Sepp Blatter: the Fifa president has been accused of abdicating his responsibility by failing to debate the future of the game. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

The 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will take place on December 18th, Fifa has confirmed, allowing the English domestic programme to potentially resum(...)

Max Schrems: in 10 days the European Court of Justice will hear a referral from Dublin following a privacy case taken against the DPC by the Austrian privacy campaigner. Photograph: Collins Courts

Not everyone in the Government has heard of the Lobbyplag group, but senior figures wasted no time dismissing what it had to say this week. For those (...)

‘For all Vienna’s grand architecture and delightful bicycle lanes, it seems an unlikely spot to top any chart of most exciting cities.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Vienna has plenty to recommend it. At the start of the last century – as Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud and Egon Schiele prowled the coffee shops – it st(...)

PKN are hoping to be the Finnish entry at the Eurovision: “We don’t want people to vote for us to feel sorry for us, we are not that different from everybody else – just normal guys with a mental handicap”

After a transgender diva and a bearded drag act, a group of middle-aged punk rockers with learning disabilities could be the next performers to cha(...)

Molly Sterling performs ‘Playing with Numbers’, on the RTÉ Late Late Show Eurosong special

Molly Sterling, a 16-year-old schoolgirl from Nenagh in Co Tipperary, has won Eurosong on the The Late Late Show and will represent Ireland at the 60t(...)

Detail from a 19th century painted urn which has a guide of €2,500-€3,500 at Sheppard’s three-day sale which begins on Tuesday

Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois starts the 2015 season with a three-day auction beginning next Tuesday, March 2nd. The catalogue ha(...)

‘The recession provided a convenient smoke-screen for my departure, but in my mind it was always clear - I was moving for experience, to learn, not necessarily to make my fortune.’

Emigration. It’s a word weighed down with a lot of meanings, a fact I have no need to hammer home to Irish readers. But aside from the link between(...)

Would Kylie fit the bill as Australia’s entry for Eurovision 2015? It’s only an idea - we’re not suggesting she actually will. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It is called Eurovision - but organisers of the famous song contest have invited Australia to take part in this year’s show.Organisers said they are (...)

Simon Coveney: suggested Ireland should get similar treatment to Greece in terms of debt concessions. Photograph: The Irish Times

Calls by members of the Government for further debt concessions for Ireland in the event of a renegotiation of the Greek bailout have been dismissed b(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  struck a defiant note when indicating he would not ask the EU for a bailout extension. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras struck a defiant tone in an address to parliament in Athens, as he ruled out requesting an extension of the Greek (...)