Plans to reform the medical card system have descended into farce just 24 hours after being unveiled after it was claimed that GPs have been able to reinstate the help since 2012, but never used the power.


View our images from across the globe.

A macaw stands in the window ledge of apartment, waiting to be fed by the apartment owner, in Caracas, Venezuela. Caracas’ signature bird is the blue-and-yellow macaw, one of four such species that inhabit the valley. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)



THE EQUALISER: Ludogorets' Georgi Terziev breaks Liverpool hearts with a late goal in the Champions League clash at the Vasil Levski National Stadium, Bulgaria. Picture: Andrew Powell
Reds facing final day shoot-out

Ludogorets 2 Liverpool 2
Liverpool’s Champions League hopes remain alive after their first goals in the competition since mid-September but a late Ludogorets equaliser saw them leave Bulgaria disappointed.


Abused by the Westbank Home, and abandoned by the State

I KNOW one of them fell off a train on his way home from school and two people have told me his shoe-laces were tied together. I know he never came back to school, and no-one ever mentioned him again.



Toddlers switched at birth to stay with family

Two South African toddlers who were accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with the families who raised them and not be returned to their biological parents, a court-appointed expert has ruled.


ECB not concerned with banking probe: Honohan

The European Central Bank is not “overly concerned about the Irish situation” and its members have little or no interest in participating in the banking inquiry despite repeated requests for them to do so.


Here's how to watch The Late Late Toy Show from wherever you are in the World

Wondering whether you can watch this year's Late Late Toy Show from wherever you may be around the globe?

Sponsored Content

Share your selfless selfie and be part of our SVP fundraiser


Trying to get a taste of Thanksgiving in IrelandEvin O’Keefe

Fashion & Beauty

Eyebrow face-off: Bare brows V statement brows

Food & Drink

Aloo Tikki Potato Fritters with Sizzled TomatoesBy Darina Allen

Health & Life

Choosing to be a stay-at-home parentBy Áilín Quinlan

Home & Interiors

Vintage View: The chamber potBy Kya deLongchamps


There is never a bad time to visit Edinburgh

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Brendan Behan: Finding the real quare fellow


Book shines light on the world’s most spectacular gardensBy Peter Dowdall