European Council president Donald Tusk: warned of “challenging negotiations ahead”. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The publication of a draft proposal outlining the terms of a new EU relationship for Britain sets the scene for two weeks of intensive negotiations. A(...)

Cars in the flooded car park  at Seapoint, Salthill, Galway, following the gales and high tides on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The insurance sector has said it is impossible to provide blanket national flood insurance but stressed fixed defence schemes will greatly enhance th(...)

Students from Stratford College, Dublin; Laurel Hill Coláiste FCJ, Limerick; Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin; and Newtown School, Waterford, read  out the Scroll of Names at the Holocaust Memorial Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Parallels can be drawn between European states’ failure to offer sanctuary to Jews during the Holocaust and the refugee crisis facing the continent to(...)

Digital Rights Ireland  is currently challenging the retention of data by telecoms companies in Ireland. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

The powers of the Garda and other investigative State agencies to access data retained by telephone and internet service providers will come to an end(...)

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says her government “acts against our freedom, achievements, democracy”.Photo: REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Twenty-five years ago next month, the leaders of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia gathered in the small Hungarian town of Visegrad on the banks of t(...)

Migrants and refugees paddling a rubber dinghy approach the beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece, on August 21st.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The images of 2015 were of people on the move. Families clinging on to rubber dinghies as they approached the Greek shore. Exhausted young men and wom(...)

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Sutherland has said.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The “ruinously selfish” behaviour of some member states towards refugees has brought the European Union to its knees, former attorney general Peter Su(...)

In Britain 7.9 per cent of the population is non-British national. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly one in eight people living in Ireland comes from abroad, according to research by Eurostat published on Friday. The European statistics agenc(...)

The EU’s relocation plan for 120,000 refugees, agreed in September, is already in difficulty, with just several hundred refugees relocated so far. Photograph: Getty Images

EU justice ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday will consider allowing member states to reintroduce passport checks at their borders for up to two (...)

Stranded migrants wait in  a field as they try to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni in Greece. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Slovakia has launched legal action against a European Union quota scheme to distribute refugees among member states, as Hungary accused Germany of ag(...)