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Niall Burgess, secretary general, at Iveagh House: “It is about putting the right people with the right skills into the right place at the right time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Foreign Affairs must be “much more linguistically diverse” post-Brexit for the almost one-third increase in the number of diplomatic(...)

Michelle and Mark at the Sibelius sculpture in Helsinki.

Our ship, aptly named Silhouette, casts a tall, faint shadow on the dockside as we pull away from Stockholm. It is White Night season, as darkness bar(...)

The fintech conference, Moneyconf, at RDS has attracted more than 5,000 attendees from 84 countries. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ireland’s corporate tax regime is back in the international spotlight today. The Republic is the biggest “tax haven” in the world used by multinationa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plan in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will open embassies in Ukraine, Morocco, the Philippines and Liberia in the coming years and consulates in Cardiff, Frankfurt and Los A(...)

The latest move in the game of boundary musical chairs involves a substantial boundary extension for Cork City Council, which will increase the population of its administrative area by 100,000. File image: Getty

Carving up or delineating new boundaries for local authorities in Ireland is exclusively the preserve of central government, which holds all the cards(...)

A person delivers CPR. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The 90s Spanish dance hit La Macarena could be the key to helping save a life, after experts revealed that using it to keep time improves the quality (...)

Après Match: Gary Cooke, Barry Murphy and Risteard Cooper. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

His lunch mates consider diving for cover when Risteard Cooper launches into his Shane Horgan impression, the hand movements so violent everyone at th(...)

 Kikuo Kojima speaking during a press conference after he filed  a forced sterilisation lawsuit on May 17th, 2018, in  Hokkaido, Japan. Photograph: Getty Images

When Junko Iizuka was 16 years old she was taken on a trip to the countryside. Now in her late 70s and in poor health, she dimly recalls enjoying a pi(...)

Monica de Wichfeld - a woman who refused to conform

If Monica de Wichfeld’s life was a movie, it might win one Oscar for costume design, and another for best actress. An aristocratic mainstay of the Eu(...)

Didier Deschamps: France’s head coach  has been able to make  big calls because of the remarkable array of individual talent available to him.  Photograph: Franck FireAFP/Getty

The wider country may be locked in a battle just now over the attempt by its president to impose what is politely described as reform but as Didier De(...)

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