Prof Michael O’Flaherty,  director of the  EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónailln

After last year’s departure of Catherine Day as secretary general of the European Commission, there were fears that Ireland’s presence in the upper ra(...)

 Two men are on trial charged with murdering a 23-year-old by beating him unconscious and leaving him to drown in a river. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The jury will resume its deliberations on Friday morning in the trial of two men charged with murdering a 23-year-old by beating him unconscious and l(...)

Customs sniffer dog Casey, who found about 250,000 illegal cigarettes at Dublin Port. File photograph: Revenue and Customs/PA Wire

Thousands of packets of illegal cigarettes have been found hidden under a cargo of farm machinery by customs sniffer dog Casey. In her latest success(...)

The deal’s biggest beneficiary is likely to be Steripack founder and chief executive, Garry Moore, who owned 54 per cent of the group according to the company’s most recent accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

US packaging giant Bemis is poised to buy Irish group Steripack’s medical business in a deal calculated to be worth close to €70 million. Clara, Co (...)

Liga Legzdina, a native Latvian who converted to Islam, on a bus in a suburb of the capital Riga. The government in Latvia is working on proposed legislation that would ban face-covering veils worn by Muslim women from public spaces. Photograph: Reinis Hofmanis/The New York Times

With her niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil that reveals just the wearer’s eyes, Liga Legzdina stands out amid pine trees, grasslands and wood-panell(...)

French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

In the wake of jihadist attacks that killed 148 people in France last year, and in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship that will bring m(...)

Lyon: Aer Lingus and Ryanair have added extra flights to France during the tournament. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

Demand by football supporters to follow Ireland’s progress in the Euro 2016 championships is up to a third higher than the unsuccessful Polish campaig(...)

 Marta Turalska from Newcastle West,  Limerick, holds her winning picture, My Grandma With Grape,  in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Limerick student’s portrait of her grape-eating granny was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. The (...)

The late Vanessa Siatka (above). Her mother Katarzyna Plaszewska Siatka wrote in her victim impact statement: “Vanessa was born on the 11th of May, 2013. That was the best day of our lives.”

Ciaran Lane (25), of Ashington Avenue, Cabra, who drank a litre of vodka and took two grammes of cocaine before he knocked down a toddler in the Phoen(...)

A Syrian girl holds her  sibling. Photograph: Szymon Barylski

“I photograph what I cannot describe in words,” says Szymon Barylski, who was born in Poland and lives in Galway. Photography has always been his pas(...)