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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position inside a room as he points his weapon through a hole in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district. Photograph: Reuters

European foreign ministers will discuss lifting the EU embargo on weapons transfers to Syria at an informal meeting in Dublin today and tomorro(...)

Not for turning
  • Europe
  • March 22, 2013, 06:00

‘The lady’s not for turning” was Margaret Thatcher’s defiant response as prime minister in 1980 to critics pressing her to change her policy of(...)

On a hard, bright afternoon in the middle of December, I emptied my East Wall apartment of all my belongings. I carried bag upon bag downstairs(...)

A protester shouts at policemen during a protest by employees of Cyprus Popular Bank outside the parliament in Nicosia yesterday. The Cypriot central bank denied reports and frantic rumours  that stricken Cyprus Popular Bank, the island’s second-largest lender, is to be closed down. Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

Euro zone finance officials acknowledged being “in a mess” over Cyprus during a teleconference call on Wednesday, and discussed imposing capita(...)

 Aengus O’Snodaigh of Sinn Féin: asked if the Irish Government intended to establish an inquiry to look into the practice of forcing single mothers to give up their children for adoption, “which happened in this State as well as in Australia and Britain”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Concerns about falsified adoption records in Irish State institutions were raised in the Dáil, following the apology by the Au(...)

Tourists walk in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The money spent by overseas travellers to Ireland increased by 4.5 per cent last year to almost €3.7 billion, while the number of trips made wa(...)

Chemical investigations suggest that raw material for Ireland’s prehistoric gold hoard may have been sourced from near neighbours. An alternati(...)

The Wicklow gold rush

The year 1795 saw a gold rush in Wicklow as prospectors flocked to the Gold Mines River. Eighty kilograms of gold were recovered in just a few (...)

Guy Flouch: “We will help them [students] with applications for up to eight different courses [on the continent].”

With the points for courses such as medicine, dentistry and law climbing inexorably and the cost of attending college in Ireland increasing eac(...)

Tuberculosis was once a scourge in Ireland and I’m old enough to remember the sanatoria that dotted the country for convalescing TB patients. T(...)

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