Empathy levels and emotional intelligence are not being properly assessed under the Health Professions Admission Test (Hpat) which was introduced to make medical school more accessible to aspiring doctors. Image: Getty.

Empathy levels and emotional intelligence are not being properly assessed under the Health Professions Admission Test (Hpat) which was introduced to m(...)

Ian Bailey launching his book of poetry in the Hot Press tent at Electric Picnic Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish times

The strangest event at this year’s Electric Picnic so far was the launch at the Hot Press Chat Room of a book of poetry, The West Cork Way, by Ian Bai(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the homelessness crisis was “neither resources, nor money nor ideology. A huge amount is being done but clearly more is needed.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charities involved in helping homeless families have criticised the Minister for Housing for claiming “ideology” does not play a role in the housing c(...)

A view of the River Lee in Cork City. Photograph: File/Bryan O’Brien

The family of a homeless woman who died in a tent on the southside of Cork city on Friday have issued an appeal for privacy as they grieve their loss.(...)

“The rain here is absolute, magnificent, and frightening,” said Heinrich Böll. Above, 2014 flooding in Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty caused commotion during the week with her contention that the public services card is “mandatory but not(...)

The message has been sold successfully to women that they can have both successful careers and flourishing families

My attention was caught recently by two apparently unrelated news stories, one a March 2017 Eurostat report on EU demographics and the other a Higher (...)

Residents wade through floodwaters in Houston, Texas, US, this week. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

The US National Weather Service is not noted for alarmist pronouncements. So when it tweeted that Hurricane Harvey was unprecedented and that “al(...)

Irish Cement has said  a number of times it would continue to operate a cement factory and it was not proposing to change into an incinerator

Limerick City and County Council signed off on a €10 million plan by Irish Cement which would allow the company to burn up to 115 types of hazardous (...)

Eoin Corbett: ‘I prefer to learn by doing than by sitting down with a book’

The drums are banging loudly for college. Trinity is the best university in Ireland and everyone should aspire to attend third-level. Students might o(...)

Keeping a budgeting diary  can help  students keep track of their finances and identify areas where they can make savings. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

College is a shock to the system - and to the wallet. The majority of students have spent 17 or 18 years in the comfort of the family home. Bills are (...)