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Eric O’Byrne, volunteer at Childline, says  the home can become an unsafe place for many children over Christmas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

This was the year that we were all told to stay home; that staying in would mean we were safe and protected. However, for many children in Ireland, th(...)

 The coffin arrives at St Agatha’s Church, North William Street, Dublin  for the funeral of actor Jean Costello. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

The funeral of Fair City actress Jean Costello, who played Rita Doyle in the series, has heard she was “the life and soul of the party” and “would alw(...)

Mr Justice Max Barrett in the High Court had said the Minister for Justice’s discretionary practice of allowing applicants six weeks out of the country, for holidays or other reasons,  is not permitted by section 15.1 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2015. File photograph: Getty

The Minister for Justice has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a “very restrictive” High Court finding, saying it means with “very, very few excep(...)

British Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell has  said it would be common practice to see MPs whipped to support party policy, but said he understood the difficulties such a decision could pose for MPs in pro-Leave constituencies. File photograph: Getty Images

Britain’s Labour party will whip its MPs to back a second Brexit referendum rather than offer a free vote, its shadow chancellor John McDonnell, has s(...)

Former Polish honorary consul in Monaco Wojciech Janowski hides his face as he leaves a police station by car in Nice, France today. He is suspected as the mastermind behind the killing of his mother-in-law Helene Pastor, one of Europe’s wealthiest women. Photograph: EPA.

The son-in-law of a wealthy Monaco heiress shot dead last month was placed under investigation by a French judge on suspicion of having ordered the ki(...)