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

Sophia Daly whose scoliosis surgery was suspended in August. Photograph: Aaron Daly

Father of child with scoliosis says State failing to fulfil promise of surgery within four months

Cyclists participating in a  ‘Keep Cyclists Safe on Dublin’s Quays’ initiatvie in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Campaigners have long sought better infrastructure and safety measures for bike users

Jestina Mukoko: “We are talking about a citizenry that has been intimidated over years, these are people who are vulnerable.”  Photograph: Gary Walsh

After witnessing intimidation during the election, Jestina Mukoko is looking to the future

The mass detention and torture of innocent people during the Syrian civil war has turned into a ‘massacre’, people gathered at a vigil in Dublin were told. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Estimated 82,000 people have been forcibly disappeared since war broke out in 2011

Anderson Leahy, from Brazil, with his husband James at home in Cabra, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anderson Leahy arrived from Brazil in 2013, and married his Irish boyfriend three years later

Vekash Khokar  at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Department of Justice letter arrived at Vekash Khokhar’s former home day after he left

Ireland’s childcare costs are among the highest in the 36 OECD countries

Participation of women over 35 in workforce must be addressed, says recruiter

Signing of the election order would kick-start a 28-day period in which hopeful candidates can secure a place on the ballot paper to take on Michael D Higgins in the autumn. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Eoghan Murphy says closing date for nominations will be September 26th

Vekash Khokar with Mona Considine, general manager of the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Vekash Khokhar departs voluntarily to avoid facing potential detention in Pakistan

 Direct provision performers  at the Abbey Theatre in the spirit of Jimmy Gralton, hosted by Donal O’Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Number of deportations always rise in August when solicitors are on holiday, says academic

US abuse expert Anne Barrett Doyle and Mark Vincent Healy, who was sexually abused by two priests in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish data laws preventing full accountability for church sexual abuse, says victim group

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attended the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images.

Medical director at Phoenix Park field hospital said attendance was some 130,000

Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, warned the political response to the refugee crisis was allowing “abuses of human rights to be carried out unchecked”. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Smugglers taking advantage of flawed EU refugee plan, hears Belfast conference

Somebody’s Child mural covered up in Temple Bar. Photograph: Mannix Flynn

Material covering updated mural torn down overnight following Twitter call to action

There are extensive road closures in Dublin and around the Phoenix Park, in particular, on Sunday for the   Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Collins

With 86 roads closed on Sunday, people are advised to walk and use public transport

The procession into the Celebration of Mass in the family arena during the World Meeting of Families at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Too many ‘hoops to jump through’ for refugee families leaving direct provision, says Crosscare

Vekash Khokhar at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. The space has become a lifeline for him. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Vekash Khokhar will perform on Abbey Stage hours before his scheduled deportation

 Solomon Kong still struggles with the general cost of living in Dublin and  was shocked to discover the rate of basic tax when the received his first pay cheque. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Solomon Kong arrived to study accounting and finance in 2015. Settling in Ireland was not straightforward espec(...)

John-Mark McCafferty of housing charity Threshold, Union of Students in Ireland  president Síona Cahill and Martin Clancy of Daft.ie at the launch of the Scamwatch  initiative for people seeking rented accommodation. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins.

USI president says group concerned that many rental properties listed online are fake

Hannah Hughes(left) and Janelle Quinn were reported missing from Athlone last week. Hughes has been found but Quinn is still missing.

Janelle Quinn (15) found but whereabouts of Hannah Hughes (16) still unknown

Fire services  battle a large blaze at a recylcing centre at the Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Recycling centre fire saw towering flames, black smoke fill sky above business park

Lorna and Marlou Patindol, from the Philippines: hope the papal visit can draw people back into the Catholic Church.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Poles, Filipinos, Brazilians and Argentinians share their opinions on papal trip to Ireland

Gardaí at the scene of a road accident where two people died and three were injured in Eastend, Bundoran, Co Donegal, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The county has one of worst death tolls in the State – eight have died so far this year

Two-thirds of those surveyed reported employers overlooked them for jobs and were unwilling to provide the workplace supports they needed.

Call for support to help people with disabilities into workforce and out of poverty risk

One of the guns seized by gardaí in Ballyfermot on Thursday. Photograph: via Garda Facebook page

The A 22-year-old was arrested on Thursday after two guns and crack cocaine seized

Campaigners and renters have said  rules are not being properly enforced. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Residential Landlords Association says Daft exaggerating rental increases

A man in his 20s died on Wednesday after his car crashed in Co Westmeath

Woman (18) is seriously injured after car hits ditch at Deerpark

A chart showing the anticpated arrival of the weather system off the west coast of Ireland on  Saturday afternoon. Image:  Magicseaweed.com

Weather to clear on Sunday bringing bright, dry conditions for All-Ireland hurling final

Karen Mukasa (17)  from Uganda. She hopes to study health science at university in Ireland but also feels the urge to return to Uganda some day. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Karen Mukasa arrived from Uganda in 2015

More than half of emissions in 2016 came from private vehicles and 26 per cent from goods vehicles. Photograph: Alan Betson

Overall number of people who walk to work nationally continues to fall

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Correspondence shows frustration at lack of cycle paths and of cyclist behaviour in Dublin

Muhanad Jazmati from Syria living in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Refugee Muhanad Jazmati wants to bring his wife, twin sons and stepson to Ireland

Migrants being rescued by the Aquarius team in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Médicins Sans Frontières/EPA

The Aquarius NGO vessel makes the appeal after being refused support by rescue centre

Shane Ross. Prof Cormac O’Dea says the Minister’s projected cost of €70 million might be correct if the grant only applied to those who provide more than 10 hours of childminding duties a week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cost of grant ‘equivalent to €25 per week increase’ in payments for people with disabilities

A helicopter which responded to an incident involving a male kayaker on Friday. Photograph: Iveragh Coast Guard

The victim was in his late 60s and may have been visiting relatives in the area

 Shahbaz Rana of Dublin Bus, Martin Acheanpong of Luas, Tomasz Kawako of Irish Rail, and Richard Adewuyi of Bus Éireann, with the anti-racism campaign at Hueston Train Station, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Nationwide campaign calls for end to racism on public transport

Nan Joyce  co-founded the Committee for the Rights of Travellers in 1982 and she became the first member of the Traveller community to stand for election in  State’s history. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

‘She helped a lot with the racism and helped young people to stand up for themselves’

Asylum-seeker Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has sent out numerous job applications since he received his new work permit last month. Fluent in English and French, he is hoping to find a job in customer service.

Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has recieved a work permit but other difficulties remain

Traveller activist Nan Joyce, pictured in 1982. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/THE IRISH TIMES

Tributes paid to woman who was first from her community to stand in a general election

 Former European Gold Medal pony rider Kellie Allen (L to R) and pony ‘Concord’, Yvonne Connolly and Lauren Murphy, aged 11, with her pony ‘Taggert Express’ from Glasson, Co Westmeath at the launch of Dublin Horse Show this year. Photograph: Tom Honan/ Irish Times

Annual equestrian event runs for five days

Tayan Gaedi at the Countess Markievicz Statue on Townsend Street, Dublin 2: “I tell people now I’m Irish-Kurdish.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Tayan Gaedi arrived from Iraqi Kurdistan in 2005

Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Fitzmaurice says distance charging idea shows Government is out of touch

The Government is currently considering numerous schemes to ensure the overall tax take from motoring does not drop significantly as a result of moves to lower emission vehicles. File photograph: Bloomberg

AA Ireland says proposal to tax the distance travelled would see rural motorists pay more

Aoife and Jenna Mehigan were on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia when Sunday’s earthquake struck. Photograph: Aoife Mehigan

‘We knew from how the locals were reacting that this was a scary situation’

The Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew was called out at 10.49pm when   a small power boat with six people on board had become entangled with a pot marker. Photograph: RNLI

Busy weekend for rescue services as woman also airlifted to hospital after fall in Dalkey quarry

Younger bike users advised to slow down over weekend to avoid spike in accidents

An Post has announced it will  be closing 161 post offices as part of a voluntary retirement scheme. The closures will reduce the post office network from 1,111 outlets to 950

Irish Postmasters Union criticises release of list and says people should be respected if they want to retire

The coming closures will reduce the post service network to 950 outlets. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Exact list’ of closing branches to be released by end of August following leak

A green handkerchief is emblem of the fight for the legalization of abortion in Argentina, seen here at a demonstration for the separation of the Church and the state, in Buenos Aires on July 24th 2018. Photograph: Maria Paulina Rodriguez/ EPA

Argentine senate to vote on August 8th on abortion decriminalisation

Manzi Joseph:set up GoFundMe page to raise money for college fees. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Manzi Joseph from Rwanda has set up GoFundMe page to raise money for college fees

Gardaí sealed off the road for a time in order to conduct a forensic examination. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Motorist pronounced dead at scene of crash near Carnmore on Thursday afternoon

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said the proposed grant would cost the exchquer €70 million a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘We need evidence-based investment and a cash payment to grandparents is not that’

Photograph of John ‘Jackie’ Fricker taken in his youth on board a ship. Photograph: The Fricker family

Bottle found on Alaskan shore is traced to a cousin of Oscar-winning actor Brenda Fricker

Michael Perensovich was on a break from counting moose when he found this message in a on a beach in Yakutat, Alaska in 1964. Photograph: Kari Perensovich

Search for family of Inchicore man who wrote 1963 message in a bottle

Senthil Kumar Ramasamy in Waterford City: “I became interested in Irish politics when I came here and that’s why I wanted to learn about the Irish legal system.” Picture: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: Senthil Kumar Ramasamy arrived in Waterford from India in 2000

Children of parents with depression were 41 per cent more likely to attend an emergency department,  a study in the BMJ Paediatrics Open has found.

UK researchers say parents with depression more anxious about their children’s healthcare

School children take part in the 2018 Indoor Diversity Games which were held in Athlone in January. Photograph: Offaly Sports Partnership

Grassroots developments can have stronger impact that criminal legislation, says Minister

Siptu organiser Barnaba Dorda says Poland has a strong culture of donating blood but that many Poles forget to register with the Irish service when they move here.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service warns of drop in donations during summer months

Spectators  watch the Royal Jordanian Falcons from Bray Head during the annual Bray Air Display in Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 40 modern and vintage aircraft perform as part of Bray celebration

The Red Arrows flying over Dublin city centre  on Saturday evening. Photograph: Frank Grealish

Eleven aircraft offer sneak preview on way to Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel

Dublin’s first ever trans pride parade took place on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Participants call for improved healthcare and criticise Dublin Pride as ‘marketing tool’

President of the Royal Air Force Association (Republic of Ireland branch) Alan Harrison in Glasnevin Cemetery on Friday for the ceremony. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Home-ruler and trade unionist was most decorated British fighter pilot in first World War

Rosemary Kunene: “There are a lot of people who are depressed and don’t want to get involved in anything. I don’t blame them for that. The duration of stay in these centres is too long and I wish I could know what really causes the delays.” Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

New to the Parish: Rosemary Kunene arrived from Swaziland in 2014

The scheme could relieve some families of the added stress of finding parking when visiting the hospital. Above, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

App encourages homeowners and local businesses to help families attending hospital

Simon Harris said his department’s chief medical officer had requested that the HSE refrain from using the device. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mesh devices used to treat urinary incontinence temporarily banned in the UK earlier this month

Joe Kelly, a tenant of Alone, in his apartment on Reubens Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘I was told to come back in two to three days with a small suitcase’

A man in his 20s was injured on Monday following a serious road traffic collision in Co Longford. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lamagh collision was one of a series of road traffic incidents on Irish roads on Monday

The  Irish Water Crisis Management Team met on Monday morning and  it said “seven full days of data” on pressure reduction in the greater Dublin area would be available to examine on Tuesday.

Irish Water says it will know by Thursday whether restrictions need to continue into August

 José Muñoz: “Living the rest of my life in El Salvador is not an option. We all know the situation isn’t going to change there, we want a better life.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New to the Parish: José Muñoz arrived in Ireland in 2016

President Michael D Higgins officially opens the Nelson Mandela exhibition ‘From Prisoner to President’ at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Kilmainham Gaol exhibition marking centenary of statesman’s birth runs till January

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