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The Keenaghan clan celebrating Christmas in Sydney.

I popped into the travel agent near the city in Sydney yesterday, to grab a brochure on Japan. I was next in line after a young couple who were trying(...)

Spike Island

Ireland’s answer to Alcatraz has scooped second place in the World Travel Awards coming in ahead of such world famous landmarks as the Great Wall of C(...)

Tusla figures show that 60% of reports are closed after preliminary screening and before initial assessment, and of the remainder 54% are subsequently closed. Photograph: Getty Images

The Children First Act 2017, which will be fully commenced on December 11th, 2017, will be claimed by the Government as landmark legislation. It is pa(...)

Mary McSwiney: ‘One of the great things about Ireland and the UK being in the European Union was, that instead of focusing on individual nationalities and our differences, we focused instead on what we had in common.’

I’m not a British citizen, I can’t vote in the UK, hold a UK passport or pronounce yogurt in that weird way British people do. Yet over the past decad(...)

Neil O’Sullivan in Bondi, Sydney

Neil O’Sullivan has packed a lot of living into the years since he moved to Australia. “I left Ireland on New Year’s Eve 2011. It wasn’t just one th(...)

Dealz is ultimately owned by South African-based Steinhoff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dealz parent Steinhoff has lost more than $12 billion (€10.2bn) off its value since it revealed “accounting irregularities” and parted ways with its (...)

One of three Christmas 2017 stamps issued by An Post, featuring original artwork by Liz Rackard

If you’ve got friends or family living abroad, and you’d like to send them a Christmas card or gift, you’d better get your skates on. Today is the l(...)

Tracy Clark and partner Justyna Greinart embrace in Melbourne’s Federation Square as it is announced same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The Australian people have created a “powerful and historic” moment in their history and should take ownership for the positive change they have broug(...)

Liberal MP Warren Entsch (centre) hugs Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (left) after the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coach/EPA

Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed almost unanimously through parliament ju(...)

Fagin’s law: adults in the Australian state of Victoria face up to 10 years in prison for luring children into burglary and other criminal activity. Photograph: E+/Getty

Legislation to prosecute adults who groom children to commit crimes should be enacted as soon as possible, according to the Government’s special rappo(...)

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