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In a world first, a drone has been used to rescue swimmers off the Australian coast. Photograph: AFP/Screengrab

A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to savi(...)

Dermot Ryan: former  head of external affairs at Amnesty International Australia and chief of staff of Australia’s Transport Worker Union

The Financial Services Union (FSU) has tapped the Irish head of external affairs at Amnesty International Australia in its search for a successor to t(...)

Ireland’s Sam Bennett suffered a mechanical problem, ending his chances in the opening leg of the Santos Tour Down Under. Photograph: Philippe/AFP/Getty Images

Having taken 14th in the sprint in his first race of the season last Sunday, the People’s Choice Classic, Sam Bennett has been further back in the fir(...)

Gangneung Ice Arena, where the Winter Olympics will be held: North Korea will send 230 cheerleaders and a 30-member taekwondo team – as well as an orchestra and half a hockey team. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Tension-weary Koreans are already calling next month’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang the “Peace Olympics” after it emerged that both Koreas will march t(...)

Invicara’s BIM Assure software is used by Irish Property Unit Trust and Ballymore Group.

Insulation specialist Kingspan is buying a stake in US software company Invicara for more than €8 million. Headquartered in Michigan, Invicara has de(...)

Visitors read signs posted in the dense woods of the Aokigahara forest in Japan.YouTube says it has removed blogger Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred. Photograph: Atsushi Tsukada/AP Photo

On December 31st, YouTube celebrity Logan Paul posted a video to his hugely popular channel from a trip to the Aokigahara forest in japan. Also known (...)

“A scourge for us is bogus self-employment and we are going to tackle that full on,” said the new Connect union. Photograph: iStock

A new 45,000-strong trade union for the construction, electrical and technical sectors has warned it will use its industrial muscle to tackle what it (...)

Siobhan Hourigan, national breastfeeding coordinator for the Health Service Executive said the evidence on the importance of breastfeeding for the health of babies, young children and mothers “has never been stronger.” Image: iStock

Women who breastfeed their babies for six months or longer can cut the risk of developing diabetes by almost half, new research by an American healthc(...)

Ministers will be asked, among other things, to reinforce our message on Brexit, Northern Ireland and the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 30 Ministers, the Attorney General and chairperson of the Dáil and Seanad will travel abroad for St Patrick’s Day. Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

Emigrants who left during the recession say they are being deterred from returning due to high fees. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was a big, game-changing announcement. On St Patrick’s Day in 2014, then minister for education Ruairi Quinn brought relief to Irish families scatt(...)

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