Chinese President Xi Jinping and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan  with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth   and Prince Philip  view a display of Chinese items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Getty Images

The timing of the collapse of what’s left of Britain’s steel industry could hardly have been more ironic. As the queen welcomed Chinese president Xi (...)

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne leaves Turpan, north west China where he paid a private visit to the ancient ruins of the Silk Road settlement Yar City dating back three thousand years.   Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British finance minister George Osborne will open bidding during a visit to China on Thursday on £12 billion of contracts to build a high-speed rail l(...)

  Indulgent hotels Capture a castle in Mayo Ashford Castle is synonymous with luxury and now that new owners, the Tollman family, ha(...)

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia.

Irish tourists intending to travel to Tunisia over the coming weeks should “exercise extreme caution”, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has said. Char(...)

Three judges who allegedly viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned. Photograph: Getty

Three judges who viewed pornography on official IT equipment at work were sacked for “wholly unacceptable” behaviour and a fourth has resigned, the J(...)

The  Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A prison officer has been slashed across the buttock with a makeshift knife at Midlands Prison. Two of his colleagues were hospitalised after a separa(...)

Stock image of a Ryanair flight. A co-pilot for the airline was praised when he carried out an emergency landing after his captain passed out.

A Ryanair co-pilot who performed an emergency flight landing after the captain passed out has been commended for his actions in a report.The Air Accid(...)

Christmas arrivals and departures at Ireland West Airport Knock, in Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Four sisters had the happiest of Christmas reunions in the arrivals hall at Knock airport on Monday. Claire, Roisin and Noreen Burke, from Rosan Glas(...)

Chimney pots line the rooftops of houses in the Herne Hill district of London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

House prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 on average after surging by 11.7 per cent over the last year, according to an official report.(...)

Cathal O’Connell: “The BMI brand has huge heritage, over 70 years of heritage.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two years ago, Cathal O’Connell was facing a task that many were bluntly telling him was impossible. He and a small team in East Midlands Airport in B(...)