Courts Service chief executive  Brendan Ryan: questioned on loophole by Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Courts Service wants driving licences tied to vehicle ownership

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a working group was examining a number of options which could improve conditions for asylum seekers. Photograph: Frank Miller /

Protesters to call for abolition of direct provision to mark Universal Children’s Day

Noeline Blackwell, director general, of Flac: “It’s a question of the right to adequate and affordable housing to allow people to live in dignity and we haven’t come anywhere near that.”

Water charges and zero-hour contracts among issues highlighted to UN body

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has been contacted by the CSO director general. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inspectorate found crimes underrecorded and detection rates lower than claimed

Ireland’s most borrowed: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, now also a hit film with  Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck

To mark Library Ireland Week ‘The Irish Times’ surveyed the country’s libraries

A screengrab from a video claiming to show water protesters surrounding the Tánaiste’s car in Tallaght yesterday.

Eggs and bottles thrown as Tánaiste trapped in car for two hours by protesters in Tallaght

A volunteer fixes a lamp at the Repair Café which took place at the Chocolate Factory on Kings Inns Street, Dublin.

Volunteers come together to mend items ranging from textiles to jewellery to electronics

A car carrying Tanaiste Joan Burton is seen surrounded by water charge protesters in Tallaght today. Photograph: Paul Murphy via Twitter

Two arrested during incident which Senator says ‘went beyond any legitimate form of protest’

 Gordon Jeyes (left), chief executive of Tusla - the Child and Family Agency with Suzanne O’Brien, who spoke of her experience of foster care, and Aodhan O’Riordain (right), Minister for State for New Communities, in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla says children often have to be placed with families in Donegal, Wexford and Cavan

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