Tusla, the child and family agency, has developed a national approach entitled Meitheal  involving collaboration with  families and professionals to address the challenges faced in providing high-quality care to young people. File photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty Images

Child and Family Agency develops new approach to enhancing available services

An anti-abortion protester attends a mass marchin Dublin in July.  Photograph:  Nick Bradsha/The Irish Times

Cora Sherlock calls on Taoiseach to ‘address the real issues’ surrounding abortion debate

The Amazon Fulfilment Centre prepares for Black Friday in Hemel Hempstead, England. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Retailers around the country cutting prices and coming up with attractive bargains

Undocumented Migrant Workers in Ireland at a Migrant Rights Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish times

Most migrant workers do not feel empowered to challenge discrimination, says MRCI

Former Guatemalan dictator José Efrain Ríos Montt. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Ex-Guatemalan leader José Efrain Ríos Montt has been deemed mentally unfit for trial

View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

More than 7.4 million people arrived in first 10 months of the year, acording to CSO data

Daniel Ramamoorthy: “I’m so excited for where it’s going and I’m grateful that I get to be a part of that story.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A nomadic soul of Indian descent has lived in 10 cities around the world but feels most at home in Ireland because of the ‘real ma(...)

Only two golden eagle chicks were born in 2015 and neither survived more than a few weeks.  Photograph: Mike Brown

Eagles at risk due to ‘uncontrolled burning, turf extraction, over grazing by sheep’

A total of 79 trees across the State were infected with the disease in 2015, which means 195 ash trees have become infected since October 2012. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Total of 195 confirmed findings of fungal disease in ash trees found since 2012

ESB staff work to repair damaged power lines after a large tree was blown down on Military Road in Ballybrack, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Around 200 homes remain without power from the 45,000 which were cut off on Tuesday

Marwan, his wife, Rodina, and their three daughters, who are currently staying at the Direct Provision centre in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Marwan and Rodina moved their family to Ireland when bombs began falling near their office. Despite securing refugee status here, (...)

Sea rescue: a family from Nigeria on Médecins Sans Frontières’ MY Phoenix rescue boat in the Mediterranean

With no safe way to reach asylum, people take desperate measures for a better life, says Will Turner, a Médecins Sans Frontières r(...)

Ebenezer in waiting at the Lambert Puppet Theatre workshop where the production of ‘Aladdin’ starts on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

South Dublin building and its puppets rebuilt in time for Christmas production of ‘Aladdin’

Ibrahim Halawa, the Irish teenage who has been detained in an Egyptian prison for more than two years without trial, has gone on hunger strike. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish teenager writes he is awaiting his ‘turn on the deathrope’ in Egyptian prison

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken on Thursday which shows Storm Abigaill as it moves across Ireland and then northwards. Photograph: PA

Road users warned to exercise caution due to debris and the possibility of spot flooding

The latest report from Hiqa into St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, Tipperary reported a “continued high level of non-compliance against the regulation at this inspection”. File photograph: Thinkstockphoto

St Anne’s centre in Roscrea reported to have ‘continued high level of non-compliance’

Phaw Shee and Say Law La Say : ‘We had three weeks to study about Ireland and learn the English language.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Say Law La’s family fled Burma and have lived in Castlebar, Co Mayo since 2007

Eimear Clarkin from Wexford pictured at a Repeal the 8th Ammendement rally in Dublin last month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

‘Hey @EndaKennyTD just so you know, I got my period two days ago’

Only 50 per cent of the usual number of commuters travelled by train on Friday morning following the 4am decision to call off industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Affordable agreement needed to resolve dispute, says Donohoe

Full Dart and Irish Rail services will operate as normal through Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Commuters checked for updates on strike through Twitter and breaking news alerts

Only one in four Irish professionals say their parents understand their job title with many parents around Ireland struggling to understand the work carried out by data scientists, subeditors and social media managers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Only 44 per cent of Irish professionals believe their parents know their job title

A girl   at a transit camp housing migrants and refugees in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Elvis Barukcicelvis/AFP/Getty Images

Women and children engaging in ‘survival sex’ to pay for transport across Europe

A spokesman for Irish Rail advised passengers on Thursday to plan as if industrial action was going ahead.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Passengers face disruption with industrial action planned from 6am-9am

Under new rules announced by Bank of Ireland, from mid-November withdrawals of less than €700 will no longer be facilitated with the aid of tellers in branches

Age Action has accused Bank of Ireland of ignoring the needs of its older customers

Best selling author Eoin Colfer will write the next Iron Man novel due to be released in autumn 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former primary school teacher rose to fame after writing Artemis Fowl series

James Sweeney and Ellen Baker: ‘The feeling of the city and the whole vibe is so New York but it’s cleaner, friendlier, smaller, cheaper.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two native New Yorkers made the emotional decision to move, on their wedding anniversary, to ‘where their family’s DNA is’

The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs guide recommends 590 pubs across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales which are selected for the quality of their food.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Co Down has highest number of establishments listed in the 2016 eating out guide

Customers will still be able to ask for exact change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Customers in Ireland will now receive change in cash rounded to the nearest 5 cent

Ovidiu Miron and his wife, Luminita, with their children, Tudor, Vlad and Stefan, at home in Clarehall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After being encouraged by his wife to follow his dream of working abroad, Ovidiu left Bucharest for Dublin. The family soon follo(...)

Actors John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star in The Quiet Man, 1952. Photograph: Archive Photos/Getty Images

An ‘outstanding and versatile actress whose work will endure for many years to come’

Over 100,000 Three Ireland customers were unable to send SMS, make voice calls or use their data on Saturday afternoon due to problems with the phone network. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Network says connectivity issue resolved and customers urged to restart their phones

Some of the crowd champing at the bit as the Dublin City Marathon 2014  gets under way last October. File photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin due to remain dry initially for marathon, but rain will spread from the west

ProLife campaigners protesting against the abortion pill bus. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bus carrying abortion pills offers consultation with doctor via Skype

Passengers from Athlone arriving on one of the first trains into Heuston Station, Dublin, after the rail stoppage ended.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We’ve got our ticket but the man here says he doesn’t know when the train will leave’

Gareth and Emma, who were born with a very rare condition called Moebius syndrome, which means they struggle to make facial expressions, blink or move their eyes laterally. Photograph: Alan Betson

After meeting a Dublin woman in an online forum for people with Moebius syndrome, Welsh man Gareth Roberts travelled to meet her. (...)

 The Skellig Michael site after the removal of Lucasfilm’s tents and equipment. Photograph: An Taisce

Lucasfilm’s use of Unesco world heritage site had ‘no long-term impact’, report says

Age Is No Barrier winner and Overall Hero Ann Ennis from Wexford, during Ireland’s Hidden Heroes Awards ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Event celebrates the hard work and contributions of people and groups across the State

Members of the Garda technical team are seen during the examination of an Aer Lingus flight at Cork Airport on which a man (24) died. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Passenger on flight EI 485 says man made ‘guttural noise, like a wounded animal’

1 cent and 2 cent coins will remain legal tender during the initiative and customers will be entitled to ask for exact change on cash payments

Irish consumers will receive change rounded off to nearest 5 cent from October 28th

Nacho Valdes: “When I was in Mexico working as an accountant I thought I was the best in the world. But trust me, I’m happier now.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

A Mexican who moved to Dublin to learn English got off to a rocky start when his school here closed without warning. Despite his a(...)

Susanna Wickes and Tom Wang: ‘I feel I’ve settled into Dublin really quickly and we really like it.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A whirlwind romance carried an Edinburgh woman living in Inner Mongolia and a local man working in a coffee shop there all the way(...)

Residents at the Longboat Quay apartment complex in Dublin’s docklands, have complained of a lack of communication and clarity regarding the future of their homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tenants say they have had a number of issues in ‘worst’ apartment complex in area

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan: ‘Dublin’s small enough that you can actually be someone here.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

For the granddaughter of former Indian president KR Narayanan – a ‘diplobrat’, as she calls herself – Dublin is just the latest ch(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Leading human rights lawyer Raji Sourani appears before Oireachtas committee

The IFPA annual report notes a 39 per cent increase in the number of women aged 44 and above availing of face-to-face counselling last year compared to 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

IFPA warns young Irish women can’t afford contraception and sexual health services

Queue for the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

More than 700 queue from early Monday morning in Dublin

Tara Flynn speaking at the March for Choice organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Thousands of people take part in demonstration in central Dublin

Approximately 100,000 applicants attend the Burgh Quay office every year, making it one of the busiest offices in the State. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Introduction of online appointment service at ‘advanced stage’, says Department

Sustainable Development Goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

Sustainable Development Goals aim to end extreme poverty and fight inequality

Karen Smith from Drogheda was on her way to a protest in central Dublin last Saturday when she passed a woman sitting on the pavement outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Photograph: Karen Smith

Woman, who is nearly 90, wasn’t homeless but couldn’t afford to feed herself or pay bills

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Paddy Cosgrave’s decision to relocate the Web Summit as “an individual choice”, saying it was not a question of the Government’s failure to reach Mr Cosgrave’s demands. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decision to relocate annual technology gathering ‘an individual choice’ says Taoiseach

Canadian Tima Kurdi, the aunt of of three-year-old Syrian refugee boy Aylan Kurdi who died trying to reach Greece from Turkey, writes on a giant citizen’s Refugees Welcome Wall during a demonstration in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Minister says those staying at new reception and orientation centres to be ‘fast-tracked’

Bedilu Gebreselassie: ‘People here can demonstrate in the streets, they have the freedom to speak. That’s real freedom.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trips to Ireland to further his passion for running led to Bedilu Gebreselassie, a member of a political group opposed to Ethiopia(...)

The Trinity Impact Evaluation  research group will work with aid agencies, policymakers and governments to figure out whether development assistance can bring about real change in the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TIME research to focus on how overseas aid can bring real change to poorest nations

President Michael D Higgins shakes hands with Pat Ayton and other literacy tutors at the National Adult Literacy Awareness Week launch at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Adults with low literacy endure ‘shame, low self-esteem, isolation and fear of being found out’

World vision: the United Nations’ sustainable development goals

World leaders gather next week to set sustainable development goals to raise health, education and living standards. Ireland has a(...)

Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Over 210,000 first-time asylum seekers arrived in EU between April and June 2015

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 people from the Mediterranean on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Irish patrol ship conducts three search and rescue missions in a day in Mediterranean

Former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty will contest the upcoming general election in the constituency of Dublin Mid West. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Former TD confirms he will stand in Dublin Mid-West as part of Independent Alliance

Flamenco dancer Jordan Souza from the Dublin School of Flamenco in the front square of Trinity College Dublin ahead of Culture Night 2015.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rain spreading from the West on Sunday as Kerry and Dublin meet in Croke Park football final

According to the new ASAI code, e-cigarettes should not contain health or medicinal claims unless authorised to do so and may not use any design, imagery or logo style that may be associated with a tobacco brand. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

E-cigarettes advertising ‘very much along the same line as the old tobacco industry’

Nina Panagopoulou at home in Dublin: ‘Being in a foreign country, away from Greece, I was treated like I was an expert: a politician or an economist.’ Photograph: Sara Freund

A Greek artist, struggling in the ‘chaos’ that descended on Athens, took a trip to Galway, found that Ireland resonated with her a(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

‘Winter is coming, shelter and places of safety must urgently be provided’ - MSF director

TD Paul Murphy (second from left) with other anti-water charge campaigners during a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

TD calls on people to demand charges are dropped and to protect the right to march

Cancer survivor Elaine Kelly from Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Despite initial reservations ‘you can’t put a price on the quality of life I have now’

Filming at Skellig Michael was cancelled on Monday morning due to high winds. Photograph Charles McQuillan/GC Images

Small boats servicing site refuse to go to sea due to poor weather and rough conditions

 Motasem (left) from Syria and Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre  at the NGO Coalition meeting about the refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish Refugee Council warns that housing people in barracks prevents integration

Zeenie Summers: struggled with depression and homelessness in Galway, but found solace in singing and dress-making. Photograph: Sara Freund

All the Lonely People: After her mother died, Zeenie Summers moved to Ireland to stay with her father, but she fell into depressio(...)

The Irish patrol ship LÉ Niamh successfully rescued 317 men, 11 women and one child about 58km north of Tripoli in Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Irish patrol ship rescues 317 men, 11 women and one child from Mediterranean

A crew member of the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh holds a baby who was rescued last month. Photograph: Carmelo Imbesi/AP Photo

Irish patrol ship received emergency call in Mediterranean at 9.50am on Saturday

Migrants wait to cross the Greek-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘We have . . . to do what is right’

Tents, sleeping bags and clothes can be left at the Global Green area on Monday after 10am

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly disagreed with Fr McVerry’s assessment of emergency hostels, saying there were over 120 drug free and alcohol free beds available. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Government will supply ‘whatever funding necessary’ to deal with homelessness crisis

A migrant holds a sign in front of Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Taoiseach says numbers to increase under EU deal

The Clark Family Project pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Cooler temperatures expected over festival weekend with dry weather and bright spells

Migrants wait to cross Greek Macedonian border near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

State must play role in ‘one of the most challenging issues for humankind’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Happy to debate Fennelly conclusions when Dáil resumes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach reacts to criticism, alleging possible individual agendas with eye to publicity

A survey has found that the vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during a recession.  Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Poll shows 79% of Irish people believe State has obligation to invest in developing world

 Liam Lambert in a fire-damaged part of the Lambert Puppet Theatre, with Judge. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Jack and Beanstalk show still set to open this Saturday as local gardaí investigate blaze

Flor Sylvester with her husband, the Irish musician Colm Quearney, and daughter, Kaifina, at the Lysaght Gallery in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund

The granddaughter of a Venezuelan tribal chief was drawn to Ireland by love, and she fell for the country just as quickly

Crew members and participants in Safe Haven Voyages on board the ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, docked in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Asylum seekers take part in Safe Haven Voyages initiative off Cork coast

The study found 46% of Irish teenagers prefer not to reveal their identity online. Photographer: Bloomberg

Social media: One-third of Irish parents have never used Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram

Rohan*, an undocumented migrant, poses in front of the mural at the  Migrant Rights Centre in Dublin.  Photograph: Sara Freund

A 17-year-old undocumented migrant from Mauritius who moved to Dublin eight years ago has to withhold a part of himself even from (...)

Alan Kelly has called on Gerry Adams to say the IRA “will never exist again”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recent murders expose ‘interchangability’ of Sinn Féin and IRA, claims Martin

The Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) launched on Thursday a Tenants Guide to Renting to help students and first-time renters make informed decision when searching for suitable housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Students and first-time renters should make informed decision before signing lease

The  report found that Ireland, along with countries such as Russia, Mexico, Israel and Colombia, has made limited efforts to investigate or prosecute foreign bribery cases

Transparency International report says State in need of foreign bribery investigators

The HSE advert on the JobBridge website seeks an individual with a degree in psychology and a master’s in psychology in a relevant clinical area. Photograph: Eric Luke

Position will ‘bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives’

Gabriel Galway, with his mother Catherine, looking at houses in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of third-level entrants descend on cities in search of suitable accommodation

UCD Student Union spokesman David Burns said the decision to prioritise certain students was not sustainable, particularly given the recent hike in accommodation prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

First year and international students prioritised at expense of second and third years

Keith Beggs and Beatriz Ageno: ‘I fell in love with him right away. He was really charming and funny.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Beatriz Ageno says the Irish sense of humour is just like the Chilean, and it was the charm of a Finglas man that enticed her to m(...)

A migrant woman hugs her children, moments after arriving on a dinghy on the Greek island of Kos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Over half of Irish people unaware of scale of worldwide refugee crisis, study finds

Over 140 nationalities in schools, with students from Kyrgyzstan, Tonga and Azerbaijan

National spokeswoman for the Simon Communities, Niamh Randall, described the latest rental inflation as an “emergency. Photograph: Frank Miller

Simon Community says Government must ‘intervene urgently’ before winter

 Mia Colleran and Shona Ni Aodhagain celebrate getting their Leaving Certificate results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Third level welfare officers call for ‘long-term solution’ to accommodation crisis

Modar Naser from Syria, with his wife, Dima, and their children, Naser (15) and Kamar (17), at home in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

A series about the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland: When a bomb fell close to their home in Damascus, the Naser family decided(...)

Denis O’Brien said: “I wish to state that I respect Dáil privilege as long as it is not exploited in a manner designed to damage the reputation of an individual, particularly one who is not before the House and entitled to Dáil privilege.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Businessman concurs ‘absolutely’ with fundamental right to ‘one’s good name’

Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan described the Irish Pride factory closure as a “major blow” to the local economy of Ballinrobe.

Loss of 60 factory jobs a ‘major blow’ to the local Ballinrobe economy in Mayo

An Afghan migrant who wished to remain unidentified waiting to try to cross the border into Hungary from Serbia, early in July 2015. Walli Ullah Safi, who is now officially an asylum seeker in Ireland, was remanded in Cloverhill Prison after he was discovered on the side of a motorway here in July. File photograph: Mauricio Lima/New York Times

Walli Ullah Safi case indicative of ‘culture of disbelief around asylum claims’

While Hiqa currently provides the inspection, registration and monitoring of the State’s residential care centres for children, Tulsa provides the same service within the non-statutory children’s centres. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ombudsman finds staff shortages leading to delays in care centre assessments

Paul Knox with pupils from the Casteheaney Educate Together school in Ongar. Photograph: Alan Betson

School opening would result in ‘reckless waste of taxpayer money’, says Educate Together

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