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A shop for sale beside the clock tower in Youghal, Co Cork. Photograph: David Sleator

There are dark shadows looming over the economic prospects and cultural qualities of the small towns and villages throughout the country. Local shops (...)

The Tit Bonhomme, which sank last year near the mouth of Glandore Harbour in Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has promised a change to the existing system of responding to 999 emergency telephone calls in marine incidents.Ho(...)

The way 999 calls are responded to depends on the state of the patient. Clinical status 1 (Echo) calls involve life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks or respiratory issues, while clinical status 1 (Delta) calls involve other life-threatening emergencies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It is every parent’s nightmare: your child has just had a serious accident and yet when you dial 999 you are told no ambulance is available or that on(...)

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