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TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin (right) and rugby player  Tiernan O’Halloran have a go on the Galway bikes upon their launch in November 2014. File photograph: Andrew Downes

Users of the Galway bikes scheme make less than one journey a month on average - making the scheme notably the least busy of such services available i(...)

The Pew Research Center has used US Census Bureau data to create a series of maps showing the top country of origin for for foreign-born migrants in the US by state and year, 1850–2013. In 1870, 1.8 million Irish-born people were living in the US. Image: Pew Research Center

“People imagine if they were in America it would be all sunshine. There is rain, snow, and frost too, so that it is a foolish idea to think when yo(...)

David Pocock and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe  in last week’s semi-final: Pocock  gave a wonderful display of thievery against Argentina. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand and Australia will take the field on Saturday with each bidding to be the first nation to claim a third Rugby World Cup. Fans of free-flo(...)

A child with moderate malnutrition at the office of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) in Aweil, Northern Bahr El-Ghazal state in South Sudan. According to reports, from 2.5 million to 4.6 million people are classified severely food insecure in South Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a shift that has taken place slowly and without fanfare, but in the past 50 years the worst types of famine have become dramatically less frequen(...)

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospital waiting lists continued to rise in September despite tens of millions of euro pumped into the health system by Minister for Health Leo Varadk(...)

Retailers  say they do not report most incidents as they tend to involve the theft of small items such as cups of coffee or cans of Coke

Retailers are lobbying the Government to introduce tougher penalties for repeat shoplifters as gardaí reported a 40 per cent increase in the activit(...)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: said he hoped 2,000 Syrian refugees could be accommodated. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Almost 500 refugees from around the world are seeking asylum in Northern Ireland. The fate of the 497 asylum seekers, who are awaiting a decision on t(...)

Possession of a firearm increased by 21 per cent to 214 cases in the 12-month period to the end of June. File photograph: Gary Fox/PA Wire

Many forms of serious crime have increased, though the murder rate has fallen significantly in the Republic. Burglaries were up by nine per cent, to 2(...)

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley A total of just under 15 per cent of children live in jobless households, latest figures show. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

More than 180,000 children are growing up in households where no one is in employment, according to new figures. A breakdown of Quarterly National Hou(...)

Fiji’s winger Nemani Nadolo reacts after losing theopening match of the Rugby World Cup to England. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Three-day breaks between games are far from ideal in rugby union. No time to rest, no time to heal. For that matter, no time for a concussed player(...)

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