Chief scout at Scouting Ireland Christy McCann: along with David Shalloo, chief commissioner for youth affairs, he is “temporarily” standing down.

Officials vacate roles pending outcome of inquiry into handling of rape allegation

Last week, the Minister for Children decided to withhold State funding of nearly €1m to Scouting Ireland until concerns about governance are resolved. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Group may be open to legal action from a man who alleges abuse by a leader, expert says

Scouting Ireland hired a barrister to carry out an independent investigation into  actions of individuals “referred to adversely” in child protection expert Ian Elliott’s report.

One group leader criticises membership supporting under-fire senior volunteers

Chief Scout Christy McCann:  Re-elected head of Scouting Ireland on Saturday.

Crisis management group had recommended in March that McCann should step aside

Dean Afolabi (11) with his mother,  Tomi Matuluko at the Beo festival in Dublin. Dean is fluent in Irish and attends Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa, near their home in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Every community expresses its basic values in the way in which it treats a language, President Higgins tells rally

Dr Eoin O’Malley, School of Law & Government, DCU told the Citizen’s Assembly  the timing of an election is crucial in determining if, or how much, support the Government party drops after an election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Citizens’ Assembly is discussing whether Ireland should introduce fixed-term parliaments

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone suspended the organisation’s annual grant of nearly €1 million on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland chief says organisation committed to addressing concerns ‘without delay’

Carbon emissions from Irish homes almost 60 per cent higher than EU average

Scouting Ireland received €876,337 in funding from the department last year, and more than €9 million since 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Zappone says organisation’s handling of rape allegation is ‘very concerning’

Dr John Lawlor, Scouting Ireland chief executive, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs to answer questions on the organisations’ child protection standards. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chair of Oireachtas children’s committee ‘deeply concerned’ at Scouting Ireland reports

A female scout leader claimed she had been raped by a male adult leader during a 2009 camp, when she was 18 years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting body’s ‘deeply flawed’ response ‘highlighted a lack of awareness of risk’

Scouts at Collins Barracks in 2008. A review found some directors of Scouting Ireland knew of the rape allegation against the man but did not inform others. File  photograph: Aidan Crawley

Review finds organisation failed to question whether man should be reinstated after suspension

Liga Skromane, a Latvian  living in Swords, Co Dublin with her partner Andrew Jordan, has gone missing in India. Photographs: Andrew Jordan

Latvian-born Liga Skromane (33) went missing last month from a beach in Kerala

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mícheál MacDonncha said he had accepted the invitation because Dublin City Council supports the people of Palestine and was critical of Israel.

Israel Government officials say misspelling of Mícheál MacDonncha’s name allowed him into the country

Dr David Reynolds said there was “growing evidence of a link between disrupted sleep and Alzheimer’s disease”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Participants who slept poorly had greater amounts of amyloid beta protein in brain

Chief scout Christy McCann: Scouting Ireland’s handling of a rape allegation from a camping trip in 2009 was “deeply flawed”, says a crisis management group.

Crisis management group advised Christy McCann and two senior leaders to step down

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, inspectors from the Mental Health Commission have found.

Inspection of Owencurra centre in Cork, found a ‘serious medication error’

A file image of a protest over plans to build 536 residential units on the St Paul’s playing fields at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

North Dublin locals opposed plan to build 100 houses, 400 apartments on playing pitches

Echlin Street, Dublin 8. Photograph: Google Street View

Bomb disposal unit was called to the scene after the object was discovered on Thursday

Dublin City University students protest rent increases of 27 per cent at privately-run Shanowen Square student accommodation. Photograph: Jack Power

Private student accommodation near DCU to plan to increase rents by almost 20 per cent

Majority of cases in mid-west but disease has also spread to Dublin, Kildare andWicklow

A vast majority of special needs assistants want more training for their roles, a survey by the trade union Fórsa has found. Image: iStock.

Trade union says man assistants in working in schools for years without professional development

Robert Lee,  final year economics student and member of Life Society UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

‘I think there are lots of undecided students,’ says member of Life Society UCD

Luke Rossiter sent a tweet saying he was ‘delighted for Paddy Jackson,’ before referring to the complainant in the case in a derogatory manner.

League of Ireland player Luke Rossiter said tweet was ‘stupid and immature’

When the truck Mr Simkus was driving was searched, gardaí and customs officers found quantities of ketamine, MDMA powder and cocaine

Haulage driver found with ketamine, MDMA and cocaine when stopped at Dublin Port

Gardaí told the court they found the guns after the stopped and searched two cars in Dublin last Friday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

William McCarthy with an address in Spencer Dock is accused of having two revolvers

Maddie Doyle of My Lovely Horse Rescue group  at Moyvalley, Co Kildare, with  rescue horses they named Giselle and Grace Jones. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The animals were left in a forest after being removed from a yard owned by Arthur Moore’s son

‘Regrettably, at times, an age-appropriate service is not available’

Nurses say practice of placing children in adult units ‘has minimal therapeutic value’

George Mitchell, Bertie Ahern and Bill Clinton pictures in 1999. Photograph:  Larry Downing/Reuters

Former US President will receive the award at a ceremony on April 10th in Ulster Hall

Bob Geldof  on the Late Late Show

Musician said returning Freedom of the City award not a slight on Dublin, in Late Late Show interview

Farming under pressure: the IFA says the extra rain is affecting farmers across Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Rise in rainfall ‘attributable to human-driven climate change’

The most common area where vehicles are broken into is the driveway. Photograph: Getty Images

Half of thefts from cars in residential areas happen between midnight and 7am

In a significant change of position, Tánaiste said Ireland needed ‘a law based in reality’

Patrick Mooney moved to America on a graduate internship programme less than a year ago. Photograph: Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office

Police say woman claims she was ‘sexually assaulted’ in hotel room by several men

Austin Stack  with his mother Sheila and brother Oliver: called the tweet ‘disgusting’ and said Ms Devine should be expelled from Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Máire Devine retweeted anonymous post describing murdered prison officer a ‘sadist’

Lead researcher: “We hope that, if successful in further testing, our research may one day allow doctors to give women more tailored and effective treatments.” File photograph: Getty Images

Analysis reviews effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating aggressive breast cancer

Senator Máire Devine said she had retweeted what she thought was a genuine tweet without reading its full content. Photograph: Sinn Féin/Flickr

Prison officer Brian Stack shot in 1983 by IRA and subsequently died 18 months after attack

Three recipients of organ donations, Luke Doherty, Val Kennedy, and David Crosby (left to right) at Áras an Uachtaráin.

President Michael D Higgins honours organ donors and recipients at Áras an Uachtaráin

Ireland centre Bundee Aki with his daughter Adrianna at the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland captain Rory Best hails ‘incredible’ support during reception at Shelbourne Hotel

Eniade Familoni and Eduardo Hernado (right) from the US. ‘I have no idea what to expect, but a good time.’ Photograph: Jack Power

Foreign visitors enjoy the festivities while a Derry couple fulfil a ‘lifetime ambition’

An Ireland fan shows his support prior to the NatWest 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Firm claims fault has been resolved and customers should be able to watch Ireland match

Snow scenes from Fairview Park, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

St Patrick’s Festival says it does not plan to cancel any Bank Holiday Monday events

Father Malachy Finnegan

Catholic Bishop Denis Nulty said he was “deeply ashamed” of priest’s behaviour

Albert Connaughton, owner of Belmont House nursing home in Stillorgan, beside a vacant bed in the facility. “There is a lag, no doubt about it,” he said. Photograph: Jack Power

Private nursing home beds left empty due to ‘disconnect’ with hospitals, say owners

The numbers waiting for a hospital bed have dropped from the record-high of 714 yesterday, to 649 on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Trolley Watch figures fall from record-high of 714, to 649 on Tuesday

Actor Mark Hamill who will be the international guest of honour at the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Star Wars actor will be the Dublin parade’s first ‘international guest of honour’

A Luas tram at College Green, Dublin. Taxis have been banned from travelling south through College Green from 7am to 10am. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Plans to pedestrianise area will create bottlenecks elsewhere, taxi association says

 Attending the anti-abortion press conference on Friday: from left, Áine Kierans, Caroline Simons, Cora Sherlock, Liz Mc Dermott and Katie Ascough. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Anti-abortion group says Govt proposals would introduce ‘extreme abortion regime’

Judge Alan Mahon, chairman of the Planning (or Mahon) Tribunal.

Initial estimates in 2013 placed the potential cost at more than €200m

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother-and-baby home, Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Council discussing if site where infant remains found should be forensically examined

A  digger clears snow from a road in Kilteel, Co Kildare on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Water restrictions are in place in Dublin from 8pm Tuesday until 6am on Wednesday

Staff at the damaged Lidl store in Tallaght won’t lose their jobs, the company has confirmed. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

‘We won’t let “criminal actions” impact on staff, supermarket chain tells employees

The incident took place at about 10.35pm in the Sheriff Street area. Photograph: Google

The incident took place at about 10.35pm on Monday night in the Sheriff Street area

The collision between the Dublin Bus and the van occurred at the junction of Townsend St and Shaw St in Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Van and Dublin Bus bus, which had no passengers, collide on Townsend Street

Army Private Patrick Macken clears snow to open up a path to Thomas Jones’s farm in Blessington, Wicklow. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Impact keenly felt with hospital overcrowding, flooding and loss of livestock

Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones, Co Wicklow

Department promised works at Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath would be finished by November

Restrictions on water supply will be put in place across the Dublin region and neighbouring counties from 7pm on Monday night until 7am on Tuesday. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Overnight limits will likely be in place for a number of weeks following extreme weather

The matter is being investigated as a sudden death, according to the Garda.

Death is not believed to be weather-related after drugs paraphernalia located nearby

A man walks past cleared snow in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Water rationing could be rolled out across the State following restrictions in Dublin

If a homeless family refuse two offers, they lose their “homeless priority”status and will not be offered housing by the local authority for a year. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Common refusal reasons are neighbourhood drug problems or distance from family home

Gardaí preserve the scene at the Lidl store in Fortunestown Lane,Tallaght. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Photos

Locals express fear that images of destruction and theft will scare businesses from the area

David Bernie (36) from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, who was charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage at the Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One man charged with theft of €50 of groceries, another with theft of light bulbs and shoe insoles

Member of pro-choice group Rosa at the  launch of the  Time4Choice campaig on  Grafton Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ruth Coppinger says pro-choice group concerned about being outspent in referendum

 An airport employee  clears snow at Capodichino airport in Naples, Italy. Photograph: EPA

Some Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and London have been cancelled due to snowfall

A new study has found swimming in the sea increases the risk of ear infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses that cause diarrhoea. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Research suggesting pollution an issue is drawn from 40 studies published since 1960s

 The Save the 8th group launches a new billboard campaign, in Dublin. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Save the 8th says external funding for campaigns is ‘reasonably unregulated’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said  she ‘expects all groups supported by her department to meet every standard on protection and safety’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Scouting Ireland chief executive to be called before Oireachtas committee to answer questions

Scouting Ireland: “The safety and protection of all our members and volunteers is of paramount importance to us.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Scout body rejects ‘wrongdoing’ claims and says protection of ‘paramount importance’

Scouting Ireland members in the National Museum: Ian Elliott’s “examination of past practice” brought “to light areas of bad management and wrongdoing”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Child safeguarding expert’s report calls for changes in culture of scout organisation

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University: “It is a requirement that only female academic staff teach the female student populace,” says the Department of Education

Lecturers to teach in Saudi Arabia, at world’s biggest women’s college

Fergus O’Dowd TD, chair of the Oireachtas Transport committee, confirmed he  will facilitate requests to bring in officials from the Luas to discuss a number of issues troubling passengers using the service in the capital.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Catherine Martin said she was ‘inundated’ with complaints from constituents using the service

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: appealed for funding on behalf of three clubs applying for State capital grants in his Dublin Central constituency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some successful projects backed by Ministers scored poorly in internal assessment process

Firearm seized by gardaí during the search of a house on Sheriff Street in Dublin

A revolver, ammunition and drugs worth €800 found during search on Sheriff Street

No arrests were made during the operation in Ratoath, Co Meath. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Fake designer handbags, watches and sports clothes recovered in Ratoath, Co Meath

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have all dismissed staff members working overseas following allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trócaire, Concern and Goal have dismissed staff over sexual misconduct abroad

Key labour shortages will have to be fixed  if the Government’s  €115bn National Development Plan is to be successful, the construction industry has warned. File photograph: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

Construction industry issues warnings after Government reveals €115bn strategy

Since April 2017 gardaí have been carrying out roadside drug tests on motorists. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New regime introduced in April allows drivers to be tested for illegal drugs

Research questions whether the widespread use of statins in some low-risk people represents the best use of scarce resources.

‘BMJ’ study finds many taking statins do so as preventative measure against heart attack

Denis Naughten said those engaged in illegal dumping were committing ‘economic and environmental treason’.

Drones will increasingly monitor illegal dumping blackspots to identify culprits

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella with children from Whitecross national school, Julianstown, Co Meath,  at Áras an Uachtaráin, on Monday afternoon. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Sergio Mattarella was speaking during a two-day State visit to Ireland

Carol, a beagle adopted by John McGhee, one of 600 animals rehomed when a animal testing centre closed in Co Mayo

John McGhee said it was a “no brainer” to adopt a beagle when he heard about the pilot project

 University Hospital Galway Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Severe sepsis and septic shock more prevalent among elderly patients, study finds

Overall, the 2018 report gives the Government an overall C- grade in relation to progress on its commitments to children.

Alliance issues a ‘C- grade’ to Government over progress for young people

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said recently that “we see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision”.

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland updates statement condemning FGM three times

Currently, the council can only serve a landlord found to be in breach of standards with an “improvement notice” to take remedial action, followed by a prohibition notice barring them from reletting the property if the improvement works are not carried out. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Dublin City Council calls for €4,000 fine for each day of offence in overhaul of laws

Opposition says clarity needed on planned work permit scheme for asylum seekers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned  the Government does not want any further amendment to the proposed legislation. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Drinks industry calls on TDs to oppose health warnings and advertising restrictions

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said the Bill is a ‘very simple amendment” to include other young children enrolled in school under Tusla’s remit.’ Photograph: iStock

Labour says currently no jurisdiction to intervene where child under six ‘has chronic absenteeism problems’

Government Buildings: just 29 civil servants have asked to be transferred to Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Clear need for a ‘more regionalised Civil Service’, says Ó Cuív

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy has said the amount of uncollected overpayments from the civil service at the end of 2016 was €7.5m. Photograph: Frank Miller

PAC chair says the figure owed is ‘substantially higher’ than previously thought

Up to the start of November 2017 just 1,856 gardaí had received training to carry out new drug-detection tests, out of 13,551 members of the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda expresses concern about low detection figures and issues with testing devices

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said many people with justifiable asylum claims “have suffered greatly and have lost everything” in coming to Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

Number granted ‘leave to remain’ status in 2017 stands at 163 – down from 1,201 in 2015

One of the vacant sites identified is land owned by the Central Bank next to its currency centre where bank notes are printed, in Sandyford. Photograph: Google

Two of the sites are owned by Horse Racing Ireland, the other by the Central Bank

Volunteers putting the final touches to “Granby Park”, a pop-up park on the  Dominick Street flats site which opened in August 2013.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

72-unit social housing complex set to be built by 2021, despite planned date in early 2020

A lecture hall in UCD. File photograph: David Sleator

Large number of students received A grade, after a similar ‘past paper’ from previous years was distributed

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) says  receiving Holy Communion directly on the tongue ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season. Photograph: Getty Images

Health service guidelines for churches say practice ‘should be discouraged’ during flu season

Attackers transferred into vehicle from their original getaway car and later set it alight

University of Limerick spent €20.8 million on  private consultants and law firms between 2011 and 2017

University of Limerick hired private consultants to deal with 28 internal complaints and inquiries

DCC are taking legal advice on the current legislation around overcrowding in rental properties, after which they will be making recommendations for changes to the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Deputy chief executive of DCC said ‘much stronger penalties’ were needed to tackle overcrowded properties

One property advertised in an online group, for five tenants who would sleep in the same room as the kitchen and living area.

Housing crisis has led to a surge in illicit rentals, some run by a firm with links to language schools

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