Scouting Ireland’s headquarters at Larch Hill in Dublin.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

As more allegations come to light, the organisation could face a fatal financial cost

President Michael D Higgins’ spokesman said he “has been, and remains, concerned at recent reports in relation to the organisation”.  Photograph: PA

Patron of the organisation comments on child sex abuse scandal

The review is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, above. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone remains confident Mr Elliot “will use his safeguarding expertise and role in Scouting Ireland to get to the bottom of this”, a department spokesman says

Organisation to deal with members implicated in concealment in ‘very serious way’

Maurice McCabe with his Leading Light in Road Safety’ award. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Retired Garda whistleblower ‘very brave’ in exposing abuses in penalty points system

Some 360,000 trips from people overseas to Ireland were for business, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Half of visitors coming to Ireland doing so for holidays, CSO figures show

Volunteers who allegedly preyed on children were “protected” and permitted to move from group to group, a meeting of senior scout leaders was told on Monday night.

More than 300 victims of alleged child sexual abuse at the organisation have been identified

An ongoing review of historic abuse has now uncovered 317 alleged victims of child sex abuse, and 212 perpetrators alleged to have abused children in the organisation

Options considered to fund victims’ support include asset sell-off and membership levies

Scouting Ireland’s internal review of allegations of past abuse is being led by child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister expresses ‘grave concern’ as ongoing audit identifies over 200 alleged abusers

The report concluded all hospitals had a mortality ratio “within expected ranges” over the course of last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital mortality rates for pneumonia saw a ‘small but significant reduction’

A stock photo image of a comet. Astronomy Ireland have said Comet Wirtanen is already bright enough to be visible on a clear, dark sky in rural parts of the country Photograph: iStock

Astronomy Ireland are organising a public viewing event of Comet Wirtanen

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to road accident to contact Lucan Garda station

Michael Healy-Rae’s car was stopped in traffic when he was subjected to verbal abuse from the driver of another car.

Kerry TD threatened in Dolphin’s Barn area of Dublin

Leinster Rugby flags. Photograph: Official Leinster Supporters Club

Champions Cup holder’s supporters unable to bring 1,500 flags into English stadium

A Garda spokeswoman said on Saturday afternoon that the body was still at the scene, and that the scene was being preserved.

Man (50s) was found dead outside house in Dunmanway on Saturday morning

The coffin carrying the remains Irish Glenroe actor Dónall Farmer is carried into St Joseph’s Church in Terenure, Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

RTÉ’s former head of drama was ‘a gentleman and a very caring father’


No injuries after helicopter rolled over during landing on Co Kerry beach

 Minister for Health Simon Harris. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Harris says claims Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill is being rushed are ‘offensive’

Fire crews tackle the fire at East Wall Road early on Thursday morning. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Emergency services responded to fire in the early hours of Thursday morning

The Grand Hotel in Wicklow town. Photograph: Google Maps

Business chamber claims direct provision centre in hotel will do ‘serious damage’ to local economy

Labour Party health spokesman Alan Kelly outside the Dáil with cervical cancer patients Vicky Phelan, Tracey Brennan  and Áine Morgan, who are calling for the drug Pembro to be provided by the HSE. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘I think I’m too young to die,’ campaigner says

 Gerard Keenan (brother of Imelda Keenan) at  the sixth annual National Missing Persons Day at King’s Inns, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Brother begs people with vital information on Imelda Keenan’s disappearance in Waterford to come forward

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of ‘The Sunday Papers: a History of Ireland’s Weekly Press’ with the book’s editors, Mark O’Brien and Joe Breen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Media should cover personal stories ‘responsibly’, Varadkar says

Sex offenders being ‘driven underground’ post release from prison was a ‘serious issue’ the Probation Service faced, the committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Risk linked to sex offenders ‘escalate’ when individuals go under the radar, committee hears

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: “I have been reassured that Scouting Ireland is taking these shocking revelations very seriously.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Katherine Zappone seeks assurances scouts offering appropriate support to survivors

Grange Cohan estate. Photograph: Google Street view

Man (48) found dead on a footpath in Grange Cohan housing estate

A confidential internal report had found the youth organisation’s response to the rape allegation had been “deeply flawed”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ian Elliott links male leader’s ties to ‘people in positions of power’ in letter to Minister

Civic Reception for Kellie Harrington on Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Tom Honan

Criticism over Minister for Sport Shane Ross failure to attend north inner city reception

In 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs processed 45,646 passport applications from Britain. This nearly doubled to 80,752 last year, and the 2018 total stood at 73,583 up to the end of this October. File photograph: Getty Images

Numbers applying for Irish documents in wake of Brexit vote continue to increase

  Susanna  and Chris Cawley,  sister and brother of Celine Cawley who was killed by her husband 10 years ago. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Siblings recall trial at which their sister’s husband Eamonn Lillis was found guilty of manslaughter

President Michael D Higgins has invited  men and people of all genders “to stand in solidarity with women, and develop a strong coalition working towards the achievement of gender equality”. File photograph: EPA

‘Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world’

Labour Party children’s spokesman Seán Sherlock said there was serious doubt cast over the effectiveness of the 2012 audit of Scouting Ireland, given the recent revelations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Several in the organisation who had sex abuse complaints made against them are in prison

Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott is conducting the review into past child sexual abuse at Scouting Ireland, which is still ongoing. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Child protection agency say abuse scandal would cause ‘upset and anxiety’ for victims

Suzanna Cawley and Chris Cawley, sister and brother of Celine Cawley who was killed by her husband 10 years ago attended the launch of Women’s Aid  Femicide Watch Report 2018 in Dublin File photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Family endured ‘emotionally draining’ legal fight with Eamonn Lillis over joint assets

The true number of sex offenders and victims was likely to be “a multiple” of what had emerged to date.

The organisation has been contacted by over a dozen victims since abuse revelations

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Timeline of the controversy over safeguarding standards in the youth organisation

The revelations of the extent of historic abuse in the youth organisation were disclosed by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to the Oireachtas committee on children and youth affairs on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Review of the organisation identifies 71 alleged abusers and 108 cases so far

Safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, who has been conducting the review into past abuse in the Scouting Ireland, said he expected the number of known victims to increase ‘quite considerably’.

Audit reveals details of 71 alleged abusers ‘none of which are still working in organisation’

Priests are taken ‘out of ministry’, meaning they cannot celebrate Mass or other sacraments, when they are facing statutory or canonical investigations into abuse allegations made against them.  Photograph: iStock

Australian bishop refused to inform Cork diocese about abuse allegations facing visiting priest

 The Clarence Hotel, Wellington Quay, near Temple Bar, Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The 21-year-old suffered serious injuries during incident on November 12th

Dr Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children with, from left Amy Hunter, Aoibheann Mangan, Katie McKenna, and from right Margaret Ward, Fearghal O’Mahony, Grace Murphy and Sinead Pollak celebrating  World Children’s Day. Photograph: Maxwell

Conference organised by Ombudsman for Children to mark World Children’s Day

David Clerkin’s body was found in harbour in the Havnegarde area of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Photograph: Jenny Matthews/Newsfile

30-year-old Drogheda local David Clerkin travelled to Denmark for the Ireland game

A still from a video of killer whales recorded  by fishermen off the coast of Dublin over the weekend. Image via Facebook

Second confirmed sighting of killer whales off Skerries coast in the last two weeks

 Michael D’Arcy: Average motor premiums have fallen by more than 20 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Lack of prosecutions for insurance fraudsters criticised at Oireachtas committee

SDLP leader Colm Eastwood, Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill and Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew, arrive for a Brexit briefing with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Irish remainer politicians meet Varadkar to discuss Brexit deal

Antibiotics do not work in treating colds, flus, coughs, sore throats, vomiting bugs, or diarrhoea. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Overuse of antibiotics ‘major threat’ to public health, Irish Pharmacy Union say

Fire in Finglas village. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Units battle fire at bar in north Dublin for several hours

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy  wrote to Dublin local authority chief executives demanding more progress be made delivering hubs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Meeting targets by end of 2018 is not possible, says Dublin Region Homeless Executive

More than 40 people were arrested in recent days in a Garda operation targeting organised begging in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Court appearances due after three-day operation targets city centre ‘begging rings’

Semi-State firm last month said over 400 jobs to go as it seeks to reduce carbon footprint

The Grand Hotel, located on Abbey Street, Wicklow town, will start housing asylum-seekers in the next number of weeks. File photograph: Google Street View

Facility to start accommodating about 100 asylum-seekers within weeks

Rents in Dublin are now 36 per cent, some €520 a month, higher than their previous peak a little over a decade ago. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister says options to lift housing supply being sought amid calls for rent freeze

Dr Martin McAleese is noted as having asked whether DCU “had considered the option of constructing prefabricated units” to house students on campus.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Martin McAleese raised possibility in response to ‘acute shortage’ of accommodation

Daniel Sweeney was hospitalised when he was attacked after a match.

Daniel Sweeney is unable to talk and can only drink through a straw due to injuries

Photograph: HM Revenue and Customs

Contraband with estimated £5m value seized at illicit tobacco factory

Weather warnings have been issued across the country. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Friday alerts in place for counties in Leinster, Munster and Connacht

The junior doctor, who was working in a hospital maternity unit, said he was never taught how to examine a pregnant woman, the court noted. Photograph: Istock

Simon Harris to seek report from HSE over doctor who appeared to lack basic medical competency

Labour health spokesman Alan Kelly said delays in reading   smears created a “serious risk”. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Backlog of over 80,000 smear tests and delay of 20 weeks to read smear tests

Dublin ‘showing the symptoms of overcapacity’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Consumer confidence in capital falling over Brexit fears, says Dublin City Council-funded research

A view of the chamber of Fingal County Council in Swords.

Separately, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council approves budget worth €183m

The body of a homeless man believed to be sleeping rough was discovered near Christ Church Cathedral, in Dublin city centre on Tuesday morning. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe Polish national found near Christ Church Cathedral was sleeping rough

The Thornton Hall site in north Dublin, purchased in 2005 for €29.9 million, cost €20 million more than an alternative site, the OPW report says. Photograph: Alan Betson

Internal report highly critical of lack of ‘value for money’ culture

Ryan Tubridy and Peter Casey during last Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’. Photograph: Screengrab/RTÉ

Presidential candidate condemns ‘unprofessional’ Ryan Tubridy over interview

The paternity payment will be increased by €5 a week from late March next year. Photograph: Istock

Payment of €240 per week available to fathers on paternity leave

Model image of planned North Quays redevelopment in Waterford city. Picture: Waterford City and County Council

Site will include shopping centre, office space, a hotel totalling 90,000 square metres

Dublin Castle in May 2018 after the abortion referendum count: There has been opposition among some GPs to plans that practitioners would provide abortion services. Photograph: Collins

Petition had called for ICGP to hold meeting to discuss provision of abortion services

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has twice suspended Scouting Ireland’s €900,000 worth of State grants this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government restores grants on condition the organisation reforms child protection rules

File photograph of Sgt Maurice McCabe outside  Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda whistleblower to meet Minister for Justice on Friday after leaving the force

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Individuals accessing ‘own door’ accommodation through homeless funding ‘more secure’ than in private market

Sgt Maurice McCabe as he arrived at the Charleton Tribunal in Dublin Castle in April this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move comes weeks after Disclosures Tribunal findings

Members of An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council officials “reclaiming” pallets in Finglas, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Fire Brigade already dealing with fires caused by stockpiles of wooden pallets

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. In August, former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey, chair of the charity’s board, wrote to the Minister  seeking an extra €140,000 in State funding, due to the “serious financial situation” facing the Irish Red Cross

Charity to focus on new ‘charity begins at home’ strategy, documents show

 Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, part of which has been closed due to structural flaws. Structural issues have been identified in a further five schools built by the same developer. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Details of any further structural issues at schools to be release in coming days

Homelessness figures published last week showed 9,698 people, including 3,829 children, were in emergency accommodation in September.

Tusla received more than 120 child protection reports in two months, figures show

On Friday night temperatures will hit zero degrees in places. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Met Éireann say temperatures will drop below zero on Friday night

David Mesher said he ’absolutely’ regrets his behaviour.

Airline claims cabin crew did not witness racist abuse during altercation

Party denies decision to contest local elections following McAnespy announcement

LJ McAlevay casts her vote at St Laurence O’Toole CBS in Sherrif Stree with her daughter Maisie (5). Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Lowest turnout in capital was Dublin Central where just 31.08% of voters went to the polls

Marian Roarty presiding officer and Garda Eamonn McGinley after arriving by helicopter on Tory Island, off the coast of Co Donegal, with a ballot box for the presidential election and referendum on blasphemy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Q&A: What will the ballot papers look like and what will I be asked?

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Landlords taking properties out of rental market is ‘unacceptable’, says Minister

Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan: school has asked some pupils to stay home over health and safety concerns arising from construction. Photograph:  Garrett White

Western Building Systems still constructing schools while litigation over four under way

Make America Great Again: David Byrne admits he is a rare Donald Trump supporter at University College Dublin

What’s it like to be right wing at a liberal Irish university in the age of Trump?

Irish Rail  is beginning a major refurbishment project of Pearse Street station, which will continue over the next two years and will impact Dart services. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Major replacement project of station roof to take nearly two years

Presidential candidate Joan Freeman: said she could never have been associated with an organisation that would “exclude” her daughter “because of her sexual orientation”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Aislinne Freeman spoke of same-sex relationship to ‘silence’ Iona Institute claims

The board decided to close Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan immediately for health and safety reasons, and temporary accommodation is being sourced for 200 students. Photograph: Collins

Fire safety audits had previously been ordered at the schools

Irish presidential candidate Peter Casey said the Irish Air Corps fleet should be replaced by a dozen helicopters. Photograph: PA Wire

Presidential candidate ‘absolutely’ had considered dropping out of race after criticism

Richard Bruton: he petitioned the NTA  on seven occasions over concerns and objections constituents in his Dublin Bay North constituency had raised. Photograph: Getty Images

Varadkar made representations for constituents over bus network changes

The helpline will be required to provide people with information on what behaviour constitutes bullying, harassment, or sexual harassment. File photograph: The Irish Times

Helpline to be established for those wanting to raise concerns on bullying or sexual harassment

Eddie Moran said he did not want to paint the entire Travelling community “with the one brush.” However, he said “they do what they like half the time ... gardaí can’t keep up with them.”

Councillor said it was ‘very unfair’ to residents living near Traveller accommodation

A Garda stops a motorist at a checkpoint. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

New figures show large discrepancies in how often Garda divisions test motorists

Fine Gael blasphemy referendum canvass at Tara Street Dart station, with YFG members (t-shirts), and (left to right) Sen Anthony Lawlor, Sen Colm Burke, Minister Charlie Flanagan, Sen Michelle Mulherin, and Cllr Barry Ward. Source: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Uninterested reaction from early morning commuters at train station canvass

Gardaí  at the scene on St Mark’s Drive, Ronanstown. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí used taser during incident in Ronanstown

Independent Senator Joan Freeman, who chaired the Oireachtas joint committee, which was set up  to produce a cross-party report on a long-term plan for mental healthcare. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Oireachtas report on mental health services says lack of funding the root of the problems

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring with members of the Artane Band, at the opening of a refurbished hall. Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Land swap deal with historic Dublin band enables developer refurbish north city venue

Fintan O’Toole: one of those shortlisted for columnist of the year, along with Miriam Lord. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paper’s journalists on 34 shortlists for annual Newsbrands Journalism Awards

‘There is a growing level of pressure we see in men to look a certain way,’ Harriet Parsons, head of training and development at Bodywhys said. File photograph: iStock

Last year men made up over a third of those seeking help from eating disorder charity

Formal dispatch from candidate not entertained by Higgins ‘for obvious reasons’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he wanted the Taoiseach to agree not to collapse the Government while the Brexit talks are ongoing. Photograph: Reuters

Two Independent TDs commit to backing administration during ‘crucial’ Brexit talks

A photograph from the Take Back the City Facebook page showing protesters holding a banner in the Dublin offices of Airbnb this afternoon.

Take Back the City ends occupation of firm’s offices aimed at highlighting impact on housing crisis

Presidential candidates: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Peter Casey, Sean Gallagher and Michael D. Higgins

Gallagher concerned at the ‘extravagance attached to the office’ Michael D Higgins

The charity says it has not received a reason for the order to shut down its programmes. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish aid charity say Pakistani Government have given no reason for order

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