Mark Gaffney was nine years old when the grooming began, he says. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mental trauma of confronting childhood abuse had devastating effect on victim’s life

The EPA launched an investigation into the electricity cable  leaks and identified 68 historic leaks between 1993 and June 2019. File photograph: iStock

Environmental Protection Agency investigation found series of failings at utility

German shepherd-Akita mixed breed, had been left near the entrance to the ISPCA’s national animal centre in Keenagh, Co Longford. Photograph: ISPCA

Dog in ‘critical condition’ after being rush by ISPCA staff member to local vet

The utility has said there is little point in providing water tankers for use by schools and hospitals as water from a tanker would have to be boiled, and is therefore no different to that which is available in taps in affected premises.  Photograph: File/iStock

Environmental Protection Agency says filter work at Leixlip plant may not be enough

Scouting Ireland  has twice had its funding suspended by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone over governance issues. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children to meet organisation’s officials in March over reform progress

The hearse carrying the remains of RTE broadcaster Gay Byrne passes through Howth on its way to the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds gather along funeral cortège route to pay respects to late broadcaster

The boil water notice  remains in place for 600,000 people. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Water notice affecting 600,000 people in greater Dublin area in place since Monday

The chair of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, privately hit out at RTÉ in a letter to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Rabbitte hit out at ‘significant delays in reporting and provision of footage to Tusla’

The organisation plans to convert ‘a substantial number’ of its agency workers on to temporary 12-month Tusla contracts, Bernard Gloster said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Review of child protection agency’s structures to take place under new head

The dog was scanned to identify the owner but it had not been microchipped as legally required. Photograph: ISPCA

Two-year-old lurcher and six puppies abandoned in Co Roscommon field

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan:  “For all the talk, for all the plans, emissions are rising, not falling.”  Photograph: Sam Boal/

‘Significant number’ of failings around how progress on climate targets reported

 Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning for five counties along the Atlantic coast for the duration of Saturday. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Status yellow rainfall alert issued amid expected downpours this weekend

Gardaí have seized an estimated €100,000 worth of cocaine during a search in Lucan, west Dublin.

One man (24) arrested at the scene following west Dublin drugs seizure

The Taoiseach   is being urged to contest elections in Northern Ireland by Young Fine Gael, the party’s youth wing with which Leo Varadkar  was active as a student.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Young Fine Gael says party should contest British election and take Westminster seats if successful

There are 2,498 GPs signed up to the Government scheme, which represents the vast majority of family doctors.  Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of GPs has been static since the start of the year, despite Government deal to improve conditions

The official monthly figures do not include rough sleepers and do not show the true extent of the homeless crisis, according to a spokesman for Simon Communities. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Two people a day became homeless last month on average

Businessman Kevin Lunney was kidnapped on Tuesday, September 17th, on a roadway in Co Fermanagh as he drove home from work.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar promises extra security resources for Border area amid meeting with Garda chief

Internal brief warns lack of climate action will impact ‘attractiveness’ to multinationals

Mary McAleese. Photograph:  James Forde

Former president of Ireland presented with prestigious award for leading Catholics

 Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan  and  Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris during a press conference following a meeting in Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘Investigations are well resourced and progressing,’ says Drew Harris after Government meeting

Last year more than one million people visited the Book of Kells. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Famous manuscript will be removed from public display until next March to facilitate conservation works

Former senator James Heffernan. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

One-third of the IT equipment outstanding issued to ex-senator James Heffernan

 Trees being cut on St Canice’s Road, Glasnevin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Roots of mature lime trees had caused damage to narrow footpath in Glasnevin

Garda at the scene of a shooting   at Griffeen Glen Park, Lucan last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Target of west Dublin attack was shot a number of times but survived

Scouting Ireland abuse scandal: there are 321 alleged victims identified and 247 alleged perpetrators.

Youth organisation’s accounts provide for ‘claims or threatened claims’ from survivors

From left, Adam Dawson as judge, Louis Heath as Richard Bruton and Cillian Byrne as prosecutor during a theatrical mock trial at Leinster House, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish protest group acknowledges London tube protest should not have happened

The number of non-fatal injuries on construction sites looks set to be lower this year, with 633 injuries recorded compared with 838 last year. Photograph: iStock

Number of building site fatalities to date this year higher than 2018, at seven so far

American Airlines Flight AA729 Heathrow to Philadelphia is seen at Dublin Airport on Monday where it made an unscheduled landing after cleaning fluid spilled. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

American Airlines flight to Philadelphia is forced to make emergency landing in Dublin

National Children’s Hospital: the total bill  is now expected to exceed €1.7 billion. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Paul Quinn is latest senior official to leave board, with project expected to cost €1.7bn

  Leo Varadkar arriving  for the second day of a two-day summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Friday. He said the idea of a bridge linking Northern Ireland to Scotland “needs to be looked at”. Photograph:   Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Taoiseach said massive infrastructure project ‘needs to be at least examined’

 Children at a community event at Ballyhaunis GAA club in 2015. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Rural Mayo town was found to be most diverse in Ireland in 2016 Census

Lansdowne Road Dart station will be closed for the Ireland versus Denmark soccer match next month. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Trial closure to test Aviva Stadium crowd management ahead of Euro 2020 fixtures

Marc Power: ‘I’ve no issues with my sexuality; other people do.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Victim was lured to scene of attack through Grindr app and beaten with hammers

Man lured through gay dating app to area where he was assaulted by four people

 Gardaí  prepare to remove the body of Derek Reddin from  Loughlinstown Drive, in south Co Dublin, on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Two men arrested and victim named following stabbing incident in Loughlinstown

The scene of a fatal stabbing  at Loughlinstown Drive in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

School children walk past cordoned-off crime scene in Loughlinstown after man dies in early morning clash

An edited photograph from social media of Derek Reddin, Watson Drive, Killiney who died in the fatal stabbling. Photograph: Verses of Life Facebook page

Derek Reddin was walking with a friend in Loughlinstown when apparently ambushed

More than 21,000 couples were married in the State last year, according to figures from the Civil Registration Service.

Moves to clampdown on sham marriages have had impact, Civil Registration Service says

A file image of woman cycling  past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin. Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote in May 2015, with 62 per cent voting to pass the referendum. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Civil Registration Service says 75 people applied to have gender legally changed last year

Enniskerry GAA said in a statement that none of the injuries sustained are life threatening but some will require surgery. Photograph: iStock

Nine members of men’s team were hospitalised on Saturday evening following championship win

Met Éireann’s forecast for Monday is for heavy and persistent rain, with a risk of flooding and thunder in some areas. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Met Éireann status yellow rain warning in place for 13 counties until midnight

A school conducted an internal inquiry into what has been described as a sexual assault allegation, without notifying Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rockwell College did not report alleged sexual assault incident to Tusla

Sinn Féin spokesman John Brady said the belief tenants would stop paying their rent thinking the department would cover the arrears ‘shows a worrying attitude within the department’. Photograph: iStock

Fears tenants would stop paying rent if department covered arrears, minutes show

Climate protesters on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group hold short protest ‘to remember those on front line of climate change’

Monaghan company Silverstream is now suing AIB for breach of contract, negligence and breach of both confidentiality and duty to avoid conflict of interests. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Silverstream takes legal action in relation to land deal involving Applegreen

Anne Griffin is to take over as chief executive of Scouting Ireland  from Dr John Lawlor in January. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times.

Youth organisation has been embroiled in a a historic sex abuse scandal in recent times

(Left to right) Julia Tereno (NUI Galway), Sarah Gallagher (DCU), Press Council chairman Seán Donlon, Muireann Duffy (University of Limerick) and Janice Furphy (Coláiste Dhúlaigh) were commended at the Press Council of Ireland’s annual student busary awards. Photograph: Photocall Ireland.

Council chair says ‘the sort of work journalists are doing will always continue to be needed’

 A bottle of the PrEP drug Truvada. File photograph: Thor Swift/The New York Times

HIV prevention treatment to be available at no cost for those at substantial risk

One-quarter of workers in the financial sector feel they are expected to answer calls and emails outside of work hours, according to a survey. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Financial Services Union calls for ‘right to disconnect’ measures amid survey results

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust was set up in 1999 to rescue and rehome abandoned and neglected horses, and is based on a 68-acre farm at Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow

Irish Horse Welfare Trust failed to build education centre at its farm despite continuously having the plan in grant applications

Adonis  Moreira says the extension of the Help to Buy scheme  was ‘a bit of help at least’, Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The budget was a “wasted opportunity” with little help for renters, Adonis Moreira says

Bob Quinn, father of two from Naas, speaking about childcare costs. FinancePhotograph: Alan Betson

Pair estimate will spend €100,000 in creche fees by the time youngest starts school

Vincent Parsons. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Father of two fatally assaulted in Tallaght in August

Adonis Moreira  and his girlfriend are paying €1,700 a month for an apartment. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘When I first moved here I was paying €290 for a single bedroom,’ Adonis Moreira says

Bob Quinn: ‘We are going to be worse off from tomorrow’s Budget, irrespective of any kite flying on savings.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Couple with two children not hopeful of help with ‘exorbitant’ creche fees

Bjorn Ulvaeus has previously spoken out in support of the #MeToo movement, and has criticised the election of president Donald Trump

Abba singer says teenage climate activist has the patriarchy ‘pissing in their pants in fear’

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Sharp increase in employment complaints on grounds of disability, commission says

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has issued an appeal for any potential witnesses to the shooting on Thursday night to come forward.

Man (50s) receiving treatment for gunshot wounds to his leg

Pensioner Michael Crowe died when a fire broke out in his Co Kildare home a decade ago.

On 10th anniversary of Michael Crowe’s murder, Garda appeals for witnesses

Enda O’Coineen and former taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of Mr O’Coineen’s book Journey to the Edge. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former taoiseach says Ireland ‘has a lot on its side’ in rare public comments

Speaking at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Chief Justice Frank Clarke said delays in appointing court of Appeal judges could lead to a shortage of judges at the High Court. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Delays ‘unfair to litigants’ who had reasonable expectation of an early hearing

A conference organised by anti-greyhound racing groups has had its booking cancelled by a city centre hotel after it received a number of negative social media posts and abusive phone calls opposing the event.

Buswells Hotel pulls booking after ‘abusive calls’ to staff and negative social media posts

The farmer was pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene. File photograph: Getty

Elderly farmer had been attending to livestock before he was later found unconscious

Court ruling on formula for medical claims led to increased liability costs

Swans gathered in the rain at Dublin’s Portobello bridge. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Met Éireann models see most likely path hit west coast on Thursday

The appointment of Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner last year has been associated with an increased focus on internal discipline. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two officers have been suspended from duty for nearly a decade, new figures show

The 17th-century chalice. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí recover artefact taken during burglary in Ardee, Co Louth in 1998

A young man is seen being  restrained by two staff members at Bluebell Luas stop in a video circulating online. Image: Screengrab from Twitter video

Video circulated widely online shows Transdev staff grabbing person at Bluebell stop

 The Coast Guard were called to the incident near the Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Man in his 50s taken to hospital following incident off Sandycove coast in south Dublin

 Ambassador Nail Al-Jubeir said Irish diplomats ‘work quietly’ and ‘don’t lecture you’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Saudi ambassador grateful Irish diplomats ‘don’t lecture’ controversial Arab state

Some 95 per cent of people deported from the country were refused ‘permission to land’  by immigration officials. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vast majority held at ports of entry before being sent back to country they travelled from

Dublin Zoo’s latest arrival - a male Rothchild giraffe calf. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Calf born in last fortnight is ‘full of energy and very inquisitive’

Director of Galway company ICE, Margaret Cox and chief executive of New Zealand firm Perpetual Guardian, Andrew Barnes, who have both successfully implemented a four-day week in their organisations. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Fórsa trade union criticise ‘badge of honour’culture of long working hours

Friends and relatives of those killed in the 1981 Stardust fire  bring their case for a new inquest to the Attorney General’s office in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

AG has postponed decision on new inquest appeal several times, campaigners say

Kathleen Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1994. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ex-junior minister lost her Cork North Central seat in 2016 general election

The child, Mary*, and her sister Claire*, were “failed consistently” by the State, while in the foster care of their grandparents in a rural area, from 2000 to 2014, an independent review found. Illustrative photograph: Getty

Minister for Children referred case to gardaí in 2018 following whistleblower disclosure

Allegations of physical abuse were not properly investigated by social workers, nor were suggestions of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: iStock

Opportunities to remove sisters from abusive home not taken by social work department

The confidential review, seen by The Irish Times, found the girls should have been removed from the home in 2003; they were not taken out until 2014.   Photograph: iStock

Highly critical report finds State failed to act on gross neglect and emotional abuse

The authority’s mid-year review was positive about the fact that there had been an increase in road safety detections.

Policing Authority mid-year review praises improvements in Garda force

Sean Cox (54), a former company director from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered major head trauma when he was struck in a random assault  outside Anfield in April 2018.

Liverpool FC fan who suffered brain injury in attack will attend game at Anfield in October

Independent farmers and supporters outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border as protests  continued last week  outside a number of meat processing plants. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

But industry group says ‘we are not yet at the stage of white shelves’ in supermarkets

Gideon Mua, a Bus Éireann driver from Kenya. Incidents he has experienced range from rudeness, including people throwing their bus fare at him, to overtly racist abuse. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drivers recount their experiences of being threatened and racially abused

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Father of two was attacked Saturday night while socialising with friends and died on Monday

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD at the launch of the 2019/20 schools HPV vaccine programme, the HPV vaccine is now being given to all first year students in secondary school including girls and for the first time, boys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Potential to introduce vaccine schemes in schools or creches to be explored

Protests over beef prices in recent weeks closed some 20 meat processing plants across the State

Beef Plan Movement says it is ‘imperative protests are quelled’ ahead of Chinese trade visit

The group said it had not organised the recent pickets on Sunday and Monday where a number of farmers resumed protests outside plants, which had been called off prior to entering the talks

Grassroots organisation has gone from 300 to 20,000 farmer members

A Garda spokeswoman said investigations were ongoing. File photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí detain man (late 40s) and youth in connection with July seizure

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed attended talks last week. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

MII says a small number of pickets have resumed at meat processing plants

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby  on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after Vincent Parsons died at Tallaght Hospital on Monday evening

Banter is building between Dublin and Kerry fans ahead of next weekend’s All Ireland final.

‘It would be my plea5ure to have you and your wife 5tay a5 our gue5t5 in the Man5ion Hou5e’

UK-registered vehicles will still need to apply for green cards to travel in Ireland or other EU countries.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK-registered vehicles will still need extra insurance cards to travel in Ireland

The Government’s grant schemes for electric vehicles, solar panels and energy efficiency home improvements had drawn down 80 per cent of their budgets for the entire year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department plugged €20m shortfall in three other schemes over ‘unprecedented demand’

Tusla  was thrown into controversy in April 2015 after it was revealed there was a backlog of hundreds of unallocated case files in its Portlaoise office. Photograph: Alan Betson

One sex offender living with son (14) in the care of the State, internal emails show

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed met each of the groups separately in a number of bilateral meetings in the afternoon, before roundtable talks with all parties resumed in the evening, sources said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

One point of tension has been concessions sought by farming groups from processors

A 10 million-year-old fossil frog from Libros, Spain and X-ray map showing elevated levels of copper and zinc in the internal organs. Fossil photograph copyright the Natural History Museum, London. X-ray fluorescence map copyright Valentina Rossi.

Study examined sub cell units in extinct animal fossils

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, lists children who are deemed to be at risk of significant harm in their homes on its child-protection notification system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Confidential study also finds Traveller and black children overrepresented on system

The incident is alleged to have occurred last summer, and it is understood Stewarts Care believes it has identified the young man who is reported to have been affected. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stewarts Care investigates reported incidents involving people in its care

Dr Peter Boylan says that unfilled consultant posts were ‘making it difficult for women to be seen in a timely fashion’. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Former maternity master Dr Peter Boylan said wait times among ‘worst in the world’

At the opening of an exhibition celebrating  Tony Gregory  were his friends and fellow activists Mick Rafferty and Fergus McCabe, with Tony’s brother, Noel (centre). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Exhibition on Dublin Central TD’s life to run in local library for several weeks

Among the unallocated Tusla cases there were 81 disclosures from adults reporting alleged abuse that had taken place when they were children. Six of those cases related to convicted sex offenders, which all required “urgent assessment/follow-up”.

Highly critical review was completed in May 2016 but findings were never made public

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