Ireland is now one of the most expensive countries in the EU, up there with the UK and Sweden, and only exceeded by Denmark. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

While the popular perception is that the cost of living is always rising, since the beginning of the year consumer prices have on average been lowe(...)

Migrants near Szeged, Hungary, after crossing the border from Serbia. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

“People, this is the police – come out of the building now,” the Serbian officer blared through the loudspeaker of his squad car, the red lights on it(...)

The Taste of Greystones Regatta is now in its third year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

There’s little evidence of recession at Ireland’s newest keelboat sailing centre where this weekend’s Taste Of Greystones Sailing Regatta has attract(...)

‘The right to housing would help those who are facing homelessness now and would be a fundamental safeguard against the recurrence of this gravely unacceptable crisis.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The haunting story widely reported recently of the family with three children under the age of six found sleeping rough in Dublin has once again focus(...)

An undated photo  of  Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was overpowered by two US servicemen and other passengers  during an attack aboard an Amsterdam-Paris Thalys train on August 21st, 2015. File photograph: EPA

The man who boarded a high-speed Amsterdam-to-Paris train with a Kalashnikov rifle before being tackled by passengers was on the radar of authorities (...)

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attends a news conference at the Interior ministry in Paris, France this afternoon. Photograph:Regis Duvignau/Reuters

A gunman overpowered by passengers on a train in France on Friday was known to European authorities as a suspected Islamist militant, provided the ide(...)

Anthony Sadler (L), from Pittsburg, California, and Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, hold their medals as they sit in a restaurant after a brief ceremony in the town of Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015. The Americans  overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has praised the heroism of three Americans who overpowered a gunman on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on(...)

A worker carries a pizza for delivery at a Domino’s pizza store in Sydney:   Fast food  companies are making healthy profits and boldly innovating in the unlikely market of Australia. Photograph: REUTERS/David Gray

Fast food may be falling out of favour in many countries around the world but companies are making healthy profits and boldly innovating in the unlike(...)

The EU accounted for €5.6 billion or 58 per cent of total exports in June, of which 15 per cent went to Belgium.

The value of Ireland’s export trade eclipsed €9 billion in June with big pharma once again proving the main driving force. Provisional figures from t(...)

Migrants walk along the railway tracks of the Eurotunnel terminal at the Calais-Frethun station outside the northern French port of Calais on August 10th, 2015. Photograph: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images

When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that(...)