The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Confederate flag has meant different things to different people over the years in the United States. It is far more than just a diagonal blue cros(...)

Hot on the heels of the release of their first CD, In Two Minds, in 2014, these two masters of traditional singing are back, in fine form. Dis(...)

David Goldberg and his wife, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

David Goldberg, the chief executive of online questionnaire company SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, d(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

Three has agreed to waive the balance on a former customer’s account. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A reader by the name of Derek began using 3 shortly after the network set up in Ireland back in 2005 and was paying about €15 each month. “Roughly (...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday during his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Detective Garda has denied a suggestion he was so convinced Ian Bailey had murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier he was “scratching around” for any evi(...)

Oscar winners (left to right): Best Actor in a Supporting Role JK Simmons, Best Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette, Actress in a Leading Role Julianne Moore and Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne, in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:50

Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dizzying tale of Broadway composed as if shot in one continuous take, has wo(...)

A still from SLR by Stephen Fingleton: the story of a pornographer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, anonymous photographer

Two Northern Irish films have made it onto the long list for best live-action short at the Academy Awards. Ten films appear on the list, from which fi(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan’s interview by CNBC “Squawk Box” presenter Joe Kernan.

The New York Times has described the head of the IDA, who endured a bizarre interview on American business television channel CNBC, as an “unlikely vi(...)

IDA Ireland’s Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan has been quizzed on American television network CNBC’s popular business show Squawk Box about whether I(...)