Second year students at Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Co Limerick  took part in a Critical Thinking Module for Junior Cycle Students. Photo: Don Moloney/Press 22

Not since Plato started writing about Socrates has critical thinking been so fashionable. One of the cornerstones of the new junior cycle framework(...)

Say hello, wave goodbye: the Stena Explorer arrives in Dún Laoghaire for the first time, in 1996. Photograph: Joe St Leger 2:00

Alistair Rumball is good at making a splash or two, as marine co-ordinator for films such as The Guard and Saving Private Ryan. The Sky television ser(...)

The Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner on a one day visit to Dun Laoghaire last year. The south Dublin port is hoping to emulate the success of Copenhagen by attracting more such cruise ships. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dun Laoghaire is hoping to emulate the success of Copenhagen by positioning itself as a destination for cruise ships.The Danish capital attracts about(...)

Robert Guest of 
The Economist
, who told the conference that cheap flights and new communication methods were changing the nature of global migration. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish diaspora is a valuable resource to Ireland but its support cannot be taken for granted, a conference in Dublin heard(...)