Modelling agencies say they never ‘sign up or give modelling contracts via social media or third party websites without meeting in person first’. Photograph: Getty

Modelling agencies say man masquerading as representative using social media to contact children

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the EU’s agreement to allow Northern Ireland to automatically rejoin the EU in the case of a united Ireland. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

European leaders say the North can automatically rejoin bloc in the case of Irish unity

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medics call on facility to outline its position amid National Maternity Hospital row

File image of Willie Maughan, who disappeared in April 2015.

Willie Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane were last seen in Gormanston, Co Meath

Gardaí pursued the man on foot from the court house onto Merchants Quay, Limerick. Photograph: Google Maps

Johnathon McCarthy, who gardaí had said was a flight risk, remains on the run

The reluctance of some charities to publish detailed financial accounts may be contributing to public scepticism about the sector, according to a charity database. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Benefacts criticises the failure of some organisations to publish detailed accounts

Overall winners of the Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards 2017 were Coláiste Eoin, Finglas, Dublin for their song ‘Take Your Mask Off’. pictured at the awards ceremony in Dublin. were (front row from left); Renike Sonuyi, Shannon Hoey, Sophie O’Meara and Melissa Robinson, (back from left); Zackarriah Gilmartin, Emer Hale, Erica Omiagbo, Gloria Nankya, Wiktoria Ferdzyn and Katelyn O’Reilly.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coláiste Eoin beats competition from 700 other entrants to win overall prize of €2,000 with a song, titled ‘Take Your Mask Off’

Workers install water meters at houses in Blanchardstown. Just a tenth of Irish Water customers accounted for almost half of all water used according to new statistics. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

CSO figures taken from water meters indicate huge volumes lost through leaking pipes

 Bishop Kevin Doran (left) said he did not specifically mention the National Maternity Hospital in his comments to the Sunday Times newspaper. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dr Kevin Doran says report that Catholic hospitals must follow church’s teachings related to the disposal of existing properties (...)

A leading housing expert has criticised the Government’s ‘misleading’ figures for the number of new homes built last year. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Lorcan Sirr criticises method of counting new-builds following ‘Irish Times’ report

The Poolbeg incinerator takes its first deliveries. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Waste firm director says facility will fill 600,000 tonne annual waste capacity

Trevor Deely: CCTV footage contains the last known sighting of him  at 4.14am outside the then Bank of Ireland building on the corner of Baggot Street and Haddington Road

UK specialists examined CCTV footage from night Deely disappeared in Dublin in 2000

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross: ‘If we could prevent 35 deaths over the next five years, wouldn’t it be worth it?’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister faces onslaught from rural politicians over plans for automatic ban

Under the Bill anyone who causes  harm or distress by persistently following, watching, pestering or communicating with or about  another person will be guilty of harassment and liable for a fine, a prison sentence  or both. Photograph: Getty Images

Party proposes new legislation on online harassment, stalking and bullying

One of the newly unveiled speed limit signs in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Paddy Logue

Lower limits of little value without proper deterrents according to AA

The dismantling of the illicit Calais camp in October is believed to have caused many of its 10,000 inhabitants to disperse to other areas, including the port city of Cherbourg which deals mostly with traffic between Ireland and France.  Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

Immigrant council says dispersed migrants attempting transit to Ireland from France

Children from Francis Street CBS school with Roseann Brennan founder of ‘Jake’s Legacy’ and who has campaigned for 30km/h speed limits in residential areas. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Limits of 30km/hr to come into force in residential areas and near schools

Just under a fifth of victims were Irish, all of whom were said to be underage victims of sexual exploitation. File photograph: Getty Images

Of 78 alleged human trafficking victims recorded in Republic in 2015, 23 were minors

Patients at a psychiatric unit in Co Roscommon had to keep their clothes in plastic bags due to a lack of storage space. Stock photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Inspection reports criticise privacy arrangements in hospitals across the country

Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator

Tom Fox awaiting trial in connection with shooting dead of Gareth Hutch

The State took in €1.12 billion in motor tax during 2015, down from €1.16 billion the previous year.  Photograph: iStock

Switch from engine size calculation sees exchequer lose estimated €29m a year until 2024

It is thought the State will face a huge legal bill arising from prosecuted cases, which should never have proceeded.

Why is breath test issue such a big deal and what is likely to happen next?

Statistics compiled by the HSE also show more than 100 children were treated specifically for alcohol poisoning across the State’s acute hospitals

More than 60 children under 18 treated for alcohol-related issues in Dublin last year

Runners in the Dublin Port Tunnel  run for Focus Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Event held to mark 10th anniversary of the tunnel’s opening

Bus Éireann staff picketing outside the Broadstone Bus Éireann depot, in Dublin, on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Transport authority says operators can only up services on existing routes during strike

A postmortem showed Danielle  McLaughlin died from cerebral damage and constriction of the neck. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Repatriation fund of €30,000 raised to bring murder victim’s remains back to Donegal

The St Patrick’s Day parade makes its way through Dublin city centre on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Deluges expected across most areas amid busy schedule of holiday weekend events

Representatives from the Mental Health Commission found critical or high risks across seven areas including food safety, premises and staffing. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Custard and residents’ belongings stored with medication in Dublin hospital

Actors from City Fusion get into character ahead of the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Weekend round-up: Your guide to events taking place across the country

Adam and Joseph Hickey from Kinsealy with Joanne O’Riordan at St Patrick’s Day parade last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Access to Temple Bar in Dublin will be controlled with extra Garda presence from early Friday

The health watchdog was forced to visit a disability centre in Dublin after it received over 20 reports of physical, psychological and verbal abuse in less than a month, according to a report.

Health watchdog forced to intervene after receiving 21 allegations in less than a month

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and the three crew members still missing, Mark Duffy,  Ciarán Smith    and Paul Ormsby.

Missing crew members are Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby

  Irish punters are expected to place over €100 million worth of bets during the Cheltenham festival this week  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Clients complain bookmakers using software to restrict stakes for punters on winning run

Fly-tipping and illegal dumping is getting significantly worse in many parts of the country, spurred by resistance to pay-by-weight rules favoured by waste companies

Plan will see community groups and agencies get €650,000 to fight illegal waste

Minister for Health Simon Harris says it is a priority for his department that pregnant women across Ireland be given access to 20-week scans regardless of their location.

More specialists needed for greater rollout of ultrasounds, minister says

Minister of State John Halligan said religious orders found guilty of criminal neglect should have their assets seized. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State John Halligan says old age should not diminish responsibility for a crime

Catherine Corless said it is wonderful the truth has come out. Image: Screengrab Late Late Show on RTÉ

Local historian receives prolonged standing ovation after Late Late Show interview

Participants set off from the starting line at Collins Barracks. Photograph: Ciarán D’Arcy/The Irish Times

Participants will have 36 hours to reach a secret foreign destination revealed in a series of clues

Enda Kenny previously spoke out against Donald Trump’s original travel ban. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fresh immigration measures to come into effect on day Taoiseach visits White House

“Young men and women often present to their GP with a serious healthcare problem caused by alcohol, unaware that their intake of alcohol was the reason for the problem,” says Dr Mark Murphy of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

HSE AskAboutAlcohol.ie website aims to raise understanding about harmful drinking

Daniel Mulhall, Irish ambassador to Britain: he challenged Ms Phillips’s contention that Ireland’s nationhood is ‘tenuous’ by pointing to over 100 years of independence.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Writer Melanie Phillips' column is entitled 'Britain is the authentic nation in this battle'

Laura Kennedy, a prison officer in Mountjoy men’s prison. Detail from photograph by Beta Bajgart for her exhibition A Woman’s Work

Day also includes talks on mental health, a march and an all-women episode of ‘Fair City’

Eurostat research for 2014 found women occupied 43 per cent of management positions in Ireland, compared with just 22 per cent in Germany, Italy and Cyprus. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Gender pay gap for managerial positions narrower than in other member states

The Employment Appeals Tribunal office, Adelaide Road Dublin. It was announced on the second day of the hearing that Bruno Herbots had withdrawn his claim against Beauchamps. Photograph: David Sleator

Former junior partner Bruno Herbots, who had claimed unfair dismissal, drops case

Attack in Waterford latest in several serious assaults on elderly people in recent years

Storm Ewan: high waves crash over the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Met Eíreann says chilly and unsettled spell to persist into second half of week

Former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood: “When there’s two or three or four guys in an international rugby game going off with concussion . . . That can’t be acceptable.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Ireland captain Keith Wood says he struggles to watch high-injury games

A maintenance worker is taking a constructive dismissal case against the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Photograph: The Irish Times

John Carroll denies he sought €110,000 to leave religious-run home at employment tribunal hearing

Former MEP Patricia McKenna, Annette Woolley, Frank Donaghy and  Paul Murphy  during the  launch of the #jobstownnotguilty campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Water charges demonstrators claim to have high-profile backers ahead of April trial

Leah Morgan addresses The Irish Times Debate 2017 grand final at Bolton Street College on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Contestants describe using strikes to highlight reproductive rights issues as ‘gesture politics’

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: says Alegro underground electricity line between Belgium and Germany represents best international practice

Regina Doherty says project should try to follow model of Alegro electricity line

Equality Commission chief executive Evelyn Collins commended the Avoca workers for their “courage” in bringing the case forward.

Avoca failed to prove gender was not a factor behind wage disparity, ruling finds

Campaigners ahead of a protest on rising motor insurance costs, at Buswell’s hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister of State says the Government wants a ‘gradual’ lowering of premium costs

Trinity College Dublin’s Dean of Research Prof John Boland welcomed the fact the university has recaptured top spot among  Irish universities, but expressed concern at a drop of 30 places overall in the space of one year. File photograph: Getty Images

TCD ‘delighted’ at return to Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Micheal Feeney, manager of Applegreen Northbound in Lusk, and staff members celebrate after finding out they sold the winning ticket. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin group say they are keen to get back to ‘normal, everyday life as soon as possible’

Portobello barracks in Dublin, which was particularly ravaged by an outbreak of VD in the 1920s. File photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

Military Archives reveals battle to combat VD outbreak among soldiers after Civil War

Sean Barrett: the Fine Gael TD and former minister for defence responded that the RDFRA’s was the “most damning report” he had s seen in his 36 years as a member of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RDFRA general secretary says only 60 recruits trained out of nearly 6,000 applicants

 Councillor and chairman of Leixlip municipal district council Bernard Caldwell: “It’s frightening, 500 people . . . Hopefully they’re going to be properly treated by Hewlett-Packard.” Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Leixlip locals react to the blow caused by printing and PC company’s layoff plans

Although they are now separate companies, HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are still located at the same site in Leixlip

Jobs will go over the next 12 months, company confirms

The policing of child grooming online remains an ongoing struggle, according to Facebook Ireland’s head of policy. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire/File photo

Safer Internet Day: Facebook policy head says revenge porn is a ‘significant problem’

Undercover UK police agent Mark Kennedy, pictured (centre, with cap) at Ballinaboy in March 2006 where  campaigners had gathered against the Corrib piepline. Photograph: indymedia

Mark Kennedy said to have infiltrated Irish campaign groups during the mid-2000s

Kathy Kelly, who was back in Ireland over the weekend to speak at the Féile Bhríde conference in Kildare. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The US activist, whose protests often landed her in jail, has been arrested over 60 times

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said reform of the force’s culture is “imperative”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff survey and focus groups will used as part of modernisation programme

A view of the old Belcamp Hall on  Malahide Road, north Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gerry Gannon gets go-ahead to build initial 165 housing units on north Dublin site

 Séamus Ludlow’s brother Kevin Ludlow (l), with his nephew Jimmy Sharkey. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Forestry worker’s relatives want inquiries into State’s handling of his murder in 1976

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: will hear the views of young people at a conference in Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We fear Brexit will plunge more families deeper into poverty,’ says children’s advocate

Enda Kenny has received an invitation to the White House for St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘Shamrock for Trump: Not in my name’ attracts support following US refugee ban

Richard Bruton addressing the IPPN conference: the Minister used his speech to espouse the merits of community national schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Boards to be told to take over community national school patronage from next week

The chief executive of Inland Fisheries Ireland has described illegal fishing as an “environmental crime of the highest order”

Inland Fisheries Ireland says 22,000 environmental inspections were carried out last year

Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, addresses the media at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Loaded guns found in Dublin warehouse on Tuesday posed ‘an imminent threat to life’

IAA chief executive Brian Murnane has indicated the charity it will now be able to submit its financial accounts for 2016, the publication of which he said had been delayed due to uncertainty over the funds. Illustration: Irish Autism Action website

Early Childhood Ireland says it has ‘amicably concluded’ its relationship with charity

The cabinet in 1986: In the front row are the taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald, with the president, Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Irish government considered contingency plan in case Anglo-Irish Agreement failed

Orange Order protest rally in March 1986 against the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Plan to invade the North ‘last resort’ in case of ‘unrestrained assault’ on nationalists

Susan McDonnell from the Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association, and Fergal McLoughlin, An Taisce, at a public meeting on the proposed development at Bulloch Harbour Dalkey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Public meeting in Dún Laoghaire told of potential insurance risks with development

Proposals to introduce a ban on staff overtime and to eliminate the carry-over of annual leave are a “sad reflection” on Bus Éireann management, a union has said.

Union accuses the Department of Transport of ‘abdicating’ its responsibility

The worst of the winter woes appear to be behind us for the time being at least as the weather is expected to turn dry and mild after the recent snow and ice. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Temperatures will return to normal for January with little wind or rain forecast

Fr Peter McVerry speaking at launch of the AAA-PBP Anti-Evictions Bill. Also attending were PBP leader Richard Boyd Barrett (centre) and AAA TD Ruth Coppinger. Photograph: Alan Betson

AAA-PBP draft Bill proposes to end removal of tenants where homes are being sold

University College Cork: The €231,000 in charges left unpaid to UCC prior to the current academic year is spread between 150 students.

NUI Maynooth leads list with €450,000 in unpaid Student Contribution Charges

Of the 73 hospitalisations due to injuries from assaults, fights and altercations involving prisoners between January 2014 and September 2016, 34 were from Mountjoy

Prison Service figures show why inmates go to hospital, and which jails are involved

There have been 270 influenza-related hospitalisations so far in the 2016/2017 season, leading to 15 admissions to critical care units. Photograph: Frank Miller

Last week of 2016 had highest-ever level of respiratory admissions to hospitals

St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny: despite the shortcomings staff demonstrated evidence of good practice in various areas and residents praised staff. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Mental Health Commission finds issues in seven of 11 areas inspected at St Luke’s

Former Ireland rugby player Tony Ward, 2fm presenter Louise McSharry and the Irish Cancer Society’s head of communications Gráinne O’Rourke at the launch of the society’s new publicity campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charity received complaints over advertisement that said: ‘I want to get cancer’

Kildare has been named Ireland’s cleanest town by the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) group.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s dirtiest and cleanest areas revealed in national survey by An Taisce

Stacey Kenny, from Clonsilla, Dublin with baby Arlo River Elias, born 3.8kg (8lb 6) at 12:00:50, father Elton Rooney and little brother Axel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rotunda Hospital welcomes year’s first child while Limerick home birth goes off script

Gardaí at the scene of the stabbing in west Dublin in which a pensioner was critically injured. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

No motive yet identified for New Year’s Day attack on long-time Ballyfermot resident

Eoghan McDermott taken to hospital suffering with concussion after one-punch attack

More than 500 drivers have been arrested for drink driving over Christmas. Photograph: The Irish Times

The figures ‘represent someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, father or mother’

Coast Guard volunteer Catríona Lucas, who died during a rescue mission off the coast of Co Clare this year

Acting director pays tribute to Caitríona Lucas who ‘embodied the volunteer ethos’

The average cost of car insurance is estimated to have increased by over 70% since 2013, with some premiums rising at a much higher rate. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Nearly 1,200 people were denied estimates by three or more insurers last year, data shows

The Alfred Beit Foundation estimates that up to €15 million will be needed to ensure the long-term survival of Russborough House in  Blessington, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

Funding follows on from €7m raised in sale of old master paintings from Beit Collection

Irish Tourism Industry Confederation chief executive Eoghan O’Mara Walsh and chairman Paul Gallagher. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tourism bosses warn ‘hard’ border would hit Republic

Flooded roads around the River Shannon: Minister for Transport Shane Ross has published the Developing Resilience to Climate Change in the Irish Transport Sector, a draft consultation document dealing with possible responses to difficulties posed by climate change across the sector. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Developing Resilience to Climate Change in Irish Transport Sector document released

Many people believe they live further away from potential flood risk areas than is actually the case, a new Irish study has found. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

About 300 parts of Ireland need mitigation measures due to house building on floodplains

Orkambi graffiti on Charlemont Place at the side of the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Negotiations with manufacturer ongoing as Harris accuses Vertex of trying to ‘extort’ taxpayers

Minister for Health Simon Harris who has published new standards in maternity standards. Photograph: Maxwells

Minister expects standards will have a ‘major and positive impact’ on maternity care

President Michael D Higgins: “Our solidarity is the heart beat of our society. Our bonds are stronger than we think, and stronger than that which at times divides us.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Society must maintain a sense of solidarity in order to achieve a better future, he says

John Carroll claims he was passing through the foyer of the nursing home when he saw an unnamed carer smacking the arms of an elderly male resident and telling him to “turn around, sit down and shut up”.

Caretaker claims treatment after elder abuse report amounted to constructive dismissal

Victims of domestic violence have reported threats of rape and murder from partners and ex-partners via text and social media.

Frontline support organisations remain dubious over functionality of any online ban

Chief executive of Oxfam Ireland Jim Clarken was speaking in Dublin on Thursday at a meeting that drew delegates from across the continent. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Influx of two million into population of 500 million not a crisis, says head of Oxfam Ireland

The World Health Organisation believes risk of transmission to humans remains relatively low for the H5N8 strain. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Farmers’ Association favours taking poultry inside amid European outbreak

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