Pedro Passos Coelho: ‘We’ve spent four years talking about finances and the economy and now everything is in order we can put the dignity back into politics.’ Photograph: Miguel A Lopes/EPA.

Tomorrow Pedro Passos Coelho will attempt to become the first prime minister of a bailed out euro-zone country to gain re-election. The conservative P(...)

Umbrella weather as heavy rain falls on Dublin in July 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An Indian summer is on the way after the real summer turned out to be another disappointment. The “summer” will end on Monday with another deluge of (...)

 Anthony Sadler (left), Alek Skarlatos (centre) and British man Chris Norman  after being awarded the medal of the city of Arras the day after they apprehended the suspect in a shooting on a Thalys train at Arras train station in Arras, northern France,  August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Frederic Leturque/Twitter

A British consultant has described how he helped three young Americans overpower a gunman on a train in France. Chris Norman (62), was travelling fro(...)

Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland.

Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland under a new Europea(...)

Justin Slattery and his crew have two sprints left before they reach the Volvo Ocean Race finish line. Photograph: Epa

By the time you read this, leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race will probably have ended and the six-boat fleet will be alongside in Lisbon. This is the(...)

Lisbon: Park bar, on the roof of a car park. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira
Weekend in . . . Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Throughout the hilly metropolis on the Tagus River, fading structures and spaces are being s(...)

Emporium Kalu, one of the town’s best boutiques, is housed in a former pub
Shoptalk: Naas

In Naas, the thoroughbred county’s key shopping town there’s an air of expectation about next month’s Aintree and Punchestown festivals, the finale(...)

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When a Connemara-born construction worker began building his life’s dream in an abandoned spice factory down by the Chicago river, friends back hom(...)

 Once in a lifetime:  the new Six Senses retreat in Doura, Portugal
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Action in the Azores Think of them as being like the Aran Islands, but with pineapples. For a clean, green escape with mountains to hike and vol(...)

Professional surfer Andrew Cotton rides a large wave at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: Finn Mullen

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout . . . While coastal and island communities were seeking respite (...)