The Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson: she has written to Pat McCrory to acknowledge receipt of his letter and has forwarded his correspondence to Ireland. Photograph: Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com

The governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory is the latest American politician to call on the Government to scrap its plans to introduce plain packagi(...)

The yacht Makayabella in Haulbowline naval base in Cobh, Co Cork last night after the Irish Navy intercepted the vessel suspected of carrying some €80 million worth of cocaine 200 nautical miles off Mizen Head. Photograph: Irish Naval Service Facebook page 0:41

Initial tests on a sample of the substance seized on board a yacht off the Irish coast are positive for cocaine, but further tests will be required to(...)

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(...)

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.(...)

Paul Costelloe with Nicholas, left, and William, two of his three sons whose paintings are about to go on show in an upcoming art exhibition in Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Wiard

Paul Costelloe is a very busy man. He’s hard to catch, constantly travelling between Asia and London, where he is based. But he is about to return (...)

Eden Hazard (centre) with Loic Remy (left) and Lewis Baker (right) during a training session yesterday in Surrey. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Eden Hazard can establish himself as “one of the greats of his generation” and Chelsea are confident they will agree(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (left) and Finnish outgoing prime minister Jyrki Katainen at  a press conference at the euro-group finance ministers’ meeting in Milan yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

Irish taxpayers are likely to benefit in next month’s budget from predicted savings under the deal to repay International Monetary Fund (IMF) borrowi(...)

Ireland, Co Galway: Matt O’Sullivan  €700,000

Matt O’Sullivan Estate Agent is seeking €700,000 for this seven-bed bungalow in Clifden, Co Galway. We seek similarly-priced properties in France, Spa(...)

Scotland’s deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Alex Salmond and former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars campaign with activists in Piershill Square, Edinburgh today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed comments by Pat Cox that the EU must allow Scotland to join if there is a Yes vote in the forthcom(...)

The Costa del Sol. Some Irish criminals who have relocated to southern Spain have died there

The shooting dead of Gerard Kavanagh (44) is the latest in a series of fatal gun attacks on Irish gangland criminals who have relocated to Spain or ot(...)