Louis Walsh’s mother Maureen was not at home in the early afternoon last week when intruders broke into a shed at the rear of the house and stole aviation gasoline for a helicopter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/ The Irish Times

A gang which thought it was siphoning home heating oil from a tank at the childhood home of pop mogul Louis Walsh in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, got away inst(...)

Best pick for executive car: BMW 5 Series

EXECUTIVE CARS Best in class: BMW 5 Series It’s another case here of rivals getting closer and closer to a BMW product but never quite(...)

Ford’s new Mondeo Hybrid could soon have a 24g/km plug-in version

Ford may introduce plug-in hybrid versions of both the Mondeo and the C-Max as part of an expansion of its electric vehicle lineups in Europe. The Ame(...)

The sharper-styled Outlander PHEV Concept-S should boost Mitsubishi’s image ahead of the new ASX and Pajero.

Mitsubishi, hot of the back of awards success with its Outlander Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is planning to introduce at least two more plug(...)

The Nissan Qashqai has scooped the inaugural Car of the Year award from Ireland’s Association of Professional Motoring Press. The awards, handed out a(...)

Sisters Frances Forde and Marie Duddy died when their vehicle collided with the unmarked car close to the border city of Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two nuns killed in a crash involving a police car in Northern Ireland this week had dedicated their lives to education, a priest told funeral mourner(...)

Chief Designer Ian Callum poses alongside the new Jaguar XE automobile during its the World Premier launch in London last month.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Audi A big show for Audi this one, as it continues its relentless march into every motoring niche. The facelifts of the A6 and Q3 will get their (...)

CRH is to offload its share in a builder merchanting chain in France by the end of this year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European stocks fell as China’s minister for finance Lou Jiwei dampened speculation his government will boost economic stimulus. Commodities producers(...)

The new Galaxy Note Edge, shown to  media in New York yesterday. Smart-card chips are used in products such as mobile phones, bank cards, passports and pay-television cards.  Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The European Commission has imposed a €138 million cartel fine on groups including Samsung and Philips for rigging the European market for smart card (...)

The mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Photograph: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Inset: Sr Julie Canny

The dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima was one of the most important single events of the 20th century and ushered in the atomic age. Between 70(...)