Say what you will about John Grant, he is a songwriter who doggedly wears his heart on his sleeve. Over the course of two exceptional solo albums –(...)

Levels of tolerance are similar in Ireland to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, the most tolerant countries in the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people are some of the most tolerant in the EU and are becoming more tolerant year by year, a Europe-wide survey has found. The Irish are now a(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Ireland ranked third in expenditure on the social areas, with only Denmark and Finland spending more.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has signalled the General Election will be next spring. Answering questions in the Dail on T(...)

Independent TD Joan Collins: has called for an increase in minimum wage.  Photograph:  Collins

About 220,000 children avail of free school breakfast and lunch, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton told the Dáil. She said her department ha(...)

Iam the child of refugees. My parents came to the UK to escape Hitler. Their arrival saved their lives. More passionate patriots cannot be imagined. I(...)

Children in the West Bank city of Hebron in 2005 with a mock coffin wrapped with a Danish flag that reads, in Arabic, “Death to Denmark”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

On this day a decade ago, few outside Denmark noticed when the right-wing Jyllands-Posten daily published a dozen cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.(...)

Ploughing champion Eamonn Tracey on the last day of the 2015 National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

The National Ploughing Championships has morphed into something so huge that it would be easy to forget its origins. Many of the visitors who arrive (...)

A migrant, surrounded by  Croatian police,  near the Opatovac transit centre for migrants and refugees,  September 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

Militant Islamist groups are not thought to be using the refugee influx into Europe to smuggle in militants who could carry out attacks, according to (...)

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

One third of Irish households will be generating their own electricity within 10 years, the ESB’s chief executive has predicted. Pat O’Doherty said (...)

The PanelDuct product is an innovative solution for air conditioning ductwork. It is supplied in modular flat-panel format to minimise transport costs and installed in just one operation

Plans for a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Co Mayo have been announced by 2015 Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Award winner P(...)