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Shirley Grimes and Clíodhna Ní Aodáin have been living in Switzerland since the 1990s.  Photograph: Daniel Rihs.

I grew up in 1980s Ireland listening to the songs of Paul Brady and Christy Moore, telling stories of Irish emigrants who weren’t all as lucky as I ha(...)

Records show €20,000 was spent on an air purification system at the Irish Eembassy in Beijing, a city in which air pollution is a regular problem. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The State spent more than €600,000 on gardening and major maintenance works on its properties overseas last year, including €90,000 on asbestos remova(...)

Lisbon skyline at Alfama, one of the older parts of the city. Photograph: iStock Photo

Assemble a city-break destination from a wishlist of components and you get Lisbon: a wide glittering river, limpid skies, steep cobbled streets, pala(...)

A Mercer survey found Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone  for employees working abroad. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin is the second most expensive city in the euro zone behind Paris for employees working abroad, according to a survey by consultancy firm Mercer.(...)

Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significan(...)

Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

Men hang a banner for the inauguration ceremony of Gambian president Adama Barrow prior to his return  in Banjul,  Gambia. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Thousands of people lined the streets of Gambia’s capital Banjul on Thursday to welcome home new president Adama Barrow days after authoritarian leade(...)

Bob Geldof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after he helped to raise millions of pounds for Ethiopia through the single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and his Live Aid concerts

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald nominated Bob Geldof for the Nobel Peace Prize, documents from the 1986 State Papers show. Behind the scenes, Irish diplo(...)

Electoral posters against and in favour  of the immigration referendum. Now the Swiss are in the unenviable position of providing a test case for Brexit negotiations. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The British vote to leave the European Union could not have come at a worse time for the Swiss, who are struggling to salvage their relationship with (...)

Political consultant Thomas ‘Tad’ Devine, who was Bernie Sanders’s chief strategist and who also advised Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Joshua Yospyn/ Washington Post/Getty Images

It was dark and cold, but Bernie Sanders’s 5am rally in early February, from the back of a pick-up truck in New Hampshire, stays with the Vermont sena(...)

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