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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government policy is fuelling further land speculation and making the housing crisis worse, a leading housing expert has warned. University College D(...)

 Peter Dutton:  the minister intervened in the cases of three European women and their visas were reinstated. Photograph: EPA/Mick Tsikas

In his maiden speech to the Australian parliament in 2007, Scott Morrison said “my greatest concern is to be on God’s side”. In the 11 years since, M(...)

Jonathan Drennan with his fiancée Christina, who he met in Sydney.

When I left my dad at Belfast City Airport en route to Sydney four years ago, we hugged briefly, in that awkward way that Irish father and sons are wo(...)

Order of St George: “I’m not sure he’s going to make Champions Weekend,” said O’Brien.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien starts the autumn in force with a dozen runners at the Curragh on Saturday but admits he’s not sure if Ballydoyle’s stalwart campaigner (...)

Newly installed Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks during a cabinet meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

If the main reason for changing your party’s leader is to make the party more popular, last week’s ritual bloodletting in Australia was an epic fail. (...)

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces  Min Aung Hlaing: UN Human Rights Council says Myanmar’s top generals must be held responsible for crimes against humanity. Photograph: Hein Htet/EPA

A United Nations body has called for the leadership of Myanmar’s armed forces to be prosecuted for genocide over attacks against the country’s Rohingy(...)

Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, in Canberra: “Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, said: ‘There is a continent, Africa, being consumed by flames’,” he said. Photograph:  Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Before becoming an MP in 2007, Australia’s new prime minister Scott Morrison was head of Tourism Australia and behind the infamous “Where the bloody h(...)

Helen Waldron: “What they look upon as my skill is mercurial, the ability to walk into a room, engage and interact, and that’s absolutely based on being Irish and female.”

Sydney-based Helen Waldron got a surprise near the end of her time at Loreto College, Foxrock. “To my horror, at our last assembly, they called me up(...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: played hardball with his challengers, but seemingly in vain.  Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

In the end, politics always comes down to the numbers. Australia’s ruling Liberal-National coalition used its one-vote majority in the lower house of (...)

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher is crowned the 2018 International Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

Every year I watch the Rose of Tralee I am left with that uncomfortable, disempowered feeling of disappointment. Disappointed that it hasn’t changed,(...)

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