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As one of 12 vice-presidents of the 751-member parliament,Mairead McGuinness has built up a high profile and is well regarded within the EPP group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness confirmed her intention to run for European Parliament president on Thursday after current president Martin Schulz announ(...)

“For all of us, it is a global game. It is not just about wanting to play in Croker, but about taking on the best in Soldier Field, Madison Square Garden, AT&T Park, the ANZ Stadium and the Birds Nest.” Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

The Man from the IDA said: “Listen lads, you’re not playing in Croker.” We were three academic cofounders of a tech startup and, all told, we had har(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: Gmail users   grant Google a “worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify  . . . publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute” their content. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Google has many business interests but it has yet to get into performance art. The canny Californians hedge their bets, though, and should they wish t(...)

Sue Rynhart: “It’s  important to get the opportunity to talk to other musicians from other countries”

It’s a quarter of a century since the Improvised Music Company (IMC) first began to operate in the jazz and world music fields. Current director Kenn(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: Sources said a breach of the policy on email use would not necessarily be a disciplinary matter, and that there were “extenuating circumstances”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan broke Garda rules when she used a Gmail address for dealing with Garda business. Ms O’Sullivan confirmed rep(...)

Babette Albrecht: claims her late husband Berthold was a “serious alcoholic” who was not contractually capable when he changed his will in 2010. Photograph: Gisela Schober/Getty

For decades, discretion has been as much a part of Aldi’s DNA as its discount prices. No more. A vicious feud for control of the family-owned German (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel told top members of her party on Sunday that she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year’s election, senior pa(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel: her success reflected in a remarkable 52 per cent popularity rating. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Like all political leaders, Angela Merkel has a dusty room where she deposits unwanted gifts from visiting dignitaries. Unlike other leaders, however,(...)

The serene Lake Königssee, a short bus ride from Berchtesgaden

Three months before the arrival of our first baby and we were preparing for the madness to start. Before our baby arrived, we wanted to have a holiday(...)

Donald Trump, played by Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live, right, was easily the most parodied candidate in US election history and he still won

Satire is a powerful tool for telling the truth. Saturday Night Live sketches parodying Donald Trump have tens of millions of views online. Highligh(...)

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