Minister of State for Diaspora Joe McHugh: ‘It is important that I as Minister work closely with the companies that are seeing gaps relating to skills or education, and be a bit more targeted, use the global Irish network that we have, rather than putting out a call, or putting a minister on a plane on St Patrick’s Day.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Joe McHugh was recently appointed Minister of State for Diaspora and Overseas Development Aid, the second junior minister to hold specific responsibil(...)

Labour Senator Denis Landy has criticised the delay in appointing Senators and delaying the sitting of the Seanad. He said it was “disrespectful” to the public that the Seanad has not sat in over three months. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to announce his 11 appointments to the Seanad today. Mr Kenny will appoint a number of failed general election candi(...)

Joe McHugh set up the first GAA club in the UAE while working in Dubai in the 1990s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fine Gael Donegal TD Joe McHugh has been appointed as Minister of State for Diaspora and Overseas Aid. He is the second person to hold a ministerial(...)

Enda Kenny: deciding who to appoint  to the Upper House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is understood to be considering appointing Independent Averil Power to the Seanad. Mr Kenny has the power to select 11 candidate(...)

‘This wave of emigration will affect the development of Irish society for decades to come, just the same as every other exodus during the past four centuries.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a small country with a huge diaspora. It is estimated that more than 70 million people across the globe claim some degree of Irish ancestry(...)

Twenty high school students will take part in the two-week programme, which includes classes, workshops, activities and field trips around Ireland. Photograph: Thinkstock

American teenagers with Irish roots are being invited to apply to participate in a summer camp in Co Donegal this July “to strengthen their links with(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

The Save Moore Street 2016 campaigners celebrate the High Court verdict designating the street as a national monument. Photograph: Alan Betson

If it wasn’t for the National Graves Association, along with relatives of those involved in the 1916 Rising, the Save 16 Moore Street campaign and som(...)

Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in the (...)

Jimmy Deenihan with older members of the Irish community in Australia in 2015.

Ireland’s first ever Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan lost his Dáil seat last weekend. In recent days, representatives from Iris(...)