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Affluence disparities in Ireland  are most stark in large urban areas, with the greatest gap in Dublin. While Dublin 2, described as “very affluent” scores 22.5, Darndale on the northside of the capital is “very disadvantaged” and scores -21.5, a gap of 44 points on the scale. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The concentration of rural poverty around small towns across the State is laid bare in the latest national deprivation index, published on Thursday by(...)

Students from Sandford Park School, Ranelagh, Harry Sandys, Conor McCarthy, Catherine Orr, Alex Hogan and Aisling Adair, at Dublin’s Pearse Street Library for the announcement of major funding for public libraries, by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced a €5 million investment package for the State’s public libraries. The money w(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny at NUI Galway  where he was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be standing for the Dáil again, and dismissed the prospect of taking on some senior positions in the (...)

Satellites allowed us watch as storm Ophelia approached Ireland. Image: NOAA via AP

We have received quite a battering from the weather with ex-hurricane Ophelia leaving death and destruction in her wake, quickly followed by Atlantic (...)

Dumped tyres in the Dublin mountains

New regulations governing the disposal of used tyres have come into force. Minister for Environment Denis Naughten last month announced details of th(...)

CEO of the Charities Regulator, John Farrelly pictured at the launch of The Charity Regulator’s fundraising guidelines. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Charities Regulator has published a set of fundraising guidelines which it says are “a significant step forward” in restoring confidence in Irish (...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross opts for a 1959 Rover 100   to try out the new motorway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Wishing you were on that N17 is a feeling that will likely linger for those making the journey on the main carriageway from north to south Co Galway i(...)

Enda Kenny at the 1976 Fine Gael ardfheis.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to confirm within weeks he will not contest the next general election. Mr Kenny, who stood aside as taoiseach(...)

Birdhill, Co Tipperary was named overall winner in Tidy Towns 2017

Birdhill, Co Tipperary, has been named overall winner in this year’s Tidy Towns competition, which drew entries from a record 870 towns and villages. (...)

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field in 2014.

Gas Networks Ireland says it is confident that safe gas has been fully restored throughout Galway and Mayo, following the alert late last week affecti(...)

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