The Passport Office will now allow children's passports to be renewed online as part of a range of new measures


The expanded service means that all Irish citizens can now renew their passports online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world. The cost of renewing passports online is €5 cheaper, with a turnaround time of ten working days for all online applications, excluding postage. People renewing their passports online […]

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Irish passports issued to UK increase, while numbers fall in France, Germany and Spain


OVER THE PAST three years, the London embassy has issued the highest number of Irish passports of any diplomatic office in the world, while the rate for other European cities has trailed off. While approval rates of UK requests for Irish passports has increased in the past few years – and in particular since the […]

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The Wexford roots of Russia's fairy tale film-maker


ALEXANDER ROWE (or Rou), a Soviet film-maker famous for his 1960s fairytale adaptations, is a household name in Russia. But it is his Irish roots that are behind a festival to celebrate his work in Wexford next month. Rowe achieved international success for his films of traditional folk tales from Russia – a long way […]

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Budget 2019


NCOME TAX The 4.75 per cent rate of Universal Social Charge (USC) will fall by 0.25 percentage points to 4.5 per cent (on incomes between €19,874 and €70,004) The point people hit the higher, 40 per cent rate of income tax will rise by €750 from €34,550 to €35,300 in the case of a single […]

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Listowel named as Ireland’s Tidiest Town


Listowel has won the overall award in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. It is the first time the Kerry town has won the overall award and it was also named this year’s best small town. There were a record 833 entries across four categories in the 60th year of the competition. Glaslough in Co Monaghan was […]

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Ireland could be set for a baby boom next year thanks to the summer’s prolonged heatwaves


Scientific evidence suggests increased exposure to sunlight boosts the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant by a third. Separate research also found bright skies increase the levels of serotonin, the mood-enhancing hormone in the brains of men and women. And after the hottest summer in decades, Ireland has been tipped to expect a mini-baby boom […]

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Dublin rental prices now €500-a-month higher than boom time


Rents across the country have risen for the ninth consecutive quarter, with the Dublin average now €500 above the boomtime figure according to Daft.ie. The latest quarterly bulletin from the property website paints a national picture of rents increasing across every county in the past year, the largest jump being over 20% in Limerick city. […]

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A new scheme encouraging homeowners to install solar panels has been launched


The pilot scheme offers grants for the installation of solar panels and extra funds to install battery storage systems. Environment Minister Denis Naughten says the scheme will allow people to turn their home into their very own “renewable power station.” Announcing the grants for homeowners, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD […]

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What happens in Vegas stays in Ireland


A Dublin mother-of-four, who claimed she did not know her Las Vegas marriage was valid in Ireland, has been cleared of unlawfully obtaining almost €30,000 in one parent family social welfare payments. At Dublin District Court, Judge John Brennan had compared the case to the 2009 comedy film ‘The Hangover’, about the antics of a […]

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Pobeda will initially fly four times a week to Ireland


Pobeda, Aeroflot’s budget airline, will initially fly four times a week from the Russian capital to Dublin, according to filings published yesterday on the regulator’s website. In March, The Irish Times reported that Dublin Airport had met with senior Aeroflot management in Moscow and had agreed on a deal to commence a regular service. Government […]

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