José Muñoz: “Living the rest of my life in El Salvador is not an option. We all know the situation isn’t going to change there, we want a better life.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New to the Parish: José Muñoz arrived in Ireland in 2016

President Michael D Higgins officially opens the Nelson Mandela exhibition ‘From Prisoner to President’ at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Kilmainham Gaol exhibition marking centenary of statesman’s birth runs till January

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney launched public consultation into Ireland’s  new development policy on Thursday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public consultation on Ireland’s new development policy calls for public submissions

 Palestinian farmer Muna al-Taneeb, from the West Bank, with Senator Frances Black outside Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/AP Images for Avaaz

Israeli embassy says Bill is ‘populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative’

Tunisian Houda Zghidi moved to Ireland four years ago. She  works for a tech company. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Houda Zghidi arrived from Tunisia in 2014

Dr Barbara Lee Bass: ‘It’s not that we want them, we need them. We want the best of the best and in our medical schools the women are in the upper half of the class.’ Photograph:

Less than 7% of consultant surgeons are women despite more than half graduates being female

Several of Emma Mhic Mhathúna’s smear tests were misread and she later received a cancer disgnosis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Woman affected by CervicalCheck controversy settled legal case for €7.5 million

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet youngsters from across the Commonwealth as they attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House on July 5th, 2018 in London, England. Photograph: Yui Mok/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Royal newlyweds to visit Croke Park, Trinity College and Famine Memorial

Tributes have been paid to Tipperary man Joe Lawlor who died at the weekend. Photograph: Facebook

Joe Lawlor died on Sunday after the car he was driving hit a tree in the village of Portroe

Shutters, fans and tepid baths: How country coped with record heat 42 years ago

Joella Dhlamini (16) with her teacher Elaine Mills: “Everyone thinks Irish history is boring but I want to know everything about it. My favourite taoiseach is Seán Lemass because Ms Mills loves him.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Drogheda teenager Joella Dhlamini describes daily reality of racism in Ireland

Emma Mhic Mhathúna with solicitor Cian O’Carroll after the settlement announcement of a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

‘I don’t like the uncertainty . . . how quick it’s going . . . I just want my children taken care of’

A Garda Technical Team is examining the scene of a stabbing in Dublin last night. Photograph: PA

Victim (30) was attacked near Leonard’s corner late on Wednesday evening

The scene of the shooting has been preserved for forensic and technical examination. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Gardaí appeal for witnesses who were near Cement Road in early hours of Thursday

‘Why should I face this professional and social discrimination time and time again?’

Children could be protected from sunburn when swimming by wearing  UV long-sleeved swim suits and sun hats, Helen Forristal, director of nursing services at the foundation the Marie Keating Foundation has suggested. Photograph: Frank Millar

Infants and children should be kept out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

Dublin City Council has defended its use of hosepipes to clean the streets of Dublin while water restrictions are in place. Photograph: The Irish Times

Council defends use of hosepipes to wash streets of capital after tweet criticises water use

A May 2017 file photograph of social housing being built in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Irish Times

Report says scheme has significantly reduced number of council houses available for rent

Imani Tutu at the Free Bird sculpture in Cavan. Imani came to Ireland with his family in 2014 from Tanzania as UNHCR-sponsored refugees. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

New to the Parish: Imani Tutu arrived from Tanzania in 2014

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin referred to the “growing distance between young people and the teachings of Christ”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Church and missionaries must ‘rise out of narrow preoccupation with self’

Pascal and Siobhán Bonnichon. Photograph: Frédéric De La Mure

It is estimated that over a million babies have been born to couples who met via scheme

The memo posted at Eyre Powell hostel in Newbridge on Saturday. Photograph: Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland/Facebook

Notice posted in Eyre Powell hostel in Newbridge removed after residents complain

The Government’s own immigration permit scheme for trawler crew from outside the European Economic Area is making men vulnerable to forced labour, according to a new report. File photograph: Getty Images

Republic is a ‘source country’ for sex trafficking and forced labour, report says

Ryanair and Aer Lingus have been forced to cancel flights this weekend because of a strike by French air traffic controllers. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Irish tourists face disruption amid further strike action by French air traffic controllers

Mourners gathered in Dublin on Thursday evening to remember Jastine Valdez ahead of what would have been her 25th birthday. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

Murdered student to be buried in the Philippines next week after 40-day mourning period

 Firemen attend gorse fires at the Tolka Valley estate in Finglas on Thursday as temperatures in Dublin hit 24 degrees. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Students evacuated from Kilmacanogue school as fires spread in Wicklow

Gaby Patino and Max have lived in a direct provision centre with her boyfriend in Cork for nearly two years. File photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Employed people will be expected to make contribution to direct provision centre

Participants in  the Diageo Ireland Learning for Life Programme display their certificates at a special graduation ceremony which took place in the Guinness Storehouse earlier this month. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran.

Many awaiting decisions on refugee status now entitled to apply for jobs in most sectors

The four bronze Age gold pieces – which are large enough to fit around a person’s wrist –  were found in Co Donegal. Photograph: Caroline Carr/Donegal County Museum

Archaeological find will add to understanding of prehistoric Ireland, says historian

A woman carries an inflatable shark on the promenade of Salthill beach onTuesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/ Reuters

‘No rain on the horizon’ and hot weather due to continue into next week, says forecaster

Osama Abou Hajar recently got Irish citizenship. He is pictured with his newly signed document.

New to the Parish: Osama Abou Hajar arrived from Syria via Lebanon in 2014

There are currently more than 245,000 learner drivers across the State, with an average waiting time of 11.9 weeks for tests. Photograph: Getty Images

Number of driving test applications expected to soar once ‘Clancy amendment’ is passes

  Phil Moore, the woman who Máire Geoghan-Quinn says is the reason she proposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality, pictured at home in Dartry, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phil Moore is credited with convincing Máire Geoghegan-Quinn to change law 25 years ago

The capacity for violence remained “very near to the surface” in Northern Ireland and  politicians must “take their time” in any discussions around future governance, former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has warned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Northern Irish political parties lack courage to face Brexit, says former deputy first minister

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has described as “unacceptable” the behaviour of drivers who park their vehicles in designated cycle lanes.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says he will meet colleagues to take action and ‘improve matters’

“He was one of the best editors I ever worked for,” broadcaster Olivia O’Leary has said in defence of MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Broadcaster says Joe Mulholland was hugely supportive of women when working at RTÉ


Weekend Read: After a 15-year-old girl is shot in Syria, her family flees the country. Meanwhile, in Wicklow town, an Irish commun(...)

 Irish Water warned that if the summer and autumn continued to be dry and hot, levels of treated water could come under pressure later in the year. Photograph: iStock

No immediate risk of shortages as dry spell increases chance of pollution in lakes and rivers

The review said the rock music was ‘set to Guantanamo-torture level’ and the only free table was ‘covered in debris like a flock of gulls has just departed in a clatter of wings’

Irish Times review said cheese had ‘consistency and flavour of molten Barbie doll’

A Syrian Kurdish woman hangs out washing at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens: the highest number of asylum claims came from Syria, Pakistan, Albania, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Photograph: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

Stronger efforts needed to tackle illegal employment of foreign workers, says OECD

Migrants sit on the deck of the Italian navy ship Orione as the ship enters the port of Valencia. Photograph: Pau Barren/AFP/Getty Images

Irish nurse onboard rescue ship Aquarius says Ireland must call for solution to refugee resettlement

Joe Mulholland: had initially defended the number of women speaking in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Joe Mulholland says organisers are ‘working progressively’ to address programme failings

Aradhana ‘Kuxi’ Ghai: “For Ishaan, Ireland is home and it’s very important for a child to know where his home is.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aradhana Ghai, from Kenya, moved to Dublin in 2014. When her father died three years later, her young son helped her cope

 Chef Vuyisile Mbangiwa and chef Sinqobizitha Mguni, both from Zimbabwe, live in Birchwood House for Asylum Seekers in Waterford. Photograph:   Marc O’Sullivan

280 visitors from Irish direct provision centres to gather across Ireland to celebrate day

Dr John Hillery said many doctors are finding themselves in ‘ethically compromising situations’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dr John Hillery was not due to retire until 2022; accuses HSE staffing failures

A man who died in a car crash in Co Clare on Monday morning has been named as Alan Rynne (30) from Corrig. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Figures show 72 people killed on roads so far this year, a slight rise on same period in 2017

Canon Thomas Deenihan, who has admitted to suffering many sleepless nights since he was informed of Pope Francis’s decision. Photograph:  John McElroy

Cork native, who will replace Dr Michael Smith, was previously based in Diocese of Cork and Ross

Nearly half of teenage girls across Ireland are struggling to afford sanitary products during their period. Photograph: iStock

Irish women and girls spending an average €132 per annum on tampons and sanitary towels

Irish Water said people’s water usage in the Dublin area was being closely monitored. File image: Getty

Dublin, Athlone and Mullingar could face shortages, Irish Water says

Henrique and Gislaine Peinado with their children Arthur and Victoria at home in Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

New to the Parish: Henrique Peinado arrived from Brazil in 2006

Agnieszka Tyghe and her husband, Dane. Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: When a Polish woman moved to Wexford and started driving lessons, she acquired more than a licence

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old female cyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision on Friday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after car and cyclist collided on Friday on Oak Road

Fair Head, Ballycastle. Photograph: file

Three women rescued on west coast in separate incidents sustain broken ankles

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan   said the Government had agreed that the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme would now apply to the women who lived in adjoining institutions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women who lived in 14 institutions adjoining laundries to be included in scheme

A rescue worker at an old quarry near Roslevan, Ennis, where two teenagers got into difficulty on Thursday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Quarries are ‘absolutely lethal’ and ‘incredibly dangerous’ for swimmers of all abilities

Repair crews work on the  burst water pipe at Staleen. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Irish Water says outage still affecting homes in Ratoath, Kilbride, Ashbourne and Duleek

Heavy, thundery showers are forecast to spread across the country on Friday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Met Éireann issues short-term alert for 16 counties but warm weekend anticipated

Jessica Ní Mhaoláin: “The HSE seemed to believe that my blindness had been cured overnight with my job.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Medical card should still be available to those in full time work, disability activists say

 Salah Haddad from Libya has lived in Ireland since 1998 and became a citizen in 2003. Photograph:   Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Salah Haddad arrived from Libya via Jordan in 1998 and became an Irish citizen in 2003

The Department of Foreign Affairs has appealed to people to renew passports online.

Government says UK’s exit from the bloc has ‘undoubtedly’ influenced spike in demand

The fatal collision happened on Monday at about 11.30am at the junction of Conyngham Road and Island Bridge Gate. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí appeal for witnesses of incident at junction of Conyngham Road, Dublin 8

Catherine Egan. Photo:

Mother-of-two Catherine Egan continued to exercise during treatment for breast cancer and believes it played a key role in her rec(...)

Jack Crotty of the Rocket Man with Ellie Kisyombe of Our Table, on Prince’s Street, Cork. Once they cross the finish line, the Sanctuary Runners will gather on Prince’s Street for food and celebrations.

Runners from direct provision centres join locals for training in ‘fantastic initiative’

Campaigners  said they were concerned the communication by the HSE about Valproate could cause distress unless supports such as a helpline and counselling were put in place.  Photograph: PA Wire

Sudden decision to stop taking valproate could be harmful, warns HSE

Mary Banotti: “My mother told me she’d written ‘Undecided’ across her ballot paper and I burst into tears.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former judge Catherine McGuinness got anonymous letters calling her a ‘murderer’

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

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