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Keith Donoghue (left) from Swift Grove Clonshaugh and Michael Smullen of Ashdale Close Kinsealy who were both charged at Trim District Court on Friday in connection with a drugs seizure by gardaí in Co Meath on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Two men have appeared in court in relation to the seizure of drugs valued by gardaí at over €6 million. The men were arrested on Wednesday at Muckers(...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

Between 1845 and 1917, the Leviathan was the largest telescope in the world

Walking through the grounds of Birr Castle en route to Ireland’s newest and largest telescope, ILofar, is an unusual experience. After passing through(...)

Home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren: says Russia tried to influence public opinion surrounding the shooting-down of Flight MH17. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

The new Dutch government has accused Russia of attempting to influence public opinion in the Netherlands by spreading fake news, and says it plans to(...)

‘Cushy’: a cell at Norgerhaven prison in the Netherlands. Photograph: Catrinus Van der Veen/AFP/Getty Images

Why is it that while many European countries are struggling with overcrowded prisons, in the Netherlands the problem is the opposite: crime is falling(...)

Bono & Hamilton

Yes, Bono is a hypocrite – but so is Ireland. Around the world, the U2 frontman is the most instantly recognisable living Irishman. It is entirely app(...)

Minister of State for Justice David Stanton said sometimes it was better to start from scratch, redraft the cannabis legislation and resubmit it, if it was not possible to amend it.

Private Members’ legislation legalising medicinal cannabis remains on the Dáil agenda, despite the Oireachtas Committee on Health saying it is legally(...)

Tesla’s Model S at the firm’s supercharging station at the Topaz service station just off the M8, outside Ballacolla, Co Laois.

For such a high-profile premium brand, Tesla’s new facility in Dublin is surprisingly underwhelming. Forget the fussball tables, hammocks and bean bag(...)

Britain’s new defence secretary  Gavin Williamson is in charge of the world’s fifth-largest defence budget. Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

In London on Monday, a man with no ministerial experience began his first full week in charge of the world’s fifth-largest defence budget. Gavin Wil(...)

Central Bank figures show net worth rose by €16.9 billion in the second quarter, reflecting a substantial increase in the value of housing assets. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The net worth of Irish households has risen by nearly 60 per cent since 2012 as a result of surging property prices, which have increased house asset (...)

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