Ryanair: the low-cost carrier saw its shares fall 7 cent to €9.96, which was roughly in line with other airline stocks. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs, with the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, leading the f(...)

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper:  “You can’t say at this point who is favourite or not favourite.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Ireland will face fierce competition from other countries to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. The IRFU, with the backing of politicians north and (...)

 Garry Ringrose is one of the exciting talenst on the Irelanf under-20 team. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Word of mouth is usually a good indicator of form and ability. That has been the case with this Irish Under 20 side who have won the first two matches(...)

French photographer François-Marie Banier (right) with his lawyer Laurent Merlet as they leave the Bordeaux courthouse yesterday. Photographer: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The five-week trial of 10 people accused of swindling France’s richest woman out of hundreds of millions of euro, ended yesterday in Bordeaux. (...)

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: confirmed Italy and Belgium would not be placed into ‘excessive deficit procedure’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France was given an extra two years to reach its budget deficit target by Brussels yesterday, as the European Commission published its assessments (...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “For too long, energy has been exempt from the fundamental freedoms of our union.”

A new EU strategy on energy has proposed more electricity interconnections between countries, more focus on renewable energy and a tougher negotiatin(...)

‘The clientele is probably 70 per cent French and the rest a mix of Irish and British that have settled in this corner of France.’ Photograph: Andy Mitchell

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. The following is one of the entr(...)

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday during his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Detective Garda has denied a suggestion he was so convinced Ian Bailey had murdered Sophie Toscan du Plantier he was “scratching around” for any evi(...)

China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

Co-editor of  ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Laurent Sourisseau, who was shot in the shoulder. Photograph: AFP Photo /Bertrand Guaybertrand Guay/Getty Images

Charlie Hebdo, the satirical weekly where 12 people were murdered, including a building worker and two policemen, in an attack by jihadists on January(...)