He is an atheist who was raised in an ultra-religious household, so Mikko Joensuu, the former frontman of Finnish shoegazers Joensuu 1685, had an abun(...)

Surfers on Rossnowlagh beach in Co Donegal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet, according to National Geographic Traveller. The Irish county tops The Cool List: 17 for 2017, the UK ma(...)

Taking off: CityJet now employs more than 900 staff, an 80 per cent increase on 2015

Losses at Irish airline CityJet fell to €10 million last year from more than three times that in 2014, latest figures show. Accounts filed by CityJe(...)

Signs of toughening resolve from Brussels over Brexit have been reflected in a series of warnings from senior European politicians over the last week. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Five months after the British vote to leave the European Union, the question of what Brexit will look like remains as elusive as ever. A leaked Del(...)

“Children should be allowed to play. That is how they get their creative ideas,” says Finnish designer Eero Aarnio who is still designing in his eight(...)

Trump presidency could work for investors who know where to look in the developing world. Photograph: Reuters

Donald Trump’s victory in US presidential elections may be good news for investors who know where to look in the developing world. The Turkish owner (...)

Pihla Meskanen: “Weekends are special – children are meeting their friends and we are meeting our friends”.

Pihla Meskanen stayed at home for the first year after the birth of her only child, using her four months’ maternity leave followed by six months’ pai(...)

In Finland all children have a right to receive a place in a day care. The kindergarten teachers are university graduates. Photograph: Riitta Supperi/Keksi

A small, tousled-haired girl is retrieving her socks and shoes from a little basket outside the darkened room. Inside, other toddlers are prolonging t(...)

Heikki Tiittanen is  father of three and CEO of a company that  produces commercial versions of the baby box for export

When Heikki Tiittanen and his wife opened the “baby box” given to every expectant mother in Finland, it was only then that he truly realised he was go(...)

AIB chairman Richard Pym: non-performing loans on AIB’s balance sheet are now “contained and well-provided for”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

AIB is close to being in a position to pay a “prudent dividend” to the State, its chairman Richard Pym told the Institute of International and Europea(...)