A consignment of cigarettes seized at Dublin Port represent a potential loss to the exchequer of €3.6 million, if assuming they would have displaced the equivalent fully tax-compliant quantity of cigarettes from the market. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Customs officers from the Revenue Commissioners have seized €4 million worth of illegally imported cigarettes at Dublin Port. Some eight million ciga(...)

Ukrainian army members pay their repects to a fellow serviceman during his funeral ceremony in   Kharkiv. Photograph: Sofia Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine says it is ready to respond with full force to what it calls a sharp escalation in shelling from Russian-backed rebels in eastern regions, (...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny shakes hands with his Drogheda United counterpart Johnny McDonnell earlier this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk will begin their Champions League campaign in Belarus tonight looking to become only the third team in history to beat BATE Borisov on thei(...)

Ukrainians take up positions as they attend a military training session organised for civilians in Kiev on June 21st. The EU has approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukraine. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA epa04812795 Ukrainians in military uniforms take up positions as they attend a military training session organized for civilians, in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 June 2015. The European Union on 19 June extended economic sanctions imposed on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol following their annexation by Russia, with the measures now due to stay in place until 23 June  2016. The sanctions were introduced last year, to reinforce the EU's opposition to Russia's illegal annexation of the two territories in March 2014. Relations between Brussels and Moscow are at their worst level since the end of the Cold War, due to Russia's actions in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine, where it is accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

The European Union approved an extension of economic sanctions against Russia on Monday in protest against the Kremlin’s aggressive policies in Ukra(...)

‘The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, all state laws against equal marriage will fall. The outcome would represent another major step towards the vindication of LGBTI rights generally (and, as a trivial aside, would allow us to congratulate American friends on their judiciary having caught up with the plain people of Ireland). Supporters of same-sex marriages  outside the US Supreme Court on April 28th, 2015. Photograph:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

The US Supreme Court will decide before the end of this month whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. If the court says yes, a(...)

Russian artist Salavat Scherbakov with his model for the giant monument of Vladimir the Great in his Moscow workshop. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

There was always a hint of one-upmanship in Russia’s vision for the planned statue of Grand Prince Vladimir that, rising 24 metres from a hilltop in M(...)

Fire is extinguished at shops destroyed by shelling on  the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, on  June 3rd,  2015. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine’s defence minister said an attempt (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)