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(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

If life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, friendlies like this are what happens while everyone else is exploring life. A sleepy nig(...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDYHourly labour costs in Ireland fell by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, bucking a euro area-wide trend of rising wage(...)

The ratio of overall tax to GDP across the 28 member states of 39.4 per cent, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The tax burden in the Republic was the fifth lowest in the EU in 2012. The ratio of overall tax to GDP was 28.7 per cent compared to an average across(...)

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Midsummer is upon us. Okay, okay, let’s pretend. It is actually almost upon us by date, usually given as June 21st but more traditionally celebrated o(...)