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Brothers Fergal and Kevin Quinn, co founders of Hen and Stag Sligo: the business brings €4 million to the town, says Bloomberg. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Even as they were polishing the boardroom table in Sligo’s Institute of Technology in preparation for today’s much anticipated Cabinet meeting, news b(...)

“Not satisfied with the sealed packages and bits of bone displayed elsewhere, Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria displays a skull discovered in the early 1800s which it claims to be that of St Valentine himself, wearing a crown of flowers.”

Love is in the air today when couples flock to Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin and the Shrine of St Valentine. The reliquary contains a vessel “ti(...)

 Lawyer Remo Klinger: “Cars are for Germans what small arms are for the Americans. As soon as someone tries to do anything to limit the car, huge resistance builds up”

With a youthful gleam in his eye, Berlin lawyer Remo Klinger is a perfectly cast David to face down the Goliath that is the German motor industry and (...)

Pádraig Ó’Dhonnabháin, a UCC student on Erasmus in Venice. “The teachers and lecturers that I have had so far are really fantastic,” he says.

Last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one of his biggest regrets was never taking the opportunity to study abroad during his college years. While he (...)

Railway tracks leading to the main gates at Auschwitz II-Birkenau,   built in March 1942 by the Nazis at the village of Brzezinka in Poland. File photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel declined to comment on Saturday on a Polish law that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in th(...)

To win over the Social Democrats and secure a fourth term as chancellor, Angela Merkel has surrendered to the key finance, foreign and labour portfolios to the SPD, led by Martin Schulz. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Angela Merkel is nobody’s fool. After Germany’s federal election, way back in September, the chancellor looked on with interest as Social Democrat (SP(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at St Audeon’s National School, Cook Street, Dublin: learning languages to be encouraged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More students will be encouraged to learn foreign languages and study abroad under a plan to build closer links with Europe following Brexit. The Gov(...)

Participants known as “lifeguards” at an anti-abortion protest march through Berlin. Photograph:  Markus Heine/SOPA Images/ LightRocket via Getty Images

It’s almost 20 years ago, but Annika* remembers her abortion clearly. It was 1999, she had just moved from Zürich to Berlin with her two children afte(...)

BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said: “We determined that procurement activities have been carried out from there that are, in our view, done with a view to the missile programme and sometimes also for the nuclear programme.” File photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

North Korea has been using its embassy in Berlin to procure parts for its missile programme, the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency to(...)

 A computer-generated image  showing an Aldi store on the ground floor of a residential building which will be built in Berlin, Germany. Image: Aldi Nord/EPA

If you thought the scramble for the Aldi chainsaws was a sight, wait until they launch their latest special offer. The German discounter has announce(...)

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