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In a two-child family, given that there is at least one boy, what is the probability that there are two?

A paradox is a statement that appears to contradict itself, or that is counter-intuitive. The analysis of paradoxes has led to profound developments i(...)

Shay Brennan in action for the Republic of Ireand.

Born in Manchester to parents both from Carlow, Shay Brennan was an unlikely pioneer, perhaps even a reluctant one for a time. But the Manchester Un(...)

The  EU’s request for an  office in Northern Ireland is a technical issue unnecessarily politicised by Britain. Photograph: John Thys

There’s one word no one wants to hear in Brussels: Brexit. Profound weariness has set in in the European Union capital towards Britain’s project, even(...)

People wearing facemasks in Dublin’s city centre due to Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doctors and pharmacists have raised concerns about a lack of cocooning among some over-70s who do not not understand or are not adhering to the stay a(...)

Primark has repeatedly insisted that online retailing makes no sense at its end of the market. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight once more on discount fashion retailer Primark’s decision to eschew online sales. Primark, which trade(...)

There is no food scene here – scenes haven’t breached this city’s walls: a vIew of Naples from Piazza del Plebiscito. Photograph: iStock

Barcelona and San Sebastian have long topped the gourmet getaway lists but for me the Catalan and Basque big guns both lost their charm a long time ag(...)

Billy Burns: will be looking to impress  the Ireland coaching team when Ulster face Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne v Ulster, Saturday, Stade Marcel Michelin, 2.0pm local time/1.0pm Irish time - Live on BT Sport Ulster’s resilience, the ability to(...)

 Mourneabbey players  Ciara Harrington, Róisín O’Sullivan, Rebecca Larkin, Ciara O’Sullivan, Éimear Harrington, Cathy Ann Stack, Sandra Conroy, Sile O’Callaghan and Kathryn Coakley celebrate their All-Ireland senior club championship final win over  Foxrock-Cabinteely, Dublin last year. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Fourteen years ago, Síle O’Callaghan was one of the ground breakers for Mourneabbey as they won their first All-Ireland club title at junior level. (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt acknowledges the crowd as he walks down from the coaching box after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nobody bar the ultimate winners, or in the case of Irish rugby, Brian O’Driscoll, gets to pen their own exit, and it’s particularly ironic that in ext(...)

The State’s new Land Development Agency risks engaging in speculative development and the privatisation of public assets, an Oireachtas committee will be told today. Photograph: iStock.

The State’s new Land Development Agency risks engaging in “speculative development” and the “privatisation of public assets”, an Oireachtas committee (...)

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