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The National Youth Council of Ireland have called on the Government to appoint a dedicated minister to take responsibility for emigration policy and the Irish abroad. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

One in four Irish people have had a close family member emigrate in the last two years, according to a new survey. Half of those still li(...)

Dún Laoghaire pier: festival will include exhibitions, a genealogy village, traditional music, embassy celebrations, a concert and a parade.

Several thousand visitors are expected in Dún Laoghaire this week for an international festival of flags. The Bratacha Festival, opening (...)

Australia’s famous rocky landmarks known as the Devil’s Marbles in the outback. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Almost 50,000 Irish people took up visas in Australia and Canada last year, an Oireachtas committee has heard. More than 25,800 Irish peo(...)

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 04:  The peloton rides during stage one of the 2013 Giro d'Italia on May 4, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

In another nerve-rending stage finish at the Giro d’Italia Bradley Wiggins managed to avoid losing time after a pile-up just outside the final(...)

Bradley Wiggins of Sky lost 17 seconds on the leaders during stage four of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Enrico Battaglin led an Italian 1-2-3 to win the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia today, as Britain’s Bradley Wiggins lost precious time in a (...)

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been named in the Barbarians squad.  Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, on the day he was named alongside Munster prop BJ Botha in the Barbar(...)

The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka in November, Buckingham Palace confirmed today. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth will miss the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting for the first time since 1973, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Th(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “These figures suggest that the Gathering has got off to a strong start.”

The Gathering has significantly boosted tourism figures so far this year from North America and continental Europe, Fáilte Ireland stati(...)

The Government is trying to change the focus of the economy. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton is hoping a model based on endeavo(...)

Bald headed: Devin Townsend (with guitar) is noted for his full-on commitment to his art on and off stage.

You’ve had 25 albums and counting. How do you keep up the pace? I’ve been doing it for so long now. I’ve had a month to reflect on it. Every s(...)

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