Anxiety disorders and mood disorders were most often reported, which was consistent for men and women. File photograph: iStock

Providing for people with mental illness within justice system a priority, minister says

Some policies and practices used by local authorities are leaving minority applicants at risk of rough sleeping, says the MLRC. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Traveller and non-Irish families being ‘unlawfully’ turned away, says MLRC

The Children Living with Domestic and Sexual Violence (CLwDSV) coalition details its concerns in a submission made this week to the Family Justice Oversight group in the Department of Justice.

NGO coaltion says abusive parents routinely granted unsupervised access to children

The Targeted Response Youth (TRY) programme, managed by the Donore community drug and alcohol team (DCDAT), is based in St Teresa’s Gardens, Dublin. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Targeted Response Youth programme linked to ‘reduction in anti-social behaviour’

Mental health organisations all report increased demand, with many reporting increased suicidality among clients, callers and texters. Photograph: iStock

Mental health experts warn, however, that the fallout post-Covid could be worse than anticipated

Fr Peter McVerry photographed with his dog Tiny near his home in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

New outdoor facilities have transformed Blackrock and Dalkey. No such luck for Ballymun

Focus Ireland said many of the single adults entering homelessness were coming from the private rental market. Photofraph: iStock

Number of families without homes has fallen by 40 per cent over the past year

‘All the focus has been on older people and perhaps we have been neglecting the impact of loneliness and isolation on our younger people,’ consultant psychiatrist at St James’s hospital, Prof Brian Lawlor said. Photograph: iStock

Impact of isolation emerging as ‘very serious public health issue’, says Institute of Public Health

Homeless people   have found the loss of in-person counselling supports difficult, according to the report from Merchants Quay Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Disruption to services causing rise in drug relapses and suicidal ideation, study finds

Tanya Ward, chief executive, Children’s Rights Alliance, at home with her children Durragh (10) and Morrigan (7), in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s alliance says measure is imposed on children, often without parents’ consent

Team leader James Crosby has worked at Rehab Logistics in Limerick for 21 years. Photograph: Liam Burke/ Press 22

Rehab announces redundancy plans at logistics facility in Limerick

 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has just been reappointed to the role for a second six-year term. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opportunity after pandemic to lift children out of poverty, says Niall Muldoon

Over 20 per cent of children in care in the region had not been contacted or seen by the social worker as required. Photograph: iStock

Hiqa finds ‘significant gaps’ in services for children in care in the region

A senior member of the ESRI has defended statements on the possible impact of a new housing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

Conor O’Toole faces questioning by housing committee over shared-equity plan concerns

Sheriff Street Lower, in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Crime in Dublin’s inner city, a result of decades of neglect, has intensified under lockdown

An aerial view of the nightclub after the fire. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Families of 48 people killed in nightclub fire 40 years ago have high hopes for new inquests

Stardust survivor Antoinette Keegan says the Department of Justice ‘has done nothing but mess us around, obstruct and fight with us for the past 40 years’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department has not released any funding, solicitor for bereaved families says

There will also be three GP-run vaccination centres with the first to be established at the Helix at Dublin City University.

Revised programme to vaccinate the over-70s to begin next week

The special exemptions in Britain for passengers arriving from Ireland raise the risk that those transiting via Dublin Airport could pass off their journey as having begun in Ireland. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Passengers from Dubai use Dublin Airport to take advantage of travel exemptions

Flowers are seen at the  scene of a recent fatal stabbing in Dublin’s north inner city, where community groups are concerned about a rise in violence and intimidation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Politicians hold talk with community groups after recent rise in violence and intimidation

Gerry Kavanagh: ‘I’ve had traumatic experiences while in the Army, but this is worse.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A Galway man says he has lasting trauma over alleged abuse by Sisters of Mercy nuns

Dublin city centre at night: ‘The atmosphere feels edgy, a little menacing’

The pandemic has hurt Dublin’s poorest in many ways, but has brought improvements too

Focus Ireland said its services are ‘deeply aware of a disturbing number of cases of suicide among homeless people’ since the Covid crisis. File photograph: Getty

Staff receive extra training in effort to stem increasing tendency towards self-harm

Hiqa published 22 reports following inspections of disability centres

Report also refers to ‘unexplained absences’ of resident from Sylvan Services centre

Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Study finds four out of five would not report antisocial behaviour for fear of retaliation

Eleanor Bermingham with her sons Mikey (13) and Darragh (8) and their dog, Ralph, at home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

A mother of two children with autism is ‘resentful’ about trade unions’ positions

At the Crannóg Nua special care facility in Portrane, Co Dublin, ‘all children described feeling safe,’ according to the Hiqa report. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Crannóg Nua and Ballydowd facilities cater for children detained by court order

Jane Johnstone and her son, Daniel (16) from Bridgetown, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mother urges Government to help families in ‘total crisis’ due to schools not reopening

Cases published in the Child Care Law Reporting Project underscore the severe impact the pandemic is having on vulnerable children, said project director Dr Carol Coulter. Photograph: iStock

‘Prolonged closure of schools’ meant teachers were cut off from vulnerable children, report says

Alice McEvoy (65), who had her daughter in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on Navan Road, Dublin, in 1975. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

National Women’s Council director says there is ‘no rationale’ for such exclusion

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Made State apology. Photograph: EPA/Julien Behal

Government has to immediately ensure all survivors have access to their records

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State at the Department of Children Anne Rabbitte hosted a webinar with mother and baby home survivors. Photograph: Julien Behal

Department not providing hard copies of mother and baby homes report ‘at this stage’

Prof Luke O’Neill says there is a “risk” the number of deaths per day could rise to 100 or higher.

Outbreaks of infection in nursing homes increases steadily over past month

Ambulances outside the  Emergency Department at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospital system under severe pressure as patients in Donegal treated in ambulances

The PSNI is investigating the incident which occurred in on the A8 Larne Road in Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/EPA

Man suffered serious facial injuries after rock broke windscreen in Friday night incident

Mary Berry, with her son Isaac, at their home in Labre Park, Kylemore Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council declares Labre Park in Ballyfermot a flood-zone and unsafe for housing

In Dublin, the number of homeless single adults surpassed 3,000 for the first time last month. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times/ File

This Christmas likely to be ‘the most challenging’ in 50 years, says Simon Community

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin: ‘The Minister now needs to ensure that the full allocation is spent in 2021.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Entire budget drawn down for the first time since 2014, but housing need still ‘dire’

“This pattern is a repeat of a long-standing practice in this country: mother-blaming,” says Mary McDermott, co-chief executive of Safe Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Mothers who asked Tusla to protect their families have ended up losing their children

 Alan Bailey Manager at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, handing out Supervalue Gift cards to the value of 40 euros due to Covid 19 instead of the traditional Christmas hamper. Photograph: Alan Betson

Decision taken to provide €40 Supervalu vouchers instead of hampers this year

Some 1,298 people availed of counselling at one of the seven Rape Crisis Network of Ireland centres last year. Photograph: RCNI

Low levels of crime reporting a cause of ongoing concern, RCNI event hears

Dr Conor O’Mahony, in his first annual report, raises serious concerns about the potential of social workers to breach vulnerable parents’ rights.

Tusla at risk of conducting ‘ineffective investigations’, warns Government rapporteur

Self-harm is regarded as an indicator of serious mental and emotional distress, and repeated episodes may indicate suicidality. Photograph: iStock

Girls aged 15-19 have highest numbers presenting at hospital with self-harm injuries

Housing associations’ handling of anti-social behaviour “is an area in need of improvement”, with a 70 per cent satisfaction level, says the report. Photograph: Eric Luke

Survey shows 20 per cent of housing association tenants cannot afford to heat homes

Prof Michael O’Flaherty: “A shocking 70 per cent of 18-to-24 year-old Travellers are not in further education in Ireland.”

Prof Michael O’Flaherty urges better gathering of quality data on Travellers’ lives

Eileen Murphy, resident of The Iveagh Trust and Michael McCarthy resident of Willie Bermingham Place at the launch of Dublin City Council and Alone’s Cold Weather Campaign, urging members of the public to check in on older people in the community during the winter months. Photograph: / The Irish Times

‘We don’t want to go back to business as normal,’ says head of charity

Nem Kearns of the group Disabled Women of Ireland: ‘It is society that disables us, in the way it is organised and structured.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Speed of shift to remote working ‘deeply frustrating’ for those seeking change for years

Pictured from left: Bernard Mulvany, Access for All; Brid Smith, People Before Profit TD; Sharon Shiedu, United Against Racism Ireland; Éirénne Carrol CEO of TENI; Orla O’ Connor Director of the National Women’s Council; Liam Herrick, Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Féin TD; Ailbhe Smyth, feminist and LGBTQI activist; Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of USI Ireland and Des Derwin, Dublin Council of Trade Unions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coalition aims to provide ‘concerted response to the far right’, says trade unionist

 Mary Coughlan will perform at Heuston Station on December 8th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eleanor McEvoy and Brian Kennedy among artists who will perform at railway stations

From Monday next, visits by one person to nursing home residents will be permitted on compassionate grounds. Photograph: iStock

One person allowed see one resident once a week at Levels 3 and 4 under new rules

The department is urging keepers of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys to apply specific biosecurity measures. File photograph: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters

Virus highly contagious between birds and can cause death, and so threatens Irish flocks

Dr Stephanie Holt says abusive behaviour needs to be understood as a parenting choice and not a relationship choice. Photograph: iStock

Damage to children can last beyond parental separation, Tusla webinar hears

Charities welcomed the overall decline in the past year though noted the increase of 59 children and 22 adults since September with caution. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Housing acknowledges number of homeless people is ‘simply too high’

Posters and information leaflets at Merchants Quay Ireland needle exchange in March. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Merchants Quay Ireland report says it is easier for homeless fathers to access addiction services than homeless mothers

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Distressed’ child was medically fit for discharge, children’s ombudsman says

File photograph showing the Simon Community serving food and hot drinks to homeless people and rough sleepers on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gardaí say deaths of men not believed to be linked

James Madigan, local historian and tour guide, with Kim Olin of the Liberties Culture Association, on Ardee Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Schemes with permission likely to go ahead but area’s new direction is hotly contested

Tenia Karim, a social housing tenant: “I was brought up with principles and dignity. This hurts my dignity.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gym, meeting rooms and roof terrace restricted to non-council residents

Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over 80% of referrals ‘get little more response than a phone call to the parents’

The Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer said the letting agency showed  ‘staggering disrespect for a statutory tribunal’. File photograph: Alan Betson

Man awarded €8,500 after property he agreed to rent was given to someone else

 Kitsch Doom’s The Clothes Wear You: She is dressed in character as Meryl Daze for the We are Solitary exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Final-year masters in fine arts students display stimulating works online at ruared.ie

Senator Eileen Flynn said she was ‘honoured’ to take the chair of the Joint Committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator becomes first from her community to lead Oireachtas group

The report highlighted the case of a teenager who was coerced into prostitution by her mother and marketed on an “escort” website to appear like a child. File photograph: Getty Images

Report says 2017 law has made a ‘very promising’ start in interrupting sex trade

One of the “most difficult” Christmases in many years lies ahead for thousands of families, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned. Photograph: Getty

Charity said expected requests for help to exceed numbers in any year in recent past

A ‘participation income’ for voluntary or unpaid care work is among measures proposed to radically modernise the social-welfare system in a report published on Wednesday. Image: iStock.

Report includes number of suggestions to modernise the State’s social welfare system

Izzy Okojie with two of her children, Martins and Gift,  is hoping the apparent confusion over their housing will be clarified. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘The children are really suffering. They are saying they don’t want to go to school’

Matt Carthy said the figures meant ‘it works out per those 22,000 jobs, at a cost of about €11,000 per job’.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Flagship programme for long term unemployed costs €244m since 2015

Aideen Hayden, chair  of Threshold said findings of its  tenant sentiment survey were  ‘grim’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey finds 85 per cent of tenants do not want to be in pivate rented sector

Fears their children could be removed by Tusla is cited by the report as a reason some mothers in distress don’t seek help

Investigation into Ballyfermot cluster finds housing, drugs and social media also factors

Mourners carry the coffin of Seema Banu before her burial in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Father and husband of victims strokes their faces and weeps at funeral

As most employers do not top up parent’s benefit, ‘it is possible to conclude that the scheme does not address the existing disparity in leave entitlements or the low uptake rate of paternity leave’. File photograph: Getty

Scheme entitles parents to two weeks’ paid leave in child’s first year – at €245 per week

Merchants Quay Ireland: “Last year, we had 11,600 people in need come through our doors. The number of people accessing our mental health services jumped by 11 per cent.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Merchants Quay Ireland reports surge in demand for services driven by pandemic

Tahir El Shirif (68), a Libyan national, fears he may never see his Irish children again unless he can at least get an emergency travel document to return from Tripoli

Man with serious health problems is ‘desperate’ to see his children before he dies

Kite surfers on Dollymount Strand in Dublin. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Tributes paid to experienced athlete and ‘true gentleman’ Ger Fennelly (39)

Ulla Quayle at home in Dublin while her guide dog is treated by an animal behaviourist in Offaly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some Dublin areas have seen a very early start to firework season due to the pandemic

 Minister for Justice Helen McEntee  launches the Supporting A Victim’s Journey strategy. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

State strategy to help victims in sexual violence cases described as a ‘sea change’

The deaths bring to over 50 the number of homeless people who have died so far this year, compared to a total of 37 at this point in 2019, according to chief executive of the Inner City Helping Homeless charity, independent councillor Anthony Flynn. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Woman was one of two homeless people found dead in Dublin over weekend

Rape victims subjected to questioning about their past sexual history will be legally represented at trial, under sweeping reforms to be unveiled. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sweeping reforms aim to improve victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system

Just 101 Irish women travelled for abortions between January and June this year, compared with 215 during these months last year. Photograph: Getty

Number travelling for abortions halved in first six months compared with 2019

Sinéad O’Brien, who contracted Covid-19 in March, at home in Marrowbone House. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The pandemic has exacerbated hardship and isolation for many in Dublin flat complexes

A file photograph of Eugene Kelly, a long-time campaigner for the victims of the 1981 Stardust fire disaster, who has died suddenly aged 62. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Dubliner spent much of his life seeking justice for his brother Robert (17), who died in nightclub blaze

A representative organisation led by survivors of mother and baby homes must be established “urgently” because for “too long” they had been ignored, an online event for survivors heard on Saturday. Photograph: Provision

Speakers said Bill was another example of State ‘re-traumatising’ and ‘not listening’ to survivors

A screengrab from the Sirius XM interview with Des Bishop. Image: Youtube

Comedian said Travellers ‘drink a lot’ and are ‘very paranoid’ during a 2018 interview

Eddie Lyons (81) in his home at Ffrench Mullen House, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tuath says it is not evicting Eddie Lyons (81) but has concern for his ‘health and safety’

 Homeless couple and parents of four, Sean and Philomena Keogh. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Due to Covid restrictions, families can be ‘waiting days’ to see homelessness officer

Rose Wall, chief executive of Community Law & Mediation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Community Law & Mediation services in greater demand as pandemic takes toll

The relatives of those who died in the Stardust disaster pictured outside the Dublin City Coroner’s Court, before an inquest pre-hearing took place. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Families of 1981 fire victims have to now ‘been met with obstacle after obstacle’, solicitor says

SJI welcomed the increase in carbon tax and fuel allowance but said this was not enough to address fuel poverty. Photograph: iStock

Social Justice Ireland expresses ‘regret’ that core social welfare rates remain unchanged

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the Pandemic Unemployment Payment had to be sustainable. Photograph: Julien Behal

Pandemic payment stays at lower rate but those on it for four months will get Christmas bonus

A view of Dublin Airport. Essential maintenance workers at  the airport have accused daa of ‘threatening behaviour’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Essential maintenance staff say airport authority plans will end secure jobs in sector

One Cork-based worker said: “I’m still not getting forms back signed and stamped from Aer Lingus. It’s a disgrace.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pay-cut Aer Lingus employees complain of forms with errors and inconsistent outcomes

Ian (24) and Brendan Carmody, Kildimo, Co Limerick. Picture: Alan Place

Pre-Covid Ian Carmody (24) attended St Vincent’s full-time, now he has just five hours

Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan said it was ‘clear disability services are not resourced properly by the HSE or the State’ and criticised a ‘belittling’ attitude of some towards the sector

Future generations will hang their heads in shame, warns committee chairman

Joe (4) and Diane (6) Reilly play beside one of two trailers their  family live in on a Travellers’ halting site just off the M8 at Cashel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We have the haves and the have-nots and that’s creating the divide in our community’

Photograph: Getty

How’s your Head pandemic survey from Department of Children and Spunout.ie

Food poverty has emerged as in issue in the pandemic with families who may ordinarily have benefitted from the school meals programme struggling. File photograph: Alan Betson

Many families already experience high rates of poverty and have lost access to childcare provided by relatives

The number of calls about domestic violence to free legal advice centres ‘increased by almost a quarter’ last year

Flac annual report says workplace bullying calls increase by 36 per cent compared with 2018

Tommy Coombes:  ‘We are really hoping we get some statutory support.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Community endeavour delivering 2.4 tonnes weekly, but in growing need of State support

Karen Kiernan said One Family had “never dealt with the amount of food and hunger issues” and at every meeting she attended since March people have talked about “food and hunger”. Photograph:iStock

‘Before Covid everything had been masked by schools - breakfast clubs, school meals’

Fireworks casualty: Seán Redmond (17) was injured on Monday night when a firework exploded as he was holding it. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Local residents report areas as being ‘like a war zone’ amid use of fireworks

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