Norah Casey: ’I often say Ireland Inc should have an ad on pregnancy sticks abroad, because as soon as someone has a baby, they want to come home to raise their kids in the local area where they grew up.’

Around 300 “key influencers” from the Irish diaspora will gather at Dublin Castle today for the fourth Global Irish Economic Forum. Ahead of a discus(...)

  Alec Stewart says he reported to the England and Wales Cricket Board that he had been told Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all had access to a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Tim Bresnan has categorically denied any involvement in posting messages to the parody Twitter account which so upset his England team-mate Kevin Pie(...)

Part of the crowd at last night’s event in Longford. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Several hundred people turned up last night at the launch of a new initiative to promote employment growth in one of the areas worst hit by emigration(...)

 Australian cricketers celebrate their Ashes win on the pitch several hours after play on day five of the 3rd Test match against  England at the WACA in Perth. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

England captain Alastair Cook has conceded that inquests into England’s Ashes drubbing are inevitable but is convinced that he and coach Andy Flower r(...)

England’s Andy Flower: “We go to Perth and both sides start on nought for nought, and my job is to ensure that the players are as well prepared as possible for that challenge.”

Andy Flower has insisted it is the problems of England’s senior players, rather than his own future as team director, that must be the focus of attent(...)

Andrew Strauss during day Two of the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships at Carnoustie Golf Course.  Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has given a compelling account of last summer’s stand-off with Kevin Pietersen, lifting the lid on a deeply unc(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton TD announced the creation of 70 jobs with the decision of Mafic SA to set up a production facility in Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

The announcement yesterday of 70 jobs for Kells, Co Meath, in the rather obscure area of basalt smelting represents the triumph of hope over experienc(...)

Hugh Morris (pictured with Brian Dougan, director Mafic SA, on left) an auctioneer from Co Meath, received €105,000.

More than 170 new jobs are to be created by two companies in Dublin and Meath.Manufacturer Mafic is to build a basalt-smelting plant in Kells, Co Meat(...)

Hugh Morris, an auctioneer from Co Meath, who received a €105,000 reward as a result of his part in bringing about the announcement of the creation of 70 new jobs in Kells. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

It was a casual conversation that sparked a series of events that should ulitimatley lead to a €105,000 payday for Kells auctioneer, Hugh Morris. Morr(...)