The link to autism was found where pesticides, such as weedkiller, had been used within 2km of the mother’s home during her pregnancy, and the child’s first year

Study examined nearly 3,000 individuals diagnosed with autism in California

The audit began in June 2017, but faced “significant delays and difficulties” in obtaining records and documentation from the charity, the Revenue report said.

Animal rescue charity in Co Kerry to be shut down over controversy

Alfie Dardis, age 6, from Stepaside, and his best friend, Ava Casserly, age 6, from Dundrum at the launch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 roses day fundraising event. Photograph: Tom Honan

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland launches ‘65 roses day’ fundraising event in April

PSNI forensic officers at The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Teenager describes terrifying crush at Cookstown St Patrick’s Day disco

The scene of the  single-vehicle crash on the R173 in Carlingford in which two people died. Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick

Two men die in car crash on Cooley Peninsula shortly after midnight

Gardaí seize estimated €600,000 worth of cocaine from vehicle in west Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Approximately 9kg of cocaine intercepted by Garda drugs unit in vehicle search

Gardaí and Westmeath fire service on the M6 near Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Photograph: Paddy Cummins/Irishphotodesk.ie

Man in his 60s pronounced dead at scene near Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath

Scouting Ireland board member and Labour Party councillor Dermot Lacey. Photograph: Labour Party

State agency not challenged by ‘gullible politicians’ board member states

President Higgins and his wife Sabina sign a book of condolence at the Pro Cathedral for victims of the New Zealand shootings. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Unaddressed racism holds frightening potential for “social destruction” Archbishop Martin says

Scouting Ireland has hired a senior garda with experience investigating sex crimes to head up the youth organisation’s safeguarding office. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gearóid Begley helped set up a multi-agency unit for dealing with sex offenders

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

Agency had not read full files on abuse cases, scouting body’s safeguarding manager says

Lancet study: Irish teenage girls had a higher rate of binge drinking than boys. File photograph: Getty

Teenage females had a higher rate of binge drinking than boys, a Lancet study found

Nearly 2,000 without power after after Storm Gareth made its way across the country. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Power outages and fallen trees causing disruption in storm’s aftermath

Lahinch in Co Clare during the high winds of  Storm Ophelia, October 2017.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Day two of Cheltenham horse-racing festival in doubt as damaging winds expected

 DJ Jenny Greene and Westlife member Nicky Byrne are to leave RTÉ 2FM.

Jennifer Zamparelli to fill 10am slot vacated by pair after a five year run together

A UCD student has proposed a mobile phone application that  would allow two people to ‘electronically sign/verify [a] pre-made contract before engaging in sex’.

Email on project said it would fight men’s ‘ever growing fear’ of being sued after sex

Luas collision took place at 11.55 pm on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pedestrian struck on Luas Red Line on Monday night

The Irish Deaf Society is planning to cut services, particularly in the area of advocacy, and lay off up to five staff members. Photograph: iStock

Charity which has been ‘lurching from crisis to crisis’ asked HSE for €300,000

The proposed new standards for real-estate agents are at an early draft stage, and are due to undergo a period of consultation with representative groups in the industry.

Letting agents required to return deposits within 10 days under proposed standards

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the motive behind the act was still “unclear.” File Photograph: Eric Luke

Motive behind incident still ‘unclear’ but Minister refused to ‘speculate’

The Law Society has assembled a gender equality and diversity taskforce as part of an effort to address inequality in the legal profession. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Sixteen people chosen from minority, disability, LGBT+ and lower socioeconomic backgrounds

Priska Haefliger walks ‘Freddie’ the dog on the sand on Killiney beach. Photograph: Tom Honan

Large amount of sand washed up on traditionally rocky south Dublin stretch at weekend

The national forecaster said it expects between 25 and 35mm of rain. Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty

Heavy rainfall expected Tuesday night into Wednesday morning - Met Éireann

The Phoenix Park weather station in Dublin city had its warmest winter, since records began in 1855. Photograph: Tom Honan

Several weather stations recorded highest winter temperatures in a century

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Overnight trip to a hostel for Rathgar scout troop cancelled at ‘last minute’ on Friday

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘I think the evidence is very clear that there has been no diminution of the vigilance of data protection in Ireland’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill The Irish Times

Observer, Computer Weekly recently reported Kenny helped Facebook influence EU data laws

John Butler, manager of the Portlick Scout Campsite near Athlone, preparing for more than 400 campers over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Zappone says Scouting Ireland must implement Tusla’s ‘urgent’ recommendations

Mr Rabbitte said Ms Zappone had made it clear that she expected the recommendations of Tusla to be implemented by Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland and Tusla representatives invited to appear at Oireachtas Committee

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Organisation will meet with Tusla to address concerns over child protection standards

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ian Elliott defends standards in the youth organisation

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Tusla says it has ‘serious concerns’ over ability of organisation to keep children safe

Scouting Ireland’s training and conference centre at Larch Hill in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent report makes multiple findings against four senior Scouting Ireland figures

 Katherine Zappone:  she has  instructed Scouting Ireland to comply with a full review by Tusla into concerns identified

Tusla says lack of supervision on camping trips exposed children to harm

Katherine Zappone  said abuse survivors wishing to come forward should contact Tusla, or An Garda Síochána. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Zappone tells Dáil of child and family agency’s concern over standards in scouting body

Kevin Nowlan of Hibernia Reit wrote to local authority chief executive Daniel McLoughlin on September 27th, lobbying for the land to be rezoned. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Efforts by investment giant to lobby for land rezoning shot down by south Dublin council

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan:  will seek approval to draft the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation aims to keep distressed borrowers in mortgage arrears living in their homes

A spokesman for the Revenue Commissioners said the recruitment effort was ongoing, and individuals from the 3,030 who applied were still being drawn down for posts from panels. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 117 extra Revenue customs officers are in place of the planned 270 new hires

 Senator James Reilly said he would be focusing his efforts on regaining a Dáil seat. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Senator’s withdrawal clears path for Fitzgerald while FF’s Rabbitte puts name forward

Minister of State with responsibility for older people Jim Daly said under plans to be published on Wednesday ‘age-friendly’ housing estates for older people would be developed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tax breaks being considered to encourage people to move to ‘age-friendly’ housing estates

Gardaí on the Ha’penny bridge in the aftermath of a stabbing which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Youth stabbed on Liffey Street at around 2.50am on Sunday morning

DUP MP Ian Paisley:  the Irish Government “must wake up to the reality” that the withdrawal agreement must be renegotiated. Photograph: Getty Images

Micheál Martin claims the risk of a chaotic no-deal Brexit is beginning to dawn on the Government

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘I think the Government perhaps thought that they’d have a deal earlier, I think they thought it’d be locked up before Christmas.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government realising threat of no-deal reality ‘late in the day’ says FF leader

The pilot, Michael McCarrick, was killed instantly when the small plane crashed into a field at Breaffy, on the Bonninconlon side of Ballina, Co Mayo. File photograph: Google Street View

Pilot’s head seen slumped forward in video recording recovered from aircraft

Fr Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said there were several areas where Ireland was ‘seriously underperforming’ when it came to meeting the UN’s sustainable development goals. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Social Justice Ireland report says State lagging behind on environment and inequality challenges

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said she shared the ‘huge concerns of parents about the safeguarding issues at Scouting Ireland’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she will not compromise on child safety

Former chief executive Seán Ashe, who failed to declare ties to family members with interests in two companies that received contracts from the ETB, an audit found. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Serious lapses’ in State body’s financial practices severely criticised in C&AG report

Fianna Fáil candidate Brian Mohan said using the term ‘gypsy’ was ‘ill-advised and an ill-informed choice of words when referring to someone’. File photograph: Collins

Prominent party activist Brian Mohan said comment was “ill-advised” and wrong

A ComReg spokesman said its online map will allow phone users to check expected mobile phone coverage of different operators at all locations throughout the country. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Previous plan to have local authorities map coverage scrapped over lack of response

Findings from the ongoing review, including indications that crimes were covered up, were outlined in a briefing note sent to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Suspicions from Scouting Ireland review that child abuse files ‘went missing’

A candlelit vigil at the site of the Stardust nightclub fire in Artane, Dublin, before the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the 48 people who died on Valentine’s Day, 1981. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families say application for a fresh inquest into the fire to be made within weeks

 Nearly €20,000 was spent in 2015 at one five-star hotel and golf resort – a third of all of the accommodation costs incurred by the organisation that year.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Board gave contracts to family members in breach of rules, says State watchdog

The figures were outlined in a briefing note sent by Scouting Ireland to members of the Oireachtas committee on children and youth affairs.

Further 66 alleged cases relate to youth on youth sex abuse, new figures show

Solicitor Daniel O’Connell says that all bar two of his scouting abuse clients were male, and most were aged between 45 and 60 years of age.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Solicitor taking 30 cases against Scouting Ireland says victims paint graphic picture of abuse

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Kids were abused on multiple occasions, says solicitor representing alleged victims

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone makes a statement on developments at Scouting Ireland, last September. Last year, Ms Zappone twice suspended Scouting Ireland’s funding over governance concerns at the organisation

Number of past alleged abusers identified by Scouting Ireland increases to 237

Dean Gaffney with fellow SIPTU members as they gathered in Dublin Port to hold protest demanding decent wages for seafarers. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company portrays itself as Irish but doesn’t fly the Irish flag, Siptu says

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Secretary general previously refused to discuss controversial cost overrun on project

Many observers had assumed that it had come from the Taoiseach, but Jean-Claude Juncker said it was sent by an Irish citizen

Hailey Kierse said commission president’s words about Ireland made her want to ‘jump for joy’

Nuclear waste is stored at about 30 sites across Britain, but predominantly at ground level at the Sellafield reprocessing plant in Cumbria. Photograph: PA

Newry is being considered as a possible location to store the UK’s nuclear refuse

 Tyson Fury grimaces at Deontay Wilder and during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles in  December  2018. File Photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating graffiti on Helix referencing Regency shooting

Hundreds of GPs are due to gather outside the gates of the Dáil on Molesworth Street.

NAGP claim general practice is being ‘destroyed’ because of cuts

Charges in the high-demand Dublin city centre “yellow zone” will rise from €2.90 to €3.20 an hour, while just outside this area the “red zone” charge will go from €2.40 to €2.70. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Certain city centre parking rates will increase by about 10% from July 1st

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn said the council would be ridiculed if it did not approve the plans. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plans for 100 homes at Marrowbone Lane were opposed by a number of councillors

The scene of the  incident which occurred on the Moy Road in Dungannon, Co Tyrone Photograph: John McVitty/McAuley Multimedia

Further three people being treated in hospital after the incident

The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to Springdale Road, in the Edenmore housing estate, to inspect a device on Sunday evening. File photograph

Drug-related dispute suspected after locals report hearing a loud bang at about 5pm

Emma Kett (centre) from St Mary’s, Newport, Co Tipperary,  as she performs at the choirs for cancer event at UCD. Photograph: James Forde

Mount Sion singers release ‘Your Love Carries Me’ to raise funds for cancer research

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh (SF) said people were paying moneylenders ‘extortionate fees’, ahead of making mortgage repayments. File photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Legislative change needed to allow credit unions lend to social housing bodies

Anthony Flynn from Inner City Helping Homeless who is running in the upcoming local elections in May. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Inner City Helping Homeless founder to run as Independent in Dublin north inner city

A walker enjoys the snow in the mountains near Killakee, to the south east of Dublin. Photograph : Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dublin Region Homeless Executive activates extreme weather protocol

Up to 4,000 sheep are killed or injured a year by “marauding” dogs, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said.  Photograph: iStock

Farmers’ association estimate between 300 and 400 dog attacks take place a year

Workers repair a damaged roof on apartments at Churchwell Crescent in Belmayne, Dublin in September 2018. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Reports reveal ‘substandard’ construction work and fire safety concerns at Belmayne

Conor Reddy from Take Back The City and  Tina MacVeigh speak at a  rally at the Player Wills site on the South Circular Road in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dozens attend People Before Profit rally calling for State to buy the south Dublin site

The proposed 164-apartment development in Howth, north Co Dublin, which is opposed by Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. Picture: Crekav Trading

Leaflet sent to north Dublin residents seeking support for judicial review challenge

Wholesaler Justin Leonard: ‘You would be very hard pushed to actually find Israeli products in the fruit and veg market here.’ File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Dublin businessman Justin Leonard says he chooses not to support Israeli goods

Pharmacy students rally outside the Dáil to express their anger at unpaid placements and increased fees. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Increase in final year fees after course restructure still ‘major problem’, say protesters

Minister for Health Simon Harris was warned that increased pressure on labs was putting the future of the cervical screening system “in jeopardy”.

Laboratory warned repeat free cervical smear offer would overload screening system

Dr Peter McKenna said slides from women retaking smear tests would be processed as  matter of “priority” by laboratories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CervicalCheck will be contacting affected women by the end of next week, HSE says

Former Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell: she said she had confidence the charity’s spending “was all above board”, and there was no question of any funds being “misused”

Board member had resigned over concerns about the charity’s finances

 Darren Ryan: I think you’d question a humanitarian organisation doing this to a volunteer, someone who is just raising legitimate questions.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Darren Ryan says there were legal threats from the charity to ‘shut me up’

Stephen Warde (31) has been missing in Malaysia for the last three weeks

Relatives were last in contact with 31-year-old Stephen Warde three weeks ago

The longest delays were in the southeast of the country: almost 23,000 children and adolescents are waiting on an appointment. File photograh: Getty Images

Youngsters enduring ‘pain and infections’ for want of adequate service, claims Fianna Fáil

Zach Parker (23) died at the scene of the Swords shooting

Gardaí examining possible drugs motive for double shooting that left second man seriously injured in Swords

The scene of a double shooting beside a gym nears  Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Gardaí suspect fatal gun attack in the Applewood estate is gangland related

“We do expect to see influenza circulating for several weeks yet,” Dr John Cuddihy said. From left: Dr John Cuddihy, Joe Ryan, HSE, Dr Cillian DeGascun, Liam Woods, Angela Fitzgerald at a HSE media update on the seasonal flu/winter plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Delayed discharges from hospitals up 12 per cent in first two weeks of this year

Horses in high spirits during a frosty morning in Kilcullen in Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Met Éireann forecasts wintry conditions as temperatures could dip below 0 degrees

New Zealand’s immigration authority said the four individuals served with deportation orders were travelling on British passports. Photograph: Getty Images

Group linked to several incidents had originally been reported as bring from Ireland

DUP MP and Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson. Photograph: Liam McBurney for The Irish Times.

Sammy Wilson says Republicans ‘caused army checkpoints’ to be put in place

The issue arose in cases where Susi later informed students they had not been approved for grants, but Trinity still charged them reduced fees.Photograph: Alan Betson

University says oversight led to issue affecting students and graduates, with some owing €9,000

Two immigration officials accompanied New Zealand police to an incident at Burger King in the city of Hamilton. File photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

Police currently investigating a series of incidents involving visitors with Irish links

Kevin McElhinney was working on his farm cutting trees with a neighbour when the accident occurred, according to a local Councillor.

Farmer killed in ‘horrific accident’ an ‘awful loss’ to local community

An incident took place last Thursday at around 7pm.

Teenager’s clothes being DNA tested after incident on Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Investigation found planes were operating on different transmission frequencies

Scouting Ireland chairwoman  Aisling Kelly appearing before an Oireachtas committee last November. Photograph: Oireachtas TV screengrab

Board chairwoman Aisling Kelly took decision to leave role due to work commitments

 Gary Gannon:  “very excited” about challenging for a European Parliament seat.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin City councillor says he will contest selection convention if party decides to run Dublin candidate

Image of Cairn’s proposed 385-home development on Griffith Avenue, Marino, north Dublin. Photograph: Cairn Homes

Junior minister says Cairn housing development ‘totally out of kilter’ with community

 TDs Gino Kenny, Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith with (behind) Cllr John Lyons and MLA Gerry Carroll at the People Before Profit national conference at Wynn’s Hotel, in Dublin, in 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

John Lyons takes decision following ‘difficulties’ with leadership of left-wing party

Paul O’Toole, who was appointed interim chief executive of the Higher Education Authority in October for 12 months. Photograph: Alan Betson

UCD vice-president questioned Paul O’Toole’s suitability for role in internal email

Ireland’s research centre for medical devices is to consider developing a national animal testing lab. Photograph: Getty Images

Medical device research centre seeking consultant to assess feasibility of national lab

Amanda Ruttledge (47) and her four sons were told on Christmas Eve to leave the homeless-family hub in which they had been living. Photograph: Jack Power

Family of five told to leave Dublin homeless accommodation over ‘ongoing incidents’

The four centres against which action was taken by the Mental Health Commission included   St Aloysius ward at Dublin’s  Mater Hospital,  as well as the department of psychiatry in Connolly Hospital, LeBrun and Whitethorn House, in the Vergemount Mental Health Facility, Clonskeagh, Dublin and the acute mental health unit in Cork University Hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Move by Mental Health Commission followed inspections of units in Cork and Dublin

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