Kaci Hickox returns to her home  after going for a bike ride with boyfriend.  Photograph: Ashley L Conti/Reuters

An American nurse at the centre of a dispute about how the US should respond to Ebola has defied a quarantine by leaving her home for a bike ride, pa(...)

President Michael D Higgins said   ‘as a nation we remain very conscious of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have left these shores over so many years, often reluctantly’. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

People in Europe should never forget that their countries developed by exporting millions of their people to other continents, President Michael D Hig(...)

The shooting victim’s mother Kathy Cirillo watches members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders carrying the casket of her son, Canadian Corporal Nathan Cirillo, after his regimental funeral service in Hamilton today. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA 1:51

Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined the streets in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada today for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last wee(...)

‘The arrival of a third child is not associated with an increase in the parents’ happiness, but this is not to suggest they are any less loved than their older siblings,’ the researchers said. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The birth of a first and second child briefly increases their parents’ level of happiness, but welcoming a third child does not.The level of happiness(...)

The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

Tony Mangan at Machu Picchu in Peru

Friday afternoon, driving down the N11, trying to find the man who has run around the world. Because if Tony Mangan is for real he must be at least se(...)

 Premier Lotteries Ireland has been holding seminars to train retail agents on how to use the new Photon ticket terminals.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The big switch to a new-look National Lottery will take place next month or in December. The lottery’s new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI),(...)

A solo transatlantic sailor was accompanied by the RNLI lifeboat to the Aran Isalnds in gale-force winds this evening. The Aran Island lifeboat, under(...)

Kevin Vickers, sergeant at arms for the House of Commons  in Ottawa,  reacts to a long-standing ovation  on Thursday Photograph:  Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld/AP

Ottawa is one of those rather sleepy new-world capitals, chosen as a centre of administration due to its strategic position on the border between Onta(...)

Manchester United captain  Wayne Rooney in action. A number of travel agents  arrange trips to see the team play at Old Trafford.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
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