More than 21,000 couples were married in the State last year, according to figures from the Civil Registration Service.

Moves to clampdown on sham marriages have had impact, Civil Registration Service says

A file image of woman cycling  past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin. Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote in May 2015, with 62 per cent voting to pass the referendum. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Civil Registration Service says 75 people applied to have gender legally changed last year

Enniskerry GAA said in a statement that none of the injuries sustained are life threatening but some will require surgery. Photograph: iStock

Nine members of men’s team were hospitalised on Saturday evening following championship win

Met Éireann’s forecast for Monday is for heavy and persistent rain, with a risk of flooding and thunder in some areas. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Met Éireann status yellow rain warning in place for 13 counties until midnight

A school conducted an internal inquiry into what has been described as a sexual assault allegation, without notifying Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rockwell College did not report alleged sexual assault incident to Tusla

Sinn Féin spokesman John Brady said the belief tenants would stop paying their rent thinking the department would cover the arrears ‘shows a worrying attitude within the department’. Photograph: iStock

Fears tenants would stop paying rent if department covered arrears, minutes show

Climate protesters on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group hold short protest ‘to remember those on front line of climate change’

Monaghan company Silverstream is now suing AIB for breach of contract, negligence and breach of both confidentiality and duty to avoid conflict of interests. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Silverstream takes legal action in relation to land deal involving Applegreen

Anne Griffin is to take over as chief executive of Scouting Ireland  from Dr John Lawlor in January. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times.

Youth organisation has been embroiled in a a historic sex abuse scandal in recent times

(Left to right) Julia Tereno (NUI Galway), Sarah Gallagher (DCU), Press Council chairman Seán Donlon, Muireann Duffy (University of Limerick) and Janice Furphy (Coláiste Dhúlaigh) were commended at the Press Council of Ireland’s annual student busary awards. Photograph: Photocall Ireland.

Council chair says ‘the sort of work journalists are doing will always continue to be needed’

 A bottle of the PrEP drug Truvada. File photograph: Thor Swift/The New York Times

HIV prevention treatment to be available at no cost for those at substantial risk

One-quarter of workers in the financial sector feel they are expected to answer calls and emails outside of work hours, according to a survey. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Financial Services Union calls for ‘right to disconnect’ measures amid survey results

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust was set up in 1999 to rescue and rehome abandoned and neglected horses, and is based on a 68-acre farm at Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow

Irish Horse Welfare Trust failed to build education centre at its farm despite continuously having the plan in grant applications

Adonis  Moreira says the extension of the Help to Buy scheme  was ‘a bit of help at least’, Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The budget was a “wasted opportunity” with little help for renters, Adonis Moreira says

Bob Quinn, father of two from Naas, speaking about childcare costs. FinancePhotograph: Alan Betson

Pair estimate will spend €100,000 in creche fees by the time youngest starts school

Vincent Parsons. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Father of two fatally assaulted in Tallaght in August

Adonis Moreira  and his girlfriend are paying €1,700 a month for an apartment. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

‘When I first moved here I was paying €290 for a single bedroom,’ Adonis Moreira says

Bob Quinn: ‘We are going to be worse off from tomorrow’s Budget, irrespective of any kite flying on savings.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Couple with two children not hopeful of help with ‘exorbitant’ creche fees

Bjorn Ulvaeus has previously spoken out in support of the #MeToo movement, and has criticised the election of president Donald Trump

Abba singer says teenage climate activist has the patriarchy ‘pissing in their pants in fear’

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Julien Behal.

Sharp increase in employment complaints on grounds of disability, commission says

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has issued an appeal for any potential witnesses to the shooting on Thursday night to come forward.

Man (50s) receiving treatment for gunshot wounds to his leg

Pensioner Michael Crowe died when a fire broke out in his Co Kildare home a decade ago.

On 10th anniversary of Michael Crowe’s murder, Garda appeals for witnesses

Enda O’Coineen and former taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of Mr O’Coineen’s book Journey to the Edge. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former taoiseach says Ireland ‘has a lot on its side’ in rare public comments

Speaking at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, Chief Justice Frank Clarke said delays in appointing court of Appeal judges could lead to a shortage of judges at the High Court. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Delays ‘unfair to litigants’ who had reasonable expectation of an early hearing

A conference organised by anti-greyhound racing groups has had its booking cancelled by a city centre hotel after it received a number of negative social media posts and abusive phone calls opposing the event.

Buswells Hotel pulls booking after ‘abusive calls’ to staff and negative social media posts

The farmer was pronounced dead by emergency services at the scene. File photograph: Getty

Elderly farmer had been attending to livestock before he was later found unconscious

Court ruling on formula for medical claims led to increased liability costs

Swans gathered in the rain at Dublin’s Portobello bridge. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Met Éireann models see most likely path hit west coast on Thursday

The appointment of Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner last year has been associated with an increased focus on internal discipline. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two officers have been suspended from duty for nearly a decade, new figures show

The 17th-century chalice. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí recover artefact taken during burglary in Ardee, Co Louth in 1998

A young man is seen being  restrained by two staff members at Bluebell Luas stop in a video circulating online. Image: Screengrab from Twitter video

Video circulated widely online shows Transdev staff grabbing person at Bluebell stop

 The Coast Guard were called to the incident near the Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Man in his 50s taken to hospital following incident off Sandycove coast in south Dublin

 Ambassador Nail Al-Jubeir said Irish diplomats ‘work quietly’ and ‘don’t lecture you’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Saudi ambassador grateful Irish diplomats ‘don’t lecture’ controversial Arab state

Some 95 per cent of people deported from the country were refused ‘permission to land’  by immigration officials. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vast majority held at ports of entry before being sent back to country they travelled from

Dublin Zoo’s latest arrival - a male Rothchild giraffe calf. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Calf born in last fortnight is ‘full of energy and very inquisitive’

Director of Galway company ICE, Margaret Cox and chief executive of New Zealand firm Perpetual Guardian, Andrew Barnes, who have both successfully implemented a four-day week in their organisations. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

Fórsa trade union criticise ‘badge of honour’culture of long working hours

Friends and relatives of those killed in the 1981 Stardust fire  bring their case for a new inquest to the Attorney General’s office in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

AG has postponed decision on new inquest appeal several times, campaigners say

Kathleen Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1994. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ex-junior minister lost her Cork North Central seat in 2016 general election

The child, Mary*, and her sister Claire*, were “failed consistently” by the State, while in the foster care of their grandparents in a rural area, from 2000 to 2014, an independent review found. Illustrative photograph: Getty

Minister for Children referred case to gardaí in 2018 following whistleblower disclosure

Allegations of physical abuse were not properly investigated by social workers, nor were suggestions of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Photograph: iStock

Opportunities to remove sisters from abusive home not taken by social work department

The confidential review, seen by The Irish Times, found the girls should have been removed from the home in 2003; they were not taken out until 2014.   Photograph: iStock

Highly critical report finds State failed to act on gross neglect and emotional abuse

The authority’s mid-year review was positive about the fact that there had been an increase in road safety detections.

Policing Authority mid-year review praises improvements in Garda force

Sean Cox (54), a former company director from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered major head trauma when he was struck in a random assault  outside Anfield in April 2018.

Liverpool FC fan who suffered brain injury in attack will attend game at Anfield in October

Independent farmers and supporters outside the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh on the Waterford/ Kilkenny border as protests  continued last week  outside a number of meat processing plants. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

But industry group says ‘we are not yet at the stage of white shelves’ in supermarkets

Gideon Mua, a Bus Éireann driver from Kenya. Incidents he has experienced range from rudeness, including people throwing their bus fare at him, to overtly racist abuse. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drivers recount their experiences of being threatened and racially abused

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Father of two was attacked Saturday night while socialising with friends and died on Monday

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD at the launch of the 2019/20 schools HPV vaccine programme, the HPV vaccine is now being given to all first year students in secondary school including girls and for the first time, boys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Potential to introduce vaccine schemes in schools or creches to be explored

Protests over beef prices in recent weeks closed some 20 meat processing plants across the State

Beef Plan Movement says it is ‘imperative protests are quelled’ ahead of Chinese trade visit

The group said it had not organised the recent pickets on Sunday and Monday where a number of farmers resumed protests outside plants, which had been called off prior to entering the talks

Grassroots organisation has gone from 300 to 20,000 farmer members

A Garda spokeswoman said investigations were ongoing. File photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí detain man (late 40s) and youth in connection with July seizure

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed attended talks last week. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

MII says a small number of pickets have resumed at meat processing plants

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby  on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after Vincent Parsons died at Tallaght Hospital on Monday evening

Banter is building between Dublin and Kerry fans ahead of next weekend’s All Ireland final.

‘It would be my plea5ure to have you and your wife 5tay a5 our gue5t5 in the Man5ion Hou5e’

UK-registered vehicles will still need to apply for green cards to travel in Ireland or other EU countries.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

UK-registered vehicles will still need extra insurance cards to travel in Ireland

The Government’s grant schemes for electric vehicles, solar panels and energy efficiency home improvements had drawn down 80 per cent of their budgets for the entire year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department plugged €20m shortfall in three other schemes over ‘unprecedented demand’

Tusla  was thrown into controversy in April 2015 after it was revealed there was a backlog of hundreds of unallocated case files in its Portlaoise office. Photograph: Alan Betson

One sex offender living with son (14) in the care of the State, internal emails show

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed met each of the groups separately in a number of bilateral meetings in the afternoon, before roundtable talks with all parties resumed in the evening, sources said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

One point of tension has been concessions sought by farming groups from processors

A 10 million-year-old fossil frog from Libros, Spain and X-ray map showing elevated levels of copper and zinc in the internal organs. Fossil photograph copyright the Natural History Museum, London. X-ray fluorescence map copyright Valentina Rossi.

Study examined sub cell units in extinct animal fossils

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, lists children who are deemed to be at risk of significant harm in their homes on its child-protection notification system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Confidential study also finds Traveller and black children overrepresented on system

The incident is alleged to have occurred last summer, and it is understood Stewarts Care believes it has identified the young man who is reported to have been affected. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stewarts Care investigates reported incidents involving people in its care

Dr Peter Boylan says that unfilled consultant posts were ‘making it difficult for women to be seen in a timely fashion’. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Former maternity master Dr Peter Boylan said wait times among ‘worst in the world’

At the opening of an exhibition celebrating  Tony Gregory  were his friends and fellow activists Mick Rafferty and Fergus McCabe, with Tony’s brother, Noel (centre). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Exhibition on Dublin Central TD’s life to run in local library for several weeks

Among the unallocated Tusla cases there were 81 disclosures from adults reporting alleged abuse that had taken place when they were children. Six of those cases related to convicted sex offenders, which all required “urgent assessment/follow-up”.

Highly critical review was completed in May 2016 but findings were never made public

Ellen O’Carroll of the Presentation Girls’ School in Kilkenny scored eight H1s in her exams. Photograph: Facebook

Four boys and one girl from around country secure the maximum grades

 Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan TD made representations to the department of health about a proposed methadone clinic in her constituency. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister’s letter says clinic ‘would not be suitable’ for Ballinteer centre

 Hyde & Seek:  The RTÉ Investigates documentary revealed disturbing practices at the Dublin chain of creches. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Early Childhood Ireland calls for investigation by childcare specialist to ensure ‘substantial changes’ are made

Aviation researcher Jonny McNee (left) and Liam Bradley, curator of Monaghan County Museum, with some pieces of the wreckage of a  P38 Lightning Fighter plane.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fragments of fuel tank and dozen bullets are recovered in excavation of site where US P38 Lightning crashed in 1942

The SVP says it routinely comes across moneylenders giving loans to vulnerable households. Photograph: Getty Images

Advertising from moneylenders should carry ‘high cost-loan’ warnings, SVP say

The support scheme will mean beef farmers can claim aid of €100 per adult cattle slaughtered. Photograph: Getty

Support package will help struggling beef sector as October 31st deadline approaches

The man said the first incident of alleged sexual assault took place in a tent at the Scouting Ireland national scout centre at Larch Hill, Tibradden, south Co Dublin, when he was a 12-year-old scout. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Christian Brothers and Scouting Ireland are understood to be each paying half of the settlement cost

Paul McGrath and his son Paul.

Footballer thanked public’s help after son was missing for several days

Government approved legislation to exempt drug users from possession charges in designated facilities back in February 2017. Photograph: Thinkstock

Council cites lack of policing plan and impact on local tourism for refusal

The west Offaly power station, in Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, had sought permission to continue to burn peat past a December 2020 deadline until 2027, while it transitioned to rely on biomass fuel. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Rejection of redevelopment to use biomass fuel casts doubt over 300 Bord na Móna jobs

State agency Hiqa carried out 743 inspections last year

Hiqa report finds improvement in disability care centre sector over last five years

The scene of the alleged assault on Townsend Street in Dublin 2 has been sealed off pending a forensic examination. Photograph: The Irish Times

One man in his early 20s is taken to hospital with minor injuries to his face

Scene of assault on South Great Georges Street. Photograph: Jack Power

Man (20s) being treated for serious head injuries following assault

The dryers, built between 2004 and 2015, pose a fire risk due to potential lint build up around the heating element in the machines. Photograph: iStock

Whirlpool issued warning includes Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda, Swan products

The PSNI issued an appeal for any witnesses to the crash to contact them on 101.

Three others taken to hospital following Sunday night crash in Omagh

Warnings have been issued  of a potential time bomb facing the health and care sector due to delays making capital improvements in nursing homes and disability residential centres. File photograph: Getty

Hiqa warns of ‘impending risk’ of multiple closures due to unsuitable premises

Several dozen demonstrators carrying banners protested outside the Shelbourne Park stadium on Saturday evening, during a race meeting.

Gardaí received two reports of minor alleged assaults from the incident outside Shelbourne Park

Several hundred people were gathered in St Patrick’s cemetery on Sunday for the blessing of the graves. Image: @Simonc46176551/Twitter

Car then drove out of blessing of graves ceremony and collided with parked cars

Ferry traffic leaving Rosslare Port. File hotograph: Matt Kavanagh

Customs officers find 35kgs of cocaine and arrest man in his 40s

A garda at the scene of a fatal stabbing in north inner city Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Male victim (45) died in North Strand incident early this morning

A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a traffic collision in Mallow, Co Cork, on Thursday evening

The driver of the car involved in the collision was uninjured

Public complaints related to air quality fell dramatically in 2018, down from 20 to seven per cent.  Photograph:iStock

Most common complaints to watchdog were over foul odours

Irish Rail’s existing control centre in Connolly Station is nearing the end of its life, but will become a national back-up. Photograph: Getty Images

Project will replace older traffic control station in Connolly Station, which is currently at capacity

The report recommended commuter services should run from early morning up to midnight from rural towns to urban areas. Photograph: Eric Luke

Midnight commuter services needed to better link rural towns and urban centres

An image of the firearms which were recovered by gardaí. Photograph: An Garda Síochána.

No arrests after seizure of firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked in Finglas area

There was nearly a 10 per cent increase in satisfaction with the force, compared to the 2016 annual survey.   File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Majority of people feel An Garda Síochána is not a well managed organisation

 Paul Reid chief executive of the HSE has ordered a ‘rapid review’ of  an IT problem which led to delays informing women of repeat smear test results.

She says there is a lack of clarity about whether the full report would be published

Shanowen Square, privately owned student accommodation near DCU, announced a rent increase of 27 per cent for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Colleges claimed new measures would hinder efforts to deal with sexual assault cases

Less than half those questioned said they would describe An Garda Síochána as a world class police force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In contrast, only 16% of people view crime in their local area as a serious problem

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “I think it’s really fantastic that women like herself have the courage to come into the public where the State must face them.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Appropriate reparations required for ‘terrible aspects of our past,’ Minister says

Michelle Byrne, vice president for campaigns in the Union of Students of Ireland (left) and Patricia Sheehy Skeffington BL, speakers at the Threshold seminar on the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019, in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

RTB likely to take civil cases against landlords instead of bringing criminal sanctions

The board has been lobbying the Data Protection Commissioner, and the Department of Justice, to grant it powers to maintain a central database of priests against whom abuse allegations have been made. File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Small increase in historical abuse allegations reported to Church safeguarding board

The pay dispute follows a job-evaluation process that found the skill levels for HSE support staff had increased significantly in recent years, leading to union claims for pay rises. Photograph: Getty Images

‘No movement’ at talks between Siptu and HSE

Majella Moynihan in her early 20s. She told RTÉ: “I remember thinking ‘what are they doing?’, ‘Why am I being charged like a criminal?”

Majella Moynihan was charged with breaching disciplinary rules in relationship with colleague

The converted Vickers Vimy bomber used by John Alcock and Arthur Brown to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight. It “landed” in Derrigimlagh bog in Connemara on June 15th, 1919. File photograph: Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images

Event marks famous 1919 flight of Alcock and Brown from Canada to Connemara

Annual membership fees  will increase from €45 to €65 from this September, so the youth organisation “can survive”, Scouting Ireland members have been told

Mason Hayes & Curran brought in to assess legal liability over abuse cases

Leinster House: the cost of the renovation project is currently running 11 per cent over its €14.8 million budget. File photograph: Alan Betson

OPW chairman stresses increases not comparable to children’s hospital overruns

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