Dr Sindy Joyce, who sits on the Council of State, said she was ‘disgusted’ by Ms Clifford-Lee’s tweets, for which there should be zero-tolerance.

Accepting the apology amounted to ‘letting her away with it’ – Dr Sindy Joyce

Gardaí are urging sex-workers to only meet clients who are known to them.

Campaign group say criminalising purchase of sex is directly linked to assaults, robberies

Among the reports’ recommendations  are that local authorities  make “the best interests of the child as paramount” when placing families in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Measures could include imposing restrictions on landlords’ rights and ending use of one-night-only accommodation for families

Tenants facing mass eviction following sale of the houses at 32 and 34 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in June. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new review also calls for a constitutional right to housing to be considered as a 'matter of urgency'

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Families fear reporting matter to gardaí as Drogheda drug feud continues, says Pavee Point

President Michael D Higgins has asked for a   team to develop plans to protect plants and wildlife around Áras an Uachtaráin and the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Specialist team to carry out year-long ‘bio-diversity’ audit of 52-hectare site

 Monika Nawrat’s funeral took place in Glasnevin Crematorium Chapel. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Monika Nawrat (30), originally from Poland, lived in Ireland for over ten years

 Aoife Ní Mhurchú of Medicines Sans Frontiers Ireland met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, above,  on Thursday. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Irish nurse says she witnessed torture of migrants in EU-funded detention centres in Libya

The highest numbers are employed in the hospitality, administration and support, and the wholesale and retail sectors. Photograph: iStock

UK, Romania and Brazil accounted for most new allocations

Dr Seán Nixon said the cause of death could not be ascertained, though he recommended a verdict of natural causes.

Coroner says Geraldine McGuinness (56) ‘most likely’ died after going to sleep in ditch

Dara Quigley who died on April 12th, 2017

Journalist and activist died by suicide after intimate images of her were shared online

Joan Collins, TD (Independents 4 Change) said there should be “nothing about Travellers without Travellers.

Department of Health behaved like ‘an absentee landlord’ on Traveller health issue

Monika Nawrat  died in the Mater hospital on  October 14th, 2019, after attempting to take her life in Dóchas women’s prison nine days previously

Solicitor says Monika Nawrat was ‘let down by a fractured and broken system’

The PSNI said  there is absolutely no justification for an attack like this.

‘This is totally barbaric and must stop’ said police officer who appealed for information

Budget 2020 marked a shift in the right direction,     child advocates believe. Photograph: Getty Images

Anti-child-poverty initiatives were ‘really significant’, says Children’s Rights Alliance

Joan Collins TD at Leinster House. Ms Collins is a member of the Oireachtas committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas committee hears the move will help assess suicide rates among Travellers

Karen McEvoy died of suspected sepsis at Naas General Hospital on December 25th last.

Counsel ‘should study protocols’ before hearing into mother’s death after giving birth

A total of 76 per cent, when asked who the perpetrator was, said it was ‘someone in a position of power – the chef, the owner, the manager’.  Photograph: iStock

High numbers of workers report verbal and physical abuse, and sexual harassment

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

Lone parent group claims fewer chances to train and work under new childcare scheme

Chief executive of Social Justice Ireland Sean Healy   and Colette Bennett, research and policy analyst, speaking at their analysis of Budget 2020 Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Poorest 30 per cent will be hit hardest, particularly with rising food costs, says CEO

Social welfare office: Younger unemployed people will see their jobseeker’s allowance restored in full to €203 per week for those 25 and over. Photograph: Eric Luke

Under no-deal shadow, scarcer resources go to social groupings deemed most vulnerable

Free meals for children are a recognised, targeted intervention to tackle child poverty. File photograph: Getty

Child poverty intervention is in addition to hot meals pilot running in 36 primary schools

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Income allowed while still qualifying for One Parent Family Payment up €15 to €145

A mental health crisis among Travellers must be addressed as human rights issue, an Oireachtas committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Most Travellers felt the State was ‘indifferent’ to their suffering

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis have had ‘huge support’ and spent the weekend in Ireland with family, but plan to leave again. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis urge people to sign online petition for hate-crime law

The study is the 15th in the charity’s series on the gap between the HAP and RS limits and market rents and is the first that looks at the impact of ‘discretionary top-ups’ on accessing properties. Photograph: iStock

Properties suitable for four household ‘types’ examined in new Simon Communities report

Dublin GAA player Michael Darragh Macauley: ‘It’s about a positive influence in kids’ lives and to highlight there are different paths you can go down.’ Photograph: John Ohle

Poverty-fuelled drug-dealing and violence can stop being normalised by community effort

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy said it was ‘completely insane’ that large, international publishing platforms were unregulated.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Online regulator ‘with teeth’ needed, committee discussing online harassment told

‘The big challenge around homophobia is being able to talk about sex and being able to talk about men having sex with men, what they need, and to demystify that,’ says Mick Quinlan, manager of the Gay Health Network. File image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A third of men who have sex with men reported being stared at or intimidated in past year

Seán O’Keeffe (R), who died last year, pictured with his brothers Bob (L) and Brian (C).

Seán O’Keeffe died of an overdose after ‘desperately’ seeking psychiatric help

Representatives from political parties, trade unions and civil society groups outside Leinster House under the banner of Raise the Roof to demand that the Government implements a major motion on housing passed by the Dáil a year ago. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Fine Gael needs to ‘step back’ from its current policy, protesters outside Dáil told

Flac’s annual report shows most queries concerned family law, employment law and wills/probate – but a third of cases now deal with housing issues alone. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal advice body expresses concern over information given by gardaí to local authorities

  Fiona Ryan and Jonathan  Mathis  feature in an advertising  campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach said Government is working on hate crime legislation

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis, who experienced online abuse after featuring in an ad campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

‘We actually thank Gemma O’Doherty for highlighting there is no real hate-crime legislation’

Phyllis and Maurice McHugh, who lost their only child, Caroline, in the 1981 Stardust disaster, and Lisa Lawlor, who was 17 months old when her parents, Francis and Maureen, died in the fire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Families of the victims of the Stardust fire hope new inquests will help bring healing

 Victims’ family members at  Buswells Hotel after the announcement that  the Stardust blaze will be subject to  a fresh inquest. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Inquest will see official narrative of how 48 people died challenged in court of law for first time since 1982

Bridget McDermott with her daughter June, holding a photograph of children William, Marcella and George, as Stardust fire victims’ families gathered at a press conference following the announcement of a new inquest into the deaths of 48 young people in the 1981 nightclub disaster. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘The reality is there are people who must be held accountable for what happened that night’

New Tusla chief executive   Bernard Gloster: “I am very conscious that in the case of Tusla we intervene in the lives of people often in an unwelcome way.”  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Bernard Gloster says key objective of his tenure will be winning public’s confidence

Ruth Coppinger points to screen shots of text messages during a press conference at Buswells Hotel in Dublin discussing landlord and tenant relationships prior to her raising the issue again in the Dáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruth Coppinger says she has received more disclosures, particularly from three women in the Hap sector

Kirsty-Cyane McGill kept all the texts to eventually ‘do something about it’. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

‘It was really inappropriate flirting, creepy. But ... I didn’t want to get on his wrong side’

Direct-provision protest: silent demonstration walking from Oughterard to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel last Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

What lies behind Roosky, Lisdoonvarna and Oughterard’s objections to direct-provision centres?

Landlord accused of issuing invalid notices to quit in two Dublin 4 properties

Residents of South Richmond St and Rosedale Terrace demonstrate outside the offices of Val Issuer on Molesworth Street with members of People Before Profit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pursuit of vacant possession to refurbish and hike rent ‘like an epidemic across country’

The Bernard Shaw:  Bodytonic said it would be closing the pub at the end of October.   Photograph: Tom Honan /The Irish Times

‘It’s more than just a nightlife venue. It’s a genuine artistic and creative hub, with a social purpose’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: current situation ‘not a great way to do things’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doherty unhappy with current situation whereby courts rule on relatively small sums

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton, who is publishing the Northside Partnership’s strategy 2019-2023. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Society conditioned to overlook skills of people in poorer areas, says organisation

In July, the National Ttransport Authority said financial penalties would be imposed on Go-Ahead. However the authority has since said it is allowing the private operator time to “bed in” and would not fine the firm. File photograph: Go-Ahead

NTA will not fine bus operator despite complaints about punctuality, buses not turning up

Dr Gil Botvin with sixth class pupils in St Michael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot, to see the implementation of his Botvin LifeSkills programme. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Pupils learn how to make good decisions, deal with stress and feel good about themselves

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Children’s Rights Alliance proposes daily hot meals, free school books and hobby subsidy

Ashbourne Educate Together National School was able to open its doors for the school year only on Monday.

Educate Together ‘frustrated’ over delay in securing safety certificates for school buildings

Counties Monaghan and Cavan record highest rates as men account for 80pc of cases

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the changes to the sector would be brought in gradually. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government proposal will require childminders to undergo training and Garda vetting

Deirdre Deverell (right) who has lost her sight, with Jodie McGriele, NCBI training manager.

Companies urged to step up and see beyond a person’s disability

Symptoms to look out for are irritation, flu-like symptoms, a rash in the case of measles and swelling along the jaw line with mumps. File photograph: Getty

Uptake of MMR vaccine in several wealthy areas slides, according to official figures

Photograph: Getty

Traveller cross-party group says audit needed on schools’ use of limited hours

A file photograph of Christopher Karagiorgis with his parents Dimitris Karagiorgis and Diane Payne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Autism advocacy charity says move ‘breaches spirit of Act’ aimed at protecting boy

Tusla said it wished to reassure the public ‘where a child is at immediate risk, they receive an immediate and protective response’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review of south Dublin services found Tusla lacks ‘concrete plan to address risk in a timely way’

From left, Karina Timothy, Galway Regional Services Manager, Threshold, Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, USI and Aideen Hayden, Chairperson, Threshold, as Threshold and USI have called on the Government to implement Protect our Deposits: a deposit protection scheme to safeguard rental deposits and protect tenants in the private rented sector against scams. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Try out the key and view property in person before transferring money, students told

Alison Begas, chief executive of the Dublin Well Woman Centre, said cost was a major barrier to women accessing long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs).

Growing demand for long-acting reversible contraception, says Alison Begas

Sophia Mulvany (9), who has spina bifida, at Seapoint Dart station, where the lift is out of order. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Wheelchair users upset and exhausted by constant breakdown of lifts at train stations

Dr Susan Finnerty, inspector of mental health services, found ‘continuing breaches of human rights’ in residences.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inspector finds ‘continuing breaches of human rights’ including lack of privacy

Settled residents should lose the right to object to Traveller accommodation, a new review recommends. File photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Group calls for councils to use emergency powers to force through housing plans

Warren Dempsey with a photograph of his sister Andrea. ‘I want people to come to this event to show they care.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

She ‘always appeared bubbly and happy but it was a front . . . she was broken inside’

Homeless families in Dublin are to be given Leap cards allowing them free access to public transport for the month of August, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is to announce.

Leap Cards to be provided on a ‘once off basis’, spokesman for Eoghan Murphy says

A review group was appointed last September  to examine how sexual offences are dealt with by gardaí and the courts. Photograph: iStock

Bar Council calls for ‘rape myths’ to be combated in its submission to review body

Erin Phelan with her children, Casey (4) and Dylan (1), who live in a family hub on Western Road. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

For a mother of young children, not being able to take them anywhere is ‘draining’

‘If you are a family squeezed into one room in a hotel, the children and the parents are under huge additional stress.’ Photograph: iStock

Charity highlights burden of keeping children occupied in straitened circumstances

 Gino Kenny TD; Richard Boyd Barrett TD; Cllr Fiona Ferguson, Old Park, Belfast; Brid Smith TD; and Gerry Carroll MLA, West Belfast, at the People Before Profit agm in Dublin.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Boyd Barrett calls for ‘massive shift to public transport’ at People Before Profit agm

The last of the Tin Men, James Collins working away in his shed at his home in Avila Park Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

James Collins still makes billy-cans, pails and mugs from stainless steel in his Finglas workshop

The judgment would benefit a small but significant number of refugees, said Catherine Cosgrave, of the  Immigrant Council of Ireland

Judgment should not delay reforms on refugee family reunification, advocates warn

A spokesman for the company said Go-Ahead had higher targets than Dublin Bus (pictured). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company says its targets are more ambitious than those of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann

Cork’s Sexual Health Centre provided 157 sessions of post-termination counselling last year, compared with 77 in the previous year. Photograph: Getty Images

Steady increase in demand for crisis pregnancy counselling, annual report states

Zoe Flynn (24) was ‘quick-witted, sharp and a very strikingly beautiful lady’ who also carried ‘great sadness’, her funeral in Ballyfermot, Dublin heard on Friday.

Fr Joe McDonald says the loss of a number of young people in Dublin ‘raises questions’

Monica Smyth at her home in Bulloch Harbour near Dalkey in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State should buy site of planned Bulloch Harbour development, campaigners say

 Rosaleen McDonagh   ran for the Seanad in 2002 and 2007. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Traveller activist and playwright Rosaleen McDonagh describes ‘hostile’ reaction to her candidacy

Free travel and ‘heritage cards’ should be provided to homeless children through school-holidays, members of the Oireachtas committee for Children have said. Photograph: iStock

Ann Rabbitte asks for free access to 10,000 OPW heritage sites for homeless families

Karen McEvoy and her partner Barry Kelly

Karen McEvoy (24) died on Christmas Day last year one week after giving birth

Noah Halpin: ‘We are a small army and need all the help we can get for change’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Days like today are so important because people need to be out and visible’

The transgender pride parade makes its way along Eden Quay in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Event organised over concerns about delays for trans people to access treatment

 Regina Doherty: “When you break it down there are some who are taking more than a minimum essential living standard from the State but there are a lot of people who are not”

Doherty signals intention to end traditional across-the-board welfare increases on budget day

Regina Doherty,  Minister for Social Protection:  ‘It’s about ensuring everyone has a minimum standard of living.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty wants to reform welfare payments to help those ‘who are most at risk’

Chair of the National Review Panel Helen Buckley: ‘We cannot say the infant deaths were directly related to the mothers’ addiction’. File photograph: Eric Luke

Review says in some cases social workers ‘overly optimistic’ about parents’ competency

Tusla social workers focused on Cathy’s parenting issues. She entered a detox unit when Ray was three. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child dies in accident while in care of his father who had substances in system at time

Drug-dependent mothers were a particularly at-risk group who needed specialised support, advised Dr Helen Buckley, chair of the National Review Panel. Photograph: iStock

Six very young children, known to Tusla, died in 2018 whose mothers had addiction issues

 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said ‘I think it’s something we need to go after quickly. I would say four or five years would sort it out.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Warning from the Oireachtas Committee on Education contained in first statutory report on the issue

Single parents with two young children need to spend €97 per week on food in rural areas and €89 in urban zone. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Welfare recipients with teenagers and in rural areas struggle most with nutritious diet

There is nowhere for the poorest households to rent in Galway city, Waterford city, Athlone and Sligo, a survey has found. File photograph: Getty Images

Simon Communities reports ‘alarming’ lack of housing for those dependent on HAP

Michelle O’Brien with Tommy, Jamie and Joey, three of her seven children. She is a qualified beautician but has been unable to work due to the family’s insecure housing situation. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Peter McVerry Trust finds temporary house in Co Offaly for couple with seven children

Michelle O’Brien with three of her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey O’Brien at their  emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Tullamore parents Michelle and Patrick O’Brien have seven children under 14

Michelle O’Brien and three of her  children – Tommy, Jamie and Joey – at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Offaly Traveller Movement and Tusla seeking to help family housed in multiple hotels

Emily Logan of the IHREC. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

IHREC takes action amid ‘persistent discrimination’ by local authorities against Travellers

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe received a letter from chief executive Owen Keegan, describing the agreement as ‘very ambitious’.

Council chief estimates cost of implementing ‘ambitious’ agreement as ‘very significant’

 Mary Doherty of Lifeline Inishowen  with supporters outside  the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Lifeline Inishowen, based in Carndonagh, delivers petition to Minister for Children

Human Rights Commissioner Emily Logan accused the Government of ‘normalising’ homeless. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Emily Logan describes housing assistance payment as ‘not fit for purpose’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: to receive petition from Lifeline Inishowen in Co Donegal seeking funds.  The Carndonagh-based service, for women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, is the only one in the Inishowen peninsula.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lifeline Inishowen to hand 1,000-signature petition to Dáil in search for urgent funding

Since January 2016 “housing assistance” has been a ground on which it is explicitly illegal to discriminate in the letting of housing. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission also notes unfairness to asylum seekers

Tenants facing mass eviction from their bedsits at 32 and 34 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Remaining renters say people who already left homes did so on foot of invalid notices

Brussels event hears Ireland must have “good story” on domestic   climate policy  if it is to be respected in developing states.   Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Report found 94% of migrants in Brussels slept rough, and 73% did not get enough to eat every day

 President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker: “Europe cannot and must not be a fortress with its back to the world.”

Stefano Manservisi highlights ‘mismatch’ between precarious work and welfare states

Michelle O’Brien pictured with her children Tommy, Jamie and Joey at her emergency accommodation in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Number of homeless families in midlands reached 45 towards end of April

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