US President Barack Obama tries virtual reality glasses as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) tour Hanover Messe Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany April 25, 2016. Photograph: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Image of the week: Peak virtual Yes, these are the fingers on the nuclear button, but what do they look like viewed in virtual reality? Only Barack(...)

Statoil jumped 6.1 per cent after Norway’s biggest oil company unexpectedly posted a profit

Energy companies pushed European equities up for a second day running, amid better-than-estimated earnings reports and news of oil reaching $45 a barr(...)

While the market share of Irish-owned retail firms has declined, the new entrants, such as H&M, Zara and Ikea, have brought variety and competition to the Irish retail sector, driving down prices

If you walk around the main shopping districts of Dublin, Cork and Galway, many of the shops you see are part of UK-based retail chains, such Marks &a(...)

Leo Varadkar talks to the media in Trinity College after leaving talks yesterday: the outlines of a compromise were agreed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The emerging deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the future of Irish Water and of water charges comes after days of stalemate and an inconclusi(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned Labour Party members to be ready for a second election as talks on the formation of government remain deadlocked over (...)

Emilia Douglas wearing a cloth nappy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Buried in a photo album in my parents’ house, there’s a picture of me as a young baby, sitting in a terrycloth nappy and sporting some rather fetchin(...)

About 1,000 long-serving staff at Tesco have voted for strike action over the the company’s plans to change their work terms and conditions. File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

About 1,000 long-serving staff at Tesco have voted for strike action over the the company’s plans to change their work terms and conditions. Last Fri(...)

Tesco workers show solidarity at the Mandate Trade Union Conference in Galway. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

If Tesco workers fail in their battle to protect pay and conditions, the “negative ripple effect” for all private sector workers would be “significant(...)

A seemingly healthy breakfast of cereal, toast and orange juice could take up your daily sugar allowance. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

It is important to note that not all sugars are created equally. The two main types found in food are the naturally occurring ones – like the lactose (...)

John Paul Scally, Ireland managing director of Lidl: sales in the Republic are “significantly more” than €1 billion. Photograph: Keith Arkins

After more than two months without a government, a third attempt to elect a taoiseach ended in failure this week as the vultures of political instabil(...)