I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.
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Friday 02 December 2011
Police in the Irish Republic are questioning four people as part of an inquiry into death threats against a Dublin journalist, a police officer and a witness.
Friday 11 November 2011
Ireland's ninth President, Michael D Higgins, was sworn in as Head of State today and urged citizens at home and abroad to have hope and courage in rebuilding the Republic.
Saturday 05 November 2011
A body has been found by gardai searching for a man abducted more than two weeks ago.
Thursday 27 October 2011
Today's column is being brought to you from Dublin, one of my favourite cities in the world. My presence here is not to calm the troubled financial markets in the wake of the Euro crisis, but to speak at an awards lunch for Ireland's newspaper industry. I used to work for an Irish newspaper company myself, and one of the less arduous aspects of my job was to make frequent visits to Dublin. I have seen the Celtic Tiger at its most rampant, and also at its most docile.
Tuesday 02 August 2011
Cooper Industries, the Dublin-based electrical products company which has been attempting to buy London-listed Laird since June, has abandoned the £537m takeover after failing to strike an agreement on the price.
Monday 01 August 2011
Cooper Industries appears set to withdraw its planned $875m acquisition for British rival Laird, the electronics components group, after both parties were unable to agree on a price.
Wednesday 06 July 2011
Sunday 03 July 2011
Saturday 18 June 2011
Two viable improvised explosive devices have been made safe near Dublin.
Friday 17 June 2011
For generations of literary tourists it has proved a puzzle as time-consuming and challenging as reading the book in which it was originally set.
Brian Lenihan: Admired and respected Irish finance minister who struggled to cope with the economic crisis he inherited
Tuesday 14 June 2011
The last years of the life of the former Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan contained a double tragedy for himself and his country. First, he inherited national economic devastation; then he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His death at the age of 52 has removed one of Ireland's most promising politicians. For several years he battled simultaneously against the worst economic problems in the history of the state and against ill health.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Robbie Keane hit two as the Republic of Ireland cruised to a 5-0 win over 10-man Northern Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin last night.
Monday 23 May 2011
The cream of Irish music gathers together in Dublin to serenade the US President.
Thursday 19 May 2011
The Queen delivered messages of both hope and sadness last night when she spoke at a banquet in Dublin during her state visit to Ireland, the first by a reigning British monarch since George V's visit a century ago.
Wednesday 18 May 2011
Irish nationalists have clashed with police officers in Dublin during the Queen's visit to Ireland.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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