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Siptu’s organiser for the agriculture, ingredients, food and drink sector Michael Browne said  many of the union’s members working at other meat-processing facilities had been told they would be paid as normal for downtime during Storm Emma. File photograph: Getty Images

One of the leading meat-processing companies in the Republic has forced employees to sacrifice two days of annual leave because it was unable to open (...)

The  people  who engaged with homeless services for the first time during  the snow storm included people sleeping in cars, squats and, in one case, in their place of work

About 70 homeless people who got emergency beds during last week’s severe weather had not been engaging with homeless services before the storm. They (...)

Sir Richard Wallace aged 70. Photograph: Copyright The Wallace Collection

They are first and foremost places to watch the river of life float by, to enjoy a busking troubadour or catch a whiff of Gauloises smoke. The public (...)

School children around the world are being exposed on a daily basis to cigarette advertising and promotions by a tobacco industry that needs to recrui(...)

Research demonstrates that many young people value the place of religious education in schools. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about religious education. Last month, Minister for Education Richard Bruton published a circular setting out new arrangements for c(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

File image of Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in his office at Leinster House. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has attacked the leadership of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, accusing him of being obsessed with spin and stepping back in(...)

Laura Colleran  and her family. “After four years in Galway we are still in a state of transition, paying ridiculously high prices for car insurance and little advancement up the property ladder”

“Cost of car insurance is gonna force us back to Australia”... “Getting social welfare was impossible”... “Work experience abroad disregarded”... “App(...)

Bedroom details from Hunter’s Yard, Kilkenny.

If you haven’t stayed in a hotel lately, you are in for a big surprise. All over Ireland hotels are refurbishing and renovating after 10 languid years(...)

Italy’s Five Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo with party leader Luigi Di Maio in Rome ahead of elections where they took a 32 per cent share of the vote. Photograph:  Tony Gentile/Reuters

Last Monday Matteo Renzi, Italy’s former prime minister, announced, as results of the general election still rolled in, that he is resigning as leader(...)

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