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Hamad Arshad with his daughters  Suakyna (8), Shaane-Zahra (2), Urwah (4) and Libah (6) at their home in Dunboyne. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture it Photography

When Hamad Arshad first arrived in Ireland in 2002, he spent most of his free time in one specific spot – a phone box in Blanchardstown. Feeling homes(...)

Data on the school of origin of students going to further education and training is not systematically gathered and released. Photograph: iStock

Are third level progression charts a flawed and limited metric? Or do they provide valuable information to parents and guardians? The answer to both q(...)

Overall third-level dropout rates for students who do a level five QQI course are less than 3%, compared to up to 10% in universities. File photograph: iStock

Most students in a sample of schools which had a low progression rate to third level but who went on to attend a Further Education (FE) college are pr(...)

Aramark has presided over a mass exit of Avoca staff since it acquired the business in 2015. Photograph: Tom Honan

Aramark and Avoca were always something of an odd match. The US property, retail and services group and the darling of Ireland’s foodie scene. At its(...)

Gardai move Trucks to the side to allow a Luas to pass at Dawson Street as a protest against fuel prices takes place. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A protest by a large group of truckers and hauliers against rising fuel prices caused significant traffic disruption around Dublin on Wednesday. The (...)

Yeronga and  Trinity Homes have been involved in building houses for a number of local authorities and the housing charity Cluid. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two accountants, appointed to find a way forward through examinership for two insolvent building firms, are to investigate a number of matters of conc(...)

 St Judes Tom Lahiff is tackled by  Adam Caul of Round Towers Lusk  during the Dublin SFC clash at Parnell Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Hurler of the Year favourite Cian Lynch is on the brink of yet more success after powering Patrickswell through to the Limerick SHC final. Lynch was(...)

The Meath players celebrate after their All-Ireland victory. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

MEATH 1-11 DUBLIN 0-12 There are crazy odds and expectations around some All-Ireland finals and rarely have they been defied the like this one. In w(...)

Meath’s Vikki Wall celebrates after the All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After her first year on the Meath senior team, back in 2015, Vikki Wall would have been forgiven for concluding that life was far too short to be play(...)

The Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork city – former children’s home operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. Photograph: Provision

A pharmaceutical firm is to provide an “enhanced information service” for former residents of mother and baby homes regarding vaccine trials that took(...)

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