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IRFU chief executive  Philip Browne (right) and chief operating officer Kevin Potts (left) speak to the media following a meeting at the Department of Health on Wednesday. Photograph Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The IRFU and the Six Nations face a host of logistical difficulties in trying to reschedule the tournament’s three Ireland-Italy games at men’s, women(...)

Chris Patten delivered a lecture in Dublin in honour of the late businessman and statesman Peter Sutherland. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Former British Conservative Party chairman Chris Patten says he is “amazed” that the UK government regards a “level playing field” with the EU as “an (...)

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks pass  shops in  Milan, Italy, on Tuesday. Photograph: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the most outside China, increasing its international isolation as countries as far apart as Sout(...)

‘Eóghan will be the last wombat I hand raise before I head home to Ireland, for good’. File photograph: iStock/Getty

Sitting here on the verandah looking out over the forest and rising moon, that recent drop of rain has the place looking a bit green, which is unusual(...)

Flutter Entertainment, which owns Paddy Power,  is scheduled to announce its financial results for 2019 on February 27th. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

US gambling group Boyd Gaming says a deal with Paddy Power owner Flutter Entertainment is helping to lure new customers to its casinos. The news come(...)

Britain’s home secretary Priti Patel at Imperial College London last Tuesday, where she announced plans for a new points-based immigration system. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The UK’s new immigration regime seeks to stop unskilled workers entering the country. Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as someone who knows the price of ev(...)

Rebecca Harkin and her partner were both musicians on the Diamond Princess cruise liner which was forced into quarantine on February 3rd after it emerged that a former passenger had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

An Irish singer who was among 4,000 people quarantined on a cruise ship off the Japanese coast at the start of the month because of coronavirus has ex(...)

 “Haitches” are a particular source of anxiety in England. Even in these phonetically egalitarian days, the dropping of H-bombs on BBC can still trigger would-be champions of the Queen’s English. Photograph: Thoth Adan/IStock

As revealed on her Twitter account, the British Labour MP Jess Phillips received a ticking off this week for something she said in a BBC interview. (...)

Shane Burns with his daughter  Lexie, who is now seven

Working Abroad Q&A: Shane Burns is originally from Killarney, Co Kerry, but now lives in Kallista in the mountains near Melbourne. He works a(...)

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the coronavirus outbreak could be a “big negative” for the business in 2020 if it continued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kingspan has a €750 million war chest to fund the acquisition of rivals, according to Gene Murtagh, the Irish insulation maker’s chief executive. Th(...)

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