Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men’s singles first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Glyn Kirk

First days and even first weeks can be like a procession of champions tramping down the wannabes. The top seeds and celebs took comfort from that on (...)

 Kathryn Nea and Amee Dunne from Sligo and USI president Laura Harmon at the USI Students for marriage equality meeting at Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Political parties have been urged to take the youth vote much more seriously. “Young people do vote, so you need to represent them,” Union of Students(...)

Finnish educational expert Pasi Sahlberg in an image from his website.

By making parental choice the cornerstone of its education system, Ireland is following a “lazy”, market-based strategy which is likely to produce gre(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

The EU’s growing power in the field of data protection and internet regulation has divided member states, pitting a number of so-called “northern” countries including Ireland, Britain and the Netherlands against countries such as France and Germany. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to European Council president Donald Tusk ahead of this week’s leaders’ summit urging the European Union to get the “(...)

Danish People’s Party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl must decide whether or not to enter government. Photograph: Joachim Ladefoged/AP

Something is stirring in northern Europe. Populist Nordic parties are pushing into the political mainstream wearing moderate robes they have snatched (...)

‘It will be an interesting weekend. Such are the huge risks and uncertainties that both sides would face if Greece left the euro, a deal could be done, either on Monday or in the following days.’ Above, a young woman walks past a graffiti called ‘Death of Euro’ by French street artist Goin, in central Athens on June 19th, 2015. Photograph: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Most of what you have read about the consequences of a Greek euro exit in the last while has been a mixture of speculation, conjecture and guesswork. (...)

Scientific fact: most research and development spending in Ireland is done by foreign enterprises

For all the Government’s talk about turning Ireland into an innovation hub, figures from the Central Statistics Office released yesterday show that mo(...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)

The IFA, like other farming lobbies, is strongly opposed to methane limits

A majority of EU countries want to drop a plan to introduce methane emission limits, a move strongly opposed by farming lobbies, including the Irish (...)