Perry Wharrie (53) was one of four men jailed in Ireland for their part in the bungled Dunlough Bay drug-smuggling operation off Mizen Head in West Cork in July 2007. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An Englishman given the longest ever sentence for drugs offences in the history of the state following a bungled cocaine smuggling operation off the W(...)

Differences in culture, business approach and regulation may put many people off the possibility of growing into places such as Africa but that doesn’t mean there aren’t major opportunities there

Terms such as “tech start-up” and “developing world” are not frequently heard in the same sentence. Irish companies looking to go big usually aim for (...)

 Members of the G-JINX Twister aerobatic display team perform  to a huge crowd  during the Bray Air Display last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bray Summerfest this weekend features the annual free air display on Sunday at 2pm. Other events playing out over Saturday and Sunday include the Summ(...)

File photograph dated August 12th, 2011 shows then Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski attending a ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

There was unexpected drama in the Holy See when a former papal nuncio, defrocked Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, fell ill on the eve of Saturday m(...)

Mary Owens and Darragh Greenan Mary, a dental hygienist from Galway, and Darragh, a project manager for McAleer & Rushe, met in their tee(...)

Pope Francis before an open air mass at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Photograph: AFP Photo/Rodrigo Buendia

Latin America’s first pope has stressed the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping: the bank is a key part of his  efforts to boost China’s influence, called “peripheral diplomacy”, and redress  China’s poor levels of representation on international bodies such as the World Bank and ADB.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Last week saw the official signing ceremony in Beijing of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-led international financial institution th(...)

A fan with a flag in the Argentine colours. The pope is not travelling  to his native Argentina during this trip. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Pope Francis sets out tomorrow on a week-long trip to three of Latin America’s poorest countries, namely Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Although the(...)

Anybody who thinks he or she knows about cinema thinks he or she knows about Orson Welles. At the time of his death in 1985 it was fashionable to a(...)

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, where a three-week festival, Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture, will take place next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The lead-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising presents many opportunities to reflect on the diverse and complex history of this island. And think(...)