Minister of State Kathleen Lynch  says the review aims to give a stronger voice to the individual . Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals from expert group aimed at modernising mental health legislation

Leo Varadkar: Was unconvinced that sponsorship of sporting events increased overall consumption. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister’s spokesman says no conflict with plans to tackle sponsorship aimed at minors

Kathleen Lynch: Intends to change legislation shortly to reflect the recommendations on ECT use. Photograph: The Irish Times

Current legislation allows shock treatment on patients unwilling to provide consent

Sophie Magennis, UNHCR Ireland’s head of office, called for the length of time asylum seekers spend awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to be reduced, in order to limit the negative effects highlighted in the ‘Towards a New Beginning’ report. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most asylum seekers have spent four years or more in State-funded accommodation units

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Money would open more hospital beds, pay for nursing home places and provide for home help

Increasing the employee rate of PRSI from 4 to 5 per cent for higher earners would affect 250,000 employees and yield €60 million, according to the report

Increase in contributions needed to keep social insurance fund on sustainable footing

Beaumont Hospital has confirmed that it is conducting an investigation into complaints about the treatment of a man in his 80s.

Campaign group says strong laws needed to make managers accountable

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan endorsed a more gradual approach to lending restrictions rather than suddenly restricting banks from lending more than 80 per cent of a home’s purchase price. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Rents close to boom peak and Department of Finance fears mortgage rules will not help

Oberstown is the setting for a new child detention campus which will accommodate teenage offenders who until recently have been placed in St Patrick’s Institution, a wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: The Irish Times

Hiqa report says one child spent 83 hours in isolation over four-day period

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