Michael O'Hare, founder of Troubles, Tragedy & Trauma. He is the brother of Majella O'Hare, aged 12 years old, who was shot dead by the British Army in 1976, at home in north London. Photograph: Joanne O'Brien

We will oppose plans for soldier amnesty in any way we can, says Michael O’Hare

Minister for Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman: ‘I am very conscious that we can’t allow certain groups that might want to portray this as some sort of promotion of one category of person seeking housing against another.’ File photograph: Keith Arkins Media

Asylum applicants to be provided accommodation as part of plan to end direct provision

An unpublished poem written by republican hunger striker Bobby Sands has emerged. Photograph: PA Wire

Former Sinn Féin activist is donating republican prisoners’ letters and poems to UL lecturer

Some of the letters from the H-blocks. Photograph: Julien Behal

Some of the letters give insights into prisoners’ thinking as hunger strikes loomed

Vasile  Circu with his partner Doina and their children; with fellow tenants Ioan Bataraga, Mohair Bataraga, Irina Ucaciu, Firuca Puscas and Ion Mihali at their home, 31 Richmond Avenue. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Pepper Finance to tell court that 12 households have no legal right to remain in situ

Women travelling abroad for abortion services are  being refused permission to board flights amid confusion over their travel rights during the pandemic, an advocacy group has said.

Advocacy group says confusion over travel rights causing upset at distressing time

More than 20,000 people have registered to access free period products like tampons and sanitary towels through retailer Lidl from Monday.  Photograph: iStock.

Retailer providing monthly coupons for tampons and sanitary towels through app to combat period poverty

 Supporters at an event in February to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stardust fire, where 48 people died, in Artane, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Solicitor will seek judicial review if inquest delays over funding not resolved in coming weeks

Jane Crowe, former Debenhams worker: The gardaí “were so rough that my jacket came off, my top came off and they broke the strap on my bra”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí arrest four protesters as liquidators KPMG remove stock from Henry Street shop

St Helen’s Court residents Onani Ngwenya, Tony Geraghty, Sean Mitchell, and Yang Choo and her son Austin Choo (9). File photograph: Tom Honan

Remaining residents not optimistic about finding new homes during pandemic

The Coroner’s Court in Dublin. An inquest must be held to investigate any sudden, unnatural, violent or unexplained death, to determine the identity of the deceased, when and where they died, and, without apportioning liability, how they died. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

System ‘decreasingly fit for purpose’ and creating ‘human rights violations’, says study

The Mountjoy and Maynooth University project aims to become a template across the prison service. Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘Every person should be offered the chance of an education, the right to a chance for change’

Mohamed Elbahlawan (40). Photograph: Kitty Holland

‘State has failed’ two Egyptian workers hired without work permits, says advocate body

A homeless person on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interviews with 100 homeless people provide harrowing insights into perilous lives

 Students at Clonturk Community College Orla Fallon, from Beaumont, and James Nolan, from Drumcondra, join their parents and other supporters outside the school  to protest over not being allowed sit the Leaving Cert Applied. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Junior minister accuses Clonturk college of ‘failing to be inclusive’ over the issue

The former Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork: Plans for part of the site, identified in a 1949 map as ‘children’s burial ground’, is the subject of an emergency oral hearing before An Bord Pleanála next week. Photograph: Provision

Urgent calls to halt housing development until Bessborough lands are examined

Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Co Cork is a former mother and baby home, operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. File photograph: Provision

Coroners must be involved in excavation process, Oireachtas committee hears

The committee is examining a Bill to legislate for the examination and possible exhumation of mass graves at mother and baby homes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mass graves should be protected and preserved, Oireachtas committee to be told

Former Debenhams workers protest outside  the closed store on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘We were devastated,’ says former shop steward at march outside Henry Street branch

The Society of St Vincent de Paul says: ‘The fact that we have had to keep our shops closed means we cannot take in items people want to donate, and we cannot provide the items for sale to families who need them.’ Photograph: iStock

Poorest households cannot afford high-street or online shops for clothes or homeware

 Circus Gerbola founders Michael     and Tara Gerbola at their Meath base: they were forced to   stop their tour in March 2020 and fear they may not reopen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Circus families say they are being unfairly treated when it comes to Covid-19 supports

Shop steward Jane Crowe with  fellow workers at the rear entrance to Debenhams on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Bitter dispute appears near resolution after a year of protests and pickets

Gardaí are appealing for any witness, particularly any road users who may have camera or dash-cam footage. File photograph: The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating and appealing for any witnesses to come forward to Adare collision

Veronica Dunne continued to teach at the Leinster School of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music and in 2014, aged 87, she was still teaching 39 hours a week. File photograph: The Irish Times

Operatic community loses highly respected figure and ever-present artist for over 60 years

Gardaí are appealing for any drivers who may have dash-cam footage to come forward. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Passenger taken to hospital with injuries

The Health Act currently in force places restrictions on individuals organising certain outdoor events and on travelling beyond 5km except with a  reasonable excuse

Arrests were of five men and one woman for breaches of the Health Act, and of two men in relation to public order incidents

Are you ready for snow and showers in coming days? File photograph: Getty

Temperatures are set to slide from balmy weekend highs of 14 degrees to as low as 4

Allanah Dunn was a transition-year pupil at Mount Anville secondary school and had been on an exchange programme in Granada, Spain.

Sixteen-year-old Allanah Dunn sustained head injuries after fall from wall in Granada

Shane Corr,   senior civil servant at the Department of Health, says he has seen dossiers containing sensitive information on children and their families who were involved in legal actions against the State.  Photograph: RTÉ

Human rights group says concerns raised about State’s approach to disabled people

The HSE’s mobile walk-in covid 19 test centre in Tullamore. Photograph: Alan Betson

As walk-in test centre opens locals worry about being ‘left behind’ in any relaxation of restrictions

Shane Corr, a senior civil servant with the department of health made a protected disclosure as a whistleblower. Photograph: Screen grab from RTÉ

Issues raised by whistleblower around use of sensitive information merit examination, says Taoiseach

Strasbourg-based Committee of Social Rights says “local authority housing tenants continue to live with inadequate housing”  and many Traveller sites “are in poor condition, lack maintenance and are badly located”.

European Committee of Social Rights points to housing and protection breaches of social charter

Reports indicate children are increasingly getting caught in the cross-fire in domestic abuse incidents. Photograph: iStock

Garda figures show incidents up 14% on same period in 2020 across city while other crimes fall

Varenth Krishna Kumar, pupil at St Mary’s National School (front), and (from left to right) his sister Veenosha, mother Anne and father Krishna. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some children spent lockdown without enough food in overcrowded accommodation

Sorcha Dunne (20) says she feels unable to overcome her illness without specialist in-patient treatment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘There should be beds for all people who need them, not just those who have health insurance’

St Helen’s Court residents Onani Ngwenya, Tony Geraghty, Sean Mitchell, and Yang Choo and her son Austin Choo (9). Photograph: Tom Honan

Dún Laoghaire case highlights use of sale and refurbishment ‘loopholes’ – Boyd Barrett

Gender-based violence  is seen in the submissions as caused and exacerbated by gender inequality.  Photograph: iStock

Issue ‘propelled’ on to Citizens’ Assembly’s agenda as it appeared so often in public submissions

Mary Cooney at her home in Balgaddy, Clondalkin, where damp and mould are a serious problem. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tenants in Dublin, Cork and Limerick still face ‘dire conditions’ despite European ruling

Being in a household undergoing change, such as from a two-parent to single-parent or vice-versa – puts children at far higher risk of having emotional difficulties, according to the report. Photograph: iStock

Report is latest tranche in ESRI and Trinity College Dublin’s Growing Up in Ireland project

Figures show housing plan “overly skewed” to private sector, says Sinn Féin housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin. File photograph: Irish Times

Level 5 construction restrictions had ‘adverse effect’ on delivery, department says

‘It’s too much to expect people in cases like sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination or complex equal pay cases to have the resources or capacity to represent themselves.’ Illustration: Getty

Women ‘being held back’ by prohibitive cost of taking discrimination, harassment cases

Anxiety disorders and mood disorders were most often reported, which was consistent for men and women. File photograph: iStock

Providing for people with mental illness within justice system a priority, minister says

Some policies and practices used by local authorities are leaving minority applicants at risk of rough sleeping, says the MLRC. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Traveller and non-Irish families being ‘unlawfully’ turned away, says MLRC

The Children Living with Domestic and Sexual Violence (CLwDSV) coalition details its concerns in a submission made this week to the Family Justice Oversight group in the Department of Justice.

NGO coaltion says abusive parents routinely granted unsupervised access to children

The Targeted Response Youth (TRY) programme, managed by the Donore community drug and alcohol team (DCDAT), is based in St Teresa’s Gardens, Dublin. File image: Bryan O’Brien

Targeted Response Youth programme linked to ‘reduction in anti-social behaviour’

Mental health organisations all report increased demand, with many reporting increased suicidality among clients, callers and texters. Photograph: iStock

Mental health experts warn, however, that the fallout post-Covid could be worse than anticipated

Fr Peter McVerry photographed with his dog Tiny near his home in Ballymun. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

New outdoor facilities have transformed Blackrock and Dalkey. No such luck for Ballymun

Focus Ireland said many of the single adults entering homelessness were coming from the private rental market. Photofraph: iStock

Number of families without homes has fallen by 40 per cent over the past year

‘All the focus has been on older people and perhaps we have been neglecting the impact of loneliness and isolation on our younger people,’ consultant psychiatrist at St James’s hospital, Prof Brian Lawlor said. Photograph: iStock

Impact of isolation emerging as ‘very serious public health issue’, says Institute of Public Health

Homeless people   have found the loss of in-person counselling supports difficult, according to the report from Merchants Quay Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Disruption to services causing rise in drug relapses and suicidal ideation, study finds

Tanya Ward, chief executive, Children’s Rights Alliance, at home with her children Durragh (10) and Morrigan (7), in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s alliance says measure is imposed on children, often without parents’ consent

Team leader James Crosby has worked at Rehab Logistics in Limerick for 21 years. Photograph: Liam Burke/ Press 22

Rehab announces redundancy plans at logistics facility in Limerick

 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has just been reappointed to the role for a second six-year term. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Opportunity after pandemic to lift children out of poverty, says Niall Muldoon

Over 20 per cent of children in care in the region had not been contacted or seen by the social worker as required. Photograph: iStock

Hiqa finds ‘significant gaps’ in services for children in care in the region

A senior member of the ESRI has defended statements on the possible impact of a new housing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

Conor O’Toole faces questioning by housing committee over shared-equity plan concerns

Sheriff Street Lower, in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Crime in Dublin’s inner city, a result of decades of neglect, has intensified under lockdown

An aerial view of the nightclub after the fire. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Families of 48 people killed in nightclub fire 40 years ago have high hopes for new inquests

Stardust survivor Antoinette Keegan says the Department of Justice ‘has done nothing but mess us around, obstruct and fight with us for the past 40 years’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department has not released any funding, solicitor for bereaved families says

There will also be three GP-run vaccination centres with the first to be established at the Helix at Dublin City University.

Revised programme to vaccinate the over-70s to begin next week

The special exemptions in Britain for passengers arriving from Ireland raise the risk that those transiting via Dublin Airport could pass off their journey as having begun in Ireland. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Passengers from Dubai use Dublin Airport to take advantage of travel exemptions

Flowers are seen at the  scene of a recent fatal stabbing in Dublin’s north inner city, where community groups are concerned about a rise in violence and intimidation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Politicians hold talk with community groups after recent rise in violence and intimidation

Gerry Kavanagh: ‘I’ve had traumatic experiences while in the Army, but this is worse.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A Galway man says he has lasting trauma over alleged abuse by Sisters of Mercy nuns

Dublin city centre at night: ‘The atmosphere feels edgy, a little menacing’

The pandemic has hurt Dublin’s poorest in many ways, but has brought improvements too

Focus Ireland said its services are ‘deeply aware of a disturbing number of cases of suicide among homeless people’ since the Covid crisis. File photograph: Getty

Staff receive extra training in effort to stem increasing tendency towards self-harm

Hiqa published 22 reports following inspections of disability centres

Report also refers to ‘unexplained absences’ of resident from Sylvan Services centre

Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Study finds four out of five would not report antisocial behaviour for fear of retaliation

Eleanor Bermingham with her sons Mikey (13) and Darragh (8) and their dog, Ralph, at home in Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

A mother of two children with autism is ‘resentful’ about trade unions’ positions

At the Crannóg Nua special care facility in Portrane, Co Dublin, ‘all children described feeling safe,’ according to the Hiqa report. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Crannóg Nua and Ballydowd facilities cater for children detained by court order

Jane Johnstone and her son, Daniel (16) from Bridgetown, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mother urges Government to help families in ‘total crisis’ due to schools not reopening

Cases published in the Child Care Law Reporting Project underscore the severe impact the pandemic is having on vulnerable children, said project director Dr Carol Coulter. Photograph: iStock

‘Prolonged closure of schools’ meant teachers were cut off from vulnerable children, report says

Alice McEvoy (65), who had her daughter in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on Navan Road, Dublin, in 1975. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus LTD

National Women’s Council director says there is ‘no rationale’ for such exclusion

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Made State apology. Photograph: EPA/Julien Behal

Government has to immediately ensure all survivors have access to their records

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman and Minister of State at the Department of Children Anne Rabbitte hosted a webinar with mother and baby home survivors. Photograph: Julien Behal

Department not providing hard copies of mother and baby homes report ‘at this stage’

Prof Luke O’Neill says there is a “risk” the number of deaths per day could rise to 100 or higher.

Outbreaks of infection in nursing homes increases steadily over past month

Ambulances outside the  Emergency Department at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hospital system under severe pressure as patients in Donegal treated in ambulances

The PSNI is investigating the incident which occurred in on the A8 Larne Road in Co Antrim. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/EPA

Man suffered serious facial injuries after rock broke windscreen in Friday night incident

Mary Berry, with her son Isaac, at their home in Labre Park, Kylemore Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Council declares Labre Park in Ballyfermot a flood-zone and unsafe for housing

In Dublin, the number of homeless single adults surpassed 3,000 for the first time last month. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times/ File

This Christmas likely to be ‘the most challenging’ in 50 years, says Simon Community

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin: ‘The Minister now needs to ensure that the full allocation is spent in 2021.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Entire budget drawn down for the first time since 2014, but housing need still ‘dire’

“This pattern is a repeat of a long-standing practice in this country: mother-blaming,” says Mary McDermott, co-chief executive of Safe Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Mothers who asked Tusla to protect their families have ended up losing their children

 Alan Bailey Manager at the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, handing out Supervalue Gift cards to the value of 40 euros due to Covid 19 instead of the traditional Christmas hamper. Photograph: Alan Betson

Decision taken to provide €40 Supervalu vouchers instead of hampers this year

Some 1,298 people availed of counselling at one of the seven Rape Crisis Network of Ireland centres last year. Photograph: RCNI

Low levels of crime reporting a cause of ongoing concern, RCNI event hears

Dr Conor O’Mahony, in his first annual report, raises serious concerns about the potential of social workers to breach vulnerable parents’ rights.

Tusla at risk of conducting ‘ineffective investigations’, warns Government rapporteur

Self-harm is regarded as an indicator of serious mental and emotional distress, and repeated episodes may indicate suicidality. Photograph: iStock

Girls aged 15-19 have highest numbers presenting at hospital with self-harm injuries

Housing associations’ handling of anti-social behaviour “is an area in need of improvement”, with a 70 per cent satisfaction level, says the report. Photograph: Eric Luke

Survey shows 20 per cent of housing association tenants cannot afford to heat homes

Prof Michael O’Flaherty: “A shocking 70 per cent of 18-to-24 year-old Travellers are not in further education in Ireland.”

Prof Michael O’Flaherty urges better gathering of quality data on Travellers’ lives

Eileen Murphy, resident of The Iveagh Trust and Michael McCarthy resident of Willie Bermingham Place at the launch of Dublin City Council and Alone’s Cold Weather Campaign, urging members of the public to check in on older people in the community during the winter months. Photograph: / The Irish Times

‘We don’t want to go back to business as normal,’ says head of charity

Nem Kearns of the group Disabled Women of Ireland: ‘It is society that disables us, in the way it is organised and structured.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Speed of shift to remote working ‘deeply frustrating’ for those seeking change for years

Pictured from left: Bernard Mulvany, Access for All; Brid Smith, People Before Profit TD; Sharon Shiedu, United Against Racism Ireland; Éirénne Carrol CEO of TENI; Orla O’ Connor Director of the National Women’s Council; Liam Herrick, Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Féin TD; Ailbhe Smyth, feminist and LGBTQI activist; Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of USI Ireland and Des Derwin, Dublin Council of Trade Unions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coalition aims to provide ‘concerted response to the far right’, says trade unionist

 Mary Coughlan will perform at Heuston Station on December 8th.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Eleanor McEvoy and Brian Kennedy among artists who will perform at railway stations

From Monday next, visits by one person to nursing home residents will be permitted on compassionate grounds. Photograph: iStock

One person allowed see one resident once a week at Levels 3 and 4 under new rules

The department is urging keepers of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys to apply specific biosecurity measures. File photograph: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters

Virus highly contagious between birds and can cause death, and so threatens Irish flocks

Dr Stephanie Holt says abusive behaviour needs to be understood as a parenting choice and not a relationship choice. Photograph: iStock

Damage to children can last beyond parental separation, Tusla webinar hears

Charities welcomed the overall decline in the past year though noted the increase of 59 children and 22 adults since September with caution. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Housing acknowledges number of homeless people is ‘simply too high’

Posters and information leaflets at Merchants Quay Ireland needle exchange in March. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Merchants Quay Ireland report says it is easier for homeless fathers to access addiction services than homeless mothers

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Distressed’ child was medically fit for discharge, children’s ombudsman says

File photograph showing the Simon Community serving food and hot drinks to homeless people and rough sleepers on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gardaí say deaths of men not believed to be linked

James Madigan, local historian and tour guide, with Kim Olin of the Liberties Culture Association, on Ardee Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Schemes with permission likely to go ahead but area’s new direction is hotly contested

Tenia Karim, a social housing tenant: “I was brought up with principles and dignity. This hurts my dignity.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gym, meeting rooms and roof terrace restricted to non-council residents

Tusla. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over 80% of referrals ‘get little more response than a phone call to the parents’

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