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Laura Newsome, a long-distance commuting student: she is frequently late for lectures due to traffic delays. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Adrasteia Hughes accepted her offer of a place studying sociology and linguistics at UCD, she had no idea of just how draining the daily commute (...)

Grief, a major accident, the break-up of a long-term relationship, and moving house. What do all of these have in common? They’re major life transitio(...)

 Minister for Education Joe McHugh: college fees will be frozen for five years. Photograph: Alan Betson

A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Educat(...)

Irish comedian Aisling Bea plays Áine, the fluently sardonic, kohl-eyed protagonist of This Way Up

When we first meet Áine, the fluently sardonic, kohl-eyed protagonist of This Way Up (Channel 4, Thursday, 10pm), her life has been recently turned up(...)

Karma, a 19-year-old cellist, plays facing the ocean in Gaza

Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s beautifully shot documentary is careful and clear with the details. Opening credits tells us that Gaza is a narrow(...)

Jack and Gordon Ramsay

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, wouldn’t it be great if Karl Marx’s Das Kapital had way less politics in it and featured Gordon Ramsay’s(...)

Owners of purpose-built student accommodation have been accused of hiking prices ahead of new caps on rent increases coming into force next week. Image: iStock.

Owners of purpose-built student accommodation have been accused of hiking prices ahead of new caps on rent increases coming into force next week. Unt(...)

Dr Graham Love, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority. ‘What is the point of having a specialist agency, conferring functions upon it and then ignoring or discouraging its advice?’ he writes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is taking over too much control of the third-level education system and is frequently ignoring the expertise of State advisory bodies, (...)

Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Bank-holiday bugs: the parade at the 2018 Spraoi street-arts festival, in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

DUBLIN Beatyard festival Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Co Dublin; Saturday, August 3rd, and Sunday, August 4th; from €59; the-beatyard.com Staying put in th(...)

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