Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said Scandinavian Airlines, Alitalia and Air Berlin are among carriers he expects to shrink or merge, promptin(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Just about the most remarkable Vatican story your Rome correspondent ever covered came back in October 1992. It concerned a speech that Pope John Paul(...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the focus was now on existing hate crime legislation and ‘the failures of the Incitement to Hatred Act’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The draft heads of a new Bill to deal with unacceptable standards of racist behaviour is due to to be presented to the Minister of State for New Commu(...)

Light show: An interior view of the Sistine Chapel with a new LED lighting display in Vatican City. After three years’ work, a new air conditioning and air exchange system has also been installed. Photograph: EPA

Is an elderly lady entitled to a facelift? Well, when she has to receive an average of 20,000 visitors per day a little bit of visual refreshment neve(...)

Minister of State  for New Communities, Culture and Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  said recent anti-Roma protests in Waterford city confirmed the need for new legislation on hate crime. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government minister responsible for new communities has admitted he would be “terrified” if he was a member of the Roma community living in Irelan(...)

Convicted Mafia boss Toto Riina’s lawyer Luca Cianferoni talks to reporters after leaving the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

In an unprecedented move, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano yesterday gave evidence in the high-profile, Palermo-based “Mafia-state” trial, a co(...)

 Director  of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Mark Kelly: “Criminal behaviour exhibited by a racist mob” on the streets of Waterford should be “recognised and severely punished as hate crime”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said there is an “urgent need” to reform laws combating hate crime following anti-Roma protests in Wa(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

Pope Francis talks with Bolivia’s president Evo Morales as he meets members of the Popular Movements at the Vatican today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis has said “land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority” of the world’s population, adding that to express “solida(...)