A smartphone shows the two apps, Kuaidi Dache -- part-owned by Alibaba -- and Didi Dache -- backed by Tencent -- which together control 99 percent of China’s domestic market for booking taxis by smartphone. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

China’s streets are getting meaner for taxi drivers, as the traditional cabbie tries to deal with the new world of taxi-hailing apps while coping with(...)

Salmon enchanted evening: Noel Clancy celebrated Valentine’s Day with a great springer of 13lb 8oz from Lough Currane

Inland Fisheries Ireland (Ifi) is preparing a National Angling Development Plan (Nadp) which it hopes will provide criteria, support and proposals to(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown runs into the prayer vigil  against the “display on the website of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Culture

Oh dear. On Valentine’s Day too. And as the film Fifty Shades of Grey, with its themes of domination, humiliation and bondage, took over the media. Wi(...)

Labour TD Michael McNamara is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Labour TD is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. The engagement of Clare backbencher Michael McNamara and fellow ba(...)

Forget the piles of Valentine’s cards you received this morning. Instead consider showing your love for our capital city with this very postable il(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

We’re having risotto for dinner. Risotto from the Italian word risot, which means to sell baby food to adults for €2 per spoonful. We’ll know that the(...)

Valentine’s Day. The very phrase may stick in your throat or fill you with a saccharine sense of buoyant joy. However you feel about it, it is (...)

Frederic William Burton’s the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 1864, which will be on display for one hour on Valentine’s Day. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

Festival of Russian cultureDublin city will celebrate the coming of spring through the Russian Cultural Festival from Saturday to Sunday, February 22n(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

The hulking monster that is Valentine’s Day is a symptom of our belief that we can have it all in a relationship. It permeates the ether from the b(...)

The Civic Type-R gets Honda’s trad Championship White colour scheme.

Possibly with Valentine’s Day and the release of 50 Shades of Grey in mind, Honda is only going to show us a teasing glimpse of the new Civic Type-R, (...)