Detail from a gilt-bronze surtout de table, made for Kilkenny Castle in circa 1805, which appeared at Sotheby’s this week where it sold for £18,750

Sunday (February 22nd) Victor Mee Auctions (Co Cavan). Auction on the premises of Smarmore Castle, Ardee, Co Louth. A William IV mahogany three(...)

HSBC:  more of a painful than a pleasurable week for the bank.  Photographs: REUTERS/

A picture of a skyscraper-heeled stiletto with the word “pleasure” typed over it, next to an image of a red chili pepper branded with the word “pain”.(...)

 Retired assistant commissioner Noel Smith pictured leaving the Four Courts  after giving evidence in the High Court action for damages by Ian Bailey. Photograph: Courts Collins

A senior Garda overseeing the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has told the High Court he was not made aware by other gardaí(...)

James Greenwood wields a variety of sounds on his debut album, but the most intriguing thing to hand is the London producer’s own curiosity. His ha(...)

Belfast developer Paddy McKillen: Victory in the Irish case would present grounds for claiming mistrial in the British case. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Property developer Paddy McKillen has succeeded in joining members of the Barclay family and related parties to a High Court case that he is taking ag(...)

Deputy first minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness speaks to reporters outside 10 Downing Street. Secretary of State for NI Theresa Villiers has warned that the NI government will not be able to function unless a budget is decided.  Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s government departments and public services will be increasingly unable to carry out business after January if a budget deal is not (...)

The Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. The dollar hit post-recession highs against some currencies last week after an employment report showed 321,000 jobs had been created in November. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Global financial policy makers have sounded the alarm about the impact of a resurgent US dollar on emerging markets, where companies have racked up la(...)

Macy’s shoe department on Black Friday: head to the seventh floor  to pick up a card that lets you off the New York sales tax. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

So the Irish are flocking back to New York to do their Christmas shopping? Apparently, and according to research by Expedia.ie, there’s an 84 per cent(...)

Latest buzz in Kildare Village has been the low-key opening of a Kate Spade outlet full of Christmassy ready-to-wear items as well as colourful bag(...)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD): used in conjunction with IVF to screen embryos for specific genetic disorders before they are implanted into a woman to try to achieve  a pregancy. Photograph: Bill Davis/Newsday

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, stopped referring patients abroad for a controversial reproductive treatment after receiving leg(...)