Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Peter Robinson underwent a procedure for a heart condition on Monday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The DUP pressed ahead with the final stage of the welfare reform bill today despite concerns that it will precipitate a crisis that would jeopardise t(...)

South African gold miners at work.  The government is ‘alarmed’ at the speed of change in the industry. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa’s mining industry has shed 35,000 jobs in two years, having suffered a battering from labour unrest, rising costs and weak commodity pric(...)

‘Jeremy Clarkson did not look like a repentant man when he roared into Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Friday night. He arrived on a souped-up hovercraft, to a burst of pink fireworks, one hand held high to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.’

Jeremy Clarkson did not look like a repentant man when he roared into Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Friday night. He arrived on a souped-up hovercraft, t(...)

Finding and championing a great talent behind the bar is the central idea of the Irish Bartender of the Year competition

Adam Walsh is working hard to practice his cocktail-making skills ahead of next Tuesday’s Irish Bartender of the Year final run by Diageo. At 22, he’s(...)

 Micheal Baron (left) founder of Belong with his husband Jamie Nanci at North Strand polling station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Orla Howard and Grainne Courtney For a long time, says Orla Howard, she has pictured “walking up the hill, as a family, to the polling station.” Orla (...)

Palestinian workers disembark from an Israeli bus at the Eyal crossing near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana

Israel has shelved a plan for separate buses for Jewish settlers and Palestinians in the West Bank following criticism that compared the scheme to a(...)

A statement from the Iona Institute called for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw her comments immediately. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Campaigners for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum have hit out against clinical psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney after she referred to Nazi(...)

Irish Rugby ambassador Fiona Coghlan, Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney,  IRFU chief executive Philip Browne and team captain Niamh Briggs at the announcement that Ireland will host the 2017 tournament. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is coming to Ireland in August 2017. The University College Dublin campus, and possibly Donnybrook’s 4G pitch, will(...)

People burn mattresses looted from the local police post on  May 13th, 2015, in Musaga,  Bujumbura, Burundi. Photograph: Jennifer Huxta/AFP/Getty Images

East African leaders have condemned what they called an attempted coup in Burundi on Wednesday by a general who declared he had deposed President Pier(...)