Finding and championing a great talent behind the bar is the central idea of the Irish Bartender of the Year competition

Adam Walsh is working hard to practice his cocktail-making skills ahead of next Tuesday’s Irish Bartender of the Year final run by Diageo. At 22, he’s(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

Xosé Filgueira Valverde: Celebration of Galician writer whose political career under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, particularly his term as mayor of Pontevedra between 1959 and 1968, has sparked outrage.

For some, Xosé Filgueira Valverde was a prominent intellectual whose selfless public service included a spell as mayor of his home town. But for other(...)

The Guinness Book of Records had rejected the Vitoria bid, due to the fact the tortilla had been put together in what it described as “portions precooked the previous day, like a puzzle”. Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty

When the mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, commissioned a platoon of chefs to cook the world’s largest Spanish omelette last year, he expected it to (...)

 Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: “In these elections there aren’t many options, there are basically two: to leave things as they are or to change. We believe things can change.” Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

With Spain holding local elections in less than three weeks, political party Podemos has unveiled a policy manifesto which sees it reach out to cent(...)

Relatives of imprisoned members of Eta take part in a march demanding the transfer of Eta prisoners to the Basque country in Bilbao in January  2013.  Another thorny issue in the wake of Eta’s ceasefire has been the status of the 500 or so members of the organisation who are still in prison, most of whom are deliberately kept in jails far from their families.   Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

A coalition of pro-independence political parties from the Basque country has presented a “road map” aimed at consolidating peace, more than three ye(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

We have a shrieker at the next table. I’d like to ask her to use her indoor voice. “She went to the bathroom and everything got quiet,” the friend (...)

Rodrigo Rato (left), former People’s Party minister and former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is lead by police as they leave his residence after an inspection in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief and Spanish politican Rodrigo Rato has been detained on fraud and money laundering charges, Spanish media hav(...)

Antonio Maria Rouco, former archbishop of Madrid:  living in a luxury €1.7m apartment in central Madrid, paid for by the Catholic Church. Photograph:   Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images

When Antonio María Rouco ended his long tenure as archbishop of Madrid last summer, it was widely assumed that for the first time in decades, he would(...)