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Méabh Ní Drisceoil, third secretary in the Irish embassy in Hungary,  meeting president of Hungary János Áder.

Is there more to being a diplomat than truly spoiling guests at the ambassadorial residence with pyramids of gold foil-wrapped chocolates? The Public(...)

Budapest: property market didn’t bottom out until 2013, from whence a faltering recovery has become an overheating market. Photograph: Getty

When the Irish began a short-lived love affair with overseas property from the end of the 1990s, the initial foray was into resort property along the (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Asked about policy to criminalise people deemed to have aided illegal immigration, Mr Orban said his country pursued “humane” policies. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

In the end, Angela Merkel’s fraying patience with Viktor Orban snapped – although in the nicest way possible. “Right, now we’re taking a photo,” she (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of  partial results of parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, in April. File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

A row over “European values” has led to a severing of links between the Fidesz party of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and the centrist Christi(...)

George Soros, founder and the Open Society Foundations. Open Society said Viktor Orban’s campaign had “invoked anti-Semitic imagery from World War II”. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

A major foundation funded by liberal philanthropist George Soros is closing its regional headquarters in Hungary, due to what it calls “an increasingl(...)

Andrson founders Neil Dunne and Zach Miller-Frankel

David Gogan, a former vice-president at record label EMI Ireland and son of the legendary DJ Larry Gogan, believes the traditional era of A&R is o(...)

Thailand

Tour Thailand Take in three destinations in Thailand with Cassidytravel. Spend two nights in Bangkok, five nights in Koh Samui, five nights in Phuket(...)

Antonio Banderas in Genius: Picasso. Photograph: National Geographic/YouTube

Antonio Banderas is having a hard day at the office: he has just died. He has wrapped one of the last days of shooting in Budapest for Genius: Picasso(...)

Sri Lanka: five days in a suite in a fairly high-end beach resort costs less than €100. Photograph: iStock

What if you were to pick your holiday destination based purely on price? What if money was the sole object as opposed to no object? Where could you en(...)

Brothers Fergal and Kevin Quinn, co founders of Hen and Stag Sligo: the business brings €4 million to the town, says Bloomberg. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Even as they were polishing the boardroom table in Sligo’s Institute of Technology in preparation for today’s much anticipated Cabinet meeting, news b(...)

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