Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre. Photograph: Andrea Hayward/EPA

Australian opposition politicians on Monday demanded that the government disclose the extent of destruction caused by ongoing riots at a controversial(...)

The Bord na Móna Endenderry peat powered power station in Co Offaly. Photograph: : Niall Carson/PA Wire

The High Court’s decision to overturn planning permission for the continued operation of Bord Na Móna’s (BNM) Edenderry plant represents a major setba(...)

Police officers stand guard near the crime scene of a knife attack in Cologne on Saturday.  Mayoral candidate for Cologne Henriette Reker was injured in a knife attack the day before the election. Photograph: Frederico Gambarini/EPA

A independent candidate running for mayor of the German city of Cologne was stabbed in the neck and severely wounded on Saturday while she was campaig(...)

The spectacle of councillors falling over each other to secure reductions in Local Property Tax (LPT) on behalf of constituents has been unedifying, t(...)

In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. (...)

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party, is sworn in at Government House in Canberra, Australia.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull dashed hopes of swift action on progressive issues such as same-sex marriage after he was sworn in as Australia’s (...)

Labour enters uncharted waters

Jeremy Corbyn’s sweeping victory in the Labour leadership contest has launched his party into uncharted waters and has the potential to transform Brit(...)

 Labour and Fine Gael have worked hard to bring this country back from economic ruin, says Minister. Photograph: Sara Freund

Political instability and economic instability go hand in hand. As events in Greece have proven, they are a lethal cocktail. Our economic recovery has(...)

The old man is holding court in the middle of the No 27 bor – out of his bin, of course – going, “More Champagne . . . Judge, you’ll have another g(...)

Hard to swallow: The  Green Party school dinner policy is launched at Kevin Thornton’s restaurant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At a glance, the Green Party idea that every student in the State should get at least one hot meal during the school day, as part of a campaign aimed (...)