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Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe tabled proposals for the public-service pay talks at Cabinet  on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

After months of shadow boxing, the Government and public-service unions and representative bodies will begin talks next week on a revised pay agreemen(...)

Working holiday visa programmes, which allow Irish people aged 18 to 30 to travel and work  for up to two years in Australia and a year in New Zealand, will continue as they are.

In the past two days, Australia, the US and New Zealand - three of the most popular destinations for Irish emigrants - have all announced plans to res(...)

Ratoath in Ireland: FitzGerald Hughes is seeking €250,000 for a house on three-quarters of an acre, in need of refurbishment, just outside Dunshaughlin

Ireland, Meath  FitzGerald Hughes is seeking €250,000 for Malabracha, Lagore Big, Ratoath, Co Meath on three-quarters of an acre 2.5km from Duns(...)

At the height of the global financial crisis, tens of thousands of Irish workers were coming to Australia every year, many of them under the 457 visa scheme.

Over the past decade, many Irish people have relied on the 457 visa programme as a route into Australia; a pathway to permanent residency and a long f(...)

A diver examines bleaching on a coral reef on Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Two consecutive mass bleaching events have affected a 1,500km stretch, leaving only the reef’s southern third unscathed. Photograph: AFP/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/Greg Torda

Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have cau(...)

Some sugar is staring you in the face –  others  can be more tricky to detect

There’s no escaping it. Sugar is the bad boy of the food world, with all that implies. It’s naughty, exciting and irresistible – so much so that respe(...)

I’ve barely slept since Cyclone Debbie hit my home on Airlie Beach in northern Queensland on Monday night. I’ve been through a few cyclones in my 14 (...)

A boat is washed ashore at Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia. Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland’s far north coast yesterday as a category 4 cyclone, causing widespread damage. Photograph: Dan Peled/EPA

Residents of Australia’s cyclone-battered tropical north east have emerged from their homes to find roofs lying in their yards, boats flung on to rock(...)

The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have died out some 80 years ago. Photograph: Paul Popper/Getty Images

“Plausible” possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in north Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have(...)

A  handout photo showing  Cyclone Debbie approaching the coast of Queensland, Australia. Photograph: Debbie

Howling winds, heavy rain and huge seas pounded Australia’s northeast on Tuesday, damaging homes, wrecking jetties and cutting power to thousands of p(...)

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