Prof Damian McCormack and a  Justice for Bahrain Medical protest outside the Dáil yesterday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concerns have been raised over a forthcoming inspection of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Bahrain-based university by the Irish Medical Council. The v(...)

GAA director general Paraic Duffy: “It is simply not possible for the GAA to ensure free-to-air coverage at home while at the same time making its games accessible to Irish people abroad.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sky Sports was the only British broadcaster interested in screening Gaelic games, GAA director general Páraic(...)

RCSI chief executive Prof Cathal Kelly: said he was “not an advocate or apologist for the government or the country” but Bahrain had made strides in economic developmentbut Bahrain had made strides in economic development.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has robustly defended its operations in Bahrain, saying it is acting as a “valuable bridge” bet(...)

Russell Crowe (centre) attending the premiere of Noah at the Savoy cinema, Dublin. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Russell Crowe, one of the world’s old-school superstars, was in Dublin at lunchtime today for the premiere of Darren Aronofky’s controversial b(...)

Ron Dennis is back in charge of McLaren. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Martin Whitmarsh’s future as McLaren team principal was cast into doubt on Thursday with the announcement that his predecessor Ron Dennis was replaci(...)

Alcoa  employees release molten aluminum into a vertical cast for cylindrical billets at ta  production plant in  South Carolina. Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, has agreed to pay $384 million to settle US allegations that one of its units bribed members of Bahrain’s ro(...)

The Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1914 was the star lot in an auction of finest and rarest wines, selling for £24,910

Somewhere in the world this week, very expensive corks were popped to celebrate New Year. Before Christmas, Sotheby’s in London sold six bottles of 10(...)

Among Group of 20 economies, Germany, where Angela Merkel won a third term as chancellor, ranked highest at 14th in the Global Gender Gap Report from the Global Economic Forum. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/reuters

The world’s gender gaps narrowed slightly this year, with Iceland showing the least inequality among men and women, a report by the World Economic For(...)

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba looks on during a news conference  in London on Monday following a meeting by foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group of states.  Mr Jarba has close links with Saudi Arabia. Photograph:  Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

The US-Russia sponsored conference on the Syrian crisis is in jeopardy due to the refusal of the Western- and Arab-backed opposition National Coalitio(...)

Pakistani schoolchildren hold a handwritten sign during a special class to commemorate the anniversary of Malala Yousufzai’s shooting at a school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today. Photograph: AP

A year ago yesterday the Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head in Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan because she had spoken up for(...)