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Mary McKenna: “Somebody said to me ‘you don’t make money for the first three years’ and I said ‘who made up that rule’.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the back wall of Mary McKenna’s office hangs a Ten Commandments-type edict – a poster with the guidelines by which she runs her business. Instead o(...)

Asylum-seeker Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has sent out numerous job applications since he received his new work permit last month. Fluent in English and French, he is hoping to find a job in customer service.

Ibrahim Sorie Kabba has sent out numerous job applications since he received his new work permit last month. Fluent in English and French, he is hopin(...)

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Agitation over the Catholic bishops Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare in recent weeks was greatly exaggerated. Relevant healthcare facilities (...)

Gardaí believe Keyleigh Loren may be in the Portlaoise area. Photograph: Garda Press Office

A teenager who had been missing from her home in Co Kildare has been located safe and well. Gardaí had been seeking the public’s help in tracing Key(...)

Gardaí have reopened the M7 motorway after closing it to examine the scene of an crash which resulted in a man being hospitalised overnight in Co Laoi(...)

Convicted murderer Dumbrell (44)  is serving a life sentence for the fatal stabbing of a father of six. File photograph: Collins Courts

Convicted murderer Warren Dumbrell has been granted a High Court declaration that his detention conditions have on occasion been breached. Dumbrell ((...)

Rosemary Kunene: “There are a lot of people who are depressed and don’t want to get involved in anything. I don’t blame them for that. The duration of stay in these centres is too long and I wish I could know what really causes the delays.” Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon

The first time Rosemary Kunene felt comfortable in her new Irish home was at a set-dancing class. She had already spent a few months in the direct pro(...)

There were 414 people on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed on Tuesday, a figure nurses decsribed as “(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has secured Government Cabinet approval for the publication of a Coroners Amendment Bill 2018. Photograph:  Aoife Moore/PA Wire

A lawyer who represented several families in cases of perinatal deaths believes proposed new rules on mandatory reporting to coroners of all such deat(...)

Mark and Róisín Molloy, whose baby, Mark, died at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

Róisín Molloy, whose son Mark died just 22 minutes after being born, has welcomed proposed changes to coroners’ laws as “another step in the right dir(...)

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