Youths wrapped in a Catalan, a Spanish and a Catalan separatist flag walk through a street  in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Following Spain’s transition to democracy in the 1970s, Catalan nationalism was marked by moderation, caution and gradual progress. The Catalan moveme(...)

 Swimmers among boats in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country’s  upcoming presidential election has been billed as a milestone by UN officials, but analysts say the election is really a milestone of corruption. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Politicians have been peeling off wads of hundred dollar bills to buy votes. Others have shown up for parliamentary races standing next to a political(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon: she retains the overwhelming support of her party, with few dissenting voices heard during the SNP’s three-day conference. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The UK has entered a “new political era” dominated by right-wing Conservatives, according to Scotland’s first minister. Addressing thousands of suppo(...)

Tory Party leadership contender Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum if elected leader and prime minister. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Israel’s Haaretz, bewildered by the last election result, put up a podcast that it entitled simply: “We the people have spoken (What the hell did we s(...)

Musician Bruce Springsteen played his first Irish concert in 1985. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It was 31 years ago when Bruce Springsteen played his first concert in Ireland and made the front page of The Irish Times. A crowd of more than 65,0(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader is among the most vocal proponents of the EU. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support (...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)

Prof Michael Keating: “We are going to have to grow up politically. The next challenge will not be independence but the budget.”

Michael Keating sat in a hall in Stirlingshire, along with other academics, before over 100 people hungry for facts, not propaganda, about Scotland’s (...)

The UCD team celebrate their Collingwood Cup win last year.  Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye/Inpho

The benefits of landing a bye in round one of the Eircom-sponsored Collingwood Cup were never lost on the competing teams but resting up as pot(...)

Paddy Donegan, second from left, in 1963 with, from left,  Michael Mullen TD, Dermot Doolan, secretary, Irish Actors’ Equity, and the Abbey actor Vincent Dowling. Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Paddy Donegan, who has died aged 92, was a formidable driver of major educational change in the second half of the 20th century. Appointed as a(...)