A traditional Maori  blessing was held to mark the opening of the New Zealand embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Traditional Maori blessing for opening of NZ office in Dublin

Irish Heart Foundation chief executive Tim Collins, parent advocate Siobhan Donohue and keynote speaker Dan Parker at the charity’s launch event on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish Heart Foundation campaign calls on industry to stop targeting children with unhealthy products

Can AI help us to achieve our dreams of a better work-life balance?

ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin hosting public ‘think-in’ for Science Week

The 1916 centenary commemorative medals which were presented to members of the Defence Forces by President Michael D Higgins, in December 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government department seeks tenders for medals to recognise role played in centenary events

Children feel fear and isolation when  something they do online goes horribly wrong, says chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, John Church. Photograph: Getty Images

Bruton seeks urgent advice from Attorney General on digital safety commissioner Bill

Rosaleen McDonagh said so-called feminist “waves” had failed to realise the impact of racism and discrimination on some women’s lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Playwright Rosaleen McDonagh says some Irish women have been written out of history

Sir David Cannadine told  an event at NovaUCD, that it was  not clear what the future position for Britain regarding the significant funding its academics currently obtain from the European Research Council.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Head of British Academy speaks of concerns for humanities, social sciences and movement of researchers

Blandine Mollard of EIGE’s research and statistics unit presented the initial findings of the digitalisation study in Vienna.

Culture of ‘toxic masculinity’ emerges from focus groups in EU research on use of digital technologies

Dublin Fire Brigade received hundreds of fire-related calls on Halloween, traditionally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade and its ambulance service urge caution during a busy day

Noppera-Bo Technologies has developed a product that uses advanced machine learning to simplify the process of redacting identifiable information from CCTV or other video sources

Video-redaction software developed by Noppera-Bo Technologies designed to help GDPR compliance

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said of One House: “This new approach is aimed at ensuring children are not retraumatised by having to recount the details of their ordeal a number of times to different people.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Three government departments to co-ordinate approach of One House centre in Galway

Minister for  the Environment Richard Bruton said that  the innovative approaches taken by the finalists “demonstrate the expertise Ireland has in this area and will inspire others to follow suit”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sustainable Energy Awards also honour Gurteen College for ‘ambitious’ energy plan

Any new law must be robust and effective and must meet the “urgent policy need” to protect children. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Minister for Communications to consult AG on Sinn Féin TD’s digital safety Bill

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) carried out an unannounced inspection at Cherry Orchard Hospital iun Dublin over five days in May and June. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Hiqa inspection at Cherry Orchard Hospital found major ‘non-compliance’ with regulations

Weronika Niemierzycka, Melody McGuirk and Anthea Ring from Rockford Manor Blackrock, Co Dublin at the STEM launch at Accenture The Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Survey finds almost half of girls in Transition Year have not yet chosen Leaving Cert subjects

The national average re-letting time has dropped significantly since 2016, down to 28.9 weeks. File photograph: Frank Miller

Audit report shows councils take on average over seven months to re-let houses

A senior judge has warned of the need for urgent action to revise a 2011 law that allows State agencies to access people’s phone and internet records

Report warns of difficult legal position due to previous rulings that retention is illegal

An individual born abroad is automatically an Irish citizen if one of their parents was an Irish citizen born in Ireland. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Yearly demand remains ‘significantly higher’ than years prior to Brexit vote, says Coveney

Miriam Roche, project manager for the electronic patient record, and Dr Gráinne Courtney, chief clinical information officer,  with one of the hospital’s new portable EPR trolleys. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Hospital says system will be more efficient for patients and help reduce waiting times

  Seán Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for  Digital Development, and  Anthony Whelan, director of  Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG Connect, at the Galway forum on Friday.

Minister says the journey towards a ‘digitally connected society’ must be completed

Gout is more common in men over 40; it causes extreme pain and swelling in the joints. Photograph: iStock

Research finds sufferers experience stigma due to perception that gout is ‘self-inflicted’

A review of some of the episodes showed that centre staff followed the correct missing-from-care procedures.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hiqa inspectors expressed concern centre in south was not meeting needs of children

Some workers at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust were given height-adjustable desks for 12 months. Photograph: iStock

Workers at Leicester hospital reported greater engagement and less anxiety, study finds

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon welcomed the increase in funding for her office.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Allocation brings total funds for the regulator to €15.2m in 2019

Former taoiseach John Bruton: “Under Parnell, the Irish Party became a disciplined, pledge-bound party.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach delivers annual commemoration lecture at Glasnevin Cemetery

Gavin Diffy said of the incident: “It is a moment in my life that lives vividly and painfully in my memory. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Presidential candidate says collision ‘lives vividly and painfully’ in his memory

“If you took a truckload of coal today and took it across the Border, you could save €2,200. And next week you can save €3,300.” Photograph: iStock

Industry sources claim price increase in budget will lead to illicit cross-Border trade

Layla the dog at a protest in support of the 209 women affected by the Cervical Check scandal  at Leinster House in May. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Executive apologises to women who did not have cancer for distress caused by letters

Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly TD launched the two reports on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Rate among homeless people rose by 13% on previous year – National Self-Harm Registry

A Hiqa inspector found  two residents whose finances were checked were down €100 in their cash balances.

Inspection by health watchdog found serious concerns after incident between two men at Louth centre

The Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into the Facebook data breach.

Up to 50 million users impacted by glitch which opened personal data on users’ accounts to possible hacking

Data from HIPE is used in research, including to compile data on drug and alcohol-related hospital admissions. Photograph: iStock

Watchdog says HSE must implement nine recommendations on database used for health planning

Peamount Hospital in Newcastle, Co Dublin: the Deloitte report  identified that no competitive tendering exercise was carried out for the supply of a special-purpose patient transport vehicle.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Consultants identify governance issues at Dublin facility

Cheeverstown House was  not compliant with Department of Health salary scales in some cases.

Deloitte report also highlights instances of underpayments to housekeeping and other staff

The Irish Data Protection Commission, which is responsible for regulating Facebook’s data processing activities in Europe, says it is concerned about the breach. Photograph: Getty

Oireachtas committee to raise questions on latest security issue affecting 50m users

A recent survey found more than 15,800 advertisements for puppies and dogs were placed on the DoneDeal.ie website between February and August this year. Photograph: iStock

Pet advisory group launches campaign to promote responsible pet adoption

The Energy Efficiency National Fund (EENF) was established to provide loan financing to both private and public organisations in order to support the delivery of energy-efficiency improvement programmes. Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

€21m balance of externally controlled fund to be transferred to Climate Action Fund

 Theresa Kelly from Edenmore Residents’ Association outside the National Transport Authority headquarters where petitions against some of the BusConnects plans  were handed in. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Proposals would have ‘devastating’ effect on elderly and disabled, NBRU says

Products in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu and Dunnes all impacted by batch recall

President Michael D Higgins  at the opening of a €15 million student centre at Dublin City University on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

New centre at DCU will provide resilience programmes and 24-hour access to counsellors

Radiographer Kashimbo Musonda is facing allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct in connection to events that transpired at University Hospital Waterford while she worked there in  2017. Image: iStock.

Ex-colleagues of Kashimbo Musonda reject claim she was treated differently due to race

Kashimbo Musonda is facing allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct in connection to events that transpired at University Hospital Waterford. Image: Google Streetview

Former employee denies claims in first fitness-to-practise inquiry taken by Coru

Former US president Barack Obama joins Senator Bob Casey (D- PA), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (and other local Democratic candidates on stage at the end of a campaign rally on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midterm election day is November 6th. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs received 395 applications for new overseas election roster

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall said there were still aspects of the end-of-life service that required ‘urgent attention’. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hospital staff broke news of man’s death to family saying he had been found ‘pulseless’

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten at the Data Summit conference, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Data Summit told of need to focus on benefits for end user in big data and AI innovations

Peter Casey: ‘I can go to the ploughing competition tomorrow and relax.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Derry man is ‘excited to get into race proper’, as Gemma O’Doherty’s chances look slim

Peter Casey is the sixth candidate confirmed to contest  the presidential election. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Businessman is third ‘Dragons’ Den’ panellist to make it on to ballot and sixth overall

Rachel McMahon of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Dementia Carers Campaign Network. She first became a carer in 2005, when her father, Tony, a sports broadcaster, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Alzheimer’s Society wants Government to ‘implement its own recommendations’

Tusla said the new system had been in development for several years and cost over €10m. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and Family Agency launches €10m childcare database to replace 17 separate systems across the State

Some 531 concerns were received by the regulator last year that 351 organisations may be in breach of the Charities Act 2009. Photograph: iStock

Most issues related to financial control, legitimacy and governance, watchdog says

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said her focus was “firmly on employment, pension reform, and reducing child poverty”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Social Protection says it made €530m in savings after reviewing payments

Gavin Duffy is among the presidential hopefuls addressing councillors in Co Meath on Monday. Photograph: Collins/File

O’Doherty focuses on corruption and a ‘toxic’ media

“Social media represents an important potential news source for the department.” Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri, Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Privacy experts concerned about ‘chilling effect’ if people’s online activity is recorded

Simon Harris’s department and the Health Research Board (HRB) are currently in the process of establishing the new Health Research Consent Declaration Committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Committee will decide if public interest outweighs individual rights

A number of bogus agents operating - mainly online and purporting to have a PRSA licence number

Renters are urged to be careful when seeking property ahead of college term

Emily Dever, Carlos Velazquez, Xorje Olivares and Tiernan Brady at a press briefing by Equal Future 2018 in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Ursula Halligan says response to her decision to come out as gay was ‘overwhelming’

Sean Quinn told the community gathering he had run his company for 35 years in an honourable way.

Former billionaire emotional when he addressed packed meeting in Cavan

University of Limerick’s  campus consists of more than 300 acres of buildings and facilities.

Privacy concerns are raised over proposal that would place some cars on a ‘watch list’

From left to right, ballerinas Kate Haughton and Lauren Spiers with drummers Nicky Hahart and Michael Fleming help launch Culture Night 2018. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh Photography.

Free all-island event includes arts, music, history, heritage and science for people of all ages

 Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Digital Rights Ireland concerned over manner of changes to privacy statement

Kofi Annan and former president Mary Robinson at One Young World event in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President and Tánaiste recall ‘inspirational leadership’ and sustained commitment to peace

Pope John Paul II in Ireland in 1979.

Monaghan nun in UK warned of ‘weird, uncanny silence’ from Ian Paisley ahead of visit

The public services card will no longer be compulsory for those taking a driver theory test.

‘Significant’ cost implications from Road Safety Authority’s dropping of requirement

‘European Heart Journal’ research finds decline levelling off or rising in some countries

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, discusses the 6.7 per cent growth in visitors to Ireland in the first half of the year with Minister for Tourism Shane Ross and Joan O’Shaughnessy, chairwoman of Tourism Ireland in the grounds of Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

All-island body Tourism Ireland welcomes 6.7% growth in visitors from overseas in first six months

Stillbirths accounted for 250 of the total of 407 perinatal deaths in 2016, new report from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre has found. File photograph: PA Wire

Report finds associations between maternal age and weight and infant mortality

The Government is committed to early ratification, and, despite Brexit consuming so much of the department’s time and resources, negatively, I hope in a very positive way this treaty can be ratified by Ireland before the end of the year.’ File photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times: ‘

‘Doomsday Clock now stands at two minutes to midnight,’ Irish CND president says

A Mesolithic house constructed at the UCD centre for experimental archaeology and ancient technologies. The latest research has been carried out on samples from a lakeside site in Co Longford. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Work on Mesolithic site shows ‘unprecedented’ insights into early Irish diet

Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said the ‘contraceptive mentality’ in society was linked to the ‘surprisingly high number’ of people in favour of same sex marriage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Harris tweets that religion ‘will not determine’ health policy after Bishop of Elphin says contraceptive ban ‘ignored for to(...)

Being made work at home could be against the law

Workers are entitled to 11 hours of rest every 24 hours

Damaris Paun and Bianca Paun at the Pavee Point centre in Dublin ahead of their trip to Auschwitz to learn about the Roma Genocide. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Estimated half a million Roma were exterminated by Nazis during second World War

A HIV self-test kit. File photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/ Getty Images

Authority says self-tests are not 100% reliable and not suitable for people already diagnosed

Facebook confirmed it had been discussing its policy with An Garda Síochána and that it would also meet the child and family agency Tusla. Photograph: Getty

Company cautious on proposal for digital safety commissioner

Facebook head of public policy Niamh Sweeney and Siobhán Cummiskey, head of content policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, arrive at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Social media firm apologises amid calls for State to take lead on regulation

Give Blood at the Blood Transfusion Service at D’Olier Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaign slogan ‘is about bringing a positive spin to a term that is negative’

Rise appears to reflect more stringent reporting obligations under EU’s new data protection regime

 The mid-term congressional elections in the US are on November 6th. Photograph: Mandel Nagen/AFP/Getty Images

Call from OSCE reverses Government position that it did not observe polls in US and EU

Oireachtas Committee on Finance Committee chair John McGuinness said he did not accept the Department of Public Expenditure’s position that “you just write policy and then you sit back”.

Businesses ‘shafted’ over PPP project to build five schools, Oireachtas committee hears

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD casting his vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum at Scoil Thomas, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Canadian NGO which observed Eighth Amendment vote visited 121 polling stations

The Government is likely to transpose a critical EU cybersecurity directive into national legislation within the coming days

European Commission takes action against 17 EU member states including Ireland over EU directive

A commuter disembarks at Connolly Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NBRU writes to Shane Ross after Connolly Station employee assaulted with bottle

Sean Gallagher, in his letter, said councillors from 22 local authorities had been in touch with him to confirm they would be considering the presidential election nomination process at their September meetings. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Businessman says Senator Gerard Craughwell has done State ‘great service’ on ‘lonely’ journey

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children and youth affairs Anne Rabbitte: latest waiting list figures are a “damning indictment” of Minister for Health Simon Harris’s record in office.

Fianna Fáil calls for publication of outpatient action plan after release of waiting list figures

Hundreds of people were evacuated from Curracloe beach in Co Wexford on Sunday after a fire broke out in the sand dunes. Photograph: Surf Shack Curracloe/Facebook

Swimming race and surf lessons cancelled as emergency services urge people to stay away from Wexford beach

People are being encouraged to get the MMR vaccine. Photograph:  David Jones/PA Wire

Two infectious patients attended four different hospitals in July

Recorded assaults typically take place around public places between 8pm and 5am at the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí launch campaign to warn young men of the consequences of assault

Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan with Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Devenish’s lead archaeologist, at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath on Monday July 16th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Department warned against changes to house built above 5,000-year-old tomb

Trade union says company is ‘digging a hole for itself’ by allegedly failing to engage in wage talks

A man looks out to sea at Port Ronan close to Malin Head, in Co Donegal where two people died after a fishing boat sank on Tuesday. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

RNLI says men were in the water for ‘three to four’ hours before they were rescued

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the use of facial-imaging software is compliant with the law

Regina Doherty responds to questions on biometric data following order to change website’s privacy statement

A HSE audit   also found evidence of overclaiming for mileage at the Central Mental Hospital. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

HSE audit report claims payments were made for more hours than doctors were in building

Dr Clíodhna Ní  Lionáin, Devenish’s lead archaeologist at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Archaeologists uncover burial chambers on historic Brú na Bóinne heritage site

The former Carroll’s headquarters, later used by Irish Nationwide Building Society, on Grand Parade. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Bord Pleanála considers redevelopment of Dublin site for offices and restaurant

The former Irish Nationwide premises and headquarters of the cigarette manufacturer Carroll’ls on Grand Parade in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Residents object to redevelopment of former Carrolls cigarette plant adjacent to heritage area

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has confirmed that the secretary general instructed that changes be made to the privacy policy.

Data protection officer ‘on leave’ when alterations made, says Social Protection

A member of the Army Bomb Disposal team on duty. Photograph: Defence Forces

Reorganisation of units in 2012 resulted in loss of earnings, adjudicator finds

Ollie Bell (centre) joined other groups supporting The Is Me, Transgender Healthcare, a protest at Government Buildings and Leinster House about access to healthcare for transgender people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Protest hears of ‘outdated’ psychiatric care for trans and non-binary people

Some women were excluded from restorative justice ex gratia due to  department’s ‘narrow interpretation’ of the criteria, the Ombudsman found.

Government opens scheme to adjoining institutions after Ombudsman’s intervention

The hen harrier is among the birds that BirdWatch Ireland says will be threatened by the new legislation. Photograph: iStock

BirdWatch Ireland says extension of burning periods may negatively impact some species

The HPRA said  it was undertaking a “precautionary recall” of a number of specific medicines containing the active ingredient valsartan.

About 50,000 Irish patients likely to be affected by recall of drugs containing valsartan

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