The aftermath of the fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin. File photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Relatives of 48 victims of nightclub disaster say they are being ‘stonewalled’ by Minister

Childcare costs an average of €214 a week in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and €142 a week in Monaghan, a survey has found. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is the most expensive area for full-time childcare while Monaghan is the cheapest

At Áras an Uachtaráin: Kendra, Ashton, Donnah and Alexandra Vuma – and, in front of them, Kubby and Jade Olatilewa, all being photographed by Ola Olatilewa (left) – at the President’s garden party for multicultural groups in June 2015.  Photograph: Alan Betson

For families in direct provision – including more than 1,000 children – the Government’s Yuletide bonus won’t buy much joy

Yellow is promoted as an app “to make amazing new friends”. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Government’s child protection rapporteur warns app aimed at teenagers poses dangers

On Halloween night gardaí in riot gear were called to the Oberstown campus. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union says dispute hinges on provision of adequate protective clothing and equipment

The DRHE announced details of 230 new emergency beds for adults in Dublin, to open by Friday, December 9th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin homeless executive announces details of 230 new emergency beds for capital

Colette Frawley with a bottle of CBD oil; she says her neurological consultant refulsed to discuss the treatment with her.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Treatment has replaced patient’s painkillers but remains unlicensed in Ireland

Gino Kenny TD, whose Bill for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis has received widespread support in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson: The Irish Times

Up to 90 TDs support new legislation proposed by People Before Profit’s Gino Kenny

 Homeless people sleeping rough off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 140 counted on city’s streets, but Peter McVerry says true number is twice that

 “Christmas makes the reality of  poverty even more stark” for children in direct provision. File picture of children in Mosney reception centre. Photograph: Frank Miller

More than 1,000 in system are ‘effectively unable to participate’ in festive season

A weekend fire means St Anne’s Primary School in Tallaght will not open on Monday. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade via Twitter

Over 345 ambulance and fire brigade call outs were made as Christmas party season gets underway

Nils Muiznieks: discrimination against non-Christian children in the school system “has to end”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Nils Muiznieks speaks at end of Irish visit on treatment of women, children, Travellers

Singer and songwriter Christy Moore  at the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Dublin, for the launch of an awareness campaign around Traveller men’s health. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Travellers’ life expectancy is 15 years lower than men in general population, paper finds

About two-thirds of homeless children last month were in families headed by a lone parent.

Rate of increase slowing but over 2,100 destitute children in emergency accommodation

Latifat Olagoke with her son Trevon at Lucan Library: “I try to bring him to the library, get him to do some history and spend a few hours on the computer, but he is getting frustrated.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Place offered to boy is without special needs assistant and resources

Emma Murphy and Elizabeth Cash with some of their children: ‘We eat our dinner sitting on the bed.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Rats come in from the river and you can hear them under the presses at night’

Afra-Eorpach members Busola Shogbamimu, Latifah Olutunde  and Joy Moore at the group’s sewing workshop in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Members of interculturalism group say they experience racism on daily basis in Ireland

While Prof Geoffrey Shannon commends Ireland’s role in embedding human rights principles in efforts to eliminate poverty overseas, he says efforts are “somewhat in contrast... at home where child poverty is at a high level”. File photograph: Getty Images

Special rapporteur on child protection Prof Geoffrey Shannon has 97 recommendations

The new board of governors of the Central Remedial Clinic in May 2014, including  new chief executive  Stephanie Manahan (seated, second from right)

Central Remedial Clinic chief says top-up scandal was very hard on staff and clients

 Harriet Bruce, with her mother Phil Lloyd Bruce,   prepares to hand in a letter to     Tánaiste  and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  on behalf of her husband    Kleber Medeiros who  she says was deported in error. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Brazilian man remains in São Paulo despite HSE dismissal of objection to marriage

Globe House direct provision hostel in Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kurd refused food for 35 days as he would ‘rather die of starvation than go back to Iran’

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as misogynistic drug lord Nidge: “I see first-hand how different it is for women in the acting industry.” File photograph: RTÉ 1

#wakingthefeminists: Love/Hate star speaks up as ‘gender inequality affects people I love’

Last week Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon suggested it would make “a lot more sense” for the HSE to continue funding the young man’s placement in the British unit than fund a legal team to oppose the plan

HSE had opposed parents’ wish that the man remain in the British unit to complete an access-college course

The most widely used illegal drug remains cannabis, with 28 per cent having used it at some stage in their lives in 2014/15. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine use at highest level since 2002

HSE has funded autistic man’s care in UK at cost of £170,000 (€203,580) a year.

Judge suggests best solution would be HSE continuing to fund specialist care in UK

A young man with severe autism will be returned to a specialist unit in the UK on Saturday after his after-care plan in Ireland fell through.

Man has become ‘dangerous’ since returning to his family home, court hears

Migrants walk past French policemen to climb in buses as they leave the Jules Ferry reception centre, next to the recently demolished “Jungle” in Calais. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The camp is gone, but the future for hundreds of child refugees remains utterly bleak

“We should take action here,” said Brian Hayes on the issue of accepting children from the former “Jungle” Calais camp. Photographs: The Irish Times

Brian Hayes says Republic should move to accept minors as ‘humanitarian gesture’

High quality care in a centre can offset potential negative impacts of social disadvantage and family factors, according to  ESRI report. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

ESRI report shows other factors are more important for wellbeing of five-year-olds

File photograph of the St Margaret’s traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Just one-third of the money for this year has been drawn down by local authorities

An estimated 1,400 unaccompanied children, some as young as six, remain at the site of the makeshift camp known as the “Jungle” on the outskirts of Calais. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Fine Gael MEP says relocation of 200 unaccompanied minors to State ‘right thing to do’

Savita Halappanavar: It was important she be remembered “in as many ways as possible”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Councillor argues woman who ‘was denied basic medical care’ should be remembered

The remains of makeshift shelters on the site of the refugee and migrant camp in Calais, France, on Monday. Photograph: Philippe Hilippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Government Chief Whip says accommodating children is the ‘responsible thing to do’

Ireland’s rate of 16 per cent of women being at risk of depression during pregancy compares with the 34 other OECD countries where rates are between 10 per cent and 15 per cent. Photograph: iStock

One in six women ‘are at probable risk of depression’, Trinity antenatal study finds

Migrants including minors wait outside the Calais “Jungle” schoolhouse after being allowed back inside to shelter on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Motion calling for relocation of minors from the ‘Jungle’ camp to be debated in Dáil

French policemen  guard a track as children ride their bicycles in the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, northern France. The Dáil is preparing to debate a motion on Wednesday calling on the Government to relocate 200 unaccompanied children from Calais to Ireland. Photograph: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

With 1,400 minors still at the migrant camp waiting to be relocated, pressure is building up

Young people from Sheriff Street in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New taskforce wants firms in the neighbouring IFSC to help local young people

The Equality and Rights Alliance report noted  “multiple links between poverty and social exclusions and discrimination”. Photograph: Getty Images

Equal Rights Alliance report calls for more wide-ranging legislation to combat problem

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Emily Logan: “So there is an international momentum and concern coming up in the next few months, and for us we want to keep that momentum”

Rights commissioner Emily Logan says human rights commissioner at the Council of Europe plans to visit Ireland

Jennifer Lahl: “I know women who were surrogates for family members who don’t even speak to each other anymore.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Practice not illegal in State but largely unregulated despite calls for legislative clarity

Migrants wait for evacuation in Calais on Monday. “They are apprehensive and don’t know what lies ahead,” says Irish volunteer Caoimhe Butterly. Photograph: EPA/Thibault Vandermersch

‘People don’t necessarily want a hot shower. They want to get to family’ says Irish volunteer

 Labour TD Jan O Sullivan, Hannah Ghafoor-Butt, UNFPA director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin  and Minister of State  Marcella Corcoran Kennedy at  launch of “State of the World Population” report for 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish launch of UN Population Fund report hears of worldwide discrimination against girls

Fr Peter McVerry with Minister for Housing  Simon Coveney and Pat Doyle, chief executive of the Fr Peter  McVerry Trust. The trust has  announced a plan to double its housing provision between now and 2020 to 450 units. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Coveney says if more such beds are required it will show Government housing plans failing

Roma people are ‘valued here in Ireland’ and they should be proud of their heritage, Minister of State for Equality David Stanton (centre) has said at the publication of a report on lives of Roma people in the State. Photograph: David Stanton Td/Twitter.

Minister of State David Stanton says members of community are ‘valued’ in the State

Celine Fitzgerald has been appointed as general manager of Goal for a fixed one-year term. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Celine Fitzgerald appointed and says next 12 months will be ‘critical’ for the aid agency

There are fears that a new childcare scheme announced by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone (above) could lead to increased childcare costs for some of the poorest families in the State.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Spark says lone parents on subsidised schemes while in training may have to quit courses

Geraldine and Martin Grant, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, say the County Laois registrar, failed to consider whether their mortgage contract with Pepper Finance Corporation was fair when granting a repossession order earlier this year.  File photograph: Creatas Images/Getty Images

Geraldine and Martin Grant say registrar failed to consider if mortgage contract fair

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: “I have instructed my department officials to have an early report prepared and to update me regularly on progress to ensure that the deficiencies in the Midlands area are addressed expeditiously.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister ‘very disappointed’ with lack of progress after Hiqa finds deficiencies

The report cited an example of children who had to rely on black plastic bags to move their belongings or carers who refused to give children their belongings on leaving placement.

Hiqa says children placed with carers who were refused permission in past

Separated by deportation: Kleber Medeiros and Harriet Bruce,  who married in Ballinasloe  last December

HSE says Brazilian deportee’s marriage to Galway woman Harriet Bruce was genuine

Irish-Syria Solidarity Movement rally during the summer: the numbers of Syrian children being accepted by Ireland have been described as “very disappointing” by the Children’s Rights Alliance, which says it is “critical” the Government does all it can to help children escape “appalling conditions and dangers” facing them in overcrowded camps in Europe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four will be first of 20 welcomed under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme

Salla Saastamoinen: Travellers are the “most marginalised community in Ireland”

Equality director says Ireland may be breaching EU rules on ethnic discrimination

 Erika Ungurianu and Daisy Rea playing at Aladdin’s Corner Creche & Montessori, Mountjoy Square, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Industry may not be able to cope with demand caused by Minister’s scheme, says group

The vast majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes, a major new study has found.  File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

New report says there is a gap in the housing and support options for the elderly

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: “There are lots of jobs now available in our economy and lots of training places.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Move to exclude young unemployed from €5 increase called ‘mean’ and ‘disappointing’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

New affordable childcare plan will be provided from September, 2017

Many social welfare payments have not seen an increase for seven years.

Christmas bonus to rise from 75% of weekly payment last year to 85% this Christmas

Harry Gilbert and his daughter Amanda, who lost their daughter and sister Tara Gilbert in a fire that killed five adults and five children at a Traveller halting site at Carrickmines last year, outside the Church of the Ascension of the Lord in Balally, south Dublin, following a Mass to mark the one-year anniversary of  the tragedy. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First anniversary Masses to mark 10 deaths in Carrickmines mobile home told ‘more is needed’

Jim and Josie Connors with their grandchildren Jim (2), Tom (5), John (6) and Mick (8)  at home in Ballyogan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Masses on Monday to commemorate 10 lives of young Travellers lost a year ago in Carrickmines

Caitlin and Thomas McCarthy at Spring Lane halting site in Cork city. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

The system of providing adequate and safe accommodation is clearly not working

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the ongoing social housing refurbishments would have a positive impact on communities. File photograph: Frank Miller

New houses and apartments to be built and 750 vacant houses to be refurbished

Despite a recent increase in the rent supplement caps, a report has found that those in receipt of the supplement could afford 20 per cent of the available rentals. Despite Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Simon Community report shows 55% reduction in properties available at any price

Joan Burton: The Unesco report  says any unintended consequences of trapping  families in greater poverty should be rectified.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Unesco resport says a change introduced in 2012 could encourage welfare dependency

From a Garda Representative protest outside Government Buildings in July. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Stalemate over four 24-hour withdrawals of service by gardaí on Fridays in November

Common family law issues at the clinics were separation or divorce, custody and maintenance. Photograph: PA

Free Legal Advice Centres report reveals problems faced by ‘accidental’ landlords

Colleen McDonagh with her six children, Michael (11), Chloe (10), Sandra (8), John (6), Ger (4) and Ann-Harper (1), pictured in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Colleen and John McDonagh and their six children have been homeless for a week

Homeless families in Dublin, unable to access emergency hotel accommodation, have been ‘spending the night in fast-food restaurants’, Focus Ireland has said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Focus Ireland says some Dublin families are unable to access emergency accommodation

Homeless mother Colleen McDonagh with Michael (11), Chloe (10), Sandra (8), John (6), Ger (4) and Anna (1) in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Homeless nights in Dún Laoghaire, Navan and Dublin

Ethel McDonagh with Lacey and William on Hoey’s Lane in  Dundalk, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families say site was to be ready by October but council says work only starting now

The children’s ombudsman said there was an 8 per cent increase in complaints last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tusla must get better at responding to complaints about its care of children, Muldoon says

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: she said the commission “remains concerned that the current legal position in relation to abortion puts in place barriers which impede a woman’s right to bodily autonomy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rejection of 16 recommendations is raised at session of UN Human Rights Council

Homeless people bed down for the night at  Merchants Quay Night Cafe. Photograph: Tom Honan.

It’s an improvised but inadequate solution that manages to take in 70 people a night

Bernadette McAliskey in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

McAliskey, now an elder stateswoman of anti-establishment politics, reflects on a career driven by a fierce sense of justice – and(...)

Irish children and teenagers  feel their parents  pressurise them to live up to high expectations, a Government consultation with young people has found.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Children and teenagers feel their parents do not listen to them, Government survey says

The national fire safety audit of Traveller accommodation was ordered three days after the deaths last year of 10 people, including five children, at a temporary halting site (above) in Carrickmines, south Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three-quarters of homes with no smoke alarms have since been provided with them

Image of the proposed new RDS arena stand to increase  crowd capacity from 18,500 to 21,000, mainly to cater for Leinster rugby games.

‘It’s constant harassment from traffic. Residential life is gone here at the weekends’

Jim Carrey carries the coffin of former girlfriend Cathríona White to Our Lady of Fatima Church, in her home village of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, last October. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Estranged husband of Cathríona White claims actor illegally gave her drugs

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin has criticised an unpublished Housing Agency report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Decision to stop prioritising homeless families ‘was based on flawed report’

Lone-parent groups have asked the Department of Social Protection for “urgent clarification” of the situation. Photograph: iStock

Yet Department of Social Protection tells custodial parents to seek maintenance

Minister for ChildrenKatherine Zappone:   “Access to free public transport will be provided for school journeys and outings away from the emergency accommodation”   was included in the  Government’s Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Department of Housing spokesman unable to give date for travel scheme’s introduction

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: she says the subsidy would be higher for lower-income families and drop off as parental net income increases.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government considering means-tested scheme to pay bills directly to providers

According to the report, the new system would be means-tested and would see the State pay a portion of the family’s childcare costs directly to the childcare provider. File photograph: Getty Images

Iona Institute says Government’s childare proposal is ‘extremely concerning’

Merchant’s Quay Ireland drug treatment centre in  Dublin. Image: Google Streetview

Merchant’s Quay Ireland notes 66% surge in demand for its mental health support

Principal St Oliver’s, Oldcastle, Co Meath, Brendan Corcoran with pupils Oliver Smith, Eimhin Murphy and John Smyth duing the Creating A Listening School seminar at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Trauma, anxiety and depression cited as key drivers in retarding academic progress

 Senator Lynn Ruane was speaking at a National Women’s Council of Ireland annual meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane makes claim at conference on women’s rights

 Pro-Life Campaign photocall outside Leinster House, Dublin, marking the 33rd anniversary of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pro-Life Campaign releases report on 33rd anniversary of abortion referendum

Finian McGrath: “This report is an absolute priority for me. I am not going to tolerate or stand over a process which does not get the absolute truth of the matter.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Investigation into care of vulnerable woman is ‘absolute priority’, says Finian McGrath

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone (left)  and Linda Smith, manager at the launch of the Women’s Aid 24 hour  National Freephone Helpline. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Women’s Aid wants review of all domestic violence homicides ‘to learn’ from the events

Willie O’Brien and his son Mark (left). “If you get sick and don’t have money in this country, you’re finished.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Over 4,000 sick and elderly still waiting for help in spite of June announcement

Pictured (LtoR) Melanie Froud and Niamh Fitzgerald of Crosscare  at the launch of the Report On Use Of Naloxone on International Overdose Awareness Day in Filmbase in Dublin’s Templebar on Wednesday. The report recommends Naloxone be rolled out nationally ‘in a measured strategic way’ with ‘dedicated resources and personnel assigned...in each region.’ Photograph: Tim Bingham

Making Naloxone available nationally ‘a no brainer,’ says mother trained in its use

Dr John O’Connor, medical director of the Rutland, said people with sex addiction were  “absolutely miserable with it”.   Photograph: Thinkstock

People with sex addiction are ‘absolutely miserable with it’, Dr John O’Connor says

Fergus Whelan, pensions policy expert with the Ictu. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union demands the Government take action to address growing pensions crisis

Outdated: article 41.2 of the Irish Constitution says that women shouldn’t have to “engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home”. Photograph: Getty

Modernising a seemingly archiac article in the Irish Constitution is easier said than done

Caravan park residents  Conal O’Driscoll and Paulina Urbanska and their daughter Lilly (3) at the site in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Up to 100 low-income residents of the Greystones site have been given notice to quit

A Korean woman who has a six-year-old son has died at a direct provision centre in Cork. File image: Getty.

Death of woman at Kinsale Road facility in Co Cork being treated as a tragic incident

Tusla chief executive Fred McBride said 2015 had been a “crucial year” as the agency worked to develop in particular its early interventions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla’s chief executive says the 2015 figures were less than the previous year

The most recent Hiqa inspection of Beechfield Manor indicated that residents’ privacy and dignity were respected. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Carers value the recognition the Constitution  affords to those who do care-work in the home.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Senior Department of Justice officials call for article 41.2 to be repealed or amended

The Twitter account @twowomentravel  comprises 28 tweets, from Friday morning until Sunday evening, with photographs including of an Aer Lingus plane on the tarmac at Dublin airport, a Manchester road seen from a taxi window and a clinic waiting room. Photograph:  @twowomentravel/Twitter

‘Purpose not about us but as statement of solidarity with all women who have to make this journey’

Simon Coveney’s action plan, launched last month, looks at rapid-build housing. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Focus Ireland warns that homeowners selling is as serious an issue as unaffordable rents

A Tusla spokeswoman said the organisation “wishes to express sincere sympathies to the families, and all those affected by the deaths of the young people mentioned in the NRP reviews”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Review panel report on boy aged 14 who died by suicide a ‘whitewash’, says family

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