Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the project to upgrade the Phoenix Park Tunnel and provide train services from Kildare to Grand Canal Dock. Photograph: Eric Luke

Commuter trains using the Phoenix Park tunnel as of next year will not be stopping at Heuston Station. The tunnel links the two largest stations in D(...)

Dead Poets Society: John Keating (Robin Williams) is no ordinary English teacher

Grease (1978) It’s a classic back-to-school scene, soundtracked by a classic hit song, Summer Nights. You know the story: it’s 1959, and too-co(...)

‘The Government was taking a “prudent” approach, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (above) has said, surely stretching the meaning of that word well beyond its known limits.’  Photograph: Eric Luke

When the troika came to town in late 2010, the Government of the day agreed – as part of the bailout plan – to have an independent regulator for legal(...)

Chinese industrialist Li Jinyuan  brought 6,400 of his employees on holiday to France in May – a trip that cost more than €13million – where they formed a record-breaking ‘longest human phrase’, reading ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Côte d’Azur’. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

It starts with a pennant flag held aloft by a scarily enthusiastic twenty-something tour guide, skilled in speaking high-tempo Mandarin without pau(...)

Property developer Sean Mulryan arriving at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a long day at the banking inquiry on Wednesday for the developers Sean Mulryan and Michael O’Flynn, the first property developers to address th(...)

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali   leads the group ahead of Team Sky rider Chris Froome, wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey, during the 161-km 17th stage of the Tour de France  from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup in the French Alps. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

As the rate of attrition stepped up, Geraint Thomas moved a step closer to a podium position despite losing time on Chris Froome. With Tejay van Gard(...)

Microsoft  chief executive Satya Nadella: “I want to share more on the overall context and connective tissue between our mission, world view, strategy and culture.”   To have a mission, vision and world view is greedy, but to have so many abstractions with lots of connective tissue between them leaves one feeling sick.    Photograph: Jason Redmond/Reuters

About 10 days ago, Satya Nadella sent a 1,500-word email to all staff to tell them about Microsoft’s new mission statement. A reader duly forwarded th(...)

Paul and Catherine O’Connor (parents) with  daughter Clodagh at the funeral of Niamh O’Connor at the Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune, Cork on Saturday. Photograph: Provision

A young couple who died in a freak accident in West Cork earlier this week were soul mates who radiated happiness when they were together, the requiem(...)

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The Galway Film Fleadh is seldom short of world premieres: Once, Glassland and The Butcher Boy all took their bows at the Connaughtian bazaar. But (...)

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)