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Michael O’Riordan  volunteered to fight against Franco without any expectation of the war being won. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish communist leader Michael O’Riordan went to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War even though he believed the fight for (...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell urged more ‘sceptical’ consideration of the view that the courts are obliged to develop new rights.

A Supreme Court judge has advocated judicial restraint in interpreting the Constitution and urged more “sceptical” consideration of the view that the (...)

Demonstrators holding banners reading in Catalan “freedom for the political prisoners” as they gather outside the Palau Generalitat during a general strike in Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

A general strike called by pro-independence campaigners in Catalonia closed shops and severed transport links on Wednesday, as the region’s deposed le(...)

Crowds near the Parc de la Ciutadella Barcelona after Catalonia declared independence on October 27th. Photograph: Dave Walsh

Catalonia is at a standstill on Wednesday after protesters blocked roads, highways and train tracks as part of a regionwide strike, called by a pro-in(...)

Supporters of  Catalan independence  during a  hearing regarding  dismissed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, outside the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont was spared custody on Monday, when a Brussels court ruled he could remain at liberty in Belgium until it (...)

Catalan rally: demonstrators in Barcelona hold banners reading “Freedom for the Political Prisoners. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

A Belgian judge will have to decide by early on Monday morning whether to free the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four ministerial colleagues on(...)

Demonstrators hold banners that read in Catalan: “Freedom for the Political Prisoners”, at a protest against the decision  to jail ex-members of the Catalan government at University Square in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to ap(...)

Carles Puigdemont and several aides fled to Belgium after they were fired by Spanish authorities. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Belgian federal prosecutors have confirmed they have received European Arrest Warrants from Spain for five people including ousted Catalan leader Carl(...)

People demonstrate to protest against the imprisonment of eight former members of the Catalan government, at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The police vans emerged from the underground car park with blue lights flashing, and sped away into the Madrid dusk. Inside were nine former Catalan m(...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is not a demagogue. He has to do nothing more in this campaign than what he has already been doing – quietly, rationally and peacefully making the case for secession. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Late on Friday October 27th, Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan government, having declared Catalan independence, made his way from the Palau(...)

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