Nicole and Artwell Gani voting in Balbriggan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Jade Wilson

The population of the Co Dublin seaside town Balbriggan has grown hugely in recent years - it now has the youngest population in Ireland and is one of(...)

Caitríona Ní Cheallaigh, principal at Pelletstown Educate Together National School, addresses pupils in a corridor which doubles up as a PE space when the weather is wet. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mary Healy, a mother of two, says it was “one of the happiest days of my life” when she heard a new primary school would be built close to her home. (...)

Raheny Village, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? Living by the sea is a dream for many; while Raheny’s house prices have climbed in the past decade, they’re not as forbiddin(...)

From left to right in the back is Emily Evans (11), Ali Mooney (12), Crystabele Adenuyi (11), Kayden Spooner (11) while in the front row from left is Emmie Keating (11), Giorgi Khachirashvili (11) and Denisa Baci (10) from St Audoen’s Primary School. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times

Seven political party leaders squawked, harranged and interrupted their way through what passed for an election debate earlier this week. Many were (...)

Malahide marina, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? If you’re hankering after a life near the coast, Malahide is a seaside village with plenty on offer. In 2003, the CSO report(...)

Barges on the Grand Canal at Sallins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

What’s so good about it? Usually, if you want to live a 20-minute rail journey from the city centre, it’ll cost you. But just 3.5km from Naas centre (...)

Since Ireland signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, much critical work has been done in promoting and integrating this charter across government departmental policies and across wider society. Photograph: iStock

I recently read guidance on being a good wife and mother from the 1955 Housekeeping Monthly entitled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. It stated: “Children are(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing of the contract for the National Broadband Plan at an event in Glendalough Co Wicklow. Illustration: Getty

Some 300 towns and villages across Ireland are to get high-speed internet hubs while they await the arrival of the National Broadband Plan. The full l(...)

Leinster Avenue, North Strand. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? There’s no arguing with North Strand’s location. For a start, O’Connell and Henry Streets are less than a 20-minute walk awa(...)

In primary schools, 12 per cent of pupils are absent for 20 days or more over  the school year. This rises to 15 per cent at second level. Photograph: iStock

Today almost one million pupils will attend primary and secondary school. And today, like most days, about 60,000 – or 6 per cent – will not turn up f(...)

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