Pau’s new signing James Coughlan: “We both kind of said ‘if we don’t go now, we’ll never go’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

The IRFU have succeeded where their Welsh, Scottish and Italian counterparts have largely failed in keeping all their front-line players at home. Even(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

 Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Irish agriculture is facing an exciting time with the removal of the milk quota system but also one of great change.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government plans a re-orientation of farm taxation to ensure farmers are willing to embark on long-term investment in their farms and to address (...)

Imam Ibrahim Noonan at the entrance to the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Imam Ibrahim Noonan began celebrating the Qu’ran in a housing estate in Galway, his hope was that the temporary mosque in Wellpark would be repla(...)

OECD secretary general Ángel Gurría. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Most of the attention around Enda Kenny’s address at the Ibec dinner on Thursday related to his comments on tax, and the well-flagged plan to ease the(...)

Johnny Ronan: emergence with backing of an unknown partner is the latest move in comeback. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Johnny Ronan, the former head of Treasury Holdings, has made the shortlist to buy Project Wave, a strategic 2.35 acre site in Dublin’s north dockla(...)

Kieran Wallace of KPMG: appointed, with and Eamon Richardson  as receivers to parts of iResource Group’s operations in the Republic. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Security and contract cleaning specialist Noonan yesterday almost doubled its size by buying rival, Resource Group, from receivers who were appointed(...)

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Three words to describe your personal style? Contemporary but traditional and discreet. Who are your style icons? James Dean, Steve McQueen, Pa(...)

European Ombudsman Emily O Reilly: the process could have “a significant impact” on the lives of EU citizens.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened a public consultation process on the EU-US trade deal negotiations, arguing that the process could have “(...)

One Direction: Shakespeare’s “But thy eternal summer shall not fade” becomes “Baby you light up my world like nobody else”
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Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven, as Shakespeare wrote in Henry VI. Now an innovative service from a Dublin educational company may so(...)