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 Prince Ajibola (50) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to a single count of possessing the pornographic material. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A father-of-four who was sent a child pornography clip on his phone which showed a child being raped has received a one-year suspended sentence. Prin(...)

Scrabble family: “It’s an education for young people and adults, too,” says Lukeman Owolabi, who plays with his wife, Lucia, and their three children, Nicole, Mikel and Daniel. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Lukeman Owolabi was a teenager when he started playing Scrabble. Every evening after school the young Nigerian would gather with friends and, with the(...)

Dublin Airport: Twenty eight thousand people were refused entry to Ireland between 2008 and 2016, according to the Irish Immigrant Support Centre’s  report. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

People refused immigration entry to Ireland who are then held in prisons are being denied basic rights including legal aid, medical treatment and inte(...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

A parcel of toys in which herbal cannabis was detected at Portlaoise Mail Centre. Photograph: Revenue

Herbal cannabis with a street value of approximately €230,000 has been detected at Portlaoise Mail Centre. The drugs were discovered in three separa(...)

Zaineb, from Aleppo in Syria, with one of her three children at an apartment funded by the EU, in Livadia. Photograph: DG Echo

When the mayor of the Greek city of Livadia, Giota Poulou, supported the construction of a mosque for the benefit of refugees and asylum seekers from (...)

The horrendous crime of rape may result in pregnancy. When it does, some argue the foetus should be regarded as an aggressor and be expelled by abortion. File photograph: Getty Images

Certain elements in the current abortion debate are reminiscent of a famous clash of ideas between the two Greek thinkers Heraclitus and Parmenides. T(...)

“A great favourite for starters”: Maura Bourke says she was always able to get avocados in the late 1970s

A lot of you have responded to last week’s you-kids-don’t-realise-how-good-you-have-it nostalgia-fest. Some readers share our recollections of the 198(...)

Ifrah Ahmed, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre  in Dublin., Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A fatwa against female genital mutilation (FGM) “in all its forms” has been issued by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ire(...)

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo  Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, with Cardinal Sean Brady last August. File Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland has apologised, on behalf of the Pope, for creating, what he described as “discouragement and disappointment” in the Catho(...)

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