ over new law, privacy organisation says

Hot topic: protecting the personal data of EU citizens

Digital Rights Ireland seeks declaration that data transfer framework is ‘null and void’

A consultation paper published by the Department of Justice notes that usage of new digital technologies is high among children. Photograph: Getty Images

Publication notes children lacking in sufficient maturity may be vulnerable to online risks

 The UK Information Commissioner’s Office says Facebook has agreed to suspend using data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging app for advertisements. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Data Protection Commissioner will take ‘appropriate action’ after analysing new terms

John Dolan (left): we have witnessed  “start of the unravelling of the discipline of the Lansdowne Road agreement”.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Groups call for supports for assistive technologies for older people and disabled

Shoppers on Grafton street, Dublin, in the run-up to Christmas. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Shops welcome suspension of Luas works for festive period but some complain of impact

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed the judge to carry out the review of the legislation  in  January after it emerged the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission had accessed the phone records of two journalists. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Report into legislation used to access journalists’ details not complete 10 months on

 Vincent Crowley welcome the Tánaiste’s forthcoming review of the Defamation Act. Photograph: Frank Miller

Vincent Crowley outlines concerns at event in Dublin’s Mansion House

The Irish Times 1916 site: innovative multimedia

Remembering the 1916 Rising package on irishtimes.com wins Digital Innovation title

Nursing home care:  19 inspection reports published by Hiqa. Photograph: Michael Donne/Science Photo Library

Beechwood House commits to review after report on May inspection raises concerns

The report found that the increasing number of students with mental health difficulties and their needs had not been matched by more services.

Increasing number of students with mental health difficulties has not been matched by more services

Digital Rights Ireland’s case is that the country has failed to properly implement EU data protection law, or to follow the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights by failing to ensure the commissioner is genuinely independent from the Government.

Privacy group takes challenge on Data Protection Commissioner’s independence

RCNI executive director Dr Clíona Saidléar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rape Crisis Network Ireland expresses concern over data presented by child and family agency

People attend a demonstration against TTIP and Ceta in the centre of Brussels in September. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Vidal

Heritage charity seeks assurance that Ceta will not prevent strong environmental laws

Digital Rights Ireland will claim that the European Commission’s “finding of adequacy” position on Privacy Shield is void. Image: iStock

Digital Rights Ireland take case on data transfer between EU and US to EU court

A proposed traffic management plan for the Sandymount to Blackrock area of south Dublin would involve closing Merrion Gates to through traffic and the compulsory purchase of approximately 35 properties.  Photograph: Eric Luke

National Transport Authority launches consultation on coastal ‘bottleneck’

Changes have been agreed in relation to the scheme that provides special assistance for students with learning difficulties or other issues when they sit  State exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA

Assistance scheme reviewed after multiple complaints from parents and students

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: asked by Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie about   the position regarding the situation facing farmers who were unable to empty slurry tanks in advance of the October 15th nitrates directive deadline. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Concerns for penalties over inability to empty slurry tanks due to wet conditions

Book wholesaler action: The Workplace Relations Commission ordered the firm to pay the man approximately six months salary saying it punished him with dismissal in 2013 “for revealing the true nature of his condition” Photograph: iStock/Getty

Man whose wife had cancer ‘punished’ for revealing condition, commission finds

Pokémon Go has caused some controversy in recent months. Photograph: EPA/REMKO DE WAAL

Amendments to data protection law may be needed, re:publica conference told

The Re:publica technology event in Dublin started on Thursday morning: The festival, originating in Berlin, has grown from a 700-person meeting of bloggers in its first year to an annual three-day event which drew 8,000 people last May.

Digital culture event opens in Dublin with talks on benefits and harm caused by tech

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the dynamic IP address of a website visitor constituted personal data if a website operator had the legal means allowing it to identify the visitor with additional information held by the ISP. Photograph: Thinkstock

Court finds details may be ‘personal’ if website can identify people using ISP data

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Oireachtas committee hears of precarious financial situations of childcare services

French police detain a man outside the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on November 13th, 2015. Immediately following the terrorist attacks, which killed 130 people, French law enforcement authorities made 4,286 requests to Google in relation to 5,164 users or accounts. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Transparency report reveals 62 accounts or users targeted here in first six months

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, secretary  Sharon Finegan   and chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy at the inaugural meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Body charged with making recommendation on Eighth Amendment meets for first time

A primary care service in the south east contacted the HSE in August to say the unavailability of the database was causing “huge difficulties”.

Week-long system outage resulted in difficulties for patients, GPs and pharmacists

Answers to some of the key questions on the assembly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Dublin Castle, for the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: PA Wire

Kenny says technology can see such public division deteriorate to personal derision

Among teachers, 30 per cent felt an ADHD diagnosis was stigmatising for a child and 30 per cent believed it was caused by poor parenting.

Conference hears a third of GPs and teachers put condition down to ‘poor parenting’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said her department’s total budget would be €2.54 billion. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says total Justice budget will increase by €85m to €2.54bn

Over €2.8 billion has been spent on trips abroad in the first six months, compared to a little over €2.5 billion in the same six months of 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Figures show increase on number of trips Irish residents took during same period in 2015

Two cars and a truck were involved in the collision Hiskinstown, Delvin on Saturday afternoon

Three-vehicle collision in Mullingar claimed the lives of two women on Saturday

The commonly prescribed benzodiazepine family of drugs includes diazepam (such as Valium), alprazolam drugs (such as Xanax) and lorazepam (such as Ativan).

Ex-government press secretary Shane Kenny to screen his documentary on benzodiazepine

Garda Chief Supt Aidan Reid, head of the Dublin Traffic Corps, said the Safer Roads for Dublin campaign was aimed at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. He appealed to all road users to obey the rules of the road when traffic lights were red. File photograph: Getty Images

Campaign aimed at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians as 12 dead on city roads in 2016

The ECJ has said music industry bodies may seek court orders to force  wifi hotspot operators to increase security measures on their networks in a bid to stop music being  downloaded illegally. Photograph: Getty Images

Hotspot operators may be required to password-protect their network, says EU court

A hearing into the rising cost of motor insurance costs has heard that insurers are being allowed to “dictate the reform agenda” in the industry. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Companies have no evidence to support their stances on reform, former board boss says

Bridget Perrier, Fiona Broadfoot, Ne’cole Daniels and Rachel Moran, who gave testimonies about having survived prostitution, at the launch of the Turn Off The Red Light campaign at Leinster House  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women speak out in support of legislation criminalising the purchase of sex in Ireland

An image released by the Defence Forces showing a search-and-rescue operation by the LÉ James Joyce in the Mediterranean.

Irish naval vessel rescues 265 people in humanitarian operation off Libya coast

EU commissioner for the digital economy and society Günther Oettinger: “We will have a common set of rules rather than 28 different sets of data protection rules.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

European Commission says publishers and authors should be ‘paid fairly for their work’

A motion by Fingal Green Party councillor Roderic O’Gorman to reduce the local property tax next year by 7.5% rather than 15% fell  and was not voted on after the other motions were accepted.  Photograph: David Sleator

Council executives warn money foregone could have been spent on vital services

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins said: ‘Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Psychologists urge focus on fighting problem ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day

People who rent out their homes through Airbnb will have to sign up to a new non-discrimination policy or face being suspended from the service.  File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Holiday rental company says it will suspend members who do not abide by new rules

Jockey and horse trainer Johnny Murtagh and novelist Patricia Scanlan with National Adult Literacy Agency students Gerardine Murphy and Chris Carthy at the launch of takethefirststep.ie. The website hosts a campaign calling on those who have difficulty with reading, writing, maths or technology to get the help they need. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Nearly one in six aged 16-65 may be unable to read basic text, CSO study suggests

Minister of State Eoghan Murphy has said settlements of motor insurance claims lack transparency. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy claims it is difficult to verify industry explanations for higher premiums

Dr Pauric Travers: “It is important that interventions which seek to address the continuing problem of educational disadvantage are targeted to achieve maximum impact.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Dr Pauric Travers tells Oireachtas education committee wellbeing key to child learning

A free aftercare helpline for women in Ireland who have taken abortion medication they bought online has been launched by a British family planning service.  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Free service will help women in Ireland who have taken medication they bought online

Screengrab  from the TedX channel on YouTube of Dr Leandro Herrero speaking in February 2014.

‘Organisational architect’ Dr Leandro Herrero drafted in by health service

The HSE hired a number of social media experts, including Niall Harbison. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Niall Harbison and others were paid to advise HSE staff in recent months

A women brings flowers to Castlerahan National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co  Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State psychological services assisting teachers and students in Castlerahan and Oristown

The European Consumer Centre  said the main problems encountered by consumers were in relation to air travel (41 per cent), followed by issues with electronic goods (8.1 per cent) and problems with online services (7.8 per cent). File photograph: Getty Images

European Consumer Centre: Flight cancellations, delays, damaged or lost luggage key issues

 Speech and  language therapist Jenny Robertson (left), of the   Cochlear Implant Programme; Lexie Noone (2) from Tallaght, who had a bilateral cochlear implant, and her mother Lisa Noone, at  an Honour Your Heroes reception hosted by Beaumont Hospital Foundation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Honour Your Heroes: Survivors attend event to recognise medical and nursing staff

Residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus in Lusk, Co Dublin, who climbed up on to the roof of one of the buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inmates had climbed roof in protest after being locked in rooms during staff dispute

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said travel abroad remained a major reason why donors were deferred from giving blood. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Blood Transfusion Service says travel abroad remains a major reason why people did not donate

IABA president Pat Ryan said he had been “appalled” at the gambling allegations because the authority had enough matters to concern itself with in relation to the Rio Olympics. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

IABA chief Pat Ryan ‘appalled’ by claims two Irish boxers bet on Rio 2016 Olympics events

The Tullan Strand area just north of Bundoran where Gavin Carey had gone swimming with other soldiers last Tuesday. File photograph: Google Street View

Malin Head Coast Guard confirms remains of Gavin Carey (28) positively identified

The offices of the international operations centre of Ebay  in Dundalk. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Formal consultation set to begin with auction site's 150 staff at Co Louth facility

In its annual report for 2015, the Medical Council revealed it received 369 complaints,  compared to 308 the previous year.

Complaints from patients about poor communication up significantly, annual report shows

It was “fundamentally incorrect” to apply the same level of obligations that apply to traditional telecoms services to online services, Facebook said. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media group claims EU eprivacy directive has imposed extra costs on business

Luke Kelly-Melia, who has cerebral palsy, and his specially trained stability dog, Aidan, in Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Luke got Aidan from the Irish Dogs for the Disabled. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

CEO of Irish Dogs for the Disabled says funding down by €64,000 so far this year

 Luke Kelly Melia and his assistance dog, a golden retriever called Aidan, at home at Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cavan primary school refused Luke Kelly-Melia right to bring assistance dog onto premises

Policing Authority chairman Josephine Feehily. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Members and civilian staff would be required to oppose unethical and corrupt behaviour under new code

Phone location data is seen by data protection authorities worldwide as very sensitive because of the huge amount of private information it may give away about a person, their lifestyle and movements. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Authority makes submission to European Commission seeking change in law

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall urged all providers of public services to “use complaints as a source of learning”. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Peter Tyndall says his office received 300 complaints about third-level institutions last year

Former Renua leader Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua speaking at press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Data watchdog finds former Renua leader used mobile number inappropriately

Danny Healy-Rae:  Would shoot an intruder who came into his house, aiming for the legs first to immobilise them. Photograph: The Irish Times

Centuries when country was hot . . . and different centuries cold, says Kerry TD

The most recent Hiqa inspection of Beechfield Manor indicated that residents’ privacy and dignity were respected. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Hiqa and gardaí notified after internal inquiry at Beechfield Manor in Shankill

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, at their home in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Continued detention of Dublin man described as ‘scandalous’ ahead of fresh application for release

L’École Laïque du Chemin des Dunes in Calais where Fiona McHardy was due to teach.

Teacher organises Odyssey charity reading to ‘create awareness’ and support refugees

Mayo GAA: “Supporters should be aware that the only funds raised that go towards our team training funds are those raised under our Cáirde Mhaigheo fundraising umbrella.” Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie.

Individuals using success of teams to mislead loyal followers, says county board

The global drop in donations is said to be caused by urbanisation, greater exotic travel and a lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors. Photograph: iStock

Worldwide campaign aims to reverse 30% decline in ‘essential’ donations in a decade

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judgment in proceedings taken by garda alleging privacy breach by credit union

‘I just want to find my family. Have you seen my family inside?’ she asked when approached by The Irish Times

Nancy Dillon from Dublin and about 60 members of her extended family attended the ceremony.  Photograph: Elaine Edwards

James Matthews (38) one of 14 civilians massacred by British forces in Croke Park

Louise Wills from Rathfarnham with her baby daughter Eibhlín Gráinne who died from the common cold sore virus

Infant believed to have contracted virus shortly after her birth in November 2015

 Staff at the Central Remedial Clinic threatened industrial action after the board unilaterally decided to cease making further contributions to the private pension scheme. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Staff at charity will be granted access to public service pension scheme

New bereavement standards were developed in response to recommendations in two reports following the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in 2012.

Minister for Health says standards for pregnancy loss are a ‘new beginning’

Minister for Health Simon Harris.  Healthcare organisations have criticised Mr Harris’s plan  to reduce hospital in-patient waiting lists by the end of the year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Healthcare bodies criticise Simon Harris’s five-point strategy to tackle in-patient lists

Minister for Rural Affairs  Heather Humphreys said funding will be made available to local authorities this year to support the regeneration of up to 200 rural towns and villages. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Heather Humphreys announces funding that will be shared among 200 towns and villages

System down for almost a week due to technical problem

The Garda put an emergency plan in place in recent days after an external source tried to hack into its data systems. File photograph: iStock

Source of attack remains unknown and security expert says ‘ransomware’ may have used

 Orla O’Connor, National Women’s Council of Ireland director said: “despite Government commitments to close the gender pension gap it has actually widened in recent years – from 35 per cent to 37 per cent.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increase in earnings threshold ‘regressive’ and would affect low-paid workers, says NCWI

The Health Service Executive has said it is taking ‘urgent’ action to restore its medical card system, which has been down since last week due to a ‘technical issue’.

GPs unable to check validity of cards or register patients due to computer glitch

The Medical Council committee had been due to hear final submissions in the case of a junior doctor who allegedly left her post at St James’s Hospital in Dublin on November.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Solicitor for doctor cites technical problems with Skype line from Nigeria

An animal welfare charity and a Government agency have signed an agreement to tackle what they said was the ‘growing problem’ of wildlife crime.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly

New agreement aims to address the ‘growing problem’ of illegal hare-coursing

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