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Last week
19th May 2024 - 25th May 2024
'Whether they're from Donegal or Senegal, it makes no difference': A night at the Lighthouse café
Hundreds of homeless people, from Ireland and further afield, visit the Dublin centre every day for food, clothes and friendship.
The centre provides a range of supports to homeless people and asylum seekers
"We need to remember it’s people who are actually inside the tents. These are human beings."
This month
May 2024
Independent candidates overtake Sinn Féin as voters' top choice ahead of European elections
Independents and others have seen a large jump in support in recent weeks, according to a new opinion poll.
Almost a quarter of people (24%) plan to vote for candidates classed as 'independents and others' on 7 June
The next most popular choice is Sinn Féin on 22% (down one point)
Sinn Féin is the most popular party among younger voters, while Fine Gael is the preferred party for over 65s
Last month
April 2024
Builders confronted by anti-immigration protesters 'in shock' after 'intimidating' incident at Aughrim hotel
Construction workers at the site in Aughrim in Co Wicklow were told to “pack up and get the f**k out”.
Bethany Home survivor says excluding thousands from redress means 'shame will always hang over Ireland'
Patrick Anderson McQuoid is among the thousands of survivors ineligible for redress under the Government’s controversial scheme.
Patrick spent time in different institutions, he was malnourished and developed several health issues
"My hands and feet turned blue. There is no evidence of State inspection of my condition."
Patrick was sent to live with a couple, aged in their 50s, in Northern Ireland prior to adoption being made legal here
Psychosis team in Cork sees significant decrease in number of people using drugs and alcohol
It’s hoped that the RISE model can be replicated by other psychosis teams around the country.
'Demons were following me': Call to make HHC illegal after users experience psychotic episodes
HHC, a semisynthetic cannabinoid derived from CBD, is widely available in Ireland.
There are growing concerns that HHC is triggering psychotic episodes in certain people
HHC vapes are widely available online, and in vape and CBD shops
"I was seeing and hearing things that weren't there. I was being followed around by demons," one man told us
'I spent 1,300 days there and I get nothing': Mother and Baby Home survivors consider legal action
Thousands of people are excluded from the Government’s redress scheme.
"It's a kick in the gut. It's like being victimised all over again," one woman said
A number of survivors are considering legal action over their exclusion from the scheme
St Joseph's baby home in Stamullen is not covered by the scheme, despite a recommendation to include it
This year
2024
Children 'suffering' as life-changing surgery delayed at Temple Street after spinal controversy
Parents and a consultant have raised concerns about the impact of long waiting lists on children’s quality of life.
Several hundred children are currently waiting for spinal and orthoepaedic surgery at Temple Street
Many children who require time-sensitive surgery have been waiting for months
The hospital has been embroiled in controversy since it emerged that one child died and others suffered serious post-surgery complications
Palestinian man who slept on Mount Street came to Ireland to escape 'death at any moment'
Mohamed has been deeply affected by the situation in Gaza, describing it as a “massacre”.
'A slap in the face': Mother and baby home survivors told they need photo ID to apply for redress
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said applicants who don’t have photo ID will be “treated empathetically and on a case-by-case basis”.
The Government's long-awaited redress scheme finally opens for applications today
Many elderly survivors do not have a passport, driving licence or Public Service Card
One man was told his mother cannot apply without photo ID, but he could apply on her behalf if she died
Three new anti-immigrant parties have registered to stand in Irish elections - but who are they?
Ireland has never elected a candidate from a far-right party.