Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): the OECD’s report suggests global FDI increased by 25 per cent to $1.7 trillion in 2015. Photograph: Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign direct investment (FDI) among top industrial countries almost doubled last year with large inflows recorded in Ireland, the Netherlands, Switz(...)

A March 2014 photograph made available this week, shows asylum seekers at the  Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/EPA

Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions o(...)

An electron microscope image of a zircon crystal

Geologists at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that the very oldest pieces of rock on Earth are to be found at the bottom of craters left by ast(...)

A solicitor who took out a fraudulent mortgage after his father’s law firm got into trouble with the Law Society has avoided a prison sentence. File photograph: Mostafa Fawzy/Getty Images

A solicitor who took out a fraudulent mortgage after his father’s law firm got into trouble with the Law Society has avoided a prison sentence. Decla(...)

Does Maserati’s first SUV have to be better than everything from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Range Rover? Or does it just have to be(...)

French president Francois Hollande visits the French industrial group DCNS headquarters in Paris, yesterday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

President Francois Hollande seemed to bubble with happiness when he congratulated the staff of the French naval group DCNS on winning the “contract o(...)

“Instead of waving rifles or proclamations, we should proudly hold aloft our Form 11s.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Rising that took place a century ago this week was an imaginative spark. The depressingly mundane manoeuvring for the formation of a new governmen(...)

I’ve been a FIFO (fly in fly out) worker in Western Australia for almost three years on and off. The phrase FIFO is a relatively new one to us Iris(...)

FIFO (fly in fly out) contracts are especially common for workers on construction and mining projects in remote parts of Western Australia and Queensland. Photograph: Thinkstock

Thousands of Irish people are working in remote mining regions in Australia, employed on what are known as FIFO (fly in fly out) contracts. They spend(...)

Down under: John Drennan (left) with friends in Australia

Shortly after moving to Australia I found myself sitting high in a Sydney skyscraper, very late at night, questioning my decision to leave London, whe(...)