European Council president Donald Tusk: warned of “challenging negotiations ahead”. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The publication of a draft proposal outlining the terms of a new EU relationship for Britain sets the scene for two weeks of intensive negotiations. A(...)

Cars in the flooded car park  at Seapoint, Salthill, Galway, following the gales and high tides on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The insurance sector has said it is impossible to provide blanket national flood insurance but stressed fixed defence schemes will greatly enhance th(...)

Some researchers question whether dogs experience feelings like love and loyalty, or whether their winning ways are just a matter of instincts that evolved because being a hanger-on is an easier way to make a living than running down elk.

Before humans milked cows, herded goats or raised hogs, before they invented agriculture, or written language, before they had permanent homes, and mo(...)

Jazmen Boone: “I’d heard Irish people were super-nice and they actually are. Every house we enter they offer us a cup of tea.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Jazmen Boone: arrived from the US, 2015 Jazmen Boone (23) always imagined she would follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the military when she(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of Poland’s rulking party. He may well be right to suspect that Brussels is all bluster.  REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir

The transition of the EU from an essentially economic alliance into a political union was not the work of one day or one treaty. But if any one moment(...)

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died, his agent has announced. Srnicek was in an induced coma since a cardiac arrest and a decision was taken to switch off his life support machine. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire.

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died following a cardiac arrest. The 47-year-old had been in an induced coma in the Czech Republic sinc(...)

Migrants and refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece, on August 21st.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The images of 2015 were of people on the move. Families clinging on to rubber dinghies as they approached the Greek shore. Exhausted young men and wom(...)

JUNE: Clerys department store on O’Connell Street closes its doors for the last time. Photograph: Frank Miller

January A new year dawns with news that a long-time voice of the Irish consumer, Eddie Hobbs, is the new voice of Lucinda Creighton’s Renua.&nbs(...)

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Su(...)

Stranded migrants wait in  a field as they try to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni in Greece. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Slovakia has launched legal action against a European Union quota scheme to distribute refugees among member states, as Hungary accused Germany of ag(...)