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Evelyn Holland and her son Ben (4) in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. Holland decided to postpone sending Ben to primary school until he turned five. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

When Evelyn Holland’s son Ben turned four last April, she had every intention of sending him to school the following September. “He is very tall, I t(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds: with Conservatives, they argue the backstop would split the North economically and constitutionally from the rest of the UK.  Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA

Northern Ireland officials would be consulted on changing EU rules every month in a joint EU-UK working group under a post-Brexit “backstop” being wor(...)

Theresa May and members of her Cabinet in her country retreat Chequers in July 2018. Photograph: Joel Rouse via Getty Images

What is this plan? The Chequers Plan was tabled by British prime minister Theresa May at Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat north west of(...)

EU environmental policy has had a global impact and enabled member states to achieve what they could not do alone, Nigel Haigh, honorary fellow of the Institute for European Environmental Policy has said. File photograph: iStock

Ireland will suffer environmentally because of Brexit, as the UK’s departure from the EU will undermine effective environmental management in place on(...)

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley said the take up of consumer electric vehicles was at “a snail’s pace” and that the issue of “range anxiety” was a major disincentive. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

“Green” buses will be tested on routes in Dublin and Cork from next month as part of plans to drastically cut carbon emissions in the public transport(...)

Demonstrators protest  against the arrest of Riace mayor Domenico  Lucano, in Rome, Italy. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

A town mayor in the south of Italy, who is known for his innovative approach to welcoming asylum seekers, was put under house arrest on Tuesday for al(...)

Aisling Glynn: “We all feel the need to get away sometimes. Since acquiring a disability, I have felt this more.”

There’s life before the wheelchair and life after the wheelchair. The wheelchair changes your life. When I started writing this column, I thought abou(...)

Street protest in  Sao Paulo against Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right presidential candidate. Photograph: Victor Moriyama/Getty

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets this weekend to protest against far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro who leads opin(...)

Green bin for recycling household domestic waste material in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Calls for the State to take back control of household waste collection have been made following publication of a major review of the sector commission(...)

Lykke Li headlining the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway. Photogrph: Helge Brekke

Sigrid, Tove Lo, Tove Styrke, Astrid S, Alma, MØ, Icona Pop, Zara Larsson, Seinabo Sey, Aurora. Recognise any of these names? You should. A wave of Sc(...)

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