The publication of the penalty points report earlier today is major step forward in tackling the ’nod and wink’ culture that persists among some in the Gardai ranks, suggests Michael Clifford.


Chelsea through to Capital One Cup final after extra time

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0
(Chelsea win 2-1 on aggregate)
Branislav Ivanovic kept his head as Chelsea edged a frenetic, ill-tempered clash with Liverpool to advance to the Capital One Cup final.


A DR Congo soccer fan

A DR Congo soccer fan watches the African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match between DR Congo and Tunisia in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)



2015 could see a rise in demand for computer programmers.
Shortage of skilled staff pushes pay upwards

It’s the year of the python in the land of job recruitment — but then, 2015 is also shaping up to be a good one for tax advisers, cyber-security experts, accountants, and money-laundering monitors.


Nine killed in Libyan hotel raid

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing four foreigners and five guards, and triggering an hours-long stand-off that ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said.


German business sentiment rises for third month

German business morale rose to its highest level in six months in January, climbing for a third consecutive month, a survey showed yesterday, in a sign that 2015 got off to a strong start for Europe’s largest economy.


Job hunting? Here's some expert advice for every kind of jobseekerBy Áilín Quinlan

Fashion & Beauty

We go old school with some vintage wedding hats

Food & Drink

Wine: Ballymaloe Litfest line-up announcedBy Leslie Williams

Diet & Fitness

The shape I’m in: Rachel StevensBy Irene Feighan

Home & Interiors

Embrace a brave new world of high-tech but highly useful household appliancesBy Kya deLongchamps


You’ll have a whale of a time in Ardmore, Waterford

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Irish soldiers of The Great War inspire 'Pals' dramaBy Padraic Killeen


Caught in a spider’s web