JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

An international charity founded by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is teaming up with NUI Galway on a project aimed at ending institutionalised care(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin with defence minister Sergei Shoigu. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti

Nato defence chiefs meet today as the alliance changes its strategic posture to counter a combative Russia, and amid fears that rising military activi(...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)

 Bianca Maria Birtas (25) of Monksfield Walk, Clondalkin, Dublin leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after she received a suspended sentence. Photograph: Court Collins

A bride-to-be has received a suspended sentence for stealing over €15,000 of money set for destruction at the Central Bank because she worried about p(...)

 Victor Ponta’s government’s planned sweeping tax cuts in Romania will be at the centre of IMF talks in July. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Victor Ponta’s leftist government easily survived a no-confidence motion in Romania’s parliament on Friday, securing the prime minister’s political im(...)

A 16-year-old girl pretended to be a Christmas carol singer in a bid to force an elderly Dublin woman to hand over money, Dublin Children’s Court has heard. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A 16-year-old girl pretended to be a Christmas carol singer in a bid to force an elderly Dublin woman to hand over money, a court has heard. The teen(...)

A statue of Lenin in Tiraspol, the administrative capital of Transdniestria, an enclave in Moldova: for Moldovans who don’t believe in Russia, but have lost faith in the EU, there may be an alternative: Romania. Photograph: John Fleming

“Dracula is watching us to make sure it happens.” Bogdan Diaconu drags on yet another cigarette and smiles. The Romanian politician, president of the (...)

Nick Clegg, former deputy British prime minister,  is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia. Photograph: PA

The European Union has strongly criticised a decision by Russia to ban 89 EU individuals from entering Russia as “totally arbitrary and unjustified”. (...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)