A service user at Merchant’s Quay drop-in centre for homeless people. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nearly a quarter of clients at Merchant’s Quay drop-in centre now foreign nationals

Divorce Referendum: ’The four year rule as it stands just compounds the misery that people have to go through when they’re separating or divorcing,’ says Ms Madigan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

People need clear information on proposed constitutional changes – Director of elections

Photograph: UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture

UCD archaeologists plan to rebuild after thatched home destroyed in blaze

ESB Networks says there are power cuts in parts of Dublin city centre today. The blue pins mark the locations of some of the outages.

Power outage around Harcourt Street and Portobello shortly after lunch on Monday

Before his appointment, Kane was a freelance journalist in the southeast region, Kane has reported for The Irish Times. Photograph: RTÉ

Damien Tiernan stepped down from role in January citing lack of regional coverage

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: Insurance companies must ‘stop settling claims without due diligence’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Justice says amendments to Judicial Council Bill are due within weeks

Cameron Keighron, whose Facebook ordeal is just one of the many experiences of transphobia, homophobia and biphobia highlighted in the new Call It Out campaign. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Call It Out campaign seeks to raise awareness around transphobia, homophobia and biphobia

Bishop Denis Nulty: ‘The objective of the proposed referendum is not to support marriage, rather to liberalise divorce’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Referendum aims not to support marriage but liberalise divorce, says Bishop Denis Nulty

Minister for Justice Charles Flanagan lays wreath at Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Castle ceremony held to remember 88 gardaí killed while in the line of duty

Some of the trees being removed on Grange Road, Clonsilla.

Firth Developments granted permission to build 155 residential units in Clonsilla

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon: Highlighted the activities of the GAA as particularly important in promoting and supporting Irishness among the diaspora. File photograph: The Irish Times

Public meetings being held across Ireland to communicate State’s 2020 diaspora policy

Waheed Mohiuddin at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Waheed Mohiuddin arrived from Pakistan in 2015

An engineer  supervises the  transporting  of coal at the Cerrejón mining   complex  in northern Colombia.  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is directly sponsoring climate chaos and human-rights violations, critics claim

European candidates for the Dublin constituency, from left:  Lynn Boylan MEP (Sinn Féin), Clare Daly TD (Independents4Change), Alex White (Labour), Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party), Barry Andrews (Fianna Fáil) during an election debate organised by the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise of far right and freedom of speech also raised as important issues

Ismail Ahmed joined 60 young people from across Europe in Romania on Thursday ahead of a European Council summit to discuss the role of children in decision-making at an EU-level. File photograph: Tom Honan

‘Just because you are a refugee or a migrant does not mean that you are not a child’

Man on bike demanded cash from security guard on Tuesday in north Dublin

Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

17 firefighters attended the scene in Dublin’s city centre at 2am on Thursday

Emese Baranyi: ‘Even though there were moments when I wanted to leave here, there are many nice people and I still see a chance of reaching my goals in the end.’ Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Emese Baranyi arrived from Hungary in 2011

Caitlin Connolly and Lilav Mohamed of Largy College, Clones, who helped create an app and board games for refugees. Photograph courtesy of Caroline Reid, Irish Refugee Council

Students in Clones dedicate their Young Social Innovator project to welcoming refugees

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe launching Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018-2023 last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Forty years’ contributions for full-rate pension unachievable for older workers – Ictu

Flight crew on board the aircraft had noticed a burning smell earlier that day when the plane was descending into Cork Airport after travelling from London Heathrow, according to a report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit. File photograph:  Bernie Keating/Provision

More than 30 passengers used emergency exits after captain called for ‘rapid disembarkation’

Pope Francis has appointed  Fr Michael Router (left), as auxiliary bishop of Armagh, to assist Archbishop Eamon Martin (right), Primate of All Ireland.

People of faith must embrace ‘unprecedented change’ in Church, says Fr Router

Gardaí made four arrests after an attack on a Dublin taxi driver. Stock image: Alan Betson

Four arrests after driver ‘overpowered and seriously assaulted' in Crumlin on Monday

 Deputy Commissioner John Twomey and Supt Niall Featherstone, Chief Bureau Officer at the Garda National Vetting Bureau speaking on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The number of vetting applications received by an Garda has risen significantly in recent years

The passport office has dealt with the rise in demand by hiring 60 new full time staff.

Record 112,000 applications for an Irish passport ahead of original Brexit deadline

A traditional Bawo Game during the festivities at Farmleigh House to mark a previous Africa Day at Farmleign House. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Change of plan mean ‘less time to prepare, resulting in smaller events or no celebrations at all’

Milan Sitko from Slovakia  in Cork city. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

New to the Parish: Milan Sitko arrived from Slovakia in 2006

Under the deal, non-EEA fishers working on Irish vessels are to receive a contract of employment in their native language and will have the right to switch working to a different ship without facing the threat of deportation.  File image: Reuters/Andrew Kelly

Deal comes after mediation between Government and transport union over ‘slavery’ claims

The alleged incident took place on East Sunday in north Dublin.  File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Driver says he remained calm during alleged harassment by ‘following teachings of Christ’

Ifrah Ahmed   said FGM was not just a women’s issue, it was everyone’s issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Government must collaborate with foreign nationals to ensure practice ends – Ifrah

Joe Herron from the Irish Taxi Driver Federation said dealing with verbal harassment from passengers was often part of the job of a taxi driver. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘There’s no room in this society for either racist or physical abuse’

Apurva Jain: ‘Sometimes I’m not even considered for the position and it’s very disheartening. I don’t get a chance to showcase what I can do. How can they judge me if they don’t meet me?’

Confusion around visas pushing Irish employers away from hiring foreign nationals

Met Éireann is forecasting a good deal of dry and bright weather for the coming weekend but noted that it would be cool in most areas. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It will be cool in most areas with afternoon temperatures ranging from 10 to 14 degrees

Aer Lingus received a warning from the national advertising watchdog after a customer complained that information on the cost of travelling with pets was misleading. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Complaint against Lidl also upheld after email for sale featured non-discounted items

Protesters blocked the entrance to Mosney with a number of cars.

Residents say demonstration is ‘cry for help’ to improve conditions and treatment

A file photograph of a measles vaccination being administered. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sending children to school unvaccinated ‘extraordinarily irresponsible and dangerous’, says Harris

Sabina Higgins with Irish Citizen Army re-enactors in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dissident republican group ‘not representative’ of ideals of those who fought in 1916

Juliana Scodeler. Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Juliana Scodeler has built a life here since coming from Brazil in 2007

Seagulls swooping  in Rush, north Co Dublin.  Photograph: Suzanne Connolly

Locals in north Co Dublin say ‘rapidly expanding’ seagull colonies are causing havoc

The Wheel and representatives from some of Ireland’s leading charities outside Dublin City Council’s offices at Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph:  Tom Honan

The Wheel calls on local and European election candidates to support the work of the non-profit sector

Paddy Ward remains in intensive care at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, but it is understood his injuries are not life-threatening.  File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The funeral of Bridget Ward will take place on Thursday

Members of Saoradh who marched in Dublin on Saturday afternoon on the  anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Participants in Saturday’s march are ‘pathetic cowards’, says Minister for Health

 Annie Waithira, Farah Elle and Patience Moyo at the launch of the programme for Africa Day 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Participants were only told the Farmleigh event would not go ahead two weeks ago

Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Mary Robinson (right) chats with honorary degree recipients (from left) architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell and Professor Cormac Ó Gráda at the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Mary Robinson leads final honorary degree ceremony as chancellor of TCD

More than 950 “deserted and abandoned” and “illegitimate” children who died in the Dublin Union workhouse and associated institutions were sent to medical schools at UCD, Trinity and the Royal College of Surgeons between 1920 and 1977. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Mother and baby homes report finds bodies sent to medical schools under 1832 Anatomy Act

Diana Bucko: "When everyone else was leaving, I realised I had to move to." Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Growing up in Latvia Diana Bucko’s dream was to join the police now she lives in Cork. And loves it.

 Mohammad Basharat, with  Samia (12) and Fatima (9),  says the treatment his daughters require will not be accessible in Pakistan

Mohammad Basharat warns Samia (12), Fatima (9) will not receive care needed in Pakistan

Local-election candidate: Lekha Menon Margassery, who is running as an Independent in Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

We need to establish why more immigrants don’t participate in politics, says one candidate

A protest at the Burgh Quay immigration office, where a delay in obtaining appointments has led to bots block-booking and reselling slots.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Immigrants had been obliged to pay for re-entry visa to travel outside State

There is pressure on ‘essential consumer products’ like housing, residential rent and childcare costs. File photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish tax system may create a ‘disincentive to work for highly skilled employees’

Iyad el-Baghdadi at Berlin Schonefeld airport after he was denied access to board his flight to Dublin. Photograph: Iyad el-Baghdadi

Iyad el-Baghdadi’s refugee convention document was rejected by Ryanair staff in Berlin

Nqobizitha Vella:  “I tried going to college but they wanted me to pay non-European fees.”Photograph:Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Nqobizitha Vella arrived from Zimbabwe in 2015

‘Organisations that process personal data have certain obligations under the GDPR which requires them to be accountable and transparent with service users.’ Image: iStock

Thousands of immigrants willing to pay for slots due to delays in formal system

Hughie Friel, Donegal Travellers’ Project and Bianca Paun, a law student at Maynooth University, at the event to mark International Traveller and Roma Day in Pavee Point, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Racism and discrimination blocking progress, says Pavee Point’s Martin Collins

Savills says rising house prices and tight mortgage lending has created a shift from owner-occupation to private renting. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 11% of housing sold in 2018 was purchased by large corporate investors

A new Immigrant Council report warns of low voter participation among migrant communities and a lack of diverse voices in the upcoming local elections. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Councillor-migrant internship scheme seeks to encourage greater migrant involvement

An Taisce said the “moderate advice” contained in the teacher resource document did not include dietary recommendations.

Farmers organisation accused of failing to represent horticulture and organic farming

Pobal was set up in 1998 as a forum for groups working to promote social, economic, artistic and educational projects for the Irish speaking community in Northern Ireland. Photograph: pobal.ie

Advocacy forum has struggled since funding was cut in 2014 by Foras na Gaeilge

More than 350 students and teachers gathered in Croke Park to discuss the importance of teenage activism in affecting change on global issues. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Research shows more than a third of Irish adults say climate demonstrations will be ineffective

Irish Rail worker Ted Maher with Hamish who boarded a commuter train in Co Kildare and ended up at Dublin’s Heuston station on Wednesday. Photograph: David Young/PA

Dog – whose real name is Tyson – found on morning train from Sallins on Wednesday

 Tatjana Klemanskiene, originally from Lithuania, believes most employers were reluctant to hire a woman with a disability. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Tatjana Klemanskiene arrived from Lithuania in 2008

The Sido family when they were briefly reunited in Greece for a few weeks last summer. Nermin, who has been refused under family reunification, stands between brothers Jwan and Khalil.

Parents and sons accepted under family reunification but daughter refused due to age

People in Ireland and Belgium eat more vegetables on a daily basis than those in any other European Union country, data from the bloc’s statistics agency states.

Eurostat survey finds people in Ireland 20 points ahead of EU average for eating vegetables

The revised Metrolink plan is set to include an underground tunnel beneath Leinster House which will run between the Tara Street and St Stephen’s Green stations. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘You don’t need a whole new strategy’ to change route, says Green Party leader

Ruth Maguire from Newcastle, Co Down, who went  missing during a hen night in  Carlingford, Co Louth, on March 16th. Photograph : Facebook

‘She had tea on her 30th birthday and she was always the designated driver’

Tenants in Limerick City East paid €266 more in rent in the fourth quarter of 2018 when compared to the same period in 2016, according to housing charity Threshold. File photograph: PA Wire

Rent controls ‘devalue property when selling’, says Irish Property Owners Associations

A room interior in a homeless hub. The number of people in homelessness ‘first surpassed the 10,000 mark a year ago’

Homelessness figures surpassed 10,000 in March 2018 before numbers reduced by Government reclassification

Operation Hybrid has so far carried out 73,000 armed checkpoints across the city in an effort to foil feud-related killings. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is understood arrests of men aged between 24-38 are connected to ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud

Tusla  hired 142 social workers in 2018 but 158 staff members retired or moved into a different job the same year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Graduates in ‘a high-risk environment’ of social work choosing to leave sector

Lisa Miao with Yi Zheng and their four children Adam (15); Amia (10); Anna (8) and Ayla (3). Lisa and Johnny are both originally from China and met and got married in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Lisa Miao and Yi (Johnny) Zheng arrived from China in 2001

An asylum seeker who died on Tuesday was from Eritrea and had been living at the accommodation  centre at the Hazel Hotel, in Monasterevin, Co Kildare for more than six months. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gardaí describe death in Monasterevin as ‘personal tragedy’

Residents at Clondalkin Towers  had been told last year that the company managing the centre was pulling out in December 2018. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Department says refurbished Dublin centre will allow residents to cook their own meals

The number of callouts for pest controllers responding to ant infestations in business and homes rose by 35 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Insect ‘phenological patterns’ increasingly disrupted by climate warming, says expert

A few  crows help themselves to tufts of molting hair from Fallow Deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Mild weather expected this week, with daytime temperatures of between 11 to 16 degrees

Some residents in asylum centres also receive exceptional needs payments, which are made towards clothing costs, transport costs and child-related items such as buggies

Daily expenses allowance increases to €38.80 a week for adults and €29.80 for children

Gardaí at the An Post sorting centre on the Dock Road, Limerick, where a suspicious package was found on Friday morning. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Gardaí liaising with UK police after An Post sorting office evacuated on Friday morning

From left to right: Aliza (10), Anas (7), Shoban (5) and Alishbah (12) Idris, children of Ahmed and Nazia Idris, at their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Family faced deportation and had trouble finding a place to live after leaving system

Mohammed Almassry, Samir Faizi and Osman Noori, originally from Afghanistan and Syria and now sixth-year students at CBS Westland Row school,  addressed fellow students on Thursday at a ‘Walk in my Shoes’  event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sixth-year students describe their asylum journey to Ireland and loneliness on arrival

Shannon Key West hotel in Rooskey on the Leitrim-Roscommon border, after it had been damaged by fire a month ago, on January 10th. File photograph: Brian Farrell

Decision not to open centre at former hotel follows ‘difficulties with lease agreement’

Young people who spend more time with friends and family, exercising and sleeping are happier, study argues. Photograph: Getty

UN report finds psychological well-being of iGen young people lower than millennials

Charity Magee, orginally from Zambia, and her son Charles Kabwe  in their home in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ The Irish Times

Zambian Charles Kabwe told he will be deported if he does not leave State in August

Saleem Yattem has lived in Limerick for three  years. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

New to the Parish: Salim Yattem arrived from Syria in 2015

At Leaving Cert level boys were found to be three times more likely to study physics and applied maths, while girls were more likely to study chemistry and biology. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds that 40% of boys are applying for Stem on CAO form, compared to 19% of girls

Kellie Harrington: ‘We’re a good community and everyone is pulling together.’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

World champion boxer raising funds for neighbouring family who lost their home

Dublin Commuter Coalition   began as a ‘reaction to misinformation’ in the lead up to the redesign of the BusConnects project. File photograph: Alan Betson

Coalition aims to be ‘voice of ordinary Dubliners’ who want say in ‘state of transport’

 Caolan McKenna, of Tyrone, enjoying the 2018  St Patrick’s Festival parade in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anti-terror measures in place as more than half a million people expected to enjoy festivities

Proposed no-deal Brexit tariff regime:  “Our most exposed sectors, particularly beef, simply will not survive the kind of tariffs being talked about,” IFA president Joe Healy has said.  File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

No-deal tariffs aimed at breaking EU unity would threaten Irish beef and dairy sectors

Dublin Bus said it has downloaded CCTV footage from the vehicle and is investigating the matter. File photograph: Alan Betson

Video footage shows victim being repeatedly headbutted and punched in the face

 Felicia Olusanaya moved to Ireland from Nigeria with her mum when she was 7 years old. Now 23, she works in marketing and is trying to make it as a full-time spoken word artist. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Felicia Olusanya (Felispeaks) arrived from Nigeria via France in 2003

Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, was heading to Nairobi to attend the UN Environment Assembly when she was killed in the  Ethiopian Airlines crash. Photograph: Facebook

Many aid workers and environmentalists travelling to Nairobi summit were killed

Pauline McLynn lends her support to the Great Get Together fund-raising initiative for Focus Ireland. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Focus Ireland urging people to hold May bank holiday events to raise funds

More than six out of 10 academic staff working in temporary and part-time roles are women. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Liberty Hall gathering hears of precarious conditions facing women at universities

Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her teenage daughter Allison were killed at Glin Ree Court in Newry on Thursday.

Domestic violence is suspected motive in deaths at apartment block, says PSNI

Avril Patterson in Syria. Photograph: Pawel Krzysiek/ICRC

Avril Patterson has worked in conflict zones in Syria, Kenya, Afghanistan and Liberia

Brian Patrick O’Reilly (50), whose body was discovered in an apartment block in the city of Penang. Photograph: Royal Malaysia Police

Body of Brian Patrick O’Reilly (50) was discovered in an apartment in Penang

Bill Murphy: ‘I looked around and saw the bus was coming towards me so I rolled to the side. Thankfully there wasn’t a car or bus coming up inside the lane that turns left along the quays.’

Bill Murphy was hit from behind by a Dublin Bus after driver fell unconscious at the wheel

Mr O’Reilly was found dead in an apartment block in the city of Penang in Malaysia. Photograph: PDRM

Department of Foreign Affairs providing assistance to family of Brian Patrick O’Reilly

Under the new system, eligible spouses and de facto partners will be granted immigration permission with an automatic right to work.

Ireland was one of the only countries in EU which did not allow partners of highly-skilled workers direct access to work

Ismail Ahmed arrived in Dublin in August 2017. He is now in fifth year and plans  to do an apprenticeship after his Leaving Cert to become a mechanic or electrician. Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Ismail Ahmed arrived from Sudan, via Libya and France, in 2017

Zuhair Fakir, his wife Angham and their  daughter Lorca (8), who now live in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly/UNHCR

Zuhair Fakir and his family arrived in Dunshaughlin through a pilot State project

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