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Syrian refugee Almuthna Loulah meets President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph: Maxwells

A Syrian refugee who made a violin from scratch after arriving in Ireland last March has presented the instrument to President Michael D Higgins at Ár(...)

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon: “It is crucial that all sides of this debate show respect to these refugees,” says local resident Debbie Beirne.  “The people themselves should never be seen as the problem.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

“This is not some town down the sticks that is incapable of integration. We will work this, and could in six months’ time be seen as a shining light f(...)

Dhara Kivlehan (left), who lived with her husband Michael (right) in Dromahair, Co Leitrim, died in the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast, in September 2010, a week after giving birth at  Sligo Regional Hospital.

An obstetric registrar at Sligo Regional Hospital found that Dhara Kivlehan was in acute renal failure on September 22nd, 2010, six days before her de(...)