Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said there are approximately 1,000 applicants who wish to adopt in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

The only children being placed for intercountry adoption are increasingly those with special needs, a conference was told yesterday. Lau(...)

President Barack Obama meets Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Europe continued yesterday with a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, where he held talks w(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (second from right) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (right) exchange documents during the signing ceremony of political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine at the second day of spring European head of states summit at the EU council headquaters in Brussels, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU yesterday extended sanctions to close allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the deputy prime minister a(...)

A woman holds a candle during a vigil at College Green, Dublin, remembering those lost to suicide

Ireland has exceptionally high rates of suicide among young males and females but lacks a national strategy on prevention, a Europe-wide report(...)

 A section of the Bratstvo gas pipeline near Ivano-Frankvisk, Ukraine. Today less than 50 per cent of Russian gas exports to the EU pass through Ukraine. Photograph: Getty Images

As events continue to escalate in Crimea the two-day summit of EU leaders that begins today in Brussels will be dominated by the topic of Ukrai(...)

People wave Russian flags as fireworks explode in the sky over Sevastopol in the  Crimea region of  Ukraine tonight. Russian president Vladimir Putin, who on 17 March has signed a decree recognising Crimea as an independent and sovereign state. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA.

The United States and European Union have imposed personal sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukrain(...)

People protesting against Russian troops in Ukraine outside the EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Yesterday’s meeting of European Union foreign ministers was always bound to disappoint those favouring a tough approach to Russia’s incursion i(...)

President of the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council of Europe, Karin Ahl: “I think you’re hesitating [in Ireland] because you can’t really see the added value for the moment.”

The president of the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council of Europe, Karin Ahl has claimed Ireland’s broadband services will suffer a debilitating (...)

Former Audi Ireland managing director at the announcement of the firm’s strategic partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013

The European Parliament’s Green Party members have raised concerns about the loaning of vehicles to EU member states for official duties at a t(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: ‘I do believe that we need to take action. I think the situation has deteriorated quite dramatically over the course of the past week, and in particular over the past days [...]I think we have to consider sanctions and restrictive measures.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has said that targeted sanctions should be imposed in Ukraine. Arriving in Brussels this afte(...)

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