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Global stock investors took fright in early October as the US Federal Reserve signalled a possible more aggressive path for rate hikes, sending US bond yields to eight-year highs. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Stock-market Cassandras warning of impending danger were a brave species at the start of the year, as Wall Street indices hit fresh all-time highs on(...)

Party wines should not be too high in alcohol, but easy to drink with or without food. Photograph: iStock

Wine plays an important role in any successful party. Choosing a wine that will impress your friends (even the wine nerds) is not difficult once you f(...)

The RNLI’s “Anna Livia”, stationed at Dún Laoghaire. As part of its annual ceremony  the station’s two lifeboats will drop wreaths into the sea in view of the public gathered at the end of the east pier.

In keeping with tradition, Dún Laoghaire RNLI will hold its annual ceremony today to honour the memory of 15 lifeboat volunteers who died on service o(...)

You may need to root around, but a pre-Christmas bargain is possible. Photograph: Moodboard/Brand X/Getty

Is it possible to bag a bargain house pre-Christmas? There’s a lot of talk about price drops but a search online reveals little that is visibly discou(...)

The Book Centre, Waterford. Photograph: Jennifer O'Connell

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. The digital revolution was going to kill off physical books and bookshops altogether. It’s true that between r(...)

Retail property is now undergoing an overdue development phase in Dublin  city centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

In any form of investing, it is always difficult to fight sentiment. This is no less true when considering the negative popular perception that surrou(...)

Parents whose children  will be starting school in the next five years will be entitled to vote using the Department of Education’s new online patronage process system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Parents will on Monday be invited to vote for their preferred patron bodies to run 12 new primary schools which will be established next year in areas(...)

Bolands Quay

In a year of monster deals, Facebook’s recently announced move to the 14-acre Bankcentre campus opposite the RDS in Ballsbridge has real wow factor: “(...)

The only explanation for schools who consistently seem to perform at over the 100 per cent participation rate in CAO college courses is that some of their students are being counted twice. Photograph: iStock

Falling numbers of students taking the Leaving Cert in certain schools affect perceived progression rates to college in an unexpected way. There are(...)

The 39-room Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, near the border between Leitrim and Roscommon, is the subject of proceedings between Paradub Ltd, which wants to develop it as tourist hotel, and businessman James Kiernan, owner of the property. Image: Google Street View

A hotel at the centre of a legal dispute is intended to be opened as accommodation for asylum seekers in early January, the High Court has heard. The(...)

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