The Merrion Hotel Dublin: cheapest room for next Sunday is €295, falling to €250 on Monday, according to tripadvisor.ie. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The cost of staying at a hotel in the capital has climbed dramatically in recent weeks, and prices are now coming close to matching those recorded at(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, featuring Aidan Gillen (right) as a man caring for his niece following his recent release from prison, is among the Irish premieres at this year’s bash.

Versatile character actor John C Reilly will be among the special guests attending the Galway Film Fleadh next month. Reilly, star of Chicago, The Ho(...)

Writer Edna O’Brien, in Sligo for  a   celebratory Nobel dinner   for   Yeats2015,  to  mark     the  150th anniversary of  the poet’s  birth. Photograph: James Connolly

For her last significant birthday the writer Edna O’Brien generated headlines stating “still hot at 80”, which arguably made her the ideal person to(...)

The five best cities for street food Hanoi food authorities recently had to test street food samples following rumours that vendors added marij(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

Brandenburg still not open Another year goes by and still BER Brandenburg Airport is still not open. Originally due to open on a site near Schoenefeld(...)

The five-star Monart hotel and spa in Co Wexford. It is included in the sale of Ulster Bank’s Project Coney portfolio to Sankaty Advisers

Ulster Bank has agreed the sale of its Project Coney portfolio to Sankaty Advisers, a US-based affiliate of investment group Bain Capital. The portfo(...)

Bryan Dobson of RTÉ, Catherine Walsh of The Reputations Agency, Sarah McCabe of the Business Journalists Association of Ireland, and Mary Murray, Dublin Simon Community, launching this year’s Business Journalists Association of Ireland annual corporate quiz. Photography: Conor Healy

The Business Journalists Association of Ireland has raised €48,000 for the Dublin Simon Community at its annual corporate challenge quiz. Held on Thur(...)

A Lithuanian man who is already in jail for robbing prostitutes in Cork and Clare, was given a concurrent six-year sentence for robbing another prostitute in Galway.

A Lithuanian man who is already in jail for robbing prostitutes in Cork and Clare, was given a concurrent six-year sentence for robbing another prosti(...)