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A bow-tied Bill Gates arrives at a London business banquet, all in the name of his foundation’s bid to eradicate malaria. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Image of the week: Banquet Bill Apart from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ongoing efforts to combat a resurgence in malaria, there weren’t(...)

Bumblebee cottage, in Killybegs, Co Donegal

Cottage cool For those considering a stay in Ireland’s coolest county this summer, look to Bumblebee cottage, Killybegs, Co Donegal. Overlooking Blue(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty:  said Ireland should follow the lead of Finland and Norway and make paternity leave mandatory. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government plans to introduce two weeks’ paid parental leave in this year’s budget and will aim to increase it every year for the next number of y(...)

Artist Niamh McCann with Sophie  in her D8 home. Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Niamh McCann is an artist whose work includes sculpture, installation, video and painting. After a foundation course in NCAD she completed a BA in Fin(...)

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: the final decision on whether to extradite him from Germany to Spain will be taken by the higher regional court in Kiel. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will spend Easter in a northern German prison – and possibly much longer – as courts there decide how to ac(...)

A protester gestures as he walks past riot police officers during clashes at a demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday night after Catalonia’s former president was arrested by German police. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Riot police clashed with protesters on Sunday evening in Barcelona, hours after ex-Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was detained near the German-Da(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: wants to increase the number of young people taking apprenticeships. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of young people opting to pursue apprenticeships climbed by almost 25 per cent last year, new figures show. The sharp growth comes as poli(...)

Mincon chief executive Joe Purcell, centre, with former Chilean ambassador to Ireland Leonel Searle (left) and John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

Irish engineering group Mincon reported stronger profit for 2017, with earnings and revenue ahead of expectations. The company, which specialises in (...)

Sarah Fitzgibbon and her daughter Poppy.

Sarah Fitzgibbon’s youngest daughter Poppy was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy at 13 months. Now 11 years old, Poppy has profound and multiple l(...)

Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

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