Gary “Ted” Sargent: setting sail in a Laser dinghy which is just over twice the size of a bathtub

Sub-Arctic weather on the west coast has not deterred Dublin sailor Gary “Ted” Sargent from sticking to his departure date for a circumnavigation of I(...)

Test tubes with blood samples from patients who have been tested for Zika  at the maternity ward of the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photograph:  Reuters/Jorge Cabrera

It’s been a few months since alarm bells sounded about the spread of the Zika virus throughout South America and the Caribbean. We now know more about(...)

Aerial view of a bike lane that collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

At least two people were killed when part of an elevated bike lane built ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was hit by a strong wave and col(...)

Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece, April 21, 2016. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organis(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney: wrote to EU’s trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström last week expressing his concerns about the potential impact of the deal on Ireland’s beef sector. Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 13 EU states, including Ireland, are said to be opposed to the proposed trade deal with Mercosur, the regional bloc that includes beef-exporti(...)

 US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: He  is expected to attend a small, invitation-only conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

If US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thought that a trip to the Vatican tomorrow would result in a campaign boosting photo opportuni(...)

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the Irish economy to grow by 5 per cent this year, more than three times the euro area average. In it(...)

 Anti-impeachment protestors attend a rally in support of  Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff in  Rio de Janeiro on Monday night. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A committee of Brazil’s lower house of Congress has voted to recommend the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who faces charges of breaking budg(...)

With farmers already struggling to cope with price volatility and the Russian import ban, the outlook for Ireland’s beef industry is uncertain. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

News last week that Ireland had ruffled Chinese feathers and potentially jeopardised a multi-million euro beef deal by supporting a UN motion criticis(...)

 Keiko Fujimori, the frontrunner in Peru’s presidential election,  waves to supporters during her closing campaign meeting in Lima on Thursday. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

After a turbulent campaign that saw two candidates disqualified by electoral authorities and two more caught up in the Panama Papers revelations, Peru(...)