Ireland’s economy is starting to look like the euro zone’s comeback kid, but with such a fragile and two-tiered recovery, a happy ending may yet be out of reach
From the moment of the pope’s election, in March, there has been the sense that something remarkable has happened. But can Pope Francis implement his bold vision?
May elections in 2014 will present a particular challenge for the Coalition, which will also face the ultimate test of its decision to forgo an emergency credit line post-bailout
Edward Snowden blew the lid on US spying in Europe, but the real enemy may be public apathy
After the year of the Gathering ends, all eyes will turn to Scotland, which is set to repeat its Homecoming Scotland initiative five years after its successful first run
Summer 2013 started late but then it seemed to go on . . . and on, and had us basking in soaring temperatures and glorious autumn foliage
Food safety experts say food fraud will always be with us
Violence and political instability across the Middle East have cast a hopeless shadow on the aspirations of 2011’s Arab spring, but there are some bright points
From becoming a grandmother for the first time to simply enjoying meeting customers in a shop, the best memories are personal
The Rana Plaza collapse has led to calls for drastic reform of the garment industry
It was a bad year for Gerry Adams, but the North has experienced many much worse years
The hurling season led the way in a year’s sport with plenty of heroes, some villains and more than a few talking points
As a small player, Ireland is subject to vagaries. But enterprise, banks and less austerity are good tools
The main banks are moving closer to profitability, but that does not mean our financial woes are over
We look at the winners and the losers of the year
Property was predictably popular, as was technology, media, Google’s tax affairs. . . and Superquinn sausages
Enterprise Ireland is also putting money into attracting foreign direct investment and research
The Snowden revelations shook the tech giants, but they had plenty of their own problems to deal with
But bulls are confident the Fed and global central bankers will ease off on liquidity rather than halt it
Calm markets were reflected in the Vix – or fear index – hitting a six-year low of 12 and never exceeding its average
'The final episodes of Breaking Bad had the suspense and spectacle of a great action thriller, the psychological depth of a fine novel, the rush towards a calamity of a Greek tragedy'
‘The Fall’ epitomises TV drama’s rise and rise while Netflix flexes its muscles
Pat Kenny’s move to Newstalk was the big story, but there were more notable presences - and absences - on radio in 2013
Editor Kevin O’Sullivan casts his eye back over the highlights of an eventful 12 months in his editorial review of 2013
Crime, sport, sex and animals reach the top, but talking-point stories have staying power
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