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  On the Campaign trail: Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil canvassing at Bray Dart Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In postcard pretty Avoca, Co Wicklow on a beautiful day in late spring, Fianna Fáil’s Malcolm Byrne walks its sole street canvassing votes for the Eur(...)

Through a range of acquisitions and strategic partnerships with upscale Irish food brands, Dunnes has pursued the higher end of the market

It is deep into the afternoon on a weekday and four young women have met up for a late lunch. They are all aged in their early- to mid-30s, well-dress(...)

6 Rocky Valley Crescent, Kilmacanogue Co Wicklow.

Architects’ own homes are notoriously underdone, a bit like chefs who have been cooking all day – the last thing on their mind when they get home is g(...)

O’Connors of Drumleck managing director John O’Connor: ‘Something’s only a mistake if you do it twice.’

John O’Connor is managing director of O’Connors of Drumleck, designers and manufacturers of bespoke fitted cabinetry and furniture, characterised by l(...)

14 Ovoca Road, Portobello, Dublin 8

Dublin 8’s Portobello has been having a moment for a long time now. Not that the area’s ever been out of fashion since emerging, early in the 19th cen(...)

Avoca managing director Tara O’Neill  in  the company’s new Ballsbridge foodie venture. Photograph:  Alan Betson

On a huge reclaimed frieze behind the bar at Avoca’s newest Dublin foodstore, there’s a carving of the Latin adage: Tempus fugit. Times flies. It cert(...)

Phil Smith of Shoots and Roots with his his new vegan burger

Food entrepreneurs need to be made of stern stuff. Production is hard physical work and they often start off doing everything themselves from making a(...)

Tianyiwa Xie, a student from Alexander College, Dublin, whose project was ‘Intersection of Multidimensional Planes in Projective Geometry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

How can I stop my sliced apple going brown in my lunchbox? Is it possible to charge a phone using exercise? Does listening to classical music make you(...)

Last-minute Christmas shopping. Photograph: iStock/Getty

ADULTS Dents Aviemore touch-screen gloves The gloves Among the most traditional of Christmas gifts, but what we like about Dents Avie(...)

Tourism in Ireland: the rise in the tourism VAT rate will undoubtedly make life more difficult for some smaller restaurant and hotel operators in certain parts of the country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The primal scream from tourism and hospitality operators over the return of their VAT rate to 13.5 per cent is understandable, given the scale of disa(...)

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