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A woman sings from her balcony in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

In the minutes before six o’clock, Jessica Phelan climbed the stairs to the roof of her building to look out over her Rome neighbourhood. All day on s(...)

‘We love having babies. We love our own babies. But the difference between Italy and Ireland is in Ireland we only love our own babies.’

Do Irish people hate babies? One of the most underrated sketches in the Fast Show was called The Hurried Poor. In it, a frazzled dad is shown laden w(...)

Traders work before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on in New York City Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

European shares retreated on Monday, as investors cashed in gains from a record run in stocks that has put the benchmark index on course for its best (...)

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Thirteen former bankers from Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Nomura and Deutsche Bank were sentenced to jail on Friday after a case that shook Italy’s esta(...)

UN reports proposes legal and policy framework to regulate and ensure accountability and transparency in the private surveillance  industry

UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye has called for a moratorium on the global sale of private surveillance industry(...)

Andrew Mann was  44 and a father of two. Photograph: Cathal Burke/vipireland.com

The funeral of Voice of Ireland participant Andrew Mann has heard music was his “burning desire” since he was a child. Hundreds of mourners gathered (...)

His bank might be the same size as PTSB, but Metro Bank’s Craig Donaldson earns more than three times as much as Jeremy Masding. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The chief executives of AIB and Permanent TSB are among the lowest-paid compared with their European peers, according to an analysis of remuneration a(...)

Borgo Santo Pietro: charming loveliness

Ten years ago, we got hitched in the back garden but in the months leading up to the Big Day I got entirely freaked out about the cheesiness of a prop(...)

Bord Bia recipe for slow cooked pork ramen.

American soul food with an Irish twist is how restaurateurs David Coffey and Damien Quinn are describing their latest venture, Crow Street, which open(...)

Verdelli castle on the Via Francigena, Tuscany. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The museum guide in Lucca suggests that I pick up the loaded rucksack from the bucket, carry it to the other end of the room and put it back in the bu(...)

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