The funeral of Larry and Martina Hayes leaves  the Church of St Peter & Pauls, Athlone for the cemetary. Photograph: Collins

The murderous ideology of Islamic State visited Athlone in a visceral way, the mourners at the funerals of Larry (Lonnie) and Martina Hayes, who died(...)

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)

 Sarah Ewart arrives at court as a judicial review into Northern Ireland’s abortion laws  begins  in the High Court in Belfast. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation contravenes article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights which states that no one shall be subjected t(...)

Spotify offers a free music service for those who don’t mind putting up with ads

Last week we published a list of all the ways we are being forced to pay for stuff today that was once free. Well, the flipside of that is all the stu(...)

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: Most Scots favour staying in the EU. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned a British exit from the European Union could lead to another Scottish independence referendum. In (...)

The EU initiative requesting member states to resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackle the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the numbers seem pitiable. The European Commission’s proposal that EU member states resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackl(...)

The UN’s Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland says the “entire international community must accept a fair share of the refugee burden”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The European Commission is to propose that member states receive a set number of migrants under a new quota system, potentially presenting UK prime m(...)

The Splendida Cruise Ship is the largest ship ever to visit Dublin Port. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 2:04

As the sun rose on Monday morning, the world’s 11th longest cruise ship, the MSC Splendida, reversed its way up the mouth of the Liffey and into Dubli(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)