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.

Mick McCaffrey has specialised in reporting on gang activity

Four held over death threats to Dublin reporter and policeman

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.

Michael D Higgins sworn in as Ireland's ninth President

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.

Body found in hunt for abducted man

A body has been found by gardai searching for a man abducted more than two weeks ago.

Simon Kelner: Trust the Irish to talk themselves out of recession

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.

Cooper abandons Laird takeover bid

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.

Cooper to give up on Laird takeover

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.

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A mystery that's worth investigating

The Empty Family, By Colm Tóibín

There's no place like home...once it's gone

Devices made safe near Dublin

Two viable improvised explosive devices have been made safe near Dublin.

Computer plots Joyce's pub-free Dublin route

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

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.

Nations Cup: Keane scores twice in Republic romp

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.

Video: Jedward sing for Obama

The cream of Irish music gathers together in Dublin to serenade the US President.

Queen reaches out to 'firm friends' in Dublin speech

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.

Video: Violence during Queen's visit

Irish nationalists have clashed with police officers in Dublin during the Queen's visit to Ireland.

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