Ghaythaa Abdualdahab  in Mosney Provision Centre in Co Louth: “What I want now is for my children to learn the language and integrate into Irish society.” Photograph: James Forde

New to the Parish: Ghaythaa Abdualdahab arrived in Ireland from Syria, via Greece, in 2018

The callers claim to be officials from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), an Garda Síochána or the Indian embassy and demand  sums of between €500 and €2,000. Photograph: iStock

Foreign nationals threatened with deportation and duped into paying up to €2,000

The two men are being held at Bailieborough Garda station. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí launch homicide investigation into death of 59-year-old in August

The former Mosney holiday camp near Drogheda is housing an additional 19 people. File photograph: Frank Miller

Reception and Integration Agency seeking accommodation for up to six months

The man detained at Dublin Airport described the incident as “probably the worst moment of my life”.

Department of Justice says deportation of traveller from Arab country was ‘lawful’

People with red hair, including Aishling Griffiths (7) take a selfie to celebrate ‘Kiss a Ginger Day’ on the 10-year anniversary of this anti-bullying day, in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Canadian Derek Fogie set up ‘Kiss a Ginger Day’ in 2009 to raise awareness of bullying

The second Irish Quidditch Cup took place in Dublin’s Trinity College with the winning team going on to represent Ireland in the European Quidditch Cup Division 2 2019 in Poland

Sport inspired by Harry Potter wizarding game continues to evolve worldwide

Focusing on the biggest stories dominating   news, the   dictionary has introduced a whole series of vocabulary and expressions to help Irish speakers continue their discussion around issues such as the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union   as Gaeilge. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Burqa, body shaming, single-use plastic, craft beer, hard border and pay gap some of the latest additions to English-Irish diction(...)

Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, which was damaged by fire on Thursday night. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Minister ‘deeply concerned’ over fire at disused hotel earmarked for asylum seekers

The upgrade involves widening the road from two to three lanes in both directions to ease congestion. File photograph: Google Street View

Speed restrictions to remain in place until construction is fully completed in early 2020

Burnt out vans and cars in the yard of the house that  was the scene of an eviction in Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Man (54) is being held as part of investigation into gang attack on security guards in Strokestown

Some of the 49 migrants who had been stranded on the ‘Sea-Watch 3’ react towards the media as they disembark from a Maltese patrol boat on Wednesday. Photograph:  Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian minister objects to plan to distribute 300 migrants between eight European countries

Dalal Alshohaib, from Saudi Arabia, and her new partner, Erik Van der Veken, from Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Dalal Alshohaib arrived from Saudi Arabia in 2015

The latest report into the Deis programme warned there is still a significant difference in educational achievements between students in Deis and non-Deis schools. Photograph: iStock

Report finds Junior Cert results of Deis pupils have improved but overall gap remains

 Actor Ruth Negga after she was named one of Ireland’s cultural ambassadors. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

Actor named as cultural ambassador for Ireland says ‘we can’t take art for granted’

Suffragette and trade unionist Countess Markievicz, artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick, illuminating the GPO for the 2018 Herstory Light Festival in celebration of the centenary of the Irish Women’s Suffrage. Photograph: HerStory

Bacik says repeal of eighth amendment a big achievement but more ground to cover in 2019

The number of women in Ireland with lung cancer may “substantially outnumber” male cases in the coming years. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The number of people diagnosed with lung cancer is expected to double by 2045

The EU and European Economic Area has seen a 20 per cent drop in the rate of new diagnoses among men who have sex with men since 2015

State-funding for HIV prevention drug will bring down diagnoses rate, says HIV activist

Former Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson, who stepped down  in 2017, stipulated that she be welcomed into the Friendly Sons of St Patrick association as a full member and not just in an honorary capacity. File photograph: Alan Betson

Irish women ‘become invisible when history is appropriated in this way’, says Anderson

Work on extending current Luas trams to 55m will continue in 2019. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin Bus most popular transport option with more than 143 million journeys in 2018

Minister for  Community Development Michael Ring said the funding had been allocated “in a way that means that those communities who need it most, whether in cities, towns or rural areas, will benefit”.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Barnardos to receive €120,000 for new community facility under enhancement fund

“It’s the stuff of bad novels that you come within 10 minutes of being released and then you’re told you’re staying.” Photograph: AP/Stock

Irishman jailed for five years in Kenya grateful for help from Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas

Some 371 Irish people were arrested abroad in 2018, up from 316 arrests in the whole of the previous year. Photograph: Getty Images

Department figures show decline of nearly 9% recorded Irish deaths abroad

Aerial view of the sinkhole in Co Monaghan that appeared in September. Photograph: Pat Byrne

Magheracloone Mitchells pitch in Monaghan was split down the middle by subsidence

  Agape Deng with her husband Tim Wang in Newmarket, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

New to the Parish: Born in Taiwan, Agape Deng arrived in Ireland from the US

People attending the citizenship ceremony at  the University of Limerick in 2017. File photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

More than 10,000 people, including 3,000 children, granted Irish citizenship in 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris: Keen to reduce crisis pregnancies. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Harris says 2019 legislative priority to make female contraception more widely available

 Eileen Battersby wrote about all aspects of the arts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Irish Times literary correspondent died in crash on December 23rd

Three of Mo’een Al Ali’s daughters watch on as their parents explain the barriers preventing them from going to school. Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union 2018

Finding work and education is a problem, but most would not choose to return to Syria

Mild December days: Oisín Cape from Rush, Co Dublin, plays on the beach with his grandad Mick Cape. Photograph: Conor Healy

New Year’s Eve set to be predominantly dry’ as high pressure system persists over Europe

Judith Coughlan from Arklow in Co Wicklow died on Sunday after she fell from a walkway 20 metres above the ground. Photograph: Alicante Airport

Judith Coughlan died after falling from a footbridge at Alicante-Elche airport

Mavis Ramazani and her daughter (7) have just spent their third Christmas in direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

The festive season can be a difficult time for the 5,997 people living in direct provision

This December  15th, 2018, photograph, shows Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with Mary Robinson. Photograph: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation via AP

Sheikha Latifa in ‘the loving care of her family’, says former Irish president

Serene Ibraheem (4) and her mother Raneem, from Syria, in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin. They have been living in Ireland since 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Serene Ibraheem (4) is taking online fame in her stride as she awaits Santa’s arrival

An image from this year’s Belvedere College Christmas sleep-out in Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Dublin school’s annual Christmas event seeks to raise money for the homeless

Repairs being carried out at the KBC building on Sandwith Street after it was attacked on Thursday. Photograph: Collins.

Union urges peaceful protest saying ‘public anger’ needs to be recognised

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan welcomed the second call for applicants to the Humanitarian Admission Programme. File photograph: Eric Luke

80 people have been approved under the scheme which seeks to bring 530 refugee family members to Ireland

Maran from Daraa in southern Syrian holds her newborn daughter Matin at the maternity hospital in the Zaatari refugee camp. Photograph: Peter Biro/European Union 2018

In the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan a clinic provides essential care to Syrian mothers

The UK airline market will effectively be ‘frozen’ in no-deal Brexit. Photograph: File photo/Getty

UK airline routes within EU to be ‘frozen’ for twelve months following Brexit

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has noted that Irish policy makers must ‘raise our voice in an appropriate way and at the right opportunities, so that our concerns are taken seriously and acted upon’  Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs responds to TDs’ letter calling for action on rights abuses

Focus Ireland is helping Santa to find children who are homeless this Christmas using Santa’s magical fireplaces. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Focus Ireland makes urgent appeal for Christmas donations as demand for services rise

Iwa and Krzysiek Wisniewski with their children Helena (5), Dorota (4), Zuzka (11) and Franek (19). Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: Krzysiek and Iwa Wisniewski arrived from Poland in 2006

Former minister and Dún Laoghaire councillor Mary Hanafin has announced her intention to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for next year’s European Parliament elections.   Photograph: Frank Miller

Former minister for education says party has had no Dublin MEP since 2009

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan warned that less than half of State boards had reached the minimum 40 per cent target of women on boards. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Number of women in senior board positions still ‘lagging significantly behind’, says department

Adolphe Ndagijimana, his wife, Joy, and their two daughters, Jaissah (18 months) and Janice (3). Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

New to the Parish: Rwandan who arrived in 2013 is grateful to Ireland

Dr Bryan McMahon, who is the chairman of the Working Group on the Protection Process and Direct Provision. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review on the system’s future warns it is essential long delays in asylum process end

 Vinu Narayanan, a nurse who has lived in Ireland for nearly a decade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘If they tell me it’s going to take another few months I’d rather plan to go somewhere else’

Smitha and her husband, Jijo, son Josh and daughter Tia. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of Indian nurses send money home to ageing parents but rarely see them

Protesters gather on Wednesday outside Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) on Burgh Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Protesters call for ‘fair and transparent’ booking systems as opportunist agents continue block-booking appointments

The majority of new weekday services will be introduced across Maynooth, Drogheda and Phoenix Park Tunnel Commuter routes, while there will also be an extra daily service each way between Dublin and Sligo.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Late-night Christmas Dart services begin from Friday, December 7th

Covent Road, which runs alongside Athlumney Castle, has been earmarked as part of the route for the proposed Navan 2030 Athlumney to Trim cycle scheme. Photograph: Google Street View

Proposed cycle scheme in Navan would involve knocking down structure beside Athlumney Castle

Unite members pictured outside  Grafton College in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Minister proposes refunds for Grafton College students following its sudden closure

Fog hangs above tents and makeshift shelters in  a field where migrants and asylum seekers stay in Calais, France, October 2nd 2015.   Most of the unaccompanied minors arrived in Ireland from Calais or Greece Photograph: Pascal Rossigno/Reuters

Adequate supports not available to teenagers entering direct provision system, says ESRI

Teacher Martin Brennan said: “Four weeks from Christmas, we’ve lost our jobs.” Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Teachers in Grafton College were not paid this weekend and owners not responding

The site of the planned direct provision centre in Moville was recently severely damaged in an arson attack. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Only two centres still open in Dublin, while there are six in Cork and six in Kerry

The Government has warned the Irish pensions system is facing a number of ‘very serious demographic, adequacy and sustainability challenges’. Photograph: iStock

Billions needed to maintain Social Insurance Fund says actuarial report

 Evgeny Shtorn: “It’s about public understanding. So many people don’t even know direct provision exists but they are paying for it.”  Photograph: Andrew Downes/xposure

New to the Parish: Evgeny Shtorn arrived from Russia in 2018

Nahla Bastawi from Egypt and now living in Dublin pictured with fellow Stamp 3 visa holders at Leinster House. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘We’re not homemakers; we’re modern families, we’re modern females.’

Sixteen per cent of the packaging waste produced in 2018 was plastic. Photograph: Getty Images/File photo

Repak says online stores use legal loophole to avoid paying packaging recycling bill

The cyclists in his 40s was critically injured after colliding with a car at Ballycullane in Kilmallock, Co Limerick at about 8pm.  File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Driver of car uninjured in collision at Ballycullane, Kilmallock

Some countries categorize sex without consent as a lesser offence to rape, sending a  message that ‘real rape’ only occurs when physical violence is used Amnesty warned. File image: Getty

Victim blaming and flawed legislation is contributed to ‘underreporting’ of sex assaults

Mohammed Delowar with his wife Sumaia Rashid Samanta and their son Arham Ibn Delowar. Photograph: Mohammed Delowar

Irish embassy and Department of Justice encourage family to re-apply after visa appeal refused

Miriam Kaczor: “Arriving into a new place where you see people having fun but you can’t join in was really tough. You go from being a really good student to getting bad grades. It was a lonely time.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Miriam Kaczor arrived from Poland in 2008

Exterior of Eglinton Hostel direct provision centre in Salthill Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Centres opening around the State to meet ‘immediate and urgent increase in demand’

The funeral of  Sonny Knowles will take place in Dublin next week. Photograph: Collins

Musician, showband singer and National Song Contest entrant died aged 86

Spice Girls tour: Geri Horner, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Mel C will play Croke Park in Dublin on May 24th, 2019

Victoria Beckham will not rejoin 1990s pop group for first Irish show in 21 years

Alex McElroy and Abigail Poynton during a protest at the Spire on O’Connell Street in  Dublin over victim blaming in the courts. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

About 600 attend Dublin, Cork rallies amid concern women’s choices being ‘weaponised’

The Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville. Photograph: Google Maps

Direct provision centre at Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville set to house 100 asylum seekers

  HaiYing Huang: “For the foreseeable future Ireland is my home.” Photograph:   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: HaiYing Huang arrived from China in 2002

Rainfall is expected to be heaviest on high ground and mountains File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Worst rain forecast for high ground and mountains, cold turn expected next week

Criminalising the purchase of sex, but not the sale of sex, is the best way to end the demand for prostitution and effectively tackle trafficking, according to a Europe-wide report published today.

Sex Workers Alliance says report does not address reality of sex workers’ lives

Gardaí are expected to shortly begin using new hand-held devices to scan number plates, which will immediately find out whether a vehicle is insured, by the end of this year.

Gardaí testing new hand-held devices that read number plates to find uninsured drivers

“We are at risk of creating a very bitter community if we continue to leave people behind.” Joseph Nyirenda, originally from Malawi, who lives in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Africans ‘the most disadvantaged’ group in the Irish labour market, according to ESRI

The Aramark leaflet that has been distributed at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Clodagh Guerin

University of Limerick students are planning boycott of Aramark-affiliated businesses

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin “left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pioneering musician had a ‘fearless sense of exploration’, says president

Weather warnings have been issued across the country. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Friday alerts in place for counties in Leinster, Munster and Connacht

Salome Mbugua, the founder of the Migrant Women’s Network AkiDwA, accused the State of failing to acknowledge the discrimination which she said is preventing many Africans from finding employmen. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Discrimination main factor for low employment among Africans, says activist

“We get a sense that many households are in fact very far from changing their mind [about domestic childcare] and no amount of childcare policy is going to change their decision,” Dr Hélène Turon from the University of Bristol told the ESRI. Photograph: Getty

Research shows leaving work to care for children results in much lower wages later in life

Filip Klubicka joined the Irish a capella group Ardú shortly after moving to Dublin in August 2017. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Filip Klubicka arrived in Ireland in August 2017

More than 70 per cent of all personal motor cases assessed by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board from January to June 2018 were related to whiplash. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Women more likely to receive higher compensation than men in damages for whiplash

Some 30 people have been deported to Pakistan from Ireland so far in 2018 followed by 19 deportees to China. Photograph: Istock

Data shows rise in number of deportations from Ireland to Pakistan but fall in numbers sent back to China

Supporters of Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate his victory at the Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo. Photograph: EPA/Fernando Bizerra

Brazilians living in Ireland express mix of relief and concern following election of far-right candidate

Dublin Fire Brigade received hundreds of fire-related calls on Halloween, traditionally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade and its ambulance service urge caution during a busy day

   Daniela Kocis-Fitzgerald: “I’ve always been quite ambitious and adventurous.” Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Daniela Kocis-Fitzgerald arrived from Romania in 2009

The State has spent more than €4.4 million on deportation flight costs over the past eight years. Photograph: Istock

Labour leader calls for a ‘more humane and regularised system’ to process applications

Daniela Vindisova: “It feels good here. I have never felt like I’m in some kind of minority.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Daniela Vindisova from Slovakia came to Ireland in 2016

New to the Parish: Swathi Sasidharan with her husband, Sajeevan Achuthan, and children, seven-year-old Aadvika and four-year-old Anwita. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Stories of 2018: New to the Parish, Swathi Sasidharan arrived from India in 2005

The online renewal visa system was introduced in September 2016 to end the long overnight queues which had become a fixture outside the INIS office on Burgh Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Security measures protecting online visa system from hackers ‘superficial’ – data expert

Nonso Muojeke. Photograph:

‘When I heard it at 1 o’clock in the morning, my mom woke me up just to tell me’

High waves wash over the bandstand, in Dun Laoghaire. File photograph: Eric Luke

What time will the storm-force winds be crossing your county?

Nonso Muojeke. Photograph:

Decision follows a campaign by classmates of Nonso Muojeke (14) to keep him in Ireland

The arrival of Storm Callum. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard

Met Éireann issues updates as gusts of up to 130km/h and flooding are expected

Norbert Nkengurutse in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. “Direct provision is not a bad system but it’s a poorly organised system.” Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Norbert Nkengurutse arrived from Burundi in 2016

Participants in the Still Waiting Health campaign  at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Nurse says colleagues feel demoralised and many are moving abroad to work

Matilda Kelly (9) from Ballinasloe, Co Galway at the march. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dozens of coffins laid outside GPO to remember mothers and babies from Tuam home

Mr Justice Clarke noted that historically the Irish courts have kept close contact with courts in the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Frank Clarke notes Brexit means departure of major common law jurisdiction from Europe

File image of a silver Mercedes estate. File photograph: Cars Ireland

Family are in ‘desperate’ need after car containing customised chair is stolen

The Northern Irish Assembly does not have the freedom to deviate from London on trade, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

DUP leader says NI Assembly cannot interfere with trade under Northern Ireland Act

AA Roadwatch warns of ‘significant disruptions’ to the southbound line

App advises clients to practise ‘mock raids’ and appoint staff to ‘shadow’ investigators

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