Crowds celebrate the result of the Marriage Equality referendum in Dublin Castle last year.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

There were 91 same sex marriages in the last six weeks of 2015 after they were legalised for the first time, figures from the Central Statistics Offic(...)

A Russian Helix KA-27 helicopter. Two Russian warplanes  flew simulated attack passes near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday. File photograph: Jason R Zalasky/US Navy/MC2/Reuters

Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a US offi(...)

Let’s build: €15 billion of  bank capital should be invested in Irish infrastructure over the coming years – in social housing, public transport, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and human skills.

There is a simple solution to directly funding an immediate major social housing programme and other infrastructure. It is to use the billions already(...)

Migrants board  a ferry in the port of Mytilene, Lesbos island, Greece, on April 4th.  Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Just hours before the first deportations of migrants from Greece to Turkey under the European Union’s controversial agreement with Ankara took place,(...)

Frontex police escort migrants, who are being deported from Lesbos, on to a ferry before it returns to Turkey on April 4th, 2016 in Lesbos, Greece. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

In an early morning operation conducted under heavy security, the first deportations of migrants and asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey under the re(...)

 Commander of US European Command Gen Philip Breedlove. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US military said on Wednesday it would deploy rotations of US-based armoured brigade combat teams to Europe, part of an effort to counter what the(...)

 Teens from Iceland were reported to have the lowest level of drunkenness while Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Scotland topped the poll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Irish teenagers have one of the lowest levels of alcohol consumption in Europe, according to the latest research from the World Health Organisation (W(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

A 135-year-old Cork synagogue which closed last month because of falling numbers will now become a Protestant Church. The building on South Terrace was consecrated in 1905. Image: Google Streetview.

A 135-year-old Cork synagogue which closed recently because of falling attendances will now become a Protestant Church. The building on South Terrace (...)

Judge Mary Fahy said an address at Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, Galway, had been given by countless people from Lithuania who came before her accused of selling drugs.

A house in Newcastle, Co Galway, has become “like a new embassy” for Lithuanian drug sellers, and it is “very, very serious for Galway”, a District C(...)