Annalise Murphy is competing at the Semaine Olympique Française this week in La Rochelle, France.

There may yet be a false dawn for Ireland’s Laser Radial Rio Olympic trial prospects because high campaign costs are a turn-off for several school gi(...)

Perils of protest: Not only does Catalonia risk leaving the euro, it could could also see FC Barcelona barred from playing in the Spanish league. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia would be excluded from the European Union if it broke away from Spain, according to opponents of the region’s independence drive. They also (...)

Fredrik Voss, third from left, and the Nasdaq team developing software to allow the trading of stocks in private companies on a blockchain, the kind of public ledger used in the Bitcoin market, in New York. Financial firms are looking at the network and software that make it possible for Bitcoin to move around the world instantly and inexpensively. Photograph: Sasha Maslov/The New York Times

Most people still think of Bitcoin as the virtual currency used by drug dealers and shadowy hackers looking to evade the authorities. But the innovati(...)

After a surprise Pimms party on a boat that took guests from the city across Santander Bay, the reception was held at Cenador de Amos restaurant. Photograph: Yulia Ignatova,

Each Saturday on we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Spain’s economy   minister Luis de Guindos says Spain’s economy  is in good shape. Photgraph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Spain is one of the countries where the Greek crisis is being most keenly followed, due to its own economic characteristics which in the past have mad(...)

Santander chief executive Ana Botin boosted capital levels with a €7.5 billion share sale in January to back its lending push

Santander has reported a 32 per cent jump in first-quarter net profit, helped by improving earnings in Britain and Brazil as the euro zone’s biggest b(...)

A demonstrator taking part in a protest against Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff in Rio this month. This latest police operation highlights the increasing confidence of anticorruption authorities in Brazil to tackle the problem but also the entrenched nature of graft in Brazil. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Federal police in Brazil say they have uncovered a major corruption scheme inside the country’s finance ministry that allowed prominent local companie(...)

Realex founder and chief executive  Colm Lyon. Realex can lay claim to being one of the few truly indigenous tech companies to make it big. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/Image Bureau

At 52, Colm Lyon is no wunderkind of the tech world. He has been ploughing away at the e-payments game for more than 15 years. Yesterday, he struck go(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson described the sale of the loans to Cerberus last year as “excellent news”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former Nama debtors in Northern Ireland are being treated “less than sympathetically” by the US-based investment firm that bought their loans, British(...)