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A sudden stratospheric warming has taken place

The recent spring weather looks like a brief respite with the possibility of snow and ice returning next week. Met Éireann said it is expecting much (...)

Lloyds Bank chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said 2017 had been a “landmark year”. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Lloyds Banking Group reported its highest pre-tax profit since 2006 on Wednesday, announcing a share buy-back of up to £1 billion (€1.13 billion) and (...)

Waterford Manager Derek McGrath said his side’s next league game (against Cork) wasn’t a “must-win” but that he wanted to see them produced a performance. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

This week, even though the merest suggestion of spring has just emerged, the hurling league’s regulation season has already passed the half-way mark. (...)

Ireland’s Seán Cronin is tackled by Mattia Bellini during the convincing Six Nations win against  Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes the answer can be found by looking in the mirror, so to speak. All the feedback in the world will not make one iota of difference unless it (...)

Food Drink Ireland director Paul Kelly said the Irish agri-food and drink sector and its 230,000 associated jobs is uniquely exposed to Brexit, with beef, processed food and dairy the sectors most at risk.

The economic consequences of a hard and disruptive Brexit on the Republic’s €12 billion food and drink industry demands a series of exemptions from E(...)

Ian Beatty makes it to snowy Austria in the Tesla

If Elon Musk can send a car to Mars then surely I can drive one of his Teslas from Ireland to Austria without too much complaint. That’s the idea behi(...)

 Bank of Ireland says underlying investment in the Republic is also being boosted by a rise in construction activity

Bank of Ireland has raised its growth forecast for the Irish economy this year to 4.7 per cent, more than one percentage point above the Government’s (...)

 Fianna Fáil’s John Curran, Michael McGrath, John Lahart and Senator Catherine Ardagh at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil has insisted the Government has to accept “vulture funds” must be regulated before any sale of billions of euro worth of mortgages by Perm(...)

A request by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus (above) to the Court of Appeal that it should provide sentencing guidelines in burglary cases reflects growing public concern over a wide discrepancy in penalties imposed for this offence

A request by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus to the Court of Appeal that it should provide sentencing guidelines in burglary cases is im(...)

British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis was speaking in Vienna on Tuesday. Photograph:  Heinz-Peter Bader/EPA

David Davis’s speech in Vienna on Tuesday was an extraordinary hymn to supranational regulation from a veteran Eurosceptic who is in the vanguard lea(...)

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