Paco Arcadio: “We didn’t go there for money, we went there for a higher reason – because of our ideology, we went because of our principles.”

When Paco Arcadio, a 21-year- old history student, arrived back in his hometown of Madrid in July after six months travelling, he had more than the us(...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas first proposed the idea of a cross-party pro-independence ticket for the September election. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

As Catalan regional elections loom this autumn, there is a possibility many of the candidates running for office will not be politicians. This is a st(...)

Convent of St Teresa in Avila, Spain.

He was, he told us, the youngest guide in Toledo. There were about 60, he said. He, at 28, is the youngest. So proud he told us twice. A happy young m(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias embraces Panayota Maniou, a member of the Syriza delegation to the European Parliament, during a demonstration in Madrid in support of Greece. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

José Ignacio Ripoll (54), an architect, has been following the Greek crisis from Madrid over the past few months and he doesn’t like what he sees. “I(...)

Secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Party Pedro Sánchez and his wife, Begoña Fernandez, wave in front of the national flag  during his official presentation in Madrid  as a candidate for the next general election. Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty

When the leader of the opposition Spanish Socialists, Pedro Sánchez, strode on to the stage of a venue in central Madrid last weekend to confirm his c(...)

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia. 1:48

Irish tourists intending to travel to Tunisia over the coming weeks should “exercise extreme caution”, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has said. Char(...)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for an EU summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels this week. Photograph: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

Back in 1991 I was being taught aspects of the history of European integration by an enthusiastic Europhile postgraduate student fond of quoting Jean (...)

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was  killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia.

In three separate attacks at least 66 people, including an Irish woman, were killed by Islamic extremists on three continents yesterday. The wo(...)

Lorna Carty,   nurse and mother of two, from Robinstown, Co Meath:  killed by gunman at Sousse beach resort

The Irish woman shot dead while sunbathing on the beach in the Tunisia terrorist attack worked as a nurse and had fought to save the lives of schoolch(...)