Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara (above) and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civil action against them. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Former Munster and Ireland rugby player Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica have reached a settlement with a luxury kitchen company that had taken a civ(...)

Host Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton Show, at the London Studios, central London. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Chat-show host and comedian, Graham Norton remains Ireland’s best paid broadcaster earning €2.83 million in fees last year.The popular BBC presenter i(...)

A group tour of Salzburg in Austria, birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, also includes a visit to a ski resort and a concert
12 getaways of Christmas

A Wales of a timeIf you’re looking to take the kids away somewhere not too far, but still a world away, bag yourself a luxury lodge at Bluestone resor(...)

 Smyths toy shop on Jervis Street Dublin. The group operates 69 stores in total: 41 in Britain, 22 in the Republic and six in Northern Ireland. Photograph:  Frank Miller

Sales of Furbies, Monopoly Millionaire and learning tablets last year helped the British and Northern Irish arms of family-owned Irish toy-seller Smyt(...)

Michael McDowell and former Green Party minister Eamon Ryan at the count centre in Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte had the best line of the weekend when he called the Seanad Referendum “the costliest after-dinner speech in history(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny needed to sell his idea and failed to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Here are 10 of the principal reasons why there was a narrow No vote in the referendum to abolish Seanad Éireann. They are not in ranking order. 1. Pow(...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Have you actually read the Bill to permanently abolish Seanad Éireann before voting on it? It isn’t a simple textual excision of one of the two Houses(...)

As many as 2,000 homes, office buildings, stores and leisure facilities may be developed on the site near Brick Lane and Shoreditch. Photograph: BJ Scantlebury

Hammerson Plc and Ballymore Properties Ltd plan to seek permission to build homes, stores and offices on a 4.2-hectare (10.5-acre) site near London’s (...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has admitted he made “a mistake” by setting up a trust fund in an off-shore tax haven. Mr Farage, who has previously spoken o(...)

Left to right:  denim dress (€97), at East;  culottes (£30/€35) at Asos.com; sleeveless printed dress (€348), by Mary Katrantzou x Current/Elliott at My-Wardrobe.com; printed top (€24) and jeans (€32), at Dorothy Perkins

Since the advent of denim – as workwear and then, thanks to Levi Strauss, as the item every James Dean wannabe just had to own – we have seen (...)