The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’. File.  Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

The theme of this year’s one-day Douglas Hyde Conference is ‘The Unsaved Harvest: Rural Ireland’s Cultural Heritage’ and it takes place in Ballaghader(...)

 UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks arrives at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has been taunted over his decision not to run for Parliament in a byelection triggered by the resignation of(...)

A study by the Central Bank found 70 per cent of mortgage arrears of 90 days or more in the buy-to-let sector – which equates to about €8.7 billion – were linked to cheaper tracker products, which are tied to ECB interest rates. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

More than two-thirds of long-term mortgage arrears in the buy-to-let sector stem from cheap tracker loans rather than high-cost variable-rate mortg(...)

Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group has proposed acquisition of eight regional radio stations from Global Radio in the UK.

Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp Group has proposed the acquisition of eight regional radio stations from Global Radio in the UK.Subject to regulatory appr(...)

Total will pay $1.6 million to acquire a 40 per cent stake in two exploration licences in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological basin in Lincolnshire, east England, thought to be rich in gas. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s Total SA will become the first oil major to invest in Britain’s fledgling shale sector when it announces plans today to spend about $50 milli(...)

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, photographed in Dublin Airport on his arrival this evening. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

He may have travelled nine million kilometres as the commander of the International Space Station, but Cmdr Chris Hadfield arrived in Ireland by more (...)

Ryanair has agreed to pay out €50,000 to a child who was injured when a piece of luggage fell out of an overhead locker on a Ryanair flight three year(...)

‘Thousands of children have their lives effectively on hold because of our under-resourced and under-staffed services,’ said June Tinsely of Barnados.

Thousands of children with developmental delays and behavioural problems are waiting more than a year to see specialists, according to figures from th(...)

A general view of the scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester that killed four members of Dublin-based doctor Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar’s family. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with a house fire which killed four members of the same family.Leicestershire Police sai(...)

Heavily armed riot police deployed in potential election flashpoints in Zimbabwe today on the eve of a showdown between president Robert Mugabe and p(...)