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People walking dogs on Rossnowlagh Strand in Co Donegal. The number of overseas visitors to Ireland rose by nearly 10 per cent during the summer, according to the CSO. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland between June and August was almost 10 per cent higher than last year, the Central Statistics Office has sai(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking about military action against Islamic State in the House of Commons, London.Photograph: PA Wire.

Britain’s parliament approved air strikes against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq by a decisive margin today, paving the way for the Royal Air F(...)

British prime minister David Cameron.  Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron’s bid to reform the EU is doomed and presents the “biggest threat” to Britain’s future prosperity, Ed Miliband ha(...)

A pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria. Photograph: US Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout/Reuters.

Air and missile strikes, thought to be carried out by US-led forces, hit oilfields and Islamic State bases in the eastern Syrian province of Deir a(...)

Alan Dukes: time for a new direction in the euro zone.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former finance minister Alan Dukes didn’t pull his punches yesterday when it came to discussing Europe with members of the Association of Chartered Ce(...)

Goffs in Co Kildare will hold its premier auction of thoroughbred yearlings next Tuesday and Wednesday. Photograph: f stop press

There will be blue bloods to be found both in and out of the sales ring when Goffs holds its premier auction of thoroughbred yearlings at the bloodsto(...)

Thousands attend an anti-austerity protest at Merrion Square in Dublin: fading memories of the crisis will make it politically difficult to sustain fiscal discipline to cut national debt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Fiscal Council can hardly have expected garlands for dishing out smelling salts over the budget – the body was not set up to court popularity. And(...)

Karen and Darren Gardiner, proprietors of Ground Espresso Bars, which plans to create more than 100 jobs in the coming year as part of a multimillion-pound expansion plan that will include a unit in Dublin.

Northern Ireland’s largest independent cafe chain, Ground Espresso Bars, is opening its first outlet in the Republic, with clothing retailer Next, in (...)

Girl guys: “There are so many bands who seem to get a buzz going here, but they don’t put the work behind it, so it just seems to exist in Ireland”

The slow, steady approach for bands has a lot going for it. In the case of Dublin’s Girl Band, the road from schoolboy tyros sounding like their fa(...)

The yacht Makayabella in Haulbowline naval base in Cobh, Co Cork last night after the Irish Navy intercepted the vessel suspected of carrying some €80 million worth of cocaine 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph: Irish Naval Service Facebook page

Initial tests on a sample of the substance seized on board a yacht off the Irish coast are positive for cocaine, but further tests will be required to(...)

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