Conflicting emotions: the emotional pull is strong, but there are sensible reasons to stay away. Photograph: Peter Walton/Getty

As Irish politics returns to its boom-era totems of lower taxes and higher spending, the Taoiseach has recently commented said that emigrants had b(...)

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Enda Kenny meets governor Dr Fahad Almubarak

They don’t do things by halves in Saudi Arabia. After a night in the splendour of Riyadh’s royal guesthouse, a motorcade of a dozen SUVs, Mercs and(...)

Fr Peter McVerry’s trust is providing shelter for    265 homeless people. Photograph:  Paddy Whelan

It was a grim story of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Statistics gave expression to the terrible sight of people sleeping in doorways in the capital city.(...)

Back in 2000, Declan Hughes published one of the most important essays yet written about contemporary Irish drama. Adopting a trenchant tone from t(...)

Development levies are imposed by local authorities as a condition of planning permission for the cost of providing special services, such as a new roads or relocation of pipes.

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY Property developers owe city and county councils more than €750 million in unpaid levies associated with planning perm(...)