Bullet holes in the windscreen of the vehicle in which the victim was shot, in  Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardaí believe a man shot dead in a middle-class suburb of Dublin was ambushed in a well-planned attack by killers who had him under surveillance at (...)

 The 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China recently. The NPC, the annual gathering of senior Communist Party cadres from all over China to listen to the leadership’s plans for the next 12 months, was a more muted affair than in previous years, but it gave valuable signals as to what kind of business environment Irish companies can expect in future. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Recent weeks have witnessed two events that affect Ireland’s trade with the world’s most populous continent. China’s National People’s Congress (NPC e(...)

A child wearing a protective mask in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Beijing’s mayor Wang Hansen has said smog had made the capital “unlivable”. Photograph:  EPA

China’s environmental crisis offers opportunities for Irish companies in the environmental products and waste management arena, Minister for Enviro(...)

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but what a few weeks it has been for Irish beef – Ireland is now the only European country to be allowed(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

Barrels at cooperage display at the Guinness Storehouse brewery

One of the participants on the Tourism Ireland delegation was Fiona Herald, who is business development manager at Guinness Storehouse. At a pleasant (...)

The first consignment of Irish horses arriving in China last week under a new importation protocol between the countries

Last week saw the arrival of the first consignment of horses under the new protocol signed last July by the Department of Agriculture and the Chinese(...)

Ireland’s dairy sector had cause to celebrate after it was one of the countries to pass an audit by the Chinese authorities, which means that Irish pl(...)

Viking fans in full regalia engage in  mock hand-to-hand combat at one of several re-enactments of the Battle of Clontrarf at a festival in St Anne’s Park at the weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Iain Barber is narrating an unfolding battle with the melodramatic enthusiasm of Mícheál Ó Muirhceartaigh. A warrior falls to his knees, “He ha(...)

A group of children take part in the St Patrick’s Day festivities in Shanghai, China today.

The rapidly expanding Irish community in Asia made its presence felt over the course of St Patrick’s Day. It may be apocryphal that the G(...)