Samples of standardised plain cigarette packaging. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Italy has objected to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals on the day of the deadline yesterday for European Union countries to lodge their con(...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Making it plain: cigarettes waiting to be packaged. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Eight European Union countries have lodged concerns about Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals, with the deadline for objections ending today.(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. He said Russia would “be forced – absolutely forced – to take appropriate measures in response” to plans to ramp up Nato in eastern Europe. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow has withdrawn most of its troops from Ukraine, the country’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, as Russia threatened military and economic re(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

A Ukrainian soldier on a military vehicle in Kramatorsk, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Members of Nato will supply arms to Kiev in its battle with separatist rebels, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, while claiming the co(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan,  Archbishop of New York, at the jubilee Mass in the Cathedral of   Christ the King, Mullingar,  yesterday,  with   papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and  the Bishop of Meath Dr Michael Smith, to  mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral in the diocese of Meath. Photograph:  John McElroy

Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan attended celebrations in Mullingar yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedr(...)

‘The Ukraine crisis has also prompted Ireland’s fellow EU neutrals Sweden and Finland to take a significant step closer to Nato membership in signing agreements to allow Nato deployment and training operations on their territory.’ above, The first session of the Nato summit  in Newport, south Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russ(...)

A garda acquitted by a court of assaulting a prisoner has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing an internal Garda disciplinary inquiry (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Khalkhin Gol during celebrations of the event in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Russia’s ban on imports of food from Europe, part of its response to EU sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, could cost the European Union €5 bi(...)