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British prime minister David Cameron. By declaring last year its intention to renegotiate its relationship with Brussels, Britain finds itself in a curious space both inside and on the periphery of EU policymaking. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

When some of Europe’s most powerful leaders gather in Dublin today to select their candidate to head the European Commission, one country will (...)

Grafton, which owns the Woodie’s DIY retail chain, yesterday reported a 27 per cent increase in its underlying operating profits to £77.2 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Grafton, the building materials group, is lining up £30 million worth of its Irish property portfolio for sa(...)

Dr Matthew Jebb: “Everything’s plumping up, getting ready for spring. Blue-sky days make you really thankful.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We’ve been living here three-and-a -half years and it’s very, very nice. It’s an extraordinary location because you’re living in the countrysi(...)

Phoebe McCallan (left), overall winner, and Bryony Way (8) with their mothers Hayley Way and Michelle Watts, all from Portsmouth, England, at the Universal Royalty pageant, which was held at Corrigan’s pub in Castleblayney. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A controversial US child beauty pageant could be making its return to Ireland later this year. Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant made head(...)

An online  petition condemning an Oscar Pistorius  bet contained in Paddy Power advertisements as “reprehensible” is addressed to the bookmaker’s chief executive Patrick Kennedy (above) and states: “Please consider the vast surge of public outrage against the terrible decision you have taken to offer bets upon the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Paddy Power’s controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained about UK advert of all time with more than 5,200 complaints s(...)

The hops were chosen after a blind testing by the band’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson who counts himself as something of a beer aficionado.

How do you distinguish yourself in a field where hundreds of emerging craft beers are vying for public attention? Two years ago the Brit(...)

The BBC is considering plans to axe one of its digital television channels as part of a plan to save £100 million a year. Executives at t(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

As the crisis in Ukraine escalated over the weekend, a senior United States government official said in a briefing call on Sunday that the Whit(...)

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The €30 million receivership sale of Ireland’s largest hotel to a secretive offshore fund has descended into a High Court lega(...)

Andrew Furlong with his wife Angela and their daughter Andrea speaking to reporters outside Tokyo district court last year. The father of murdered teenager Nicola Furlong said he was outraged by comments made by Paddy Power himself that the company was justified in running a bet on the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial  because of the worldwide interest in the case.

Some 50 complaints have been received about the Paddy Power advertisement in relation to the outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial. The A(...)

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