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Solar panels at Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Alan Betson

There was a time solar energy was quickly put in the “will never happen in Ireland” category, but dozens of developments are set to come on stream in (...)

Brian Crosby’s  solo debut is called Imbrium.

Once upon a time, Brian Crosby was best known as a founding member of Juniper, the band which became Bell X1 after Damien Rice’s departure. After almo(...)

Some Catholics already bless same-sex unions. Stories abound of good Fr So-and-So who blessed Bob and Bill, Olivia y Cristina, Jacques et Georges. Many priests remain too timid to give blessings themselves, but lay people, indeed whole communities, gather to affirm the goodness of couples who love.  Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Beware the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar went to his reward in 44 BC. March 15th was also the day the responsum of the Congregation for the Doc(...)

Porsche jumped 8.9% on contagion from a buying frenzy that has been lifting Volkswagen shares. Photograph: Getty

European stocks eked out gains by the closing bell on Monday after car makers resumed their rally, while airline and travel stocks dragged on markets (...)

Vasile Jelecuteam (44) was stopped at the checkpoint at Kilmacanogue just after 12am on Monday morning. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A man stopped at a Garda checkpoint in Co Wicklow was found to be wanted in Germany after a search of a newly-introduced EU information system, the Hi(...)

Karin Strenz (right),  who has died in Limerick after collapsing on a flight, represented the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the Bundestag for the CDU, the party of  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). File photograph: AFP/Getty

A flight from Cuba to Germany was forced to make an emergency stop at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, after a German politician on board lost consciousness(...)

Alan Joyce, chief executive officer of Qantas Airways Ltd., during a panel discussion during the AFR Summit in Sydney earlier this month. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

The boss of Australian airline Qantas says “governments are going to insist” on vaccines for international travellers, the BBC reports. Chief execut(...)

In early March  customers in Germany could  ‘click and meet’ in shops but following new surge in cases, restrictions are set to tighten. Photograph:  Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty

Germany and Belgium appear poised to tighten their lockdowns and EU leaders have cancelled plans to meet in person as coronavirus infection rates cont(...)

Countries have begun to resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Half of the UK’s adult population has now received its first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the British health secretary has announced. Matt Hancoc(...)

Katelynn Phelan: “Boxing is my job. People see it as a hobby. But it is a business and it is my business and it is really, really hard. I want a career out of this.” Photograph: Babs Daly

Some days Mr Daly, who lives next door, will see Katelynn Phelan heading to training and he’ll insist on giving her a €10 note whenever he knows she h(...)

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