Trainers Jim Bolger (left) and Dermot Weld at by NUI Galway yesterday where honorary doctorates were conferred on them by  Dr Jim Browne, president  of NUIG. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald the fastest celebrity in the west, but President and O’Neill pause to chat

Jane Mulranny, wife of owner Philip Hackett, with winner Most Peculiar  at Ballybrit today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Higgins arrives on day three of the races with Minister for Justice also in attendance

The crowd at Ballybrit Galway races yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

JP McManus comes up trumps with first two winners

Sema Opad and Amy Opad, from Saudi at the Galway races this evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Second day of racing in Ballybrit underway

A Muslim woman and children at an ice-cream van at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, during the festival of Eid-al-Fitr. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

About 2,500 people attend event at Clonskeagh mosque to mark end of Ramadan

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

Merged NGO says they need to pool resources if they are to make a significant difference

Making hay while the sun shines: Anneliese Hogan (13 yesterday) at Mount Maulin farm, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Carlow tops temperature charts with highs of 27.7 degrees recorded, Met Éireann confirms

A one day strike by Siptu workers at Iarnród Éireann is due to take place on August 25th after the rail company said it will implement cost saving measures.

One-day stoppage and work to rule are a response by staff to cost-saving measures

A dole queue on Bishop Street, Dublin. The 2014 UN Human Development report calls for a commitment to full employment, which it says brongs social benefits.

Development levels ‘go backwards’ for first time in Ireland, Greece and Spain

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