‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Almost half of all women who completed an online survey for The Irish Times admitted to binge drinking in the past seven days. About 45 per cen(...)

Watchtower: A UN peacekeeper on an observation tower on the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Undof is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Since September 2013 Ireland’s Defence Forces have provided Undof with a quick-reaction f(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)

Max Schrems says his one-man campaign could yet challenge one of the world’s biggest companies. Photograph: AFP

As eight television cameras jostled to get a shot of Max Schrems in Vienna, Facebook must have rued the day it signed him up in 2008.In a veneer-panel(...)

Austrian law graduate Max Schrems displays a logo of social platform Facebook on  his smartphone. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Austria’s media have dubbed it a “David v Goliath” battle. This morning a civil court in Vienna stages the latest round in the big data grudge match b(...)

Max Schrems has already taken on Facebook, where its international operation is based, and has a case involving Facebook ongoing at the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s legal battles in Europe enter another round today when Vienna district court hears a civil suit filed against the US company by Austrian p(...)

The  24th James Bond film ‘Spectre’ will feature  Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig, pictured here on location in Italy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty 1:45

The teaser trailer for Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, was unveiled on Friday evening to a select set of journalists in Mexico City. The Iri(...)

Anyone hoping for a quiet few hours at Luxembourg’s European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday went home disappointed. What could have been a dry discu(...)