Sam Kratschmar, Una McNicholas, Dublin Young Carer of the Year and Jessica Walsh (9) who has Retts Syndrome, pictured outside Leinster House, Dublin, as Family Carers Ireland launch ‘Share the Care’ campaign and highlighting vital role carers play in society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hard work and devotion of family carers saving the State €10 billion annually, says care group

A child sits beside bedding supplied to new arrivals in Khazir refugee camp near Mosul, Iraq, on April 15th. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

More than half of 700,000 offered asylum across European countries were Syrian

Anna Pupin  with her husband Bartosz Romanowski and their three-year-old son Jan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Anna Pupin arrived from Poland in 2006

Microbeads: pollution from microplastic-containing cosmetics contributes to a huge marine environmental challenge, according to Simon Coveney

Government ‘could take lead’ on issue ahead of European Union-wide prohibition

Tara Moran: “It’s just the opportunities and salaries are better abroad”. Photograph: Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

Two young Irish nurses say their overseas counterparts get a much better deal

 Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation president Martina Harkin-Kelly said: ‘We’re looking down the barrel of a gun . . . no nurses means no hospitals.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

INMO urges HSE to offer graduates better pay and conditions amid offers from overseas

Lorraine Reilly: “If we were told the truth, then there is no way we would have gone back to Portinuncula.”

Portiuncula, Ballinasloe, apology did not cover deaths of baby girls, say parents

Irish babies are at risk of contracting measles if parents continue to show complacency towards vaccines, the HSE has warned. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Irish parents urged to avail of measles jab and educate themselves on meningitis

Pro-choice activists womenonweb.org have campaigned for availability of  abortion pills. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pro-choice campaigner says packages ordered in North being intercepted by police

An OECD study showed girls were more likely than boys to want top grades. Photograph: Eric Luke

Youngsters spend almost 2½ hours on the internet every day during the week

Sami Habtemariam: came to Ireland as a refugee from Eritrea in 2010. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: An Eritrean refugee advanced rapidly after picking up the lingo

The Eglinton direct provision centre in Salthill: the boy was discharged late at night, meaning it was too late to catch a bus home from hospital. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Galway-based woman could not afford transport to bring son home from hospital

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) report found reviews were not being carried out following serious incidents and complaints. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hiqa data also shows some foster carers not vetted by gardaí despite 2011 guidelines

Stephen Lynch (32) was struck by a vehicle at Brookview Close in Tallaght

Gardaí expected to make arrests following death of hit-and-run victim in Tallaght

Moussa tells journalist Shaunagh Connaire that he wants his family to be resettled in Ireland. Photograph: Screenshot from Channel 4 Unreported World documentary.

Online petition calls on Government to provide sanctuary and medical treatment

 A very egg-citing weekend. Photograph: FPG/Getty Images

Cruinniú na Cásca, Easter egg hunts, food festivals – there’s plenty to keep us busy

The boat involved in the Lough Erne tragedy moored at the rear of Devenish Island along with a police boat. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Lough Erne boating victim named locally as mother of two Luna McKinney (35)

Stephen Lynch died after being hit by a car in Brookview Close in Tallaght.

One of the suspects dropped phone as he fled scene after incident involving father-of-three

Siptu said the Labour Court proposals would involve the ending of routes across rural Ireland.

Staff will be balloted on proposals that include 200 job cuts and reduced earnings

Actor Saoirse Ronan who  stars as the Galway Girl in Ed Sheeran’s new video for the single, shot in the west of Ireland earlier this week.  Photogrpah: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times

Tommy Tiernan also features in video filmed in Salthill this week

“There is a trust and genuine ethos of hard work here.” Harry Oulton at St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: An English chorister whose grandfather was born in Dublin felt immediately at home when he moved there

A Dublin City Council sub-committee passed a motion to fly a Palestinian flag over City Hall last month, with the full council scheduled to make a final decision  on May 8th. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sub-committee has passed motion on issue, full council to make final decision by May 8th

Unions says recommendations will have to be accepted by all sides, including members of five separate unions at Bus Éireann.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Labour Court asked to consider why offer of €18m in savings has not ended €9m dispute

Hiqa has recommended the Minister for Health await the results of trials on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes before advocating their use to end smoking habits. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HSE spends more than €240m a year on smoking-related diseases

The number of young people holding a driver’s learner permit or full driving licence has dropped significantly in the past decade.

The number of young people applying for learner permits continues to fall

“I know they say having a car gives you independence but I think not having a car gives you a different type of independence.” Photograph: Vito Moloney Burke

Student Vito Moloney Burke from Kildare on why driving is a ‘waste of time’

Cáit Ní Cheallacháin (20): ‘I find it hard to justify having a car when you save so much money by using the bike.’

Cáit Ní Cheallacháin says commute by car to UCC would cost same as four months’ rent

Avril Moran with her brother and father outside their garage in Legan, Co Longford. Legan is officially the slowest area for broadband in the State, based on recent speed tests.

Longford garage owner says her firm is suffering due to a lack of high-speed internet

Three people are due in court charged in connection with a robbery in Co Offaly. Photograph: Frank Miller

Staff threatened with knife and hammer during raid in Tullamore on Tuesday

Two men were arrested after gardaí seized 25 kg of cannabis in Kildare. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí discover 25kg of cannabis herb during search of vehicles at shopping centre

ISPCC’s director of policy, Clíodhna O’Neill said that in order to ensure “a comprehensive and independent” service, guardians should be funded through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs rather than Tusla.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ISPCC warns funding from Child and Family Agency will lead to lack of trust in scheme

Yi Huang with her son, Oisín, and her mother, Li Li, who is on a visit from China. Photograph: Eric Luke

New to The Parish: Yi Huang arrived from China in 2010

Performers add a dash of colour in the rain during this year’s  St Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Met Éireann data shows most parts of the country recorded mildest March in five years

Some 80,000 tickets sold out within one day last December for Guns N’ Roses’ return to Slane Castle

Royal Blood, Mark Lanegan and local group Otherkin to join American rock group

Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters   Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa have been campaigning for their brother’s release. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Concerns over health of Irish man who has been in an Egyptian jail for over three years

Sameer Nasir, who is described as being 5’8, has black hair, brown eyes and has a thin build. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Sameer Nasir was last seen on Sunday, April 2nd in Tramore

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the core issue in the housing market was a dramatic supply shortage in parts of the country. Photograph: Fennells

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty calls for help-to-buy scheme to be scrapped

Ion Tiron: “I want to help people and raise awareness of the people suffering in Moldova. Sport doesn’t have a language or skin colour. Sport unites everybody.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Bray man takes on a gruelling global challenge for peace in his home country of Moldova

Number of overseas trips to Ireland continued to rise with more than 1.7 million visitors during the winter months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fall of 22% in British visits in 2017 could lead to 850,000 fewer tourists this year

While burglary rates in some parts of Dublin have doubled, the total number of burglaries across the State dropped by nearly a third between 2015 and 2016. Photograph: Frank Miller

Crime statistics show considerable drop in kidnapping, robbery, extortion and hijacking

The man suffered facial and head injuries and it is a believed a sum of money was taken. Photograph: Getty Images

PSNI calling for information on two to three men involved in burglary of home in Kilkeel

Katie Tertell, a cellist from Washington DC who plays with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Cellist Katie Tertell arrived from the US (via Manchester) in 2015

 Doreen Thew, a 92-year-old from Maynooth, Co Kildare, who is  overall winner of the 2017 open eir Silver Surfer Awards, pictured with her son Peter Thew at the awards ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Doreen Thew wins Silver Surfer award honouring older people using technology

Model and actor Pamela Anderson: sent a letter urging  the Taoiseach to implement a nationwide ban on wild-animal circuses.

Model promises a pint with Enda Kenny if he backs Bill to end ‘archaic entertainment’

Mr Pence tweeted the photo on Thursday accompanied by the message “appreciate joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today. This is it. #PassTheBill. Photograph: Twitter

US vice president tweets photo of healthcare meeting discussing new insurance plans

Michael Peakin, NBRU Branch Secretary Broadstone photographed outside Busarus this morning. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Welsh fans affected by stoppages as tweets highlight mixed support for strikers

Some 245 reports of racist crimes were made through the State’s tracking system, the European Network Against Racism (Enar), between July-December 2016. File photograph: Frank Miller

Review under way as State one of minority of EU nations that does not have law on issue

  Vickey Curtis on   Camden Street where she was attacked  by a man who said: “I voted Yes for equality but I didn’t vote for that”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin woman punched in face and head during attack calls for hate crime legislation

A man opens his luggage and to show his electronic equipment at security point at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. The United States and Britain have banned some electronic devices from carry-on baggage on flights coming from a number of countries. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA.

Will Ireland introduce a similar ban? Will insurance cover damage to electronics?

Aapo Latvala at his home in Coolmine, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Aapo Latvala arrived from Finland in 2011

The team of researchers found that London, with its complex network of small streets, was far more taxing on the hippocampus region of the brains of drivers than Manhattan in New York which is based on a grid layout. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Study of taxi drivers finds satnavs prevent growth of memory and navigation skills

A statement from the Muslim Sisters of Eire said the European Court of Justice ruling had “been designed to drive Muslim women out of the workplace”.

Women say hijab part of identity and hiring for jobs should be based on skills, not garb

Agra, home of  the Taj Mahal, is among the cities highlighted  in the India travel advice section, where the Department of Foreign Affairs warns that women have been the victims of sexual assault. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

Average of 92 women raped every day, with tourists told to avoid skirts and walking alone

Central Remedial Clinic chief executive  Stephanie Manahan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Remedial Clinic reformed after scandal over use of donations to top up salaries

Two farmers have died in   incidents in Offaly and Wexford. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Quad bike and tractor involved in deaths, bringing to four total killed in sector in 2017

Hooded men are seen in CCTV footage carrying out a robbery at the Centra store in Monkstown. A female staff member, obscured on right in image, was punched during the incident.

Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with ‘butcher’s knives’ steal more than €700

While George Labbad  misses life in Syria, he says Ireland is now his home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: George Labbad arrived from the Syrian city in 2006

Police are investigating the murder of Danielle  McLaughlin in Goa, India.

Buncrana woman (28) discovered dead in Goa was travelling in India using a British passport

Shortly before daybreak, one of the crewmen is spotted by the Shannon-based Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Timeline of events between Monday night and Tuesday morning when crew went missing

A fountain is covered in ice on Monday as the weather in US continues to be below freezing. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/EPA/Getty Images

Taoiseach forced to cancel some engagements on US trip due to blizzard conditions

Dara Fitzpatrick, who was one of four crew on board the helicopter. The three crew still missing have  been named (L-R) as Mark Duffy (top right) ,  Paul Ormsby (bottom left) and Ciarán Smith  (bottom right).

First victim named as Dara Fitzpatrick while Mark Duffy , Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby remain missing

 Nick Dwyer and Barbara Heftman are interviewed in Sydney after being rescued off Australia’s southeastern coast. Photograph: Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP

Nick Dwyer and Barbara Heftman were rescued from their yacht in Australia earlier this week

Charities Regulator chief executive John Farrelly (left) and its chairman Paddy Hopkins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Public confidence in sector damaged by number of controversies in recent times

Finian McGrath has said he plans to prioritise the case of Grace, the intellectually disabled young woman who is alleged to have been abused at the foster home for more than 20 years. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister of State says ‘nobody is going to be left out’ of inquiry into foster home

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Brigid O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

Mother in critical condition after her children and another woman die in fire at shelter

Marie O’Sullivan, her husband and their two children could face homelessness by March 15th. Photograph: Larry Cummins

Woman in permanent employment has spent weeks searching for affordable home

Iarnród Éireann said that services should resume to normal times by 10am. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Points problem’ at Connolly station leads to delays of up to 40 mins for commuters

Karl Robertson (28) who was knocked down and killed while he was out jogging in Dublin on Wednesday night.

Gardaí call on man in his 20s, couple and taxi driver to get in touch with information

Sharon Kwan and her son Rafael, at home in Ballsbridge, Co Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Newly married Sharon Kwan arrived from Singapore in 2013 and is grateful for the support she received when she became a mother her(...)

Dr Eve Bruce and a colleague in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.

‘When life gets tough I close my eyes and imagine the calm views from Dingle’

SIPTU members Dublin Fire Brigade with members of the public and elected representatives protest against the break up of the DFB Emergency Medical Service, at North Strand Fire Brigade Station. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Firefighters gathered at 12 fire stations across Dublin on Saturday to protest changes

 Dr Susan Liddy, lecturer in Media Studies, Mary Immaculate College with US writer and director Melissa Silverstein at the college. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Industry professionals gather in Limerick to discuss greater participation of women

Loretta Neary, of the South Kildare Beekeepers Assoc,  with Fintan Kelly, of An Taisce, protest outside Leinster House over the proposed changes to the Heritage Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seanad is debating whether to extend hedgerow cutting and gorse burning dates

Screenshot for a  new animated short featuring the story of “Buddy”, which aims to deter young people from causing damage to public and private property

Campaign aims to deter young people from spray painting public and private buildings

A file photograph of members of the Traveller Community at Brittas Bay in  Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Campaigners believe move will give community confidence to address challenges it faces

Some 5,703 phones worth $2.5 million were reported stolen in 2016, making a drop of 14 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Some 5,703 phones worth €2.5 million were reported stolen in 2016, drop of 14% since 2015

Francisco Ruvalcaba and his wife Agnieszka with their baby boy Franek at  home in Maynooth. “When I went to register him I was like ‘holy crap, I have an Irish son’.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Francisco Ruvalcaba’s life has changed a lot since he arrived from Mexico in 2010

Inquiries into  alleged abuse suffered by a  disabled woman in a southeast foster home have highlighted the cases of four other young people.

Four other young people allegedly experienced abuse in southeastern foster home

Motorists run the gauntlet as high waves crash over the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Rain will continue throughout the day with highest temperatures reaching 8 degrees

Lynn Marie Walsh, Kildare Carer of the Year, with her daughter Jessica (9), who has Rett Syndrome, at the Family Carers Ireland launch of the Share the Care campaign at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Lynn Marie Walsh cares for daughter Jessica (9), who cannot walk, talk or feed herself

Sam Kratschmar (left), Una McNicholas (right), Dublin Young Carer of the Year, and Jessica Walsh (9), who has Retts Syndrome, at Leinster House in  Dublin, as Family Carers Ireland launch the Share the Care campaign. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New campaign calls for recognition of dedication and hard work of carers for disabled

The polluted waters of the Lempa river in Pinuelas village, 430km west of Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. Photograph:  Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Some 123 activists have been killed since 2009 coup d’état

International Rescue Committee president David Miliband: “Ireland can build its pride by saying: ‘We’re part of this world, not separate from it.’” Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Refugee debate in EU and Trump immigration stance leading to ‘humanitarian chaos’

Ramona Boban-Vlahovic in Dublin city centre: “It’s hard for me to understand if people are being friendly here or just putting it on. Like ‘sorry’, that’s one of the hardest words to understand.” Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: Ramona Boban-Vlahovic arrived from Croatia in 2013

Trinity student and wheelchair user Niamh Herbert has spoken out after she was denied boarding access to a Ryanair flight in Dublin airport last week after she refused to walk up the stairs into the aircraft. Photograph: Niamh Herbert

Airline says woman did not book mobility services in advance and had arrived at gate late

The Leane Lifely Fund, which was set up on Monday to support Mr Maher’s wife Leane and their 4-year-old twin sons, had already raised nearly $38,000 by Tuesday morning. Photograph: Sean Maher gofundme page

Online campaign set up to support family of father-of-two Sean Maher

Paddy Jackson, Mai Quaid, Marie-Louise O’Donnell and Mary Daly  with Cpl Anthony Kelly of the  Defence School of Music at the launch of The Elders of Ireland Chorus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elders of Ireland Chorus seeks to give platform to the older members of Irish society

Report found residents were inappropriately charged for medical treatment and devices such as dexa scans and hip protectors.

Inspction at Drumcar facility found residents being ‘inappropriately managed’

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy: “Our homes should be sacred places, places of sanctuary.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New council report details racially motivated attacks on foreigners, especially under-18s

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said 27 requests from Syrians for family members to join them in Ireland have been refused since the beginning of last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland must not ‘go low’ and follow US lead in visa restrictions, says migrant group

Mohammad Rafique, his wife Rafika Begum and their children Jamalida (8) and Waheeda (4) at their home in Carlow. “We never enjoyed citizenship but today my girls are Irish and have rights as citizens.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Mohammed Rafique fled persecution in Myanmar, arriving here in 2009

Ireland’s agricultural emissions are ‘uniquely high’ in Europe, a conference on climate change has heard. File photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

State’s agricultural output criticised as climate change panel meets in Dublin

The smuggled alcohol has a retail value of around €15,400 and represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €9,300

Some 480 litres of contraband alcohol discovered in Latvian registered truck

A full moon appears darker than normal during a total lunar eclipse near Frankfurt in 2008. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP Photo

Freezing temperatures forecast as moon set to turn darker and reddish in night sky

The new ‘Denham Fellowship’, named after Chief Justice Mrs Susan Denham, will offer two students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds financial, educational and professional support during their studies at the Bar of Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

‘Denham Fellowship’ gives students financial, educational and professional support

 Yan Ge, a writer from China who moved to Ireland in 2015: “The experience of being here has definitely made me a tougher person and I’m very happy for that. That’s what I left China for.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Award-winning novelist Yan Ge arrived in Ireland with her husband in 2015

At least 3,780 women and girls in Ireland have undergone female genital mutilation. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Health professionals must learn about female genital mutilation, says migrant group

Sisters Miya (4 1/2) and Mili (2) Dong, from Clondalkin, at a ‘Peace and Friendship’ football tournament between members of the Chinese and Syrian communities, at Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Peace and friendship’ soccer event to raise awareness of millions seeking sanctuary

Cells at Cloverhill Prison. Prison Service director general Michael Donnellan described the Irish prison population as “a massive problem”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Thirty people waiting for beds in mental health facilities, says prison service director

 Zhanming Cui with his wife  Xia Shen and baby Aiden,  daughter Eachn and his parents in their Blanchardstown home in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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