Ireland’s lightweight women’s double of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan

Ireland have an excellent chance of taking a medal or medals at the European Championships in Brandenburg in Germany this weekend. Paul and Gary O’(...)

Rescue workers evacuate an injured person as police inspect the site of an accident on the A16 motorway in Coudekerque, near Dunkerque, northern France after a high-speed chase with suspected migrant-smugglers who were attempting to flee Belgian police. Photograph: Alexis Constant/AFP/Getty Images

A high-speed car chase in which Belgian police shot suspected migrant-smugglers as they fled across the border led to a fatal pile-up on a motorway in(...)

April has been heavily hit by air traffic controls (ATC) strikes in France, Belgium, Italy and Greece. The disruption this causes travellers is monum(...)

Salah Abdeslam has been transferred from Belgium’s Beveren prison to Fleury-Mérogis, 30km outside Paris. Photograph: Tvbrussels via AP

Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of 10 jihadists who massacred 130 people in Paris on behalf of Islamic State last November 13th, was yesterday trans(...)

The trophy for Euro 2016. Figures released by the FAI show that 70,480 Irish fans made about 275,000 ticket applications for the Republic of Ireland’s three group games against Sweden, Belgium and Italy in June

Upwards of 70,000 Irish fans are expected to travel to France this summer for Euro 2016 despite the FAI receiving less than 40,000 tickets. Figures (...)

US president Barack Obama during a press conference with British prime minister David Cameron  at the foreign office in London on Friday: he gave a full-throated endorsement of the Remain side in the European Union. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

When Barack Obama last intervened in a British referendum in June 2014, it was to suggest in 2014 that the UK would be stronger if Scotland remained p(...)

In Switzerland, the only peaceful country to adopt an all-party administration, parliament uses a “magic formula” to give  parties seats  on the seven-person Federal Council.  Introduced in 1959, this “zauberformel” has worked quite well.

Every four years or so, democracy involves a change of parliament. Five million citizens cannot negotiate a new Dáil; there would be chaos; so we have(...)

The Air Corp performs a fly past during a ceremony at Banna Strand in Co Kerry to mark the centenary of the capture of Sir Roger Casement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Thousands of people have attended a commemoration marking 100 years to the day since Roger Casement landed at Banna Strand in Co Kerry from a German s(...)

Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the defendants’ box during his 2011 trail. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

In a victory for Moscow, a Dutch court on Wednesday overturned an order that Russia pay $50 billion to shareholders in defunct oil company Yukos, sayi(...)

French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

In the wake of jihadist attacks that killed 148 people in France last year, and in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship that will bring m(...)