The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull reminded us just how damaging such events can be. However, the most costly Icelandic eruption of recent times was financial in nature: proportionately, the country’s banking bust was even bigger than Ireland’s.

Iceland is a country that, in recent history, has seen many volcanic eruptions that have changed the landscape as well as occasionally sometimes troub(...)

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. Photo: PA Wire

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. The rat(...)

Conan Byrne is in line to play for St Patrick’s Athletic in their Europa League second-leg match against Skonto Riga. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conan Byrne is back in contention to start for St Patrick’s Athletic in Inchicore this evening (7.45pm) as the Dubliners look to build on the away (...)

Nothing has really changed. The facts on the ground post-Oxi remain stubbornly as they were; grim – if not worse. Greece’s debt is unmanageable, its b(...)

Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

Basketball culture still reveres the tall man as Kristaps Porzingis, a 7ft 1in baller from Latvia, proved by becoming the most famous teenager in New (...)

Ireland’s Kieran Behan on his way to finishing fourth at the European Games. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC

If each new day brings fresh evidence of where they’ve poured the estimated €9 billion into the staging of these first European Games – a brand new fl(...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said that while Ireland would have preferred stronger filters to reduce and qualify what type of cases could be taken to an appeal board, he was happy with the two-year review clause in the proposal.  Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Negotiations between European Union member states and the European Parliament will begin as early as next week ahead of sweeping new data-protection(...)

Nick Clegg, former deputy British prime minister,  is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia. Photograph: PA

The European Union has strongly criticised a decision by Russia to ban 89 EU individuals from entering Russia as “totally arbitrary and unjustified”. (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: “There will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way.” Photograph: EPA/Valda Kalnina

British prime minister David Cameron is to embark on a series of diplomatic offensives in the coming weeks to seek political support for renegotiatin(...)