Abelino Chib Caal from Guatemala in Dublin  after he was awarded the  Romero International Award by Trócaire, for his work defending human rights. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Despite great personal risk, teacher fights for rights of his country’s indigenous people

Carlos Alexander Montilla from Venezuela. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Carlos Alexander Montilla arrived from Venezuela in 2011 and again in 2014

I Bike Dublin staged a ‘die-in’ protest at Dublin City Council’s offices on Wood Quay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Series of protests to be held across the capital following death of Neeraj Jain in collision

The NBRU said anti-social behaviour directed at staff in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann was becoming so frequent that drivers were no longer reporting all incidents.

Union calls for better protection for workers after Halloween anti-social behaviour

Protesters have been urged to ‘stand down’ and help provide accommodation for asylum seekers. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Movement of Asylum Seekers says: ‘Of course we know direct provision is inhumane’

Cyclists and local residents held a vigil at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Friday  morning near  St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Man, who gardaí are still working to identify, is eighth cyclist to die on State’s roads in 2019

Chayla Rowley from the US who is a Fulbright student at DCU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Chayla Rowley arrived from the United States in 2019

The remains of United Nations engineer Micheál Ryan arrive into Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Micheál Ryan’s mother says she would like her son to be remembered as a caring person

Pope Francis arrives to lead a Mass to close a three-week synod of Amazonian bishops at the Vatican. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Church’s failure to ordain women as priests ‘massive injustice’, says priest

The working group found that many women choose not to use LARCS such as IUDs as contraception because of the up-front costs of consultation and insertion.

Universal access to contraception would cost €80-€100 million a year, working group says

Originally from Lahinch, Michael (Mick) Ryan was married with two young children and lived in Cork city.

Micheál (Mick) Ryan one of 157 passengers killed when plane crashed after take off

Most TB cases are caused by breathing in bacteria; only a small number of people who breathe in the TB germ get sick, says HSE. Photograph: iStock

HSE confirms investigation of case in Galway city accommodation and defends response

Abdullahi Hersi: ‘People were open and straightforward. They wished you well. I think the Irish, by nature, are friendly.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Although Ireland was welcoming, finding employment was difficult for Somali science teacher Abdullah Hersi, who arrived in Ireland(...)

‘The evidence shows teachers are going abroad or doing other work.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some 1,600 retired teachers returned to teaching last year, up from 537 in 2013-2014

Linda Kavanagh from the Abortion Rights Campaign told a small group on O’Connell Street that the goal had always been to secure free, safe and legal abortion services for women across the island of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Women in rural Ireland still struggling to access abortion services, says campaigner

Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe presenting the Lord Mayors Award to performer Panti Bliss. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Planned nature of recent attack on gay man in Dublin ‘really horrifying’, performer says

 Cork ambulance staff James Hennessy and Olive Murphy were honoured at Farmleigh House  on Friday at the National Bravery Awards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

National Bravery Awards honours 20 people for showing ‘strength of courage’

‘I decided to do as much as I could to help her and secure a better life for my family.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Patrycja Jurkowska arrived from Poland in 2004 and again in 2005

Sinéad Deevy, Kashka Sankowska and their daughter Sofia.  The couple has been  unable to secure Irish citizenship for their daughter born through IVF in Spain

Irish/Polish couple call for State to recognise their daughter, born through IVF abroad, as Irish

Ivor and Mary Davies who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday in the local Hotel Rosslare as a gesture of support for the hotel and its asylum seeker residents.

‘Migrants are entitled to have somewhere to start off their new life,’ says Ivor Davies

A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Loughrea celebrates ordination of Father Michael Duignan as new Bishop of Clonfert

The GRA has called for a review of the ‘excessive’ bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness training for recruits.  File photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Members’ group says tests for trainees and probationers are causing high stress levels

1.8kg of cocaine was found under a car. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí find bag with cocaine worth an estimated €130,000 under car

Syrian family Zuhair Fakir, his wife Angham and their daughter Lorca, who were selected for resettlement from Lebanon as part of the State’s pilot community sponsorship programme and now live in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly/UNHCR

Pilot programme last year called on communities to sponsor Syrian refugee family

Pension payments ceased after three nuns closed their personal bank accounts in Portugal and requested that the money continue to be paid into the religious congregational account in Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Ombudsman steps in to help nuns who cared for disadvantaged in Portugal for decades

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he did not “envisage” gardaí would be involved in any Border checks nor did he want to see “any return to the tightly patrolled, highly armed” Border presence of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. File photograph: PA Wire

Minister for Justice says he expects 14,400 gardaí in force by end of 2019

Last week  a  tender to open a direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway hotel on the outskirts of Oughterard in Co Galway was withdrawn. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister David Stanton admitted he was anxious to engage with communities as early as possible

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

Ayesha Hashim Mirza and Rabeeb Mirza outside their missionary, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Imam Rabeeb Mirza and Ayesha Hasmin Mirza arrived from the UK

Evgeny Shtorn (centre), speaking at the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland MASI Conference 2019 which took place at Liberty Hall on Saturday .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Residents from centres across the country attend inaugural event in Liberty Hall

Images of the plastic pieces found on the shore at Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove last year show tiny lengths of thin, flexible material about the length of a little finger. File photograph: Gráinne Grehan

Clean-up group discover plastic debris nearly year after spill from Dun Laoghaire baths development

Kirstin Chadwick (centre) with University Hospital Galway  staff  preparing for the departure of the ambulance carrying her partner James Martin to Shannon Airport.

More than €82,000 raised to help James Martin injured after incident at Lusitania

Daniel Pereira from Brazil, his wife Beatriz, son Eóghan (five months old) and Ethan (3.5 years old) from Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: Daniel Pereira first arrived from Brazil in 2005 one week before his 16th birthday

Some of the people taking part in the silent protest walk in Oughterard on Saturday against a direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Department reliant on private contractors to find accommodation for asylum seekers

The owner of the  former Connemara Gateway Hotel had applied to covert the building into a   direct provision centre Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Department of Justice says move will exacerbate serious shortage of accommodation for those who come to Ireland

Some 513 families availed of Depaul’s services, an increase of 8% on the previous year, while the number of children availing of the service increased by 13%. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Over 10,330 destitute in the Republic, according to latest Government figures

 Aleksander Kurowski: he  worked for a decade as a cleaner and then in a laundry before  ending up in a homeless hostel.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bad tenancies and ignorance of rights have seen more central and eastern European men become homeless in Dublin

Youth and Age by John Lavery is hung at Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables Autioneers on Molesworth Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Piece with €20,000 estimate stolen from Lancashire school discovered in Dublin

The group has called for subsidised childcare to be extended from 40 to 45 hours per week for children in full time childcare and from 17.5 to 23 hours for children in after school care. Photograph: iStock

Family support charities group says new national scheme ‘doesn’t go far enough’

Chalice given to Ardee church in 1764 by wife of last speaker of Irish House of Commons

With ages ranging from 22-37, the participants of the Galz Gone Wild community came from an array of backgrounds. Photograph: Melissa McDermott

Galz Gone Wild is a group for women to connect with each other and the outdoors

Linda Hayden has called for more protections for sexual assault victims. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Two decades on, Linda Hayden describes rape she suffered in Waterford hotel

Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí discover drugs during search of house in Lanesborough, Co Roscommon

Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football final replay, at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Open top bus tour carrying victorious teams rejected following consultation

Kirstin Chadwick and Kim Martin, who were due to marry in August

Kim Martin’s fiancee, who he was to marry in August, appeals for help to get him home

The direct provision system,the subject of the 2017 demonstration pictured,  should be replaced with an interim scheme under which no person spends more than six months in the asylum process, a new report says. Photograph:Tom Honan.

Students who turn 18 while in asylum process should not face ‘blunt categorisation’

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, called on the State to relocate young people who are risk of ‘losing their childhoods’ as a matter of urgency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former tánaiste criticises Government for failing to meet target of accepting 4,000 refugees

Immanuel Darkwa pictured in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Immanuel Darkwa arrived from Germany in 2007

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Anti-immigrant activists trying to dominate and exploit local debates on direct provision

Participants in the Runlogic Ireland Culture Night Run ran between venues and events. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A breakneck-speed jogger’s tour of Dublin city took in murals, museum pieces and a gig

Organisers and supporters of Friends of the Irish Environment gathered at the Four Courts ahead of the ruling on Thursday. Pictured are leading figures in the group, from left: Clodagh Daly, David Healy, Andrew Jackson, Sadhbh O’Neill and Tony Lowes. Photograph: Dave Meehan / The Irish Times

Judge says the Government’s mitigation plan is an ‘important piece of the jigsaw’

Spain was found to have the highest level of unmet childcare needs followed by the UK, Greece and Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Childcare needs more common in countries with ‘less generous welfare states’, says ESRI

Newsbrands, the representative body for all Irish newspapers, said outdated defamation laws, high taxes and the dominance of certain online platforms were restricting the industry’s ability to produce quality journalism. File image: Getty

‘Long overdue review of the Defamation Act’ is needed, Oireachtas committee hears

Paul Hansard’s family call on anyone with information to contact gardaí

Nasir ElSafi: ‘I was tortured mentally and physically. Some of the people I was arrested with were killed.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Nasir ElSafi, an artist and journalist, arrived from Sudan in 2017

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after leading his side to a fifth consecutive All-Ireland victory. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Free family friendly event in honour of both football teams planned for Merrion Square

Sharon Cunningham of Shorla Pharma, winner of the  Young Entrepreneur 2019. Photograph: Twitter

Sharon Cunningham secures prize of €40,000 investment fund

Hannah O’Neill of Dublin celebrates with the Brendan Martin Cup. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Record-breaking 56,000-plus turn up to see Dublin’s three in a row with win over Galway

Irish Naval Service personnel helping migrants at sea in the southern Mediterranean between Italy and Libya. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition also urges new Mediterranean search and rescue

The Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Government plans to house ‘less than 250’ asylum seekers in closed hotel

A total of 82 reports of racist crime in Ireland were made to an anti-racism body in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Less than a third of people who report violent racist crimes seek help of gardaí

Tim Kirby, founder of PetBond with Fr Peter McVerry.

Petbond, run by a vet, only lists animals from approved breeders and rescue centres

St Agatha’s Court, on Dublin's North William Street was vacant and derelict until it was renovated by the Peter McVerry Trust.

Pre-budget submission calls for tax incentives for landlords to sell to local authorities

Erin McGathy: “Moving here is the thing I’m proudest of in my life.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Erin McGathy arrived from Los Angeles in 2016

Danny McGee was found unconscious at 4am outside the Gaslight Bar in Queens. File image: iStock

Steven O’Brien’s expected to plead not guilty when case begins on November 14th

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

Hogan will be tough and very fair crafting future trade deal with UK, Ursula von der Leyen says

Inspectors  found a live mouse and a large amount of rodent droppings in the Donnybrook restaurant’s kitchen.  File photograph: iStock

Rodent droppings also found in the Greenery which was deemed to pose immediate danger to public health

Vincent Parsons was attacked on Saturday night while he was socialising with friends in Killinarden, Tallaght. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

26-year-old detained on Sunday in connection with death of Vincent Parsons released

Craig Lynch represented Ireland at the European Championships in 2016 where he ran the 400m event. Photograph: Facebook

Athlete (29) represented Ireland at the European Championships in 2016

Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar offered the bust as a gift to mark 150 years since Gandhi’s birth.

Dublin City Council agrees to accept statue following offer from Indian ambassador

Raonaid Murray was murdered in 1999.

Public may be ‘unknowingly shielding a killer’, warn gardaí

Suad Aldarra and her husband, Housam Ziad, moved to Ireland five years ago. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Suad Aldarra and Housam Ziad arrived from Syria, via Egypt, in 2014

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, where a mutlicultural event had initially been planned. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Presence of scientologists at meetings is becoming more noticeable, say charities

Among other incidents at the festival, a man was arrested for holding an offence weapon while leaving the car park. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Four arrests for drink/drug driving, one investigation into sexual crime at festival

‘Child homelessness has now become normalised in Ireland, but it should be a source of immense shame,’ said Fr Peter McVerry. File image: istock

Latest data shows 3,778 children in emergency accommodation - a ‘source of immense shame’

Prof John Crown, consultant medical oncologist at St Vincent’s private hospital: ‘Nobody should be getting HRT without a really good chat with their doctor.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lancet study finds risk of breast cancer from HRT use is higher than previously thought

Mo Nader  came to Ireland from his native Egypt five years ago .Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Mo Nader arrived from Egypt, via Bristol, in 2014

Rohingya refugees continue their way after crossing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, Bangladesh, in November  2017:  Some 64 members of the Rohingya community arrived in Ireland in 2009.  Photograph: Hannah McKay

Report finds minority Muslim group faces difficulties with language and employment

Migrants celebrate aboard the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship, jointly operated by French NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF Doctors without Borders) on August 23, 2019, as six EU countries agreed to take them in after 14 days at sea. Photograph: ANNE CHAON/AFP/Getty Images

Six European countries to take 356 migrants stuck on board rescue ship in Mediterranean

Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor: “My 16-year-old son is keen to leave this country; not to study but to go and live abroad for good. He’s not really comfortable with what’s going on here.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor, who arrived from Nigeria, via Finland, in 2006, says Irish-born black teenagers are ‘suffering an ide(...)

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

A deposit protection scheme is urgently needed to safeguard the money of people in the private rental sector and to protect them from potential scams, housing charity Threshold has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Property registry body says number of scams targeting students rises at this time of year

The system, which came into effect on Friday, allows rail customers to discreetly alert a manned security centre about any ongoing intimidation, assaults, thefts, or other harassment within carriages on the services.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Service allows customers to discreetly alert manned security centre through text

Local residents in Ringsend can expect “intermittent odours” over the coming five days while essential maintenance works are carried out at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, according to Irish Water. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/ DublinCityShots

Work on odour control units to avoid future bad smells from the wastewater treatment plan

The Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville following the arson attack last November. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

The Moville hotel, earmarked to open as a direct provision centre, was target of arson

Seán Fleming of Fianna Fáil called for the Minister for Health to explain why so many applications had been culled

Thousands of applicants refused for not providing documents by required date

Nour Aljarad, who was granted asylum in Ireland in 2015 with her family, has secured a place to study dentistry at Trinity College in September.

Nour Aljarad has secured a place to study dentistry in Trinity College Dublin

A firefighting aircraft  approaches to  collect seawater  at the bay in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Elvira Urquijo A/EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs urges anyone with concerns to contact Irish embassy in Spain

In 2017 the French government introduced an employment law which obliges organisations to guarantee their employees a right to disconnect from technology when they leave the workplace

Heather Humphreys says interdepartmental steering group will examine French approach to switching off

Government should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for families in emergency accommodation, says Doras Luimní. Photograph: iStock

Limerick non-profit calls on Government to ensure asylum seekers receive basic supports

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

Number of new applications set for 15-year high as direct provision system struggling

Afshin Samali at NUI Galway: “I believe the Government’s policy to support refugees to settle here in the 1980s, despite Ireland’s harsh economic conditions, was an excellent investment in the future of Ireland.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

New to the parish: Afshin Samali arrived from Iran, via Pakistan, in 1985

The body of  Nóra  Quoirin  is brought out of a helicopter in Seremban, Malaysia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters

Repatriation of teenager’s body may be delayed if Malaysian police suspect foul play

Amy Richards (18) secured six H1s in her Leaving Cert exams despite sitting her English paper in a hospital ward just hours after her appendix ruptured

Fewer than 40 sat Leaving Cert papers in July under pilot scheme for bereaved pupils

Stanley Petlane: ‘I’m not eligible for the Susi grant because I’m not in Ireland enough years’

Asylum seekers must pay international fees to go on to third level in Ireland

Online harassment, cyber bullying, online stalking and revenge porn: public’s opinion on these activities is sought by the Committee on Justice and Equality.  Photograph:  Adam Peck/PA

Oireachtas committee to hold series of hearings on online abuse in October

Gardaí said investigators were hoping to speak to a man who helped the three girls following the alleged assault in Courtown. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives call for man who helped three teenage girls to come forward

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the new Bill sought to regulate the existing ‘ad hoc’ guardian ad litem appointment system to benefit the greatest number of children and young people. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bill addresses ‘significant inadequacies’ in law around court-appointed representatives

The new crown hole in the Drumgoosat area in Co Monaghan.

Local resident says there is a ‘huge level of fear’ in the local community

Rachel Waite, originally from Wisconsin, USA, with her dog Rooney. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Rachel Waite arrived from the US in 2011

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