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Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont taking part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia, in Brussels on  December 7th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The deposed president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has seen his tough pro-independence rhetoric rewarded in the polls as a key election for the re(...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia in Brussels on Thursday. Yves Herman/Reuters

Nearly 50,000 people marched through the EU quarter of Brussels on Thursday in support of Catalan independence and the region’s deposed president, who(...)

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont appears on a giant screen during an event held by his political platform Junts per Catalunya to mark the start of the campaign for the Catalan regional election, in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP

Spain’s supreme court has withdrawn an international order for the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont due to concerns that he might (...)

Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) party members unveil campaign posters featuring Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont and arrested Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president Jordi Sanchez during a meeting to present the posters for the December 21st regional elections in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It has seemed increasingly unlikely, since the Madrid government imposed direct rule on Catalonia a month ago, that Catalan independence leaders ever (...)

Irish Border checkpoint: Spanish minister Jorge Toledo supports the call by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for London to propose solutions to avoid a hard Irish Border before a key summit of EU leaders in mid-December. File photograph:   Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Securing guarantees on what happens to the Irish Border before Brexit talks move to future EU-UK arrangements was “not only reasonable but needed”, Sp(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

Paul Bekaert, the lawyer acting for  former  Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, speaks to media outside  a Belgian court in Brussels today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The lawyer acting for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the court hearing for his client and four secessionist allies on whether they s(...)

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. File photograph: Sergio Barrenechea/AFP/Getty Image

When Carles Pérez put in a prank call to Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in January 2016, he did not expect to get through so easily. The present(...)

Michael O’Riordan  volunteered to fight against Franco without any expectation of the war being won. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish communist leader Michael O’Riordan went to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War even though he believed the fight for (...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell urged more ‘sceptical’ consideration of the view that the courts are obliged to develop new rights.

A Supreme Court judge has advocated judicial restraint in interpreting the Constitution and urged more “sceptical” consideration of the view that the (...)

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