Demonstrators hold up a sign  reflecting the protester chant of ‘Don’t shoot’ during a rally in Ferguson, Missouri, over the killing earlier this month of teenager Michael Brown.  Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images 1:06

Neglecting lessons of past civil disturbances such as the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, police inflamed tensions that have fuelled more than(...)

Back in May, Cliona Brophy wrote in this paper how her family had successfully transitioned from having a car to giving it up in favour of bikes, p(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore checking his phone at the Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is before noon. Eamon Gilmore is nursing a glass of water in his office in Iveagh House on St Stephen’s Green. You couldn’t describe the atmosphere(...)

Michael Noonan: people with an income in excess of €60,000 should no longer be entitled to reduced rates of USC despite being over the age of 70. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

People aged 70 or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less pay a reduced rate of USC (...)

Animal-based proteins such as red meat, milk, and cheese were most harmful, but there is no evidence to suggest that protein from fish has a negative impact, said the study author. Photograph:  Ed Alcock/The New York Times

A high-protein diet could be as dangerous as smoking 20 cigarettes a day, a new study has found. Research from the University of Southern(...)

Mike Ashley recently let it be known that Sports Direct, the company he controls, had offered 25 per cent more for Elverys. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

UK retailer Sports Direct, which has been seeking to be allowed into the bidding process for the Elverys Sports chain, saw shares rise sharply (...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “I think the fortunes of the Labour Party are bound up in the progress we are making” towards restoring the State’s fortunes. Photograph: Frank Miller

This time last year Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore gave a very upbeat interview to this newspaper about the year ahead: 2013, he said, would be a turning poin(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Apart from a cut in the interest rate it was Frankfurt’s way and Brussels’s way and Berlin’s way. Photograph: Reuters

It was not just the barely restrained triumphalism of the bailout exit that was infuriating, it was also the patronising prattle, commending the Irish(...)

 Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said the Government would like to give something back to the Irish people after years of austerity. Photograph: Eric Luke

Differences are already emerging between Labour and Fine Gael over how to reduce taxes if and when the Government has the room to do so. The options i(...)

Data from the Revenue Commissioners shows that 875,000 individuals didn’t pay any income tax in 2013, just over 40% of income earners

Next year’s budget will, superficially, be free of bailout restrictions. It may or may not conform to the planned adjustment of another €2+ billion. T(...)