Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm in  Roscrea: The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and it warned against pr(...)

A spokesman for actor Jennifer Lawrence said they would seek to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos  of her. Photograph: Reuters

The apparent online hack that led to the posting of hundreds of explicit photos of some of Hollywood’s most famous female stars could have been as a r(...)

What makes a country competitive? For 25 years IMD, a Swiss business school, has been measuring global competitiveness, and ranking countries accordin(...)

The Irish economy is at a “turning point” in terms of cost competitiveness, the National Competiveness Council (NNC) has warned. In a rep(...)

Shipping containers. The new deal will give Global Ports  control over St Petersburg’s First Container Terminal and the Ust-Luga terminal near the Gulf of Finland

London-listed Global Ports has acquired Russia’s National Container Company in a $1.6 billion (€1.2bn) deal that brings together Russia’s two biggest (...)

Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas was performed on Sunday by Denmark’s Theatre of Voices with the National Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier (above). Photograph: Frank Miller

Can you name a composer who described his own music as “horrid”? We live in a world where classical music is often portrayed as relaxing, and in a cou(...)

Paul Hillier’s ‘ability to navigate the atlas of choral repertoire must be second to none’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s an old adage that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. But sometimes one little word makes all the difference. And at o(...)

Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener in A Late Quartet

Yaron Zilberman’s fascinating new film, A Late Quartet, has people thinking and talking and(...)