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If you can run 5km fairly easily, consider training for a half-marathon. Photograph: iStock

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A respected international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units, one of which is due to open in Dublin(...)

Rory McIlroy at  the Irish Open at Carton House: The “Satellite Account for Golf in the Republic of Ireland”  report found that €94m was spent on club membership. Photograph: Alan Betson

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NUIG president Jim Browne: Said he “led and pushed” the move in 2013, despite “genuine concern at governing authority level” that such an affirmative action programme could be challenged. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

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British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband during a visit to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Belfast, Derry and Strabane, where large swathes of the population are in receipt of benefits, are expected to fare worst, with Belfast in particular losing more money than any other major UK city.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

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Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)