Eddie Hobbs at the launch of Lucinda Creighton’s new political party. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Eddie Hobbs has undoubtedly done this State – or at least its citizens – some service, but characterising him as a universally popular people’s cham(...)

Brand loyalty: many of us seem to buy products because we have been blinded by advertising, science and the lure of famous names. Photograph: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

While working in the make-up section of a department store, I once met a woman who spent a lot of money on a very small jar of face cream. It was s(...)

It’s a make-up must have all year round, but in summer, mascara really comes into its own. Heat and humidity (oh please God, let it happen) are rar(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande visits the Museum of Resistance at Mont Valérien in Suresnes, west of Paris, on Friday, where he announced the future “pantheonisation” of four Resistance heroes. Photograph: Remy de la Mauviniere/EPA

France’s president Francois Hollande has announced the future “pantheonisation” of four Resistance heroes. Mr Hollande spoke on Friday at Mont-(...)

Martin O’Neill, or whoever gets the gig as next manager of the Irish football team, is going to get quite a lot of quids, but it’s hard to shake the suspicion that nothing else but perfection is going to keep the critics off his back once that initial burst of “new-era-fresh-start-everyone’s-shoulder-to-the-wheel” enthusiasm wears off. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

An old Irish Press colleague, the late Brian Featherstonhaugh, had an admirably straight-forward response to anyone ringing in complaining about mista(...)

Maurice Levy (left), Publicis chief executive, and John Wren, head of Omnicom Group react after signing the merger documents in Paris

For years, the advertising business has been spurred by the Madison Avenue mythology of small independent shops coming up with the snappy catchphrase (...)