The Broadway Hotel in Blackpool, UK, where Tony and Jan Jenkinson were charged a £100 fee for writing a bad review of their stay on TripAdvisor. Photograph: Google Street View

A couple “fined” by a hotel after they wrote a damning review about it are to be given a refund, a council has said.Tony and Jan Jenkinson said they r(...)


Whistle  There’s so much wearable technology around, with smartphone-paired hardware like Jawbone’s Up, Nike’s FuelBand and Fitbit’s Fl(...)

An angry looking sea churns under the Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head as a walker takes to the beach on Sandymount during the recent stormy weather. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About 70 per cent of the surface of the Earth is covered in water. For billions of years, the boundaries between sea and land have been in flux. The v(...)

At the Ad Tech talk on “Compelling the Click” were from left; Andrez Tori, Chris Cunningham, Mic Wright, Hussein Fazal and Adam Singolda. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is no privacy in cyberspace. That’s the message from Eugene Kaspersky, chief executive of global IT security company Kaspersky Lab, at the Dubli(...)

A €335,000 haul of cannabis seized at Dublin airport yesterday by Revenue customs officers. Photograph: Revenue.

Cannabis and cocaine worth an estimated €370,000 were seized at Dublin airport over the bank holiday weekend. Revenue said some 16.7kgs of cannabis wo(...)

Liverpool’s reputation for high unemployment is only partly deserved – Merseyside as a whole has an unemployment rate of 9.3 per cent, well below some other peripheral regions of Europe. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Soccer spectators are not known for their sensitivity or compassion. Manchester United fans often bait visiting Liverpool supporters with a version of(...)

The operation of the European Arrest Warrant has infuriated British MPs on all sides, but particularly Conservatives, who cite example after example where they believe British citizens have been abused.

Today MPs in the House of Commons will practise their own version of Lanigan’s Ball, when they face a vote to step out of 130 European Union police an(...)

Grafton Group’s outgoing finance director Colm ó Nualláin (left)  and chief executive Gavin Slark.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Revenues at Grafton Group were largely flat in the six months to the end of June as poor weather and currency fluctuations weighed on the bottom line (...)

European coal prices fell by 9 per cent in June as a result of low demand due to warm weather and steady supply. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg.

Electricity and gas prices are slowly receding from the record high levels experienced at the beginning of this year. The Bord Gáis Energy Index, whic(...)

Students saying no  to austerity measures in front of the Cypriot parliament building in Nicosia earlier this week.   Photograph: Milos Bicanski

‘I believe we are at this moment sleeping on a volcano.” Alexis de Tocqueville’s speech to the French national assembly on January 29th, 1848, (...)