Group protesting over direct provision system: The number unable to exit the State’s 34 centres has risen by almost 50 per cent in the past 16 months. Photograph: David Sleator

Those unable to exit State centres despite being granted asylum rises to 11% of residents

internet connectivity for 34 of 111 unconnected stations is nearing completion under a Garda modernisation and renewal programme, and further 12 stations are due to be connected by the end of the year.

Internet connectivity for 34 of 111 affected stations is now nearing completion

Gordon MRM has secured an extension to its Nama PR cojntract.

Company won PR contract for AIB’s IPO

Ennis-based diver Jim Warny arrives back at Shannon Airport. With him are his father, Rene, and fiance, Asia Mania. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

‘Truly amazing miracle’ that boys and coach got to go home, says Jim Warny

The parish office stated that the woman was dismissed accordance with parish disciplinary policy. Photograph: iStock

Woman lodged formal complaint of bullying against priest

A Kenyan retail worker has been awarded €10,000 after being the victim of a ‘racially motivated’ April Fools prank. Image: iStock.

Retail worker received call on April 1st from colleague claiming to be immigration officer

Three men, charged with sexual offences against two teenage girls, have been ordered to surrender their passports at Ennis District Court.

Rape and sexual assault included in charges at Ennis District Court

Woman says she made genuine mistake in selling bottle of alcohol on the day

Mark Nolan, managing director at Dromoland Castle: “Business has never been as good”. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Pretax loss of €3.5m driven by €20m refurbishment of luxury Clare hotel

The woman recently completed a treatment programme for her addiction to drink and drugs and made a plea to the judge to retain custody of her boy

Boy’s father cries in court as judge awards him sole custody of the boy

New accounts for Links Creche and Montessori Ltd for the year to the end of October last show that during a very lucrative 12 months, the company’s cash pile more than doubled going from €279,687 to €685,286. Photograph: iStock

Two sets of accounts associated with couple show combined profits of €855,084 in 2017

The Workplace Relations Commission found the store manager’s conduct  contributed substantially to the dismissal and this should be reflected in the quantum of the award. Photograph: Alan Betson

Store manager ‘confirmed he offered accommodation to employees in order to have sex with them’

A pensioner who sexually assaulted an 84 year old man on a rural Bus Éireann service has walked free from court.

Judge imposes €1,000 fine on accused and places him on sex offenders register

‘Up to 30 per cent of men have enlarged breasts and many of them are extremely bothered by their appearance,’ says Dr Peter Prendergast of Venus Medical in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Gynaecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in men or boys

A group of drunken Irish-based holidaymakers forced an Ibiza-bound Ryanair flight from Dublin to divert to Paris on Saturday morning. File photograph: Getty Images

Ibiza flight from Dublin rerouted after group of up to 20 holidaymakers involved in disturbance

A further 12 staff members received pay of €300,000-€500,000. Photograph: iStock

More than 2,500 staff at the HSE received pay of more than €100,000 in 2017

Suspended sentence for Mary Doyle who denied theft until shown video footage

Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. Photographs: Facebook

Sensitive references withdrawn for hundreds of Ennis students after drowning of two teens

The Workplace Relations Committee found the bank discriminated against the couple on the grounds of race. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

WRC finds bank discriminated against the two on the grounds of race

Bereft mourners shoulder the coffin for Shay Moloney’s final journey. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Teenager perished in double drowning while trying to save his close friend Jack Kenneally

Mourners carry the coffin draped with a Munster flag as Ennis Rugby Club members provide a guard of honour at the funeral of Jack Kenneally at Ennis Cathedral on Sunday morning.

Hundreds attend mass for Jack Kenneally, who died while swimming in a quarry last Thursday

An image of  Jack Kenneally (left) and Shay Moloney, in an image released by Ennis Rugby Club on Friday. The club paid tributes to: ‘Our warriors when the going got tough. Our leaders when the pressure came on. Our pride when they took the field. Our joy when they lit it up off the field. Our devilment when it all got too serious. Our gentlemen always. Our terrible loss. Photograph via Twitter

‘The boys played a great style of rugby. They were hard as nails but skilful with it’

The woman’s colleague asked her: “I heard cats and dogs are the main meat sources of Asians, so do you like eating them?” File photograph: Getty Images

Woman asked if she liked eating animals as they comprise chief meat sources for Asians

Members of the Garda at a checkpoint in  Dublin. The GRA says many of its  members may not report assaults on them. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

GRA calls for all frontline officers to be given Tasers

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys imposed a three-year suspended sentence on a 47-year-old woman for neglect of her children after saying he could not see any benefit to society in jailing her.

47-year-old pleaded guilty to ill-treatment and neglect

Adam O’Brien at Ennis Court.

They got onto the road and his friend says ‘I’m a bit drunk, will you drive?’, court told

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Shocked employee asked whether there were any other roles open to him

Defendant was following a Sat Nav system as he travelled from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher.

Grzegorz Barski (36), who was on way to Cliffs of Moher, given five year driving ban

Judge Gerald Keys said a report on the accused noted she is “contrite for the emotional and physical pain, upset and upheaval that her actions have caused to her children”.

Judge said he could see no benefit in jailing the 47-year-old woman

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, the woman said that her husband has recently called her a “fat bitch” and a “c**t”.

Co Clare woman says she is afraid of her husband from an emotional point of view

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Patrick Durcan used section 47 of the Child Care Act 1991 granting gardaí permission to interview the boy in question

Clare court hears boy (11) claimed his mother hit him on head and body with cricket bat

The goats generated international headlines with one UK paper reporting that the goats were terrorising the town. Photograph: Getty

Wild herd roaming free in Ennis have been transferred to farmer in Co Louth

 Insp David Finnerty of Killaloe Garda station said  gardaí are treating the fatality as a “tragic accident”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

HSA and Garda investigate incident in which Pat O’Connor died in Co Clare

Warrenstown mosque: an architect’s view of the complex that An Bord Pleanála has approved for Blanchardstown

Neurosurgeon building Blanchardstown complex for family killed in arson attack

Two kids - file photo. Photograph: Getty

Council meeting hears of two wandering goats electrocuted at ESB sub-station

Merchant’s Arch in Dublin

Dublin pub is ordered to pay Felix Guerrero €5,000 for refusing to accept medical cert

The local authority said the incident was  “totally unacceptable and injurious to the council”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two employees disciplined after member of public alerts local authority

A Polish tourist was killed in a car accident near the Cliffs of Moher two years ago after a driver was confused about his Sat Nav telling him to go the wrong direction.

George Barski’s car collided with Charles Killeen’s motorbike at a junction on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Labour Court found that Martine O’Sullivan was treated less favourably because of her pregnancy when she was not allowed to return to work at the end of her maternity leave. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour Court finds woman discriminated against for dismissal on maternity leave

Michael Culligan was on his way from mass to visit his wife’s grave on October 4th, 2015 when his car veered six inches into the opposite driving lane and crashed into a motorbike.

87-year-old Michael Culligan banned from driving for six years after crash

A worker at Joseph Brennan Bakeries who was sacked after being seen sticking chewing gum to a pillar in a food preparation area, was unfairly dismissed, the Labour Court has ruled.

Labour Court rules Graham Rogers 60% responsible for sacking but awards him €6,000

Son was made to do a handstand when his arm was in a cast and then assaulted with a cable

Det Garda Denis Stack told Ennis Circuit Court that in the violent incident “miraculously, no one was hurt”

Nine plead guilty to violent disorder following families’ dispute over winner of ‘fair fight’

  University College Dublin was ordered to pay sociologist Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer from February 15th, 2015. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sociologist takes case after senior position given to academic 20 years her junior

A social worker with Tusla said emergency powers were invoked in January to put the girl into care temporarily after the girl’s mother had hit her. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Tusla social worker says care order invoked in January after girl’s mother had hit her

Entrance to Western Brand Ltd facility at Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. File photograph: Google Street View

Aneta Petrova comments after ex-employer told to pay her €17,000 on unfair dismissal finding

Company said it apologised to Ms Petrova after finding out she suffered a miscarriage

New figures released by Clare County Council (Ennis HQ above) in response to a Freedom of Information request show  the local authority has spent €13,099 on a 7m “bespoke” table featuring the council coat of arms, and €17,994 on  chairs. FIle photograph: Google Street View

Clare County Council outlay including €817.95 each on 22 chairs labelled ‘extravagance’

Shown the red card: the referee received €4,000 in sick pay before being dismissed for gross misconduct. Photograph: Fabio Cardoso/Corbis/Getty

Workplace Relations Commission rejects man’s claim for unfair dismissal

A judge has accused a pensioner of using the fact he is hard of hearing to avoid being sentenced for sexually assaulting a man in his 80s on a Bus Éireann service last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Accused using his hearing difficulties to ‘avoid dealing with sentencing’, says judge

Insp Tom Kennedy said the alleged fight was taking place in a field in Kilrush where there were 20 to 30 males looking on.

Court told garda saw Anthony Kelly in shorts with his top off and hands taped, engaged in a fist fight with another bare-chested m(...)

Billionaire Dermot Desmond:  Celtic Trustees Ltd was previously the purchaser of Walford on Shrewsbury Road for €14.25 million.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council concerned about ‘stability’ and ‘integrity’ of Victorian house on Ailesbury Road

The child’s father  said  his 13-year-old boy “was very sick - we couldn’t send him to school because he couldn’t get out of bed. You had to see him the way he was”.

District court judge threatened to send father to jail if school attendance record wasn’t 100 per cent

 The Citywest Hotel stated that if Nicholas Reddin had considered what he had seen on the CCTV to be an assault on the premises he was obliged to report that to the security manager, HR and gardaí via an incident report. File photograph: Frank Miller

Labour court found dismissal by Citywest Hotel was ‘procedurally unfair’ and awarded him €6,000

 Homeless service users  on emergency beds provided during last month’s freezing weather by the  Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Peter McVerry Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council spent €97.48 million on emergency accommodation in 2017

According to a cinema representative at a hearing into the case where a family was asked to move seats, the father ‘became loud and abusive and demanded a refund, including for part-consumed food’.

Gardaí were called to ‘Finding Dory’ screening due to the dispute over premium seating

Judge Patrick Durcan described the actions of Eoin McDonnell as ‘devious, dangerous, appalling and disgusting’. File photograph: Reuters

Eoin McDonnell took picture of Judge Fiona Lydon at Ennis District Court

Twelve of the top 15 monetary penalties imposed on Garda members in 2017 related to “neglect of duty” with fines ranging from €10,800 to €950. Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of gardaí disciplined internally in 2017 less than 1% of 13,551-strong force

The WRC found the woman was subject to “a vile act of sexual innuendo” in a live web chat at the company. Photograph: Getty

WRC awards €46,000 to woman sexually harassed at car parts company

The HSE has been criticised after an inquiry into the use of drain cleaning fluid rather than an approved dental product during the treatment of more than 40 children in Co Clare returned an inconclusive verdict. Photograph: PA.

More than 40 children treated at HSE facility in Ennis last October were exposed to mishap

An artist’s impression of Tara House, a 88m 22-storey project proposed by developer Johnny Ronan.

An Bord Pleanála does not agree with senior inspector who called 88m design ‘beautiful’

File picture of a Bus Éireann bus. During the course of the assault on June 9th, a passenger sitting across the aisle from the two men on the west Clare Bus Éireann service to Ennis filmed what was happening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Incident was filmed on a smartphone by a passenger sitting across the aisle, court hears

A man died after an altercation at the Shannon Knights Night Club. Photograph: Google Street.

Second man injured after altercation in Co Clare nightclub

Books of evidence in the case were served in 2016 and the cases have been adjourned a number of times since at Ennis Circuit Court

Defilement case involving 16-year-old girl will not proceed after State opts not to prosecute

Garda Brian O’Callaghan said he saw Mr McCabe grapple with his seatbelt causing his jeep to zig-zag along the road.

John Joseph McCabe said wearing a seat-belt is ‘sacrosanct’ – it saved his life in Portugal

‘Who I am? Larry Murphy?’ teen asks garda after he is accused of threat to girl’s mother

A sign stuck to the door of the King Thomond Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Lisdoonvarna locals oppose centre amid concerns over far-right activity

Andrew Long changed his plea at Ennis Circuit Court just before the State and defence made  their closing speeches.

Andrew Long could face up to five years in prison for placing women in a chokehold

Andrew Long at Ennis Court: he has pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm.

Andrew Long says there is ‘no substance’ to claim that he put choke hold on two women

Andrew Long at Ennis Court: he has pleaded not guilty to  assault causing harm

Alleged incident occurred during a first aid course in Scarriff, Co Clare

Andrew Moroney accused of total of 16 offences during one hour in Co Clare

Andrew Long (35) of Carraig Dubh, Tobertaosceain, Ennis is accused of assaulting two women at Scariff Community School.

Andrew Long (35) of Carraig Dubh, Tobertaosceain, Ennis was arraigned on Tuesday

Protesters attending a national demonstration calling for the end to the Direct Provision System last year. Photograph:  Tom Honan.

Official figures show Mosney plc has received €127.4m since 2002 for accommodating asylum seekers

Locals  complained they had not been properly consulted by the Reception and Integration Agency, which is part of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reception and Integration Agency says accommodation of asylum seekers cannot be delayed

TV licence: 64,272 people have been taken to court for nonpayment over the past five years. Photograph: E+/Getty

RTÉ says €40m could be freed up through reform of ‘inefficient’ system

Newmarket publicans John Scanlan, Julia McAuliffe, John O’Connell and Michael Scanlan. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Newmarket, Co Cork, will be dry despite State lifting 91-year-old ban

A man who told a cancer patient that if the disease ‘doesn’t kill you, I will’ has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm.

Jason Burke (20) pleads guilty to threats to kill and assault causing harm to James Delaney (61)

Taxi complaints: one passenger wondered if the car’s indicators were broken after being asked to open the window and indicate manually. Photograph: Eric Luke

Complaints about dirt and defects double; drivers are biggest cause of unhappiness

Image of what the packaging on the condoms provided to the HSE should look like.

Contract will be worth about €50,000 with condoms to be given free to protect sexual health

A file image of Shannon Jordan (19), of Lios Anana, Sixmilebridge, who pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Natasha Griffin McMahon on August 25th, 2015. Image: Facebook.

Shannon Jordan’s victim says she ‘could have been left blind in one eye’ after assault

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s pension payoff is based on her final salary of €180,613. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan may have received €262,000

Martin Gerald Foley: pleaded guilty to disposing of waste in a manner that is likely to cause environmental pollution.

Bloated, rotting horse and cattle remains found on Co Clare shore in 2014

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

WRC says tram operator had no option but to sack fares inspector after incident

Members of the Clare Ladies Cycling Club said  Mr Conlon swerved twice towards a group of seven cyclists

Ennis district judge bans motorist for two years and imposes fine of €1,250

Solicitor Aonghus McCarthy is one of the best paid criminal legal aid solicitors in the State, new figures show. Photograph: Collins Courts

Total of €53.68m paid in criminal legal aid to lawyers last year, a rise of 9% from 2016

Planning permission for Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman’s home comes  a year after the couple lodged plans with Dublin City Council. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plan includes new three-storey rear extension to €1.8 million Dublin property

 The €4,947 award by the Labour Court more than triples the €1,444 award made by a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

McCormacks demanded €510 from Brazilian woman when she handed in notice

Fianna Fáil councillor Alan O’Callaghan: a publican who also requires a licence for his fuel business.

Alan O’Callaghan had engaged in ‘common scam’ with false nomination of other driver

The amount paid out in compensation to gardaí for sustaining injuries after being attacked while on duty last year soared by 21 per cent to €5.7m.

Number soars by 21% as GRA says ‘bites, grazes, bruising’ are most common injuries

Michael McNamara: he   said a journalist turned up at the door of his home with a list of questions that “could only have come from Garda information”

Michael McNamara criticises leak of details of him being pepper-sprayed during arrest

The worker told his bosses he felt a sudden and sharp pain to his back and the pain was so bad that he had to drop the box. File photograph: iStock

Workplace Relations Commission finds dismissal was reasonable

Judge Patrick Durcan ordered the release from custody of Joseph O’Brien (62) at Ennis District Court

Judge Patrick Durcan says he wanted to get Bedford Row Family Project involved in case

 Michael McNamara:  told the court: “I will never forget it as long as I live – in my own yard, pepper sprayed, handcuffed and thrown into the back of a car.”

Michael McNamara convicted of dangerous driving

 Amazon Data Services Ireland Limited has been granted planning permission to build €1 billion data centre in Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photograph: Loic Venance/Getty Images

An Bord Pleanála dismissed appeal to €1bn data centre lodged by Athenry-based engineer Allan Daly

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Couple reach court deal after woman decides not to proceed with a safety order application against her husband

Leo Varadkar:  if there was no Government aviation policy in place “half of the country’s regional airports would close down”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar says Government will remain firm in defending 12.5% corporation tax rate

Amnesty Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman was the best paid staff member  in 2016 with a salary of €115,498. Photograph: Alan Betson

Human rights group has refused to return the €137,000 donation despite breach of rules

The Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Director general says role is highly demanding and subvention is justified

Three men accused of taking part in an attempted burglary at a rural Co Clare farmhouse are alleged to have fled after discovering a man in his 90s asleep in the property, a court heard.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Four men appear in court in Ennis over incident at farmhouse in Co Clare

The son of the 95-year-old man was lured away from the home of his father on false pretences

Four men arrested after gardaí apprehend attempted burglary of Co Clare house

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