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“We help companies to give recognition and express gratitude to employees,” says expat Eric Mosley “Both the giver and the receiver are ‘lifted’ by the process and this generates a positive, can do, working environment.” Photograph: Naoise Culhane

It was the basic human need for recognition that inspired Dubliner Eric Mosley to co-found the social employee recognition company Globoforce in 1999.(...)

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

 Actor Kevin Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court after being arraigned on indecent assault charges. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

At a minutes-long arraignment on the ritzy Massachusetts island of Nantucket on Monday, Kevin Spacey did not seem to utter a word as he appeared befo(...)

Beto O’Rourke is fourth-generation Irish. His mother was the stepdaughter of Fred Korth, the secretary of the Navy under John F Kennedy. Photograph:   Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

My parents met in Toronto after emigrating from Ireland, and I am a first generation Canadian. I’ve always loved politics, but was especially intrigue(...)

 Nancy Pelosi is applauded after her election as speaker of the US House of Representatives on Thursday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ebullient Democrats assumed control of the US House of Representatives on Thursday and elected Nancy Pelosi of California speaker, returning her to a (...)

US president Donald Trump: Americans knew he was a rogue when they elected him. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

In Washington, where even the metaphors are militarised, the White House is said to be under “siege”. The word will not do. It implies outside hordes (...)

The remains of actor Jer O’Leary, being carried out of the Church of St. Agatha’s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Actor, activist, artist, raconteur, orator, and trade unionist Jer O’Leary (73), who died in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day, had a favourite quotation: “I(...)

US senator Elizabeth Warren is a fierce critic of President Donald Trump and on Monday took a big step towards a run for the presidency. Photograph: Reuters

US senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday became the most prominent Democrat to announce a challenge to the Republican president in 2020. The Senator has(...)

A number of species are ‘critically endangered’ and face a real risk of disappearing entirely without urgent action, including the curlew. Photograph: Mark L Stanley via Getty Images

Mass extinction of species is happening on Ireland’s doorstep. “It is not something which is happening somewhere else,” according to the Irish Wildlif(...)

  Kevin Spacey in a video he released, shortly after he was charged, in which in he takes the persona   of his character Frank Underwood in the popular Netflix TV series House of Cards. Photograph:   YouTube

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in connection with an allegation that he sexually abused an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket, Massach(...)

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