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According to the latest Eurostat figures, house prices here rose by 4.1 per cent in the third quarter of last year compared with the previous quarter. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish house prices are now rising at a faster rate than in nearly every other European Union country.According to the latest Eurostat figures, house p(...)

Faceless bureaucrats: we all owe them a ‘thank you’. Photograph: Thinkstock

You might not have realised it but when you woke up this morning you were more powerful than you were last Thursday – and you have a huge organisation(...)

The Irish Embassy in Paris, one of the diplomatic missions from which over 1,500 Irish nationals sought consular help last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Foreign Affairs provided more than 3,000 so-called letters of freedom to Irish citizens getting married or entering civil partnershi(...)

 People needed to develop “a deep culture of fostering peace and reconciliation and coming together in the realis
ation that we need each other”, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s international peacekeepers were warmly praised by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin this morning as he recalled that “the ch(...)

The Vatican Bank. From day one it was clear Pope Francis was no friend of deregulated capitalism, let alone murky financial speculation.  Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

As tourists walk past the Porta Sant’Anna in Rome, just off St Peter’s Square, few pay much attention to the strange-looking, rounded tower that sits (...)

Edward de Bono, pictured in Dublin in 2007. His planned international centre in the city never materialised. Photograph: Eric Luke

The government lent its support to an ambitious plan by international business guru Edward de Bono to set up a largely tax-free conference centre in D(...)

Fionn Davenport
Fionn Davenport's travel desk

AND ALL THAT JAZZ Readers of these pages will guess that I’m pretty excited about direct flights from Dublin to Marrakesh, and this week I(...)

Ireland had higher net outward migration in 2012 than Greece, Spain, Portugal and Iceland.

Ireland has gone from having the highest net immigration levels in Europe to the highest net emigration levels in just six years. The country has over(...)

Twelve illegal immigrants, including at least four children, drowned after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada (A on map) in the Ionian Sea today. Image: Google Maps.

Twelve illegal immigrants, including at least four children, drowned after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Se(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel ata meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Migration and an upcoming Eastern Partnership summit  topped the summit agenda. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

EU leaders have put off any immediate change to European migration policy until next June, despite the emergency rescue of 700 migrants in the Medite(...)

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