Frisha Ishak: “Ireland is very far away from home, but when I finished studying my dad said, ‘Don’t come back just yet’. He encouraged me to experience life.” Photograph: Eric Luke

New to the Parish: When a shy young woman moved from Kuala Lumpur to Dublin to study, she had to push herself to socialise beyond (...)

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey’s passport and accreditation on show during a Police press conference. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Former judoka’s arrest ‘hugely embarrassing’ for International Olympic Committee

Ana-Marija Hota: “In Croatia we like the Irish culture and people, the way they’re more laid-back, like we are.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: A woman who moved her family to Dublin after her native Croatia’s accession to the EU believes life is easier f(...)

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish. Photograph: File photo/Getty Images

Council warns over creatures at Dollymount Strand and along the port side of North Bull Wall

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Numerous venues across the State advertising drinks at €2 for young students

“What’s the point of me finishing school when I know I’ll be nothing. I feel like I’m in prison. I want my freedom. I want to travel. I just want to be equal.” Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Young migrants and refugees have few of the rights the rest of of us take for granted

People waiting for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Over 100 people seeking visas at Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on Thursday morning

Haider Altegani. Photograph: Fran Veale

A former museum director, who was too afraid for his life to return to Sudan, describes the ‘inhuman situation’ of the direct prov(...)

Irish rail driver Happymore Karigomba (c), Dublin Bus driver Shahbaz Rana (l) and Bus Eireann driver Fabio Carlomusto,(r) at the launch of the #StopRacism campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Immigrant Council of Ireland reports increase in discrimination against Muslims

The Garda seizure of puppies being illegally transported was the fourth of its kind in the last three weeks. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Current legislation enables establishments to breed thousands of puppies, warns DSPCA

All three unions will meet next week and depending on the outcome of the ballots, will aim to co-ordinate industrial action, which could start later this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ballot follows rejection of 8.25% pay rise recommendation from Labour Court

Carlinhos Cruz from Brazil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: On his 26th birthday, a Brazilian musician arrived in Dublin from São Paulo to work and play music. Five years (...)

Roger Casement: wrote humanity back into the narrative of the Putumayo Indians

Casement is famous for his Congo crusade. But ‘Roger’ is also a hero in Colombia, where he investigated atrocities allegedly comm(...)

Bertie Ahern is acting as chief mediator in the ongoing dispute between the GAA and the Irish Handball Centre over a handball centre in Drumcondra, Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach is mediating dispute between GAA and Irish Handball Centre

Princess Khumalo: with daughter Ivana at the beach near Mosney refugee centre, where they share a small house. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Zimbabwean woman in direct provision talks about a system that treats asylum seekers as ‘economic migrants, second-class nationa(...)

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says after years of consultation and costly engineering expertise, there appears to be very little in the way of real measures available to deal with flooding across the State. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

No real preventative measures available after years of consultations, says Fitzmaurice

The disused Hellenikon airport where refugees and migrants are temporarily housed in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

28 Syrian refugees have arrived in Ireland from Greece in past few weeks

Francois Hollande in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

French president was in Dublin to visit Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins

Sebastian Sainz, his wife, Elena, and their son, Damian, at Green Man Wines, Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: A couple from Uruguay and Spain met in 2014 working at a restaurant in Dublin. The education system and support(...)

Sunshine Break City dwellers relaxing in the sunshine along the bank of the Grand Canal at Mount street bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Swimmers advised to take care as thousands flock to beaches in ‘once in a decade’ highs

Members of the Garda Representative Association protest outside Government Buildings at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform against the Government’s public pay cuts. Photograph: The Irish Times

Garda graduates are being offered ‘a disgraceful salary’ just over the minimum wage

Liam and MJ Conway from Wicklow enjjoy weather on   Bray Seafront on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Met Éireann issues temperature warning as hottest day expected

Citing figures he received from the Central Statistics Office, Mr Grealish revealed that more than 6,000 crimes had already been committed by criminals out on bail during the first quarter of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 6,000 crimes already committed by criminals on bail so far in 2016, Dáil hears

Preliminary examinations of the skull indicate that it belonged to an adult aged between 18-40 years and may have been in the ground for up to 70 years.

Skull is believed to belong to adult aged between 18-40 years who lived during 1940s

Documents relating to the suicide bereavment counselling charity, Console are removed from a storage container in Tougher Business Park, Kildare. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Mercedes and Audi cars used by former boss of charity auctioned for combined €23,000

An Irish backpacker was discovered by the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency services after they received a call that a person was fast asleep on the ledge of a building. Photograph: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Irish backpacker says he has no recollection of how he got onto the roof

Kris Nelson: “It’s foolhardy to make a ministry of culture and rural affairs with a couple of spare tyres in the back.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Canadian theatre producer Kris Nelson had only ever spent four days in Dublin when he applied for the job of Fr(...)

Anti-Racism groups in Ireland held a rally in Dublin this evening in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictured is Lucky Khambule, who lives in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hundreds attend marches organised by Anti-Racism Network in cities

Gardaí examine the scene of a shooting in Dun Emer Place, in Lusk, Co Dublin on Tuesday on this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Christopher Maguire remains in critical condition after being at Dun Emer Place

A bunch of 30 Ruby Roman grapes was sold for 1.1 million yen which works out at about €327 per ping-pong sized grape. Photograph: Getty Images

Ping-pong sized red fruit sold at auction in Japanese wholesale market

Joseph Abaud from Chile and his wife Nico Ferguson, from Scotland, at Trinity College. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Chilean man who moved to Dublin from Glasgow with his Scottish wife likes the Irish sense of belonging to Europe, which he did n(...)

The presence of tech in our sex lives isn’t a bad thing, ‘as long as we don’t overuse it’

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Seán Fleming has said the committee has written to the Health Service Executive, which provides funding to the Saint John of God Group, and invited representatives to attend a hearing in the next couple of weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Public accounts committee to question HSE on charity’s possible breach of pay cap

James Reilly said he recalled Tommy Morris discussing Paul Kelly with him but said no specific claims were made. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael parliamentary assistant says he contacted Reilly about Kelly in 2013

Crona Sheehan of Sarcoma Action Group Ireland photographed outside St.Vincent’s Hospital Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Group called this week on St Vincent’s to continue employing Dr Alexia Bertuzzi

The results of last week’s Brexit referendum revealed with clarity the fear millions of people across the UK feel towards immigration. This racism towards refugees and migrants is not confined to the United Kingdom.

We have the chance to stand above the rising wave of xenophobic nationalism sweeping across Europe

Sultan Kabir Chakari photographed with stitches over his eye and blood on his jumper after he was attacked at his home in Clondalkin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Men dressed in balaclavas attacked victim in front of his wife and children on Thursday

The chairman of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri has called on Cork City Council to ‘immediately hold a public hearing on growing Islamophobia and hate crimes in the city’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Church of Ireland Bishop says more work needs to be done in communities to foster diversity

The GRA is calling for the Government to complete a pay review due under the Haddington Road agreement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Morale of gardaí ‘in the gutter’ as new recruits face financial strain from low pay

A killer whale has been spotted off the coast of west Kerry.  Photograph: Richard Creagh

Whale has appeared 12 times off the Irish coast and was first spotted 33 years ago

Flor Sylvester. Photograph: Dave Meehan

To mark one year of New to the Parish , we revisited some of the people who have featured to see how their lives in Ireland have c(...)

Karen Scott (44) from Finglas went missing since Friday 24th June 2016. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Karen Scott (44), who went missing last Friday, has Down syndrome

Among our “new parishioners”, from left, were Zeenie Summers, Daniel Ramamoorthy, Michael Chanda and Silvia Bernal

Sorcha Pollak: One immigrant to Ireland wrote to tell me that ‘People are kind to me here because maybe they hope that someone wil(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Ryanair announces special return flights direct to Lyon while Uefa releases more tickets

 Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Flor Sylvester, Razan Ibraheem, Daniel Ramamoorthy  and journalist Sorcha Pollak during the ‘New to the Parish’ one-year anniversary event panel discussion. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dozens mark first anniversary of series that has ‘given a voice’ to migrants in Ireland

Trevis and Caryn Gleason with their dog Sadie at Milltown bridge in Dingle. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Irish-American Trevis Gleason fell in love with Dingle after spending a winter there in 2005 and has since returned for his hone(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden arrives in Ireland on Tuesday for a five-day visit. Photograph: Reuters

Phoenix Park under round-the-clock security and closed from 11pm to 6.30am each day

 As fixed-term notices are sent by regular post and are not registered, many drivers reportedly continue to avoid prosecution by claiming in court that they never received the penalty points notice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government understood to be working on ‘third option’ to reduce court appearances

Immigrant group Nasc hold a silent solidarity walk through Cork city on Sunday to mark World Refugee Day: Pictured are Nisreen Youssef (red) with her son Carlos, mother Dalal, sister Rather and Amjad Shad. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Immigrant support group Nasc says ‘Safe Passage’ scheme would bypass traffickers

Eamon Cooke pictured at the Radio Dublin studio in 2001. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Radio Dublin’s Eamon Cooke ‘a powerful man in the dark underbelly of society’

Tourists leaving the Guinness Store in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

2015 marks record-breaking year for tourism with 8.6 million trips made to Ireland

Children play as refugees and migrants wait to take part in a pre-registration process that gives them access to the asylum procedure, at the premises of the disused Hellenikon airport, in Athens, Greece. File photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Attempts being made to push refugees away from European shores, says organisation

Honduran human rights defender Ana Mirian Romero. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ana Mirian Romero given Front Line Defenders Award in Dublin for efforts to prevent dam

The USI Operation Zero campaign is calling on students to take five minutes to get tested and ensure “a healthy sex life”. Photograph: IStock

Nearly 500 cases of HIV recorded in 2015, an increase of 30% on 2014

Between 2010 and 2015 the number of tourists visiting Dublin rose by 33 per cent while the availability of accommodation fell by 6 per cent, according to Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Fáilte Ireland report finds capital is facing ‘capacity challenge’ over next two years

Razan Ibraheem: “My dad is so pro-women, he’s a kind of feminist. He never tried to restrict me. I questioned everything.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Syrian journalist who moved to Limerick to study could not return home when the conflict intensified. She has since made a home (...)

A 3D rendered illustration of a hepatitis virus. There are an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with hepatitis C. Photograph: iStock

An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland chronically infected with the disease

Irish landlords could face NCT-style inspections of their properties to ensure homes are in a suitable condition for tenants, according to a new report. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Government considering new unit to enforce minimum housing standards, report claims

A beach  view at Portmarnock, Co Dublin. “Do not swim” notices have been issued by Fingal County Council for Velvet Strand Beach at Portmarnock, Balbriggan’s Front Strand Beach and Skerries South Beach as a precautionary measure following overflows at nearby pumping stations due to technical problems.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Notices issued following overflows at pumping stations at Portmarnock and Balbriggan

Republic of Ireland fans in Paris. Photograph:  James Crombie/INPHO

#IRL twitter campaign takes off: Paris mayor says monument will honour Orlando victims

A message attached to flowers are left close to the scene where Darren Rodgers, from Ballymena, died after a fall in Nice in France. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Darren Rodgers (24) died after falling from a promenade onto a rocky beach in Nice

Northern Ireland fans applaud the players after the game. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

It is understood the 24-year-old man died in the early hours of Monday

Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer (LGTBQ) community attend a candlelight vigil outside the White House to honour the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Book of condolence for victims of Orlando shootings opens in Dublin

Carlos García de Alba: “Irish people are friendly, easygoing, humble and grounded.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Carlos García de Alba has been redeployed to the US as Mexico braces itself for Donald Trump’s presidential bid

Ana Mirian Romero with her Front Line Defenders Award.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Ana Mirian Romero says she will continue fighting for land and indigenous rights

Attending the Forming Ireland’s Response to the Refugee and Migration Crises conference at Trinity were President Michael D.Higgins; John Cunningham (left), chair of the Immigrant Council of Ireland; Miriam O’Callaghan, chairperson for the conference;  and David Stanton, Minister of State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Just resettling people is not the answer: this problem is going to grow’

Crowds enjoying the sunshine at Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Temperatures are due to rise to 25 degrees by Wednesday afternoon

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Row over redevelopment of handball and community centre running since 2003

General view of the scene at Laurehill Road in Lisburn, Co Antrim, where man and two young children were left badly injured after being struck by lightning during a school sports event. Photograph: Lesley Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Daughter (7) also struck by lightning in Co Antrim is in stable condition

Rimantas Mickevicius with his children Rafael (8) and Marija (7). In the background is a painting by his late wife, Frida. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A businessman who fell on hard times in his native country moved to Wexford with his second wife, before a tragedy struck that cha(...)

 Tom Curran has said he still fears a garda investigation into his role in assisting his wife to die in December 2013.  Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Tom Curran still fears Garda investigation into his role in assisting his wife to die

General view of the scene at Laurehill Road in Lisburn, Co Antrim, where man and two young children were left badly injured after being struck by lightning during a school sports event. Photograph: Lesley Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Daughter also seriously ill after incident in Lisburn on Tuesday afternoon

Anthony Kelly and Li Qiong Zhao with their children, Annabelle and Maybelle, and grandmothers Kathleen Kelly and Guo Ying Zhang. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Chinese-born woman struggled to settle in Britain, Ireland or China before eventually accepting her sense of displacement as par(...)

According to the latest Red C poll both FF and FG hold 26 per cent of public support, marking a one point rise for Fianna Fáil and a one point drop for Fine Gael.

Sinn Féin support stable as backing for Independents rises

Garda checkpoint at Stillorgan in Co Dublin on Friday as part of the National Slow Down Day. Photograph: Garda Traffic/Facebook

Motorist driving at 128km/h in 80km/h zone is highest illegal speed detected on Friday

Victor Flores: “The city’s libraries are always filled with people and I love that. Sometimes there’s no space for me to sit down.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Bolivian activist in Dublin feels a connection with Ireland because of the history of colonisation, but he feels many mistakes w(...)

An anti-racism rally held in Nutgrove, Rathfarnham, earlier this month, in response to an attack on three Afghans in the area. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Latest data from Immigrant Council of Ireland reveals incidents up by 35% in 2015

Nokuthula Malete: “My kids were born here, why should they be treated differently?”

Nokuthula Malete and her sons moved home, but it felt like moving to another country

LÉ Róisín crew members assist in rescuing people from a vessel located about 39 nautical miles northwest of Tripoli, Libya, today. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Some 1,357 people have died or gone missing in Mediterranean Sea so far this year

Uber, a substitute for taxi and limousine services, runs in cities all over the world. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Transport advised last week not to extend Uber beyond taxi drivers

Refugee children play outside a tent this week in a camp  in Malakasa, 40km north of Athens, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Frances Fitzgerald said last year Ireland would take up to 4,000 people under EU plan

Jeanette Everson in one of the rooms she offered for refugees at her home in Streete, Rathowen, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Many Irish opened their homes and hearts to refugees who have still not arrived in Ireland

Joan Webster and Noeleen Cummins celebrate as the final vote is announced in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Total of 412 same-sex marriages registered since May 2015

Parsa Ghaffari at the Aylien office on Ormond Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Tehran native who grew up in post-war Iran now employs 13 people at his Dublin tech firm. He sees many similarities between his (...)

Kilmainham Gaol has been named the top landmark to visit in Ireland for the fourth year running in the TripAdvisor travellers’ choice awards.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Blarney Castle, Trinity College also on Irish list with Machu Picchu travellers’ global favourite

A Wicklow couple who retrieved their tea-bag stained Lotto ticket from the kitchen bin won €250,000 in the weeken’s lotto draw. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Winning ticket was sold at Centra in Roundwood, Co Wicklow at the weekend

The Commission for Energy Regulation  closed 16 complex water complaints last year, 25 per cent of which were in upheld in favour of the customer. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Majority of complaints related to billing, account issues, charges, metering problems

A man in his 40s who got into difficulty swimming out to  Dalkey island on Sunday afternoon has been rescued by Dublin’s Coast Guard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man in his 40s was rescued by the Coast Guard in Dublin Bay on Sunday afternoon

Brothers Naqeeb Ahmadzai (18) and Fazalrahman Ahmadzai (20), along with their nephew Abdul (13) were punched in the face, kicked and beaten unconscious by a gang of five men as they were cycling home from Marlay Park in Rathfarnham last Thursday evening.

Joseph Connors from Ballycullen remanded on bail to appear at District Court in July

New Minister for Health Simon Harris has committed to facilitating talks between management from St Vincent’s Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital to bring an end to the dispute over governance of the maternity facility.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris calls for end to National Maternity Hospital dispute

Simon Coveney has said he plans to introduce a ‘comprehensive response’ to the State’s housing crisis within the first 100 days of Government. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister to introduce response to ‘emergency’ in first 100 days of Government

Frits Potgieter in the Imperial Hotel, Cork: “I fell in love with the property. It’s the oldest hotel in Cork city.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Despite the ‘massive adjustment’ involved in moving to Cork from London, a South African hotel manager liked his wife’s native cou(...)

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said Norwegian Airlines International plans to use Ireland as a flag of convenience to employ low-paid crew. Photograph: John G Mabanglo/EPA

US presidential candidate said planned transatlantic services will lead to job losses

Some 62 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year.

Total of 62 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year

A large boulder broke free from the slope above the Lighthouse Road on Skellig Michael on Monday afternoon and landed in the middle of the roadway. Photograph: The Office of Public Works

Large boulder falls on path normally taken by visitors travelling up south steps of site

Regina Doherty on water charges: “The bills are legal, they’re valid, they will be collected. It mightn’t happen in the next couple of weeks but the bills are not going to magically disappear and I would advise people whether they’re elected or not elected to pay the bills.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Regina Doherty warns Government has ‘a long way to go’ before 50-50 gender balance

A list of restricted breeds of dogs as seen in Co Meath. Photograph: Facebook

Councillor’s Facebook post commended council for erecting signs of restricted breeds

The early morning Darkness into Light 5km walk, which was first held in Dublin’s Phoenix Park eight years ago, will take place at 80 locations around the world on Saturday. Photograph: Joe Keogh

More than 120,000 around world set to take part in Pieta House Darkness Into Light walks

Mehret Yemane from Sudan now living in Portarlington, Co Laois, has undergone female genital mutilation. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Survivor of procedure Mehret Yemane says ‘it’s like you have an open wound all the time’

President Michael D Higgins  warned the refugee crisis must be ‘understood, managed and facilitated’ in order to curb the growth of extremist populist rhetoric from anti-refugee groups. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Crisis must be ‘understood, managed, facilitated’ to curb growth of anti-refugee groups

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