Tetlanyo Lekalake  hopes to go to business school in the next few years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Tetlanyo Lekalake arrived from Botswana via South Africa in 2014

Palestinian children play outside their house at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Direct provision ‘entirely unsuitable’ for children, says Irish Refugee Council

Litter lines the entrance to the popular Myrtleville beach near Crosshaven. Photograph: Howard Crowdy

Bottles, cans, shoes, tents, barbecues and bras among the items discarded on beaches

The plan includes the introduction of a benchmarking system  to allow teachers to track their progress in using digital technologies when teaching. Photograph: Getty Images

Digital strategy seeks to enhance learning and teaching through more technology

The area where the men were stopped and arrested is close to the homes of many of the Hutch family and their associates.

Second man released following arrests over firearm in Dublin’s north inner city

Dara Calleary: Fianna Fáil cannot understand why Fine Gael is so determined to undermine the judiciary

Fianna Fáil question why Fine Gael has gone ahead with 'arrogant' appointment

 Maybelle (L) and Eve Wallis (R) in  Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: English couple Eve and Maybelle Wallis arrived after Brexit in 2017

The number of teenage girls aged 12-18 discharged from hospital with a principal diagnosis of anorexia or bulimia rose from 47 cases in 2005 to 93 in 2015. File photograph: iStock

HSE says the number of hospitalisations for anorexia and bulimia has doubled

Megan Devaney: ‘When other girls my age started going to discos and house parties, I stayed in my own little bubble at home.’

Megan Devaney was diagnosed with anorexia and hospitalised when she was 14-years-old

The event  aims to encourage  understanding among Irish people at a time when followers of Islam are being increasingly stigmatised. Photograph: Under One Tent

Under One Tent hopes to encourage communication and integration among different faiths

 President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani during the EU-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly in Florence, Italy, last last month. File photograph: Maurizio Degl’ Innocenti/EPA

Many refugees leaving smaller EU countries in favour of life in Germany, Sweden and UK

Mabel Chah: “80-90 per cent of the time I don’t hear back from employers.” Photograph: James Connolly

New to the Parish: A Cameroonian refugee loved Sligo town immediately

Refugees and migrants  in the Mediterranean, north of Libya, in 2016. Photograph:  Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Burden of refugee crisis must be shared, says UN agency

Dervilla Hynes, who underwent surgery for a brain tumour in 2015, prepares for the race. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Tales of love and courage resonate among committed athletes running for charity

If the Government fails to meet EU emissions targets by 2020 it could face a fine of between €140 million to €600 million. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government accused of acting like a ‘chancer’ and ‘laggard’ on meeting climate targets

National Botanic Gardens, in Glasnevin, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin most popular OPW heritage site in 2016

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson said: “It is unconscionable that one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters would simply walk away from its responsibility to people both at home and abroad, in the interest of short-term fossil fuel profits.” File photograph: Getty Images

‘Unconscionable’ for US to walk away in interest of short term profits - former president Mary Robinson

Younger drivers often experience fear on the road despite passing the driving test. Photograph: iStock

Ulster and Connacht drivers say roads more dangerous than 10 years ago, study finds

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at Sheridan Court in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Local residents on Dorset street fear for safety after man found dead in carpark

Patricia García arrived from Spain in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: ‘I’m in no rush to move back’

‘There’s this assumption that if we do something about carbon consumption, or taxing carbon consumption, the climate will stop changing. It’s complete and utter rubbish’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ryanair boss reiterates claim that he would ‘shoot’ all Dublin cyclists

Lotto Jackpot ticket was sold in Dun Laoghaire in south Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Euromillions ticket worth €500,000 in Friday’s draw also sold in Dublin

A spokesman for Dublin City Council said the bridge went into ‘fail safe mode’ where it detected an internal pressure drop. Photograph: Sorcha Nic Mhathúna

Crossings have resumed after toll bridge went into ‘fail safe mode’ for almost an hour

Emil Kurbedinov from Crimea at Dublin’s City Hall after receiving the 2017 Front Line Defenders award. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Emil Kurbedinov given Front Line Defenders award for supporting human rights activists

A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body as they have not yet fully developed the ability to cool down. Stock photograph: Getty Images

A child’s body heats up three to five times more quickly than that of an adult

Temperatures at Malin Head, Co Donegal reached 25.1 degrees for three consecutive hours on Thursday, the highest since records began in 1885. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thursday recorded as hottest May day at Malin Head since records began

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon: “Number of complaints suggest that public bodies and Government departments have a long way to go towards fully respecting and promoting children’s rights.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Complaints over education, child protection and housing continued to escalate in 2016

Abdulbaset Alazhare arrived in Ireland from Homs in 2013. “My English was really bad when I arrived and I couldn’t really understand anything, especially with the Irish accent,” he says

Recent arrivals escaping conflict have thrived through Leaving Cert and college

Members of An Garda Síochána who were killed in the line of duty are remembered at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda chaplain pays tribute to US police at event to honour those killed in the line of duty

Dublin’s best known gay bar, the George, was vandalised with offensive graffiti overnight. Photograph: Dan Lloyd/The Irish Times

Man in his 20s detained after the Dublin gay bar was defaced with homophobic graffiti

An Irish man has died in Cambodia after collapsing in a restaurant in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Photograph: iStock

Reports say man pronounced dead at scene in capital city Phnom Penh

Lazing in the sunshine at St Patrick’s Park, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Temperatures expected to rise over the weekend, reaching 20 degrees by next week

Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights defenders protest outside the Dáil for end to direct provision system. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

More than 50 immigrants address Oireachtas on barriers of integration in Ireland

Emma Greenbury working in Dublin: ‘I miss the sunshine but I do not miss the heat.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: The lack of catcalls, heat and racism makes Dublin home

Anna Campion with her cousin Keith Carty at Pamper Yourself in Adamstown, Co Dublin

Anna Campion (9) has locks shorn to donate to company which makes make wigs for cancer sufferers

Fangzhe Qiu, above, told his son, “You can be both Irish and Chinese”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: When a man born in Guangzhou discovered a Clannad album, it was the beginning of a life fascination with the Ir(...)

Weekend Review May 2011. Bouncy castle. Bouncing castle. Photograph: iStockphoto/Thinkstock.

Less than 30 per cent of Irish companies comply with the safety standards

A gorse fire in Gougane Barra valley, Co Cork, which has burned since Saturday evening, covering some 4km at its peak. Photograph: Neil Lucey/PA Wire

Weekend of fires across country leaves one family homeless, wildlife groups concerned

Vaxxed, which was released last year, has been banned by many cinemas over its linking of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) to autism. Photograph: Getty Images

Autism rights advocate calls for legislation to prevent airing of unsound anti-vaccine data

Donald Trump: the alt-right and white supremacist groups’ love of Mr Trump is based on his “certainty of the imminent apocalypse”, says Harvard lecturer Timothy Patrick McCarthy. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Trump’s goal of making US great is creating a deeply prejudiced nation, conference hears

American president Donald Trump: “successfully manipulating and altering the way people consumed news”. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Liberal women should not attack female Trump voters, another speaker argues

The search for Kieran McAree in Lough Erne, Enniskillen, in 2014. Photograph: John McVitty

Faith and politics ‘had no meaning’ during search for man who jumped into Erne

Mullingar reported its driest April since the station opened in 1950 with just 14.1mm of rain. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Good weather to continue with rainfall across State below average for time of year

Regina Fonseca (centre) with members of Front Line Defenders, Amnesty and Alliance for Choice in Belfast. Photograph: Front Line Defenders

Reproductive rights campaigner draws parallels between Honduran and Irish abortion restrictions

Home Sweet Home group has said it will give the €129,000 it has received in donations to ‘grass roots’ organisations and “sustainable projects”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Nearly €130,000 raised by group, which occupied Apollo House for homeless, not yet spent

Marianela Davico with her daughter Keela (6). Photograph: Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Marianela Davico first arrived in 2006

Refugee children ride on a mini van, while participating with the solidarity to refugees movements in a May Day rally in central Athens. Photograph: AFP Photo/Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Irish migrants fear reporting crimes to gardaí, racism group finds

Joanna Duignan, Carrick-on-Shannon AC, on her way to winning the Junior Women’s 400m at the Woodie’s DIY Junior & U23 Championships of Ireland in 2014. Photograph: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Tributes paid to ‘talented’ 20-year-old law student, musician and set dancer

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

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