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Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend?
What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you
Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget
Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.
PE lessons could be taught through Irish in effort to make language relevant 'to the next generation'
A new scheme aimed at teaching pupils a second language was announced today.
'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced
Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.
Teachers to be rotated among schools under new substitute panel plan
Schools in North and South Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Meath are being targeted in the new initiative.
Child Protection: The failure to publish the report into Mother & Baby Homes is part of a continued cover-up
‘I have no problem with due process, but when this gets in the way of truth and allows a culture of secrecy and collusion to continue, then we need to re-evaluate’, writes Shane Dunphy.
'Smallest' boy who was born the same weight as an apple set to leave Japanese hospital
Ryusuke Sekiya was just 258g when he was born last October.
DCC forfeited almost €90k in library fines to boost memberships
Dublin City Council abolished library fines at the start of this year.
'It's about being respectful... then the intimacy happens': The story behind those baby gorilla photos
We spoke to photographer Patrick Bolger on what it was like taking those intimate photographs of mother and baby.
Opinion: 'I wanted to pursue my acting dreams - but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?'
Actress Sarah Carroll held off on expanding her family because of her job – but writes about how she eventually managed to make it work.
'She is a true warrior': Campaign to raise funds for Irish woman who needs transplant in UK
Sinead Lowndes was diagnosed with a rare liver condition just six weeks before she was due to get married.
Disney+ streaming service sets November launch as it looks to rival Netflix
The company said that after launching in the US on November 12 at $6.99 per month.
Opinion: 'I was born with my organs outside my body and given the last rites but now I have two children of my own'
When I was born I weighed just 3lbs 3oz and was expected to die. I survived but faced persistent bullying about my condition well into adulthood, writes Edwina Wrenn.
'I was furious and scared': Sinéad Burke on how being harassed on O'Connell Street inspired her new education campaign
Burke is a campaigner, advocate and academic, and last year became a contributing editor at fashion magazine Vogue UK.
'It’s horrendous, we’re so helpless': Mum of three-year-old hit and run victim praying for full recovery
Zac HIggins has been in Intensive Care since the incident on Monday
'It was really touch and go': Eight-week-old pup given life saving surgery following public donations
“We realised we were dealing with a very life threatening condition.”
'It's better than your child coming home in a hearse': Family campaign after daughter killed in car crash
“I honestly expected that we’d go out to Tramore and she’d be sat on the kerb, maybe with a broken arm or a couple of bruises.”
Opinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me
How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and still allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed? writes Mary Canavan.
'It spreads like wildfire': Why Ireland, and the world, is seeing a huge surge in measles cases
Some 136,000 people died from measles globally in 2018.
Poll: Should children be banned from attending school if they haven't been vaccinated?
There has been a huge spike in measles cases worldwide.
'It means a huge amount to us as parents': How buying this Incognito artwork can help children in need
You won’t know whose picture you have – amateur or world famous professional – until after the purchase, but all proceeds go to the Jack and Jill foundation.
Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?
The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.
Opinion: Families of murder victims have a legal right to information about the case
The Victims of Crime Bill 2015 legally obliges An Garda Síochana and the Director of Public Prosecutions to keep victims (or in homicide cases, their families) informed about their cases, writes Joan Deane.
Last ditch attempt to stop 23% VAT being added to vitamins and supplements
Food supplements have been treated as foods for VAT purposes and had availed of the concessionary 0% rate applicable to food.
'The importance hasn't gone away': Calls for geography to be brought back as core subject
Geography was removed as a core subject from the Junior Cert last year.
Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages
The scheme aims to solve recruitment problems in subjects such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.
Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing
Exercise should be viewed as medicine. Indeed, if exercise could be prescribed as a pill, it would be the most prescribed drug on the planet, writes Professor Niall Moyna.
Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived
‘Something I’ve tried to live by over the past year is a lesson I learned soon after the bereavement- you honour the dead by choosing to live well, writes Noel Byrne.
The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them?
Social trends are reflected in different names, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha, whose first name means “like an oak tree”.
Call for wet wipes to have 'mandatory warnings' because of their damage to environment
The wipes contain plastic and can clog up sewers and cluster on beaches.
Young people share their experiences in care: 'This was the chapter where I turned my life around'
A number of young people shared their experiences yesterday and said they want to erase the stigma attached to being in the care system.
'We love you Mammy': Jedward pay tribute as their mother passes away
Susanna Grimes had been battling cancer for a number of years.
The better a student does in Leaving Cert Maths and English, the more likely they are to finish college
Three-quarters of students complete their courses, with women more likely than men to finish.
Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption
Viktor Orban announced that and other measures during his “state of the nation” address.
Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?
Would you be happy for your six-year-old to have unlimited, unsupervised access to a firearm – perhaps if it had been modified to only shoot lighter loads? asks Shane Dunphy.
'Like an episode of Winning Streak': Video game loot boxes exposing children to gambling, Dáil hears
Future gambling legislation could include provisions on loot boxes in video games.
Millennials still recognise songs from music's 1960s-90s golden age, study finds
By contrast, their recognition of musical hits from 2000 to 2015 diminishes rapidly over time.
Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion
A humanist alternative to the First Holy Communion means that non-Catholic kids don’t miss out on having a special day, writes Tony O’Donohoe.
New study seeks first-time mothers in Ireland who experienced trauma during childbirth
The study will explore the impact of a traumatic birth on a mother’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?
It is difficult going through a miscarriage with all the confused emotions that brings, without being censored too, writes Darragh Quinn.