Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) and Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spain’s inability to form a new government since an inconclusive general election in December, leading King Felipe VI to call new elections in the com(...)

 Anna Quigley, Carina O Brien, Joe Dowling, Patrick Gates, Mel Mac Giobhuin, Fergus Mc Cabe, Christy Burke and Seanie Lambe at Killarney Street as the  Inner-City Organisations Network met. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald must visit Dublin’s north inner-city to witness for herself the “devastation” being “wreaked” by the drugs cri(...)

David Mahon (44), of Ongar Village in Clonsilla, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin with his wife Audrey where he is on trial charged with the murder of Audrey’s son, Dean Fitzpatrick in 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts.

The trial of a man charged with murdering his stepson has heard the deceased had a death wish over feelings of guilt about his missing teenage sister,(...)

 The interior of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud had resulted in extreme violence in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, recently and urgent action is needed to isolate rival gan(...)

In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija has secured the rights to sell products from one of the oldest and most famous pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Florentine Fragrances In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija in the Westbury Centre has secured the rights to sell the fragrance(...)

Chef Michael O’Meara  in Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway: agrees that “overfishing”  a much misunderstood term. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A “simplistic” interpretation of overfishing is unfairly placing all blame on fishermen, a senior geographer has said. Many fishermen are finding it(...)

 Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp talks to the media during a press conference ahead of their match on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Rousing recoveries against St Etienne, Olympiakos and Milan all led to European titles for Liverpool but Jürgen Klopp has claimed Borussia Dortmund wi(...)

 Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis outside  the Central Criminal Court in Dublin  where he gave evidence in the trial of David Mahon. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

The stepfather of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick told gardaí that her brother had walked into the knife he was holding, his murder trial has heard. (...)

Investors remained keen to allocate capital in the market as Irish market yields continued to represent strong value compared to equivalent European and global markets. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The latest returns from the Irish commercial property sector shows that there has been a cooling down in what was the world’s top-performing property (...)

American Gordon Lake and Spaniard Manuel Santos with their baby Carmen at the Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo

A same-sex American-Spanish couple have won a high-profile custody fight against a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when (...)