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Bulelani Mfaco has been living in  direct provision for nearly a year. He describes the  centres as “ghettos in every sense of the word”. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne

The first time Bulelani Mfaco felt vulnerable because of his sexuality was while walking at night with his boyfriend. It was 2004 and the couple was o(...)

 A Rastafarian and supporter of the legislation of marijuana light a joint in Johannesburg, as they celebrate after the Constitutional Court ruled that the personal use and growing of marijuana in South Africa is legal. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s highest court has ruled that it is no longer illegal for adults to cultivate or use marijuana in private. The landmark ruling handed (...)

Rebecca Taylor, Nadine Kelly and Katie Flaherty all from Ballinasloe, Co Galway at the 2017 ploughing championships. Photograph: Tom Honan

President Michael D Higgins officially opened the 87th National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday. Traffic is reported to be a little busy approach(...)

Jamison Gibson-Park enjoyed a huge influence on the game and was a deserved man of the match against the Dragons at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster’s attacking shape this season will place a huge premium on the roster of scrumhalves having the requisite aerobic fitness. The traditional wi(...)

The stone flake discovered in Blombos Cave  in South Africa. Photograph: Craig Foster/Handout via Reuters

A small stone flake marked with intersecting lines of red ochre pigment some 73,000 years ago that was found in a cave on South Africa’s southern coas(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said her staff does not yet see “contagion” spreading to multiple countries beyond those currently fighting investor flight. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Christine Lagarde has warned that the escalating US-China trade war could deliver a “shock” to already struggling emerging markets, raising the prospe(...)

Giraffe attack: Katy Williams with her husband, Sam, and their son, Finn. Photograph: Handout

An American scientist and her young son have been left critically injured after they were attacked by a giraffe at a wildlife reserve in South Africa.(...)

Pessimists across the water are now bracing themselves for a post-Brexit return to ration books, after Thursday’s leak of news that the British govern(...)

One of the first  Allsop property auctions in 2011 in  Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Private equity house Pollen Street Capital has bought a significant stake in Irish online auction house BidX1. The British company has also committed (...)

Galgorm Resort and Spa features Ireland’s first thermal village

Special spa getaway Tucked away in the rolling Antrim countryside, a few miles outside Ballymena, Galgorm Resort and Spa is a perfect hideaway for a (...)

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