Women hold signs during a performance to raise conciousness about  violence against women in Bolivar square, Bogotá on March 6th. Photograph:   Diana Sanchez/AFP/Getty Images

Despite big role in peace accord, women activists still face threats of violence and murder

Eddie Murphy and Monica McGill, (front right) with, from left, Lile Frost, Bernie Cronin, Cllr William Carey, Patrick Ging and Cllr Eoin Ó Broin, all Save Clondalkin Convent campaign members. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Locals say development would occupy playing field and ‘eradicate’ habitat of birds

Farmers block Cormac Healy from Meat Industry Ireland from entering the Department of Agriculture in Dublin for ameeting of the beef taskforce. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.

Farming groups concerned that some protesters are still facing legal proceedings

Axa XL, the principal insurer for indoor climbing centres, decided not to renew its Irish business from August 1st.

Main underwriter for indoor sport exited Irish market in August due to high awards

‘I dug myself out of the depths of despair and self-pity to now have an amazing friendship with my foster parents.’ Photograph: iStock

National Fostering Week is an initiative to increase the pool of foster parents

The LIV Student accommodation complex on Church Street in Dublin

Hike at LIV Student block after ‘genuine misunderstanding’ over single-occupancy price applied to shared rooms

 Dr jasbir Singh Puri attending the launch the Garda Siochana Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019-2021 in Balbriggan, north Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Retired consultant Dr Jasbir Singh Puri now employs 30 people but he still gets abuse

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis initially criticised the slow response of gardaí to their complaints of receiving online abuse. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New Garda strategy to tackle hate crime and promote diversity is published

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

The ICCL  found that most victims of online abuse are women, and that perpetrators were most commonly partners, prospective partners or ex-partners who were “attempting to exert control”. Photograph: iStock

ICCL calls for legal aid for those who have such images shared without consent

Pedro Andrade after he was attacked by two men who left him with a broken nose.

Three people tell The Irish Times about their experiences of attacks on Irish streets

  Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed and  Minister for  Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton  announced Coillte  and Bord na Móna are collaborating on a  project which will see bogs no longer used for peat production transformed into rich native woodlands.  Photograph: Julien Behal

The focus will be on native woodland trees such as Downy Birch, Scots Pine and Alder

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney: pledged that Ireland will spend €250 million in education over the next five years as part of the State’s contribution to international development.

Ireland Aid report says almost €800 million spent on foreign development aid last year

Statistics from the charity show 145 older people in in 2019 presented themselves to Alone stating they were homeless or at risk of homelessness

Alone has seen 145 people presenting as homeless or at risk of homelessness so far in 2019

The charity currently has 61 people on the waiting list, which it said is a record high. Photograph: iStock

Average waiting time in second quarter of year was 82 days, says Simon Communities

The Department of Education said it has granted emergency funding to nine schools facing insurance cost increases

‘A number’ of other schools have applied for extra funding over spiralling insurance costs

 The abortion rights march started in the Garden of Remembrance and ended in Merrion Square in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds march through Dublin and call for introduction of safe zones around facilities

On Saturday, locals walked from the town of Oughterard out to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel,  where they lined up on both sides of the road before dispersing. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Local councillor Thomas Welby estimates up to 3,000 people attended

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of John Gibson (above) in   September 2017.

Matthew Bell remanded in custody after appearing in court on Saturday

Task force recommends series of measures after 96% decline in numbers since 1980s

  Revenue sniffer dog Bailey with his handler Alan Foley at the Dublin Mail Centre in Dublin 12. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Last year canine units seized €26m worth of drugs, tobacco and cash

An Post said parcels from the UK would post-Brexit be subject to the same duties and fees that currently apply to non-EU countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Additional customs officials will be placed at An Post centres to carry out checks

Members of Education Equality pictured with TDs Richard Boyd Barrett, Roisin Shorthall, Catherine Martin and John Lahart outside Leinster House on Wednesday, where they relaunched their petition for the removal of religious education from the school curriculum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Education Equality calls for end to ‘segregation’ of non-Catholic children in schools

Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers said improving mental health services and reducing waiting lists “has to be a priority”.  Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

Climate change among issues causing increased anxiety among young, TDs told

The Garda, fire services and medical professionals warn annually about the risk of serious injuries from the use fireworks around Halloween. File photograph: iStock

Gardaí investigating incident in Cabra which left one boy with ‘severely deformed’ hand

Yuka Crikmar MSF Humanitarian Affairs officer  registering people on board the Ocean Viking.

Irish humanitarian worker says kidnapping, torture stories have become all too familiar

Former Bishop Séamus Hegarty who has died after a long illness. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Séamus Hegarty (79) was criticised for his handling of allegations of clerical abuse

Photograph dated September 16th issued by Dawn Meats of balaclava-clad protesters gathered on a picket outside the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh, Kilkenny. Photograph: PA

Only three protests lifted since deal, according to beef farmer group

The Indian summer is set to come to an end this weekend with warm weather expected over the next two days, before heavy rain hits the country on Saturday evening, according to Met Éireann.

Heavy rain is expected on Saturday night

A recent ESRI study revealed that Irish women’s weekly income, at an average of €280, is €153 less than a man’s average in retirement. File photograph: Getty

Move to reverse disparity between male and female retirement incomes, claims Government

Edward Dowse:  ‘Did I tell you I’m the team manager.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins

‘I enjoyed my whole life. I enjoyed it all. I got up to do something that I wanted to do’

 President Michael D Higgins visited the Ploughing this afternoon to officially open the event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sun shines on 102,500 visitors to Co Carlow event, with food and farm culture on show

Love Island winner Greg O’Shea at the Gra Island contest held in the National Dairy Council’s tent at the National Ploughing Championship. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

With sunshine and music easy to mistake ploughing for music festival

The number of adults without a home in rural areas hit 1,000 for the first time in May 2019. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Peter McVerry Trust report shows more than 12% increase in homelessness outside cities

The Rally is an international charitable event which involves driving from Prague to Ulan Ude in Russia in a 1 litre engine car

Friends said there were more bumps along the 19,000km road than anticipated

More than 250,000 visitors are to descend on Co Carlow this week for the annual National Ploughing Championships. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Preview: Event will take place in Fenagh, Co Carlow, from Tuesday to Thursday

Fergal Brennan: “Laura (above) has passed her torch to us all, her family, and it is our job to carry that torch and shining light of truth and create a future for the next generation that is free from harmful strains of HPV and the devastation that they cause”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

‘She was just an ordinary girl facing death from a preventable illness’ – Fergal Brennan

Facebook insists pages on its platform that spread misinformation about vaccinations are being punished by the company reducing the number of people who can see such posts. Photograph: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images.

World Health Organisation sees complacency about immunisation as a major threat

Sharon Guinane, manager of Skerries Community Centre: Rising insurance costs and restrictions mean she can no longer host some community-based events and meetings. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Spiralling insurance costs threaten the viability of Skerries Community Centre

Eighty-three per cent of participants, which include groups such as community centres, scouting clubs and tidy towns organisations, reported that their insurance premiums increased over the past three years. File photograph: Getty

Over 80% of respondents said their premiums has risen over the past three years

O’Devaney Gardens is a 1950s flat complex that was due to be redeveloped under a public-private partnership. Photograph: Tom Honan

Bartra Capital is Dublin City Council’s choice to develop 824 housing units

Some 60 per cent of children were signed up to social media sites, including 48 per cent of eight-year-olds and 68 per cent of 11-year-olds. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of children who use the internet talk to strangers online

South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) County Council voted on Monday night to apply the maximum discount of 15 per cent to the rate charged.

Councils in South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and Fingal voted on issue on Monday

“What we need to be sure of is that people have access to their sexual health and wellbeing needs in places that are convenient to them.”

Sexually transmitted infection clinics overwhelmed as 10 counties lack public services

RTÉ: “The wages of the high-earners do make it more difficult for the political system to be sympathetic . . . but there are other major issues that have to be dealt with,” says the Public Accounts Committee’s Seán Fleming  TD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue and funding shortfalls prevent RTÉ continuing as it is, claims Dee Forbes

British Airways aircraft at London’s Heathrow airport. The Government is being urged to intervene in the dispute between pilots and British Airways ahead of strikes which will ground flights. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Row with pilots escalated on Friday when BA threatened to strip strikers and their families of perks, such as heavily subsidised t(...)

Brian Somers says he began to abuse solvents when he was in primary school, before progressing to harder drugs, and then ended up on the streets. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former addict says he welcomed prison because it meant not having to sleep rough

Gang members were convicted over smuggling people into the United Kingdom via Ireland

Garda National Immigration Bureau supported the investigation into operation involving Georgian nationals

More people have been seeking alternatives to meat, partly due to the perceived health benefits, as well as concerns about the environment and animal welfare. File image: PA Wire

But researchers suggests that vegetarians and vegans may have a higher risk of stroke than meat eaters

Bill Prasifka,  Dr Rita Doyle  and Paul Harkin are pictured at the launch of the Medical Council’s five-year strategy. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Dr Rita Doyle argues that access to the State’s public health system is ‘horrendous’

Gardaí  covering up the vehicle in which the man was shot at  Griffeen Glen Park in Lucan, with bullet holes visible in the windscreen.  Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Victim (40s) seriously injured after car was rammed and several shots fired through window

Beech Lodge Care home: Photograph from facility’s website

Health Information and Quality Authority inspected home after receiving information from third party

Being homeless during the summer holidays brings a new set of challenges. Photograph: iStock

‘They’re so excited because they haven’t been able to see their friends since school finished’

A recent survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions found that 78 per cent of parents were struggling with back-to-school costs this year, up from 68 per cent last year. Photograph: iStock

SVP charity calls for free school books and the abolition of voluntary contribution

Gardaí seized more than €200,000 worth of drugs over the weekend, following a number of planned searches. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Searches carried out in Clondalkin, Dublin and Naas, Kilcullen and Clane in Co Kildare

Garret Bridgeman, managing director of An Post mails and parcels with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee and Fergal O’Leary of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission,  talk to the media at the  An Post Mail Centre in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cate McCurry /PA Wire

Boris Johnson said he would take talks with EU to the very last minute before October 31st deadline

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby  on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after Vincent Parsons died at Tallaght Hospital on Monday evening

Top medal winners:  Deirdre Faul (liver recipient) from Dalkey,  and John Moran (kidney recipient) from Glasnevin arriving back to Dublin Airport from the World Transplant Games 2019. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Irish team bring home 17 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze

The Countess of Dunraven will present this Death Mask of Daniel O’Connell to the OPW at Derrynane House  on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Landers

Countess of Dunraven donates plaster mask for display in Derrynane House museum

The district attorney’s office said Fr Joseph McLoone ‘held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church’.

US attorney alleges priest used stolen funds to buy a beach house, travel and dining

People who were members of an occupational pension scheme, in which their employer contributes, were significantly more likely to retire at an earlier age, the study found.

65 to 67 years of age is the most popular age to retire

Isolde Goggin, chair of the CCPC, said the watchdog’s aim is ‘to ensure that goods placed on the Irish market do not pose a safety risk to consumers’. File photograph: Eric Luke

More than 33,000 products were prevented from entering the Irish market last year

The  data shows the importance of migration as, without the Vikings, the population decline could have been much worse, according to the researchers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Vikings more successful than ‘natives’ in expanding population, research shows

Shirley Moran Breslin before Lyme disease, left,  and afterwards. Photograph: Shirley Moran Breslin

Shirley Moran Breslin diagnosis took more than four years after being bitten by a tick

Lyme disease is transmitted by bites from infected ticks from deer and other wild animals.  Photograph: iStock

Experts believe incidence of Lyme disease may be much higher than estimated

Childminders are required to register if they are caring for seven school-age children or six mixed-age children. Photograph: iStock

Seven counties have no registered minders while Dublin has only nine

Conor Dillon, 21, from Dublin is calling for the reinstatement of the training allowance

Conor Dillon says Government decision is ‘discriminating’ against him

The M50: in 2018, 950 cases of drivers withholding payment of tolls and penalties were sent to the Dublin sheriff. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There were 172 criminal convictions in 2018 for persistent failure to pay related fines

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy compared co-living spaces to a ‘very trendy, kind of boutique hotel type place’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Such tenants could face year-on-year rent increases as they might not be covered by Act

Jack Downey (19) from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, pictured with his mother Elaine. Photograph: Clonmel Óg Hurling and Football Facebook page.

‘People have to stand up and speak ... we are all too casual about what is going on among young people in Ireland’

The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 50s, was removed by air ambulance to Tallaght Hospital. Her injuries are understood to be serious. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A woman in her 50s was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital while two others were treated locally

Builders carrying out remedial work on November 5th at St Luke’s National School in Tyrrelstown, Dublin, which was built by Northern Ireland building firm Western Building Systems. File photograph: Colin Keegan

Western Building Systems has called for report deadline into school building programme

Heavy traffic of mountain climbers lined up to summit Mount Everest in a photograph taken by climber Nirmal Purja’s Project Possible expedition on May 22nd. Photograph: Project Possible/AFP/Getty Images

Noel Hanna believes making the climbing window longer would reduce fatalities

One school building, part of Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, Dublin, was closed. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Temporary remediation and precautionary measures to be put in place

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease causes death within a few days of infection, with sick animals having swollen eyelids, partial paralysis and bleeding from the eyes and mouth. Photograph: iStock

Highly contagious virus of no risk to humans, says National Parks and Wildlife Service

There are also currently 46,949 children across Ireland waiting to see a paediatrician for an outpatient appointment in the three Dublin hospitals that make up Children’s Health Ireland

Since the start of 2019 an additional 48,660 have joined the waiting list

High winds and lightning struck Ireland on Thursday night. File photograph: Steve Bloom/Getty

Unseasonably windy over southern half of the country with moderate to fresh and gusty winds

Dublin 1, which covers the north inner city, has the highest number of homeless beds with 1,488 people. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Most emergency accommodation in Dublin 1, Dublin 7 and Dublin 8

Kevin Skelly, Ivan Ryan and Joseph Coyle (at the far side of the horse), all from Rolestown, Dublin, with Pushkin, (Smurf) at the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

People who work with horses close to the Border say their industry has been ‘abandoned’

Competitors in Dún Laoghaire during the Ironman Dublin Triathlon race. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Insurance premium almost doubled this year, says Triathlon Ireland

Latest figures showed there were 35 whole-time equivalent consultant posts, when there needed to be 82. Photograph: iStock

Irish Hospital Consultant Association calls for more beds and specialist consultants

Galway City Council had the lowest percentage of private rentals inspected at 2 per cent, while Dublin City Council and Cork County Council inspected 4 per cent of properties. Photograph: Getty

Government provided €2m to local authorities to increase inspections last year

Data published by the Department of Housing shows that of the 25,814 dwellings that were inspected in 2018, a total of 20,414 were substandard.

Limerick City and County Council highest fail rate – all inspections short of compliance

The newfound popularity of Kilkenny Castle Parklands is largely a result of the Office of Public Works putting in counters at the attraction in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Guinness Storehouse, Cliffs of Moher and Dublin Zoo busiest fee-paying sites in State

The short clip shows a number of young people jumping from a cliff in Kilkee, Co Clare while others sit, with their feet dangling over the edge, laughing, cheering and recording .

Kilrush lifeboat spokesman said behaviour ‘particularly dangerous’ due to water conditions

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection passed on through the bite of an infected tick.

Irish expert ‘not surprised’ at UK data suggesting much higher number of tick-borne infections

People seek cover amid the heavy showers in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Irish Rail services via Maynooth badly affected; National Gallery is evacuated

Fionn Ferreira (18) was named the overall winner of the 2019 Google Science Fair

Fionn Ferreira from Ballydehob earns €45,000 bursary at event in California

Dr Conor O’Mahony holds a PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has lectured in UCC since 2005.

Conor O’Mahony highlights review of Child Care Act as central to his three-year term

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Prof Philip Alston at  the Pavee Point Travellers Centre in Dublin where he spoke about how surveillance technology is being introduced into social welfare systems around the globe.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

‘What are the intentions of the government?’ asks Prof Philip Alston

File image of  pilgrims climbing Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Murrisk representative says lack of facilities for visitors could lead to serious accidents

Colorectal surgery being performed on a patient in the new digital surgery unit at the Mater hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mater hospital unit uses technology to identify cancer without need to remove tissue

Prof Desmond O’Neill says attention to hydration and making sure people have adequate access to proper drinking water needs to increase. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP

Temperature control to become a priority for nursing homes and hospitals

Two Dublin city stations closed to facilitate construction work

In a statement, the Kerry hospital said its emergency department has experienced significant overcrowding over the last 24-48 hours due to increased patient attendances.

Hospital asks public to limit visits to ‘genuine’ emergencies

On Saturday and Sunday, Darts will operate between Howth/Malahide and Connolly, and between Grand Canal Dock and Greystones only.

Iarnród Éireann closing both centre stations to allow for repairs on Pearse Street roof

The removal of  nine trees in Fethard was part of a ‘footpath renewal programme’, says Tipperary County Council.  Photograph: iStock

‘Is it not evident that the world needs trees more than ever? Why cut them down?’

“Trees are removed only when necessary as a last resort. New trees are planted to replace those lost and to increase the overall number of trees in the county.” Photograph; Getty Images

Issue under increasing public scrutiny following several high-profile removals

Cherry blossom trees in Herbert Park in Dublin, which has the highest population of such trees in the capital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Tree expert says too late to replant trees somewhere more suitable due to their age

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeleen Blackwell, Minister for Health Simon Harris and DRCC chairperson Ann Maire Gill at the launch of the centre’s annual Report for 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Victims ‘feel they are retraumatised and effectively victim-shamed,’ Minister says

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