James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

An employee holds a new BlackBerry  Leap smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. EU members have agreed to delay the end of mobile roaming charges until at least 2018

European Union member states agreed to delay the end of mobile roaming charges until at least 2018, setting them on a collision course with EU lawmak(...)

Celebrated South African author and outspoken critic of apartheid André Brink has died aged 79. Photograph: Benoit Sneessens/AFP/Getty Images

André Brink, a towering South African literary presence for decades whose work in English and Afrikaans fell afoul of apartheid-era censors, died Frid(...)

Analysts warned that now that the European Central Bank had decided to use its veto on Greek bonds, a solution to the country’s debt crisis had to be found quickly.

A fall in Greek shares, sparked by the European Central Bank’s decision to stop accepting the country’s bonds, held back stock markets yesterday. A(...)

An EE logo on a shop in central London: BT had spent the last few weeks in exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, about a deal. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

BT has finalised a deal to buy mobile operator EE for £12.5 billion (€16.67bn) and now faces a contested approval process to seal its status as Britai(...)

Two ladies figurative digital print silk viscose shirt-dress with leather collar €495

Stained glass, particularly medieval glass with its rich luminous colours has often fascinated fashion designers, notably Alexander McQueen and Jea(...)

The authors of the study on mixed-marriage patterns in Ireland 100 years ago say they could have been used to anticipate future violence and civil conflict

The authors of a new study of mixed-marriage patterns between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland 100 years ago have said they could have been used (...)

 Li Ka-shing: a week before his interest in O2 was revealed, his Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate added to its portfolio of UK holdings with a £2.5 billion takeover of Eversholt Rail.  Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

If Li Ka-shing pulls off his £10-billion-plus bid for Britain’s largest mobile phone operator, O2, it will be the legendary Hong Kong investor’s bigge(...)

Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire in House of Cards on Netflix. Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon

Home-grown TV dramas such as RTÉ’s Charlie and TV3’s Red Rock may have helped us through the January blues, but those enduring House of Cards cold tur(...)

Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)