Lending to Irish households continued to fall last month. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Lending to Irish households continued to fall last month, dropping by 3.9 per cent, according to new figures from the Central Bank. Loans for house pu(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has welcomed the revised LRC proposals for hospital consultants. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has has drawn up revised proposals for a new pay and career structure deal for new hospital consultants in a bid(...)

 Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will lead the team against Ulster at Tallaght stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sean O’Brien will captain Leinster against Ulster in a pre-season friendly at Tallaght stadium tomorrow (4.0).The Lions and Ireland backrow forward st(...)

David Bez describes himself as “a designer and food lover raised in Milan” – the raised-in-Milan bit is important because it goes some way to expla(...)

The Wexford hurlers’ championship odyssey was one of John Allen’s highlights this year and he is delighted to welcome Liam Dunne and his team back into the “almost contenders” section for next year’s championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Imagine only one game left in this year’s Liam MacCarthy Cup. We’ve had some good entertainment again this season from these modern day Cúchulainns. H(...)

A Dunnes Stores worker who was sacked for selling alcohol to a minor has been awarded €13,500 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (pictured) for unfair dismissal. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

A Dunnes Stores worker who was sacked for selling alcohol to a minor has been awarded €13,500 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal for unfair dismissal.(...)

Bring your wellies and your sunscreen to Electric Picnic music festival.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bring your wellies and your sunscreen. That’s the advice from Met Éireann for the hordes of revellers heading to Stradbally for the Electric Picnic mu(...)

Meeting some of the heroes of the turf – human and equine – is one of the attractions of the Curragh Thoroughbred Trail. It’s a one-off event which is(...)

A woman passes a store in Tokyo.  Household spending fell 5.9 per cent in July from a year earlier, new figures show.

Japanese household spending fell much more than expected and factory output remained weak in July after plunging in June, government data showed, sugg(...)

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