Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan said 80 groups had received funding for diaspora projects in 2015, relating to  culture and heritage, genealogy, communications and networking. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Local authorities and community groups are being invited to apply for up to €660,000 in Government funding for projects that “reach out to their diasp(...)

Last time our ruling class thought there was some kind of historic karma at work - Irish developers flying around in his and hers helicopters was payback for the Great Hunger. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Let’s, just for once, raise a new-year glass to the luck of the Irish. It’s a dreadful phrase and whoever thought it up should be strangled with his o(...)

Prof Liam Kennedy called on politician, police and wider society to do more. File Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Desensitisation to extreme violence is a legacy of the conflict in the North, according to the organiser of a conference in Belfast exploring how soci(...)

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Diaspora is a term we have become familiar with in this country, indicating our historical experience with emigration. Its currency has been reinforce(...)

Steve Lenox, President Irish Network USA (left), Sally Mulready Irish Elderly Advice Network and Council of State member and Billy Lawless, cChairman of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform  at the Global Irish Civic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Loneliness and isolation are among the biggest challenges facing new Irish emigrants abroad, which can often lead to depression and sometimes suici(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan speaking at the Global Diaspora and Development Forum at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish people around the world have played a “major role” in Ireland’s economic recovery, Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said. Speaking a(...)

Elan has not confirmed the payment. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Elan is reported to have paid more than $250,000 dollars to a former director after its board reported him to the Securities and Exchange Commission ((...)