Field work: cutting sugar cane in Zambia. Photograph: Jason Larkin/Panos/ActionAid

The receptionist in the spacious light-filled atrium of No 2, Grand Canal Square hasn’t heard of the company. He makes some calls. After about half an(...)

Into the west: Ennis has the highest pass rates for the driving test, followed by Sligo,  Tuam, Clifden and Roscommon. Dublin has the lowest. Photograph by Frank Miller

Want to increase your chances of passing the driving test? Avoid the capital and head west. That’s if driving test pass rates over recent years are(...)

Among the areas where health services are under serious pressure are hospital emergency departments and maternity services, while there are also growing waiting lists for vital procedures and primary care. File photograph: Getty Images

The head of the HSE has privately warned the Government that patients will face clinical risks this year due to funding shortages for health services.(...)

Proud Corkman Carl O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I realised this on a blind date many years ago. My date, a Dub, confessed that, no, she had never in fact visited the real capital. Not only that, but(...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

The number of people seeking asylum in the EU is set to reach its highest point in almost two decades, with the largest number coming from war-torn(...)

Mountain View centre in Newbridge: inspectors said some staff lacked mandatory training and sufficient safeguards to prevent potential abuse of vulnerable residents.

A residential centre for people with disabilities, run by the head of a Health Service Executive inquiry into abuse at the Áras Attracta care centre (...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan giving a joint Budget 2015 press conference at Government Buildings in October 2014. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Measures contained in Budget 2015 are unlikely to make significant inroads into poverty levels over the coming year, according to research by the Depa(...)

There was  good news for Toyota when the top 10 best-selling cars of 2009 underwent the NCT in 2013 - this being the first required test for cars, at four years old. The compact Yaris came out on top (87 per cent pass rate). File photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Toyota, the car brand of choice for taxi drivers, sales reps and nuclear families, might just be the most reliable car on the road. That’s if the resu(...)

The NCT centre at Font Hill Road, Dublin. The average pass rate per centre is 48 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:13

More cars than ever are failing the National Car Test (NCT) new figures show. A total of 52 per cent of cars – or more than 650,000 – did not p(...)