Darragh Kelleher: ‘Meeting fellow Irish people in Singapore makes it easier being away from home, with an Irish population here of a few thousand, a chamber of commerce, a GAA team, and of course, many Irish pubs.’

Ironically, I was working in the dole office but I decided to leave Ireland anyway in January 2011. I saw first-hand what the recession was doing t(...)

Minister for Jobs  and  Enterprise  Richard Bruton with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan, at the launch of the St Patrick’s Day  Enterprise International programme. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ministers travelling abroad for the annual programme of St Patrick’s week trade missions will have to report back to Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the succ(...)

Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Chinese New Year is a strange time in Hong Kong. Flat-bed trucks rattle along the streets bearing tangerine trees with little red envelopes stuffed wi(...)

A woman pushes a child with a suitcase at a railway station, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. According to UniGroup’s latest survey, twice as many people moved out of China last year than moved in. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rising living costs and foul pollution in China are starting to translate into falling numbers of expatriates choosing to live there, despite the endu(...)

France’s BNP Paribas chairman says the record $8.9bn fine imposed on the euro zone’s biggest bank by assets for US sanctions violations last year was a “wake-up call” . Photograph: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

Banks can no longer afford a “too narrow, legalistic approach” to complying with rules because “the world has changed” and they need to clean up their(...)

The fuselage of a TransAsia Airways passenger plane being lifted out of the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 4th February 2015. Photograph: EPA/Military News Agency/Handout 0:39

Rescuers used a crane to hoist a TransAsia Airways plane from a river in Taiwan’s capital as they searched for 18 people missing after a crash that ki(...)

Ireland men’s hockey team are hoping to bridge a 67-year gap and be the first to qualify for the Olympic Games in a team sport since the soccer team did in 1948. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

The Irish men’s team, who are currently in South Africa preparing for the first of their Olympic qualifiers are ranked 15th in the world, while the I(...)

The head of the national transportation safety committee, Tatang Kurniadi talks to journalists during a press conference about the crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Data Recorder. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

The French first officer of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed into the sea last month was at the controls just prior to the incident, Indonesia’s (...)

Michéal Martin’s father Paddy in an Irish Army uniform

Micheál Martin’s spidery writing is all over the printout of an email sent to him by his cousin outlining his family connections. Like many extended I(...)

Indonesian rescue personnel load coffins bearing bodies recovered from the underwater wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 on January 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Yudha Manxyudha/AFP/Getty Images

Indonesian rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner almost to the water’s surface before it sank to the ocean floor again when the(...)