'Children on the rubbish dumps still sing at the end of the day'
There is so much pain in the world it is tempting to turn away. But one man found happiness among children in the dumping grounds of the world's poorest countries.
There is so much pain in the world it is tempting to turn away. But one man found happiness among children in the dumping grounds of the world's poorest countries.
It is perhaps wiser to judge a man in how he handles life's disappointments than how he behaves at the height of his success.
It is perhaps wiser to judge a man in how he handles life’s disappointments than how he...
Law students are being investigated for a "highly offensive" text messaging group about female trainee solicitors.
Law students are being investigated for a “highly offensive” text messaging group about female trainee solicitors.
As humans, we are brilliant at putting ourselves at the centre of the universe.
RTE has flown a number of senior advertising industry executives to Japan on a five-day trip to watch Ireland's opening game in the Rugby World Cup.
Property developer Harry Crosbie has launched his second audacious plan for the city in less than a month - a giant futuristic structure on the edge of Dublin's Grand Canal Dock.
Caroline Morahan has given birth to her first child, a boy.
'That question is like handing me a f***ing hand grenade. All I can do is check my head to see if I have a helmet on, so I can put it on top of the grenade to stop it exploding me bollocks off!"
Inside Harry Crosbie's home on Dublin's Grand Canal, there are scribbles on the walls. In thick black marker on the stone work of his sitting room he...
CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White has faced backlash from the public after saying that...
They say a good friend knows all your best stories, but a best friend has lived them with you and RTE star Eileen O'Higgins is no different when it...
High-profile politicians have undergone cosmetic work since RTE introduced high-definition television, according to two of Ireland's leading consultant...
Pat Kenny put his recent property battle to one side and enjoyed the annual local lobster festival in Dalkey this afternoon.
Actor Liam Cunningham says he is glad to have the Game of Thrones series behind him - if only for the compliments he has received since he stopped filming.
Five of Ireland's top female TV personalities are battling it out for the chance to present their own Saturday night chat show on RTE, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Darren Healy's passion is stage acting because, he says, on stage "you don't get second chances" - which is poignant, because Healy's life is all about depending on second chances.
The founder of the autism advocacy organisation AsIAm says the world can learn as much about autism as it can about climate change from teenage activist Greta Thunberg.
Vulnerable patients are being "coached" on how to outwit a psychological evaluation in order to gain access to hormone treatment and gender-related surgery, it has been claimed.
Inside the Irish military training camp on the Curragh plains, a handful of men have gathered. They have survived a gruelling 10-month course - with a failure rate of 94pc - to become part of Ireland's Special Operations Forces. The unit is Tier One, on a par with the SAS, and covers the most extreme challenges, from free-falling out of planes at 25,000ft to sensory deprivation.
Angie Best, the former wife of football ace George Best and mother of Calum, is helping to create a range of CBD beauty products for Irish women.
This month marks the Addiction in Young People campaign at the Rutland Centre and as part of the crusade entitled, 'Recovery - Living My Best Life' the focus is on the millennial generation.
Veteran political leaders believe a Brexit deal can be reached between the EU and the UK which will avoid economic disaster for Ireland.
TV star Grainne Seoige has hit back at her ''ice queen'' image, saying: "It's so easy to vilify women in the media."
Victoria O'Connell won the backing of US President Donald Trump this summer when he told her she deserved her win as the 'Clare Rose'.
Liz Dwyer is Ireland's self-professed human guinea pig when it comes to aesthetic beauty treatments.
Age bestows many gifts. But perhaps the greatest is the ability to remain immune to flattery.
On the surface, the fact that 92pc of Irish people feel health is a personal responsibility is good news. Whether we pick the salmon or burger, the salad or chips, we now know we are accountable for our choices. It's that simple.
The parents of Irish girl Nora Quoirin are considering offering a reward to find their missing daughter, an informed source has said.
The jungle terrain of the Berembun Forest Reserve in south-west Malaysia is as enchanting as it is unforgiving. Trees rise hundreds of feet from dense undergrowth inhabited by snakes and exotic insects.
When the newly crowned winner of Big Brother, Brian Dowling walked off the reality TV show in 2001, he became the most famous man in Britain overnight.
When Paul McAuliffe was appointed Lord Mayor of Dublin, Guinness laid it on thick. He was barely in the door when he and his grandfather, a Guinness pensioner, received an invitation to the home of the black stuff where Paul's grandfather was treated like royalty. In fairness you've got to hand it to Guinness - no one conducts public relations with such ingenuity.
'I've had my wars," says Pat Kenny while musing on his battles to defend the purlieus of his home.
The secret misery of thousands of older and formerly wealthy self-employed businessmen who are putting on a "veneer of wonderfulness" to the outside world has been laid bare by Ross Maguire, founder of New Beginning.
Light up the barbecue and whip out the patio cushions - it looks like Ireland is in for a mini-heatwave over the coming days.
For everything that social media has destroyed, I miss reasonable debate the most. It now seems impossible to have a mature discussion without the mob descending on a nuanced thought and running away with it like a pack of rabid dogs.
Ronan Ryan has opened up about the struggle he and his wife, former RTE presenter Pamela Flood, faced over nine years as vulture funds attempted to sell their family home.
Model and television star Pamela Flood has spoken about her fight to keep the family home.
The Green Party has issued a coalition come-and-get-me plea to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail after its members voted in favour of forming a coalition government after the next election at its annual convention yesterday.
Pamela Flood is in fighting spirits. Facing losing the home she shares with her husband Ronan Ryan and their four young children, one thing she is certain of is that she will pay no heed to public opinion.
Annette Rocca says she is looking forward to beginning "a new chapter" after selling the luxury home she shared with her late husband, the tile tycoon Patrick Rocca.
Lisa Taddeo is the hottest ticket in the literary world this summer thanks to her brutally unflinching look at female desire.
Cosmetic clinics are cajoling young girls into altering their faces by offering two for one package deals on lip, jaw and cheek enhancements.
Dr Alan Ahearne, the man who predicted the 2008 crash, says warnings of another 2000-style dot-com crash are overblown.
Brendan Grace has been sitting up in his hospital bed, chatting, eating and cracking jokes in the past few days, despite his prognosis, friends have told the Sunday Independent.
His name is synonymous with the perfect steak, so it's no wonder Marco Pierre White has questioned Europe's controversial decision to strike a beef deal with the Mercosur bloc that it is feared could be hugely harmful to Irish beef farmers.
Hollywood's favourite comedian, Amy Schumer, has come out in support of Ireland's Love Island contestant Maura Higgins.
He started out waiting tables while working in his parents' hotel as a youngster and eventually amassed one of the best wine collections in the country, part of which sold for €385,000 in 2011.
An Australian businessman who advises employees at the world's biggest tech companies how to make better choices around alcohol believes he can help tackle Ireland's unhealthy relationship with drink.
The new US ambassador to Ireland Edward Crawford touched down in Dublin today to officially take up office.
A decade ago, you might have been tempted by the odd picture of mouth-watering food during a TV advert or on a cooking show.
One of Britain's top PR experts says Maura Higgins, the Irish girl who has been a hurricane of sexuality and chaos in this year's Love Island house, could be in line to make up to €1m once she leaves the reality TV show.
As a storm engulfs senior British politicians over their past use of class A drugs, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to clarify comments he made about his own drug use in a 2010 Hotpress magazine interview.
She's the largely unknown 33-year-old who beat off stiff competition from literary heavyweights, including Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders and Irish writer Sally Rooney, to win this year's €100,000 Dublin Literary prize.
Private Irish buyers will make up the bulk of sales on almost half a million euro worth of art that will go under the hammer this Tuesday - as the art world slowly recovers from the 2008 crash.
Priceless haute couture dresses are to go on display for the first time in Ireland at the Newbridge Silverware's Museum of Style Icons.
A big belly of cloud is rolling over Doonbeg on US President Donald Trump's final day in Ireland. There are murmurs that the 72-year-old commander-in-chief will not venture out for his scheduled game if the weather doesn't go his way. But there he is. In the rain. Practicing his putting at 9am.
Donald Trump flew home with a shiny new driver after developing a fondness for one of his friend's golf clubs.
After two Irish climbers tragically lost their lives on Everest recently, adventurer John Burke has recalled his own experiences of the summit.
Ciaran Cuffe isn't your typical Green. Or the "cartoon image" he feels people have about members of that party.
Boris Johnson is no fool. Although written off as the clown of British politics, the calculating politician is now the firm favourite to become Britain's next prime minister.
If you go down to the 3Arena today, you're in for a big surprise... the city's most famous three bears are finally on the move.
A new 'green dream' has emerged in Ireland this weekend and its rising star, Saoirse McHugh, has a message for the Government.
I'm standing in a cornfield with Ireland's most famous identical twin brothers, Stephen and Dave - aka "the Happy Pear" twins - and they are topless. The sun is shining on their golden brown torsos as they twist and turn to the photographer's flash before he instructs them to take a few steps back to get a better shot of their abs.
Former FBI special agent John Douglas, who spent his career interviewing some of the most horrific serial killers of all time - including Ted Bundy, the so-called 'Son of Sam' killer David Berkowitz and Ed Kemper - has offered to meet gardai to help solve the mystery of Ireland's missing women.
Oscar-nominated film director Jim Sheridan attended the Mr Moonlight murder trial and has expressed interest in turning the story into a documentary film.
It was the story that captured the hearts of a nation.
With its chic wine bars and outdoor terraces, Dublin's Grand Canal Dock is packed from morning to night during the summer months.
A young curly- haired blonde boy stands in the kitchen impersonating family members for his granny. She's bent in two laughing. Wiping away the tears, she takes the boy by the shoulders and vigorously shakes him. "You've got it," she says, suddenly turning serious. "Don't ever forget this. You're going to be great."
Self-esteem is a con. It is letting your pathological inner critic run riot - and setting you up in a rigged game against yourself that you will only ever lose.
The starting point of any good profile interview begins with the subject's childhood.
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin jetted in to Ireland this weekend and are enjoying a secret romantic Easter break on the exclusive Ballyfin Demesne estate, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Irish booksellers have reported a run on copies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as people seek solace between the pages of Victor Hugo's romantic classic following the fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral.
We're always trying to teach animals new tricks. Making them a little bit more human with cute clothes and ascribing human traits to them, but what if we flip the script and look for animal characteristics in ourselves?
The hog has a bad reputation. With its stocky body and flat snout, it's an animal few are keen to be affiliated with - except in the Wild West of Kerry, where it holds a very special status.
President Michael D Higgins has spoken about the need for "human connection" in the digital age.
A 15-year-old boy who has cystic fibrosis (CF) is urging people to think before they speak when dealing with someone who has the genetic disorder, because of the hurtful comments he has endured when out in public.
Leo Varadkar has responded to the backlash he received over his letter to Kylie Minogue and to being called a "camera slut" by former justice minister and attorney general Michael McDowell.
In a New York Times Magazine profile by Charles Siebert, there's an anecdote about how much self-belief Rory McIlroy had when he was a child.
The Department of Justice is launching a million-euro awareness campaign to tackle the "grey areas" of unwanted sexual advances.
Marco Pierre White's hair-raising past has been well-documented.
Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness believes his TV series Riviera has proved a massive hit because of the public's fascination with how the other half live.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the social media giant has "too much power" over free speech and needs greater regulation.
FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the social media giant has “too much power” over free speech and needs greater regulation.
The editor of a student newspaper at Trinity College Dublin has described her disappointment at attempts to cut the paper's funding following its reporting of alleged 'hazing' at an all-male society on the campus.
John Roebling had a vision to build a spectacular suspension bridge connecting New York and Long Island. At the time, experts throughout the world said the plan was impossible. But Roebling persevered and hired his son, Washington, to help realise his dream.
In Dublin's department stores, you may have noticed the homeware section is now peppered with luxury drinking accessories. They call it ''drinkware''.
The Irish tricolour will fly at half mast in Christchurch today as a mark of respect to those who died at the mosque massacre. Many of the St Patrick's Day celebrations, due to take place across New Zealand, are also being postponed and replaced by more subdued community gatherings.
A fitness expert with clients including the actors Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender says he is seeing an increasing number of people presenting with "serious metabolic damage" caused by the extreme diet advice from social media influencers.
Dancing eight hours a day and breastfeeding around the clock - it's no wonder Mairead Ronan has shed more than a stone and a half since joining Dancing with the Stars.
Former Newstalk radio presenter George Hook has spoken for the first time about how he plunged into a "massive depression" following his suspension from radio in 2017, after making controversial comments about rape.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described the ex-member of the Defence Forces detained in Syria as an "engaging and kind person" who he recalls speaking to when he travelled on the government jet.
When he was a child, Albert Einstein was called 'Biedermeier' by teachers. It means 'a little dull or unclever'. US General George S Patton was dyslexic and was held back by tutors. Thomas Edison recalled how, "I was always at the foot of the class", while Pablo Picasso left school at 10 because teachers gave up on him when he failed to remember the alphabet. They scoffed: "All he ever...
Meet the woman who promises to give you heaven on Earth for free. Her message is that it's not our reality that makes us suffer, but what we think and believe about it. By using four simple questions and turning a thought on its head, she believes she can help anyone to identify and question their...
From the catwalk to the sidewalk the bare-faced trend is becoming the latest step in female empowerment - and Aer Lingus has become the latest airline to drop mandatory make-up rules for cabin crew.
She was the dream doll of many a girl's childhood. With her long, lustrous hair, pearly white teeth and a shoe collection to make Imelda Marcos green with envy, for many little girls she was the picture of perfection.
WB Yeats: "I have no hope of seeing a united Ireland in my time, or of seeing Ulster won in my time; but I believe it will be won in the end, and not because we fight it, but because we govern the country well. We can do that, if I may be permitted as an artist and writer to say so, by creating a system of culture which will represent the whole of this country and which will draw the imagination of the young towards it."
Most women have been on the receiving end of an unsolicited comment or piece of advice about their fertility and prospects of motherhood.
Ivan Yates has revealed that he buys his cars by gambling on horses and football games.
Dancing is hungry work. Clelia Murphy knows this all too well as she tucks into a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast before another gruelling day training for Dancing with the Stars.
'Clean eating' has become the go-to diet in the age of perfection, driven by models and bloggers on social media.
Your movie has been nominated for a whopping 10 Academy Awards. The night ahead will be spent rubbing shoulders with the world's biggest stars in the glitziest event on the planet. So what are you most looking forward to?
Former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt has talked of her private struggle with cystic acne while performing as part of the world's biggest girl group.
Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny is seeking legal advice after a fake news story and doctored photographs of the star with a black eye appeared online claiming that he had been arrested and escorted off the Newstalk premises.
Roz Purcell has revealed that reaching a point in life where she is completely comfortable in her own skin has been "a journey and a half". Having recently posted unedited photos of stretch marks and her post-meal stomach to her almost 250,000-strong following on social media, the Irish model shared how she has nurtured a healthier new attitude.
There is something wonderful about bringing a person you love to a place they have always dreamed of visiting.
"Race is the cyanide pill of scandal" - that's the grim prognosis facing Liam Neeson, according to Eric Dezenhall, the world's leading PR expert in crisis management.
"Cities are a big deal," says Swiss-born British philosopher Alain de Botton. "We pretty much all have to live in them. We should try hard to get them right."
"We can't wake mammy up." They were the words that roused Brian Dowling from his slumber and threw his family into a nightmare.
Meet the Mega Monk. The modern-day version of the wise old man sitting on top of the mountain. Except he is here, among us, experiencing modern life in all its hell and glory.
In the age of ''pay-to-wear'' fashion where A-list stars can earn six-figure sums to wear the frocks and jewels of leading fashion houses on the red carpet, Kildare woman Laura Jayne Halton knows how lucky she is.
'With these figures, you have a 70pc chance of dying within two years."
The super-rich can be quite coy about their lifestyles and the extraordinary perks that their wealth can deliver. But one person who knows all about the demands of those with many millions of euro in their bank accounts is Kildare woman Ciara Egan.
Last Wednesday afternoon, an unnamed man was shopping in Nairobi when he received word that a nearby hotel was under siege by Islamist terrorists.