Tanya Ward, chief executive of Children’s Rights Alliance: criticised proposed cuts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deferral to allow time to re-examine alternative options, says Legal Aid Board

The Legal Aid Board has said it will restrict applications for legal aid to cases involving “a domestic violence remedy or enforcement of maintenance”.

‘We have a duty to ensure that access to justice is delivered to all members of society’

Father said he was only interested in having a role in his children’s life. “They are what I get up for in the morning”

Woman claimed husband made son ride exercise bike for so long he would cry from pains

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: “The issue of children living in homeless accommodation is not going away.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mother referred to new communities unit although she had legal Irish residency

The study was undertaken by academics from   University College Cork, who interviewed 67 professionals, including social workers and managers in Tusla, court-appointed guardians, solicitors, judges and barristers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tusla staff say they are not shown respect in court and are publicly blamed, study finds

Mohammed Alrawehneh, pictured as a youth player with  Shamrock Rovers Football Club. Photograph: Shamrock Rovers FC/Twitter

Mohammed Alrawehneh from Firhouse was awaiting his Leaving Cert results

In a separate Dublin District Family Court case, a mother told the judge the father of her son had been out drinking with friends and then kicked in the door of her apartment

Dublin District Family Court hears man threatened to use angle-grinder on house

Data released under Freedom of Information shows Irish Water carried out 280 “first-fix” leak repairs in the first three months of this year

Of more than 100,500 leak notifications issued there were 7,723 repairs since 2015

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said she will commence the provisions of the law as soon as possible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women who want partner to become stepfather no longer have to give up legal rights

The dentist agreed to refund the €350 the woman paid to have the root removed as a gesture of goodwill. Photograph:  John Giles/PA Wire

Woman had to pay for surgical procedure to have piece of root left behind removed

Consumers seeking teeth-straightening take impressions of their own teeth and send them off in the post. Photograph: iStock

Companies selling kits by post often not even dentists, complaints resolution service says

Chairman Sean Fleming  at the release of the PAC finding into the financial procedures at Templemore Garda College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Delay in informing C&AG of financial irregularities ‘unacceptable’

 Domestic abuse: “It is vital for the woman, as well as the children’s safety, that a victim of domestic violence is not put into the situation where she is intimidated by her partner into agreeing to unsafe or unfair arrangements,” says Women’s Aid.

Women’s Aid says domestically abused must not be exposed to additional dangers

Abigail’s story: When mediation started, her husband began “shouting and roaring”, cursing and saying the children did not want her.

Mediation case study: Abigail’s story

Good leaders set the tone. Photograph: iStock

Employment expert Sandra Henke says such people more creative and less stressed

The average age of the population is now 37.4 years up from 36.1 years at the last census in 2011. Image: Getty

Average age of population now 37.4 years and numbers aged over 65 is up by 19%

Minister for Health Simon Harris; cancer patient Rhona Nally, from Knocklyon, Dublin; and Dermot Breen of the Irish Cancer Society: “We are particularly pleased to note the creation of the role of lead of psycho-oncology,” said Mr Breen. “This is recognition by the State of the psychological effects of cancer.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Focus shift from setting up services to people using them welcomed by Irish Cancer Society

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD speaking at the launch of the National Cancer Strategy in Iveagh House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Foreign trained graduates ‘desperately needed’ to avoid ‘counter-productive delays’

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has said Ireland and Canada are strong and lasting friends. A dinner in his honour was held in Dublin Castle on Tuesday night.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland and Canada 'strong and lasting friends', guests told

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau at  the Famine Memorial on Dublin’s Custom House Quay as part of his brief visit to Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP  / Paul Faith/Getty Images

Canadian prime minister follows in footsteps of one of his predecessors, Jean Chrétien, who also visited the sculptures

Justin Trudeau  at Epic Ireland with Fiona Ross, museum director, where the Canadian prime minister’s Irish roots were revealed Photograph: Julien Behal

Canadian prime minister is a direct descendant of Bernard family from Bandon

 Ellie Kisyombe, from Dublin, at a  United Against Racism  rally and march calling for the end to the inhumane direct provision system for asylum seekers, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Measure would ‘prevent economic and social exclusion’ and increase tax take

The number of fillings carried out for medical card patients dropped by 37 per cent. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Drop in costly fillings and root canals as State funding cut from €150m to €75m

 Dentist Dr Tom Rodgers pictured with a patient in his practice in Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Some patients who have medical cards still cannot afford treatment and face extractions

Patricia Carey, chief executive of the Adoption Authority of Ireland:  the authority is hopeful the Bill will be passed soon. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Adoption Authority of Ireland handled 95 domestic adoptions in 2016

Noel Clancy, of Kilworth, Co Cork, whose wife Geraldine and daughter Louise were killed in a crash in November 2015, said he could not believe it when he received a bill of €1,940 for copies of Garda documents following his loved-ones’ inquest. File photograph: Cork Courts Limited

Failure on waiver directive from Garda HQ ‘an astonishing anomaly’ - Tommy Broughan

Noel Clancy (centre), with Fiona and Declan Clancy: after the inquest into his wife and daughter’s deaths, Mr Clancy sought the garda documents. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Gardaí ask Noel Clancy for €1,940 for documents related to car crash in Co Cork

Geoffrey Shannon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rapporteur Geoffrey Shannon says new policy has both positives and downsides

Experts’ comments come after a case in which a child  was interviewed 11 times about allegations of sexual abuse

Gardaí allegedly inconsistent on sharing videos despite efforts to minimise questioning

 Dolphin House: Staff help women both before and after they attend court when they are seeking domestic violence orders. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/ Collins

Many of the women’s partners or spouses work in law, politics and the gardaí

In the first quarter of 2017 the domestic violence support service recorded  133 visits from women, compared to 103 visits for the same time last year. Graphic: Getty Images

Applications for domestic violence orders up 6% last year to more than 15,000 cases

Under the Fair Deal scheme, a resident pays 80 per cent of his or her income, and 7.5 per cent of the value of any assets, toward the cost of upkeep in a private nursing home and the State pays the balance.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fees for social activities for immobile resident dropped following complaint

In 17 District Courts, no licences were recorded at all. File photograph: The Irish Times

Essential change to court summonses making requirement easier to enforce not made

Minister for the Environment  Denis Naughten said he had absolutely no hesitation in encouraging people to avail of “deep retrofit materials” in Ireland.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Denis Naughten says materials used here are of ‘the highest possible standards’

The Irish Refugee and Migration Coalition, an umbrella body for asylum and migration organisations, has called on the Government to reunite refugee families. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Charities call for reversal of tight family reunification rules ahead of World Refugee Day

File photo. There are 86,000 Muslims living in the Republic and it is thought the number of polygamous families is small. Photograph: Getty Images

Not recognising second marriage difficult for children, Islamic centre spokesman says

Report finds service providers often not trained or aware of the specific issues homeless people face. Photograph: iStock

De-institutionalisation of mental health problems may have exacerbated situation

Catherine Murphy said Minister Eoghan Murphy needs to ‘hit the ground running with actions to solve the crisis facing struggling renters’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Deputy calls on housing minister to ‘hit the ground running’ and solve rent crisis

Ann Louise Gilligan (left) and Katherine Zappone pictured in 2005. Photograph: David Sleator

Katherine Zappone devastated by death of ‘champion of equality, fairness and justice’

At the  Brexit breakfast were (left to right) Noel O’Regan of PEMAC; former taoiseach Bertie Ahern; former Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton; Ibec’s Danny McCoy; the IDA’s Martin Shanahan; journalist Alison O’Connor; and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Bertie Ahern not concerned about impact in North of DUP supporting Tory government

World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper endorsed the  programme currently being pilot in Australia. As part of the programme, it will be a violation to use gender-based terms like “playing like a girl” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pilot programme in Australia may be rolled out worldwide, World Rugby chief says

Mr Justice Sean Ryan, chairman of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. Photograph: Eric Luke

Chairman Mr Justice Sean Ryan tells describes ‘long, difficult and costly’ inquiry

Bragi Gudbrandsson, the director general of the agency for child protection in Iceland.

Conference hears of Icelandic model where one interview is used for multiple purposes

Fred McBride, chief executive of Tusla. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tusla had been ‘bedevilled a little bit’ by a lack of consistency of approach

Police arrest a demonstrator protesting US president Donald Trump’s immigration and deportation policies in Washington DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trump administration ‘taking a different tack’, Dublin conference hears

The Rt Hon the Baroness Brenda Hale of Richmond speaking  at the  World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Baroness Brenda Hale urges judges to write judgments where ‘child leaps from the page’

Commander Lesa Gale, Australian Federal Police, speaking at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights  in Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights opens in Dublin

“Many of these people are elderly and they worry about these things”

Staff shortages at medical card unit causing targets of 15 working days to be missed

Ian McDonagh at Traveller Pride awards. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Seven awards honour Travellers’ contributions to community and to Ireland

“I think people ought to be very careful about attributing adolescent suicide to cyberbullying, which is not to say it might not be part of a pattern that is going on in someone’s life,” says cyberbullying expert. Photograph: Getty Images

Protecting victims should be balanced with free speech rights

Caroline O’Sullivan (centre), chief executive of the ISPCC. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ISPCC chief says volume of calls highlights shortcomings of social work service

A clinical psychologist told a District Court child care hearing he was not surprised there would be no prosecution for sexual abuse, because the veracity of the child’s evidence had been undermined in garda interviews. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Garda interview of child alleging sexual abuse was ‘abusive’ and ‘relentless’

After the child was taken into care, she spoke of having been sexually abused by men and recounted her mother’s violence.

‘She ate a lot, really fast as if starved’ court hears neighbour say of girl rescued by Garda

Prof Geoffrey Shannon at the publication of an independent audit of the exercise by An Garda Síochána of Section 12 of the Child Care Act, 1991. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: The ‘silo mentality’ of Tusla and Garda identified by audit must change

The audit, carried out by the special rapporteur for child protection, Geoffrey Shannon (above), found there were significant anomalies in the information provided to it from pulse and there was significant difficulty in extracting complete and reliable statistical information. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 5,400 cases of children removed from families by gardaí over eight years

Prof Geoffrey Shannon at launch in Dublin of his audit of Garda use of section 12 of the Child Care Act 1991. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Audit finds private foster company is de-facto provider of out-of-hours services

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll,  Government special rapporteur on child protection  Prof  Geoffrey Shannon and Det  Supt Declan Daly at the publication of an audit into the State’s child protection services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gardaí discussion of race ‘lacked sensitivity’ and suggested absence of understanding

Prof Geoffrey Shannon and Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll at the publication of an audit into An Garda Síochána’s child-protection management. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Repeated removal of children from same circumstances indicates systemic failure

At risk: in one case recorded on the Garda’s Pulse computer system a girl was released back into the care of the older brother who had assaulted her. Photograph: iStock

Geoffrey Shannon’s child-protection audit detailed dozens of cases, including these four

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams had already initiated defamation proceedings against the BBC in March. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin leader seeks injunction forcing the broadcaster to remove show from its website

A comprehensive audit of the emergency removal of children from their families by gardaí has found evidence of serious failings in the State’s child protection system. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Tusla claims services ‘significantly improved’ since audit carried out into children in care

Tusla chief executive  Fred McBride said a programme is needed to help children, particularly in their early years, to gain positive attachments to parents or care givers. “Without that positive attachment we are certainly storing up problems in the future.” Photograph: Eric Luke

First three years “fundamental” window for children, who need eye contact and cuddles

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she felt very distressed to think about homeless families, and especially children, being sent to Garda stations because they had nowhere else to go. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Distressed’ Minister for Children says incident a ‘real strong message to Government’

Fine Gael MEP Maireád McGuinness advised that people should put their fingers in their ears until after the British general election, in the hope that what we are hearing now would be tempered afterwards.

EU exit incompatible with Belfast agreement, Sinn Féin MEP for Northern Ireland says

Concerns have been raised regarding finances in the Glen charity, which was involved in the marriage equality referendum campaign. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Statutory inquiry follows controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement

Oonagh Buckley, director general of the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Oonagh Buckley defends Workplace Relations Commission against criticism

Cormac Murphy (20) died from his injuries in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on Thursday

Death of Cormac Murphy brings to 60 the number of fatalities on Irish roads this year

Women’s Aid Impact Report: Prof Stephanie Holt, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and Sinéad Burke at the launch on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women’s Aid says 3,800 disclosures of child abuse made to charity in 2016

He kicked her face with such a force that her head went back and was “split open in two different places”. File photograph: Getty Images

As she progressed in getting away from her abuser, he would threaten to bury her alive

Almost 700 disclosures involved sexual abuse, including 316 cases of rape within relationships. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Safest time for many women to phone is early morning as others sleep, says charity

International cyberbullying expert Dr Sameer Hinduja with pupils from the Virgin Mary National Schools in Ballymun Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells.

‘Everyone is freaked out about it and panic stricken about it – and talking about it’

Driving while holding a mobile phone became an offence in 2006. It attracts a fixed fine of €80 and three penalty points. Photograph: Istock

Over 30% of cases could not proceed as orders requiring drivers in court not served

Offaly had the highest level of convictions as a percentage of people listed to appear in court, almost 60 per cent. Photograph: iStockphoto

County had best overall record for convictions, summons-serving and licence recording

Tthe Verdemont Apartment Complex on the Snugsborough  Road,  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Investigators believe blaze may have been caused by barbecue on Blanchardstown balcony

Research by medics based at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and Trinity College Dublin, examined 39 admissions to the paediatric intensive care unit between 2011 and 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five children died from illnesses that could have been avoided through immunisation

Some 44 per cent of the urban population now lives in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

People living in urban areas also living more closely together, CSO finds

Cheers toasting beer. Group of friends enjoying in cold drink. Drinking beer in the old pub. The grain and texture added. Very shallow DOF .

Almost 90 per cent say pub heritage is worth preserving

A weekend gorse fire at Gougane Barra valley, Co Cork. Photograph:   Neil Lucey/PA Wire

Gorse fires continued to rage in Wicklow, Cork, Cavan and parts of North on Monday

The two were picked up in the Dublin area by members of the Counter Terrorism International Unit. Photograph: PA

Moroccan man released without charge while Algerian national remains in custody

Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry. Photograph: RTÉ

Decision ‘even more dangerous’ than a prosecution, according to Atheist Ireland

Denis Naughten: he is expected to meet with Board na Móna union representatives on Wednesday to discuss the closure of the peat briquette plant in Co Tipperary

Management told unions will consider industrial action to prevent closure

Time on the heart surgery waiting list is measured from acceptance for surgery to performance of the operation. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 4,350 people now holding on for cardiac operations around the country

Court offices have been instructed to edit group email lists receiving court lists and remove entries that do not include legal practitioners, prosecution practitioners, An Garda Síochána and similar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Circuit Court and District Court offices warned about data protection

‘People who have problems with alcohol are much more likely to self-harm and attempt or die by suicide’. Photograph: iStock

Suicides in young people and males most influenced by alcohol

Up to 30 ex-parte domestic violence applications were heard by five judges sitting at the Dublin District Family Courts, Dolphin House, on Tuesday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Up to 30 domestic violence applications heard at Dublin court after holiday weekend

Dr Peter Boylan arrives for a meeting of the executive board of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) at Holles Street in Dublin on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Doctor resigns from board of NMH, saying it is ‘blind to consequences’ of St Vincent’s move

Judge Matthew Deery: has highlighted the “substantial number” of FCNs that were returned, as they could not be delivered to drivers. Photograph: Courtpix

Judge Matthew Deery also notes legislation recommended by Garda unit not introduced

March for Science Ireland highlights the international nature of science, and says  the biggest issues we face are global.  Photograph: Getty Images

Event will coincide with more than 600 marches internationally

Gay rights activist Kieran Rose resigned from the board of Glen earlier this week after concerns over his unsuccessful Seanad campaign being run from its offices.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Appointment follows controversy over spending at Glen

Some of those who attended the funeral of Garda Anthony (Tony) Golden at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Adrian Crevan Mackin killed Tony Golden before taking his own life in October 2015

It’s Time, in aid of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation at the Dublin hospital, is performed by 129 men and women including former Roses of Tralee.

Charity single inspired by James McGowan (5), cousin of Rose Escort of the Year John Slowey

The data, supplied to Independents4Change TD Tommy Broughan by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald,  shows    9,300 cases of drink driving  were completed by district courts across the State, with  5,400  convictions overall. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Licences of convicted drivers are recorded in court to ensure penalty points are endorsed

Dr Seán Healy, director of  Social Justice Ireland, urged the Government to address “housing and homelessness, a two-tier healthcare system, failure to provide rural broadband, and high levels of poverty and social exclusion”.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Social Justice Ireland says legitimate expectations of Irish citizens are not being met

Fiona Bell and Denis Conway in a production of  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin institution has been told it is being ‘stretched to the point of unsustainability’

Brigadier General Howard Birney, 2nd Brigade laying a wreath at the grave of Edward Hollywood. Minister Heather Humphreys and John Green look on. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Easter Rising commemorations begin on 101st anniverary

Employers who have discriminated against their employees should be identified, the IHREC has said. File  photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission calls for an end to WRC anonymisation

“The lack of public transport in rural communities is absolutely abysmal, and many are simply without a public transport connection to get to what for older people are basic services”

Age Action calls for age-friendly rural transport and better links to health facilities

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