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Emma Prunty with her daughter in Sandycove in 2007, in one of the first photographs she posted on Facebook.

I have been tempted to join the hordes who are abandoning Facebook this week in fierce protest at the revelations of data leaking in the Cambridge Ana(...)

A long boat  at the Viking Ship Museum in  Oslo, Norway

We know it all about the Vikings. We’ve seen the TV series; we’ve had the craic on the Viking Splash tour. We’ve seen the scrap of Viking wall in Dubl(...)

Bad Wolves is something of a heavy metal super group comprising five members who had been in previous bands

On the night of Sunday, January 14th Tommy Vext went to bed “like a kid on Christmas Eve” knowing The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan was ab(...)

ESRI research professor Kieran McQuinn said it was “practically impossible” to estimate sustainable growth with the current set of national accounts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have been urged to adopt a separate set of national accounts to weed out the statistical noise (...)

Løksøya, or Light Island

Like all crazy ideas, we found our private island on the internet. It didn’t come complete with a golden beach and Michelin-starred chef ready to cate(...)

Protesting farmers outside the Dail in 2013. The Fórsa trade union is unhappy that members cannot claim tax relief on subscriptions when, it says, members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) can. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Trade unions are to seek the re-introduction of tax relief on subscriptions paid by their members. In a submission to an Oireachtas committee on Wedn(...)

The networks will not only be free for users but, under the rules of the scheme, must also be free of advertising and free of personal data harvesting. Photograph: iStock

A new initiative from the European Commission could see free wifi hotspots developed in libraries, museums, public parks and squares, providing vouch(...)

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(...)

Andria Zafirakou being presented with the fourth annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize worth $1m.  . Photograph: Varkey Foundation/PA Wire

An art and textiles teacher from an inner-city school in London has won a $1 million prize. Andria Zafirakou, who works at Alperton Community School (...)

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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