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A satellite image shows the location of Hillbrook Lower in Co Wicklow, northwest of Gorey in Co Wexford. File photograph: Google Street View

A motorcyclist was killed on Monday afternoon in a crash in Co Wicklow. The 23-year-old came off his motorcycle at Hillbrook Lower on the R748 near (...)

Affluence disparities in Ireland  are most stark in large urban areas, with the greatest gap in Dublin. While Dublin 2, described as “very affluent” scores 22.5, Darndale on the northside of the capital is “very disadvantaged” and scores -21.5, a gap of 44 points on the scale. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The concentration of rural poverty around small towns across the State is laid bare in the latest national deprivation index, published on Thursday by(...)

Edward Dowse (85) from Wicklow  competing in the Special Horse Class on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For Edward Dowse, competing in the National Ploughing Championships at the age of 85 is something of an act of thanksgiving. It is, in no small part(...)

Siptu division organiser Paul Bell: “It is clear that substantial capital investment is urgently required for the construction and refurbishment of existing ambulance bases.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Inadequate and antiquated equipment is one of the critical factors contributing to growing waiting lists and the cancellation of elective surgeries, (...)

 The HSE estimates   77 new emergency vehicles will be needed in the next five years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Only about a quarter of the country’s ambulance stations are fit for purpose, the Health Service Executive has estimated. In an internal assessment, t(...)

The Cutting Edge programme was said to include “patronising, ill informed, ignorant and insensitive comments” which should have been challenged by host Brendan O’Connor.

Two Church of Ireland women priests have taken strong exception to a portrayal of the church as “watered down Catholicism” on Wednesday night’s RTÉ On(...)