European transport and interior ministers at a meeting to discuss rail security. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

European ministers have agreed to increase security on key international rail routes and improve intelligence sharing after the thwarted gun attack on(...)

Hannah Hamill, Ruth Spence and Joanna McCreery, at Envoy of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Best fashion store Envoy of Belfast Tucked away behind City Hall, this outstanding small boutique has a discerning following for its judicious mix (...)

Cian McDonald owner of the Grooming Rooms on South William Street. Photograph: Sara Freund

Best Salon The Grooming Rooms The barber business is booming now, but the Grooming Rooms were ahead of the curve, opening in 2007. Owners John Erra(...)

Weekend in . . . Provence
  • Travel
  • August 29, 2015, 01:00

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating – and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages li(...)

French riot police stand on the side of the road to prevent migrants from approaching lorries on the road leading to the ferry port in Calais, northern France. Photograph: AFP Photo

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa live in makeshift encampments in Paris, Calais and elsewhere. The migrant crisis created tension(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius and Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty

Officials responsible for the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change are attempting to inject a new sense of urgency into negotiations, in(...)

French president Hollande  after his speech during the annual gathering of French ambassadors at the Élysée Palace in Paris on August 25th. Photograph:  Philippe Wojazer / EPA/ Pool MaxPPP

When French president François Hollande addressed France’s ambassadors to foreign countries, assembled in the red velvet and gilt reception rooms of t(...)

Gendarmes block a road near a Travellers’ camp, the site of a shooting which killed four people and seriously wounded three. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

A gunman shot dead three members of the same family in a Roma camp in northeastern France on Tuesday before killing a police officer who arrived on th(...)

AIB shares fell 9.52 per cent to 7.6 cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The fallout from yesterday’s rout in Chinese markets cost investors in European stocks around €450 billion yesterday. Stock markets in Fra(...)

Property developer Gerry Gannon.

Trips to the 2008 Ryder Cup in Kentucky, hospitality at the Monaco Grand Prix, and skiing holidays were just some of the perks lavished by Irish banks(...)