Barack Obama andAung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Rangoon yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama yesterday stood side by side with Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon yesterday and said the law barring h(...)

Wind turbines: ESB International has been making presentations on the subject of renewables in Asia. photograph: fabrizio bensch/ reuters

One major presence at the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum was the ESB’s international consulting arm, which made a presentation on the subject of (...)

Burma is emerging from a half-century of isolation and is one of the world’s last frontier telecom markets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just over a year ago in one of the world’s least-connected countries, I tried to buy a Sim card for my mobile phone. Through a series of middle-men – (...)

The Sule Pagoda, located in the heart of downtown Yangon, is 2,500 years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Few places resonate more in the history of modern Burma than the sprawling red brick Victorian complex at No 300 Theinbyu Road in downtown Yangon. It (...)

Bustle: Buddhist monks in Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. Images of Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, from newspapers  to bags and fridge magnets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Inside Burma

On the streets of Rangoon “the Lady” is a fridge magnet. Once banned under the censorship laws of Burma’s former military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’(...)

Stills from a photo album depicting the Royal Munster Fusiliers on duty in Rangoon Burma, not long before the outbreak of the first World War

Irish involvement in the first World War – a timely topic as the centenary commemorations get underway – was, for much of the 20th century, largely ig(...)

The Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay is home to the biggest book in the world. Built during the reign of King Mindon, it houses 729 stupas, or stone-inscription caves, containing  entire canon of Theravada Buddhism.  Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

The Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay is home to the biggest book in the world. A Unesco World Heritage Site, it contains the entire canon of Buddhis(...)

Buddhist monks attend the blessing, by the Dalai Lama, of a new Buddhist temple  in  Paris. Photograph: Reuters

Five years ago I was asked to write a chapter about the Buddhist community for a book on Ireland’s different religions. The book never materialised(...)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi answers journalists’ questions during a news briefing after receiving her 1990 Sakharov Prize 
during an award ceremony,
 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. Photogrraph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to finally collect the Sakharov Prize she was awarde(...)

Police stand in front of a mosque and school dormitory that were damaged in a fire in Rangoon this morning. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

An electrical fire at an Islamic school in Burma's biggest city killed 13 children early today, authorities said. The children, all boys,(...)