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The Department of Justice said it was consulting with “stakeholders” such as the Department of Children, the Garda and the HSE to ensure it met all the provisions of the agreement

Ireland is one of only three European countries, along with Azerbaijan and Armenia, yet to ratify an international agreement to prevent the sexual abu(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Monday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not his first to a Muslim country as pope. He has visited some of Islam’s most sacred s(...)

Bernard O’Shea and Karl Spain

To what do you owe a parent? Karl: Developing comedy muscles. My mum passed away 15 years ago. She was a very determined woman. I got my intelligence(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

 Nikol Pashinyan is a former newspaper editor who was jailed for fomenting unrest in 2008. Photograph: Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images

Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan consolidated a strong mandate for the revolution that swept him to power this year as his party won a sweeping(...)

The Euro 2020 qualifying draw takes place at the Convention Centre in  Dublin. Photograph:  John Sibley/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland avoided the ‘Group of Death’ in the Euro 2020 qualifying draw on Sunday morning, but only just. Originally drawn in Group C al(...)

A jasmin flower pictured in Plascassier near Grasse, France. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

The ancient sport of hurling is in equal parts completely terrifying, hugely exciting and uniquely Irish. In 2014 after Sky started screening the spo(...)

The bank had been accused by  journalist Daphne  Caruana Galizia of processing corrupt payments to Maltese officials. She was killed by a car bomb last year. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

A Maltese bank at the heart of a money-laundering investigation has had its licence withdrawn by the European Central Bank. Pilatus Bank, which opene(...)

The report takes into account trading regulations, property rights, contract enforcement, investment laws and the availability of credit

New Zealand is the easiest country in which to do business, according to the latest World Bank report, which ranks 190 economies, taking into account (...)

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, appearing at a 2015 press conference, are  due to play a lucrative exhibition tennis match in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

It predates 2018, but one of the contenders for word of the year must be “sportswashing”. In three syllables, it encapsulates a global game fondly an(...)

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