Rioja expanded massively in the 1990s and at times the quality of the wine decreased.

I n the weeks before Christmas I spent a great deal of time standing in wine shops, inveigling customers into buying a copy of my wine book. One stor(...)

About 200 protesters take part in a demonstration against the arrest of two puppet players, at Cibeles Square in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Fernando Alvarado/EPA

Two men arrested for allegedly glorifying terrorism and inciting violence with a puppet show they performed have been released, but their case has sp(...)

Armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in Dublin after the recent gangland murders. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Members of the Garda’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) deployed to the Border after the killing last year of Garda Tony Golden in Co Louth have been tra(...)

 Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland, addressing an Irish Exporters Association forum on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells.

The British government will not hold a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union “if the people deliver the wrong answer” in the (...)

Liam Neeson. Photograph: James Mooney

RTÉ’s documentary on the Easter Rising 1916 has been sold to 120 television stations in the United States and to the BBC. The $3 million (€2.6 milli(...)

Gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north  Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pledges by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to create a new armed Garda unit in Dublin to fight organised crime have been rejected as “mislead(...)

Chelsea’s former Brazilian midfielder Ramires is to join Jiangsu Suning.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Transfer deadline day may have been fairly tame in England this year – Pep Guardiola’s bombshell move to Manchester City aside – but in China, the bus(...)

A number of print and online media outlets anticipated  gangland figures would be at the boxing tournament weigh-in at the Regency Airport Hotel and  sent journalists there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating the gun attack at a Dublin hotel that left Dublin criminal David Byrne dead and two others wounded have been seizing images and v(...)

Christy Kinahan Senior. Photograph courtesy of the Sunday World

Dubliner David Byrne, who was shot dead by a gang of six men at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Friday had close links with an international Irish-led (...)

David Byrne: list of convictions was minimal but he was regarded as a significant gangland figure by gardaí. Photograph: Paddy Cummins

The man murdered by a six-strong gang during a shooting attack at a packed boxing event in north Dublin’s Regency Hotel had escaped serious convictio(...)