We’ve moved on from discomfort or embarrassment about using technology to connect with other people.

About three years ago, I was sitting with a female friend in a bar on a frantic Saturday night in Dublin. By the end of the night, several worse-for-(...)

Andrey Kostin (centre) , chief executive officer of VTB Bank PJSC, makes a telephone call between sessions during the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The world economy is precariously balanced between continued recovery and a third leg of the global financial crisis, according to leading economists (...)

Tadhg Hoey: ‘Slowly, I’m beginning to feel like this is it, this is my life now.’

I have moved country three times this year, packed up everything and left. Toulouse in January, Ireland in July, and finally to New York in August, to(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, COP21 president Laurent Fabius and François Hollande after the climate change accord was adopted in Paris. Photograph: François Mori/AP Photo

Laurent Fabius, France’s foreign minister and president of the COP21 UN climate conference, announced that an accord had been reached at 4.30am Saturd(...)

From left are Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, and president-designate of COP21 and French President Francois Hollande celebrating  final agreement  at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 12th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Success has many parents, and there will be no shortage of people attempting to take credit for concluding the Paris accords - the most serious attemp(...)

The terrorists struck at the city’s most vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods where integration has been visibly successful, in sharp contrast to the blighted suburbs to the north.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Since Saturday a brief statement has been posted on the door of the Omar Ibn El Khattab mosque on the rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, a short walk from the s(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

American author EL Doctorow pictured in 2004. The author died Tuesday. He was 84. Photograph: AP

EL Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including “Ragtime” and “Billy Bathgate, ” has died at age 84, his publisher sa(...)

Big data has made it possible to measure employee performance more thoroughly, but be careful about how you deploy that data. Image: Michael Waraksa/The New York Times

Big data has made it possible to measure employee performance more thoroughly than ever before. However, two recent studies offer a warning: be car(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)