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European commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen: With cohesion/regional and agriculture funding amounting to over 70 per cent of the EU budget, both programmes will bear brunt of Brexit cutbacks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Countries in central and eastern Europe will be paying for the recent success and growth in their economies with sharp cuts in EU cohesion funding, re(...)

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Three years ago the number of women killed violently in this country, often at the hands of someone they knew, appeared to be falling. In 2015, five (...)

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(...)

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