Paulo Cassis Peres lost the use of his legs a month after moving to Ireland, while undergoing minor surgery. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Paulo Cassis Peres arrived from Brazil in 2017

Leo Varadkar will remain Taoiseach until the new Dáil is formed. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Why is it on a Saturday? Who is in charge for the next few weeks? Who is promising what?

Cannabis, cocaine, MDMA and heroin discovered during west Dublin raid

Storm Brendan throwing up  waves on   Strangford Lough in Co Down. Photograph:  Alan Lewis- Photopress

Thousands of homes left without power as wind and flooding warnings remain in place

Storm Brendan: A man is caught by a high wave at Coliemore Harbour Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Some homes will be without power overnight as ESB restores power to 100,000

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‘Gardaí won’t take action unless you go in to the station and make a formal complaint’

The direct provision centre in Foynes, Co. Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin

Charity report found ‘unwelcoming, bleak’ space at Limerick direct provision centre

Staff at Iskander’s kebab house on Dublins Dame Street, Parsed Ramphul, Nicole Montalvo and Duran Duran. Photograph: Alan Betson

Aydin family plan to reopen premises in February as more upmarket restaurant

Four men have been arrested. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four men arrested on M7 on Thursday on suspicion of possession of firearms

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the commitment to maintain the current fees structure would give students from Britain and Northern Ireland time to plan their education options for the coming year. File photograph: Alan Betson

UK students on 2020/21 courses in Ireland will continue to pay € 3,000 registration fee

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has advised anyone who is taking the product, or who recently stopped taking it and has health concerns, to contact their doctor straight away.

Product marketed as herbal aid found to contain substance similar to prescription medicine

Kamila Dydyna says she was ‘blown away’ by the beauty of Ireland. Photograph:  Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Kamila Dydyna arrived from Poland in 2007

Tram services along the southside line were badly disrupted on Saturday following a power failure at Stillorgan. File photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Councillor criticises operator for delays which have ‘impacted majorly on many locals’

‘This will save lives’: Ireland’s first such centre approved

Four prisoners gained access to the prison roof late on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Prison service says incident was not drug related

Don Johnston: Alone organised for repairs to be done to his home when it was damaged during Storm Ophelia and while  he was in hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dublin man expresses gratitude to Alone charity following recovery from stroke

‘When we speak about drink-driving, most people will assume that we’re only talking about the person who stumbles out of a put at half three in the morning.’ Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Blood alcohol level will not ‘magically’ drop after strong coffee and few hours of sleep

More than 250 older people are currently on the Alone housing waiting list while increasing numbers of people in their 70s and 80s have nowhere to go after receiving notices to quit their rented accommodation, chief executive of the charity Seán Moynihan said on Sunday. File image: iStock

Alone says some older people will be spending Christmas in B&Bs and insecure forms of accommodation

Rotunda staff ’not seeking to criticise Government for lack of funding. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Consultant’s warning comes after staff from neonatal unit started online campaign to raise funds for new machine

 Ariana Loyo came to Ireland from Venezuela in 2013. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Ariana Loyo arrived from Venezuela in 2013

Eric Westphal spent much of November trying to secure an online appointment to renew his visa at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Bureau office in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Growing numbers trusting total strangers with personal data to secure appointments

Foreign nationals say making a visa renewal or registration appointment at the Burgh Quay immigration office in Dublin through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website has become near impossible. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Growing numbers of immigrants paying unregulated site to secure visa appointment

Aer Lingus is currently trialing biodegradable cups for some hot beverages and biodegradable packaging for some sandwich products. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ryanair refuses to comment on policy as Irish Rail criticised for ban on reusables

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission member Salome Mbugua: “We need as a society to ensure that in our communities and country, racism has no safe harbour, no resting place.” Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Ending direct provision and prosecuting hate speech among UN’s recommendations

 Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: he described direct provision as a source of “shame”

Oireachtas committee report into State’s international protection system lists 43 recommendations

A demonstration calling for an end to the direct provision system. File photograph: Tom Honan

Clare Lodge to house 64 adult asylum seekers arriving on phased basis

A photograph   showing  tourists on a boat looking at the eruption of the volcano on White Island in New Zealand. Photograph: AP

Family of Eimear Doyle from Wexford said she contacted home to say she was safe and well

Farmers outside the Lidl distribution centre in Charleville, Co Cork, last week. Photograph: IFA

Kilcock picket comes as latest Irish Farmers’ Association protests enter fourth day

With the ticket owner yet to come forward, the National Lottery is appealing to Lotto players   to check if they have won the prize.

Owner of winning ticket, sold in Blanchfield’s Centra, has not yet come forward

The direct provision centre in Foynes, Co. Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin

Residents of Foynes centre living in ‘the most challenging’ asylum conditions in Ireland

Protesters gather outside the Herbert Hill apartment block in Dundrum on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Leeson

Long-term lease on Herbert Hill a ‘scandalous waste of public money’, say protesters

Dame Louise Casey and Josh Littlejohn who have organised the world’s sleep out taking place this weekend. Photograph: The World’s Big Sleep Out

International event being held to raise awareness of issue worldwide

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is due to receive an ‘urgent’ report from the Irish Prison Service on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Advocacy groups demand solutions on handling mental health issues in justice system

Southwesterly winds, later veering northwesterly will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts from 110 to 130km/h. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Status orange warning in place for south and northwest with possibility of coastal flooding

A citizenship ceremony   at the National Convention Centre in Dublin in 2012 at which almost 4,000 people became Irish citizens. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Backlog of 20,500 people eligible for Irish citizenship waiting to be sworn in by judge

People wait to know if their plane is cancelled or on time during a strike over French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system, at the Paris Orly airport on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Aer Lingus, Ryanair announce cancellations as air-traffic controllers join in nationwide strike

Oonagh Buckley, deputy secretary general at the Department of Justice, told the Geneva gathering racism has become ‘a very real issue in Ireland’. Photograph: James Forde

UN committee is told by Department of Justice official it is ‘grappling’ with the situation

UN rapporteur also warned that “racial profiling” had become a serious problem within the police service. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Garda Síochána still lack training in how to deal with racially motivated crimes, Verene Shepherd tells Government representatives(...)

Lucky Khambule of Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, which is in favour of abolition. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politicians say the current system is necessary but calls for reform or abolition continue

Asylum seekers at a reception and deportation centre in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany. The average wait time for a final decision on asylum applications in Germany is 16.8 months, an increase from 12.6 months in 2017 due to a backlog. Photograph: EPA

In the UK all accommodation is managed by three large private companies

 Anabella  Parisi (left) with her family  in their  cafe, Alma, on   South Circular Road, Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Anabella Parisi arrived from Argentina in 2015

Artist and writer Joe Odiboh, who is  originally from Nigeria, at his home in Dundalk, Co Louth. He  has lived in direct provision for eight  years, but is now facing deportation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Joe Odiboh had hoped Government would allow him to stay through leave-to-remain

The increase in the weekly allowance for asylum seekers in direct provision came nearly six months after Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced that the stipend would go up. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two weeks later the increase was announced in budget package for 2019

Mavis Ramazani, originally from South Africa, has described the guilt she felt as a mother raising her daughter in direct provision.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mavis Ramazani says the direct provision system is destroying the lives of children

Sara Althabhaney  (16) is originally from Yemen and now living in direct provision in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

How the label of asylum seeker made Sara Althabhaney feel uncomfortable

David Stanton, Minister of State for Immigration, says there is no appetite here to go the way of some other countries that  provide accommodation in ‘sleeping bags and tents’. Photograph: James Forde

Emergency accommodation is costing about €500,000 a week

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa with Minister of State for Justice David Stanton. Ms Mbugua is critical of Direct Provision. File photograph: Tom Honan

Migrant network warns that people surviving on small cash allowance become desperate

Direct provision: Pierrot Ngadi, one of the first people to go through the system. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The origins and current realities of Ireland’s method of housing asylum seekers

Alima Doumbouya from France. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Alima Doumbouya arrived from France in 2007

Abelino Chib Caal from Guatemala in Dublin  after he was awarded the  Romero International Award by Trócaire, for his work defending human rights. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Despite great personal risk, teacher fights for rights of his country’s indigenous people

Carlos Alexander Montilla from Venezuela. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Carlos Alexander Montilla arrived from Venezuela in 2011 and again in 2014

I Bike Dublin staged a ‘die-in’ protest at Dublin City Council’s offices on Wood Quay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Series of protests to be held across the capital following death of Neeraj Jain in collision

The NBRU said anti-social behaviour directed at staff in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann was becoming so frequent that drivers were no longer reporting all incidents.

Union calls for better protection for workers after Halloween anti-social behaviour

Protesters have been urged to ‘stand down’ and help provide accommodation for asylum seekers. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Movement of Asylum Seekers says: ‘Of course we know direct provision is inhumane’

Cyclists and local residents held a vigil at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Friday  morning near  St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Man, who gardaí are still working to identify, is eighth cyclist to die on State’s roads in 2019

Chayla Rowley from the US who is a Fulbright student at DCU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Chayla Rowley arrived from the United States in 2019

The remains of United Nations engineer Micheál Ryan arrive into Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Micheál Ryan’s mother says she would like her son to be remembered as a caring person

Pope Francis arrives to lead a Mass to close a three-week synod of Amazonian bishops at the Vatican. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Church’s failure to ordain women as priests ‘massive injustice’, says priest

The working group found that many women choose not to use LARCS such as IUDs as contraception because of the up-front costs of consultation and insertion.

Universal access to contraception would cost €80-€100 million a year, working group says

Originally from Lahinch, Michael (Mick) Ryan was married with two young children and lived in Cork city.

Micheál (Mick) Ryan one of 157 passengers killed when plane crashed after take off

Most TB cases are caused by breathing in bacteria; only a small number of people who breathe in the TB germ get sick, says HSE. Photograph: iStock

HSE confirms investigation of case in Galway city accommodation and defends response

Abdullahi Hersi: ‘People were open and straightforward. They wished you well. I think the Irish, by nature, are friendly.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Although Ireland was welcoming, finding employment was difficult for Somali science teacher Abdullah Hersi, who arrived in Ireland(...)

‘The evidence shows teachers are going abroad or doing other work.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some 1,600 retired teachers returned to teaching last year, up from 537 in 2013-2014

Linda Kavanagh from the Abortion Rights Campaign told a small group on O’Connell Street that the goal had always been to secure free, safe and legal abortion services for women across the island of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Women in rural Ireland still struggling to access abortion services, says campaigner

Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe presenting the Lord Mayors Award to performer Panti Bliss. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Planned nature of recent attack on gay man in Dublin ‘really horrifying’, performer says

 Cork ambulance staff James Hennessy and Olive Murphy were honoured at Farmleigh House  on Friday at the National Bravery Awards. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

National Bravery Awards honours 20 people for showing ‘strength of courage’

‘I decided to do as much as I could to help her and secure a better life for my family.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Patrycja Jurkowska arrived from Poland in 2004 and again in 2005

Sinéad Deevy, Kashka Sankowska and their daughter Sofia.  The couple has been  unable to secure Irish citizenship for their daughter born through IVF in Spain

Irish/Polish couple call for State to recognise their daughter, born through IVF abroad, as Irish

Ivor and Mary Davies who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday in the local Hotel Rosslare as a gesture of support for the hotel and its asylum seeker residents.

‘Migrants are entitled to have somewhere to start off their new life,’ says Ivor Davies

A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Loughrea celebrates ordination of Father Michael Duignan as new Bishop of Clonfert

The GRA has called for a review of the ‘excessive’ bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness training for recruits.  File photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Members’ group says tests for trainees and probationers are causing high stress levels

1.8kg of cocaine was found under a car. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí find bag with cocaine worth an estimated €130,000 under car

Syrian family Zuhair Fakir, his wife Angham and their daughter Lorca, who were selected for resettlement from Lebanon as part of the State’s pilot community sponsorship programme and now live in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly/UNHCR

Pilot programme last year called on communities to sponsor Syrian refugee family

Pension payments ceased after three nuns closed their personal bank accounts in Portugal and requested that the money continue to be paid into the religious congregational account in Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Ombudsman steps in to help nuns who cared for disadvantaged in Portugal for decades

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he did not “envisage” gardaí would be involved in any Border checks nor did he want to see “any return to the tightly patrolled, highly armed” Border presence of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. File photograph: PA Wire

Minister for Justice says he expects 14,400 gardaí in force by end of 2019

Last week  a  tender to open a direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway hotel on the outskirts of Oughterard in Co Galway was withdrawn. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister David Stanton admitted he was anxious to engage with communities as early as possible

Asked could there be more criminals or more cases involved, the garda commissioner Drew Harris said: “Investigations are ongoing. This is an incident that does seem like it deserves further attention and further examination and I expect that to happen in terms of our further enquiries in respect to this.”

‘We’re trying to get to the bottom of this,’ Eoghan Murphy says

Ayesha Hashim Mirza and Rabeeb Mirza outside their missionary, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Imam Rabeeb Mirza and Ayesha Hasmin Mirza arrived from the UK

Evgeny Shtorn (centre), speaking at the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland MASI Conference 2019 which took place at Liberty Hall on Saturday .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Residents from centres across the country attend inaugural event in Liberty Hall

Images of the plastic pieces found on the shore at Dún Laoghaire and Sandycove last year show tiny lengths of thin, flexible material about the length of a little finger. File photograph: Gráinne Grehan

Clean-up group discover plastic debris nearly year after spill from Dun Laoghaire baths development

Kirstin Chadwick (centre) with University Hospital Galway  staff  preparing for the departure of the ambulance carrying her partner James Martin to Shannon Airport.

More than €82,000 raised to help James Martin injured after incident at Lusitania

Daniel Pereira from Brazil, his wife Beatriz, son Eóghan (five months old) and Ethan (3.5 years old) from Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: Daniel Pereira first arrived from Brazil in 2005 one week before his 16th birthday

Some of the people taking part in the silent protest walk in Oughterard on Saturday against a direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Department reliant on private contractors to find accommodation for asylum seekers

The owner of the  former Connemara Gateway Hotel had applied to covert the building into a   direct provision centre Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Department of Justice says move will exacerbate serious shortage of accommodation for those who come to Ireland

Some 513 families availed of Depaul’s services, an increase of 8% on the previous year, while the number of children availing of the service increased by 13%. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Over 10,330 destitute in the Republic, according to latest Government figures

 Aleksander Kurowski: he  worked for a decade as a cleaner and then in a laundry before  ending up in a homeless hostel.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bad tenancies and ignorance of rights have seen more central and eastern European men become homeless in Dublin

Youth and Age by John Lavery is hung at Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables Autioneers on Molesworth Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Piece with €20,000 estimate stolen from Lancashire school discovered in Dublin

The group has called for subsidised childcare to be extended from 40 to 45 hours per week for children in full time childcare and from 17.5 to 23 hours for children in after school care. Photograph: iStock

Family support charities group says new national scheme ‘doesn’t go far enough’

Chalice given to Ardee church in 1764 by wife of last speaker of Irish House of Commons

With ages ranging from 22-37, the participants of the Galz Gone Wild community came from an array of backgrounds. Photograph: Melissa McDermott

Galz Gone Wild is a group for women to connect with each other and the outdoors

Linda Hayden has called for more protections for sexual assault victims. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Two decades on, Linda Hayden describes rape she suffered in Waterford hotel

Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Gardaí discover drugs during search of house in Lanesborough, Co Roscommon

Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire as Dublin celebrate beating Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football final replay, at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Open top bus tour carrying victorious teams rejected following consultation

Kirstin Chadwick and Kim Martin, who were due to marry in August

Kim Martin’s fiancee, who he was to marry in August, appeals for help to get him home

The direct provision system,the subject of the 2017 demonstration pictured,  should be replaced with an interim scheme under which no person spends more than six months in the asylum process, a new report says. Photograph:Tom Honan.

Students who turn 18 while in asylum process should not face ‘blunt categorisation’

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, called on the State to relocate young people who are risk of ‘losing their childhoods’ as a matter of urgency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former tánaiste criticises Government for failing to meet target of accepting 4,000 refugees

Immanuel Darkwa pictured in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Immanuel Darkwa arrived from Germany in 2007

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Anti-immigrant activists trying to dominate and exploit local debates on direct provision

Participants in the Runlogic Ireland Culture Night Run ran between venues and events. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A breakneck-speed jogger’s tour of Dublin city took in murals, museum pieces and a gig

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