Monaghan councillor Hugh McElvaney was the subject of an RTÉ Investigates programme broadcast in December 2015.

Monaghan County Council member says results of Sipo investigation are ‘aul news’

The original report into how Tusla managed allegations of child sexual abuse was published in June 2018. The child and family agency has since been undertaking reforms. Photograph: Tom Honan

Expert group raises concern around Tusla’s powers to investigate abuse allegations

People Before Profit-Solidarity candidates Sandra Fay, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, outside the central Revenue office on Cathedral Street, Dublin city centre. Photograph: Jack Power

Group call for State pension age to be restored to 65 years of age

In spring 2010, a senior nurse working in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service sent a letter to social workers “expressing serious concerns” the mother was finding it difficult to manage Amy or “give her any kind of positive experience”.

Childcare expert’s review reveals social work department’s litany of failures to respond

For over four years, the young girl’s case was not allocated to a social worker and from 2008 to 2011 a “number of serious referrals about risk” were sent to the social work department but “none of them received an appropriate response”. Photograph: iStock

Claims of ‘physical and emotional’ harm to girl not reported to Garda, review finds

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett, disability campaigner Sean O’Kelly, PBP candidate Bernard Mulvany, and Saoirse Smith, outside Clontarf Dart station. Photo: Jack Power

People Before Profit call for investment to fix lifts and staff all stations along Dart line

Temperatures may drop to as low as zero on Sunday night, with a risk of frost and ice across the country

Cold weather forecast early next week with frost, ice and wintry showers

Last December, Dublin city councillors voted to approve plans to build a white-water rapids rafting facility at George’s Dock.

Council chief made the offer over docklands liabilities in letter to Department of Housing

Peter Casey is standing in both Dublin West and Donegal. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Controversial politician to run as an ‘obvious protest vote’ against Leo Varadkar

The electoral register is updated each year with all those who registered in the previous 12 months. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Forms stamped by a garda must be delivered to local authority before close of business

In order to be included on the supplementary register, a RFA2 form must be signed in the presence of a Garda and stamped, then returned to the relevant local authority before the close of business on Wednesday, January 22nd.

UCC had most students sign up to be included on supplementary electoral role in last week

Richard Boyd Barrett holds a demonstration at the controversial co-living development on Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Left wing group to run candidate in former member’s Dublin South-West constituency

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran is expected to comfortably retain his seat. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will do battle for Penrose’s seat

Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for communications in 2018, is expected to retain his seat. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Contest for final seat may be between two Fianna Fáil candidates

Richard Boyd Barrett is expected to hold his seat. Photograph: James Forde

Fianna Fáil and Greens chase a gain where Maria Bailey’s seat is up for grabs

David Cullinane’s victory last time out was the first time Sinn Féin won a seat in Waterford in more than 90 years. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Exodus of sitting TDs and previous challengers leaves Waterford race wide open

Gardaí investigating the spree searched three houses in Co Galway on Saturday morning and arrested two men in their 20s. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Men, both in their 20s, arrested in connection with burglaries of eight businesses

The raid took place at 9am on Saturday morning, and gardaí are conducting a further technical examination of the property. File photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Man in his 20s arrested during search of Co Monaghan home

The drop in heroin use follows younger people witnessing the damage the drug inflicted on previous generations creating a negative image, the research said. Photograph: iStock

‘Near elimination’ of new dependency cases in young people ignored in discourse, say academics

Dublin Fire Brigade brought the blaze at an industrial estate in Swords, Co Dublin under  control. File Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

One employee working in the unit received injuries following the fire

Jim O’Callaghan said Fine Gael were ‘not interested’ in confronting gangland crime. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Party promises to increase number of gardaí by 2,000 at cost of €47m per year

President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell

Taoiseach does not meet Prokopios Pavlopoulos due to election campaigning

Fr Brian D’Arcy is made an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge Prince William at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Accepting award, the priest told Prince William he was praying for his family

Michael O’Sullivan and Matt Murphy are pictured outside their favorite cafe, Lilliput Stores in Stoneybatter. File photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times.

Decision by Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan drew significant media attention

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and junior minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at the Magazine Fort in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Junior minister has said he will run as an Independent in the next general election

The figures for Ireland showed a marked increase in happiness by the time people entered their late-50s, which continued to increase into their 60s and 70s.

Irish people report surge in happiness in late 50s when they become more ‘realistic’

Storm Brendan throwing up  waves on   Strangford Lough in Co Down. Photograph:  Alan Lewis- Photopress

Thousands of homes left without power as wind and flooding warnings remain in place

Storm Brendan: A man is caught by a high wave at Coliemore Harbour Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Some homes will be without power overnight as ESB restores power to 100,000

Anne Roper filed her complaint to the WRC in January 2019. File photograph.

Roper filed WRC complaint after she was forced to retire at 65

University Hospital Limerick again had the highest number of patients on trolleys on Wednesday, with 63 waiting for beds, followed by 46 patients in University Hospital Galway, and 43 in Cork University Hospital

Hospitals remain under intense strain as emergency department crisis continues

The study found those  smoking roll-your-own cigarettes had increased significantly from 35 per cent to over half of smokers. File photograph: Getty

Major study in England shows fewer smokers trying to quit and more using rolling tobacco

RTÉ had argued it was necessary for Anne Roper to retire at 65 ‘to ensure intergenerational fairness and to facilitate the promotion of younger producers’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruling found decision to push Anne Roper to retire at 65 to be ‘disproportionate’

Poster for Go Vegan World on Lincoln Place in Dublin 2. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Vegan group says identity of funders is ‘irrelevant’ to its animal rights work

The Department of Agriculture has urged all poultry farmers to be ‘vigilant’ during the current high risk period for bird flu. Photograph: Yves Logghe/AP

Disease can affect humans if they come into close contact with infected animals

The 760 patients waiting for a bed on Monday significantly surpasses the previous high  during the ‘Beast from the East’ storm in March 2018, when 714 patients were waiting.

INMO wants elective surgery cancellations as 760 patients wait for admission to hospital

The Irish Coast Guard has warned that gale force winds could impede the search operation for the missing  fisherman. Photograph: RNLI/Nigel Millard

Search for 41-year-old Willie Whelan now categorised ‘search and recovery operation’

Of 14,177 reports made to Tusla in the final quarter of 2018, social workers decided more than a tenth    did not meet the threshold to require making a referral, the meeting heard. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agency sending child welfare referrals made by post back to be re-submitted online

A video showing a room with 10 beds and no windows  was taken at the East End Hotel in Portarlington. Photograph: Collins Photos

Video of direct provision centre appeared to show row of beds in room with no windows

Writer and comedian Tara Flynn will feature at a Nollaig na mBan event on Monday evening in Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in the Dublin city centre CHQ building.  Photograph:  Ruth Connolly

Literature events, art exhibitions and charity fundraisers planned for Little Christmas

Footage   taken inside the East End Hotel, Co Laois, which has been contracted to accommodate asylum seekers since May 2019, was circulated on social media on Friday evening.

Minister for Justice had expressed concern at footage taken inside former Portarlington hotel

‘If you are the winner, contact the National Lottery prize claims team and we will arrange for you to come and collect your prize,’ said a spokesman.

Lucky winner fails to step forward, but Millionaire Raffle ticket ‘may have been a gift’

The brunt of the homelessness crisis is concentrated in Dublin, where 4,509 adults and 2,782 children were homeless.

Latest data from Department of Housing show over 3,700 children without a home

Ireland experienced the second-largest increase in the share of household expenditure spent dining out between 2008 and 2018.  File photograph: Getty

Expenditure eating out is more than double the EU average of 7%, according to Eurostat

Bus Éireann confirmed one of its drivers had been detained following a roadside check on January 1st. File photograph of a Bus Éireann vehicle.

Bus Éireann apologises for inconvenience caused to passengers

The emergency department of St James’s Hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 100 people are expected to die before the end of this winter flu season

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the health trend figures helped to show ‘where things are going well and where we need to improve’. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Health trends show improvement in life expectancy and high perception of good health

Life expectancy at birth is 80.4 years for men and 84 years for women, the smallest gap between the sexes since the 1950s. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gap in life expectancy between sexes has started to narrow, new statistics show

The scene of the crash which claimed the life of a man in  Co Donegal in the early hours of Thursday morning. Photograph: North West Newspix

Sole occupant killed from injuries after crash in early hours of St Stephen’s Day morning

 Belvedere College students sing carols as they start their annual sleep-out outside the GPO on O’Connell Street to raise funds for three homeless charities. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Belvedere College’s annual sleep-out raises funds for three homeless charities

Closure of the Curry-Moylough community playground in Co Sligo was described as a ‘huge loss’. Photograph: Susie McDonagh

Volunteer-run local facility falls foul of corporate reluctance to issue or renew policies


Festive speech focuses on plight of those seeking ‘protection and shelter’ in Ireland

Florence Widdicombe (6) at her home in Tooting, south London, holding a Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as the one which contained a message from a Chinese factory worker. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London schoolgirl found message from ‘prisoners forced to work’ in box of cards

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has issued orders to de-register four Dublin creches run by Hyde & Seek. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parents deliver petition to Zappone calling for her to ‘initiate urgent mediation’ between Tusla and creche management

  Dr Mel Bates said another problem was the “collapse” of the same day service for patients in general practice. “People are choosing not to wait until they get an appointment with their own GP and they’re coming to out-of-hours.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Eight people have died due to flu-related illnesses so far this season; more than 300 admitted to hospital in last week alone

The Clara post office where an armed robbery was carried out by two men in balaclavas on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Google Street View

Two men in balaclavas carrying suspected firearm and knife steal cash in Clara raid

The weather warning will be in place from 4am on Wednesday to 7pm that evening. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Status yellow rainfall warning along with hazard of localised flooding for Wednesday

Prime minister Boris Johnson holds his first Cabinet meeting following the General Election in Downing Street, London. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

British government deciding to ‘tie itself’ by ruling out transition period extension

People living in cities were more likely to be single, have higher disposable incomes and a third-level degree compared to those in rural areas, according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).   Photograph: iStock

New statistics also show urban dwellers more likely to have higher disposable income than rural counterparts

In response to the complaints the Institute of Education on Dublin’s Leeson Street  told the advertising standards body the  slogan was “intended to be regarded as an example of puffery rather than as a statement of fact”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Advertising authority upholds complaints against Brown Thomas and e-cigarette firm

The report found over €48,000 had been spent by Galway University Foundation on business class flights between 2015 and 2017. Photograph: NUIG website

Charities Regulator criticises university foundation spending on business class flights and luxury hotels

Jim Shannon of the DUP celebrates topping the Strangford poll. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

MP lashes out at Boris Johnson, saying British PM has ‘degraded’ the union

Stephen Farry of the Alliance Party celebrates after his win in North Down. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Alliance deputy leader takes Sylvia Hermon’s seat as he tops poll ahead of Alex Easton

Food safety and health officials are worried the stolen meat may not be processed properly. Photogrpah: Getty Images

Warning follows theft of 36 beef carcases from Northern Ireland food business

Newly commissioned Air Corps pilot Lauren Cusack with her godson Darragh Brogan at Baldonnell Airbase in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Lauren Cusack says going to Curragh ‘a crazy experience’ but she now has ‘best job ever’

US president Donald Trump: predicted to lose the election next year.  Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Irish almanac predicts Kerry to win the Men’s All-Ireland football championship

 More than 100 people were hospitalised with influenza last week, according to HSE figures. File photograph: AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Lara Solt

Over 185 people admitted to hospital for influenza treatment since start of winter flu season

Child safeguarding expert Ian Elliott (left) will ‘leave no stone unturned’ in his inquiries into Scouting Ireland, the chair of the organisation’s board Adrian Tennant (right) has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Recent revelations from victims ‘grim and shocking’, Oireachtas committee told

Lisa Smith (38) (left, covered) is escorted by a Garda member leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dundalk woman (38) must be charged or released after three days of questioning

 Damp and rainy weather in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on November 22nd last. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Met Éireann summary says it was both colder and wetter than normal across Ireland

Tractors parked on the streets around St Stephen’s Green in Dublin city centre last week in protest. Photograph: PA

Discussions on beef sector reforms start after contentious court injunctions lifted

Legislation to modernise gambling laws would put a cap on prize money of 50 per cent of a bingo hall’s takings on a night, a sharp drop from current prize rates. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Campaigners plan ‘Save Our Bingo’ protest to oppose new changes to prize rates

People lay flowers at London Bridge for the victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Liveline caller was on hop-on hop-off tour bus when attack took place

Stewarts Care is one of the country’s largest organisations providing services for people with disabilities. Photograph: Eric Luke

Litany of errors led to man roaming near motorway after swimming outing

Stewarts Care said its board and senior management accepted and took full responsibility “for the findings of the independently conducted investigation into the events of April 2nd last.”

Man found by gardaí walking along grass verge in middle of a dual carriageway

Irish Rail launched a text alert system for Dart passengers on August 16th after a sharp rise in formal complaints of intimidation, assaults, vandalism and thefts. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 60 Dart passengers every month alert security about antisocial behaviour, sexual harassment and racism

In total Irish Rail spent €6.1m  on security services last year, and €4.6m  up to the end of September this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Decrease in the number of Irish Rail employees assaulted at work

The Hyde & Seek creche on Botanic Road, Glasnevin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Shortcomings in Hyde & Seek chain highlighted in RTÉ Investigates programme

 The health service has set up a 24/7 helpline run by the National Ambulance Service that will help direct people seeking mental health care to the most appropriate service.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

New 24/7 helpline will direct people towards most appropriate mental health service

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Photograph: Google Street View

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell compares Crumlin A&E to ‘South American’ facility

Ms Justice Marie Baker has been nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish  Times

Marie Baker nominated for Supreme Court after serving on Court of Appeal since 2018

Sarah Lynott and Cathleen Lynott , daughters of Phil Lynott with new coin. Photograoh: Tom Honan

Collectors coin marks 70 years since famous musician’s birth

 Justice Seán Ryan, chair, and Anne McLoughlin, a member of the confidentiality committee, at the launch of Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report, in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister says sealing records necessary to respect confidentiality provisions of Ryan commission

The printer has now been installed but is not  in use due to an industrial relations stand-off between the Oireachtas and staff tasked with using the machine. Photograph: Alan Betson

Oireachtas spent €230,000 to fit printer into Leinster House after measurement error

Stéphane Coispel, manager of French transport firm AllianCeuropE, at Cherbourg port: “It is very expensive for us, you have damage to trailers and we must repair them.”  Photograph: Jack Power

Lorry drivers on Rosslare-Cherbourg route tell a common tale of break-ins by migrants

 Mary Keane (centre) has been caring for her son Michael (second from left) for 40 years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Country’s top carers honoured at the annual Family Carers Ireland award ceremony

Ghost brokers either use incorrrect details to buy a policy or sell fake insurance certificates and discs to drivers.

Scam insurance operations target inexperienced drivers and foreign nationals

The Central Statistics Office estimates there are around 246,000 people who use vapes or e-cigarettes, roughly one in 20 people in Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Healthy Ireland survey shows slight increase in vaping rates to one in 20 people in Ireland

Caitriona Lucas was killed in September 2016 off the coast of Co Clare after a rigid inflatable boat capsized during a search mission. File photograph: The Irish Times

Lucas found lying face down in the water and lifejacket not inflated during 2016 boat capsize

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is to investigate why journalists from The Currency website have been prohibited from appearing on Communicorp radio stations. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Regulator’s compliance committee to examine NUJ complaint about radio group’s move

Large numbers of people supporting the I Love St Anne’s campaign holding a rally in the Raheny park on Sunday.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Local campaign forms human chain around controversial north Dublin development site

The Government is to decide shortly on the best way to proceed in dealing with historical child sexual abuse, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Major historic abuse scandal involves 321 alleged victims and 247 alleged perpetrators

Mark Gaffney was nine years old when the grooming began, he says. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mental trauma of confronting childhood abuse had devastating effect on victim’s life

The EPA launched an investigation into the electricity cable  leaks and identified 68 historic leaks between 1993 and June 2019. File photograph: iStock

Environmental Protection Agency investigation found series of failings at utility

German shepherd-Akita mixed breed, had been left near the entrance to the ISPCA’s national animal centre in Keenagh, Co Longford. Photograph: ISPCA

Dog in ‘critical condition’ after being rush by ISPCA staff member to local vet

The utility has said there is little point in providing water tankers for use by schools and hospitals as water from a tanker would have to be boiled, and is therefore no different to that which is available in taps in affected premises.  Photograph: File/iStock

Environmental Protection Agency says filter work at Leixlip plant may not be enough

Scouting Ireland  has twice had its funding suspended by the Minister for Children Katherine Zappone over governance issues. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Children to meet organisation’s officials in March over reform progress

The hearse carrying the remains of RTE broadcaster Gay Byrne passes through Howth on its way to the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds gather along funeral cortège route to pay respects to late broadcaster

The boil water notice  remains in place for 600,000 people. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Water notice affecting 600,000 people in greater Dublin area in place since Monday

The chair of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, privately hit out at RTÉ in a letter to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Rabbitte hit out at ‘significant delays in reporting and provision of footage to Tusla’

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