Brazilian Heloisa Generoso: “I could stay very happily here, my life is in Ireland now.” Photograph:  Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Heloisa Generoso arrived from Brazil in 2012

The abandoned national school in Ballivor, Co Meath. The Narconon Trust, which is linked to the Church of Scientology, is looking to develop the building into a drug rehabilitation centre. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

Planned Narconon drug treatment unlikely to meet HSE criteria for addiction services

Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues.

Irish citizens refused permission to board flight after disputing extra fee for luggage

Exhausted migrants in the waiting hall of the train station in Bardonecchia, Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Information offered to refugee families is often ‘incomplete, outdated or not available’

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny on a tour of Tayto Park and Factory in 2013.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Chickens, pheasants, sheep, pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs and monkeys died at park

Michaella Itaire and her father Michael  pictured with former taoiseach Enda Kenny. The pair say they were refused entry onto their flight from Ghana back to Europe due to luggage issues.

Irish citizens were refused permission to board flight after disputing extra fee for luggage

Eating a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases while helping to build stronger bones.  Photograph: iStock

German scientists say high fibre diet plays important role in building strong bones

Rain is set to die out overnight with Sunday  due to be mostly dry through the morning with sunny spells in some places. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Temperatures to drop next week with snow expected on Tuesday

Rumours have circulated that an  abandoned national school in Ballivor has been taken over by a controversial drug rehabilitation group linked to the Church of Scientology. Image: GoogleMaps

Ballivor locals, annoyed at being ‘stonewalled with secrecy’, plan to protest at the site next week

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, told the symposium that more flexible working hours, both in the private and public sector, were needed so that parents could properly balance their day between work and caring for children. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Female empowerment ‘key theme’ for government, says Flanagan

Chief prison officer Brian Stack was shot in the neck in Dublin on March 25th, 1983, and died 18 months later

An Garda Síochána satisfied it was given ‘all information’ in inquiry into prison officer’s murder

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan with his wife, Suchi, and their children Maya and Meera at their home in Blanchardstown. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan says Ireland helped him get rid of his prejudices

Dunbeg fort on the Dingle peninsula, where extensive damage was caused during Storm Eleanor. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Storm caused part of fort, which sits on cliff edge in Dingle peninsula, to fall into sea

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the 1918 general election. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Events to mark centenary of vote for women, Fine Gael pledges ‘women’s charter’

Ali Selim, spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin’s Clonskeagh, says Irish people should take heed of their own recent history.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Community leaders hope Irish experience in Britain should help prevent stereotypes

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Yosuke Sasaki (24) had been living in Dundalk and working in call centre

The Immigration Act 2004 sets out 11 grounds on which an individual can be refused permission to enter the State. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Data shows steady annual increase in numbers being refused leave to land in the State

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

Mai El-Mahdy: “I want to be part of what’s happening here politically, I want to vote in the repeal referendum next year.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

New to the Parish: Mai El-Mahdy arrived from Egypt in 2012

Syrian refugees have started a digital media workshop at the CONNECT Centre in Trinity College Dublin. Pictured (L-R) Ghassan Shamet, Mohamed Zaamout, Taqwa Alhariry, Kamel Shabaan, Nour Zaamout and Hamza Kurdy. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

A group of six refugees is learning video journalism skills during a two-week course in Dublin

Charities have said a present you do not want could be ideal for someone else. Photograph: Getty

Barnardos and Oxfam shops welcome all types of items for adults and children

Dublin’s Custom House will be a backdrop for events in Dublin

Our guide of what to do and where to go across Ireland to ring in 2018

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan announced an increase in funding for victims of crime. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bill to abolish fees from January 1st for aid applications in domestic violence cases

Shane Stokes, from Limerick, died in a road incident in southeast England two days before Christmas. File photograph: Rob Austin/Facebook

Shane Stokes from Limerick died in multi-vehicle collision on M40 in Oxfordshire

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice across Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary for Thursday. Photograph Paddy Whelan.

Yellow weather warning issued by Met Éireann with sleet and snow forecast for Thursday

Mikhail Shengeliya in Herbert Park, Donnybrook: “I don’t understand the point of people who move to another country and then stick with their own.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: A Georgian refugee explains how he ended up in Dublin

Guinness record attempt: the Dóchas group helped Valery Larkin try to knit the world’s largest blanket

Dóchas women donate clothes and blankets to homeless, Red Cross and premature babies

New research shows green leafy vegetables, including Brussels sprouts, can help cut the risk of developing dementia later in life. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A new scientific report finds leafy green vegetables help preserve memory skills

Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner Orla Tinsley has been waiting on life-support for a double lung transplant. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner got seventh call this week after six donors unsuitable

Albert Llussa, who flew back to Barcelona to vote, says holding the Catalan independence referendum on October 1st was not a crime.

International media ‘did not understand the complexity of the situation’

Jamie Crosbie (17) and Katie Crosbie (6), from Tallaght, run to welcome their sister Ciara, arriving home for Christmas, from Sydney. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families gather in Dublin Airport to welcome loved ones home for the holidays

Joel Mutara:  ‘I feel safe and free here. I’m able to follow my dreams and reach them.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Joel Mutara is building a life in Ireland after living in Ugandan refugee camp

A report by a working group chaired by Dr Bryan McMahon published a total of 173 recommendations for the asylum system in June 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Nasc disputes Minister’s claim 98% of report’s recommendations were being introduced

Marcin and Marina Piotrowski with their three children. Photograph: Karolina Migurska & Mariusz Purta

New to the Parish: Marcin Piotrowski arrived from Poland in 2004, left Ireland in 2017

The PSNI and an Garda are calling for anyone with information on Lu Na McKinney to get in touch.

Ms McKinney’s husband was charged with murdering his wife last week

A garda stands outside a house in Woodville Avenue in Lucan, Co Dublin, on Sunday night, where the remains of a man were found. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Neighbours express shock after man’s body is discovered at a house in Lucan

Theresa May and Donald Tusk leave after posing for photographers at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunande/AFP/Getty Images

Daily Mail hails May for ‘sealing the deal’ as BBC says she has ‘green light to move on’

Deal means North will not be separated ‘constitutionally, politically, economically or regulatory from the rest of the United Kingdom’, said Arlene Foster. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

DUP will ‘ensure no backsliding on promises made about the integrity of the Union’

HSE environmental health officers issued three closure orders after rodent infestations were found. Photograph: Getty

Iceland store, a Get Fresh canteen and cash and carry outlet shut following inspections

Tracy Clark and partner Justyna Greinart embrace in Melbourne’s Federation Square as it is announced same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

Tiernan Brady successfully led Yes equality campaigns in Ireland and Australia

Gardaí outside a house in Ballymun where an exchange of gunfire during a raid this morning resulted in a garda and another man being injured. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Exchange of gunfire happened at house in Ballymun as gardaí tried to gain access

Antonio Chinea from Venezuela: He has found Dublin very different from the city he left nearly 10 years ago. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Antonio Chinea arrived from Venezuela in 2008 and again in 2017

The woman, aged in her early 30s, was attacked using “a caustic substance” shortly after 10pm on Friday, December 1st. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives believe another woman who had grudge against victim paid man to target her

There are rising concerns for the well-being of PhD students generally with studies showing many are at risk of developing mental health problems. Photo: iStock

Seven-day weeks, 10-hour days, isolation and uncertainty: it’s little wonder so many PhD students risk developing mental health pr(...)

   Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan (right)  with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys  at Áras an Uachtaráin last week.

Josepha Madigan has said she will not commit to taking Irish language classes

Gardaí have asked any potential witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Caustic substance’ thrown in woman’s face as she walked in south Dublin on Friday

Irish citizens living in Britain could be at risk of losing their right to live, work, rent private accommodation and avail of healthcare services in a post-Brexit UK, a new report warns. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA

Charity calls for UK government to renounce power to deport Irish citizens

A Dublin Bus nearly flattened Sorcha Pollak after her tyre became wedged in the tracks at the corner of College Green.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With Luas tracks now criss-crossing Dublin city, that 3cm gap is an unavoidable hazard

Mary T Murphy, originally from Cork, is refugee programme manager for the Goal aid agency’s two refugee camps in the Gambela region of Ethiopia – Kule and Tierkidi – near the South Sudanese border. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan/Goal

Mary T Murphy given presidential distinguished service award for aid work across Africa

The Migrant Teacher Project wants more non-Irish teachers in schools here.  Photograph: iStock

Majority white Irish teachers not reflective of increasingly ethnically diverse Ireland, say researchers

Nancy Lin and her children Kerry (6) and Ethan (3)  in Tymon Park, Tallaght. Photograph:  Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Nancy Lin arrived from China in 2002

Site for Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres for refugees in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: only  additional centre sourced from nearly 100 properties offered in two separate public tendering processes in 2015 and 2017.

Department of Health the ‘only department’ not to allocate extra resources to refugees

The Irish target of welcoming 4,000 people is small compared with Germany’s commitment to welcome nearly a million. Above, a Syrian refugee at a German-language programme in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Despite sluggish start, State’s intake of refugees ramped up over the latter half of 2017

Housing in Mosney for asylum seekers. The Government has acknowledged that it will not meet its target of accepting 4,000 people from overseas by the end of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

Officials note that direct provision beds as temporary measure unlikely to solve problem

Rakan Al-Zahab, a Syrian refugee living in the Abbeyfield Hotel in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. “I want to put my feet on the ground.” Photograph: James Connolly

Three people give contrasting accounts of their efforts to rebuild a normal life in Ireland

 Motorists queue to fill up at  a petrol station in  Tallaght in Dublin which was   selling fuel for 99 cent per litre for 99 minutes as part of a Black Friday promotion. Photograph: Collins

Busy scenes in Dublin shops but nothing reminiscent of US-style hysteria

Erin Fornoff  at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Erin Fornoff arrived from the United States in 2009 after working on Barack Obama's campaign and growing up non-religious on the b(...)

 Vincent Browne at the launch of  Alone’s Christmas Campaign  in  Dublin with  Donald Smith and Annette Egan, who avail of Alone services

Alone asks public to support thousands of isolated elderly people over Christmas

Sarah McInerney was only shifted to her current Saturday 8am slot in August, when the Drivetime current affairs programme she co-presented with Chris Donoghue was axed to make way for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Maxwells

Presenter is latest in a spate of recent departures from radio group Communicorp

The report recommends establishing two Major Trauma Centres - one at Cork University Hospital and another in Dublin - which will be supported by a network of local trauma units.

Minister’s plan sets to end trauma care in three Dublin hospitals

Young people gather by the  Famine Memorial to show support for undocumented Irish in the US.

Demonstrating youths call on Irish-American congressman to support Dream Act

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commuters told to expect knock-on delays with services running 15 minutes late

A premature baby lies in an incubator in the child care unit of a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

4,500 babies born prematurely in Ireland every year

 Orla O Connor , director National Women’s Council (left), Ellen O Malley Dunlop, chairperson, Alison Cowzer and Sonya Lennon Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

National Women’s Council of Ireland says services should be private and confidential

Fadielah Moses: “We didn’t study seven years to become a doctor, but we dress, we feed, we give medication, we give companionship, we hold their hand and reassure them that everything is ok, they don’t have to be scared.”

Estimated 20,000-26,000 undocumented migrants living and working in the State

Ruba Shamshoum, a singer from Nazareth, living in Ireland the past five years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Palestinian Ruba Shamshoum and her husband arrived from Nazareth in 2012

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan announced  up to 530 family members of refugees from “UNHCR-recognised conflict zones” would be accepted into Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Refugee groups call for definition of family to include elderly parents and older children

49% of domestic septic tanks failed the inspection in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

E Coli, which can cause serious illness, is present in almost a third of private wells

Sara Gibadlo (left,19) of Oranmore, Co Galway, and Dace Zarina (22), from Co Longford, who died in a fire at a residence linked to a college in Leuven, Belgium.

Dace Zarina (22) and Sara Gibadlo (19) died in a house fire in Belgium in 2014

U2 in concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rock group’s blog post does not acknowledge Bono’s involvement in offshore investments

Emma DeSouza and her husband, Jake on their wedding day in July 2015. Photograph: Emma DeSouza

UK government refused residence card after woman identified as Irish in application

At a Dress for Success Dublin event to mark Equal Pay Day are, from left, Sonya Lennon, designer, tech entrepreneur and founder of Dress for Success Dublin; Senator Ivana Bacik; and youth mental health activist Jamie Harrington. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Women will be ‘effectively working for free’ between now and 2018

IPAV says the Government has removed planning delays for major multinationals, including Apple’s proposed data centre in Athenry,  while Irish developers are left at the mercy of the State’s planning laws. Photograph: Collins

Auctioneers’ group IPAV says new planning laws should not just benefit multinationals

“As long as a foetus is inside a woman’s body it is part of the woman’s body. It is not a separate entity,” says Indian lawyer Sneha Mukherjee.

Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for ‘equal treatment’ for Irish women

Sweta Pandey: “When I was growing up, a lot of relatives in my village would tell my father he was stupid to be educating his daughter.” Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Sweta Pandey arrived in Ireland from India in 2016

The fake Argos message scammers are spreading across Irish WhatsApp accounts.

WhatsApp users advised to delete messages offering cash vouchers and promotions

17-year-olds allegedly assaulted at Gormanstown train station on Sunday evening

Eight men have been  arrested following a “serious public order incident” between a large group of men at a pub on Cardiffsbridge Road (general view above) in Finglas  on October 19th. File photograph: Google Street View

Men aged 23 to 35 arrested on Monday after warrants issued and homes searched

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Monday the OECD process is the best way to tackle international tax avoidance. Photograph: Reuters

State more focused on tackling social welfare fraud than ending ‘rotten’ practice, charities say

Yulia and Clément Imbert: ‘Here is so different, people are very welcoming and kind’.  Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: French national Clément Imbert and his Russian wife Yulia love life in Ireland but say high tax, expensive hous(...)

Suellen Machado and her husband, Alexsandro Ribas: “I miss my family and friends but even my parents say, ‘oh, I prefer that you are in Ireland’ because Brazil is so dangerous now,” Suellen says. Photograph: Tom Honan

Suellen Machado and Alexsandro Ribou left Brazil in the midst of a deep political crisis

Explaining C-section to non-English speaker at 3am is ‘not easy’, says Dr Rhona Mahony

 Kimberly Smith is a Native American activist and artist.

Front Line Defenders making sacrifices ‘so that life can be a little better for the next generation’

Director of marketing and communications at UCC Donna O’Driscoll  with her  husband Tony  and children Caitlín  and Conor.  Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Donna and Tony O’Driscoll moved from London to Cork three years ago for a better family life

.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was in Drumlargan, near Kilcock inspecting damage to power lines caused by storm Ophelia. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Luas tram services resume earlier than expected after repairs at Red Cow

Szilvia Szabo with her husband Marcell and daughter Janka. The family said they love being part of the community in Greystones. Photograph: Priscila Soares

New to the Parish: Szilvia Szabo arrived with her family from Hungary in 2016

Picture of Lily’s: Ola El-Garawany with her daughter Sally El-Banna outside their pharmacy in Ratoath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ola El-Garawany and her daughter Sally El-Banna are on a mission to bring complementary medicine to the fore

Cote Calmet Bello: It was my first time ever seeing snow but Dublin just felt like home straight away. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cote Calmet Bello arrived in Ireland in 2010. He believes Ireland is more open than his home country of Peru

Jakob Zitzow and Natasha Talos moved to Ireland in September 2017.

Recent arrivals speak about settling into Irish tech hub and battle to find a place to live

Under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, the advertising of brothels or prostitution is illegal.

Offshore registered websites not liable under Irish law outlawing advertising of prostitution

Gaby Patiño and Max Martínez who came to Ireland from Venezuela last year. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Gaby Patiño and Max Martínez arrived from Venezuela in 2016

Construction Industry Federation director of industrial relations Jean Winters joins panel members at the launch of the CIF Women in Construction Network. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Construction Industry Federation calls for more women to seek work on buliding sites

Coalition 2030 rally in Dublin marking the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

March held in Dublin to mark two years since signing of Sustainable Development Goals

Emmanuel Bourgerie from France; Matthew Ó Cribin and Dylan Armstrong from Ashbourne, at a Pop-Up Gaeltacht event in the Piper’s Corner in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fed up hearing that Irish was dead, two friends brought the Gaeltacht to Dublin pub

 Crowds at Dublin Castle react to hearing the results of the Referendum on Marriage Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘In Ireland, humans stories became the cornerstone of our campaign’

David Stanton, Minister of State at the Department of Justice: has made a commitment that no asylum seeker on a deportation order will be made homeless

Families with leave to remain in Ireland also report receiving letters asking them to move

Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary at the company’s AGM last week.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Flight cancellations due to Italian thunderstorms or French ATC not entitled to compensation

The number of cyclists in Dublin city has more than doubled in the past six years

Dublinbikes has played an important role in steady rise of cyclists across the capital

President Michael D Higgins with Syrian journalist Razan Ibraheem and Brian Killoran,  CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Mr Killoran said the ban on asylum seekers accessing employment meant many people’s skills and qualifications were not being recognised. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Analysis: With half a million foreign nationals, Ireland has evolved into a diverse nation

Maciej Bogdalczyk: “Our mentalities are very similar.” Photograph: Maciej Bogdalczyk

Finishing his studies, Maciej Bogdalczyk came to Ireland from Krakow in 2015

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