‘I hadn’t a clue what was happening’: Claire Hendrick was made a ward-of-court in 2010 four years after her mother’s death. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Decision Support Service has yet to begin operating due to ongoing funding shortfalls

“Larger families, Traveller families, non-Irish national families and those families with limited English faced serious difficulties in securing bookings in hotels and B&Bs.” Photograph: Getty Images

Group’s annual report says emergency accommodation conditions violating rights accounts for 28% of cases

‘Terminate the Help to Buy Scheme,’ says SJI, and use the €75 million saved to invest in homelessness prevention. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Social Justice Ireland says Budget 2021 needs to focus on social housing and tax increases

 Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has voiced concern that some are underestimating the current public health situation in Dublin.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Archbishop says he is worried about parishes taking initiatives to ‘get First Communions done’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  said churches would remain closed ‘except for private prayer, weddings and funerals’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin’s religious to re-embrace online ceremonies as capital moves to Level 3 restrictions

Over 58 per cent stated that many of the young people they work with do not understand what the term consent means as well as some of the language used in relation to consent. Photograph: iStock

Repurcussions and fear of saying ‘no’ was mentioned by some of those surveyed

Tusla staff ‘work collaboratively with all parents to ensure that the best interests of the child is the foremost priority’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Advocacy group highlights ‘inconsistent’ rates of children taken into care around State

Catering staff Johnny Glynn, Chelsea Connell, Ryan Murphy, and Chris Traynor, laid off employees of Aramark protesting outside their former workplace the former AIB Headquarters in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catering staff say they were ‘dumped after years of loyalty’, call on former employer AIB for support

Care home set for closure St Mary’s Centre (Telford) on Merrion Road, Dublin 4

Health watchdog surveys 19 residents of Dublin care home set for closure

‘As the lockdown has lifted, we have seen an increase in the numbers of women advertised online once again and an increase in sex buyers contacting them.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Ruhama calls on Government for better enforcement of legislation on purchasing sex

Ciara Fennell and Shane Linnie outside their tent in Dublin city centre. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

The number sleeping rough in Dublin fell to just 25 in March, but is now over 100 a night. With many services closed by the pandem(...)

A direct provision centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare,  that suffered a Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government and HSE confirm rollout of voluntary and free testing for asylum seekers

Commissioned by HIV Ireland, the small-scale study looks at how the Part 4 of the Sexual Offences Act (2017) has impacted sex workers.

Maynooth university report warns sex workers feel less safe since law introduced

Deputy Mairéad Farrell (Sinn Féin) was elected to Galway City Council when she was 24 and she would encourage young people who were interested to ‘go for it’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tasc online forum heard from young people involved in activism, media and Oireachtas

NMH Master Shane Higgins said his staff would ’be the first to acknowledge how difficult this has been for couples and mothers having to be on their own for ante-natal visits and scans’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hope partners may be soon be allowed accompany women to 20-week scan

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Photograph: James Forde

Chief executive echoes ‘fervent calls’ for reform of the criminal justice system

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin revealed how she had been subject to regular harassment by a professor at the university. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times

Lecturer and broadcaster had earlier received no direct communication from college head

An empty Grafton Street in April. Footfall levels are currently at about 50% of pre-Covid levels on Grafton Street, accordking to Dublin City Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pedestrian numbers in Limerick, Dublin, Cork and Galway fell up to 90% in lockdown

One Ballyfermot resident said the activity is ‘terrifying for pets and older people’.

‘Nothing is cancelling out the noise. I wear headphones ... it’s explosion after explosion’

Clare Heffernan, a resident of the apartments attached to St Mary’s (Telford) nursing home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. ‘I can’t sleep. I cannot eat. I am so traumatised.’   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residents of St Mary’s facility face uncertain future amid liquidation process

The number of homeless people in the State has increased for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Housing. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Increase linked to single adults having to use emergency accommodation due to problems finding homes

Advocates for survivors of abuse at religious institutions are concerned that some vulnerable claimants may lose out. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Body set up to improve lives of survivors of abuse at religious institutions said it will shut

Joan Kiernan and John Fitzgerald outside St Mary’s (Telford) nursing home, Merrion Road, Dublin at a rally on Wednesday to demand St Mary’s and other Sisters of Charity facilities remain open and provide continuity of care to residents. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

‘Residents are very frightened. We will fight tooth and nail to save their homes and protect them’

Women who drink coffee while pregnant are putting their unborn child at a ‘substantially larger’ risk of stillbirth, low birth weight, childhood acute leukaemia and childhood obesity, a study published in the British Medical Journal warns. Image: iStock.

Research suggests there is no ‘safe’ level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told a Women’s Aid online  seminar there had been a 20 per cent increase in call outs to domestic violence incidents since the end of March. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

District Court president says applications for barring and protection orders up 17%

The Women’s Aid report reveals a 43 per cent increase in calls to its helpline, compared with the same period in 2019. Photograph: iStock

Dearth of refuge capacity exacerbated by Covid-19 crisis, according to Women’s Aid

Advocacy groups have responded to the new measures for the over 70s. Photograph: Getty

Advocacy organisations respond to new restrictions announced by Taoiseach

Thomas O’Driscoll: ‘I am grateful I had champions, opportunities and the support of people that made a critical difference.’ Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Kerry native lauds commitment of one social worker, mother’s love and youth workers

Sr Kathleen Bryant, a member of the Sisters of Charity, who has worked with trafficking survivors in three continents. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Sr Kathleen Bryant says State has continuously failed to meet key international targets to combat the problem

The Traveller Legal Service is essential to ‘meet a huge unmet legal need’ in the community, according to advocates. Photograph: Alan Betson

Service aims to ‘improve outcomes in housing, education and equality by enforcing their rights’

The programme for government describes domestic violence as an “epidemic”. Photograph: Getty Images

Talks ongoing between two departments about which should drive national strategy

Just 2.4 per cent of people classified themselves as heavy drinkers.  File photograph: The Irish Times

HRB finds women who drink harmfully particularly likely to think drinking is moderate

Oberstown detention campus  in Lusk, Co Dublin. It can accommodate 48 boys and six girls up to the age of 18. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost a third of youths in the north Co Dublin children’s detention centre had lost one or both of their parents

Maria Jikijela, co-founder and director of The Great Care Co-op. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Co-founder Maria Jikijela says the group will ‘reinvest all profits in the carers’

A Garda spokeswoman said the investigations were ongoing. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Bodies discovered hours apart on Tuesday morning at Abigail Women’s Centre in Dublin

Dr Frank Conaty of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Many people with disabilities ‘depressed and regressing’ in absence of supports

Property owners have reacted angrily to a planned extension by Government of a ban on rent increases and evictions

Minister extends ban past Monday deadline but extension is expected to be short

The Central Mental Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Study shows 20–24 year age group had highest rate of admissions

A total of 105 children, deemed at risk of ongoing significant harm, were on Cork’s child protection notification system (CPNS) at the time of the inspection. File photograph: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/iStock

One at-risk child in service run by Tusla was not visited four months after case discussed

The Child Care Law Reporting Project, led by Dr Carol Coulter, was established in 2012 to report on and examine court orders made under the Child Care Act, mainly relating to taking children into care. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parents unable to visit sick child and family prevented from reuniting among cases listed

 Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare to fly to various locations earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dr Sam McConkey says calls for better enforcement of 14-day travel quarantine

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said relations between Britain and Ireland had been damaged during the Brexit process and needed to be improved upon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Micheál Martin says it is too early to relax 14-day quarantine as focus was on reopening society

Roseanne Joyce with three of her five children – Johanna Rose, David and Danny – in the car they live in outside the offices of Tipperary County Council in Nenagh. Photograph: John D Kelly

Roseanne Joyce advised by Tipperary council to return to parents’ crowded Nenagh home

During 2019 the Irish Human Rights and Equality commission had 2,165 public queries – a 27 per cent increase on 2018

IHREC report published as Covid-19 highlights ‘existing inequalities in our society’

Ombudsman for Children’s Office report: “Children were acutely aware of the difference between themselves and their peers in relation to participating in social and recreational activities.”

Asylum-seeker ‘sadness’ often compounded by isolation from school peers outside towns

Muslim girls have been abused for wearing the hijab, according to the report from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office. Stock photograph: istock

Use of n-word and exclusion by teachers and other students widespread, report finds

The inspection reports into children protection and welfare services in Kerry and in Cavan/Monaghan, by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa), also highlight delays in potentially at-risk children being assessed.

Tusla child protection services in Kerry and Cavan/Monaghan criticised by watchdog

Senator Eileen Flynn: ‘It’s been a lovely experience, the last few days.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

‘I know I can’t speak for other marginalised communities, but I want to speak with them,’ says Eileen Flynn

The report notes there are six Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service  units in just three counties and only two of them take out-of-hours admissions. File photograph: iStock

Report records 168 suicides among people engaged with mental health services last year

The Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights says Ireland is one of 14 EU states violating the European Social Charter, on women’s rights to equality at work. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

Ireland one of 14 EU states violating charter on equality at work, rights body says

The ideal for many workers could be “blended working”, where people  work a few days from home and a few in the workplace. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey finds 70% of employers are open to facilitating working from home

Nine of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees are women. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Campaigners highlight ‘missed opportunity’ to nominate woman of colour as senator

James O’Reilly’s eldest daughter Helen O’Donoghue: She, her sisters and aunt believe they were ‘let down’ by a number of agencies as they were Travellers. Photograph: Alan Place

O’Reilly’s victims call for inquiry into why no agency tried to save them from the abuse

People are now significantly less likely to heed Government advice on Covid-19 than they were two months ago, a study by the Central Statistics Office has found.  Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

Almost 20% of those working at home says they do not have suitable space, equipment

Waiting times to access methadone treatment have decreased from about 12 weeks to just five days

Advocacy groups call on government to ensure continued access to healthcare support

Helen O’Donoghue: Her family were in wagons and tents next to a national school in west Dublin. No one asked why the children were not in school. Photograph: Alan Place

Behind James O’Reilly’s conviction for rape and abuse lies a system that fails Travellers

Aer Lingus chief executive Sean Doyle told workers in a video message, issued after a 6pm deadline on Monday, that because not all unions had accepted the Covid Crisis recovery plan in time, its workplace reform proposals were off the table. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Workers do not meet airline’s deadline to accept its workplace reform programme

Newspapers on newsstands. File photo. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Union says pledge on commission on future of broadcast and print media ‘long overdue’

Among the pressures are slagging and harassment by family members; feeling alone with their thoughts for extended periods; and the re-emergence of mental health difficulties that had been under control.

BelongTo survey reports high levels of suicide ideation, self-harm and loneliness

The man was taken by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital in a critical condition and died on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Incident took place on Saturday night on N5 at Belleek, Castlebar

Protesters outside St Mary’s care home on Dublin’s Merrion Road protesting against the possible sale and closure of the facility. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many have lived there for 60 years from when it was home for visually-impaired girls

Patrick Cloak and Joe Brabazon, whose wives, Christine and Kay, are residents of St Mary’s. ‘They have given us no reason whatsoever about why it’s closing.’ Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Relatives call on HSE to take over running of St Mary’s Centre (Telford) on Merrion Road

Food poverty: A west of Ireland family resource centre said: “We have more people accessing our services now that we ever did before - for food bags, referrals to other agencies.”  File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

One family resource centre has seen a 600 per cent increase in demand for meals

Ahmed Awadalla (8), a student at Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Goldenbridge, Dublin, with his dad, Tarig Awadalla. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Malnutrition at end of summer is a ‘serious concern’ say child advocates

‘Respondents aged 18-34 were the least likely to report high overall life satisfaction, and had the largest decrease of all age groups between 2018 and April 2020,’ according to the CSO. Photograph: Getty

Respondents reported feeling more down-hearted, depressed and dissatisfied

Some calls involved people having their pay reduced while working from home. Photograph: iStock

Advice services report doubling of calls from people concerned about employer actions

All students due to check out or who have already left would be contacted by   to make arrangements for refunds, a UL spokeswoman said.

Students will be refunded rent from the date they vacated accommodation to end of term

There were 421 deaths by suicide last year of which 317 were among males and 104 among females.

CSO report shows a total of 421 lives were lost to suicide in 2019

The poorest households have suffered the biggest increase in cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, though more affluent households have been harder hit, new figures show. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 23% of cases occurred in more affluent households, according to new study

The Women’s Aid national freephone line has answered over 4,000 calls since March this year

‘We have been answering calls from women trapped at home with very dangerous abusers’

Women must “demand pay transparency”, seminar told. Photograph: iStock

Welfare system and economy must be ‘re-imagined with a feminist agenda’, seminar told

“Unfortunately these findings reinforce existing data with regards to the health and wellbeing of younger women in Ireland.” Photograph: Getty Images

Poll shows 18- to 34-year-old EU citizens more likely to be depressed, lonely or anxious than older peers

Bridget Harty and Helen (Nellie) Reilly with five of Bridget’s nine children (Nellie’s grandchildren), Mikey Reilly (18 months), Biddy Reilly (8), Nelly Reilly (6 months), Judy Reilly (3) and Diane Reilly (6) beside one of the wagons on a halting site the family live in just off the M8 at Cashel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Traveller families fear facilities put in place will be taken away after Covid-19 crisis ends

Flowers placed at the cordoned-off scene of a house fire at Lansdowne Valley, Drimnagh, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Resident described by several neighbours as ‘very quiet’ and ‘a man who kept to himself’

Ombudsman and Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Alan Betson

Last year Peter Tyndall’s office received the highest number of complaints since 2010

 A busker entertains people queueing  outside a shop on Dublin’s Parnell Street. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Females more likely to be ‘extremely concerned’ about health than men, study finds

Phyllis O Brien, from Bulfin Court, receives food from the St Patrick’s Athletic Food Bank, in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We need more large-volume food donations from the food industry’ – FoodCloud boss

File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ten councils did not spend any money, three didn't apply for funding, three spent less than half

Coombe hospital study found women were least concerned about their own health

Former staff at Debenhams protest outside the Henry Street branch in Dublin.  Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Garda took names and addresses of protesters, telling them they were breaching emergency restrictions

Tusla and the Red Cross had been unable to contact the girl’s family, the court heard.

Tusla concerned girl could be taken back to Middle East for exploitation - CCLRP report

Mourners at the funeral of Michael and Johnny Cash on their way to  Farranree Church, in Cork.

Mourners asked on social media to attend graveyard only if they could socially distance

Brian Killoran, chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

Immigrant Council of Ireland report highlights underrepresentation of people from migrants backgrounds in local government

Penny Fitzpatrick, who owns and runs a 10-bedroom bed and breakfast on Inis Mór.

Tasc study is surveying people across the labour force affected by pandemic impact

An INMO spokesman said the organisation had not known nurses returning to the frontline in recent weeks, under the On Call for Ireland drive, were agency workers on short-term contracts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Concern over employment rights of hundreds of people recruited to fight Covid-19

A small number of the hundreds of participants who joined an E Rally in support of the Debenhams protesters on Wednesday. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Gardaí look on as 30 people stage protest observing social distancing in Henry Street

Sheno Mouradi with her husband and children: they were among the families who   exited homelessness in March. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Family who exited homelessness last month tell of difficulties they faced in family hub

Azithromycin has produced positive outcomes in some cases of Covid-19, particularly where there has been pneumonia and respiratory failure. In other cases results have been inconclusive. Photograph: Getty Images

Operator of nursing home says if drug ‘works in hospitals why can it not be allowed in care homes?’

Hard times: ‘I have zero income. What am I supposed to do?’

Profession ‘collapsing’ under strain of restrictions and government help needed urgently

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaking to Alone chief executive Sean Moynihan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Charity Alone says mental health problems surfacing as loneliness takes hold

Mary Hanrahan: ‘I try to live in the present and be grateful that I am so blessed.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

One older woman is content in Blackrock, while ‘life stopped’ for a man in Inchicore

Nicolae Dragimir, at the Mendicity Institution at 9 Aran Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some hostels only providing breakfast and shared rooms, says Mendicity

Nursing and other long-term residential facilities now account for almost 60 per cent of virus-related deaths, according to the figures released by the National Public Health Emergency Team. Photograph: Alvaro Calvo/Getty

One in five residents believed to have died of Covid-19 were never tested for disease

Helena Murphy: ‘I was refused. I have to apply again.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I’m hardly eating’ says one woman (46), while others complain of stop-start payments

Owen Collumb  has 120 hours of PA time per week and lives in Dublin, where he works as a facilities manager with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Concerns over continuing independence and implementation of HSE contingency plan

The Department of Education: the report on young Travellers from birth to age 24 is the fourth in a series drawing on data from the CSO, the Department,  the All Ireland Traveller Health Survey and Pobal. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Infant mortality rate is falling and more Traveller children are going to secondary school – report

A recent photograph of Rose ‘Billy’ Mitchell. Photograph: RTÉ

Rose ‘Billy’ Mitchell (81) who died in a nursing home in London is mourned by sister Dorothy Duffy and family

 Chief executive of  Chambers Ireland Ian Talbot: “We need these workers. We’re very grateful to them”

Open letter to FG and FF highlights importance of those who are undocumented, many of whom are in frontline sectors

Neal Jones (68)  was laid off due to the crisis and is not entitled to the Covid-19 unemployment benefit. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Now when I need some help I don’t get it because of my age,’ says laid-off hotel worker (68)

Social distancing is 'just impossible'  in a communal refuge, Dundalk Women’s Aid manager Ann Larkin said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Council properties awaiting refurbishment used to house families in need

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