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The approach of Irish schools is ‘quite reactive’, with schools only intervening after problems have arisen. Photograph: iStock

Physical appearance is the top reason for being bullied, with 15 per cent of students being targeted for how their face or body looks, according to a (...)

Child aggression directed at parents came first in a study carried out by Parentline into the top 10 reasons for calls to its helpline. Photograph: iStock

Six years ago, this problem wasn’t even on its radar – but last year research by the parent support group Parentline found aggression in children to b(...)

The monastic settlement on Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry

Skellig Michael will be open to visitors from this Friday, following prolonged closure during recent spells of poor weather, the Office for Public Wor(...)

High Tatras: Lonely Planet’s top destination, in Slovakia, is home to brown bears. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Destinations in Slovakia, Spain and Iceland have been named Lonely Planet’s top three must-see destinations in Europe this year. Its Best in Europe 2(...)

A two-week restriction to three important areas at Machu Picchu was announced last Friday to prevent greater degradation to the iconic Inca citadel. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle/Getty Images

Among the Inca ruins that abound in Peru, none draw nearly as many tourists as the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There were more than 1.5 millio(...)

“The opportunity to intervene effectively is limited to years – not centuries”

There can be only one conclusion: the felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing th(...)

In the principality of Asturias more than half the land is protected, as are the bears

Tiny purple autumn crocus are the only flowers this high up, colouring an otherwise harsh terrain. Choughs, the crow of the mountains, call to each ot(...)

Volunteers help clean up rubbish around the coastline of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Tractor tyres, lobster pots and plastic bottles have been cleaned off the beaches of Northern Ireland’s most famous coastline. Swimmers, jet skis and(...)

People outside Saint Sulpice  participate in the Chrism Mass as part of Holy Week, as bells ring in tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Bells rang all over France in a magnificent homage to Notre Dame cathedral at 6.50pm on Wednesday, 48 hours after a devastating fire broke out in the (...)

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has given an address on television on the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, claiming the edifice will be reno(...)

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