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Jack MacGowan, Aer Rianta International chief executive. The company  earned a €27.4 million surplus last year from operating duty free outlets in Europe, Asia and North America

Duty free specialist Aer Rianta International (ARI) plans to double profits over the next five years to €55 million, according to its chief executive (...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to the United Nations Security Council after it unanimously voted in favor of a resolution eradicating Syria’s chemical arsenal during a Security Council meeting at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Russia wants to revive plans for a conference on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction now that Syria has pledged to abandon its chem(...)

Saturday’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes is shaping into a potential championship deciding event and the unbeaten Come To Heel will fly the Irish fla(...)

Ruairí Quinn: “None of like doing what we have to do none of us like the reduction in allocation for support for different kinds of support that are needed and looking for either increased money from people or reducing services that they are currently receiving.”

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has refused to rule out an increase in class sizes in next month’s budget saying “everything has to be looked at”.(...)

Screen grab of new culturally specific Ireland.com portal for the Gulf States.

Tourism Ireland is ramping up its online presence in the Middle East, with a new culturally-specific version of its online portal, ireland.com.The mov(...)

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said.

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecifie(...)

A woman votes at a polling station in  Shaab, Kuwait City today.  Photograph: Jassim Mohammed/Reuters

Kuwaiti voters braved searing heat in the middle of the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast to cast ballots today in parliamentary elections.Leaders in the oil-(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food	Simon Coveney will lead a trade mission to the Gulf in October to boost Irish food exports to those countries.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The ban on the export of Irish beef and sheep meat to the Gulf region has been lifted in a move described as a “milestone decision” by Minister for Ag(...)

 Human Rights Watch has urged EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to condemn convictions imposed in Saudi Arabia for posting messages on Facebook calling for anti-government protests. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven activists from its restive eastern province to prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for posting messages on Fa(...)

Profess Martin Corbally arriving at the Four Courts today for a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

A finding of poor professional performance against a paediatrician over an incorrect “tongue-tie” procedure on a young child in his care was unproven,(...)

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