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Michelle and Mark at the Sibelius sculpture in Helsinki.

Our ship, aptly named Silhouette, casts a tall, faint shadow on the dockside as we pull away from Stockholm. It is White Night season, as darkness bar(...)

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Sport and politics shouldn’t mix, goes the earnest cliché. Except they do – all the time. And that’s partly what makes some sports so interesting. The(...)

The Medical Alliance for a No Vote campaigning at the Dáil in March. ‘Enabling conscientious objection to abortion for medical professionals is not considered controversial in Britain and Ireland – but it should be.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The UK supreme court sat for the first time in Belfast last month, hearing an appeal into the “gay cake” case, among others. “People will of course n(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the launch of the Global Ireland 2025 plan in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will open embassies in Ukraine, Morocco, the Philippines and Liberia in the coming years and consulates in Cardiff, Frankfurt and Los A(...)

US president Donald Trump is expected to get a cold reception at the G7 summit in Canada later this week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Ireland has most to lose from a global trade war, according to a report by German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung. The Republic was ranked first of (...)

Ireland is currently spending about 1.3 to 1.5 per cent of GDP on R&D compared to an EU average of 2.03 per cent. Photograph: iStock

“Ireland’s future economic growth and prosperity will depend in very large measure on our continued investment in research, development and innovation(...)

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Germany’s economy grew at the weakest pace in more than a year at the start of 2018, part of a slowdown across the euro area that the European Central(...)

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(...)

Coloured scanning electron micrograph  of a cell of a cervical carcinoma. File photograph: Getty Images

Memorandum To: Public Accounts Committee Date: 10 May 2018 Re: PAC Committee Meeting 10.05.2018 Attached is the briefing memo referenced earlier a(...)

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(...)

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