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For me, talking to myself seems to have multiple functions. Illustration: Getty Images

Because we all have mobile phones and because most people have those Bluetooth headphone thingies, it’s possible to make phone calls without taking yo(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin shimmies down the red carpet to deliver the good news to the nation on Friday. Handout photograph: Julien Behal Photography

It was Micheál’s shimmiest shimmy yet down the red carpet. He couldn’t wait to deliver the good news. And it was very thoughtful of the Taoiseach to(...)

Pre-Covid-19 Ikea could accommodate the size of a mid-size Irish town. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Officially, Ikea in Ballymun was supposed to open at 10am. But there were 40 people waiting outside the Dublin store at 8am so the managers opened (...)

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Looking for easy, ingenious ways to revamp your garden this summer? Read on . . . Screen off the ugly stuff Sheds, smelly bins, bicycle racks, (...)

Margrethe Vestager pictured in 2017. Amazon’s victory follows last year’s landmark court defeat for the EU commissioner against Apple, which contested a record €13 billion tax order relating to the Republic. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Amazon has won its bid to topple a €250 million tax bill in another blow to European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager’s crackdown on prefere(...)

The warehouse retailing giant has experienced a huge spike in sales in Ireland of outdoor equipment as the country prepares for an ‘outdoors summer’ of domestic tourism. Photograph: Decathlon

French sports retailer Decathlon, which reopened its Ballymun outlet on Monday for click and collect and appointment shopping, plans further expansion(...)

King Lear in  a Van: Arthur Riordan in the title role. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you were loitering around Ely Place in Dublin recently you may have heard some worrying bellowing from the car park/loading bay of the Royal Hibern(...)

The fierce debate raging about the future of the Poolbeg chimneys makes the relative silence about the toxic waste swirling beneath all the more startling. Photograph: iStock

The attitude of Dubliners to the Poolbeg chimneys has always puzzled me. The 1970s industrial behemoths are regarded with a fiercely defensive, roman(...)

Penneys broke its daily sales records in Ireland when it reopened for Christmas,  but promptly had to close again. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

How many pyjamas, T-shirts and fluffy cushions will you be buying once the shops finally reopen again? Well, Penneys for one will be hoping quite a lo(...)

Niamh Tully of Tully Nurseries with her children Caoimhe and Harvey.  Bord Bia research shows that consumer spend on gardening reached its highest-ever level at €1.2 billion in 2020. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell

Green fingers appear to have become the latest unusual side-effect of Covid-19, with interest in gardening blooming like never before since the start (...)

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