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# Communities

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# WhatsApp
WhatsApp begins rolling out Communities feature to bundle together group chats
It will be available globally in the next few months, WhatsApp has said.
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# Social Housing
Varadkar says socialists want to separate 'people paying for everything but qualifying for nothing' from others
The Taoiseach said socialists want to segregate communities.
# Burglary
Gang of armed locals chase burglars through town in Leitrim
An RTÉ Prime Time programme due to air tonight looks into the problem of repeat burglary offenders.
# Communities
'One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction'
Members of the public are being urged to report drug dealing in their area.
# Atlantic
This Irish documentary about fishing and oil is making people angry
Risteard O Domhnaill was behind the documentary The Pipe. Now he has returned with an acclaimed documentary voiced by Brendan Gleeson.
# the commissioner
Rank-and-file gardaí don't think much of their boss's stance on station closures
The Commissioner appeared before the Policing Authority for its first public session today.
# Communities
Gardaí say crime in Stepaside is up and it's time to reopen the station
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has also revealed the results of a survey which found 93% support a work-to-rule.
# power network
Thieves steal more than two miles of copper from dangerous overhead lines
The ESB has expressed concern for the safety of those stealing the wire.
# fibre optic connectivity
This rural village is about to get some of the fastest broadband in the country
This comes as part of a joint venture between the ESB and Vodafone.
# forgotten pennies
Money from dormant accounts to be used to fund drug prevention services
Funding will also be provided for groups supporting disability services and home carers.
# Help
Just how much of an impact do volunteers have on the communities they help?
A new study has looked at this in detail.
This non-profit wants to start up 100 projects across the country in 100 days
ChangeX aims to help communities start up their own projects to help improve their lives.
# stop crime
Over one million texts about local crime sent under Garda text alert system
The text alert system was launched by the gardaí in September 2013
# Emigration
Requests for €15.5m to help Irish people living abroad
A programme in Eamon Gilmore’s department provides funding to organisations supporting Irish communities abroad.
# harmful
Alcohol Forum says alcohol is wreaking havoc on communities around Ireland
Alcohol’s harm to others will be discussed at Alcohol Awareness Week at the end of the month.
# Outbreak
TCD scientists find significant increases in MRSA strains outside of hospitals
Between 2002 and 2011, researchers identified a 44-fold increase in the prevalence of PVL-positive MRSA.
# Planning
Planning process criticised as Government publishes details of public consultation
Ireland has submitted its first report on the implementation of the Aarhus Convention which ensures public participation in environmental planning.
# Eirgrid
Rabbitte: 'There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans'
Minister Pat Rabbitte said tonight that it is the Government’s policy to deliver infrastructure in the most “cost efficient and timely way possible”.
# rural crime
Gardaí launch 'text alert' service to tackle rural crime
The initiative will allow people to send alerts of suspicious incidents to the rest of the community through gardaí.
# speak out
Archbishop Martin: 'Communities must mobilise and speak out against violence'
The Archbishop of Dublin said that acts of violence, like that of a pipe bomb being left in a graveyard this week, should be condemned.
# disused
Three former garda stations licensed to be used by community groups
How the closed garda stations should be used is decided by the OPW, which is engaging with 64 interested groups across the country.
Column: In Ethiopia, ordinary Irish people doing extraordinary things in difficult circumstances
National Volunteering Week ends today. Here Donnacha Maguire, who is in Ethiopia, tells us about some of the work being done by Irish volunteers in the country.
# Social Media
Committee to hear about bullying on social media
The hearing is one of a series on social media use in Ireland.
# Funding
TD says Hogan has neglected scheme for disadvantaged urban areas
The Minister has said the phasing out of city council and development boards will have implications for the programme.
Column: Why internet trolls exist and why they're unlikely to go away
Ciarán Mc Mahon writes on the theories behind internet trolling and explains why, as long as there is a free and open internet, they’re probably not going to go away.
Column: Ireland needs to regain that elusive feelgood factor
For economic recovery we must first lift the national mood, writes Ruairi Devlin – and the arts can help do that.
# policing
Garda Commissioner: Station closures will affect areas but communities can help reduce crime
Martin Callinan says the closure of Garda stations will affect communities – but that plans were in place to minimise the impact of such changes.