Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maelbeek metro station. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Ian McCafferty was getting off the metro at Arts-Loi, the stop just before Maelbeek, at around 8.20am when he heard what he describes as a “loud muffl(...)

Badges of pride: at  the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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Joan Ross  President of the Claddagh Association, Perth, Australia When police in Perth contacted the local Irish club after finding a dead ho(...)

A Giant Panda cub is seen on show at China’s largest breeding Programme at Chengdu Research Base Of Giant Panda Breeding. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

There were nine million bicycles in Beijing when Katie Melua wrote her hit song just before my first visit to China a decade ago, but sitting station(...)

Melanie Cullen with her mother Shirley McHugh  in Sydney

Our mammies – we think we can’t get away from them quick enough growing up, but when we leave them behind, there is often no one we miss more in the (...)

Victim: Dermot O’Toole with his wife, Catherine, and their sons, Dale, Christian and Trent

Between August 2012 and July 2013 three Irish people were murdered in Melbourne. The deaths of David Greene, Jill Meagher and Dermot O’Toole were unco(...)

Who came out top in an online political opinion poll for the Irish abroad? Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fine Gael is the most popular party among Irish people living abroad, according to an online poll of readers carried out by The Irish Times this week(...)

Gareth Simpson: ‘For me and the other Irish people I meet, it is clear and simple: access to good quality housing, schools and healthcare are paramount. Those three issues far outweigh any counter issue with regards to tax.’

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams claimed during the election campaign that well-paid emigrants would be prepared to return home and pay more taxes as a pa(...)

What have the main political parties pledged regarding emigrant issues? Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With just over a week left in the general election campaign, all the main political parties have now released their manifestos. What have they pledge(...)

Gary Whelan: ‘Our first date was a trip around the Ring of Kerry.’

Gary Whelan, Dresden: ‘I would have moved anywhere to live with my fantastic Polish wife’ I was at home with Skype online. It had a search option the(...)