Former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland. Mr Ringland was one of the attendees at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, where Lord Diljit Rana urged the State to consider rejoining the Commonwealth.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said. Speaking at the (...)

A stray dog on  a tourist beach  in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.  A study has found almost 60,000 people die every year from rabies transmitted by dogs and the  thousands of stray dogs on Bali have reportedly become a threat to the local tourism industry. Photograph: Made Nagi/EPA.

A study has found that almost 60,000 people die every year from rabies transmitted by dogs.The report is the first to consider the impact of canine-sp(...)

End of the road: Belfast-Waterford-Dublin-Waterford-Belfast, over the course of four days. By the end I was deaf, my left leg had developed a cramping twitch and my wallet was sucked dry by the 25mpg thirst.

If they’ve put up a special museum exhibit all about you, it probably means you’re old now. I wonder if that’s how the late, great Nelson Mandela felt(...)

A train crosses the Nine Arches Bridge near the town of  Ella. Photograph: Graham Crouch/The New York Times

The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashe(...)

Mohsin Hamid, author of the bestselling novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is not a typical Pakistani Muslim. He argues eloquently that there is no s(...)

GV Prasad, chief executive of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. India is the company’s second largest market after the US. Photograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, India’s second-largest pharmaceutical company, expects domestic sales to grow nearly 20 per cent this financial year, helped (...)

Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)

Cadbury said it planned to launch an appeal against the claim, describing the dispute as “one of interpretation”. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Cadbury has been hit with a new Rs5.7 billion (€84 million) tax claim in India in relation to allegations that the Dairy Milk chocolate producer claim(...)

Indian soldiers pose as Indian artillery gunners of the first World War, in New Delhi. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/ EPA

After a century in denial, India is starting to acknowledge the role played by more than a million of its soldiers in helping its British colonial mas(...)

 Actor Liam Neeson, who will narrate the Easter Rising documentary The Irish Rebellion. The   documentary’s premier will be simulcasted in Irish embassies across the world to local audiences.  Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty Images

A €2.8 million documentary that will be the centrepiece of the television coverage of the Easter Rising centenary will be screened simultaneously in I(...)