Erin Fornoff  at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Erin Fornoff arrived from the United States in 2009 after working on Barack Obama's campaign and growing up non-religious on the b(...)

 Vincent Browne at the launch of  Alone’s Christmas Campaign  in  Dublin with  Donald Smith and Annette Egan, who avail of Alone services

Alone asks public to support thousands of isolated elderly people over Christmas

Sarah McInerney was only shifted to her current Saturday 8am slot in August, when the Drivetime current affairs programme she co-presented with Chris Donoghue was axed to make way for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Maxwells

Presenter is latest in a spate of recent departures from radio group Communicorp

The report recommends establishing two Major Trauma Centres - one at Cork University Hospital and another in Dublin - which will be supported by a network of local trauma units.

Minister’s plan sets to end trauma care in three Dublin hospitals

Young people gather by the  Famine Memorial to show support for undocumented Irish in the US.

Demonstrating youths call on Irish-American congressman to support Dream Act

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commuters told to expect knock-on delays with services running 15 minutes late

A premature baby lies in an incubator in the child care unit of a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

4,500 babies born prematurely in Ireland every year

 Orla O Connor , director National Women’s Council (left), Ellen O Malley Dunlop, chairperson, Alison Cowzer and Sonya Lennon Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

National Women’s Council of Ireland says services should be private and confidential

Fadielah Moses: “We didn’t study seven years to become a doctor, but we dress, we feed, we give medication, we give companionship, we hold their hand and reassure them that everything is ok, they don’t have to be scared.”

Estimated 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living and working in the State

Ruba Shamshoum, a singer from Nazareth, living in Ireland the past five years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Palestinian Ruba Shamshoum and her husband arrived from Nazareth in 2012

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan announced  up to 530 family members of refugees from “UNHCR-recognised conflict zones” would be accepted into Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Refugee groups call for definition of family to include elderly parents and older children

49% of domestic septic tanks failed the inspection in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

E Coli, which can cause serious illness, is present in almost a third of private wells

Sara Gibadlo (left,19) of Oranmore, Co Galway, and Dace Zarina (22), from Co Longford, who died in a fire at a residence linked to a college in Leuven, Belgium.

Dace Zarina (22) and Sara Gibadlo (19) died in a house fire in Belgium in 2014

U2 in concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rock group’s blog post does not acknowledge Bono’s involvement in offshore investments

Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake on their wedding day in July 2015. Photograph: Emma DeSouza

UK government refused residence card after woman identified as Irish in application

At a Dress for Success Dublin event to mark Equal Pay Day are, from left, Sonya Lennon, designer, tech entrepreneur and founder of Dress for Success Dublin; Senator Ivana Bacik; and youth mental health activist Jamie Harrington. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Women will be ‘effectively working for free’ between now and 2018

IPAV says the Government has removed planning delays for major multinationals, including Apple’s proposed data centre in Athenry,  while Irish developers are left at the mercy of the State’s planning laws. Photograph: Collins

Auctioneers’ group IPAV says new planning laws should not just benefit multinationals

“As long as a foetus is inside a woman’s body it is part of the woman’s body. It is not a separate entity,” says Indian lawyer Sneha Mukherjee.

Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for ‘equal treatment’ for Irish women

Sweta Pandey: “When I was growing up, a lot of relatives in my village would tell my father he was stupid to be educating his daughter.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Sweta Pandey arrived in Ireland from India in 2016

The fake Argos message scammers are spreading across Irish WhatsApp accounts.

WhatsApp users advised to delete messages offering cash vouchers and promotions

17-year-olds allegedly assaulted at Gormanstown train station on Sunday evening

Eight men have been  arrested following a “serious public order incident” between a large group of men at a pub on Cardiffsbridge Road (general view above) in Finglas  on October 19th. File photograph: Google Street View

Men aged 23 to 35 arrested on Monday after warrants issued and homes searched

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Monday the OECD process is the best way to tackle international tax avoidance. Photograph: Reuters

State more focused on tackling social welfare fraud than ending ‘rotten’ practice, charities say

Yulia and Clément Imbert: ‘Here is so different, people are very welcoming and kind’.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: French national Clément Imbert and his Russian wife Yulia love life in Ireland but say high tax, expensive hous(...)

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and Alexsandro Ribou left Brazil in the midst of a deep political crisis

Explaining C-section to non-English speaker at 3am is ‘not easy’, says Dr Rhona Mahony

 Kimberly Smith is a Native American activist and artist.

Front Line Defenders making sacrifices ‘so that life can be a little better for the next generation’

Director of marketing and communications at UCC Donna O’Driscoll  with her  husband Tony  and children Caitlín  and Conor.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Donna and Tony O’Driscoll moved from London to Cork three years ago for a better family life

.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was in Drumlargan, near Kilcock inspecting damage to power lines caused by storm Ophelia. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Luas tram services resume earlier than expected after repairs at Red Cow

Szilvia Szabo with her husband Marcell and daughter Janka. The family said they love being part of the community in Greystones. Photograph: Priscila Soares

New to the Parish: Szilvia Szabo arrived with her family from Hungary in 2016

Picture of Lily’s: Ola El-Garawany with her daughter Sally El-Banna outside their pharmacy in Ratoath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ola El-Garawany and her daughter Sally El-Banna are on a mission to bring complementary medicine to the fore

Cote Calmet Bello: It was my first time ever seeing snow but Dublin just felt like home straight away. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cote Calmet Bello arrived in Ireland in 2010. He believes Ireland is more open than his home country of Peru

Jakob Zitzow and Natasha Talos moved to Ireland in September 2017.

Recent arrivals speak about settling into Irish tech hub and battle to find a place to live

Under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, the advertising of brothels or prostitution is illegal.

Offshore registered websites not liable under Irish law outlawing advertising of prostitution

Gaby Patiño and Max Martínez who came to Ireland from Venezuela last year. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gaby Patiño and Max Martínez arrived from Venezuela in 2016

Construction Industry Federation director of industrial relations Jean Winters joins panel members at the launch of the CIF Women in Construction Network. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Construction Industry Federation calls for more women to seek work on buliding sites

Coalition 2030 rally in Dublin marking the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

March held in Dublin to mark two years since signing of Sustainable Development Goals

Emmanuel Bourgerie from France; Matthew Ó Cribin and Dylan Armstrong from Ashbourne, at a Pop-Up Gaeltacht event in the Piper’s Corner in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fed up hearing that Irish was dead, two friends brought the Gaeltacht to Dublin pub

 Crowds at Dublin Castle react to hearing the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘In Ireland, humans stories became the cornerstone of our campaign’

David Stanton, Minister of State at the Department of Justice: has made a commitment that no asylum seeker on a deportation order will be made homeless

Families with leave to remain in Ireland also report receiving letters asking them to move

Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary at the company’s AGM last week.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Flight cancellations due to Italian thunderstorms or French ATC not entitled to compensation

The number of cyclists in Dublin city has more than doubled in the past six years

Dublinbikes has played an important role in steady rise of cyclists across the capital

President Michael D Higgins with Syrian journalist Razan Ibraheem and Brian Killoran,  CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Mr Killoran said the ban on asylum seekers accessing employment meant many people’s skills and qualifications were not being recognised. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Analysis: With half a million foreign nationals, Ireland has evolved into a diverse nation

Maciej Bogdalczyk: “Our mentalities are very similar.” Photograph: Maciej Bogdalczyk

Finishing his studies, Maciej Bogdalczyk came to Ireland from Krakow in 2015

Laura Bach (centre right) and her husband (centre) in Dublin. Photograph: Laura Bach

Laura Bach moved from Brazil to Dublin in 2013 with her husband

The proportion of people who are foreign nationals fell  to 11.6 per cent in 2016. The CSO attributes this fall, in part, to the rapid rise in the number of people with dual Irish nationality. Photograph: The Irish Times

Census shows 535,475 foreign nationals from 200 countries are living in Ireland

Molly Martens Corbett and her father Thomas Martens. Photographs: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Molly Martens Corbett and her father file response to wrongful-death civil suit

A 2014 protest against the direct provision system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Support group says ‘cruel and inhumane’ letters will make people homeless

Izzeddeen and Eman Alkarajeh with their children Omar, Jouri and Lama. Izzeddeen, a Palestinian from the west bank who moved here from Saudi Arabia with his wife and children last year and is living in direct provision in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New To The Parish: Izzeddeen Alkarajeh arrived in 2016 from the West Bank via Saudi Arabia

Niall Breslin aka Bressie: “We speak about physical fitness . . . mental fitness needs to be there too.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Programme helps teenagers to offer support to friend who may be contemplating suicide

Blanchardstown Garda station open day: “The atmosphere around policing is often negative but the kids here today get a wonderful view of the work we do.” Photograph: Sorcha Pollak/The Irish Times

Annual open day: ‘People may have a poor perception of the police and don’t trust us’

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Green Party think-in takes place in Blanchardstown head of Dáil return

Migrants receive food and water after disembarking from a vessel at the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete on September 5th, 2017, after being rescued off the coast of the Greek island. Photograph: Costas Metaxakiscos/AFP/Getty Images

Total of 1,337 people have arrived under Ireland’s programme since 2015

The Speyer cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site. Photograph: Devgnor

‘Wouldn’t it be reasonable that a Ryanair customer service agent would have phoned me’

Parents say the Department of Education and the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin – who is the school’s patron – have failed to respond to calls for a change in leadership at the school.  Photograph: Getty Images

Parents cite ongoing issues of leadership and teaching standards at Scoil Náisiúnta Bhrighde

Girls continue to outperform boys at Junior Cert level. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

More girls than boys secured A grades in 18 out of 21 higher-level subjects this year

The Cenotaph at Enniskillen in 1987 with the devastated community centre in the background after it was hit by an IRA bomb.   Photograph: PA

British government says compensation claims from victims will remain as ‘private matters’

Manzi Joseph in Tramore, Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Manzi Joseph arrived from Rwanda via Malawi in 2015

Herman and Candelaria Zapp, with their children, Pampa, Tehue, Paloma,  and Wallaby. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘What we want to teach our children is that if they have a dream, they can accomplish it’

The scene of Monday’s fatal car crash on the N17 outside Claremorris Mayo. Photograph: Conor McKeown

The ’black spot’ section of road in Co Mayo claimed the lives of three generations this week

Research published last week by doctors from University College Cork found that Hpat assessment results were not consistent with students’ self-reported empathy levels.

Hpat administrators defend test after UCC doctors question its ability to measure empathy

 Undocumented migrants pictured in front of a  mural at the  Migrant Rights Centre Ireland office on Dame Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I do the same things as Irish people. I just want to continue my education’

Educate Together Schoolchildren during a protest at Leinster House, Dublin in May over the building of a school in the Ballinteer area. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ballinteer Educate Together parents call on Minister to address delays in construction

Edel McGinley, director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, described as ‘scandalous’ the State’s failure to address the plight of the 20-26,000 undocumented workers across Ireland

Migrant rights group says failure to address plight of undocumented is ‘scandalous’

Aleka Potinga: ‘men here are better and have this greater education’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jazz musician Aleka Potinga arrived from Romania in 2012

Empathy levels and emotional intelligence are not being properly assessed under the Health Professions Admission Test (Hpat) which was introduced to make medical school more accessible to aspiring doctors. Image: Getty.

Researchers say Hpat review needed to ensure doctors can communicate with patients in tough situations

Talking to children about their internet use and setting some boundaries can help keep them safe online.

Death of boy in North following ‘sextortion’ increases concern over child internet safety

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the homelessness crisis was “neither resources, nor money nor ideology. A huge amount is being done but clearly more is needed.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister urges councils to come up with ‘tailored’ solutions ahead of emergency summit

Lifeguards transporting refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean Sea earlier this month. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Médecins Sans Frontières says thousands presenting with signs of torture and abuse

Uninest New Mill in Dublin 8, which opens this month, is an example of the new breed of high-spec student accommodation being built in the capital.

Thousands of purpose-built students beds are coming onstream – for €1,000 or more a month

The majority of complaints over housing disputes came from Dublin, with 64 per cent of cases based in the capital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pressure of rental market forcing people to rent homes they cannot afford

Yetunde Awosanya from Nigeria working on make up for Siphiwe Sandra Moyo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yetunde Awosanya arrived from Nigeria in 2012

Syrian refugee families in Turkey wait to register to cross to Syria for the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ireland falling behind on UN commitment on development aid spending, says Dóchas

Fr Peter McVerry (left) and Pat Doyle, chief executive of the  Peter McVerry Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times.

Housing charity calls for supports for children and young people without a home

 Lucky Khambyle, Aissatou Sow and Ellie Kisiyombe work at the Our Table Pop-Up Café at Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin.  Photograph: Allen Kiely

Direct provision residents gather in Dublin for training course to help with future jobs

The Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) estimates that around 12 per cent of motor insurance claims in Ireland are fraudulent.

Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland estimates that one in eight claims are ‘suspicious’

A technology analyst has been staying in homeless shelters while he waits to get paid. ‘The smell is putrid. I always bring an extra tracksuit top and wrap the arm around my eyes and nose.’

Homelessness is ‘one of the most violent, drug-oriented experiences of my life’

Scot Bucholz moved to Dublin from Denver in the US in 2014 to study journalism.

Scot Bucholz’s landlord contacted him this week to say the rent was going up

Dublin’s Conrad Hotel. File photograph: Frank Miller

Three men in balaclavas take money in raid on Dublin hotel

Within four days of receiving permission to stay in Ireland, Malak Bouod secured a job in the tech industry in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Malak Bouod arrived from Libya in 2014

Never hand over the deposit until you have seen the property in person and  are happy with its standards. Photograph: iStock

Information on deposits, standards, discrimination and rising rental prices

Nicola Collins was found dead in Cork in March 2017. Photograph: Provision

Body-of-mother of three was found with head injuries at flat in Farranree, Co Cork in March

Recent figures indicate that 90 per cent of rental accommodation in the State is not affordable to most

Dublin needs one block of 200 student beds every month for the next 10 years – economist

Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

It’s a minefield out there so if you are struggling in the rental market please tell us

 Hawkins House (left) on Hawkins Street, adjacent to Apollo House, in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two adults found sleeping on scaffolding installed at Department of Health building

Some 1,159 people were working at national director, assistant national director, general manager and grade VIII level within the HSE by the end of June this year

HSE focused on ‘box ticking’ rather than improving health service, says consultant

Tina Kisyombe, who came to Ireland from Malawi in 2015 and lives with her mother in direct provision.

‘I feel sad my friends will be going on in education and I will be left behind’

Suzanne Day, Aoife Moore and Charlotte Byrne delighted with their Leaving Certificate results and at Maryfield College, Whitehall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frayed nerves and sleepless nights turn to relief in schools across the State

Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard received an emergency call on Tuesday from the father of a young woman in her twenties who became trapped on a cliff face at Whiterock in Killiney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Woman in her 20s was rescued at Whiterock in Killiney, south Dublin on Tuesday

Trinca Mitru in Dublin. “Now that we’ve moved into Dublin, it’s very good. Here I do more things and go out.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: A young Moldovan woman (25) cried every day after moving to Ireland

The corporal has worked with the Defence Forces for 17 years and earns €519 per week. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘My partner works full-time, I work part-time, and we’re homeless? It’s horrific’

Sammy Akorede from Luas and Elaine Doyle from Local Link Wexford launch the largest national transport anti-racism campaign, aimed at “a message of zero tolerance” of racism. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Racist crimes continue to rise according to latest data from State’s tracking system

Migrants on a dinghy are rescued by German NGO Jugend Rettet ship “Juventa” crew in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Libyan coastguard to restrict access of humanitarian vessels in waters of coast of Libya

Stars and meteor streaks  are seen behind a medieval tombstone in a  Bosnian village  late on Friday. Photograph: Amel Emric/PA

Annual meteor shower to fill Irish skies with thousands of stars until at least Monday night

Trevor Deely investigation: Members of An Garda Siochana search a site in Chapelizod. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí search area in Dublin after receiving new information on missing man

Aunt and niece Frances Fogarty and Sarah Barlow (10) at the RDS Horse Show. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It’s wonderful to see Irish men queue to be judged on their style – we’ve come a long way ’

Patricia Guerra from Peru who moved to Ireland 8 years ago, photographed on the rooftop of her apartment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Patricia Guerra arrived from Peru via Italy in 2009

Bobby Mulvaney from Sallins Men’s Shed has his blood pressure checked with nurse Mary Rose Jordan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Heart advises people of all ages to check blood pressure to avoid ‘silent killer’

Gina Akpe-Moses, Blackrock AC, Co Louth, after winning the European U20 100m Women title  at the European Athletics U20-Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Photograph: Sportsfile

A growing cohort of talented young athletes, born abroad, now coming to the fore

Four automated border control gates were installed in Terminal One on a pilot basis in 2013.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Twenty new electronic barriers to be installed by end of the year

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