Maureen Smith with her son Seán and grandson Noah (12) in Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Maureen Smith, 77 Growing up in Farney Park in Sandymount, Dublin 4, the street was Maureen Smith’s playground. “In winter, I was roller-skating all o(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

All three major US indexes were up almost 2 per cent on Thursday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Stock markets around the world rallied on Thursday and crude oil rebounded after strong US economic data and hints from a Federal Reserve policymake(...)

‘I watched the recent Newsnight interview with Yvette Cooper in amazement. How many people was she out to alienate?’ Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Who is really powerful in the British Labour party? Who wins votes, decides policies, commands budgets, doles out jobs? Who knows how to run something(...)

British computer hacker Junaid Hussain is reported to have been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. File photograph: iStockphoto

A British computer hacker accused of being a prominent member of the Islamic State terror group is reported to have been killed in a US drone strike i(...)

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So it’s beer o’clock, and time for the pub: guaranteed bants with my bruhs, a brain fart or two, potential pocket dials and and getting hangry later- (...)

Naomi Algeo, who lives in London, says she was “disheartened” by a recent JobBridge advertisement offering just €50 on top of the dole for a qualified clinical psychologist.

Two days after her grandmother’s funeral last January, Naomi Algeo (24) emigrated to London to take up her first permanent job as an occupational t(...)

The Government decided to raise the ceiling below which microbreweries can benefit from a 50 per cent tax rebate to 30,000 hectolitres in the last budget. This has has undoubtedly helped to encourage smaller players to follow their dream and get into brewing

For years, Irish drinkers had little choice when it came to ordering a pint so they have warmly welcomed the craft beer revolution. New figures show t(...)

The Paddy Power website. Paddy Power and Betfair Group plan to merge in a deal that creates the world’s biggest publicly-listed online gaming company. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Paddy Power can trace its roots back to when a young draper’s assistant, Richard Power, set up his own bookie’s pitch at Tramore races in Co Waterford(...)

A man watches electronic displays at a Paddy Power bookmakers in London. Paddy Power and Betfair have announced they have agreed the terms of a possible merger. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Shares in Irish bookmakers Paddy Power surged yesterday following the news it is planning a merger with rival Betfair to create one of the world’s big(...)