Susanna Wickes and Tom Wang: ‘I feel I’ve settled into Dublin really quickly and we really like it.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A whirlwind romance carried an Edinburgh woman living in Inner Mongolia and a local man working in a coffee shop there all the way(...)

Residents at the Longboat Quay apartment complex in Dublin’s docklands, have complained of a lack of communication and clarity regarding the future of their homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tenants say they have had a number of issues in ‘worst’ apartment complex in area

Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan: ‘Dublin’s small enough that you can actually be someone here.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

For the granddaughter of former Indian president KR Narayanan – a ‘diplobrat’, as she calls herself – Dublin is just the latest ch(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Leading human rights lawyer Raji Sourani appears before Oireachtas committee

The IFPA annual report notes a 39 per cent increase in the number of women aged 44 and above availing of face-to-face counselling last year compared to 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

IFPA warns young Irish women can’t afford contraception and sexual health services

Queue for the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

More than 700 queue from early Monday morning in Dublin

Tara Flynn speaking at the March for Choice organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Thousands of people take part in demonstration in central Dublin

Approximately 100,000 applicants attend the Burgh Quay office every year, making it one of the busiest offices in the State. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Introduction of online appointment service at ‘advanced stage’, says Department

Sustainable Development Goals will replace the Millennium Development Goals.

Sustainable Development Goals aim to end extreme poverty and fight inequality

Karen Smith from Drogheda was on her way to a protest in central Dublin last Saturday when she passed a woman sitting on the pavement outside the Bank of Ireland on College Green. Photograph: Karen Smith

Woman, who is nearly 90, wasn’t homeless but couldn’t afford to feed herself or pay bills

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Paddy Cosgrave’s decision to relocate the Web Summit as “an individual choice”, saying it was not a question of the Government’s failure to reach Mr Cosgrave’s demands. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decision to relocate annual technology gathering ‘an individual choice’ says Taoiseach

Canadian Tima Kurdi, the aunt of of three-year-old Syrian refugee boy Aylan Kurdi who died trying to reach Greece from Turkey, writes on a giant citizen’s Refugees Welcome Wall during a demonstration in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Minister says those staying at new reception and orientation centres to be ‘fast-tracked’

Bedilu Gebreselassie: ‘People here can demonstrate in the streets, they have the freedom to speak. That’s real freedom.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trips to Ireland to further his passion for running led to Bedilu Gebreselassie, a member of a political group opposed to Ethiopia(...)

The Trinity Impact Evaluation  research group will work with aid agencies, policymakers and governments to figure out whether development assistance can bring about real change in the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TIME research to focus on how overseas aid can bring real change to poorest nations

President Michael D Higgins shakes hands with Pat Ayton and other literacy tutors at the National Adult Literacy Awareness Week launch at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Adults with low literacy endure ‘shame, low self-esteem, isolation and fear of being found out’

World vision: the United Nations’ sustainable development goals

World leaders gather next week to set sustainable development goals to raise health, education and living standards. Ireland has a(...)

Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Over 210,000 first-time asylum seekers arrived in EU between April and June 2015

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh rescued 380 people from the Mediterranean on Friday. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Irish patrol ship conducts three search and rescue missions in a day in Mediterranean

Former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty will contest the upcoming general election in the constituency of Dublin Mid West. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Former TD confirms he will stand in Dublin Mid-West as part of Independent Alliance

Flamenco dancer Jordan Souza from the Dublin School of Flamenco in the front square of Trinity College Dublin ahead of Culture Night 2015.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rain spreading from the West on Sunday as Kerry and Dublin meet in Croke Park football final

According to the new ASAI code, e-cigarettes should not contain health or medicinal claims unless authorised to do so and may not use any design, imagery or logo style that may be associated with a tobacco brand. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

E-cigarettes advertising ‘very much along the same line as the old tobacco industry’

Nina Panagopoulou at home in Dublin: ‘Being in a foreign country, away from Greece, I was treated like I was an expert: a politician or an economist.’ Photograph: Sara Freund

A Greek artist, struggling in the ‘chaos’ that descended on Athens, took a trip to Galway, found that Ireland resonated with her a(...)

Syrian refugees walk along the Istanbul-Edirne highway in an attempt to cross the Turkish-Greek border in Edirne, a city in the west of Turkey. Photograph: Cem Turkel/EPA

‘Winter is coming, shelter and places of safety must urgently be provided’ - MSF director

TD Paul Murphy (second from left) with other anti-water charge campaigners during a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

TD calls on people to demand charges are dropped and to protect the right to march

Cancer survivor Elaine Kelly from Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Despite initial reservations ‘you can’t put a price on the quality of life I have now’

Filming at Skellig Michael was cancelled on Monday morning due to high winds. Photograph Charles McQuillan/GC Images

Small boats servicing site refuse to go to sea due to poor weather and rough conditions

 Motasem (left) from Syria and Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre  at the NGO Coalition meeting about the refugee crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish Refugee Council warns that housing people in barracks prevents integration

Zeenie Summers: struggled with depression and homelessness in Galway, but found solace in singing and dress-making. Photograph: Sara Freund

All the Lonely People: After her mother died, Zeenie Summers moved to Ireland to stay with her father, but she fell into depressio(...)

The Irish patrol ship LÉ Niamh successfully rescued 317 men, 11 women and one child about 58km north of Tripoli in Libya on Saturday. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Irish patrol ship rescues 317 men, 11 women and one child from Mediterranean

A crew member of the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh holds a baby who was rescued last month. Photograph: Carmelo Imbesi/AP Photo

Irish patrol ship received emergency call in Mediterranean at 9.50am on Saturday

Migrants wait to cross the Greek-Macedonia border near the village of Idomeni, in northern Greece. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

‘We have . . . to do what is right’

Tents, sleeping bags and clothes can be left at the Global Green area on Monday after 10am

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly disagreed with Fr McVerry’s assessment of emergency hostels, saying there were over 120 drug free and alcohol free beds available. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Government will supply ‘whatever funding necessary’ to deal with homelessness crisis

A migrant holds a sign in front of Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Taoiseach says numbers to increase under EU deal

The Clark Family Project pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Cooler temperatures expected over festival weekend with dry weather and bright spells

Migrants wait to cross Greek Macedonian border near the town of Idomeni, Northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

State must play role in ‘one of the most challenging issues for humankind’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Happy to debate Fennelly conclusions when Dáil resumes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach reacts to criticism, alleging possible individual agendas with eye to publicity

A survey has found that the vast majority of Irish people believe the State should continue to invest in overseas aid in the developing world, even during a recession.  Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Poll shows 79% of Irish people believe State has obligation to invest in developing world

 Liam Lambert in a fire-damaged part of the Lambert Puppet Theatre, with Judge. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Jack and Beanstalk show still set to open this Saturday as local gardaí investigate blaze

Flor Sylvester with her husband, the Irish musician Colm Quearney, and daughter, Kaifina, at the Lysaght Gallery in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund

The granddaughter of a Venezuelan tribal chief was drawn to Ireland by love, and she fell for the country just as quickly

Crew members and participants in Safe Haven Voyages on board the ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, docked in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Asylum seekers take part in Safe Haven Voyages initiative off Cork coast

The study found 46% of Irish teenagers prefer not to reveal their identity online. Photographer: Bloomberg

Social media: One-third of Irish parents have never used Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram

Rohan*, an undocumented migrant, poses in front of the mural at the  Migrant Rights Centre in Dublin.  Photograph: Sara Freund

A 17-year-old undocumented migrant from Mauritius who moved to Dublin eight years ago has to withhold a part of himself even from (...)

Alan Kelly has called on Gerry Adams to say the IRA “will never exist again”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recent murders expose ‘interchangability’ of Sinn Féin and IRA, claims Martin

The Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI) launched on Thursday a Tenants Guide to Renting to help students and first-time renters make informed decision when searching for suitable housing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Students and first-time renters should make informed decision before signing lease

The  report found that Ireland, along with countries such as Russia, Mexico, Israel and Colombia, has made limited efforts to investigate or prosecute foreign bribery cases

Transparency International report says State in need of foreign bribery investigators

The HSE advert on the JobBridge website seeks an individual with a degree in psychology and a master’s in psychology in a relevant clinical area. Photograph: Eric Luke

Position will ‘bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives’

Gabriel Galway, with his mother Catherine, looking at houses in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of third-level entrants descend on cities in search of suitable accommodation

UCD Student Union spokesman David Burns said the decision to prioritise certain students was not sustainable, particularly given the recent hike in accommodation prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

First year and international students prioritised at expense of second and third years

Keith Beggs and Beatriz Ageno: ‘I fell in love with him right away. He was really charming and funny.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Beatriz Ageno says the Irish sense of humour is just like the Chilean, and it was the charm of a Finglas man that enticed her to m(...)

A migrant woman hugs her children, moments after arriving on a dinghy on the Greek island of Kos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Over half of Irish people unaware of scale of worldwide refugee crisis, study finds

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

National spokeswoman for the Simon Communities, Niamh Randall, described the latest rental inflation as an “emergency. Photograph: Frank Miller

Simon Community says Government must ‘intervene urgently’ before winter

 Mia Colleran and Shona Ni Aodhagain celebrate getting their Leaving Certificate results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Third level welfare officers call for ‘long-term solution’ to accommodation crisis

Modar Naser from Syria, with his wife, Dima, and their children, Naser (15) and Kamar (17), at home in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

A series about the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland: When a bomb fell close to their home in Damascus, the Naser family decided(...)

Denis O’Brien said: “I wish to state that I respect Dáil privilege as long as it is not exploited in a manner designed to damage the reputation of an individual, particularly one who is not before the House and entitled to Dáil privilege.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Businessman concurs ‘absolutely’ with fundamental right to ‘one’s good name’

Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan described the Irish Pride factory closure as a “major blow” to the local economy of Ballinrobe.

Loss of 60 factory jobs a ‘major blow’ to the local Ballinrobe economy in Mayo

An Afghan migrant who wished to remain unidentified waiting to try to cross the border into Hungary from Serbia, early in July 2015. Walli Ullah Safi, who is now officially an asylum seeker in Ireland, was remanded in Cloverhill Prison after he was discovered on the side of a motorway here in July. File photograph: Mauricio Lima/New York Times

Walli Ullah Safi case indicative of ‘culture of disbelief around asylum claims’

While Hiqa currently provides the inspection, registration and monitoring of the State’s residential care centres for children, Tulsa provides the same service within the non-statutory children’s centres. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ombudsman finds staff shortages leading to delays in care centre assessments

Paul Knox with pupils from the Casteheaney Educate Together school in Ongar. Photograph: Alan Betson

School opening would result in ‘reckless waste of taxpayer money’, says Educate Together

The giant inflatable minion that fell on the Swords Road on Monday. Photograph: Twitter

Inflatable Minion at Bounce Ireland headquarters undergoing repairs

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe told the Irish Examiner he expected Taoiseach Enda Kenny to serve “another five years and more” if he returned as Taoiseach following the next general election.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Banking inquiry final report will not push back general election date, says chief whip

Celina Vieites, originally from Argentina, with her husband Macdara and their children, Felix and Liam, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A series on the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland: Since he popped the question in a Buenos Aires cafe, Celina Vieites and her I(...)

An Eritrean mother with child waits for an opportunity to cross the fences to the tracks as French police tries to block access on the outskirts of Calais, France. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

193 member states have agreed on the new Sustainable Development Goals

Eurobarometer survey found rising prices, inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues facing Irish people. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Despite concerns over rising prices, Irish people are optimistic about the future

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said there was a ‘very good chance’ Irish Water would pass next year’s  Eurostat test  he expected the number of people paying their water charges to rise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister expects utility to pass test next year and numbers paying water charges to rise

Team Ireland’s Nuala Browne celebrates after winning a silver medal for finishing second in the 500m Race Singles Tourist, with Nicola Higgins who finished 5th and Rita Quirke,  who won bronze in kayaking. Photoraph: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Special Olympics athletes claim another 11 medals bringing total haul so far to 33

Gráinne O’Hara: ‘The type of work I do is very, very compelling.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dubliner Gráinne O’Hara, who has worked for the UN Refugee Agency for more than 20 years, says displaced people flee to Europe onl(...)

Migrants who managed to pass the police block on the Eurotunnel site race towards the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

UN special envoy Peter Sutherland says media exaggerating on migrants flooding UK

French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday.  Photograph: AFP

Under 1951 Refugee Convention countries are obliged to accept refugees - Sutherland

Team Ireland’s Laura Reynolds, a member of Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club, from Kilbride, Co Wicklow, is tackled by Ana Guadalup Bollo, SO Ecuador, during the SO Ecuador v SO Ireland qualifier basketball game at the Galen Center. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Special Olympics 2015: Team Ireland wins further seven medals in LA

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin after the prisoners staged a protest on the roof of the prison. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Disciplinary hearings for prisoners involved in disturbance to commence on Thursday

Abdul Khan: ‘I have a great foster family. My English is good. I love it here.’ Photograph: Sara Freund

Having fled the Taliban aged 17, Abdul Khan was abandoned on O’Connell Street in Dublin, alone, frightened and without a word of E(...)

Eric Davis thinks going to pub is boring: ‘Everyone is drinking and that’s where they get their thrill, their adrenalin from.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A series about the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland. This week: A Mormon from the US finds Irish-style dating shocking and wish(...)

A series on the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland: A 33-year-old woman was sifting through potential suitors in India when an of(...)

Dungarvan Harbour, Co Waterford. The local GAA club paid tribute to a young man who drowned in Thailand.

Money raised to bring home Dungarvan man who drowned in Thailand earlier this week

Gareth Robinson, son of First Minister Peter Robinson, told the Irish News that no representatives of his PR company has ‘facilitated or were in any way involved in the sale of Nama assets to Cerberus’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nama officials to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Carys Davies has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.  Photograph: The Frank O’Connor Award

Author of ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ described as ‘a remarkable voice’

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ibrahim Halawa ‘unlikely to be released’ until trial process is concluded

Tággidi Mar Ribeiro: ‘If I work here with a full-time job as a cleaner, my life will be better than working in Brazil in my field.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A series on the lives of recent arrivals to Ireland. For an ‘older’ Brazilian in Ireland, finding work isn’t easy, and turning dow(...)

Mr Ó Murchú was former head of Irish language programmes, controller of programmes and deputy director general at RTÉ.

Former RTÉ broadcaster discovered a ‘rich and exciting new world’ in poetry and song

People queue outside Flynn’s Funeral Home in Athlone ahead of  the removal of the late Laurence and Martina Hayes who were killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack last week. Photograph: James Flynn/APX.

Funeral service for Martina and Laurence Hayes to take place in Athlone on Friday

Revenue has collected in excess of €1 billion in Local Property Tax since 2013, €45 million of which went to the household charge. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

About 47,000 registered properties have no indentifiable owner

A book of condolence for husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes is signed in Athlone Civic Centre following their deaths in Tunisia. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Remains of eight Britons killed in shooting repatriated to United Kingdom

Pensioners line up outside a National Bank branch in Athens, Greece. Bank branches around Greece opened on Wednesday to allow pensioners to receive a small part of their benefits. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

‘What is Europe to do? Simply stagger from one economically debilitating crisis to the next?’

Tuesday evening’s road death brings to three the number of cyclists who have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times The number of deaths among cyclists on our roads more than doubled last year, up from five to 12. Photograph: Cyril Byrne The number of deaths among cyclists on our roads more than doubled last year, up from five to 12. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Death brings to three the number of cyclists who have died on Irish roads so far this year

Lefah Ballo with his partner, Caitríona Rodgerson, and their daughter, Nina, in Churchtown, Dublin. The couple met in Africa in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

A new series in which newcomers to Ireland talk about the joys and challenges of their new lives. ‘In Mali everyone thinks Europe (...)

The real warm weather from the south is due to arrive on Wednesday, bringing serious heat for the first time this summer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Temperatures in mid-20s expected next week after weather clears on Sunday

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD has welcomed Michael Nolan’s appointment as the first chief executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nolan spent most of his career in the public service and with National Roads Authority

Temperatures are expected to hit 25 degrees  next Wednesday. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Mini heatwave set to hit Irish shores with humid and warm weather across the nation

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paudie Coffey fails to confirm whether tenants face eviction if they do not pay water bill

Darren May, Sarah Piggot and Erin Doran enjoy the sunshine in the Dublin Bay area designated a biosphere reserve. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Habitat recognised globally due to migratory birds from such places as Arctic and Russia

Hannah Corby, Gary Fitzpatrick and Helena O’Donnell from Oxfam Ireland call on Enda Kenny to book his flight for UN talks in Ethiopia on financing development next month. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Oxfam and public petition appeal to Kenny to play role in creating fairer global tax system

Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, are calling for a “fair and balanced investigation” into the road incident where their son Pádraig  (pictured) was hit by a van in Cape Cod.

Pádraig Schaler (25) was hit by a van while cycling to work in Cape Cod

Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa, sisters of jailed Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa outside Government Buildings.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Halawa’s trial has been put back seven times since his arrest in Cairo almost two years ago

 Max Barrett (6) and Holly Barrett (3) at the Launch of the 10th Anniversary of the Pfizer Health Index. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Some 63% of people say personal finances are more important than health and welfare

Sean Fahey, one of the seven students injured in the Berkeley balcony collapse, has been released from hospital.

Sean Fahey has been released from hospital and is planning to return home to Dublin

Members of the Public during a memorial service in UCD, Dublin for the six students who died in the balcony collapse tragedy in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

UCD’s book of condolence signed more than 20,000 times since being opened last week

People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park to mourn the loss of the six Irish students who died in an early Tuesday morning balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bodies of four of six students killed in incident arriving in Dublin on Sunday morning

The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, which Luxembourg’s MEP Charles Goerens says has brought shame on Europe, may finally create the impetus needed to end this rhetoric and initiate action. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images

European nations failing to meet 0.7% aid commitment due to ‘lack of political will’

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