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Pfizer is one of four pharma companies – along with Abbott, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Merck –  examined in the report ‘Hard to Swallow: Facilitating Tax Avoidance by Big Pharma in Ireland’. Photograph: Tom Bergin/Reuters

Ireland’s corporate tax system is helping some of the world’s largest drug companies deprive emerging economies of almost €100 million a year, accordi(...)

Beaghmore Stone Circles in Co Tyrone, a few miles northwest of Cookstown. Photograph: Ken Williams

Less than 100 years ago, dark skies dominated Ireland. For millennia, the stars guided farmers and helped form our earliest mythologies, while the cyc(...)

File image of Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to g(...)

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

Mainstream Renewable CEO Andy Kinsella

Dublin-based Mainstream Renewable Power has begun the search for an equity partner to help build and run $1.65 billion (€1.42 billion) of wind and sol(...)

‘If you can pay for an education, you can get one. If you can pay for a hospital visit, you will be cured.’

Es por la dictadura might as well be the national motto of modern Chile. Here, I have reverted to my three-year-old self, interminably asking why thin(...)

Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most extraordinary meeting in the long history of the Catholic Church in Ireland was a hastily arranged affair. Eight survivors of clerical abuse(...)

US abuse expert Anne Barrett Doyle and Mark Vincent Healy, who was sexually abused by two priests in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Catholic Church’s culture of secrecy, coupled with Ireland’s “strict protection around defamation and data protection”, is making it impossible to(...)

A former top Vatican official has accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation.  Photograph: PA

A retired Vatican diplomat has called on Pope Francis to resign, claiming he was aware of abuse allegations against a prominent figure in the church h(...)

But is it art? Judges at work at the Latte Art World Championship Open in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

In numbers: Wine o’clock 9.1 million Cases of wine consumed by Irish consumers last year, up 100,000 cases (or litres) on the year before. 5 Perce(...)

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