Rebecca Meehan in Paris

Although some of my friends and family thought I was mad going travelling alone, I questioned my sanity only once. I’d been away for two months and(...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve. Photograph: Anatoli Stepanolli/AFP 1:21

Ukraine pulled thousands of troops out of an encircled town on Wednesday after a massive assault by pro-Russian rebels, who ignored a new ceasefire to(...)

Benedict Anderson’s classic account of the history of nationalism, Imagined Communities (1982, rev. 1993) asks a simple question in its early pages: w(...)

Kenny Carroll scored four goals in Railway’s 7-6 victory over Hungary’s Soroksari. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Railway Union retained Ireland’s place in the third tier of European club indoor competition for another year in dramatic fashion, striking twice in (...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary: “I’m firmly convinced that this conflict cannot be solved by military means,” Dr Merkel said. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

The leaders of Germany and Hungary have agreed not to sell weapons to Ukraine to use in its war against Russian-backed separatists, but have disagree(...)

“Self-inflicted.” This was the phrase Greencore boss Patrick Coveney used to describe the company’s difficulties in the UK last year. It reaped an ava(...)

Chief executive of Greencore Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Food group Greencore saw revenues rise 4.4 per cent to £331.9 million (€445 million) for the 13 weeks to December 26th.Its convenience foods division (...)

73 per cent of Irish respondents to the Eurobarometer survey said  the car is the form of transport they would most often take. Photograph: Eric Luke

A report by the European Commission’s Eurobarometer public opinion department has found that Irish drivers are second in the table when it comes to co(...)

Dacia Maraini: ‘With a classic you can be always sure: if a novel has survived many generations, it means that it has some qualities that don’t die with the death of the author.’

What was the first book to make an impression on you?The first book, which was not yet a book, because we didn’t have books in the Japanese concentrat(...)