Randal Plunkett, Baron of Dunsany: ‘If we can simply do a little bit and allow nature to have a space, I think we’d cure a lot of the problems we have in society today.’ Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

In The News podcast: Randal Plunkett turned his estate into a nature reserve for wildlife

Sydney and Silke Moss, who relocated from Boston to Dublin. ‘Everyone was so friendly and outgoing and no one had any airs or graces about them,’ says Silke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Sydney and Silke Moss arrived from Boston in 2021

There were 3,357 children still waiting to access Camhs by the end of November – the highest such number since 2015. Photograph: iStock

Total of 221 children waiting more than a year for mental health support services

Director of the National Women’s Council  Orla O’Connor: “We know from the numbers of women who contact the frontline services that both domestic and sexual violence is happening to a much greater degree than what’s in any official records.” Photograph: Laura Hutton

National Women’s Council says education on abuse of women must be compulsory

Floral tributes and candles are left after a vigil outside the London Irish Centre in Camden in memory of Ashling Murphy. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

In the News podcast: Why it’s time for a total change of mindset on how we end male violence against women

Novak Djokovic of Serbia is seen in action during a training session at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 12th, 2022. Photograph: James Ross/ EPA

In The News: What does the tennis star’s vaccine saga mean for future sporting events?

Hamad Arshad with his daughters  Suakyna (8), Shaane-Zahra (2), Urwah (4) and Libah (6) at their home in Dunboyne. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture it Photography

New to the Parish: Hamad Arshad arrived from Pakistan in 2002

Up to 70 per cent of home repossession cases in the Circuit Court involve litigants in person. Photograph: iStock

Irish judges becoming ‘extremely frustrated’ with ‘needless time wasting’

John Shaw, the country’s longest serving prisoner. Photograph: RTÉ

In the News: After 45 years behind bars, should convicted rapist and murderer John Shaw be allowed back into society?

The body of 49-year-old Michael Tormey is removed from the scene. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Michael Tormey’s body was found outside his Thomond Road home on Sunday morning

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said McArdle could ‘always be relied upon to give a fair and accurate account of events’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

McArdle, who died on Thursday, reported during Troubles and published The Secret War

A total of 9,099 people were staying in emergency accommodation during the week of November 22nd-28th 2021. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Total of 2,548 children in emergency accommodation in November, figures show

Those with boosters will receive updated certificates via email in coming days

The mob at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6th, 2021. Photograph: Jason Andrew/New York Times

In The News podcast: Trump’s hold on the Republican party appears stronger than ever

The  Burgh Quay immigration office: A Department of Justice spokesman acknowledged there was a ‘high demand’ for services but said staff in the registration office had been working extra hours to meet this demand. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘I understand this is a pandemic situation but this is mental trauma for us’

Kamil Tomko, a fifth-year student living in Longford, has a visual impairment and had to learn English from scratch when he arrived in Ireland in 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Kamil Tomko arrived from Slovakia in 2019

Muhammad Achour, a Syrian architect who came to Ireland in 2015 and is now a teaching assistant in DCU at the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Architect Muhammad Achour arrived from Syria in 2015

Santa received the green light to visit all the children of Ireland earlier this week with the man himself due to arrive on Irish shores shortly after 11pm. Photograph: iStock

Yellow wind warning in place for Munster, Connacht and Leinster until Saturday night

The busk will feature some of Ireland’s top musicians, including Bono, Glen Hansard, Damian Rice, Lisa O’Neill and Liam Ó Maonlaí

Annual session at 9pm from St Patrick’s Cathedral in aid of Simon Community

 Lola Gonzalez Farrell   in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

New to the Parish: Lola Gonzalez Farrell moved to Ireland from Panama in 2015

The real test for Sinn Féin is what happens between now and the next election, and the period immediately after that election, Irish Times political editor Pat Leahy says. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

In the News podcast: If Sinn Féin leads next government, can they keep supporters happy?

Jason Montinegro (founder member of justice for the undocumented) & Phess Montinegro outside Government Buidlings after scheme was announced. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In The News Podcast: How will plan change the lives of undocumented people in Ireland?

Naima Chaudhry. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Naima Chaudhry arrived from Pakistan, via the UK, in 2015

Treatments are being marketed by unqualified people with little awareness of the risks. Photograph: iStock

In the News: What is driving surge in demand for dermal fillers among women in Ireland?

Truckers protesting in Dublin city centre last month. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The protest is due to take place in Dublin city centre on Monday

The terms presented by the department of defence had not been reviewed independently, said retired company quartermaster Sgt Karina Molloy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Group ‘can’t be part’ of ‘unfit-for-purpose process’ – retired company quartermaster

The latest Covid-19 figures follows  GP’s warning that Ireland only had six to eight weeks to get boosters out to all adults and vaccinate younger children for the first time in order to avoid being completely overrun by the virus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reid refuses to say if boosters will be available for those aged 40-49 next week

New to the Parish: Anupriyadarshini Iniyan with her husband, Iniyan Balakrishnan, and son, Iyan Maran. Photograph: Patrick Browne

New to the Parish: Anupriyadarshini Iniyan arrived from India in 2019

Refugee Rescue’s Mo Chára at work on the Aegean Sea off the coast of Lesvos, Greece. Photograph: Guillaume Duez

Irish volunteers are saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea on vessel Mo Chara

Supporters of undocumented migrants are pictured with  Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman  outisde Government Buidlings in Dublin on Friday following the  announcenment  of a landmark scheme to regularise long-term undocumented migrants. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Proposals will lead to ‘improvements’ in people’s lives and have benefits for State, Minister says

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: Applicants ‘must meet standards regarding good character and criminal record/behaviour and not pose a threat to the State’

Up to 17,000 undocumented people, including 3,000 children, may be eligible

The ECDC cautioned that children with no known risk factors were still susceptible to 'severe disease and hospitalisation' and called for all countries to consider the vaccination of children aged 5-11. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 cases rising among 5-11 age group but severe illness still ‘rare’, says report

Garda forensic collision investigators were examining the scene of crash at Glenmore, Co Kilkenny on Thursday morning. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two-vehicle incident happened on N25 at Glenmore at around 6.30pm on Wednesday

The interpretation service is available in over 200 languages including Polish, Lithuanian, Arabic, Farsi, French and Brazilian Portuguese. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Interpreters in over 200 languages available to assist in calls from sexual violence victims

On today’s podcast, Irish Times political reporter Jack Horgan-Jones analyses the latest Government measures being implemented to curb the spread of Covid and  how these changes will impact people’s daily lives. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the News podcast: Can the Irish economy cope with another Covid-19 variant?

Anderson DeSouza: ‘In school the kids would call me a faggot for being a dancer. I was afraid to show who I really was.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Anderson De Souza arrived from Brazil in 2012

The three-year plan includes the introduction of the Speak Out Tool which allows staff and students to report incidences of racism, harassment or discrimination of any kind. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Plan seeks to encourage students, academics to speak out about discrimination, harassment

What kind of long-term impact does the Leaving Cert really have on people’s lives? Photograph: iStock

In the News podcast: Ireland’s final exams are ‘brutal but it’s not fair’

 Heathrow airport: Following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, whose mutations suggest greater transmissibility than previous virus strains, the UK has imposed new restrictions on travellers. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Getty

Antigen tests negative but she finds nearby PCR centres in midlands all booked out

Prof Tulio de Oliveira, who announced the news of the Omicron variant last week, is urging the international community not to ‘discriminate or isolate’ South Africa. Photograph: Joao Silva/ The New York Times

Ireland women’s cricket team stuck in Namibian capital of Windhoek

Tallaght and Dublin 15 had the highest density of social housing units built in the Dublin area in the past two years, while Dublin 2 and Dublin 6 had the lowest number of units.    Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA

Of 6,217 homeless adults recorded in October, 65% were men and 35% women

A total of 8,830 people were without a home last month, including 2,513 children, according to the latest data from the Department of Housing. Photograph: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Children make up more than a quarter of homeless population with majority in Dublin

Amanie Issa: ‘The other day I was sitting by the river, reading Sally Rooney’s new book and it was so peaceful.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Amanie Issa arrived from Bethlehem during the pandemic

Cork-based GP Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon  says  the HPV vaccine not only stops women from developing cervical cancer but also prevents other types of cancer. Photograph: iStock

More reassurance needed on taking contraceptive pill, women’s health event hears

Temperatures will drop to as low as -2 degrees on Monday night with frost developing in many areas. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

RSA warns road users to be wary of dense fog over Monday night, Tuesday morning

Doctors in the Mater hospital believe another lockdown before Christmas is almost inevitable. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the News podcast - Mater doctors warn another lockdown is almost inevitable

The Government has been repeatedly criticised for housing foreign nationals who are refused entry in Irish prisons. Photograph: Getty Images

Total of 2,333 people refused leave to land at Dublin Airport so far this year

Volunteer Aine Brennan in one of the Dalymount Park dressing rooms with some of the toys collected by the club so far.

Football club aims to raise €75,000 to buy a gift for 2,500 children in direct provision

Taoiseach Micheál Martin:  ‘We should acknowledge that the use of antigen testing has expanded significantly over the last number of months.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

CMO concerned over need for clear communication on use of antigen testing – Martin

Children play near barbed wire as other migrants gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus. Photograph: Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA pool photo via AP

In the News: How Belarus engineered the migrant crisis playing out on the EU’s border

Charul Singh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Charul Singh has been able to embrace cycling as she couldn’t in India

Responses in the Ipsos Global Trends 2021 study show there is an awareness of the inequalities  that exist between different communities in Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Diversity in the Global Trends survey: A significant minority is ‘not in tune with our openness’

Former Welsh rugby international Alix Popham, who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, shares his story on In the News podcast. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In the News: Former Wales international Alix Popham on changes needed to protect players

Capt Catherine Barrett: ‘My mum’s side would be historically Irish – they came over to Scotland during the Famine. My mum loved the idea of me going to Ireland.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Capt Catherine Barrett arrived from Scotland in 2015

Hundreds of Afghans who have already been approved to come here are struggling to get the paperwork needed to travel. File photograph: EPA

Government has issued 499 waivers to Afghan refugees, but just 286 arrive in State

Chapters bookstore on Parnell Street, Dublin announced it will be closing down in in early 2022 after 40 years in business. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the News: What changes are needed to save the character of Dublin city?

Hayder Jaafar outside the Glenvera direct provision centre on Wellington Road in Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Hayder Jaafar, originally from Iraq, arrived in Ireland in 2018

Méabh and Síobha Mulligan, the daughters of Tom Mulligan who has run the Cobblestone pub for more than 30 years. They say their family is ‘heartbroken’ by the hotel development plans. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

‘What’s really being sold to tourists is a shell of Irish culture,’ claim Dublin is Dying group

 South Great Georges Street, Dublin: Despite the high Covid-19 incidence rate among five to 12 year olds, health officials have reassured parents that trick-or-treating can be enjoyed safely by taking some simple precautions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Try incorporating a mask into your child’s costume, it could add to their overall look

 Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett underlined that Ireland has the lowest spending on defence in the EU at 0.2%, far below the bloc’s average of 1.2%. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former head of Defence Forces highlights low State spending at MacGill summer school

Many foreign nationals who do not speak fluent English are relying on Facebook posts and YouTube videos for information on the Covid-19 vaccine rather than following national news reports on the pandemic. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Just 44% of central and eastern Europeans based in Ireland are vaccinated, says CSO

Poland’s fine from the EU is believed to be the highest ever imposed on a member state. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/Pool/AFP via Getty

In the News: Poland’s refusal to follow the rules is shaking the foundations of the EU

The 13-day long summit has been billed as the last chance to put the world on track to avoid catastrophic damage

In the News: Is it too late for world leaders gathering in Glasgow to save the planet?

Élodie Ferry bought a French language school in Galway earlier this year. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Élodie Ferry arrived from France last month. Her family follow in January

Carlos Velasquez: ‘I felt so ashamed in front of the other passengers. Ryanair treated me like I was doing something wrong.’ Photograph:  Tom Honan

At Dublin check-in desk,Venezuelan told visa needed to enter Spain

Squid Game: a nine-part series that was unveiled in September and is breaking viewing records. Photograph: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

In the News: Drama is based on people in debt forced to play children’s games for money or death

Jalil Rizvi: ‘I believe my father is looking down on me today and is proud.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

New to the Parish: Jalil Rizvi arrived from Pakistan in 2007

‘Trafficking in Ireland remains a pervasive crime. Its victims are often hidden but should not be faceless,’ says chief commissioner of the IHREC. Photograph: iStock

Rights and equality commission calls for specialised shelter for victims of trafficking

The study, conducted by Maynooth University’s law department, features interviews with 24 non-EEA male migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry. Photograph: Niall Duffy

Employers using atypical working scheme to ‘threaten and exploit workers’, study finds

The UCDSU and DCC chief executive Owen Keegan exchanged letters about the union’s concerns in relation to the conversion of 571 private student flats in Dublin city into tourist accommodation for the coming academic year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Comment about student accommodation not a resigning matter, says Minister of State

Budget 2022 will include a new grant to support people who suffer hair loss due to chemotherapy or from illnesses. Photograph: iStock

People who suffer hair loss due to illnesses or chemotherapy will be eligible for support

Many Roma presented for help during the pandemic with “untreated chronic or infectious diseases”, the Covid Response for Vulnerable People (CRVP) report stated.

Roma community suffering from much higher burden of chronic disease than general population, says report

AA Roadwatch advised drivers to slow down and use their fog lights in affected areas. Photograph: iStock

Status yellow weather warning in place until 11am on Monday

  Silvija Scerbaviciute, the new principal flautist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra,  moved to Ireland last February. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Silvija Scerbaviciute arrived from Lithuania, via the UK, in 2021

Gabriela Meade Diaz with her fiancé Enda  and their dog Bailey at their home in Mayo Abbey, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

New to the Parish: Gabriela Meade Díaz arrived in Dublin from Mexico in 2016

Helena Cala, who is originally from Albania and lives in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Three young asylum seekers following their dreams through education in Ireland

Trevor and Kevin Baker-O’Haire on the grounds of Ashford Castle where they both work after moving to Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New to the Parish: Trevor and Kevin Baker-O’Haire arrived in 2015 from England

Michael O’Brien, fisheries campaign lead for the ITF in Ireland said a ‘significant cohort of men’ who came to Ireland documented through the Atypical Work Scheme have since lost their employment. Photograph: iStock

Proposed scheme could exclude non-EEA workers, says ITF spokesman

Prof Geraldine McCarthy (right) with then Tánaiste  Simon Coveney  at a new radiation/oncology department in the Glandore Centre, Cork University Hospital Cancer Centre, in 2019. Photograph: Gerard McCarthy

Prof Geraldine McCarthy: ‘Experiences tell me we are no nearer to required reform than six years ago’

The meeting heard from an executive officer who presented on the report’s findings. She emphasised that 85% of non-compliance was minor in nature. File photograph: Getty

Private properties reviewed in 2019, 2020 below minimum State standard, council told

Taliban fighters patrol Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP Photo

New humanitarian scheme for Afghan refugees being developed as ‘matter of urgency’

Eileen O’Sullivan. Photograph : Facebook

Funeral details for Maurice ‘Mossie’ O’Sullivan not being released at request of family

Garda Forensic Collision officers carried out a full examination of the site and the road had reopened to traffic by Sunday evening

Crash between motorcycle and car occurred on R338 Old Dublin Road at Renmore Park

Aminata Conteh moved to Ireland last September on an Irish Aid scholarship to study development at UCD. Photograph: Damien Eagers

New to the Parish: Aminata Seilloh Conteh arrived from Sierra Leone in 2020

 Precious Rukundo in Mosney, Co Meath: the teenager discovered a passion for baking during lockdown and now sells  cakes online. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Precious and Sedurida Rukundo arrived from Malawi in 2016

A study of 1.2 million test results has found that the effectiveness of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines at preventing Covid-19 infection declines within six months. Photograph: Bloomberg

WHO spokeswoman calls on Ireland ‘not to rush and corner all the supplies of vaccines’

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan urged anyone returning to school or college to be especially vigilant. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A further 2,051 Covid-19 cases confirmed as Tony Holohan says ‘high incidence’ in 16-29 age group

Sufyan ElGahmi with his wife, Enas, and their children, three-year-old Sanad and four-month-old Samer. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Sufyan ElGahmi arrived from Libya in 2019

Amnesty International war crimes investigator Brian Castner shortly before leaving Kabul on August 16th

While focus is on Kabul, killings are taking place across Afghanistan, says investigator

Karzan Sabah Ahmed with Shahen Qasm and their daughter Lena, who were killed in a crash on the M6 outside Ballinasloe, Co. Galway last week. Photograph: Kurdish Irish Society

Karzan Sabah Ahmed, Shahen Qasm and baby Lina died when car on wrong side of road hit them

People wait to be evacuated from Afghanistan at the airport in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

First group of Afghan refugees coming to Ireland could arrive in Europe within days

Anna and Igor Meleshchenko, who moved to Ireland from Moscow in 2020, with their sons Mike (7) and Alex (4) at Garryvoe, Co  Cork. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Igor and Anna Meleshchenko arrived from Russia in 2020

Refugees attempt to flee the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. File photograph: New York Times

Government hopes to find capacity for more refugees as situation in Kabul worsens

Taliban fighters in the Kote Sangi area of Kabul on Tuesday after they seized control of the capital following the collapse of the Afghan government. Photograph: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Images

‘They don’t know when the Taliban will knock on their door. What will happen to my sisters?’

Thousands of foreign nationals work for translation and interpreting companies in Irish hospitals, Garda stations, courts and with asylum seekers. Image: iStock

Lack of minimum standards for interpreters has knock-on effect for vulnerable people

Kasia, Elena, Leon and David O’Reilly  on their farm outside Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

New to the Parish: Kasia O’Reilly arrived from Poland in 2005

Deputy Lord Mayor Joe Costello lays a wreath after the memorial event: More than 13,000 nuclear weapons  exist, most of which are more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Memorial event in Merrion Square marks 76th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

‘We ended up in a beautiful country with its kind people’: Abd nour Karouz and his wife, Yassmine, with Kenan and Rayan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New to the Parish: Abd nour Karouz arrived from Syria, via Lebanon, in 2018

Gardaí from Longford and the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) were involved in the operation. File image:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Detention bring to 78 the number of people arrested under Garda Operation Skein

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