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While the pupil/teacher ratio is set to drop from 25:1 to 24:1 this year – the lowest on record – they remain the highest in the EU, where the average is 19:1. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

The number of children attending primary school is set to drop by about 120,000 – more than 20 per cent – over the next decade or so, according to new(...)

 TK Whitaker: in 1973 he was invited to address officers at the Military College. He told them that “on defence we are like an uninsured, untaxed motorist, skimping on car maintenance”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

In or around 1973, Dr TK Whitaker, the then governor of the Central Bank, and former secretary of the Department of Finance, was invited to address of(...)

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin says a World Cup every two years is a bad idea. Photo: Fabrice CoffriniI/AFP via Getty Images

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has reiterated his opposition to Fifa’s plans to stage a biennial World Cup, saying the women’s tournament or the Ol(...)

The S&P 500 and the Dow hit all-time highs on Thursday, extending a record-setting run. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

A week-long rally in world stock markets showed few signs of abating on Thursday as investors looked beyond the Omicron Covid-19 variant, bolstering g(...)

 Soldiers join the search for kidnapped businessman Don Tidey in December 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll has said that claims a garda and Army private killed during the kidnapping of supermarket executive Don T(...)

 Kylian Mbappe: could be set to move to Real Madrid from  Paris Saint-Germain. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé - Paris Saint-Germain He may have ruled out a move in January but there remains a slim chance that the France forward could join Real M(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic has criticised threats from the UK on article 16. File photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“London has breached a great deal of trust” with Europe in its post-Brexit actions, the EU’s chief negotiator with the UK has claimed. European Commi(...)

Large Irish corporation tax payments are heavily concentrated within 10 multinationals, with Apple topping the list. Photograph: iStock

Corporation tax has become – in a relatively short period of time – the Government’s third largest tax base, accounting for €1 in every €5 collected. (...)

Connacht’s Alex Wootton: Covid, despite having restricted his ability to see family and friends in England, helped him to make that commitment to the west of Ireland. Photograph: Gett Images

The yin and yang of life is something to which Alex Wootton is becoming accustomed to since his move to Ireland eight years ago. A Northampton Saint (...)

Rosa Arranz on her farm in Segovia, central Spain. ‘I see that my children are probably going to have more difficulty in having a life in the countryside that is more or less fair and decent compared to that of their father and me,’ she says. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

“My grandmother used to say to me: ‘You’re living just at the right time’,” says Rosa Arranz. She is standing by a barn on her pig farm on the plains (...)

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