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Raheem Sterling: “You see a gun on someone’s leg, you are going to automatically think: ‘What the hell are you doing?’ ” Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Raheem Sterling has admitted he understands the frenzied reaction to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle inked on his right calf but has not been affec(...)

Digicel deal: Denis O’Brien’s company has sold 215 masts to Phoenix Tower International. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Digital/Corbis via Getty

Digicel, the emerging-markets-focused telecommunications company owned by the businessman Denis O’Brien, has sold 215 wireless-communications towers i(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: ‘We have to keep 80 per cent of all known fossil fuels in the ground if we are to have any chance of fighting climate change.’  File Photograph: Reuters

A move to ban the issuing of fossil fuel exploration licences in Ireland features in a proposed Bill to be put before the Dáil by Solidarity-People Be(...)

The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Nate’s maximum sustained winds dropped to 45 miles per hour (70 km per hour), the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday morning, a f(...)

People walk through flooded streets in the municipality of Minatitlan, south of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday. Photograph: Angel Hernandez/EPA

Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 people in Central America on Thursday as it pummelled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico’s (...)

Fyffes faced outright expulsion last week, but Ethical Trading Initiative has decided to give the new talks a chance. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Dublin-based tropical fruits company Fyffes has secured a reprieve from being expelled from an influential ethical body as the firm and its new Japane(...)

Indian schoolchildren in classroom. You can or combine a holiday with a taking part in a volunteer programme in dozens for interesting places around the world.
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Sometimes it is nice to take a holiday that involves doing things for other people. VSI.ie is a peace movement founded in 1965 in Ireland and has been(...)

The Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy, home of Barolo wine. A chauffeur-driven tour will enable you to sample the best of the vineyards

20% off luxury chauffeured Italian wine tour A luxurious chauffeur-driven journey through two of Italy’s classic wine regions – Barolo and Chianti – (...)

Bananalink protest outside the extraordinary general meeting of fruit distributor Fyffes, which approved the group’s €751 million takeover by Japanese group Sumitomo Corporation in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fyffes, the Dublin-based tropical fruits company taken over in February by a Japanese group, has been given until next month to resolve a dispute over(...)

The St Patrick’s Day Parade winds its way through Dublin city centre. File photograph: Eric Luke

While Ireland may be known for its “céad míle fáilte” it comes just 23rd in terms of friendliness according to a survey of expats. Ireland ranks 56t(...)

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