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A man reading a newspaper near the National Assembly in Caracas,  Venezuela. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin/TASS  via Getty Images

In the eyes of Venezuela’s authorities, journalist Dereck Blanco committed a serious offence last month. During a live television broadcast, he referr(...)

The figures show nearly 44%  of Irish households owned their properties outright, while 27%  owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

More than €750 million worth of mortgages were approved in February, according to new figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), wi(...)

The figures showed nearly 44 per cent of Irish households owned their properties outright while 27 per cent owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

Contrary to perceptions, the rate of home ownership in the Republic corresponds very closely to the international average, a study by the Organisation(...)

An evening swim in the clear waters of Sweden’s Bohuslän archipelago. Photograph: Clive  Tompsett/imagebank.sweden.se

From floating hotels and crayfish feasts to kayak expeditions and secluded island retreats, exploring Sweden’s Bohuslän archipelago is a pure connecti(...)

Ikea shift: Conor Pope during his day at the Dublin store. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Well, what the f**k are you doing in all that yellow then?” snarls the angriest man in Ikea after I tell him I don’t know where the returns departmen(...)

Summer solstice in Helsinki, Finland – the happiest country, according to the UN’s latest happiness report, for the second year running. Photograph: Heikki Saukkomaa via Reuters

Money can’t buy you happiness. How many times was that drilled into you as a child? But have a look at the latest UN Happiness Report. The top 20 coun(...)

Top down in -20 degrees is probably not the life that many people envisage when they buy a sports car

“Are you crazy?” The question wasn’t posed with incredulity nor hostility, but seemingly with genuine curiosity. I guess your average petrol station i(...)

Mincon saw sales rise above €100 million in 2018.

Irish engineering group Mincon said 2018 had been a positive year for the group, with revenue rising 21 per cent and operating profit increasing 16 pe(...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

A mural shows Australian prime minister Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal as it advertises a rally by students across the world to protest against climate change, in Melbourne. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Our climate Our climate has shaped life on Earth for thousands of years. A combination of “the atmosphere, oceans, lands, ice and the life on our pla(...)

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