Zapatero’s government introduced a one-stage ‘express’ divorce law. The incidence of divorce jumped from 51,000 divorces in 2004 to 127,000 in 2007, and eventually levelled off at roughly double the 2004 rate. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

During the last divorce referendum, we were told that it was imperative to introduce a right to remarry. It was claimed that here was a g(...)

Cate Blanchett: one of the many celebrities who has lauded Lifes2Good’s Viviscal hair supplements range. Photograph:  Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Lifes2Good is facing a potentially bad row over a US lawsuit launched against the fast-growing Galway beauty products distributor by one of its suppli(...)

At Orla Kiely, Miss Priss is modelled after Ali MacGraw in Love Story. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

The word “prissy” – meaning fussy, prim, straight-laced, unnecessarily studious – is an antiquated insult. However, in the fashion world, Miss Pris(...)

From left, Rosie O’Reilly, Chupi, Emma Manley, Helen Steele (at back), Laura Kinsella, Jill de Búrca, Honor Fitzsimons, Lisa McCormack (on chair), Maria Dorai Raj and Natalie B Coleman

Each year, the Irish presence at London Fashion Week grows. JW Anderson, Paul Costello and Orla Kiely are now fixtures at the shows, and Simone Roc(...)

Frédéric Souty,  master baker at Fallon & Byrne’s new in-store bakery on Exchequer Street

Baking hot This happy chap above is Frédéric Souty, master baker at Fallon & Byrne’s new in-store bakery at the Exchequer Street food market,(...)

 White jersey mesh shoulder dress, €263.20  by Jill de Burca  from the Design Centre or

‘It’s writing your dreams with a needle”, is how the late François Lesage, the world’s most famous embroiderer once described the love for his craf(...)

Kale farmer Christopher Keane: “We can’t keep it on the shelves. I think it was some model over in America mentioned a few years ago that she was eating kale and the next thing was, everyone wanted to eat kale.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Gwyneth Paltrow’s dietary whims were the last thing on Christopher Keane’s mind when he began growing kale after he left college many years ago. Back (...)

Snail facials: you can’t get fresher that that. Photograph: Thinkstock

In the beauty world, pseudoscience reigns supreme and ridiculous treatments and cosmetics are the norm. Here are just a few of my favourites: &(...)

A woman walks up the stairs to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, hours before arrivals for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 22nd, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

The red carpet has been laid out. The bleachers are erected. The Los Angeles police have already deployed a bomb-defusing robot on a suspicious (but u(...)

Scarlett Johansson seen backstage during rehersals for the 2015 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow were the star attractions at the Oscar rehearsals.Paltrow breezed into LA’s Dolby Theatre almost 20 minutes ear(...)