Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan:  had a voting rate of 16 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley have the worst voting record among Irish MEPs at the European Parliament, new figures show. Da(...)

Wine: Get the party started

There is no better way to get the Christmas festivities going than popping open a bottle of fizz. I intend serving a magnum of Champagne, but a goo(...)

Quite how this collaboration between experimental trio Radian and Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb came about is anyone’s guess, but it turns out(...)

Protesters in Mexico City present a photomontage of the 43 missing students. The case has laid bare the country’s deep-seated problem of impunity and corruption. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

Mexico says mounting evidence and initial DNA tests have confirmed that 43 student teachers abducted 10 weeks ago were incinerated at a garbage dump b(...)

Irish actor Andrew Scott  will play the character of Denbigh - a Whitehall boss - in the new James Bond film, Spectre. He won’t be playing a villain, as many had initially expected.  Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA 2:30

Irish actor Andrew Scott is to star in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Details of Spectre were announced on Thursday at Pinewood Studios, outside Lo(...)

The new Aston Martin DB10: it’s the continuation of a 50-year association between Bond and Aston on screen

Aston Martin has taken the covers off of its new model, called the DB10. Those assuming that, as one number follows another, this is the replacement f(...)

Mary is Happy Mary is Happy: “a genuine original”

The big concept: working from the random tweets of an anonymous teenage girl – @marylony – the daring young Thai auteur Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (...)

Ireland, Waterford: Property Partners Barry Herterich

Property Partners Barry Herterich (Tramore) is seeking €250,000 for this three-bedroom bungalow in Dunhill, Co Waterford. We find similar properties a(...)

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”. Photograph:

Irish weekly publication The Mayo News has won best local newspaper in Europe at the 2014 European Newspaper Design and Concept Awards.The Westport-ba(...)