The review would aim to improve how the law works, said the Minister. File photograph: Getty

Improvement sought to legislation providing access to State agency records and departments

The research found using the internet was most commonly reported as the favourite activity of nine-year-olds. Photograph: iStock

Growing Up in Ireland study finds most children enjoy online games more than playing with friends

Bernard Gloster, chief executive of Tusla, the child and family agency. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Committee hears warnings over possible lengthy delays for adopted people seeking records

A Palestinian protester waves Palestine flag during clashes with Israeli troops after a protest against Israeli settlements at Beta village near the West Bank City of Nablus. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA.

Council chief executive says he ‘cannot guarantee if the policy will be implemented’

The review is expected to be completed before the end of the year. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister writes to paramedic organisation over lack of publicity for historical inquiry

Martin Burbridge has stepped down. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Martin Burbridge stepping down to focus on ‘health and retirement’

UCD president Andrew Deeks said he “would not characterise a letter disputing an academic’s opinion as an attack on academic freedom”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Huawei Ireland chief had written to Minister for Defence over article by UCD academic

Crowds gathered on South William Street on Friday evening. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda public order units called to South William Street and surrounding areas

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly announced they would be added to the list of designated countries from 4am, Tuesday, June 8th. File photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Afghanistan, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka and Sudan to be added on June 8th

Weapons seized by gardaí included a box cutter, a screwdriver, a metal bar, and a crutch believed to be intended for use as a weapon in the planned fight. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Two arrested after officers disperse two groups that had planned fight in Kilbarrack

A Covid-19 antigen test. File photograph : Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Colm Henry questions accuracy, as antigen tests to be sold at Circle K petrol stations

The OPW erected fencing around the bandstand earlier this week to assess the structure following incidents of “anti-social behaviour in this location over the previous days”. Photograph: Jack Power

Youngsters breached barriers to dance in protected Victorian-era structure

Health officials held talks with Limerick politicians on Friday following a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the county which the HSE chief executive said has created a volatile situation. Photograph: iStock.

Holohan rules out local lockdown as incidence of cases in county causes concerns

Deirdre Conroy believed her injuries were a ‘result of the negligence of the tour operator’. File photograph: The Irish Times

‘I would not have needed a total hip replacement had it not been for the fall’

A large group of mostly young people gained entry to the Victorian bandstand in Stephen’s Green which had been fenced off to protect it from vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Photograph: Jack Power

Councils get €4m to fund facilities for public gatherings including toilets and bins

Deirdre Conroy’s old blog was titled Diary of a Dublin Landlady. File photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin Bay South byelection candidate complained about Latvian tenant’s “rancid” cooking

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said was “a moral obligation” to support those who could not go back to work because of public health guidelines.. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government is ‘pulling the rug’ from under people on the payment, says Sinn Féin

Five men and one woman were arrested in the Ennis and west Clare area on Tuesday morning, as part of an operation by uniform gardaí and detectives from the Clare Division into the theft of catalytic converters. Photograph: iStock

Garda operation targets crime group involved in theft of vehicle devices

The boy is being treated at Beaumont Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Boy (16) injured after falling on to rocks during altercation with group of youths

Larry Shannon, who died in early May,  was convicted in England over attempting to meet a child for sexual activity

Larry Shannon (58) had been caught in online sting by ‘paedophile hunters’ in 2017

 German ambassador Deike Potzel places a wreath in memory of the 28 victims of the North Strand bombings in 1941 as  May Dunne, Gladys Langan and Seamus Stephenson, who were witnesses to the tragedy, look on.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Survivors of second World War bombing recall ‘traumatic’ night of destruction

Members of Gardai enforce coronavirus restrictons and move people on from South William street, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph;  Niall Carson/PA Wire

People cannot be told ‘not to gather’, says Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu

The urban greenway project is being developed by the council, along with the National Transport Authority, and Waterways Ireland. Photograph: Fingal County Council

Route would serve Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla and Coolmine areas

Electric Picnic: Could the festival go ahead safely in September? It remains to be seen. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Outdoor music concerts, spectators at sports matches and nightclub event part of trials

Adam King from Cork explained his drawing of a ‘virtual hug’ when he appeared on the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show last year. Photograph: Andres Poveda/PA.

US President praises Cork boy’s idea as a ‘wonderful symbol of hope’ during pandemic

The historical abuse controversy relates to CBSI. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Evidence abuser brought child to other perpetrator’s home to molest, says Elliott

Jill Pitcher Farrell, a 23-year-old rover scout and adult volunteer, became the first woman to be elected chief scout, the voluntary head of the youth organisation. Photograph: Alan Place

New chief scout says organisation has key role to play for children in post-Covid world

The drugs seized by the gardaí in Limerick. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Man in his 70s among several arrested in Limerick city raids targeting drugs network

Aer Lingus said the new guidelines would allow people to “enjoy a much needed holiday over the latter weeks of the summer,” but said it does not expect a sudden rush by large numbers to travel this summer.

Airlines have criticised delays in Ireland reinstating Common Travel Area with Britain

The new treatment is a single dose of radiotherapy delivered for 20 to 30 minutes, immediately after the removal of a tumour. Photograph: iStock

Findings offer ‘promise’ of new treatment for patients, says Irish Cancer Society

Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys: ‘If you get any calls regarding your HSE records, please report that immediately to your local gardaí.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos Dublin

Garda making ‘good progress’ in investigation, says Heather Humphreys

The scene of an armed siege at Whitechapel Grove, west Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man in custody after firing from home during armed siege at housing estate in west Dubli

The higher salary amounts to a pay increase of more than €80,000 for Robert Watt. File photograph: Collins

Group who advised mandarin’s appointment shun invite to appear before Oireachtas committee

Adrian Tennant, chairman of the board, said Scouting Ireland had ‘waded through what seemed like crisis after crisis’ in recent years.

First woman and youngest person elected chief scout at AGM on Saturday

Critical case work is continuing, with child protection or welfare reports being received via phone rather than online, says the State agency. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘Too early to be absolute’ sensitive information was not harvested, says chief executive

Professor Philip Nolan is chairman of the Nphet epidemiological modelling advisory group and outgoing president of NUI Maynooth. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Prominent Nphet official among 27 new members elected to academic body

The study examined how stem cells divide in the ovary of the fruit fly. File photograph: iStock

Academics find ‘unexpected’ role for protein in improving fertility

US Congressman Richard Neal said: “The disruption that is occurring over the [Northern Ireland] Protocol is something that should have been predictable” . Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ireland should not fear changes to corporate tax rate, Democratic congressman tells IIEA

Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly said he found it ‘very distasteful’ that lawyers were advertising over potential litigation relating to the hack.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Law Society calls it a ‘blatant attempt to insult the integrity of an entire profession’

The grave of the McGinley children, Darragh, Conor and Carla,  in Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Andrew McGinley says family ‘need to understand’ how tragedy occurred

A majority of those who did not attend their Covid-19 vaccine appointments at a centre in Drogheda  on Tuesday had already received vaccines according to the HSE. Photograph: Chaiwat Subprasom/Getty Images

Many people given appointments on single day already vaccinated

Andrew McGinley with his three children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3). ‘My mantra is, “I know that they wouldn’t want me to be sad. They’d want me to be happy.”’

Father of children who were killed vows to keep going so he can keep their memories alive

Andrew McGinley with Conor, Darragh and Carla. A jury has found his wife, Deirdre Morley, not guilty of murdering their three children by reason of insanity. File photograph via Facebook

Andrew McGinley says kids might be alive if family included in Deirdre Morley’s mental health care

Fears ability to remove elected mayors will lead to US-style ‘impeachment hearings’. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Concern over process to remove elected mayor will become ‘political football’

Individual had access to ‘vulnerable people’ in Dublin’s south west inner city, Lynn Ruane tells Upper House

Carole Troy, a breast cancer survivor

Mother of two ‘frustrated’ as key hospital test cancelled due to hacking of HSE systems

Keith Lambe in Phoenix Park. The former St John Ambulance member says there were several incidents where the abuser showed up unexpectedly during first-aid duties at Dublin Zoo, to spot check cadets on their skills. Photograph:  Donall Farmer

Former volunteers critical of the paramedic organisation’s response to abuse revelations

The Rotunda cancelled appointments on Friday. The HSE confirmed the cyberattack hit all hospital IT systems. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Health IT systems ‘some way off’ restoration, with hospitals to be affected for next week

Dublin has the third highest incidence rate at 198 per 100,000 people. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fall in Donegal a result of a ‘strong response’ from local communities, Donnelly says

Mental health services need to be prepared for ‘a sustained surge in demand over the coming years’

Aware and Pieta House describe challenges faced during pandemic at Oireachtas hearing

From the nearly 5,000 bicycles stolen in Dublin in the 16-month period, just 1,302 were recovered by gardaí. Photograph: iStock

Many bicycles recovered by gardaí could not be returned to owners as serial numbers not recorded

Thursday morning will see patches of mist and fog, turning to rain across the midlands, before spreading over Ulster and Leinster. File photograph: iStock

Met Éireann expects unsettled weather and heavy downpours into the weekend

As of Monday, 1.8 million doses have been administered, with more than 35 per cent of the adult population having received at least their first dose.

Half of recent Covid-19 outbreaks linked to private homes

Tuesday’s bulletin from the National Public Health Emergency Team means 4,929 have died during the pandemic. File photograph: The Irish Times

Rapid tests ‘no panacea’ but have ‘important role to play’, according to Minister for Health

Dublin, August 29th, 2015: The introduction of water charges was met with massive public protests and a large-scale campaign of refusal to pay bills issued by Irish Water. File photograph: Eric Luke

Decision to scrap charges will not be reversed despite OECD advice – Ryan

A technical examination of the scene is being conducted by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, who will examine what factors may have led to the incident. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gardaí seeking witnesses as local community left heartbroken by death of Aoibheann Duffy

The study examined 452 cases where Section 12 was used between 2016 and 2017. In  a fifth of cases, children were taken to hospitals as a temporary place of safety overnight or, in a small number of other instances, to Garda stations.   Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Tusla research into emergency powers criticises lack of appropriate accommodation

Those under 24 made up 47 per cent of the 4,046 cases linked to outbreaks recorded in the four weeks up to April 30th, CSO figures show.  Photograph: iStock

Figures from CSO also show the number of people over 65 testing positive is decreasing

All school staff ‘should have been given Covid-19 vaccines as a matter of priority’

Special school teachers are equivalent to frontline health staff, says Irish Primary Principals’ Network

Lisa Smith arriving at Dublin District Court in 2020. She is expected to stand trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin next January. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish woman accused of joining Islamic banned from entering UK on grounds of national security since 2019

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene after a pedestrian was hit by a car and killed near Ballyhagan, Carbury, Co Kildare, general view above. File photograph: Google Street View

Incident took place about 6:45pm near Carbury, Co Kildare on Wednesday evening

The group said women who had experienced trauma or perinatal loss during a previous pregnancy were ‘disproportionately’ affected by the restrictions. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA

Taoiseach says partners of expectant mothers should be allowed to join them in hospital

Despite improvements, the State’s healthcare watchdog has said delays from Tusla in notifying the Garda about cases of suspected child abuse in the Kerry area remain.

Watchdog critical of five month delay from Tusla notifying gardaí of suspected abuse

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

The lack of action from Tusla had been a “failure to protect children and families, leading to an increase in the number of those children impacted over the last 18 months”. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Hiqa concerned as staff at child and family agency knew of failure to vet psychotherapist

Newsbrands criticised the high level of awards paid out to plaintiffs who took defamation cases against media outlets, which were ‘far in excess of other jurisdictions’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Industry organisation calls for publication of long overdue examination of Defamation Act

Claire Byrne (centre) seen after being elected to Dublin City Council in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

‘I’ve never been an eye on the prize type,’ says councillor, who intents to contest Hazel Chu

Both Marc MacSharry and his lawyer did not wish to disclose what the legal challenge was related to.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil TD has been critical of political standards watchdog during pandemic

 Chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan said Donegal needed to ‘turn around’ its high Covid-19 infection rates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Three deaths and 569 cases reported as Nolan urges public not to ‘push the limits’ of reopening

Gina Murphy, owner of Hugo’s restaurant on Merrion Row. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Some restaurateurs ‘despondent and annoyed’ over hospitality reopening plans

The Milford electoral area’s incidence, which is the rate the virus is spreading, was 319 per 100,000 people last week, with 44 cases in 14 days. Photograph: iStock

Milford in Donegal records highest Covid-19 rate in the State

The RSA’s survey findings were published ahead of the upcoming May bank holiday weekend: ‘We are asking motorists to get into the habit of putting your phone away before setting off on a journey.’ Photograph: iStock

Survey finds 9% admit to talking on phone and checking apps while behind the wheel

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid and HSE chief operations officer Anne O’Connor are pictured at Dr Steevens’ Hospital during a weekly media briefing on the State’s Covid-19 response. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Test positivity of up to 12% reported from some walk-in centres, with rates highest among the young

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and director of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service Andrew Fagan. Photograph:  Conor McCabe.

Office saw 70% decrease in finances since pandemic, with staff down from 10 to five

Senior Counsel Orla Crowe has been nominated for appointment as a judge to the Circuit Court

Nomination follows retirement of Judge Jacqueline Linnane earlier this month

The Government has approved further changes to the Covid-19 vaccination plan on Tuesday, so what are they? Photograph: Liselotte Sabroe/EPA

Latest tweaks to vaccination programme cover over-50s and pregnant women

The Ombudsman’s office said the lack of interpreter services in one facility had effectively “gagged” parents from making complaints. Photograph: iStock

Ombudsman says ‘no evidence’ all centres are complying with Children First legislation

The farming lobby has been  critical of food processors, who they claim have been setting unfair prices for farmers, particularly in the beef sector. File photograph: iStock

Ombudsman would enforce EU rules on food supply chains

Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD responds to criticism of commemoration of IRA volunteer McElwain

John McClean in 2001,when he was director of Rugby at UCD Rugby Club. File photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former teacher and rugby coach convicted of sexually abusing 23 boys in Terenure College

Former chief scout Christy McCann was expelled from Scouting Ireland after an investigation concluded he and three other senior officers had acted inappropriately in the handling of a rape allegation, concerning two adult volunteers

Christy McCann seeks to take defamation case following expulsion from youth organisation

Former ISPCA chief Andrew Kelly has   begun legal proceedings claiming unfair dismissal from his role. Photograph: Eric Luke

Watchdog investigating former animal welfare charity executive’s protected disclosure

Teenage girls were more likely than boys to be provided with alcohol by parents or guardians, the report said. Photograph: iStock

Some 42% who began drinking at that age got alcohol from parents, says co-author of report

An investigation by The Irish Times last August revealed three men had been sexually abused by a senior figure involved in St John Ambulance in the 1990s. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dr Geoffrey Shannon leading investigation into handling of child sex abuse claims

Mourners pay their respects to shopkeeper Akram Hussein.  Photograph: Maxpix

Akram Hussein fell ill and died after giving chase to a youth who had robbed the store

‘No indication’ the pandemic has resulted in any significant increase of deaths due to suicide

Report from Kildare coroner notes provisional suicide trends from county need further study

The rare risk of blood clots from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine need to be kept in “perspective”, says Dr Mary Favier, Covid-19 adviser to the Irish College of General Practitioners. Photograph: Alan Betson

One option available is to space out the doses between vaccines still being administered

More than 900 streets are covered by Dublin City Council parking schemes, where people pay an annual fee to park on the streets where they live.

Applicants secured Dublin city centre permits by claiming to live at workplace address

Large payouts in personal injury cases, for incidents such as whiplash, have been criticised as a reason for high insurance costs. File photograph: Getty

Changes on claims aimed at cutting insurance costs to come into force later this month

The victim sustained several stab wounds during the assault and was taken to University Hospital Limerick.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí disarm and restrain man who was stabbing another man in the city

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly says the gap between announcing additional countries to the mandatory hotel quarantine list and implement the rule was to allow people time to book into the hotel quarantine system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister expects travel from countries added to hotel quarantine list to drop by 80%

Cocaine with an estimated value of €89,000 and cannabis worth €16,000 were found during Garda searches near the Cross area. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man and woman (20s) arrested following Garda seizures of cannabis, cocaine and cash

Q&A: How many people can meet and what is there to look forward to?

First phase of a slow rolling back of lockdown is beginning, so what is allowed?

Photograph: Getty

Four fifths of bystanders killed in farming workplace accidents were children

Bank of Ireland confirms it will now accept asylum seekers’ temporary residence certificate, refugee travel document or Stamp 4 Irish residence permit, as proof of identity and address. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Human rights body calls policy change a ‘positive step’ and urges other banks to follow suit

The van had been searched as a result of routine profiling by Revenue officers, using a mobile x-ray scanner, and a detector dog named Gus.  Photograph: Revenue

Revenue seize 85 litres of wine stowed away in unaccompanied trailer from France

There were 208 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Dublin. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Number of Covid-19 cases linked to outdoor transmission ‘may be underestimate’

 Defence Forces personnel awaiting flights to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gabriel Scally warns against ‘half measures’ on quarantine and calls for wider use

Gary Buckley (44) from Drogheda, Co Louth, is staying at the Peter McVerry Trust facility at the Maldron Hotel, Pearse Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pandemic has brought rough sleepers in from the cold, Peter McVerry head says

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