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Dan Martin  after winning the fifth stage of the  Criterium du Dauphine  on June 8th. “You can lose the Tour on any day, and that’s what makes it so difficult.”  Photograph: Getty Images

A map of the 2018 Tour de France is placed in front of Dan Martin, and he begins to run his finger over it, slowly at first, then more steadily. Fro(...)

Sinéad Gibney and Des Bishop

What is your spirit animal? Des Do you not know yours? Sinéad No. Des Well, I always thought my spirit animal was a dolphin, but whe(...)

A boy walks past graffiti supporting Eta in Mondragón, Basque Country, Spain,  photographed in September  2010. File photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

If you know a better view at dinner time in the French Basque Country than the panorama from the terrace of the Hotel Barberaenea, in the tiny village(...)

People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

 Ahern’s standing within Fianna Fáil – he resigned his membership in 2012 in advance of a move to expel him because of the findings of the Mahon Tribunal – remains a pebble in his shoe.   Photograph: David Sleator

Bertie Ahern’s haunts are mostly still the same: Croke Park, Parnell Park – the home of Dublin GAA – and some pubs around the north side of Dublin whe(...)

In this file photo taken on July 25th, 1997, demonstrators show their hands painted white, during a protest in Ermua against Popular Party (PP) councillor Miguel Angel Blanco’s death, at the hands of armed Basque group ETA. Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

The end of Eta, the group that has killed some 850 people in its campaign for Basque independence over 50 years, has been predicted, wrongly, several (...)

Supporters  gather outside the Madrid court as eight people go on trial accused of assault and terrorist threats on two civil guard officers in   northern Spain in 2016. Photograph: Fernando Villar/EPA

The trial has got under way of eight people charged with terrorism-related offences for their alleged role in an altercation which led to two Spanish (...)

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in 1997

The announcement by Britanny Ferries that it is to begin a ferry service from Cork to Santander will not be the first time Irish travellers have taken(...)

Nicolas Roche: “The plan now is to ride the Giro, and then which one of the next two Grand Tours is not quite certain.” Photograph: Bryan Lennon/Getty Images

The international season gets under way this month with the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, but Ireland’s Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin will delay(...)

Catalonia: Pluralism in retreat

The Catalans have long been justly proud of their vibrant and plural political culture. It has been capable of combining canny pragmatism and visionar(...)

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