Businessmen crippled by debt put on 'veneer of wonderfulness'
The secret misery of thousands of older and formerly wealthy self-employed businessmen who are putting on a "veneer of wonderfulness" to the outside world has been laid bare by Ross...
The secret misery of thousands of older and formerly wealthy self-employed businessmen who are putting on a "veneer of wonderfulness" to the outside world has been laid bare by Ross...
Light up the barbecue and whip out the patio cushions - it looks like Ireland is in for a mini-heatwave over the coming days.
For everything that social media has destroyed, I miss reasonable debate the most. It now seems impossible to have a mature discussion without...
Ronan Ryan has opened up about the struggle he and his wife, former RTE presenter Pamela...
Model and television star Pamela Flood has spoken about her fight to keep the family home.
Dr Alan Ahearne, the man who predicted the 2008 crash, says warnings of another 2000-style dot-com crash are overblown.
Brendan Grace has been sitting up in his hospital bed, chatting, eating and cracking jokes in the past few days, despite his prognosis, friends have told the Sunday Independent.
His name is synonymous with the perfect steak, so it's no wonder Marco Pierre White has questioned Europe's controversial decision to strike a beef deal with the Mercosur bloc that it is feared could be hugely harmful to Irish beef farmers.
Hollywood's favourite comedian, Amy Schumer, has come out in support of Ireland's Love Island contestant Maura Higgins.
An Australian businessman who advises employees at the world's biggest tech companies how to make better choices around alcohol believes he can help tackle Ireland's unhealthy relationship with drink.
One of Britain's top PR experts says Maura Higgins, the Irish girl who has been a hurricane of sexuality and chaos in this year's Love Island house, could...
Private Irish buyers will make up the bulk of sales on almost half a million euro worth of art that will go under the hammer this Tuesday - as the art world slowly recovers from the 2008 crash.
Priceless haute couture dresses are to go on display for the first time in Ireland at the Newbridge Silverware's Museum of Style Icons.
A big belly of cloud is rolling over Doonbeg on US President Donald Trump's final day in Ireland.
Donald Trump flew home with a shiny new driver after developing a fondness for one of his friend's golf clubs.
The Green Party has issued a coalition come-and-get-me plea to Fine Gael and Fianna Fail after its members voted in favour of forming a coalition government after the next election at its annual convention yesterday.
Pamela Flood is in fighting spirits. Facing losing the home she shares with her husband Ronan Ryan and their four young children, one thing she is certain of is that she will pay no heed to public opinion.
Annette Rocca says she is looking forward to beginning "a new chapter" after selling the luxury home she shared with her late husband, the tile tycoon Patrick Rocca.
Lisa Taddeo is the hottest ticket in the literary world this summer thanks to her brutally unflinching look at female desire.
Cosmetic clinics are cajoling young girls into altering their faces by offering two for one package deals on lip, jaw and cheek enhancements.
He started out waiting tables while working in his parents' hotel as a youngster and eventually amassed one of the best wine collections in the country, part of which sold for €385,000 in 2011.
The new US ambassador to Ireland Edward Crawford touched down in Dublin today to officially take up office.
A decade ago, you might have been tempted by the odd picture of mouth-watering food during a TV advert or on a cooking show.
She's the largely unknown 33-year-old who beat off stiff competition from literary heavyweights, including Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders and Irish writer Sally Rooney, to win this year's €100,000 Dublin Literary prize.
As a storm engulfs senior British politicians over their past use of class A drugs, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has refused to clarify comments he made about his own drug use in a 2010 Hotpress magazine interview.
Ciaran Cuffe isn't your typical Green. Or the "cartoon image" he feels people have about members of that party.
Boris Johnson is no fool. Although written off as the clown of British politics, the calculating politician is now the firm favourite to become Britain's next prime minister.
After two Irish climbers tragically lost their lives on Everest recently, adventurer John Burke has recalled his own experiences of the summit.
If you go down to the 3Arena today, you're in for a big surprise... the city's most famous three bears are finally on the move.
A new 'green dream' has emerged in Ireland this weekend and its rising star, Saoirse McHugh, has a message for the Government.
I'm standing in a cornfield with Ireland's most famous identical twin brothers, Stephen and Dave - aka "the Happy Pear" twins - and they are topless. The sun is shining on their golden brown torsos as they twist and turn to the photographer's flash before he instructs them to take a few steps back to get a better shot of their abs.
Former FBI special agent John Douglas, who spent his career interviewing some of the most horrific serial killers of all time - including Ted Bundy, the so-called 'Son of Sam' killer David Berkowitz and Ed Kemper - has offered to meet gardai to help solve the mystery of Ireland's missing women.
Oscar-nominated film director Jim Sheridan attended the Mr Moonlight murder trial and has expressed interest in turning the story into a documentary film.
It was the story that captured the hearts of a nation.
With its chic wine bars and outdoor terraces, Dublin's Grand Canal Dock is packed from morning to night during the summer months.
A young curly- haired blonde boy stands in the kitchen impersonating family members for his granny. She's bent in two laughing. Wiping away the tears, she takes the boy by the shoulders and vigorously shakes him. "You've got it," she says, suddenly turning serious. "Don't ever forget this. You're going to be great."
Self-esteem is a con. It is letting your pathological inner critic run riot - and setting you up in a rigged game against yourself that you will only ever lose.
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin jetted in to Ireland this weekend and are enjoying a secret romantic Easter break on the exclusive Ballyfin Demesne estate, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Irish booksellers have reported a run on copies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as people seek solace between the pages of Victor Hugo's romantic classic following the fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral.
The starting point of any good profile interview begins with the subject's childhood.
We're always trying to teach animals new tricks. Making them a little bit more human with cute clothes and ascribing human traits to them, but what if we flip the script and look for animal characteristics in ourselves?
The hog has a bad reputation. With its stocky body and flat snout, it's an animal few are keen to be affiliated with - except in the Wild West of Kerry, where it holds a very special status.
President Michael D Higgins has spoken about the need for "human connection" in the digital age.
A 15-year-old boy who has cystic fibrosis (CF) is urging people to think before they speak when dealing with someone who has the genetic disorder, because of the hurtful comments he has endured when out in public.
Leo Varadkar has responded to the backlash he received over his letter to Kylie Minogue and to being called a "camera slut" by former justice minister and attorney general Michael McDowell.
In a New York Times Magazine profile by Charles Siebert, there's an anecdote about how much self-belief Rory McIlroy had when he was a child.
The Department of Justice is launching a million-euro awareness campaign to tackle the "grey areas" of unwanted sexual advances.
Marco Pierre White's hair-raising past has been well-documented.
Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness believes his TV series Riviera has proved a massive hit because of the public's fascination with how the other half live.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the social media giant has "too much power" over free speech and needs greater regulation.
FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted the social media giant has “too much power” over free speech and needs greater regulation.
In Dublin's department stores, you may have noticed the homeware section is now peppered with luxury drinking accessories. They call it ''drinkware''.
The editor of a student newspaper at Trinity College Dublin has described her disappointment at attempts to cut the paper's funding following its reporting of alleged 'hazing' at an all-male society on the campus.
John Roebling had a vision to build a spectacular suspension bridge connecting New York and Long Island. At the time, experts throughout the world said the plan was impossible. But Roebling persevered and hired his son, Washington, to help realise his dream.
Former Newstalk radio presenter George Hook has spoken for the first time about how he plunged into a "massive depression" following his suspension from radio in 2017, after making controversial comments about rape.
A fitness expert with clients including the actors Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender says he is seeing an increasing number of people presenting with "serious metabolic damage" caused by the extreme diet advice from social media influencers.
Dancing eight hours a day and breastfeeding around the clock - it's no wonder Mairead Ronan has shed more than a stone and a half since joining Dancing with the Stars.
The Irish tricolour will fly at half mast in Christchurch today as a mark of respect to those who died at the mosque massacre. Many of the St Patrick's Day celebrations, due to take place across New Zealand, are also being postponed and replaced by more subdued community gatherings.
When he was a child, Albert Einstein was called 'Biedermeier' by teachers. It means 'a little dull or unclever'. US General George S Patton was dyslexic and was held back by tutors. Thomas Edison recalled how, "I was always at the foot of the class", while Pablo Picasso left school at 10 because teachers gave up on him when he failed to remember the alphabet. They scoffed: "All he ever...
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described the ex-member of the Defence Forces detained in Syria as an "engaging and kind person" who he recalls speaking to when he travelled on the government jet.
Meet the woman who promises to give you heaven on Earth for free. Her message is that it's not our reality that makes us suffer, but what we think and believe about it. By using four simple questions and turning a thought on its head, she believes she can help anyone to identify and question their...
From the catwalk to the sidewalk the bare-faced trend is becoming the latest step in female empowerment - and Aer Lingus has become the latest airline to drop mandatory make-up rules for cabin crew.
She was the dream doll of many a girl's childhood. With her long, lustrous hair, pearly white teeth and a shoe collection to make Imelda Marcos green with envy, for many little girls she was the picture of perfection.
WB Yeats: "I have no hope of seeing a united Ireland in my time, or of seeing Ulster won in my time; but I believe it will be won in the end, and not because we fight it, but because we govern the country well. We can do that, if I may be permitted as an artist and writer to say so, by creating a system of culture which will represent the whole of this country and which will draw the imagination of the young towards it."
Most women have been on the receiving end of an unsolicited comment or piece of advice about their fertility and prospects of motherhood.
'Clean eating' has become the go-to diet in the age of perfection, driven by models and bloggers on social media.
Your movie has been nominated for a whopping 10 Academy Awards. The night ahead will be spent rubbing shoulders with the world's biggest stars in the glitziest event on the planet. So what are you most looking forward to?
Ivan Yates has revealed that he buys his cars by gambling on horses and football games.
Dancing is hungry work. Clelia Murphy knows this all too well as she tucks into a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast before another gruelling day training for Dancing with the Stars.
Former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt has talked of her private struggle with cystic acne while performing as part of the world's biggest girl group.
Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny is seeking legal advice after a fake news story and doctored photographs of the star with a black eye appeared online claiming that he had been arrested and escorted off the Newstalk premises.
Roz Purcell has revealed that reaching a point in life where she is completely comfortable in her own skin has been "a journey and a half". Having recently posted unedited photos of stretch marks and her post-meal stomach to her almost 250,000-strong following on social media, the Irish model shared how she has nurtured a healthier new attitude.
"We can't wake mammy up." They were the words that roused Brian Dowling from his slumber and threw his family into a nightmare.
"Race is the cyanide pill of scandal" - that's the grim prognosis facing Liam Neeson, according to Eric Dezenhall, the world's leading PR expert in crisis management.
"Cities are a big deal," says Swiss-born British philosopher Alain de Botton. "We pretty much all have to live in them. We should try hard to get them right."
There is something wonderful about bringing a person you love to a place they have always dreamed of visiting.
Meet the Mega Monk. The modern-day version of the wise old man sitting on top of the mountain. Except he is here, among us, experiencing modern life in all its hell and glory.
In the age of ''pay-to-wear'' fashion where A-list stars can earn six-figure sums to wear the frocks and jewels of leading fashion houses on the red carpet, Kildare woman Laura Jayne Halton knows how lucky she is.
'With these figures, you have a 70pc chance of dying within two years."
The super-rich can be quite coy about their lifestyles and the extraordinary perks that their wealth can deliver. But one person who knows all about the demands of those with many millions of euro in their bank accounts is Kildare woman Ciara Egan.
Last Wednesday afternoon, an unnamed man was shopping in Nairobi when he received word that a nearby hotel was under siege by Islamist terrorists.
Jetting to London to pursue the career of your dreams is a well-trodden path for ambitious millennials. But former RTE presenter Diana Bucini says the reality can be different.
They're often dismissed for their picture-perfect selfies and herd-like consumer mentality, but a new trend is emerging among millennials. They are turning their backs on mass-produced items in favour of imperfect luxuries.
A comedy? A tragedy? Or perhaps simply a really beautiful love story?
French intellectual Yann Moix made international headlines this week when he said women over 50 were "too old" to love.
You've probably read a lot over the past few days about Boris Johnson's appearance at the Pendulum Summit.
Gardai investigating the murder of student Deirdre Jacob hope to identify a number of new witnesses as a result of digitalising 20-year-old CCTV footage from the day she disappeared.
She's known for her sharp wit and devil-may-care attitude but the thought of getting her dancing shoes on is making Jennifer Zamparelli feel queasy.
Consumers face increases of hundreds of euro a year on eating out and takeaway meals as restaurants seek to pass on a triple whammy of a VAT hike, wage increases, and other rising costs.
Betrayals and a bitter rivalry lie at the heart of the five-time Golden Globe-nominated movie The Favourite, but the Irish producer behind the magic, Ed Guiney, has revealed one of the secrets to its success - actors taking on the guise of animals to shake off their inhibitions.
The voicemail recording on sex therapist Margaret Dunne's phone gives a poignant insight into the state of Ireland's sexual affairs.
RTE news anchor Sharon Ni Bheolain has made a formal complaint to RTE bosses after refusing to go on air following a disagreement in the newsroom, the Sunday Independent has learnt.
A post mortem examination of a newly born baby, whose body was found on a beach on Saturday morning, has determined that no foul play was involved in its death.
He's only two years old but little Paidi did his late-grandfather proud when he walked his mother Siun Ni She down the aisle last Friday afternoon.
The Christmas campaign to keep drunk drivers off our roads has been effectively ignored by the hospitality industry with only a fraction taking up a 'Designated Drivers' initiative.
The wider community of Balbriggan are ready to support the mother of a newly born baby discovered on a North County Dublin beach.
If you've spotted Santa Claus and his reindeer flying across the night's sky at the Samuel Beckett Bridge, your eyes aren't deceiving you.
Last Tuesday I appeared on Pat Kenny's Newstalk Show to discuss the ban of the song Baby, It's Cold Outside by some radio stations in a post #MeToo world.
Interest in vegan food may be booming across the world's richest countries - but author and model Holly White is proving that going meat-free is far from a rich man's game.
Sexual harassment issues in the workplace have surged by 200pc in recent years, according to one of Ireland's leading law firms.
Ordinary families are predicted to feel the benefit of the surging economy in 2019 as full employment and labour shortages across several sectors force employers to increase wages, according to economist and former Department of Finance adviser Dr Alan Ahearne.
"Sex ought to be wholly satisfying link between two affectionate people, from which they emerge unanxious, rewarded and ready for more." - Alex Comfort, author, The Joy of Sex
Mairéad Ronan has been announced as the first contestant in the highly anticipated return of RTE One hit series Dancing with the Stars.
Former Ireland and Munster rugby star and Pendulum Summit chief executive Frankie Sheahan knows a thing or two about hard graft.
He is best-known as bassist for the biggest band in the world but Adam Clayton enjoys another passion in his down-time.
The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (RCC) has seen a rise in people who are "rethinking and re-evaluating their attitude to their sexual activity" in current and former intimate relationships and reporting rape by a partner or previous partner to the organisation.
Alan Farrell has spoken of his lifelong battle with insomnia - which once kept him awake for four days.
David Caruso is co-founder of the Emotional Intelligence Skills Group in the United States and psychologist at the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence.
She is an award-winning designer with a cult celebrity following who dresses the biggest names in British and Irish television.
First there was the 'thigh gap', then the 'Toblerone tunnel', then next on the list of fad body trends came 'ribcage bragging', 'inguinal lines', 'the thigh brow', 'hip cleavage' and finally the painful-looking 'ab crack'.
The underground tax-free black market in hair and beauty is destroying legitimate salon businesses, according to leading stylist Mark O'Keeffe.
'Charlie Haughey operated a good deal of the time by fear."
For Irish Europhiles, Boris Johnson is public enemy number one.
Economics has a serious gender problem - but it's not for the reason you might think.
PETER Casey has a little black book. Every year, he writes a list of people whom he will cut from his life — and this year, it’s about to get a whole lot longer.