Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to retain special adviser Sarah Kavanagh and has appointed Susie O’Connor as his communications director. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to retain special adviser Sarah Kavanagh whom he appointed when he was first promoted to the Cabinet (...)

President Barack Obama: “I don’t care if it’s legal – it’s wrong,” he told a California audience. “You don’t get to choose the tax rate you pay. These companies shouldn’t either.” Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has castigated American companies for “gaming the system” by relocating their headquarters to countries such as Ireland w(...)

Dan Harris claims to be 10 per cent happier after five years of searching for something that would calm the yammering in his head. Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Buddhists believe that if you are really in tune with yourself and able to live in the moment, all these wonderful thoughts and sounds zing in and (...)

Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy greets Wayne Rooney of Manchester United before the US side’s 7-0 drubbing at the Rose Bowl. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Ander Herrera is sure Louis van Gaal will do his utmost to keep his Manchester United players grounded after their 7-0 destruction of the Los Angeles (...)

Ferrari says yes to hybrids and carbon chassis, but no to down-sized V12s

Ferrari has said its V12 engines will always be naturally-aspirated, even if more hybrid versions appear. With the launch of the turbocharged, downs(...)

SUVs and crossovers have outsold saloons in the US for the first time

In news of a “hadn’t this already happened” vein, sales of SUVs and crossovers have overtaken those of conventional saloons in the key US market for t(...)

 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

A new era will begin in the early hours of Thursday morning when Louis van Gaal takes to the dugout as Manchester United manager for the first time.A(...)

Senator Carl Levin:  has a track record of bashing corporate tax dodgers and wants to introduce legislation that limits the number of corporate inversions. Photograph: Reuters

A new reality television series called Dating Naked began in the US last Thursday in which the traditional dating process is up-ended and the couples (...)

Philip Marley did not respond to requests for comment on Ms Wilkey. Photograph: David Sleator

Dana Wilkey, the girlfriend of Dublin businessman Philip Marley, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California along with two business part(...)

 Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire: ‘Hip-hop is representative of the male in America right now: an eternal adolescent, kind of superficial, playful, irresponsible, talented being who has lost his way a little’

Are you ready to get high again? Shabazz Palaces are back in the building and their engines are humming. The Seattle duo scorched a path to hip-hop’s (...)