A file image of weapons and drugs seized in Co Kildare in 2008 as part of a series of Garda raids targeting cannabis smuggling into Ireland. Gardaí said a substantial amount of cannabis had been recovered after a car was stopped and during follow-up searches. Photograph: PA

Dubliner David Byrne, who was shot dead by a gang of six men at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Friday had close links with an international Irish-led (...)

A lot of nerve: Bruno Le Maire and  Nicolas Sarkozy. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

For such a polite, well-bred young man, Bruno Le Maire has a lot of nerve. The conservative deputy in the National Assembly, a former high-ranking civ(...)

 Michael Micheál Martin: “Broadband is as critical as a motorway was a couple of years ago for economic development.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

As metaphors go, it was apt – the Fine Gael poster of a gimlet-eyed Enda Kenny urging people to “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” gradually disappearing(...)

Shooting for the stars

“Discover the force of the skies O Men: once recognised it can be put to use.” – Johannes Kepler. The 1963 film, The Mouse on the Moon (sequel to be(...)

Security staff check commuters’ identification  at the train station at Kastrup airport in Copenhagen,  the last Danish stop before Sweden. Photograph: Nils Meilvang/AFP/Getty Images)

Being an eyewitness as Europe’s borders start to close has been a weird and worrying experience. I’m originally from Co Meath, then lived in Dublin(...)

Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys) is one of the biggest ski areas in the world with over 600km of runs over five connected resorts: Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle.

There’s something to be said for slush – although rock-scratched skis may beg to differ – but then I learned to ski in the stuff so splashing around i(...)

Until recently, most large producers concentrated on well-known varieties that were in demand worldwide

W e Irish have always liked the wines of Chile. They currently outsell Australia, France and every other country. Chile offers well-made wines at ver(...)

A file image showing members of the German Navy watching the radar in the operations room of the frigate ‘Bayern’ in port at Limassol.  There is currently no comprehensive system to track shipments and cargos through EU ports and along its approximately 70,000km of coastline. Photograph: Getty

As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist terrorism on their borders, little at(...)

Adi Roche, founder of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), with Ann Doherty, chief executive of Cork City Council and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary. Photograph: Dan McLaughlin.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearly 30 years ago “left its imprint right across Europe”, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary, has said on a visit (...)

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)