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Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

Astrid Gundersen  (3), from Swords, at the Friends of the Earth protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday as the joint Oireachtas environment committee began hearings on the Waste Reduction Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are strong indications that legislation for a mandatory “deposit return scheme” in Ireland for plastic bottles and a ban on single-use plastic m(...)

More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher c(...)

A  head of cauliflower rubbed in a red spicy sauce  in a cast-iron pan ready to be roasted

To me eating less meat each week is an obligation as opposed to a trend, although it’s nice to see recent trends of a new type of veganism and vegetar(...)

Last year the Dublin institute lobbied the department for funding to set up a forum for sharing information and planning strategies to deal with the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.  Photograph: Brian O’Leary/RollingNews.ie

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed reservations about a proposal from the Institute of International and European Affairs think tank to set (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at UN Post 2-45 where Irish troops are serving in Lebanon. Photograph: Jack Power

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar began his trip of the Irish peacekeeping troops in south Lebanon on Friday, visiting UN post 2-45, the main outpost for Irish D(...)

Annual inflation for the European Union ran slightly ahead of inflation for the euro area at 1.8 per cent in November. Photograph: iStock

The price of consumer goods across the euro zone increased by 1.5 per cent in the year to November. Figures from Eurostat show the lowest rates of i(...)

Lightneer’s Peter Vesterbacka and some of the characters from ‘Big Bang Legends’.

Given how notoriously reserved the Finns are, it is highly possible you may not know just how successful their gaming sector is. But even they can’t h(...)

 The Irish flag is lowered outside the GPO by Army personnel last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland contributes more to the prosperity and equality of the world than any other country relative to the size of its economy, a new report has stat(...)

Family with children riding husky dogs sledge in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

To many, the Nordic countries have come to represent a near-mythical paradise of gender equality and family harmony, where legions of happy fathers pu(...)

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