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

Protesters on Dublin’s O Connell Street earlier this month demonstrating against Isreal attacks on Gaza. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigner says decision ‘disgraceful’ while Israel ambassador criticises rights council

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needs to collect 3,000 donations a week and has called on people to make a particular effort to give blood during the summer.

Transfusion service says reduced usage of blood by hospitals is forcing it to cut costs

The word ‘sexting’ which has been included in the latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary. The publishers say the inclusion of a new word or term heralds its acceptance into formal speech. ‘A word must demonstrate a lasting influence on a language in order to avoid short lived or faddy expressions being admitted.’

Thirteenth edition of Chambers reflects society’s increasingly casual approach to sex

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have been arrested after attempting to search two planes at Shannon airport which they believed are being by the US military. Photograph: PA handout from Shannon Watch

Independent TDs detained while trying to inspect US military craft

The equality officer said the two graduates who were shortlisted for interview were not members of the Teaching Council

City of Dublin VEC cited department circular as reason for not shortlisting man for interview

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