Environmental problems have a natural attention cycle among readers and climate change has probably gone through this attention cycle several times. Photograph: Getty Images/Stockphoto

There is one conundrum related to climate change that has intrigued communications researchers for over 30 years. It can be summed up simply: given th(...)

An armoured car drives along the street in Brussels, Belgium. The city has  witnessed the biggest presence of armed forces since the second World War  Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

A deep sense of anxiety pervaded the streets of Brussels this week as the city was put on lockdown following warnings of a “serious and imminent” terr(...)

View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

The number of tourists visiting Ireland is set to hit record heights in 2015 with more than 7.4 million arriving in the first 10 months of the year be(...)

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the “spirit of Schengen” must be safeguarded as he warned against equating terrorists with (...)

John Muldoon: “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love to win in Munster before I retire, it’s one of the places where I have never won at senior level.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Muldoon made his senior debut for Connacht in 2002 at Thomond Park in an end-of-season friendly, in what would be a rare enough outing at opensi(...)

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. Photograph: Getty Images

Following the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris it was inevitable that the EU’s refugee strategy would come under the spotlight. Despite the fa(...)

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

France and the United States have agreed to step up their fight against Islamic State, pledging to increase co-operation and expand air strikes agains(...)

 French prime minister Manuel Valls Mr Valls was at home in Paris’s 11th district, just 150 metres from La Belle Équipe café where 19 people were shot dead on the night of November 13th. “I learned a few hours later that the son of close friends, a former gallery owner in Barcelona, died,” he said. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

“We cannot receive more refugees in Europe, ” French prime minister Manuel Valls has told foreign correspondents in a group interview focused on the N(...)

John Cryan, co-chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank, says pay in the sector is  still too high. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

For most leaders, admitting they do not understand something is a no-no, but not so Deutsche Bank’s new co-chief executive John Cryan – at least when (...)

Second World War veteran Henry John Alfred Place (right) from Limerick is bestowed with France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur, by the French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thebaul (left) at the ambassador’s residence in Dublin, November 24th, 2015. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A D-Day hero has paid tribute to the Paris terror victims as he was awarded France’s highest honour for helping liberate the country during the second(...)