Photograph: Heidar al-Hashimi

Actor Stephen Rea and poet Jessica Traynor’s asylum seekers project has one aim: to end direct provision for good

Nearly 1,000 people, including 164 children, are currently residing in 28 emergency accommodation centres which have been set up across the country since 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Refugee Council warns the State is in breach of EU law on asylum assessments

Noel Whelan: “He was a master of the telling phrase, an outstanding communicator.” Photograph: David Sleator

Tributes paid to barrister and political writer who died after short illness

Dagogo Hart: “Not all people are ignorant, they understand who you are but they just don’t want you to be in their country.” Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

New to the Parish: Dagogo Hart arrived from Nigeria in 2010

The majority of calls to the CRA’s helpline came from children and their parents who feel the opinions of young people are not being taken into account in family law proceedings, according to chief executive Tanya Ward. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Irish legal, education and healthcare systems built without ‘children’s rights blueprints’

A person’s chances of survival following a heart attack vary depending on which Irish hospital the patient is treated in, new research shows.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has highest rate of chronic benzodiazepine use in OECD among older adults

Nick Henderson: ‘I don’t say this lightly but we believe that is in clear breach of both Irish and European Union law.’

Irish Refugee Council warns assessing person seeking asylum’s vulnerability ‘crucial’

Rama Harrak (left) and Alma Harrak left Damascus in 2016. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

No Child 2020: Children in Direct Provision suffer bullying and restricted educational access

Gardaí at the scene in the Castlecurragh Heath area of Mulhuddart  following a shooting in the area on June 29th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Councillors say more Garda resources urgently needed in Dublin 15

Lisa Smith from Dundalk (to right of then taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Chief of Staff) converted to Islam and moved to Syria. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Taoiseach says former Army member could possibly face criminal charges if she returns

Young women aged 15-24 in the majority of EU states were found to be more likely to suffer depression than their male peers. Photograph: iStock

EU study finds Ireland has one of highest rates of cyberbullying; highest level of binge drinking

Refugees must make the application within 12 months of receiving their permission to remain in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

Committee recommends that International Protection Bill proceed to Dáil committee stage

 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said ‘I think it’s something we need to go after quickly. I would say four or five years would sort it out.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Warning from the Oireachtas Committee on Education contained in first statutory report on the issue

The education committee’s reports released on Thursday also call for the introduction of generic uniforms without badges, greater support for parents struggling to shoulder the burden of back-to-school costs, and an awareness of pressures faced by school principals. Photograph: iStock

Generic uniforms without badges and more financial back-to-school support needed, says committee

Amy Richards first visited the doctor with pain in her abdomen about a week before the State exams began. She was told not to worry and that she was suffering symptoms of stress and irritable bowel syndrome.

Amy Richards: ‘I have no idea what I wrote, I don’t know if it was complete gibberish’

Secondary schools have reported shortages of STEM, modern foreign languages, Irish and home economics teachers.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Minister says the 34 graduates will help resolve national shortage of teachers

Ireland has the fourth-highest level of drug-related deaths in Europe, with 700 deaths in 2016, about half of which were caused by overdoses, a Merchant’s Quay Ireland spokesman said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Medically supervised facility must open without delay, Merchant’s Quay says

Living wage for a single full-time worker rises to €12.30

Anchal Jain from India, pictured in Rathgar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘For the past five years they have been sacrificing for me but now I can pay them back’

 Of the 2,000 to 3,000 undocumented children living in the State nearly seven out of 10 were born in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly 10% of undocumented children have spent decade in Irish education system

Rashmi, one of an estimated 2,000-3,000 undocumented children and young people  living in Ireland. Photograph: MRCI

Rashmi (24) is campaigning for a pathway to residency for young undocumented people

Siobhán Jordan (C) at the launch of the Irish Red Cross’s five-year strategy, at the charity’s HQ in Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Siobhán Jordan was 100m from finish line during race in Dublin when she collapsed

Rescue 111 crashed 20 years ago  at Tramore beach. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard/Twitter

Rescue 111 hit a sand dune in thick fog while returning from a rescue mission off the Waterford coast

Trinity College’s library. The university’s Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies was announced on Monday.

Al-Maktoum family will have no control over new educational centre, Trinity College says

There are 3,828 women waiting for an appointment at the Rotunda. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has lowest level in EU of consultants working in the health service, says campaign

Maruf Ahmed with his daughter, Joanna (2), on Gardiner Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

213 residents at Hatch Hall to be relocated ahead of closure on July 15th

Tom Jordan (left) celebrating the 2,000th episode of Fair City with colleagues Sarah MacDowall, Jim Bartley and Tony Tormey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘He was the heart of Fair City’, says long-running RTÉ soap’s executive producer

The Dublin Pride parade will be led out by more than 70 LGBTQ organisations. File photograph: Getty Images

Saturday’s event starts on O’Connell St at 1pm and ends with free event in Merrion Sq

ICCL warns of ‘serious and urgent concerns’ at how State deals with protest and dissent

Troops from the 55th Infantry Group photographed in March 2017 during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

Pdforra tells Oireachtas committee members ‘want to see report good, bad or indifferent’

The average European cost of a weighted heroin gram on the streets was €48. Photograph: Getty Images

UN data shows street price of heroin in Ireland in 2017 was €136 per gram

About a quarter of female respondents said they would be suited to the role of a pilot. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds only a third of women encouraged to pursue careers in Stem

Carlos Gonzales: ‘I have a good job, I’m fulfilling my dream of dancing, I have an amazing husband and we bought a house a year ago. I couldn’t ask for more.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Carlos Gonzalez, from Venezuela, feels he can be 100% himself in Ireland

The Diverse Neighbourhoods report, published on Wednesday by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), found little evidence of segregated communities or disadvantaged ethnic enclaves in Ireland.

Migrants with poor grasp of English more likely to face segregation, says ESRI report

Patrick Nevin (37):  attacked three women in the space of 11  days. File photograph: Collins

Women’s council calls for State survey into sexual violence to include analysis of dating apps

Chef Muhammed Younis at a protest in Dublin organised by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland on the issue of forced labour. File photograph: Alan Betson

Lack of convictions not due to inquiry flaws but fact employers are not prosecutable

In a statement released to mark World Refugee Day, the IHREC criticised the Government for narrowing access to family reunification for people who had been granted international protection in Ireland since the introduction of the 2015 International Protection Act three years ago. Photograph: File/The Irish Times

IHREC criticises restriction of access to extended family and time limit on applications

A girl washes clothes as families stand outside a school used as a shelter for Internally Displaced People from northern Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. Photograph: Olympia De Maismont/AFP

Number of Venezuelans forcibly displaced by instability and food shortages rapidly rising

Sugandha Arora: ‘I couldn’t help but join the dots of how similar this country is to my own. They were both colonised by the British and they were fighting for independence.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Sugandha Arora arrived from India in 2017

The body of Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother of three, was discovered on Friday at her home in  Co Mayo.

‘It is all too much for us to take in’: Family members gather in west Cork for funeral

Spain’s ministry of interior has announced plans to significantly increase security at ports, hotels, beaches and campsites

Government announces plan to protect holiday makers from potential terrorist activity

Father-of-three Tom Griffin who  died while on holiday in Portugal. Photograph:

Tom Griffin was kitesurfing when he suddenly became ill, according to local reports

A death notice for Valerie French Kilroy said she was ‘loved and missed by her heartbroken family’

Mother of three’s body found at her home in Co Mayo last Friday

The Lion’s Mane can grow to more than 2m wide with tentacles that can reach up to 60m in length. File  photograph:Tom Doyle

The jellyfish can deliver venomous sting and cause medical complications, says council

At present, about 319 general practitioners have signed up to provide the service with 10 out of 19 maternity units providing full abortion care. File photograph: Getty Images

More than 1,400 purchased abortion pill online in 2018, rising by 13% on previous year

Prof Kevin Scannell  will work with researchers from NUI Galway to research and develop computer resources for the Irish language.

Prof Kevin Scannell awarded Fullbright Scholarship to develop Irish language computer resources

The action will involve, among others, laboratory aides and surgical instrument technicians. File photograph: Getty

Up to 10,000 hospital workers set to strike on June 20th following dispute with the HSE

Alex Dalkin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Alex Dalkin originally arrived from Australia in 2016

The Commercial Inn, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Most locals said they were not opposed to the accommodation centre but would have appreciated some advance notice.  Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

New arrivals using emergency beds not told how long they will remain in Co Laois town

In 2018, a total of 850 families who were classed as homeless, including 1,926 children, were living in hotel accommodation in Dublin, according to the report. Photograph: iStock

Children in emergency accommodation not developing properly, says report

Naas District Court heard there were no clients present at the time of the Garda raid and no significant money was found at the scene. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Nordic model’ legislation does not protect those selling sex, says alliance

Sylva Tukula Photograph: AMACH! LGBT+

Group’s request that Sylva Tukula’s body be released after investigation never put on file

Katie Taylor  : ‘It’s incredible the support I’ve got here, even during the low times’ Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

World champion returns home to Bray where young girls chant ‘We love you Katie’

The grave where Sylva Tukula is buried at Bohermore Cemetery in Galway.

Sylva Tukula, a transgender woman, died at all-male centre in Galway

Ricardo Filho, an engineer from Brazil, who has lived in Ireland since 2016 with his wife. Photograph: Alan Betson

New to the Parish: Ricardo Filho arrived from Brazil in 2013 and again in 2016

The period young people in the direct provision system must spend in the Irish education system to qualifty for a grant to study at third level has been reduced from five years to three years, the Government has announced.

Applicants previously had to spend five years in education system to qualify for supports

A UCC professor has warned that Enniscorthy in Co Wexford is becoming the New Delhi of Ireland due to high levels of air pollution. File photograph: Getty Images.

UCC professor says nationwide smoky coal ban must be implemented immediately

A total of 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland are directly attributable each year to poor air quality. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dust particles which can lead to heart and lung problems on the rise across Ireland

Katie Taylor (centre) celebrates her win against Delfine Persoon in the IBF, WBC, WBO, WBA, Ring Magazine Women’s Lightweight World Championships fight at Madison Square Garden, New York. Photogrpah: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Lightweight boxing world champion flies home following Madison Square Garden victory

The 6m tall Trump baby inflatable will be brought to Ireland for the US president’s visit. Photograph: Andrew Aitchison/P

‘He needs to understand that ordinary, decent people are horrified by his world view’

Christy Lefteri: ‘What stops people from talking about their traumas?’

Christy Lefteri drew inspiration for her new novel from volunteering in Greece

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties’ report contends that direct provision amounts to the “de facto deprivation of liberty”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Culture of ‘disbelieving survivors’ exists when dealing with asylum seekers, says ICCL

Karen Ward (left) who received open heart surgery 6 months ago and  her daughter Kim Ward, from Carrikmacross in Co  Monaghan who ran the Marathon  for the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph:  Collins

Mother of girl (15) with butterfly skin disease focuses on the things her daughter can do

Cristhian Nuñez Centeno: “At the end of the day, when you think about what’s happening to millions of Nicaraguans, we’re very lucky.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

New to the Parish: Cristhian Nuñez Centeno arrived from Nicaragua in 2018

Tusla referred the case to the National Review Panel to investigate how the case was handled.

Assessment of foster family after abuse disclosure ‘inadequate’, says review panel

Former High Court judge Dr Bryan McMahon has   called for more direct provision centres to be built on  State-owned sites. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government urged to stop using hotels and B&Bs at cost of €99 per person per night

Michael Doyle from Carlow, a member of the Irish Wheelchair Association,  outside Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

€125 million needed to make buses and trains wheelchair accessible, says IWA

Hina Khan, an artist from Pakistan, who moved to Ireland with her family in 2015, at home in Kinsale, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/ Provision

New to the Parish: Hina Khan arrived from Pakistan in 2015

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

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