Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Witnessing a “whiskey planking” is not an everyday event in a politician’s diary, but Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney is on the guest list for o(...)

Tullow chief executive officer Aidan Heavey: Tulllow says job cuts are likely to result from an internal review designed to deliver “long-term cost savings and efficiencies” across the exploration group.     Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tullow Oil has not ruled out laying off some of the 140 staff at its Irish office as the exploration and production group moves to cut jobs as part o(...)

An estimated 60,000 citizens of other European countries are treated in the Irish health service each year as visitors use their European Health Insurance Card or a UK entitlement document. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has lodged substantial claims with 23 European countries in respect of the cost of treatment of their citizens by the health service here.The (...)

A beach in Ölüdeniz, Turkey, one of the hot spots for 2015 2:47

BELGRADE Recent history relegated Serbia to the role of international pariah, but that’s all changed now and Belgrade has reaffirmed itsel(...)

Ireland is still the 14th most expensive place in the world to fill your car with petrol. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Islamic State (IS) takeover of several oil-producing areas in Iraq and the effects of the global recession on the development of alternative energ(...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

Nobel Prize winner Professor John O’Keefe at University College Cork, where he delivered a lecture at a neuroscience symposium and received an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

An Irish-American scientist, who earlier this year was awarded the Nobel Prize, has been conferred with an honorary doctorate from University College (...)

The Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal delivering a speech during the opening of the  20th United Nations Climate Change Conference at Lima, Peru, this month. Photograph: Paolo Aguilar

Frantic negotiations to salvage the UN’s 20th climate conference are running right up to the wire after an earnest plea to negotiators by its presi(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

Self-portrait by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin characters. © Moomin Characters™

Celebrations are taking place today across Finland, the beautiful Nordic country of lakes and islands as the 97th anniversary of the day Finns declare(...)