“Anna” and her dog Cucciola. “The costs to cure our little friends are very high, and not everyone can pay it.”   Photograph: Lav animal advocacy group Facebook page

An Italian dog owner who wanted paid time off to care for one of her dogs offered her bosses a simple explanation: “They are my family.” It worked. (...)

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Ireland’s divorce rate remains remarkably low when compared with the rest of Europe and the wider world. According to the April 2016 census, as publi(...)

Shadow Brexit secretary  Keir Starmer: says that Theresa May is sending out a confused message on Brexit because the Conservative party is so divided on the issue. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Any other time but now, a former Conservative chancellor calling for the current Conservative chancellor to be sacked would be news. But when Nigel La(...)

President Higgins said he was absolutely delighted to hear about the result during his State visit to Australia.

President Michael D Higgins praised the Republic of Ireland soccer team for the spirit they showed in beating Wales 1-0 in Cardiff on Monday night and(...)

Eight-bedroom house in Callac, Brittany, France

Caribbean: St Vincent and the Grenadines Two-storey house on the island of Bequia in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean Compris(...)

UK chancellor Philip Hammond arriving at  10 Downing Street  on Wednesday. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Theresa May appeared to slap down her chancellor Philip Hammond over Brexit on Wednesday after he said he would only spend money preparing for leaving(...)

Shannon Airport has made it to the final three destinations in an X Factor-style competition to decide a new airline route from Cologne

First it was singing, then dancing and now airline routes. Yes, you read that correctly. In the first round of an X Factor style comptition, a German (...)

Almost 90 per cent of women in the State do housework compared to less than 50 per cent of men. Photograph: Istock

Almost 90 per cent of women in the State do housework compared to less than 50 per cent of men, a gap that has remained the same since 2005, according(...)

The Bank of England in London. Britain’s economic growth has been revised downwards to 1.7 per cent by the IMF. Photograph: iStock

The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its forecast for Ireland’s economic performance, as it said the current broad-based global economic upswi(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

After taking what is now the longest period since the second World War to form a government, the Netherlands is on the verge of a new four-party coali(...)