France has been plunged into a heated debate on smacking as Europe’s human rights watchdog prepares to publish strong criticism of the country’s failure to explicitly ban the corporal punishment of children.

Human rights watchdog’s leaked report says law allowing ‘right to discipline’ is not clear enough, as polls find majority of French public opposes sma(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton interviewed by Digital Development Editor Hugh Linehan in The Irish Times office. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said the recovery in the public finances means the Government can now make plans to long-term investment in education and roa(...)

Car executives are taking seriously the prospect of Apple and Google as direct competitors even as they consider partnering with the two. “If these t(...)

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but what a few weeks it has been for Irish beef – Ireland is now the only European country to be allowed(...)

Traditional Chinese Junkboat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Slowing economic growth in China combined with anxiety over the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong has translated into the first drop in mainland tou(...)

Land Rover announced the Evoque Convertible in the tunnels of London’s Cross-Rail project.

Land Rover tends not to do ’conventional’ car launches. For the launch of the original Range Rover Evoque, it proved that you can go off-roading in an(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a new type of community-based political representation in Mayo say their template could apply to any constituency across the State.The(...)

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW Head of Technical Development, accepts the Car of The Year award for Volkswagen Passat during a ceremony on the eve of the 85th International Motor Show in Geneva.

Volkswagen’s new Passat has won the prestigious car of the year title in Europe. The German family saloon was awarded 340 points by the panel of inter(...)

New Opel Karl: city car arriving in Ireland this summer with prices likely to start at about €12,000

Opel’s new city car makes its world debut tomorrow ahead of a summer arrival in Irish showrooms. The Karl is filling a gap in the brand’s market last (...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to address Congress. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

US secretary of state John Kerry has attempted to defuse tension with Israel on the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, where he will spe(...)