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A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Parents should put aside time each day to pray for their children to choose a vocation in the priesthood, the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has hear(...)

The GRA has called for a review of the ‘excessive’ bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness training for recruits.  File photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has called for a review of the “excessive” bleep tests used by An Garda Síochána as part of its fitness tra(...)

The owner of the  former Connemara Gateway Hotel had applied to covert the building into a   direct provision centre Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The developer of a hotel in Oughterard which was earmarked to open as a direct provision centre says he has withdrawn his tender and will not be proce(...)

 Aleksander Kurowski: he  worked for a decade as a cleaner and then in a laundry before  ending up in a homeless hostel.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Aleksander Kurowski (41), a Pole, spent 12 years working in Ireland before he fell ill in January last year, requiring emergency bowel surgery. His i(...)

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Last March, the organisers of a meeting in Lismore, called to help a Syrian refugee family as they arrived in the picturesque Waterford town, had an u(...)

Danny McGee was found unconscious at 4am outside the Gaslight Bar in Queens. File image: iStock

A 25-year-old Dublin man is set to go on trial in New York in November in connection with the death of another man in the city last year. Steven O’B(...)

‘Child homelessness has now become normalised in Ireland, but it should be a source of immense shame,’ said Fr Peter McVerry. File image: istock

The number of homeless children across Ireland has risen by more than one hundred to 3,778, according to the latest Government figures. A total of 1(...)

The system, which came into effect on Friday, allows rail customers to discreetly alert a manned security centre about any ongoing intimidation, assaults, thefts, or other harassment within carriages on the services.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Two reports of antisocial behaviour on board Dart services were received by text over the weekend following the introduction of a new alert service fo(...)

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number of people seeking asylum in the State increased by more than one third in the first six months of the year when compared to 2018, a period (...)

Mary Rusell began: ‘For the millions of emigrants who have settled elsewhere, home is a Celtic nirvana – frozen in a time warp of nostalgia.’

June 16th, 1989 In recent years, The Irish Times created the Abroad network, a project which emerged from Ciara Kenny’s work, a renewed cycle of emig(...)

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