Iarnród Éireann has introduced a cost-saving programme and has debts of about €150m

The contract to run rail services in Ireland should be put out to international tender, the European Commission has proposed, a move that could have s(...)

Kurds protest outside the Turkish embassy in Paris. The Turkish military confirmed on Tuesday it had used jets to target Kurdish rebels. Photograph: EPA 1:21

Nato has said it stands in “strong solidarity” with Turkey following last week’s suicide bomb in Suruk, after Nato ambassadors met for an emergency me(...)

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

A majority of projects involving animals were in the category of pre-clinical testing of medicines for potency and pollutants. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost 225,000 animals were used in scientific procedures in Ireland last year, according to new figures. An annual report from the Health Product Reg(...)

Apple’s logo outside its Irish campus. The company’s tax arrangementsin Ireland are the subject of an EU investigation. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into (...)

Former Ukip MEP Ashley Mote  was jailed for five years for a £400,000  fraud on his European Parliament expenses. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A former British UK Independence Party (Ukip) MEP, Ashley Mote, has been jailed in London for five years for a “breathtakingly dishonest” £400,000 ((...)

A eurosceptic implosion

The crisis affecting Europe’s single currency has been a boon to Eurosceptic parties across the continent, as voters have become disenchanted with the(...)

The hashtag appeared to originate on Sunday evening from Sandro Maccarrone, who describes himself as a physics teacher from Barcelona. He tweeted: “The Eurogroup proposal is a covert coup d’etat against the Greek people. #ThisIsACoup.”

A list of demands handed to the Greek government in order to secure a European bailout inspired a social media backlash against Germany and its hawki(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and leader of the centre-left  Potami party Stavros Theodorakis in Athens on Wednesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras came in for criticism at home as his government raced to finalise a package of reforms aimed at keeping Greece (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk: “This is really and truly the final wake-up call for Greece but also for us, our last chance.”  Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The European Central Bank capped the amount of emergency funding it is providing to the Greek banking sector at €88.6 billion on Wednesday, in a si(...)