European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

The beach in Paris along the Seine between the Pont Neuf and Pont du Sully

Parisian summer and Rodin returns Paris has gone summer crazy with a 3.5km beach – above – along the Seine (between the Pont Neuf and Pont du S(...)

Ascreengrab from a video posted by Sea Shepherd activists on Friday shows slaughtered whales on the coast of the Faroe islands. Photograph: Sea Shepherd/Youtube 1:01

An environment group has criticised Denmark for failing to halt the annual pilot whale hunt in the Faroe Islands. Sea Shepherd activists claim fisher(...)

‘Let’s not forget how seasonal this business is. Given the still fragile nature of Ireland’s recovery and the difficult environment in which the restaurant sector still finds itself.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland I am also a restaurant owner in Sligo and an employer of 34 people. I’m very passionate about e(...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)

Not such a bad spot: Ireland scored highly in terms of having friendly and welcoming people and a beautiful country

Ireland has been ranked in 11th place out of 55 countries in a new survey ranking nations by their reputation. The Republic was ranked ahead of the (...)

Conflicts with the Danish trade union movement has led Ryanair to move the company’s recently opened base in Copenhagen to Lithuania. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Ryanair has carried out its threat to quit its base at Copenhagen airport* in a dispute with trade unions that threatens to drive the airline out of D(...)

The Scandinavian childcare system has evolved “because of a cultural consensus that simply does not exist in Ireland.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton is under pressure because of her cuts to the one-parent family payment, not least because she promised not to introduce them unti(...)

Grab a coffee from the Jungle Beach Break Cafe on Salthill Prom, above, and go in search of Patricia Piccinini’s majestic Skywhale hot air balloon

Time to make like The Pet Shop Boys and go west, as the Galway International Arts Festival returns from July 13th for a fortnight of top-notch musi(...)

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. Photo: PA Wire

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. The rat(...)