Adolphe Ndagijimana, his wife, Joy, and their two daughters, Jaissah (18 months) and Janice (3). Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

New to the Parish: Rwandan who arrived in 2013 is grateful to Ireland

Dr Bryan McMahon, who is the chairman of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review on the system’s future warns it is essential long delays in asylum process end

 Vinu Narayanan, a nurse who has lived in Ireland for nearly a decade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘If they tell me it’s going to take another few months I’d rather plan to go somewhere else’

Smitha and her husband, Jijo, son Josh and daughter Tia. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of Indian nurses send money home to ageing parents but rarely see them

Protesters gather on Wednesday outside Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Protesters call for ‘fair and transparent’ booking systems as opportunist agents continue block-booking appointments

The majority of new weekday services will be introduced across Maynooth, Drogheda and Phoenix Park Tunnel Commuter routes, while there will also be an extra daily service each way between Dublin and Sligo.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Late-night Christmas Dart services begin from Friday, December 7th

Covent Road, which runs alongside Athlumney Castle, has been earmarked as part of the route for the proposed Navan 2030 Athlumney to Trim cycle scheme. Photograph: Google Street View

Proposed cycle scheme in Navan would involve knocking down structure beside Athlumney Castle

Unite members pictured outside  Grafton College in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister proposes refunds for Grafton College students following its sudden closure

Fog hangs above tents and makeshift shelters in  a field where migrants and asylum seekers stay in Calais, France, October 2nd 2015.   Most of the unaccompanied minors arrived in Ireland from Calais or Greece Photograph: Pascal Rossigno/Reuters

Adequate supports not available to teenagers entering direct provision system, says ESRI

Teacher Martin Brennan said: “Four weeks from Christmas, we’ve lost our jobs.” Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Teachers in Grafton College were not paid this weekend and owners not responding

The site of the planned direct provision centre in Moville was recently severely damaged in an arson attack. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Only two centres still open in Dublin, while there are six in Cork and six in Kerry

The Government has warned the Irish pensions system is facing a number of ‘very serious demographic, adequacy and sustainability challenges’. Photograph: iStock

Billions needed to maintain Social Insurance Fund says actuarial report

 Evgeny Shtorn: “It’s about public understanding. So many people don’t even know direct provision exists but they are paying for it.”  Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

New to the Parish: Evgeny Shtorn arrived from Russia in 2018

Nahla Bastawi from Egypt and now living in Dublin pictured with fellow Stamp 3 visa holders at Leinster House. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘We’re not homemakers; we’re modern families, we’re modern females.’

Sixteen per cent of the packaging waste produced in 2018 was plastic. Photograph: Getty Images/File photo

Repak says online stores use legal loophole to avoid paying packaging recycling bill

The cyclists in his 40s was critically injured after colliding with a car at Ballycullane in Kilmallock, Co Limerick at about 8pm.  File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Driver of car uninjured in collision at Ballycullane, Kilmallock

Some countries categorize sex without consent as a lesser offence to rape, sending a  message that ‘real rape’ only occurs when physical violence is used Amnesty warned. File image: Getty

Victim blaming and flawed legislation is contributed to ‘underreporting’ of sex assaults

Mohammed Delowar with his wife Sumaia Rashid Samanta and their son Arham Ibn Delowar. Photograph: Mohammed Delowar

Irish embassy and Department of Justice encourage family to re-apply after visa appeal refused

Miriam Kaczor: “Arriving into a new place where you see people having fun but you can’t join in was really tough. You go from being a really good student to getting bad grades. It was a lonely time.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Miriam Kaczor arrived from Poland in 2008

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel direct provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Centres opening around the State to meet ‘immediate and urgent increase in demand’

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

Musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant died aged 86

Spice Girls tour: Geri Horner, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Mel C will play Croke Park in Dublin on May 24th, 2019

Victoria Beckham will not rejoin 1990s pop group for first Irish show in 21 years

Alex McElroy and Abigail Poynton during a protest at the Spire on O’Connell Street in  Dublin over victim blaming in the courts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

About 600 attend Dublin, Cork rallies amid concern women’s choices being ‘weaponised’

The Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville. Photograph: Google Maps

Direct provision centre at Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville set to house 100 asylum seekers

  HaiYing Huang: “For the foreseeable future Ireland is my home.” Photograph:   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: HaiYing Huang arrived from China in 2002

Rainfall is expected to be heaviest on high ground and mountains File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Worst rain forecast for high ground and mountains, cold turn expected next week

Criminalising the purchase of sex, but not the sale of sex, is the best way to end the demand for prostitution and effectively tackle trafficking, according to a Europe-wide report published today.

Sex Workers Alliance says report does not address reality of sex workers’ lives

Gardaí are expected to shortly begin using new hand-held devices to scan number plates, which will immediately find out whether a vehicle is insured, by the end of this year.

Gardaí testing new hand-held devices that read number plates to find uninsured drivers

“We are at risk of creating a very bitter community if we continue to leave people behind.” Joseph Nyirenda, originally from Malawi, who lives in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Africans ‘the most disadvantaged’ group in the Irish labour market, according to ESRI

The Aramark leaflet that has been distributed at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Clodagh Guerin

University of Limerick students are planning boycott of Aramark-affiliated businesses

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin “left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pioneering musician had a ‘fearless sense of exploration’, says president

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

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

Salome Mbugua, the founder of the Migrant Women’s Network AkiDwA, accused the State of failing to acknowledge the discrimination which she said is preventing many Africans from finding employmen. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Discrimination main factor for low employment among Africans, says activist

“We get a sense that many households are in fact very far from changing their mind [about domestic childcare] and no amount of childcare policy is going to change their decision,” Dr Hélène Turon from the University of Bristol told the ESRI. Photograph: Getty

Research shows leaving work to care for children results in much lower wages later in life

Filip Klubicka joined the Irish a capella group Ardú shortly after moving to Dublin in August 2017. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Filip Klubicka arrived in Ireland in August 2017

More than 70 per cent of all personal motor cases assessed by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board from January to June 2018 were related to whiplash. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Women more likely to receive higher compensation than men in damages for whiplash

Some 30 people have been deported to Pakistan from Ireland so far in 2018 followed by 19 deportees to China. Photograph: Istock

Data shows rise in number of deportations from Ireland to Pakistan but fall in numbers sent back to China

Supporters of Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate his victory at the Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo. Photograph: EPA/Fernando Bizerra

Brazilians living in Ireland express mix of relief and concern following election of far-right candidate

Dublin Fire Brigade received hundreds of fire-related calls on Halloween, traditionally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade and its ambulance service urge caution during a busy day

   Daniela Kocis-Fitzgerald: “I’ve always been quite ambitious and adventurous.” Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Daniela Kocis-Fitzgerald arrived from Romania in 2009

The State has spent more than €4.4 million on deportation flight costs over the past eight years. Photograph: Istock

Labour leader calls for a ‘more humane and regularised system’ to process applications

Daniela Vindisova: “It feels good here. I have never felt like I’m in some kind of minority.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Daniela Vindisova from Slovakia came to Ireland in 2016

New to the Parish: Swathi Sasidharan with her husband, Sajeevan Achuthan, and children, seven-year-old Aadvika and four-year-old Anwita. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

New to the Parish: Swathi Sasidharan arrived from India in 2005

The online renewal visa system was introduced in September 2016 to end the long overnight queues which had become a fixture outside the INIS office on Burgh Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Security measures protecting online visa system from hackers ‘superficial’ – data expert

Nonso Muojeke. Photograph:

‘When I heard it at 1 o’clock in the morning, my mom woke me up just to tell me’

High waves wash over the bandstand, in Dun Laoghaire. File photograph: Eric Luke

What time will the storm-force winds be crossing your county?

Nonso Muojeke. Photograph:

Decision follows a campaign by classmates of Nonso Muojeke (14) to keep him in Ireland

The arrival of Storm Callum. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard

Met Éireann issues updates as gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding are expected

Norbert Nkengurutse in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. “Direct provision is not a bad system but it’s a poorly organised system.” Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Norbert Nkengurutse arrived from Burundi in 2016

Participants in the Still Waiting Health campaign  at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Nurse says colleagues feel demoralised and many are moving abroad to work

Matilda Kelly (9) from Ballinasloe, Co Galway at the march. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dozens of coffins laid outside GPO to remember mothers and babies from Tuam home

Mr Justice Clarke noted that historically the Irish courts have kept close contact with courts in the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Frank Clarke notes Brexit means departure of major common law jurisdiction from Europe

File image of a silver Mercedes estate. File photograph: Cars Ireland

Family are in ‘desperate’ need after car containing customised chair is stolen

The Northern Irish Assembly does not have the freedom to deviate from London on trade, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

DUP leader says NI Assembly cannot interfere with trade under Northern Ireland Act

AA Roadwatch warns of ‘significant disruptions’ to the southbound line

App advises clients to practise ‘mock raids’ and appoint staff to ‘shadow’ investigators

 Edie Hurrel (11) from Adare with Ziggy, an Italian greyhound during a protest for animal welfare outside  Leinster House, Dublin on Thursday.  Photo Gareth Chaney/Collins

Protest calls for greater accountability of animal welfare abuses across the State

“Is it the case that I shouldn’t meet with people prepared to come in and invest in the country?” asked Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department wanted any changes to consortium to be ‘avoided’ or ‘kept to a minimum’

 Sibusisiwe (Busie) Mhlophe at the marina  in Cork city centre near where she runs with her club Togher AC. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

New to the Parish: Sibusisiwe (Busie) Mhlophe arrived from Zimbabwe in 2017

A man   in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway,  where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali, which  brought gusts of 142km/h.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Met Éireann monthly report describes September as ‘dry, cool month’

The HSE has confirmed that patients who attended the Meath Campus dental service on Heytesbury Street in Dublin 8 had been contacted by staff. Photograph: iStock

Containers used during treatment believed to have been contaminated with toxic liquid

Many parents across the country woke on Tuesday to discover their monthly child welfare benefit of €140 had not reached their accounts.

System wide banking issue resolved as welfare payments recommence

The European Commission has proposed ending the biannual clock changes across the EU. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Move comes after European Commission proposed ending daylight savings practice

 Noah Morley Robinson (16 months) and his mother, Aisling Robinson pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin where Sabina Higgins hosted a “Latching On” morning on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

‘Babies come hot-wired to breastfeed’ parents hear at Áras an Uachtaráin event

Rebecca Carter with UCDSU president Barry Murphy and fellow students before starting her first day of veterinary medicine at UCD. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘Maybe I’ll straighten my hair so nobody recognises me,’ says woman who took case over Leaving results

One letter signed by 55 residents from the Ballaghaderreen centre claimed that media coverage of the centre has not offered “a fair picture of what life is like in the hotel”.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Residents say coverage of Abbeyfield hotel does not present fair picture of what life is like

 Local resident Geoffrey Fox speaks to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe  in Smithfiled, Dublin about his concerns about homelessness in the capital. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance assures resident that social housing will be built after being asked ‘is that a promise?’

Jan Martin with her PumpPal kit for women with newborn babies in hospital: “I want mums who are going through what I went through to feel less alone and isolated.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I had breastfed my first son but using a pump is completely different – it’s like milking a cow’

Rosalind Carroll, director of the Residential Tenancies Board:  “A good number of landlords are complying with legislation but it’s about trying to target those that aren’t.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Threshold seeks device like property price register to ensure transparency on rents

Hermon Tsegay: “I’m less naive about how the world works.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hermon Tsegay is happy in Ireland but critical of a system that left her in limbo

Bulelani Mfaco has been living in  direct provision for nearly a year. He describes the  centres as “ghettos in every sense of the word”. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Bulelani Mfaco arrived from South Africa in 2015

 Kevin Daly and  Aaron Daly protesting at Leinster House over the time Aaron’s daughter Sophia (12) has had to wait for scoliosis surgery. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sophia Daly (12) is waiting 17 months for surgery despite Minister’s pledge

Alvaro Cabello, who now teaches Padel, the Spanish racquet sport (which combines elements of tennis, squash and badminton) to Irish students in Bushy Park in Terenure, Dublin.

‘Once people settle down here they call their friends and say “this isn’t bad, you can find a job here” ’

The Brazilian population in Ireland has also increased substantially in recent years with 13,640 living in the State. Photograph: iStock

Brazilian population the youngest while Poles have the most postgraduate degrees

Photograph: Leonardo Parra

Leonardo Parra is believed to have broken Guinness world record for 48 hours of non-stop coaching

Motorists have been advised by AA Ireland to avoid driving through flood water when possible. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Weather warning issued with flooding expected on some western coasts

Rebecca Taylor, Nadine Kelly and Katie Flaherty all from Ballinasloe, Co Galway at the 2017 ploughing championships. Photograph: Tom Honan

It may be wet, there will be mud, smells are unavoidable and the President will be there

Hatch Hall direct provision centre in Dublin. A resident, who prefers not to give his name, says his applications for jobs in IT have been turned down by four recruiters. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 1,300 asylum seekers have been granted permission to work since June

A Syrian refugee boy stands in front of his family tent at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants next to the Moria camp on  Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Former military base on Lesbos now home to more than 8,000 who crossed from Turkey

Some 150,000 new homes across Dublin and Cork are projected to be built over the next 20 years under the Land Development Agency  which was announced by Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charity warns of ‘considerable red tape’ at State level in relation to development

Presidential hopeful Norma Burke (Bunty Twuntingdon McFuff) at City Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Calls for Áras to be turned into a hunting lodge and for dinosaurs to go on display in museum

A spokeswoman said Revenue would never send emails requiring customers to send personal information via email, text message or pop-up windows.

Phishing message latest in long line of scams from criminals targeting vulnerable people

Christian Emmanuel Dirocie: “I didn’t get the ‘in’ jokes with my friends; that made me learn English quicker.” Photograph: Cathy Coughlan/Human Collective

New to the Parish: Christian Dirocie arrived from the Dominican Republic in 2014

Campaign warns that the barriers preventing spouses and partners from securing work is also blocking families from fully integrating into their local communities

Employers’ lack of awareness is preventing spouses of professionals from securing work

The flooded Salthill Promenade and car park during Storm Ophelia in October 2017 Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate report shows strongest winds on record with warmer temperatures

University College Dublin, Belfield. Photograph: Alan Betson

Five Irish universities ranked in latest employability rankings by QS

Some 51 per cent of the 873 buses inspected by the RSA in the past year were not compliant with roads safety standards. Photograph: iStock

Nearly a third of buses inspected in past year had ‘major’ or ‘dangerous’ defects

Ilabek Avetian (39) at  Beaumont Hospital. He suffered severe head injuries after a scrambler bike fell on him as he sunbathed in a Dublin park this summer. Photograph: Olivia Lynott

Ilabek Avetian remains in a coma after being hit by a scrambler bike in Dublin in June

The four food businesses were ordered to close last month after inspections by environmental health officers from the HSE uncovered breaches including   a failure to segregate raw and cooked meats. Image: iStock

Dunshaughlin pizza restaurant and Asian takeaway in Wexford among closed premises

People waiting for the Garda National Immigration Bureau to open on Burgh Quay, Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Block-booked immigration-service slots then sold via Facebook and phone apps for up to €25

 Inspectors identified problems in relation to staffing availability, consent to treatment and individual care plans. File photograph: Frank Miller

Residents unable to access bedrooms until 10pm at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork

Therapeutic treatment process could ‘change survival outcome’ for patients worldwide

Wojciech and Monika Kostka with their children Ewa (8) and Maja (12) in Arklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Wojciech and Monika Kostka arrived from Poland in 2005 and have settled in Arklow

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tyrone mother dies in collision on M1 while man in his 50s fatally injured in Co Offaly

Fianna Fáil TDs Eugene Murphy,  Fiona O’Loughlin, Timmy Dooley and  Marc McSharry TD during a media briefing at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Closures may have ‘domino effect’ on surrounding businesses, says Timmy Dooley

Minister for Housing, Planning  and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing says SF should put forward their ‘non-existent housing plan’

Micheál Martin has turned down a request by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for talks to extend the Confidence and Supply Agreement for another two years. Photograph: Maxwells

Taoiseach sought Fianna Fáil backing to extend minority government for two years

Lucky Khambule from the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland at an anti-racist rally in Dublin in 2016. Mr Khambule says he has  noticed a rise in the number of people seeking assistance after receiving a deportation order during August.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Asylum seekers more likely to receive deportation orders in August when solicitors on leave, says lawyer

Put the shades away: Chilly Autumn conditions are on the way. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Bright and sunny conditions will feel fresher and cooler than recent days, says forecaster

The death of a woman in a road collision in Drogheda in the early hours of Monday morning has brought to five the number of deaths on Irish roads over the weekend.

Woman dies in Drogheda collision and 76-year-old man dies in Limerick

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