Report suggested a campaign be launched by the HSE to promote greater use of generic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Report recommends financial incentives for pharmacists to supply generic drugs

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September. Photograph: Getty Images

Outpatient lists up 563 per cent since June despite initiatives by Leo Varadkar

European Union  data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. Photograph: European Parliament

European Union’s data protection supervisor says relations with US at a crossroads

The Cliffs of Moher is one of the three landscapes hoping for Unesco status. Photograph: Alan Betson

Areas include Waterford’s Copper Coast, the Marble Arch Caves in Fermanagh and Cavan, and the Burren Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare (...)

The late Rónán MacLochlainn’s partner Gráinne Nic Gib arriving for a hearing in September of the commission of investigation into his fatal shooting. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Journalist Valerie Cox gives evidence to commission of investigation into incident

Colleagues place a Tricolour on the coffin  of  former Garda   Colm Cullen  at St Paul of the Cross  Church in Mount Argus. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The funeral takes place of retired Garda Colm Cullen who was paralysed in a collision in 1992

Educate Together: The common enrolment system will mean parents apply for school places via a centralised system run by a committee of representatives from the schools’ boards of management. Photograph: Getty Images

Four Lucan Educate Together schools launch ‘inclusive’ co-ordinated admissions system

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: A spokesman for the Department of Justice and Equality  said the associated costs would be met by the relevant department’s annual budget allocation over the lifespan of the jobs strategy.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Strategy aiming to increase employment by 15% criticised by disability advocacy groups

Campaigners must engage with voters on the values of the EU if they are to ensure a Yes vote in the upcoming UK referendum, an Irish same-sex marriage campaigner has said.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Gráinne Healy tells Corbyn’s first party conference of referendum campaign

Lucinda Creighton has called for an immediate inquiry into the destruction of documents by the former Garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, on leaving his post. Photograph: PA

‘Highly worrying’ that report finds former garda commissioner destroyed ‘8-10 bags’

A poster campaign highlighting political failures in the peace process has been launched by Belfast-based news and analysis website The Detail.

Campaign based on series of articles and infographics published by The Detail website

A file photos from 1998 showing a  colour party forming a guard of honour for the body of   Ronan MacLochlainn prior to his funeral. Photograph: The Irish Times

Retired Garda says robbery attempt may have been prompted by ‘blue flu day’

Hiqa said it was seriously concerned about standards in disability services run or funded by the HSE. Photograph: The Irish Times

State watchdog Hiqa inspectors witness ‘inhumane or degrading treatment’

A report published by the Mental Health Commission into Knockroe House found evidence of three instances of sexual contact between a man and woman in its care over a five-month period in 2014. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Man involved in incidents of ‘sexual nature’ with another resident and staff member

Imogen Stuart and Edna O’Brien: ‘Two amazing women’  being honoured ‘by their peers in the most fitting way possible for artists’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Aosdána honour given by President Higgins for singular, sustained distinction in arts

Marie Collins: Development a “very serious mater”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Criticism comes in wake of apparent move against Chilean survivor Juan Carlos Cruz

Clare Daly TD told an event organised by the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment: “It is the political establishment that is the key barrier to the change that is necessary and wanted on this issue.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland at ‘critical juncture’ ahead of general election, pro-choice conference hears

Mary Lou McDonald at a Sinn Féin meeting in Co Meath on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mary Lou McDonald says report shows Taoiseach’s ‘ineptitude and duplicity’

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness speaking to members of the Media at a Sinn Féin party Think in at Gormanstown, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

DUP leader to use procedural manoeuvres to stop Stormont posts going to SF or SDLP

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said: “We are very, very concerned at the way the State has responded to this political opposition to the Government’s policies.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader says demonstration got ‘out of hand’ but response was ‘disproportionate’

Sir Edward Carson’s statue seen behind a road sign at Stormont on Thursday in Belfast. A political crisis has erupted following the murder of Kevin McGuigan  last month. Photograph: Getty

Fianna Fáil leader accuses Sinn Féin of ‘duplicity and dishonesty’ over North crisis

The number of Murphys in the US was more than 300,000 at the time of the 2000 census compared to around 55,000 in Ireland.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Jean-Claude Juncker says nearly everyone in Europe has been a refugee at some stage

The audits revealed discrepancies in the number of allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse made to two orders and those reported to gardaí. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

New audits by National Board for Safeguarding Children published

Donabate Golf Club president Charlie Donnelly said AIB requested that Grant Thornton carry out a review of the feasibility of the club.

President says recession was hitting income as membership numbers declined

The Rainbow Warrior was heading for the Mururoa Atoll in the south Pacific, where France was planning a series of nuclear tests. Photograph: Patrick Riviere/AFP/Getty Images

Crew member expresses anger at French government for ‘brutal arrogance’ of actions

Teachers and special needs assistants with students at Mother of Consolation School, Donnycarney, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trend linked to parents getting private diagnoses of needs to support applications

Migrant families wait to be registered by the police at the Lesbos port in Greece. Photograph: Angelos tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Syrians registered as refugees equivalent to combined population of Connacht, Clare and Kerry

Police seek to detain a woman and child after a train from Budapest heading to the Austrian border was stopped in Bicske, west of the Hungarian capital, on September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Istvan Bielik/AFP/Getty Images

Accelerating number registering in Europe in first half of year most evident in Hungary

 Ireland rugby  manager Joe Schmidt during a citizenship ceremony at the Department of Justice and Equality, St Stephen’s, Green, Dublin, September 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three ‘warriors’ of Irish game become country’s newest citizens at Dublin ceremony

Athletes and transplant recipients Tony Gartland, Peter Heffernan, Kieran Murray and Deirdre Faul, who between them won 13 medals at the World Transport Games in Argentina, with team manager Colin White in Dublin airport on Monday night.

Airport greetings after four athletes take 13 medals at World Transplant Games in Argentina

Closures: 140 Garda stations were closed nationwide in 2012-13. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Reduction in rural stations leaving communities exposed to crime, campaigners claim

Behind every statistic is a tragedy for the victim’s family and community. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

More than 200 people, including 25 minors, have died on Irish farms in the past decade

Centenarian Maire Godfrey at  home in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

All Ireland's “super-centenarians", people who have lived past 110, were women

Dermot Comerford  worked at Ballydowd special care unit between 2006 and 2013. He claims he was unfairly dismissed after being asked to provide evidence of public liability insurance, which he says he did not require because he was an employee. The HSE denies this and says Mr Comerford was an independent contractor. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dermot Comerford says he was an employee as HSE labels him an independent contractor

Over 140 nationalities in schools, with students from Kyrgyzstan, Tonga and Azerbaijan

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: says certain services needed to change “radically and quickly”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Inspections by Hiqa reveal ‘model of care outdated in many other states since the 1980s’

A scene from the RTÉ documentary on the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Providers fail to meet requisite standard in 46% of cases inspected by Hiqa to date

Cregg House: the facility for more than 100 adults with intellectual disabilities in Cregg, Rosses Point, Co Sligo, failed to comply with any Hiqa standards during five separate visits. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

One in seven disability homes failed to comply with standards, ‘Irish Times’ analysis finds

A screen grab from RTÉ’s Investigations Unit - Inside Bungalow 3 report on Áras Attracta on  Prime Time last December.

One-third of Hiqa visits to HSE centres record failure to meet any of its standards

A Hiqa inspection of Kilkenny disability home St Michael’s found it to be understaffed, inadequately resourced and unclean with two rodent traps found in the dining room in one of two bungalows.

Evacuation route in St Michael’s blocked with debris and chairs during May inspection

St Vincent de Paul volunteers: the charity got nearly €130,000 from the poor box last year.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Judges around the country directed more than 1,000 offenders pay money to charity

When the first lottery draw took place in 1988, the chances of your numbers coming in were one in 1,947,792.

Data blog: Odds of winning lottery to go from one in 8.1m to one in 10.7m next month

Hiqa inspectors  found there were “significant deficits” in the quality of care provided to the nine residents of the two “Group L” houses which are run by Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services at St Anne’s Residential Services outside Roscrea.

Protections for residents from financial abuse ‘unsatisfactory’ in St Anne’s, Roscrea

Worldwide the amount of carbon dioxide emitted has grown year-on-year for the past two decades.

The power plan has put climate change and ways to combat it back on centre stage

More people than ever before are spending time on trolleys in Irish hospitals.

Drogheda hospital has highest number of patients on trolleys, reaching 769 last month

 CSO figures show Irish people love their cars, which made up three quarters of journeys made between October and December.   File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bicycle trips made up just 1.6% of all journeys last year

Anti-water charge protesters in Cork. Irish Water said there were no significant regional variations in payment levels. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Utility says to release such information could lead to non-payment of bills in the future

Analysis of election spending for the last general election and subsequent byelections shows successful TDs spent an average of €18,746 campaigning. Image: Paul Scott

Wexford’s Mick Wallace spent 70 cent, while Galway West’s Noel Grealish spent €6.29

There are more Seanad voters registered in Britain than in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Leitrim combined.

Registered Seanad voters are in Tonga, Lesotho, Greenland ... and the USSR

As David Norris pointed out in a Seanad debate in May, the combined university panel electorate is “150,000 times the number for the taoiseach’s 11 nominees”.

Six Senators are elected by NUI and Trinity College graduates

An  Immigrant Council of Ireland anti-racism campaign. Photograph: Immigrant Council of Ireland website

Immigrant Council of Ireland interviews young men on their experiences in Republic

Gardaí took an average of 7.7 sick days last year, compared with 9.6 days for those working in the health sector. Photograph: Frank Miller

Civil service records highest number of days lost while education had lowest absenteeism

Documents  show 32 small primary schools in Co Mayo – all of them of Catholic patronage – have been identified for possible amalgamation to reduce costs and support educational goals. File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Taoiseach’s opposition key to rejection by Government of report’s recommendations

In 12 of the 14 crime categories (with homicides and kidnapping and related offences being the exceptions), the CSO determined the force was under-reporting crime by an average of 18 per cent.   File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

CSO report finds Garda under-reporting crime and overstating detection rates

The CSO is publishing its report on Garda crime statistics today. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

What is the new Central Statistics Office report on Garda data and why does it matter?

Review finds an under-recording of crime by Garda “issues” with the way Garda record data.

Review of crime statistics says CSO will work with Garda to ‘improve reliability of data’

All available resources should be utilised for society’s most vulnerable

Statistics from the Central Statistics Office show the average working week is now a half hour longer than it was five years ago - at 35.7 hours in the first three months of 2015 compared to 35.2 hours in the same period in 2009.

Interactive table shows how many jobs created or lost in your sector over five years

When asked what the used as their main source of news 41 per cent said they accessed news online (including from websites, social media, apps and blogs) while 37 per cent cited television (both TV bulletins and 24-hour news channels) as their main news source.

Survey notes that smartphones are ‘defining device’ for consuming journalism

Age Action releases financial abuse survey results to coincide with World Elder Abuse Day

Parents can register their children for the Under-6s Free GP Care from Monday, June 15th onwards. File photograph: Getty Images

Uptake among GPs varies from 94% in Donegal to 8% in South Tipperary

Residents of a Co Louth centre for people with disabilities were repeatedly locked into the bungalow unsupervised, an inspection has found

Centre in Co Louth non-compliant in nine of 10 categories during April inspection

A total of 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to the UK for abortions last year, an increase on the 2013 of 3,679.

Figures show 3,735 women with Irish addresses travelled to UK for abortions in 2014

Managing editor Cliff Taylor remembered Sean Flynn (pictured) as a friend who ‘put a smile on your face’, a journalist with an ‘extraordinary talent’, and a dedicated family man. Photograph: Eric Luke

Particular tribute paid to four staff members who died suddenly in the past two years

Government called on to develop a nationally agreed pay scale for childhood service professionals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Government ‘need to recognise sector for the hugely important public service it is’

Somali speaker Iftina Abdule with her daughters Isra (3) and Ishraq (15 months) in her home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

More than one in 10 speak a language other than Irish or English when at home

For the first time the CSO have also provided an analysis of the top ten most popular surnames of babies registered in 2014. Photograph: Getty Images

Separate figures show birth rate among Irish teenagers at lowest level in 14 years

Almost half of dogs impounded in three council areas were put down last year. Photograph:  Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty

Dog Trust says councils need to work with dog charities to reduce figures

 United Nations secretary general   Ban Ki-moon  speaking in Dublin Castle on May 25th, 2015.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

UN chief praises Ireland’s vote in same-sex marriage referendum with Dublin speech

Current permissions allowing students to study in Ireland while attending a 25-week English language programme will be reduced from a year to eight months from October.

Reforms welcomed by bodies representing students and regulated private colleges

Crowds react in the court yard at Dublin Castle on Saturay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tourism Ireland aim to capture part of ‘new and emerging’ LGBT wedding tourism market

Bernadette Warnock, who resigned as a director of the board of Positive Action in July 2013.

Woman remanded on bail to appear before court again in July

Hiqa inspectors have raised ‘grave concerns’ over practices  at two centres on the St John of God Community Services campus in Co Kildare. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Hiqa inspectors raise ‘grave concerns’ over practices at St John of God campus

Procesa Basa Robediso, who was employed as a nurse in Simpson’s Hospital nursing home, Dundrum, Dublin 16, between  2010 and  2013, is accused of professional misconduct and poor professional performance over  allegedly locking an elderly  resident in a bathroom. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fitness-to-practise inquiry retires to consider verdict in Dundrum nursing home case

Chair of the Adoption Authority of Ireland Geoffrey Shannon said the adoption process would not change. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

On TV debate Geoffrey Shannon stresses he is not advocating for Yes or No in referendum

Ryan Cannon from Killiney leading cyclists who on Sunday completed a 1,400km journey around Ireland for Cycle Against Suicide. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Extended stage for peleton 250-strong winds way into capital after 7,000 play part in effort

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said that the referendum is asking to people to not only redefine marriage, but to redefine the family. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Archbishop Michael Neary says Church is against proposal to redefine marriage

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: said the executive “accepts” and was committed to implementing all eight recommendations made in a highly critical Hiqa report.  Photograph: David Sleator.

Tony O’Brien apologises to families and commits to implementing recommendations

There are five radiologists per 100,000 population in Ireland compared with 7.8 in Germany and 11.3 in France, says Royal College of Surgeons.

RCSI faculty says more consultants needed after X-ray errors

Minister for Children James Reilly said his immediate priority was ‘to ensure that no child is at risk of harm’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Files - some of which date back at least 10 years - are being reviewed by Tusla

The Detail, a Belfast-based news and analysis website, has pulled together statistics from various sources to “paint a picture of modern Northern Ireland”.

Imagining NI highlights ‘big issues’ not on political election agenda

A legal adviser to the Mothers and Fathers Matter group, Tom Finnegan, referred to a poster (above) erected by the group in recent days referring to surrogacy which he acknowledged was “probably the most controversial” of its three posters.

Surrogacy and donor-assisted reproduction ‘clearly relevant to discussion’

A HIQA report has found that a centre, run by the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, St Anne’s Residential Services in Roscrea, was understaffed.

Residents activities sometimes restricted to walking around a courtyard, Hiqa finds

A language student protests outside the Modern Educational Centre on Harcourt St, where classes have been cancelled and staff wages have gone unpaid.

Irish Council for International Students describes situation as ‘extremely confused’

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Irish Times survey shows 18- to 24-year-olds most likely to binge but over-60s drink most regularly

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to party between 1984 and 2000 included businessmen, clergy and unions

The National Transport Authority took 80 prosecutions against taxi drivers last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Half of 952 taxi complaints in 2014 related to behaviour and one-third to fares

A report published in November found that the Garda Síochána was under-recording crime trends by some 38 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO will decide whether to resume publication of figures following analysis

Smoking in bed was highlighted as a particular risk. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

One third of all fatal house fires start in the bedroom, often from a cigarette

Cigarettes were the suspected cause in a quarter of cases, electrical appliances were suspected in 18 per cent of cases and electric blankets in 3 per cent. Matches, candles and chip pan fires were the next most likely causes

Ten years of data, of 366 deaths from 326 fires, shows often the cause is unknown

Mary Lou McDonald said she was “deeply alarmed” by the proposal  to change to the date from which refugee bodies are subject to freedom of information legislation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Mary Lou McDonald ‘alarmed’ by Freedom of Information proposals for refugee bodies

The marriage rate in 2014  of 4.8 per 1,000 of the population  is the same now as it was in 1864, according to the CSO. Photograph: Getty

There were 392 civil partnership ceremonies in 2014, 242 male unions and 150 female

 An expert witness in a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland fitness-to-practice inquiry said it was her opinion that a nurse who gave a double dose of lithium to a patient fell short of the standards expected of her.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Procesa Basa Robediso accused of professional misconduct and poor performance

At the fitness-to-practise committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Procesa Basa Robediso,  a former nurse in Simpson’s Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin 16, is accused of professional misconduct and poor professional performance. Library photograph: Thinkstock

Fitness-to-practice case hears claims of double dose of drugs and mixing up patients

Only 3% of parents of children under 13 say religion plays no role in upbringing

Irish Water says it still intends to pursue businesses for unpaid commercial rates

Further €50m debt from local authorities to be written off by State-owned utility

An Ipsos MRBI poll on behalf of The Irish Times Survey shows  the average Irish wedding had 110 attendees, including the bride and groom. Under-35s were more likely to have had larger weddings, averaging 141 people.

Poll shows under-35s invite more friends to their weddings. Over-55s invite more family

Marchers are converging on O’Connell Street for a rally at 2pm. Photograph: Pamela Duncan

Large crowds gather on O’Connell Street to call for abolition of charges

The survey asked about six areas of “worry”: not having enough money; not having enough free time; work-life balance; physical health; mental health; and relationship difficulties

‘Irish Times’ poll shows women worry more than men and anxieties decrease with age

Viewing an eclipse in London in 1999. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Solar eclipses of this magnitude are rare and cloud breaks should let most people see it

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