Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the (...)

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Former US senator George Mitchell described the Good Friday Agreement, which he chaired, as one day of success which had been preceded by “700 days of failure”. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

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Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

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Cavan’s Paul Brady beat  Cork’s Killian Carroll 21-8, 21-2 to win his fifth successive world title in Calgary, Canada on Friday night.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paul Brady cemented his legacy as the greatest handball player the sport has ever seen with an unprecedented fifth successive world title in Calgary, (...)

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