Denis McShane: Most obvious threat is the end of the common customs union between the UK and its EU partners including Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish politicians should seek to mobilise Irish business leaders in the UK to campaign for a soft Brexit to ensure that Ireland does not suffer the so(...)

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Winnie Li: “Rebuilding my relationship with Ireland, in the wake of my own rape there, has been one of the most unexpected and reaffirming steps in my journey of recovery.”

The US-Ireland Alliance was set up by former political aide Trina Vargo in 1998 amid concerns about the relationship between the countries, with the M(...)

Parnell Place bus station in Cork city. The Government has pledged to invest €200m in Cork’s public transport through the Bus Connects Programme.  Image: Google Streetview

Business leaders in Cork have hailed the Government’s €116 billion National Development Plan as “a historic vote of confidence” in the city’s future e(...)

Frank McGuinness: Excerpts from his play ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ will be performed in Cork Prison. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“A kind of eerie sadness” is how theatre director Andrew Flynn recalls the last time he was involved putting on a production of Frank McGuinness’s “So(...)

More than €2 billion will go towards expanding institutes of technology and part-funding ambitious developments in the university sector.

Plans to expand universities and institutes of technology to meet growing student numbers forms a key part of the Government’s 10 year National Develo(...)

 UCD Marian’s Scott Kinevane. “Tralee  on Saturday will be another battle. They have had some great results of late, and seem to be the in-form team at the moment.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

All eyes are on the top of the Men’s Super League table this weekend as two of the top teams, UCD Marian and Tralee Warriors prepare for battle on Sat(...)

If Ireland complete the Six Nations Grand Slam this year Rory Best will have the third best success rate as captain. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

If Ireland go on to complete the job this season, an umbilical link between the most successful captains in the history of Irish rugby and the Six Nat(...)

Kulindadromeus: An example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales

Jurassic Park (1993) featured Velociraptors hunting park visitors, depicting them as wily lizard-like predators. Time and science, however, have been (...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

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