President Michael D Higgins addressing the Parliament of Western Australia in Perth earlier this month. Enterprise Ireland and the IDA are using his state visit to promote Irish exports and inward investment into Ireland.  Photograph: Richard Wainwright/EPA

Some 14 Irish companies are expected to announce deals in Australia over the course of President Michael D Higgins’s state visit, which is currently u(...)

Garda breathalyser statistics: “When supervision is absent poor practices will inevitably develop,” the internal audit found.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

An Garda Síochána exaggerated breath-test figures by 1.45 million over a seven-year period, an internal audit has found. The inquiry, conducted by As(...)

 Lucky Khambyle, Aissatou Sow and Ellie Kisiyombe work at the Our Table Pop-Up Café at Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin.  Photograph: Allen Kiely

This summer Homayoon Shirzad celebrated Ramadan away from home for the first time in his life. Each day at sunset he gathered with a small group of fr(...)

Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the most bike-friendly city in the world for the second year running. Photograph: Getty Images

There is something thrilling about using a bicycle to explore a new city. Street life seems more vibrant as you whizz past the crowds and down side st(...)

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Today marks the beginning of Heritage Week which runs (counterintuitively) for the next 10 days. This year the focus is on natural heritage, and incor(...)

Who is Alice Collins Plebuch? A DNA test revealed that she is half Jewish and has Middle Eastern and Eastern European blood rather than being of only Irish descent. Photograph: Yana Paskova for The Washington Post/Getty Images

Alice Collins Plebuch, a retired IT manager from Vancouver in Washington State, thought she was of Irish ancestry, on both her mother’s and her father(...)

Taksim Square: a man puts the finishing touches on a painting depicting Turkey’s attempted coup of July 15th, 2016. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

Successful coups alter the course of history, but even botched ones can profoundly change the direction of a country. So when, on this day last year, (...)

US president Donald Trump waves at  Andrews air base in Maryland. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump does not travel well. At his first major summit, he was too tired to walk through the Sicilian streets with the other G7 lea(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. “Interrogating the commissioner before the Public Accounts Committee has become a political blood sport.” Photograph: Eric Luke

If all goes to plan, 2018 will witness the report of the independent “root-and-branch” review of An Garda Síochána, the product of the commission anno(...)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: has just been appointed crown prince by his father, King Salman bin Abdelaziz Saudi. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

Riyadh in mid-summer, nearing the end of the Ramadan fast, is a cauldron of searing heat. The political temperature in the Saudi Arabian capital and a(...)