Janet Mullarney and Charles Tyrrell. Photograph on right: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Janet Mullarney first exhibited in Ireland(...)

Visitors toast with their one-liter beer mugs during the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Behind the pale yellow walls of a former Benedictine monastery on a wooded hill near Munich, the master brewers of Weihenstephan are still perf(...)

The typical Irish man does not, apparently, have the looks of Michael Fassbender.

They say beauty is only skin deep. But that may be little consolation to Ireland’s men, who have been ranked among the ugliest in the world. (...)

North African migrants sit on a deck of the Italian navy ship ‘San Giorgio’ after being rescued at sea off the coast of Libya earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Guidelli

New rules on the treatment of migrants who enter the European Union will come into effect this summer as the European Parliament passed a new l(...)

Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a news conference in Rome in this November 25th  2013 file photo. An Italian court ruled that Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service. Phoitograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Files/Reuters

An Italian court tody ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel r(...)

Pope Francis meets members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis has made his first public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strong(...)

Former MEP and senator Marcello Dell’Utri leaving the Palermo appeals court in Sicily after a hearing on MArch 25th, 2013. Mr Dell’Utri denies he has gone on the run in advance of a final hearing next Tuesday. Photograph: Michele Naccari/EPA

A Palermo appeals court judge has confirmed that former MEP and senator Marcello Dell’Utri, a lifelong business and political ally of Italy’s e(...)

 Pope Francis before  a gathering of  the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has today made his first public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his (...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi (left) talks with finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan during a confidence vote at the Senate in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy paid the lowest yield on record to sell three- and seven-year bonds at auction today, a welcome relief to the country’s public finances a(...)

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