Simon Hamilton: wants to create the first Northern Ireland Investment Fund to inject millions of pounds into communities and create local business opportunities and new jobs.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire

Too early for Christmas wish lists? Not according to the North’s Finance Minister who has a new £1 billion (€1.25 billion) investment fund at the top (...)

Mark O’Donovan and Niall Kenny, with coach John Holland. O’Donovan and Kenny were part of the lightweight quadruple which finished 10th at the Fours’ Head of the River in London last weekend.

Neptune Head of the River tomorrow has a fine entry – and a good weather forecast. The winds over Blessington Lakes are set to blow today, but drop o(...)

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

I’m looking at a wall. Or at least, a painting of a wall. I’ve got about five different articles to write and many more emails to answer, but I’m look(...)

Dazzling: a visitor with Kyung A Ham’s silk embroidery Greedy Is Good, at this autumn’s Frieze Art Fair in London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Sometimes these days, when I’m going around art exhibitions, I find myself feeling grumpy, miserable and hopeless. This is bit like the feeling you ge(...)

Milani Laura and Elisabetta Scancassani of Italy celebrate winning the the final A in the lightweight women’s double scull at the World Rowing Cup III on Lucerne Rotses last month. Photo: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)

Two Ireland teams this week pick up the baton handed over by the Ireland U-23 team. The Ireland women’s eight race tonight in Lucerne in Switzerland i(...)

Lynas Food Service, which was founded by Norman Lynas, is  the largest independent food service company in the North, supplying everyone from the local chip shop to schools, hospitals and leading restaurants. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

When a well-known company with an established reputation advertises a job vacancy it naturally expects to get a good response, particularly in (...)