Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year: the year of the monkey. If you were born in 1910, 1922, 1934, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004 it(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Genealogical roots: there is no doubt that a revolution in access to records has taken place.

The “Irish Roots” column began on February 28th, 2009, almost exactly seven years ago. This is the last one. Looking back over that period, the blink(...)

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Kenneth O’Brien (33) (left).  The  Garda underwater unit has being searching  a canal in Co Kildare for his remains.

Two men remain in custody in connection with the murder of Kenneth O’Brien whose dismembered remains were found dumped at a number of locations last m(...)

The city centre itself is easy to get around, with a small grid of shopping streets bordered by the high-rise business quarter in St George’s Terrace that defines the Perth skyline

Once defined as the most isolated ex-colonial outpost in the world, Perth is now a thriving city, happy in its multicultural skin and proud of its hug(...)

Until recently, most large producers concentrated on well-known varieties that were in demand worldwide

W e Irish have always liked the wines of Chile. They currently outsell Australia, France and every other country. Chile offers well-made wines at ver(...)

In the Netherlands the number of political parties that had their manifestos costed by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis went from three in 1986 up to ten in the last election (2012). (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Elections are the moment for political parties to present their ambitions for the nation and for citizens to set the course. Citizens are best place(...)

Despite the introduction of “free fees” two decades ago, a student registration fee has climbed to €3,000 a year. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Fine Gael will pledge to introduce a student loan scheme for third-level education if the party is returned to government. A draft of its education m(...)

Seamus Quinn, co-founder of Retail Solutions: Tuam-based firm plans to focus on Australia over next few years

Tuam in Co Galway is more readily associated with being the birthplace of the band, The Saw Doctors than anything else. But this small town in the wes(...)

Waves crash over the lighthouse at Porthcawl, Wales, February 1, 2016. Gale force winds are affecting parts of Wales. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

It’s St Bridget’s day, when we traditionally celebrate the arrival of Spring but instead we are battening down the hatches as Storm Henry sweeps in. (...)