Manchester United’s new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger during pre-season. Photograph: EPA

Pep Guardiola has cast doubts over Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fitness by revealing the Manchester United midfielder has not been problem-free for three (...)

Spain’s King Felipe with Catalan governor Artur Mas after his arrival for their meeting at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid last month. Photograph: Andrea Comas/ Reuters

It was an awkward photo opportunity: King Felipe VI posing next to the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, ahead of their hour-long meeting at t(...)

The Beatyard festival in Dún Laoghaire, August 1st. Photograph: facebook.com/thebeatyard

Beats and boats, raps and rigging - Beatyard transformed Dún Laoghaire’s former ferry terminal into an excellent small festival for the bank holiday w(...)

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”(...)