The full total of applicants from fans based in the Republic of Ireland was 70,480.Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

More than 70,000 Irish fans have applied for tickets for Uefa 2016, the FAI has revealed. The full total of applicants from fans based in the Republ(...)

Catherine McKeon:  “Before the accident I wouldn’t have gone to a gym; I wouldn’t have done that much. But after it I took up rowing and Muay Thai and I started going to a gym. And I think that really helped my recovery.”

A jeep changed her life. Catherine McKeon’s motorbike came out the wrong end a crash in Thailand and she was left with a serious brain injury and “ha(...)

 Mylan first tried to buy Meda in 2014, but its offer was rejected. Photograph: Travis Dove/The New York Times

Mylan, the generic drugmaker, is poised to announce a takeover of Sweden’s Meda, according to people briefed on the deal. The takeover of Meda would h(...)

A  migrant woman  waits for  the train to depart to Slovenia on her journey to western Europe from  a refugee transit camp in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Darrin Zammit/Reuters

As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, the prospect of a renewed exodus of citizens to Europe seems all but inevitable. The deteriorating situatio(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos  praised Athens and Rome for a “spectacular” increase in how many arrivals they are fingerprinting but said they were still falling short. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

EU states took a new step towards a two-year suspension of their open-borders zone yesterday as the European Commission again rebuked them for failing(...)

This handout picture released by the Italian Police press office  shows arms found during an anti-mafia operation last month. Photograph: AFP/Italian Police

More than 100 suspected members of a Mafia clan based in the eastern Sicilian city of Catania have been arrested on charges of running extortion rack(...)

The High Court has rejected a request from Italy to extradite a mother-of-six alleged to be a drug importer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The High Court has rejected a request from Italy to extradite a mother-of-six alleged to be a drug importer. Aisha Ahmed (49), also known as Gloria A(...)

Karl Marx: his warning that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce has modern application. Any populist government in Europe might succeed in raising growth with banking policies – but this make them so dangerous. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Rereading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker, I noted some interesting parallels between the 1930s and now that I had not cons(...)

Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)

“It’s a day for boot, bite and bollock,” said Ronan O’Gara on the RTÉ panel. Photograph: Anthony Wallace /AFP/Getty Images

For youngsters, John F Kennedy is the man who promotes wind energy on the telly, but for the rest of us he’s the fella who foresaw how many would feel(...)