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Grasping an opportunity

In international politics as in other spheres of life, necessity can be the mother of invention. Within one week the prospect of United States-led mil(...)

 Prof Jim Dornan: ‘Women’s rights in all parts of the world are very poorly addressed. What if it was the sexual and reproductive rights of men? Who would be making the decisions then?’

Like most people, Prof Jim Dornan was shocked, saddened and distressed to hear about the death of Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital last year. (...)

The latest CSO figures have shown an increase in the cost of education. Parents will not be surprised at Friday’s Consumer Price Index, which charts p(...)

Sam Bennett underlined his excellent form by taking second on yesterday’s stage two of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Inpho

Sam Bennett underlined his excellent form by taking second on yesterday’s stage two of the Tour of Britain.The An Post Chainreaction Seán Kelly rider (...)

Ake Sellstrom (L), head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria, hands a report on the August 21st massacre to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/UN

UN chemical investigators today confirmed the use of sarin gas in an August 21 poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus, noting that weather condi(...)

Deep in thought... Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches the Fine Gael Seanad campaign at the RHA Dublin last week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There’s no easing of toes back into the water for national politicians this week, rather an ungainly plunge into deep waters.All three big parties are(...)

A British climber has fallen to his death in New Zealand. Robert Buckley (31) fell about 2,000 feet while climbing to a small hut on Mount Sefton in t(...)

From 2009 to date, there have been an estimated 13 prison suicides, with a further 22 deaths in custody. Photograph: Getty Images

It is no coincidence that the suicide rate in Irish prisons has tracked levels of overcrowding. There were seven suicides in Irish jails in 2007 an(...)

Urging delegates to the Liberal Democrats’ autumn conference  to be “the voice of green reason” in the shale gas debate, British energy secretary Ed Davey yesterday told them to “reject the zealots who claim it’s a catastrophe”. Photograph: Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Fracking should be allowed to go ahead in England and Wales subject to tough planning controls, the Liberal Democrats have agreed, in a significant ch(...)

David Walsh: “What has emerged is a comprehensive management system that has transformed our business.”
New Innovator: CloudSure

When Dave Walsh set up Challenge Insurance Brokers in 2006, his goal was to develop it into a substantial operation. This growth now looks set to come(...)

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