High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was “completely open-minded” about suggestions for changes to the ward of court system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Safeguarding Committee says ‘archaic’ system needs urgent replacement

Hiqa has published 17 reports on residential centres for older people

Watchdog publishes reports on standards at 17 nursing homes throughout the State

The sports yard at the Dóchas  centre women’s prison, North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Visiting committee fears overcrowding in Dublin’s Dóchas centre fuels ‘serious discontent’

Dr Kevin  Kelleher  said there was an increase in the number of people receiving the flu vaccine last week. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

HSE says between 18,000 and 20,000 likely to have suffered the virus last week

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Dr Peter Boylan. The institute said it looked forward to continuing to assist “in informing legislation to enhance women’s health and safety”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh says intervention by doctors’ group is ‘significant’

The scene of the fire at St Margaret’s in Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade had eight units at scene of blaze at compound in St Margaret’s near airport

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

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland  said Ruposhi Indian Restaurant in Drumcondra, Dublin, was ordered to close on December 20th due to evidence of a cockroach infestation and a lack of food hygiene

Cobwebs and dead spiders evident in dry goods store, Safety Authority says

Superintendents will refuse to engage in changes in Garda

The Department of Social Protection says 3.034 million public services cards had been issued by the end of 2017.

Contract with Biometric Card Services ‘modified’ pending preparation of new request for tender

The second man arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson has been released by gardaí. Pictured are Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

Gardaí say file to be prepared for Director of Public Prosecutions

 Conor Skehan, the chair of the Housing Agency. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

SF councillor says Conor Skehan’s remarks have ‘disqualified him from the job’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with presenter Kathryn Thomas at Croke Park during an event for ‘Operation Transformation’ community leaders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prof Donal O’Shea says obesity levels are driving the current trolley emergency

Consultants Sytorus said it “strongly” recommended that Tusla’s continued use of fax machines for correspondence should be “reduced and kept to a minimum”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and family agency says it is improving data protection ahead of new EU regulation

The Government is seeking tenders for strategic and technical support in relation to aspects of the public services card project.

Tenders sought for technical and strategic support for project first rolled out in 2011

A shrine with an image of the Virgin Mary is seen on the site of the former mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Co Galway. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Mother-and-baby home group renews call for DNA testing and postmortems

The St Paul’s section at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, where the crematorium chapel was to have been built. Photograph: Alan Betson

Crematorium chapel granted planning permission by Dublin City Council in November

Hiqa has published 22 reports  on residential services for people with disabilities. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Watchdog finds non-compliance with regulations at some facilities in State

Gardaí said the Cavan stabbing incident occurred at Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff, at about 11pm on Sunday

Willie Lynch was discovered dead in his home on in Pallaskenry on Saturday

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal stabbing in Cavan on Sunday night.

Victim pronounced dead in hospital following incident in Ballyjamesduff at 11pm

The first baby of the year was born in Limerick this morning. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

Baby boy weighing 3.26kg among many deliveries at State’s busy maternity units

Officials at the Department of Finance considered cuts to child benefit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Finance officials said the move would make it difficult for couples who were already heavily taxed

Plans for a five-storey extension of the Rotunda maternity hospital in Dublin were rejected because the number of live births in the region was ‘falling significantly’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Officials said falling birth rates must mean existing facilities were ‘underused’

A Garda checkpoint in Co Donegal at the Border with Northern Ireland in November 1985. Photograph: Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images

Authorities ‘embarrassed’ after overflight took Beaver aircraft within 23 miles of Dublin airport

Secretary to the government Dermot Nally wrote  to say it was the view of the taoiseach’s department that because of the ‘highly sensitive nature of the issues involved’, other departments should be consulted on a ‘limited and confidential basis’.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Taoiseach’s department argued sensitive issues should be dealt with by a cabinet committee

The Department of Foreign Affairs was “deeply concerned” about being named as a major arms exporter. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Officials wrote to Swedish peace research group after ‘very serious error’ in yearbook

Gerard Harvey, chairman of the National Lottery (right) pictured with Raymond Keaveney,  director of the National Gallery in 1989. The gallery  carried out the renovation of the roof of the 1864 extension and the complete refurbishment of the Italian Rooms, which was  made possible with an allocation of £950.00 from the National lottery Fund. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Lottery received legal threat before launch from man who had registered business name

 The artist Phil Coulter:  Bruton said  advertising and promotion campaigns were “a matter of individual taste, as is Phil Coulter’s music”. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘What can you gain by doing one-night stands in the US – it is like a midge flying into a hurricane?’

RTÉ presenter Marian Finucane photographed in 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Department of Finance warned failure to invest would make quality of output slip

The statue of Queen Victoria outside the Queen Victoria building in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Embassy representatives said callers warned them to ‘stay away’ from unveiling in Sydney

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

Official questioned merits of spending money on a building owned by the French government

Iranian revolutionary guards march during a 2008 ceremony near Tehran to mark the  anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).  Photograph: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Irish diplomat in Tehran feared how Iranians might react to ‘offensive programme on RTÉ’

An Phoblacht said an IRA volunteer had been authorised to show the document to an RTÉ journalist prior to Fenn going on holiday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nicholas Fenn expressed confidence in Garda after broadcast of details of trip to Kerry

 Lissadell House in Sligo is now owned by barristers Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh

Relative of Constance Markievicz did not want estate turned into a ‘hurdy gurdy’ tourist attraction

Larry Goodman with Charles Haughey and Denis Buckley at the Fianna Fail National Business Conference in January 1987

Comments appear as civil servants examine Programme for National Recovery pledges

Former taoiseach   Charles Haughey   in 1987: He  wrote to ministers in May of that year and told them that  a “radical approach” should be adopted to spending cuts and that no expenditure should be regarded as “sacrosanct”. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Proposals included charging secondary pupils £200 and introduction of a property tax

 The triumphant Dublin return of Stephen  Roche  in July after he won the Tour de France Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

North’s death toll rises, general elections and a Tour de France win for Roche

Bob Geldof, chairman of the Band Aid Trust, as the Trust donated its archive to the National Library of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Boomtown Rats singer donates Band Aid archive to National Library of Ireland

Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dissenting anti-abortion Oireachtas members publish minority report

The coroner said there should be local operating procedures or guidelines in relation to storage of fluids and drugs used in anaesthesia. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin City Coroner hears Sandra Doran’s body found in parents’ accommodation area

Mobile operator Three has been fined €575,000 by communications regulator. Photograph: Reuters

Mobile operator commits to contacting customers and advising them properly of their rights

Recipients of the bronze Gaisce medal presented by the President Michael D Higgins at Mosney yesterday, from left, Mimmie Malaba, Tracy Sefu and Trish Sefu. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

10 young people at Mosney direct provision centre receive bronze Gaisce awards

A ’look back’ process is under way on ’a portion of radiology investigations’. Photograph: Getty

Clinical director of Tralee facility says staff shortages not to blame for delayed diagnoses

The scans examined, including X-rays, cat scans and ultrasounds, relate to work carried out by one individual who is no longer working at the hospital. Photograph: Getty

X-rays, ultrasounds and cat scans examined after three serious events reported

The Irish Government’s latest brief to  not support  either party in a  landmark case involving emails on a Microsoft server in Dublin is a departure from its previous position

Neutral position in privacy case before US court is departure from earlier position

Microsoft’s HQ in the US. Microsoft handed over some related email metadata stored in the US, but refused to surrender the Dublin emails.

US Supreme Court to hear appeal on emails stored on server in Dublin

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said  the party would fight the next election to maximise its vote, its mandate and its numbers of TDs and senators. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin Central TD said election could happen ‘at any time so we must be prepared’

Former chief justice  Mr Justice Thomas Finlay  at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1992. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

President Higgins leads tributes to distinguished member of the Bar and former TD

Vodafone has been convicted and fined €11,500 and agreed to pay costs of €10,500 after it was prosecuted by the communications regulator in four cases where it either overcharged charged customers incorrectly

Regulator took State’s largest mobile operator to court over instances where customers were incorrectly charged

A drug to treat adults with chronic heart failure will become available to suitable patients in Ireland from Friday.

HSE will reimburse the costs of Entresto to treat adults with chronic heart failure

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: to date, some 2.98 million public services cards have been issued, he said on Thursday. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Social Protection reveals costs include pay for up to 216 staff on project

The committee will then publish a “brief” report making its recommendations to the Oireachtas on the Eighth Amendment on December 20th

Members to give recommendation on whether abortion ban should be repealed

The National Youth Council of Ireland study aimed to identify some of the issues facing young people from minority ethnic communities. Image: iStock.

National Youth Council study finds racism a ‘normal’ feature of some young people’s lives

Dr Peter Thompson will tell the Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment that more than  3,000 women a year travel from the Republic of Ireland to England or Wales for a termination of pregnancy. Photograph: Coloroftime/E+/Getty.

UK-based consultant to appear before committee on Eighth Amendment on Wednesday

Dr A was involved in the delivery of baby Mark Molloy, who died at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on January 24th, 2012.  Photograph: David Sleator

Professional misconduct alleged against ‘Dr A’ following death of baby at Portlaoise hospital

The Medical Council: a fitness-to-practise inquiry has heard that Róisín Molloy, the baby’s mother, says she was informed baby Mark’s birth had been a stillbirth but she later went on to investigate this claim. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fitness-to-practise inquiry continues into ‘Doctor A’ following birth of Mark Molloy in 2012

CCTV cameras  installed in Duleek, Co Meath. “Blanket surveillance such as this has been struck down on several occasions by the European courts,” said local solicitor Fred Logue. Photograph: Alan Betson

Duleek in Co Meath has cameras covering the entire village as part of a community surveillance scheme, but is it a vital crime pre(...)

CCTV: Part of Duleek’s €50,000 system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Watchdog to examine surveillance schemes and use of car number-plate recognition

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Union of Journalists made submissions to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice on the General Scheme of the Communications (Data Retention) Bill 2017

Oireachtas Justice Committee told that scheme of data retention Bill does not comply with EU law

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said there was ‘no place to hide’ for criminals.

Sergeant and eight gardaí assigned following recent attacks on farms

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found two centres for adults with disabilities in Palmerstown in Dublin, run by Stewarts Care Limited, were not safe and had significant non compliance with the regulations. Photograph: Stock image via Getty

Hiqa report finds two Stewarts Care services in serious breach of regulations

Members of EL C, Ian McConnell, Gordon Kerr and Iain Macdonald, who have released ‘Don’t Cry for Christmas’ in aid of cancer research.

Musician Ian McConnell says both his wives died from the disease

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House in Dublin: The “relatively large incidence of homelessness” reported by some countries  is partly explained by the fact those countries adopt a broad definition of the term. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

OECD report says there is no internationally agreed definition of homelessness

Former chairman of Paddy Power Fintan Drury said: ‘You cannot have booze advertising on television in this country until a certain hour of the evening, but you can have gambling.’ File photograph: Frank Miller

Fact gambling ads allowed in afternoon a scandal, says former chairman of Paddy Power

‘Unresolved issues in professional relationships among staff’ in Gonzaga

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place from January 10th to 13th at the RDS in Dublin. File  Photograph: Eric Luke

Finalists announced for 54th year of Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

A new study has found 90% of physicians felt they could not provide the best possible clinical care without using instant messaging. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

97% of interns at Limerick hospital sending confidential information without consent

Artist’s impression of Tara House, intended to be a “landmark gateway” marking the transition between Dublin’s historic core and the contemporary architecture of Docklands

Building to house 10,361 sq m of offices and ‘penthouse level’ restaurant, hearing told

“All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and this duty extends to mental as well as physical safety and health.” File photograph: Getty Images

Health and Safety Authority says website will help identify problems and aid legal compliance

A spokeswoman said faults on masts could only be repaired during daylight hours for health and safety reasons.

Some radio listeners in Dublin suffered impact of problem needing ‘urgent attention’

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan, Dr Kathleen MacLellan, director of the National Patient Safety Office, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, Minister for Health Simon Harris and chief veterinary officer Martin Blake at the launch of Ireland’ s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

CPE bug costing hospitals millions to fight and could kill half of those who contract it

Dublin Fire Brigade treated the woman, along with a 35-year-old man at an apartment in Dorset Square. Photograph: Elaine Edwards

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries following death of Anne Colomines

Public Health Alcohol Bill will reform how alcohol is sold and promoted

Health experts say Ibec and alcohol industry ‘surrogates’ trying to ‘spook’ Oireachtas members

ESB crew workers at Glenamuck Road restoring services following Ophelia storm damage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

ESB Networks continuing to work to restore electricity to customers in parts of Cork and Wexford

Among the primary aims for the media campaign is the creation of public awareness of the card and the MyGovID online service, which allows people to register for a “digital identity”.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Departments want to increase uptake and counteract ‘negative’ media coverage

A motion of no confidence in the board of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy was withdrawn. It had arisen after efforts to get details of foreign travel and credit card spending had allegedly failed.

Counselling and psychotherapy body subject of claims of lack of financial transparency

Screengrab from the TedX channel on YouTube of Dr Leandro Herrero speaking in February 2014.

HSE says Values in Action is a ‘new approach to building kind of health service we all want’

The Data Protection Commissioner said she would use her investigative powers to examine the legality of the public services card and related systems.

Office welcomes clarity on some issues in documents published by Department of Social Protection

Mock operating theatre/intensive care units at the RCSI’s York Street facility. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

College aims to go to ‘next level’ by opening world class facility for surgical students

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly  concluded there was no maladministration by European Medicines Agency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Emily O’Reilly investigated how European Medicines Agency handled complaint

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey who reached the  deal with THG covering the Olympic games between 2018 and 2026. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sports body says severing the deal covering the 2018-2016 Olympics was ‘appropriate’

A tractor is positioned to hold a roof down on a farm as as  Ophelia hits the Co Clare peninsula of Loop Head. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Impact on agriculture may not become evident for several months when feed runs out

The US supreme court is to hear the appeal in the case involving the department of justice’s attempts to access emails on a server in Dublin.

Long-running case involving emails on server in Dublin has worldwide privacy implications

St John’s Castle in Limerick shut up shop on Monday due to Hurricane Ophelia

Outdoor water events in Dublin cancelled as owners tie up kayaks and boating gear

A woman whose pension was cut off for 18 months because she refused to register for a public services card is to have her payments restored and will be paid arrears of over €15,000. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman’s payments were cut off for 18 months as she refused to register for the card

Public services card

Records reveal concerns over Common Travel Area if UK introduced ID cards

Pharma company agrees to continue providing Respreeza under compassionate programme until 2018

The operation is designed to replace a hip joint which has been damaged, usually by arthritis.

A third of patients are waiting less than three months for the pain-relieving joint surgery

The stamp featuring an image by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is held up outside the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

An Post confirms all 122,000 stamps with iconic image are gone and it will print new stock

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Public meeting hears project has ‘parallels’ with database of 1.3 billion people in India

A total of 276 medication incidents were reported at Letterkenny  hospital between March 2016 and July 2017. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Management at Letterkenny hospital takes measures to address risks highlighted during August inspection

A Dublin conference was told of the importance of developing “a critical thinking curriculum” in schools in conjunction with the promotion of strong role models in Muslim communities in order to prevent radicalisation. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin conference hears those radicalised using State as means of travel to and from UK

Over 9,000 people  die from cancer every year in Ireland – about a third of all deaths. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Getty Images

HSE approval means cost of nivolumab will be reimbursed for some treatments

Navan woman, 34, says nivolumab offers hope for ‘unpredictable’ cancer

A Nama spokesman said the sale of the North Bank apartments block was by a receiver and not by Nama.

TD Mick Wallace says agency should give apartments over to local authorities to ease housing crisis

“Sex offenders generally continue to abuse until they are caught.” Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

One in Four fears unapprehended sex offenders may be continuing to abuse

Max Schrems case may have huge implications for EU data privacy rights, says judge

Data power: Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. Photograph: Bloomberg

Clearing of Facebook’s WhatsApp deal ignored ‘critical’ data issue, says Orla Lynskey

The physical and mental health of carers is being compromised due to a lack of supports, an advocacy group has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Family Carers Ireland: ‘We need respite care urgently to give family carers a vital break’

Owner of The Liberal.ie Leo Sherlock agreed not to repeat the copyright breaches. Image: Screengrab from TheLiberal.ie

CCC Nuacht proceedings alleged multiple breaches of copyright by website TheLiberal.ie

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