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Eimear Kennedy (15) who got an A in Italian having learnt the language using the Duolingo website and app, and watching  YouTube clips.

Being one of four pupils in the country to have achieved perfect grades in the Junior Certificate is an impressive feat. But for 15-year-old student (...)

Deirdre Casey, development manager, Dublin city centre Citizens Information Service. Photograph: Tom Honan

A Government-backed plan, to dissolve all Money, Advice and Budgeting Services (Mabs) and Citizens Information Services (CIS), and replace them with r(...)

Des Hanafin: as a Fianna Fáil senator he was a strong supporter of the eighth amendment to the Constitution banning abortion.

Des Hanafin was a relatively obscure politician but he had more impact on Irish life than many of the prominent politicians of his era. He was the po(...)

Anti-abortion demonstration: Then senator Des Hanafin with anti-abortion demonstrators outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Former Fianna Fáil politician Des Hanafin who has died aged 86 had a profound influence on the shape of Ireland in the 1980s even though he never held(...)

Three-year-old Rocco Ulrich in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork city. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Compiled by Jennifer O’Connell, Damian Cullen, Sylvia Thompson, Leonie Corcoran, Lorna Siggins, Noel O’Reilly and Malachy Clerkin ANTRIM Carnfu(...)

Opticians say they are seeing a rise in cases of short sightedness and eye strain among young professionals. Photograph: Getty Images

Opticians say they are seeing a rise in cases of short sightedness and eye strain among young professionals and school children due to constant exposu(...)

Undated family handout photo of Nicola Kenny, who had just taken a phonecall from hospital about her one-day-old baby daughter when she was killed in a road accident on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

The aunt of Nicola Kenny, who died in a road crash just a day after giving birth to her baby daughter, was described on Wednesday as being in a “criti(...)

Part of the crowd at the launch of Independent TD Michael Lowry’s election campaign in the Anner Hotel in Thurles

The recent launch of Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry’s general election campaign was no ordinary affair. The ballroom of the Anner Hotel, in h(...)

Emma Coffey at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis at Citywest, Dublin. “I cannot definitively rule out a coalition with Fine Gael.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis differed on whether the party should go into coalition with Fine Gael after the general election. But there wa(...)

Syrian Ayman Amouneh with his family Hanan, son Adib and baby daughter Aleen at their home in Elmwood, Thurles Co Tipperary. Photograph: John D Kelly

It’s a midweek evening in Thurles, Co Tipperary and the Syrian-Irish card game is well under way. “I think we’re going to win again,” says Ayman Amoun(...)

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