Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone:  “This is a wake-up call for young people, campaigners and politicians gathering for Pride that our work is not over,” said Ms Zappone.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Issues including non-inclusive sex education and lack of gender-neutral bathrooms

Ireland should be particularly concerned about unemployment levels for both households and young people

State needs to stimulate employment in hard-to-reach households, says Oxford professor

Eamonn O’Reilly of Dublin Port Company took a Workplace Relations Commission  case against his employer after it refused to recognise his right to permanency.

Eamonn O’Reilly took Workplace Relations Commission case against his employer

James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. There were reports of two suicides there in the space of a week earlier this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Freedom of Information request reveals HSE figures on ‘sudden and unexplained deaths’

Mairead McGuinness MEP: “I’m very troubled about the idea of a Great Repeal Bill if it allows for the elimination of some core elements of environmental law by the United Kingdom.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anticipated Great Repeal Bill could undo 800 EU environmental laws in wake of Brexit

A file image of Foxrock village in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Locals opposed to 143-bed nursing home as well as apartment and housing developments

Some foster carers in the area spoken to by Hiqa inspectors said they did not even know what a foster care review was. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns noted by health watchdog Hiqa that ‘no system in place’ to ensure evaluations

Mickey Brady secures 48% of vote and over 5,000 more first preferences than in 2015

David Simpson acknowledges support from traditionally non-DUP voter base

First MP from Sinn Féin elected for South Down

UUP supporters disappointed as Robbie Butler finishes a distant second

Floral tributes near the scene of Saturday’s attacks in London. Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said gardaí can match the response time of London police in the event of an attack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Commissioner twenty extra officers will join Garda’s Armed Support Unit

A photograph of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe at Dundalk Garda Station.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Suspect in Adrian Donohoe murder case was due to be deported to Ireland at the end of May

 Planner Jarrett Walker stressed that bus coverage in Dublin would not be diminished even if certain routes were discontinued. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Redesign will speed up journeys but require new set of route numbers, says planner

The Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin where a proposal to hold cinema screenings on the top floor has been refused. Photograph: The Irish Times

Proposal would have seen screenings take place during July on the car park roof

‘To coincide with Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park gardaí have suggested people engage in so-called “defensive planting”. Photograph: Getty Images

Theft of garden furniture on the rise, say gardaí

Lassane Ouedraogo spent several years in direct provision after arriving  from Burkina Faso. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Direct provision case studies: ‘We would do any kind of work to put food on the table’

The Immigrant Council has indicated  its preference is for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work at six months, which is commensurate with the timescale for deciding on asylum applications. Photograph: Getty Images

Immigrant Council says work ban impacts on self-esteem, mental health and on children

Pro Life Campaign spokeswoman Cora Sherlock said once the implications of amending the current law become clear over the course of a referendum people will change their minds. Photograph: The Irish Times

Pro-choice campaign hails ‘public support’ for abortion under certain circumstances

The Coast Guard said “jet skis and power boats were causing havoc and using yellow water safety markers as a race course”. Photograph: courtesy Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard Facebook page.

Bathers at Sandycove’s Forty Foot forced to leave water due to ‘reckless’ behaviour

The conference was told by Dr Fergal Hickey “the only reason that cocaine doesn’t get the bad press that it should get is that it’s deemed to be a middle-class or upper-class drug.”

Emergency medicine consultant berates ‘intellectual snobbery’ around cocaine use

  CoderDojo Co-Founder James Whelton and 9-year-old coder Michael Comiskey: Beginning with one club in Cork in 2011, the open-access programming movement has grown to become a global network of 1,250 clubs across almost 70 countries. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Partnership between Irish tech charity and Raspberry Pi set to expand coding network

Dublin fireman Willie Bermingham founded the charity Alone in 1977. Photographs: The Irish Times

Organisation continues to honour memory of fireman and founder Willie Bermingham

Cannabis seized by gardaí at a house in Balbriggan on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of An Garda Síochána.

Two arrested in connection with seizure; €3m worth of cannabis confiscated so far in May

Soldiers are seen outside Buckingham Palace in London as military personnel are deployed around the country after the UK’s terror status was elevated to critical. The Manchester attack has prompted the Taoiseach to hold a meeting of security agencies. Photograph: Getty

Government and security agencies discuss threats following Manchester bombing

A dairy farm in the Dingle peninsula in Kerry. Photograph: Lionel Derimais

‘I went out and all of a sudden I got a puck off a bullock, and I was put flying against a wall’

Anna Yatskiv (right) from Dublin and Andra Katea from Castleknock enjoying the good weather in St Stephens Green in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Hot and sunny weather expected across Ireland, but rain forecast for weekend

The Irish Times has won distinctions in two categories at the Global Media Awards in New York. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Publisher earns distinction in two categories for advertising campaigns

Risky farming practices include not checking that machinery is in good working order before use, according to a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute. File photograph: Bloomberg

Farmers are 10 times more likely to be killed at work than average worker, report finds

Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone (centre)  with Norah Gibbons, chairwoman of Tusla and Fred McBride, chief executive Tusla Child and Family Agency at the launch of Tusla’s new Child Protection and Welfare Strategy.  Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Some hysterical reaction to agency’s role in Garda Maurice McCabe false allegations

Port of Cork: company’s chief executive Brendan Keating earns package including pension and benefits worth €240,000, according to 2015 accounts. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Seven whose contracts beyond 7-year limit under Department of Transport

The Department of Education will pay €23 million to buy the site of Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO.

Government had declined to reveal price for six-acre site due to ‘market sensitivities’

Peter Thompson (centre), wrapping up  his 44th consecutive marathon,  pictured on Sunday in Dublin with supporters. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Peter Thompson raises over €22,000 so far on his running tour of all European countries

Some door frames had suffered damage that would render them ineffective in the event of a fire, and that others did not close fully. Photograph: iStock

Concerns also raised about centre with 668 verbal abuse incidents in 9 months

 JK Rowling has helped a Dublin man who lost valuable notes for a PhD during a night out. File photograph: Jamie Turner/Bloomsbury/PA Wire

NUI Maynooth student Jamal Sul trying to find navy taxi where he left laptop last week

Gorse fires in the Ox Mountains in Co Sligo. Photograph: Irish Air Corps

Millions of euro worth of damage caused by 5km inferno in Galway forest

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward said Ireland was still lagging behind the European average of 19 months’ paid parental leave, despite the recent introduction of two weeks’ paternity leave on top of existing maternity entitlements. File photograph: iStockPhoto

National Early Years Strategy raised at Children’s Rights Alliance annual conference

Computer-generated image of what Metro North arriving at Swords station might look like

Network from city centre to airport unlikely to be in place before 2026

Winner of the Graduate Employer of the Year category, the team from EY, led by Caroline McAniff. Photograph: Paul Kelly/Studio 3

Renewed focus on student outreach credited with financial consultancy firm’s success

Intel’s planned development includes buildings for water treatment, water purification and electrical support.

Co Kildare facility to provide more than 850 full-time jobs if Irish bid is successful

Hospital overcrowding reached record levels across the State at the start of this year with rising trolley figures outside Dublin driving the trend,  the INMO said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Nurses’ group says health service too small to safely meet demands placed on it each day

Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium: was first  opened in 1928. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Track sale agreed between Irish Greyhound Board and Department of Education

The GRAI told members that Ireland needs a tracking database for greyhounds so that all deaths and changes of ownership will have to be accounted for. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Animal rights groups seek closer monitoring of retired animals and funding for re-homing

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

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