Using Lofar, a new radio telescope, astronomers have produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole. On left, radio and optical; right, optical only

A convoy of 30 articulated trucks will depart the Netherlands towards the end of summer and head for Birr, Co Offaly. Their cargo? The components nee(...)

Legit on Meath Street: converted from a former butcher shop

Meath Street is one of the last bastions of real Dublin where it’s possible to buy everything from pork tongues to knock-off handbags in one short st(...)

Pierre Moscovici, EU economic affairs commissioner: will set out plans next week to curb practices such as   shifting profits to minor subsidiaries in low-tax nations. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Multinational companies face severe constraints on their ability to avoid taxes on their activities in Europe as regulators seek to close loopholes la(...)

Angela Merkel gazes out from this oil painting by Irish artist Colin Davidson. Photograph: PA Wire
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Image of the week: Power portrait Looking almost, but not quite, as enigmatic and serene as the Mona Lisa, Angela Merkel gazes out from this oil pa(...)

 Bank of England governor Mark Carney delivers a speech on the UK economy at the Queen Mary University in London on Tuesday. Mr Carney said that there would be no interest rate rise for now. Photograph: EPA

Borrowers are delighted but the despair drags on for savers as Bank of England governor Mark Carney has made it clear that there is no prospect of an (...)

Handmade and handcrafted items for our homes will become increasingly sought after this year instead of mass-produced products

Before Christmas I visited London for an event with the very inspirational trend forecaster Lidewij Edel- koort whose presentation was on the colour,(...)

Fans  celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awaken and beside the Spire on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.  Pictured were Joanna Badiang, Lawrence Bernabat, Rose Marie Caballero and Jan Basilio. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

“We’ve never had this kind of experience,” says Helen Hutton, general manager at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. “It kind of transcends gender and ag(...)

Relax space in Ikea’s Space 10 in Copenhagen

On a dark, crisp Copenhagen night I feasted on microalgae soup, used a slingshot to eat carambola slices and sampled insect meatballs. But this wasn’t(...)

We’re told it is the most wonderful time of the year but let’s face it, most of us hardly have time to keep our homes tidy never mind turn the(...)

Belgian soldiers on patrol in central Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

A sense of quiet apprehension filled the streets of Brussels yesterday as citizens began the first full working day since the elevation of the securit(...)