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Christelle Bekcombo, at teacher at Le Chéile Secondary School in Tyrrelstown. She is one of a handful of black teachers in the Irish education system.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Normally the only black adults working at Christelle Bekombo’s secondary school are the cleaners. But the 26-year-old French teacher, originally from(...)

Moneylenders will be barred from making unsolicited offers of new loans to customers who have recently repaid loans, or are close to doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New Central Bank rules will demand that moneylenders carry a high-interest warning on their ads while curbing their right to make unsolicited offers. (...)

Trainer Michael Halford oversees the morning workout of up to 85 horses at Copper Beech Stables, Duneany, Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Halford’s response when asked what the last 11 weeks have been like is simple: “The same, but different.” It sounds a contradictory statement(...)

With economic activity coming to a shuddering halt and major employers   announcing they will not reopen, there are huge fears here for employment. Photograph: iStock

Innovative thinking, agility and speed of response are key characteristics required to successfully deal with the challenges of coronavirus. A new ta(...)

Garth Owen-Smith (1940-2020), a great African conservation visionary and globally recognised pioneer in community conservation, died on April 11th aft(...)

Failure to develop a port in Ireland may lead to work being lost to British harbours such as Mostyn in Wales, or Barrow, which is close to Liverpool, which already service wind farms in the eastern Irish Sea.

Spending of up to €100 million is needed on at least one port on the Irish coast to support the development of an offshore electricity industry that c(...)

Hibernia Reit chief executive Kevin Nowlan says the full impact of Covid has yet to be felt in property values. Photograph: Tom Honan

Property values and commercial rent have yet to feel the full impact of the Covid-19 crisis, according to Hibernia Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit)(...)

Ryanair Holdings climbed 2.29% to €10.96 despite news that Germany would bail out the Irish airline group’s rival, Deutsche Lufthansa. File photograph: Getty

Shares rose yesterday as investors’ hopes that countries would begin easing Covid-19 restrictions grew. However, London was closed for the spring ban(...)

Robert Vaughan with his specimen cuckoo wrasse of 36cm, caught in Cork Harbour, in June 2019

The Scottish government has identified 12 groups of hazards, including fish farming, that may contribute to the decline of wild salmonids. It is well(...)

Hen harrier in flight. Targeted use of bait laced with poison to kill protected birds of prey remains widespread. Photograph: Richard Mills/BirdWatch Ireland

Irish wildlife groups have called for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to be put on an independent footing with increased powers on en(...)

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