Gerry Concannon, founder and chairman of CBE. His entrepreneurial spirit was apparent when he was a child and his mother told him later that he used to wander around with a “little case with books in it and a calculator”.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

When Gerry Concannon was a “young whippersnapper” aged 23, he used to tell people he would be retired within 10 years. After almost 40 years in busin(...)

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, in Belgium

Maynooth University has cancelled a visit by some of its students to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe because of concerns over governance at(...)

Sanita Zarina at home in Longford with a picture of her daughter, Dace.  'I can’t get back my daughter,' she says. 'I can’t get back a future with her. I can’t get grandchildren from her.' Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The last time Sanita Zarina saw her daughter, she was dead. But even in death, the only part of 22-year-old Dace her mother was advised to inspect wa(...)

Michael Thai Trung King, who is to be conferred with a PhD from the RCSI. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

They arrived, wrapped in Aer Lingus blankets, to a cold and blustery Dublin Airport in the winter of 1981. To many, they were simply the “Boat People”(...)

Cormac Handy from Clara, Co Offaly, pictured in 2001 at the National Lottery where he collected his winnings £3,320,243. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A £3.3 million (€4.2 million) lottery winner, who acted as a guarantor for an unpaid loan with Ulster Bank, claimed he could only afford to re(...)