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Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Cafe Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin with one of his compostable coffee cups. In November Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton launches a public consultation on levies on single-use coffee cups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

JANUARY New Central Bank rules aimed at helping consumers save money on their mortgage repayments and making mortgage switching easier come into effe(...)

Niamh Wilson embraces her mother, Bronagh, before she departs Dublin Airport for New York. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin Airport was awash with tearful mammies on Sunday morning as many families began saying farewell to their loved ones following their return home(...)

The sale of the Luggala property  sparked intense interest from a host of wealthy international buyers, amid calls for the State to buy it to add to Wicklow National Park. File photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

U2 lead singer Bono tried to buy Luggala, the Co Wicklow estate and house owned until recently by the Guinness family and home to Garech Browne until (...)

 Construction cranes in Dublin.  Since 2014 the Irish economy has grown by over 50%, placing it ahead of China in the global growth charts. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland doesn’t do stability. After a brutal economic crash and an equally savage austerity programme, the Irish economy has put in five years of what(...)

Shopper on Dublin’s  Henry Street: All five main elements of the KBC Bank consumer sentiment index posted sharp monthly gains in November. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish consumer sentiment rebounded sharply last month as the threat of a “crash-out” Brexit receded. The latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentim(...)

F and E (Identities withheld), 17 and 21-year-old sisters and survivors of child sexual abuse. Photograph: Kholood Eid/The New York Times

The two sisters live in fear of being recognised. One grew out her bangs and took to wearing hoodies. The other dyed her hair black. Both avoid lookin(...)

Defendants on drug charges standing with their handlers during a hearing at a court in Xintai, China’s Hebei province, on Thursday. Photograph:  Office of China National Narcotics Control Commission/AFP via Getty Images

A Chinese court on Thursday imprisoned nine people, one whom got a suspended death sentence, on charges of smuggling fentanyl into the United States, (...)

KBC’s latest homebuyer survey found purchasers were planning to live longer in the homes they buy, with two-thirds intending to live there for more than 10 years. Photograph: Getty Images

A change in homebuyer behaviour may be contributing to a slowdown in property sales, according to KBC Bank. The bank’s chief economist, Austin Hughes(...)

The court was told the three defendant laboratories are all subsidiaries of Sonic Healthcare, a global healthcare group headquartered in Australia. The case continues.

A woman with cancer has said it is “absolutely vile” a US laboratory which carried out her smear test is claiming she could be at fault by not pursuin(...)

John Goodenough  has never stopped trying to innovate and improve upon the battery prototype he invented and the world is still using

I am early to a celebratory dinner in honour of the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Dr John Goodenough. This is a modest affair taking place in (...)

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