Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US businessman David McCourt of National Broadband Ireland sign  the National Broadband Plan at St Kevin’s National School in Co Wicklow on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Did the Government have to spend €3 billion on rural broadband, a price tag that works out at roughly €6,000 per household? And, having agreed to spen(...)

Dubai Airshow, where Emirates and Airbus agreed a €16bn deal. Photograph: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg

Emirates has ordered 50 Airbus A350 jets worth $16 billion (€14.5 billion) at list prices, which would help the Dubai government airline serve more ma(...)

The border wall  in  Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Homemade, lightweight ladders are being made from the very same rebar rods supposedly reinforcing the integrity of the  wall  itself. Photograph: Alyssa Schukar/the New York Times

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Abbie Hoffman, a radical, political activist and author of the 1971 anarchist’s manifesto Steal This B(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets are reacting positivity to perceived improvements in world economic outlooks. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

European shares rose for a fifth straight session on Thursday to hit fresh four year highs as investors cheered signs of progress in US-China trade ta(...)

A shame  that the long-awaited RX450h-L seven-seat version has such small third row seats

Lexus’ big SUV is an interesting car. While most rivals go out of their way to play the sporty card, often to the detriment of comfort, the RX450h ins(...)

Pensions are like fruit trees in that the best time to plant one is decades ago. Photograph: iStock

Pensions are like fruit trees in that the best time to plant one is decades ago. Unlike trees, you can at least augment a pension so that you don’t en(...)

 New Zealand’s Matt Todd scores a try in the second half. Photograph: Getty Images

Black is the colour. So Joe Schmidt’s six years in charge of Ireland draws to a profoundly disappointing close with the velvet colour of his native Ne(...)

Britain’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough is pictured prior to the naming ceremony in Birkenhead, northwest England on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

A scientific research ship the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface will be formally named after Sir David Attenborough on Thursday. Britain’s Duke(...)

Sleek exterior styling is the four door’s selling point. The Gran Coupe features a muscular body, a long sculpted bonnet plus a coupe-like tapered rear and roofline.

BMW’s 8 Series Gran Coupe is clearly designed for mature drivers with a strong pulse and healthy bank balance. The Bavarian four-seater is a motoring (...)

Diamond aigrette hairpiece, which also becomes a pendant, Made by Elenton Jewellers c1910, available from JW Weldon €4,500.

Shagreen, the granular material often mistaken for leather, but actually the untanned skin of sharks and stingrays, has lent its subtle beauty to toil(...)

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