Border policies: anti-immigration demonstrators picket before the scheduled arrival of undocumented migrants at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. The activists have prevented migrants entering the town for several days. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/Reuters

A long a dusty southern Californian road, protesters occupy two spots just a few hundred yards apart. These are the two entry routes where they can st(...)

Pat Phelan: “Internet commerce is a really unfair business on the merchant because no one else takes any risk. So it’s all down to one guy and what happens is he’s told to go ahead and later he’s told, sorry that was fraud.”

Most of us have been a victim of credit card fraud at this stage. And most of us have not suffered any great loss as a result, with the card compan(...)

PayPal launch: Louise Phelan, PayPal’s vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the recent official opening of the International Operations centre of eBay in Dundalk which includes PayPal and eBay. Photograph: Alan Betson

This month’s announcement that PayPal will be creating 400 additional jobs in its Dundalk base illustrates the strides that have been made in a region(...)

Authors Willy Vlautin, Catherine O’Flynn and Paul Lynch convey a strong sense of place

The humidity of Faulkner’s south; the moors of Wuthering Heights; the leafy lanes of John McGahern’s novels. Reading a story with an ingrained sens(...)

Jim Mickle has directed two pretty good films with Cold in July. The first is a rural noir (decorated with a very satisfactory second-act twist) that (...)

A member from the oil police force stands guard at Zubair oilfield in Basra, southeast of Baghdad. Photograph: Essam Al-Sudani/Reuters

Brent crude held above $114 a barrel today near a nine-month high, supported by concerns about potential supply disruptions due to fighting in Iraq. B(...)

Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin, the last Blasket evacuee alive. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In the hallway of Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin’s house in Blackrock in Cork city is a framed, 60-year-old newspaper cutting of a young boy playing the(...)

John Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Hotels: donated $5,000 to Sinn Féin’s US division during the six-month period.

Friends of Sinn Féin, the political party’s US fundraising arm, raised $359,023 (€263,000) in donations and other income from American benefactors in (...)

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.

A recent study has found that as many as 100 million planets in our galaxy have the potential to harbour complex life.The report, compiled by a group (...)

  Maya Van Wagenen who spent a year living by the rules from the 1950s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Photograph: Robert Krasner
Becoming Miss Popular

Many years ago, when I was in my late teens, I found a publication called The Teenage Book in a second-hand shop. Published in the late 1940s, this(...)