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David Cullinane has said suggestions made by the Taoiseach that Sinn Féin is ‘pro-Putin’ or anti-EU are ‘a nonsense’. File photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Suggestions made by the Taoiseach that Sinn Féin is “pro-Putin” or anti-EU are “a nonsense”, the party’s health spokesman has said. In pre-Christmas(...)

Ireland captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform  the Haka in 1989. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Best Crossing The Line by Willie Anderson and Brendan Fanning (Reach Sport, €19.99) The best books this year are rugby books. This, it’s fair to (...)

Pupils and teachers at Vedruna Angels School in the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona in September 2020. Photograph: Lorena Ros/Getty Images

Spanish schoolchildren have borne the brunt of Covid-19 restrictions ever since the beginning of the pandemic. The initial lockdown, among the stricte(...)

Pupils and teachers  at Vedruna Angels School in the Raval neighbourhood of Barcelona return to school in September 2020 after a coronavirus lockdown. Photograph: Lorena Ros/Getty Images

A dispute over the use of the Spanish language in schools has put the government of Catalonia at loggerheads with the judiciary and drawn calls for di(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: ‘Steve Bruce and all the managers want to do all the best. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but no one deserves to be treated like that.’ Photograph: PA

Pep Guardiola believes football managers are treated worse “than the worst in society” amid a culture of online abuse, as he urged Steve Bruce to igno(...)

Catalan regional president Pere Aragones, centre, in Barcelona marking the national day of Catalonia. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty

The leaders of Spain and Catalonia are due to meet in Barcelona on Wednesday, as they resume talks aimed at reaching a solution to the country’s longs(...)

‘There is a blend of sound and smell and colour here; laughter, smoke, meals cooking, dogs barking, laundry dancing on the breeze.’ Francis Walshe in Barcelona

Francis Walshe is a freelance writer who has lived in Barcelona since last year. Originally from Waterford and a graduate of the University of Limeric(...)

Pope Francis: ‘I do not know if Spain is fully reconciled with its own history.’ File photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has urged Spanish leaders to put their ideologies to one side and embrace dialogue in order to resolve their country’s long-standing disp(...)

Destroyed buildings after floods and mudslides in Bozkurt, in Turkey’s Kastamonu province. Photograph:   Ismail Coskun/IHA via AP

The death toll from flash floods in Turkey has reached 27 and fresh wildfires erupted on the ravaged Greek island of Evia, as southern Europe braces f(...)

Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan: the lightweight sculls duo are  favourites to take the podium in Tokyo.  Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Paul O’Donovan, grunge rower. A shaman, lean and feral, his look today is paleo-chic. There’s the long dark hair and an unkempt beard, with crystal-cl(...)

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