Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst meets Ciara Maguire, Mary Joyce, Elaine Clements and Deborah Donohoe outside the Dylan Hotel in Dublin last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 40,000 people are taking to the streets for the Dublin Pride parade today, an annual event marked by colour and costumes but one which has nev(...)

Trina Gilchriest and Adi Roche of Chernobyl Children International welcome 11-year-old Maryna Malinouskaya to Ireland. Photograph: Brian Arthur

‘The most important thing for these children is to give them an opportunity to spend time away from the highly radiated areas they live in,” says Trin(...)

Eileen Morrissery from Kilkenny welcomes Alessia (13)  from the first plane to arrive from affected regions of Chernobyl at Shannon Airport today. Photograph:. Brian Arthur/Press 22

The Chernobyl Children International charity, which brings children effected by the fallout from the 1986 nuclear disaster to Ireland each year has hi(...)

Profitero co-founders (from left) Volodymyr Pigrukh, Dmitry Vysotski and Kanstantsin Chernysh.

Profitero, an online insights and ecommerce intelligence business for retailers and brands, has closed an $8 million (€5.9 million) funding round with(...)

Pro-Russian separatists load a truck with coffins containing their fallen colleagues in Donetsk yesterday. EPA/Jakub Kaminski

Russia has urged the West to prevent Ukraine sliding into “catastrophe” after fighting intensified between Kiev’s forces and pro-Moscow rebels who sh(...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)

Conchita Wurst with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen last night. Photograph: EPA

There are Eurovision victories - and then there are historic Eurovision victories. Last night’s was one of the latter, as Conchita Wurst won the conte(...)

Russian second World War  veterans after laying flowers at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin, in Moscow, on Thursday. Russia marks the 69th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germanyin WWII on 09 May
, on Friday. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

As Russia prepares to celebrate Victory Day today, an army of volunteers has set forth to distribute the ribbon of Saint George, a symbol of the Sovie(...)

Kasey Smith’s rendition of   ‘Heartbeat’ failed to make it into  the top 10 acts at the second semi-final of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen this evening. Photograph: Nikolai Linares/EPA 2:16

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovison Song Contest for the first time since 2009. Kasey Smith and the Irish traditional group Can-Linn, perf(...)

Darragh McKeon: influenced by Colum McCann and Andrei makine

When Darragh McKeon began to write his debut novel, set in the dying days of the Soviet Union, he could hardly have imagined that by the time i(...)