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Anne O’ Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland, Minister For Justice Alan Shatter and  Garda Commisoner Martin Callinan  launch  a new Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert smartphone app at Farmleigh house yesterdayn. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A smartphone app that will send out an immediate alert when a child goes missing has been launched.The app is designed to be of use in a country where(...)

Homing pigeons are released into the sky at the launch of Ireland’s inaugural Missing Persons Day in Farmleigh House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first Wednesday in every December is to be designated Missing Persons Day, Minister for Justice Alan Shatter announced yesterday. The Minister app(...)

Grains of gold: a miner with the kind of discovery that could be made in Ireland. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The poet Patrick Kavanagh was geologically correct when he wrote about the “stony grey soil” of Monaghan. But far from being the unpromising ground th(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who said there will ‘great difficulty’ in ensuring that all health bodies in receipt of taxpayers’ money comply with pay guidelines.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has admitted there will “great difficulty” in ensuring that all health bodies in receipt of taxpayers’ (...)

Ruairí Quinn: said the idea the arts were a luxury in the curriculum no longer held because they introduced children to a “new way of thinking”

Having a proper grounding in the arts will be essential for schoolchildren in the future workplace, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said. Mr Q(...)

Mary Van Lieshout. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The former Presidential adviser Mary van Leishout has broken her silence in relation to her departure from Áras an Uachtaráin saying she left on “amic(...)

Peter Smyth tucks into a ‘thoroughly satisfying meal’. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s a tough game, this vegetarianism, but after 25 years of engagement, I’m hunkered down for the long haul.How did I get here? In the first place it(...)

Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curran (left), daughter Corrinna Moore, and family friend Brendan Gainey at the High Court in January after loosing her case challenging the absolute ban on assisted suicide. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive and the Minister for Health James Reilly have apologised for the distress caused to terminally ill multiple sclerosis suf(...)

Minister with responsibility for primary health care Alex White has said: “The commitment in the programme for government to achieve free GP access for the entire population within the term of office of this Government will be achieved.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Parents will be able to access free GP care for their children aged under five “sometime in the middle of next year”, the Minister with responsibility(...)

Sr Hildegarde McNulty  with Michael Hess at Seán Ross Abbey, Roscrea, in 1993.

In the growing panoply of Irish religious villains on screen, none is more chillingly depicted than Sr Hildegarde McNulty in the movie Philomena. Port(...)

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