A file picture taken from 2014 shows  Pep Guardiola casting his ballot at a polling station in Barcelona, during a symbolic vote on independence of Catalonia from Spain. Photograph: AFP

Former Barcelona football manager Pep Guardiola will be running for office in the forthcoming parliamentary elections that will be held in Catalonia i(...)

Dublin, while much smaller than leading European cities, is still large enough to attract major export enterprises and to draw Irish emigrants home, as well as skilled workers with no Irish associations

Two centuries ago, Dublin was the second city of the British empire but over the course of the 19th century it rapidly lost this status to growing ind(...)

I can see a look of confusion cross my little girl’s face as the glass elevator doors open and two burly men with impressive beards take their place i(...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas first proposed the idea of a cross-party pro-independence ticket for the September election. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

As Catalan regional elections loom this autumn, there is a possibility many of the candidates running for office will not be politicians. This is a st(...)

Derek Quinlan, for chairman of Quinlan Private outside Claridges in London in 2006. Photographer Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Derek Quinlan, one of Ireland’s most prolific property financiers in the boom years, was appearing before the banking inquiry on Thursday. Mr Quinlan,(...)

Dirty old town

James Joyce is largely to blame for the affectionate phrase “dear old dirty Dublin” even though he never wrote that; in his version, the word “old” wa(...)

A commemoration for the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP/Getty Images

Lawyers representing families bereaved by the Germanwings air crash have described an offer of compensation made by Lufthansa as “divisive and unfair”(...)

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1 Never change money at airports, either at cash desks or at ATMs. They will rip you off and give you the rates you deserve for being so disorganis(...)

Latvian Kristaps Porzingis, who  was drafted number four overall by the New York Knicks, towers over NBA commissioner Adam Silver, at the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

Basketball culture still reveres the tall man as Kristaps Porzingis, a 7ft 1in baller from Latvia, proved by becoming the most famous teenager in New (...)

Has Lexus really created a Back To The Future-inspired hoverboard? 0:47

Way back in 1989, Back To The Future Part II predicted a future 2015 where cars fly and are fuelled by clean hydrogen fusion power and Steven Spielber(...)