Imam Ibrahim Noonan at the entrance to the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Imam Ibrahim Noonan began celebrating the Qu’ran in a housing estate in Galway, his hope was that the temporary mosque in Wellpark would be repla(...)

Dermot Desmond invested in cyber-security firm Vahna. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few Irish investors better than Dermot Desmond at spotting the next big thing. His latest investment in Vahna, a cyber-security firm, comes (...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA 1:47

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has announced his return to politics, saying ‘I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family’. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his return to politics on Friday, declaring he would seek the leadership of the opposition UMP par(...)

Catalunya’s separatist supporters wave ‘Esteladas’ (Catalan separatist flags) supporting Scotland’s independence during FC Barcelona’s Champions League soccer match against Apoel Nicosia at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona this week. Photograph: Albert Gea

Spanish political leaders hailed Scotland’s rejection of independence, a vote that dealt a blow to separatists in Spain’s own northeastern region of C(...)

Heineken Cup: Isa Nacewa, the former Leinster utility back is tackled by ASM Clermont Auvergne’s Julien Bonnaire as Nathan Hines looks on. The new version of the tournament, The Champions Cup, has yet to put sponsors in place. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

The inaugural Champions Cup, which replaced the Heineken Cup, will kick off next month without all its major sponsors in place, one of the new Europea(...)

French president François Hollande during  a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris where he outlined plans for the rest of his five-year term. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

President François Hollande yesterday attributed the strength of the pro-independence movement in Scotland to the failings of the European Union. “Eur(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The fund run by Covestone beat rival funds managed by much larger financial institutions such as Davy, Irish Life, Merrion, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and Zurich. Photograph: Reuters

A fund run by Dublin-based wealth manager Covestone has delivered a 31 per cent return for its investors to the end of August, since it launched in Ju(...)

Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)