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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(...)

Diarrhoea is usually accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea and cramps and, sometimes, by fever

Few diseases have attracted such a wide range of euphemisms as traveller’s diarrhoea. The “runs” and gippy tummy are some of the milder monikers. Some(...)

Floral tribute to Savita Halappanavar at the George Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The group behind some of the most recognisable street art in Dublin have released a video documentary calling on the city council to radically change (...)

Volkswagen accepted the fine and will not appeal it. Photograph: Getty

Volkswagen has been fined €1 billion by public prosecutors in Braunschweig, near its Wolfsburg headquarters, for its role in the diesel scandal, accor(...)

Graffiti is seen on  well-known Irish bar and restaurant Brownes Irish Market in Kansas City, which claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America. Photograph: Brownes Irish Market

US police are investigating an anti-immigrant graffiti attack on a well-known Irish bar and restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. “Immigrants not welc(...)

Trinity College botanist Prof John Parnell with the stump of the Oregon Maple Tree which died last week in the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Stress is the probable cause of death of the majestic 170-year-old Oregon Maple tree, which “catastrophically and unexpectedly” collapsed last Saturda(...)

Kingspan chief Gene Murtagh sold 86,359 shares in Kingspan after exercising options granted to him in 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh has netted more than €3.4 million from selling shares in the insulation manufacturer on Thursday. An (...)

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov   is being held in an isolation cell in a remote prison in Arctic Siberia. Photograph: Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov

The remote prison in Arctic Siberia where Oleg Sentsov is on hunger strike is thousands of kilometres away from the stadiums in European Russia hostin(...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy at the launch of the report.

Half of the growth in the Republic’s agrifood export volumes last year came from markets outside of Europe, led by a sixfold increase in exports to Ch(...)

Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox (left), who reached the 8,848m summit of Mount Everest on May 27th, 1993, is pictured with his deputy leader on the climb ,Frank Nugent (right). File photograph: Brian Hayes

The 25th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Irish climbers is due to be marked with events in the Dublin and Mourne mounta(...)

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