Svenja Stahl and Colin Hayes Colin (34), a solicitor from Glenageary in Dublin and Svenja (27), a dental nurse from Limburg, Germany – living in Ir(...)

A motorbike is unloaded from a truck after a Dutch police raid in Oirsbeek where two Bandidos members were arrested. Some 400 armed police backed by helicopters targeted 30 locations in Limburg and border regions. Photograph: Henri Haenen

Dutch police who arrested 20 people this week in raids on members of the notorious Bandidos motorcycle gang – involved in a shootout in Waco, Texas, e(...)

A group of Irish men from Garryowen, Co Limerick, members of the British army,  at the Giessen POW camp during the first World War.

Thousands of Irishmen were taken prisoner by the German army in the first World War and housed in prisoner-of-war camps in Germany. It is estimated th(...)

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst: the bishop made world headlines two years ago when details of a €30 million renovation project for the bishop’s palace were revealed. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the so-called “Bishop of Bling” who was removed from the diocese of Limburg in Germany because of his lavish spending on(...)

Sir Roger Casement: Irish prisoners of war in Germany were furious when he denounced John Redmond as a “traitor” and the Home Rule 
Bill as a “pretence”

Roger Casement was attacked and had to be rescued by German soldiers from a first World War prisoner-of-war c(...)

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German Catholic prelate Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg. File photograph: Wolfgang Radtke/KNA-Bild/Reuters

The Vatican removed a German bishop from his position because he spent €31 million of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Franci(...)

A file photo of the ensemble of the bishop’s residence in Limburg  earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Pope Francis has suspended an embattled German bishop from his diocese, where he is under fire after spending €31 million on a new residence.After a 2(...)

The Bishop of Limburg’s residence, with his private chapel (second right). Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Pope Francis had clear words at morning Mass on Monday. Hours before he met Germany’s so-called bling bishop to ask him about his €31 million new r(...)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s residence and his private chapel (second on right) in Limburg. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

After a week of waiting in the Vatican, Germany’s so-called “bling bishop” was given a 20-minute audience with Pope Francis yesterday, to explain how (...)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst’s residence and his private chapel (second right) in Limburg. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

Pope Francis took office in March urging the Catholic church to “be poor for the poor”. Now the Bishop of Rome’s new philosophy is to be tested in (...)