As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Apple’s decision to place a major new data European centre in Athenry, announced Monday, further cements Ireland’s international reputation as a data (...)

Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage asserts that voting for same-sex marriage “is like voting for Islamic State-style sharia law”. Photograph: Thinkstock

Claims that same-sex couples die younger, are more prone to cancer, depression and suicide, as well as being more likely to abuse and injure childre(...)

Mercedes C-Class: Finally Mercedes has a model that really does compete with the A4 and 3 Series

This year’s car of the year competition is something of a curate’s egg: there is no stand-out winner for me. Last year, the title was won by the Pe(...)

Apple says  it will use renewable energy in Athenry which it will purchase  from a provider, as opposed to building a windfarm. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

Multinationals don’t normally come to the west of Ireland for weather, but that doesn’t apply to Apple and Athenry. The sleet and the storm force wind(...)

It is comforting to see that the Danes are as fawning in their response to Apple’s decision to invest the best part of €850 million in their bog lands(...)

An architect’s drawing of the proposed €850 million Apple data centre Athenry, Co Galway.

Apple is to invest €850 million developing a new data centre in Co Galway to help run its online services like iTunes and Maps.The facility, to be bui(...)

Norway’s Jewish community is one of Europe’s smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is 150,000 to 200,000. Photograph: Fredrik Varfjell/AFP Photo/Getty Images

More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo’s synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and con(...)

Australian broadcast journalist, Peter Greste, recently freed from prison in Egypt,  at the Frontline club, London. Photograph: Reuters

The Al Jazeera journalist released from an Egyptian prison earlier this month has described his former cell mate Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa as a “r(...)

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who along with his colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Bahar Mohamed,  was awarded a special judges prize by the Royal Television Society. Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed had been jailed by the Egyptian government for ‘threatening national security’. Photograph: Royal Television Society

The Al Jazeera journalist released from Egyptian prison at the start of February has said he is “deeply concerned” for the future of freedom of speech(...)

Phil Hogan: the commissioner is hoping to reach a deal with US negotiators before March 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner Phil Hogan is urging American negotiators working on the proposed EU-US trade deal to “get on with it” and reach agreement (...)