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Hamlet Sweeney: “We just wanted to write a great song so that if it didn’t make Eurovision, at least we’d still have a great song. And we nailed it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When we last met in January 2017, Hamlet Sweeney was sitting at the desk of a top-floor office on Dublin’s South William Street, laying out his plans,(...)

Måns Zelmerlöw, whose winner for Sweden in 2015 was written by a production team who have written for Fifth Harmony and Iggy Azalea. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty

In 2016, while covering that year’s Eurovision, the scale of the event and the power of the songs overwhelmed me and I became very opinionated. “The I(...)

Eimear Grennan: ‘Why did something like this happen twice?’ Photograph: Eimear Grennan

A woman who suffered complications during the birth of her two sons at Portiuncula University Hospital says the HSE must ensure the recommendations of(...)

 Lieut Cmdr Anthony Geraghty on board the LE William Butler Yeats in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Strong support for Ireland’s military engagement in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations was delivered at two separate events in Dublin. The Fine(...)

 Irish Laser sailor Sean Craig of the Royal St George Yacht Club racing downwind on Dublin Bay, the venue for September’s Laser World Master Championships. Photograph: David O’Brien

The fortunes of Dublin’s Laser dinghy fleet are on the rise as the prospect of international competition on home waters breathes new life into the sin(...)

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals to raise the digital age of consent from 13 to 16 years of age were rejected by an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. The digital age of co(...)

Shopping bags from Asda and Sainsbury’s. Their merger shook up retail stocks on Monday. Photograph:  Reuters/Phil Noble

A multibillion pound merger between British supermarket Sainsbury’s and Asda shook up retail stocks on Monday, while European benchmarks ended April w(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten defended the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change. File photograph:  Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Ministers in charge of climate action in seven EU countries have called for a more ambitious strategy to counter global warming in response to “alarmi(...)

Photographr: Carsten Snejbjerg/Bloomberg

Danske Bank had a “satisfactory start” to the year despite financial developments that weighed on activity, the Danish bank said. The bank reported (...)

 Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his  goal against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Photograph:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

For the first seven minutes of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic performed exactly the type of showbiz schtick he was(...)

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