The tour (including Patrick Freyne, far right) gathers around guide Philip McComb at Cushendun, Co Antrim. Photograph: Mark Marlow/Pacemaker

At Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim some strangers are trying to recall the name of a minor character from a minor scene in Game of Thrones. “Hotpie,(...)

“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has said. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The European Union has harmed itself economically with the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Hungarian prime minister (...)

The then minister for health James Reilly speaking to media atfter the Cabinet’s decision to approve the publication his tobacco legislation in June. He will retain some responsibility for tobacco control in his new post  Photograph: Alan Betson

A number of EU countries have lodged concerns about the plain packaging tobacco proposals put forward by James Reilly when he was minister for heal(...)

Beth Gibbons of Portishead. Photograph: Shirlaine Forrest/Wire Image

When Geoff Barrow spoke to this newspaper two years ago, there was a long list of projects to talk about. That year alone had seen releases from hi(...)

The number of Russian troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine is increasing and is “well over 12,000”, Nato military commander General Phil(...)

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (centre) warned the UN Security Council  against  attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Reuters

The shooting down of flight MH17 on Thursday afternoon in Ukrainian airspace potentially opens up a new front in the ongoing tensions between the West(...)

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

Students in Shanghai in China have the highest financial literacy in the OECD, according to a new study. With a mean score of 603 points, they finishe(...)

The ratio of overall tax to GDP across the 28 member states of 39.4 per cent, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The tax burden in the Republic was the fifth lowest in the EU in 2012. The ratio of overall tax to GDP was 28.7 per cent compared to an average across(...)

Chinese car maker Qoros is getting serious about Europe.

Qoros says it wants to see 10 per cent of its future sales coming from Europe. The new car maker, jointly owned by Chinese Chery Automobiles and th(...)

A man drops his ballot in a container at a home for the elderly during the European Parliament elections in Utrecht. Elections to the European Parliament are taking place on May 22-25 in all 28 EU member states. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

What are the European elections and what are we voting for? This weekend up to 380 million people will vote across Europe to elect their representati(...)