Portugal’s Alentejo region is wild and rugged, with coastal paths leading down to tiny coves

Excruciating is how people describe the pain you feel when you step on the spines of a Weaver fish. Imagine my delight when said fish appeared on t(...)

‘Somehow reform is off the agenda and the link between what we spend and how we pay for it is lost.’ Above, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

So let’s fill in the good week/bad week box for the Government. Good week – the latest Central Statistics Office figures show we have the fastest grow(...)

 European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

  Ged  Nash: measures bring Irish law into line with recent rulings of the EU Court of Justice. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Staff on long-term sick leave will be able to accrue holiday entitlements for the period they are off work under a Government initiative. Under leg(...)

An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian man argue after Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras Al Amoud. Photograph: Reuters/Muammar Awad

Israeli and Palestinian security forces have gone on high alert across the West Bank to prevent a major conflagration after an arson attack blamed (...)

Gendarmes  escort migrants away from the Eurotunnel terminal. France has bolstered its police presence in Calais. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron drew up plans to help France tackle a spike in attempts by migrants to enter Britain illegally via the Channel Tu(...)

The Port of Waterford is seeking a judicial review of a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant the Port of Cork permission for a €100 million redevelopment of Ringaskiddy. Image: Port of Cork website.

The Port of Waterford is seeking a judicial review of a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant the Port of Cork permission for a €100 million redevelop(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras also defended his embattled former finance minister, who has continued to create headaches for the government since being ousted earlier this month

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday acknowledged his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but (...)

A ruined street in the al-Katerji district of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

For four years, Sami lived with the daily sound of mortars rattling his fourth floor apartment in Damascus. “Every day, every hour, people were dying(...)

Migrants who managed to pass the police block on the Eurotunnel site race towards the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Illegal immigrants attempting to enter Britain will be returned to their home countries, prime minister David Cameron said yesterday, as migrants cont(...)