The Irish Financial Services in Dublin. An economist said there was no guarantee Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies would be in the country in 10 years time.

Ireland needs a “plan B” for a vibrant economy which can survive the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in the next decade, the director of the N(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: AFP Photo

Ever since the election of the Syriza-led government just over two months ago the shadow of Russia has been a looming presence in the current Greek st(...)

Rebecca Meehan in Paris

Although some of my friends and family thought I was mad going travelling alone, I questioned my sanity only once. I’d been away for two months and(...)

In February, we asked Irish people around the world to write a ‘love letter’ to their favourite Irish pub overseas. Over the course of the month, more than 1,500 people in 41 countries wrote to us.

An Irish Times search for the world’s best Irish pub (outside Ireland) has named its top 10. They are: the Auld Shillelagh, London, UK; Bubbles O’L(...)

‘The proposed piecemeal assisted reproduction legislation is unacceptably proscriptive. The register it proposes represents an intolerable intrusion into the lives of subfertile couples and stigmatises them and their children.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The central pillar of the Children and Family Relationships Bill’s assisted reproduction regulations is an attempt to outlaw anonymous egg and sperm d(...)

Residents pay their respects to the victims of the shootings in Uhersky Brod. Photograph: Igor Sefr/EPA 1:56

In shallow, ragged breaths, Petr Gabriel relates how a chance phone call saved his life. Exactly 24 hours previously the 33 year-old arrived for lunch(...)

Police president Tomas Tuhy (left) and interior minister Milan Chovanec speak to journalists, near the restaurant where a gunman opened fire in Uhersky Brod, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters 1:56

Czech police have stormed the home of a 63 year-old man who killed eight people in an eastern town on Tuesday before shooting himself.The man was name(...)

A policeman stands guard near the site of a shooting at a restaurant in the city of Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic. Photograph: EPA 0:37

A 62 year-old Czech man who shot eight people dead before killing himself on Tuesday afternoon phoned a television station minutes earlier to announce(...)

Judge Martin Nolan said he would “proceed to conviction” but would give Jiri Vecernik the “benefit of the Probation Act”

A Tipperary resident bought a blank firing pistol online to protect himself from a colleague after he discovered what he believed were the bones of hi(...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)