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“Too often, autistic people and their families are excluded from discussions about autism and the design of services.” File photograph: Getty

Eleven towns across the country are on the way to being designated “autism-friendly” after what was termed the “phenomenal” success of a pilot scheme (...)

Sharon Guinane, manager of Skerries Community Centre: Rising insurance costs and restrictions mean she can no longer host some community-based events and meetings. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sharon Guinane has worked for Skerries Community Centre for more than a decade, but over the last few years she feels the centre has become less engag(...)

Some of the material deposited by diggers on a Fingal beach. Photograph: Sinead McCoy/An Taisce

Fingal County Council has been criticised by environmental groups and local people for its failure to clear piles of waste that include plastics, wipe(...)

Some parents relish the idea of teenagers having a three-month break from school, but others dread it. All summer, The Irish Times will off(...)

Paul Carroll, senior engineer said the scheme will provide a ‘scenic and direct route’ between the growing communities of Malahide and Donabate (above). File photograph: Tom Honan

Planning permission for a new six-kilometre walking and cycling route between Malahide and Donabate in north county Dublin has been lodged by Fingal C(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin speaking to the media at the RDS on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Behind Brendan Howlin in the RDS, hundreds of thousands of European election votes were counted in near-solemn silence. The solemnity matched much of (...)

The planned redevelopment of Balbriggan harbour

The rejuvenation of the Balbriggan harbour and main street is to be the focus of a €20 million plan for the north Co Dublin town, to be announced on T(...)

Feargal Quinn, who has died aged 82, pictured in the Sutton outlet of Superquinn in 1997. He opened his first shop in Dundalk in 1960. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

Feargal Quinn, who has died aged 82, has been hailed as an inspiring retail pioneer, tenacious business advocate, dedicated public servant and warm me(...)

Seagulls swooping  in Rush, north Co Dublin.  Photograph: Suzanne Connolly

Seaside towns in north Co Dublin are battling against “uncivilised and dangerous” conditions because of the State’s failure to deal with rapidly-growi(...)

Craig Grattan, founder of the Sweet Potato Pizza Company

Sweet potato pizzas After the cauliflower pizza base kerfuffle – they took ages to cook, and of course they weren’t really pizza, were they? – comes (...)

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