Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead the general audience in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Osservatore Romano

It is not often that a Vatican Pontifical Council opts to kick off its annual plenary session in a downtown Rome theatre with a nice little nightclub (...)

Wireless-charging technology is demonstrated during a keynote address at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Photograph: Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Wireless communications have long swept over us, but wireless power transmission (WPT) has still not quite arrived, certainly not in Ireland. Yet, sin(...)

Former Liverpool striker may be on his way from AC Milan  to boyhood club Atlético Madrd. Photograph: Getty Images

Milan have opened negotiations with Atlético Madrid as they seek to dispense with the services of Fernando Torres, who is currently on a two-year loa(...)

U2 have announced details of a new tour which will include at least one concert in Dublin. In this file image above, (from left) Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, Bono and the Edge are seen with their  Music International trophies during the Bambi 2014 media awards ceremony in Berlin last month.

U2 are to play at least one show in Dublin towards the end of next year with young Irish musicians they helped through the Music Generation scheme. Th(...)

Ireland’s Roisin McGettigan and Russia’s Anna Alminova compete in the heats of the women’s 1,500m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Turin in 2009. When Alminova was stripped of the gold medal, McGettigan received the bronze. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

She didn’t name any names, nor indeed could she, although Roisin McGettigan is pretty certain other Irish athletes have been denied a place on the med(...)

The new Jeep Renegade is squat and stocky, but its interior is roomy enough for families

Owning an iconic brand must be very trying sometimes. If you dare to do anything new or different, a million people will take to the internet to co(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester Utd The Hawthorns 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 Louis van Gaal believes defeating West Bromwich Albion at The Hawtho(...)

 England’s Luke Donald narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup place. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire.

European captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped” Luke Donald to a Ryder Cup wild card after completing his team for Gleneag(...)

 Stephen Gallacher  five off the early pace at the Italian Open.   Photgraph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Stephen Gallacher is the only player who controls his Ryder Cup destiny, but it was Francesco Molinari who did most to boost his chances of making the(...)

Ryder Cup Capatain Paul McGinley talks with the media prior to the Pro - Am of the 71st Italian Open Damiani at Circolo Golf Torino. Photograph by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting “something spectacular” could yet inf(...)