President Michael Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, December 2014. Photograph: Greg Baker/Pool/AP Photo

President Michael D Higgins and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have exchanged letters about the plight of an Irish businessman who has been deta(...)

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(...)

‘Cinderella’ at Cork Opera House: the cast do their very best with the script they are given. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork Opera House The big moments in Cinderella are few, but those that occur redeem a colourful but otherwise routine production weighted with innuen(...)