Minister Leo Varadkar TD with Fine Gael Dublin Bay South candidate Kate O’Connell. while preparations are made for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, at CHQ, while the party announced their plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The one thing that every finance expert agrees upon is that the tax system desperately needs to be simplified. That’s true for Ireland and just about (...)

Alan Rickman.  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed(...)

I set out from the Nire Valley carpark in the watery light of a winter morning.

I like the Comeraghs. The southeast’s most expansive uplands may not possess the signature peaks of the adjacent Galtees and Knockmealdowns, but they(...)

Meet Dell Glover. For many years, Glover worked in the Polygram CD manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain outside Shelby in North Carolina. When he wa(...)

James Doyle on Noble Mission comes home to win The Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

It is classic weekend at the Curragh but the Group One focus for race-planners at Irish racing’s HQ on Sunday will be firmly directed on the make-up (...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Keith Earls is tackled by England Saxons’ Sam Burgess during the match at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

It seems when rather than if he will make it to Stuart Lancaster’s England side. Players have come from league before Sam Burgess but few with the com(...)

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday night use his state of the union address, the annual declaration of his legislative hopes, to rally support for(...)

Leap of faith: Off the bike McQueen, that's not how it happened

It’s Oscar season, which means it’s time, yet again, to ponder the significance of historical accuracy in films. The question is, each year, thrust up(...)

Maeve’s Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days(...)

Workers sets up a giant 66th Cannes Film Festival official poster at the front of the Palais des Festivals, showing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing on the set of  A New Kind of Love  in 1963. The Cannes Film Festival starts today. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Cast a quick glance about Cannes tonight and you could be forgiven for deducing that Hollywood bosses the world’s greatest film festival. For t(...)