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President Michael D Higgins at Collins Barracks in Dublin on the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in July to honour Irish people who died in past wars or on service with the United Nations. Photograph: Tom Honan

We got so close to the end of the decade of centenaries without an accident. It makes the avoidable controversy over today’s church service in Armagh (...)

The Covid-19 Memorial Wall in London. Some 954 people died in Britain with coronavirus during the past week. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

The British government has rejected calls to bring back mandatory mask-wearing and advising people to work from home despite soaring coronavirus cases(...)

While waning vaccine immunity was outside the control of Boris Johnson’s government, some of its own decisions have undoubtedly compromised the UK’s ability to keep the disease under control. Photograph: Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images

Some 223 people died of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom on Tuesday – the highest daily death toll from the disease since March. A further 43,738 new ca(...)

Aer Lingus captain Joe O’Connor and first officer Brendon Ireland fly the flag of Barbados as they prepare for the inaugural non-stop Aer Lingus flight from Manchester to Barbados. Photograph: Ian Howarth

Almost 130 people travelled on the first Aer Lingus flight from Manchester Airport in England to Barbados on Wednesday. The Irish carrier is launchin(...)

Insurers deducted certain State supports during the Covid-19 pandemic when making payments on business interruption claims. Photograph: iStock

The Government plans to make insurers disclose clearly to customers if they are deducting any taxpayer supports from compensation payments made on cl(...)

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has appealed for other victims of domestic violence at the hands of a garda to come forward: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The imposition of a three-month sentence on a then-serving garda who choked his ex-partner and broke her fingers will discourage other victims from co(...)

On World Osteoporosis Day, which is Wednesday, the Irish Osteoporosis Society is urging women over 65 to protect their bone health. Pictured are society ambassador TV presenter Mary Kennedy, Hilda Smith, Mary Dunne and Anne Marsh.

Older women have been urged to protect their bone health with data showing almost 70 per cent of hip fractures occur in women. A low level of awarene(...)

Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betso.

Trinity College Dublin has defended its use of year-old pre-recorded lectures for students in some courses as an alternative to face-to-face teaching.(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson inspects a product at the Science Museum, London: “The UK’s path to ending our contribution to climate change will be paved with well-paid jobs, billions in investment and thriving green industries.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Boris Johnson has promised to boost the expansion of electric cars, subsidise householders to switch from gas boilers to low carbon alternatives and d(...)

Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled last week that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/Pool/AFP via Getty

Brussels is preparing to retaliate against Poland for its challenge to the supremacy of EU law, which European Commission president Ursula von der Ley(...)

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