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 US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad holding the first hijab-wearing Barbie based on her to be released in 2018, in New York City. Photograph: EPA/Mattel

Mattel has launched its first Barbie in a hijab. The doll is inspired by a real woman – Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who was the first American to(...)

The bulk of the 120 exhibitors are made up of multinational companies. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Some 5,000 graduate positions are up for grabs across multiple sectors at this year’s gradireland graduate fair. The bulk of the 120 exhibitors are m(...)

Online is important but enthusiasm and a well-written CV and a chat in person still means a lot. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Graduates are seeing the tables beginning to turn as the Irish economy starts to return to rude health. Current economic growth is fuelling the optimi(...)

 Isolde Goggin: The chair of the   Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said compliance with the Consumer Rights Directive was “a high-priority enforcement focus”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Argos, Dealz, Powercity, Eason and Life Style Sports were among the major retailers who breached consumer protection legislation last year, according (...)

Monica and Dolores Smyth (and their dog Simba) at their home at Bulloch Harbour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a painting of Bulloch Harbour in Monica Smyth’s living room. It could be considered an odd choice given that she lives there, and her house i(...)

Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. A weaker sterling has once again made Northern Ireland a cheaper shopping destination. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Readers who are queasy about cliches should look away now. Football is a game of two halves. And so, it appears, was the year 2016 for Irish retailers(...)

The Smyths finely-tuned, volume driven, out-of-town operating model is tailored towards convenience for parents

A weeping horde of confused and terrified parents will stumble into Smyths Toys stores across Ireland and the UK this weekend searching in vain for a (...)

Smyths Toys group will open its 70th British store on Saturday, at Crayford in London. Photograph: Frank Miller

The burgeoning Smyths Toys empire recorded strong growth last year, with sales in Britain up 30 per cent to £334 million. The group, owned and run (...)

Aerial photo of NUI Galway Quadrangle. The university set a target to become “one of the greenest, smartest, healthiest and community-focused” campuses in the world.

Two third-level institutions in the west have set out to become “green” campuses with a focus on sustainable energy use. Galway-Mayo Institute of Tec(...)

Volkswagen’s ID concept: vitally important for the image of the brand

As seemed so likely before the doors of the 2016 Paris motor show opened, we’re going to walk away talking mostly of Volkswagen. That was inevitable f(...)

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