Co-curator Suvi Saloniemi (right) and Taya Sipilä admire one of Taya’s pieces at The Nordic Effect exhibitions at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny (left)

A peripheral area of Europe with a small population, the Nordic region has nonetheless given the world its design for life. From furniture to p(...)

In 1868 Frances Power Cobbe, an Irish writer and social reformer, wrote a paper called Criminals, idiots, women an(...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem: president of the eurogroup, in his alma mater UCC yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Standing in the 19th-century Aula Maxima hall in University College Cork, Jeroen Dijsselbloem is in reminiscent mode. “This wonderful hall I’ve(...)

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: An imminent deal to postpone Ireland’s bailout repayments will be enough to secure a smooth exit from the EU-IMF programme later this year

An imminent deal to postpone Ireland’s bailout repayments will be enough to secure a smooth exit from the EU-IMF programme later this year, accordi(...)

Vat ruling: The long-running dispute dates back to 2008

The long-running dispute dates back to 2008, when the European Commission raised concerns with Irish authorities about the system whereb(...)

IMO president Dr Matt Sadlier  said the fact that the Republic had the lowest-paid medical specialists in the English-speaking world would cause significant impairment to the State’s health service. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Medical specialists in Ireland are now the lowest-paid within the English-speaking world, the president of the Irish Medical Organisation has s(...)

Making prison work better
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  • April 2, 2013, 06:00

The number of offenders in Irish prisons has increased sharply in recent years, even though the crime rate has fallen, down 13 per cent since 2(...)

A prison officer in the commital unit of Mountjoy Prison, where prisoners spend their first night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For some years the prospects for penal reform have been undermined by a sense of pessimism about the possibility of reversing a steady upward t(...)

Dutch finance minister and eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem holds a news conference after a eurogroup meeting in Brussels.

Six months ago nobody outside of the Netherlands had ever heard the name Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Even here he was relatively unknown: a Lab(...)

In the first couple of decades after the second World War, limits on cross-border money flows were widely considered good policy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Whatever the final outcome in the Cyprus crisis, one thing seems certain: for the time being, and probably for years to come, the island natio(...)