Newspapers can go in the recycling bin (generally green). Photograph: Getty

When it comes to managing our bins, many of us are rubbish. But then it’s not like we get much help from the State, the waste management companies or (...)

Chips: European Commission steps up to the plate to dispel fears the Belgian frite might be banned, but it  suggests blanching before frying. Photograph:  Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty

It has been described as an attack on the heart and soul of Belgium, a threat to the Belgian frite, or frieten as they say in Flanders, the national d(...)

Last week European Union culture ministers agreed to review an EU directive that covers the audiovisual promotion and advertising of alcohol. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government has urged its European counterparts to ban alcohol advertising, telling a seminar in Brussels that children must be protected from an i(...)

Festival directors Rory O’Connell and Darina Allen planning their Litfest 2017 weekend with  guest chefs Jacob Kenedy from Bocca Di Lupo in Soho, and    Richard Falk and Robin Gill of The Dairy in Clapham. Photograph: Joleen Cronin

Litfest: A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe, to give it its brand new title, is expected to draw in excess of 8,000 people to the Co Co(...)

On The Fringe: there are lots of free activities at Litfest this weekend, and The Big Shed will be the place to meet, eat and drink, and make merry.

Going to the Ballymaloe Litfest can be a major investment – attending a three-hour cookery demonstration will set you back €100 (including a generous (...)

The good news, if you’re planning to attend the Litfest extravaganza at Ballymaloe (May 19th-21st), is that there are tickets still available for all (...)

Workers unload packed meat from a truck in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is pushing to have meat removed from the proposed trade deal between Europe and South America in the wake of Braz(...)

A Lego store in Shanghai: if China gets market-economy status it would make it more difficult to impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

As concerns grow about the likelihood of concluding negotiations on an EU-US trade deal by the year’s end, another trade challenge is looming. The (...)

Packets of medicines sit in a drawer inside a pharmacy store  in Athens, Greece. Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Drugmakers said on Monday they would continue to ship medicines to Greece in coming weeks, despite mounting unpaid bills, but warned supplies could be(...)