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Ruth Dudley Edwards: 'The British Commonwealth changed - so why can't we?' We badly need all the opportunities available in the Commonwealth, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards Sean MacBride, former Chief of staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Clann na Poblachta Adrian O'Neill, Irish ambassador to the UK, had a letter in The Spectator last week complaining about a "snide...
Deirdre Conroy: 'Vulture funds' rent-only developments are not part of our culture'   'Nowadays, renting a one-bed apartment is barely affordable with two incomes' Stock Image Clancy Barracks in Islandbridge was sold back in the noughties to private Irish investors for residential development, ie homes to sell. The construction cost of adaptation and new build wasn't going to be cheap. Loans were...
Business blooms in Belvedere College's urban farm   Fish and clubs: students Eoin Regan (14) and Ray Taylor (17) With a rooftop view of Croke Park and the O'Connell Street spire, it is an unlikely location for a thriving farm. Belvedere College is the setting for one of Dublin's busiest urban farms. Encouraged by the lead farmer Simon O'Donnell, students at the well-known...
Government challenged to 'shout stop' to ‘cuckoo funds’ buying entire estates Dara Calleary (Niall Carson/PA) THE government has been challenged to “shout stop” to so-called ‘cuckoo funds’ buying entire housing estates and competing with prospective homeowners. Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary made the call asking Tánaiste Simon Coveney if the situation is fair and if the government is happy to consign people...
Tom Staunton: 'Learning the lessons from another lambing season' As the lambing season comes to a close for us with the Lanark type ewe lambs and some Blackface ewes still to lamb, it's a good time to reflect on the ups and downs of this year's lambing. The weather is one positive to take. A good winter left more grass for...
Lucas Moura celebrates hat-trick with post-match kickabout with son Fans on Twitter joke that toddler Miguel ‘needs to start against City next week’. (John Walton/PA) Wisecracking Tottenham fans are calling for Lucas Moura’s young son to play for the club after he helped his father celebrate scoring the first ever hat-trick at Spurs’ new stadium with a post-match kickabout. Aged 17 months, Miguel...

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Inflation rises to six-year high Stock photo: PA INFLATION has hit its highest level in six years. Overall prices climbed by 1.1pc in March, with higher transport and hotel accommodation costs and rents behind the rise. The March figure compares with inflation of 0.6pc in February, according to the Central Statistics Office. March marks the first time the annual inflation rate has gone over...
Young Fine Gael doubles down on meat statement Communications Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Frank McGrath Young Fine Gael have doubled down on their statement calling for An Taisce, the national trust, to 'revise' its climate action information pack to remove references to diet. In a statement on Tuesday it said that it shared concerns raised by the Irish Farmers' Association, which said...
It's disappointing that children are used in political debate on climate change - new Macra President Thomas Duffy on the family farm in Maghera, Co Cavan. Photo: Lorraine Teevan President Elect of Macra na Feirme Thomas Duffy has said that the recent debate between An Taisce and farm organisations on meat consumption has been disappointing and is concerned that children were...
First privately funded mission to moon ends in failure after crash   '"We definitely crashed on surface of moon," said Opher Doron, general manager of the space division of Israel Aerospace Industries.' (stock photo) An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late yesterday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make...

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