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Robert Bigelow, a billionaire aerospace entrepreneur and longtime friend   in North Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2010. File photograph: Isaac Brekken/The New York Times

In the $600 billion annual US defence department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification programme was almost i(...)

File image of former Ukip leader Nigel Farage at a debate on the progress of the Brexit talks, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  France. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, has bemoaned being “53, separated and skint” in an interview, saying “there’s no money in politics”. In a ne(...)

Ian Keatley: Munster outhalf is the product of  Belvedere College, UCD and the  Leinster academy and also played for  Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster completed the sleeves-rolled-up win in Sandy Park last Sunday which reaffirmed their status as European Champions Cup contenders, 18 of (...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Britain’s Prince Harry with Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London in November. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19th, Kensington Palace said. Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, (...)

Good news for women – they are, on average, happier than men at one stage of their lives. Bad news for women – that phase doesn’t arrive until they a(...)

 The memorials for the SS Formby (right) and SS Coningbeg in Waterford. Photograph: Google Street View

The centenary of the sinking of two merchant ships by a German submarine during the first World War, which left 83 people dead, is to be commemorated (...)

Patrick Guilbaud on Noma? “It’s not for me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Beneath Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Dublin’s Merrion Street, in a temperature-controlled room, thousands of wine bottles line the red-brick racks w(...)

John Bruton: “Does the right to human life not extend to humans before birth?”

Current debate on abortion in Ireland lacks the clarity that preceded the 1983 referendum, which saw the Eighth Amendment inserted into the Constituti(...)

Ostensibly, Pat Collins’s film Song of Granite appears to explore the life of Joe Heaney, the sean-nós singer credited with converting the Irish music(...)

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