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David O’Donnell: “There is a perception that people need to have German to apply for jobs here. This is not necessarily the case. Irish people are viewed in a very positive light and are considered nationality ‘neutral’ in a good way.”

Meath-born mechanical engineer David O’Donnell moved to Germany in 1998 “mainly for the adventure”. Within a week he had three job offers and opted fo(...)

Bassekou Kouyaté: ‘In the Koran, Muhammad brings musicians to his wedding feast’

Bassekou Kouyaté was in a studio in downtown Bamako, about to press the record button on his new album, when the amps went dead and he heard the sound(...)

Ryanair fell 3 per cent in line with the broader aviation sector but it generally outperformed its peers. Rising oil prices have affected the industry.

Global equity markets swooned and bond prices slid yesterday after slowly improving US jobs data and gains in consumer prices added weight to the view(...)

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni shouts instructions from the touchline during the friendly 0-0 draw with Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Despite Ireland’s failure to convert their chances in Cardiff last night, Giovanni Trapattoni says he saw enough in his side’s performance to move tow(...)

Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli of France who has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28. Photograph: Getty

Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28 - less than six weeks after winning Wimbledon.The Frenchwoman made the announ(...)

ECONOMYEurope’s recession is over.If there wasn’t quite a bout of spontaneous rejoicing in the continent’s streets yesterday, there was much relief am(...)

There are indications that Ireland emerged out of recession between April and June, following yesterday’s confirmation that the euro zone as a whole h(...)

Bernd Lucke, head of Eurosceptic party Alternative for Germany, arriving for a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Germany’s new Eurosceptic party has launched its election campaign by suggesting France should leave the euro and that Ireland was bullied into accept(...)

The euro zone recovers
  • Europe
  • August 15, 2013, 01:00

Green shoots in mid-summer may well be out of season, but are nevertheless welcome. For the euro zone, the green shoots of economic recovery have fina(...)

Romelu Lukaku (right) during his loan spell from Chelsea to   West Bromwich Albion’s last season

It’s not often that several million people will be concerned over whether Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku starts a match against Hull City.However, as the fir(...)

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