Tánaiste Joan Burton:   “Broadly, we’re agreeable to taking part in the arrangements and to take numbers that are appropriate to our size, population and resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should be ready to take its “fair share” of migrants as part of a European Union plan to relocate thousands of asylum seekers who have fled ac(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

The mayor of the Hungarian village of Asotthalom, Laszlo Toroczkai, in his office. On his desk are passports and other documents thrown away by illegal migrants crossing from nearby Serbia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Beside a quiet country road that sidles into Hungary from the Serbian border, weary people push through a last barrier of rain-glossy trees and stand,(...)

Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa: he says his recital at Farmleigh in Dublin on Wednesday evening will be “very, very special” for him, “very spiritual”.

This is the story of an internationally acclaimed classical pianist from Africa whose career was made possible by the timely intervention of the Irish(...)

Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in action during his victory over Bulgarian Tinko Banabakov in the light flyweight last 16 clash in Baku, Azerbaijan. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Such is the lavish efficiency with which these European Games are being run that even Billy Walsh was lured into a false sense of security. Not that (...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu with deputy speaker of the Knesset Oren Hazan: Mr Hazan has been barred from presiding over any parliamentary meetings following a television report which claims he used hard drugs and hired prostitutes for clients while managing a casino in Bulgaria. Photograph: Menahem KahanaAFP/Getty Images

The deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Oren Hazan, has been barred from presiding over any parliamentary meetings after a television report claime(...)

Nick Clegg, former deputy British prime minister,  is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia. Photograph: PA

The European Union has strongly criticised a decision by Russia to ban 89 EU individuals from entering Russia as “totally arbitrary and unjustified”. (...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.Europe i(...)