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

Ellen O’Carroll of the Presentation Girls’ School in Kilkenny scored eight H1s in her exams. Photograph: Facebook

Four boys and one girl from around country secure the maximum grades

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan TD made representations to the department of health about a proposed methadone clinic in her constituency. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister’s letter says clinic ‘would not be suitable’ for Ballinteer centre

 Hyde & Seek:  The RTÉ Investigates documentary revealed disturbing practices at the Dublin chain of creches. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Early Childhood Ireland calls for investigation by childcare specialist to ensure ‘substantial changes’ are made

Aviation researcher Jonny McNee (left) and Liam Bradley, curator of Monaghan County Museum, with some pieces of the wreckage of a  P38 Lightning Fighter plane.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fragments of fuel tank and dozen bullets are recovered in excavation of site where US P38 Lightning crashed in 1942

The SVP says it routinely comes across moneylenders giving loans to vulnerable households. Photograph: Getty Images

Advertising from moneylenders should carry ‘high cost-loan’ warnings, SVP say

The support scheme will mean beef farmers can claim aid of €100 per adult cattle slaughtered. Photograph: Getty

Support package will help struggling beef sector as October 31st deadline approaches

The man said the first incident of alleged sexual assault took place in a tent at the Scouting Ireland national scout centre at Larch Hill, Tibradden, south Co Dublin, when he was a 12-year-old scout. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Christian Brothers and Scouting Ireland are understood to be each paying half of the settlement cost

Paul McGrath and his son Paul.

Footballer thanked public’s help after son was missing for several days

Government approved legislation to exempt drug users from possession charges in designated facilities back in February 2017. Photograph: Thinkstock

Council cites lack of policing plan and impact on local tourism for refusal

The west Offaly power station, in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, had sought permission to continue to burn peat past a December 2020 deadline until 2027, while it transitioned to rely on biomass fuel. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Rejection of redevelopment to use biomass fuel casts doubt over 300 Bord na Móna jobs

State agency Hiqa carried out 743 inspections last year

Hiqa report finds improvement in disability care centre sector over last five years

The scene of the alleged assault on Townsend Street in Dublin 2 has been sealed off pending a forensic examination. Photograph: The Irish Times

One man in his early 20s is taken to hospital with minor injuries to his face

Scene of assault on South Great Georges Street. Photograph: Jack Power

Man (20s) being treated for serious head injuries following assault

The dryers, built between 2004 and 2015, pose a fire risk due to potential lint build up around the heating element in the machines. Photograph: iStock

Whirlpool issued warning includes Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda, Swan products

The PSNI issued an appeal for any witnesses to the crash to contact them on 101.

Three others taken to hospital following Sunday night crash in Omagh

Warnings have been issued  of a potential time bomb facing the health and care sector due to delays making capital improvements in nursing homes and disability residential centres. File photograph: Getty

Hiqa warns of ‘impending risk’ of multiple closures due to unsuitable premises

Several dozen demonstrators carrying banners protested outside the Shelbourne Park stadium on Saturday evening, during a race meeting.

Gardaí received two reports of minor alleged assaults from the incident outside Shelbourne Park

Several hundred people were gathered in St Patrick’s cemetery on Sunday for the blessing of the graves. Image: @Simonc46176551/Twitter

Car then drove out of blessing of graves ceremony and collided with parked cars

Ferry traffic leaving Rosslare Port. File hotograph: Matt Kavanagh

Customs officers find 35kgs of cocaine and arrest man in his 40s

A garda at the scene of a fatal stabbing in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Male victim (45) died in North Strand incident early this morning

A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a traffic collision in Mallow, Co Cork, on Thursday evening

The driver of the car involved in the collision was uninjured

Public complaints related to air quality fell dramatically in 2018, down from 20 to seven per cent.  Photograph:iStock

Most common complaints to watchdog were over foul odours

Irish Rail’s existing control centre in Connolly Station is nearing the end of its life, but will become a national back-up. Photograph: Getty Images

Project will replace older traffic control station in Connolly Station, which is currently at capacity

The report recommended commuter services should run from early morning up to midnight from rural towns to urban areas. Photograph: Eric Luke

Midnight commuter services needed to better link rural towns and urban centres

An image of the firearms which were recovered by gardaí. Photograph: An Garda Síochána.

No arrests after seizure of firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked in Finglas area

There was nearly a 10 per cent increase in satisfaction with the force, compared to the 2016 annual survey.   File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Majority of people feel An Garda Síochána is not a well managed organisation

 Paul Reid chief executive of the HSE has ordered a ‘rapid review’ of  an IT problem which led to delays informing women of repeat smear test results.

She says there is a lack of clarity about whether the full report would be published

Shanowen Square, privately owned student accommodation near DCU, announced a rent increase of 27 per cent for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Colleges claimed new measures would hinder efforts to deal with sexual assault cases

Less than half those questioned said they would describe An Garda Síochána as a world class police force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In contrast, only 16% of people view crime in their local area as a serious problem

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I think it’s really fantastic that women like herself have the courage to come into the public where the State must face them.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Appropriate reparations required for ‘terrible aspects of our past,’ Minister says

Michelle Byrne, vice president for campaigns in the Union of Students of Ireland (left) and Patricia Sheehy Skeffington BL, speakers at the Threshold seminar on the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019, in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RTB likely to take civil cases against landlords instead of bringing criminal sanctions

The board has been lobbying the Data Protection Commissioner, and the Department of Justice, to grant it powers to maintain a central database of priests against whom abuse allegations have been made. File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Small increase in historical abuse allegations reported to Church safeguarding board

The pay dispute follows a job-evaluation process that found the skill levels for HSE support staff had increased significantly in recent years, leading to union claims for pay rises. Photograph: Getty Images

‘No movement’ at talks between Siptu and HSE

Majella Moynihan in her early 20s. She told RTÉ: “I remember thinking ‘what are they doing?’, ‘Why am I being charged like a criminal?”

Majella Moynihan was charged with breaching disciplinary rules in relationship with colleague

The converted Vickers Vimy bomber used by John Alcock and Arthur Brown to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight. It “landed” in Derrigimlagh bog in Connemara on June 15th, 1919. File photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images

Event marks famous 1919 flight of Alcock and Brown from Canada to Connemara

Annual membership fees  will increase from €45 to €65 from this September, so the youth organisation “can survive”, Scouting Ireland members have been told

Mason Hayes & Curran brought in to assess legal liability over abuse cases

Leinster House: the cost of the renovation project is currently running 11 per cent over its €14.8 million budget. File photograph: Alan Betson

OPW chairman stresses increases not comparable to children’s hospital overruns

Minister for Health Simon Harris arrives to address the Europaediatrics Congress, greeted by Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics and Prof Leyla Namazova-Baranova, President of the European Paediatric Association/UNEPSA. Photograph: Mel Maclaine/ The Photo Project

Simon Harris defends health spending amid fears of further budget overruns

The National Children’s Hospital is now facing construction delays that could end up adding millions more to the final cost of the project.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Chair of project’s board tells TDs main contractor BAM has sought extra fees and more time

Aileen Donnelly, who has been nominated  to sit on the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Collins

Cabinet agrees to nominate High Court judge to Court of Appeal

There needs to be a better link between the payment of property taxes, and improved local authority services, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Changes to property tax ‘very challenging’ Minister for Finance tells Oireachtas committee

Currently in some establishments, service staff may receive less than their contracted wage from their employer, on the basis their pay is supplemented by tips from customers.  Photograph: iStock

Proposed law would see restaurants required to publicly display tips policy

Fiona Geraghty is among 17 people who died in a bus crash in Dubai. Photograph: FAcebook

Co Longford partner of Fiona Geraghty also injured but in stable condition in hospital

The extension at Scoil Chríost Rí boy’s national school in Caherdavin, Co Limerick won the  public vote.

Building designed for students with autism named top in people’s choice category

Both arson attacks took place in the Edgeworthstown area of Co Longford, on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Gardaí do not believe the two Edgeworthstown arson attacks are linked

The road is currently closed to facilitate an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision investigators.  File Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Pedestrian killed near small town of Elphin on Thursday evening

 Crowds gather outside the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin for an  anti-Trump protest. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Protest organisers say the US president ‘threatens us all’ as Trump returns to Ireland

Protesters are seen during an anti-Donald Trump demonstration at a camp they have set up outside Shannon Airport. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Anti-war and environmental groups have set up a ‘peace camp’ near Co Clare airport

Marine One, carrying US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, comes in to land at Doonbeg, Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

High security in Clare as US president spends night at his Doonbeg resort after Varadkar meeting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with US president Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House during St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The US has security fears over Chinese telecoms firm due to be part of 5G rollout

A woman stands in front of police in London with a sign during a protest over the visit of US president Donald Trump to the UK. Groups across Ireland are preparing to protest on Wednesday and Thursday when Mr Trump visits Co Clare. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters.

Demonstrations to take place across island during US president’s visit on Wednesday and Thursday

President Michael D Higgins speaking at EPSU trade union congress in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Impact of global tax avoidance by multinationals also criticised in speech

Ian Elliott, left, child safeguarding expert, and the board chair of Scouting Ireland Adrian Tennant.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Number of alleged abusers identified by Scouting Ireland increases to nearly 250

Ian Elliott, left, child protection expert, and Adrian Tennant, chair of Scouting Ireland’s board.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Months after the child sexual abuse scandal, Scouting Ireland is grappling with the fallout

Senior Facebook executives raised the possibility of using lower tax payments in Ireland to soften the blow of any extra digital sales.   Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Social media giant lobbied Paschal Donohoe on proposal in January meeting

On Thursday, Katherine Zappone met with a small number of Bethany home survivors  in Leinster House. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Zappone ‘reiterated commitment’ to allow Commission of Investigation finish work

The Government is failing ‘miserably’ in treating Defence Forces personnel properly, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

Turnover rate among personnel is ‘devastatingly high’ Oireachtas committee hears

Pictured are Peter Gaughan (left), Incoming Vice President CSNA and Vincent Jennings, CEO of The CSNA. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Nearly half of shopkeepers reported incidents of violent or abusive behaviour

The world record attempt will take place on the front lawn of Blackrock College from 1pm on Thursday.

Guinness World Record attempt includes students from several southside schools

Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett: wrote to Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe to state he was ‘concerned’ that the service was missing ‘a key part of our structure’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent group set up to scrutinise treatment of personnel defunct for five years

‘Family homelessness continues to be very challenging, particularly in the Dublin area,’ Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Minister criticised by committee members as official figures show further rise in homelessness

Vincent Rossi and his son Sully who were killed when their car collided with a truck on the Tullamore-Mountmellick road.

Driver was in car with his three children when it collided with an articulated truck

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall expressed concern the HSE did not contact the woman directly, but communicated with her hospital instead. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ombudsman’s annual report criticises HSE handling of medical card application

Irishman John Heneghan (33) and his wife Caitlyn Holtzman (32) were killed in the crash on Saturday. Photograph: via Facebook

John Heneghan and his wife Caitlyn Holtzman died in crash, three others injured

Josh Daly (22), holding Josh O’Connor-Daly (2), stands beside Jade O’Connor (26), Teegan O’Connor (8), Casey O’Connor (6), and Cillian O’Connor-Daly (3). Photograph: Jack Power

Family, which includes four children, had to leave their emergency hotel accommodation

Mannix Flynn tackles People Before Profit for acting like Isis

A queue of mountain climbers waiting to stand at the summit of Mount Everest this week. Photograph:  Handout/Project Possible/AFP/Getty Images

Bottlenecks of climbers pose extra challenge to those taking on Mount Everest

Two of the sticker designs to be used at Dublin polling stations on Friday as part of the ‘I’ve Voted’ initiative.

‘I’ve Voted’ stickers designed by artists including Maser to encourage youth turnout

Kelly Coyle, deputy president & campaigns officer, University College Cork Students Union with Sgt Stewart Philpott and Edel Conlon, southern regional services manager with Threshold. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Housing charity and students union launch rental ‘Scamwatch’ campaign

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with TCD Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast (left), and Dean Prof Andrew Burke at the opening of Trinity Business School at TCD on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The   Irish Times

Six-storey business school delivered ‘on budget and on time’, Trinity Provost says

The college has launched an investigation to establish how some students got access to the exam questions prior to the test

Final-year agriculture students told exams of entire class ‘now void’ due to leak of questions

Hazel Chu of the Green Party: ‘No matter what I do I will never be Irish to some people.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Local election candidates have experienced racism online and had posters taken down

An excavation project on the 16-acre site identified a ring-fort settlement likely from the medieval period.

Archaeological dig on former taoiseach’s land reveals ‘significant’ medieval settlement

The country with the highest number of international students coming to Ireland was China, with Malaysia, America, Canada, India, and Saudi Arabia also among the most common countries of origin, an ESRI report has found. Photograph: iStock

China most popular country of origin of international students, ESRI study finds

Irish writer Mike McCormack’s 2016 novel, Solar Bones,  was the most commonly borrowed adult book in Irish libraries last year. File photograph: PA

Solar Bones by Irish author Mike McCormack library users’ most popular adult book

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