Newbridge College, Kildare, is phasing in a total ban on smartphones for first and second year students. The success of the measure will be evaluated at a later date.  Senior students Meabh Breen and Rob Scully (foreground), with first years Kallie Walsh and Eanna Sherlock in the background. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s the big switch-off. Last month, France’s education ministry introduced a smartphone ban after lawmakers passed what they called a “detox” law for(...)

Almost $6.5 billion (€5.6 billion) worth of Tilray shares traded hands on US exchanges on Wednesday, second only to Amazon’s $7.6 billion - a stock almost 47 times the size of Tilray’s $20 billion market valuation

In perhaps the wildest day yet for the nascent legal cannabis trade, shares in Tilray took a ride reminiscent of the Bitcoin craze and even the height(...)

The land bank is capable of housing major logistics and industrial buildings

A strategic industrial land bank at Little Connell in Newbridge, Co Kildare, is new to the market this week at 11 million through joint agents Lisney (...)

Sharon Tate: murdered by followers of Charles Manson in 1969 when she was over eight months pregnant. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Clothes worn by actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by followers of Charles Manson in 1969, are among a collection of personal items that will featu(...)

Almost 13 years after Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions, the Government is seemingly getting around to it

Almost 13 years after Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions, the Government is seemingly getting around to it. More tha(...)

Deirdre Jacob, 20 years ago. The Co Kildare teenager vanished on July 28th, 1998, from a roadside near her home outside Newbridge.

Gardaí are profiling areas in at least two counties for initial searches as they try to recover the remains of Deirdre Jacob or find some trace of her(...)

Presenter Anne Cassin couldn’t have seemed more enthusiastic

The most endearing thing about Nationwide (RTÉ One, Wednesday, 7pm) on its midweek broadcast, was the benign assumption that anyone was watching at al(...)

The Irish Times has completed the acquisition of all of the publishing and media interests of the Cork-based Landmark Media group, which owns the Irish Examiner newspaper and other titles. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Times has completed the acquisition of all of the publishing and media interests of the Cork-based Landmark Media group, which owns the Iris(...)

Hotel Grotta Giusti in Tuscany

Puffin package The Faroe Islands’ newest boutique hotel, Hotel Havgrim, offers guests an up-close look at the puffins, who make their home here each (...)

Two Church of Ireland bishops’ attendance at Gafcon has been described as  “an absolute disgrace”. Photograph: iStock

Attendance by two Church of Ireland bishops at the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) meeting in Jerusalem last week has provoked(...)

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