Fine Gael junior minister Pat Breen is reported in the Sunday Business Post as having held a number of meetings with the lead bidder for the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Fine Gael junior minister Pat Breen held a number of meetings with the lead bidder for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the Sunday Business Post rep(...)

#GirlsTakeover: Plan International Ireland volunteers will be at Áras an Uachtaráin today. Photograph: Frank Miller

Today is Day of the Girl – and it’s nothing to do with Father Ted’s lovely girls, or with calling grown women by diminutives. Let us hear none of the (...)

Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki  walks with prime minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

Eritrea’s president has arrived in Ethiopia for his first visit in 22 years amid a dramatic diplomatic thaw between the once-bitter rivals. “This is (...)

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki (left) and Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed  at Asmara International Airport in Eritrea on Monday. Photograph: Ghideon Musa Aron Visafric via Reuters,

On Tuesday morning, Ethiopian mechanic Mohammed Osman placed a phone call he had dreamt of making for 20 years. He called his mother Kedija, who was (...)

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed (L) walks with Eritrea’s foreign minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (R) as Eritrea’s delegation arrives for peace talks in  international airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yonas Tadesse/AFP

Long-time foes Eritrea and Ethiopia “opened the door of peace” on Tuesday after the first high-level visit from Asmara to Addis Ababa in nearly two de(...)

A Bombardier BD-500 CSeries CS300 aircraft of Swiss airline takes off from Geneva airport . Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Airbus is set to close a deal to take a controlling stake in Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner programme, potentially safeguarding 1,000 jobs in Belfast, (...)

Ethiopian Airlines has won  Tripadvisor’s readers’ award for best airline to Africa

In the annual Airhelp report on global airline and airports, Dublin is the highest-ranked airport in the UK and Ireland with a score of 21/141. Aer Li(...)

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed (centre) on April 11th: Tuesday’s moves are part of a radical reform agenda. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it would implement a peace agreement ending a 1998-2000 war with Eritrea that requires it to cede disputed land it (...)

Aergo chief executive Fred Browne  with Derik Smith, chief executive of Safair:  Recent refinancing deal “gives us a significant amount of capital”, says Mr Browne.

Irish aircraft lessor Aergo Capital could have more than $1 billion to spend on buying new planes next year following a recent refinancing, according (...)

Buzz Aldrin at the SXSW festival: the second man on the moon  wants us to get our asses to Mars. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In numbers: Shockwaves at Lush 20 Percentage of Lush staff who are not British citizens and now feel “unwelcome and understandably upset” by the Bre(...)

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