Brian O’Driscoll: guest of honour. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The fifth annual Hong Kong Irish Chamber of Commerce Dinner this year had Brian O’Driscoll as guest of honour. The dinner is the brainchild of (...)

 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(...)

Skipper Liam Coyne: has returned home to Dún Laoghaire after victory in the Round Britain and Ireland race with Brian Flahive.

No sooner had Dublin Bay double-handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive won the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) 1,800-mile Round Britain and Ireland in(...)

Simon Greene, Alan McDonagh, Neil Lynch, Eoin Hallissey and Chris Kane on the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin, to publicise the game between Penn State and University of Central Florida at Croke Park. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

An American-Irish business forum focusing specifically on trade and enterprise between Florida, Pennsylvania and Ireland will take place in the run-up(...)

Union says if the Government achieves its target of a deficit of less than 3 per cent next year, public service unions would lodge a pay claim.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The country’s largest public service trade union has indicated that State employees will seek pay increases next year if the economy continues to impr(...)

As the bulk of Dublin’s racing fleet is lifted back into the water tomorrow morning for the summer sailing season(...)

An IRA mural in the Markets area of Belfast. IRA members Lawrence McNally (38), Peter Ryan (37), and Tony Doris (21), from Tyrone, were shot by the special forces in 1991 as they travelled through Coagh, Co Tyrone, in a stolen car. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Relatives of three IRA men shot dead by the SAS have hit out after being told it will be another year before a full inquest is heard.The trio were ta(...)

Martin Breen’s Reflex 38 is planning an intensive 2013 season as the Discover Ireland Team flying the colours for The Gathering at key events in Irish and UK waters.

A mini-revival of sorts appears to be well underway in a sector of Irish sailing which just a few years ago seemed set for extinction. Offshore(...)