Waltons music shop on South Great George’s Street in Dublin opened in the early 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Waltons music shop in the city centre is to shut its doors amid soaring rental prices

Investigating gardaí say the man may have been injured after being struck by a vehicle near the junction of Parnell Road and Clogher Road in Dublin 12. Image: Google Streetview

26-year-old found at Parnell Road/Clogher Road junction with head injuries

 A woman carries a suitcase at Corail, a camp for displaced people on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after an earthquake in 2010.  Photograph: Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters

Misconduct like that practised by Oxfam staff in Haiti is widespread in the sector, say aid workers

Serene (4) with Bootsy. She came to Ireland from Syria  as a baby. Photograph: Irish Red Cross

Serene hopes to help other refugees settle in Ireland by ‘giving Bootsy to kids who need him’

A general view of the  Four Courts. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the second stage of committee hearing despite concerns the new body for selecting judges may lack transparency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Flanagan says providing explanation for those rejected for bench roles ‘legally problematic’

Homayoon Shirzad, from Afghanistan, works with Eurosales in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Homayoon Shirzad arrived to Ireland from Afghanistan in 2016

Jonathan McSherry (34), of Cedarbrook Walk, Cherry Orchard, Dublin left Jessica Bowes unconscious and with permanent scarring and nerve damage.

Jessica Bowes was hospitalised following violent attack by partner in 2015

Director of Women’s Aid Margaret Martin, businesswoman Norah Casey and TV presenter Bláthnaid Treacy launch  #TooIntoYou campaign. Photograph: Paul Sharp/ SHARPPIX

Younger women more susceptible to end up in violent relationships, says Women’s Aid

HSE urge people to get MMR vaccine as number of cases expected to increase further

The Irish leg of the charity, Oxfam Ireland, has denied any involvement or connection with the behaviour of staff who were employed by Oxfam in Britain in 2011

Oxfam Ireland says it has no connection to the staff employed in 2011 in Haiti

A demonstartion for the unrestricted right to work for asylum seekers outside the Dail. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Asylum seekers must find job with starting salary of at least €30,000

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said recently that “we see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision”.

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland updates statement condemning FGM three times

 Róisín and Mark Molloy, whose son Mark junior died shortly after birth in Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fears that adequate safety steps were not taken following 2009 recall on monitors

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee says vaccination is important for “herd immunity” to protect those who have not been vaccinated.

National uptake for the Tdap and MenC vaccines for teens fell by 3% in 2017

Local children lead the parade of islanders on St Patrick’s Day on Tory Island in 2016. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Purpose-built vessel planned in September but 40-year-old boat won contract

The Luas number 5027: A 55 metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge, blocking traffic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Line-wide’ fault renders ticket machines unable to accept passengers’ card payments

  Sean O’Reilly  will walk with a halo brace on his leg for three months. Photograph: John O’Reilly

Sean O’Reilly has undergone two days of surgery at Crumlin Children’s Hospital

Mariarita Arenella at Airmid Health Group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Mariarita Arenella arrived from Italy in 2013

A warning sign against female genital mutilation in Uganda. The UN estimates more than 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM.  Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Number of women and girls in Ireland affected by FGM has risen by more than 50%

To mark the centenary of women getting the vote in Ireland, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, granddaughter of suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington re-enacts her grandmother smashing the windows of Dublin Castle to highlight women’s disenfranchisement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Suffragette’s granddaughter calls for greater respect for women in all sectors

Sean O’Reilly (14) remains in a serious condition in hospital following a hit-and-run in Tallaght on Sunday.

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to incident on Cheeverstown Road on Sunday night

Clonkeen College. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Management in dispute with school patron over sale of sports playing fields

Screengrab from a video titled 'Gotta love cup season' which shows punching and large-scale violence in the smoking area of Kiely’s pub in  Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Are the recent Dublin 4 brawls the result of drinking, elite schooling, or rugby itself?

 Irish families looking to hire a person to care for their children have an obligation to read up on their rights and responsibilities as employers when it comes to pay, working conditions, accommodation and rest periods, the MRCI said. Illustration: A-Digit/Getty

Agency warns cost of childcare pushing people to hire through ‘black economy’

Tasneem El-Zaki: hopes to return to Sudan next month to continue her work defending women living in rural Darfur. Photograph: Front Line Defenders

Tasneem El-Zaki, jailed for defending rape victims, speaks of abuses in home country

Janneke Van Nijnanten: ‘I heard that these musicians had started their careers by playing on the streets and I thought that was really cool.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Singer Janneke van Nijnanten arrived from the Netherlands in 2011 and is a fan of the Irish music scene

The report reveals a wide disparity in the standard of services on offer to asylum seekers across the State.

Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about direct provision and asylum seekers

A still image from a video purporting to show a fight outside a pub in Donnybrook in Dublin on Monday evening. Gardaí were called to the scene  but no arrests were made.

Videos posted online show young men fighting near Donnybrook stadium

Asylum seekers at the Mosney direct provision centre. The ombudsman received 97 formal complaints last year and flags the installation of cooking facilities in centres as the “single most important issue for residents”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ombudsman report reviews 24 direct provision centres and three EROCs in Ireland

A cyclist remonstrates with a bus driver during Monday morning’s rush hour.  Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Private bus companies adding to gridlock in the area, says Taxi Federation

Sr Orla Treacy,  principal of Loreto Rumbek  primary and secondary school and primary healthcare centre in Rumbek,  South Sudan. “We have been threatened at gunpoint, we have been insulted, all number of problems.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Biggest challenge is keeping girls in school and out of forced marriage, says principal

Pictured at the National Youth Council of Ireland event were Fabian Laszlo Boros, Cork; Aoife Brennan, Dublin; Nikita Zamolodchikova-Omsk, Russia; Eboni Burke, Meath; Daniel Comerford-Onyemekeihia, Mountmellick, Laois and Saoi, Citizen of the World (Cork). Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Young people from around Ireland disucss the issues affecting them and their peers

Gardaí have expressed concern over the legality of the actions of vigilante groups operating in Ireland.

‘Actions by such groups are cause of concern for Garda and other police services’

The introduction of the new Luas Green Line in December led to traffic delays in the Trinity College/Nassau Street area in the run up to Christmas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taxi restrictions also being considered in attempt to reduce delays through city centre

Marisol Gonzalez Troya: ‘Studying in Dublin really gave me an insight into Irish culture.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Marisol Gonzalez Troya arrived from Spain in 2008

David Higgins, who is from Co Kerry and studied in Galway, went missing on Saturday afternoon after his kayak became caught in a strong current. Photograph: Facebook

David Higgins (26) and Alex McGourty (19) died on Saturday during a kayaking incident

A tax of 30 cent per litre on drinks with more than 8g of sugar per 100mls is to be introduced from April. File photograph: Getty Images

From March young people purchasing energy drinks will be obliged to present ID

The Irish woman was out celebrating her 21st birthday with friends in the Kalighat area of Kolkata. Photograph: iStock

Sujoy Mitra raped Irish woman after spiking her drink in May 2013 in Kolkata

Alex McGourty, who died while kayaking on Saturday, had arrived in Ecuador earlier this month. Photograph: Facebook

Alex McGourty was killed while ‘fulfilling his dreams’ on adventure trip

The posters placed by Ruhama in locations across Dublin to help gain an insight into the attitudes of  sex buyers. Photograph: Ruhama

More than 80% of callers requested details on sex services despite pleas for help

Asylum seekers applying for work permits must secure a job that pays a starting salary of at least €30,000 per annum and are also barred from working in more than 60 different areas including construction. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

Asylum seekers must find jobs that pay at least €30,000 per year to secure employment permit

Film and TV piracy has resulted in job losses, industry body says

Brazilian Heloisa Generoso: “I could stay very happily here, my life is in Ireland now.” Photograph:  Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Heloisa Generoso arrived from Brazil in 2012

The abandoned national school in Ballivor, Co Meath. The Narconon Trust, which is linked to the Church of Scientology, is looking to develop the building into a drug rehabilitation centre. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

Planned Narconon drug treatment unlikely to meet HSE criteria for addiction services

Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues. Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues.

Airline says family was denied boarding because they turned up late for flight

Exhausted migrants in the waiting hall of the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Information offered to refugee families is often ‘incomplete, outdated or not available’

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny on a tour of Tayto Park and Factory in 2013.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Chickens, pheasants, sheep, pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs and monkeys died at park

Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues. Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues.

Irish citizens were refused permission to board flight after disputing extra fee for luggage

Eating a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases while helping to build stronger bones.  Photograph: iStock

German scientists say high fibre diet plays important role in building strong bones

Rain is set to die out overnight with Sunday  due to be mostly dry through the morning with sunny spells in some places. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Temperatures to drop next week with snow expected on Tuesday

Rumours have circulated that an  abandoned national school in Ballivor has been taken over by a controversial drug rehabilitation group linked to the Church of Scientology. Image: GoogleMaps

Ballivor locals, annoyed at being ‘stonewalled with secrecy’, plan to protest at the site next week

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, told the symposium that more flexible working hours, both in the private and public sector, were needed so that parents could properly balance their day between work and caring for children. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Female empowerment ‘key theme’ for government, says Flanagan

Chief prison officer Brian Stack was shot in the neck in Dublin on March 25th, 1983, and died 18 months later

An Garda Síochána satisfied it was given ‘all information’ in inquiry into prison officer’s murder

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan with his wife, Suchi, and their children Maya and Meera at their home in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan says Ireland helped him get rid of his prejudices

Dunbeg fort on the Dingle peninsula, where extensive damage was caused during Storm Eleanor. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Storm caused part of fort, which sits on cliff edge in Dingle peninsula, to fall into sea

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Events to mark centenary of vote for women, Fine Gael pledges ‘women’s charter’

Ali Selim, spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh, says Irish people should take heed of their own recent history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Community leaders hope Irish experience in Britain should help prevent stereotypes

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Yosuke Sasaki (24) had been living in Dundalk and working in call centre

The Immigration Act 2004 sets out 11 grounds on which an individual can be refused permission to enter the State. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Data shows steady annual increase in numbers being refused leave to land in the State

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Mai El-Mahdy arrived from Egypt in 2012

Syrian refugees have started a digital media workshop at the CONNECT Centre in Trinity College Dublin. Pictured (L-R) Ghassan Shamet, Mohamed Zaamout, Taqwa Alhariry, Kamel Shabaan, Nour Zaamout and Hamza Kurdy. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

A group of six refugees is learning video journalism skills during a two-week course in Dublin

Charities have said a present you do not want could be ideal for someone else. Photograph: Getty

Barnardos and Oxfam shops welcome all types of items for adults and children

Dublin’s Custom House will be a backdrop for events in Dublin

Our guide of what to do and where to go across Ireland to ring in 2018

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced an increase in funding for victims of crime. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bill to abolish fees from January 1st for aid applications in domestic violence cases

Shane Stokes, from Limerick, died in a road incident in southeast England two days before Christmas. File photograph: Rob Austin/Facebook

Shane Stokes from Limerick died in multi-vehicle collision on M40 in Oxfordshire

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice across Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary for Thursday. Photograph Paddy Whelan.

Yellow weather warning issued by Met Éireann with sleet and snow forecast for Thursday

Mikhail Shengeliya in Herbert Park, Donnybrook: “I don’t understand the point of people who move to another country and then stick with their own.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: A Georgian refugee explains how he ended up in Dublin

Guinness record attempt: the Dóchas group helped Valery Larkin try to knit the world’s largest blanket

Dóchas women donate clothes and blankets to homeless, Red Cross and premature babies

New research shows green leafy vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, can help cut the risk of developing dementia later in life. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A new scientific report finds leafy green vegetables help preserve memory skills

Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner Orla Tinsley has been waiting on life-support for a double lung transplant. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner got seventh call this week after six donors unsuitable

Albert Llussa, who flew back to Barcelona to vote, says holding the Catalan independence referendum on October 1st was not a crime.

International media ‘did not understand the complexity of the situation’

Jamie Crosbie (17) and Katie Crosbie (6), from Tallaght, run to welcome their sister Ciara, arriving home for Christmas, from Sydney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families gather in Dublin Airport to welcome loved ones home for the holidays

Joel Mutara:  ‘I feel safe and free here. I’m able to follow my dreams and reach them.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Joel Mutara is building a life in Ireland after living in Ugandan refugee camp

A report by a working group chaired by Dr Bryan McMahon published a total of 173 recommendations for the asylum system in June 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Nasc disputes Minister’s claim 98% of report’s recommendations were being introduced

Marcin and Marina Piotrowski with their three children. Photograph: Karolina Migurska & Mariusz Purta

New to the Parish: Marcin Piotrowski arrived from Poland in 2004, left Ireland in 2017

The PSNI and an Garda are calling for anyone with information on Lu Na McKinney to get in touch.

Ms McKinney’s husband was charged with murdering his wife last week

A garda stands outside a house in Woodville Avenue in Lucan, Co Dublin, on Sunday night, where the remains of a man were found. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Neighbours express shock after man’s body is discovered at a house in Lucan

Theresa May and Donald Tusk leave after posing for photographers at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunande/AFP/Getty Images

Daily Mail hails May for ‘sealing the deal’ as BBC says she has ‘green light to move on’

Deal means North will not be separated ‘constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom’, said Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

DUP will ‘ensure no backsliding on promises made about the integrity of the Union’

HSE environmental health officers issued three closure orders after rodent infestations were found. Photograph: Getty

Iceland store, a Get Fresh canteen and cash and carry outlet shut following inspections

Tracy Clark and partner Justyna Greinart embrace in Melbourne’s Federation Square as it is announced same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Tiernan Brady successfully led Yes equality campaigns in Ireland and Australia

Gardaí outside a house in Ballymun where an exchange of gunfire during a raid this morning resulted in a garda and another man being injured. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Exchange of gunfire happened at house in Ballymun as gardaí tried to gain access

Antonio Chinea from Venezuela: He has found Dublin very different from the city he left nearly 10 years ago. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Antonio Chinea arrived from Venezuela in 2008 and again in 2017

The woman, aged in her early 30s, was attacked using “a caustic substance” shortly after 10pm on Friday, December 1st. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives believe another woman who had grudge against victim paid man to target her

There are rising concerns for the well-being of PhD students generally with studies showing many are at risk of developing mental health problems. Photo: iStock

Seven-day weeks, 10-hour days, isolation and uncertainty: it’s little wonder so many PhD students risk developing mental health pr(...)

   Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan (right)  with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys  at Áras an Uachtaráin last week.

Josepha Madigan has said she will not commit to taking Irish language classes

Gardaí have asked any potential witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Caustic substance’ thrown in woman’s face as she walked in south Dublin on Friday

Irish citizens living in Britain could be at risk of losing their right to live, work, rent private accommodation and avail of healthcare services in a post-Brexit UK, a new report warns. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Charity calls for UK government to renounce power to deport Irish citizens

A Dublin Bus nearly flattened Sorcha Pollak after her tyre became wedged in the tracks at the corner of College Green.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With Luas tracks now criss-crossing Dublin city, that 3cm gap is an unavoidable hazard

Mary T Murphy, originally from Cork, is refugee programme manager for the Goal aid agency’s two refugee camps in the Gambela region of Ethiopia – Kule and Tierkidi – near the South Sudanese border. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/Goal

Mary T Murphy given presidential distinguished service award for aid work across Africa

The Migrant Teacher Project wants more non-Irish teachers in schools here.  Photograph: iStock

Majority white Irish teachers not reflective of increasingly ethnically diverse Ireland, say researchers

Nancy Lin and her children Kerry (6) and Ethan (3)  in Tymon Park, Tallaght. Photograph:  Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Nancy Lin arrived from China in 2002

Site for Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres for refugees in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: only  additional centre sourced from nearly 100 properties offered in two separate public tendering processes in 2015 and 2017.

Department of Health the ‘only department’ not to allocate extra resources to refugees

The Irish target of welcoming 4,000 people is small compared with Germany’s commitment to welcome nearly a million. Above, a Syrian refugee at a German-language programme in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Despite sluggish start, State’s intake of refugees ramped up over the latter half of 2017

Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers. The Government has acknowledged that it will not meet its target of accepting 4,000 people from overseas by the end of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

Officials note that direct provision beds as temporary measure unlikely to solve problem

Rakan Al-Zahab, a Syrian refugee living in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. “I want to put my feet on the ground.” Photograph: James Connolly

Three people give contrasting accounts of their efforts to rebuild a normal life in Ireland

 Motorists queue to fill up at  a petrol station in  Tallaght in Dublin which was   selling fuel for 99 cent per litre for 99 minutes as part of a Black Friday promotion. Photograph: Collins

Busy scenes in Dublin shops but nothing reminiscent of US-style hysteria

Erin Fornoff  at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Erin Fornoff arrived from the United States in 2009 after working on Barack Obama's campaign and growing up non-religious on the b(...)

 Vincent Browne at the launch of  Alone’s Christmas Campaign  in  Dublin with  Donald Smith and Annette Egan, who avail of Alone services

Alone asks public to support thousands of isolated elderly people over Christmas

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