‘Words can’t express how girls in the office are feeling right now.’ Photograph: IMNDA via Twitter

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association has warned the handful of people left in the country who have yet to douse themselves in freezing cold wat(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates scoring his side’s first goal  during a pre-season friendly at Stamford Bridge The club are pinning their Premier League title hopes hopes on  the former Atletico Madrid man hitting  the back of the net regularl in the season ahead. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Given a ball has not been kicked and around 500 players are yet to appear in any of the 380 Premier League matches that will unfold across the next 10(...)

 Former   president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol: was found to be hiding a secret fortune he had harboured money from his father’s inheritance in tax havens for 34 years. Photograph: EPA/David Borrat

The revelation that the self-styled godfather of Catalan nationalism, Jordi Pujol, hid a fortune in tax havens for decades has thrown the region’s g(...)

Demonstrators with the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly hold a giant banner with an image of US president Barack Obama at Plana square in Badalona, near Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

With a contentious Catalan referendum on independence from Spain slated to take place in less than four months, pressure is building on the region’(...)

SNP leader Alex Salmond: will he see a new independent Scotland blooming or will caution dictate otherwise? Photograph: Getty

There are not many countries where a referendum on the independence of a large part of the home territory could be held peacefully and by agreement be(...)

Outgoing leader Alfredo Pérez: one of many senior PSOE figures who have held posts within the party since the early years of Spain’s democratic era. Photograph: Reuters/Andrea Comas

Spain’s main opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) will choose a new leader this Sunday in an attempt to recover the voters and credibility it has lost in(...)

A close call between two passenger planes at Barcelona Airport has received more than 2 million views since it was posted on YouTube yesterday. Screengrab: Youtube/Barcelona-El Prat In’tl

A close call between two passenger planes at Barcelona Airport has received more than 2 million views since it was posted on YouTube yesterday.It show(...)

The pilot of the chartered Boeing 737-300 (above) was forced to make an emergency landing at Cork Airport following a suspected fuel leak. Photograph: Darren Forde

Some 150 passengers from Belfast involved in an emergency landing at Cork Airport last night have resumed their flight to Spain after a fault with the(...)

A view of the water from La Mar Bella beach. Lourdes Segade
Weekend in Barcelona

So many travel articles extolling the cultural and gastronomic attractions of Barcelona close with something along the lines of: “And you have the (...)

Stamps depicting Spain’s Prince Felipe as future king are covered with gum for keychains at a factory in Colmenar Viejo. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Fidel Castro reportedly once said to Spain’s King Juan Carlos: “That son of yours, who’s so tall and fair, what is he – some kind of viceroy?” (...)