This week, from Lismore to Portlaw and Tallow to Tramore, big John Mullane’s (ever so slightly adapted) words are everywhere: “I Loves Me County.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Waterford is fit to burst. Afraid to exhale. So this is what it’s like when an entire county holds its breath. The bunting is out across the city, but(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: will write to the European Commission to request payment towards fences. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hungary and Poland are refusing to give ground in disputes with the European Union that have deepened divisions in the bloc and exposed disagreement a(...)

 Monika Dukarska: should come strongly into the reckoning in the 2018 season. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inphoin September/October are also exempt.

Ireland break new ground by sending out a women’s eight to compete at a major championships this weekend. The crew, stroked by Emily Hegarty of Skibbe(...)

Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin  at a briefing in Moscow on Tuesday on the military exercise Zapad-2017. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Nato has requested more access for its observers to major Russian-led war games next month, as the alliance’s four new battle groups in the Baltic reg(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday. Photogrph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she sees no possibility for deepening EU co-operation with Ankara at present as the rule of law no longer exi(...)

Gerard Sullivan at his dry dock, Bere island, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ger O’Sullivan’s family has lived on Bere island off the coast of west Cork for more generations than he can count – yet the businessman has to go to (...)

Brexit has not yet found any imitators. The real threat to the cohesion of the EU, posed by the UK’s vote to quit, was always more likely to come over time rather than immediately

Brexit has not yet found any imitators. The real threat to the cohesion of the EU, posed by the UK’s vote to quit, was always more likely to come over(...)

Ben Brosnan beside the smashed Civil War Monument at Talbot’s Bridge in Knocknagoshel: such actions invite a simplistic, polarised narrative of conflicts and aftermaths, and create amnesia about how myths were fashioned.   Photograph: John Reidy

In the midst of controversies over the legacy of the American civil war and the fate of monuments to that conflict, it was reported last week that the(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron stands next to his wife, Brigitte Macron, Bulgarian president Rumen Radev and his wife, Desislava Radeva. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has accused Poland’s populist government of being isolated and out of touch with a changing European Union, as he end(...)

British prime minister Theresa May campaigning in Eshott airfield, Northumberland, in May. She has repeatedly rejected the idea of excluding students from the Conservatives’ target of bringing net migration down to the tens of thousands. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May’s determination to continue counting foreign students in the British government’s immigration target left her increasingly isolated on Thu(...)