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Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Photograph: EPA

The death has taken place of Archbishop Thomas White (85), a priest of Ossory diocese who had one of the most varied careers an Irishman has had with (...)

No palm tree left unclimbed: Like a Fianna Fáil politician seeking the last vote up a mountain boreen, diplomats canvassed every remote corner of the oceans from the Comoros to Vanuatu. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The trigger has been pulled and the tortuous journey has begun. The diplomatic corps has been reshuffled. Experienced ambassadors have been assigned t(...)

Pier jumping in Creevy Co Donegal. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There were almost a quarter of a million extra trips made to Ireland between December and February this year compared to the same period last year, ac(...)

Ireland’s men’s hockey team will play at the Olympics for the first time since 1908 next year. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Craig Fulton says that finally dealing with the “hurt” of missing on London 2012 played a pivotal part in building the mental resolve of(...)

Ireland’s men have qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. Pictured above is Alan Sothern celebrating scoring a goal against   Argentina in a match played earlier this month. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s men are on the Road to Rio 2016 as they received the favour they required from the other side of the world to have their ticket stamped afte(...)

Nestle products. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Nestle, the world’s biggest food maker, reported first-quarter revenue growth that exceeded analyst estimates as price increases offset weak sales of (...)

The Maracana stadium in the backround, framed by one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Name a famous Brazilian. No, grow up. Not that kind of Brazilian: someone world-famous from that vast melting pot of humanity at the other side of the(...)

We are not all that good at understanding how power works – we usually reduce it to a grossly simplified model whereby certain people are in power and(...)

A man walks through a Nissan showroom in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. The company has announced a worldwide recall of 841,000 vehicles. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Nissan is to recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide including its Micra model as a result of a steering wheel glitch, the company said today. (...)

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