Annual report shows 13,763 files were referred to office last year compared to a high of 16,144 in 2008

 The Asgard in 1961 after the yacht was bought by the government. Photograph: Trinity College Dublin

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Victor Edmonds with a Christmas card sent home by his grandfather Samuel Edmonds during the World War I Roadshow in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The hugely successful event was a day of excitement, emotion and revelation

Trinity College to host “informative and thought-provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One”.Photograph: Frank Miller

College to host a series of lectures, tours and ‘pop-up’ talks

Palestinian farmer Basem Bani Jaber inspects his property which Palestinians said was burnt by Jewish settlers in in the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus this week.

Israel has occupied certain lands in contravention of international law, says DFA website

Minister for Development Joe Costello said Ireland continued to deliver substantial overseas assistance during difficult financial times in part because of “strong legacy reasons going back to the famine”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Overseas assistance declines slightly as percentage of GNP

A security guard walks in front of the Planalto Palace In Brasilia as it is lit up in the colours of the Brazilian national flag ahead of the World Cup. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

It’s a bit like 1960s G-Plan furniture: interesting, kitsch and rather soulless

 On the road: Peter Murtagh and Geoff Hill on their 2,800 km round trip from Rio de Janeiro by motorbike

Soon it will be all about football, but in search of other goals, Peter Murtagh put on his leathers and set out on a 2,800km round(...)

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