The Connected cast (from left)  Alanna Diggin, Nicole McQuillan, Elayne Harrington, Venetia Quick, Anna Ryan and Kate McGrew 3:26

A young woman from Tralee struggling to cope with her dad’s death. A performance artist going home to Ohio to tell her folks she’s now a stripper i(...)

A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

A person receives a test for diabetes during a free medical clinic in California. Ireland has the worst standard of diabetes care in western Europe, according to a new international comparison. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Ireland has the worst standard of diabetes care in western Europe, according to a new international comparison.The Euro Diabetes Index 2014 ranks Irel(...)

Katie Mae (9) and Ellie (7) O’Sullivan, from Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

In the run-up to September, newspapers and radio programmes tend to be flooded with back-to-school stories fuelled by surveys highlighting just how mu(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Centro Congressi MIco in Milan yesterday. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

EU finance ministers have backed Ireland’s bid to repay its IMF loans early, in a deal that will begin to generate savings for the exchequer before th(...)

Nicolas Roche: he tried to get closer to race leader Michal Kwiatkowski on yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour of Britain. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche tried to get closer to the yellow jersey of race leader Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) on yesterday’s fifth stag(...)

Scotland’s deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Alex Salmond and former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars campaign with activists in Piershill Square, Edinburgh today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed comments by Pat Cox that the EU must allow Scotland to join if there is a Yes vote in the forthcom(...)

New apartments in Liljeholmskajen, Stockholm, Sweden. Apartment prices jumped 8 per cent last year and have soared 38 per cent since late 2007 to a record, according to Svensk Maeklarstatistik, which compiles monthly data on Swedish home prices. photograph: photographer: casper hedberg/bloomberg

Johan and Alejandra are the kind of Swedes the International Monetary Fund has been warning about – piling up debt to keep up with an ever-rising prop(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Crowds watch as performers from the French arts group Royal de Luxe take to the streets of Limerick with their Giant Grandmother parade as part of this years city of culture celebrations. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire. 1:59

A 25-foot Giant Grandmother moved much more than traffic when she finally arrived in Limerick for her highly anticipated three day visit.A sea of smil(...)