‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Right: Rescued migrants disembarking off the Italian Guardia Costiera vessel in Sicily on Friday.  Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP. Left: Adrian Corish

Everyone thought I was crazy when I moved to Africa in 1989. I was going to live in a place with no televisions, no electricity and a high risk of (...)

Weaker rate of expansion in France seen as big disappointment Photograph: Getty

Euro zone private sector business growth was weaker than forecast this month on slowing new orders in the region, dragged down largely by faltering ac(...)

The scene outside the Spanish embassy in Tripoli early on Tuesday morning. Photograph: @alwasatengnews

A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday, residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign mi(...)

A Red Cross worker with an African migrant after his arrival by sea in Ceuta. Photograph: The Red Cross

Germinal Castillo pulls out his mobile phone and finds a photograph on it. It is of a group of sub-Saharan Africans inside a tiny inflatable boat, wit(...)

Rescued migrants after they disembark at Corigliano harbour, Italy, this week. Since April 10th alone, the Italian coast guard has rescued about 8,500 people. Photograph: Francesco Arena/EPA

Eighteen months on from the Lampedusa tragedy, which saw 366 migrants lose their lives off the Italian island, Europe’s migration problem shows no (...)

Rodrigo Rato (left), former People’s Party minister and former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is lead by police as they leave his residence after an inspection in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief and Spanish politican Rodrigo Rato has been detained on fraud and money laundering charges, Spanish media hav(...)

Ireland’s fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent.

Ireland has the highest proportion of children in the European Union, according to a new report.Last year, the proportion of children in Ireland (coun(...)