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Hot beverage sales have risen 3.4 per cent in value year-on-year. May was an especially good month, with sales up 4.1 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Retail sales were “marginally up” in the second quarter of 2019 thanks to “robust” grocery sales, but the outlook for the sector remains a “significan(...)

President Michael D Higgins meets Pope Francis in Dublin  last year. Coverage of the Papal visit, the presidential election and the FIFA World Cup cost RTÉ €7.2 million. Photograph: Maxwell Photography via Getty Images.

It has become a standard procedure for companies presenting their annual earnings to explain that they would have made an operating profit were it not(...)

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes said there had been “no substantial response” from Government on future funding.

RTÉ recorded a loss of €13 million in 2018, with the State-owned public service broadcaster citing the cost of “special events”, such as the Papal vis(...)

 Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill: ‘As a woman you have far less room for error, but you learn to deal with it, and a lot is about player management.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Who brings a hot-water bottle to France in June? Michelle O’Neill, for one, thanks to her role at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup. As a Fifa-level “(...)

Neymar confronts the assistant referee after his goal was disallowed during the Champions League final between Juventus and Barcelona in 2015. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Goals will be disallowed for accidental handball from next season after the game’s lawmakers reworded the rules. Previously, goals would have been al(...)

The All-Ireland hurling final between Limerick and Galway attracted more viewers than the Dublin v Tyrone football decider. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

There are too many special circumstances surrounding the television ratings for sport in 2018 to extrapolate hard and fast trends but the figures cont(...)

Tubridy’s triumph: ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ was once again the most-watched programme on Irish television last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times.

Irish adults watched television for an average of three hours and four minutes every day in 2018, a year in which RTÉ One’s The Late Late Toy Show onc(...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, appearing at a 2015 press conference, are  due to play a lucrative exhibition tennis match in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

It predates 2018, but one of the contenders for word of the year must be “sportswashing”. In three syllables, it encapsulates a global game fondly an(...)

Investigative journalists Barry McCaffrey (left) and Trevor Birney (right) outside Musgrave Street police station in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Two investigative journalists who were on Friday arrested over the suspected theft of confidential documents relating to the Loughinisland massacre, w(...)

Little more than a decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States in the Middle East. But over the past f(...)

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