PEOPLE who want to adopt a baby abroad are increasingly finding the children are older and sometimes have special needs.
The fast-changing realities of foreign adoption are outlined in a new report published today by the Donaldson Adoption Institute.
It said international adoption is moving from a robust but largely unmonitored process, into a smaller but better-regulated system.
LICENCE SERVICE STALLS
THE new National Driving Licence Service was hit with a number of problems on its first day of service. Service at seven centres in the west and north-west were disrupted because of an IT problem while there was a 20-minute delay on the phone service in Cork.
Brian Farrell of the Road Safety Authority said it couldn't anticipate all potential problems until they actually went live. "The important thing is we move quickly when they're identified," he said.
ALMOST €10,000 worth of illegal fireworks have been seized in an early morning raid on a market.
Gardai seized a substantial quantity of illegal fireworks on market stands and in traders' vehicles at Kilmallock Mart, Co Limerick, at about 8am yesterday. Five people were questioned in relation to the seizure, and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
€370k drugs raid
OFFICERS from Revenue's Customs Service seized drugs with a total street value of €370,000 over the weekend at Dublin airport.
On Friday, a male UK national was detained and found to have ingested 0.5kg of cocaine in pellet form with a street value of €35,000. On Monday, officers discovered 16.76kg of herbal cannabis with a street value of €335,000 in the baggage of a South African national.
FG BURGLARY PROBE
GARDAI are investigating an attempted burglary at Fine Gael party's headquarters in Dublin city centre over the bank holiday weekend. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning and was reported to gardai at 8am on Saturday. No arrests have been made.
ARMY HELP IN RESCUE
MOUNTAIN rescuers had to call on the Army for help when carrying out a rescue of two men. The men in their 50s were out on the ring of Imaal in Wicklow on Monday when bad weather left them disorientated.
The Dublin-Wicklow and Glen of Imaal mountain rescue teams called in members of the Army shortly after 7pm.