Leo Varadkar says introducing a living wage ‘will be an important change’ for workers in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Open Doors Initiative launches new employment hub for migrants and employers

Gary Reilly was found dead with two other men at an apartment block in Los Angeles in the early hours of May 5th. Photograph: Getty Images

Gary Reilly (28) last seen on May 3rd

Singer Brooke performs on behalf of Ireland during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on May 12, 2022 at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Brooke Scullion (23) performed ‘That’s Rich’ in semi-final in Turin

 Paolo Cafolla recently opened a new ice-cream and coffee trailer on Dun Laoghaire pier. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Family ice cream business reopens in Dun Laoghaire – just in time for the good weather

The J1 programme allows students from Ireland to work and travel in the US for several months every summer. Photograph: iStock

Students have expressed concerns they will be unable to work abroad due to visa delays

Cannabis plants found and seized during a search in Dunmore, Co Galway. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Underground bunker found during search of property where seizures were made

Kate Lynch, a student from The Institute of Education, Dublin 2, was named the overall Student Journalist of the Year for her feature which included an interview with the new Trinity Provost. Photograph: Paul Sherwood.

Catherine Martin: ‘I’m absolutely confident your generation will be one of innovation and trendsetters’

About one in every six applicants to the CAO seeking a college place in a level-eight higher degree lists a business degree programme as their first choice

More than 330 level-eight business courses are available in the country currently

Opting to study medicine is a decision one must not take lightly, with the courses having some of the highest entry requirements in the country and having one of the heaviest workloads for the duration of the course. Photograph: iStock

Healthcare: choosing to study medicine is not a decision to be taken lightly

From Monday, students and adults under 24 can avail of a youth fare on public transport, which is 50 per cent lower than normal prices. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Expansion of services is necessary to increase use, commuters say

A model of the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s campus. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two Cabinet members who raised concerns defended project over the weekend

 At the launch of Irish Water’s   conservation calculator was John O’Donoghue from Irish Water, with pupils Abderahim Taicha (7) and Eve McClean (11) from Scoil Treasa Naofa, Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Irish Water launches conservation calculator to help public reduce water wastage

Heather Humphreys: she said the current location of the NMH at Holles Street had gone past its sell-by-date, and it was important to ‘move this on now as quickly as we can’.  Photograph: Getty Images

Naughton says there will be ‘clear protections’ to ensure new NMH has complete operational and clinical independence

Non-student young adults looking to avail of  lower fares from Monday will need to apply for a young adult Leap card online.

Measures seek to encourage greater public transport use by young adults

Shane Hickey was a student at St Mary’s secondary school, which  described him as a ‘gentle soul’ in a post on social media.

According to gardaí, the tractor left the road and entered a deep drain at Black Castle Bog

Some 69 per cent of women who reported having symptoms of depression in the postpartum year did not have any symptoms during pregnancy. Photograph: iStock

Some 14.2% of new mothers reported depression in first postpartum year, research finds

The man, in his 30s, was arrested on Tuesday, and later released without charge. Photograph: iStock

Swim Ireland said the matter was raised earlier this year, who contacted the authorities

Up until November 2020, the Health Service Executive (HSE) facilitated this form of birth through the national home birth service. Photograph: Getty

The HSE announced in November 2020 that it had ‘temporarily paused’ the offering

The man in his 40s found with serious injuries was taken to St Luke’s General Hospitalwhere he has since died. Photograph:  iStock

The incident occurred at around 12.45pm on Tuesday

An Garda Síochána are appealing for anyone with information on the assault to contact investigating gardaí at Kilmainham Garda station.

Gardaí attend scene of a serious public order incident in Inchicore on Wednesday

Charlemont in Dublin 2 was chosen as the terminus for the proposed Metrolink line in order to enable passengers to seamlessly connect to the Luas green line, the National Transport Authority has said.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Officials say St Stephen’s Green not an option as planned route passes 500m from tram stop

Chief of the Defence Forces Lieut Gen Seán Clancy speaking during a ceremony marking the centenary of the military handover of Baldonnel Aerodrome  by the RAF in 1922.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ceremony marks centenary of Baldonnel handover by RAF to Irish Air Service

More than 600 refugees from Ukraine are to be accommodated at Clonliffe College. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 600 lots from Clonliffe College Seminary will be for sale

Minister of State for Mental Health Mary Butler said it was ‘not appropriate or viable for the centre to continue operating’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Residents, families and local politicians have called for mental health centre to stay open

According to figures from the Department of Housing, published on Friday, there were 9,825 homeless individuals in March 2022. Photograph: iStock

There were 9,825 homeless people in March 2022, up 3.5% on the previous month

The Owenacurra centre in Midleton was initially due to close on October 31st, but a temporary stay was put in place.

The HSE said the Owenacurra centre in Midleton, Cork is ’not fit for purpose’

Independent TD Denis Naughten criticised the CRU, stating it seems it is ‘not too bothered about this exploitation of vulnerable electricity customers’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Surge caused by supplier failing to read meter for past 24 months, TD says

There were 138 contractors in the Irish market, but this has decreased to 77. Photograph: iStock

Construction group calls for reform of public works contracts due to inflation

Orla O’Connor, director of the NWC, said women in public life are regularly subjected to ‘often unrelenting abuse, particularly online’.

Most party codes ‘still do not cover the various types of abuse women in politics face online’, report finds

Natalia Les and her one-year-old daughter Margot with  host Sorcha Woods. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Host says there are additional costs but she has grown incredibly attached to her guests

The principal campuses are located in Limerick city (above) and Athlone, but the new technological university also has campuses in Thurles, Clonmel and Ennis. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s first cross-regional technological univeristy serves the Midwest and Midlands region

SETU will be a multi-campus unitary university with campuses in Waterford (pictured), Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow. Photograph: iStock

SETU to have campuses in Waterford, Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow

Atlantic Technological University covers a wide area and has eight campuses as a result of the merger of Galway-Mayo IT (GMIT), Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and IT Sligo. Photograph: iStock

Atlantic Technological University incorporates eight campuses across wide area

The audit will examine prescribing practices and operational guidelines across all diagnoses, covering child and adolescent mental health services teams countrywide. File photograph: Getty

Review ordered after South Kerry revelations when report revealed ‘risky’ treatment

A spokesman for the gardaí said the results of a postmortem would direct the course of the investigation.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after man in late 30s receives apparent head injury

‘The community helped me and my family very much. We got accommodation, help with information, school and clothes. Everything. We are very happy.’

Up to 300 in Laois, with some housed by families, but most in temporary accommodation

The international study, published in the journal Nature, analysed a 115 million-year-old fossilised head crest of the pterosaur species Tupandactylus imperator, which originated in  Brazil

Flying relative of dinosaurs were able to control colour of their plumes using melanin

Joan McElroy and her granddaughter Sofia Corey (8). Sofia had a kidney transplant in December 2020. Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish Kidney Association launches organ donor awareness week

Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee were found dead in their own homes this week, having suffered extensive injuries. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Aidan Moffitt (41) and Michael Snee (58) were killed in their homes in violent attacks

Rain, showers and the possibility of hail are forecast for much of the bank holiday weekend. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Met Éireann says weather is set to be unsettled for the long weekend

The number of dentists registered to provide treatments under the scheme has been in decline and this decline accelerated during the pandemic.

Irish Dental Association warns changes ‘will do little’ to address issues

As Mary Flaherty, the great-niece of EastEnders’ matriarch Pauline Fowler, Melanie Clark Pullen appeared in more than 130 episodes of the BBC soap opera between 1997 and 1999. Image: BBC/Twitter

Bray native best known for role in the soap in the 1990s had been diagnosed with cancer

Ferrero has  recalled some of its products and  the HSE and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have issued public health warnings. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

There have been 15 confirmed cases associated with the outbreak in Ireland

IFA director general Damian McDonald

Association faced a scandal in 2015 over pay and pensions for senior officials

It is not envisaged that large halls with tents and camp beds will be required before Easter, but it is expected they may become necessary soon after. File photograph: Getty

Planning at advanced stage for regional centre to billet arrivals from eastern Europe

Leaving Cert oral exams began in 750 schools on Saturday, with about 95,000 examinations due to be held before Thursday, April 14th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Impact of Covid-19 on availability of examiners forces rescheduling of tests until May 4th

Forensic collision investigators are currently examining the scene at Curracloe

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: ‘We have secured over 3,000 rooms now at this stage and that’s the primary means by which we are accommodating people.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

System ‘under pressure’ and Government is looking at other sources of accommodation

Gardaí move trucks to the side to allow a Luas to pass at Dawson Street at a previous protest against fuel prices takes place. Photograph: Alan Betson

People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices seeks fuel price caps and Eamon Ryan’s resignation

The departures area at Terminal 1 in Dublin airport on  Friday afternoon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

DAA says 130 security role applicants progressed through interview stage last week

A file photograph of Dublin Airport’s departure gates. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

DAA recommending people to arrive three-and-a-half hours before departure

‘Cora’s last achievement was raising money for a good cause, out in nature, climbing with the people she adored. That act alone sums up our Cora’, her cousin said.

Mother-of-two died on Saturday while climbing Galtymore mountain

In Ireland, 11 per cent of children in the lowest social class group reported drinking a sugary soft drink at lease once per day.

Study found adolescents who are less well off consumed soft drinks more frequently

St Vincent de Paul: ‘People are cutting back on essential energy use for fear of the next bill.’ Photograph: iStock

People ‘scraping by with little electricity’ as inflation reaches 22-year high in March

Anastasiia Tkachuk with her son Tymofii Tkachuk(9) who has cystic fibrosis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland 65 Roses day starts on Friday

Lee Usher (21) from Portadown, has died following a road traffic collision involving a vehicle recovery lorry in Co Tyrone. Photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Man in his 30s fatally injured in Co Tipperary while 21-year-old dies in Co Tyrone

A sign in Lidl said it is ‘short stocked’ on some tomato lines due to ‘unseasonably’ wet weather in Spain. Photograph: iStock

Rising fuel costs and torrential rains in Spain adding to shortages of food products

 Barristers at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin, stopped work briefly on Monday to highlight the low fee rates paid to barristers. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Rates of pay in District Court described as ‘uneconomic and unsustainable’

Raymond Kearns was from Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Rip.ie

Son Peter Kearns says there is ‘no sadness, only celebration’

Staff numbers at Dublin  airport were cut during the pandemic and the fall-off in travel, and DAA is now scrambling to recruit 300 people.   Photograph: Getty Images

DAA facing heavy criticism over terms and conditions on offer to security staff it is hiring

 Dublin Airport security queue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Staff being hired to cut queues must be available 40 hours per week but only guaranteed 20, Dáil told

In February there were 23,815 people waiting for a neurology appointment. Photograph: iStock

Shortfall of 100 nurse specialists as waiting lists grow – Neurological Alliance of Ireland

Dublin Airport has experienced short-term staffing issues due to the upsurge in Covid infections. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Taoiseach indicates Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton to tackle problem

Gardaí are investigating after a decapitated bull terrier was found in a shed in Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Gardaí and DSPCA start investigation after body of large, tan, bull terrier discovered

HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry has urged people to continue to wear face coverings on public transport. Photograph: iStock

Hospitals experience ’considerable disruption’ as Covid patients remain over 1,600

Pig farmers are currently losing €56,000 a month, with losses of €71,000 predicted for April. Photograph: iStock

Losses in the sector are estimated to be €160m over past 18 months, farmers say

 Dublin Airport  on Monday morning. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Airport delays likely to get worse leading up to Easter, travel agents say

Paul Reid: ‘We need to turn this tide again asap and repeat doing the basics. Please wear your mask appropriately, come forward for your booster or primary vaccine and isolate if [you have] symptoms.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Emergency department taskforce asks Minister for urgent fresh public health advice

Kevin McPartlan, chief executive of Fuels for Ireland, said: “People were going into forecourts and abusing and sometimes even threatening the staff on our forecourts. It was absolutely outrageous.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Abuse followed cut in excise duty spurred by spike in prices linked to invasion of Ukraine

The P&O Ferries passenger check-in area at the Port of Larne, Co Antrim, where the European Causeway has been detained by authorities for being “unfit to sail”. Photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

The call comes after a ship was detained in Northern Ireland for being ‘unfit to sail’

Ade Oluborode is an Independent candidate in the Seanad byelection for the Trinity seat vacanted by Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Seanad candidate will focus on education and equality if elected in the Trinity byelection

A young Ukrainian refugee boy, who fled the Russian invasion, at the Dublin Airport reception facility. The centre will act as a one-stop shop with services such as the processing of social protection numbers and help with finding accommodation. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni

Officials evaluating potential sites and facilities throughout the country

In a letter to Michael O’Leary, Anna Sochanska said the Ukraine embassy has brought to her attention that the price of flights between Poland to Dublin have been ‘substantially increased’. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Polish ambassador writes to Michael O’Leary citing apparent airfare increase

Andrii and Helen Buznia with their sons Tolya (8) and Mihail (9) who have fled from their home in Ukraine and are now living with their host family Dan and Paula in Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Every day a neighbour brings something for us. Everybody is willing to help’

Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend the parade in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Festival a ‘great oppertunity to spread joy’ after two year hiatus

Irish Rail’s decision to make the service free for Ukrainian refugees is in line with the company’s European counterparts. Photograph: Eric Luke

It is estimated that around 100,000 refugees will arrive in Ireland in the weeks ahead

Ukrainian refugees  wait for further transport after crossing into Poland.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty

Dublin hotel suspends appeal for clothing and toiletries after ‘overwhelming’ response

A Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality last year issued 45 recommendations for a programme for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Oireachtas committee on gender equality examines recommendations of Citizens’ Assembly

Eamon Ryan said the Taoiseach was working with EU colleagues on the issue of taxes on energy.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Providers say much of the petrol and diesel being sold bought before excise duty cut

A proposed Bill on mental health reform ‘disappoints’ and ‘fails to address key human rights issues’, TDs and Senators have been told. Photograph: iStock

NUI Galway law lecturer raises concerns about tribunals, services for those in justice system

The trucks began the 30-hour journey on the ferry to Cherbourg in France on Tuesday. They will then cross into Germany, through Poland and to the Ukrainian border. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aid from Ireland sees about 25 trucks depart from the capital carrying 500 tonnes of aid

Oil briefly hit its highest level since 2008 on Monday, while wholesale gas prices rose a further 18 per cent and have more than doubled in the past week. Photograph: iStock

Ryan says invasion of Ukraine has changed everything as Government works on supports

Sarah Costigan, MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management graduate: ‘I am where I am today as a result of the connections that I made during my time in UCD.’

Six students from a wide range of courses share their experiences and advice

A masters in business administration (MBA) is expensive but it can be a good stepping stone. Photograph: iStock

What you need to know about doing a business management degree

Funding options for higher education programmes include scholarships, awards and State funding

Awards, scholarships and grants are available to help fund your master’s or PhD

Alleged assaults on teenage girls were reported to have happened on January 22nd

HSE  will begin to offer booster doses to those aged 12 years and over at vaccine centres from  March 5th. Photograph: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Parents can book an appointment online through the HSE website

Rally will take place outside the Dáil at noon on Saturday, to mark International Women’s Day. File photograph: David Sleator

The National Women’s Council of Ireland rally will mark International Women’s Day

The continuously unsettled and stormy weather of the past few weeks will be replaced by a frosty but sunny start to the day on Friday. Photograph: iStock

Temperatures to increase Saturday afternoon, ranging from 7 to 10 degrees

Ryanair flights from Krakow to Dublin for this weekend are between €122 and €212, before falling to more typical prices of around €30 by Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Last-minute flights set to be more expensive than those for next week, price analysis shows

Under Irish law, an organisation that intends to operate or carry out charitable activities in Ireland must apply to be registered with the regulator. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images

There has been an ‘outpouring of support’ from Ireland, Charities Regulator says

The road remained closed on Thursday morning, as forensic collision investigators carry out their examination of the scene. Photograph: Alan Betson

Driver in his 70s dies in separate three-vehicle collision in Co Kerry

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a four-month deferrment was granted on March 28th, 2020 for cars registered before August 1st, 2016. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Applus+ testing service says appointments are released on a continual basis

Prof  John A  Murphy, from Macroom, Cork, began lecturing in University College Cork’s history department in 1960 Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

UCC has said it is ‘deeply saddened’ by his passing

The mandatory requirement to wear face coverings has been lifted but it will continue to be advised on public transport and in healthcare settings.  Photograph: iStock

The majority of remaining public health restrictions are lifted from February 28th

The vast majority of those in emergency accommodation are in Dublin, at 70 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some 9,150 adults and children accessed emergency accommodation in January

The 2 Johnnies had just begun a radio show on 2FM earlier this week. Photograph: Peter Houlihan/PH Photography

Pair’s new radio show on 2FM did not air on Thursday as RTÉ reviews matter

 Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland, speaking to   the media at the Embassy of Ukraine  on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lessons from the past need to be recalled, says Larysa Gerasko

The owner of the Shelbourne Park greyhound racing track wants to develop the Dublin 4 site for housing, according to a submission to Dublin City Council.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Owner of the greyhound racing track wants to develop the site for housing

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina host an event at Áras an Uachtaráin every year in support of National Breastfeeding Week. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New WHO/Unicef report finds many formula marketing practices breach standards

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