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

In a statement on Sunday, a Garda spokeswoman said the estimated street value of the seized cannabis was over €60,000. Photograph: Garda Press Office

One Eastern European man in mid-40s was arrested by gardaí

Séamus Lawless is said to have slipped while in the “balcony area” near the summit of Everest after reaching it early last Thursday.

Mountaineering expert says recovery operation for Séamus Lawless would be a ‘huge task’

Max the dog, rescued along with two people by the Irish Coast Guard in Howth. Picture: IrishCoast Guard

Pair had been stranded by rising sea tide while out walking

Andrew Mann pictured at Lillies Bordello nightclub in Dublin in 2014. File image: Brian McEvoy

Musician had previously been in a relationship with model Alli MacDonnell who died earlier this year

Lenders were now dealing with more older clients still paying off mortgages after 65 years of age, the conference heard.

Housing problems facing elderly ignored amid wider crisis, conference hears

Fine Gael candidate Tom Dempsey (left) with MEP Mairead McGuinness and Kildare South TD Martin Heydon. ‘I have atoned and made a fresh start,’ says Mr Dempsey.

Kildare local election candidate pleaded guilty to fraud charges in mid-1990s

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said US and British studies had found that LGBT+ people made up a significant portion of the homeless population. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Official says LGBT+ individuals face issues due disputes at home over their sexual orientation

Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission announced the investigation was under way. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Commission looking into claims firms acting like cartel to maintain advantage over others

A videograb shows a garda approaching an SUV in Co Tipperary

Man arrested after SUV fails to stop and crashes into signpost in Co Tipperary

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: ‘The State’s risk is absolutely capped. I think this is a good deal from the point of view of the taxpayer.’ File photograph: Tom Honan

Granahan McCourt consortium says it will invest initial €220m in rural project

Windsurfers enjoying the good weather at Dollymount Beach, Dublin on Monday. Photograph:  Collins

Department of Agriculture issues gorse fire warning as temperatures to hit 20 degrees

Horse Racing Ireland said traceability systems introduced this year would help improve the monitoring of thoroughbreds in this country. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Stud farm of Andrew Lloyd Webber says treatment of thoroughbred it once owned ‘terribly sad’

In January 2018 Michael O’Leary wrote to Paschal Donohoe stating there was a ‘pressing and urgent need’ to amend the tax laws. Photograph: Yves Herman/File Photo/Reuters

Ryanair took legal case against department after failure to secure tax changes

Ciarán Cave was killed in a workplace accident at Waterford Port. Source: Facebook

Small community of Mulrankin shaken by death of 23-year-old Ciarán Cave, priest says

Azzam Raguragui was stabbed in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, and died a short time later. Image: Garda Press Office.

Teenager was fatally stabbed in Finsbury Park in Dundrum on Friday evening

The thoroughbred horse was emaciated, with its ribcage showing, and in such poor condition euthanising the animal was considered.

Seven-year-old mare War Celeste found nearly starved to death on farm

The arrests of three men are part of a wider Garda crackdown on criminal feuding in Drogheda under Operation Stratus. File photograph: Getty

Men arrested as part of Garda inquiry into car that was stolen and later set on fire

The Christine Buckley Centre survivors choir perform in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin to mark 20 years since the State issued an apology over abuse survivors’ suffering. Photograph: Jack Power

Events held in Dublin to mark 20 years since apology to survivors of residential institutions

Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Photograph: Adrian Hendroff

Gardaí investigating sudden death of Ger Duffy from Co Clare on Saturday afternoon

Sally O’Neill ‘brought us to the rubbish dumps in San Salvador at 6am in the morning where the bodies of those murdered were dumped’, President Higgins recalled at the service. Photograph: Frank Miller

Trócaire aid worker made enormous difference to the most deprived people

 Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds granted the orders after expressing concern about health, safety and insurance issues. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Members of group, who claim to be ‘dangerously under-housed’, say they have left site

One of the men is being detained in Drogheda Garda station. Photograph: Google Street View

Gardaí question men over stolen car which was later found burnt out

The winners of last year’s NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards at Dublin’s Mansion House. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw: The Irish Times.

Former Examiner editor Tim Vaughan to chair judging panel for this year’s event

The planned redevelopment of Balbriggan harbour

Coastal greenway, new public spaces, park development and library upgrade planned

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told media at the Association of Garda Superintendents annual conference, ‘I think we need to share information’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Oireachtas group told force failing to provide oversight agency Gsoc with relevant records

An inspection of a Co Kerry pub  found the floor was “filthy,” and there was mould growth   on the internal surface of an ice-making machine. Photograph: iStock

Six food outlets shut down in April after Food Safety Authority inspections

 Deputy Commissioner John Twomey and Supt Niall Featherstone, Chief Bureau Officer at the Garda National Vetting Bureau speaking on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The number of vetting applications received by an Garda has risen significantly in recent years

Violence in Drogheda: some of the recently affected areas, including a house damaged by a petrol bomb. Photographs: Dara Mac Dónaill and Ciara Wilkinson

There is a sense of fear in the Moneymore estate. Some are afraid to leave their homes

Dart services will not be running to Malahide over the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Engineering works will mean no Dart service to Malahide and bus transfers from Dublin to Newbridge

Gardaí have issued a warning over the growing prevalence of bogus moneylending websites, aimed at defrauding people by demanding ‘advance fees’. Photograph: iStock

Bogus operations defraud people by demanding ‘advance fees’ for easy loans

Fred McBride, former chief executive of Tusla, raised concerns about staffing issues at private residential care centres. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agency boss said centres for youths in State care could be at risk over inadequate staffing

An audit raised several issues with how the Irish Red Cross manages restricted funds, donated to be spent on specific appeals and causes. Photograph: iStock

Audit raises questions over deduction of over €123,000 from humanitarian funds

Ahmadi refugees from Pakistan   at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Centre in Pasyala, Sri Lanka, . Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

More than 1,000 refugees, mainly Ahmadi Muslims from Pakistan, under police protection

 Feargal Quinn’s coffin is carried from the church by family members. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Mourners at Superquinn founder’s funeral hear of a ‘truly exceptional’ individual

Fr Peter McVerry at the Raise the Roof protest announcement. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Campaigners plan national housing march prior to May elections

The Data Protection Commissioner is Facebook’s lead regulator in Europe. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Facebook reported glitch that exposed millions of user passwords to 20,000 employees

 A proliferation of Local and European Election candidate posters on Parnell Road, alongside the Grand Canal, were pictured on Wednesday, the permitted time for putting  up posters.  Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Politicians risk €150 fine per early election poster

The @EireSaoradh account was suspended by Twitter.

Group linked to New IRA had participated in military-style marches

Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee says message to local and European candidates had been ‘misunderstood’

PrEP is effective and  currently available but at a high cost

Lack of public health programme for HIV-preventative drug leading to inequality

The fine stretch of sunny weather over the Easter weekend is to end on Wednesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dry weather to make way for widespread heavy rain and thunder, says Met Éireann

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave held a press conference outside a coffee shop in Ranelagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Web Summit founder defends instigating anonymous Facebook advertising campaign

A teenager with Down syndrome was  found walking along a grass verge on the N4, close to the M50 motorway, approximate location above. File photograph: Google Street View

Inquiry launched by voluntary body after man (19) found walking on N4 grass verge

  Naoise Hennessy, a 16-year old student from Craanford, near Gorey, has been chosen overall winner of this year’s 65th Texaco Children’s Art Competition, taking first prize in the senior 16-18 years age category. Photograph: Mac Innes Photography

Winning entry from Naoise Hennessy (16) “worthy of a place in any public gallery”

In a test at one property in Sutton, north Co Dublin, lead contamination was nearly 15 times over the legal limit considered safe to drink. File photograph: Getty

State funding to replace health-hazard water delivery system availed of for just 71 houses

In most cases the contamination is the result of older lead pipes still in use across the public water network.

Tests show lead concentration nearly 15 times above legal limit

Lion dance performance on Parnell Street, Dublin, as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council agreed to change elements following Chinese embassy lobbying

The drugs VHI has committed to providing wider access to include Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer.  Photograph: Istock

Consultant oncologist says inequity between public and private healthcare ‘very troubling’

The reservation placed on crime data could ‘theoretically’ be in place for a long time, Pádraig Dalton, CSO director general told the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.

PAC hears improvement on crime data to take ‘number of years work’ from gardaí

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive of  Scouting Ireland has said attending the Joint Committee on Children & Youth Affairs meeting last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr John Lawlor to remain in role until early 2020 to assist recruitment of replacement

Child was knocked down by low loader vehicle at Carley’s Bridge, near Enniscorthy

Senator Rose Conway-Walsh said there was a need for data around beef-processing prices to determine if there were elements of a ‘cartel’ at play. Photograph: iStock

Environmental group disputes claims that Ireland is a world leader in carbon efficiency

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