Five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in Norway on Tuesday as part of an unprecedented environmental crackdown aimed at protecting a stock of about 35 wolves living in the country’s eastern pine forests. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Five wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in Norway on Tuesday as part of an unprecedented environmental crackdown aimed at protecting a stock of (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi whosaid the collapse of post-Gadafy Libya was one of the main reasons behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Photograph: EPA

The absence of a coherent ‘plan B’ for post-Gadafy Libya is one of the main problems behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis, according to Italian pri(...)

Wexford rider Bertram Allen in action. Allen is on course for success at the Longines FE1 World Cup, one penalty point behind the leaders heading into Sunday’s final round. File photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Wexford’s Bertram Allen remains on course to become the first Irish winner of the Longines FEI World Cup show jumping final, despite narrowly failing (...)

The dead sea eagle found in her nest only weeks before laying eggs. It’s the 13th poisoning to have occurred since the birds were reintroduced to Connemara

A white-tailed eagle who was just about to lay several eggs died of poisoning at her nest site in Connemara, according to toxicology test results.The (...)

The Irish Financial Services in Dublin. An economist said there was no guarantee Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies would be in the country in 10 years time.

Ireland needs a “plan B” for a vibrant economy which can survive the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in the next decade, the director of the N(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) poses for photos with guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Takaki Yajima/Reuters

Last week saw the deadline to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led lender aiming to provide loans (...)

Nicholas Grubb, who owns the Dromana fishery on the river Blackwater, says recent trials in Scotland show the beaver’s potential for improving river habitats.  Photograph: Bill Flynn

The State should draw on the expertise of the European beaver to restore river habitats and save the wild salmon, according to a Co Waterford fishery (...)

One of the groups queueing for an open casting for  the TV show Vikings in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:49

The streets of Temple Bar were teeming this afternoon with thousands of bearded men and long-haired women, anxiously waiting to have their photo taken(...)

Dutch Supertrawler ‘Annelies Ilena’. It was among a fleet of Dutch vessels working some 100 nautical miles northwest of Tory Island when approached by a joint Naval Service/Sea Fisheries Protection Agency patrol on November 22nd, 2013.

The 922nd boarding by a Naval Service fishery patrol in 2013 could have been a routine affair, but for the vessel’s size and history.The 144-metre Dut(...)

Clarkson’s fate was sealed, according to BBC sources, after the corporation’s head of television, Danny Cohen, finally lost patience with the presenter following a series of controversies. Photograph: EPA 0:54

A BBC internal report has said broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson did not dispute he had launched “an unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on Irish man Ois(...)