Irish Naval Service personnel helping migrants at sea in the southern Mediterranean between Italy and Libya. Photograph: Defence Forces

Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition also urges new Mediterranean search and rescue

The Connemara Gateway Hotel in Oughterard, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Government plans to house ‘less than 250’ asylum seekers in closed hotel

A total of 82 reports of racist crime in Ireland were made to an anti-racism body in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Less than a third of people who report violent racist crimes seek help of gardaí

Tim Kirby, founder of PetBond with Fr Peter McVerry.

Petbond, run by a vet, only lists animals from approved breeders and rescue centres

St Agatha’s Court, on Dublin's North William Street was vacant and derelict until it was renovated by the Peter McVerry Trust.

Pre-budget submission calls for tax incentives for landlords to sell to local authorities

Erin McGathy: “Moving here is the thing I’m proudest of in my life.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Erin McGathy arrived from Los Angeles in 2016

Danny McGee was found unconscious at 4am outside the Gaslight Bar in Queens. File image: iStock

Steven O’Brien’s expected to plead not guilty when case begins on November 14th

European Commission president German Ursula von der Leyen gestures as she gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners. Photograph: Kenzo tribouillard / AFP/Getty Images

Hogan will be tough and very fair crafting future trade deal with UK, Ursula von der Leyen says

Inspectors  found a live mouse and a large amount of rodent droppings in the Donnybrook restaurant’s kitchen.  File photograph: iStock

Rodent droppings also found in the Greenery which was deemed to pose immediate danger to public health

Vincent Parsons was attacked on Saturday night while he was socialising with friends in Killinarden, Tallaght. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

26-year-old detained on Sunday in connection with death of Vincent Parsons released

Craig Lynch represented Ireland at the European Championships in 2016 where he ran the 400m event. Photograph: Facebook

Athlete (29) represented Ireland at the European Championships in 2016

Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar offered the bust as a gift to mark 150 years since Gandhi’s birth.

Dublin City Council agrees to accept statue following offer from Indian ambassador

Raonaid Murray was murdered in 1999.

Public may be ‘unknowingly shielding a killer’, warn gardaí

Suad Al Darra and her husband, Housam Ziad, moved to Ireland five years ago. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New to the Parish: Suad Aldarra and Housam Ziad arrived from Syria, via Egypt, in 2014

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, where a mutlicultural event had initially been planned. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Presence of scientologists at meetings is becoming more noticeable, say charities

Among other incidents at the festival, a man was arrested for holding an offence weapon while leaving the car park. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Four arrests for drink/drug driving, one investigation into sexual crime at festival

‘Child homelessness has now become normalised in Ireland, but it should be a source of immense shame,’ said Fr Peter McVerry. File image: istock

Latest data shows 3,778 children in emergency accommodation - a ‘source of immense shame’

Prof John Crown, consultant medical oncologist at St Vincent’s private hospital: ‘Nobody should be getting HRT without a really good chat with their doctor.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lancet study finds risk of breast cancer from HRT use is higher than previously thought

Mo Nader  came to Ireland from his native Egypt five years ago .Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Mo Nader arrived from Egypt, via Bristol, in 2014

Rohingya refugees continue their way after crossing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, Bangladesh, in November  2017:  Some 64 members of the Rohingya community arrived in Ireland in 2009.  Photograph: Hannah McKay

Report finds minority Muslim group faces difficulties with language and employment

Migrants celebrate aboard the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship, jointly operated by French NGOs SOS Mediterranee and Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF Doctors without Borders) on August 23, 2019, as six EU countries agreed to take them in after 14 days at sea. Photograph: ANNE CHAON/AFP/Getty Images

Six European countries to take 356 migrants stuck on board rescue ship in Mediterranean

Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor: “My 16-year-old son is keen to leave this country; not to study but to go and live abroad for good. He’s not really comfortable with what’s going on here.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oghenetano John Uwhumiakpor, who arrived from Nigeria, via Finland, in 2006, says Irish-born black teenagers are ‘suffering an ide(...)

From left, Karina Timothy, Galway Regional Services Manager, Threshold, Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, USI and Aideen Hayden, Chairperson, Threshold, as Threshold and USI have called on the Government to implement Protect our Deposits: a deposit protection scheme to safeguard rental deposits and protect tenants in the private rented sector against scams. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Try out the key and view property in person before transferring money, students told

A deposit protection scheme is urgently needed to safeguard the money of people in the private rental sector and to protect them from potential scams, housing charity Threshold has said. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Property registry body says number of scams targeting students rises at this time of year

The system, which came into effect on Friday, allows rail customers to discreetly alert a manned security centre about any ongoing intimidation, assaults, thefts, or other harassment within carriages on the services.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Service allows customers to discreetly alert manned security centre through text

Local residents in Ringsend can expect “intermittent odours” over the coming five days while essential maintenance works are carried out at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, according to Irish Water. Photograph: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/ DublinCityShots

Work on odour control units to avoid future bad smells from the wastewater treatment plan

The Caiseal Mara Hotel in Moville following the arson attack last November. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

The Moville hotel, earmarked to open as a direct provision centre, was target of arson

Seán Fleming of Fianna Fáil called for the Minister for Health to explain why so many applications had been culled

Thousands of applicants refused for not providing documents by required date

Nour Aljarad, who was granted asylum in Ireland in 2015 with her family, has secured a place to study dentistry at Trinity College in September.

Nour Aljarad has secured a place to study dentistry in Trinity College Dublin

A firefighting aircraft  approaches to  collect seawater  at the bay in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Elvira Urquijo A/EPA

Department of Foreign Affairs urges anyone with concerns to contact Irish embassy in Spain

In 2017 the French government introduced an employment law which obliges organisations to guarantee their employees a right to disconnect from technology when they leave the workplace

Heather Humphreys says interdepartmental steering group will examine French approach to switching off

Government should not continue to rely on volunteers to wash clothes for families in emergency accommodation, says Doras Luimní. Photograph: iStock

Limerick non-profit calls on Government to ensure asylum seekers receive basic supports

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

Number of new applications set for 15-year high as direct provision system struggling

Afshin Samali at NUI Galway: “I believe the Government’s policy to support refugees to settle here in the 1980s, despite Ireland’s harsh economic conditions, was an excellent investment in the future of Ireland.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

New to the parish: Afshin Samali arrived from Iran, via Pakistan, in 1985

The body of  Nóra  Quoirin  is brought out of a helicopter in Seremban, Malaysia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters

Repatriation of teenager’s body may be delayed if Malaysian police suspect foul play

Amy Richards (18) secured six H1s in her Leaving Cert exams despite sitting her English paper in a hospital ward just hours after her appendix ruptured

Fewer than 40 sat Leaving Cert papers in July under pilot scheme for bereaved pupils

Stanley Petlane: ‘I’m not eligible for the Susi grant because I’m not in Ireland enough years’

Asylum seekers must pay international fees to go on to third level in Ireland

Online harassment, cyber bullying, online stalking and revenge porn: public’s opinion on these activities is sought by the Committee on Justice and Equality.  Photograph:  Adam Peck/PA

Oireachtas committee to hold series of hearings on online abuse in October

Gardaí said investigators were hoping to speak to a man who helped the three girls following the alleged assault in Courtown. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives call for man who helped three teenage girls to come forward

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the new Bill sought to regulate the existing ‘ad hoc’ guardian ad litem appointment system to benefit the greatest number of children and young people. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Bill addresses ‘significant inadequacies’ in law around court-appointed representatives

The new crown hole in the Drumgoosat area in Co Monaghan.

Local resident says there is a ‘huge level of fear’ in the local community

Rachel Waite, originally from Wisconsin, USA, with her dog Rooney. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

New to the Parish: Rachel Waite arrived from the US in 2011

The report noted that non-compliances were having a ‘direct impact on the residents’ quality of life’. Photograph: Michael Donne/Science Photo Library

Hiqa inspectors found fire risks, poor hygiene or lack of training at nursing homes

The Defence Forces said member of the public who find a suspicious device should keep their distance and inform the gardaí. File photograph

Homes evacuated in estate as army bomb disposal team makes IED safe

The State’s Reception and Integration Agency says it  plans to open “new dedicated accommodation centres” in the coming months

Concerns raised around number of school places available to children in Courtown centre

Courtown. The Department of Justice said the decision to relocate the group to centres in Co Wicklow and Co Clare was made as the Courtown Hotel was more suitable for children and families requiring schools. File photograph: Jack McManus

A total of 1,068 people, including 177 children, residing in emergency accommodation

Persida Caldaras, a Roma woman who came to Ireland in 2002. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

New to the Parish: Persida Caldaras arrived from France in 2002

 Hyde & Seek:  The RTÉ Investigates documentary revealed disturbing practices at the Dublin chain of creches. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Early Childhood Ireland calls for investigation by childcare specialist to ensure ‘substantial changes’ are made

Locks and windows were broken during the attack on the mosque in Galway. Photograph: Google Maps

Imam of Galway Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque says he was warned of attack 3 months ago

Michal Wasikiewicz had been living in Dublin since 2016: ‘He was friendly, popular, polite’

Months after the death of Polish man Michal Wasikiewicz on the steps of St Audoen’s Church in Dublin, his family are still trying (...)

.Andrzej Waskiewicz holds a photograph of his son, Michal, at his home in Wloclawek, Poland. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel for The Irish Times.

Michal Wasikiewicz was found dead on Cook Street on November 6th, 2018 after sleeping outdoors

Liron and Moran Yitshak Aikalay’s sons, Ray and Shane

Creches using CCTV must be clear when and how footage is destroyed, says rights body

Crowds attending the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals  at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City.  Photograph: Getty Images

Best of 40m competitors worldwide face off at e-sports tournament in New York

‘To adopt a policy of decriminalisation, or to take steps in that direction, is to throw in the towel on the potential of young people,’ writes Garret Sheehan in his minority report. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Chair of expert group warns Government against moves that ‘normalise’ drug use

 Local residents protesting outside the Hyde and Seek Childcare facility in Drumcondra in the wake of the RTÉ Investigates programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘If she was in anyway a decent woman she’d come out and face the people here today’

Mandla Ncube from Zimbabwe now plays basketball with the Ballybrack Bulls Wheelchair basketball club. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New to the Parish: Mandla Ncube arrived from Zimbabwe in 2016

Ellie Kisyombe, an asylum seeker who ran as a local election candidate for the Social Democrats this year, says she has been granted leave to remain in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Then asylum seeker’s local election run for Social Democrats caused controversy in party

Peta Guthridge at the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Peta Guthridge arrived from Australia in 2015

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: RIP.ie

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

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