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Pfizer is one of four pharma companies – along with Abbott, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Merck –  examined in the report ‘Hard to Swallow: Facilitating Tax Avoidance by Big Pharma in Ireland’. Photograph: Tom Bergin/Reuters

Ireland’s corporate tax system is helping some of the world’s largest drug companies deprive emerging economies of almost €100 million a year, accordi(...)

Balcony suite at the  Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
Suite sensation in Kilkenny
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  • September 15, 2018, 06:00

Newpark news The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny has opened 10 luxury balcony suites as part of a €2 million investment in the property. The suites have ba(...)

 Ecuador has opened a ‘humanitarian corridor’ to allow masses of migrants escaping Venezuela’s free-falling economy to stream towards the Peruvian border. Photograph: AFP

The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building toward a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Na(...)

Leslie David Baker and Joel McHale star in The Happytime Murders

Miss Piggy has long nursed a mischievous glint in her plastic eye, but the “filthy comedy” of Brian Henson’s puppet-staffed new crime caper, The Happy(...)

The new five and ten Bolivar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar) bills. As it tries to curb hyperinflation - which, by some measurements, is the worst in Latin American history - the government is also slashing fuel subsidies and raising the minimum wage by 3,000 per cent.

Venezuela resorted to desperate measures to arrest an economic collapse on Monday, lopping five zeros off the bolívar, devaluing it by 95 per cent and(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

Ian Elliott, safeguarding consultant and first chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The man who created child protection structures for the Catholic Church in Ireland would not do so again because of the resistance he encountered from(...)

Activists in favour of decriminalising abortion hold handkerchiefs with the Spanish message “For a legal, safe and free abortion,” and wear costumes from the Handmaid’s Tale as they march through Remembrance Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The issue has divided the homeland of Pope F(...)

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

I feel awful saying this. Maybe if I say it quietly nobody will hear. But this very pretty, reassuringly old-school animation feels like the sort of f(...)

The Game – The Story of Hurling tracks the history of hurling. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Lorry Ladies Monday, BBC One, 7.30pm Angela Rippon is a trailblazer. Back in the 1970s, she became the first woman to regularly present the news for(...)

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