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

New to the Parish: As the Chinese new year celebrations continue, a software engineer talks about China’s one-child policy and the(...)

Delegates look at a screen showing a world map with climate anomalies during a World Climate Change Conference  at Le Bourget, near Paris. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Public funds for graduates follows passing of second stage of renewable energy Bill

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has called for Ireland’s young people to add their voices to the State’s Brexit debate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brexit could increase child poverty North and South, warns children’s rights group

Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters

Is the ban being implemented at Irish airports and are dual citizens affected?

Workers at a mine in Coahuila State.

Campaigners want Ireland to help with their country’s human rights crisis

A record 9.5 million visits were made to the State from overseas last year, an increase of some 10 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CSO says number of visits to State increased by 10 per cent to 9.58 million last year

‘The research highlights an urgent need for tailored services for refugee women arriving in their new host countries.’ Photograph: Marta Welander

1 in 5 women interviewed in Greek camps experienced physical violence when fleeing home country

The Abbey Field Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, where the refugees are due to be housed. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister of State says local management group will oversee delivery of services

Gardaí at the scene of the fire at Scoil Naithi in Ballinteer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

School entrance, principal’s office, main hall, toilets and corridors extensively damaged

Cian Zambra has been found safe and well. Photograph: Greenlanes National School

Cian Zambra (9) did not turn up to school on Wednesday morning

A photograph on display at Dundalk Garda Station of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Commissioner calls for public help on fourth anniversary of detective’s death

Anastasia Volkova, who lives in Cork: “I don’t feel foreign.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: A Russian linguist and smartphone app creator is enjoying life in Cork

Gardaí at the scene of the fire at Scoil Naithí in Ballinteer this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

At least four classrooms burned down in blaze at Ballinteer gaelscoil in Co Dublin

Mark Dybul, executive director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: “it’s gender equality and a more equal society that will be the driver of whether or not we achieve the end of the HIV epidemic.” Photograph: Daniele Pauletto

People still uncomfortable speaking about the epidemic, says head of Global Fund

The Mater hospital has asked that the public visit their GP before travelling to the hospital’s emergency department, which is experiencing “very high numbers and protracted wait times”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Emergency department experiencing ‘very high numbers and protracted wait times’

Valeria Kruglova: “Every ballet has got its own story, it’s telling its own fairytale.  I really love Tchaikovsky, so I enjoy ‘Sleeping Beauty’.”

As Moscow prima ballerina Valeria Kruglova arrives in Dublin to play Sleeping Beauty, she says the hardest role is being a mum on (...)

A fire broke out in early hours of Monday morning at Dublin primary school. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Four Dublin Fire Brigade units battle the blaze for more than three hours on Monday

Protest banner hangs over the Liffey in Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Protest groups call for Irish Government to stand up for justice, equality and human rights

Almost 28 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year, marking an increase of 11 per cent in passenger numbers on 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Planning permission for €320 million project was granted in 2007 but then put on hold

Temperatures will fall to -4 degrees on Friday night: Winter scene at Herbert Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cold weekend in store across the country before turning mild again early next week

 Fardus Sultan speaks at the Irish Muslim Board event at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght. The focus was  on achieving a more inclusive Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

State bodies such as An Garda and teaching profession urged to welcome in Muslims

 Hinata Hallinan from Tokyo who came to Ireland three years ago. She came to learn English, met an Irishman and got married and she now teaches ballet to adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Hinata Hallinan arrived from Japan in 2013

UK prime minister Theresa May outlining her plans for Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Theresa May says maintaining Common Travel Area is a priority in keynote speech

Woman taking pill, on the rise among Irish twentysomethings

In part 2 of our Twentysomethings series, the panel talk drink, drugs and rent

Future focus: Ali Ayden (22), Ciara Walsh (26), TJ Jordan (23), Tess Brady (27) and Shane Byrne (28). Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s ‘fed-up’ generation talk about their lives, hopes, dreams and pet hates. Just don’t call them millennials

Sligo garda Raymond Wims with volunteers and refugees at the soup kitchen

‘It’s different when you are out there, you cannot unsee the human cost of this crisis’

Artist’s impression of what College Green would like under the proposed changes. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire

New civic plaza in city centre not expected to be in place before end of 2018 at earliest

Iarnród Éireann tweeted this evening that the 17:05 Connolly-Sligo would have to return to Connolly shortly “and will then depart for Sligo via Newcomen Junction”. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Irish Rail: No services on Maynooth, Docklands lines due to incident at Glasnevin Jnct

Luas operator Transdev is calling on more women to apply for jobs as drivers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Just eight from 180 drivers are female, but cross-city project triggers Transdev invitation

Azeez Yusuff (21) who moved to Ireland from Nigeria 10 years ago. “I’ve been here longer than the time I spent in my own country. Ireland is most definitely my home.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Azeez Yusuff was just 10 when left Nigeria to join his parents in Ireland

A migrant  receives food during snowfall at the Moria hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos. There are “more than 2,500 people living in tents, without hot water or heating, including women, children and handicapped people,” said Apostolos Veizis of Médecins Sans Frontières. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

For many on Lesbos and other islands, flimsy tents are only shield against snow and rain

The Irish date - at Croke Park on Saturday July 22nd - brings Bono and U2 back to the same venue where they played the then just-released album live 30 years ago. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

‘More desperate times’ motivated U2 to revisit songs from three decades ago, says Clayton

Minister for Health Simon Harris met HSE management on Thursday over the hospital trolleys crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

HSE says private hospitals will be asked to assist in easing overcrowding

Gerry Ligtenberg and her Partner Martin Bierens, who moved permanently from the Netherlands, to Glanlough Lower, Sneem, County Kerry, after renovating a 19th-century farmhouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

New to the Parish: Gerry Ligtenberg and Martin Bierens arrived from the Netherlands in 2014

Disposing of a Christmas tree fat Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recycling units for Christmas trees open across the State through January

The rate of influenza has doubled in the past week with older people at greater risk of contracting the predominant flu strain AH3. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA

People with flu like symptoms advised to get vaccine from GP or pharmacist

‘I thank the Home Sweet Home movement for its implied reminder that we don’t always have to be cowed little subservient muppets who bend the knee to power.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish people ‘don’t have to be cowed little subservient muppets’ writes author

The latest figures from the Department of Housing show the number of homeless people continued to rise last month with an increase of 79 children and 39 parents homeless in November. Photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Nearly 7,000 adults and children living in emergency accommodation in November

The Irish State submitted 89 requests to Facebook in the first six months of 2016 for information on criminals. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

United States submits 23,854 requests for data while Russia makes none

Public transport operators are advising passengers to check the revised timetables online before travelling over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

A full run-down of new schedules including Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Luas

People out walking The Wicklow Way in winter sunshine at Ballinastoe , Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Chance of snow on high ground as temperatures drop on first day of new year

10-year-old Madra died in University Hospital Limerick after her flight from Toronto was diverted to Shannon. Photograph:

Madra (10) died after her flight was diverted to Shannon on Christmas Eve

Luke Culhane from Limerick has been named the 2016 ‘child of the year’ by French newspaper Mon Quotidien for standing up to cyberbulling. Image: YouTube.

Luke Culhane posted a video online in February calling for an end to cyberbullying

Bassam Al-Sabah: “When I was a child I didn’t understand that war was a violent thing because I equated it to what we saw in cartoons.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Bassam Al-Sabah arrived from Iraq in 2004

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