Musician James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem performs at   Coachella in 2010. He’s coming back to Stradbally and this time he’s bringing the band with him. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, The Chemical Brothers and New Order are among the first acts announced for this year’s Electric Picnic festival. They(...)

 Delegates at an IFA executive council meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will hold elections for all senior positions in April after its executive council agreed in principle to the move(...)

Former IFA secretary general Pat Smith and former IFA president Eddie Downey in  Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The executive council of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will consider holding new board elections this year during its meeting on Tuesday. On S(...)

Former IFA president Eddie Downey: he was on a package of up to €200,000 a year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for the association’s executive committee to stand down. John Donnell(...)

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(...)

Photos of  prisoners  are seen in the foreground as representatives of Mitsubishi Materials  apologise to POWs. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Mariko Lochridge in Los Angeles Construction company Mitsubishi Materials has become the first major Japanese company to apologise for using captured(...)

Lafcadio Hearn in 1895

“He is the writer in our language who can best be compared with Hans Christian Andersen and the brothers Grimm” - US literary historian Malcolm Cowle(...)

Damon Albarn and the  Blur who have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Electric Picnic

Blur have been confirmed as one of the headline acts for this year's Electric Picnic. The former Britpop stalwarts have just released their fir(...)

Lifes2Good Founder James Murphy said the €5 million investment will help the company grow its US and UK business, and  support new product and brand development.

Galway-headquartered Lifes2good is to create 50 jobs over the next three years, following a €5 million investment by the BDO Development Capital Fund.(...)

A man is in a critical condition following one of two separate shootings in Belfast on Friday night.

A man is in a critical condition following one of two separate shootings in Belfast on Friday night. The man was shot in the head at a fast food outle(...)