Tag: ireland

Fewer Irish speakers according to Census 2016

Recent figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in November this year show that the number of people speaking Irish is declining. Information gathered during the 2016 census revealed that as of April 2016, 1,761,420 people (39.8% of the population), aged 3 and over, said that they could speak Irish. Out of the total

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Increase in female film production

Figures from the Irish Film Board have shown that the number of female producers involved in Irish filmmaking peaked in 2016, with 50 percent of film producing roles in 2016 undertaken by women. This was a twenty percentage point swing from the previous year which saw just 30 percent of women involved in these production

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Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,200 children and adults in Ireland. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas

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Timeline of Tánaiste’s demise

The Irish government was on the  brink of collapse at the most crucial time in Brexit negotiations but surprisingly it was not Brexit that almost caused an early election. Louise Burne explains the timeline of events that almost brought down the Dáil. The last two weeks have provided Leo Varadkar’s first real challenge since he

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Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 were 3.5 percent higher than in 2015. A report by the EPA shows that Ireland is one of four countries in Europe in which greenhouse gas emissions are still above 1990 levels. The report states that in the last two years greenhouse

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Army numbers decreasing despite recruitment drive

Despite a recruitment drive over the course of last year, there are more than 100 fewer Defence Forces personnel now than there were at the end of 2015. Following a Freedom of Information request, the Defence Forces released information which shows that 551 people were recruited into the army in 2016. This leaves the Defence

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