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Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mary Lou McDonald is poised to be appointed Sinn Féin president after two of the main contenders confirmed they would not take part in a contest. Fina(...)

The Dublin at Christmas procession on  Grafton Street as the city’s Christmas lights are switched on. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

“Sanyt €5” a sign propped up outside the pop-up grotto in the cab of a horse and carriage on College Green reads. “You’re after spelling Santy wrong,(...)

Rathnew players celebrate after beating St Vincents  in the AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Ah, we didn’t want to go to the stupid World Cup anyway. And as for hosting the rugby version, having a rag-tag collection of old British colonies dro(...)

“The private sector is only building for the top 20 per cent of the market.” Photograph: iStock

There has been “consistent” underperformance by all local authorities in building social housing, according to new figures obtained by The Irish Times(...)

Homeless people are “quite happy to continue with the chaotic lifestyle they have”, Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Eileen Gleeson said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volunteer groups who are only handing out food and clothing on the streets to long-term homeless people are not helping them, a senior local authority(...)

IDER: pastoral and pop

What: Come together in sweet harmony Where: UK Why: The London-based duo of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville have steadily grown their reputation wi(...)

Affluence disparities in Ireland  are most stark in large urban areas, with the greatest gap in Dublin. While Dublin 2, described as “very affluent” scores 22.5, Darndale on the northside of the capital is “very disadvantaged” and scores -21.5, a gap of 44 points on the scale. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The concentration of rural poverty around small towns across the State is laid bare in the latest national deprivation index, published on Thursday by(...)

 Dr Brian Farrell  said that CSO data uses coroner data but that it should be possible to apply the balance of probabilities or clinical test in researching statistics to provide a more accurate count on the number of suicides every year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Official statistics on suicides are not accurate and should include deaths where suicide is considered on a balance of probabilities, former Dublin Ci(...)

The Dublin 2 district Mansion House B, which encompasses Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square is described as “very affluent”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leafy Dublin 2 is the most affluent area in Ireland, while St Mary’s Park in Limerick city is the most disadvantaged, data published on Thursday will (...)

Sharon Groarke,  Bernie Kirwan and Catherine Wallace, support nurses at Hope Cancer Support Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Being diagnosed with cancer can be the biggest shock of your life and coping with treatment and recovery is often a lonely journey – even if you are s(...)

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