Dr Tony Holohan chief medical officer warned people to remain ‘vigilant’ and avoid gathering in large groups, as restrictions continued to be eased.  File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Thirty per cent of eligible population given one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Katrin Sturm at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

New to the Parish: Katrin Sturm arrived from Germany in 2011

The chief medical officer said it was important people avoided crowds as reopening continued. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two further deaths and 383 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the State

Valeria Marino with her husband Marcello D’Angelone and their daughters Isabella and Beatrice. Valeria needs to bring 7-year-old Isabella to Italy for a medical procedure but says two weeks quarantining in a hotel room without support could be dangerous for her daughter.

Those affected believe current requirements are inconsistent and unreasonable

Torunn Stokke Griffin, who met her husband during a weekend holiday in Dublin, with her daughter Maria in Marlay Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Torunn Stokke Griffin arrived to Dublin from Norway in 2006

Students attend Visconti High School in Rome on Monday, the first day of  reopening. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Czechia and Portugal record highest Covid-19 related hospital and ICU numbers since January

A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen inside a car in New Delhi, India: ‘At a time of great difficulty for India, we want to show solidarity with the country and people,’ says Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP Photo

Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to aid in surge of Covid-19 cases

People wait to have empty oxygen tanks filled at a shop in Delhi at the weekend: In the city, one person is reportedly dying of Covid-19 every four minutes. Photograph: Atul Loke/New York Times

Ireland to send emergency supplies to help India battle catastrophic second wave

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveneysaid  the Government was “assessing” what it could share with India with a particular focus on oxygen and ventilators. Photograph: Julian Behal

Varadkar says country is ‘facing a terrible second wave causing suffering beyond our comprehension’

 Dr Callum Swift and Dr  Derek Cawley outside the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Climate decisions will have ‘lasting consequences’ for ‘lives of future generations’

Bruno Scabora with his wife, Ligia, and sons Pietro (4) and Leo (1). Bruno has been separated from his family since February because of the Government’s freeze on visa applications.

Family of man who moved to Ireland for work unable to join due to freeze on visa application

Dr  Mohsin Kamal with   his wife,  Fatima,  and their children,  Marwa and Muhammad, pictured   in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Dr Mohsin Kamal arrived from Pakistan in 2015

Gillian Ryan (37) from near Thurles, Co Tipperary, was ‘so full of love and positivity’.

Expressions of ‘shock and heartbreak’ over death of experienced runner Gillian Ryan (37)

Lidl Ireland’s coupon scheme aims to target period poverty, an internationally recognised health and social issue defined as the inability to afford safe, hygienic sanitary products. File photograph: iStock

Boxes of sanitary pads or tampons will be available through Lidl Plus app

A swimmer diving into the water at Parliament Hill Lido in London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Whitewater rafting for the Docklands is still being discussed, but now there is a push for a lido

Fangzhe Qiu,  who is a lecturer and assistant professor at UCD’s School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore: ‘It’s not just about the delay, it’s the attitude towards the Irish language.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Couple now awaiting publication of new Irish language form to reapply for naturalisation

Tullamore in Co Offaly is continuing to report the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Offaly town’s virus incidence rate falls but is still the highest in the country, data shows

Members of the Defence Forces in Terminal 1 arrivals hall at Dublin Airport as the State’s mandatory quarantine system was expanded on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

State’s discriminatory and excessive system should be revoked - Italian ambassador

A file image shows people leaving the Crowne Plaza mandatory quarantine hotel  after completing their quarantine period. Photograph: Collins

Online bookings for the system will resume this evening after extra capacity added

 Pradeep Mahadeshwar in Milltown, Dublin. ‘It’s disheartening to say but most of my racist experiences have been in gay spaces,’ he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Pradeep Mahadeshwar arrived from India via the UK in 2012

The Irish Times Debate is taking place online this year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Semi-finals being held online during April ahead of June final

Niac will meet to discuss guidance on the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/ AFP via Getty Images

IMO says doctors should not use vaccine on high-risk patients until Niac issues advice

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

Some 1,200 people have become Irish citizens in the past 10 weeks. File photograph: Frank Miller

Some 24,000 applications still being processed as backlog continues

A piper plays a lament as the funeral of Veronica Dunne  pauses  the National Concert Hall where people gathered to pay their respects before the hearse continued on its way to St Josephs Church in Terenure. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dunne leaves ‘indomitable legacy’ which ensures ‘future generations will continue to hear your voice’

Fifty staff from two special schools in Dublin and Wicklow received vaccinations at the Beacon on the morning of March 23rd. Photograph: iStock

HSE says group should not have been vaccinated as part of cohort 2 but did so ‘in good faith’

Clare Austick, the new president of the USI. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Clare Austick replaces current USI president Lorna Fitzpatrick

Under current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions intercounty GAA training is banned. Teams can resume training from April 19th. Photograph: iStock

Department of Justice received ‘anonymous letter’ with information on gathering

 Phathisani Nkomo, from Zimbabwe, lives with her husband in a direct provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New to the Parish: Phathisani Nkomo, a teacher, arrived in Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2019

The man was charged under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and will appear before Kilmallock District Court in Co Limerick on Tuesday. File photograph: Joe Dunne

Man (20s) was travelling at high speed on wrong side of road, Garda spokesman says

Dr Faraz Rafey from India  has interviewed four times for the national specialist scheme in endocrinology. One  year he was ranked first on the panel but still  could not be offered the position. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only 4.5% of doctors registered for specialist training here come from outside EU, says Medical Council

Sunday will be dry in most of the country but generally cooler, with the best of the sunshine across southern counties. Photograph: iStock

Easter Monday will be cold and breezy with temperatures falling to between -3 and +1 degrees at night

Coillte has warned of a high risk of fire as dry and sunny conditions set in for the weekend, adding that the fire risk would peak on Sunday, April 4th. Photograph: iStock

Coillte asks landowners to obey restrictions on land burning

The incident took place at around 1.20am in Finglas. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for any witnesses to incident on Friday

The two women were arrested on arrival at Dublin Airport for refusing to enter mandatory quarantine. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Women understood to have been in United Arab Emirates for plastic surgery

Menchie Caballo (left), who moved here from the Philippines in 2002 and works in a nursing home in Dublin, has been trying to make travel arrangements to visit her mother since she became seriously ill nearly three weeks ago.

Menchie Caballo needs to travel to the Philippines where her mother is critically ill

Dr Nithya Rajendran, who works in St James’s Hospital’s Covid-19 ward, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Nithya Rajendran arrived from India in 2017 and has been working as a frontline A&E doctor during Covid-19

The ESRI report states: “A well-resourced home support scheme would provide more people with the choice to receive care more appropriately in their homes and communities.” File photograph: iStock

Older people with care needs wish to stay at home for as long as possible, says report co-author

Mayor of Galway city Mike Cubbard says he would only ever leave political life through his own free will or by the choice of the electorate in the ballot box. Photograph: Twitter

Cllr Mike Cubbard says threats against his family became ‘overwhelming’

A Covid test being carried out at the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Blanchardstown walk-in testing centre results not surprising, says HSE official

Earlier this month, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced she would remain a member of the Government as a Minister without a portfolio when she takes six months’ maternity leave from April 20th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All-female working group to meet for first time on Monday

Sligo native Tommie Gorman started his journalistic career with the Western People in the late 1970s, moving to RTÉ as its northwest correspondent in 1980. File photograph: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Gorman retires after more than four decades working for RTÉ

  Staff  at one of the five new walk-in Covid-19 testing centres in Grangegorman, Co Dublin. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Further 13 deaths of coronavirus patients and 604 Covid-19 cases reported

Met Éireann has issued the weather warning due to strong winds expected along the western seaboard. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Milder conditions this week with temperatures reaching 18 degrees on Tuesday

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The Muslim Sisters of Éire feed hundreds of people in need at Dublin's GPO every Friday night

Ireland’s family reunification legislation relies on an ‘outdated’  concept of family,  Ireland’s human rights and equality commissioner Sinéad Gibney has said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

IHREC chief says law introduced four years ago relies on outdated concept of the family

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall welcomed last month’s publication of the White Paper for ending direct provision. File photograph: The Irish Times

Highest number of grievances from residents looking to be transferred to another centre

Videos about the Irish vaccine rollout were released in 36 languages, to make information more accessible to the migrant community. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Videos in 36 languages give details on the State’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme

Granada, Spain: A 16-year-old Irish student sustained serious injuries when she fell from a wall in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs providing assistance to family of teenage girl

Ahmad Muselmani: ‘That was my purpose, to bring my family here. I want my younger sisters to have a new life.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Ahmad Muselmani arrived from Syria, via Greece, in 2016

Carmel Clarke

The Dubliner was born into a political family before making a new life in Waterford

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn on Monday described a ‘mixed picture’ in outbreaks across the country. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Six classes in Longford school sent home after five Covid-19 cases confirmed

Joe Brolly appearing by video link on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live. Photograph: RTÉ

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said united Ireland ‘isn’t going to happen’

The Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel, one of several hotels which are be used for mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for travellers from certain countries. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers coming into Ireland from airport considered ‘high risk’ must pre-pay for stay

Radhya al-Mutawakel: “This is a man-made disaster, people are being starved and have no source of income.”

Ireland urged to use role in UN to push for peace, accountability and ‘end to misery’

 Soprano Lauren Scully: she says the past year has given her time to  develop her skills.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Online competition marks 125th anniversary of event which provides ‘anchor’ in the calendar of Irish musicians

Contractors clean paint from the Department of Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House on St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Extinction Rebellion group claims responsibility for ‘non-violent direct action’ in video

PDForra reiterated concerns in relation to members not being able, nor having the mechanisms, to register as conscientious objectors.

Union had argued members’ rights being violated by lack of recognition in Irish law

Refugee camp on Samos, Greece: Irish doctors express concern about the 12,000 people who were left destitute after a fire destroyed the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, in September 2020. File photograph: Medecins Sans Frontieres

Protocols allow for safe relocation of refugees during pandemic, say healthcare workers

The Dutchess and Duke of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William sending St Patrick’s Day greetings. Image: Department of Foreign Affairs video/YouTube

Canada’s Trudeau and New Zealand’s Ardern join other global leaders in sending greetings

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina pictured with their dogs Bród and Misneach outside Áras An Uachtaráin which turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021. Photograph: Tony Maxwell / Maxwell’s

St Patrick’s Day should remind us of ‘our shared vulnerability’, says Higgins

 Kamal got his Irish citizenship last month. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Kamal Merchant arrived from Pakistan in 1983 to play Irish cricket

Derek Moore, secretary of Stella Maris FC, showing a ‘cut’ on the all-weather surface. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Informal youth Dublin football league being organised via social media

The audit showed the home was the most common place of serious injury. Photograph: iStock

Low falls, road collisions and burns account for 71% of paediatric major trauma patients, audit finds

Helen McEntee: These visa measures are ‘designed to support our current public health restrictions on movement, including into and out of Ireland’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Justice confirms visa restrictions are extended for foreseeable future

Jared Peters, his wife Sabina and their two children Finbarr and Ayla. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Jared Peters arrived from the United States, via Canada, in 2012

The IHREC advises that the offence of people smuggling as currently drafted in the Bill must be revised ‘to ensure legal certainty’. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is ‘both a destination and source country for human trafficking’, warns commission

Gardaí have urged members of the public to take extra care with their online banking and financial transactions . Photograph: iStock

More than €640,000 stolen through phishing, vishing and smishing crimes in 2020

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Cliona Murphy said there was no evidence of adverse effects for pregnant women who had been vaccinated for Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Number of Covid-19 hospital patients drops below 400 for first time this year

Prof Philip Nolan and  Dr Ronan Glynn of the National Public Health Emergency Team at a press briefing on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

'Vaccine bonus' may come into effect for those who have been inoculated

Fire on Scar Mountain in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Wicklow Fire Service

Fires at Lough Dan in Wicklow and Conlawn Hill in Laois brought under control

  Machu Picchu in Peru. Photograph: iStock

Over 130 brought home from desert, mountain and jungle regions last March and April

 Dan Moore  (1939-2021)

Civil rights campaigner strongly supported peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Please hold firm to the public health advice,’ Ronan Glynn says

A consultants’ group warned public hospitals are on track to suspend more than 900,000 patient appointments by the end of this year

Extra funds allocated for mental health treatment is criticised as ‘grossly inadequate’

Some 35.2 per cent of people in the Republic travelled further than 10km from their homes the week ending February 19th 2021. Photograph: iStock

CSO data shows growing numbers becoming frustrated with national travel restrictions

Dr Ronan Glynn, deputy chief medical officer, Department of Health, addressing the media briefing on Monday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

One further death and 687 new cases, reported in Republic

Protesters clash with gardaí during an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Photograph: Damian Eagers/PA

More arrests expected following violent scenes in Dublin city centre on Saturday

Illness benefit is paid at a rate of €203 a week, or less if the recipient’s average earnings before getting sick were less than €300

Enhanced Covid-19 payment introduced last year carries no waiting days

  Sara Althabhaney (18) who moved to Ireland from Yemen when she was 13, said the years of uncertainty when awaiting a decision on an asylum claim were hugely detrimental to people’s health.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Concerns voiced about segregation and lack of provision for independent living

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman at the publication of the White Paper on direction provision at the Department of Health in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Contracts for direct provision centres may be extended during transition, O’Gorman says

Lives Lost: John McConnell from Dublin, 1944-2021.

John was the head of the family. ‘We really realise that now and we’re lost without him’

A demonstration  at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin in 2017 calling for the end to the direct provision system. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Department admits replacing system for asylum seekers more complex than foreseen

The details are included in a White Paper on ending direct provision, published on Friday by the Department of Children and Equality. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Private contractors to be phased out in new system that could cost up to €672 million

Shane Andaloc, who moved to Ireland from the Philippines, in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Shane Andaloc arrived from the Philippines in 2004

Almost three-quarters of study participants (aged over 50) who initially expressed a wish to die did not feel the same when researchers revisited the issue with them two years later, the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing reports. File photograph: iStock

Improving mental health care should form part of assisted dying talks, researcher says

Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergency expert,  was speaking after receiving Trócaire’s annual Romero prize. Photograph: EPA

Irish people must give Government and EU political permission to share few vaccines

Residents at the direct provision centre in Glounthaune, Co Cork, claim most meals are being thrown away ‘due to the low standard’ and accused the centre of serving burned food and using old oil for cooking. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group writes to Minister asking for permission to purchase and cook own food

Both the man and woman were arrested in Drogheda. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seven arrests to date as part of investigation into juvenile’s death in January 2020

Phoeba Vallomkot and her mother Sara Abraham in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton /The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Sara Abraham arrived from India in 2006

 The Dying with Dignity group – Tom Curran, Vicky Phelan, Gino Kenny TD and Gail O’Rorke – campaigning outside Leinster House in September 2020. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Clinicians tell committee procedure can be introduced in ‘safe and fair manner’

The Dying with Dignity group – Tom Curran, Vicky Phelan, Gino Kenny TD and Gail O’Rorke – campaigning outside Leinster House in September 2020.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘There’s no proper oversight or scrutiny... this legislation could lead to a slippery slope’

The Advertising Standards of Ireland’s complaints committee found information in an online newsletter sent out by Grangeville healing centre was misleading and breached the code. File photograph: Getty

Vodafone, Kia Motors and Marks and Spencer also among firms to have misled customers

Amia (12), Ayla (5) and Anna Zheng (10) at the launch of Hill Street Family Resource Centre annual Chinese New Year Community Celebration, a family friendly series of online events taking place over the next fortnight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘It’s incredible to see the level of interest ... all the more reason to make it happen at this time’

Covid-19 pandemic: The online conference heard that healthcare workers ‘cannot face into a fourth wave’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Forum hears women are taking on burden of caring in professional and personal capacity

Ken Harper with  husband Jason Gerber at their home at Biddy Dan’s Cottage, Meenbannad, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

New to the Parish: Ken Harper and Jason Gerber arrived from northern England in 2014

‘From the very beginning he treated me badly. He would make threats on my life but I never believed he would actually do anything.’ Photograph: iStock

‘I don’t think the system is ready to support migrant women who survive violence’

Migrant Women na hÉireann, from left, Luz Pereira, Jenny Kateri, Teresa Buczkowska, Elida Sousa and Gonchighand Byambaa.

Abusers use immigration status to trap women in relationships, group warns

Una Ring says that while she feels ‘great comfort’ that her tormentor is in prison, she is still suffering from the effects of the harassment. File photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Woman urges others in similar situations to seek help from gardaí

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