“Kids who can’t learn arithmetic are regarded as being stupid. But they’re not – they’ve got this rather selective deficit,” says Brian Butterworth, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at University College London.

Do you find it impossible to calculate tips in restaurants? Does the prospect of calculating how many tiles you need for your kitchen fill your with d(...)

Dan McFarland: his charges have begun the new season with wins over Scarlets and Edinburgh. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Southern Kings v Ulster, Nelson Mandela Bay stadium (Sunday, 1.15pm Irish time, live on EirSport, Premier Sports) Ulster take an unbeaten start to t(...)

Pope Francis. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

The recent visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, following so soon after the discovery of yet more horrific crimes committed by Catholic clergy against ch(...)

Kirsten Mate Maher’s father, Kwalo Mate, and her mother,  Jacinta Maher, joined her on stage after she was crowned the Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

On Monday Kirsten Mate Maher was offered a place at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to study multimedia and application development with a(...)

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey on stage with Daithi O Se in the Dome for Monday night’s  Rose of Tralee show. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey managed to keep news about her heroin-addicted parents from her fellow Roses until she revealed it on stage at the Dome i(...)

An alternative option for students who have failed to meet entry requirements for their chosen courses may be to apply to their local further education (FE) college. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

From early morning, yesterday the queries poured into the Irish Times helpdesk, where our team of guidance counsellors answered questions in our live (...)

Manzi Joseph:set up GoFundMe page to raise money for college fees. Photograph: Patrick Browne

A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies. Manzi Joseph, who li(...)

“The regional economic system is broken,” says report author Dr Ray Griffin. Above, Waterford city. Photograph: iStock

A report examining the economic performance of the southeast claims there is a “missing generation” from the region, with economic recovery now “runni(...)

“Put out a bowl of water, maybe with a stone in the centre so smaller birds can perch on it while drinking.” Photograph: iStock

Nature is being hit hard by the drought and, while it is reacting to cope in its own natural way, it could do with a helping hand, according to plant (...)

‘People with dementia and their carers will grasp at any straw,’ said  Professor Robert Howard, head of Old Age Psychiatry at University College London. Photograph: iStock

A number of international health experts have challenged claims made by a team of Irish scientists that a new food supplement can slow the progress of(...)

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