‘Of all the indignities suffered in Ireland as a result of the financial meltdown, why do water charges appear to be the tipping point for some Irish people?’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has revised down caps on water charges, it emerged today, with the effective charge for families now standing at €160. How does (...)

The Wonderland sculpture by Jaume Plensa, outside the Bow Tower in Calgary. Photographs: Colin Way/New York Times

Embracing one’s inner carnivore is not an unusual thing to do in a city nicknamed “Cowtown”, but this was not your usual steak. It was pig-head mor(...)

With a total area of almost 10 million square kilometres (Ireland by comparison is just 84,431 sq km), Canada is the second largest country in the (...)

The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

Assembling a gas turbine at Siemens in Berlin: the company is trying to reposition itself to take advantage of growth in the energy sector. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

The head of the German electronics and engineering giant Siemens said last week that the company would not be strong-armed into acquiring the power un(...)

A Facebook photo of Lorna Weafer who was killed by a black bear on Wednesday.

A woman who was killed by a bear at one of Canada’s major oilsands sites has been identified as 36-year-old engineer Lorna Weafer. Irish actor (...)

The Suncor oil sands extraction facility near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

At a time of Russian sabre-rattling and with the Middle East in turmoil, a welcome geopolitical treble win could be on the cards. The United St(...)

Wall power: Rae Spoon in ‘My Prairie Home’

V for she. Vs for his or her. And how many Spivak pronouns can you name? The brave new world of post-gender language is a thrilling, if t(...)

The Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada, with the city in the background. A 20-strong delegation from the Alberta capital is attending the Canada Expo in Dublin this weekend. Photograph: Lonely Planet

With a projected shortage of 96,000 workers threatening to hinder the rapid expansion of Alberta’s lucrative oil and gas industry over t(...)

Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander said the number of visas for Irish people under the International Experience Canada scheme was to be increased because the Irish ‘do well in Canada’. Photograph: Government of Canada

The number of Canadian working holiday visas available to young Irish people is to increase by almost 70 per cent this year under a new agreeme(...)