Philomena Lee: her success in highlihting the wrongs done to women and babies in Ireland subjected to forced adoptions is helping to inspire campaigners in Canada to bring similar abuses there to light. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Jennifer Hough, in TorontoWhen Valerie Andrews heard an interview last year on the CBC, Canada’s state broadcaster, with Irish adoption campaigner Phi(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

This week’s agreement to start normalising relations between the United States and Cuba is a dramatic and welcome step towards ending more than five d(...)

The fall in the number of students graduating from property-related college courses, combined with high levels of emigration in the sector during the downturn, has combined to create “the perfect storm”

The property industry is experiencing an “acute shortage” of qualified professionals to fill vacancies created as the sector recovers, the Society of(...)

Against the backdrop of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the UK’s GCHQ mass data-harvesting from cables linking Ireland to Britain and North America, t(...)

It’s official, we can’t help ourselves at Christmas. When it comes to the annual festive splurge, Irish shoppers are a league apart.According to a rep(...)

A screen showing the price of Repsol’s shares at Madrid’s Stock Exchange. The Spanish oil giant has about $10 billion in cash and short-term instruments available to make acquisitions

Repsol, the Spanish oil group, is in talks to acquire Talisman Energy of Canada, in a deal that could value the target’s equity at up to $8 billion.Se(...)

‘On Leaving’: Linda DePaor and Philip Duggan with their son Luca 2:40

In February 2010 I invited people about to emigrate from Dublin for financial reasons to join me to make a portrait. I wanted to photograph them in a (...)

Aid agencies have assessed that 78 million people are in need of assistance. Above, a displaced boy, who fled from Islamic State violence in Mosul, stands in refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Photograph:  Azad Lashkari/Reuters

Struggling to cope with record numbers of victims of conflict, the United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion (€13.3 billion) to finance humanit(...)