Drivers are currently required to pay a fixed-charge notice for penalty points within 28 days . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

150,000 drivers summonsed to court over penalty points not prosecuted

A Garda operates a speed camera: Almost 150,000 drivers who were ordered to appear in court over the past two years were not convicted

Some 150,000 drivers summonsed to court over penalty points offences are not prosecuted

The latest report by the Child Care Law Reporting Project also documents a number of cases of good outcomes for both young people in care and their parents where support was provided.

Child care law report details abuse as well as positive stories of reuniting with parents

More than 10,000 people received methadone last year as a treatment for drug addiction. Photograph: Getty Images

Clinicians say Suboxone could benefit problem drug users and provide treatment option

Philly McMahon: “I grew up here, I love it, it was a brilliant place for me. I’m happy here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Three-time All-Ireland winner has become a role model for a new generation in the area

Philip (43) has been in recovery and using methadone for the past 15 years. He says he would welcome any alternative which could help his rehabilitation. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 10,000 receive the heroin substitute, but an alternative medication is available

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

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley A total of just under 15 per cent of children live in jobless households, latest figures show. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Number of people living in households with no one in employment falling, study finds

(From left) Fergus Finlay, Joanna Fortune, Kieran Mulvey and Aine Lynch of the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Anti-binge drinking group says it will not back restrictions for sports and live events

Developers complain of difficulties raising finance from banks for new schemes

The construction industry has been lobbying in recent times for a major reduction in development costs for housing, including development levies. Photograph: PA

Cabinet sub-committee examines bigger role for Nama on construction of homes in Dublin

New facial recognition software has helped authorities detect dozens of attempts by fraudsters to claim welfare benefits using multiple identities over recent months. File photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Department of Social Protection software blocks claimants using multiple identities

Companies were forced to repay the exchequer a record €21 million in back-tax following more than 200 audits in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Departmental review indicates contentious tax credit plays vital role in supporting jobs

A spokesman for JJ Rhatigan said the firm disagreed with the finding and planned to appeal the decision on the workers’ status. Photograph: Getty Images

Department ruling on status means workers may be entitled to range of PRSI benefits

 The Child Care Law Reporting Project has identified regional differences in the number of childcare orders sought. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

District Court dealt with just over 9,800 applications in 2014, up from about 8,700 in 2013

Fred McBride, the chief operating officer of Tusla, said the organisation accepted that use of single separation was not adequate on occasions.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hiqa concern over use of safe rooms and ‘single separation’ to manage behaviour

  A spokesman for Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the free travel scheme would remain intact. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Funding freeze puts pressure on service which is being reviewed by the Government

Former PD minister Liz O’Donnell: involved in lobbying in recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation of Lobbying Act aims to create transparency following controversies

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  removed a citizenship clause so individuals couldn’t avoid the tax by renouncing their citizenship. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 900 people with six-figure incomes were obliged to contribute more

The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Children as young as six placed in isolation for hours at a time, say campaigners

Dylan Kennedy (10) with his mother Debbie Kennedy at home in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Debbie Kennedy says the regular use of seclusion has worsened her son’s behaviour

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said that “some provisional IRA organisational infrastructure continues to exist”. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

However, report claimed some members involved in criminal activity for ‘personal gain’

Bogus self-employment has been a long-running issue in the construction sector.  Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire.

In today’s diverse, complex workplace, the rights of workers are harder to protect

Some 51,000 additional claims have been received – an average of more than 5,300 per week – since application forms were issued in mid-June. Photograph: Getty Images

Authorities struggling to keep up with additional claims for means-tested allowances

Almost 200 cases of were uncovered in the construction industry.   Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Employers are misclassifying workers as self-employed to maximise company profits

Aoife Beary (21), who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the Berkeley balcony collapse, faces a long road  towards recovery.

Berkeley balcony collapse survivor faces long path towards recovery from injuries

The Christmas shop in Brown Thomas  in Dublin in 2011. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin, Cork and Limerick stores to launch Christmas markets from Thursday

State officials have been using bank data to match people who are paying out significant sums in Dirt tax on their savings, while also claiming means-tested benefits. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

One individual forced to repay €140,000 in benefits as part of Dirt tax investigation

Some 140,000 people have had their salaries or pensions reduced at source for failing to pay the property tax. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Almost 250,000 homeowners declared value more than €100,000 below guide price

To date work with a value of some €468 million – or more than €5 million a week – has been entered onto the system. The estimated tax relief due to homeowners under the scheme is about €32 million.

Failure to register with home renovation tax incentive scheme to be examined

 A water taxi service operated by Liffey River Cruises has been operating on the river for several years. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

No injuries reported after water taxi lost power and struck Millennium Bridge

The latest figures indicate that Ireland is  back on track to reducing road deaths. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Despite a fall in the number of fatalities this year, reckless driving remains a huge issue

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Analysis: A large ‘lost generation’ didn’t emerge in the way many feared

Paudie Woodlock, at the Tipperary Cheese Company, Twomileborris, Co Tipperary. What started out as a part-time work placement turned into a full-time job. Photograph: John D Kelly

In all, some 127,000 people of working age are still long-term unemployed

Latest figures show that wider investigations into white-collar professions – such as doctors, dentists, accountants and lawyers – have yielded tens of millions of euro in tax and penalties for the exchequer. Photograph: Getty Images

Officials discover that companies utilised for ‘aggressive’ tax planning

Revenue is clamping down on undisclosed income from rental properties. Image: Getty

Audits yield some €55 million for the exchequer since 2013

Revenue’s focus on the financial affairs of professionals has yielded big results. Photograph: Alan Betson

550 health professionals’ financial affairs under scrutiny

Figures show the number of traffic-related deaths has been increasing in recent years

Some 117 disqualified drivers have been arrested and charged in just six weeks since gardaí were given new powers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Gardaí say removal of ‘high risk’ drivers will make roads safer for all

The number of deaths among cyclists on our roads more than doubled last year, up from five to 12. Photograph: The Irish Times

Most collisions occur during evening rush-hour, analysis of crash data shows

The traffic collision findings are contained in data compiled by the Garda and sent to the Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Getty Images

Across year pattern emerges where most deaths occur during evening rush-hour

Teresa Kelly at a memorial where her brother-in-law, Jackie Kavanagh (49), a mini-bus driver, was one of five people killed in 1998 on the old N11 in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

33 dead, dozens injured on one of State’s most dangerous roads

Cyclists  along the North Quays in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Middle-aged and younger men account for most cycling fatalities in recent years

About 2 per cent of the population cycle to work or school each day.

Most fatalities involve middle-aged men cycling in built-up areas

Celebrations in the courtyard at Dublin Castle in May after results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality were announced. Public perceptions of Ireland as a leader on human rights issues rose in the wake of the referendum. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sharp divisions remain over attitudes towards minorities such as asylum seekers

Adoption rights campaigner David Kinsella: ‘We all should have a right to our identity.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

David Kinsella, like many adoptees, was refused access to his birth mother’s identity

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and Family Agency defends plan to revise allowances for over-18s in State care

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly and Michelle Shannon, director of the  Department of Children and Youth Affairs, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Children James Reilly says planned legislation is ‘major breakthrough’

Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

Campaigners argue that costs illustrate a pressing need to change an unwieldy system

Last year, the HSE was forced to spend a record €336 million on agency staff and overtime to fill vacancies.

Need to hire driven by low pay, geography and specific skill shortages, says memo

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the problems reported at nursing homes were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health says issues are ‘not new’ and have been going on for decades

Jimmy Kelly of Unite says many employers see labour as “nothing more than a commodity, to be picked up and discarded as convenient”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Growing economy may not solve problem of precarious work, says labour professor

Sacred Heart Hospital is second publicly-run home to face criticism this week

The Government’s working group report once again offers policymakers an ambitious blueprint. Photograph: Getty Images

Ambitious proposals needed to complement sustained investment and political resolve

Dr James Reilly and other  Cabinet members arriving  at Lissadell House on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paid parental leave should be extended from six months to a full year

Mental Health Commission’s report follows concerns over deaths and governance issues in the Carlow/Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Photograph: Getty Images

Mental Health Commission report finds suicide risk assessment insufficient

A Hiqa report has found that St Patrick’s Community Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, was in breach of 12 of the 18 standards it was inspected against. Photograph: Brian Shaw

Hiqa report finds St Patrick’s Community Hospital is in breach of care standards

At present a constitutional right to privacy exists on the part of birth parents. Photograph: Getty Images

Cabinet to discuss draft legislation which will apply to all past and future adoptions

Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: “It’s a falsehood to suggest that we can have the best services in the world without paying for them.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A person on average wages in Denmark pays up to 13 times the rate in Ireland, says expert

A Central Statistics Office survey on wellbeing shows more than three-quarters of the  population of the Republic ranked their overall satisfaction with life as “high” or “very high”.  File photograph: Getty Images

CSO study shows three out of four rank satisfaction with life as high

 Volunteers clean up  outside St Catherines Church,  Thomas Street, Dublin. While many voluntary groups reported a decline in numbers during the economic boom,   latest figures suggest a large proportion of the population (28 per cent) is contributing to the community. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

CSO report indicates value of people giving their time for free is €2 billion annually

It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 undocumented people living in Ireland, including children. Photograph: Eric Luke

Proposal to give thousands of migrants right to live here being considered by Government

The Arklow/Rathnew Motorway the M11 looking north which was officially opened by Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Arklow/Rathnew motorway to reduce journey time by between 10 and 20 minutes

A sex worker said she felt compelled to have intercourse with a garda because she feared further prosecution. Photograph: Frank Miller

Woman said she felt compelled to have sex with officer as she feared further prosecution

€1 million spent on legal fees in case of girl detained in English psychiatric unit

The HSE has pledged to develop services to ensure that no Irish citizen should need to be sent overseas for a care placement. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Woman (20) detained for 20 months in psychiatric unit in England returns home

Demonstrators in Dublin  supporting the ‘undocumented’ in Ireland. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Officials review programme aimed at regularising the status of up to 20,000 residents

‘We’d like to pay taxes properly and want to progress. It’s wasted potential.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Amanthi (18): ‘We’d like to pay taxes properly and want to progress. It’s wasted potential’

In the High Court, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan noted the legal costs involved would have provided for an appropriate place for the 18-year-old in Ireland. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Young Irish people are being detained abroad because of a lack of services here

Elizabeth Cloherty, a care assistant, has no complaints about pay or the hours she gets. She is concerned, however, about what the future holds. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Elizabeth Cloherty and others in a like situation have no contract and little sense of security

A rally in support of Dunnes Stores workers earlier this year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

How State can ensure economic flexibility for employers and job security for workers

Keith Doran outside his former workplace, Clerys, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Keith Doran got a call from HR manager to say there was no need to come in the next day

Sinéad Pembroke works in Trinity College Dublin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery: “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Short-term contracts and casual work increasingly common in workplace

Sinead Pembroke, who works at TCD’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. “I can’t think about buying a house or starting a family. I don’t have the security or the finance. It’s the source of a lot of anxiety. Many others in the same boat are constantly thinking about applying for the next job.”Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinead Pembroke is one of a rising number of academics reliant on precarious work

The use of contractors in the IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering sectors has been promoted by both employers and recruitment firms. File photograph: PA Photo

Growing use of self-employed workers in IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering

Latest projections indicate the family income supplement will be paid to more than 50,000 families in respect of more than 100,000 children this year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Critics say rapid rise in family income supplement tops up low pay by employers

Stephen McLeod,  archaeologist:  His work comes in dribs and drabs of contracts ranging from a few weeks to a few months. Photograph Tony Corey

Muireann Dalton, retail worker with Dunnes Stores

The proportion of full-time workers who are on temporary contracts has doubled in the past decade or so, up from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Illustration: John Holcroft/Ikon/Getty

Workers are spending longer at work, are changing jobs more often, and are more likely to be on internships or temporary contracts(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she would like to see an increase in child benefit in the next budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

40,000 may no longer have to pay universal social charge under tax changes

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Proposals come as latest figures show 250 people sought asylum in the State last month

Tánaiste Joan Burton:   “Broadly, we’re agreeable to taking part in the arrangements and to take numbers that are appropriate to our size, population and resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

EU plans to share 40,000 migrants on voluntary basis over next two years

Lorcán Miller’s coffin is carried into Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill, Co Dublin, for his funeral.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Postcard sent from Berkeley only arrived on Tuesday

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dr Shekhar Saxena from the World Health Organisationat the launch of the “Connecting for Life” suicide prevention strategy at Farmleigh House in Dublin. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds Photography.

Plan includes classes on dealing with stress for students but no extra funding for services

Consensus between civil servants and campaign groups means there will be few areas of contention when the proposal is discussed by the Cabinet next week. Photograph: The Irish Times

Recommendation that application for asylum be dealt with not later than six months

Laiq and his wife Amtul with their sons Waleed (16) Nabeed (12) and Sarmad (5). The family live and sleep in one room in the Eglinton direct provision centre in Salthill. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A fast-track measure within six months is the one thing that would change their world

The Health Information and Quality Authority found significant delays at Tusla in assessing the needs of children and families where there were reports of suspected abuse or neglect. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Health watchdog finds inconsistencies in safety and quality of services for children

Conor Neill (6) with his class in the Doodle Den in St Michael’s Infants School in Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

Impact Journalism Day: Addressing education and inequality one afternoon at a time

The Department of Social Protection says thousands of lone parents who increase their number of part-time working hours to 19 will be better off under the changes due next month. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government insists reforms will end poverty traps and improve access to employment

Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government insists reforms will end poverty trap and improve access to education

Michelle McFarland and her daughter Ashleigh. She is one of about 4,000 lone parents who stand to lose out under welfare changes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Coalition says welfare changes will tackle poverty, but some will end up losing out

Senior HSE managers have expressed concern  over the cost implications of an EU directive that allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the State. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Health body fears cost implications of reimbursement scheme for treatment abroad

‘Connecting for life’, a new youth suicide prevention strategy, is to focus on helping secondary school students to deal with stress.

Republic ranks fourth highest in EU for young people taking their own lives

A homeless man begs on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Sir Anthony Atkinson, author of Inequality: What can be done?, says the gap between rich and poor can be narrowed with policies which aren’t radical or revolutionary. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Sir Anthony Atkinson says what must be done to narrow gap between rich and poor

56 high-profile high achievers, from Bill Clinton to Bono, contribute to this deluxe coffee-table anthology; it makes for both ins(...)

Cregg House was previously at the centre of controversy over poor staffing levels and lack of access to activities for residents when it was operated by the Daughters of Wisdom, a religious order.

Disabled children left in bed until 1pm due to understaffing, report into HSE centre finds

Minahil Sarfraz on Direct Provision: “I’m a girl who every day wakes up in a mobile home. Not big enough to roam. Frighterned every night not knowing the out comel. A ‘yes’ or a ‘no’.” Photograph: Maxwells

Discrimination key theme of ‘Picture Your Rights’ survey of 2,000 children in Ireland

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It’s entirely inappropriate. It reflects badly on us. It needs to be brought to an end’

Many survivors waited years before seeking support. Last year, most adults made contact with the Rape Crisis Network five years after the incident occurred. Photograph: Getty Images

Majority of the 53 rape survivors went on to give birth and parent their child, says network

The Minister of State for Health, Kathleen Lynch, said: “If we don’t do anything, we’re going to have serious problems.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Eleven facilities will not meet Hiqa standards unless they are rebuilt or renovated

The headline at-risk-of-poverty figures may be out by up to 80,000 people. Photograph: Getty Images

Dept of Social Protection and ESRI point out discrepancy in EU survey

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