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Former Russian military intelligence agent Sergei Skripal attends a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court  on August 9th, 2006. Photograph:  Yuri Senatorov/AFP/Getty Images

The ageing Russian spy had been a free man for only a few years when he turned up in Prague for a secret meeting with his former adversaries. He looke(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland with ‘Together’ backstage at the 63rd Eurovision at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/Miguel A. Lopes

Welcome to Eurovision 2018, Ireland (RTÉ One, Saturday, 8pm). You’re very lucky to be here. “We’re in with a big chance,” Marty Whelan’s voice told u(...)

Blockchain represents a new way to access and trust data communicated through the internet.   Photograph: EPA/Patrick Huerlimann

IDA Ireland published a report last year promoting Ireland as a European location for blockchain developments. In March this year, Minister for Financ(...)

 Baltic Day celebrations in Temple Bar: Ireland has one of the highest percentages of foreign-born nationals in the EU, at 810,000 people or some 17.3 per cent of all residents. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ireland should have a national day to celebrate the State’s immigrant communities, Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond has said. The 2016 census found (...)

Israel’s Netta Barzilai bursts out of the blocks like the kimono-wearing offspring of Bjork and Meghan Trainor.

Israel Netta Barzilai - Toy From dancing grannies to bearded ladies, the WTF bar is set preternaturally high at Eurovision. The latest performer to t(...)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy  performs ‘Together’ in Lisbon, during the first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Against the bookmakers’ odds, Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final with his song Together. O(...)

Kendija Azgina (8)  and Arya Conway (5) enjoy Baltic Day celebrations  in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Officially, there are nearly 60,000 people from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia living in Ireland. Unofficially, that figure is c(...)

France’s Madame Monsieur performs during a rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph: Reuters/ Pedro Nunes

After a year when politics threatened to engulf the Eurovision Song Contest, the sabre-rattling is quieter in 2018, but European and global events are(...)

The Shine a Light on Summer Festival takes place over the weekend at five lighthouses – Fanad Head in Donegal; Hook, the world’s oldest working lighthouse in Wexford (above); Loop Head; and on the islands of Rathlin in Co Antrim and Valentia in Co Kerry.

Ireland is set for a warm and sunny bank holiday weekend with temperatures reaching 21 degrees on Monday. The welcome good weather is set to last un(...)

The Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band

We’re almost afraid to say it out loud, for fear of putting a hex on it, but it looks like the weather could be good for this May bank holiday weekend(...)

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