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Queen lead singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury:  Bohemian Rhapsody famously contains  operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche. Photograph:  Keystone/Getty Images

They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song Bohemi(...)

Seagram’s Edgar Bronfman jnr  (centre), with  Frank J Biondi   of Universal Studios and Cornelis Boonstra  of Royal Philips Electronics.  An erstwhile film producer and songwriter, Bronfman had a fateful preference for studios over distilleries. Photograph: Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images

Open the filing cabinet marked “mergers and acquisitions”, go straight to the fat folder labelled “cautionary tales” and eventually you will reach the(...)

Corporation tax receipts have nearly doubled since 2012 to €8.2 billion and are on course this year to top €10 billion for the first time. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The tax and benefit measures announced in October’s budget will reduce household income by an average of 0.7 per cent, according to a study by the Eco(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “The danger is not only the direct political power they wield, but in the poisonous influence that they now exert on those who, for reasons of short-term political gain and in the name of a false consensus, would seek to concede their demands.”   He was speaking on December 10th. Photo: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has said creating a “popular culture of human rights” has never been more urgent than it is today. Mr Higgins said the f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: the memorial will be “a testament to our commitment to working with organisations like Front Line Defenders in promoting and protecting human rights throughout the world”. Photograph: Tom Hona

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to erect a memorial at its headquarters in Dublin to those who have died defending human rights . The Human Rig(...)

The fact that 16 per cent of school-leavers do not apply for a CAO college place is not an indication of failure. They may be planning to pursue a further-education course, which is more appropriate to their career goals. Photograph: iStock

To make sense of the feeder tables, it is important to understand its component parts, and in particular, the two key numbers associated with each sch(...)

Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

In Holyhead, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly work(...)

Theresa May searches for a question she can answer at the Confederation of British Industry conference in London on Monday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Image of the week: Brexit horizon Seen here searching for an end to the mess, Theresa May appeared to be on a relative high at a London business conf(...)

During the recording of Delta, Mumford & Sons’ fourth record, the band welcomed Jordan Peterson to their London-based studio. A photograph subsequ(...)

Comcast has identified 6 million households in its existing markets that it can target with its streaming service.

US cable group Comcast has set its sights on the 60 per cent of European households without a pay-TV subscription following the completion of its £30 (...)

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