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Family - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Last ditch attempt to stop 23% VAT being added to vitamins and supplements
# A Bitter Pill
# A Bitter Pill

Last ditch attempt to stop 23% VAT being added to vitamins and supplements

Feb 26th 2019, 6:00 AM 17,037 Views 80 Comments

Food supplements have been treated as foods for VAT purposes and had availed of the concessionary 0% rate applicable to food.

Family - Monday 25 February, 2019

'The importance hasn't gone away': Calls for geography to be brought back as core subject
# Junior Cert
# Junior Cert

'The importance hasn't gone away': Calls for geography to be brought back as core subject

Feb 25th 2019, 1:17 PM 16,574 Views 53 Comments

Geography was removed as a core subject from the Junior Cert last year.

Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages
# Minister For Education
# Minister For Education

Teachers to share roles between secondary schools to help tackle shortages

Feb 25th 2019, 7:35 AM 24,869 Views 31 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: There is a wonder-drug that all schools should be prescribing

Feb 25th 2019, 7:00 AM 57,809 Views 14 Comments

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.

Family - Saturday 23 February, 2019

Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: A shock diagnosis left me a 30-year-old widower - here is how I survived

Feb 23rd 2019, 7:30 PM 139,304 Views 20 Comments

‘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.

Family - Sunday 17 February, 2019

The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them?
# Opinion
# Opinion

The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them?

Feb 17th 2019, 8:45 AM 64,544 Views 22 Comments

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

Call for wet wipes to have 'mandatory warnings' because of their damage to environment

Feb 17th 2019, 7:31 AM 18,934 Views 22 Comments

The wipes contain plastic and can clog up sewers and cluster on beaches.

Family - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Young people share their experiences in care: 'This was the chapter where I turned my life around'
# Careday19
# Careday19

Young people share their experiences in care: 'This was the chapter where I turned my life around'

Feb 16th 2019, 9:00 AM 10,634 Views 3 Comments

A number of young people shared their experiences yesterday and said they want to erase the stigma attached to being in the care system.

Family - Friday 15 February, 2019

'We love you Mammy': Jedward pay tribute as their mother passes away
# Susanna Grimes
# Susanna Grimes

'We love you Mammy': Jedward pay tribute as their mother passes away

Feb 15th 2019, 9:35 PM 72,658 Views 27 Comments

Susanna Grimes had been battling cancer for a number of years.

Family - Thursday 14 February, 2019

The better a student does in Leaving Cert Maths and English, the more likely they are to finish college
# Points
# Points

The better a student does in Leaving Cert Maths and English, the more likely they are to finish college

Feb 14th 2019, 6:00 AM 17,954 Views 37 Comments

Three-quarters of students complete their courses, with women more likely than men to finish.

Family - Monday 11 February, 2019

Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption
# Promises
# Promises

Hungary to give women with 4 or more children lifelong tax exemption

Feb 11th 2019, 10:42 AM 41,473 Views 103 Comments

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?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Is allowing children unrestricted internet access a child protection issue?

Feb 11th 2019, 7:00 AM 12,552 Views 16 Comments

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.

Family - Sunday 10 February, 2019

'Like an episode of Winning Streak': Video game loot boxes exposing children to gambling, Dáil hears
# Online
# Online

'Like an episode of Winning Streak': Video game loot boxes exposing children to gambling, Dáil hears

Feb 10th 2019, 10:00 PM 32,831 Views 35 Comments

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
# Music Knowledge
# Music Knowledge

Millennials still recognise songs from music's 1960s-90s golden age, study finds

Feb 10th 2019, 7:00 PM 18,206 Views 39 Comments

By contrast, their recognition of musical hits from 2000 to 2015 diminishes rapidly over time.

Family - Friday 8 February, 2019

Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion

Feb 8th 2019, 7:00 AM 29,490 Views 210 Comments

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.

Family - Thursday 7 February, 2019

New study seeks first-time mothers in Ireland who experienced trauma during childbirth
# Research
# Research

New study seeks first-time mothers in Ireland who experienced trauma during childbirth

Feb 7th 2019, 6:20 AM 15,941 Views 11 Comments

The study will explore the impact of a traumatic birth on a mother’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Family - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: Miscarriages are part of nature - so why is the subject still such a taboo?

Feb 6th 2019, 7:00 AM 13,604 Views 31 Comments

It is difficult going through a miscarriage with all the confused emotions that brings, without being censored too, writes Darragh Quinn.

Family - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

80% of 8 to 10-year-olds own a device capable of accessing the internet, and 40% are talking to strangers online
# Cyber Safety
# Cyber Safety

80% of 8 to 10-year-olds own a device capable of accessing the internet, and 40% are talking to strangers online

Feb 5th 2019, 6:15 AM 28,285 Views 31 Comments

Today is Safer Internet Day, with organisations working to raise awareness around how people can be more safe online.

Family - Sunday 3 February, 2019

'A whole history to capture': Dublin's Tenement Museum wants your memories of tenement life
# Tenement Memories
# Tenement Memories

'A whole history to capture': Dublin's Tenement Museum wants your memories of tenement life

Feb 3rd 2019, 9:00 PM 18,677 Views 16 Comments

A series of oral history sessions will be held across Dublin throughout the spring.

Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me
# Column
# Column

Opinion: The death of James Bulger still haunts me

Feb 3rd 2019, 8:00 PM 34,558 Views 60 Comments

We have an ethical responsibility to face up to the dark truth that children perpetrate violence and equally we have an ethical responsibility to show empathy for victim’s families, writes Shane Dunphy.

Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate
# Development
# Development

Babies who hear two languages at home have a better ability to concentrate

Feb 3rd 2019, 10:30 AM 36,218 Views 17 Comments

This new research suggests the advantages of living in a bilingual home begin from the very earliest stage of development.

Family - Saturday 2 February, 2019

Forget the Bird Box challenge: Try dealing with automated services when you are blind
# Opinion
# Opinion

Forget the Bird Box challenge: Try dealing with automated services when you are blind

Feb 2nd 2019, 7:30 PM 11,690 Views 11 Comments

It is frustrating that the challenges vision impaired people face are different from what is portrayed in Bird Box – because they are structural, writes Kevin Kelly.

Family - Friday 1 February, 2019

'Deeply shocking': Substitute teachers wrongly overtaxed after new system kicks in
# Pay Issues
# Pay Issues

'Deeply shocking': Substitute teachers wrongly overtaxed after new system kicks in

Feb 1st 2019, 5:56 PM 28,008 Views 39 Comments

The issue has affected a number of substitute teachers who were paid in the first and second pay runs of 2019.

Cork Penny Dinners are opening overnight for the first time since the 1800s
# Cork Penny Dinners
# Cork Penny Dinners

Cork Penny Dinners are opening overnight for the first time since the 1800s

Feb 1st 2019, 4:02 PM 24,973 Views 22 Comments

The charity now feeds about 2,000 people per week.

Family - Sunday 27 January, 2019

Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: You might need to simplify your child's lunch so they actually eat it

Jan 27th 2019, 1:00 PM 28,310 Views 31 Comments

A white bread sandwich in the belly is better than a vegan curry in the bin, writes Mary McCarthy.

Family - Thursday 24 January, 2019

First Amur tiger cubs born at Dublin Zoo in 20 years to go on view this weekend
# Tiger Cubs
# Tiger Cubs

First Amur tiger cubs born at Dublin Zoo in 20 years to go on view this weekend

Jan 24th 2019, 3:08 PM 13,853 Views 16 Comments

The zoo is inviting the public to suggest names for the cubs.

Family - Monday 21 January, 2019

Want to make your shopping trip healthier? Here's some advice
# Special Offers
# Special Offers

Want to make your shopping trip healthier? Here's some advice

Jan 21st 2019, 10:21 AM 25,947 Views 18 Comments

More than one-third of supermarket products on special offer are high in fat, sugar and salt.

Family - Sunday 20 January, 2019

'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'
# Column
# Column

'Helicopter parents: If you let your child fall down they might just learn to get back up again'

Jan 20th 2019, 8:00 PM 40,375 Views 53 Comments

21st-century parenting is the reason that many young people today have remarkably poor coping skills, writes Shane Dunphy.

Lose a passport abroad? Getting temporary documents will now be easier
# Travelling
# Travelling

Lose a passport abroad? Getting temporary documents will now be easier

Jan 20th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,397 Views 11 Comments

Meanwhile, a €12 million contract to provide a passport processing system in Ireland is being put out to tender.

Tayto Park wants humanoid robots to make the queue at its water ride more entertaining
# Keep You Busy
# Keep You Busy

Tayto Park wants humanoid robots to make the queue at its water ride more entertaining

Jan 20th 2019, 7:00 AM 18,800 Views 26 Comments

At peak times, customers have to wait up to two hours to get on the Viking Voyage attraction.

Family - Saturday 19 January, 2019

A place to grow old where you're 'never short of company'
# McAuley Place
# McAuley Place

A place to grow old where you're 'never short of company'

Jan 19th 2019, 8:30 PM 37,835 Views 10 Comments

McAuley Place is situated in Naas, Co Kildare and sees 53 apartments available to residents over 65 years of age.

Family - Friday 18 January, 2019

Number of students in higher education continues to grow as sector takes in €1.1bn in fees
# Higher Education
# Higher Education

Number of students in higher education continues to grow as sector takes in €1.1bn in fees

Jan 18th 2019, 6:20 AM 7,591 Views 7 Comments

New figures show that Ireland’s undergraduate population has grown by 8% over the last five years.

Family - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests
# Screen Time
# Screen Time

Children who own mobile phones at younger age perform worse in reading and maths tests

Jan 16th 2019, 11:37 AM 16,215 Views 29 Comments

New research has found that four in 10 children in Ireland own a mobile phone by the age of nine.

Family - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Over 100 Irish 18-year-olds awarded free interrail pass to travel around Europe
# See The World
# See The World

Over 100 Irish 18-year-olds awarded free interrail pass to travel around Europe

Jan 15th 2019, 11:46 AM 18,071 Views 12 Comments

The tickets are valid between April and October.

Family - Sunday 13 January, 2019

NUI Galway's Teddy Bear Hospital aims to ease children's fears of doctor visits
# Grin And Bear It
# Grin And Bear It

NUI Galway's Teddy Bear Hospital aims to ease children's fears of doctor visits

Jan 13th 2019, 12:15 PM 9,759 Views 13 Comments

Over 1,200 sick teddy bears are expected to be admitted to NUI Galway’s Teddy Bear Hospital next week.

Family - Saturday 12 January, 2019

We tracked the progress of these Young Scientist projects - here's how they got on
# BTYSTE
# BTYSTE

We tracked the progress of these Young Scientist projects - here's how they got on

Jan 12th 2019, 7:30 AM 12,867 Views 6 Comments

More than 4,200 students entered the competition this year.

Meningitis alert: Parents 'shouldn't panic' but need to take quick action with sick kids
# Health Warning
# Health Warning

Meningitis alert: Parents 'shouldn't panic' but need to take quick action with sick kids

Jan 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 15,854 Views 12 Comments

Eleven cases of a bug that causes meningitis have been reported since the last week in December and three of those patients have died.

Family - Friday 11 January, 2019

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
# Parenting
# Parenting

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law

Jan 11th 2019, 11:06 AM 18,760 Views 105 Comments

The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.

Family - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Fancy a stroll? Walkways and trails around Ireland are getting an upgrade
# Tourism
# Tourism

Fancy a stroll? Walkways and trails around Ireland are getting an upgrade

Jan 8th 2019, 1:08 PM 64,611 Views 49 Comments

Nearly 80 projects have been approved for funding.

Family - Monday 7 January, 2019

Over three-quarters of students want continuous assessment for the Leaving Certificate
# Survey
# Survey

Over three-quarters of students want continuous assessment for the Leaving Certificate

Jan 7th 2019, 6:00 AM 12,985 Views 24 Comments

Despite this, just under 80% of principals, deputy principals and teachers do not believe that a teacher should correct their own students’ exams.