Irish cyclist Daniel Martin of Etixx-QuickStep team celebrates winning the third stage of the 96th Volta a Catalunya cycling race between Gerona and La Molina, Catalonia, Spain inMarch. Photograph: EPA/Quique Garcia

If there were any lingering doubts that Ireland’s Dan Martin could take on and beat the world’s best riders, they were dispelled last month. The locat(...)

Last year, we found that Fiat and Starbucks and a number of companies in Belgium had received illegal state aid in the form of selective tax advantages.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In the fall-out from the Panama Papers, one of the issues that has rocketed up the agenda is the question of tax transparency. Today, the European Com(...)

Members of the Spanish Special Group Against Organised Crime engaged in a drugs investigation aboard a catamaran in the harbour of La Coruna. Photograph: EPA

Spain has long been characterised as a refuge for criminals fleeing the law enforcement agencies of their own countries, a place where fugitives could(...)

Andorra’s economy relies greatly on tourism and got a kick-start as a tax-free destination decades ago. Photograph: Getty Images/Fotostock

The last time I skied in Andorra (years ago) it was as cheap as chips – indeed, cheap chips contributed abundantly to the tourist offering. The ski(...)

We all live under the long shadow of T.K. Whitaker. Photograph: The Irish Times

One of the consequences of being a small country is that in many areas we have the same fixed running costs as a large one. Having a National Opera Ho(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates qualifying for next summer’s European Championships in France. Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Gareth Bale has put Wales’ qualification for Euro 2016 on the same level as winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. Wales ended their 58-yea(...)

Ireland’s Alan Browne scores the third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Rep of Ireland 3-0 Lithuania The Republic of Ireland under-21s have taken an early lead in their Uefa Championship qualification group after t(...)

Santa in the sun: Christmas on the beach

We are a family of seven living in Bangkok, Argentina, Edinburgh, Dublin and Washington DC. We are trying to get together for Christmas, hopefully (...)

Dan Martin: “I had a frustrating spring with crashes and I’m really motivated to do something in this Tour.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anyone who follows professional cycling in general, and the Tour de France in particular, knows that this sport is a very unpredictable one. The open(...)

 Sarah Ewart arrives at court as a judicial review into Northern Ireland’s abortion laws  begins  in the High Court in Belfast. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation contravenes article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights which states that no one shall be subjected t(...)