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Dr Michael Obrowski who appeared at Cork Circuit Court. Photograph:  Cork Courts

Barry Roche, Cork A GP has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a patient who attended his Co Cork surgery complaining of stomach cramps. Cork Ci(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

Irish broadband: quality of service is a pressing issue for thousands of households. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ireland is one of the most expensive countries in the developed world for broadband, with prices here almost four times those in the cheapest country (...)

‘The word ‘Christmas’ no longers conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes,’ Catholic priest says

The word Christmas “has lost all meaning for believers,” Oblate priest and psychologist Fr Desmond O’Donnell. “The word ‘Christmas’ no longers convey(...)

Presidential candidate Vaclav Havel waves to his supporters from a balcony in Prague in this December 19th, 1989 file photo. Havel, a dissident playwright who was jailed by the communists and then went on to lead the bloodless Velvet Revolution and become Czech president, died at 75 on December 18th, 2011. File photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Tens of thousands of Czechs are expected to rally in Prague and other cities on Friday to commemorate the 1989 Velvet Revolution, and to warn that pop(...)

Social justice: lagging behind

A sharp dose of realism can be upsetting. But it is a useful antidote to misconceived notions of achievement. Exceptional progress has been made in re(...)

  Australians  voted for  laws to be changed to allow same-sex marriage. Photograph: James Alcock/Getty Images

The outcome of the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was almost identical in Ireland and Australia, the yes side winning by 62 per cent to 38 per cent. (...)

Between 1845 and 1917, the Leviathan was the largest telescope in the world

Walking through the grounds of Birr Castle en route to Ireland’s newest and largest telescope, ILofar, is an unusual experience. After passing through(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

Polish nationalists lit flares as they took part in a demonstration under the slogan ‘We want God’ as part of Polish Independence Day celebrations in Warsaw on Saturday. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Far-right movements thrive on publicity and fight to extend their influence by ensuring their propaganda becomes accepted as a “normal” part of politi(...)

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