Paddy Kelly: I met a Swedish girl in a Dublin pub in 1995. Now I live in Stockholm and have a grown son

I met a Swedish girl in a Dublin pub in 1995. What I knew about Sweden back then you could have scribbled on the back of an Abba stamp. Nevertheless, (...)

Lofoten Islands, northern Norway

“You’re crazy. You do know it’s as far from Oslo to the north of Norway as it is from Dublin to Oslo? Just fly!” This reaction from more than one frie(...)

Winters Property management says it  has been in discussions with Bibby Maritime to lease “high end” barges like the one above. This one, the  Bibby Stockholm, has  222 en-suite bedrooms. Photograph: Bibby Maritime Ltd

A Galway property management company is currently exploring the possibility of providing “floating” accommodation for university students. Winters Pr(...)

 Driss Oukabir  posing on a beach. Photograph: Handout/Facebook/AFP/Getty

Officers seeking Spanish police investigating the Barcelona terrorist attack are hunting an 18-year-old man who is suspected of driving the van that p(...)

Hillary Clinton, when she was US secretary of state, proposed integrating women and girls into everything her department did. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

There’s a type of foreign policy dilemma that diplomats frame as follows: should we do what’s morally right and makes us feel good about ourselves, or(...)

A Go-Ahead London bus. The company will run 24 bus routes in the greater Dublin area from 2018. Photograph: iStock

Go-Ahead is a UK rail and bus operator primarily known for its operations in London. The company now provides around 24 per cent of all London’s bus(...)

Garda Inspector Paul Franey:   concerned that there are some officer who still do not feel comfortable enough to “come out”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sitting in Terenure College when he was in transition year more than 20 years ago Paul Franey wrote essays about policing: “It’s the only thing I’ve e(...)

Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport. Philip Hammond’s transitional deal aims to protect UK economy and reassure businesses. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The free movement of European Union citizens to Britain will continue for at least two years after Brexit as part of a transitional deal pushed by Bri(...)

 Unilever shares rose 75 pence to 4,389 pence after the consumer goods giant said pre-tax profits climbed 27 per cent

European stocks fell on Thursday as investors bet exporters will suffer from a stronger euro, after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi’s com(...)

Candles are formed in the shape of a heart during a vigil for Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo outside China’s consulate in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jason Reed/ Reuters

‘Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth.” So said Liu Xiaobo in his acceptance speec(...)