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The 157 babies due to be born in Ireland on January 1st will have an average life expectancy of 93.6 years based on data from last year’s United Nations World Population Prospects. Photograph: iStock

Irish babies born on January 1st, 2021, are expected to live to 93 years of age, according to Unicef estimates published this morning. The 157 b(...)

Raymond Poole: His body is not what it used to be and neither is his marriage.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“It’s the word cancer that scares the crap out of everyone. It’s like what you see in the movies, when you are sitting across from the doctor and they(...)

A file photograph of a measles vaccination being administered. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The number of measles cases in Ireland has increased more than three-fold, according to a United Nations (UN) report that warns millions of children w(...)

Building the Future: one in 10,000 Irish 15- to 19-year-olds will die by suicide, the Unicef report says

Difficulties in accessing mental health services and the closure of beds are adding to the seriousness of Ireland’s teenage mental health issues, acco(...)

Girls actually attempt suicide about twice as often as boys, though generally the methods chosen are less lethal. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s teenage suicide rate is the fourth-highest among high-income countries, according to an international report on child wellbeing. One in fiv(...)

The former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews,  who now leads the team at the development aid charity Goal.

For many former deputies the real impact only kicks in several days after losing their seats. The numerous counts that are a feature of our electora(...)

Forage for supper: Bring your mother to a wildfood masterclass at Brook Lodge in Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Don’t panic, it’s not this weekend: you still have a week to sort your Mother’s Day present. However, if you were born to that impossible-to-spoil (...)

Refugees: a young girl walks through the tent settlement in Bekaa. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Before he left the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, more than three months ago, Malak Moaws owned two houses and drove a relatively new car. (...)

 Round table talks at the Dáil na nÓg  ‘Let’s Talk About Mental Health’ National Youth Parliament  in Croke Park last year. Photograph: Chris Bellew
How this project was compiled

This extensive investigation into Relationships and Sexuality Education in Irish schools was made possible by the support of the Mary Raftery Journali(...)

Young Syrian refugees transport supplies received from humanitarian organizations to sell outside of Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. Photograph: Reuters

As the number of refugees fleeing Syria surpassed two million yesterday, the plight of those seeking to escape the country’s civil war was described a(...)

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