Munster’s Donnacha Ryan: with the World Cup looming the secondrow could benefit from playing for Emerging Ireland at the Tbilisi Cup in June. Photograph: Inbpho

As the World Cup looms ever closer representative playing outlets become a cherished commodity for those looking to impress Ireland coach Joe S(...)

‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)

The proposed deal aimed at stopping Iran building a nuclear bomb would be “a significant achievement” to encourage countries to dismantle weapons unde(...)

Armoured military vehicles being prepared for a parade by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine. Both Kiev and the rebels have accused each other of breaking the Minsk peace deal through recent attacks. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

The Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have traded accusations, reviving concerns that a peace deal signed in Minsk in (...)

Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

When the horse-meat scandal emerged in 2013 beef cost about €4 a kilo while horse meat was around 90 cents

Gardaí and the Department of Agriculture were involved in an European crackdown on the illegal horse-meat trade on Friday and said their investigation(...)

Audrey Eager: ‘The main discussion among the diaspora at a political level is the right to vote on issues in Ireland.’

An idea starts off in your head as a little seed. Then it becomes an itch that won’t go away. This Saturday, I’ll be in the RDS in Dublin, living proo(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls says the Irish economic performance is “good news for Ireland and it’s very good news for Europe”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was perhaps the moment Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been waiting for, an endorsement that showed there had been a slight shift in “the power dynamic” b(...)

 A flower-laying ceremony in the Armenian capital Yerevan to mark the centenary of the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Armenia has marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders, as (...)

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian people on the centenary of massacres which resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 mill(...)