A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

Scotland’s deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Alex Salmond and former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars campaign with activists in Piershill Square, Edinburgh today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed comments by Pat Cox that the EU must allow Scotland to join if there is a Yes vote in the forthcom(...)

The Board of Limerick City of Culture this evening confirmed the appointment of Mike Fitzpatrick as Director. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Internationally renowned curator Mike Fitzpatrick has been appointed director of the Board of Limerick City of Culture. The head of Limer(...)

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. More than 20 people are reported to have died in violence near Independence Square (pictured) in Kiev this morning. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. The crisis in (...)

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2-L) speaks with opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3-R), Vitali Klitschko (2-R) and Oleh Tyagnybok (R) during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Epa/Pool

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has offered top government posts to two liberal opposition leaders in a bid to quell protests that are growing (...)

Protesters stand on a barricade during an anti-government protest in Kiev yesterday. The United States said yesterday it was working with European nations to help resolve the deepening crisis in Ukraine, as neighbouring Poland warned that the country of 46 million people could “fall apart”. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Barricades burned again in Kiev last night after Ukraine’s opposition rejected concessions from President Viktor Yanukovich, saying only his resignati(...)

‘We delivered’: Karl Wallace at Siama Tire in Tralee, of which he was director from 2008 to 2013. Photograph:  Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

There’s a telling feature in the preview catalogue for this year’s Limerick City of Culture celebrations. The glossy brochure opens with a message (...)

Pat Cox said any future appointments such as those to fill the roles of chief executive or artistic director, would be advertised.

The interim head of Limerick City of Culture has said he is not a healer of the past but a manager for the future.Mike Fitzpatrick, head of the Limeri(...)

Mike Fitzpatrick’s appointment to a dual role as chief executive and artistic director of Limerick City of Culture appears to have soothed the wounds of the past few weeks and was widely welcomed in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

There was a palpable air of relief at the press conference to announce Mike Fitzpatrick’s appointment as interim head of Limerick City of Culture yest(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: “Limerick must seize this opportunity to brand itself in a positive way, capitalising on its rich culture.” Photograph: David Sleator

In Limerick City of Culture: the Movie, Pat Cox is played by Oliver Reed, Michael Noonan by Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Deenihan by Ardal O’Hanlon and Conn(...)