Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Ireland’s femicide rate on par with those of England, Scotland and Wales

A study of 1,877 people carried out through 33 clinical trials has found resistance training is comparable to “frontline treatments” such as antidepressants and behavioural therapies for people suffering from depression.  Image: iStock

Research finds resistance training useful in warding off depression and mental health problems

Ljiljana Matkovic at the Clondalkin Intercultural Centre: “The only difficulty I had when I came here was meeting friends but then I found people at the centre who wanted to help me.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Ljiljana Matkovic arrived from Croatia in 2015

Orla O’Connor, the director of the National Women’s Council has said ‘we need to ask what is going wrong in our society that these horrific crimes are happening’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Four women have died violently in Ireland so far this year

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old student was abducted on Saturday evening

‘We would not expect this type of violence in Ireland, it’s a European country’

Pamela Treacy: “The people taking part in the marathon are running it for really positive reasons and they all have unique stories. I find it very special.”

When Pamela Treacy’s husband got Hodgkin’s lymphoma, they learned the value of fitness

Tian Yu Lloyd at Holles Street hospital. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

‘Many of those who do not have the right to vote are involved in campaigning for both sides. Even though they can’t vote it will s(...)

 Asim Mumtaz with his wife Sidra and their children, Eshall (5), Azlaan (3) and Sofia aged five months. Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Asim Mumtaz arrived from Pakistan in 2000

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man on a farm near Feakle, Co Clare. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Man in his 70s fatally injured in incident over night on Monday near Feakle, Co Clare

The number of women who died after receiving incorrect smear test results has risen to 18. Photograph: Getty/File

Nearly 4,000 women still waiting for callback from CervicalCheck helpline

Naoimh Tuohy: ‘It’s such an energetic, brilliant event with all these women running together’

Naoimh Tuohy ran the VHI mini-marathon in aid of Crumlin’s Children Hospital’s after her son Arlo was diagnosed with a potentially(...)

The latest Red Cross campaign follows advocacy group Uplift’s 2015 “pledge a bed” push which resulted in more than 830 offers of accommodation, goods and services

Advertisement calls for nation to ‘put an empty space to better use’

The State’s health system will be unable to cope with the demand for additional surgical procedures if access to abortion is legalised, a group of anti-abortion doctors, nurses and midwives has said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

GP says referendum campaign has led to ‘fundamental divisions’ within profession

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37), the mother of five from Ballydavid, Dingle, Co Kerry, who has a terminal cancer diagnosis and was one of the women who were wrongly told they had normal smear tests through the CervicalCheck screening programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘We forgive but we never forget, and this is something we’re never going to forget’

(left to right) Dr Rhona Mahony, Health Minister Simon Harris and Medical Student Shubhangi Karmaker pictured with fellow physicians at the launch of Doctors for Yes national Summit in Dublin today. Photograph: PA

‘This is not a vote of Yes or No . . . it’s whether we want to make healthcare safe and regulated’

People taking part in Darkness Into Light  in Skerries, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘I find a serious sense of healing in it and a connectedness to those who have gone’

Kathy Foulds at the spot where her friend Petra Riedel was killed in a crash in Cork in April 2012. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Three tragic deaths show how a split second can change everything for a vulnerable cyclist

The woman has written a letter to Minister for Health Simon Harris asking him to examine the system of prioritising women on gynaecological waiting lists based on smear tests. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Woman put on 15-month waiting list because of clear test despite ‘serious symptoms’

Priority will be given to people who are able to provide accommodation for their family members given the high demand on limited housing supplies across Ireland.  Photographer: Michaela Rehle/Bloomberg

Relatives from top 10 countries, including Syria and Afghanistan, are eligible

“I answered the phone and she said I’m sorry to have to tell you this but your wife was identified as one of the women, one of the 17 women,” said Paul. File photograph: Getty Images

Husband just informed his wife was one of 17 women given inaccurate test results who later died

“She fought a tremendous battle...She was putting up one hell of a fight for her life.” File photograph: Getty Images

Husband of woman who died of cervical cancer in 2011 discover smear tests were incorrect

Speaking to a packed out church, family friend Eimear McGrath remembered “Michael the warrior” who had the special gift of brightening other people’s lives and a huge “generosity of spirit”.

Hundreds of mourners gathered to celebrate the life of teenager who appeared on RTÉ’s Room to Improve

Athula Kuruppu Arachchi: “Running your own business is very hard, you have to sacrifice so much. You’re not getting any margin at the beginning.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Chef and entrepreneur Athula Kuruppu Arachchi arrived from Sri Lanka in 2005

Eimear Grennan: ‘Why did something like this happen twice?’ Photograph: Eimear Grennan

Eimear Grennan experienced complications during birth of both her sons at Portiuncla

Some 54 taxi drivers were prosecuted for driving without a valid licence in 2017 and 28 drivers were prosecuted for not holding a valid vehicle licence. Photograph: Eric Luke

Number of licensed taxis down almost 25% from peak of 27,429 in 2008

Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two children while attending Portiuncla Hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Warren Reilly, whose two daughters died in Portiuncula hospital, says report must be acted upon

Male voters have an important role to play in the abortion referendum, trade unions were told

Current legislation is forcing lower-paid women into backstreet abortions, unions’ event is told

Lord Kilclooney claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ‘constantly antagonises Unionist feelings and is damaging the improved North/South relations’.

Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile calls on Seanad to raise matter with House of Lords

Mothers who ate high levels of oily fish and fresh legumes reached menopause at a later date, according to a British study

Vegetarians tend to go through the menopause earlier than meat eaters, study finds

“Anxiety symptoms are commonly experienced in the years preceding a dementia diagnosis and have been associated with cognitive impairment,” write researchers from the University of Southampton and University College London. Illustration: iStock

Abnormal levels of stress in middle-age can speed up brain cell ageing, says study

Peter Ward, SC, Ailbhe Smyth, Co- Director of Together for Yes, Grainne Gilmore, BL and Liam Herrick, ICCL, attending a Lawyers for Yes press conference. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

12 week access to abortion is ‘far from liberal’ and is in fact ‘highly restrictive’

Saw Doctors musician Tony Lambert collects his £852,643 win from the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin in 1993. Photograph: RTE Archives

Band mate Leo Moran pays tribute to ‘a truly magnificent man of music’

A GoFundme page set up to help cover Mr Cox’s s medical bills and accommodation for his family had raised more than € 72,600 as of Monday morning. Photograph: Facebook

Sean Cox was seriously injured when he was attacked at last week’s Champions League semi-final

Nick Henderson from the Irish Refugee Council said the charity had often worked with asylum-seeking women who were pregnant as a result of rape which occurred in their home country.

Refugee support groups call for Repeal of the Eighth to protect rights of migrant women

Alison McCormack said she was ‘appalled’ by the news of Vicky Phelan’s misdiagnosis.

Solicitor for Alison McCormack calls for review of pathologist’s cases at St James’s Hospital

Padraig O’Reilly, from Clonakilty, (right) was recognised on Saturday by the Irish Red Cross for his more than 20 years of work supporting local communities. Photograph: Claire Nash

Annual Irish Red Cross ceremony recognises contribution to communities across the State

A family photograph of Limerick artist Liam McCarthy (52) prior to his falling ill while visiting friends in Turkey. Photograph: Elaine McCarthy.

Sister says Limerick artist Liam McCarthy (52) paralysed from eyes down after stroke

A ‘technical glitch’ has affected a Cervical Check helpline established to help women gather information about their screening results.

Concerns raised that cancers potentially missed during screening process

Glen provided supports worth €11,500 to its co-founder Kieran Rose when he stood unsuccessfully for the Seanad in 2016. File photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Charities Regulator says ‘vibrant’ charity had ‘overall absence of proper financial procedures’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with resident Betty O’Brien  at the sod-turning ceremony for New Dolphin Park. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Eoghan Murphy has not yet identified potential sites for more affordable rental option

Harry McCann, founder of the Digital Youth Forum, says  younger children will continue to go online even if a ban is implemented. Photograph: Alan Betson

Education not restrictions needed to protect young people online, says Harry McCann

Síomha Ní hAinféin from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Co Kerry was the overall winner of this year’s NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass Awards. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Sixteen journalism students from across Ireland awarded at annual awards

Japanese chef Takashi Miyazaki  at his new restaurant ichigo ichie in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Takashi Miyazaki arrived in Ireland from Japan in 2008

In 2015 retired High Court judge Bryan McMahon recommended that newly arrived asyum-seekers should received a decision on their appliction within 12 months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Delays in asylum process ‘hampering integration prospects’, conference told

The research was carried out by tracking the average number of genetic eighth cousins or closer an Irish person has based on shared ancestors born in the last 200 years. File photograph: Getty Images

Genomics database reveals people in Ulster have more cousins than those in Connacht

The HSE advises that women do not consume more than 200mg of caffeine a day during pregnancy. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Norwegian report finds children at higher risk of weight gain if mothers consume caffeine

A spokeswoman for Lufthansa said the crack in the windshield “did not impact the safety of our passengers at any time”. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Cracked cockpit windshield triggers alert from aircraft with 149 passengers aboard

A screen shot of #OurFuture website which is targeting younger voters

#OurFuture says it will argue case for protecting Eighth Amendment in ‘concise, fact-based way’

The highest number of delays was in Dublin’s Mater hospital where some 1,405 people over 75 had to wait more than 24 hours for admission between January and March. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

‘Disgraceful’ figures for first three months of the year already above total for 2017

Darragh Hynes from Ratoath raised money for the St Francis Hospice in Dublin by holding a culture night in the village theatre. Photograph: Foróige

Darragh Hynes the first individual to win the annual citizenship award

Liga Skromane, who was living in Swords, Co Dublin, with her partner Andrew Jordan, went missing in India last month. Photographs: Andrew Jordan

Liga Skromane who was living in Ireland for five years disappeared during trip in Kerala

Gardaí were called to the scene of an altercation early on  Sunday. Photograph: Google Street

Man in late 40s arrested after attack at Temple Bar square

It is understood the majority of assaults recorded by NIMS were minor in nature and only a small number resulted in serious injuries.

By the numbers: a total of 1,478 attacks by patients on staff in mental units in 2017

The Transportation Strategic Policy Committee  will hear  that smartphone-users are at a higher  risk of stepping into traffic or walking into stationary objects. Photograph: Getty Images

Councillor says careless smartphone-users creating serious safety risks for others

“In terms of the increase of fast-food outlets, Ireland came second to the United States in a list of 26 developed countries.”  Photograph: Getty images

Irish Heart Foundation calls for ban on junk food marketing to children under 16 years

New To The Parish author Sorcha Pollak, centre, with James and Ellen Baker; Maisa al-Hariri Azeez Yusuff;  Chandrika Narayanan Moham; and George Labbad, all of whom tell their story of moving to Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New To The Parish: After over 100 articles in this series, Sorcha Pollak revisited 14 stories for her book

The organisation is calling for the establishment of an Oireachtas committee to examine the barriers faced by victims of domestic abuse and to ensure women have “a safe and quick transition from abuse to freedom”.

‘My four-year-old daughter said “stop daddy, mummy can’t breathe’”

An Garda Síochána has confirmed it is investigating the ‘sudden death of an infant in Birr, Co Offaly’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating following the discovery of child’s remains in a vehicle

Sunny weather is on the way, according to Met Éireann. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Despite warm weather, farmers will continue to face fodder shortages, warns IFA

A man has been questioned at Bray Garda station (above) in relation to an incident in Kilcoole Co Wicklow over the weekend in which a girl (17) was seriously injured.

Man in his 40s questioned about collision in which teenage girl seriously injured

Vekash Khokhar at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. The space has become a lifeline for him. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

New to the Parish: Vekash Manzoor Khokhar arrived from Pakistan in 2015

 Aaron Doyle (8) was among Glasnevin Na Fianna members who visited  en mass the public information session hosted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland about the proposed Metrolink project. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Protection of sports grounds ‘critical for future of community’, says chairman

Efrem Gidey from Eritrea, a fifth-year student at Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrellstown, Dublin, was praised for his “courage and dedication”. Photograph: Kevin McFeely

Efrem Gidey wins senior schools title just months after arriving in Ireland from Calais

The development of Dun Laoghaire Baths will take nearly two years to complete and will include a small café, public toilets, an artist studio space, new lifeguard facilities, an up-grade to the existing maritime gardens and a new jetty.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Redevelopment of site will include cafe and jetty but will not retain swimming facility

The Sligo-based coastguard helicopter took of from its base in Strandhill.  Photograph: Collins

Trio airlifted by coastguard helicopter after vessel capsizes on Tuesday

The video was first released in 1996 and features the single Dreams by the Cranberries with  sweeping shots Irish landmarks.

Dolores O’Riordan’s vocals from Dreams single used as backdrop to advertisement

Mary O’Reilly outside her house in Baldoyle, Co Dublin,  with Syrian refugee Wassim Kharita. Photograph: CJ Nash

‘Originally my friends thought I was a bit mad to take him in but now they admire me’

Junior members of Na Fianna GAA club visit  the public information session hosted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland about the proposed Metrolink project. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Locals say safety and well-being of children has been overlooked

A poster urging a No vote in the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company warns referendum campaigners of potential for electric shocks and dangerous falls

Gardaí and Irish Rail are investigating an incident in which two people were allegedly attacked on a Dublin to Westport train service on Thursday night.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Incident happened on Irish Rail service in Claremorris at about 8.45pm on Thursday

Minister of State for Justice and Equality David Stanton said the Department of Justice remained ‘committed to admitting the full cohort pledged under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme’. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Total of 262 women, men and children have arrived in Ireland from Greece this year

Samira Kaissi and her daughter Sara (11): “I have no friends here and I don’t really socialise with people from work. But it still feels right and I’m seriously considering buying a house.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New to the parish: Samira and Sara Kaissi arrived from Lebanon in 2017

Sheila and Paddy Donohoe from Dublin: “You have to give people dignity . . . as they say, trust women.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Members of older generation share thoughts on Eighth Amendment

Reports emerged over the weekend that system back-up tapes containing data on staff at Independent News and Media (INM) may have been removed from the company and accessed by external groups. Photograph: Leah Farrell/ RollingNews.ie

Alleged breach raises serious questions about freedom of the press, says legal expert

Photograph: The Fumbally Exchange

Founder George Boyle says creative energy being siphoned out of Dublin by boom prices

Migrant workers are particularly at risk of exploitation, according to a report from the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Migrant fishermen, domestic and care workers in Ireland at risk of exploitation, says report

Brian Conlon, owner of Slatterys Pub on Capel Street, pulling the first pint shortly after 7am on a Good Friday- the first  since 1922.Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

For the first time in more than 90 years pub doors open on Good Friday

Judy Li: “No matter how bad life treats you there is always hope, always help and always a solution. Stay calm, be patient and always be positive.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Judy Li arrived from China in 2004. Her husband died in 2015 and she is grateful for the support she has received

Rare old times: a girl stares into the camera at the fish market by Spanish Arch in Galway in the 1890s. Photograph: Getty

Easter Rising, ‘Lusitania’, Spanish Arch and Puck Fair feature in Ancestry collection

Caique Trindade De Oliveira (24)

Caique Trindade De Oliveira was last seen on March 6th

(L-R) Sarah Benson of  Ruhama and Denise Charlton of the Sexual Exploitation Research Project, UCD, outside Leinster House today. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Many are unaware that purchase of sex in Ireland is illegal under new law, says Ruhama

Gardaí are investigating a robbery in which a man in his 80s was attacked and his home ransacked.

Two men assaulted resident and left scene with cash and mobile phone

Seas Suas, the independent childcare and early education provider, has warned that more parents are turning to “unqualified, unregulated childcare options” because of the falling number of available crèche facilities. Photograph: iStock

Crèches struggling to fill vacancies to meet childcare needs of babies under two

The blue Audi A4 estate seized in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Searches in the south inner city on Monday are part of investigation into organised crime

A photograph of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in Co Mayo taken from an Air Corps plane last month as it returned from patrol. Photograph: Cpl Pat O’Meara, Irish Air Corps

Easter weekend expected to see ‘unsettled weather’ with cooler temperatures

Another resident from the Sligo centre says rats first appeared in the centre nearly a year ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Reception and Integration Agency says it is taking complaints ‘very seriously’

Fourteen-year-old Elisha was last seen at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s night on Dillon Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area on the Co Waterford side of the town

Body of 14-year-old girl found on Sunday in River Suir

An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a 50-acre solar farm on a site in Kilbrew, Co Meath. File photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

Planners say project would unacceptably impact on area’s archaeological heritage

Multiple sclerosis. A coloured scanning electron micrograph of a microglial cell (orange) ingesting oligodendrocyte cells (pink, branched) in nerve tissue. This  process is thought to occur in multiple sclerosis (MS). Photograph. Getty Images

If approved Siponimod would become first drug to treat secondary progressive MS

Fadielah Moses  feels lucky to work for a reputable homecare agency but says many of her friends are exploited by private agencies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Fadielah Moses arrived from South Africa in 2013

Any adult earning €249.55 a week or less, or €13,022 or less annually, is counted as being at risk of poverty.

Social Justice Ireland report says number of ‘working poor’ rising despite economic growth


Parts of Wicklow remain inaccessible following unseasonably cold conditions

File photograph: One man was rescued from the rocky area and brought to safety

Alarm was raised on Sunday morning after boat ran aground on rocks

Tactile ballot paper template. Photograph: National Council for the Blind of Ireland

People with sight loss to be able to vote on Eighth Amendment without assistance

NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary said the union was concerned that members working on the Kildare routes for Bus Éireann would not be forced to move “to an inferior employer”.

Any further moves to open routes to tender would ‘inevitably’ mean industrial unrest

A 55-metre tram  on O’Connell Bridge, blocking traffic. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New 55-metre Luas expected to return to full service in May, says NTA chief

Jo, originally from Malaysia, posts her selfie online on Friday to raise awareness for the undocumented in Ireland. ‘I’m in Ireland for 15 years as a childminder.  I want the Irish Government to know I live here, work here and belong here.’

Some of the up to 26,000 undocumented in Ireland issue photos in call for regularisation

Hiqa  gave the HSE a final warning late last year to improve conditions at Áras Attracta in Swinford, Co Mayo  or face closure. File photograph: Google Street View

But Hiqa warns of continued shortfalls at care facility for adults

Chief executive of St Patrick’s Festival Susan Kirby: ‘We work with groups from all over the world.’

Dublin parade one of the most ‘democratic’ art presentations in the country

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