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Ruth Monahan of Appassionata Flowers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The phrase “Christmas tree” conjures images of a lush, green tree, decorated with bountiful tinsel, baubles and twinkling lights. However, for Ruth (...)

Night view of Galway Continental Christmas Market

In a very short space of time, Christmas markets have become an integral part of the season’s festivities. From this weekend, all across the country a(...)

A decade ago, Matthias Wissman became head of the VDA, the German auto industry’s lobby group, a high-profile position requiring guile, brass neck and an enviable contacts book. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Matthias Wissmann glides into the Berlin conference room with a choirboy smile, owlish eyes behind round glasses and chestnut brown hair that belies h(...)

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association who work for Ryanair are understood to be voting on a ballot for industrial action up to an including strike. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Ryanair pilots are voting on proposals that could lead to strike or some other form of industrial action. Pilots at the airline are campaigning for a(...)

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New apprenticeships in areas ranging from animation to cybersecurity will be available to school-leavers over the next year or so. They form part of (...)

Stevie G has been a DJ for 25 years: ‘I’m just happy to be doing what I’m doing’

Stevie G is a Cork music institution, and not in the heritage sense. While Grainger is one of the DJs who got his start at the internationally-renowne(...)

Dealz is ultimately owned by South African-based Steinhoff. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dealz parent Steinhoff has lost more than $12 billion (€10.2bn) off its value since it revealed “accounting irregularities” and parted ways with its (...)

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), after delivering his speech during the SPD’s federal party convention in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tortuous path back to power is one step shorter after Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) gave the green light for expl(...)

SPD leader Martin Schulz also gives the thumbs up to a new European finance minister to combat tax evasion. Photograph: Reuters

The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at the Republic and criticised US technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, say(...)

Oliver Schmidt, a former Volkswagen executive, has been sentenced to seven years in prison in the US. Photograph: Joe Wilsens/EPA

A US-based Volkswagen executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 (€339,000) by a judge on Wednes(...)

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