“The harvest festivals of my youth have been overtaken by something closer to a festival of waste that celebrates disposable plastic decorations, single-use kids’ costumes and enormous buckets of sweets, each one in its own little unrecyclable cellophane wrapper.” Photograph: David Sleator
Halloween is a load of rubbish

What are you doing for Halloween? I know what I’ll be doing. As soon as the kids’ sugar slumps kick in and the face paint is packed away, I’ll be sitt(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Britain’s Brexit breakdown, like all good horror shows, leaves you repulsed yet somehow unable to avert your eyes. Ireland is wedged into the best se(...)

BMW headquarters in Munich. Photograph: iStock

BMW said it was raided by European Union antitrust watchdogs this week as the EU intensified a probe into the German car industry following reports th(...)

Séamus McDermott: “I believe the ability to get along well with people comes more naturally to Irish people and is an advantage in this industry.”

There is a brand-new Ford Fiesta on the market and the man responsible for getting it there is Tyrone-born Séamus McDermott. Sales of the Fiesta exce(...)

Bénédicte Duval, Air France and KLM general manager for the UK and Ireland, will oversee changes in the airlines’ operations in the Irish market.

Air France and KLM have appointed a new general manager for the UK and Ireland, Bénédicte Duval. Ms Duval, who has had an extensive 30-year career in (...)

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese investigative journalist who was killed in a car bombing. Photograph: The Malta Independent

The journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia (54) died when the car she was driving exploded in Bidnija, a hamlet in north-central Malta on October 16th. Her(...)

Bank of Ireland, currently the subject of an enforcement investigation by the Central Bank alongside KBC, dropped by 1.93 per cent to €6.649 on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The ongoing tracker mortgage controversy appeared to spook Irish investors on Thursday as the Iseq ended in negative territory. Its European peers, (...)

Deirdre Glenn of Enterprise Ireland: “The indigenous medtech sector is a really good news story for Ireland.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Ireland’s largest medical technologies event takes place today in the RDS in Dublin. Organised by Enterprise Ireland, the biennial Med In Ireland ev(...)

Sebastian Kurz, leader  of the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP): likely to bring  Heinz-Christian Strache’s far-right Freedom Party into government. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

In the wake of the Dutch and French elections, and the defeats of Geert Wilders’s and Marine Le Pen’s respective parties, some commentators hailed wha(...)

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

European stocks edged up to near four-month highs with a raft of company results in focus while euro zone bond yields rose from five-week lows as inve(...)