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The research is focused on the costs of ‘unlabelled’ expenditure on problem drug use, outside of dedicated programmes or interventions. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is spending €147 million per year on “hidden” costs associated with drug misuse, a spending paper by the Department of Public Expenditure and (...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: ‘If we open our borders now, we will lose the freedoms and advantages we have achieved.’ Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand will gradually reopen its international border next year but will maintain its zero-tolerance policy towards the spread of coronavirus as (...)

One of the first attempts to establish a rigorous, scientific date of creation came in 1650 from the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher

Edwin Poots’s recent stint as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party will no doubt be remembered mostly for its brevity, but it also generated a sign(...)

Cillian Murphy with Pádraic Delaney in Ken Loach’s 2006 film The Wind That Shakes the Barley

British criticism of Ken Loach’s award-winning film about the War of Independence, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, reflected a general unwillingness (...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly was responding to a report in the Irish Examiner that said the legislation had been shelved.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said he is “fully committed” to the introduction of legislation on safe access zones around healthcare facili(...)

US president Joe Biden at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden warned that “hard work” lies ahead to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as he urged all Americans to get vaccinated. Speaking in(...)

Simon Coveney: his irritable interview on RTÉ last week will linger in the mind of the public after he testily batted away suggestions that the job was a “makey-up” one for Zappone. Photograph: Getty Images

There is a phrase in politics, often attributed to former British Labour party spindoctor Alastair Campbell, that if you are still the story after 10 (...)

Graffiti on the Falls Road, Belfast. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

Fifty years on, survivors recall the horrors inflicted upon them during the policy of internment in Northern Ireland When the crash of the door (...)

While the Hamilton is back in business after a tough year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, management is facing a new challenge – finding staff. File photograph: Amr Alfiky/New York Times

A few blocks from the White House, the lunchtime rush is beginning at the Hamilton. The stylish restaurant and brasserie is brimming with atmosphere(...)

 UK’s health secretary Sajid Javid said on Twitter: “Please – if you haven’t yet – get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.” Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British health secretary Sajid Javid apologised for saying it was time to stop “cowering” from Covid, after an outcry from families bereaved by the vi(...)

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