Planning shouldn’t take any fun or spontaneity out of life

My daughter and I just joined sea scouts. I thought that returning from Sydney after 16 years, it will help us settle further into Irish life. Using t(...)

Leinster centre Noel Reid says tackling technique is key when coming up against bigger men. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Leinster might be basking in the warmth of a satisfying opening two games in Europe. But there’s an elephant in the room. More than 50 missed tackle(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has promised to put digital taxation “at the top of the agenda” of the OECD ministerial conference next year. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday morning for a broad survey of bilateral, European and (...)

The MV Celine will begin sailing from Dublin Port at the end of this month

Dublin Port is on track for its fifth consecutive year of growth, recording trade volumes up 4.2 per cent in the first nine months of this year. Whi(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and French president Emmanuel Macron clashed in a discussion at the European Council last week over another idea favoured by France, a potential digital tax. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will discuss Brexit and the future direction of the European Union with French president Emmanuel Macron during their first bil(...)

Fianna Fáil councillor Emma Coffey: her comments on Brexit differ to those of the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who insists no border should be in place. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil councillor Emma Coffey has called for the imposition of a hard Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic to “protect the influx of (...)

President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne: the university is nearing the conclusion of a capital development plan, which has “transformed” the campus. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The European Investment Bank is to provide €60 million towards development of the NUI Galway campus. The first ever loan to the university from Euro(...)

People wave Catalan independence flags at a demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If the EU tries to stop its constituent economies going global, I surmise from working trips to Milan and Amsterdam that it is terrible at it. These c(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union has confirmed 78,935 people were vaccinated across 762 pharmacies in the 2016/2017 flu season. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The Health Service Executive is bracing itself for a winter flu crisis, following signals that existing vaccines may be unable to cope with new strain(...)

  Racing 92  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara: “We need to get more stability, build our base and get more consistent performances.” Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

He knows what to expect better than anyone, all the more so having been back here with Racing last January, and having again been granted more influen(...)