Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: said she would “cut her own flesh” to root out corruption. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

A Brazilian government shake-up designed to head off efforts to impeach president Dilma Rousseff has been overshadowed by a supreme court ruling that (...)

An operation to search for drugs in the favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year. Photo: Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

If the phenomenal popularity of the TV series Breaking Bad is any indicator, the world loves stories about ordinary men pushed into the drug trade (...)

French president Francois Hollande looks on a globe during an exhibition promoting the Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images

The top French negotiator for the major United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris scheduled for the end of the year now believes there is a 70(...)

A combination of six pictures shows the rising supermoon in the sky over  Frankfurt, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters 1:05

Stargazers across the Ireland have observed a blood red ‘supermoon’ for the first time in 30 years. The eerie light created from a lunar eclipse with(...)

A  file photo taken on October 8th, 2014 shows a lunar eclipse as seen from Tokyo. A total eclipse of the moon will occur in the early hours of Monday morning and Irish skywatchers will have an excellent chance of seeing it. Photograph: Yoshikazu TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images.

A total eclipse of the moon will occur in the early hours of Monday morning and Irish skywatchers will have an excellent chance of seeing it. The moo(...)

Microsoft founder Bill Gates  and his wife Melinda Gates. Their foundation is suing Petrobras over lost investments.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust is suing Petroleo Brasileiro and a unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers over a multibillion-dollar bribery scand(...)

The Irish regulator for medical devices, along with regulators in other EU states, has suspended certification for silicone implants including breast implants  made by Silimed after contamination was found during an audit of the company’s plant in Brazil. File photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Sales of a Brazilian-manufactured silicone implant already used by almost 1,000 Irish women have been suspended due to safety concerns. The Irish regu(...)

The Lufthansa Group now operates 40 flights a-week out of Dublin to destinations that include Frankfurt, Munich in Germany and Geneva in Switzerland.  Photoraph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

German airline, Lufthansa, expects to carry more than 500,000 passengers on its Irish services by the end of 2015. Christian Schindler, its regional d(...)

Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

When Brian O’Nolan died, almost 50 years ago, his writing career was dismissed by one influential critic as a “ruin”. But if it remains a ruin, half (...)