Disadvantaged areas are most likely to be affected by the litter problem, and they require particular and on-going encouragement and attention from council officials. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We should celebrate the progress made by most communities and local authorities in making towns and cities clean and attractive places. It instils a s(...)

Students from fee-paying schools account for between 25 and 30 per cent of new undergraduates at Trinity and UCD in the current academic year. Photograph: David Sleator

Students from fee-paying schools far more likely to attend a handful of top Dublin-based universities, according to new figures that highlight the ext(...)

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said employment growth across agency-supported businesses was more than double the national average at 7 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexit has prompted 55 companies with the potential to create up to 4,500 jobs to invest in the Republic, according to State development agency, IDA I(...)

Panic purchasing: the Christmas countdown is on.

Left it until the last minute? Here are some last minute gift ideas, plus where you can find them today. Google Home Mini €35 If you haven’t jumped(...)

Ernest Draper and his son Matthew (10), who has been expelled from his local school. “We have done everything we can to help,” says   Draper. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

Matthew Draper is 10 years old. He loves to draw. He wants to be a gamer when he grows up. But, for now, all his father wants is for him to be allowed(...)

Volunteering can have a number of personal and professional benefits

We all love a random act of kindness. It makes everyone, whether giver or beneficiary, feel good – and, if caught on smartphone, might earn sever(...)

Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, owners of Irish knitwear company Irelands Eye.  In the past six years  its business to Germany has quadrupled. Photograph: Lensmen Photographic Agency

Step into Ladage & Oelke, Hamburg’s leading upmarket men’s clothes shop since 1845, and the air is heavy with wood, leather, tradition and quality(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed  with Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan and Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann at the announcement of a €700,000 investment  in the marine data buoy network. Photograph: Darragh Kane

The ability to predict extreme weather events increasingly facing Ireland due to climate change is to be enhanced with high-tech upgrades to the marin(...)

Trish Reilly Nolan pictured with her son Alex  near their home in Athlone. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon.

Traveller and other disadvantaged children are being denied their education by having their hours at school restricted, protestors outside the Departm(...)

Over 120 mortgage debt cases in just over an hour and a half at Tullamore Circuit court

A large proportion of the repossession cases which came before a registrar’s sitting of the Circuit Court in Tullamore, Co Offaly on Tuesday, were ini(...)

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