US ambassador to Ireland Ed Crawford (centre) with members of the Boherbue Set Dancers during his visit to his ancestral home in Boherbue, Co Cork on Friday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

US president Donald Trump may have caused outrage when he told four Democrat Congresswomen to “go back” where they came from but it was all smiles whe(...)

At OpenSky’s offices, Naas (l-r): William Flanagan, commercial and technology director; Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business; and Michael Cronin, MD OpenSky

Technology company OpenSky is to add 80 jobs following a €2.5 million investment in expanding the company. OpenSky, which offers process automated s(...)

European Union flags are seen waving in front of EU Commission Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Getty

Jacques Delors, a former president of the European Commission, once famously quipped that you cannot fall in love with a Common Market. What’s good fo(...)

 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

John Boyne’s publisher Puffin has said it is proud to be publishing his novel about a transgender teen, after the book was dismissed as “transphobic” (...)

New Zealand landscape. In 1971 Wellington and the EEC agreed a special arrangement for New Zealand’s butter, cheese and lamb sectors, which were all vital to the national economy.

Brexiteers might not deem it a parallel befitting their wildly inflated sense of national self-importance, but the UK’s best hope is that Brexit turns(...)

Pope Francis meeting President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican last May: The Catholic Church came late to the awareness of the value of Church-State separation and the autonomy of the secular. Photograph: PA Wire

Is it time to reboot the relationship between religious believers and atheists? Recent years have been characterised by noisy and often self-defeating(...)

Former political adviser Paddy Duffy: “I believe that there are Irish people who would be interested, quite possibly, in maybe co-investing in Crimea and also in Ireland.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Members of an Irish trade delegation to Moscow last month, including a former top adviser to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, discussed hotel investment(...)

Melody Teixeira and Jamal Houmane of Casablanca Barbers. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, would appear to be the best street in Ireland. It’s certainly the(...)