Testing for Covid-19. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg/File

Three Brazilian workers in Irish factories speak about poor conditions during Covid-19

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it would be necessary to work on a ‘survival plan’ for industries that have been ordered by Government to stay closed such as pubs. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar indicates support package for sector, as demanded by vintners, being prepared

 Transaer House at Dublin Airport: Garda station custody facilities  “not yet operational”. It is “unknown” when the custody unit will open.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Migrants being held in prison because centre not in use 14 months after scheduled opening

A Covid-19 test centre outside Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Collins

Politicians calling for plant closures amid spike in cases ‘not helpful’, says Varadkar

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said he hoped relaxing the criteria for educational support would result in more people accessing third-level education. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Applicants must have spent at least three years living in Ireland before applying

A Garda checkpoint on the main road into Nass: the acting chief medical officer says the restrictions  for counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly  are a proactive response to the rise in cases. Photograph: Tom Honan

Public health officials say serial testing of at-risk groups would be done on voluntary basis

Some 118 of the new cases announced on Saturday are linked to the three counties – Kildare, Laois and Offaly – where restrictions on movement were reintroduced at midnight following a virus surge there. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Ireland capable of achieving zero Covid cases by the end of the year, says scientist

A sign at the entrance to  a direct provision centre in Co Kildare that suffered a Covid-19 outbreak. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Irish Refugee Council criticises safety standards for asylum centres

The damage to Anthony Clery’s kitchen following Tuesday’s blast in Beirut

Home of recently married Anthony and Maria Clery among those destroyed

Sandrine Ndahiro

Unsilencing Black Voices project seeks to educate people about racism in Ireland

 Shubhangi Karmakar: ‘I suppose it’s the curse of every Irish person that the best talent has to end up being immigrant talent. You need to go away and learn and then bring back your skills.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Shubhangi Karmakar arrived from India via the UK in 2015

‘That part of my life, I block it out.’ (Picture posed by model.) Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A mother of two from Cameroon taken into prostitution in Ireland

Melanie Labor: ‘‘I’ll see you soon’ doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll actually see you soon.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Melanie Labor arrived from Germany in 2006

 Sally McEneaney was a ‘very independent and fit woman,’ remembers her daughter

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She had a razor-sharp mind and knew all that was happening in the world’

Joe O’ Carroll   loved Irish music, particularly traditional Irish songs, and never lost his Kerry accent despite living abroad

Lives lost to Covid-19: O’Carroll was deeply connected to his Kerry roots despite living in UK for nearly four decades

 Dr Thamil Ananthavinayagan:‘Everything I am is today is because of my parents’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell//The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Law lecturer Thamil Ananthavinayagan arrived from Germany in 2013

Chilean student Estafany Alquinta González pictured in Ringsend Park in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Chilean woman says she has not given up on the ‘dream’ of studying in Ireland

A man holds a newborn baby as migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine arrive on a dinghy after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos. Photograph: Elias Marcou

Returning asylum seekers to deep sea in rafts a form of torture, Irish researcher claims

Roderic O’Gorman: ‘When you look at the dangers people are fleeing, the push factors are massive.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Interview: Minister for Integration insists system will be dismantled within Government’s lifespan

Zanyar Rasul Ahmadi has called for his case to be re-examined after spending more than four years in direct provision waiting for an answer on his asylum application. Photograph: Alan Betson

Man arrived in Ireland in February 2016 after spending 50 hours in the back of a truck

Jed Gjerek, a Croatian potter who lives in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Jed Gjerek and his family arrived from Croatia in 2017

Polish president Andrzej Duda attends a meeting with local residents in Odrzywol village, east-central Poland, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Data shows increase in voter registration among Poles living in Ireland

File image of Ryanair aircraft parked on the apron at Dublin Airport. Photograph Crispin Rodwell

Flight from Krakow landed at London Stansted Airport on Monday evening

Rosslare Euro Port. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vehicle arrived at Rosslare Port on Monday before driving to Wicklow for delivery

The Luke Kelly sculpture being unveiled last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Community group says statue needs to be raised and surrounded by spiked railing

Top prize: the  four-bedroom semi-detached house in  the Clonbeg area of Buncrana, Co Donegal

Cockhill Celtic lost one of its two pitches in August 2017 when series of thunderstorms hit Donegal

A passengers wearing a face covering at Heathrow airport at the weekend. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Figures come as a health expert calls for greater ‘teeth’ to enforce 14-day travel quarantine

The Department of Education officials say that if cases of Covid-19 are reported in schools, it may not require their entire closure

Parents urged to ensure children who travel abroad self-isolate before returning to school

Meat Industry Ireland confirms there have been  1,100 positive Covid-19 cases at 22 of the 50 meat plants since the outbreak. Photograph: Bloomberg

Meat Industry Ireland chief claims authority was not influenced by pressure

Monica Hickey, 5th class teacher, and Matt Melvin, school principal, at St Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath in a classroom that can now accommodate 20 pupils according to the HSE guidelines on social distancing in schools. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Education to publish guidelines on schools reopening by end of July

The woman underwent a full medical examination before a garda accompanied her back to the hostel the following day. Photograph: Frank Miller

Woman put in shared accommodation after alleged attack, and says she has not heard from Department of Justice

 Ruta Ramanauskaite: “More than ever people need to call their banks or doctors, and translators could help ease these stresses which are enormous.”

Distance from native land, gender roles and lack of translation add to vulnerabilities

Anna Surkova: ‘I feel more freedom in Ireland. I feel you can do what you want.’ Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Anna Surkova, who lives in Co Cork, arrived from Ukraine in 2018

Fabio Oliveira: ‘It’s not fair considering what we paid for. As a teacher in Brazil I know that online classes require not only a good internet connection but a suitable place  where students can work without interruption.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I attended class with 25 people. Most can’t turn on the microphone because of noise’

Once it re-opens, Burgh Quay will initially prioritise people who had their first time registrations for permission to reside in Ireland cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Non-EEA nationals living outside Dublin must still attend Garda station in person

Tooting Meadow, in Drogheda, designed by McKevitt King, has won first prize in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s 2020 public-choice award

Tooting Meadow development, designed by McKevitt King, comes first in national contest

 Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman arrives  at Leinster House. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Roderic O’Gorman alleges misinformation campaign about child protection issues

Jasmine Arshad

Gardaí ask for help after 23-month-old girl last seen with her father on Friday

 The Government’s Covid-19 tracker app has been criticised for failing to ensure the full protection of users’ data and offering ‘no clear evidence’ that it will accurately detect close contacts with the disease. Illustration: Getty

Rights groups says ‘no clear evidence’ contact tracing system will accurately detect close encounters

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he is worried about the ‘continuing volatility’ around the virus internationally. File photograph: Getty

Martin vows to maintain ‘common unity of purpose’ among the Government partners

A man in his 30s has been arrested in Dublin as part of ongoing investigations into Covid-19 payment fraud. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Garda says 25 cases of fraudulent claims worth more than €56,000 detected to date

National Parents’ Council Post Primary says parents will be required to “step outside comfort zones”. Photograph: iStock

INTO says one-metre distancing will pose challenge, especially with ‘super-size’ classes.

Wendel Versadel, healthcare worker and community engagement officer with the Filipino consulate, pictured in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Three Filipinos have died of the virus here since March, while 63 have tested positive

Roderic O’ Gorman: he said he planned to put the “young, vulnerable and marginalised” at the very centre of his department’s work

#NotMyIndependenceDay campaign to highlight how people with disabilities will not be ‘getting back to normal’

Tobi Omoteso, a Nigerian-Irish dancer living in Limerick. Photograph: Alan Place.

New to the Parish: Tobi Omoteso arrived from Nigeria via the UK in 1999

Independent TD Marie Harkin asked the Dáil for greater support to be made available to Leitrim County Council.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of tonnes of bog slipped down Shass mountain near Drumkeeran village

Save the Hellfire group protesting against the development by South Dublin County Council and Coillte, at the Hellfire club in Dublin in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála has approved application for visitor centre in Dublin mountains

The Black Lives Matter movement has shone an ‘uncomfortable light’ on the unspoken reality of racism and racial discrimination in Ireland, said the commission.

Elimination of discrimination should be ‘core’ for Government, say rights group

A small group of young white-tailed eagles arrived into Kerry airport on Saturday from Norway as part of a project to bolster the breeding population of this once extinct species in Ireland. Photograph: iStock/Getty.

Webcam set up in Glengariff, Co Cork so public can follow hatching of chicks online

A weather warning for heavy rain and blustery conditions with a risk of flooding in northern parts of the country is set to remain in place over the weekend. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Unsettled conditions set to continue through next week

Threshold said it is important that tenants knows there is a national service to negotiate on their behalf.

Housing charity Threshold says illegal evictions have taken place during pandemic

Paul Mescal, who plays Connell and Daisy Edgar Jones, who plays Marianne  in Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe

Saoirse Ronan, Hozier and casts of Derry Girls and Normal People feature in show

Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Holohan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former MMA fighter was suspended from party over comments about women and race

The HSE has said its contact tracing app is ready to deploy. Photograph: Getty

While 80% say they will install app, around 60% of respondents have privacy concerns

Vitória Régia Oliveira, from Brazil, who works in home care in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Vitória Régia Oliveira arrived from Salvador, Brazil in 2017

Report author Linda Coogan Byrne said the last time Irish radio supported female acts was during the era of Sinéad O’Connor, the Corrs and the Cranberries. Photograph: Paul Bergen/ Redferns

Four stations did not feature one female voice in top 20 played songs over past year

Prof Iseult Lynch said as ‘a woman in science’ she felt especially proud to see her work recognised.

Prof Iseult Lynch awarded John Jeyes prize for research into microparticles

Voytek Bialek,  at  home in Ballinacurra, Co Cork, is director of the Cork-based Together-Razem charity. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Together-Razem charity set up a programme to support elderly Polish through the crisis

Ryanair, which has continued to operate a small number of flights between Ireland and the UK throughout the health crisis, will start re-opening more routes in the coming days. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

4,000 passengers passed through Dublin airport on Sunday, up 800 people on Saturday

Visa renewal applicants protested last year outside the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service  office on Burgh’s Quay. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

System remains unavailable to students outside capital and other foreign nationals

The Tree of Life, Saint Anne’s Park, Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Tommy Craggs carved into Monterey cypress tree in St Anne’s Park over three years

The draft programme for government contains a commitment to  end to Direct Provision. Photograph: Getty

Department of Justice announces €500,000 fund for community integration projects

Bernard (Ben) Tormey: enjoyed  reading, taking walks and a few pints of Guinness

Lives Lost to Covid-19: He never travelled, and never married, but was happy with life

Berna Lee: Spent 50 years in New York, where she married and raised a family

Lives Lost to Covid-19: She kept extensive diaries filled with insights into her childhood

William Francis Cooper loved railways and dedicated his free time to building a model railway in the attic of the family home in Raheny.

Accomplished piano player delighted family with Handel’s Messiah every Christmas

Honest Ndlovu signed up for the Gaisce bronze award after hearing about Wavelength through Longford youth service.

Award can help young people find their voice and challenge discrimination around race

Abuse and neglect in the home and an increased reliance on drugs and alcohol are also believed to have contributed to the rise in emergency mental health presentations. Photograph: iStock

Psychiatrists record a ‘swell’ in people presenting because of self-harm and suicidal ideation, new onset depression and anxiety

Hugh Kane, chair of the Oversight Group, launching Sharing the Vision, a new mental health policy at the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Sharing the Vision policy replaces Vision for Change which expired in 2016

Conor Murphy with his wife Linda and children Ruairí and Órla, in Albert College Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New to the Parish: Conor Murphy arrived from Australia in 2001 and again in 2013

John Shevlin is pictured at St Stephen’s Green on Bloomsday 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A 36-hour Zoom reading is among the events amid this year’s celebrations of James Joyce

The Department of Justice revealed earlier this week that it was told on March 24th an asylum seeker at the newly-opened Skellig Star accommodation centre had gone into self-isolation after being transferred from Dublin the previous week.

Resident who went into self-isolation in mid-March was not tested until mid-April

Tributes were paid to Cian English at a funeral service on Saturday held in the town of Leighlinbrdige on the banks of the river Barrow in his native Co Carlow. Photograph: Sarah Slater

Cian English (19) fell to his death when he was allegedly being robbed at knife-point

The garda was at his home with his heavily pregnant wife and two young children. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda’s home in Dundalk was petrol bombed on Sunday, June 7th

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, also urged the Government to complete and publish the review it announced over two years ago into the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences. Photograph:James Forde

Government must complete review into investigation and prosecution of sexual offences, hears webinar

When Sadie Kennedy Power’s funeral procession drove past her home in Castleknock, more than 60 neighbours gathered on the footpaths and broke into song as the hearse passed by.

Former nurse was a dedicated parent who cherished her friendships

Conor O’Dwyer was proud of all five of his children and supported their endeavours through life.

Devoted family man who loved sports and played rugby for Railway Union in Dublin

Eleanor Sheehan never complained about the pain and suffering she endured through spinal operations as a child and respiratory illnesses as an adult.

‘Pure joy and innocent love’ brought out the best in others

Aziz Mohiuddin has been making face masks using donated material. Photograph: Patrick Browne/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Aziz Mohiuddin arrived in 2018 from Pakistan via South Africa

A local group criticised the Minister for failing to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the Skellig Star hotel before opening to  asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Landers

Local group says Minister should resign for having ‘misled’ public on suspected Covid-19 at hotel

Dublin city playgrounds are set to reopen today. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council is to open play areas after they have passed a safety inspection

 Domestic violence is ‘one of the most unreported, undocumented and unprosecuted crimes on our statute books’, Safe Ireland says. Photograph: iStock

Women emerging with ‘double trauma of lockdown and months of abuse and control’

The playground in the Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

No council supervision or cleansing regime planned, says Dublin City Council chief

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday that the re-opening of hotels, restaurants, hostels and museums would be brought forward to the end of June as part of phase two of the roadmap to reopening the country. Photograph: iStock

Kerry hotel reports ‘avalanche’ in bookings ahead of tourism industry reopening on June 29th

Report calls for children to be regularised as early as possible to “ensure eligibility for citizenship from an earlier age”. Photograph: iStock

Views of separated child should be ‘sought directly’ in relation to asylum decision

Lawson Mpame at a rally on Monday in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Young black community calls for early education about racism to tackle public ignorance

Anne (Nancy) Doyle

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘She was an amazing listener, you could tell her anything’

The three men – aged in their late 20s, 30s and 50s – are currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. Photograph: iStock

MDMA tablets, glock pistol, ammunition and cash discovered in Ballyfermot

 Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Mission to bring 400 people from Lebanon to Ireland cut short because of pandemic

Dr Claire Dunne works in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos

‘Before Covid hit things were already horrific in the camp with the lack of basic services’

‘Young people growing up in Ireland from a migrant background need to see themselves represented at these levels,’  chief executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Brian Killoran said. File photograph : Laura Hutton

Racism and unfair representation major issues in Irish society, meeting told

Teacher Patrycja Czarnoleska O’Connor,  orginally from Poland, married with one child, in Milltown, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

New to the Parish: Patrycja Czarnoleska O’Connor, a teacher, first arrived from Poland in 2004

Salthill beach during the heatwave in Galway on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Gardaí report packed beaches and beauty spots, while house parties cause concern

The crowds marched from O’Connell Street to the American embassy in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Black Lives Matter activists rally at US embassy after man dies in police custody in Minneapolis

Polish children living across Ireland have taken part in a social media video celebrating Poland’s national children’s day.

Annual celebration marks beginning of summer in Poland celebrated since 1952

Brittas Bay beach in Co Wicklow on Monday, the hottest day of the year so far. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Temperatures reach 27 degrees in Mayo as Irish Water warns hosepipe ban ‘increasingly likely’

Conor Ryan and Sam Corcoran play football on Portmarnock beach, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Weather brings higher risk of forest fires with red fire warning in place until Monday evening

Hana Fasika, an Ethiopian student living in Cork city, finishing the marathon on Patrick’s Street on behalf of her relay team. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Hundreds of runners across Ireland ran a leg of the race safely within their 5km restriction

Paddlers and swimmers take to the water at Seapoint in Dublin during the fine weather. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water considers hosepipe ban as threat of drought looms

A man photographs a street art mural by the artist ADW in Portarlington, Co Laois. Entitled ‘Is it Still raining? I hadn’t noticed’, the work deals with the issue of mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: PA

Newspaper reports indicate Government is considering accelerating parts of lockdown exit

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