Free school books for primary school students in Budget education package

The State will offer free schoolbooks to all primary school children from next September, under an initiative to be announced as part of tomorrow’s Budget. Education Minister Norma Foley is expected to officially announce the school books plan tomorrow and will also confirm a 1-point reduction in the average pupil-teacher ratio to 23:1.  It will

Up to 300 jobs could be created in Shannon by a new biotech facility

Biotech company MeiraGTx has formally opened its gene therapy manufacturing facility in Shannon. The facility has the potential to create 100 jobs in its current phase, with plans to increase this to 300 over time. Currently, there are 75 people employed at the facility and MeiraGTx is recruiting for positions in engineering, QA, and manufacturing

Average house price in Ireland now €311,514 – Daft report

According to Daft. ie most recent sales report, housing prices were largely stable between June and September. In the third quarter of this year, the average national listed price was €311,514. That is a 0.1% gain over the second quarter’s average and a 16% decline from the Celtic Tiger peak. The lowest average price was in

Bangladesh ferry accident kills 24, dozens missing

The latest waterway tragedy to hit Bangladesh resulted in at least 24 fatalities and scores more missing after a boat full of passengers sank on Sunday. According to Jahurul Islam, the district administration of northern Panchagarh, where the tragedy took place, the bodies that have been found so far included women and children. “The rescue

Watching TV with your child can help their cognitive development, study suggests

A recent study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has on a young child’s cognitive development. It found screen exposure — whether that be from a TV or mobile device — can be beneficial, depending on the context in which it’s viewed. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and Paris

Waterford Malayali Association celebrated Onam, a festival that evokes nostalgia

Onam celebrations for the Waterford Malayali Association (WMA) were spectacularly organized in the Ballygunner GAA Club, bringing nostalgic memories. The event was attended by around 500 individuals. Secretary Anoop John welcomed the ceremony and the Onam message was delivered by Waterford Syro-Malabar Priest Fr. Jomon Kakanat and Waterford Jacobite Parish Priest Fr. Jobi Scaria. President

Hyundai Motor launches first electric sedan Ioniq 6, taking on Tesla

Hyundai Motor unveiled its first electric sedan, Ioniq 6, on July 14. The South Korean automaker is betting the Ioniq 6 will help it grab a bigger share of the electric vehicle (EV) market dominated by Tesla Inc. The South Korean Motor Co. launched the car at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea.

Indian-origin boy to play for Ireland in Fide World Chess Championship

Indian-origin Ayaansh Mulukutla is representing Ireland in the FIDE World Cadets Chess Championships 2022  – Open in the under-8 category in Batumi, Georgia. The Georgian Chess Federation, Georgian Chess Club “64,” and FIDE are organising the FIDE World Cadets Chess Championships 2022, which is scheduled for September 15-28 2022, in Batumi. The championships are in