Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was one of the speakers at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference. The conference heard how the Government’s special VAT rate was crucial to lessening the rate of insolvency within the industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were 145 insolvent hotels in the State at the end of 2014 and the industry would have been in much worse shape were it not for the Government’s (...)

Taoisach Enda Kenny: had indicated that he would liked to see Queen Elizabeth visit Ireland as part of the events surrounding the 1916 commemoration. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government has said it is now “extremely unlikely” a member of the British royal family will attend the 100th anniversary commemorations of the(...)

Tony Abbott: before the vote, he said he would “learn from this experience”. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott has survived an internal Liberal Party vote to declare his position vacant by 61 votes to 39.As he walked into (...)

Tina Turner has lived in Switzerland for nearly two decades and gave up her US citizenship in 2013. 2:03

Secret documents reveal that global banking giant HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in (...)

Proud Corkman Carl O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I realised this on a blind date many years ago. My date, a Dub, confessed that, no, she had never in fact visited the real capital. Not only that, but(...)

Party critics of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott have launched a dramatic bid to unseat the conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. Photograph: Saeed Khansaeed/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Embattled Australian prime minister Tony Abbott will face a vote on his leadership at a party-room meeting next week after disgruntled government lawm(...)

Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey at home in Rathmines. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey received texts, emails and tweets over the last few weeks as their names were carefully carved on to the marble wa(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Mr Abbott said that while the duke had not called to thank him for the knighthood, he did not “expect gratitude”. Photograph: Tim Rooke/PA Wire

The only person prime minister Tony Abbott consulted before awarding an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip was former defence force chief Angus H(...)

Prince Andrew is attending the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/AP

Britain’s Prince Andrew has made his first public comment on allegations that he had sex with an underage girl, reiterating previous official denials (...)

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and other high-profile figures linked to a wealthy US businessman.   File Photograph: Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Buckingham Palace has denied allegations by a woman who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to have sex with Britain’s Prin(...)