The Alfred Beit Foundation is to consider postponing the sale of a number of paintings from Russborough House in Co Wicklow.

The controversial sale of artworks from Russborough House at Christie’s in London may not go ahead after private Irish donors offered to buy the pictu(...)

Children play  in front of the restored west wing of Russborough House at its opening in 2012. The Alfred Beit Foundation has issued a statement saying the Beits themselves sold artworks to assist in the upkeep of the stately home in Blessington, Co Wicklow.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:23

The trust that runs Russborough House has said it approached the Government twice in 2013 seeking support and highlighting the need to sell some Beit (...)

Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile – Rubens (1577-1640).  Photograph: The Irish Times

The National Gallery of Ireland has said it cannot be blamed for allowing valuable paintings from the Alfred Beit collection to leave the country. Th(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney pictured in New York today launching Irish beef. Photograph: Bord Bia

Irish beef, marking its return to the US market for the first time in more than 15 years, received the Michelin-star treatment at one of New York City(...)

 Lower cotton prices and markdowns meant Primark’s operating profit margin in the first half was higher than a year earlier. Photograph: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Associated British Foods has forecast better than expected second-half results after a strong performance from its low-cost fashion retailer, Primark,(...)

Refugees from South Kordofan playing at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan last week. “In times of shrinking aid budgets, tax is the most important source of income for developing countries, and it is the most obvious way to move beyond reliance on aid.” Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

The Irish Aid policy paper to be launched today will be an important modernisation of Ireland’s vision for overseas development. The Government(...)