The procedures involved 81 families agreeing to donate organs of deceased relatives and 33 people donating a kidney to a family member. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Some 266 people received life-saving organ transplants in Ireland last year. The procedures involved 81 families agreeing to donate organs of deceas(...)

Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has failed to fulfil its founding promise of better economic security, conditions and opportunities for its citizens, the president(...)

President Michael D Higgins  warned the refugee crisis must be ‘understood, managed and facilitated’ in order to curb the growth of extremist populist rhetoric from anti-refugee groups. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next government must implement “rigorous, fair, adequate and competent procedures” in its commitment to welcome 4,000 refugees and migrants to Ire(...)

Innovating to attract the best graduates is becoming more important for companies. Photograph: Getty Images

If you are an employer determined to turn a college campus upside down to shake out the best graduates and persuade them to come and work for you, set(...)

Ecstasy, the trendy drug of the 1990s, has come back in fashion in recent years.

Ecstasy tablets have doubled in strength over the past decade, but have remained steady in price, according to a major report from a Dutch research in(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu after visiting a refugee camp in Turkey late last month. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/EPA

The announcement by the European Commission that it has provisionally backed visa-free travel for Turkish citizens marks the latest stage in the EU’s (...)

The European Court of Justice has upheld an EU law that allows for standardised cigarette packaging and bans the advertising of e-cigarettes.  Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

The European Court of Justice, Europe’s highest court, has upheld an EU law that allows for standardised cigarette packaging and bans the advertising (...)

Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair, speaking at the Creative Minds: Creative Disruption Economic Conference in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Michael O’Leary has said Ryanair is on course to overtake Easyjet as the biggest UK carrier by the end of the year. In tandem with plans to positio(...)

Luas strike: Crowds of people wearing suits and runners with rucksacks on their back and coffees in hand decided the fastest way to get to their destination without the tram service was on foot.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It was traffic chaos around Dublin as the Luas services came to a stop for a 10th day as part of the pay dispute. But as the car horns beeped and bus(...)

James Connolly addressing a meeting of about 8,000 people in Union Square, Manhattan, New York City on May Day, 1908. Photograph: Library of Congress

The death of James Connolly in the 1916 Easter Rising was an incalculable loss to Irish socialism as he was succeeded by a labour leadership that was(...)