A scheme to replace the   wards of court system has been delayed again due to lack of funding.  Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Scheme to replace wards of court system delayed again due to lack of funding

Catherine Day, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chairwoman says assembly is testament to gender equality being ‘back on the agenda’

While 71 per cent of the general working-age population are at work this figures is just 31 per cent of people with a disability. Photograph: iStock

‘We cannot continue with business as usual’, coalition of advocacy groups says

Once removed from the register of early years services a provider must close and will no longer receive public funding. Photograph: iStock

Childcare providers in Dublin 8 and Co Wicklow issued with deregistration notices

            Cristina Moczek, her husband Constantin Neacsu and their son Emmanuel (2) with food from Feed Our Homeless at College Green, Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Growing number of children regularly get evening meals from free-food stalls in city

A ‘devastated’ Kayla Jackson in her back garden in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Resident had tended her back garden as a biosphere for 12 years before it was cleared

The pension age is rising and a growing number of older people are being affected.

‘It is a scandal. Enda Kenny got to go off with a nice package and he doesn’t have to wait’

Section of the Grand Canal pedestrian walk that links Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot with Inchicore. Photograph: Google Street View

Activities of small group could escalate into ‘criminality that has plagued’ other localities

“Two out of every five jobs in Ireland are at high risk of automation with towns where employment is dominated by agriculture and manufacturing most exposed to the impact of automation on employment.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Social Justice Ireland warns work, income, services and infrastructure vital for regions

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: ‘As somebody who has already been keen on getting things done, combing my radical, idealistic spirit with a pragmatic approach, yes I would love to have the opportunity to be in Government again.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children would like a different portfolio if in Government after the election

James Grant: ‘At night it’s better to be awake, to be alert. That way I’m not going to die of the cold.’ Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Homeless people report feeling safer in tents than hostels – and this despite fear of attack

Man remains in St Vincent’s Hospital where his condition is described as ‘serious but stable’

The incident is the subject of a Garda investigation, an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority and separate reviews by Waterways Ireland and the DRHE. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Individual hospitalised after tent he was in was lifted by mechanical vehicle

Phoenix Lodge. Photograph: Google Street View

Body of woman in her late 20s found at emergency accommodation

The scene in Dublin  where a homeless man was injured during a tent clearing operation along the banks of the Grand Canal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tent containing homeless man was ‘checked verbally’ before being lifted

 Gardaí at the scene where a homeless man was injured along the Grand Canal in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Utility vehicle was removing tents pitched along the Grand Canal in Dublin

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: wants all primary school children, regardless of income bracket,  to eventually get a hot meal daily at school. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pilot shows hot food ‘not just nutritious’ but guarantees better education, Minister says

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, had committed to publishing this strategy during the summer and its much-delayed publication on Tuesday may well be one of her last acts as Minister. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

State pension to be benchmarked against the cost of living

Traveller families in Clondalkin who have been living on an unauthorised site in Balgaddy have been ordered to leave.  Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Doherty families, who have been on the site at Balgaddy, Clondalkin since late 2018, have been ordered by the High Court to leave (...)

There are 26 secure care beds in the State “and only 14 of them are available mainly due to staffing problems” the report says. Photograph: iStock

Vulnerable minors are not getting timely access to therapuetic care, report says

 Since 2010 a total of 707 children have been adopted.  File photograph: Getty Images

Largest number have come from Russia, followed by Romania, China and Ethiopia

 Abandoned refuse in north inner city Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ibal’s latest survey finds that disadvantaged areas worst affected by litter last year

A woman signs a book of condolence at RTÉ Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin, for broadcaster Marian Finucane, who died on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Books of condolence open at RTÉ and in Naas after broadcaster’s sudden death aged 69

Colleen McDonagh at her apartment in Tallaght. Photograph: Tom Honan

Family in emergency accommodation became homeless after landlord sold house

Kirsty Spencer with her children outside their hub accommodation, in Drumcondra in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Hubs’ were a short-term fix for family homelessness but are a long-term reality for many

Food queue: People form an orderly line shortly after 5am for Christmas parcels. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Capuchin day centre once again comes to the aid of poorest and most needy in capital

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said It is ‘only right and proper’ that Ireland plays its part and offers a helping hand. File photograph: Getty

Refugees would be from Syria and Eritrea and will come via Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia

Growing up in the Cold: Children in the private-rented sector twice as likely to experience energy poverty as those in owner-occupied homes. File photograph: Getty

Families in the cold as they have 'nothing at end of week to top up their pre-pay meter’

Former environmental editor of The Irish Times Frank McDonald has been made a honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Frank McDonald ‘worthy of the highest distinction this College has to offer’

The Hyde & Seek creche on Botanic Road, Glasnevin was one of four ordered to close by Tusla last month. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Hyde and Seek, in letter to Dublin city councillors, said it will defend services in court

Storm Atiyah making landfall at Cromwell Point lighthouse, Valentia Island, Co Kerry. Photograph: Alan Landers

Power should be restored by Monday night; wind speeds of 128km/h recorded in Mayo, Cork

(L TO R) Kieran Stafford, SVP national president & Bernie Hogan, President of St Michan’s Conference,during an unveiling by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) of a plaque where the first meeting of the Society was held in Dublin 175 years ago on Charles Street West, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Founding meeting took place on December 16th 1844 on Charles Street West, Smithfield

Damian English  said it was “absolutely frustrating to see funding not been spent.”Photograph: Alan Betson

Damien English tells committee too many local authorities are failing to deliver

A protest in Dublin on Thursday against homelessness.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Families living in emergency accommodation among those at city centre rally

Chef Pat Gaughran at the Focus Ireland Christmas party for children in emergency accommodation at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Festive event at Liberty Hall the first of a series of Christmas parties Focus Ireland will hold for children it works with

Jo Tully, Grace Vaughan and Donna Cooney from the Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare, with Róisín Shortall TD at a press conference in a Dublin  hotel. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Campaign for non-religious healthcare says only public ownership of the land can guarantee that the healthcare will be secular

Karen McEvoy died of suspected sepsis at Naas General Hospital on December 25th, 2018.

Karen McEvoy died of suspected sepsis after giving birth to healthy girl

Carol Connors holds a photograph of her daugher Anne Marie who died of a drug overdose in supported accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Woman’s body was discovered in south Dublin apartment along with her children then aged five and 10

The  accommodation earmarked for asylum seekers  in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell/Irish Times

Both sides in Ballinamore appear satisfied with decision on asylum seeker numbers

The direct provision accommodation for asylum seekers will house 25 families in Ballinamore. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Twenty-seven people to take up seven self-contained apartments in Ballinamore

Child poverty has fallen from 18.4% to 15.9%, though this rate still represents 202,000 children. Photograph: iStock

‘More than 689,000’ still living in poverty in Ireland, think tank emphasises

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor with (left to right) Casielee Kavanagh, Annalisha Ward, Rachel McDonagh, Abigail McDonagh, Alexcy Ebigbagha, Cordelia Joyce, Chantal Geoghan and Sophia Ward (jumping) from Little Minceirs, Offaly Traveller Movement. Photograph: Maxwells

Young teacher blames lack of empathy for causing isolation

Mulhuddart Community Centre staff Audrey McGuirk, Angela Priestly, Joe Byrne and Kathleen Brennan are paid minimum wage while colleagues in same jobs earn more. Photograph: Alan Betson

Variations in wages under different schemes result in some earning €3 an hour less

Some 16 per cent agreed a man should drive the car in a relationship where both male and female could drive. Photograph: iStock

Results show that 26% of younger adults believe the man should be head of household

Homeless people sheltering is an “improper use” of the doorway say CBRE in its planning application. File photograph: The Irish Times

Disney Store on Grafton Street says activity in doorway has exposed staff to threatening behaviour and confrontation

More than 100 reports of suspected abuse or neglect of children in homeless accommodation were received by Tusla in the first eight months of the year, new figures show. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tusla says notices received from accommodation managers unlikely to capture all cases

A file image of a halting site on the Cappagh Road in Finglas, Dublin. Less than one third of funds allocated for Traveller accommodation this year had been spent by the end of last month. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Just €4m of €13m provided by Department of Housing spent in first 10 months

The study says ‘serious harm’ is being done to these children’s health as they face ‘unacceptable health risks and harm’. Photograph: iStock

Children in emergency accommodation ‘more likely to be bullied’, study finds

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon:  said earlier in 2019 it was unlawful to be required to have a PSC card to access benefits or services beyond those offered by the Department of Social Protection. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Council for Civil Liberties criticises parents’ need to have card to avail of scheme

Claudia de Souza and her wife Myra McGuirk at home in North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Experienced civil engineer’s dismay at construction company ‘looking for a man’

Dr Sindy Joyce, who sits on the Council of State, said she was ‘disgusted’ by Ms Clifford-Lee’s tweets, for which there should be zero-tolerance.

Accepting the apology amounted to ‘letting her away with it’ – Dr Sindy Joyce

Gardaí are urging sex-workers to only meet clients who are known to them.

Campaign group say criminalising purchase of sex is directly linked to assaults, robberies

Among the reports’ recommendations  are that local authorities  make “the best interests of the child as paramount” when placing families in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Measures could include imposing restrictions on landlords’ rights and ending use of one-night-only accommodation for families

Tenants facing mass eviction following sale of the houses at 32 and 34 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in June. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The new review also calls for a constitutional right to housing to be considered as a 'matter of urgency'

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Families fear reporting matter to gardaí as Drogheda drug feud continues, says Pavee Point

President Michael D Higgins has asked for a   team to develop plans to protect plants and wildlife around Áras an Uachtaráin and the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Eric Luke

Specialist team to carry out year-long ‘bio-diversity’ audit of 52-hectare site

 Monika Nawrat’s funeral took place in Glasnevin Crematorium Chapel. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Monika Nawrat (30), originally from Poland, lived in Ireland for over ten years

 Aoife Ní Mhurchú of Medicines Sans Frontiers Ireland met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, above,  on Thursday. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Irish nurse says she witnessed torture of migrants in EU-funded detention centres in Libya

The highest numbers are employed in the hospitality, administration and support, and the wholesale and retail sectors. Photograph: iStock

UK, Romania and Brazil accounted for most new allocations

Dr Seán Nixon said the cause of death could not be ascertained, though he recommended a verdict of natural causes.

Coroner says Geraldine McGuinness (56) ‘most likely’ died after going to sleep in ditch

Dara Quigley who died on April 12th, 2017

Journalist and activist died by suicide after intimate images of her were shared online

Joan Collins, TD (Independents 4 Change) said there should be “nothing about Travellers without Travellers.

Department of Health behaved like ‘an absentee landlord’ on Traveller health issue

Monika Nawrat  died in the Mater hospital on  October 14th, 2019, after attempting to take her life in Dóchas women’s prison nine days previously

Solicitor says Monika Nawrat was ‘let down by a fractured and broken system’

The PSNI said  there is absolutely no justification for an attack like this.

‘This is totally barbaric and must stop’ said police officer who appealed for information

Budget 2020 marked a shift in the right direction,     child advocates believe. Photograph: Getty Images

Anti-child-poverty initiatives were ‘really significant’, says Children’s Rights Alliance

Joan Collins TD at Leinster House. Ms Collins is a member of the Oireachtas committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas committee hears the move will help assess suicide rates among Travellers

Karen McEvoy died of suspected sepsis at Naas General Hospital on December 25th last.

Counsel ‘should study protocols’ before hearing into mother’s death after giving birth

A total of 76 per cent, when asked who the perpetrator was, said it was ‘someone in a position of power – the chef, the owner, the manager’.  Photograph: iStock

High numbers of workers report verbal and physical abuse, and sexual harassment

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

Lone parent group claims fewer chances to train and work under new childcare scheme

Chief executive of Social Justice Ireland Sean Healy   and Colette Bennett, research and policy analyst, speaking at their analysis of Budget 2020 Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Poorest 30 per cent will be hit hardest, particularly with rising food costs, says CEO

Social welfare office: Younger unemployed people will see their jobseeker’s allowance restored in full to €203 per week for those 25 and over. Photograph: Eric Luke

Under no-deal shadow, scarcer resources go to social groupings deemed most vulnerable

Free meals for children are a recognised, targeted intervention to tackle child poverty. File photograph: Getty

Child poverty intervention is in addition to hot meals pilot running in 36 primary schools

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Income allowed while still qualifying for One Parent Family Payment up €15 to €145

A mental health crisis among Travellers must be addressed as human rights issue, an Oireachtas committee heard. Photograph: iStock

Most Travellers felt the State was ‘indifferent’ to their suffering

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis have had ‘huge support’ and spent the weekend in Ireland with family, but plan to leave again. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fiona Ryan and Jonathan Mathis urge people to sign online petition for hate-crime law

The study is the 15th in the charity’s series on the gap between the HAP and RS limits and market rents and is the first that looks at the impact of ‘discretionary top-ups’ on accessing properties. Photograph: iStock

Properties suitable for four household ‘types’ examined in new Simon Communities report

Dublin GAA player Michael Darragh Macauley: ‘It’s about a positive influence in kids’ lives and to highlight there are different paths you can go down.’ Photograph: John Ohle

Poverty-fuelled drug-dealing and violence can stop being normalised by community effort

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy said it was ‘completely insane’ that large, international publishing platforms were unregulated.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Online regulator ‘with teeth’ needed, committee discussing online harassment told

‘The big challenge around homophobia is being able to talk about sex and being able to talk about men having sex with men, what they need, and to demystify that,’ says Mick Quinlan, manager of the Gay Health Network. File image: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A third of men who have sex with men reported being stared at or intimidated in past year

Seán O’Keeffe (R), who died last year, pictured with his brothers Bob (L) and Brian (C).

Seán O’Keeffe died of an overdose after ‘desperately’ seeking psychiatric help

Representatives from political parties, trade unions and civil society groups outside Leinster House under the banner of Raise the Roof to demand that the Government implements a major motion on housing passed by the Dáil a year ago. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Fine Gael needs to ‘step back’ from its current policy, protesters outside Dáil told

Flac’s annual report shows most queries concerned family law, employment law and wills/probate – but a third of cases now deal with housing issues alone. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal advice body expresses concern over information given by gardaí to local authorities

  Fiona Ryan and Jonathan  Mathis  feature in an advertising  campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach said Government is working on hate crime legislation

Fiona Ryan with Jon Mathis, who experienced online abuse after featuring in an ad campaign for the Lidl supermarket chain. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

‘We actually thank Gemma O’Doherty for highlighting there is no real hate-crime legislation’

Phyllis and Maurice McHugh, who lost their only child, Caroline, in the 1981 Stardust disaster, and Lisa Lawlor, who was 17 months old when her parents, Francis and Maureen, died in the fire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Families of the victims of the Stardust fire hope new inquests will help bring healing

 Victims’ family members at  Buswells Hotel after the announcement that  the Stardust blaze will be subject to  a fresh inquest. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Inquest will see official narrative of how 48 people died challenged in court of law for first time since 1982

Bridget McDermott with her daughter June, holding a photograph of children William, Marcella and George, as Stardust fire victims’ families gathered at a press conference following the announcement of a new inquest into the deaths of 48 young people in the 1981 nightclub disaster. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘The reality is there are people who must be held accountable for what happened that night’

New Tusla chief executive   Bernard Gloster: “I am very conscious that in the case of Tusla we intervene in the lives of people often in an unwelcome way.”  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Bernard Gloster says key objective of his tenure will be winning public’s confidence

Ruth Coppinger points to screen shots of text messages during a press conference at Buswells Hotel in Dublin discussing landlord and tenant relationships prior to her raising the issue again in the Dáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ruth Coppinger says she has received more disclosures, particularly from three women in the Hap sector

Kirsty-Cyane McGill kept all the texts to eventually ‘do something about it’. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

‘It was really inappropriate flirting, creepy. But ... I didn’t want to get on his wrong side’

Direct-provision protest: silent demonstration walking from Oughterard to the former Connemara Gateway Hotel last Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

What lies behind Roosky, Lisdoonvarna and Oughterard’s objections to direct-provision centres?

Landlord accused of issuing invalid notices to quit in two Dublin 4 properties

Residents of South Richmond St and Rosedale Terrace demonstrate outside the offices of Val Issuer on Molesworth Street with members of People Before Profit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pursuit of vacant possession to refurbish and hike rent ‘like an epidemic across country’

The Bernard Shaw:  Bodytonic said it would be closing the pub at the end of October.   Photograph: Tom Honan /The Irish Times

‘It’s more than just a nightlife venue. It’s a genuine artistic and creative hub, with a social purpose’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: current situation ‘not a great way to do things’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Doherty unhappy with current situation whereby courts rule on relatively small sums

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton, who is publishing the Northside Partnership’s strategy 2019-2023. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Society conditioned to overlook skills of people in poorer areas, says organisation

In July, the National Ttransport Authority said financial penalties would be imposed on Go-Ahead. However the authority has since said it is allowing the private operator time to “bed in” and would not fine the firm. File photograph: Go-Ahead

NTA will not fine bus operator despite complaints about punctuality, buses not turning up

Dr Gil Botvin with sixth class pupils in St Michael’s Primary School, Ballyfermot, to see the implementation of his Botvin LifeSkills programme. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Pupils learn how to make good decisions, deal with stress and feel good about themselves

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Children’s Rights Alliance proposes daily hot meals, free school books and hobby subsidy

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