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 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

Dr Mark Delargy, medical director of the brain injuries programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (above) in Dún Laoghaire, says the standard of rehabilitative care offered is “on a par with the best in the world” but “very badly” under-resourced. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Advocacy body An Saol says affected people can be rehabilitated to enjoy ‘good lives’

 Amanda Denton (44) with her partner Tommy Lee. “She just kept doing a bit more.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Woman’s partner is ‘disgusted’ at lack of ‘serious therapy’ after traumatic accident

Short lives marred by abuse and neglect, alongside critical failings by State services, are revealed in reports into the deaths of children and young people in care, or known to care services.

CFA reports relate to seven deaths by suicide, one by drug overdose, five by natural causes

Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for national drugs strategy: she says a supervised self-injecting drugs facility will open in spring. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine Byrne claims some people cannot be helped, however much the State gives them

HSE and Tusla will facilitate the man’s return from the UK for assessment with a view to drawing up an after care plan

Focus Ireland said the Impact of long periods in homelessness is devastating. Photograph: Getty Images

Figures indicate almost 700 young adults in emergency lodging last month

Lewis Davis: “I really want to get out of that ‘homeless’ part of society. It drags you down.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lewis Davis has stayed in numerous hostels, some of which he describes as ‘horrific’

“Angela” (not her real name) spoke at the publication of the 2015 annual report from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, describing herself as a “victor over rape”. Photograph: File

Woman’s husband was not prosecuted because vital evidence of attack was lost

Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon last week said the situation facing the family was due to a “funding issue between the CFA and the HSE”

Young man is in care in the UK but is due to be discharged at weekend as funding for placement is ending

The number of first-time callers to the national helpline for victims of rape and sexual assault was more than 50 per cent higher last year than the number in 2013, new figures show.

Centre’s annual survey notes a ‘resurgence’ in the reporting of childhood sex abuse

The man sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for raping his wife is just the second individual convicted of the crime since marital rape was made illegal in 1990. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Analysis: Just two people have been convicted of the crime since it was made illegal in 1990

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar arriving at the pre-budget forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Homelessness one of the loneliest places,’ man tells Minister at pre-budget forum

Jason Hempenstall (38). ‘I take it day to day.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Housing First user outlines homelessness project’s radical but effective approach

The impact of poverty on children’s well-being is “profound” says the report. Photograph: Getty Images

Tasc report indicates that women and children bore the brunt of recessionary years

The youth has been assessed as being unable to live independently but he is a danger to his siblings and the CFA has indicated the siblings may be removed from the family home if he returns to it. Photograph: Getty Images

Teenager placed by order of High Court in secure United Kingdom unit in early 2013

Asylum seekers are given very little information about how to find accommodation or how to pay for it. Photograph: The Irish Times

Access to education, financial and emotional difficulties experienced by asylum seekers

Figures involved in preparing the action plan said the value of any package for first-time buyers must be about €10,000 to have tangible impact. Photographs: The Irish Times

Scheme to boost construction of more starter homes will be outlined in budget

Father Peter McVerry: welcomed the expansion of the Housing First programme which moves people straight from rough sleeping into housing

Focus Ireland among numerous agencies broadly welcoming the plan

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney: he said his reputation would be judged on “getting urgency” into fixing the sector. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Overall housing output will be doubled to 25,000 per year by 2020

Minister for Housing  Simon Coveney TD at the publication of the Government’s new housing action plan at the Government Press Centre on Tuesday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Ways to address homelessness, improve rental market and build social housing to be prioritised

The plan will say all available State lands, on which imminent important infrastructural developments are not yet planned, should be put forward for housing where appropriate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Strategy to tackle homes crisis includes allocation of further €2bn for social housing

The Government’s housing draft plan notes that some 700 sites have been identified by local authorities.  Photograph: PA

Housing draft plan to propose €200m for councils to clear debt on suitable locations

An old vacant building near the docklands in Dublin. Owners of vacant houses and apartments may be granted money to refurbish them and to make them available for social housing, under Government plans. File photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Property owners may be given money to makes homes available for social housing

Fitness to practice hearing told doctor left note in hospital saying she was ill.

Dr Ogechi Chuku claims she could not find colleague to inform she felt unwell

Frances Fitzgerald says there are ‘many charities focused on the same issue’

 The draft Housing Action Plan says: “The State must ensure that its actions support the renewal of the [construction and development] industries, especially in terms of their capacity to undertake volume building in areas of most pressing need”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

State fund to buy distressed properties from banks, plan for ‘mixed tenure’ housing on public land

It is clear the private sector is seen as a key to increasing social housing provision. Among the carrots will be upfront payments to developers for social housing delivered under Part V obligations. File photograph: Getty Images

Tone of Housing Action Plan draft is replete with hesitancy on State intervening in sector

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney plans to incentivise the private sector to work with local authorities to develop “affordable rental” units as part of “mixed tenure” estates on publicly owned land.  File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Government wants to move sector towards large-scale investors such as pension funds

Financial strain, overcrowded housing and deprivation were among the most serious problems for young adults, according to ESRI research.

Research finds over-65s have fewer quality-of-life problems than younger adults

Chemical restraint medicines were being administered by people who did not know how much or how often to give it in centres accommodating residents with autism, Hiqa has found.

HSE takes over Westmeath and Kildare facilities after Hiqa inspection reveals risks

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has taken control of three homes run by the Irish Society for Autism, following a damning list of charges that the facilities were run unsafely and chaotically. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Hiqa takes control of three Irish Society for Autism homes after failures to improve

The Irish Society for Autism centres taken over by the HSE   are Cluain Farm, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath; Dunfirth Farm, Johnstownbridge in Co Kildare and Sarshill House, Kilmore in Co Wexford. File photograph: Getty Images

Centres run by Irish Society for Autism all had Hiqa inspections over past 18 months

John Lynch with a framed photograph of his brother Willie who died in the Carrickmines fire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inspection reports ordered after Carrickmines fire show hazards across country

 Cllr Brendan Carrpictured with his son Jason (7), watched by outgoing mayor Cliona Ní Dhálaigh. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland players will be invited to civic reception at the Mansion House

Katelyn and Thomas McCarthy who live at the  Spring Lane halting site in  Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

None of the households visited by ‘The Irish Times’ had smoke alarms or fire blankets

The Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in October 2015: the review from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management was ordered three days after the tragedy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Issues include unsafe sockets, emergency access, overcrowding and lack of alarms

Independent TD Mick Wallace: woman who had abortion in England hopes her story will help convince TDs to vote for his Bill to legalise abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I never felt so relieved to see home and be away from that horrible place’

Housing shortage: Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is to meet the religious orders for a “direct conversation” about what they could do to help alleviate the housing shortage. Photograph: PA

Minister for Housing to meet orders in bid to solicit help in tackling housing shortage

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