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Pope Francis, who is soon to visit Ireland. For entreprensurs, to be able to see every situation as an opportunity is an incredible gift. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Legend has it my neighbour made his fortune entirely from Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979. While only an infant at the time, the closing (...)

Inis Oírr on the Aran Islands. Photograph: Chris Hill

The results of an innovative project aimed at preserving the unique biodiversity and tourism appeal of the Aran Islands will be presented at a two-day(...)

We’re all used to seeing cars in camouflage wrap, these days. Instead of using bin bags and lots of duct tape, as was the case once, car makers now tr(...)

President Donald Trump: “As steward of the global financial system and the world’s largest economy, the US had powerful carrots and sticks. Not anymore,” says  Alan McQuaid. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

The protectionist trade policies being pursued by US president Donald Trump now rank as a bigger threat to Ireland than Brexit, according to Merrion e(...)

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, says he is leading the country into a new era of deep political and cultural change. Photograph: Akos Stiller/New York Times

Hungary’s nationalist ruling party has defended its decision to scrap state funding for university gender studies courses, which critics of prime mini(...)

The leadership of the Single Supervisory Mechanism will change on January 1st. Photograph: Reuters

The European Central Bank’s next big appointment will cast a shadow that’s long enough to influence who succeeds Mario Draghi as president. Applicati(...)

‘I have a cherished family photo of my Irish ancestors who emigrated to Australia in the 19th century. It is so important to me because when I arrived in Ireland I immediately felt at home.’

Emigrating often means shedding the past so we can embrace the future. But sometimes it’s as much about what we hold onto as what we let go. The few (...)

‘Freedom of expression is a fundamental right,’ says Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave has rescinded an invitation to far right politician Marine Le Pen to this year’s conference. In a series of tweets,(...)

Aquarius crew members hand over life-jackets to migrants on a wooden boat, off the Libyan coast. Photograph: SOS Méditerranée/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Five EU countries agreed on Tuesday to take in 141 migrants currently on board the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius, prompting Malta to say it would(...)

Take-offs and landings in July were up 4.3%  at Dublin Airport, Cork was up 0.5%,   and Shannon rose by 8%

There were a record 115,834 flights, take-offs and landings in the Republic’s airspace in July, an average of almost three every minute, the latest fi(...)

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