Desmond O’Grady and Margaret Hayes from Limerick at the launch of the Beckett Centenary Festival at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins leads tributes to Limerick-born Aosdána member

 Former Waterford Crystal workers during  a Unite rally outside Leinster House in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Five years since factory closed

Almost one in five teachers say they have seen an increase in the number of children arriving at school hungry over the past year

Teachers bringing food to school for children who are regularly hungry

Out-of-use ticket machines and blank information boards at Heuston Station yesterday as the two-day rail strike begins. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Motorists advised to allow more time than normal for car journeys

The VAT rate for tourism-related services was reduced from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent in July 2011. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Report claims exchequer made €433m in social welfare savings from rate

Concerns about the welfare of the young woman at the centre of the latest abortion controversy were raised with two State bodies by Spirasi

Support group says Department of Justice and HSE were told of concerns

Prof Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc and Martin O’Halloran, chief executive of the Health and Safety Authority at the National Conference on Farm Safety and Health in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

HSA chief suggests ‘zero tolerance’ policy on exposing children to risk

Brendan Greenan from Monaghan preparing a Holstein Friesian calf for judging at the Virgina Show. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Show watched on the internet by Cavan emigrants

The IFA says cattle prices have fallen €200-€400 per head since this time last year

British retailers looking for younger beef

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