Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

For every applicant for a shop floor job in Brown Thomas, there are hundreds who want to skate straight in as a fashion buyer. Ideally in a flippy (...)

Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters 2:07

European Union leaders have finally reached a highly conditional deal to help illegal immigrants who have fled across the Mediterranean in recent mont(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development  Phil Hogan. “Our populations are ageing rapidly and we still need major reforms to ensure pensions and healthcare systems can cope with this societal shift.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Union has jobs and people at its core and is much more than an economic project, according to Ireland’s commissioner, Phil Hogan. Mr H(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

In March, the Commons European Scrutiny Committee headed by Sir Bill Cash MP (above) issued a highly critical report on the BBC, saying it needs “to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues”. File photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eurosceptic Conservative MPs have demanded that the BBC’s coverage of the United Kingdom’s referendum on European Union membership should be subjected(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt will be putting mental health and wellbeing at the top of his agenda for Monday’s meeting with David Cameron.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt is to focus on mental health and wellbeing issues during a meeting with David Cameron at Downing Street on M(...)

Charles’ correspondence with ministers - known as “black spider” memos - will be released following a long-running battle by Guardian newspaper journalist Rob Evans to see the documents following a freedom of information request. The letters will be published with some redactions. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

A series of potentially embarrassing letters written by Britain’s Prince Charles to government ministers in 2004-2005 will be published on Wednesday, (...)

The only poll that mattersCharles Haughey made a mantra out of his standard response to opinion polls saying the only one that mattered was the electi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has congratulated David Cameron on his UK General Election victory, expressing hope that strong relations between the nations can(...)