Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, a former minister for foreign affairs, said China’s continued refusal to allow the Dublin businessman leave the country for almost two years could strain and ‘put a blemish on’ Irish-Chinese relations. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

China should use the occasion of the Chinese New Year on Friday to permit businessman Richard O’Halloran to return home to Ireland, the chairman of th(...)

Ambassador He Xiangdong:  has been told that during a six-hour interrogation, the Chinese Public Service Bureau  demanded Richard  O’Halloran to personally pay $6 million “to assist with his release from China and to sign a statement in Mandarin”.

A lawyer acting for a firm employing a Dublin businessman barred from leaving China over a dispute has called on the Chinese ambassador to help secure(...)

Tara O’Halloran with children  Scarlett (6) Ben (13), Isabella (8) and Amber (11). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The wife of an Irish businessman who has effectively been trapped in China for the past two years, says she is begging for help to get him out, adding(...)

The wife of the Irish businessman who is barred from  leaving China   met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney but says she has had no further feedback since the initial meeting. Photograph:     Pavel Golovkin/AP

The wife of a Dublin businessman barred from leaving China for 15 months has made a direct appeal to the Irish Government to intervene and push for hi(...)