Orla Murphy: There’s something fundamentally wrong about leaving a person you love for economic reasons

The first time I emigrated I couldn’t wait to go. My parents, returned emigrants who sacrificed a lot to rear their children here, wanted me to stay. (...)

Yannick Jauzion of France celebrates as the final whistle signals his team’s victory in the Quarter Final of the Rugby World Cup 2007 match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Having being beaten France home and away over the last two years it seems like Ireland have finally managed to shake the Gallic hoodoo which saw then (...)

Giant woolly sheep Chris before his shave on the outskirts of Canberra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

About 40kg (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world(...)

Downward curve: Western Australia is seeing a slowdown in mining. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

The number of Irish people returning to live in their native country last year was a lot lower than many anticipated. Just 12,100 Irish moved back (...)

 Performers at the Galway International Arts Festival. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The old cliché of the welcoming Irish has been reinforced by a new travel survey which places three of our cities in the top four for global friendlin(...)

Graham Darlow, chief executive of Fletcher Construction, said some of the workers who had carried out work on the damaged houses may have ‘gone back to Ireland’.

Are we Irish beginning to lose the run of ourselves, do we need to loosen up a little? Who among us will lose sleep ruminating on what Graham Darlow t(...)

Simon Coveney is also getting it in the neck for over-hyping the potential of the US beef market. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Dairy farmers have spent the last two years ramping up production ahead of the ending of milk quotas. Egged on by Government, they’ve expanded herd nu(...)

Irish construction workers were directly targeted by the New Zealand government in a recruitment drive following the two major earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. Photograph: Thinkstock

The chief executive of a New Zealand building company has apologised for comments he made on Wednesday where he appeared to blame Irish workers for(...)

‘Decriminalisation of both the purchasers of sex and the sex workers ensures an environment with better supports and protections for everyone.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Sex workers globally celebrated when Amnesty International recently passed a resolution to develop a policy on the decriminalisation of sex work. M(...)

‘Every year Ruhama works with more than 300 women in Ireland whose lives have been seriously, and in some cases irreparably, damaged by prostitution.’  Photograph: Getty Images

Prostitution exists because there is a demand for it. The sex trade is driven by sex buyers. But the number of women who freely and actively choose(...)