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 UK consumers use an estimated 13 billion plastic drinks bottles a year; three billion of which are incinerated, sent to landfill or end up as litter in urban areas, the countryside and the seas, officials said. Photograph: Getty

Pressure on the Government to introduce a deposit return scheme (DRS) for all drinks containers – whether plastic, glass or metal – has increased foll(...)

43% of young Irish Catholics pray weekly, with  16 per cent never praying, says report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people between the ages of 16 and 29 rank among the most religious in Europe, alongside Poles and Lithuanians, a new study has found. Some 54 p(...)

Paschal Donohoe: “it is appropriate that Ireland conduct a review of this matter within our own jurisdiction, and that is what is happening”

Ministers will be briefed in the coming days on the security review of the Russian embassy currently taking place, before the Cabinet decides on any p(...)

Boys and girls at play in an outdoor toy kitchen at a preschool in Sweden. Photogaph: Andrea Bruce/The New York Times

Something was wrong with the Penguins, the incoming class of toddlers at the Seafarer’s Preschool, in a wooded suburb south of Stockholm. The boys we(...)

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(...)

Crown prince Haakon Magnus of Norway speaks on stage during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Rick Kern/WireImage

Norway’s reputation as a new international tech hub is not manufactured. But it isn’t necessarily organic either. With the second-highest GDP in the w(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: wants to increase the number of young people taking apprenticeships. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of young people opting to pursue apprenticeships climbed by almost 25 per cent last year, new figures show. The sharp growth comes as poli(...)

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On my graduation day last November, I was ushered into the exam hall of Trinity College Dublin, and pointed towards a seat with my name on it. On that(...)

Mincon chief executive Joe Purcell, centre, with former Chilean ambassador to Ireland Leonel Searle (left) and John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland. Photograph: Maxwells

Irish engineering group Mincon reported stronger profit for 2017, with earnings and revenue ahead of expectations. The company, which specialises in (...)

Sergei Orlov, a British national, talks to his doctor while recuperating from knee surgery at the Hospital de Calais, in Calais, France. Photograph: José Sarmento Matos/The New York Times

Serge Orlov, a 62-year-old Briton, likes to rail against what he calls the tyranny of the European Union. Like most supporters of his country’s withd(...)

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