UK Brexit secretary David Davis and European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier at a joint press conference last week.

A failure by the British government and European Union officials to achieve progress in Brexit negotiations makes it even more crucial that measures t(...)

Jabar Azizi and Surat Ahmed with their children at home in Carrick-on-Shannon. Aziz was among the nearly 100 Kurdish refugees who were resettled in town. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times

A bold black-and-red sign announces Jamshid Ghafur’s business – “Kurdish Barber” – up a narrow flight of stairs just off the main street of Carrick-on(...)

The latest survey reveals that insurance remains a pressing issue for hoteliers

Brexit is biting but that has not stopped hoteliers recording an increase in business during the first half of 2017 due to a rise in the number of Iri(...)

A computer-generated image of Lidl’s planned new supermarket in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim.

Opposition is growing in Carrick-on-Shannon to plans by Lidl to build a new supermarket on what locals claim is the last green space in the town. Lo(...)

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audiences are not a fixed entity, and neither are cultural institutions nor venues. Adapt or die, and all that. As a teenager, I sang in choirs at the(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton said he did not believe that in two years time Britain would be outside the EU. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former taoiseach John Bruton has warned that Brexit poses the biggest threat to the State’s food industry since the economic war in the 1930s. Mr Bru(...)

A new Fáilte Ireland brand will promote “slow tourism” including walking, cycling and boating routes along an area through the midlands from south Ulster to north Munster. File photograph: Getty Images

A new Fáilte Ireland brand to emulate the successes of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East is to focus on Ireland’s lakelands. The new (...)

Dunnes Stores strikers picket outside the store on Henry Street Dublin. The strike began in 1984 and lasted almost three years. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A register of sports people and entertainers who travelled to South Africa, published in 1986 by the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, included(...)

 A snow-covered Mount Errigal as seen from Gola Island, off the west coast of Co Donegal. National Geographic Traveller declared Donegal one of the coolest places “on the planet”. Photograph: Alan Betson

By any measure 2016 was a troubled year both domestically and internationally with industrial unrest, political upheaval and conflict never far from t(...)

 Musicians play alongside Irish traditional band Moxie outside Leinster House to give support to Labour TD Willie Penrose’s Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill in September 2016. File photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Labour TD Willie Penrose has urged RTÉ Radio to bring back its commercially sponsored programmes to promote Irish music and singers. The programmes (...)