Stewart Moll  at the Guillamene Swimming Cove, Tramore, Co Waterford. Photograph: Mary Browne

New to the Parish: Stewart Moll first arrived from the US in 2001, left and returned in 2017

 New to the Parish. Wafa Rougab(26) and Islam Ben Adel(25) two Algerian PhD students in UL. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

New to the Parish: Wafa Rougab and Islam Ben Adel arrived from Algeria at the start of the year

Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman said earlier this year, following the launch of the White Paper for ending direct provision in February, that his priority was to ‘move away completely’ from emergency accommodation in 2021 and 2022.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Facilities housing 1,300 people to be decommissioned as part of plan to end direct provision

All quiet on the Dublin city centre front: outdoor diners in Temple Bar on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner blames drunken element in the crowds for days of disorder

The Garda Public Order Unit on South William Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins

Minister defends policing of disturbances in capital over the bank holiday weekend

The online service was launched in March 2017 and expanded in November 2018 to include renewal of children’s passports and a larger cohort of adults.  File photograph

‘Timely expansion’ of service part of ongoing reform of entire processing passport system

Members of the Garda move people away from the Temple Bar area of Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

At least 36 detained in city over bank holiday in relation to public order offences

Gardaí on patrol in Dublin city centre on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

At least 33 people arrested and glass bottles thrown at gardaí on successive nights

Dr Arman Rahman, who is originally from Bangladesh and arrived in Ireland in 2008, at UCD Belfield Dublin. He was named the Irish Cancer Society’s senior researcher of the year earlier this year. Dara Mac Dónaill

People are getting information from anti-vax groups, says Dr Arman Rahman

Ireland has been  criticised  for ‘major failings’ in its treatment of human trafficking victims. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Department of Justice previously announced unit would open last year

Reopening Ireland: Anne Street South in Dublin’s city centre had been pedestrianised to facilitate outdoor dining. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Hotels are set to reopen from June 2nd without outdoor hospitality resuming on the 7th

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin at Government Buildings, Dublin

Hotel stays, dining in pubs and restaurants, travel and live events to return

Dora Gola on the beach at Lahinch, Co Clare. ‘I have Polish roots and an Irish heart,’ she says. Photograph: Eamon Ward

New to the Parish: Musician and dancer Dora Gola arrived from Poland in 2008

Eddie Fullerton: the Donegal county councillor who was murdered by the UDA in 1991.

Family pays tribute to Donegal councillor who was killed 30 years ago this month

Counterfeit currency seized by gardaí in counties Laois, Offaly and Kildare. Photograph: Garda Press Office

People encouraged to ‘Feel, Look, Tilt and Check’ to ensure any money used is real

Members of the North East Inner City’s intercultural ambassador programme which was launched on Friday. From left to right: George Njeri, Xian Guo, Joe Treacy, Daniel Kamenyezi, Fabiana Calabrese, Mingzhu Chen and Yvette Cheevers. Photograph: Agata Stoinska

Ambassadors from 14 different countries to lead programme to aid integration

Nasouh Hossari. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Nasouh Hossari arrived from Syria in 2015

Oireachtas committee members have expressed concern following the decision to suspend the powers of the coroner during the proposed exhumation and identification process at Mother and Baby Home burial sites. File Photograph: Provision

DNA testing programme may be expanded to include aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, minister says

Together-Razem director says even though many members of the Polish and Romanian communities had integrated into Irish life and know where to go for help, others remain on the fringes of society. File photograph: iStock

Cork-based initiative aims to support Poles and Romanians falling through cracks due to language barrier

Matthew McVicar (16) who won the top prize in the annual student enterprise programme awards.

Matthew McVicar’s product is now on sale in pharmacies in Ireland and the UK

A content moderator who works for Facebook through an outsourced firm has told an Oireachtas committee of the trauma those doing the job experience. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images.

Oireachtas committee told workers need psychological support rather than wellness coaching

A Garda statement confirmed the man had suffered head injuries.

Victim suffered ‘possible stab injuries’ to his head in Poppintree area, say gardaí

Man in his late 70s has died following a single vehicle road collision in Co Westmeath on Tuesday evening. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Image

Gardaí appeal for witnesses or information on collision on May 11th

  Corry de Jongh, originally from Holland,   in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Corry de Jongh arrived from the Netherlands in 1976

Daly’s House in Doolin, Co Clare  was named the best-rated B&B in Ireland, the eighth best B&B in Europe and the 19th best worldwide in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Owner of Daly’s House says bookings starting to trickle in for later in the year from the US

 Six week old Éabha pictured with her mother, Shauna Gillan  at the Coombe Women’s Hospital at a protest by the Association for the Improvement in the Maternoty Services. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Birthing partners must be reclassified as ‘essential’, says TD

Social Justice Ireland has urged the Government to  acquire an equity stake in properties in mortgage distress so that families are left in situ and the State’s housing stock is increased

Plan says tax loopholes for investment groups must be closed

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech during the Future of Europe conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Sunday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Badias/EPA

EU’s past mistakes reveal importance of social cohesion, says Michael D Higgins

Some 127 deportation orders were revoked between December 1st, 2020 and April 25th, 2021. Photograph: iStock

Nearly 130 orders have been revoked since December 2020, says Department of Justice

Harry Greenen (9) and his dog Rocky take part in Pieta’s Darkness Into Light in Greystones Co Wicklow. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Light parade held in Kinsale to mark annual suicide awareness event

Dr Tony Holohan chief medical officer warned people to remain ‘vigilant’ and avoid gathering in large groups, as restrictions continued to be eased.  File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Thirty per cent of eligible population given one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Katrin Sturm at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

New to the Parish: Katrin Sturm arrived from Germany in 2011

The chief medical officer said it was important people avoided crowds as reopening continued. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two further deaths and 383 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in the State

Valeria Marino with her husband Marcello D’Angelone and their daughters Isabella and Beatrice. Valeria needs to bring 7-year-old Isabella to Italy for a medical procedure but says two weeks quarantining in a hotel room without support could be dangerous for her daughter.

Those affected believe current requirements are inconsistent and unreasonable

Torunn Stokke Griffin, who met her husband during a weekend holiday in Dublin, with her daughter Maria in Marlay Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Torunn Stokke Griffin arrived to Dublin from Norway in 2006

Students attend Visconti High School in Rome on Monday, the first day of  reopening. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Czechia and Portugal record highest Covid-19 related hospital and ICU numbers since January

A Covid-19 patient receives oxygen inside a car in New Delhi, India: ‘At a time of great difficulty for India, we want to show solidarity with the country and people,’ says Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP Photo

Ireland to send 700 oxygen concentrators to India to aid in surge of Covid-19 cases

People wait to have empty oxygen tanks filled at a shop in Delhi at the weekend: In the city, one person is reportedly dying of Covid-19 every four minutes. Photograph: Atul Loke/New York Times

Ireland to send emergency supplies to help India battle catastrophic second wave

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveneysaid  the Government was “assessing” what it could share with India with a particular focus on oxygen and ventilators. Photograph: Julian Behal

Varadkar says country is ‘facing a terrible second wave causing suffering beyond our comprehension’

 Dr Callum Swift and Dr  Derek Cawley outside the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Climate decisions will have ‘lasting consequences’ for ‘lives of future generations’

Bruno Scabora with his wife, Ligia, and sons Pietro (4) and Leo (1). Bruno has been separated from his family since February because of the Government’s freeze on visa applications.

Family of man who moved to Ireland for work unable to join due to freeze on visa application

Dr  Mohsin Kamal with   his wife,  Fatima,  and their children,  Marwa and Muhammad, pictured   in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Dr Mohsin Kamal arrived from Pakistan in 2015

Gillian Ryan (37) from near Thurles, Co Tipperary, was ‘so full of love and positivity’.

Expressions of ‘shock and heartbreak’ over death of experienced runner Gillian Ryan (37)

Lidl Ireland’s coupon scheme aims to target period poverty, an internationally recognised health and social issue defined as the inability to afford safe, hygienic sanitary products. File photograph: iStock

Boxes of sanitary pads or tampons will be available through Lidl Plus app

A swimmer diving into the water at Parliament Hill Lido in London. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Whitewater rafting for the Docklands is still being discussed, but now there is a push for a lido

Fangzhe Qiu,  who is a lecturer and assistant professor at UCD’s School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore: ‘It’s not just about the delay, it’s the attitude towards the Irish language.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Couple now awaiting publication of new Irish language form to reapply for naturalisation

Tullamore in Co Offaly is continuing to report the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Offaly town’s virus incidence rate falls but is still the highest in the country, data shows

Members of the Defence Forces in Terminal 1 arrivals hall at Dublin Airport as the State’s mandatory quarantine system was expanded on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

State’s discriminatory and excessive system should be revoked - Italian ambassador

A file image shows people leaving the Crowne Plaza mandatory quarantine hotel  after completing their quarantine period. Photograph: Collins

Online bookings for the system will resume this evening after extra capacity added

 Pradeep Mahadeshwar in Milltown, Dublin. ‘It’s disheartening to say but most of my racist experiences have been in gay spaces,’ he says. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Pradeep Mahadeshwar arrived from India via the UK in 2012

The Irish Times Debate is taking place online this year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Semi-finals being held online during April ahead of June final

Niac will meet to discuss guidance on the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/ AFP via Getty Images

IMO says doctors should not use vaccine on high-risk patients until Niac issues advice

Two walk-in centres will open in Dublin, one will open in Limerick and another in Waterford. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four new walk-in test centres open as HSE aims to identify asymptomatic cases

Some 1,200 people have become Irish citizens in the past 10 weeks. File photograph: Frank Miller

Some 24,000 applications still being processed as backlog continues

A piper plays a lament as the funeral of Veronica Dunne  pauses  the National Concert Hall where people gathered to pay their respects before the hearse continued on its way to St Josephs Church in Terenure. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dunne leaves ‘indomitable legacy’ which ensures ‘future generations will continue to hear your voice’

Fifty staff from two special schools in Dublin and Wicklow received vaccinations at the Beacon on the morning of March 23rd. Photograph: iStock

HSE says group should not have been vaccinated as part of cohort 2 but did so ‘in good faith’

Clare Austick, the new president of the USI. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Clare Austick replaces current USI president Lorna Fitzpatrick

Under current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions intercounty GAA training is banned. Teams can resume training from April 19th. Photograph: iStock

Department of Justice received ‘anonymous letter’ with information on gathering

 Phathisani Nkomo, from Zimbabwe, lives with her husband in a direct provision centre in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New to the Parish: Phathisani Nkomo, a teacher, arrived in Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2019

The man was charged under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and will appear before Kilmallock District Court in Co Limerick on Tuesday. File photograph: Joe Dunne

Man (20s) was travelling at high speed on wrong side of road, Garda spokesman says

Dr Faraz Rafey from India  has interviewed four times for the national specialist scheme in endocrinology. One  year he was ranked first on the panel but still  could not be offered the position. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only 4.5% of doctors registered for specialist training here come from outside EU, says Medical Council

Sunday will be dry in most of the country but generally cooler, with the best of the sunshine across southern counties. Photograph: iStock

Easter Monday will be cold and breezy with temperatures falling to between -3 and +1 degrees at night

Coillte has warned of a high risk of fire as dry and sunny conditions set in for the weekend, adding that the fire risk would peak on Sunday, April 4th. Photograph: iStock

Coillte asks landowners to obey restrictions on land burning

The incident took place at around 1.20am in Finglas. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for any witnesses to incident on Friday

The two women were arrested on arrival at Dublin Airport for refusing to enter mandatory quarantine. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Women understood to have been in United Arab Emirates for plastic surgery

Menchie Caballo (left), who moved here from the Philippines in 2002 and works in a nursing home in Dublin, has been trying to make travel arrangements to visit her mother since she became seriously ill nearly three weeks ago.

Menchie Caballo needs to travel to the Philippines where her mother is critically ill

Dr Nithya Rajendran, who works in St James’s Hospital’s Covid-19 ward, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Nithya Rajendran arrived from India in 2017 and has been working as a frontline A&E doctor during Covid-19

The ESRI report states: “A well-resourced home support scheme would provide more people with the choice to receive care more appropriately in their homes and communities.” File photograph: iStock

Older people with care needs wish to stay at home for as long as possible, says report co-author

Mayor of Galway city Mike Cubbard says he would only ever leave political life through his own free will or by the choice of the electorate in the ballot box. Photograph: Twitter

Cllr Mike Cubbard says threats against his family became ‘overwhelming’

A Covid test being carried out at the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Blanchardstown walk-in testing centre results not surprising, says HSE official

Earlier this month, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced she would remain a member of the Government as a Minister without a portfolio when she takes six months’ maternity leave from April 20th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

All-female working group to meet for first time on Monday

Sligo native Tommie Gorman started his journalistic career with the Western People in the late 1970s, moving to RTÉ as its northwest correspondent in 1980. File photograph: Leon Farrell/

Gorman retires after more than four decades working for RTÉ

  Staff  at one of the five new walk-in Covid-19 testing centres in Grangegorman, Co Dublin. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Further 13 deaths of coronavirus patients and 604 Covid-19 cases reported

Met Éireann has issued the weather warning due to strong winds expected along the western seaboard. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Milder conditions this week with temperatures reaching 18 degrees on Tuesday

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The Muslim Sisters of Éire feed hundreds of people in need at Dublin's GPO every Friday night

Ireland’s family reunification legislation relies on an ‘outdated’  concept of family,  Ireland’s human rights and equality commissioner Sinéad Gibney has said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

IHREC chief says law introduced four years ago relies on outdated concept of the family

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall welcomed last month’s publication of the White Paper for ending direct provision. File photograph: The Irish Times

Highest number of grievances from residents looking to be transferred to another centre

Videos about the Irish vaccine rollout were released in 36 languages, to make information more accessible to the migrant community. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Videos in 36 languages give details on the State’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme

Granada, Spain: A 16-year-old Irish student sustained serious injuries when she fell from a wall in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs providing assistance to family of teenage girl

Ahmad Muselmani: ‘That was my purpose, to bring my family here. I want my younger sisters to have a new life.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Ahmad Muselmani arrived from Syria, via Greece, in 2016

Carmel Clarke

The Dubliner was born into a political family before making a new life in Waterford

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn on Monday described a ‘mixed picture’ in outbreaks across the country. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Six classes in Longford school sent home after five Covid-19 cases confirmed

Joe Brolly appearing by video link on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live. Photograph: RTÉ

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said united Ireland ‘isn’t going to happen’

The Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel, one of several hotels which are be used for mandatory Covid-19 quarantine for travellers from certain countries. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Passengers coming into Ireland from airport considered ‘high risk’ must pre-pay for stay

Radhya al-Mutawakel: “This is a man-made disaster, people are being starved and have no source of income.”

Ireland urged to use role in UN to push for peace, accountability and ‘end to misery’

 Soprano Lauren Scully: she says the past year has given her time to  develop her skills.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Online competition marks 125th anniversary of event which provides ‘anchor’ in the calendar of Irish musicians

Contractors clean paint from the Department of Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House on St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Extinction Rebellion group claims responsibility for ‘non-violent direct action’ in video

PDForra reiterated concerns in relation to members not being able, nor having the mechanisms, to register as conscientious objectors.

Union had argued members’ rights being violated by lack of recognition in Irish law

Refugee camp on Samos, Greece: Irish doctors express concern about the 12,000 people who were left destitute after a fire destroyed the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, in September 2020. File photograph: Medecins Sans Frontieres

Protocols allow for safe relocation of refugees during pandemic, say healthcare workers

The Dutchess and Duke of Cambridge Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William sending St Patrick’s Day greetings. Image: Department of Foreign Affairs video/YouTube

Canada’s Trudeau and New Zealand’s Ardern join other global leaders in sending greetings

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina pictured with their dogs Bród and Misneach outside Áras An Uachtaráin which turned green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021. Photograph: Tony Maxwell / Maxwell’s

St Patrick’s Day should remind us of ‘our shared vulnerability’, says Higgins

 Kamal got his Irish citizenship last month. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Kamal Merchant arrived from Pakistan in 1983 to play Irish cricket

Derek Moore, secretary of Stella Maris FC, showing a ‘cut’ on the all-weather surface. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Informal youth Dublin football league being organised via social media

The audit showed the home was the most common place of serious injury. Photograph: iStock

Low falls, road collisions and burns account for 71% of paediatric major trauma patients, audit finds

Helen McEntee: These visa measures are ‘designed to support our current public health restrictions on movement, including into and out of Ireland’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Justice confirms visa restrictions are extended for foreseeable future

Jared Peters, his wife Sabina and their two children Finbarr and Ayla. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Jared Peters arrived from the United States, via Canada, in 2012

The IHREC advises that the offence of people smuggling as currently drafted in the Bill must be revised ‘to ensure legal certainty’. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is ‘both a destination and source country for human trafficking’, warns commission

Gardaí have urged members of the public to take extra care with their online banking and financial transactions . Photograph: iStock

More than €640,000 stolen through phishing, vishing and smishing crimes in 2020

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Cliona Murphy said there was no evidence of adverse effects for pregnant women who had been vaccinated for Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Number of Covid-19 hospital patients drops below 400 for first time this year

Prof Philip Nolan and  Dr Ronan Glynn of the National Public Health Emergency Team at a press briefing on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

'Vaccine bonus' may come into effect for those who have been inoculated

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