Some 1,159 people were working at national director, assistant national director, general manager and grade VIII level within the HSE by the end of June this year

HSE focused on ‘box ticking’ rather than improving health service, says consultant

Tina Kisyombe, who came to Ireland from Malawi in 2015 and lives with her mother in direct provision.

‘I feel sad my friends will be going on in education and I will be left behind’

Suzanne Day, Aoife Moore and Charlotte Byrne delighted with their Leaving Certificate results and at Maryfield College, Whitehall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Frayed nerves and sleepless nights turn to relief in schools across the State

Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard received an emergency call on Tuesday from the father of a young woman in her twenties who became trapped on a cliff face at Whiterock in Killiney. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Woman in her 20s was rescued at Whiterock in Killiney, south Dublin on Tuesday

Trinca Mitru in Dublin. “Now that we’ve moved into Dublin, it’s very good. Here I do more things and go out.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: A young Moldovan woman (25) cried every day after moving to Ireland

The corporal has worked with the Defence Forces for 17 years and earns €519 per week. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘My partner works full-time, I work part-time, and we’re homeless? It’s horrific’

Sammy Akorede from Luas and Elaine Doyle from Local Link Wexford launch the largest national transport anti-racism campaign, aimed at “a message of zero tolerance” of racism. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Racist crimes continue to rise according to latest data from State’s tracking system

Migrants on a dinghy are rescued by German NGO Jugend Rettet ship “Juventa” crew in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Libyan coastguard to restrict access of humanitarian vessels in waters of coast of Libya

Stars and meteor streaks  are seen behind a medieval tombstone in a  Bosnian village  late on Friday. Photograph: Amel Emric/PA

Annual meteor shower to fill Irish skies with thousands of stars until at least Monday night

Trevor Deely investigation: Members of An Garda Siochana search a site in Chapelizod. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí search area in Dublin after receiving new information on missing man

Aunt and niece Frances Fogarty and Sarah Barlow (10) at the RDS Horse Show. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It’s wonderful to see Irish men queue to be judged on their style – we’ve come a long way ’

Patricia Guerra from Peru who moved to Ireland 8 years ago, photographed on the rooftop of her apartment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Patricia Guerra arrived from Peru via Italy in 2009

Bobby Mulvaney from Sallins Men’s Shed has his blood pressure checked with nurse Mary Rose Jordan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Heart advises people of all ages to check blood pressure to avoid ‘silent killer’

Gina Akpe-Moses, Blackrock AC, Co Louth, after winning the European U20 100m Women title  at the European Athletics U20-Championships in Grosseto, Italy. Photograph: Sportsfile

A growing cohort of talented young athletes, born abroad, now coming to the fore

Four automated border control gates were installed in Terminal One on a pilot basis in 2013.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Twenty new electronic barriers to be installed by end of the year

Musician Junshi Morakami plays the Irish harp during the commemoration for the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb in Merrion Square Park, Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hiroshima bombing victims remembered in Dublin more than seven decades after attack

Kevin Myers admitted on Tuesday that his remarks had been foolish, saying he would take full responsibility for the controversial comments in the column.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Newspaper states that ‘it is important not to publish comments that overstep the mark’

Heatwave: a boy cools off in Turin, in Italy. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty

‘Lucifer’ heatwave prompts European alerts as Irish travellers urged to take precautions

Motorists who use the parkbytext mobile and online service were informed by email earlier this week that their information may have been breached. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parking operator says passwords and credit/debit card details protected

Customers informed accounts may have been compromised by ‘malicious software’

Syrian refugees hold banners during during a demonstration against delays in reunifications of refugee families from Greece to Germany, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

A total of 1,244 asylum-seekers have arrived in Ireland to date

File image of Ocean City, Maryland, the US.

The 22-year-old reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest during sea rescue in US resort town

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Number of people across EU who consider themselves ‘European’ rapidly rising

Maxim with his wife Patricia and daughter Annabelle at their home in Co Dublin. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Maxim Staricov, from Moldova, arrived in Ireland in late 2012

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho with Karin and Jorg Müller-Wieland at their home near Moycullen, Co Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho flew to Switzerland after being refused ‘leave to land’

Paloma Aparezida Silva-Carvalho   with Karin and Jorg Müller-Wieland  at their home near Moycullen, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Woman spent night in jail after arriving at Dublin Airport a fortnight ago

Vicky Belleza. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nearly one-third of Filipinos in Ireland are nurses. Many more mind the elderly and disabled

Refugees and migrants arriving on  Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Médecins Sans Frontières says two-thirds of mental-health patients on Lesbos were victims of violence before arriving in Greece.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

‘Grossly deficient screening system’ putting asylum seekers at risk, says charity

Tatiana Da Silva Souza and Tomás Fay with their daughter, Lorena, in August 2016. Photograph: Tom Fay

Grieving couple speak of ‘unnecessary pain’ caused by experience at Dublin Airport

Ahmed Lulu, who was born in Iraq but grew up in in Gaza, at the Siamsa Tíre theatre, Tralee, Co Kerry. “If someone bombed the street outside right now I would just walk by because that is normal to me.” Photograph: Domnick Walsh

New to the Parish: Ahmed Lulu arrived in Ireland from war-torn Gaza in 2014

 Residents at Turmon Abbey in Drogheda queue for water supplied by Drogheda council following a burst pipe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

70,000 residents in Meath and Louth deprived of regular water supplies

A total of 36 Dublin Bikes stations across capital affected by communications failure

Aer Lingus said it had informed the undertaker of the change of plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/File

‘A parcel could have waited, this was a human’: Family upset over repatriation delay

Margaret McGonigle (left), her daughter, Mairead Mundy and Racheal Battles

Section of N2 closed after mother, daughter and friend die following three-car collision

Flavia Camejo from Venezuela: ‘I think the adrenalin of being a journalist in one of the most dangerous countries in the world just kept me going.' Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New to the Parish: Flavia Camejo arrived in Dublin from Venezuela in April 2014

TD Maureen O’Sullivan with Pauline Mc Lynn and supporters during a protest outside the Department of Agriculture against greyhound exploitation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government should ban race dog exports to end slaughter overseas, say campaigners

“I was raised to believe I could be Irish-only in Northern Ireland.” Above, Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake. Photograph: Emma DeSouza

Couple in Belfast waiting nearly two years for spousal visa from UK Home Office

Katie O’Donoghue’s injury after she was struck with a glass bottle at Longitude. Photograph: Katie O’Donoghue

Model Katie O’Donoghue unable to work after being struck with glass bottle

Michael Leather hopes to move back to Spain some day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Michael Leather arrived from Spain, via Poland, in 2014

Team Ireland during last year’s Quidditch World Cup in Germany.

Fifteen sides enter European cup as sport inspired by ‘Harry Potter’ continues to grow

The Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee heard prisoners of conscience, including members of the Falun Gong tradition, continued to be targeted, arrested and killed for their organs in China.

Hundreds of thousands of prisoners of conscience being killed for their organs, says research

Rescue teams from Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS MEDITERRANEE during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: Guillaume Binet/MYOP

Refugees and migrants sent back to Libya face torture, Médecins Sans Frontières tells Oireachtas

Unite has warned that there could be widespread disruption to building activities until the notice of industrial action expires in the middle of next week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union is due to serve notice of industrial action on Construction Industry Federation

Médecins Sans Frontières’ Dr Conor Kenny provides medical care to a patient in the clinic on board the Aquarius search and rescue vessel. Photograph: Guillaume Binet/MYOP

Irish doctor says refugees and migrants would ‘rather die at sea than go back to Libya’

“I have total respect for the judgement of military personnel whether they’re in the Naval Service, the Air Corps or in the Army,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Niall CArson/PA

Minister questioned judgement of Air Corps pilot who refused to fly him due to fog forecast

Daiga Ancikovska from Latvia who has been living in Ireland since 2009: “I love how diverse it is in Ireland now. Our new neighbours are from all over the world.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Daiga Ancikovska, from Latvia, has been living in Ireland since 2009

Rheagan Coffey from Texas with her husband Brad Eck and their children (left to right): Isaac, Patrick and Liesl. Photograph: Rheagan Coffey

‘I’m living what is stereotypically the American dream - but I’m living it here in Ireland’

The Innovation in Politics Awards is calling on Irish people to nominate projects at levels where a politician played a leading role in promoting human rights, social justice and democracy. Photograph: Julia Caesar

Jury made up of 1,000 European citizens will select Europe’s most innovative politicians

Gardaí from Listowel discovered a collection of cannabis plants at various stages of maturity and dried cannabis following a planned search at a house in Moyvane on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Frank Miller

Man in his 60s released following arrest at a home in Listowel, Co Kerry

Primary school teacher Eoin Reilly (27) has decided to take a career break from his permanent teaching role at a south Dublin school and is moving to Abu Dhabi in August. Photograph: Eoin Reilly

Rising numbers travelling for work, where teachers can make ‘€1,000 more per month’

Speechwriter Cody Keenan with Barack Obama: Mr Keenan will be speaking at this year’s Kennedy Summer School in Co Wexford. Photograph:  Pete Souza

Cody Keenan to join political consultant Bob Shrum to speak at Wexford summer school

 Rabeya Basri, Laila Begum, Josna Akter and Asma Bibi, all from Carlow, at the Sports Against Racism Ireland Fair Play football cup. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

‘We can meet people from different countries, with different beliefs, hairstyles, dress’

Richard Roche (5). Photograph: Garda Press Office

Five-year-old boy found by member of public on seafront in Newtownsmith Green

Emily Logan: concerned  “blanket anonymity rules” on decisions made by the Workplace Relations Commission was closing down public debate around issues of discrimination. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commissioner says people on rent allowance searching for a home still face discrimination

Many TDs have expressed anger at the Government’s move to remove the flat fee waste collection system in favour of pay-by-weight or pay-by-lift system. Photograph: Alan Betson

People with medical conditions, large families and low income will bear brunt, say TDs

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said it was wrong to leave the consumer in the grip of bin companies and called for local authorities to take charge of waste collection.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister Denis Naughten tells consumers to ‘shop around’ for cheapest waste charges

Consumers should contact their waste provider immediately to find out how their current package will be affected by the changes.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Q&A: Everything you need to know about the new waste collection system

Dawn Conn  in her studio at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Dawn Conn arrived from New Zealand via the UK in 2017

Mxolisi Siluma (38) from Zimbabwe, who currently lives in direct provision in Wexford. Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Mxolisi Siluma from Zimbabwe remembers police beating him until he passed out

Mary Mitchell O’Connor said Ireland is placed 25th out of 28 in the EU in terms of women’s representation in the lower or single house of national parliaments.  Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Demoted Minister accuses Varadkar of not promoting gender diversity in the Dáil

The died after he was crushed by a container in Dublin Port

Man in his 60s was pronounced dead at the Mater Hospital on Thursday

Aoife Thornhill (17) was last seen wearing a black top, leggings and black boots on Sunday, June 11th. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Aoife Thornhill (17) was last seen in Blarney on June 11th, has blonde hair and blue eyes

Use credit cards when purchasing items online. When you use a debit card, the money is taken out of your account immediately. Photograph: Getty Images

Small businesses should take extra steps to authenticate purchases online, say gardaí

In 2015, the cost of payment card fraud in Ireland reached €29.6 million. Photograph: Getty Images

One man arrested in Dublin as part of European wide investigation into card fraud

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

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