The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

A political group in the European Parliament led by the UK Independence Party collapsed yesterday following the defection of a Latvian MEP.The dissolu(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs speaks to media after casting his ballot during Latvia’s parliamentary elections on Saturday. Photograh: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

A party mainly backed by ethnic Russians won the largest number of votes in Latvia’s parliamentary elections this weekend, but is likely to be shut ou(...)

The farm in Newtownshandrum, Co Cork where an 8-year-old girl was killed and her 11-year-old friend critically injured by a tractor yesterday. Photograph: Provision

Health and Safety Authority inspectors have concluded their examination at the scene of a fatal farm accident in Co Cork, which claimed the life of(...)

The farm in Newtownshandrum, Co Cork where an 8-year-old girl was killed and her 11-year-old friend critically injured by a tractor yesterday. Photograph: Provision

Health and Safety Authority inspectors have begun examining the scene of a fatal farm accident in Co Cork at the weekend which claimed the life of an (...)

Dr Margaret Bolster: Assistant State Pathologist  to carry out  postmortem today.

Gardaí have begun an investigation following a farm incident in Co Cork last night which claimed the life of one child and left another in a critical (...)

Dzintars Zakalauskas (31)  from Latvia and of no fixed abode pictured leaving Carlow District Court this morning after he and a co-accused were charged with assault causing serious harm in relation to an incident on Tuesday in Tullow, Co Carlow where the body of a Latvian man was found at a house. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

One of two men charged in relation to the violent death of a Latvian national in Co Carlow earlier in this week replied with the word “guilty” when th(...)

Ludmila Snigireva, head teacher of Paper Crane, with Olga Butskaya, organiser of ‘Today Children, Tomorrow a Nation’, while preparing the Russian-language library at Scoil Bhride in Shantalla, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

The exploits of a tall policeman named Uncle Steeple and other fables by one of the former Soviet Union’s great literary survivors line the shelves of(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) arrives at Centro Congressi MIco in Milan. Photograph: .Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Ireland has won the backing of the euro group of euro zone finance ministers for its bid to repay the IMF portion of its bailout loans early. At a mee(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)