Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announce higher rent supplement limits to help with rising rents. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals to give financial help to those at risk of homelessness welcomed by charities

People gather at the start of the Pride parade at the  Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Marchers remember victims of Orlando shooting

 Ikea has recalled their Patrull gates following reports that children have fallen down stairs after the gates opened unexpectedly.

Customers have reported gates opening unexpectedly and children falling down stairs

Recipients of Honorary Degrees at Trinity College Dublin rom left, Joe Veselsky (97), Professor Peter Higgs, writer J P Donleavy and human rights activist Hina Jilani. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Nobel laureate among dignitaries conferred with honorary degrees by Trinity College Dublin

Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone said no child in the country should go hungry, live without a roof over their head or be locked up in an adult prison.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Zappone: No child should go hungry, live without a roof or be locked up in an adult prison

Helen Dixon: “Other privacy regulators in Europe now are asserting jurisdiction over Facebook in certain cases.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Watchdog stresses engagement over enforcement with large firms like Facebook

The worker said the camera was placed in the corner of the staff canteen and there was no signage to inform staff that surveillance was taking place. File photograph:  iStock

Data Protection Commissioner told woman fired after covering camera while colleague styled hair during break

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon published her annual report on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case among several privacy breaches highlighted in Data Protection Commissioner’s report

Google’s refusal to remove search results about a witness who gave “key testimony” in a long-running tribunal was upheld by the Data Protection Commissioner.

Data Protection Commissioner rejects request from person who gave ‘key testimony’

The Bombardier DHC commercial flight left Knock airport on the evening of July 31st last year bound for Manchester

Air accident investigation discovered broken washer caused oil to leak into engine valve

Data breach: details of 1,914 Civil Service staff were sent on a spreadsheet to a HR manager in one Government department who had sought details about their own staff.

Data Protection Commissioner to scrutinise PeoplePoint system due to data mishaps

Vice president and head of Google in Ireland, Ronan Harris, said Google in Dublin was a “growth engine” for businesses in Ireland and across the EMEA area.

Internet giant has opened a new €150m data centre in north Dublin

The entrace of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. A new service will help those affected by the mother-and-baby homes prepare witness statements ahead of the commission of investigation into the homes. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Free service will help prepare witness statements for commission of investigation

The Department of Social Protection said it had, over the last number of years, continuously strengthened security and data protection protocols. “Policies and procedures governing the use of systems and data have been developed and communicated to staff. These policies and procedures are under constant review and are updated as appropriate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Any breach of trust on confidentiality seen as serious misconduct, says department

Private investigator James Cowley (65) was convicted of illegally obtaining information from an official in the Department of Social Protection.

James Cowley (65) accessed PPS numbers, family details and claims information

The Department of Agriculture is investigating a case of alleged unauthorised use of the illegal growth-promoting drug clenbuterol, or angel dust, in cattle. Photograph: Getty Images.

Department of Agriculture confirms positive test result for illegal growth hormone clenbuterol

Omaima,  Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, pictured in Dublin in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Peter Greste says officials must secure Irish man’s release from Egyptian prison

The Information Commissioner has issued a binding decision against the Central Bank in a row over the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

Information Commissioner issues binding ruling in row over Freedom of Information

Amanda Mellet was one of four Irish women who developed pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities who came forward just over four years ago to tell their stories. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Complainant to UN says Government must ensure no other woman suffers similar violations

Responding to a UN committee’s findings which called for Ireland’s strict prohibition on abortion to be changed, Tánaiste Frances  Fitzgerald said: ‘We have to take this very seriously. We signed up to this covenant.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Pro Life Campaign says human rights body a ‘de facto lobby group for abortion’

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland, Evelyn Geraghty Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Katrine Thomasen, legal adviser for Europe for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Niamh Allen of National Women’s Council of Ireland and Ailbhe Smyth, convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment at a press conference. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Groups respond to findings of UN Human Rights Committe in fatal abnormalities case

Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said the decision was ‘profoundly important’ for Ms Mellet but also ‘groundbreaking’ in international law.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Committee calls for women to be permitted to voluntarily terminate pregnancy safely

 Dublin Samaritans on Marlborough Street. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Suicide charity says step would protect volunteers from possible legal action by callers

 From left to right are  Donna Teeling with baby Paul, Orla Flannery with baby Sam and Suzanne Whelan and baby Mason at the launch of the Coolmine Annual Report at Ashleigh House, Dublin, June 8th, 2016. Photograph: MaxwellPhotography.IE

Coolmine Therapeutic Community sees 42% increase in residential admissions in 2015

Dublin City Council has extended the expiry dates of buskers’ permits to June 30th where they are due for renewal.

Local authority expected to consider revised bylaws on street performance next month

A google street view of the China Kitchen, Market Place, Clonmel, Tipperary, which was one of the food businesses served with a closure order by the FSAI in May.  Image: Google Street view

Restaurants and sweet shop among premises shut by environmental health officers

Under the current social housing strategy, it is proposed that 110,000 social housing units will be delivered between 2015 and 2020. Photograph:  Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Representative group warns of ‘biggest housing and homelessness crises in history’

Five of the eight animals rescued by a horse charity in conjunction with department officials in March had to be euthanised on welfare grounds

Animals discovered malnourished at Galway site devoid of microchips, five euthanised

Government sources have said they do not expect Donald Trump to request a meeting with Government during a planned visit to Ireland. Photograph: Josh Edelson/EPA

No plans in place to hold meeting with billionaire during visit to Co Clare golf resort

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall published his third annual report on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Serious concern’ over limited ability to investigate complaints about doctor decisions

The youths at the Oberstown campus will be confined to their rooms for part of the day as Siptu and Impact workers begin strike action. Photograph: Istockphoto

Unions say staff at Oberstown campus at daily risk of violent assault

Martin O’Rourke, from George?s Hill, Dublin 7, was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street in Dublin?s north inner city on April 14th, 2016. He was one of seven men murdered during the Kinahan-Hutch feud in the last six months.

Martin O’Rourke ‘gunned down for nothing’ in Kinahan-Hutch violence, says Larry Power

The late Harry the gorilla, who died at Dublin Zoo on Sunday after a short illness. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Zoo says western lowland was ‘gentle and calm and will be greatly missed’

Siptu said on Monday the Labour Court had recommended pay increases from 15.6 per cent to 18.3 per cent for Luas drivers from now to September 2020. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour Court recommendation aimed at settling dispute with operator Transdev

The Irish Glass Bottle Site Housing Action Group is urging the setting aside of 100 per cent of the Dublin site for council and affordable housing. Calling for the move at Buswells Hotel today were group spokeswoman Annette Mooney, AAA-PBP TD   Richard Boyd Barrett and  architect  Mark Price. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Action group formed in reply to Nama plan to designate site as strategic development zone

Samaritans directors and volunteers, including    (far right) Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Charity urges Government to implement national prevention strategy

Tyrrelstown tenants Lisa Dim, Charlie Cleary, Seun Ogunniran, and Funke Tobun, at a demonstration ahead of a meeting of the Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness Committee last week. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tenants who received termination notices after houses bought out speak of distress

The Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in  October 2015. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Pavee Point official tells Oireachtas committee of 90% cut in housing budget over five years

The Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin.  The Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall has said his office is involved in a stand-off with the bank over its obligations under freedom of information legislation (FoI). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Information Commissioner had ‘great difficulty’ in dealing with bank over extent of jurisdiction

Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall found An Garda Síochána was justified in refusing access to information on the use of Garda aircraft. Photograph: The Irish Times

Commissioner for Environmental Information says not enough use being made of laws

Peter Tyndall: Discovered last year that receipts and invoices held by members of the Oireachtas in relation to a 2013 audit of expenses were private and did not have to be released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Peter Tyndall says FoI provision allows members withhold invoices and expenses

Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors leaving Dublin Castle for Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President of Agsi says Government must ‘sit up and take notice’ of Garda concerns

Garda rosters were described as “not family friendly” and as making the job of officers more difficult. Photograph: The Irish Times

Protest follows report that many officers unhappy over resources, working conditions

The HSE has indicated  its plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

HSE plan aims to improve patient safety by giving every citizen a unique number

The scene at Sandyford Luas depot last Friday as drivers resumed strike action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Transdev tells unions absentee rate, which has risen since dispute began, ‘untenable’

Finian  McGrath said  the water charges issue was a distraction from his role in Government and said he now wanted to move on. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Disability Issues wants to ‘move on’ from controversy over payment of water charges

A scrabble board spells out Brexit in Dublin,. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

UK citizens living overseas for up to 15 years may use postal vote in June ballot on EU membership

Former TD proud of achievements but says it is time for ‘new voices’ to be heard

Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick have all deployed smart-city technologies to varying degrees. File photograph: Frank Miller

Consultant says technology has developed ‘control rooms’ in line with ‘Minority Report’

A Debenhams shopper on Thursday afternoon Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business (and discounts) as usual at Henry Street store

A screengrab from the website

Wedding website fired Deirdre Zaidan over ‘competing’ baby site set up by her husband

A man in his 70s has died in a quad bike crash farm in Co Meath. File photograph: The Irish Times

Investigation begins after body of man found on land near Enfield on Thursday night

EPIC Ireland opens its doors to a new visitor experience which tells the story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

EPIC Ireland in CHQ building curated by company behind Titanic Belfast

David Mahon (45) of Ongar Village in Consilla, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday with his wife Audrey where he is on trial charged with the murder of Audrey’s son, Dean Fitzpatrick in 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Dubliner pleaded not guilty to murdering stepson Dean Fitzpatrick (23)

A demonstration outside Government Buildings in April seeking the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government faces criticism from other states in peer-review of human rights record

Sarah Morris  and Robbie O’Connor  performing for Sabina Higgins, Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Joan Burton at the opening of Richmond Barracks. Photograph: Eric Luke

Courts martial of rebels took place at Inchicore site

The annual May Day Parade organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. The parade was led by Patrick Tighe, Jerry Kennerk and Yvonne Clarke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Speakers address annual May Day rally by Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler of the National Vetting Bureau, Kieran Downey of Garda IT,  GAA children’s officer Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl and Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan during the launch of the eVetting System at the DMR Regional Office, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New setup to ‘render’ applications to work with vulnerable without taking final decision

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly tells committee homelessness is symptom of ‘deeper supply issues’

An Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out. Photograph: Getty Images

Charity responds to report by doctors in UK that devices can help smokers to quit tobacco

Prof Mary Flynn and Shane Jennings at the FSAI open meeting on food and fitness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenagers need protection from ‘unhealthy messages’ on body image, conference hears

A county council has been ordered to pay €50,000 to a woman after it failed to renew her contract when she notified it that she was pregnant.  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Workplace Relations Commission rules after council failed to renew woman’s contract

 Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation

Mark Surman says there are many potential threats on the horizon to the internet as an open platform

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water submits planning application for new treatment plant on Co Wicklow site

Privacy experts said on Monday the council had no statutory basis for the publication of the images and that it had no legal basis for doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council maintains publication of pictures of alleged dumping is proportionate

The Secret Cartoonist Exhibition on display at NUI Galway. Photograph:

University reverses decision not to allow students show works by ‘secret cartoonist’

Martin Brett of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney said co-ordinating the census in the hotel will be a challenge. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Managers must get an estimated 50,000 guests to fill in the compulsory form

 ‘Iris Oifigiúil’, the State’s official gazette.

Publishing of names and addresses in State’s gazette to be reviewed following complaints

Deirdre Waldron, president of Network Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of  Enterprise Ireland, Siobhan Byrne Learat of Adams & Butler and Ciara Carolan of  ADN Materials at the launch of the “Fuelling Ambition” roadshows

Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland to host free events around country

There is concern about the potential explosion of personal data processed by the Internet of Things

There is still little advice on how firms can deal ethically with personal data

The Irish Aviation Authority has apologised for a data breach involving its drone register. File photograph: Getty Images

Aviation body says once notified of problem it worked to have system fixed within hours

A civil servant received a payout of more than €1 million under a Government severance scheme and had more than seven years of ‘notional’ work added to their overall service. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

C&AG report shows an additional payment was not disclosed in department’s accounts

Confidentiality clauses were a feature in every agreement underpinning the discretionary severance payments examined, said the C&AG. Photograph: Getty Images

C&AG report critical of some procedures for payouts from public sector programmes

The judge said if Shop Direct paid €5,000 to Pieta House suicide prevention charity he would strike out the charge. Regarding The Irish Times Ltd, he told the company to pay €3,000 to Pieta House. Photograph: The Irish Times

Companies to contribute to Pieta House suicide-prevention charity in lieu of conviction

The Irish Sports Council will do further research to assess trends, including gender differences.

Economic recovery may have led some to sacrifice exercise, says Sport Ireland

The study was based on questionnaires sent to parents of almost 8,000 primary school children in mainstream and special education. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Majority of children in special schools have ASDs, according to DCU research

A former chief inspector at Dublin Bus, who says he was ‘one of the highest earners’ at the company on more than €2,000 a week, has claimed he was unfairly dismissed and is due compensation for seven months’ work.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Patrick Gill (66), who earned up to €3,000 a week, told to leave after refusing medical exam

Data protection  is  a particularly “hot topic” in Ireland because of the number of tech companies with their European HQs here

Robin Wilton of Internet Society says some groups only concerned with audit checklists rather than how they handle people’s infor(...)

A donor is prepared for organ transplant. File photograph: Getty Images

‘We need to introduce the opt-out system for organ donation,’ says lung recipient

There are 460 people on the kidney transplant waiting list, representing just 23 per cent of those on dialysis. File photograph: Reuters

Transplant recipients join Irish Kidney Association’s donor awareness week launch

Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Seán Kyne and Simon Coveney at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris says acting Taoiseach will decide when to make contact with Micheál Martin

Archibishop Eamon Martin: “Each second has so much potential for good, for love, for peace, and for joy”. Photograph: David Sleator

Buncrana tragedy and ‘terrorists plotting to destroy life’ mentioned in Easter homily

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said Fianna Fáil must clarify its position on water charges. Photograph: Thinkstock

Minister says talks will continue next week on formation of a government

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said it was a real shame that an act of goodwill was not forthcoming from the drivers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is a shame an act of goodwill was not forthcoming, Minister says

The Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks in Dublin was closed on Good Friday, but will open on Easter Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Visitors forced to abandon plans for 1916-related trips due to Easter hours

A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at Naas General Hospital following an accident at Green Isle Foods in Co Kildare. Photograph: Google Maps

Green Isle foods confirm death ‘with deep regret’ as two investigations get under way

Large sections of Dublin city will be closed to traffic this weekend.

O’Connell Street to close from midnight tonight until 11pm on Monday to accommodate events

A covered car is removed on Thursday from the scene of the fatal shooting in Ratoath, Co Meath of Noel Duggan.

Body of removed from scene of Co Meath shooting as gardaí appeal for witnesses

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald provided the figures in answer to a parliamentary question from Independent TD Tommy Broughan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Figures show just 2,089 out of 4,259 drivers fined for failure to display L-plates paid up

Holiday lettings: If other agencies, such as or the Key Collection are included with the 1,748 on AirBnB’s website, the overall number in Dublin exceeds 2,000. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Firm responds to suggestion short-term lettings exceed homes available long-term

The Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council said the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday ‘once again reiterate that the perpetrators are indiscriminate in their actions and seek only to perpetuate fear and anxiety within communities’. Photograph: EPA.

Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council hopes backlash doesn’t fall on wrong people

Marie O’Connor, chairwoman of  Survivors of Symphysiotomy, outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sunday was set as deadline for over 750 survivors to send letters back

Lead analyst Dr Mark Maguire said the researchers had “no intention of alarming anyone” and that such attacks remained “extremely rare”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Maynooth study aims to improve first-responder knowledge in mass-shooting incidents

Actors run past a newly repainted  post box as part of an An Post 1916 centenary project. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Smartphone links will play short videos of Dublin events from 100 years ago

Members of the Save 16 Moore Street campaign Proinsias Ó Rathaille, Eamonn Ceant, Helen Litton, Paddy Cooney and James Connolly Heron at 16 Moore Street following the announcement that the High Court ruled the area should be declared a national monument. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Streets’ buildings declared national monument after court case due to role in 1916 Rising

Members of the Save 16 Moore Street campaign Eamonn Ceant, Paddy Cooney, Helen Litton, Proinsias Ó Rathaille, Colm Moore, James Connolly Heron on 16 Moore Street following the announcement that the High Court has declared that the area the street, should be declared a national monument. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigners say decision means last extant battlefield would not face wrecking ball

A resident in the process of moving out of their home in Tyrrelstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Residents meeting tonight agree to protest march on the Dáil next Tuesday

Chair of Survivors of Symphysiotomy Marie O Connor. The group represents more than 350 women who are survivors of the procedure carried out during childbirth. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Solicitor’s letter to Data Protection Commissioner warns of ‘clear risk’ of injustices

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  sought  20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Charge introduced in British budget, and similar move championed by FF and FG

A spokesman for Minister for Health Leo Varadkar noted the Minister had written to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in 2015 seeking to have a sugar tax included in the budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister reacts to imposition of levy in UK, says anti-obesity measures being pursued

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