The NWCI “urges the Government to remove “all existing legal, policy and cost barriers to adolescents’ and young women’s use of modern forms of contraception”. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

National Women’s Council submission says women hit harder by recession and austerity

A few schools may change a little with an easing of the Baptism barrier but the churches’ grip our children’s minds remains firm. Photograph: Getty Images

State continues to kowtow to church and our children are lambs in middle

Emmet Kirwan’s Heartbreak is the latest dazzling take on the state of our nation.

Emmet Kirwan’s visceral film exposes humbug of State claims to safeguard vulnerable

The Home Sweet Home group left Apollo House on Thursday 12th January in compliance with a High Court order. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ken Peterson offered €7.5m for vacant office building after reading homeless occupation

‘Some 12 per cent of Travellers live in caravans or mobile homes and 56 per cent ‘live in overcrowded accommodation’, the ESRI has found.’ Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

ESRI highlights the ‘urgency’ of the community’s situation in a landmark study

A man has been shot in the Ballymun area of Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Victim in hospital after being wounded during incident in northside suburb on Monday

Full service has resumed on the Luas green line in Dublin after being party suspended following an earlier incident at the Harcourt stop. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Incident at Harcourt stop saw operator Transdev stop trams between city centre and Beechwood

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a collision in which a pedestrian was killed. Photograph: Frank Miller

Woman in her 60s pronounced dead at scene after collision with car in Green Street, Callan

A waxwing in Lucan, Co Dublin last Friday: the birds feed on berries. Photograph: Eric Dempsey/Birds Ireland

Exotic birds seen in unusually high numbers along coast from Antrim to Wexford

Apollo House is over but Home Sweet Home says it will continue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Citizens’ intervention’ mobilised public anger and despair into something practical

Volunteers hug each other as homeless residents leave Apollo House on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSH group had been occupying vacant building to accommodate homeless people

Protesters at Apollo House, Dublin, after a High Court ruling on the occupation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Home Sweet Home homelessness activists refuse to comply with eviction order

Occupiers of Apollo House unfurl a banner reading ‘Homes not hostels’ on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Dean Ruxton

Home Sweet Home campaigners say they will not vacate building as per court order

 Frank Donaghy, Pauline Deegan and Tanya Felloni: “The whole of Jobstown was there by the end,” Felloni says. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trials of 18 people charged with false imprisonment of Joan Burton start in April

Apollo House on Poolbeg Street, Dublin: 18 people were still sleeping there on Tuesday night.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eighteen who remain say Dublin City Council failed to provide suitable accommodation

Volunteers in Apollo House where the homeless campaign group, Home Sweet Home, is continuing its occupation of the empty office block in Dublin’s Tara Street. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Concern ‘agreement entered into in good faith is now being reneged on’

A bedroom for the homeless in Apollo House, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Residents at Home Sweet Home’s shelter say it provides warmth and psychological space

Campaigners are gathering at noon on Tuesday at Apollo House on Poolbeg Street before marching to the Department of Finance on Merrion Street to hand in a letter to  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Home Sweet Home group calls on Noonan to make vacant buildings available for housing

Ross Maguire of New Beginnings: “There should be judges making these decisions, not county registrars. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Debt agency founder backs High Court master over legality of such orders

Edmund Honohan said  county registrars – who grant the majority of repossession orders in the circuit courts – “should not be dealing with these cases at all. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA

Edmund Honohan says Government allowing courts ‘pump people into homelessness’

Joan Collins TD speaking with Seán Doyle who was on security duty outside Apollo House, Poolbeg Street, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Apollo House activists demand Minister for Finance open Nama buildings for housing

 AIB was recently refused a summary judgment against a farming couple who had run up more than €1 million in debt and arrears. Mr Justice Max Barrett accepted the arguments made by the couple’s counsel in the High Court that EU consumer rights law and provisions of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, should apply in the case.

Recent landmark cases have changed legal landscape

The Government came under pressure from all angles. Cabinet collective responsibility was twice threatened as Independent Ministers sought a free vote on Opposition bills on abortion, in July and October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

News Review of 2016: After 33 years, a new generation of activists found their voice

Two RNLI lifeboats and a Dublin Coast Guard helicopter were mobilised.

Gardaí and coastguard searching for man in his 40s reported missing off Wicklow coast

Apollo House in Dublin: Brendan Ogle, a Home Sweet Home co-founder, said the receivers were “pleasantly surprised” by how well run the facility was. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Eight people leave the Dublin site after being offered official long-stay accommodation

 Robert Moffat and Ciaran Keating in their shared room as the Peter McVerry Trust opens the final 25 beds at Ellis Quay Hostel, in Dublin 7. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Peter McVerry Trust completes opening of 70-bed facility for homeless on Ellis Quay

People queue outside the Capuchin Centre in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Number of people receiving food from Capuchin Centre will ‘probably go over 3,000’

Home Sweet Home supporters outside the High Court in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

High Court rules coalition of activists and homeless must leave building but can stay until January 11th

Glen Hansard and other musicians playing to a crowd gathered at Apollo House, Poolbeg Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

High Court grants injunctions sought by building’s receivers over homeless campaign

Kleber Medeiros, who was mistakenly deported from Ireland, reunited with his wife Harriet Bruce on Tuesday night at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Kleber Medeiros deported after allegation their wedding was a marriage of convenience

Glen Hansard salutes the crowd from Apollo House, which has been taken over by Home Sweet Home to shelter the homeless. Photographs: Cyril Byrne

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Glen Hansard, Hozier and Christy Dignam perform at support gig

Quentin Sheridan stands outside Apollo House, a vacant office block in Dublin city centre which has been occupied by the ‘Home Sweet Home’ group. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Quentin Sheridan, homeless ‘on and off for 28 years’, angered by ghost estates and authorities

Clíona Saidléar, executive director, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, at the launch of the 2015 annual report in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rape Crisis Network report finds children also have abuse perpetrated for longer time

Donated goods for the occupation of Apollo House. Photograph: David Cochrane/The Irish Times

Showers to be added to block taken over by housing campaigners as numbers there rise

Solicitors for the receivers to Apollo House wrote to the protestors, saying that while they “sympathetic to the plight of those that are homeless” they “cannot allow the property to unlawfully occupied by trespassers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lawyers for Apollo House receivers said they ‘cannot allow property be unlawfully occupied’

A homeless person begs in Dublin city centre, above. On Thursday night, co-founder of Home Sweet Home, trade unionist Brendan Ogle, told The Irish Times the group had identified a Nama-managed property in the city centre and planned to stage a “citizens’ intervention in the homelessness crisis”. File photograph: Getty Images

Home Sweet Home group includes Jim Sheridan, Christy Moore and Damien Dempsey

The refurbished Woodland Park halting site in Louth. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Council has ‘no regrets’ over eviction or families living on roadside with no water

Annette Tobin at her home in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Annette Tobin says charity Alone saved her life with emergency housing in Ballybough

There are still too many households looking for homes in the rental sector: families need other options, says Barnardos. Photograph: The Irish Times

Coveney says his strategy will look after viability for landlords as well as tenants’ interests

Housing and homeless advocacy bodies called for the scheme to be extended. Photograph: PA

Call for scheme’s extension to Galway, Limerick and around Dublin and Cork cities

A baby was taken into interim care after a garda saw him in a buggy down a lane as his mother smoked heroin. The mother, who was under 18, was placed in a residential unit. File photograph: Getty Images

Incident is one of 20 cases detailed in report on court orders made under Child Care Act

Kleber Medeiros and Harriet Bruce on their wedding day: the couple are ecstatic after finding out they will be reunited by Christmas

Harriet Bruce ‘nearly faints’ after receiving email indicating Kleber Medeiros’s return

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

Higgins heard news ‘with sorrow’, describing him as ‘one of our finest poets’

Drawing on interviews with 240 members of families, the authors of Family Rhythms find families have become “smaller, more diverse, with more involved fathers and a greater reliance on grandparent support”. File photograph: Getty Images

Rise in single-parent, mixed-nationality, gay, no-children and commuter family types seen

Oberstown Children Detention Campus: This week the facility, which can accommodate 48 inmates, had 36 boys within its fences. All are aged between 15 and 17. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff at Ireland’s main detention centre for young people set to strike next month

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’

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