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

Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit: has criticised plans to allow limited access to medicinal cannabis for patients with three medical conditions only and only through specialist consultants .Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is ‘moving quite quickly’ with medicinal cannabis access, department says

It is estimated that 300,000 people in Ireland have osteoporosis, which causes the inside of bones to become easily breakable. One in four men and one in two women over 50 will break a bone due to the condition.

Irish Osteoporosis Society warns against ‘clean eating’ and exclusion of dairy produce

A deal between the Health Service Executive and the manufacturers of  cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi has been reached after lengthy negotiations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Minister for Health annouces end to protracted talks with manufacturer Vertex

Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín, chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Arts and Heritage: estimated €1.5-€1.8 million had been spent, including on legal settlements and consultant reports, at the National Museum.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A survey found over 40% of National Museum staff were at risk of anxiety or depression

More than 54,000 home loans remained at least 90 days behind in repayments at the end of last year

Banks made 3,665 applications in 2016, down from more than 8,100 in 2014

Judge Brendan Toale extended an order to prevent publication of details about a child care case. Photograph: Collins

Judge accepted that if publication occurred, a trial could be delayed or prevented

The child protection rapporteur says new legislation is overdue to address “geographical injustice” in the care of children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reforms of guardianship process aim to give children further protection and greater say

Barristers working in child protection recognise the importance of guardians while others say they use the courts to redirect scarce resources to children in their care and away from others who are equally entitled to services

Some say it is a constitutional right while others say it results in an unfair advantage

 Guardian ad litem Eugene Bigley:   “This is not a nine-to-five job.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With 14 families looking to him for support, an ‘always on’ guardian barely has time to eat

Government to provide clarity on appointment of experts who report child’s view to court

 Minister for foreign affairs  Peter Barry:  said there was every possibility the launches could be used in the war effort. Photograph: Jack McManus

State Papers: As Iran-Iraq war raged, Noonan floated idea for sale of boats to Iranian navy

Shelton Abbey prison, Co Wicklow: The Assumption of Our Lady was found there by German artist Günther Reindhl who was in the prison for receiving stolen goods. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The 16th century work by Italian Girolamo Muziano was put in the prison by local priest

 John Rogers, attorney general in 1986, argued the AG was ‘better able to identify persons who have qualities appropriate to holding judicial office’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State Papers 1986: John Rogers told taoiseach job should ‘in first instance’ lie with his office

Former minister for education Patrick Cooney.

Patrick Cooney wanted advice on action if teachers went on strike for three days a week

Members of the Loreto order outside the convent on St Stephen’s Green as the bodies of the fire victims were being removed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

State Papers 1986: Six nuns died in the blaze at Loreto Convent on St Stephen’s Green

A fatal victim of the Air India crash arrives is removed from Cork Airport on a stretcher.

State Papers 1986: Naval Service had no suitable craft for requested ‘pilgrimage’ by relatives

Mr Justice Liam Hamilton said in 1986 that due to the separation of powers under the Constitution, “the servicing of the courts” was excluded from employment embargoes. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

State Papers 1986: Alan Dukes memo said arrears in judgments ‘due entirely’ to staff shortage

Former State solicitor Barry Galvin: in 1986 he wrote: “I requested him as earnestly as I could to do something to prevent the situation getting out of hand and in fact he became quite annoyed with me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State Papers 1986: judge ordered no notes of discussion should be taken and no reports should appear in any newspaper

State Papers 2016: UK woman sought help in restoring grave of Katherine Parnell

The figures on display at the Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Shaanxi Province. A British estimate of the damage caused in 1986 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham came to just £35,000. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Released papers tell how minister was warned to keep quiet about issue on visit to China

The new Fine Gael front bench in June 1982, with taoiseach Garret FitzGerald seated third from left; current Taoiseach Enda Kenny, then newly appointed minister for the Gaeltacht, is standing first left. Photograph: Pat Langan

Garret FitzGerald’s letter found on 1986 attorney general file

The black-and-white collie died after being struck by a Garda car at Fontstown in Co Kildare in October 1985.

Kildare man summonsed to court over £507 worth of damage to car, 1986 files show

Bob Geldof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after he helped to raise millions of pounds for Ethiopia through the single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and his Live Aid concerts

State Papers 1986: Irish diplomats were asked to lobby officials in support of singer

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in April 1986. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky/File

State papers 1986: Ambassador wrote that Russian authorities treated disaster as ‘violation of party rules’

Seán Doherty, one of a group of politicians who travelled on an all-expenses paid parliamentary trip to Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

State Papers 1986: ‘Dismayed’ Irish envoy in Canberra got ‘absolutely no information’ about proposed visit

Minister for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell (centre) at a reception for the Irish women’s hockey squad in 1986.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Film investigated treatment of women in Armagh prison, according to National Archives

  Dr Paul Mullarkey, at the National Museum of Ireland examining the Lough Kinale Book Shrine, which was discovered in lough Kinale, Co Longford, in 1986. Photograph: Alan Betson

State papers: debate over ownership of €2.5m artefact found in Lough Kinale

The grotto beside the church where 15-year-old Ann Lovett died with her baby. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State papers 1986: Teenager died after giving birth beside grotto in Granard, Co Longford

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