The Irish Financial Services in Dublin. An economist said there was no guarantee Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies would be in the country in 10 years time.

Ireland needs a “plan B” for a vibrant economy which can survive the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in the next decade, the director of the N(...)

Eamonn McEneaney of the Waterford Museum of Treasures winds the clock that once belonged to Napoleon’s mother. Photograph: Patrick Browne

An 18th century French gilt clock that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte’s mother became the property of the State in 1984, according to documents(...)

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Image of the week: Parisian pink They’re dreaming of a pink Christmas in Paris, where the Galeries Lafayette department store is shaking off stagna(...)

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris today. The famous item was offered during the ‘Napoleonic Collection of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco’. Photograph: Bury Michel/Osenat Auction House/EPA.

A two-cornered hat that belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was sold to a South Korean bidder for €1.9 million at an auction near Paris tod(...)

At a time when he should be concentrating on rebuilding the Fianna Fáil Mícheál Martin has been dealing with an  exhausting series of challenges from within the party.

Fianna Fáil is now a small party that sporadically operates like the colossus of Irish politics it once was. Since shortly before the game-changing 20(...)

Relics taken from French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s final days in 1821 on the Atlantic island of St Helena are displayed at auction house Osenat in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Charles Platiau

As Napoleon lay dying on St Helena cursing the British who had sent him into exile on the(...)

Josephine  de Beauharnais: dsescribed by 19th century historian Frédéric Masson as a woman of easy virtue who spent a huge amount of money. Image: Musée du Luxembourg

“I awake filled with you. Your portrait and yesterday’s intoxicating evening left no repose for my senses. Gentle, incomparable Josephine, what(...)