Fiona Doyle of Ireland (left) and Jessica Vall Montero of Spain compete in the women’s 100m Breaststroke preliminaries at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 at the Velodrom in Berlin. Photograph: David Ebener/EPA

Limerick’s Fiona Doyle was the first Irish swimmer to emerge from the morning heats at the European Swimming championships in Berlin, but there it end(...)

The Irish have been targeted because more native Irish people have the useful O+ blood type, B+ and A- blood types than the British population in general.

The British National Health Service has appealed for Irish people living in the country to donate blood.The move is part of the NHS’s Inclusivity Mark(...)

Palestinian boys play football at the beach of Gaza City last night. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended a month of fighting in Gaza beyond a Friday deadline, an Israeli official has said. S(...)

Louise O’Keeffe, who  was sexually abused by her teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s, has issued an invitation to the Taoiseach and Minister for Education to meet her and other survivors of child sex abuse. Photograph: Garrett White / Collins Court

A child sexual abuse survivor who took Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights has called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Education to meet(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to retain special adviser Sarah Kavanagh and has appointed Susie O’Connor as his communications director. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is to retain special adviser Sarah Kavanagh whom he appointed when he was first promoted to the Cabinet (...)

A screen grab showing the image requested for the cake taken from a Christian Institute video. Photograph: YouTube/Christian Institute

A Co Antrim run bakery which refused to bake a cake with a message supporting gay marriage has been warned by the North’s Equality Commission that it (...)

Jeh Johnson, US secretary of Homeland Security, said he directed the Transportation Security Administration to implement the measures in the coming days. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/EPA

The United States said today it would increase security at overseas airports with non-stop flights to the country and US officials cited concerns al-Q(...)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia: Dutch media have agreed not to invade their privacy. Photograph: EPA/Sander Koning

A Dutch gossip magazine has been ordered to pay damages of €1,000 to the 10-year-old heir to the Netherlands’ throne after it published photographs o(...)

 Brazil’s Fernandinho (right) scoes despite the attention of Cameroon’s Nicolas Nkoulou. Marius Becker/Epa

Cameroon’s football federation (FECAFOOT) is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup finals.The FECAFOOT’s ethics (...)

A Donegal man has avoided a jail term for criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page after he admitted posting an offensive “status update” on it after taking her phone. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA.

A Donegal man has avoided a jail term for criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend’s Facebook page after he admitted posting an offensive “status update” (...)