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Living in poverty negatively affects nearly all aspects of a child’s life. It increases their risk of illness and premature death. They are at higher risk of obesity and more likely to suffer chronic health conditions. They are far more likely than to live in bad housing, which affects their physical and mental health and their performance at school. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

“People don’t talk about how much they’re struggling because of the shame... There are so many disadvantaged children in this country, and it’s hidden(...)

Lot: 170: Miss Dorothy Styles by Sir William Orpen, €45,276-€67,914, Sotheby’s

Forthcoming auctions Until January 21st: Morgan O’Driscoll Online Irish Art Auction, 251 works, including Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and Evie Ho(...)

The longest delays were in the southeast of the country: almost 23,000 children and adolescents are waiting on an appointment. File photograh: Getty Images

Tens of thousands of children are languishing on dental waiting lists, many “suffering through pain and infections”, Fianna Fáil’s health spokesman St(...)

The latest report of the Corncrake Conservation Project indicates that the number of calling males in Ireland last year was 151, up 11 on the previous year. File image:  Andy Hay/RSPB/PA Wire.

One swallow does not a summer make; neither does a modest annual increase in the number of corncrakes after years of decline. But latest report of t(...)

There will be an address from President Michael D Higgins in the Round Room of the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

January 21st Members of the Dáil and the Seanad will meet in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, where the first public mee(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Spawning salmon. Photograph: Getty

Temperatures in Irish lakes and rivers during last summer’s heatwave reached lethal levels for fish species, notably salmon and trout, according to In(...)

The National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education has set a target of raising the number of Travellers at third level to 80 by next year, but concedes it may be difficult to achieve this. Image: Higher Education Authority

Just 1 per cent of Traveller children progress to third-level education compared with more than half of the wider community, latest figures show. The(...)

Gardaí have issued an appeal for information after a man in his 20s was taken to hospital with head injuries following a serious assault in Co Offaly.(...)

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said in total 8,000 European local authorities will be able to benefit from the scheme between now and 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities which will receive funding for free wifi hotspots in public spaces have been named by the European Commission. The EU is making €1(...)

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