Irish Times reporter Conor Gallagher (centre)  won two certificates of merit at the Law Society of Ireland Justice Media Awards 2018. He is pictured with the society’s president Michael Quinlan (right) and its director general Ken Murphy. Photograph: Lensmen

Reporters win awards for court reporting and coverage of legal issues

The lowest projection from the CSO would see the population increase to 5.6 million over the next 35 years

Birth rate expected to dip significantly around 2030

Phil Hogan: ‘I have never seen such solidarity in the Commission on any issue, as I have seen in relation to the problems that this can create for Ireland.’ File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Commissioner says May’s government lacks ‘coherent position’ on Brexit deal ahead of key summit

Simon Coveney gave the Cabinet a Brexit update in advance of the visit to Dublin of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste also warns of ‘very difficult’ summer of talks ahead amid current impasse

Scouting Ireland estimates it has two months before funding runs out, after Minister for Children Katherine Zappone suspended  finance in April, following the organisation’s handling of a rape allegation.

Scout body prepares for redundancies and creditors calling in loans as fund crisis looms

Last year 43 incidents of physical assault were reported on Irish Rail trains, up from nine reports in 2016.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of physical attacks reported on trains increased from nine to 43 last year

Ayo Adeshina with children Kenny (left) and Taiwo at the direct provision centre Watergate House on Usher’s Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I don’t know where we are going to go,’ says Ayo Adeshin, a single mother of three

Paul Howard has a history of rulings against him. Photograph: The Irish Times

Property owner involved in a number of disputes with tenants at Mountjoy Square

President Michael D Higgins hosts a Bloomsday garden party where John Shevlin immersed himself in the character James Joyce. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Dublin plays host to series of events staged to celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses on Bloomsday

Maggie O’Neill, who lives on Terenure Road East, and is concerned about the ramifications of the bus corridor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The success of the plan for Dublin depends on how public bodies deal with affected residents

A representative of the Eastern Region team in the Special Olympics Ireland Games salutes supporters during the opening ceremony at  Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Dickson/Inpho.

Michael D Higgins says 1,600 participants ‘refuse to to be defined or limited’ by stereotypes

The State has paid over €4.5 million in legal fees to date on its challenge to overturn the European ruling. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Bank of New York Mellon will oversee Apple tax escrow account pending State’s appeals

Stun guns seized in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Photograph: Revenue

Male in his 20s is detained after raid in Tallaght targeting prohibited weapons

Bags containing some of the herbal cannabis seized by gardaí after they stopped a car and searched properties in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin on Wednesday.

Three arrested after quantity of drug found in car before larger haul found when premises searched

“It is women and girls who largely bear the burden of inadequate sexuality education,” according to the Irish Family Planning Association. Photograph: Getty Images

TDs and Senators cautioned not to assume Catholic parents want ‘Catholic sex education’


Letter from volunteers calls for clarity in ‘plain English’ on steps scout body is taking

Showjumper Jack Dodd (25), who died this week following a car crash.

The 25 year old died following a car crash last week in Belgium

The plans were submitted to An Bord Pleanála on Wednesday.

Wastewater plant treats 40% of Ireland’s sewage and is ‘overloaded at the moment’

The scene of the shootings at the boxing club in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘You don’t wake up and think you’re going to have a triple shooting here’

The scene of the shooting at Bray Boxing Club, Co Wicklow this morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Katie Taylor's father Pete Taylor injured in early-morning incident in Co Wicklow

Repair crews work on the  burst water pipe at Staleen. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Irish Water says outage still affecting homes in Ratoath, Kilbride, Ashbourne and Duleek

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, with Andrew Christopher Dunne, overall winner of Bloom with his creation, The Sustainable Seafood Garden, in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Garden festival marks the start of summer, says President Higgins

 Bookmaker Dessie Fox who  was shot dead on September 30th 1990.  Photograph: Garda handout/PA Wire

Gardaí will prepare a file for the DPP relating to the 1990 killing

Workers try to repair the burst water pipe at Staleen. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Remedial efforts to repair pipe under way but location of leak is 4m below ground

Tenants  Mauricio Alves Lucas, Samantha Rodrigues Siqueira, and Dayse Duarte (left to right) say they are owed deposits back  from Spencer Accommodation. Photograph: Jack Power

Brazialian students confront Basilio Carvalho over money owed for Dublin accommodation

Gardaí are searching for Margaret Kelly (74), who went missing after a visit to St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Handout photograph: Garda Press Office

Margaret Kelly (74), who has a medical condition, missing after trip to St James’s Hospital

A previous gathering of  the Aosdána general assembly, also  held at  the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Eight new members were elected on Monday.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Eight members of Arts Council-funded body had passed away since last general assembly

Tributes have been paid to former Sunday Times journalist Jan Battles, who died on Sunday.  Image: IMNDA.

Fomer ‘Sunday Times’ and RTÉ journalist was diagnosed with condition in 2013

Fr Rene Esoy was joined by members of the Irish Filipino  community at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Bachelors Walk, Dublin for a prayer service in remembrance of Jastine Valdez last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Student (24) was murdered after being abducted in Enniskerry on Saturday, May 19th

In terms of outlook, Met Éireann said Wednesday will be mainly dry with sunny spells.

Western counties forecast to have best of conditions on Tuesday

One of the Big Belly bins in Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The compactor technology means the smart bins can hold more than ordinary litter bins

 Jastine Valdez: Her parents intend to repatriate her remains to the Philippines for burial

Families sympathised ‘with each other on tragic circumstances’ which led to two deaths

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man in his 30s was seriously injured , outside a nightclub on Davitts Quay, Dungarvan. Photograph: Frank Miller

Attack outside Waterford venue leaves man in critical condition with head injuries

Waterford manager Alan Reynolds: he is recovering in hospital

Soccer manager Alan Reynolds received head and face injuries in attack

Six people receiving treatment from traffic collision on dual carriageway

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall, a Dublin North West TD, said the results were “extraordinarily strong”. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Róisín Shortall: ‘People actually listened to the evidence and they shifted their position’

John Concannon, head of the strategic communications unit, told the media agency organising the advertorials they should read “in partnership with Ireland 2040, an initiative of the Government of Ireland”, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information  Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

FoI request reveals strategic communications unit head wanted paid content labelled

The beach is located a short distance from Doonbeg Golf Course, which is owned by the US President Donald Trump. File photograph: The Irish Times

Bacteria suspected to come from land water runoff after heavy rainfall

The E.coli outbreak is believed to be of a  strain of the bacteria which causes mild illness in most cases.

Children and staff in Ballybay creche to be screened for infection

Aisling Dolan (19), from New Ross, Co Wexford, who was killed in a road traffic incident on Tuesday.

Tributes paid to Aisling Dolan, who died in a three-vehicle collision on Tuesday

The Pálás arthouse cinema in Galway city. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Controversial project beset by delays and overruns received €7.5m in funding

The relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom is being “tested” for the first time in several years over the Brexit negotiations, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Brexit negotiations over Irish border to come to the fore next month

Nissan Qashqai: Mark Hennessy with the car the Garda believes he used to abduct Jastine Valdez

Note found in Nissan Qashqai may have helped pinpoint body’s location

Mark Hennessy (40).

Mark Hennessy’s former neighbours express shock after he is shot dead by gardaí

LoveBoth canvassers at St Stephen’s Green,  Alexandra Brazil, Una Mary Mc Carthy Deering, Maeve O’ Hanlon, Al Byrne and Miriam Smith. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Anti-abortion canvassers say tone of debate on doorsteps more respectful than online

Gardaí continue their investigations at the derelict house and farmyard on the Clonee Road, Lucan, where the body of 14 year old Ana Kriegal was found on Thursday. Photograph: Collins Dublin

‘It’s weird to think that somebody is out there that would have done that to someone’

Maria Steen (left) and Dr John Monaghan  (right) argued for a No vote in the upcoming referendum on repealing or retaining the Eighth Amendment during a debate broadcast on RTÉ on Monday night.

Retired obststrician and barrister argued for No side during RTÉ referendum broadcast

Cervical-cancer controversy: the Taoiseach said he and Minister for Health Simon Harris are finding out facts at the same time as the public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar calls commission of inquiry ‘only way’ to hold people accountable

There were 9,681 people recorded as homeless in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Committee has not convened this year and is being ‘ignored’ by Minister, says Fianna Fáil

CervicalCheck: the HSE said its screening programme is safe and effective and that its three laboratories “are operating within expected international standards”. Photograph: Rafe Swan/Cultura/Getty

HSE will provide tests to combat ‘worry’, assessing GP-service impact after three months

Paul Reck, widow of Catherine Reck (pictured), one of 17 women who were given incorrect clear cervical smear test results, but who later developed cervical cancer and died. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paul Reck filled with ‘pure anger and mistrust’ and has no confidence in health service

An image showing the fire at St Louis Secondary School in Dundalk, Co Louth on Saturday. A prefab building was destroyed but the school will open on Monday. Image: LMFM via Twitter

Fire services prevented blaze spreading from prefab to the main school building

Equipment at a signalling station  was destroyed on Saturday, causing “major signalling difficulties at Heuston Station” and delays, a spokeswoman for Irish Rail said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two men in 30s and 40s arrested and questioned before being released without charge

Communicorp Media has renewed a contract to provide news bulletins to regional and local radio stations, the group announced on Friday.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Media group owned by Denis O’Brien to supply content to 28 regional radio outlets

A group of lawyers say the Eighth Amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and her unborn child, could be altered, rather than a question being posed over whether it should be removed.

Laws could be altered to deal with rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities, group says

Margaret McGeehan, chair of Donegal Pro Life, has asked principals that students be shown or given access to the “Keep the 8th” video, “in the interest of a balanced debate”.

Video featuring images of aborted foetuses suitable for senior students, group says

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive officer of  Scouting Ireland, said  the youth organisation deals with about 70 safeguarding cases a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Organisation is working to deal with safeguarding failings, Oireachtas committee told

“The committee is of the view that any organisation which seeks the support of an Oireachtas committee to secure public funding should make itself available to address any legitimate concerns the members may have,” the letter said.

Essential concerns surrounding the operation and governance of Scouting Ireland be addressed at meeting

Emma Ní Mhathúna, pictured  above  in a HSE promotional video for the HPV vaccine, was told by her doctor  the smear results from a test in 2013 were incorrect.

Mother of five diagnosed with cervical cancer not told of past incorrect smear test

A spokeswoman for the HSE said the CervicalCheck helpline is “experiencing a very high volume of calls

Delays of several days reported by women who rang cancer helpline

Rebecca O’Malley and Karl Henry, whose wife Anne Moriarty died after a cancer misdiagnosis, on their way to meet then minister for health Mary Harney in 2008. File photograph: Frank Miller

Woman at centre of 2005 breast cancer misdiagnosis scandal says change needed

The private correspondence was submitted in the High Court case taken by Vicky Phelan, a 43-year-old Limerick mother of two with terminal cancer, who was not told about an incorrect 2011 smear test until September 2017. Photograph: Collins Courts

Limerick gynecologist raised issue of CervicalCheck smear audits in June 2017

 Fairview Park, Dublin: Isles International University, registered to a post box in the local area, reported an income of €115,000 in 2017, according to financial accounts. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Hardeep Singh running unaccredited Isles International University with Dublin address

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: “Under no circumstance should the other cases that I understand are in the system be fought in that same aggressive way.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald critical of way Vicky Phelan ‘pursued and forced into court’

An overturned truck on the N4 is causing major traffic delays. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigage via Twitter

AA Roadwatch advised motorists to avoid the J7 Lucan exit due to heavy traffic

A view of The Albert pub on Walton Breck Road after the UEFA Champions League, Semi Final First Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Two Italians arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after altercation near pub

Chinese national YanFun Sun (78) is missing from Dun Laoghaire, he does not speak English and suffers from memory loss. Source: Garda Press Office

YanFun Sun (78) suffers from memory loss and does not speak English

Scout camp. Gardaí are investigating a scout leader who allegedly abused a 12-year-old boy on a camping trip more than three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chief executive pulls out of an appearance before Oireachtas committee

Gardaí attended the scene at Temple Bar square after they were alerted to a ‘serious assault’ in the area at about 1.20am on Sunday. Photograph: Googe Street

Man in his late 20s was stabbed in the early hours on Sunday morning

Hundreds of past child-protection case files are held at Scouting Ireland’s national office in Larch Hill, Tibradden, south county Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audit of hundreds of files not yet begun despite safeguarding expert’s recommendation

Larch Hill in south Co Dublin. The alleged abuse took place during a camping trip here in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigate alleged incident during expedition in south Co Dublin in 2014

Chief scout at Scouting Ireland Christy McCann: along with David Shalloo, chief commissioner for youth affairs, he is “temporarily” standing down.

Officials vacate roles pending outcome of inquiry into handling of rape allegation

Last week, the Minister for Children decided to withhold State funding of nearly €1m to Scouting Ireland until concerns about governance are resolved. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Group may be open to legal action from a man who alleges abuse by a leader, expert says

Scouting Ireland hired a barrister to carry out an independent investigation into  actions of individuals “referred to adversely” in child protection expert Ian Elliott’s report.

One group leader criticises membership supporting under-fire senior volunteers

Chief Scout Christy McCann:  Re-elected head of Scouting Ireland on Saturday.

Crisis management group had recommended in March that McCann should step aside

Dean Afolabi (11) with his mother,  Tomi Matuluko at the Beo festival in Dublin. Dean is fluent in Irish and attends Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa, near their home in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Every community expresses its basic values in the way in which it treats a language, President Higgins tells rally

Dr Eoin O’Malley, School of Law & Government, DCU told the Citizen’s Assembly  the timing of an election is crucial in determining if, or how much, support the Government party drops after an election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Citizens’ Assembly is discussing whether Ireland should introduce fixed-term parliaments

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone suspended the organisation’s annual grant of nearly €1 million on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland chief says organisation committed to addressing concerns ‘without delay’

Carbon emissions from Irish homes almost 60 per cent higher than EU average

Scouting Ireland received €876,337 in funding from the department last year, and more than €9 million since 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Zappone says organisation’s handling of rape allegation is ‘very concerning’

Dr John Lawlor, Scouting Ireland chief executive, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs to answer questions on the organisations’ child protection standards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chair of Oireachtas children’s committee ‘deeply concerned’ at Scouting Ireland reports

A female scout leader claimed she had been raped by a male adult leader during a 2009 camp, when she was 18 years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting body’s ‘deeply flawed’ response ‘highlighted a lack of awareness of risk’

Scouts at Collins Barracks in 2008. A review found some directors of Scouting Ireland knew of the rape allegation against the man but did not inform others. File  photograph: Aidan Crawley

Review finds organisation failed to question whether man should be reinstated after suspension

Liga Skromane, a Latvian  living in Swords, Co Dublin with her partner Andrew Jordan, has gone missing in India. Photographs: Andrew Jordan

Latvian-born Liga Skromane (33) went missing last month from a beach in Kerala

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha said he had accepted the invitation because Dublin City Council supports the people of Palestine and was critical of Israel.

Israel Government officials say misspelling of Mícheál MacDonncha’s name allowed him into the country

Dr David Reynolds said there was “growing evidence of a link between disrupted sleep and Alzheimer’s disease”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Participants who slept poorly had greater amounts of amyloid beta protein in brain

Chief scout Christy McCann: Scouting Ireland’s handling of a rape allegation from a camping trip in 2009 was “deeply flawed”, says a crisis management group.

Crisis management group advised Christy McCann and two senior leaders to step down

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, inspectors from the Mental Health Commission have found.

Inspection of Owencurra centre in Cork, found a ‘serious medication error’

A file image of a protest over plans to build 536 residential units on the St Paul’s playing fields at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

North Dublin locals opposed plan to build 100 houses, 400 apartments on playing pitches

Echlin Street, Dublin 8. Photograph: Google Street View

Bomb disposal unit was called to the scene after the object was discovered on Thursday

Dublin City University students protest rent increases of 27 per cent at privately-run Shanowen Square student accommodation. Photograph: Jack Power

Private student accommodation near DCU to plan to increase rents by almost 20 per cent

Majority of cases in mid-west but disease has also spread to Dublin, Kildare andWicklow

A vast majority of special needs assistants want more training for their roles, a survey by the trade union Fórsa has found. Image: iStock.

Trade union says man assistants in working in schools for years without professional development

Robert Lee,  final year economics student and member of Life Society UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘I think there are lots of undecided students,’ says member of Life Society UCD

Luke Rossiter sent a tweet saying he was ‘delighted for Paddy Jackson,’ before referring to the complainant in the case in a derogatory manner.

League of Ireland player Luke Rossiter said tweet was ‘stupid and immature’

When the truck Mr Simkus was driving was searched, gardaí and customs officers found quantities of ketamine, MDMA powder and cocaine

Haulage driver found with ketamine, MDMA and cocaine when stopped at Dublin Port

Gardaí told the court they found the guns after the stopped and searched two cars in Dublin last Friday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

William McCarthy with an address in Spencer Dock is accused of having two revolvers

Maddie Doyle of My Lovely Horse Rescue group  at Moyvalley, Co Kildare, with  rescue horses they named Giselle and Grace Jones. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The animals were left in a forest after being removed from a yard owned by Arthur Moore’s son

‘Regrettably, at times, an age-appropriate service is not available’

Nurses say practice of placing children in adult units ‘has minimal therapeutic value’

George Mitchell, Bertie Ahern and Bill Clinton pictures in 1999. Photograph:  Larry Downing/Reuters

Former US President will receive the award at a ceremony on April 10th in Ulster Hall

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