The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were  no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 doctors graduating each year. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The recruitment embargo introduced by the HSE in 2009 meant there were absolutely no staff jobs in the health service for the 1,500 nurses and 727 (...)

Aleksandra Mir’s Plane Landing, from the exhibition Magnetism

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Downward curve: Western Australia is seeing a slowdown in mining. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

The number of Irish people returning to live in their native country last year was a lot lower than many anticipated. Just 12,100 Irish moved back (...)

Geoffrey O’Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada If I go by all the news coming from the Government on the growth of the economy, I would say, yes, ther(...)

Family reunion: Bernadette O'Donnell and her daughter Maureen will fly to Edmonton to meet Brian, Aidan and John (pictured). A fourth brother, Peter, will have moved to Canada by the time they arrive.

Bernadette O'Donnell has waved goodbye to four sons over the past three years, as they scattered to Canada and Australia after work dried up in the(...)

An   artist’s impression of a newly discovered horned dinosaur which scientists named “Regaliceratops peterhewsi”. The fossil was found along a Canadian river bank where it was entombed for 68 million years. Photograph: Julius T Csotonyi/Royal Tyrrell Museum/Reuters

Scientists had tough time getting the remarkable fossil of a dinosaur they dubbed “Hellboy” out of the hard limestone along a Canadian river bank wher(...)

Aoife O’Connor: ‘I love the openness around us and the opportunity to spread our wings. There is plenty of room for the bears and wild horses to live alongside us humans.’

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A combination photo shows a sequence of an explosion erupting from a CSX Corp train derailment in Mount Carbon, West Virginia February 16th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Steve Keenan

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Georgia Gaden Jones: ‘When I stand on the pier in Dun Laoghaire and look out at the sea, that feeling, and my longing for it when I am away, is what it is to me to be Irish.’

I left Ireland in the spring of 1999, when the Celtic Tiger was in full voice, for “a year in Australia”. One thing led to another, and I wound up (...)

Members of the coroner’s office remove a body from one of three crime scenes where a total of nine people were found dead in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters

A man with a lengthy criminal record killed six adults and two young children before taking his own life in Edmonton, Alberta, in what a police chief (...)