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It seems the Normans brought lentils to Ireland but they could have arrived earlier with the Vikings or early Christian settlers. Photograph: iStock

I sit over my steaming bowl of lentils, waiting for them to cool down. They look like little green pebbles, plumped up with the chicken stock that the(...)

Hogget or lamb casserole with herby dumplings

We all have a few guilty pleasures don’t we? A few skeletons rattling around in the closet. Now it’s confession time . . . I really fancy a job on Ear(...)

African Union chairman and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame speaks during a meeting with African leaders  in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday rejected an African Union demand to delay announcing final results from its presidential election, compound(...)

Kenyan security forces walk outside the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images.

Kenya’s president sought to restore calm on Wednesday, saying that a deadly attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants on a hotel complex in Nairobi was(...)

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Photograph: Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

Judges at the International Criminal Court have acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo of crimes committed following disputed elections(...)

Dublin Airport: long-haul passengers accounted for five  million last year, a rise of 15 per cent, while short-haul traffic rose by 5 per cent to 26.5 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

A record 31.5 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year, a 6 per cent rise year on year. It was the eighth year in a row passenger (...)

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock: the club issued a statement distancing itself from Warnock’s comments. Photograph:  David Klein/Reuters

“To hell with the rest of the world” was how the manager of Cardiff City football club Neil Warnock finished his unscripted Brexit rant on Saturday. A(...)

Marie Collins: ‘The church reaction is a mirror image of what we were hearing here in Ireland 30 years ago.’ File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As the scandal of clerical child sex abuse emerges in other countries across the world the Catholic Church response in each has been exactly as it was(...)

Martin Fayulu, runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

An influential African bloc urged the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to recount the votes of its chaotic presidential election, raising pressu(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits  some of the stores in the redistribution centre in the Mai Aini refugee centre in Northern Ethiopia. Photograph: Harry McGee

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his first visit to a refugee camp had changed his perspectives on the issue but also argued it would still be mistaken(...)

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