A report by health watchdog Hiqa has found failings in Tusla’s fostering services in the Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan areas

Hiqa cites concerns over staff recruitment and assessement, and support of foster carers

Vincent Browne ahead of the airing of the final episode of his talk show ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster thanks those who ‘endured' him on the last-ever episode of his TV3 show

File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Luas services between Smithfield and The Point suspended following incident

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Siptu working in RTÉ met  to discuss concerns about gender and equality issues.

RTÉ to publish gender breakdown of pay grades and remuneration data

The killing and injuring of cattle  occurred in the early hours of Friday in the townland of Cannafahy, in Co Kilkenny, near Callan. File photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí say injuries are consistent with livestock having been struck by vehicle

Eight people including two children were found in a container on a ferry into Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford on Thursday afternoon. Image: Google Streetview.

Group, which included four minors, said to be safe and well after arriving on Cherbourg ferry

A file photograph of dog in a Dublin pound

Dogs Trust expresses concern about treatment of greyhounds once they finish racing

The  Jack Russell puppies three males and one female, were transferred into the care of the DSPCA, where they are receiving veterinary attention. Photograph: Revenue

Jack Russell dogs were not microchipped and were transferred into care of DSPCA

 Chief Justice Susan Denham.   Photograph: Courts Collins

Ms Justice Susan Denham to retire next month after six years in the role

Clonkeen College principal Edward Melly.  The school was unaware of ongoing negotiations between the Christian Brothers and a local developer on the sale of the playing fields. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Order says sale is necessary to discharge €10m debt to redress board for child abuse

 IFA President Joe Healy drove a combine harvester to the Department of Agriculture headquarters earlier this week, where he addressed a crowd as well as  the farmers who had been occupying the Department. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Rourke

IFA to meet Minister on proposed crop loss scheme arising from 2016 harvest

 Citizens’ Assembly chairperson Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dáil committee to consider recommendations of Citizen’s Assembly on liberalising regime

Life Institute: the anti-abortion organisation is one of the organisers of the Rally for Life. File photograph: Alan Betson

Life Institute will register as political group for upcoming referendum campaign

University College Cork:  with 20,700 students and making teaching as much a priority as research, it has been named  Sunday Times University of the Year for the second successive year and the fifth time overall.

The low-down on life on campus, what not to miss and what’s new in each institution

Student profile

Niamh Brosnan, Loreto College, Cavan

Go to the June open days held by colleges to get a feel of the campus. Photograph: iStock

Revisit earlier course choices, take the time to attend college open days, and talk to students already doing the course

From left, at the launch of the Bookmarks exhibition in Trinity’s Long Room were Erik Paul and Clayton Fagan of Drimnagh Castle; Sarah-Ann Mitchell and Caithlain Hanlon of Scoil Cholmcille, Ballybrack; Ryan Loehmann and Finn Wallace of Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SharpPix

Bookmarks is a project that aims to inspire children to become the next generation of writers, illustrators and publishers

Students seeking to study through Irish are attracted by the prospect of well-paid jobs interpreting and translating texts and legislation into Irish in the EU’s institutions

Job prospects for gaeilgeoirí boosted by Languages Act and EU recognition of Irish along with Government pledge on public service

Clearhill director Brian McAreavey with Castlecourt Shopping Centre director, Paul McMahon

The recession has seen a new focus on the mall and how to maximise income

Toyota production line – where the concept of Lean was first applied

Japanese management philosophy’s core principle is creating value by reducing waste and unnecessary risk

Loughlin McSweeney: "we're like a one-stop shop."

Friends merged technology and music skills to promote independent music scene

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