The Department of Finance said the performance was consistent with the recovering labour market, solid employment growth and increases in average weekly earnings. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government has received a major boost ahead of the forthcoming budget with the latest exchequer returns showing tax revenue running €1.4 billio(...)

A migrant family from Afghanistan after arrival  from Budapest, Hungary,  at the train station in Munich, Germany, August 31st, 2015. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed fellow European states to share the burden of the influx of migrants. The German leader told reporters in (...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop of Meath Michael Smith. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

The Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, performed the official opening of this year’s national novena at Knock, in Co Mayo, yeste(...)

Party says domestic wealth creators not valued by the Irish State. Photograph: The Irish Times

The rate of universal social charge (USC) paid by the self-employed would be brought into line with PAYE workers under proposals from Renua. The part(...)

Don't forget to nominate your favourite shop by clicking here Where would Audrey Hepburn meet Enid Blyton for a chat over tea and scones? Accor(...)

 Minions figures pose outside a movie theatre. File photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

A stuffed teddy bear based on the animated movie Minions is credited with breaking the fall of a five-year-old Colorado girl who only suffered minor i(...)

Frame up: Welles on the set of ‘Verites et mensonges’ (‘F For Fake’ or ‘Truths and Lies’), 1973 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Orson Welles was a 16-year-old prodigy when he blagged his way on to the stage of Dublin’s Gate Theatre. Recalling his time there, he said: “I star(...)

Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying at press conference after politcians  rejected a Beijing-backed political reform package. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images.

Hong Kong’s parliament has vetoed a China-backed electoral reform package criticised by opposition pro-democracy politicians and activists as undem(...)

‘The Magna Carta 800 anniversary falls after a decade and a half during which Western governments have introduced legislation to restrict civil liberties, so threatening the fundamental principles that Magna Carta is supposed to have enshrined.’ Above, a rare copy of  Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations but has now been unearthed by researchers.  Photograph:  St John’s College/University of Cambridge/PA

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Ma(...)

NearForm: the company recently announced it would add 100 jobs to its operation, and is targeting a total headcount of 150 by the end of the year

Waterford firm NearForm has appointed Silicon Valley engineer Eran Hammer to its team. The developer, who has previously worked for Walmart and Yahoo(...)