New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer is calling time on tipping across his 13 restaurants in favour of higher wages for all staff, funded by significantly higher prices on all his menus.  Photograph: Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images

I don’t tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I’ll give them something, a litt(...)

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Political and economic unification of Ireland could potentially deliver a €35.6 billion boost in GDP for the island in the first eight years, accordin(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speaks at Friends of Sinn Féin fundraising dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York,  on Thursday.   Photograph: Michael Nagle

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams shot back at criticism over him missing Dáil debates to attend the party’s $500-a-plate (€460) fundraising dinner in N(...)

Throughout Food Month we will have a daily “Guilty Pleasure” feature where well-known faces share their secret treats, from the delicious to t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

James Sweeney and Ellen Baker: ‘The feeling of the city and the whole vibe is so New York but it’s cleaner, friendlier, smaller, cheaper.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ellen Baker and James Sweeney: arrived from New York in May James Sweeney was standing beside the ruins of a 19th-century stone cottage outside(...)

Former US senator Fred Thompson. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Fred D Thompson, a former US senator, actor and Republican presidential candidate, died on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. The cause was a(...)

Artist Eric Fischl, who favours a method of DNA-based authentication that gives artworks unique identifiers, at his home in Sag Harbor, New York. photograph: danny ghitis/new york times

The artist Eric Fischl remembers the time a friend waved a catalogue at him to alert him that one of his paintings was up for auction for six figures (...)

 Edward Kennedy flanked by  President Mary McAleese and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Photo: AP Photo/Hillery Smith Garrison

From 1987 to 1998 I worked with Senator Ted Kennedy and served as his foreign policy advisor during pivotal years in the Northern Ireland peace proces(...)

Pope Francis at the UN: he  blamed the “misuse and destruction of the environment” on “a selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity” Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Pope Francis continued his groundbreaking visit to the US with further strong appeals for action, demanding peace and environmental justice before t(...)