Some of these new modes of accommodation need to brought on stream by mid-2021 and several accommodation pilots should be set up to reflect the need for ‘urgent momentum’, notes the report. File photograph: Irish Times

Report recommends ‘blend’ of housing models be used to replace direct provision

After Tammy Nguyen moved here from Vietnam she had a tough time, but now her life is good, she says. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tammy Nguyen arrived from Vietnam in 2007

A member of staff prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination clinic in the UK. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

EU asks drugmaker if it can divert doses of vaccine from UK to make up for shortfall

 Garda checkpoint on the Navan Road during the Level 5 restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People in Dublin staying closer to home during lockdown than any other county

File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Calls for clarity on vaccine rollout so older people are not duped by fraudulent texts or calls

A rife and more than €2,000 worth of suspected cannabis were found during the seizure. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene in Cloyne on Sunday

Snow and ice in the Wicklow Gap late last week.  Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Nationwide cold and ice weather warning remains in place on Monday morning

 Dr Tony Holohan at a Covid-19 media briefing  at the Department of Health. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Nphet reports 77 more deaths as Martin warns of restrictions for six more months

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary, has called on the HSE to introduce urgent upgrades to safety measures for hospital staff including a national requirement that high-standard FFP2 masks be used in all healthcare settings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Upgraded hospital standards needed as infection is harming staff, says INMO

There has been a significant increase in ‘smishing’ attacks on AIB customers in recent weeks

Gardaí warn account holders are receiving fraudulent texts urging them to share personal codes

Ravinder Singh Oberoi became the first Sikh in the Garda Reserves.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New reserve gardaí attested this week made up of 37 men and 32 women

Jadzia Kaminska with her father Jan Kaminski:  ‘I’m really proud of who he was and how he managed to live his life’

Jadzia Kaminska, whose father escaped the Nazi death camps, sees racism rising here

Joseph Okoh, originally from Nigeria, moved to Dublin in 2019  to study journalism. Photograph: Laura Hutton

New to the Parish: Journalist Joseph Okoh arrived from Nigeria in 2019

Ryanair said  it would reimburse the couple “for any extra costs incurred” and fly them home free of charge. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Airline says staff refusing permission to board as results need be in English an ‘isolated case’

HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry at the GP practice nurse mass vaccination clinic in Portlaoise  on Saturday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nphet records 2,001 further cases while Donnelly says 94,000 have received vaccine

The Government is currently advising against all travel to and from countries in South America. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Up to four messages to be sent to each person advising them to self-isolate and arrange a test

The final stage of naturalisation requires attendance at a citizenship ceremony. File photograph: Frank Miller

Covid-19 restrictions result in 24,000 people waiting for application to be processed

Fernanda Otero. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Fernanda Otero arrived from Brazil in 2016 with her son, Gaudie

Asylum seekers legally entitled to open bank accounts, IHREC says

Asylum seekers should be able to open account using residence certificate says equality commission

Ioannis Zabetakis at home in Co Clare. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Ioannis Zabetakis arrived from Greece in 2015: ‘I don’t have any plans to move again’

Loughan House in Co Cavan. Screenshot: Google maps

Four of the five prisoners had been on temporary release and were tested on return

Dr Mohsin Kamal, a registrar in infectious diseases at Children’s Health Ireland Crumlin, said ‘This has been a very tough year, not just for immigrant workers but very everyone.’

‘We’re not asking for a change in the rules, we’re just asking that you process applications faster’

Brian Hayes, chief executive of BPFI, warned that direct provision residents ‘may be unable to meet the requirements for suitable proof of address issued to the individual at their home address in the last six months given that their accommodation is temporary’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Publication of White Paper on ending direct provision on hold until mid-February

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said it was the ‘firm intention of the Government to open the schools’. Photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste refuses to rule out further curbs as Ryan suggests travel limit could drop to 2km

Gardaí were called to Allenswood South at 3.49am following reports of a public order incident/assault. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incidents that took place near Naas on Sunday morning

 There were 56 seriously ill patients in intensive care units with Covid-19 on Saturday night. FIle photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Republic passes 100,000 confirmed cases with hospitals under ‘extreme’ pressure

The 157 babies due to be born in Ireland on January 1st will have an average life expectancy of 105.6 years based on data from last year’s United Nations World Population Prospects which tracks worldwide population growth and ageing. Photograph: iStock

Some 157 babies due in Ireland today with more than 60,000 due to arrive in India

The brother of George Nkencho, Emmamuel, pictured in the red jacket console’s his sister as they joined protesters outside Blanchardstown Garda Station in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/

Hundreds of protestors gather at Blanchardstown Garda station following Clonee shooting

Ramadan Alhusain, from Idlib, in Syria, who was resettled here with his family from a Greek refugee camp nearly three years ago. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

New to the Parish: Ramadan Alhusain arrived from Syria in 2018

President Michael D Higgins: Samaritans service’’is a lifeline, providing a beacon of hope’

Organisation provides ‘beacon of hope’ for those experiencing deep emotional distress or suicidal ideation, says Michael D Higgins

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of western counties. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hundreds of premises were still without power on Monday afternoon following storm

In 2019, 74% of women aged 25-34 years had a post-secondary education or higher compared to 66% of men of the same age. File photograph: Getty

Those in apprenticeships more than double in past five years, according to education data

The report for 2020  shows that five of the six Northern Ireland counties were in the top 10 for the number of first time applicants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Oldest passport applicant this year was 102 years of age, youngest just 11 days old

HSE chief executive Paul Reid on Sunday said around 23,000 tests had been completed in one due to increased demand and that positivity levels were reaching 10 per cent on some days. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Nphet believes ‘higher levels of disease circulating’ than reported numbers reflect

The HSE takes delivery of the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on December 26th, 2020. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images.

Professor Sam McConkey ‘very confident’ in safety of Pfizer vaccine and urges public trust

Travel between counties is now prohibited following the introduction of new Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

New household restrictions also come into force on Sunday as vaccine rollout awaited

Dr Colm Henry, the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer, said it was estimated more than 30,000 people had arrived from Britain. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

‘Sadly it does mean isolation in your room’ for people who returned since December 11th, says HSE

New to the Parish: Shahab Coohe, who is now a member of the popular band Navá, with his santoor. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Shahab Coohe arrived from Iran in 2012

Taoiseach Micheal Martin on television in a city centre pub during an address to the nation about imminent increased restrictions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Stricter measures being imposed from Christmas Eve in response to soaring cases

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he believed the new mutated strain of the virus had probably already reached Ireland although this has not yet been confirmed by laboratories. Photograph: RTÉ Player

Country witnessing ‘exponential’ and ‘vertical’ growth in virus cases, says Tánaiste

Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Visits suspended from midnight on December 24th after Covid-19 restrictions reimposed

The overall tone of the latest Policing Authority report is complimentary of Garda efforts during the pandemic. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Policing Authority compliments improved Garda engagement during pandemic

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said advice on inter-county travel “may change” and a “long Cabinet meeting” will take place on Tuesday to discuss all data and information. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Flights will not be accessible to those planning short trips to Ireland for Christmas, say Ministers

 Mo Mrabat, at Café Diem on Brookvale Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Mohammed Mrabat arrived from Morocco in 2003

They theorised that surgeons might be more likely to be ‘distracted or rush to finish procedures on their birthdays’. Photograph: iStock

Researchers found surgeons more likely to be distracted by plans on their birthdays

Wexford County Council and Irish Water advised that people using the Wexford town public water supply should boil their water ‘with immediate effect’. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

More than 21,000 people in town and surrounding areas warned about water quality

The WB Yeats letters that were sold at auction.

Letters written between 1883 and 1885 were expected to sell for €13,300-€20,000

A total of 60 cases were detected in schools last week following mass testing of 2,368 students and staff in primary, post primary and special education schools

Positivity rate rises from 1.7% to 2.5% in schools where mass testing took place

More than 80 per cent of those surveyed said housing was a basic human right. Photograph: iStock

More than half disagree that human rights abuses are ‘not really a problem in Ireland’

 Jan Hailey Reyes Coy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Jan Hailey Reyes Coy arrived from the Philippines in 2002

People attend a citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Applicants for Irish citizenship still face ‘more favourable conditions’ than other EU countries

Senator Alice Mary Higgins. Photograph: Tom Honan

Senators introduce Bill for moratorium on deportations until Covid-19 pandemic ends

 The scene of a house fire in Beach Park, Portmarnock, Co Dublin, where two people died. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The smoke came right down the road,’ neighbour in Portmarnock says of Saturday night blaze

Lorena (left) and Estefany Alquinta Gonzalez

Some 500 people were sent to prison last year after being refused ‘leave to land’ in Ireland

Large queues at the National Immigration Bureau office on Burgh Quay in 2016, when the old system was in place. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

New booking system set to improve processing times as Burgh Quay reopens

Frank O’Neill, whose brother Jimmy went missing 73 years ago. Photograph: Screenshot from Department of Justice National Missing Person’s Day event

Forensic Science Ireland director urges families of missing people to give DNA

Jocelino Jorge from Australia/Macau pictured in Merrion Square, Dublin. Jorge is  head of fundraising and marketing at  the Irish Red Cross. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Jocelino Jorge arrived from Australia in 2018

The CSO found that Irish people with family living abroad were more likely to believe passengers entering Ireland should have no restrictions on their movements.  Photograph: iStock

One in five unlikely to comply with Christmas restrictions around family visits - CSO

Roads around Dundrum shopping centre in Dublin were busy. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

NBRU criticises decision to increase capacity on Dublin Bus from 25% to 50%

Healthcare professionals participating in Covid-19 world service which launched earlier this year

Translate Ireland videos follow on from success of Covid-19 world service programme

A chance of snow on high ground as temperatures drop below freezing overnight, according to the Met Éireann forecast. Photograph: iStock

Cold December weather will bring rain and hail over the coming days

 Storage freezers where vials of Covid-19 vaccine are to be stored at Pfizer’s facility in Portage, Michigan, USA. Photograph: Pfizer Handout/EPA

Resumption of normal life will ‘still take some time’, Liz Canavan says

The latest CSO data also shows the number of people arriving into Ireland and departing the country dropped by around a third between September and October of this year. Photograph: iStock

CSO data shows a 76% drop in passengers from the same point last year

Brian Stanley apologised “for the content of an inappropriate and insensitive tweet”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party urged to take action over Brian Stanley’s ‘glorification’ of Narrow Water massacre

The last citizenship ceremonies, held in early March, saw 5,000 people from 135 countries welcomed as Irish citizens. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Department of Justice says process rates have been negatively impacted by Covid-19

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact them. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí appeal for motorists who may have dash cam footage from area to come forward

Minister of State Joe O’Brien has criticised the Department of Housing response to proposals to replace the direct provision system. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Junior minister responds as department calls accommodation proposals ‘not workable’

Isabella Douglas with Ryan Tubridy on the set of the Late Late Toy Show. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Stripe co-founders donate €100,000 to children’s charities in Ireland during appeal

Dublin Bus has handed over CCTV footage of the incident to gardaí. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

No arrests made following assault in Coolock on Thursday night

Members of the public wearing face masks on Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin announces easing of Covid-19 restrictions leading up to Christmas

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the nation on Friday night.

Country will move to Level 3 restrictions with some modifications as people urged to wear masks outdoors

Syrian children enjoying a workout class at a centre after arriving in Ireland. The group of 190 Syrians will stay in two centres for four to five months before moving into rental accommodation around the country. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

160 Syrians, including 91 children, arrive in Ireland under State protection programme

Rebeca Sanchez Gallego  at her workplace, Oak View Nursing Home, in Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

New to the Parish: Rebeca Sanchez Gallego arrived from Spain in 2015

Speaking before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Bernard Gloster described Tusla’s structure and organisation as ‘not good’ and warned that without changes, ‘many problems will continue to occur’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Agency ‘some way off reaching a satisfactory level of GDPR compliance’, committee hears

The Doras report criticises the State for failing to initially consider people in direct provision in its Covid-19 response, noting that residents continue to share bedrooms and communal facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson

State criticised for failing to initially consider direct provision needs in Covid-19 response

The expert group led by Dr Catherine Day  has called for a mandatory obligation to be placed on all local authorities to source own-door accommodation for asylum seekers. File photograph: Alan Betson

Housing officials claim expert group recommendations will have ‘significant negative affect’ on homeless people

Tari Takavarasha in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Tari Takavarasha arrived from London in 2017

Dr Catherine Day headed up an expert group asked to examine options to replace the direct provision system. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Direct provision expert group head confident cases could be ruled on in six months if resources provided

Malik Amir Iqbal dances on stage at the Abbey Theatre in August 2018. Photograph: Ray Hegarty

Malik Amir Iqbal has been told he must return to Pakistan after being refused leave to remain in State

Children sit on the ground in the camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos after a major fire broke out on September 9th. File Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP via Getty Images)

Efforts to bring more children from burnt-out Moria camp delayed by Covid-19

The PSNI has appealed for witnesses to fatal crash in Ballymoney, Co Antrim

Pair killed after car collides with fork lift in Ballymoney

Less than a quarter of people who filled out passenger locater forms upon arrival into Ireland between August and November received follow-up calls. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

About 500,000 documents filled out by those arriving in State between late August and early November

A young man has been charged in connection with an assault and theft of a young woman in Cork, while a female teenager has been charged with stealing a public services card.

Young woman hospitalised with serious injuries after assault on Saturday night

Republic of Ireland football player Callum O’Dowda and England’s Jadon Sancho take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before their international friendly at Wembley Stadium, London last Friday. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Prof Verene Shepherd calls for new laws to combat hate crime and build safer society

Syrian children in the south of Idlib prvoince at a camp for the displaced near the border with Turkey last year.  Ireland allocated more than  than €25m  to the Syria crisis in 2019. File photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty Images

State supporting more than 130 countries worldwide; ranks 12th globally for overseas aid

Man airlifted to Castlebar hospital and is in a stable condition

Casual traders who sell goods on Dublin’s Henry and Mary Street in the run up to Christmas have criticised Dublin City Council’s decision not to allow stalls to operate this year on health and safety grounds. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

City Council says decision taken for health and safety reasons amid Covid-19 pandemic

Roxana Zaha: “I felt my job was not only to translate words, I had to learn how to translate cultures.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Roxana Zaha arrived from Romania in 2016

 Maxine Radcliffe  (second left) of Covid Response for Vulnerable People (CRVP) in Temple Bar, Dublin, with members of the team Calum Whelan, Abby Dunne and Laoise Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A Dublin quarantine shelter for vulnerable people has been busy during the pandemic

 The Irish Wheelchair Association found that 68% of people with physical disabilities still find that public toilets, lifts, emergency exits and parking machines do not cater to their needs

Wheelchair association says 77% of people with disabilities face problems using public pavements, parking and pedestrian crossings

The study also aims to assess the impact of this travel disruption on people’s sense of identify and belonging.

Call for migrants unable to move between countries during pandemic to share experiences

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan says now is ‘not the time’ to make a call on whether Irish people living abroad should come home for Christmas. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister says Covid-19 tests for air travel should be in place by December 1st

Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes who was killed in a hit and run incident in Dublin on the night of August 31st.

Student Thiago Osorio died when he was struck by a car while cycling in Dublin

Live minks to be processed to fur, at a fur farm near Naestved, Denmark, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Tests on three mink farms in the State will include all workers and household contacts

A supporter of US president Donald Trump in front of the Brandenburg Gate as a member of the Democrats Abroad organisation holds a placard urging that all ballots be counted, in Berlin. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP via Getty

‘Democrats in Ireland really threw everything into trying to get people out to vote’

More than one-third of doctors working in Irish hospitals were trained abroad. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Act allows access to training but foreign clinicians remain critical of preference system

Despite extended periods of severe travel restrictions nationwide this year that have severely reduced traffic volumes the number of people killed on the roads is higher than at the same period last year. Photograph: PA

Traffic levels nationwide dropped more than 50% after Level 5 restrictions introduced

Chronic heart disease was by far the most common underlying condition among those who died with Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Data shows sharp decline in hospitalisation rate of people with coronavirus

Minister for Children and Equality Roderic O’Gorman announced last month that a “formal system of vulnerability assessments” would start in December. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

HSE should conduct these and not International Protection Office, says council

 Arjumand Younus and Atif Qureshi originally from Pakistan and both work as academics here. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Arjumand Younus and Atif Qureshi arrived from Pakistan in 2011

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