Student Universal Support Ireland said it had received more than 100,000 applications for 2014-2015 and expected to award approximately 73,000 grants for this academic year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Almost three-quarters of third-level students due to receive a grant this year have been awarded their funding, according to the student grant awardin(...)

The Criminal Courts of Justice building on  Parkgate Street, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on a social network site after he claimed to be 19 has had been given a three and a half year (...)